2014 Chicago Cubs season
The 2014 Chicago Cubs season was the 143rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 139th in the National League and the 99th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs began the season on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 31, 2014 and finished the regular season on September 28, 2014, on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs finished the season with a 73–89 record in last place in the National League Central Division in Rick Renteria's first and only season as manager.
|2014 Chicago Cubs|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Jed Hoyer|
CSN Chicago Plus
(Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies)
|Local radio||WGN (AM)|
Chicago Cubs Radio Network
(Pat Hughes, Ron Coomer, Judd Sirott)
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This season marked the 100th season of play at Wrigley Field, though the Cubs did not start playing there until 1916. To mark the occasion, the Cubs wore different uniforms to represent each decade during ten homestands throughout the season.
The season marked the third year of the Cubs rebuild under President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer which would result in the Cubs breaking their 108-year World Series drought and lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series championship.
Dale Sveum was fired as manager on September 30, 2013. His total record with the Cubs in two years was 127–197. Rick Renteria was hired as the manager of the Chicago Cubs on November 7, 2013 and signed a three-year contract.
The Cubs opened a new spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona called Sloan Park. The park replaces HoHoKam Stadium which had been their spring training home since 1979. With a capacity of 15,000, Cubs Park becomes the largest spring training stadium by capacity in Major League Baseball, surpassing Camelback Ranch in Glendale.
Regular season transactionsEdit
- The Cubs traded Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija on July 5 to the Oakland A's for minor leaguers Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and major league pitcher Dan Straily. Russell was considered a top-five prospect in baseball.
- On July 28, Darwin Barney was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league pitcher Jonathan Martinez.
- On July 30, the Cubs acquired Félix Doubront from the Boston Red Sox.
- On July 31, pitcher James Russell and infielder Emilio Bonifacio were traded to the Atlanta Braves for 20-year-old catcher Victor Caratini.
- On August 15, the Cubs traded outfielder Brett Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Blake Cooper.
Opening day startersEdit
Monday, March 31, 2014 at Pittsburgh Pirates
National League CentralEdit
|St. Louis Cardinals||90||72||0.556||—||51–30||39–42|
National League Wild CardEdit
|Los Angeles Dodgers||94||68||0.580|
|St. Louis Cardinals||90||72||0.556|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|San Francisco Giants||88||74||0.543||—|
|New York Mets||79||83||0.488||9|
|San Diego Padres||77||85||0.475||11|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
2014 National League Records
Source: Standings Head-to-Head
Detailed record vs. opponentsEdit
|2014 Game Log: 73–89 (Home: 41–40; Away: 32–49)|
April: 9–16 (Home: 5–8; Away: 4–9)
May: 11–16 (Home: 5–5; Away: 6–11)
June: 14–13 (Home: 9–7; Away: 5–6)
July: 10–16 (Home: 6–7; Away: 4–9)
August: 16–14 (Home: 7–6; Away: 9–8)
September: 12–13 (Home: 9–7; Away: 3–6)
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Cubs team member
|2014 Chicago Cubs|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs Scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home Runs; Avg. = Batting Average; RBI = Runs Batted In; SB = Stolen Bases
Scoring by inningEdit
Awards and honorsEdit
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Kane County
On September 16, 2014 the Cubs announced that they will be moving their top Class A affiliate from Daytona in the Florida State League to Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League for the 2015 season. Two days later, on the 18th, the Cubs signed a 4-year player development contract with the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Midwest League, ending their brief relationship with the Kane County Cougars. On the 25th, the Silver Hawks officially changed their name to the South Bend Cubs.
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