Major League Baseball released the 2019 Spring Traning schedule Wednesday morning and the Cubs are once again heading to Fort Meyers, FL to face the Red Sox to conclude Spring Training on March 25th & 26th. As of right now, the Cubs have 34 games this spring starting on February 23rd against the Brewers at Sloan Park.
The Cubs will play 18 home games at Sloan Park and another 16 on the road. They will face the White Sox twice, once at home in Mesa on March 3rd and again on March 15th in Glendale. The Cubs will also host the Rockies on St. Patrick's day, so expect both clubs to be sporting the kelly green hats.
The coolest matchup will be the two games against Boston, especially since both clubs play in the two different Spring Training leagues and rarely meet during the regular season. And with the way both clubs have been playing as of late, it could be a potential World Series rematch - but we're getting ahead of ourselves.
Kyle Schwarber will go down in Cubs lore for his dramatic return from a torn ACL and LCL in time for the 2016 World Series. Despite not facing big league pitching in six months, the catcher-turned-left fielder put on a hitting clinic that series.
Schwarber hit .412 in five games, which includes the rally-inducing single to leadoff the 10th inning of Game 7. That game, of course, was played in Cleveland, which is a perfect Segway for a few off-the-field facts about the Cubs slugger.
1. Schwarber was born in Middletown, Ohio and grew up a Cincinnati Reds fan. As a former catcher, his role model was Johnny Bench — the Reds Hall of Fame backstop.
2. Schwarber attended Middletown High School, where he was a linebacker on the football team. Here’s a legendary photo of him trying to tackle future Ohio State quarterback and NFL wide receiver, Braxton Miller.
4. Schwarber has one brother and three sisters. His dad is a retired police chief, a big inspiration for the Schwarber’s Neighborhood Heroes campaign — which recognizes first responders and their sacrifices.
In addition to being a potential “Cubs Mount Rushmore,” these players are synonymous with ones who fans remember — and likely cheered for — the most. Odds are you’ll find more Ryne Sandberg jerseys in the stands than, say, Terry Mulholland or Steve Trout.
But an astute fan of the 2016 club would mention that John Lackey nearly had as many strikeouts that season as Jon Lester or Jake Arrieta. Or that fan favorite Mark DeRosa led the 97-win 2008 team in runs scored (103).
These are the glue guys. The grinders. The players that hold teams together.
So, with a nod toward the 2016 World Series champs, hereisthelistofthe16mostunderratedCubs of all-time: