Happy New Year! It’s Two Thousand Fourteen

Happy New Year from ChicagoCubsOnline to All of the Cubs Faithful

I know I say this every year, but to quote the great John Lennon it is truly hard to believe another year is over and a new one has just begun. Baseball season is not that far away, pitchers and catchers will be reporting to the Cubs’ new facility in Mesa before we know it.

It is only 16 days until the 29th annual Cubs Convention, 43 days until pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13, 57 days until the first Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks at Cubs Park and 89 days until the Cubs open the 2014 season at PNC Park on March 31.

While it was another rough year for the big league club on the field, the Cubs’ organization as a whole had a good Two Thousand Thirteen. Several prospects put together excellent seasons while the farm system made several steps forward in terms of player development and facilities.

The CCO had our best year, and for that I am very grateful and appreciative to all of the readers and posters of the site. I am looking to grow and improve the coverage in the coming months during what will be our tenth calendar year. The CCO will provide first hand coverage of the upcoming Cubs Convention for the ninth straight year and will be in Mesa for the opening of Cubs Park at the end of February. And I do not know who is looking more forward to our tenth trip to Spring Training, me or my wife.

As for actual baseball news on the final day of the year … The Hall of Fame debate continued and the Masahiro Tanaka workload was discussed. Jayson Stark posted his always-entertaining look back at the year that was, Strange But True Feats of 2013. Stark’s year-end column is always a must read. Ken Davidoff released his list of baseball’s overrated and over-hated in 2013.

A big tip of the cap goes out to Tom and Brian for their contributions to this site throughout the year, and all they’ve done over the years. I could not do it without them or my buddy Jim that helps me keep the site on the World Wide Web. And last, but certainly not least, to my wife Abby for her constant support and patience with her husband spending a lot of time in his upstairs office.

To all of the readers, I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and prosperous Two Thousand Fourteen.

As Satchel Paige once said, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

Happy New Year!
Off-Season Calendar

January

  • 8 – Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Announced
  • 11 – Individual Tickets for the 2014 Cubs Home Spring Training Games at Cubs Park go on Sale
  • 14 – Salary arbitration filing date
  • 15 – 16 – MLB Owners Meetings – Paradise Valley, AZ
  • 17 – Exchange of salary arbitration figures
  • 17 – 19 – 29th Annual Cubs Convention
  • 24 – Deadline for Masahiro Tanaka to sign a contract with a Major League team (4:00pm CST)
  • 25 – Grand Opening of Cubs Park

February

  • 1 – 21 – Salary arbitration hearings
  • 13 – Cubs Pitchers and Catchers Report to Fitch Park
  • 14 – First on field workout for Cubs Pitchers and Catchers
  • 15 – End of Waiver Period
  • 16 – Beginning of New Waiver Period
  • 27 – Cubs Cactus League Opener vs. Diamondbacks (SS) at Cubs Park

March

  • 2 – 11 – Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players
  • 12 – Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days termination pay
  • 21- Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list
  • 22 – 23 – MLB Opening Series in Sydney, Australia – Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks
  • 26 – Last date to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player without having to pay full 2014 salary.
  • 30 – All Clubs must reduce active roster to 25 players
  • 30 – Opening Day for MLB
  • 31 – 2014 Opening Day for Chicago Cubs – Cubs vs. Pirates at PNC Park

April

  • 4 – Cubs 2014 Home Opener – Cubs vs. Phillies at Wrigley Field
  • 9 – First date a player optioned to the minors during Spring Training may be recalled

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