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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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/27/14

As winter baseball enters its third week, there were more debuts for Cubs’ prospects. Frank Batista was an instant smash in a starter’s role, as he and fellow pitcher Starling Peralta joined the Dominican Winter League. Christian Villanueva was eased into the Mexican Pacific League, while reliever Alberto Diaz made his first appearance in the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/20/14

Good morning! Week two of winter baseball saw the opening of the Dominican Winter League and the re-emergence of familiar veterans Manny Ramirez and Junior Lake, among others. Meanwhile in the Venezuelan Winter League, reliever Loiger Padron remains perfect while swingman Eduardo Figueroa had his ups and downs. As for the Arizona Fall League, Bijan […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/13/14

Welcome everyone to the CCO’s coverage of off-season baseball. In today’s report, Bijan Rademacher has a big night as the Mesa Solar Sox win their first game in the Arizona Fall League. Meanwhile, down in the Venezuelan Winter League, Cubs pitching prospects are having mixed results. For all the highlights, take a look inside today’s […]

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Cubs Prospects Interview with Tennessee Smokies Broadcaster Mick Gillispie

The biggest jump for a young player is from High-A to Double-A and Mick Gillispie has seen several of the prospects in the Cubs system make the successful transition to the higher level of minor league ball. Mick Gillispie has been the voice of the Tennessee Smokies since 2007 and has called Cubs Spring Training […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/06/14

Meet the Mesa Solar Sox: The Pitchers and Coaches This is the second of two articles highlighting the players who will be taking part in the 2014 Arizona Fall League, which begins Tuesday, October 7. Today, the CCO will be looking at the pitchers the Cubs have assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Zach Cates, […]

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The Daily CCO: Speculation Continues on What Additions Front Office Could Make to the Cubs Roster

There were two more excellent post-season games Saturday. A Brandon Belt home run in the top of the 18th inning gave the Giants a 2-1 victory in the longest post-season game in history and a 2-0 lead in the series with the Nationals. In Los Angeles after Matt Carpenter tied the game at two in the […]

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Kris Bryant Makes Baseball America’s All-Star Squad and Cubs News from the Farm

The off-season accolades for Kris Bryant are just beginning. The morning after USA Today named Kris Bryant its Minor League Player of the Year, Baseball America released its Minor League All-Star Team for the recently completed 2014 season. Kris Bryant put up the numbers at the plate and made BA’s team as a third baseman. […]

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Cubs Down on Farm Report – 09/02/14

An 829-game minor league regular season ended Monday with three teams from the Cubs’ system making the playoffs: The Daytona Cubs, the Kane County Cougars, and the Boise Hawks. It took the final days of the season before Daytona and Boise could lay claim to the post-season, thanks to the efforts of hot-hitting shortstops Marco […]

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Addison Russell, C.J. Edwards, Dan Vogelbach among Seven Cubs Prospects Scheduled to Participate in the AFL

Rosters for the upcoming Arizona Fall League were released Tuesday afternoon. Seven Cubs prospects have been selected to be on the Mesa Solar Sox roster on Opening Day, Tuesday Oct. 7. SS Addison Russell, RHP C.J. Edwards, 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach, RHP Zach Cates, RHP Ivan Pineyro, LHP Gerardo Concepcion and OF Jacob Hannemann are the […]

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