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South Bend Cubs
Founded in 1988
South Bend, Indiana
SouthBendSilverHawksLogo.PNG SouthBendSilverHawksCapLogo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Single-A (1988-present)
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (1988-present)
Division Eastern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Chicago Cubs (2015-present)[1]
Previous Arizona Diamondbacks (1997-2014)
Chicago White Sox (1988-1996)
Minor league titles
League titles 1989, 1993, 1991, 1997, 2001 (co-champions with Kane County), 2005
Division titles 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2006, and 2008
Team data
Nickname South Bend Cubs (2015-present)
Previous names
South Bend Silver Hawks (1994-2014)
South Bend White Sox (1988-1993)
Ballpark Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium (1988-present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Andrew T. Berlin
Manager Mark Haley
General manager Joe Hart, President & GM

The South Bend Cubs are a U.S. Class A minor league baseball team, based in South Bend, Indiana, that plays in the Midwest League. Known for many years as the "'Silver Hawks"', in September of 2014 they ended their 17-year affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks, signed a 4 year player development agreement with the Chicago Cubs,[2] and changed their name to the South Bend Cubs.[3]

History[edit]

Four Winds Field in South Bend.

South Bend, Indiana was awarded a Midwest League franchise in 1988.[4] Originally affiliated with the Chicago White Sox and bearing the name of the parent club, the team was renamed in 1994. The name "Silver Hawks" was chosen as an homage to the once popular Studebaker Silver Hawk automobile, which was manufactured in South Bend.

Reid Mahon with the Silver Hawks in 2007

Notable former players include Brandon Webb, and Justin Upton, the #1 overall draft pick in 2005.

The team's home park is Four Winds Field. The stadium was built in 1987 and named for Stanley Coveleski, the Hall of Fame pitcher who retired to South Bend after a career in major league baseball that included pitching an amazing 3 complete games to help the Cleveland Indians win the 1920 World Series. September 5, 2013 The South Bend Silver Hawks announced that it reached an agreement with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, owners of Four Winds Resorts, for naming rights to its field. The field is now known as Four Winds Field. As part of the agreement, a permanent bronze memorial bearing the name and likeness of Stanley Coveleski will be installed at the main entrance in his honor.

Despite playing through rumors of sale and relocation in the near future to Marion, Illinois, the Silver Hawks managed a championship season in 2005, beating the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and winning the 2005 Midwest League Championship. The team also won league titles in 1989 and 1993.

Former Indiana Governor (and former South Bend Mayor) Joe Kernan formed an investment group to purchase the Silver Hawks in 2005. At the time, Kernan made it clear that a principal objective of the group was to keep the team from leaving South Bend.

New ownership[edit]

In November 2011, Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, a limited partner of the Chicago White Sox and Chairman/CEO of Chicago-based Berlin Packaging and the new owner of the team, ensured his commitment to the city of South Bend by signing a twenty-year cumulative lease agreement for the use of Coveleski Stadium. He then added a public commitment to the citizens of the region that he would invest two and a half million dollars of his own money to make upgrades to the city-owned stadium.[citation needed]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On September 18, 2014, the Silver Hawks and Chicago Cubs signed a four-year player-development contract through 2018. Owner of the team Berlin said in a statement. "Today is a turning point. I made a promise to the local community and government officials who welcomed me with open arms three years ago. I promised that I would return the team to its former glory days. And I promised that I’d do everything I could to bring people back to South Bend and prove that this is a wonderful place to invest in. Now one of the best and most beloved brands in the history of Major League Baseball is making a bold statement about this place too." [2]

Mascot[edit]

The team has one mascot, Swoop.

Roster[edit]

South Bend Cubs roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 34 Paul Blackburn
  • 39 Francisco Carrillo
  • 36 David Garner
  • 43 Michael Heesch
  • 15 Zak Hermans
  • 17 Tyler Ihrig
  • 40 James Pugliese
  • 13 Jasvir Rakkar
  • -- Brad Renner Injury icon 2.svg
  • 38 Daury Torrez
  • 19 Jen-Ho Tseng
  • 29 Duane Underwood
  • 30 Michael Wagner
  • 32 Ben Wells

Catchers

  •  9 Cael Brockmeyer
  • -- Victor Caratini Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Will Remillard Injury icon 2.svg
  •  5 Mark Zagunis

Infielders

  • 18 Tyler Alamo
  • 27 Jeimer Candelario
  •  7 Danny Lockhart
  •  6 Carlos Penalver
  • 24 Jacob Rogers
  •  4 Chesny Young

Outfielders

  • 33 Jeffrey Baez
  • 22 Yasiel Balaguert
  •  3 Shawon Dunston, Jr.
  • 25 Trey Martin

Manager

Coaches

  • 11 Tom Beyers (hitting)
  • 12 Chris Gutierrez (coach)
  • 16 David Rosario (pitching)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Chicago Cubs 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated September 18, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Chicago Cubs minor league players

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bell, Kyle. "South Bend Silver Hawks Become Chicago Cubs Class A Affiliate". South Bend Voice. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Leventhal, Josh. "Tracking the Affiliation Shuffle". baseballamerica.com. Baseball America. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "South Bend Silver Hawks renamed South Bend Cubs". WSBT/Channel 22. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Baseball in South Bend, Indiana". MWLGuide.com. 

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