The Daily CCO: Cubs News, Notes and Rumors on the Eve of the Winter Meetings

The baseball world has set up shop at the Manchester Grand Hotel in San Diego for the Winter Meetings. It is expected to be a busy week throughout the game as teams attempt to fill holes on their rosters. The annual gathering does not officially begin until Monday, but the Twitter Machine figures to heat […]

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Cubs Announce Hiring of Dave Martinez and Joe Maddon’s Coaching Staff

The Cubs announced the hiring of Dave Martinez as the team’s bench coach Thursday and Joe Maddon’s entire coaching staff for the 2015 season. Brandon Hyde was shifted to first base coach, replacing Doug Dascenzo who was named first base coach on Oct. 9. Dascenzo will remain in the organization as outfield and baserunning coordinator […]

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The Daily CCO: Could Dave Martinez Land on Joe Maddon’s Coaching Staff?

The Tampa Bay Rays narrowed its managerial search to three finalists Friday: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. And Joe Maddon’s former bench coach, Dave Martinez did not make it to the second round of interviews. The Rays are looking for a new voice in the clubhouse, so the man that was believed to […]

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The Daily CCO: Backup Options for the Outfield, Updating Lester and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Not only are the Cubs waiting on Jon Lester, but the front office has roster decisions to make while looking for backup options in the outfield. Thursday is the deadline (10:59pm CST) for teams to file their reserve rosters at the Major League and minor league levels to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. […]

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Major Changes Not Expected to Cubs Coaching Staff

With Joe Maddon in the fold, the coaching staff is a top priority for the Cubs’ new skipper and front office. The coaching staff was in place before Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer decided to switch gears and replace Rick Renteria with Joe Maddon. Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Lester Strode (assistant […]

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Joe Maddon to Sit Down with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to Discuss Cubs Coaching Staff

Reports after Joe Maddon was hired indicated small changes would be made to the coaching staff that was thought to be set a month ago. As of Friday the Cubs had two spots to fill on the staff with third base coach Gary Jones and quality assurance coach Jose Castro leaving the organization. Maddon was […]

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The Daily CCO: Ricketts Family Reportedly Close to Selling Minority Stake in the Cubs

According to reports from the Sports Business Journal and Crain’s Chicago Business, the Ricketts family is close to selling a 20 percent, non-controlling, stake in the Chicago Cubs “said to be valued at around $300 million.” The sale of the minority share is expected to be finalized soon. The Sports Business Journal reported Tuesday the […]

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The Daily CCO: A Maddon-ing Weekend for the Cubs as Work Continued on Wrigley Field

To say a lot changed for the Cubs in three days would be an understatement and now there are even more questions than answers surrounding the team as baseball’s off-season is set to begin. Shortly after Buster Olney broke the news Joe Maddon had opted out of his contract with the Rays, Maddon was connected […]

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Hitting Coach John Mallee Talked Philosophy, Approach and Working with the Cubs

For the fourth time in four seasons the Cubs will have a new hitting coach. While the job of a Major League hitting coach is often overstated, the front office realizes the importance of making the right hire the third time around with the first wave of talent pushing its way to the big league […]

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Cubs Hire John Mallee as Hitting Coach, Eric Hinske Assistant Hitting Coach and Doug Dascenzo as First Base Coach

The front office filled the team’s hitting coach vacancies Thursday afternoon with the hiring of John Mallee. Mallee becomes the team’s fourth hitting coach in four years. Mallee interviewed for the Cubs hitting coach job last year. The Chicago native also interviewed for the Cubs minor league hitting coordinator’s position two years ago before accepting […]

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