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 […]

Weekend Update … Notes from Day 11 of Camp Lou

It is the last day of February and the first pitch of the Cubs’ Cactus League schedule is in just four days … Apparently Day 11 of Camp Lou IV was anything but boring … with Carlos Marmol throwing live batting practice. Lou Piniella said Marmol is “far ahead” of where he was last spring […]

Another Setback for Guzman … and Notes from Day Nine of Camp Lou

After pretty much just a ‘baseball day’ on Wednesday, there was a little more news on Day Nine of Camp Lou IV … some good, some not so good. Angel Guzman was shut down on Thursday with discomfort in his shoulder. Guzman complained about the pain in his shoulder during warm-ups on Wednesday. Guzman has […]

Nothing But Baseball for the Chicago Cubs

Happy 70th Birthday to Ron Santo! The first week of Camp Lou IV concluded on Wednesday … and what a week it was for the Chicago Cubs. After the excitement of pitchers and catchers reporting, Ted Lilly and Alfonso Soriano’s knees, the weather, the Ricketts family, Starlin Castro and the first full squad workout, the […]

Notes from Day Seven of Camp Lou

The Chicago Cubs took the field for the first time in 2010 on Tuesday. Day Seven of Camp Lou IV began with the Ricketts family addressing the team and concluded with a full day of practice … for the first time in three days. Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Starlin Castro reported to camp. Lee […]

Notes from Day Three of Camp Lou

The Cubs got back to work on Day Three of Camp Lou IV. The team received good news on Ted Lilly’s right knee. Lilly complained of soreness in his knee on Thursday and went to the doctor to have it examined The MRI revealed normal wear and tear and Ted Lilly returned to the practice […]

Is the Cubs’ Twenty-Ten Opening Day Roster Almost Set?

Pitchers and catchers report on Wednesday … and if you listen close enough you can almost hear Pat Hughes and those seven wonderful words. With that said, is the Cubs Opening Day roster almost set? Many players have already reported to Fitch Park, in some cases 10 days before their reporting date (Thursday, February 18 […]

Cubs Not Thrilled with Ryan Theriot

The Chicago Cubs and Ryan Theriot appear headed for arbitration. The two sides have not budged on the numbers submitted last month. Theriot submitted a $3.4 million figure and the Cubs offered $2.6 million. Ryan Theriot is not backing down. According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs “are not thrilled about the direction this arbitration has […]

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.

Checking on the Mill While Waiting for the Call

Update – Andre Dawson is a Hall of Famer Will Andre Dawson receive the call? The 2010 Class of Baseball’s Hall of Fame will be announced on Wednesday at 1:00pm CST. Andre Dawson is expected to take his rightful place in Cooperstown after receiving 67 percent of the vote a year ago. The Hawk was […]