The highly anticipated 2016 season for the Chicago Cubs is set to open on February 19th when pitchers and catchers report to Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. The first full team workout is scheduled for February 24. Manager Joe Maddon will head into year two with a roster loaded with talent, and in anticipation of possibilities like no other season in recent years. Last year, the Cubs surprised many on their way to a 97-win season and a trip to the NLCS. This year, there will be no surprises, only expectations.
With a roster full of young superstars, the Cubs went out and acquired veteran, championship leadership this offseason in the hopes of landing eight more wins in October. Chicago has the reigning Cy Young winner, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year ready to lead the Cubs to bigger and better things. After years of rebuilding, the Cubs are ready to be a major contender and take that next step into a deeper playoff run. But before any fall possibilities are realized, first must come the Spring Training preview.