Chicago Cubs return for Spring Training 2021

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Conner Paulson, Staff Writer

The Chicago Cubs return to spring training at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. Pitchers and catchers returned back on Feb. 17.

The Cubs are looking to win big this year, coming off a 34-26 2020 ¨COVID¨ season. The Cubs are doing so by signing former Cub pitcher Jake Arietta. The Cubs have also signed the Los Angeles Dodgers, center fielder Joc Pederson to a one-year contract, according to MLB.com.

¨Being a die-hard Cubs fan, I´m super excited to see that we signed back Jake Arietta, and Joc Pederson. I’m excited to see what they can do this season. And I look forward to watching, and hopefully attending some baseball games at Wrigley this year,” said senior Tony Haras.

The Chicago Cubs have also lost some star players this year, The Cubs have parted ways with center fielder Albert Almora Jr., who now plays for the New York Mets. They also lost the slugger outfielder Kyle Schwarber, who now plays for the Washington Nationals.

The Cubs will take on the San Diego Padres on Monday, March 1 for their first spring training game.

On bleedcubbieblue.com, the games may be a bit different for the beginning of the 2021 spring training season. Games will be played seven or five inning games, up until March 14. Upon mutual agreement of managers they may resume playing normal nine inning games starting March 14.

In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, second year Cubs manager David Ross said, “The challenges for me are I found last year that maybe I was a little too patient, now that we’ve got 162 (games), I can actually put that in place.”