Major League Baseball announced workout dates for all 30 teams for spring training Monday, both for pitchers and catchers and for full squads. Reporting date would be a day before in each case.
For the Cubs, they'll have their first pitcher/catcher workouts on Saturday, February 20. This would give a lot of people in the Phoenix area who work during the week a chance to see Cubs pitchers and catchers in action.
The first full-squad workout will be Wednesday, February 24, after the full squad reports Tuesday, February 23. In many cases players either live in the Phoenix area or report early, but everyone's supposed to be in camp by the February 24 date. That's just eight days before the first spring game, which will be against the Brewers Thursday, March 3 at Maryvale. The first Cubs spring home game at Sloan Park will be the next day, Friday, March 4, vs. the Angels.
So if you're counting, from today:
39 days until pitchers and catchers report to camp 40 days until the first pitcher/catcher workout 43 days until the full squad reports to camp 44 days until the first full-squad workout 52 days until the first spring game 53 days until the first spring home game
Baseball doesn't seem so far away now, does it?