Maddon Makes It Official: Jon Lester to Start Opening Night, Kyle Hendricks Basically a Lock as Cubs Fourth Starter

It’s official, Jon Lester will throw the first pitch of the 2015 baseball season. Joe Maddon removed any doubt Monday who he would be giving the ball to on Opening Night, April 5 against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Maddon officially named Lester his Opening Night starter. Maddon also confirmed that Kyle Hendricks is basically […]


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Joe Maddon Announces Cubs Rotation for First Six Spring Games, Jon Lester to Make Debut Friday

The Cubs begin play in the Cactus League on Thursday with a split squad day. And on Monday, Joe Maddon announced his starting rotation for the first six exhibition games. Travis Wood (A’s) and Jacob Turner (Giants) get the Cactus League openers on Thursday. And Wood will oppose fellow lefty Barry Zito at Sloan Park. Jon […]


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Theo Epstein Talks Cubs on 670 The Score

Theo Epstein joined Barry Rozner Sunday morning on 670 The Score to talk about his team and the upcoming season. Theo Epstein addressed the Kris Bryant question, expectations, Jon Lester and pace of play. Epstein reiterated that there is room in the budget to add to the roster during the season if it makes sense […]


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The Daily CCO: The Spring Games Begin This Week and Cubs News from Day Ten of Camp Maddon

Countdown to Cubs Cactus League Openers: 3 days The Cubs exhibition season begins this week with a pair of games in the Valley on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs have decided not to play an Intrasquad game this year. The pitchers have not built up enough innings and with a split squad day kicking off the […]


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The Daily CCO: A Positive Start to Spring Training and Cubs News from Day Nine of Camp Maddon

Countdown to Cubs Cactus League Openers: 4 days Based on the volume of reports from Mesa, it’s been a good start to the spring for the Chicago Cubs. Jon Lester commented Saturday how impressed he’s been with Joe Maddon and pointed out that his new manager is as advertised. Maddon has set a positive tone […]


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The Daily CCO: Jon Lester Throws BP and Cubs News from Day Eight of Camp Maddon

Countdown to Cubs Cactus League Openers: 5 days The Cubs completed their third full day of practice Friday. Joe Maddon said there is not an Intrasquad game scheduled and there doesn’t look like there will be a scrimmage between teammates prior to the Cactus League openers on Thursday. The weather is looking questionable for the […]


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Joe Maddon, the Cubs Relievers and Reverse Splits

Due to the amount of information flying out of Mesa last week, Joe Maddon’s view on his bullpen and the way he likes to use relievers was glossed over. Joe Maddon said Hector Rondon would continue closing games and removed any questions, for now, about veteran Jason Motte being the Cubs’ closer. While talking about […]


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Joe Maddon Really Likes What Arismendy Alcantara Brings to the Table

Joe Maddon has had his eye on Arismendy Alcantara since he landed the Cubs job. Maddon monitored Alcantara’s progress closely in Winter Ball while speaking highly about him throughout the off-season. And based on reports from Mesa, Maddon has really liked what he’s seen so far in camp from the 23-year old utility man. Arismendy […]


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The Daily CCO: All About Respect and Cubs News from Day Seven of Camp Maddon

Countdown to Cubs Cactus League Openers: 6 days The first week of Spring Training is in the books and today is the last Friday without a Cubs game until October. Based on the various reports the Cubs had another good day of practice Thursday as the players prepare for the Cactus League openers next week. […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Shortstop

Like first base, there is no real doubt who will be the team’s starting at shortstop when the season begins. However, with the Cubs amassing a lot of depth at the position, the real question is who will be there for the foreseeable future. Let’s take a look at the shortstop that’s sure to get […]


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