Hey, Hey! It’s Opening Day!

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 […]

Chicago Cubs … Storylines of the Spring and Roster

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 […]

On Paper … How the Cubs Could Fare in Twenty-Ten

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 […]

Cubs Outfield Projections for Twenty-Ten

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 […]

Chicago Cubs Projections for Twenty-Ten: The Bench and The Bullpen

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.

Chicago Cubs Projections for Twenty-Ten: The Starting Staff

The second of the CCO’s three-part series on the Chicago Cubs Projections for Twenty-Ten will center on Lou Piniella’s starting staff … Part one focused on Lou Piniella’s starting eight. With Ted Lilly beginning the season on the DL, the starting rotation has as many question marks as the rest of the roster. The Cubs […]

Chicago Cubs Projections for Twenty-Ten: The Starting Eight

Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park on February 17. That is just 37 days for those scoring at home. The 2010 baseball season is quickly approaching and the first sign spring is around the corner begins on Friday … Harry Caray referred to the Cubs Convention as the “Unofficial Opening Day.” Jim Hendry recently […]

Out With the Old … In With Twenty-Ten

Happy New Year from everyone at the CCO! The countdown has begun for the Twenty-Ten season and here are a few numbers to put it into perspective … 14, 45, 62 and 94. As in 14 days until the 25th Annual Cubs Convention, 45 days until pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park and 62 […]

Tis the Off-Season

Merry Christmas to all of the Faithful from everyone here at the CCO! In what has become a Christmas tradition at the CCO, here is a familiar carol with a new twist …

Award Week for MLB … Busy Week for the Cubs?

Last week the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards were handed out and Carlos Zambrano won his third silver bat for being the best hitting pitcher in the National League. This week the majority of the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) awards will be handed out … NL and AL Rookie of the Year […]