Let Joe Maddon’s Experiments Begin

It’s the start of the Cubs Cactus League schedule and time for the mad scientist’s experiments to begin … Joe Maddon sent the first signal Wednesday that this Spring Training is going to be anything but predictable. While the Cubs’ skipper didn’t post his lineups for the Cactus League openers, he did say that Anthony […]


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Joe Maddon Really Likes What Arismendy Alcantara Brings to the Table

Joe Maddon has had his eye on Arismendy Alcantara since he landed the Cubs job. Maddon monitored Alcantara’s progress closely in Winter Ball while speaking highly about him throughout the off-season. And based on reports from Mesa, Maddon has really liked what he’s seen so far in camp from the 23-year old utility man. Arismendy […]


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The Daily CCO: All About Respect and Cubs News from Day Seven of Camp Maddon

Countdown to Cubs Cactus League Openers: 6 days The first week of Spring Training is in the books and today is the last Friday without a Cubs game until October. Based on the various reports the Cubs had another good day of practice Thursday as the players prepare for the Cactus League openers next week. […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Shortstop

Like first base, there is no real doubt who will be the team’s starting at shortstop when the season begins. However, with the Cubs amassing a lot of depth at the position, the real question is who will be there for the foreseeable future. Let’s take a look at the shortstop that’s sure to get […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Second Base

Second base was a position of upheaval last season that saw seven players manning the keystone and figures to be more of the same going into Spring Training. With lots of options at the position, there figures to be quite the competition to see who nabs the starting gig. Let’s take a look at the […]


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Jason McLeod Talks Cubs Farm System on MLB Network Radio

Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting, spent time Monday with Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette (Power Alley – MLB Network Radio) talking about the top prospects in the Cubs’ system. McLeod provided a little more information than usual on Addison Russell and Kris Bryant while stating the Cubs […]


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Cubs Storylines of the Spring: The Infield

The Cubs Storylines of the Spring series continues with a look at the infielders in big league camp. While the Cubs have two positions in the infield to find answers for this spring, it’s imperative for the Cubs success this season for Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro to stay healthy throughout the spring and prepare […]


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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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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies are Waiting for a Team to Blink

Last week Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury that four teams have made real trade offers for Cole Hamels. Amaro Jr. did not provide details, which teams he was referring to or the identity of the four other teams that has kicked the tires on Hamels at some point this winter. It is unclear if Ruben […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/09/15

Winter Leagues Wrap-Up It seems as if the winter leagues opened just yesterday, and they’ve already concluded the Caribbean World Series and the Australian Baseball League playoffs. Altogether, 28 players that belonged to the Cubs system at one time or another in the 2014-15 off-season wound up playing winter ball. The notable performers, along with […]


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