The Chicago Cubs open their quest to defend their World Series championship next month, when the team descends on Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona for Spring Training.
The Cubs catchers and pitchers report on Wednesday, February 15, and then the rest of the full squad reports on Saturday, February 18. The team will have a week of training before they see live competition involving other teams when the Cubs will play two split-squad games on Saturday, February 25. One squad will play in Mesa against the Oakland Athletics while the other will travel to Scottsdale to take on the San Francisco Giants. Both games will start at 3:05 p.m. EST. The Cubs’ slate of 17 games ends on March 31 in Minute Maid Park in Houston against the Astros.
For fans who can’t make it to Sloan Park, every single Cubs Spring Training game will be broadcast in some fashion this season. 11 games will be televised, by either CSN Chicago or WGN. Nine will be available on 670 The Score, and the balance of the schedule will be broadcast on cubs.com.
The television broadcasts will be called by Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Kasper will also be on the call for the cubs.com broadcasts with Mick Gillespie. Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will be lending their voices toward The Score broadcasts. Two of the games that aren’t being televised by either CSN Chicago or WGN will be televised via the television partners of the Cubs’ opponent for that day, so those TV broadcasts should be available to MLB.TV subscribers for whom Cubs games aren’t blacked out.
All games begin at 4:05 p.m. ET through March 11, then at 5:05 p.m. ET thereafter unless otherwise denoted. Fans should also note that Daylight Savings Time will begin on Sunday, March 12.
Fans who are unsure if their television provider carries CSN Chicago can find out that information here, and the same for WGN here. The 11 games which will be televised by either CSN Chicago or WGN are:
Saturday, February 25, split squad vs. Oakland Athletics on WGN
Saturday, March 4, vs. Los Angeles Dodgers on WGN
Wednesday, March 15 at 10:05 p.m. EDT vs. Arizona Diamondbacks on CSN Chicago
Friday, March 17 vs. Chicago White Sox at 3:05 p.m. EDT (White Sox announcers will call the game) on CSN Chicago
Sunday, March 19 vs. Kansas City Royals on CSN Chicago
Wednesday, March 22 at 10:05 p.m. EDT vs. Cincinnati Reds on CSN Chicago
Saturday, March 25 at 4:05 p.m. EDT split squad vs. Cincinnati Reds on CSN Chicago
Sunday, March 26 at 4:05 p.m. EDT split squad vs. Cincinnati Reds on WGN
Tuesday, March 28 vs. San Francisco Giants on CSN Chicago
Thursday, March 30 at 8:10 p.m. EDT at Houston Astros on WGN
Friday, March 31 at 2:10 p.m. EDT at Houston Astros on CSN Chicago
MLB.TV will also stream two of the Cubs’ games. The official broadcast schedule for 2017 Spring Training has not yet been released, but fans can find out more information on how to purchase a subscription so they can be ready for the broadcasts.
The two games that fans who aren’t blacked out of Cubs games should be able to stream are both against the American League champion Cleveland Indians. The first is on February 26 at 4:05 p.m. EST and the other is on Monday, March 27 at 9:05 p.m EDT.
All the games that will be available on 670 The Score are:
Sunday, February 26 vs. Cleveland Indians
Sunday, March 5 vs. Texas Rangers
Saturday, March 11 vs. Colorado Rockies
Sunday, March 12 vs. Oakland Athletics
Saturday, March 18 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Sunday, March 19 at 10:05 p.m. EDT vs. Kansas City Royals
Saturday, March 25 at 4:05 p.m. EDT split squad vs. Cincinnati Reds
Sunday, March 26 at 4:05 p.m. EDT split squad vs. Cincinnati Reds
Monday, March 27 at 9:05 p.m. EDT vs. Cleveland Indians
Again, the rest of the games which aren’t covered by 670 The Score, CSN Chicago, MLB.TV or WGN will be broadcast via internet radio on cubs.com. Will the Cubs make it back-to-back World Series titles, as they did in 1907 and 1908? Fans will begin to discover the answer to that question with Spring Training.