What’s the Answer?

To leadoff or not to leadoff is the question Lou Piniella has to find an answer to once Alfonso Soriano returns from the DL. A report last week on Cubs.com indicated Soriano is pain free and several reports later in the week stated that when Soriano returns on Thursday against the Brewers he will hit […]

Pie or Johnson?

Jim Hendry reportedly spent the off-season trying to add a right-handed option that could platoon in center with Felix Pie. Rumors suggested Hendry was also trying to provide Lou Piniella with a solid defender that could play all three outfield spots. After attempts to land several players via the trade route, Reed Johnson signed with […]

Observations After Six Games

The start of the 2008 campaign for the Chicago Cubs did not go exactly as many as hoped, including Lou Piniella. But after losing 2 of 3 to the Brewers, the Cubs won their first series of the young season on Sunday and have won 3 of the last 4. Some players have met expectations, […]

If You Were Jim and Lou….

How would you fill out the Cubs roster? With the signing of Reed Johnson on Tuesday, Lou Piniella figures to have three spots remaining….two on the bench and one in the bullpen. According to several reports on Tuesday night, the final two back-up spots are between Ronny Cedeno, Alex Cintron, Matt Murton and Mike Fontenot […]

The State of Zambrano

Call him Carlos, or Big Z, or El Toro but the Cubs’ pitcher that most often refers to himself in the third person is arguably the biggest key to the upcoming season. Carlos Zambrano is the number one pitcher on the Cubs’ staff and possesses the stuff to be a legitimate ace, but he has […]

Just Baseball

For more years than I care to remember spring has always been my favorite time of the year. Blooming flowers, green grass and a renewed spirit replace the long, cold winter. Everything is new, fresh and just looks a lot cleaner than it did a couple of months earlier. But the biggest reason I favor […]

The Value of Matt Murton

When Matt Murton made his debut with the Chicago Cubs on July 8, 2005 he quickly became a fan favorite. Murton fit the profile of a gritty, hard-working, blue-collar ball player. He was not the prototypical power-hitter that most clubs insert in a corner outfield position but in only 51 games in 2005 he provided […]

If You Were the Cubs GM….Version 20.08

O.K. it’s that time again here at the CCO. Grab your GM hat, make sure it still fits and get ready to make a few moves that will improve the Cubs chances at making it to the promise land this season. You know the drill by now, or do you? The CCO asked the very […]

New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year from everyone here at the CCO!!!! Could this be the year? While everyone is gearing up for a full day of College Football, here are a few numbers to remember…. 45, 59 and 91….as in 45 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 14th, 59 days until the […]

Exploring the Possibilities – Part Two

After the long weekend it was back to business for baseball on Monday. Jim Hendry completed one of his off-season goals by resigning Kerry Wood to a 1-year contract. The Cubs still have several more questions to answer this winter. With the Winter Meetings six days away, Jim Hendry was on WGN Radio Monday night […]