Neil Finnell

Neil Finnell


Since 2005, has thoroughly covered the Chicago Cubs from the games, to the latest news and transactions, to the Hot Stove as well as a look back at the storied history of the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc.

The CCO has been recognized as one of the Best Cubs Blogs by the Chicago Tribune and is listed as one of the top Cubs Blogs on Sports Illustrated. Several of the site's articles have also been featured on the Chicago Sun-Times, the LA Times and USA Today.

I contributed information and the site was used as a source for 'Chicago Cubs Yesterday and Today'. I received an acknowledgement in the book and a source credit for my contributions.

Baseball and the Chicago Cubs have always been a passion of mine. With contributions from other writers, ChicagoCubsOnline has become more than I could have ever imagined. For those interested in additional coverage on the Chicago Cubs, visit

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  • Ash Marshall posted 2988 days ago

    Ash Marshall

    Hey Neil,

    I'm writing articles on the MLB 9s and thought you'd be interested in the Chicago Cubs' piece.

    Let me know what you think.



  • Bob Warja posted 3186 days ago

    Bob Warja


    I am sending some questions to the top Cubs writers in an attempt to do an April "state of the Cubs" address. I'd appreciate it if you would participate. If you agree, please send answers, along with any explanation/rationale to my e-mail address @ by Monday, May 4th.

    Thanks and here are the questions.

    1. Who is the April MVP of the Cubs and why?

    2. Who is the most disappointing Cub so far and why?

    3. What is the top area of need for the Cubs right now (starting pitching, relief pitching, hitting, defense)?

    4. What changes, if any, would you make at this time? At the trade deadline?

    5. Give me your impressions of GM Jim Hendry (in how he assembled this club) and the job that manager Lou Piniella is doing

    6. Your prediction for the season (win the division, win one round of playoffs, go to World Series, win World Series, not make the playoffs).


  • Paul Swaney posted 3194 days ago

    Paul Swaney

    My latest article is a personal story about seeing Wrigley Field through new eyes. I hope you'll check it out when you have a chance.

  • Bob Warja posted 3200 days ago

    Bob Warja

    One of our Cubs writers wrote a solid piece that I wanted to share with you. If you get a chance, please check it out and leave some feedback.

    The writer’s name is Darrell Horwitz. He writes for “The Heckler”, and hosts a radio show, but doesn’t like to promote himself.

  • Bob Warja posted 3200 days ago

    Bob Warja

    I know, I'm going crazy with articles. But when you're unemployed, you have time on your hands.

    As a Cubs fan, I think you will enjoy this one.

  • Bob Warja posted 3201 days ago

    Bob Warja

    Neil, as one of the top writers in the Cubs community, I wanted to share how we're doing, now that I have access to new stats provided in the "Community Lounge", a new feature on B/R.

    I posted this note on the team page under the Community Leader section, but in case you missed it, here it is:

    Hello Cubs fans, Bob here again. We're off to a good start at 5-2, so I wanted to share some other good news with you. The stats for this month rank our community #3 of all teams in MLB on B/R, behind only the Yankees and Mets. This is thanks to the fine work of our writers. We are, however, still averaging less than 3 comments per article, which I think we can improve upon. We're third in articles written, yet only 6th in number of comments. I'd like to welcome two new Cubs writers - Jake Leonard and Tod Kaufmann. Welcome aboard! Keep up the good work and let's go Cubbies!

  • Bob Warja posted 3207 days ago

    Bob Warja

    Hope you are enjoying the baseball season. As one of the Cubs top writers, I just wanted to thank you for your efforts and encourage you to increase your activity in the community by commenting on each other's articles and encouraging healthy debate among your readers as well. While we continue to be among the community leaders in total number of articles written, we are lacking in comments as compared to other teams.

    Keep up the good work and let's show the rest of the community that we are the best!

    You community leader, Bob

  • Hao Meng posted 3219 days ago

    Hao Meng

    Hey Neil,

    I think the best part of sports is the passion involved, so I wrote an opinionated piece on why I think a perfect athlete is capable of crying, both win or lose. I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think. If you’re too busy, no worries.

    Thanks, as always, for the support! It’s much appreciated ☺

  • Hao Meng posted 3227 days ago

    Hao Meng

    Hey Neil,

    I had an awful day today, so I took it out on MLB. Here's my first humor piece on "the worst case scenarios for all 30 teams." If you get the chance, I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think.

    As always, thanks for the support, and I hope you enjoy the read/makes your day better!

  • Bob Warja posted 3229 days ago

    Bob Warja

    Thank you!