Happy Two Thousand Thirteen!

Happy New Year from the CCO!

Another year over and a new one just begun … it is 2013! With the calendar turning over once again, it means a new baseball season is just around the corner. Here are a few numbers to put into perspective on just how close it is to the 2013 season … 17, 40, 53 and 90. As in 17 days until the 28th Annual Cubs Convention, 40 days until pitcher and catchers report to Fitch Park, 53 days until the Cubs’ Cactus League opener against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe and 90 days before the first pitch of the 2013 season at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on April 1.

While the play at the big league level was historically bad, it was a great year for the CCO. The site set new highs in hits, unique visitors and return visitors and the new publishing software has opened up avenues to increase our coverage of the Chicago National League Ball Club in the New Year.

From the Cubs Convention to Spring Training to the daily grind of the season, we enjoyed last year and I tip my cap to all of the readers and commenters that fuel the CCO on a daily basis.

I would like to thank Tom and Brian for all of their hard work over the years … and to my buddy Jim that helps me keep the site on the World Wide Web.

It is hard to believe, and I’m very thankful, that the CCO begins its ninth calendar year today. The CCO will provide coverage of the Cubs Convention for the eighth straight year and will be in Arizona for the Cubs final Spring Training at HoHoKam Park.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice
And to make an end it to make a beginning.
-T.S. Eliot

Off-Season Calendar



  • 4 – Single game tickets for Spring Training games at HoHoKam Park go on sale
  • 5 – 15 – Salary arbitration filing period
  • 9 – Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announced
  • 18 – Exchange of salary arbitration figures
  • 18 – 20 – 28th Annual Cubs Convention


  • 4 – 20 – Salary arbitration hearings (if necessary)
  • 10 – Cubs Pitchers and Catchers Report to Fitch Park
  • 11 – First on field workout for Cubs Pitchers and Catchers
  • 15 – End of Waiver Period
  • 16 – Beginning of New Waiver Period
  • 16 – Cubs Position Players Report to Fitch Park
  • 17 – Cubs First Full Squad Workout of the Spring
  • 23 – Cubs Cactus League Opener vs. Angels (SS) at Tempe Diablo Stadium
  • 24 – Cubs Spring Home Opener against the Giants at HoHoKam Park


  • 2 – 6 – World Baseball Classic, First Round – Pool A
  • 2 – 5 – World Baseball Classic, First Round – Pool B
  • 7 – 10 – World Baseball Classic, First Round – Pool C
  • 7 – 10 – World Baseball Classic, First Round – Pool D
  • 8 – 10 – World Baseball Classic, Second Round – Pool 1
  • 17 – 19 – World Baseball Classic, Championship Round – AT & T Park, San Francisco
  • 8 – Single-Game Tickets for the 81 home games of the Cubs 2013 schedule go on sale
  • 31 – All Clubs must reduce active roster to 25 players
  • 31 – Opening Day for MLB


  •  1 – Opening Day for Chicago Cubs – Cubs vs. Pirates at PNC Park

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and prosperous Two Thousand Thirteen … Eamus Catuli!

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"Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want." – T.S. Eliot

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.canavan.14 Jim Canavan

    Happy New Year !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

    Happy holidays!!

  • Tony_Hall

    Happy New Year! I know that most of us are glad that 2012 is now behind us. I am looking forward to baseball getting started…17-40-53-90….seems like an eternity right now.

    I also want to give a tip of the cap to Neil, Tom and Brian for the daily coverage throughout 2012. It wasn’t the easiest job in the world to keep going everyday in 2012, especially in the dog days of August, but not only did they keep going everyday, their coverage hit it out of the park once again. Thank-you for this great site.

  • GaryLeeT

    I know there is no formal date, but when are the spring training rosters/invitees usually announced?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Gary, last year they did not announce the NRIs until January 30. I would think it will be a little earlier this year.

  • J Daniel

    As most will be be saying today, GREAT job Neil and Tom! Thanks for all of the great work.

    Also, Happy New Years to everyone that follows this great site! Although we all have different viewpoints what a great way for all of us to voice our opinions and get all news the QUICKEST!

  • coolpdxcubsfan

    Thanks again for another great year of Cubs agony and ecstasy Neil.

  • jtrain23

    Happy New Year Cubbies Nation! Thanks to Neil and the whole staff for providing all of us with this great forum to find information and voice our own opinions.

    This is what brings all of us back. Despite an extremely disappointing 2012 season, we’re all faunching for 2013 to get here. Despite the agony of defeat, it truly is great to be a Cubs fan.

  • SuzyS

    Happy New Year to the entire CCO community!
    Neil, Abbey, Brian, Tom U., Jim….and all the wonderful commentators, posters…AND readers.

    Neil, the site just gets better and better as the years go on…very impressive!!!

  • Tom U

    A very Happy New Year to everyone.

    Just as a reminder, don’t forget to check out the new CCO Minor League Twitter page.

  • SuzyS

    “The forecast for tonight is dark…followed by dawn.”

    I can’t predict what the new season is going to bring.
    But what I can definitely say is this:

    There is definitely a feeling of optimism for the not too far future of the Cubs. We are now in a building mode…as opposed to a tearing down mode.

    I’ll take that any day over the last years of the JH regime
    where we were locked into all the guaranteed non-performing contracts…with little hope of improving substantially.

    Regardless of how we actually perform in 2013…the key is going to be the trades…the draft…the building of the foundation for the Cubs future. It’s fortunate and exciting that Neil & the CCO staff have given us a front
    row box seat to the rebuilding effort with this forum.

    Augustin mentioned that “as much as we know about this crazy game, we don’t know anything”. I tend to agree with that…it’s what makes baseball so interesting.

    “The most thought provoking thought, in our thought provoking time, is that man has not learned to think.”
    – Martin Heidegger in “Contemporary Existentialism”.

    I look forward to an exciting year…with tons of debate and different viewpoints. Happy New Year to all.

    Yes indeed, “The forecast for tonight is dark, followed by dawn.”

  • Tom U

    Congratulations to Alfredo Amezaga of the Iowa Cubs for winning the batting title in the LMP

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

    Best wishes to you all :)

    Long Live Baseball!!!

  • Aaron

    For those of you Bears fans out there:


    I pretty much love them now and I couldn’t say that for most of this year. Emery has a little baseball in him. He even said “Moneyball”

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Thanks for all of the comments today. I hope everyone had and has a great New Year!

  • Bob52

    Neil, I’m a daily reader but first time poster. I’ve been a Cubs fan every second of my life (60 years)…and I have my Ernie Banks shrine at home to prove it! I just want to thank you for the amazing, amazing, amazing job you, Tom, Brian and your crew do every day. I look forward to reading your reports and the insightful, thoughtful comments from Aaron, Tony, Suzy, Paul etc. etc. etc. There is no reason to look for Cubs news anywhere else. Happy New Year to everyone at CCO. Let’s keep the faith that 2013 is another step on our way to “sustained success.”

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Bob, thank you very much and I hope you will post in the New Year. Have a great night … and I’m right there with you.

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