By the Numbers….Aramis Ramirez

The second of the three part series on the Cubs’ ‘Big Three‘ is focused on Lou Piniella’s clean-up hitter, Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez has become one of the best third basemen in the majors in both offensive production as well as defensively at the hot corner. While Ramirez still might ‘uncork one‘ from time to time, […]

By the Numbers….Alfonso Soriano

Toward the end of the regular season a member of the Chicago media asked Lou Piniella about his team being built to the win the fall classic. Piniella answered the question in a frustrated manner and said every team is built at the beginning of the season to win the final game of the year. […]

Time for a Little R&R

Long time readers of the CCO have become accustomed to my style of writing, good or bad, I always tend to ‘report‘ just the facts and keep my personal opinion out of my articles. The main reason is because I feel there is a ton of opinionated bloggers out there, why add to it. But […]

Vocabulary Reduction

The regular season is coming to an end and the playoffs are just around the corner. With that said, the mainstream media has dusted off their ‘Cubs Glossary of Terms’ and are ready to remind the Faithful of how long it has been since the Cubs last won a championship. This season’s been full of […]

Easy as One, Two….The Big Three

The final month of the season has not begun the way most felt it would for the Cubs. After posting seven straight wins the offense became single happy in the final two games of the series with the Phillies….and then stone cold in the three games against the Astros. While the Cubs scored 7 runs […]

Keys for the Second Half – The Infielders and Outfielders

On Thursday the CCO looked at keys for the second half for the pitching staff and backstops, today it is the rest of the position players. The Cubs figure to make at least one more move before the trading deadline at the end of the month with some thinking an addition will be made in […]

Keys for the Second Half – Pitchers and Catchers

The first half of the 2008 campaign is over and the Cubs posted a 57-38 record, tied for the best in the bigs with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Lou Piniella’s crew will begin the second half on Friday in Houston with at least a four game lead over the Cardinals….with the Brewers not […]

The Other Fifteen

The Cubs hit the halfway point in the 2008 campaign on Saturday and last season they received contributions from just about every player on their 40-man roster. With all of the injuries over the past few weeks taking a toll, are there any players that could step in and give the team a lift as […]

Thrown a Curve

Yogi Berra once said the game of baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical…. unfortunately that describes Rich Hill. The very talented southpaw possesses all of the talent needed to succeed at the big league level, he proved that a year ago. And after a solid, to very good, first full season […]

The End of an Era

Baseball is a game of tradition. Baseball relies on its history to tell the full story of a game that has been passed down from generation to generation. Baseball, unlike the other major sports in America, celebrates its past and on a daily basis reflects on players and games from yesteryear in order to gauge […]