After months of uncertainty, it’s official: Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to start out Spring Coaching exercises in per week.
MLB introduced first exercise dates on Tuesday. The primary exercise for Cubs pitchers and catchers in Mesa, Arizona is slotted for Feb. 17. The Cubs’ first full squad exercise is on the calendar for Feb. 22. The White Sox are on the identical schedule.
Spring Coaching’s begin date was in query till not too long ago on account of excessive COVID-19 an infection charges in Arizona particularly, and Main League Baseball’s push to delay Spring Coaching for a month. The MLBPA rejected the league’s proposal final week. Since then, the 2 events have finalized well being and security protocols and agreed to increase seven-inning doubleheaders and final 12 months’s extra-innings rule by means of 2021.
As of Monday, in keeping with Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer, about 20 Cubs gamers had been already in camp. Hoyer stated he expects the remainder will report on time.
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