New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year from everyone here at the CCO!!!! Could this be the year? While everyone is gearing up for a full day of College Football, here are a few numbers to remember…. 45, 59 and 91….as in 45 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 14th, 59 days until the first Spring Training game against the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale on February 28th and 91 days until Opening Day at Wrigley Field on March 31st against the Milwaukee Brewers. And there are just 18 days before the 23rd Annual Cubs Convention.

Today is the time most sit down and make a list of what they would like to change and improve upon from the year before, here are possible resolutions for the Cubs 40-man roster for 2008…. Pitchers

  • Jose Ascanio – To become the 2008 version of Carlos Marmol
  • Neal Cotts – To return to the effective reliever that pitched on the South Side in 2005
  • Ryan Dempster – To be the Cubs’ 5th starter in the rotation
  • Scott Eyre – To remain ‘Stevie Irye
  • Sean Gallagher – To end up in the Orioles system
  • Angel Guzman – Rehab, rehab and more rehab
  • Adam Harben – To recover from surgery and be a viable option for the big league club during the season
  • Kevin Hart – To be the Cubs’ long-relief man out of the pen
  • Rich Hill – To challenge Big Z for the title of staff ace and to get out of his own way
  • Bobby Howry – To start and finish strong
  • Tim Lahey – To remain with the Cubs throughout the 2008 season and to prove Tim Wilken was right
  • Ted Lilly – To pitch the way he did in 2007 and to keep his glove on his hand, no matter the situation
  • Carlos Marmol – To continue being Lou Piniella’s go-to-guy out of the pen, regardless of the inning
  • Jason Marquis – To end up in Oakland
  • Sean Marshall – To end up in the Orioles system
  • Juan Mateo – To open Lou Piniella’s eyes in Arizona and to be an option in event one of the starting five is either ineffective or hurt
  • Billy Petrick – To continue throwing heat and challenge Michael Wuertz for a spot in the bullpen
  • Carmen Pignatiello – To take the next step in his career and challenge Neal Cotts for the second lefty spot in the bullpen vacated by the trade of Will Ohman
  • Jeff Samardzija – To contribute to the big league club in the second half of the season and make the Faithful forget the ‘Employee
  • Kerry Wood - To avoid the DL and to remain healthy for an entire season
  • Michael Wuertz – To continue being the quiet, effective reliever he has in the past but most importantly to throw strikes when he is called upon out of the pen
  • Carlos Zambrano – To fulfill promises made in 2007

Catchers

  • Henry Blanco – To remain healthy and to serve as a good mentor to Geovany Soto
  • Jake Fox – To continue to work on his defense in the outfield and first base and to be a viable option in Iowa in case of injury
  • Geovany Soto – To pick up where he left off in September and to become the Cubs’ best catcher since Jody Davis

Infielders

  • Ronny Cedeno – To be the Orioles’ starting shortstop in 2008
  • Mark DeRosa – To be the super-sub Lou Piniella desires and to remain the best team player in the league
  • Mike Fontenot – To make adjustments and to improve at the plate and in the field. To be one of Jim Hendry’s first options in the event of injury
  • Derrek Lee – To continue being the Cubs’ quiet leader, to earn his fourth gold glove and to rediscover the power stroke that eluded him for most of the 2007 season
  • Aramis Ramirez – To continue being “The RBI Machine” and to remain healthy for the full season, taking days off for Mark DeRosa from time-to-time
  • Ryan Theriot – To continue being the Cubs’ spark plug and to give the Cubs a solid 8th hitter in the lineup
  • Daryle Ward – To continue being the late inning, clutch pinch-hitter that he was in 2007

Outfielders

  • Kosuke Fukudome – To not allow the Faithful to get under his skin as he adjusts to life in the Major Leagues. But most-importantly to solidify the Cubs huge defensive hole in right field
  • Sam Fuld - To be the Cubs 25th man on the Opening Day roster
  • Matt Murton – To end up in the Oakland A’s or Baltimore Orioles’ system
  • Angel Pagan – To remain healthy for an entire season and to give Lou Piniella a speedy switch hitter off the bench
  • Eric Patterson – To end up in either the Oakland A’s or Baltimore system
  • Felix Pie – To hit the ball, show patience at the plate and give Lou Piniella one of the best centerfielders in the NL
  • Alfonso Soriano – To continue playing a solid left field, to improve on his routes to balls and to keep his legs healthy and strong for the entire season

Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful New Year!!!


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