Is Ian Stewart … Blake DeWitt Version 2.0?

As Cubs fans endure yet another report of third baseman Ian Stewart still not being ready for action after suffering a quad injury and starting the season on the disabled list, I am humorously reminded of former Cubs’ left-hander Steve Barber. As a member of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, Barber was immortalized in Jim Bouton’s […]

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The Sandberg Factor

The opening of Spring Training ends a very emotional off-season for Cubs fans. We lost a legend, and a hero returned. There was a controversial trade, and free agent signings kept us buzzing. And, as always, there is the promise of youth. However, one decision stands out as a possible sentinel moment concerning the team’s […]

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The Chicago Cubs … Defensively Speaking

In order to compete in the NL Central, the Cubs will have to improve on their poor fundamentals and atrocious defense from last season. The 2010 Chicago Cubs had arguably the worst defense in the Major Leagues. The Cubs tied with the Atlanta Braves for the third most errors in the league (126) … only […]

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The Cubs Starting Pitching Possibilities for 2011

Another Chicago team broke my heart last weekend and I told myself, like I’ve done so many times at the end of a Cubs season, there’s always next year. No one expected the Bears to make the playoffs, let alone win the division and make it to the NFC Championship game, maybe the Cubs can […]

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Shuffling Through the Bargain Bin

According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs remain focused on adding a starting pitcher this winter … and possibly another reliever and a left-handed bat for the bench. If Jim Hendry is unable to land his main targets, could the Cubs be forced to move on to backup plans to fill out their off-season list? With […]

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The Current State of the Chicago Cubs

The current state of the Chicago Cubs does not look so good … but the future appears bright in 2012, and beyond. While 2011 isn’t looking very promising as 2010 comes to an end, there are several things we should keep an eye on that could very well turn out as positives for the future. […]

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Three Years Later … What happened to Lou Piniella?

The name and the number may be the same … but the Lou Piniella that was calling the shots three years ago is not the one at the helm of the Chicago Cubs today. On June 2, 2007 the Cubs entered play against the Braves with a 22-30 record, in the middle of a five-game […]

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Kevin Millar … On the Field

Kevin Millar does everything off the field the Chicago Cubs need in the clubhouse. He keeps his teammates loose. He entertains them when the team bus breaks down and reminds them baseball is just a game. Millar has lived up to his reputation in his short time with the Cubs. He has said and done […]

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Rambling While Waiting for Those Two Words

The Cubs will spend their day off after salvaging the last game of the series in Los Angeles eight games back of the Cardinals. With a quarter of the season left to play, Lou Piniella’s crew begins an important 10-game homestand on Tuesday … three against Washington, three against the Mets, three with Houston and […]

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Monday Morning General Manager

There are 11 days remaining before the non-waiver trade deadline and it’s that time again at the CCO. Grab your GM hat, as always make sure it still fits and let’s play, ‘If You Were the Cubs GM…version 20.09‘. You may or may not know the drill by now. The CCO’s long-running debate topic made […]

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