The Daily CCO: Cubs Researching Benefits of Batting the Pitcher Eighth in the Lineup

Joe Maddon loves books, but he doesn’t manage by one. Maddon said that particular book was written so long ago it doesn’t really apply today. Maddon is known for thinking outside of the box and trying things with his lineups to get the most out of his players. After he took over as Cubs manager, […]

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The Daily CCO: Another Deadline Day in MLB and Cubs News and Rumors

Tuesday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players for the 2015 season. And there could be a lot of player movement around Major League Baseball before 11:00pm CST. Jon Paul Morosi reported Monday night a GM he spoke with said “trade talks have intensified around MLB in last 48 hours.” Jake Arrieta, […]

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The Daily CCO: Backup Options for the Outfield, Updating Lester and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Not only are the Cubs waiting on Jon Lester, but the front office has roster decisions to make while looking for backup options in the outfield. Thursday is the deadline (10:59pm CST) for teams to file their reserve rosters at the Major League and minor league levels to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. […]

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The Daily CCO: Dodgers Very Much in the Mix for Russell Martin? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

The Cubs are very interested in signing Russell Martin and so are the Pirates. Even with paying the high price to acquire Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh is not out on Martin. But the Dodgers would like to have a reunion with Martin, who finished 13th in the voting for National League MVP. According to a report from […]

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The Daily CCO: Javier Baez Makes Debut More Than Memorable and Other Cubs News

Javier Baez stepped to the plate in the 12th inning Tuesday night 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and with one swing of the bat he not only gave the Cubs the lead, but he put his name in the history books. Javier Baez became the first player in the history of the Cubs franchise to hit an […]

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Giants Showing Interest in Jeff Samardzija, Cubs Reportedly Scouting Blue Jays Prospects

Bob Nightengale checked in Sunday morning with what he is hearing on the Jeff Samardzija front. Nightengale reported the Giants “are showing strong interest” in Samardzija. Nightengale also listed the Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Blue Jays and Red Sox as teams “also in the picture” for Samardzija. The Giants are not a new entry into the […]

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Jason McLeod Discussed the Cubs and the Upcoming Draft on MLB Network Radio

Jason McLeod joined Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden during the Front Office (MLB Network Radio/SiriusXM Radio) on Sunday morning to discuss the upcoming draft. McLeod talked about the draft room, the process the Cubs use to make the decisions on which players to select in the draft, how many players he’s seen, his responsibilities and […]

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Bryant and Johnson Receive Minor League Honors and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs named 3B Kris Bryant and RHP Pierce Johnson the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the month for August on Tuesday. The D-Cubs’ teammates finished up their regular seasons with excellent months as Daytona prepared for the post-season. Kris Bryant hit .381/.438/.762 with nine doubles, one triple and seven home runs in 24 games […]

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Total Baseball

Growing up in the 1970’s and being a sports fan was like a paradise. It was before big money took over both the players and the owners. Television was falling over itself to bring relatively cheap programming that were virtual cash cows, remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports? Being an All-American boy, I dutifully partook […]

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MLB.com’s Top 21 Cubs Prospects for 2013

The week long look at the Cubs farm system continued Wednesday when Jonathan Mayo and MLB.com published their rankings of the top prospects in the National League Central. As expected Javier Baez topped MLB.com’s Cubs list with Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Brett Jackson and Arodys Vizcaino rounding out the top five. Seven of the 21 […]

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