SIGHTING: Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Attends Kenny Chesney at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, March 17










Chicago Cubs’ first baseman and World Series champion, Anthony Rizzo, enjoyed an evening of country music with superstar Kenny Chesney at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, March 17. Rizzo was joined by his fiancé and a few friends, including his Cubs teammate Addison Russell, while jamming to some of Chesney’s newest hits and fan favorites inside one of The Joint’s exclusive VIP suites. Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs were in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend, playing two games against the Cleveland Indians at Cashman Field.

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About The Joint

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is a 4,255-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment destination. The Joint features seven luxury suites, a VIP studio level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort. It has received numerous accolades including “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Billboard Magazine, “Casino Of The Year – Medium Capacity” award by the Academy of Country Music, “Best Live Music Venue in Las Vegas” by MetroWize.com, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the Pollstar Awards, “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL City’s Best awards, “Best Rock Residency Program” by Las Vegas Weekly, “Best Concert Venue” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and more. The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with performances by both legendary and groundbreaking artists including Paul McCartney, the Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Nine Inch Nails, The Who, Imagine Dragons, Prince, Arcade Fire, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue has been home to successful residencies with Carlos Santana, Tiësto, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, KISS, Rascal Flatts and Journey. For more information visit www.thejointlasvegas.com. Follow The Joint on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

 

About AEG Presents

AEG Presents is one of the largest live music companies in the world.  The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals.  AEG Presents operates in North America, Europe and Asia through 16 regional offices that support its tours which include such artists as Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney; produce or support over 25 music festivals, including the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival; and owns, manages or books more than 60 clubs and theaters. AEG Presents offers more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide and conducts business under such globally renowned brands as AEG Live, Goldenvoice, Concerts West, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts LTD, and Madison House Presents. The company operates The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and produces residency shows there including Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Jerry Seinfeld and The Who (opening July 2017) and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. For more information visit www.aegpresents.com.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians – Big League Weekend March 17th -18th – Individual Game Tickets On Sale

2018 BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND FEATURES
REMATCH OF THE 2016 WORLD SERIES
THE CHIGAGO CUBS VS. CLEVELAND INDIANS
SATURDAY-SUNDAY MARCH 17th-18th
CASHMAN FIELD INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS ON SALE

 


The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s PROFESSIONAL baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced today that individual game tickets for the Major League Baseball exhibition games featuring the Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians will go on sale on Monday, February 12 at noon at the SCE Federal Credit Union Box Office at Cashman Field.

Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com). The Cashman Field Box Office, beginning on February 12, will be open Monday-Friday from noon – 4:30 p.m.

The following are the individual game ticket prices for the Cubs/Indians games on Saturday, March 17 at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 1:05 p.m. at Cashman Field: $45 for berm seats; $55 for reserved seats; $65 for plaza seats; $75 for field seats and $85 for dugout/table seats.

“We are excited to welcome Major League Baseball back to Las Vegas for the 28th year of Big League Weekend in March,” Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said.  “The Cubs and Indians will provide a great matchup for fans and Las Vegas will provide a great experience for visitors coming to see the games.”

The Cubs have recorded a total of 20 sellouts over the past 13 seasons (2005-17) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

Big League Weekend will feature a rematch of the 2016 World Series. The Cubs captured the World Series championship for the first time in 108 years (1908) in a thrilling seven-game series against the Indians.

“We are excited to announce that the Cubs will return to Las Vegas for the 14th straight season,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “We also welcome the Cleveland Indians back to Las Vegas for their second all-time visit to Big League Weekend.

“This two-game series will feature a rematch of the 2016 World Series, one of the most memorable fall classics in history. The games will provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark. The fans, both locally and the tourists that visit during this event, will have a memorable time. The Cubs continue to have such a tremendous nationwide fan-base and Las Vegas has become a ‘second’ Spring Training home for them.

“Big League Weekend also provides great exposure for Las Vegas with the games being broadcast into Chicago, the #3 media market in the country and Cleveland (#17 media market).”

In 2017, the Cubs total attendance for the Big League Weekend two-day event was 22,740. The Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 11-7, on March 25 before a sellout crowd of 11,455. The Cubs then defeated the Reds, 22-4, on Saturday, March 26 before another sellout crowd of 11,285.

The Cubs, under manager Joe Maddon, compiled a record of 92-70 (.568) in 2017 and finished in first place in the National League Central Division.

Chicago defeated Washington, 3-games-to-2, in the N.L.D.S. and advanced to its third straight N.L.C.S.  The Los Angeles Dodgers then defeated the Cubs, 4-games-to-1, to advance to the World Series.

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 14th straight season and 17th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

The Cleveland Indians will make their second all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend. Cleveland defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 13-7, on March 29, 1998 before a sellout crowd of 12,974 at Cashman Field.

The Indians, under manager Terry Francona, compiled an American League best 102-60 record (.630) in 2017 and finished in first place in the Central Division. Cleveland, the 2016 A.L. Champions, had the second-best record in Major League Baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers compiled a MLB-best record of 104-58 (.642).

Cleveland established an A.L. record of 22 consecutive victories from August 24 – September 14 and compiled a record of 27-1 from August 24 – September 21.  The 1916 New York Giants hold the Major League record with 26 straight wins.

The New York Yankees defeated Cleveland, 3-games-to-2, in the A.L.D.S.

 

LAS VEGAS STARS/51s/INDIANS CONNECTION: Sandy Alomar Jr., Cleveland First Base/Catching Coach, played for the Las Vegas Stars for two seasons. The catcher is the only player in franchise history to capture back-to-back PCL MVP awards in 1988 (.297, 16 HR, 71 RBI) & 1989 (.306, 13 HR, 101 RBI).  Brad Mills, Cleveland Bench Coach, was the 2002 PCL Manager of the Year. He led the 51s to a franchise-best 85-59 record (.590) as the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Infielder Edwin Encarnacion (2010) and catcher Yan Gomes (2011-12) were members of the 51s as the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 51s, under manager Tony DeFrancesco, will open their 36th season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 5 against the El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, at Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m.

2018 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 35-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 943-7200.  Individual game tickets for the 70-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

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Comcast SportsNet Chicago & WGN to Televise Las Vegas Big League Weekend Chicago Cubs Versus Cincinnatt Reds Games From Cashman Field March 25th – 26th

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO & WGN
TELEVISE BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND GAMES
BETWEEN THE 2016 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION
CHICAGO CUBS VS. CINCINNATI REDS
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 25-26 AT CASHMAN FIELD

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced today that Comcast SportsNet Chicago & WGN will televise the games, respectively on Saturday, March 25 at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday, March 26 at 1:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.

The Big League Weekend two-game Spring Training series will feature the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds and both games are SOLD OUT.

Len Kasper (play-by-play) and Jim Deshaies (analyst) will call the action for both games from the Silver State. Deshaies played for 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with New York Yankees (1984), Houston (1985-91), San Diego (1992), Minnesota (1993, 1994), San Francisco (1993) and Philadelphia (1995). He was also a member of the Triple-A Las Vegas Stars in 1992.

In addition, WSCR The Score 670 AM Radio (Chicago) will broadcast the two-game series from Las Vegas with Pat Hughes (play-by-play) and Ron Coomer (color analyst).

“We are excited that the Chicago Cubs will televise both games from Las Vegas on Comcast SportsNet Chicago & WGN,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “The television broadcast will provide tremendous exposure for Las Vegas and the opportunity for the LVCVA to advertise into a key tourism market.

“These two games will also provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark for all of the Cubs and Reds fans, both locally and the tourists that will visit during this event.”

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 13th straight season and 16th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

The Cubs have recorded a total of 18 sellouts over the past 12 seasons (2005-16) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

In 2016, the Cubs total attendance for the Big League Weekend two-day event was 22,020. The Cubs defeated the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets, 5-1, on March 31 before a sellout crowd of 11,025.  The Mets then defeated the Cubs, 8-1, on April 1 before another sellout crowd of 10,995.

Cincinnati will be making its third all-time appearance to Cashman Field for Big League Weekend. The Reds’ last appearance was vs. the Cubs on March 12, 2011 before a crowd of 9,047 (Reds defeated the Cubs, 9-8). Cincinnati faced the Los Angeles Dodgers at Cashman Field on March 31, 2010 before a sellout crowd of 11,896 (Reds defeated the Dodgers, 12-4).

The 51s, under manager Pedro Lopez, will open their 35th season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 6 against the defending PCL champion, the El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, at Southwest University Park.  The “home opener” will be on Tuesday, April 11 against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, at Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m.

2017 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 943-7200.  Individual game tickets for the 71-game home schedule are on sale now at the SCE Federal Credit Union Box Office at Cashman Field.  The box office is open Monday-Friday from Noon to 4:30 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com).

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

 

-Visit www.MiLB.com – the official site of Minor League Baseball –

Las Vegas Big League Weekend – World Series Champion Chicago Cubs Versus Cincinnati Reds March 25th & 26th Individual Game Tickets On Sale Monday Feb 13th

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2017 BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND
FEATURES THE 2016 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION
CHIGAGO CUBS VS. CINCINNATI REDS
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 25-26 AT CASHMAN FIELD
INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS GO ON SALE – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AT NOON

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced today that individual game tickets for the Major League Baseball exhibition games featuring the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds will go on sale on Monday, February 13 at noon at the Cashman Field Box Office.

Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com). The Cashman Field Box Office, beginning on February 13, will be open Monday-Friday from noon – 4:30 p.m.

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The following are the individual game ticket prices for the Cubs/Reds games on Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26 at 1:05 p.m. at Cashman Field: $45 for reserved seats, berm and standing room only; $55 for plaza seats and $65 for field seats.

“For the 27th year, Major League Baseball returns to Las Vegas with a great matchup for Big League Weekend in 2017,” Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said.  “This year’s games will have a championship flare as the World Champion Chicago Cubs return to the destination to take on the Cincinnati Reds. We look forward to another incredible event with two great fan bases.”

The Cubs have recorded a total of 18 sellouts over the past 12 seasons (2005-16) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

In 2016, the Cubs total attendance for the Big League Weekend two-day event was 22,020. The Cubs defeated the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets, 5-1, on March 31 before a sellout crowd of 11,025.  The Mets then defeated the Cubs, 8-1, on April 1 before another sellout crowd of 10,995.

“We are excited that the World Series champions will return to Las Vegas for the 13th straight season,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “We also welcome Cincinnati back to Big League Weekend for their third all-time visit.

“The two-game series between the Cubs and Reds will provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark. The fans, both locally and the tourists that visit during this event, will have a memorable time. The Cubs have such a tremendous nationwide fan-base and Las Vegas has become a ‘second’ Spring Training home for them.

“Big League Weekend also provides great exposure for Las Vegas with the games being broadcast into Chicago (Comcast SportNet), the #3 media market in the country.”

The Cubs, under Joe Maddon, compiled a Major League best 103-58 record (.640) in 2016 and advanced to the World Series for the first time in 71 years (1945) and then captured the World Series championship for the first time in 108 years (1908) in a thrilling seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

The Cubs, trailing 3-games-to-1, won the final three games of the series to capture the fall classic, the first team to come back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit since Kansas City in 1985 (vs. St. Louis).  Chicago also became just the fourth team in World Series history (trailing 3-games-to-1) to win the final two games on the road, the first since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates (vs. Baltimore).

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 13th straight season and 16th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

Cincinnati will be making its third all-time appearance to Cashman Field for Big League Weekend. The Reds’ last appearance was vs. the Cubs on March 12, 2011 before a crowd of 9,047 (Reds defeated the Cubs, 9-8). Cincinnati faced the L.A. Dodgers at Cashman Field on March 31, 2010 before a sellout crowd of 11,896 (Reds defeated the Dodgers, 12-4).

            The 51s, under manager Pedro Lopez, will open their 35th season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 6 against the defending PCL champion, the El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, at Southwest University Park. The “home opener” will be on Tuesday, April 11 against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, at Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m.

2017 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 943-7200.  Individual game tickets for the 71-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

-Visit the Las Vegas 51s on the Internet at www.lv51.com

– Visit www.MiLB.com – the official site of Minor League Baseball –

 

2017 Las Vegas 51s Big League Weekend – World Series Champion Chicago Cubs Return To Cashman Field March 25th and 26th Versus Cinncinnati Reds

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2017 BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND FEATURES
THE 2016 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION CHIGAGO CUBS
VERSUS CINCINNATI REDS ON SATURDAY-SUNDAY
MARCH 25-26 AT CASHMAN FIELD

Follow the 51s on Facebook/51s Baseball Team & Twitter@LasVegas51s

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced today the schedule for the 2017 Big League Weekend at Cashman Field.

The 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs will make their 13th straight appearance in Las Vegas for two games against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26.

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Game times for the Spring Training two-game series are TBA (due to television) and Big League Weekend ticket packages are available NOW by calling the 51s office at (702) 943-7200.

 

The Cubs have recorded a total of 18 sellouts over the past 12 seasons (2005-16) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

 

In 2016, the Cubs total attendance for the Big League Weekend two-day event was 22,020. The Cubs defeated the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets, 5-1, on March 31 before a sellout crowd of 11,025.  The Mets then defeated the Cubs, 8-1, on April 1 before another sellout crowd of 10,995.

 

“For the 27th year, Major League Baseball returns to Las Vegas with a great matchup for Big League Weekend in 2017,” Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said.  “This year’s games will have a championship flare as the World Champion Chicago Cubs return to the destination to take on the Cincinnati Reds. We look forward to another incredible event with two great fan bases.”

 

The Cubs, under Joe Maddon, compiled a Major League best 103-58 record (.640) in 2016 and advanced to the World Series for the first time in 71 years (1945) and then captured the World Series championship for the first time in 108 years (1908) in a thrilling seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

 

The Cubs, trailing 3-games-to-1, won the final three games of the series to capture the fall classic, the first team to come back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit since Kansas City in 1985 (vs. St. Louis).  Chicago also became just the fourth team in World Series history (trailing 3-games-to-1) to win the final two games on the road, the first since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates (vs. Baltimore).

 

Chicago defeated San Francisco, 3-games-to-1, in the N.L.D.S. and the L.A. Dodgers, 4-games-to-2, in the N.L.C.S. to advance to the fall classic.

 

“We are excited to announce that the World Series champions will return to Las Vegas for the 13th straight season,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “We also welcome Cincinnati back to Big League Weekend for their third all-time visit.

 

“The two-game series between the Cubs and Reds will provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark. The fans, both locally and the tourists that visit during this event, will have a memorable time. The Cubs have such a tremendous nationwide fan-base and Las Vegas has become a ‘second’ Spring Training home for them.

 

“Big League Weekend also provides great exposure for Las Vegas with the games being broadcast into Chicago, the #3 media market in the country.”

 

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 13th straight season and 16th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

 

Cincinnati will be making its third all-time appearance to Cashman Field for Big League Weekend. The Reds’ last appearance was vs. the Cubs on March 12, 2011 before a crowd of 9,047 (Reds defeated the Cubs, 9-8). Cincinnati faced the L.A. Dodgers at Cashman Field on March 31, 2010 before a sellout crowd of 11,896 (Reds defeated the Dodgers, 12-4).

bryant_donoghue2016blwLas Vegan Kris Bryant at the 2016 Big League Weekend vs. the N.Y. Mets on March 31st, 2016 at Cashman Field, photo by Tom Donoghue.

 

Las Vegan Kris Bryant, the 2015 Sporting News & BBWAA National League Rookie of the Year, appeared in 155 games (tied for team lead) for the Cubs in 2016 and batted .292 (176-for-603) with 77 extra-base hits (35 doubles, 3 triples, 39 home runs, 3rd in N.L.) and 102 RBI.  He led the N.L. with 121 runs scored and ranked third in total bases (334).

 

Bryant appeared in 7 games in the World Series and batted .269 (7-for-26) with 2 HR, 2 RBI and was 4-for-5, solo HR vs. Cleveland in Game #6 on Nov. 1.

 

In 2015, Bryant captured the N.L. Rookie of the Year and batted .275 with 62 extra-base hits (31 doubles, 5 triples, 26 home runs) and established Cubs rookie records in home runs and RBI (99). Hall of Famer Billy Williams previously held the Cubs rookie home run record with 25 in 1961 (54 years ago).  Bryant led all MLB rookies in doubles, home runs and RBI.

 

The two-time N.L. All-Star third baseman has also appeared in the last three Big League Weekends in the Silver State (2014-16).  He belted two home runs (2-for-2, 3 RBI) against Oakland on March 14, 2015 at Cashman Field.  In 2016, he appeared in two games against the Mets and was 1-for-3, walk, RBI.

 

First baseman Anthony Rizzo, a three-time N.L. All-Star (2014-16), appeared in 155 games (tied for team lead) for the Cubs and batted .292 (170-for-583) and led the team in extra-base hits (79, ranked 3rd in N.L.), doubles (43, ranked T-2nd in N.L.), RBI (109, ranked 2nd in N.L.) and second in home runs (32).  He appeared in 7 games in the World Series and batted .360 (9-for-25) with three doubles, HR, 4 BB, 5 RBI.

 

Infielder/Outfielder Ben Zobrist, a 2016 N.L. All-Star, was the 2016 World Series Most Valuable Player. He appeared in 7 games and batted .357 (10-for-28) with two doubles, triple, 3 BB, 2 RBI. He recorded the go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning in Game #7 vs. Cleveland on Nov. 2.

 

In 2016, he appeared in 147 games for the Cubs and batted .272 (142-for-523) with 52 extra-base hits (31 doubles, 3 triples, 18 home runs) and 76 RBI.

 

Left-hander Jon Lester led the staff in starts (32), wins (19-5 record, ranked 2nd in the N.L.), innings pitched (202.2) and strikeouts (197). He allowed 154 hits and ranked second in the N.L. in ERA (2.44). He appeared in three World Series games and posted a 1-1 record with a 3.68 ERA (14.2 IP/16 SO). He was the winning pitcher in Game #5 vs. Cleveland on Oct. 30.

 

Right-hander Jake Arrieta appeared in 31 games and posted a 18-8 record with a 3.10 ERA. He allowed 138 hits and ranked second on the team in strikeouts (190) and innings pitched (197.1). He appeared in two World Series games and posted a 2-0 record with a 2.38 ERA (11.1 IP/5 H/15 SO).  Arrieta was the winning pitcher in Games 2 and 5 (Oct. 26 & Nov. 1).

 

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks appeared in 31 games and posted a 16-8 record and led the N.L. in ERA (2.13). He allowed 142 hits and struck out 170 batters in 190.0 innings pitched. He appeared in two World Series games (0-0 record, 9.0 IP/10 H/8 SO).

 

The Reds, under manager Bryan Price, compiled a 68-94 record (.420) in 2016 and finished in fifth place in the National League Central Division.

 

First baseman Joey Votto led the Reds offense with a solid 2016 season. He was the team leader in games played (158), batting average (.326, ranked 3rd in N.L.), hits (181), runs scored (101), walks (108, T-2nd in N.L.), on-base percentage (.434, led the N.L.)  He also ranked second on the team in at bats (556), extra-base hits (65), doubles (T-34), home runs (29) and RBI (97).

 

Outfielder Adam Duvall, a 2016 National League All-Star, appeared in 150 games and batted .241 (133-for-552) and was the team leader in extra-base hits (70), home runs (33) and RBI (103).

 

Veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips appeared in 141 games and batted .291 (160-for-550) with 34 doubles (tied for team lead), 11 home runs and 64 RBI.

 

Right-hander Dan Straily appeared in 34 games and led the staff in victories (14-8 record), innings pitched (191.1) and strikeouts (162). He recorded a 3.76 ERA and ranked tied for the team lead in starts (31).

 

            The 51s will open their 35th season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 6 against the defending PCL champion, the El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. The “home opener” will be on Tuesday, April 11 against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, at Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m.

 

2017 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 943-7200.  Individual game tickets for the 71-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

 

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

 

 

 

– Visit the Las Vegas 51s on the Internet at www.lv51.com  –

– Visit www.MiLB.com – the official site of Minor League Baseball –

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Comcast SportsNet Chicago & WGN to Televise Cubs/Mets from Las Vegas Big League Weekend

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COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO & WGN TO TELEVISE
BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND GAMES BETWEEN THE CHICAGO CUBS
AND 2015 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION NEW YORK METS
ON THURSDAY-FRIDAY, MARCH 31 – APRIL 1 AT CASHMAN FIELD

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets, announced today that Comcast SportsNet Chicago & WGN will televise the games, respectively on Thursday, March 31 at 5:05 p.m. and Friday, April 1 at 1:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.

Thursday, March 31: Chicago Cubs (V) – RHP Ryan Williams vs. New York Mets (H) – RHP Jacob deGrom at 5:05 p.m. (PT) – Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Friday, April 1: New York Mets (V) – LHP Steven Matz vs. Chicago Cubs (H) – RHP Jason Hammel at 1:05 p.m. (PT) – WGN

 

The Big League Weekend two-game Spring Training series will feature a rematch of the 2015 National League Championship series. The Cubs will open the 2016 campaign on Monday, April 4 against the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim, Calif. and the Mets, who will conclude Spring Training in the Silver State, will open the season with a rematch of the 2015 World Series at Kansas City against the Royals on Sunday Night Baseball (April 3 at 5:37 PT).  Both teams will travel to Las Vegas with their potential 25-man rosters for “Opening Day.”

 

Len Kasper (play-by-play) and Jim Deshaies (analyst) will call the action for both games from the Silver State. Deshaies played for 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with New York Yankees (1984), Houston (1985-91), San Diego (1992), Minnesota (1993, 1994), San Francisco (1993) and Philadelphia (1995). He was also a member of the Triple-A Las Vegas Stars in 1992.

 

In addition, Mick Gillispie will call the action on the audio webcast broadcast for the two-game series on Cubs.com. Gillispie is the radio voice of the Tennessee Smokies, Double-A affiliate of the Cubs.

 

“We are excited that the Chicago Cubs will televise both games from Las Vegas on Comcast SportsNet Chicago & WGN,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “The television broadcast will provide tremendous exposure for the city of Las Vegas and also the opportunity for the LVCVA to advertise into a key tourism market.

 

“These two games will also provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark for all of the Mets and Cubs fans, both locally and the tourists that will visit during this event.”

 

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 12th straight season and 15th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

 

The Cubs have recorded 16 sellouts over the past 11 seasons (2005-15) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

 

In 2015, the Cubs total attendance for the Big League Weekend two-day event was 18,382. The Cubs defeated Oakland, 5-3, on March 13 before a crowd of 8,007. The Cubs then defeated the A’s, 3-1, led by Kris Bryant’s two homers on March 14 before a sellout crowd of 10,375.

 

The Mets will be making their third all-time appearance to Cashman Field for Big League Weekend.  The Mets faced the Cubs for two games in 2014. New York defeated Chicago, 9-4, on March 15 (9,106) and the Cubs then defeated the Mets, 6-3, on March 16 before a sellout crowd of 10,408.

 

The 51s, under manager Wally Backman, will open their 34th season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 7 against the defending PCL & Triple-A Champions, Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, at Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m.

 

2016 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.  Individual game tickets for the 72-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

 

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

 

 

– Visit the Las Vegas 51s on the Internet at www.lv51.com

-Visit www.MiLB.com – the official site of Minor League Baseball –

Individual Game Tickets for Cubs vs. Mets (March 31-April 1) Go On Sale Tuesday February 16th

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2016 BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND FEATURES
CHICAGO CUBS VS 2015 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION
NEW YORK METS
ON THURSDAY-FRIDAY, MARCH 31 – APRIL 1 AT CASHMAN FIELD
INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS GO ON SALE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AT NOON

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets, announced today that individual game tickets for the Major League Baseball exhibition games featuring a rematch of the 2015 National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets will go on sale on Tuesday, February 16 at noon at the Cashman Field Box Office.

 

Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com). Ticketmaster outlets are located at selected Smith’s Food & Drug.  The Cashman Field box office, beginning on February 16, will be open Monday-Friday from noon – 4:30 p.m.

 

The following are the individual game ticket prices for the Cubs/Mets games on Thursday, March 31 at 5:05 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet Chicago) and Friday, April 1 at 1:05 p.m. (WGN): $40 for reserved seats, berm and grandstand; $50 for plaza seats and $60 for field seats.  Both teams will travel to Las Vegas with their potential 25-man rosters for “Opening Day.”

 

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“Big League Weekend has become an incredible tradition here in Las Vegas, and we’re very excited to have Major League Baseball back for the 26th year,” Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said. “This year’s games are taking Big League Weekend to a new level by having a rematch of last year’s National League Championship Series. Having the Cubs battle the Mets for their final spring training games will be a great treat for the fans.”

 

The Cubs will open the 2016 campaign on Monday, April 4 against the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim, Calif. and the Mets, who will conclude Spring Training in the Silver State, will open the season with a rematch of the 2015 World Series at Kansas City against the Royals on Sunday Night Baseball (April 3 at 5:37 p.m. PT).

 

The Cubs have recorded 16 sellouts over the past 11 seasons (2005-15) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

 

“We are excited to announce that the Cubs will return to Las Vegas for the 12th straight season and we also welcome our Major League affiliate, the New York Mets,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “We thank the Mets organization for traveling across country (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) to conclude their Spring Training schedule in Las Vegas. These two games will provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark for all of the Mets and Cubs fans, both locally and the tourists that will visit during this event.

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“It will also give all of our 51s fans the opportunity to see the former 51s players returning to Cashman Field that helped lead the Mets to the 2015 National League championship.

 

“Big League Weekend provides great exposure for the city of Las Vegas with both games being televised by the Chicago Cubs (Comcast SportsNet & WGN) into the No. 3 media market in the country.”

 

In 2015, the Mets advanced to the World Series for the first time in 15 years (2000). A total of 11 players on the World Series 25-man roster played with Triple-A Las Vegas over the past three seasons. The players include: Travis d’Arnaud (catcher), Jacob deGrom (RHP), Lucas Duda (1B), Jeurys Familia (RHP), Wilmer Flores (SS), Juan Lagares (OF), Steven Matz (LHP), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (OF), Kevin Plawecki (catcher), Hansel Robles (RHP), Noah Syndergaard (RHP). In addition, three former 51s players also appeared on the N.L.D.S. & N.L.C.S. rosters (Erik Goeddel, Matt Reynolds, Ruben Tejeda).

 

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 12th straight season and 15th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

 

The Mets will be making their third all-time appearance to Cashman Field for Big League Weekend.  The Mets faced the Cubs for two games in 2014. New York defeated Chicago, 9-4, on March 15 (9,106) and the Cubs then defeated the Mets, 6-3, on March 16 before a sellout crowd of 10,408.

 

The 51s, under manager Wally Backman, will open their 34th season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 7 against the defending PCL & Triple-A Champions, Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, at Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m.

 

2016 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.  Individual game tickets for the 72-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

 

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

 

– Visit the Las Vegas 51s on the Internet at www.lv51.com  –

– Visit www.MiLB.com – the official site of Minor League Baseball –

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Big League Weekend ’16 Features Rematch of NLCS: Cubs vs Mets – March 31st & April 1st at Cashman Field – Tickets On Sale Now

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2016 BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND FEATURES
CHICAGO CUBS VS 2015 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION
NEW YORK METs ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
MARCH 31 – APRIL 1 AT CASHMAN FIELD

 

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets, announced today the schedule for the 2016 Big League Weekend at Cashman Field.

 

The Chicago Cubs will make their 12th straight appearance to Las Vegas for two games against the New York Mets on Thursday-Friday, March 31 – April 1.

Game times are TBA and Big League Weekend ticket packages are available NOW by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.

 

The two-game Spring Training series will feature a rematch of the 2015 National League Championship series. The Cubs will open the 2016 campaign on Monday, April 4 against the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim, Calif. and the Mets open on Sunday, April 3 at Kansas City against the Royals (ESPN). Both teams will travel to Las Vegas with their potential 25-man rosters for “Opening Day.”

 

The Cubs have recorded 16 sellouts over the past 11 seasons (2005-15) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

 

The 51s welcome their Major League affiliate to the Silver State for Big League Weekend.  The 51s have compiled a three-year record of 239-193 (.553) as the Mets top affiliate (2013-15) which included back-to-back Pacific Conference Southern Division Titles (2013 & 2014, 81-63 record each season) under manager Wally Backman.

 

In 2015, the Mets advanced to the World Series for the first time in 15 years (2000). A total of 11 players on the World Series 25-man roster played with Triple-A Las Vegas over the past three seasons. The players include: Travis d’Arnaud (catcher), Jacob deGrom (RHP), Lucas Duda (1B), Jeurys Familia (RHP), Wilmer Flores (SS), Juan Lagares (OF), Steven Matz (LHP), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (OF), Kevin Plawecki (catcher), Hansel Robles (RHP), Noah Syndergaard (RHP). In addition, three former 51s players also appeared on the N.L.D.S. & N.L.C.S. rosters (Erik Goeddel, Matt Reynolds, Ruben Tejeda).

 

The Mets will be making their third all-time appearance to Cashman Field for Big League Weekend.  The Mets faced the Cubs for two games in 2014. New York defeated Chicago, 9-4, on March 15 (9,106) and the Cubs then defeated the Mets, 6-3, on March 16 before a sellout crowd of 10,408.

 

“Big League Weekend has become an incredible tradition here in Las Vegas, and we’re very excited to have Major League Baseball back for the 26th year,” Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said. “This year’s games are taking Big League Weekend to a new level by having a rematch of last year’s National League Championship Series. Having the Cubs battle the Mets for their final spring training games will be a great treat for the fans.”

 

The Cubs, under Joe Maddon (2015 N.L. Manager of the Year), compiled a 97-65 record (.599) in 2015 and finished in third place in the toughest division in baseball (National League Central Division), three games behind first-place St. Louis (100-62, .617).  The top three records in MLB all came from the N.L. Central: Cardinals, Pittsburgh (98-64, .605) and Chicago.

 

Chicago defeated Pittsburgh, 4-0, in the N.L. wild-card game on October 7. The Cubs then defeated St. Louis, 3-games-to-1, in the N.L.D.S and lost to the Mets, 4-games-to-0, in the N.L.C.S.

 

“We are excited to announce that the Cubs will return to Las Vegas for the 12th straight season and we also welcome our Major League affiliate, the New York Mets,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “We thank the Mets organization for traveling across country (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) to conclude their Spring Training schedule in Las Vegas. These two games will provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark for all of the Mets and Cubs fans, both locally and the tourists that will visit during this event.

 

“It will also give all of our 51s fans the opportunity to see the former 51s players returning to Cashman Field that helped lead the Mets to the 2015 National League championship.

 

“Big League Weekend provides great exposure for the city of Las Vegas with broadcasts to two of the top three television markets in the country (New York #1 & Chicago #3).”

 

Las Vegan Kris Bryant, the 2015 Sporting News & BBWAA National League Rookie of the Year, appeared in 151 games for the Cubs and batted .275 (154-for-559) with 62 extra-base hits (31 doubles, 5 triples, 26 home runs) and established Cubs rookie records in home runs and RBI (99). Hall of Famer Billy Williams previously held the Cubs rookie home run record with 25 in 1961 (54 years ago).  Bryant led all MLB rookies in doubles, home runs and RBI.

 

The N.L. All-Star third baseman has also appeared in the 2014 & 2015 Big League Weekend games.  He belted two home runs (2-for-2, 3 RBI) against Oakland on March 14, 2015 at Cashman Field.

 

First baseman Anthony Rizzo, a 2014 & 2015 N.L. All-Star, led the team in games played (160, N.L. leader), doubles, (38), home runs (31), extra-base hits (72) and RBI (101).  He batted .278 (163-for-586) and ranked second on the team with 17 stolen bases.

 

Shortstop/second baseman Starlin Castro recorded another solid season. He appeared in 151 games and batted .265 (145-for-547) with 23 doubles, 11 home runs and 69 RBI.

 

Center fielder Dexter Fowler appeared in 156 games and batted .250 (149-for-596) with 29 doubles, 17 home runs, 46 RBI and team leader in stolen bases (20), triples (8) and at-bats.

 

Right-hander Jake Arrieta, the 2015 N.L. Cy Young Award winner, appeared in 33 games and led the Major Leagues with a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA (2nd in N.L.). He allowed 150 hits and struck out 236 batters in 229.0 innings pitched (2nd in N.L.). He recorded a complete-game, five-hit shutout (0 BB/11 SO) against Pittsburgh in the N.L. wild-card game on October 7 (Cubs, W 4-0).

 

The Mets, under manager Terry Collins, compiled a 90-72 record (.556) in 2015 and finished in first place in the National League East Division, seven games in front of Washington (83-79).  New York returned to the post-season for the first time since 2006.  The Mets defeated Los Angeles 3-games-to-2 in the N.L.D.S. and swept the Cubs 4-games-to-0 in the N.L.C.S.  Kansas City defeated New York 4-games-to-1 in the World Series.

 

Right-hander deGrom, a 2015 National League All-Star, was tied for the team-lead with 14 victories (14-8) and led the starters with a 2.54 ERA.  He appeared in 30 games and allowed 149 hits and struck out 205 batters (team leader) in 191.0 innings pitched. He recorded three victories in the post-season including defeating Los Angeles on Oct. 9 (7 shutout innings, 5 H/1 BB/13 SO).

 

Outfielder Curtis Granderson led the Mets offense with a solid season. He was the team leader in games played (157), at-bats (580), runs scored (98), extra-base hits (61), hits (150) and walks (91). He batted .259 and ranked second in doubles (33) and home runs (26).

First baseman Duda appeared in 135 games and batted .244 (115-for-471) with 33 doubles and led the team in home runs (27) and RBI (73, tied for team lead).

 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy appeared in 130 games and batted .281 (140-for-499) and was the team leader in doubles (38), 14 home runs and tied for team lead in RBI (73). He batted .529 (9-for-17) with 4 HR, 6 RBI in the N.L.C.S. and recorded 7 HR and 11 RBI in 14 post-season games.

 

Right-hander Syndergaard began the season with Triple-A Las Vegas and was promoted to the big leagues on May 9 (3-0 record/1.82 ERA with Las Vegas). He appeared in 24 games for New York and posted a 9-7 record with a 3.24 ERA. He allowed 126 hits and struck out 166 batters in 150.0 innings pitched.  He was the winning pitcher in Game #3 of the World Series vs. Kansas City on October 30 at Citi Field (6 IP/7 H/3 ER/2 BB/6 SO).

 

Right-hander Matt Harvey, 2015 N.L. Comeback Player of the Year, appeared in 29 games and posted a 13-8 record with a 2.71 ERA.  He allowed 156 hits and struck out 188 batters in 189.1 innings pitched.

 

Right-hander Familia ranked third in the N.L. with 43 saves (48 opportunities). He appeared in 76 games and posted a 2-2 record with a 1.85 ERA.  He allowed 59 hits and struck out 86 batters in 78.0 innings pitched.

 

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 12th straight season and 15th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

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In 2015, the Cubs total attendance for the Big League Weekend two-day event was 18,382. The Cubs defeated Oakland, 5-3, behind right-hander Arrieta on March 13 before a crowd of 8,007. The Cubs then defeated the A’s, 3-1, led by Bryant’s two homers on March 14 before a sellout crowd of 10,375.

 

            The 51s will open their 34th season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 7 against the defending PCL & Triple-A Champions, Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, at Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m.

 

2016 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.  Individual game tickets for the 72-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

 

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

 

 

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– Visit www.MiLB.com – the official site of Minor League Baseball –

Holy Cow, Cubs Win Friday and Saturday At Las Vegas 51s Big League Weekend. Great Baseball, Weather and Fun

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The Chicago Cubs defeated the Oakland A’s, 3-1, in the finale of Big League Weekend before a sellout crowd of 10,375 at Cashman Field.

 

The two-game series for BLW had a total attendance of 18,382.

 

Las Vegan Kris Bryant led the Cubs with a 2-for-2 performance including 2 home runs and 3 RBI (a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the third inning and a solo shot in the sixth).

 

The A’s were held hitless until a lead-off double to left field in the eighth inning by designated hitter Matt Olson

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     The 51s will open their 33rd season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 9 against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, at Chukchansi Park in Northern California.  Las Vegas’ home opener is Friday, April 17 against the Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.

 

2015 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.

 

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

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Big League Weekend – Oakland A’s vs Chicago Cubs, March 13-14 Individual Game Tickets On Sale Monday January 26th

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2015 BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND

OAKLAND A’S VS. CHICAGO CUBS

FRIDAY-SATURDAY MARCH 13-14 CASHMAN FIELD

INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS ON SALE

MONDAY, JANUARY 26 AT NOON

 

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced today that individual game tickets for the Major League Baseball exhibition games featuring the Oakland A’s and Chicago Cubs will go on sale on Monday, January 26 at noon at the America First Credit Union Box Office at Cashman Field.

 

Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com). Ticketmaster outlets are located at selected Smith’s Food & Drug.  The Cashman Field box office, beginning on January 26, will be open Monday-Friday from noon – 4:30 p.m.

 

The following are the individual game ticket prices for the A’s/Cubs games on Friday, March 13 at 5:05 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 at 12:05 p.m.: $35 for reserved seats, berm and grandstand; $45 for plaza seats and $55 for field seats.  The Spring Training games for the two-game series will feature split squads.

 

“We are very excited to have Major League Baseball back in Las Vegas for the 25th year of Big League Weekend,” Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said.  “We’re looking forward to having the Chicago Cubs back again this year to take on the Oakland A’s. Both teams have tremendous fans and we look forward to showcasing the great baseball atmosphere here in Las Vegas.”

 

The Cubs have recorded 15 sellouts over the past 10 seasons (2005-14) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

 

Oakland will make their fifth all-time appearance to Las Vegas and its first appearance since the 2000 Big League Weekend.  The A’s also played the first six games of the 1996 Major League Baseball season (April 1, 3-7) at Cashman Field due to construction delays in their home stadium.  The games marked the first time ever that a MLB season opener was held at a minor league park.

 

“We are excited to have the Cubs returning to Las Vegas for the 11th straight season and we also welcome the A’s for their fifth all-time appearance for Big League Weekend,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said.  “There is now great optimism surrounding the Cubs with the young talented players in their farm system and the hiring of Joe Maddon.

 

“Oakland has been one of the best teams in the American League over the past three seasons.  The Cubs/A’s matchup will provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark for the fans, both locally and the tourists that will visit the Silver State during this event.”

 

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 11th straight season and 14th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

 

In 2014, the Cubs total attendance for the Big League Weekend two-day event was 19,514. The New York Mets defeated the Cubs, 9-4, on March 15 before a crowd of 9,106. The Cubs then defeated the Mets, 6-3, on March 16 before a sellout crowd of 10,408.

 

The A’s defeated Colorado, 11-9, on April 1, 2000 before a crowd of 8,456.  The Cubs/A’s split a two-game series in the 1994 Big League Weekend. The A’s defeated the Cubs, 11-8, on March 12 before a sellout crowd of 9,469. The Cubs then defeated the A’s, 4-1, on March 13 before another sellout crowd of 10,506.

 

Oakland’s all-time Las Vegas appearances include: 1994, 1996 (first six games of the MLB season vs. Toronto and Detroit), 1997 and 2000.

 

            The 51s will open their 33rd season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 9 against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, at Chukchansi Park in Northern California.  Las Vegas’ home opener is Friday, April 17 against the Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.

 

2015 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.  Individual game tickets for the 72-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

 

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

 

– Visit the Las Vegas 51s on the Internet at www.lv51.com  –

– Visit www.MiLB.com – the official site of Minor League Baseball –

 

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2015 BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND FEATURES OAKLAND A’S VS. CHICAGO CUBS ON FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 13-14 AT CASHMAN FIELD

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced today the schedule for the 2015 Big League Weekend at Cashman Field.

 

The Chicago Cubs will make their 11th straight appearance to Las Vegas for two games against the Oakland A’s on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14.  Game times are TBA and both games will feature split-squads.  Big League Weekend ticket packages are available NOW by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.

 

The Cubs have recorded 15 sellouts over the past 10 seasons (2005-14) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

 

Oakland will make their fifth all-time appearance to Las Vegas and its first appearance since the 2000 Big League Weekend.  The A’s also played the first six games of the 1996 Major League Baseball season (April 1, 3-7) at Cashman Field due to construction delays in their home stadium.  The games marked the first time ever that a MLB season opener was held at a minor league park.

 

“We are very excited to have Major League Baseball back in Las Vegas for the 25th year of Big League Weekend,” Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said.  “We’re looking forward to having the Chicago Cubs back again this year to take on the Oakland A’s. Both teams have tremendous fans and we look forward to showcasing the great baseball atmosphere here in Las Vegas.”

 

The Cubs, under manager Rick Renteria, compiled a 73-89 record (.451) in 2014 and finished in fifth place in the National League Central Division, 17 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals (90-72, .566).  The Cubs, on November 3, 2014, announced the hiring of new manager Joe Maddon, the franchise’s 54th manager.

 

Maddon is a two-time BBWAA American League Manager of the Year (2008 & 2011) with Tampa Bay and reached the World Series in 2008 vs. Philadelphia.

 

“We are excited to announce that the Cubs will return to Las Vegas for the 11th straight season and we also welcome the A’s for their fifth all-time appearance for Big League Weekend,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said.  “There is now great optimism surrounding the Cubs with the young talented players in their farm system and the hiring of Joe Maddon.

 

“Oakland has been one of the best teams in the American League over the past three seasons (94-68 in 2012 & 96-66 in 2013). The A’s should once again be a contender to return to the post-season for the fourth straight time in 2015.  The Cubs/A’s matchup will provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark for the fans, both locally and the tourists that will visit the Silver State during this event.”

 

Starlin Castro, one of the most talented shortstops in the National League, was named to the 2014 National League All-Star Team and appeared in 134 games for the Cubs.

 

He led the team in average (.292), at-bats (528), hits (154), doubles (tied/33) and also recorded 14 home runs and 65 RBI.

 

First baseman Anthony Rizzo, a 2014 N.L. All-Star, led the team in games played (140), home runs (32) and extra-base hits (61).  He batted .286 (150-for-524) with 28 doubles and 78 RBI.

 

Infielder Javier Baez, the Cubs 2014 Top Prospect, was promoted to the big leagues from Triple-A Iowa. He appeared in 52 games and recorded 9 home runs and 20 RBI (.169, 36-for-213).

 

Las Vegan Kris Bryant, the No. 2 Prospect, appeared in the 2014 Big League Weekend at Cashman Field. The third baseman was promoted to Triple-A Iowa in 2014 and has the potential to make his Major League debut at Wrigley Field in 2015.

 

Bryant captured the 2014 Joe Bauman Home Run Award with a Minor League best 43 round trippers (110 RBI) between Double-A Tennessee (22 HR/58 RBI) and Iowa (21 HR/52 RBI).

 

 

The A’s, under manager Bob Melvin, compiled a 88-74 record (.543) in 2014 and finished in second place in the American League West Division, 10 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (98-64, .605).

 

The A’s were represented by a team-high six all-stars in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis. The all-stars were: Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Sean Doolittle, Scott Kazmir, Brandon Moss and Derek Norris.

 

Oakland lost to Kansas City, 9-8 in 12 innings, in the American League wild-card game on September 30.

 

Third baseman Donaldson led the A’s in 2014 in games played (158), at-bats (608), hits (155), doubles (31), home runs (29), extra-base hits (62) and RBI (98).

 

Left-hander Doolittle appeared in 61 games and led the staff with 22 saves in 26 opportunities and struck out 89 batters in 62.2 innings pitched.

 

Left-hander Kazmir appeared in 32 games (second on the staff) and led the A’s with a 15-9 record and a 3.55 ERA. He struck out 164 batters in 190.1 innings pitched (second on staff).

 

Infielder/outfielder Moss appeared in 147 games and batted .234 (117-for-500) with 23 doubles and ranked second on the team in home runs (25), RBI (81) and extra-base hits (50).

 

Catcher Norris appeared in 127 games and batted .270 (104-for-385) with 19 doubles, 10 home runs and 55 RBI.

 

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 11th straight season and 14th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

 

In 2014, the Cubs total attendance for the Big League Weekend two-day event was 19,514. The New York Mets defeated the Cubs, 9-4, on March 15 before a crowd of 9,106. The Cubs then defeated the Mets, 6-3, on March 16 before a sellout crowd of 10,408.

 

The A’s last appeared in Las Vegas in 2000 and defeated Colorado, 11-9, on April 1 before a crowd of 8,456.  The Cubs/A’s split a two-game series in the 1994 Big League Weekend. The A’s defeated the Cubs, 11-8, on March 12 before a sellout crowd of 9,469. The Cubs then defeated the A’s, 4-1, on March 13 before another sellout crowd of 10,506.

 

Oakland’s all-time Las Vegas appearances include: 1994, 1996 (first six games of the MLB season vs. Toronto and Detroit), 1997 and 2000.

 

            The 51s will open their 33rd season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 9 against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, at Chukchansi Park in Northern California.  Las Vegas’ home opener is Friday, April 17 against the Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.

 

2015 season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.  Individual game tickets for the 72-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

 

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

 

 

 

– Visit the Las Vegas 51s on the Internet at www.lv51.com  –

– Visit www.MiLB.com – the official site of Minor League Baseball –

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Las Vegas Big League Weekend Recap – Cubs versus Mets at Cashman Field (2-day attendance of 19,514)

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2014 Big League Weekend Recap:

The Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets played a “two-game” Spring Training series on Saturday-Sunday, March 15-16 at Cashman Field. The teams split the series as the Mets won the opener, 9-4, and the Cubs then defeated the Mets, 6-3.

Big League Weekend attracted a two-day total attendance of 19,514. Saturday’s attendance was 9,106 and Sunday’s sellout crowd was 10,408.

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Saturday, March 15:

The New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs, 9-4, before a crowd of 9,106 at Cashman Field in the opener of the two-game “Big League Weekend” series. The game was broadcast nationally on WGN-TV America.

Second baseman Wilmer Flores (1-for-5) broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run, home run in the eighth inning. The Mets scored five runs over the final two innings.

The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Third baseman David Wright (1-for-3) delivered a two-run double to right centerfield. The Mets built a 4-1 lead after 2 ½ innings. Designated hitter Andrew Brown was 2-for-3, walk, double, 3 RBI.

The Cubs rallied to tie the game at 4-4 with two runs in the fourth inning and a solo run in the fifth.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was 2-for-3 with two home runs and 3 RBI. He hit a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Mets starter, right-hander Bartolo Colon.

Colon pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 7 hits, 4 runs and struck out 1. Cubs starter, left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, pitched 2 innings and allowed 5 hits and 4 runs.

Sunday, March 16:

The Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets, 6-3, before a sellout crowd of 10,408 at Cashman Field. The Cubs built a 5-0 lead after 3 ½ innings. Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 3-for-3 with a solo home run in the ninth inning. First baseman Daniel Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the fourth inning.

First baseman Zach Lutz led the Mets with a 2-for-4 performance with a solo home run fifth inning. Outfielder Andrew Brown (1-for-4) added a two-run, home run in the sixth inning.

Left-hander Chris Rusin improved to 2-2 with 4 shutout innings. He allowed 1 hit and struck out 2. Right-hander Jenrry Mejia suffered the loss (0-1). He pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 4 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), walked 2 and struck out 1.

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WGN-TV To Broadcast Saturday’s Game (Mar. 15) From Las Vegas (Mets-Cubs at Cashman Field)

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WGN-TV AMERICA TO BROADCAST SATURDAY’S
BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND GAME BETWEEN THE
CHICAGO CUBS AND NEW YORK METS
AT CASHMAN FIELD AT 1:05 P.M.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets & 2013 Pacific Southern Division Champions, announced today that WGN-TV America (Chicago) will televise the game on Saturday, March 15 featuring the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets at 1:05 p.m. at Cashman Field. The game will be televised in Las Vegas on Cox Cable 16 (HD 1016).

Big League Weekend features the Spring Training games with the Cubs-Mets and the two-game series, featuring split-squads, will conclude on Sunday, March 16 at 1:05 p.m.

WGN’s relationship with the Cubs traces back to channel 9’s inception in April of 1948. Len Kasper (play-by-play) and Jim Deshaies (analyst) will call Saturday’s action from the Silver State. WGN-TV is also the home of the Chicago White Sox and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.

“We are excited that WGN-TV will broadcast the opener of Big League Weekend on Saturday,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “The national broadcast will provide tremendous exposure for the city of Las Vegas and also the opportunity for the LVCVA to advertise into a key tourism market.”

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 10th straight season and 13th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

In 2013, the Cubs total attendance for the two-day event was 17,807. The Cubs defeated the Rangers, 5-1, on March 16 before a crowd of 9,005. The Rangers then defeated the Cubs, 8-5, on March 17 before a crowd of 8,802.

The Mets will be making their second all-time appearance to Cashman Field for Big League Weekend. New York played two games in 1997 and defeated Seattle, 4-0, on March 29 (11,310) and Boston defeated the Mets, 8-7, on March 30 before a crowd of 7,546.

The 51s, under manager Wally Backman, will open their 32nd season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 3 against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, at 7:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.

2014 season tickets and mini-plan packages (10 & 10-Games You Pick’em, 20, 33-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825. Individual game tickets for the 72-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com .

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2014 Big League Weekend Features the N.Y. Mets vs. Chicago Cubs on March 15-16

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2014 BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND FEATURES NEW YORK METS
VS. CHICAGO CUBS ON SATURDAY-SUNDAY,
MARCH 15-16 AT CASHMAN FIELD

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced today the schedule for the 2014 Big League Weekend at Cashman Field.

The Chicago Cubs will make their 10th straight appearance to Las Vegas for two games against the New York Mets on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16. Game times are TBA and both games will feature split-squads. Big League Weekend ticket packages are available NOW by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.

The Cubs have recorded 14 sellouts over the past nine seasons (2005-13) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field.

The 51s welcome their Major League affiliate to the Silver State for Big League Weekend. The Mets/51s signed a two-year Player Development Contract (PDC) on Sept. 17, 2012, through the 2014 season. In 2013, under manager Wally Backman, the 51s compiled the second-best record in the 16-team PCL with an 81-63 (.563) mark and advanced to the PCL Playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons (2002).

“It’s great to continue our relationship with Major League Baseball for the twenty-fourth year of Big League Weekend,” Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said. “We are excited to welcome back the Chicago Cubs and their fans, and it will be great to see them take on the New York Mets, the parent organization for our hometown Las Vegas 51s. Both teams have a great following and it will be another fantastic weekend of big league baseball at Cashman Field.”

The Cubs, under manager Dale Sveum, compiled a 66-96 record (.407) in 2013 and finished in fifth place in the National League Central Division, 31 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals (97-65, .599). The Cubs, on November 7, 2013, announced the hiring of new manager Rick Renteria.

“We are excited to announce that the Cubs will return to Las Vegas for the 10th straight season and we also welcome the Mets, our Major League affiliate,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “We thank the Mets organization for traveling across country (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) for 2014 Big League Weekend. It’s been 16 years (1997) since the Mets last played in Las Vegas and it will provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark for all of the Mets and Cubs fans, both locally and the tourists that will visit during this event.

“This will also provide great exposure for the city of Las Vegas with broadcasts to two of the top three television markets in the country (New York #1 & Chicago #3).”

Starlin Castro, one of the most talented shortstops in the National League, will return for his fifth season with the Cubs. In 2013, he appeared in a team-high 161 games and was the team leader in at-bats (666) and hits (163). He batted .245 with 34 doubles, 10 home runs and 44 RBI. First baseman Anthony Rizzo led the team in doubles (40), home runs (23) and RBI (80) and ranked second in games played (160), at-bats (606) and hits (141).

Left-hander and N.L. All-Star Travis Wood led the staff in victories (9) and ERA (3.11). He ranked second in starts (32), innings pitched (200.0) and strikeouts (144). Right-hander Jeff Samardzija led the staff with 33 starts and compiled an 8-13 record with a 4.34 ERA. He also led the team in innings pitched (213.2) and strikeouts (214).

The Mets, under manager Terry Collins, compiled a 74-88 record (.457) in 2013 and finished in third place in the National League East Division, 22 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves (96-66, .593).

Third baseman David Wright, one of the premier third baseman in the National League, is the cornerstone player for the Mets. In 2013, he appeared in 112 games and was the team-leader with a .307 batting average (132-for-430) with 23 doubles, 6 triples, 18 home runs and 58 RBI. Second baseman Daniel Murphy led the team in games played (161), at-bats and hits (.286, 188-for-658), doubles (38) and RBI (78). He also ranked second with 23 stolen bases in 26 attempts.

Outfielder Eric Young, acquired in a trade from Colorado on June 19, appeared in 91 games for the Mets and batted .251 (94-for-374) and led the team with 38 stolen bases (45 attempts). Overall, in 148 games, he led the National League with 46 stolen bases (57 attempts).

Right-hander Matt Harvey appeared in 26 games and compiled a 9-5 record with a team-best 2.27 ERA. He allowed 135 hits and struck out a team-high 191 batters in 178.1 innings pitched. He underwent Tommy John Surgery on Oct. 22 to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will miss the 2014 season.

Right-hander Dillon Gee led the staff in victories (12), starts (32) and innings pitched (199.0). He allowed 208 hits and struck out 142 batters with a 3.62 ERA.

Right-hander Zack Wheeler, the Mets’ Top Prospect according to Baseball America, began the 2013 campaign with Triple-A Las Vegas. He appeared in 13 games for the 51s and compiled a 4-2 record with a 3.93 ERA. He allowed 61 hits and struck out 73 batters in 68.2 innings pitched. He was promoted to the Mets in mid-season and appeared in 17 games and compiled a 7-5 record with a 3.42 ERA. He allowed 90 hits and struck out 84 batters in 100.0 innings pitched.

The Mets recalled a total of 19 players from Triple-A Las Vegas during the 2013 season. Most notable players included: catcher Travis d’Arnaud, outfielder Matt den Dekker, infielder Wilmer Flores, outfielder Juan Lagares, infielder Zach Lutz, infielder Josh Satin and right-hander Carlos Torres.

The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 10th straight season and 13th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

In 2013, the Cubs total attendance for the two-day event was 17,807. The Cubs defeated the Rangers, 5-1, on March 16 before a crowd of 9,005. The Rangers then defeated the Cubs, 8-5, on March 17 before a crowd of 8,802.

The Mets will be making their second all-time appearance to Cashman Field for Big League Weekend. New York played two games in 1997 and defeated Seattle, 4-0, on March 30 (11,310) and Boston defeated the Mets, 8-7, on March 30 before a crowd of 7,546.

The 51s open their 32nd season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 3 against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, at 7:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.

2014 season tickets and mini-plan packages (10 & 10-Games You Pick’em, 20, 33-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825. Individual game tickets for the 72-game home schedule will go on sale in March.

Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.

– Visit the Las Vegas 51s on the Internet at www.lv51.com  –
– Visit www.MiLB.com  – the official site of Minor League Baseball –

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