Cubs News and Notes
A public visitation and memorial services for Cubs legend Ernie Banks will be held Friday and Saturday at Forth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago. A public visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 30, and a Memorial Service, with limited public seating, is set for 10 a.m. On Saturday, Jan. 31. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ernie's memory to Cubs Charities at the below address or by visiting www.cubs.com/give and clicking on "Donate Now." or send to : Cubs Charities, In Memory of Ernie Banks,Wrigley Field, 1060 West Addison, Chicago, IL 60613...........With spring training starting Feb. 19, WBBM 780 released its spring broadcast schedule as they will broadcast live every Saturday and Sunday game in March with a 2 p.m. start time.
Hot Stove News
NL Central foe Cincinnati reached a four-year, $28 million deal with catcher Devin Mesoraco. The 26-year-old led all MLB catchers with 25 HR and 80 RBI while hitting .273.........Baltimore avoided arbitration with RHP Bud Norris ($8.8 million) and Ryan Flaherty (1.075 M) on one-year deal.
Venezuelan Winter League
GAME 3—After dropping the first two games of the series, Magallanes used a four-run first to down Caribes 10-3. No Cubs are on either roster.
Dominican Winter League
Gigantes beat Esterallas five-games to three to clinch the Caribbean World Series bid.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
GAME 5—Culiacan clinched the Mexican championship with a 4-3 win over Jalisco to take the series 4-1. Former Cubs outfielder Dave Sappelt went 0-for-4 in the win while former Cubs prospect Marquez Smith hit a solo homer for Jalisco.
Puerto Rican Winter League
With the day off on Monday, Santurce and Javier Baez will look to clinch the title as they host Mayaguez in game 6 on Tuesday.