Cubs Gearing Up for the Games

Day 13 of Camp Lou IV was rather quiet as the Cubs prepare to move down the street to HoHoKam Park. The Cubs last practice at Fitch Park is on Tuesday. Lou Piniella announced his starting pitchers for the first six exhibition games. Randy Wells will start the opener (followed by Sean Marshall, J.R. Mathes, […]

Notes from Day 12 of Camp Lou … Wells to Start Cactus League Opener

More rain cut short practice on Day 12 of Camp Lou IV. Lou Piniella said his team had a short day planned so the rain (and soggy fields) did not keep players from getting their work in as scheduled. The weather is expected to cooperate when the games begin on Thursday … the forecast is […]

Notes from Day Ten of Camp Lou … Bullpen Help Wanted

The countdown has begun to the Cubs’ Cactus League opener against the Oakland A’s at HoHoKam Park … only five days until the Cubs play an actual game. Day Ten of Camp Lou IV was pretty quiet for the most part … with a few exceptions. Ted Lilly returned to the field and called his […]

Nothing But Baseball for the Chicago Cubs

Happy 70th Birthday to Ron Santo! The first week of Camp Lou IV concluded on Wednesday … and what a week it was for the Chicago Cubs. After the excitement of pitchers and catchers reporting, Ted Lilly and Alfonso Soriano’s knees, the weather, the Ricketts family, Starlin Castro and the first full squad workout, the […]

Notes from Day Five of Camp Lou

Rain was the biggest story from Day Five of Camp Lou IV. The inclement weather sent the Cubs under a cover at Fitch Park … and some of the team down the street to HoHoKam Park. When the weather is the biggest news a day before position players report, it was a good day for […]

Hendry Feels Good About Cubs Off-Season

Trucks loaded with the Cubs equipment depart on Tuesday from Wrigley Field for Fitch Park in Mesa … pitchers and catchers report in eight days. According to a report in the Tribune, Jim Hendry feels “the club significantly improved” from a disappointing season a year ago. Hendry admitted, “We knew a couple of years ago […]

Chicago Cubs Projections for Twenty-Ten: The Starting Staff

The second of the CCO’s three-part series on the Chicago Cubs Projections for Twenty-Ten will center on Lou Piniella’s starting staff … Part one focused on Lou Piniella’s starting eight. With Ted Lilly beginning the season on the DL, the starting rotation has as many question marks as the rest of the roster. The Cubs […]

Hendry Is Not Done Tinkering with the Cubs Roster

Rumors during Baseball’s Hot Stove Season are usually that, just rumors. But when a team’s GM discusses his ballclub in detail with just over a month before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training … well, that is more than just speculation from the mainstream media. Jim Hendry joined Rob Dibble and Jody McDonald on […]

Should the Cubs Sign Ben Sheets?

Jim Hendry likes reclamation projects and there is one pitcher on the free agent market that could make a difference for the Cubs next season … Ben Sheets. The former Milwaukee Brewers’ ace is one of the best in the league when healthy. Sheets has not pitched since September of 2008. He missed all of […]

More Like Hibernation Season than the Hot Stove Season for the Cubs

Be very, very quiet … Jim Hendry and the Cubs are sleeping. While most of baseball is attempting to make their clubs better for 2010, the Cubs, so far, have not addressed their biggest needs or their number one priority this winter … dealing Milton Bradley. It is only December 17 but at some point, […]