Cubs Get No Relief Against the Mariners – Cubs 3, Mariners 10

Spring Game Five – Cubs 3, Mariners 10 WP – Brandon League (1-0) LP – Carlos Marmol (0-1, BS 1) Save – None Chris Volstad made his Cubs’ debut Thursday in Mesa and became the second Cubs’ pitcher to throw three innings in as many days. Volstad was very solid against the Mariners and allowed […]

Video from the First Cubs Game of the 2012 Cactus League

Dale Sveum and the 2012 Chicago Cubs took the field for the first time Sunday afternoon at HoHoKam Park. Several players made their first appearance in a Cubs’ uniform in the exhibition game against the A’s including Ian Stewart, Jeff Beliveau, Dae-Eun Rhee, Trever Miller, Lendy Castillo, Adrian Cardenas and Anthony Rizzo. Here is original […]

Baseball is Back – Cubs 10, A’s 12

Game One – Cubs 10, A’s 12 WP – Travis Schlichting (1-0, BS 1) LP – Marcos Mateo (0-1) Save – None After the off-season of change, the Chicago Cubs finally took the field Sunday afternoon at HoHoKam Park. The focus shifted from the front office and coaching staff to the field with mixed results. […]

Sveum Announces Spring Starters … and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

Dale Sveum announced Monday that Rodrigo Lopez will take the ball in the Cubs’ spring opener Sunday against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Park. Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza will follow Lopez in the rotation and by pitching Dempster in the second game and Garza in the third both pitchers will be in line to […]

Moving the Focus to the Field … and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

While pitchers and catchers continued getting their work in during the third day of Cubs Camp, the compensation for Theo Epstein was announced. Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later were sent to Boston for Theo Epstein and a player to be named later … officially the deal was structured as a player […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/13/12

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. As a preview to Spring Training, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a feature entitled … Bubble Players […]

Rambling about the Cubs with Visions of Mesa

After a crazy a week, full of news and groundbreaking signings like those of Trever Miller and Matt Tolbert combined with another eye-opening list of prospects from BA that no one has ever thought of before, it is hard just to catch one’s breath. Can you sense the sarcasm? Good, because I am laying it […]

Garza’s Arbitration Hearing Set … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Matt Garza is the only arbitration eligible player that remains unsigned for the upcoming season. Garza filed a $12.5 million figure and the Cubs countered with a $7.95 million salary for 2012 … and the sides appear to have two days to work out a deal to avoid an arbitration hearing. According to a report […]

Cubs Invite 21 Non-Roster Players to Camp

The Cubs released the full list of non-roster invitees to camp Monday afternoon. Dale Sveum will have a total of 61 players (40-man big league roster and 21 non-roster invitees) in big league camp when it begins in 19 days. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park on February 18, position players report on February […]