Rambling About the Cubs as the Games Have Begun!

Hello again, everybody. It is nice to be back in the saddle with some actual baseball being played. Sure, the outcomes don’t matter, and the spring games really tell us nothing, but baseball is back, and Opening Night is right around the corner. So, lets get down to the BRASS TACKS and going rambling on […]


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Joe Maddon, the Cubs Relievers and Reverse Splits

Due to the amount of information flying out of Mesa last week, Joe Maddon’s view on his bullpen and the way he likes to use relievers was glossed over. Joe Maddon said Hector Rondon would continue closing games and removed any questions, for now, about veteran Jason Motte being the Cubs’ closer. While talking about […]


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Cubs Weekend Headlines: Spring Has Sprung

Pitchers and catchers finally reported to Spring Training and the on the field workouts officially began Friday. And Joe Maddon kept the media hopping for the first three days of his camp. The Cubs unveiled the patch the team will wear throughout the season to honor Ernie Banks. South Bend Cubs owner, Andrew Berlin, announced […]


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The Daily CCO: Hector Rondon to Keep Closing ‘Em Out, News and Notes from Day Two of Camp Maddon

Countdown to the Cubs Cactus League Openers: 11 days The Cubs’ pen might have a couple of spots to fill and a few questions to find answers for but one role appears to be set. Joe Maddon said Saturday Hector Rondon will continue closing games for the Cubs. Maddon is happy with what he’s learned […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

One of the brightest spots for the Cubs last season was a young bullpen that performed admirably pitching to a 3.61 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, despite using 19 relievers. Four pitchers stood out as reliable options, but injuries exposed a shaky back-end which led to some veteran signings and will likely feature quite the […]


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The Daily CCO: Mike Olt Has Sights Set on Opening Day Job with the Cubs

Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers Reporting to Mesa: 8 days Mike Olt has already reported to the Cubs’ facility and he’s eager to apply the lessons he learned last year according to a report from Carrie Muskat. Olt showed the power that made him an untouchable prospect a couple of years ago. Olt smacked 12 […]


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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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The Daily CCO: Neil Ramirez a Breakout Candidate in the Cubs Bullpen and Other News and Notes

The backend of the Cubs bullpen was very good in the second half last year. Several of the young power arms stepped up and not only lit up the radar gun but provided results. Justin Grimm appeared in 73 games and posted a 5-2 record with a 3.78 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and a 3.20 […]


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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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The Daily CCO: Motte Has Plenty of Reasons to Finish Games for the Cubs and Other News and Notes

The Cubs signed Jason Motte to a one-year contract for $4.5 million to add a veteran presence to a young bullpen and give Joe Maddon insurance late in games. For as good as the backend of the pen was at the end of last season, the young arms lack experience closing out games for a team […]


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