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Spring Training Miscellany: Early Arrivals, Drill Videos, Beautiful Mural, More

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Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers do not officially report to Spring Training until tomorrow, but, as is usually the case, a whole bunch of guys are already there in Mesa, Arizona.

So … that means it’s time for the first Spring Training Miscellany of the year! It’s officially time for baseball! Like, for real. Woohoo! Well, kinda-sorta-baseball anyway.


  • Let’s start with some drills:


  • Here are some other shots from today:

  • Looks like Kyle Hendricks and Justin Grimm are putting in some early work:

  • And did you happen to catch that awesome last picture? This one:

  • Now that is a mural if I’ve ever seen one.


  • The new guy in camp is looking downright terrifying – perfect for ninth inning, right?

  • At the Chicago Tribune, John J. Kim shares an excellent album of shots from today’s unofficial first day of camp. Among the highlights, you’ll see Willson Contreras looking ready to go, Rob Zastryzny sporting some “W” socks, Chris Bosio looking over his boys, and Theo Epstein entering the parking lot like a BOSS.
  • Also, Jake Arrieta’s beard is back in full bloom. So no worries there.


  • At the Athletic, Andy Dolan has an early preview of Spring Training with reactions from the first day of camp. Among his notes, we learn that Wade Davis will sport number 71 this season and Almora and Schwarber were among the early arrivers last week.
  • But they weren’t the only two early guys. According to Carrie Muskat (, Almora and Schwarber (and many others too) were joined today by Mike Montgomery, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Kyle Hendricks, Brett Anderson, Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm and Pedro Strop – a day before pitchers and catchers are required to report. Also, Montgomery reportedly doesn’t mind being a starter or a reliever, so long as he’s playing. He’s ready to compete and fight for a spot, but he’ll do whatever’s best for the team. Good man.
  • Jon Jay looks at this Cubs team and sees guys who are hungry. According to Jay, winning doesn’t cause complacency, it creates an addiction – something that compels players to get there again. Here’s hoping he’s right.
  • You can see the Cubs upcoming Spring Training Schedule (and purchase tickets) here.
  • Muskat also has a full rundown of Spring Training, with key dates, a list of new faces, the most interesting non-roster invitees, which prospects to watch and much more. For everything and anything Spring Training related, this is where you’ll want to start.




Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.