The Daily CCO: Not Too Much Longer Before Spring Training and Other Cubs News and Notes

It’s the final Sunday in January and a week before some big football game in Arizona. Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa in just 25 days and the Cubs ‘play two‘ to open the Cactus League schedule in 39 days. The front office should release the list of non-roster invitations to big league camp in […]

Weekend Update … One Week Until Cubs Spring Training Begins

Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park in seven days … It is Super Bowl Sunday. After the NFL’s biggest game a majority of the focus will turn to Major League Baseball. Pitchers and catchers report in one week, position players on February 18 with the first full squad workout scheduled for February 19 … […]

Weekend Update … Cubs Searching for the Right Options

If a report from Jon Heyman is correct, Johnny Damon could be having an effect on the Cubs off-season. Rumors persisted, before the Cubs inked Marlon Byrd to a three-year deal, that the Cubs were interested in the former self-proclaimed idiot. Those rumors proved to be false, but three of the players the Cubs are […]

A Look Back at 2008 – Central Champs

The Cubs took advantage of a favorable home schedule in August and paced the second place Brewers. The offense struggled in September before waking up and putting away the division against the Cardinals on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Wrigley. The Cubs designated Scott Eyre for assignment on August 5th and traded him to the […]

A Look Back at 2008 – Maintaining A Lead

Interleague play, a broken hand, DL trips for Carlos Zambrano and Reed Johnson, new arms added to the mix, a big turnaround against the Fish and a four-game sweep were just a few of the storylines and highlights for the Cubs in June and July. The solid start Lou Piniella preached about ended up being […]

A Look Back at 2008 – Getting Off to a Strong Start

From Kosuke Fukudome’s dramatic home run on Opening Day to Reed Johnson’s catch to Jim Edmonds to sweeping the four game series against the Brewers at the end of July to Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter in Milwaukee against the Astros, it was truly a magical summer for Lou Piniella’s crew. The Cubs posted 97 wins, the […]

Weekend Update – Talkin’ Jake Peavy and More

As the baseball world turns the page from the 2008 season teams have already begun taking steps to prepare for 2009….and in some cases, beyond. Baseball’s general managers are making the trek to the West Coast this weekend for the annual GM meetings, this year’s destination, Dana Point, California. This gathering is the first of […]

Wood Files for Free Agency

According to a report on, Kerry Wood was among 42 players that filed for free agency on Friday. Wood, along with Jon Lieber and Henry Blanco joined teammates Ryan Dempster, Jim Edmonds, Bobby Howry and Chad Fox on the list of 107 Major League players that filed in the first two days.

Dempster and Edmonds Among 65 to File for Free Agency

Baseball’s off-season kicked into second gear on Thursday, less than 12 hours after the Phillies beat the Rays to officially end the 2008 campaign. There was a trade between the Royals and Marlins, a couple of big name players found out their options for the 2009 season would not be picked up, the Brewers named […]

Maybe Someday….Just Not This Year – Cubs 1 Dodgers 3

Game Three of Five – Cubs 1 Dodgers 3 WP – Hiroki Kuroda (1-0) LP – Rich Harden (0-1) Save – Jonathan Broxton (1) Dodgers Win Series, 3-0 The magical season of 2008 turned into a nightmare as the Cubs were swept out of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Lou Piniella’s […]