A prospect’s road to the big leagues can be long and hard. Their dream finally starts coming into view when they reach AAA.
For future Cubs, that stop is Des Moines, Iowa with the Iowa Cubs.

The longest-tenured Cubs affiliate, Iowa joined the Cubs system in 1981. The I-Cubs are a member of the Pacific Coast League.  A “Who’s Who” of Cubs minor leaguers includes players from Greg Maddux to Mark Prior to Nico Hoerner.

The late Rod Beck famously lived in his Winnebago while coming back from Tommy John surgery and assigned to the AAA team. Manny Ramirez spent time with the I-Cubs as a player/coach. Future Cubs managers Bruce Kimm and Mike Quade passed through Des Moines also.  The great Ryne Sandberg led the I-Cubs when he was working his way up the managerial ladder.

They play their home games at Principal Park, a stadium that was built after the demolition of most of the previous stadium at the conclusion of the 1991 season.

Players have come and gone but one man has remained constant.

Entering his 37th season with the team, that man is Sam Bernabe, the President/General Manager of the I-Cubs.

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