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Cubs Cuts, Slices, and Sand Wedges

By Tim Sheridan
Photos by John Antonoff
March 29, 2021

This past week was a busy one for the Cubs as they ready for opening day on Thursday against the Pirates at Wrigley Field (THIS THURSDAY!!!).  The big league roster came together over the weekend, with both Rex Brothers and Dylan Maples in the bullpen for opening day. The Cubs added Brothers- Matt Duffy and Eric Sogard to the 40 man roster. DFA Ildemaro Vargas.( Cameron Maybin signed to minor league deal).

Today is the Cubs final spring training game, as they play the Arizona Diamondbacks at noon (AZ time). It’s been an interesting spring, I’ve noticed a strong focus and determination from the players here in AZ. It feels like they have a chip on their collective shoulder and are out to prove the doubters wrong. I’m cautiously optimistic about the Cubs prospects this season and feel they will contend for the divisional crown at the very least.

This spring has been much less freewheeling than a typical Joe Maddon spring, with all the former Cubs skipper’s games, hijinks, and assorted shenanigans. That being said, spring training can get a bit on the repetitious side and the guys need something fun to break up the natural monotony – enter a little golf competition.

Jake Arrieta

The team held several rounds of essentially a sand wedge challenge, with available golf clubs to use, being 52, 56,and 60 degree wedges. With an approximate distance from tee to green of 100 yards. The eventual final rounds occurring inside Sloan Park Stadium.

As we finish the spring season today, enjoy a little Cubs golf action, before we get on to the serious business of opening day! Go Cubs!

Kris Bryant swing
Cubs top prospect Brennen Davis wins the second round of a golf challenge
Tommy Hottovy Cubs Pitching Coach watches his shot
Tommy Hottovy Cubs pitching coach made the final 4
Jake Marisnick
Shelby Miller
Cubs Major League Staff Assistant Jonathan Mota
Cubs Pitching Coordinator of Performance James Ogden made the final 4
Anthony Rizzo follow through
Keenan Thompson pitched his way to the final 4
Trevor Williams
James Ogden and P.J. Higgins in the finals – rock, paper, scissors
The two finalists James Ogden and P.J. Higgins
In the end, a Catcher was the best pitcher. P.J. Higgins wins the Cubs golf challenge
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