It's never too early to start thinking about spring-training baseball, especially when the weather is chilly in Chicago.
The Cubs released their spring-training schedule Friday. It includes 31 games over 32 days, including one split-squad game. The Cubs are currently scheduled for 14 games at Sloan Park and 17 away games. They are still attempting to add a 15th home game as a split-squad affair. Spring season-ticket holders were billed for 15 games and would get refunded if this doesn't happen, according to an email spring season-ticket holders received earlier Friday.
The Cubs will wrap the pre-season schedule with two games in Las Vegas against the Mets March 31 and April 1, as I first reported Thursday, and a game against the Angels in Anaheim that will be an exhibition tilt April 3, before they open the regular season April 4 in the same stadium.
Individual game tickets for games at Sloan Park will go on sale Saturday, January 9 at 11 a.m. CT at the Sloan Park ticket office, on www.cubs.com or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.
Here's the complete schedule. Home games in boldface. All games start at 2:05 CT through March 12, 3:05 CT from March 13 forward, unless noted below. Daylight Saving time begins March 13. Broadcast information is up to date as of January 27, 2016.
Thu 3/3: vs. Brewers at Maryvale (cubs.com) Fri 3/4: vs. Angels at Sloan Park (cubs.com) (Fox Sports West) Sat 3/5: vs. Reds at Sloan Park (670 The Score) Sun 3/6: vs. Diamondbacks at Talking Stick (2:10 CT) (670 The Score) (Fox Sports Arizona) Mon 3/7: vs. Royals at Sloan Park (cubs.com) vs. Rockies at Talking Stick (2:10 CT) Tue 3/8: vs. Dodgers at Sloan Park (cubs.com) Wed 3/9: vs. Indians at Sloan Park (cubs.com) Thu 3/10: vs. Mariners at Peoria (2:10 CT) (cubs.com) (Root Sports) Fri 3/11: vs. Reds at Sloan Park (cubs.com) Sat 3/12: vs. White Sox at Sloan Park (670 The Score) (WGN-TV with Sox announcers) vs. Dodgers at Glendale (8:05 CT) Sun 3/13: vs. Athletics at HoHoKam (DST begins) (670 The Score) Mon 3/14: vs. Padres at Sloan Park (cubs.com) Tue 3/15: vs. Padres at Peoria (3:10 CT) (cubs.com) (Fox Sports San Diego) Wed 3/16: vs. Royals at Surprise (cubs.com, CSN Chicago) Thu 3/17: vs. Diamondbacks at Sloan Park (6:05 CT) (cubs.com, ESPN) Fri 3/18: vs. White Sox at Glendale (cubs.com) (CSN Chicago with Sox announcers) Sat 3/19: vs. Indians at Goodyear (9:05 CT) (670 The Score) Sun 3/20: vs. Royals at Sloan Park (670 The Score, WGN-TV) Mon 3/21: OFF DAY Tue 3/22: vs. Reds at Goodyear (cubs.com) Wed 3/23: vs. Rangers at Surprise (cubs.com, CSN Chicago) Thu 3/24: vs. Giants at Scottsdale (6:05 CT) (cubs.com, ESPN) Fri 3/25: vs. Brewers at Sloan Park (cubs.com, CSN Chicago) Sat 3/26: vs. Giants at Sloan Park (670 The Score, WGN-TV) Sun 3/27: vs. Mariners at Sloan Park (670 The Score, CSN Chicago) Mon 3/28: vs. Angels at Tempe (cubs.com) (Fox Sports West) Tue 3/29: vs. Athletics at Sloan Park (cubs.com, WGN-TV) Wed 3/30: vs. Rockies at Sloan Park (cubs.com) Thu 3/31: vs. Mets at Las Vegas (7:05 CT) (cubs.com, CSN Chicago) Fri 4/1: vs. Mets at Las Vegas (3:05 CT) (cubs.com, WGN-TV) Sat 4/2: OFF DAY Sun 4/3: vs. Angels at Anaheim (2:05 CT) (670 The Score)