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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The Daily CCO: Kyle Schwarber is Catching On, Other Cubs News and a Wrigley Restoration Update

Theo Epstein announced two weeks ago the front office and coaching staff had seen enough from Kyle Schwarber from behind the plate that he would be a full-time catcher moving forward. And Schwarber would likely begin the season at High-A Myrtle Beach or Double-A Tennessee. With Epstein’s announcement, the thought of Schwarber making it to […]

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The Daily CCO: Addison Russell Goes Deep, Cubs Rumors and a Wrigley Field Restoration Update

Addison Russell had a good Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League and he helped Mesa beat Surprise 11-6. Russell was the Solar Sox’s DH and went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, his first longball in the fall league. Russell smacked a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Russell is 7-for-36 in nine […]

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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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The Front Office Would Like Manny Ramirez to Keep Working with the Cubs Young Hitters

Theo Epstein and the front office took a lot of heat during the summer when Manny Ramirez was signed to a minor league contract to be a player-coach for the Iowa Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer felt confident after talking to Ramirez, a player and person they knew all too well from the not-so-good […]

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The Daily CCO: A Groundbreaking Weekend for the Chicago Cubs

The second weekend in October was a rather busy one for the Cubs. Crane Kenney and Theo Epstein held the team’s annual meetings with season ticket holders. And there was a rather important groundbreaking ceremony Saturday morning at Wrigley Field while the demolition of the bleachers continued. The rumors picked up after Theo Epstein said […]

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The Daily CCO: Kyle Schwarber Catching Full-Time, Cubs Willing to Make a Spot on Staff for Manny Ramirez

Kyle Schwarber has apparently played his way into a full-time catching position while working with Tim Cossins in fall instructs. During his meeting with season ticket holders Friday afternoon, Theo Epstein said Schwarber “is refining his catching game down in Arizona in instruction league right now.” Epstein said that not only is Schwarber “barreling every […]

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Cubs Prospects Q & A with Iowa Cubs Broadcaster Randy Wehofer

Triple-A baseball is typically the last step for a player before he reaches the Major Leagues and the Iowa Cubs had a good year before promotions depleted the roster in the second half and down the stretch. The second interview with the broadcasters in the Cubs system is with Triple-A Iowa’s Randy Wehofer. Randy Wehofer […]

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Cubs Expected to Hire Hitting Coach Soon, Manny Ramirez Reportedly Not a Candidate

The Cubs are looking for two new hitting coaches in the wake of Bill Mueller stepping down from his position with the team. A week after Theo Epstein announced assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley was not asked back for the 2015 season, Mueller resigned and walked away from the second year of the contract, that […]

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Reports: Bill Mueller Resigned as Cubs Hitting Coach

Updated 3:39pm CDT – Cubs confirmed reports Bill Mueller will not return as the Cubs hitting coach for the 2015 season. Mueller decided not to return due to family reasons and the front office’s decision not to retain assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley. According to reports from ESPN Chicago and Comcast SportsNet, Bill Mueller has […]

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