First Full Squad Spring Training Workout Today in Mesa, Arizona — Wrigley Field 2/19/11

Posted on 19 February 2011 by Lou

It’s finally here — the first full squad workout for the 2011 Chicago Cubs major league baseball team.  Sure, some of the guys won’t be on the opening day roster come April 1st, but there is still a lot of excitement and buzz this spring as some old and new faces re-unite in Mesa for Spring Training.

Manager Mike Quade is excited to get his full first season as skipper started off on a positive note.  Quade has indicated that he will “lay down a little bit of the direction I’d like to see us going, some things I’d like to do, both philosophically and technically.”

It is an interesting time for Cubs fans.  There are a lot of question marks on the team.  Who will round out the starting rotation after Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza?  Who will win the 2nd base job or will it be more of a platoon?  Who will bat lead-off?  How will Quade work Tyler Colvin and Kosuke Fukudome into the lineup consistently?  And who will wind up in the bullpen after Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, Kerry Wood and John Grabow?  Hopefully a lot of these questions will be answered over the next 6 weeks of spring play for the Cubs.  We’ll keep you posted as soon as anything big breaks on the wire…

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