To say the Cubs season has not gone the way the Ricketts family and Jim Hendry thought it would is an understatement, but there are two players that keep people tuning into the games … Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney. Castro and Barney have provided many of the Cubs highlights over the first 54 games. [...]
Opening Day is like no other on the calendar and the feeling felt on the first day of a baseball season is hard to explain to those that do not follow the game with the same passion as we have for our entire lives. Baseball begins as winter is coming to an end. There is [...]
Greg Maddux will host Uncork for a Cause on March 24 at J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, a fundraiser to benefit the Maddux Foundation. The event will include an all-star laden silent auction and wine tasting, along with hors d’oeuvres from J&G Steakhouse. Tickets are available at www.uncorkforacause.com.
Happy New from everyone at the CCO! Another year over and a new one just begun … it is hard to believe it is 2011. With the calendar turning over once again, it means a new baseball season is just around the corner. Here are a few numbers to put into perspective on just how [...]
No matter if you are nine or thirty-nine, the final day of the baseball season is always a sad one. After following a team day in and day out for seven months, the final out is made and then nothing. No lineups, no Pat Hughes, no first pitches, no ball fours, no home runs, no [...]
The first pitch, the crack of the bat and the optimism felt by millions upon millions from city to city from coast to coast … it must be Opening Day. Opening Day is very special. Every team, every player and every fan receives a fresh start, a clean slate. Last season is a distant memory [...]
The first pitch of the Cubs’ 2010 exhibition season is less than 24 hours away. While most of the roster spots may be filled, Lou Piniella has stated in recent days his team has six open spots on the active roster … that will be decided during Spring Training. Beyond the Opening Day roster (that [...]
The 2010 baseball annuals for The Sporting News and Athlon Sports made their way to the newsstands this week. While Baseball Prospectus projected the Cubs to have a losing season (79-83), the Sporting News predicts the Cubs will reach the post-season … as the NL Wild Card. Athlon Sports is not as optimistic as the [...]
With Xavier Nady signing a one-year deal with the Cubs last week, the outfield picture for 2010 became a little clearer. Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd and Kosuke Fukudome are the projected Opening Day starters … with Xavier Nady and Sam Fuld likely on the bench serving as Lou Piniella’s fourth and fifth options. In order [...]
The conclusion of the CCO’s three-part series on the Chicago Cubs Projections for Twenty-Ten will look at Lou Piniella’s bench and bullpen … Part one focused on Lou Piniella’s starting eight and part two centered on Piniella’s starting staff.