Minor League Preview: Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2013 minor league season. We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and […]
Spring Training Game Twenty-Four – Cubs (ss) 5, Rangers (ss) 8 WP – Robbie Ross (2-0) LP – Carlos Villanueva (0-2) Save – Chad Bell (1) The Cubs could not rebound from an 8-1 hole in the seventh inning and dropped the second game at Cashman Field in Las Vegas to the Texas Rangers. The […]
Winter League Wrap-up A long and busy winter season wound down as the Caribbean World Series and Australian Baseball League playoffs opened on Friday. Altogether, 52 players that belonged to the Cubs system at one time or another in the 2012 off-season participated in winter ball. The notable performers, along with a recap of both […]
Caribbean World Series Preview Three and a half months of baseball in the sunny climes of the Caribbean have reduced the number of teams still playing from 28 to just four. The double round-robin begins on Friday, with the best record winning the series. Here is a preview of the Caribbean World Series.
“Finals Week” is usually a tense time but it didn’t seem to faze most as Leones de Escogido, Criollos de Caugas, and Esmailin Caridad and the Yaquis de Obregon made short work of their league championships. Each is now a representative in the Caribbean World Series, with Luis Valbuena and Cardenales de Lara and Navegantes […]
The cream began to rise to the top as the playoffs neared their end in the Caribbean Leagues. As the Caribbean World Series nears, one of the hottest players has to be Luis Valbuena. Valbuena has almost single-handedly lifted Cardenales de Lara to the top spot in the Venezuelan Winter League. Meanwhile “Down Under”, Ryan […]
The ups and downs that are part of a baseball season blew their way through the winter league playoffs this past week. Esmailin Caridad pitched well as his team lost a series. Luis Valbuena’s good games didn’t seem to coincide with his team’s victories while Junior Lake, Nelson Perez and the rest of the Estrellas […]
With the start of a New Year, the playoffs in the winter leagues are now in full swing. While in losing efforts, the organization received excellent pitching performances out of Ty’Relle Harris and Ryan Searle this past week, while infielders Diory Hernandez and Luis Valbuena stayed on a roll.
¡Feliz Año Nuevo! to all the readers at the CCO! As the regular season entered its final days in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, the playoffs began in the Dominican Republic. Starting pitching seemed to be the highlight of the past week, marked by excellent performances from Alberto Cabrera, Ty’Relle Harris, Jay Jackson, and another […]
Happy Holidays from everyone at the CCO! Today we visit warmer climes as the regular seasons are winding down in the winter leagues. The Dominican Winter League finished their season on Friday, with Junior Lake, Nelson Perez, Rafael Dolis and Luis Liria all heading into post-season action as Estrellas de Oriente secured one of the […]