Maddon Makes It Official: Jon Lester to Start Opening Night, Kyle Hendricks Basically a Lock as Cubs Fourth Starter

It’s official, Jon Lester will throw the first pitch of the 2015 baseball season. Joe Maddon removed any doubt Monday who he would be giving the ball to on Opening Night, April 5 against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Maddon officially named Lester his Opening Night starter. Maddon also confirmed that Kyle Hendricks is basically […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/16/15

Greetings to everyone at the CCO! With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles.  For the fifth year, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a popular feature entitled … Bubble Players and Bubble […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

Thanks to an off-season spending spree aimed largely at the starting rotation, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the Cubs pitchers. Improvement was necessary to a group that saw 13 pitchers make a start and compile a 4.11 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Let’s take a look at some of the stories for Spring Training and […]


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A Q & A with Former Cubs Catcher John Baker

John Baker spent last season in the Cubs dugout after making the team out of Spring Training. Baker provided a memorable ending to the longest game in franchise history. Not only was Baker the winning pitcher in a 4-3 victory over the Rockies after tossing a scoreless 16th inning, Baker scored the winning on a Starlin […]


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Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 01/07/15

A player that is performing under the radar that may have some impact on the Cubs’ Major League roster is Jonathan Herrera. Signed to a minor league contract this off-season, the 30- year old infielder is a six year Major League veteran, playing with Colorado and Boston. A switch-hitter, Herrera has a career batting average […]


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Pitching Staff Projections for the 2015 Chicago Cubs

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for seven weeks and Opening Night against the Cardinals is more than four months away, but it’s never too early for projections. For the first time during the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer regime the team’s focus will be on winning ballgames. The front office, Joe Maddon and a few of the […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/04/14

Position Analysis – Triple-A Iowa Pitching Staff The ninth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis focuses on the possibilities for the pitching staff at the highest level in the Cubs’ system, Triple-A Iowa. Triple-A Iowa Starters and Relievers The Cubs […]


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Cubs Position Analysis – Starting Pitchers

A strength for the Cubs the year before with a 3.97 ERA, starting pitching was an absolute rollercoaster for the team last season totaling a 50-63 record, 798 strikeouts in 927 innings with a 4.11 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. The Cubs were among the best in the league at the beginning of the year, but […]


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The Cubs Front Office Has an Off-Season Wish List

This off-season the front office would like to begin adding players from outside of the organization to the existing young roster in order to help take the Cubs to the next level. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have stated publicly the Cubs will not alter The Plan and sellout to win in 2015, but it […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs News and Notes While Waiting for the Stove to Light

With the post-season winding down, teams not participating in October are having discussions on how to make their teams better this winter. The Royals have proven the key is just getting into the post-season and once in the dance anything can happen. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Anthony Rizzo have already stated the Cubs goal […]


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