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Cubs, Mets to take part in 2014 Big League Weekend

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Updated: 11/18/2013 11:49 am
LAS VEGAS -- The Chicago Cubs will make their 10th straight appearance at Cashman Field this spring for the 2014 Big League Weekend.

The Cubs will face the New York Mets, the parent club of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, on Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16. Game times are to be announced, and both games will feature split-squads. Big League Weekend ticket packages are available 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.

"It's great to continue our relationship with Major League Baseball for the 24th 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 compiled a 66-96 record (.407) in 2013 and finished 31 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs replaced manager Dale Sveum with 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," 51sPresident/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."

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 Atlanta Braves.

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, infielderJosh 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).

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.

-- From news release
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