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June 3, 2019
Ep. 229: The Curious Case of Craig Kimbrel
Luke Stuckmeyer, David DeJesus and Doug Glanville talk all things Craig Kimbrel after a rumor-filled weekend about the free agent closer. First, Doug and David share memories of their respective draft days as the 2019 MLB amateur draft gets underway (1:20). Then, the guys discuss how badly the Cubs need to be in on Kimbrel (6:00), why the Cubs need to take advantage during a win-now season (9:00), what makes Kimbrel one of the best closers in MLB (12:00), and why Kimbrel remains a free agent (14:00).
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17 min
June 1, 2019
Ep. 228: MLB's safety problem isn't going away
Hear Albert Almora speak about Wednesday's foul ball incident (1:20) before Luke Stuckmeyer, Doug Glanville, and David DeJesus discuss the nuances of the league's safety problem (6:30), the Iowa Cubs already planning to extend their netting next season (10:00), and if either David or Doug ever worried about their safety while they were playing (12:00).
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17 min
May 30, 2019
Ep. 227: Flashback to 2008 comeback against the Rockies
In this special edition of the podcast, we dip into the archive to bring you an epic comeback from 11 years ago. Re-live the May 30, 2008 game against the Rockies, including commentary from Mark DeRosa, who hit the decisive homer late in the game. DeRosa discusses how the wind played such a crucial role that day (1:30), the mindset on the bench after going down 8 runs (3:30), and what was running through his mind during his final at-bat (8:45). Also included are DeRosa's postgame comments from the 5/30/08 broadcast (11:45)
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14 min
May 29, 2019
Ep. 226: Assessing the Cubs & the kids can play
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by David Kaplan and Tony Andracki to give a progress report on the Cubs at the 1/3 mark of their season. The trio discuss the many positives about the team so far as well as the starting rotation (1:15), the areas where the team needs to improve (4:00), the price to acquire an impact bullpen arm (9:00), and the Tyler Chatwood closer experiment (12:00). Then, the guys marvel at the kids of former MLB players like Vladimir Guerrero and Craig Biggio starting to enter the big leagues (15:30).
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19 min
May 27, 2019
Ep. 225: Catching up with Kyle Ryan
Kelly Crull goes 1-on-1 with the Cubs' Kyle Ryan and covers a lot of ground with the lefty reliever, including whether he feels established with the team yet (1:30), how his experiences with the Tigers earlier in his career shaped the pitcher he is today (3:00), and how the dynamic in this season's clubhouse and how a veteran like Brandon Kintzler helps Ryan out (5:15).
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10 min
May 25, 2019
Ep. 224: Redemption Stories & Schwarber Leading Off
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by the Cubs Postgame Live team of David Kaplan and David DeJesus to break down all the various redemption stories on the 2019 Cubs, ranging from Kris Bryant returning from an injury-plagued campaign to Tyler Chatwood becoming a legitimate weapon out of the bullpen (1:00). Then, the guys discuss how well Kyle Schwarber is performing out of the leadoff spot over the last week (11:45).
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16 min
May 22, 2019
Ep. 223: Jake Arrieta discusses his return & Mark DeRosa talks the leadoff spot
Hear from Jake Arrieta after his first start as a visitor at Wrigley Field, including his thoughts on facing his former teammates and the standing ovation he received during his first at-bat (1:30). Then, Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by MLB Network's Mark DeRosa to discuss the Cubs' leadoff spot, the team outperforming expectations so far, and much more (8:15).
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16 min
May 20, 2019
Ep. 222: Darvish vs Arrieta: Showdown at Wrigley
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by NBC Sports Chicago Cubs producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen to break down Monday night's big matchup between former Cub Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish. The trio discuss the history and dynamics behind the matchup (2:00), the statistical comparison between the two pitchers over the past two seasons and their potential going forward (4:00), the difference in mental makeup between Jake and Yu (11:00), and Jake's massively important place in Cubs history (17:30).
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22 min
May 16, 2019
Ep. 221: Are the 2016 vibes back again?
Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, and Tony Andracki discuss the similarities between the red-hot 2019 Cubs and 2016 World Champions. Chief amongst those parallels are the superb performances of Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester, as well as the entire pitching staff (2:30). Also similar are MVP-caliber play from Kris Bryant, and a resurgent Willson Contreras (12:45). Finally, the panel discloses one area where the 2019 team comes up short: defense (18:15).
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22 min
May 15, 2019
Ep. 220: CubsTalk Podcast: In Depth with David DeJesus
Get to know David DeJesus: Luke sits down with the Cubs Pregame/Postgame studio analyst to discuss baseball, life and... "Survivor." 0:33 - David grew up in New Jersey, so was he a Mets fan or a Yankees fan as a kid? 1:31 - Originally drafted out of high school, David decided to go play college ball at Rutgers. 4:40 - David discusses when he started playing baseball in the backyard with his dad. 8:11 - DeJesus also played soccer growing up. He and Luke talk about specialization in youth sports and how that can lead to too much pressure for some kids. 10:21 - David talks about hitting golf balls (with a baseball bat) in the basement with his dad. 13:23 - DeJesus talks about his passions and interests away from baseball and how he got into television in the first place. 19:14 - David eats very healthy. But he reveals his "cheat foods" when pressed by Luke. 22:04 - DeJesus reveals that he was recently asked to be on "Survivor," but he turned it down.
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27 min
May 13, 2019
Ep. 219: Cubs take two of three from Brewers; Willson Contreras sits down with Kelly Crull
Cubs even the season series with the Brewers after Sunday night's win and are off to Cincinnati followed by a weekend series in Washington D.C. Kelly Crull and Jared Wyllys break down the Brewers series and preview the Cubs next opponents in the Reds and Nationals. Later in the podcast, Kelly sat down with Willson Contreras who has been on a tear as of late, already matching the 10 home runs he hit in all of 2018. 1:00 - Kelly and Jared recap the successful homestand. 3:15 - Tyler Chatwood has begun to turn his season around after great outing on Saturday. 7:18 - Defense has been on point as of late. 11:54 - Off-days are few and far between as the season continues to roll, how will Joe Maddon shuffle the lineups vs. the Reds and Nationals? 14:28 - Kelly goes one-on-one with catcher Willson Contreras to recap his impressive 2019 to this point and how this team compares to 2016.
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24 min
May 11, 2019
Ep: 218: Christian Yelich, Taylor Davis & Carlos Pena
In this jam-packed episode, Luke Stuckmeyer catches up with Christian Yelich to get the reigning MVP's thoughts on the Cubs-Brewers rivalry and his new piece for The Players' Tribune (1:30). Then Kelly Crull gets the inside story from Taylor Davis on how his friends and family reacted to his huge grand slam last weekend (8:00) before producer Eric Strobel interviews former Cub Carlos Pena about Joe Maddon's unique managerial style, and how his former teammate Yu Darvish can unlock his vast potential (12:45).
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26 min
May 10, 2019
Ep. 217: Reaction to Russell's return
On the heels of Addison Russell coming back from his suspension, our NBC Sports Chicago team covers all the angles of what his return to the Cubs means going forward. First, hear remarks from Theo Epstein and Russell himself prior to his first game back with the Cubs (1:30). Then, Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by David Kaplan and David DeJesus to debate whether bringing Russell back at all was the right move, as well as whether the team might still move on from the infielder in the future (7:00). Then, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki describe the reaction Russell's debut garnered at Wrigley Field, and discuss how this entire process could be a positive in the long run (17:00).
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30 min
May 8, 2019
Ep. 216: Zobrist, Bote & Castro exclusives
Ben Zobrist fields questions from Cubs fans, David Bote talks about all the hard work he does before the game starts, and Starlin Castro remembers the feeling of making his Major League debut 9 years ago. 00:45 - Luke 1-on-1 with Starlin Castro Topics: Anniversary of MLB debut (May 7, 2010), Looking back on his time with the Cubs, and what he thinks of Anthony Rizzo still using his walkup song. 6:31 - Ben Zobrist Q&A with Cubs fans. Topics: What went through his head when Rajai Davis hit that home run off Aroldis Chapman in game 7, What it was like to drive in the most important run in Cubs franchise history, and what is the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked him to sign. 16:29 - David Bote 1-on-1 with Kelly Crull Topics: Bote's work ethic and his pregame routine with Brian Butterfield, being prepared to play multiple positions every week, whenever asked.
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20 min
May 6, 2019
Ep. 215: Kerry Wood's 20 K Flashback
In a special episode, we celebrate the 21st anniversary of Kerry Wood's record-setting 20-strikeout performance with an audio retrospective of that historic game. Hear all the key calls as they were broadcast in 1998, as well as commentary at key points from Kerry himself as he watched the game with us two decades later. 1:50 - Start of WGN broadcast of Cubs vs. Astros at Wrigley Field on May 6th, 1998 3:38 - Ricky Gutiérrez spoils the no-hitter in the top of the 3rd on controversial play 4:53 - Wood throws two nasty sliders in the 4th to get Jeff Bagwell to strikeout 7:32 - Wood gets strikeout number ten and eleven 9:23 - Rain begins to fall in the 7th inning, giving Wood a slight edge against the Astros hitters as he strikes out the side 14:56 - 9th inning begins as Wood is set to make history 17:20 - "Here comes the hook!" - Chip Caray calls the historic 20th strikeout of Kerry Wood 18:39 - Wood recalls his nervous interview with Steve Stone and Chip Caray after the game
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22 min
May 6, 2019
Ep. 214: The red-hot Cubs take their place atop the NL Central
Tony Andracki and Cam Ellis recap the weekend at Wrigley where the Cubs swept the Cardinals in dominating fashion to move into first place in the National League Central. Also, Kelly Crull goes 1-on-1 with former Cubs “you go, we go” leadoff hitter, Dexter Fowler.
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19 min
May 3, 2019
Ep. 213: Rivalry homestand begins with 'The Professor' throwing a gem
After Kyle 'The Professor' Hendricks lived up to his name tossing just 81 pitches to complete a shutout vs the rival Cardinals. Hear Hendricks and Maddon's postgame comments after the Maddux like game. Prior to first pitch, Luke Stuckmeyer sat down with Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong who is off to a good start in St. Louis and grew up in the area, attending Illinois State University. Last but not least, Luke sat down with Fergie Jenkins who gave a great story about the late Ron Santo. 1:20 - Paul DeJong interview 6:10 - Hendricks interview with Kelly Crull postgame 7:40 - Maddon postgame on Hendricks 9:55 - Fergie Jenkins interview
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21 min
May 2, 2019
Ep. 212: Cubs blooming in May? Difficult decisions ahead
Luke, Kelly and Tony talk about the Cubs resurgence on offense and in the bullpen. Other topics include Addison Russell's role, or lack thereof, and if his days as a full-time player are already over. Plus they play a game of "Cubs Stock Watch." 0:00 - Cubs blooming heading into May? A chance for the offense to reach full potential in 2019. 2:45 - What would be Addison Russell's role if he returns to the big league club? Could the door be closed on Russell being a full-time player with the Cubs? 9:52 - Bullpen goes from huge question mark to best in baseball, but there are some tough decision to be made pretty soon. 16:20 - Cubs 'stock watch': Time to sell on Brandon Morrow? Whose stock are you buying? Bryzzo, Darvish or Schwarber. Buy or sell? Heyward or Maddon.
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25 min
April 30, 2019
Ep. 211: A roller coaster first month... and an epic rant
Luke Stuckmeyer and David DeJesus break down the first month of the Cubs 2019 season. Is the offense "fixed"? How safe is Joe Maddon's job after 26 games? Plus, Luke and Kap chat with Les Grobstein about Lee Elia's epic rant from April 29, 1983 (which we play in its entirety) :23 - Cubs finally coming together, right in the thick of the N.L. Central Division 1:10 - Is the Cubs offense "fixed"? 2:20 - David Bote coming through as a big piece that gets big hits. 3:30 - Ben Zobrist pulls a "Rudy" and asks Maddon to start Bote in his place. 6:01 - Javy still being Javy. Baez is having a better season than 2018. 8:00 - A look at the N.L. Central. The Cardinals bullpen is getting pretty taxed right now. 9:45 - Cubs offense could be special once "Bryzzo" breaks out. 10:53 - The entire "Lee Elia" rant from April 29, 1983 (bleeped) 14:00 - Les Grobstein joins Luke & Kap to talk about Lee Elia's epic rant. Les was the only person who recorded the rant. 15:26 - How did Elia not get fired after the rant? Les tells a story about Dallas Green's reaction to the rant. 17:15 - Les explains why Elia was mad in the first place, and what question was asked that set him off on his tirade.
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23 min
April 25, 2019
Ep. 210: Jon Lester returns and Addison Russell's future with the Cubs
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss Lester's return, the upcoming road trip, plus Addison Russell talks about his suspension. 01:00 Lester looked good in his return to the rotation 03:30 Bullpen getting help from unexpected sources 05:00 Was Almora's hair the reason he wasn't hitting homers? 06:45 Kris Byrant looking better at the plate 09:30 Cubs get ready for game at Arizona and Seattle 10:30 Addison Russell's future with the Cubs 18:30 Will Russell be with the Cubs on May 3rd when eligible?
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22 min
April 25, 2019
Ep. 209: Rick Monday Flashback and Lester Returns
Luke Stuckmeyer catches up with former Cub Rick Monday on the anniversary of his infamous flag-saving episode at Dodger Stadium in 1976 (2:15). Rick takes us through the entire incident, and gives some insight into why he felt compelled to act on that day 43 years ago. Then, we'll hear from Joe Maddon on what to expect from Jon Lester's 1st start since April 8th (10:40) before Luke is joined by David Kaplan to discuss Lester's return to the rotation after over two weeks on the Injured List (11:30).
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17 min
April 24, 2019
Ep. 208: The Tyler Chatwood/Yu Darvish podcast
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer talks with Tyler Chatwood, Kelly Crull catches up with Yu Darvish, and David Kaplan and David DeJesus weigh in on the starting rotation. 01:00 - Tyler Chatwood on his outing on Sunday 02:25 - Chatwood on difference from last year 6:00 - Yu Darvish talks about his season so far 7:15 - Joe Maddon thinks Darvish has another gear 8:00 - Why the starters have been so good lately 9:30 - What adjustments has Tyler Chatwood made on the mound this season? 11:20 - Could Chatwood be effective out of the Cubs bullpen? 12:00 - Is Darvish making progress?
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14 min
April 22, 2019
Ep. 207: David Bote’s wild ride and a huge test for Cubs pitchers
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ series win over the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field, which capped off with yet another David Bote walk-off and a surprising performance from Tyler Chatwood. They also break down where this Cubs team is at as they get set to welcome the high-powered Dodgers offense into Chicago later in the week. :30 – The Kelly Effect 1:00 – David Bote’s wild ride 2:00 – El Mago’s magic pays off for Cubs yet again 3:30 – Bote’s adjustments 6:40 – Chatwood’s big day 8:50 – What’s next for Chatwood? 10:10 – Lester’s return is right around the corner 11:30 – Cubs pitching firing on all cylinders 12:00 – Did Kap jinx Strop? 13:30 – Dodgers pose a big challenge for Cubs pitching staff
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15 min
April 21, 2019
Ep. 206: Flashback to Jake Arrieta's 2nd No-Hitter
Luke Stuckmeyer takes a trip down memory lane on the 3rd anniversary of Jake Arrieta's no-hitter against the Reds in Cincinnati. You'll hear all the biggest calls of the game from Len & JD, plus Jake's immediate reaction after tossing his second no-no in a span of 11 regular season starts.
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12 min
April 19, 2019
Ep. 205: Carlos Zambrano drops in & a statistical deep-dive with Chris Kamka
Luke Stuckmeyer and Chris Kamka go through some fun and perhaps meaningful numbers through the Cubs' first 17 games, including good trends for the starting pitching and puzzling numbers for Kris Bryant & Anthony Rizzo (1:30). Then, David Kaplan catches up with former Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano, who discusses his comeback attempt with the Chicago Dogs, his accomplishments while he pitched for the Cubs, and his newfound commitment to his faith (10:30).
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23 min
April 17, 2019
Ep. 204: Todd Hollandsworth gives an outside perspective
Former Cubs TV analyst Todd Hollandsworth talks with Luke & Kap and gives an outside perspective on the 2019 Cubs. 00:00:46 Holly talks about being in the the TV booth and on the road every day with the Marlins. 00:01:51 Todd shares his thoughts on the 2019 Cubs and how the team was built through the draft. 00:04:03 Holly breaks down Jose Quintana's recent run of great starts. He Also talks about Yu Darvish and if what we saw Monday was for real. 00:05:37 Todd talks about the N.L. Central. Draws similarities to the N.L. East. He says the Cubs still win the division - IF they pitch. 00:08:05 Holly shares his thoughts on former Marlin Christian Yelich and his dominant start to the 2019 season. 00:11:09 Todd talks about the "Yelich" trade and how the deal has worked out (so far) for the Marlins. 00:13:17 Holly discusses Javy Baez sliding into second base and the replay review system in MLB. Where do they go next? How can MLB fix the problem with aggressive base-running vs. being too cautious when sliding.
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20 min
April 15, 2019
Ep. 203: Early-season thoughts with David Haugh
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by David Kaplan and David Haugh of 670 The Score and the Chicago Tribune to discuss what player they are most worried about at this point in the season (1:30), if there is any issue with Kris Bryant not pinch-hitting on his off day last Saturday (3:30), whether or not Jason Heyward can keep up his hot hitting (7:00), and how Tiger Woods' Masters victory compares to the Cubs' 2016 World Series title on a national scale (12:00).
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18 min
April 13, 2019
Ep. 202: Tommy La Stella returns & the rotation rebounds
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by former Cub and 2016 World Series Champion Tommy La Stella as he returns to Wrigley Field as a visitor with the Angels, and the utility infielder discusses the good memories of his time with the Cubs and much more (:45). Then, Luke is joined by David Kaplan and David DeJesus to break down the Cubs' rotation stepping up with Jon Lester on the injured list (6:00) before hearing from Joe Maddon on Mike Trout's place as perhaps the face of MLB and the best player in the game (12:00).
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18 min
April 10, 2019
Ep. 201: Jon Lester injured & the revitalized offense
Luke Stuckmeyer and David Kaplan discuss the Jon Lester injury situation and what his absence will mean to the rest of the rotation (2:00), the bullpen bouncing back after their horrible start to the season (5:15), the red-hot bats of Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, and Jason Heyward (9:00), leaving Ben Zobrist in the lead-off spot (13:00), and the struggles of Kris Bryant (15:00).
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18 min
April 7, 2019
Ep. 200: The Cubs are finally coming to Wrigley Field
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Tony Andracki and Kelly Crull break down the opening road trip of the season, Kris Bryant's struggles at the plate and look ahead to the home opener 00:45 Recapping the series against the Brewers 03:00 Sunday's game was more of what you expect a Cubs-Brewers game to be like 04:00 Kyle Hendricks' struggles early on 06:00 Bryant's struggles at the plate of late 14:00 Willson Contreras playing well through the first 9 games 17:00 Javy Baez' comments on knowing the Cubs will have their haters 20:00 Rizzo keeping the team loose off the field 22:00 The team's mindset after starting 2-7 24:00 Lester getting the start in the home opener
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26 min
April 6, 2019
Ep. 199: Wrigley North, Part 1
Luke Stuckmeyer catches up with David Bote, Kyle Schwarber & Gordon Wittenmyer as the Cubs and Brewers face off for their first series of 2019 01:25    David Bote on Brewers series and importance early in season 02:15    Bote on controlling what we can control 03:32    Bote on his new contract, staying with Cubs 04:45    Bote on lineups, approach day-to-day 05:30    Bote on his teammates, helping when guys are struggling 06:30    Schwarber on Brewers series, excitement 07:53    Schwarber on last season, 1 game short, every game counts 08:53    Schwarber on teammates picking each other up 09:45    Schwarber on slow start. Not a panic, hit the reset button 10:34    Luke talks with Gordon Wittenmyer from the Chicago Sun-Times 10:55    Wittenmyer on panic in April. Adverse conditions in Atlanta. No broad judgements yet 12:09    Wittenmyer on Brewers, possible regression. Starting to build a big hill to climb 14:14    Wittenmyer on Christian Yelich and his ascent to MVP status 14:49    Wittenmyer on Yu Darvish’s 1st start vs. 2nd start. Still a long time to silence critics. 16:38    Wittenmyer on Cubs “Must-win” mandate. Not a 1-way street. Pressing because results are not there yet. 18:04    Wittenmyer on Cubs pressing and feeling pressure after winning a World Series.
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19 min
April 4, 2019
Ep. 198: Let's Play Two! with Ron Rapoport
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by Ernie Banks biographer Ron Rapoport to talk about his new book "Let's Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks." The pair discusses Ernie's early life in Dallas, TX (2:00), his fabulous wasted season for infamous 1969 Cubs team (10:00), Ernie talking trash to Willie Mays at Wrigley Field (13:30), who the next Ernie Banks might be today (15:00), and the contrast between Ernie's happy disposition and his complicated private life (19:30).
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22 min
April 3, 2019
Ep. 197: Too early to panic?
Luke, Kap & Kelly talk through the Cubs first 4 games, when to "pull the plug" on the bullpen, and what's changed with Kyle Schwarber in 2019. 00:00:22 Luke: When is it too early to panic? 00:00:40 Kap: What was the biggest concern we had going into this season? The bullpen. And it has reared it's ugly head and it looks awful. 00:02:00 Kelly: I don't like that some guys have built-in excuses already. 00:03:25 Kap reads off the list of positive signs for the Cubs. IE: Bryant/Schwarber/Baez/etc. 00:06:08 Looking at the bullpen. Solutions outside of signing Craig Kimbrel. How long do they give this bullpen as it's currently constructed? 00:08:28 Breaking down C.J. Edwards struggles and if he would/should be sent down at some point if he continues to struggle. 00:11:00 Tyler Chatwood. What if he's just a 1-inning pitcher now with his massive contract? 00:12:37 Kyle Schwarber looks great early on. Hes says he's back to the "squatty" guy he was and not over-thinking things at the plate anymore. Does he need to be in the lineup every day? 00:18:10 Ronald Acuna Jr.'s new contract and what it could mean for any possible Kris Bryant/Javier Baez extensions. Kap thinks both Bryant & Baez will be extended before hitting free agency. 00:21:30 Expectations for the Cubs record when they return home from Milwaukee next week.
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24 min
April 1, 2019
Ep. 196: Cubs look ahead to Atlanta
On the latest edition of the Cubstalk podcast David Kaplan, David Dejesus and Doug Glanville discuss the Cubs opening series in Texas and look ahead to Atlanta. 1:00 Bad start for Yu Darvish 2:30 Concern over Carl Edwards Jr 4:15 A dangerous look in Kyle Schwarber’s eye 7:30 New rules in Cubs clubhouse 10:15 why not winning another world series would be a failure 12:30 baseball’s watchability
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16 min
March 29, 2019
Ep. 195: Opening Day reaction
Luke talks with Tony Andracki following the Cubs 12-4 Opening Day win in Texas.
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12 min
March 26, 2019
Ep. 194: The Emergency Kyle Hendricks Extension Podcast
Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, and Kelly Crull react to the breaking news of Kyle Hendricks' extension with the Cubs. The trio discusses how the deal is a win for both sides (1:30), Hendricks' unique place in Cubs history and on this season's roster (7:30), what Kyle's ceiling as a pitcher has turned out to be (12:00), and who the next Cub to sign an extension might be (14:30).
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17 min
March 26, 2019
Ep. 193: Happ Demoted & Bold Predictions
Baseball is finally here! Luke Stuckmeyer & David Kaplan discuss the surprising move to send Ian Happ to the minors to start the 2019 season and the message it sends to the team (2:00), as well as the report from The Athletic that details the changes the Cubs are making to their day-to-day operations this season (8:00). Finally, Kap and Luke make some bold predictions about what will happen this season, including thoughts on Yu Darvish, Addison Russell, and Joe Maddon (11:45).
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21 min
March 24, 2019
Ep. 192: Brewers Scouting Report with Jeff Levering
Luke Stuckmeyer catches up with Brewers radio broadcaster Jeff Levering to get the inside scoop on Milwaukee heading into the 2019 season. The pair discuss how the potential addition of Craig Kimbrel would impact the Brewers bullpen (3:30), whether or not Christian Yelich can repeat his MVP performance (8:00) and how the NL Central will shake out this year (14:00) before Jeff gives us some personal insight into the great Bob Uecker (19:00).
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22 min
March 21, 2019
Ep. 191: Cardinals Scouting Report with Chris Rongey
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by Chris Rongey, host at 101 ESPN in St. Louis, to take a closer look at the arch-rival Cardinals. The pair discusses the ramifications of the rumored Paul Goldschmidt extension (2:30), the pressure on the Cardinals to get back to the playoffs (6:30), the potential of Jack Flaherty (10:30), and Kris Bryant's inflammatory comments about St. Louis at Cubs Convention (13:45).
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20 min
March 21, 2019
Ep. 190: Kimbrel, Blisters & the Business of Baseball
Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan & Tony Andracki tackle all the pressing topics surrounding the Cubs, including the Brewers' reported connection to Craig Kimbrel (:45), Yu Darvish's blister woes (5:15), how the current run of extensions in MLB will affect the Cubs in the future (9:10), and Tony makes the case for Kris Bryant to be the regular lead-off hitter (16:00).
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18 min
March 19, 2019
Ep. 189: 2019 predictions
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki make their predictions for the 2019 season, discuss who will be the team's MVP and debate which NL Central team will be the toughest challenge for the Cubs this season. 1:00 - NL MVP odds for Baez, Bryant, Rizzo and Schwarber 4:00 - NL Cy Young award odds 7:00 - Home run totals for Cubs sluggers 9:00 - Javy Baez' potential at the plate 10:00 - Was bad weather a factor for the Cubs offensive struggles early last season 12:00 - Who will lead the Cubs in home runs this season 13:00 - Who will lead the Cubs in saves in 2019? 15:30 - Who will be the team MVP in 2019? 18:00 - What is your biggest concern for the upcoming season? 21:00 - Who has a breakout season for the Cubs in 2019? 22:00 - Vegas has Cubs at 87 1/2 wins.. over or under? 25:00 - What NL Central team will be toughest on the Cubs?
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27 min
March 15, 2019
Ep. 188: Willson Contreras Opens Up
Willson Contreras sits down with Kelly Crull for an exclusive interview where the Cubs catcher takes full responsibility for his tough 2018 campaign, and tells us what he's learned from last year's experience (1:20). Then, an emotional Willson discusses the current social and political situation in his home country of Venezuela, and how he keeps his focus on the field with so much upheaval in his homeland (12:15).
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23 min
March 12, 2019
Ep. 187: The pitching, pitching and more pitching podcast
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, Tony Andracki and Cam Ellis break down the starters and relievers for the 2019 Cubs. 01:15 If healthy, the Cubs rotation could be among the best in baseball 03:00 Is the age of the Cubs staff a concern you? 04:25 What do you do with Tyler Chatwood? 05:50 Sooner or later the Cubs will need a pitcher from their minor league system 06:45 The expectations on Jose Quintana after what the Cubs gave up to get him 08:00 Who would be the first callup from the minors if injuries hit the Cubs rotation? 10:00 Could this be the best rotation in baseball? 12:00 How low could the Cubs rotation rank in MLB if they are hit by injuries? 13:30 Where does the bullpen rank in the NL? 16:45 Who do you feel comfortable handing the ball to in a pressure situation with Morrow on the shelf? 18:00 Who will be bounceback guy in the Cubs pen this year?? 19:35 Who will be the first reliever called up if the Cubs need one? 22:15 How does the Cubs pen rank in baseball? 24:30 What grade will the Cubs pitchers get at the end of the season?
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26 min
March 8, 2019
Ep. 186: All Aboard with Dan Plesac
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by MLB Network's Dan Plesac, who is fresh off his tour of major league camps in Arizona. The pair discuss where the holes might be on this Cubs roster (1:00), how the back end of the bullpen will shake out (4:30), the new technology the Cubs are employing to help their pitchers improve (9:00), the state of pitcher development in today's game (13:30), and how the addition of Bryce Harper changes the outlook in the National League this season (16:30).
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22 min
March 6, 2019
Ep. 185: On the Road with Jon Lester
Kelly Crull catches up with Cubs Opening Day starter Jon Lester on his drive home from camp in Mesa, and discusses what a normal spring training day looks like, relationships between the players, the dynamic between himself and David Ross, pushing players like Anthony Rizzo to the next level, who the best golfer on the team is, and his past as a soccer player (1:10). Then, Luke Stuckmeyer gets the behind-the-scenes story of the ride-along from Kelly (28:30).
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39 min
March 2, 2019
Ep. 184: The one where Harper finally signs...with Philly
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by Tony Andracki and Chris Kamka to react to Bryce Harper's record-setting contract with the Phillies. The trio discuss whether the Cubs were ever actually involved and if they missed out on a big opportunity (1:30), as well as how Harper's contract will affect future negotiations with Kris Bryant (6:30). Then, we hear Bryant's reaction to Harper's deal (13:20) before Luke & company debate where the Phillies now sit in the N.L. hierarchy (15:00).
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26 min
February 26, 2019
Ep. 183: The Yu Darvish first start/future of free agency/remembering Ron Santo podcast
On the latest Cubs Talk podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki are joined by USA Today's Bob Nightengale to discuss Yu Darvish's first start of the spring, baseball's free agent market, the Cubs mindset and a celebration of Ron Santo 00:45 Bob on Yu Darvish's first start of the spring 01:40 Would the Cubs be in play to sign Bryce Harper on a short term deal? 02:30 Does Nolan Arenado's new deal set the market for future free agents? 04:00 The Cubs have a chip on their shoulder 05:00 Would Kris Bryant sign a long-term deal before he reaches free agency? 07:00 Is Bryant still one of the top 5 3rd baseman in the game? 08:00 Who is the best team in the NL Central? 11:10 What does Scott Boras do that makes him appealing to star ballplayers? 13:30 The vibe around Cubs camp during the first week in Mesa 15:45 Darvish seeming more comfortable in camp this season 17:45 Jon Lester's mindset entering this season 20:00 Celebrating Ron Santo's birthday with some of his more famous calls from the broadcast booth 22:15 Remembering the Wrigleyville Taco Bell
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25 min
February 22, 2019
Ep. 182: Lineups & Lead-off men
Luke and Kap discuss the latest goings-on from Cubs camp, including Joe Maddon's recent talk about how he's going to handle his lineup card this season (0:45), the lack of a true lead-off hitter impacting the batting order (3:00), how Jose Quintana is working to improve his pitch arsenal (6:30), and what to watch for as the exhibition schedule begins (11:00).
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17 min
February 21, 2019
Ep. 181: 1-on-1 with Kyle Hendricks
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the impact a full season of Cole Hamels could have on the rotation and the team. And David Kaplan goes 1-on-1 with Kyle Hendricks. Find out which teammate Hendricks says most enjoys striking out in Spring Training. 00:35 - Tony and Kelly break down the potential impact that Cole Hamels can have on the 2019 club. They discuss Hamels' value as a teammate and a leader, his approach to baseball every day, and what the Cubs expect from him every fifth day. 16:56 - Kap goes 1-on-1 with Kyle Hendricks during a walk around a practice diamond at the Cubs facilities in Mesa. Hendricks discusses his excitement for 2019, how he approaches the buildup to the regular season, and how much fun he has facing teammates during spring training.
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31 min
February 20, 2019
Ep. 180: What does Manny Machado to the Padres mean for the Cubs?
Luke, Kap and Chris Kamka react to the Manny Machado deal and the impact it has on the National League and the Cubs. Javy Baez talks about hustling and being accountable, and possible contract extension numbers for Baez and Kris Bryant are discussed. 00:00 - Welcome - Manny Machado signing and what it means for the National League. How many legitimate contenders are there in the N.L. with Bryce Harper likely to sign with a N.L. team as well? 2:20 - Are we really surprised Machado got his $300 million dollars? What we have learned from the Machado saga? Family did not matter. Location did not matter. Position did not matter. It was all about the money. 5:08 - What does this deal do to the "collusion" argument? Brad Brach's quotes about getting the same exact contract offer from multiple teams is discussed. 7:00 - Where does the Cubs / White Sox rivalry stand now that the Sox did not sign Machado? 7:54 - Javy Baez talks about being held accountable and how last season the team lacked that type of leadership and accountability at times. 9:45 - Chris Kamka delivers some clutch Cubs "hustle" stats. 11:20 - Kap says he talked to Jon Lester in Arizona, and that Lester knows the Cubs front office wants him to be more of a vocal leader in 2019. But Lester knows there are inherent difficulties for pitchers to try to motivate every-day players. 12:17 - MLB Network's list of the top shortstops in baseball is out. Where does Baez come in on that list? 13:15 - Machado gets $300 million - so what does that mean for guys like Kris Bryant and Javy Baez? 18:44 - Kap talks about the feeling among the players at Cubs camp. He says players are pissed off about the early exit and that some of the experts are picking them to lose more games than they win in 2019. 20:00 - When the Crosstown series rolls around, what are some realistic expectations for a pair of former Cubs prospects: Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease?
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24 min
February 18, 2019
Ep. 179: CubsTalk Podcast: Tom Ricketts addresses team & media
As the Cubs held their first full-squad workout in Arizona, Chairman Tom Ricketts talked about his father's e-mail scandal and the team's free-agency budget on the latest edition of the CubsTalk Podcast. 01:00 Tom Ricketts on his dad's email controversy 08:00 Tom on his comments to the players about the emails 12:00 Tom on his dealings with the city and Alderman Tom Tunney 17:30 On team's budget for 2019 19:30 On free agency in baseball 23:00 On building a team long term 29:00 On Joe Maddon's future
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31 min
February 18, 2019
Ep. 178: What to make of Ian Happ, David Bote and the Cubs infield puzzle
The Cubs are looking for some of their young players to take the next step in 2019. Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss what they expect from David Bote and Victor Caratini this year (11:52). Plus, Ian Happ is busy getting reps at second base in Mesa (03:04), and Willson Contreras is "hungry" to get back in action (07:34). Then, David Kaplan has a 1-on-1 interview with Bote as he settles in for his second MLB season (27:20). Luke Stuckmeyer hosts.
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35 min
February 16, 2019
Ep. 177: Reaction to Russell's comments
Our Cubs beat reporters Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki provide their unique perspectives after being in the room for Addison Russell's first public comments since his suspension (1:00). They discuss Russell's disposition during his media session (4:00), the lack of specifics in his answers (12:30), what the future holds for both Russell and the team (19:15), and much more regarding the Cubs' suspended shortstop.
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25 min
February 16, 2019
Ep. 176: Addison Russell speaks
For the first time since being suspended 40 games in September for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, Addison Russell met the media in Arizona. We bring you his entire press conference (1:00), as well as comments from Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein about Russell's situation and how it has changed the entire organization (20:00).
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31 min
February 14, 2019
Ep. 175: Checking in with Tony Andracki, Kyle Schwarber and Tyler Chatwood
Opening week of Spring Training continues, and in this episode we catch up with Kyle Schwarber, who scoffs at the PECOTA projections that have the Cubs finishing last in the NL Central (1:15). Then, Tyler Chatwood addresses his 2018 struggles head-on and details what he's done to improve this offseason (8:20). Finally, our Cubs insider Tony Andracki calls in from Mesa and discusses the addition of Xavier Cedeno, Adbert Alzolay's status and much more (14:30).
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22 min
February 14, 2019
Ep. 174: Good Vibes from Mesa
Yu Darvish speaks about how he's feeling and why he's in a much better spot mentally as he enters his 2nd season in Chicago (:45). Then, Willson Contreras discusses his offseason training and the current state of affairs in his native Venezuela (5:55). We then hear from Jason Heyward, who adamantly supports the Cubs' approach in bringing the entire core group of players back (12:00). Finally, Jon Lester explains how his approach will change as he enters his 14th big league season (18:00).
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31 min
February 13, 2019
Ep. 173: Next year is here!
Baseball is finally back! Luke Stuckmeyer takes you out to Mesa, where Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Joe Maddon addressed the media Tuesday to officially kick off Spring Training. The trio cover a wide range of topics, including Joe's new slogan for 2019 (:45), the latest update on Addison Russell's situation (5:30), why the free agent market has been so slow (15:30), Theo's reaction to the Joe Ricketts emails (21:30), how Maddon will change his approach this season (29:45), and what to expect out of Yu Darvish this season (41:15).
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48 min
February 9, 2019
Ep. 172: PECOTA Projections & Javy Baez
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by Stats Coordinator Chris Kamka and Cubs producer Eric Strobel to discuss this year's pessimistic PECOTA projections for the Cubs from Baseball Prospectus (:35), the much-improved NL Central's impact on the projections (6:00), and react to the news that the DH will not be coming to the NL anytime soon (9:40). Then, Kelly Crull sits down for an exclusive interview with Javy Baez, who discusses how he can improve on an MVP-caliber 2018 season and why the Cubs are happy to stick with their core roster this season (16:30).
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22 min
February 6, 2019
Ep. 171: Kyle Hendricks interview, and is the DH coming to the National League?
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, Tony Andracki and Vinnie Duber discuss possible rules changes in baseball and how they would affect the Cubs. Plus, we go 1-on-1 with Kyle Hendricks. 01:00 Possibility of the DH coming to the NL and how it would affect the Cubs 02:30 The pitcher hitting a homer is one of the most exciting things in the game 03:45 Is Kyle Schwarber automatically the DH for the Cubs? 05:00 Possible rule change requiring pitcher to face three batters 08:30 Chances of a 26-man roster 10:30 Where does the Cubs starting rotation stack up against the rest of MLB if healthy? 13:00 Who is the ace of the Cubs staff? 15:20 How many games will Montgomery and Chatwood start this year? 17:30 Kyle Hendricks on what he learned after how last season ended 19:00 Kyle on how he improved in the second half of last season 22:00 Hendricks on offseason moves 26:00 Where does Kyle see himself in his career arc 28:00 Does Kyle know the last time he threw a wild pitch?
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29 min
February 1, 2019
Ep. 170: Let's Play Two! with Cole Hamels
In honor of Ernie Banks' birthday this week, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki play a game of "Let's Play Two" by picking the two free agents that would have been best fits for the Cubs (:30), the two best teams in the National League besides the Cubs (3:15), the two best shortstops in baseball (4:45), and much more. Then, Kelly Crull sits down with Cubs starter Cole Hamels, who discusses his upcoming first full season on the North Side and how the Cubs rotation can be dominant in 2019 (13:15).
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24 min
January 30, 2019
Ep. 169: Dreaming of Spring with Ben Zobrist & Kyle Schwarber
It's freezing in Chicago, but never fear... baseball is right around the corner, and we caught up with a couple Cubs before they report to Mesa in a couple weeks. First, Ben Zobrist talks about how last season is actually a good sign for this core group of players, and details his improved process at the plate (1:30). Then, Kyle Schwarber joins the show to discuss how the end of last season added fuel to the Cubs' motivational fire, why new hitting coach Anthony Iapoce should fit right in with this group, and much more (15:15).
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23 min
January 24, 2019
Ep. 168: Will Joe Maddon return after this season?
Luke Stuckmeyer and David Kaplan discuss Maddon entering the final year of his contract, plus Kelly Crull goes one on one with Maddon. 00:30 - Is this Maddon's final season with the Cubs? 03:00 - Does it matter to the players if Maddon is in his last year of his contract? 04:00 - Javy Baez' comments on having a set lineup 05:30 - Possible other managerial opening in baseball next offseason 06:50 - What could be the biggest impact story this season with Maddon 09:00 - Joe tells us about his offseason travels 12:00 - Joe on keeping the core together 13:45 - Joe on how he processed last season 15:00 - What does production over talent mean to Joe 18:00 - Maddon's theme for 2019
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19 min
January 22, 2019
Ep. 167: Trash Talk and Trolling Tuesday edition
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast we join Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan and Kelly Crull to discuss the outcome of the Cubs convention and Cubs trolling. 01:30 Has Kris Bryant calling St. Louis "boring" been blown out of proportion?? 04:00 Cardinals fans weigh in on Bryant's comments 09:00 Are Bryant's comments worse than Joakim Noah calling out Cleveland? 11:30 Joe Maddon made comments about the Cardinals ordering a hit on them after a couple hit batters 12:30 Lee Elia's infamous rant about Cubs fans in the 1983 season 13:00 What was their favorite sports rants 15:40 Ozzie Guillen trolls the Cubs 17:30 Marty Brennaman goes off on Cubs fans 19:20 Everyone in the division seems to hate the Cubs 20:21 Do you believe A.J. Pierzynski when he said he would never sign with the Cubs?
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21 min
January 20, 2019
Ep. 166: Cubs Convention Continues
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast we join David Kaplan and Kelly Crull at the Chicago Cubs Convention for interviews with Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Kris Bryant and many more.
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38 min
January 19, 2019
Ep. 165: Cubs Convention Kicks Off & Fergie Jenkins
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21 min
January 15, 2019
Ep. 164: Top story lines for 2019
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the biggest storylines for the Cubs heading into the 2019 season 01:00 - Predictions for the rest of the 2019 off-season 03:00 - Are the Cubs falling behind in the NL Central? 06:30 - The need for a veteran catcher to play behind Willson Contreras 08:00 - Lack of long-term contracts being handed out this off-season 10:30 - Will Kyle Schwarber reach his potential? 14:45 - What will David Bote's role be in 2019? 17:45 - Will the new coaching staff make a difference in 2019? 21:30 - Where does Ian Happ fit into the Cubs plan 25:00 - Will Joe ever settle on 3 outfielders to get almost all of the playing time?
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30 min
January 11, 2019
Ep. 163: Len Kasper Stops By
The TV voice of the Cubs, Len Kasper, stops by the CubsTalk Podcast before the Cubs Convention kicks off. Kasper discusses the outlook for 2019, and picks his "breakout" candidate on the Cubs offense. Len also answers some listener questions at the end of the podcast. 00:00:13 Some of the best Len Kasper play-by-play calls from the Cubs 2018 season. 00:01:36 Len talks about his excitement for the 2019 season, and the difficulty the team will face in an improved National League Central. 00:02:35 Kasper reflects on the NL Central from 2018, calling it the toughest division in baseball. Offseason moves take focus as spring training draws near. 00:04:32 Len talks about the Cubs payroll situation and where the club is in their pursuit of another World Series championship. 00:07:40 Kasper discusses the biggest improvement he thinks the Cubs can make as a team in 2019. 00:09:11 Len picks some "bounce-back" candidates, and makes a pick for a "breakout" player in 2019. 00:10:10 Kap asks Kasper about Kris Bryant's defensive future with the Cubs (3B or OF.) 00:11:28 Len talks about the Cubs starting rotation and the health of Yu Darvish heading into this season. 00:13:45 Len Kasper answers some Twitter questions from Cubs fans, and @thekapman.
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19 min
January 10, 2019
Ep. 162: CubsTalk Podcast with Ryne Sandberg
00:29 - Ryne talks about looking forward to the 2019 season. 01:29 - Sandberg on what changed for him as a player after his MVP season in 1984. 02:53 - Ryne talks about lineup consistency and how much the game has changed for players on a day-by-day basis since he was a player. 05:21 - Sandberg on being the highest paid player in baseball back in 1992, and how it affected his approach to the game. 07:01 - Ryne talks about Lee Smith being inducted to the Hall of Fame, some favorite memories of playing with Smith, and the importance of the bullpen in today's game. 08:39 - Sandberg on the impact assistant coaches can have on a big league team. Coaches were more hands-off when Ryne played, as opposed to the more involved role they tend to take with current players. 11:15 - Ryne talks about the 1984 team, and what the feeling was like leading up to that historic Cubs season. 13:04 -Sandberg remembers the Sutcliffe trade with the Indians in June of 1984. 14:44 - Ryne remembers "The Sandberg Game" from June 23, 1984. Even down to wind conditions and what type of pitches he saw from Bruce Sutter in the 9th and 10th innings. 17:28 - Sandberg on the impact "The Sandberg Game" had on the 1984 Cubs - and the franchise overall. Ryno also recalls the first time he noticed fans on rooftops across the street from Wrigley Field. 19:01 - Ryne talks about the talent on the current Cubs team, specifically Anthony Rizzo. 20:42 - Sandberg on the "unsung heroes" of the 1984 Cubs. Specifically Gary Matthews. Ryne credits "Sarge" with changing his career more than any other teammate. 21:54 - Ryne recalls the atmosphere and fans around Wrigley Field following the Cubs 13-0, game 1 win in the 1984 NLCS vs. San Diego. 22:34 - Sandberg on the difficulty of losing the NLCS to the Padres in 1984. He says it took him weeks to get over the shock that the '84 Cubs would not play in the World Series. 23:38 - Ryne remembers back to the very first Cubs Convention in 1986. Minus-20 degree wind chill and all.
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25 min
January 2, 2019
Ep 161: Bob Nightengale gives his take on the offseason
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and David Kaplan are joined by USA Today baseball columnist Bob Nightengale 00:45 Does Bob stand by prediction of Bryce Harper going to the Phillies 01:30 Is a 7-year deal enough to land Harper of Manny Machado? 03:00 Are the Cubs the sleeper team in the Harper sweepstakes? 05:00 Are the Cubs still considered an elite team in the National League 06:45 Which team has made the most moves during this offseason? 07:30 Does Troy Tulowitzki going to the Yankees take them out of the running for Machado 09:30 Impact of December's Dodgers/Reds trade 10:30 Joe Maddon's future and who might be replace him as manager of the Cubs 12:45 Any big moves coming in the next few weeks from the Cubs or White Sox?
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15 min
December 28, 2018
Ep. 160: A Cup of Joe, Part 2
In the second part of Joe Maddon’s winter meetings media session, the Cubs skipper outlines his philosophy concerning the ideal mix of veteran leadership in his clubhouse (:45), and also discusses how Kyle Schwarber (3:35) and Willson Contreras (10:25) can each unlock their potential in the upcoming 2019 season. Finally, Joe reveals his secret to connecting with today’s players (12:45)
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16 min
December 26, 2018
Ep. 159: A Cup of Joe, Part 1
Cubs manager Joe Maddon held court at the winter meetings earlier this month in Las Vegas and covered a wide variety of topics. In part one of two, Joe talks about the bad taste in his mouth after last season’s quick playoff exit (:35), how his managing style will change next season (3:00) and why he’s not worried about entering the final year of his contract without an extension (10:35).
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16 min
December 21, 2018
Ep. 158: Cubs Season in Review
Luke Stuckmeyer and Kelly Crull take one last look back at the 2018 season that was, and start by giving their one-word description of last year (:30), before going through all the weather problems and Yu Darvish’s struggles in the spring (2:15), some walk-off fun over the summer (8:00), and the disappointing finish as the calendar turned to fall (17:20).
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28 min
December 19, 2018
Ep. 157: Hottovy on the Pitching Staff & Szczur’s Aspiring Art Career
On this episode of the CubsTalk podcast, we catch up with new Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy in Las Vegas (1:00). Hottovy discusses his relationships with the current Cubs staff, his biggest challenge in 2019, and his quick transition from playing to coaching. Later, Luke Stuckmeyer speaks with former Cub and 2016 World Series Champion Matt Szczur, whose painting of the final out from the 2016 World Series is catching eyes all over the internet (15:50). Szczur also details his role in helping Anthony Rizzo get going in the 2016 NLCS, and how he keeps in touch with all his former teammates.
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27 min
December 15, 2018
Ep. 156: Winter Meetings recap
When nothing happens in Vegas, it stays in Vegas. Luke, Kap and Tony talk about the Cubs lack of moves during the Winter Meetings In this episode of The Cubs Talk Podcast with Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan and Tony Andracki: 00:10 - What happen in Vegas stays in Vegas and this year that means nothing. Luke, Kap & Tony talk Cubs lack of moves at Winter Meetings. 00:50 - Where the heck is all the money? This was supposed to be a wide-open window - we step on the accelerator. 01:25 - Cubs keep throwing money at the problem (Chatwood, Darvish) and it has become a cautionary tale. 02:50 - Are the Cubs playing at the shallow end of the kiddie pool? 03:50 - Tony talks about the volatility of the relief market. 05:15 - Where is the bullpen market? Brewers are making moves, but it's still "crickets" for the Cubs 06:20 - Tony: Other than bullpen - Cubs have to address backup middle infielder most of all. 06:57 - Daniel Descalso rumors. Kap describes him as a grinder who fits the leadership mold. 07:47 - Luke is a little worried about Steve Cishek. He threw a career-high 70 innings last season 09:34 - The guys talk about the possibility of a "second deadline" for the Winter Meetings to force clubs to make more moves. 11:06 - Luke: "I wanted to see Machado and Harper walking down the strip and making it rain!" 12:45 - Cubs still have so much to address. Some Cubs fans are starting to get a little itchy. Teams in the division are making moves. What about us? 14:45 - Question: Is Anthony Rizzo the third-best 1st baseman in the Central Division? 15:50 - Prediction time: What's biggest move the Cubs will make before opening day? Kap believes that Ian Happ will not be a Cub before the regular season starts.
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18 min
December 12, 2018
Ep. 155: Checking in with Joe & Theo at the Winter Meetings
Tony Andracki goes 1-on-1 with manager Joe Maddon at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The Cubs manager touches on his efforts to put art back into the game, his biggest challenge in 2019, the Cubs' sense of urgency and his thoughts about Matt Nagy and the Bears (:30). Plus, we catch up with Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, who discusses internal team leadership, whether or not the Cubs are close to a deal, and how Maddon is changing up his coaching style (5:45).
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13 min
December 7, 2018
Ep. 154: Hub Arkush on the 2015 Cubs vs. the 2018 Bears
On the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan and Pro Football Weekly's (and lifelong Cub fan) Hub Arkush discuss the similarities of the Cubs' 2015 team to the 2018 Bears. :45 Memories of their first Cubs game 3:30 Discussions with Bears Chairman George McCaskey about being a Cubs fan 4:15 Similarities between 2015 Cubs and 2018 Bears 5:45 Bringing in Joe Maddon vs Matt Nagy 8:00 Trades for Jake Arrieta and Khalil Mack 10:30 Rookies becoming stars: Bryant & Schwarber vs Smith & Miller 12:00 Who does Eddie Jackson compare to on the 2015 Cubs 14:00 Who is the Kyle Hendricks (under the radar) player on the Bears this year? 16:30 What do the Bears have to do this offseason? 18:30 How the Cubs will proceed this offseason 20:30 Chili Davis' comments on how coachable the Cubs players are
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21 min
December 5, 2018
Ep. 153: Brett Eldredge on his GLOW Live concert in Chicago and his love for the Cubs
On the latest CubsTalk Podcast, country music artist Brett Eldredge joins Luke Stuckmeyer and Kelly Crull to talk about his Glow LIVE tour coming to Chicago and his love for the Chicago Cubs. 0:58 - Brett on Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony on November 28th 2:19 - GLOW Live in Chicago December 5th at the Chicago Theatre 3:17 - What gets Brett in the Christmas spirit 4:16 - How 'Wanna be that Song' music video at Wrigley Field came about 6:03 - Brett's relationship with former and current Cubs players 8:45 - How good of a musician is Anthony Rizzo? 9:28 - Why Brett skipped the CMA Awards for Game 7 of the World Series in 2016 10:43 - Flashback to NBC Sports Chicago interviewing him immediately after the final out in Cleveland 13:03 - Brett remembers his first game at Wrigley Field 14:53 - Thoughts on the upcoming 2019 season 15:56 - Thoughts on being back in Chicago for GLOW Live 16:46 - Cubs home opener perfect time for a trip back to Chicago?
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18 min
November 30, 2018
Ep. 152: Cubs Talk Podcast with Mark DeRosa
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and David Kaplan are joined by former Cub and current MLB Network Analyst Mark DeRosa. 01:08 - What does Mark see from this Cubs roster 02:30 - How difficult is it for a player to have to play multiple positions at the big league level? 06:10 - Is having too much talent an issue for Joe Maddon in terms of getting everyone playing time? 11:30 - Which Kris Bryant will show up in 2019? 13:30 - Is he surprised Joe Maddon is heading into the final year of his contract? 15:00 - Which former Cub does DeRosa think helped out Joe Maddon the most with other players 16:00 - Is a regular leadoff hitter overvalued? 18:40 - Are the Cubs still considered one of the elite teams in baseball?
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21 min
November 28, 2018
Ep. 151: Bumgarner + Brewers = Big Problem?
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by David Kaplan and Tony Andracki to discuss all the latest Cubs news, including what the Madison Bumgarner trade rumors mean for the North Siders (:40), whether you’d rather have Josh Donaldson or Cole Hamels for one year at a similar price (5:00), the potential for a new hierarchy in the National League (7:30), the loss of Jesse Chavez from the bullpen (9:30), and the latest update on the Addison Russell situation (12:30).
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17 min
November 21, 2018
Ep. 150: Giving Thanks to the Cubs
In this Thanksgiving-themed episode of the CubsTalk podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, and Tony Andracki discuss what they're most thankful for relating to the Cubs (1:00), with responses ranging from the upgrades at Wrigley Field to the hiring of Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon. Then, in a nod to Black Friday, our panel debates the best deals the Cubs have ever made (7:10), including trades for Sammy Sosa, Ryne Sandberg, Jake Arrieta, and more. Plus, Kap tells us how Harry Caray came to be the Cubs announcer after many years with the White Sox (15:00).
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16 min
November 19, 2018
Ep. 149: Former GM Jim Hendry: 'Jim Thome.. I'm convinced today... he would have been a Cub'
David Kaplan and Luke Stuckmeyer are joined by former Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry.  In part 2, Hendry looks back at his favorite move he made as Cubs GM, on getting a World Series ring from the Cubs, and what future Hall of Famer Hendry was convinced could have been a Cub. 01:00 - How much pressure is put on a team after signing a big money free agent 02:30 - Why didn't it click with Kosuke Fukudome 04:00 - What was his favorite move he made as GM of the Cubs? 05:30 - What is the Winter Meetings like from a General Manager's perspective 09:10 - On signing Ted Lilly while Hendry was in the hospital 10:25 - On seeing the changes to Wrigley Field over the past few years 11:25 - On getting a World Series ring from the Cubs 13:30 - On one free agent he wished he would have signed
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17 min
November 16, 2018
Ep. 148: Former Cubs GM Jim Hendry 'we had Baez ahead of Lindor in the draft'
David Kaplan and Luke Stuckmeyer are joined by former Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry.  In part 1, Hendry looks back at some of the players he drafted during his time with the Cubs and getting a deal done with Theo Epstein at the trade deadline in 2004. 00:45 - What he does now for the Yankees 02:30 - How involved is a GM with drafting a player 04:30 - Looking back at the drafting of Javier Baez 05:45 - What made Javier Baez so appealing as a draft pick 09:00 - Josh Donaldson moving to 3rd base after the Cubs drafted him 11:45 - On having to trade prospects at the trade deadline to put the team over the edge for a postseason spot 13:10 - Looking back at the 2004 3-way deadline trade that brought Nomar Garciapara to the Cubs 14:35 - On Willson Contreras' growth in the Cubs organization 16:40 - On going over budget to sign Starlin Castro 17:20 - Carlos Zambrano's growth within the Cubs organization 19:10 - How good could Gleyber Torres be?
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20 min
November 14, 2018
Ep. 147: What would it take for the Cubs to trade Kris Bryant?
Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan and Tony Andracki break down the Kris Bryant trade rumors.. 01:00 - How much truth is there to the "Will Kris Bryant be traded" story? 04:25 - Is there any package a team could offer that would give the Cubs what they value Kris Bryant at? 05:35 - Who is the most untouchable player on the Cubs roster? 08:55 - Will Kris Bryant be in Chicago long enough to wear a Cubs hat if he makes it to Cooperstown? -- 12:00 - Is Nolan Aranado a match in a possible trade for Bryant 16:00 - If MVP is Bryant's ceiling, what is his floor? 17:00 - Any players who had a shoulder issue like Bryant had who never bounced back? 19:00 - Would a Noah Syndergard for Kris Bryant trade make sense? 20:20 - Could Josh Donaldson be a target for the Cubs? 21:00 - Is all this Bryant talk much ado about nothing
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21 min
November 9, 2018
Ep. 146: Harper sweepstakes begin & Ryan Dempster talks all things Cubs
Luke Stuckmeyer, Kelly Crull and David Kaplan react to Scott Boras opening up the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, and debate whether Harper would be a fit for the Cubs at this point. Then, “the distinguished Canadian hurler,” aka former Cub Ryan Dempster, joins the pod to discuss a wide variety of topics, including Yu Darvish, the role of pitching coaches, and John Lackey’s retirement party. 1:15 – Scott Boras’ comments on Bryce Harper from the GM meetings 3:00 – If you were a player, would you want Boras to be your agent? 6:15 – Would you rather spend $300 million on an ace, or an everyday player? 7:30 – Ryan Dempster joins the pod 8:10 – Dempster discusses his former teammate, Yu Darvish 9:15 – Changing expectations for the Cubs 10:40 – Biggest needs this offseason 12:10 – The role of pitching coaches 14:00 – Do the Cubs need another superstar? 16:05 – How young players adjust to coaching staff upheaval 17:40 – Stories from John Lackey’s retirement party
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19 min
November 6, 2018
Ep. 145: GM Meetings Primer & The Value of Defense
Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, and Mark Potash get you ready for this week’s GM meetings by discussing big-name free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. The trio also debates the excitement of signing a marquee player against the long-term ramifications, and reacts to Javier Baez not winning a Gold Glove award. :50 - are baseball's GM meetings actually productive? 2:50 - excitement of signings vs long-term ramifications 4:05 - big-money deals for Harper or Machado? 5:50 - should Cubs fans be worried about White Sox getting Machado or Harper? 8:50 - are the Cardinals legitimate threats to sign Harper? 10:20 - how important is the situation vs money? 12:40 - what's the value of defense in today's game? 15:25 - Gold Gloves discussion 17:40 - how much value should Cubs place on defense up the middle?
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October 31, 2018
Ep. 144: Scariest moments in Cubs history and the haunting of the championship window
What are the scariest moments in Cubs history? Where does Rajai Davis’ home run, Steve Bartman’s foul ball and Kris Bryant’s hit-by-pitch rank? Plus, with the end of the Cubs championship window now in sight, is that haunting what the Cubs do this winter? David Kaplan, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki debate these topics and more, including how to give the Cubs lineup stability, Jason Heyward’s contract, Kyle Schwarber’s trade value and the need for a leadoff hitter. :45 – Scariest Cubs moments 4:45 – Brewers talkin’ smack 5:45 – Closing of Cubs’ championship window haunting this offseason? 10:05 – How do the Cubs achieve lineup stability? 13:26 – Leadoff woes 15:06 – Should Albert Almora Jr. be the everyday centerfielder? 17:26 – Do the Cubs have too much position player depth? 20:06 – Kyle Schwarber’s trade value 21:56 – Jason Heyward’s salary 24:56 – Favorite Halloween candy
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24 min
October 29, 2018
Ep. 143: Are Bryce Harper and Manny Machado worth the money?
Bryce Harper (2:00, 3:55) and Manny Machado (5:40) are both about to be set up for life with the contracts they'll sign this winter but does that mean they're worth the exorbitant amount of money they're going to get? And is it worth it to the Cubs to pay that much for one player? (7:10) David Kaplan, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki debate and provide a comprehensive preview of what may be in store for the Cubs this offseason (14:20).
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21 min
October 23, 2018
Ep. 142: Bold predictions for the Cubs offseason
With the MLB offseason about to kick off, we run down the boldest predictions for the Cubs winter from around the NBC Sports Chicago content team. Topics include where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will sign, how much money they’ll get, what the Cardinals will do this winter, Cubs offseason trades and how Theo Epstein’s front office may add to the pitching staff. 3:10                 Will Sammy Sosa be welcomed back into the Cubs family? 4:10                 Anthony Rizzo receives wedding gifts via social media 5:50                 Joe Girardi's status for the 2018 season 6:30                 How much will Machado and Harper sign for and will it be with the Cubs and will Machado become a special member of the Cubs "family" 7:50                 Kap: 'Kyle Schwarber has played his final game in a Cubs uniform' 9:05                 Could Josh Donaldson be coming to the north side? 10:25               Will David Ross be on the Cubs coaching staff in 2019? 11:30               Is Andrew McCutchen a target for the Cubs in free agency? 13:55               Could the Cubs trade Jose Quintana? 15:25               Is Andrew Miller a target for Theo and Jed? 17:30               A familar name to be the new leadoff hitter 21:10               Who will lead the Cubs in saves in 2019? 23:00               What will the Cardinals do to keep up with the Cubs and Brewers in the NL Central? 24:00               Will the Brewers fall prey to the "Chuck Tanner Rule?"
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26 min
October 18, 2018
Ep. 141: Manny Machado’s value and other Cubs offseason wish list items
Did Manny Machado’s value take a hit at all after he openly admitted hustling isn’t his “cup of tea”? Our Cubs team (David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki, Jeff Nelson) debate that, plus the potential fit of Machado or Bryce Harper for the 2019 Cubs and beyond. The crew also runs down the top items on the Cubs’ offseason wish list – ranging from bullpen help to infield depth to a set leadoff hitter – in what may be the most impactful winter in Theo Epstein’s tenure in Chicago.
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27 min
October 16, 2018
Ep. 140: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.
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21 min
October 4, 2018
Ep. 139: Analyzing Theo Epstein’s end-of-season press conference
Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and Vinnie Duber recap and analyze Theo Epstein’s end-of-season press conference in which the Cubs president of baseball operations addressed topics such as Joe Maddon’s managing, the team’s season-long offensive woes, Addison Russell’s suspension and looking ahead to the franchise’s offseason. Plus, Luke Stuckmeyer and David DeJesus join Mark Schanowski to discuss potential shifts in the Cubs 2019 roster.
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34 min
October 3, 2018
Ep. 138: Rapid reaction to Cubs' early exit and takeaways from the postgame clubhouse
The Cubs had strong reactions to their shocking exit from the postseason after only one game, losing a hard-fought game to the Rockies. Listen to reaction from Javy Baez and Jon Lester and hear from Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki as they break down what went wrong and what's next for this team.
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18 min
October 2, 2018
Ep. 137: Previewing the Cubs-Rockies Wild Card Game
David DeJesus and David Kaplan kick things off by previewing the Cubs-Rockies Wild Card Game. Then hear what Joe Maddon and some Cubs players have to say about the crucial game. Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki report from Wrigley on the state of the Cubs.
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24 min
September 28, 2018
Ep. 136: Get ready for a hell of a weekend at Wrigley
Could the Cubs eliminate the Cardinals from postseason contention for the third time in the past four years? They have a chance to do so this weekend in what figures to be the most intense Cubs-Cards series since the 2015 NLDS. Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the final weekend of the season, provide updates on Pedro Strop and Kris Bryant and analyze where this team - especially the offense - is at right now.
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19 min
September 23, 2018
Ep. 135: The timely emergence of the Kyles and a low level of concern about Kris (Bryant)
The Cubs reduced their magic number to 5 Sunday behind another stellar outing from Kyle Hendricks and a second straight game of encouraging offense from Kyle Schwarber. The emergence of the Kyles at the most critical point in the season should come as no surprise for two guys who have built their reputations as big-game performers, but what they’re doing right now is huge entering the final week of the season. Meanwhile, Kris Bryant’s balky left shoulder is a talking point yet again. Is there any level of concern regarding the health of the Cubs superstar with October right around the corner? Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss.
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19 min
September 20, 2018
Ep. 134: Answering your burning Cubs questions
Is Joe Maddon the NL Manager of the Year? Is Javy Báez the NL MVP? Who makes the postseason roster out of David Bote, Tommy La Stella, Ian Happ and Terrance Gore? Will Dillon Maples carve out a role in the October bullpen? Our Cubs crew (David Kaplan, Tony Andracki and Jeff Nelson) address these topics and more in the latest Cubs Talk Podcast with only 10 days remaining in the regular season.
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27 min
September 17, 2018
Ep. 133: Baserunning gaffes loom large as Cubs miss out on golden opportunity
Tony Andracki and Jared Wyllys recap the Cubs-Reds weekend series at Wrigley Field, culminating in a one-run loss Sunday afternoon. Between Willson Contreras pimping his double and Daniel Murphy getting thrown out in a key spot, the Cubs baserunning issues were on full display in a game they could’ve won and taken advantage of a Brewers loss to add more room in the tight division race. Plus, hear from Joe Maddon and Contreras himself on the reaction the Cubs manager called “horrible.”
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14 min
September 13, 2018
Ep. 132: Summing up the series with the Brewers and how the Cubs are dealing with an exhausting stretch
The Cubs are in the midst of a 30-day stretch with no off-days and still have a week left, clinging to only a one-game lead in the NL Central after dropping the series to the Brewers at Wrigley Field this week. Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki run down where the team is at mentally and physically right now, plus what they can do moving forward to turn around the issues on offense and in the bullpen.
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18 min
September 9, 2018
Ep. 131: Biggest concerns heading into Brewers series
David Kaplan and David DeJesus join forces to discuss the most worrisome things surrounding the Cubs as the Brewers come to town for a three-game series. What do players think when they see a team get hot late, like Milwaukee has? Plus, the effect Daniel Murphy has made at the top of lineup.
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9 min
September 6, 2018
Ep. 130: The state of the Cubs heading down the stretch
David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Luke Stuckmeyer discuss the state of the Cubs with only 23 games left in the regular season and the importance of the crosstown series in late September. Plus, is Kris Bryant a long-term player at third or in the outfield? What is the optimal lineup to run out in a key game down the stretch, and is a designated closer a key part of that?
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27 min
August 30, 2018
Ep. 129: What do we need to see from Cubs in September to feel confident about their World Series chances?
With September approaching, David Kaplan and Tony Andracki discuss the biggest issues facing the Cubs at the moment, including the health status of guys like Kris Bryant and Brandon Morrow. Is this bullpen good enough to win if Morrow can’t return to health and his dominant form? How good should fans feel about the rotation moving in September and October? What does the trade for a new veteran catcher say about the status of Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini in the final month of the season? Is this team good enough to win a World Series right now?
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11 min
August 28, 2018
Ep. 128: Daniel Murphy talks hitting and Cubs feel like they’ve gotten their mojo back
Daniel Murphy sits down for a 1-on-1 interview with Kelly Crull and talks about the Launch Angle Revolution, how he’s changed and developed as a hitter over time and what his first week with the Cubs has been like. Crull and Tony Andracki also discuss the Cubs feeling like they’re getting their mojo back after a nice five-game win streak, but they know they have a huge test in front of them over the next couple of weeks as reinforcements like Kris Bryant work toward rejoining the roster.
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16 min
August 22, 2018
Ep. 127: After Murphy/Darvish news, examining Cubs’ roster moving into September and October
With Tuesday’s news that the Cubs acquired Daniel Murphy and will be without Yu Darvish’s services for the remainder of the season, how does that affect the roster moving into the final month of the season? How much will the Cubs be able to count on Kris Bryant? How does Murphy fit in the picture for the Cubs’ potential playoff roster and lineup? Will Darvish even be ready to go in 2019? Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki answer these questions and more on the latest CubsTalk Podcast, plus a special bonus take on Cole Hamels’ future with the club.
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17 min
August 16, 2018
Ep. 126: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?
For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter. Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.
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25 min
August 14, 2018
Ep. 125: Bote-mania has not only taken over Chicago but he’s helped save the Cubs’ season
Tony Andracki, Kelly Crull, Matt Buckman, and Jon Graff break down a wild weekend set against the Nationals. We discuss David Bote becoming a household name, Cole Hamels continuing the stellar start to his Cubs career, and Kris Bryant finally feeling pain free. Plus once the 2016 MVP returns to the lineup, what does that mean for Bote’s playing time?
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19 min
August 6, 2018
Ep. 124: Series with Padres shines light on Cubs’ biggest concerns
The Cubs were back in Chicago for a quick four-game homestand against one of the worst teams in the National League, but the North Siders only managed to win two of the games – barely. The series ended on a bad note with Anthony Rizzo getting in the face with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez, but the weekend in general shined a light on some of the biggest concerns surrounding this Cubs team. Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the issues with Jon Lester, the Cubs bullpen and how badly the team needs its injured stars – Kris Bryant, Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow – back and performing at their best as the season moves to the Dog Days of August.
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15 min
July 31, 2018
Ep. 123: After a wild trade deadline, do the Cubs have enough to hold off division rivals?
The Cubs went out and added three pitchers to their staff before the trade deadline Tuesday while the Pirates and Brewers made waves at the last minute. With all that pitching in tow now, do the Cubs have enough to mitigate the recent rash of injuries and hold off both NL Central rivals? David Kaplan, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki break it down while also providing their picks for the most important Cubs player for the second half. Plus, Kaplan and Doug Glanville predict what Cole Hamels’ Cubs debut may look like.
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16 min
July 30, 2018
Ep. 122: A-Rod buries Darvish, the deadline, and Jon Lester’s twitter advice
Will Yu Darvish pitch again for the Cubs this season? Jon Graff, David Kaplan, and Doug Glanville discuss Darvish’s status going forward and respond to Alex Rodriguez’s critical comments on Yu during Sunday Night Baseball.  Plus the guys talk about the final piece(s) the Cubs may add before the trade deadline passes and Jon Lester’s advice for athletes using twitter.
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17 min
July 23, 2018
Ep. 121: Main takeaways from the 5-game Cubs-Cardinals series
Tony Andracki is joined by Phil Barnes, the senior editor of Vine Line, to break down the Cubs-Cardinals 5-game series at Wrigley Field that kicked off the second half of the 2018 MLB season. The main takeaways from the weekend included an up-close look at a Cubs starting rotation is still struggling to find their footing almost 2/3 of the way through the season. The Cubs lineup and bullpen continue to be the saving grace of the team with the NL's best record and run differential, but there are serious question marks moving forward on the depth of the relievers as well as waiting for Kris Bryant to return to MVP form.
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19 min
July 18, 2018
Ep. 120: Covering the MLB All-Star Game from the media’s perspective
NBC Sports Chicago’s own Kelly Crull and videographer Scott Changnon recalled what All-Star week in the nations capitol was like from their point of view.
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15 min
July 17, 2018
Ep. 119: Are the Cubs World Series bound? Dan Plesac says yes!
Where does MLB Network's Dan Plesac place the Cubs in his current power rankings and what's the key to their World Series dreams? Plus, which three star athletes mix to make Javier Baez? The conductor of the Big Blue train is back for a mid-summer breakdown of the Northsiders with Luke Stuckmeyer on this edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast presented by Wintrust.
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20 min
July 17, 2018
Ep. 118: Schwarber, Baez on night to remember at the Home Run Derby
Kelly Crull spoke with both Javy Baez and Kyle Schwarber after an electric and entertaining show they put on at the 2018 Home Run Derby in Washington, DC.
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3 min
July 11, 2018
Ep. 117: Why there should be no concern about Kyle Schwarber in the HR Derby
David DeJesus, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss Kyle Schwarber’s bid for the Home Run Derby alongside teammate Javy Baez and explain why Cubs fans shouldn’t worry about the possible negative effects on either player’s swing. Will the Cubs have any tricks up their sleeves as Jon Lester and Willson Contreras watch their teammates swing for the fences? Plus, the crew discusses what they’d like to see from Baez and Schwarber next week and how to drum up more interest in the All-Star festivities moving forward.
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12 min
July 10, 2018
Ep. 116: The voice of the Smokies breaks down Kris Bryant’s rehab and return to Tennessee
Luke Stuckmeyer and Matt Buckman are joined by Mick Gillispie, the voice of the Tennessee Smokies, to discuss Kris Bryant’s rehab stint and his thoughts on Bryant not making his 2nd consecutive All Star game. He also provides a scouting report on some very interesting pitching prospects on the AA team including Monday’s winning pitcher, Matt Swarmer.
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11 min
June 28, 2018
Ep. 115: The latest on Yu Darvish
David Kaplan, David DeJesus and Doug Glanville discuss what's next after Yu Darvish's latest setback.
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5 min
June 28, 2018
Ep. 114: Should Javy Baez enter the Home Run Derby?
Doug Glanville, David DeJesus and Tony Andracki discuss whether or not Javy Baez should enter the Home Run Derby in D.C. next month. His swing is built for it and he oozes swag, but could the event cause him to slump or wear down as the Cubs enter the stretch run toward the postseason?
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5 min
June 27, 2018
Ep. 113: The upside of Kris Bryant’s injury and what to expect from Yu Darvish in the short-term
Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki analyze the Cubs’ recent rash of injuries and what it means for the team moving forward. Is there a silver lining to Kris Bryant’s first career trip to the disabled list? Does Yu Darvish have a major mental hurdle to get over before he can return? Either way, it’s a good thing the season is only half over.
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20 min
June 25, 2018
Ep. 112: Welcome to the Show - Duane Underwood JR. to debut vs NL Champs
David Kaplan and Matt Buckman are joined by Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register to get the full scouting report on Duane Underwood Jr. ahead of his Major League Debut in Los Angeles. Birch talks about Underwood’s early innings struggles, his rise to the big leagues, his stuff, and of course his command which has left him at times this season.
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16 min
June 20, 2018
Ep. 111: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of
The Cubs have been a different team the last six weeks, looking a lot more like the resilient bunch from 2016 than the sluggish 2017 squad that lacked energy. After some wacky circumstances Monday and a tough loss in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cubs came out and showed what they’re made of in the last two games of the series against the Dodgers, the team that knocked them out of postseason play last fall. Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sum up the longest short homestand (or shortest long homestand?), updating the status of Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, the Cubs pitching staff and how the team is rounding into form as the season’s halfway mark approaches.
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21 min
June 18, 2018
Ep. 110: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch
On the latest CubsTalk Podcast Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki discuss the state of the Cubs offense, the value of Javy Baez and Addison Russell and what it means now that the starting rotation looks to be finding its form.
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14 min
June 13, 2018
Ep. 109: Is it time to start worrying about the Cubs’ lack of power?
The Cubs head to St. Louis this weekend firmly in second place in the National League Central after dropping 2 of 3 to the Brewers in Milwaukee where they didn’t score a run for the final 18 innings. What’s going on with the offense? Is it time to start panicking about the lack of power? What more does Mike Montgomery need to do to stick in the rotation? Kelly Crull, Jon Graff and Tony Andracki discuss these topics plus a couple under-the-radar reasons why the series may have turned after the Cubs’ big win Monday night.
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8 min
June 11, 2018
Ep. 108: How are the Cubs approaching a big week ahead?
JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago and Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald look at an important week ahead for the Cubs with series in Milwaukee and St. Louis. They wonder if it really feels like the Cubs are a dozen games over .500 with 100 games left in the season.
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11 min
June 7, 2018
Ep. 107: A blast from the past and a look into the future
Kelly Crull sits down with Jake Arrieta to discuss his emotions during his return to Wrigley Field. Jake talks about missing out on facing his former team and reuniting with all his buddies. Plus, Kelly chats with Brennen Davis, the Cubs' second round pick of the MLB draft.
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20 min
June 1, 2018
Ep. 106: A fan’s guide to watching the new era of Cubs Baseball Part II
A discussion with NBC Sports Chicago Cubs content braintrust Jeff Nelson, Scott Changnon, Nate Poppen, Jon Graff and Tony Andracki on how to consume the rest of the Cubs’ 2018 season with increased expectations surrounding the team. Is the Cubs fanbase spoiled? Is it OK for fans to ride the daily roller coaster even if players and coaches don’t?
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12 min
May 30, 2018
Ep. 105: A fan’s guide to watching the new era of Cubs Baseball Part I
A discussion with Doug Glanville, David DeJesus, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki on how to consume the rest of the Cubs’ 2018 season with increased expectations surrounding the team. Is the Cubs fanbase spoiled? Is it OK for fans to ride the daily roller coaster even if players and coaches don’t?
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24 min
May 24, 2018
Ep. 104: Albert Almora Jr. dishes on his role and the Cubs’ unsung hero that keeps things loose behind the scenes
Albert Almora Jr. joins Kelly Crull on the CubsTalk Podcast to weigh in on a variety of topics, including his budding bromance with rumored Cubs target Manny Machado, his expanded role and how he spends his time off away from the ballpark. Plus, Almora has a surprise pick for the organization’s unsung hero, stating the Cubs would’ve never won the World Series without this guy.
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24 min
May 21, 2018
Ep. 103: Reviewing a positive road trip for Jose Quintana, Yu Darvish and Ian Happ
Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, and Doug Glanville break down a solid 4-2 road trip for the Cubs. Plus who would you rather have long-term: Bryce Harper or Manny Machado?
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18 min
May 19, 2018
Ep. 102: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark
Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati. David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s 2nd no hitter.
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7 min
May 17, 2018
Ep. 101: Is it worth it to give up Addison Russell for Manny Machado?
David Kaplan, Chris Kamka and Tony Andracki discuss the latest rumors that the Cubs could emerge as frontrunners to trade for Manny Machado, but if any deal like that came to fruition, how could the Cubs reasonably part with Addison Russell for only a few months of Machado? The panel debates whether the Cubs should take the risk or not and if there would be some possible way to acquire Machado without having to throw in Russell.
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9 min
May 15, 2018
Ep. 100: Underlying problems that may come back to haunt the Cubs
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ 5-2 homestand where they easily could’ve gone 7-0. As the team heads on a road trip to Atlanta and Cincinnati, Kelly and Tony weigh in on the underlying problems that face the 2018 Cubs and could spell doom down the line if they aren’t corrected. On a positive note, the offense looked fantastic the whole week at Wrigley with Willson Contreras, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo all heating up.
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14 min
May 10, 2018
Ep. 99: Ozzie Guillen and David DeJesus recall favorite memories of Cubs-White Sox series
In honor of the Crosstown Classic, Chuck Garfien and David Kaplan are joined by Ozzie Guillen and David DeJesus to discuss the Cubs-White Sox series. Guillen and DeJesus tell stories of their playing days, what their crosstown experience was like, and share their favorite memories. Guillen also recalls a radio incident with Mike North of 670 The Score at the time after a crosstown game in May 2007, when he was the manager for the White Sox. You don't want to miss what happened in the aftermath.
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14 min
May 9, 2018
Ep. 98: The main takeaways from the Cubs’ sweep and why the good vibes could last for a while
The Cubs swept the Marlins at Wrigley Field scoring double-digits in two of the three wins. David Kaplan, Jeff Nelson, and Tony Andracki break down the much needed home cooking and look ahead to the Crosstown showdown with the White Sox.
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12 min
May 7, 2018
Ep. 97: The Cubs have become their own worst enemy
The Cubs were just swept in a weekend series in St. Louis, with the last two games coming on walk-off home runs. This is easily the lowest point in the 2018 season, with breakdowns in every facet of the game, including head-scratching defensive woes and an anemic offense that hasn't hit well for two weeks. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times joins Tony Andracki on the CubsTalk Podcast to break down the latest happenings with the Cubs, but don't worry fans, there is reason for optimism.
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10 min
April 29, 2018
Ep. 96: The Cubs starting rotation is ON FIRE!!!
David Kaplan hosts this episode alongside David DeJesus and Jeff Nelson. The guys talk about the incredible streak Cubs starting pitching has been on over the last week. Plus, what's up with Anthony Rizzo's struggles? Finally, they discuss the new dugouts at Wrigley.
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13 min
April 27, 2018
Ep. 95: What is going on with Kris Bryant?
Kris Bryant is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game Friday afternoon after getting hit in the face with a 96 mph pitch Sunday in Colorado. Is there any cause for long-term concern? Doug Glanville, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the latest with Bryant, who is making some changes to his in-game protection after this incident. Plus, Glanville explains how a player gets over the mental hurdle after a traumatic experience like this and steps back into the box to face 97-98 mph pitches on a regular basis.
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7 min
April 18, 2018
Ep. 94: Does Javy Baez have an MVP in his future?
David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sit down and discuss Cubs star Javy Baez and his transformation from Puerto Rican HS star to MLB star and the trials and tribulations he has faced and still faces as one of baseball's flashiest players.
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13 min
April 16, 2018
Ep. 93: Capping off a crazy Cubs week
It was a wild week in the world of Cubdom that included wacky weather, a comeback for the ages, some drama with the Pirates and a debate about who should be the leadoff hitter - Ian Happ or Albert Almora Jr. The NBC Sports Chicago crew of David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Leila Rahimi and Tony Andracki break down all things Cubs and give their prediction on how the next week will play out.
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19 min
April 14, 2018
Ep. 92 : What's wrong with Yu Darvish?
David Kaplan and David DeJesus recap Yu Darvish’s Wrigley Field debut and try to figure out what’s wrong with the newly signed pitcher. Should he focus on his fastball or slider? Plus, the guys discuss the Javy Baez-Clint Hurdle back-and-forth after Joe Maddon weighed in.`
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8 min
April 13, 2018
Ep. 91: “I bust my ass.” Reacting to Javy Baez responding to Clint Hurdle
Doug Glanville, Leila Rahimi and Jon Graff are joined by Tony Andracki at Wrigley Field after Javy Baez unloads on the Pirates Manager.
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10 min
April 1, 2018
Ep. 90: Silver linings for the Cubs after a strange opening series in Miami
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ four-game series against the Marlins to open the 2018 season, including the finale Sunday in which the Cubs were shut out despite having a fantastic day at the plate. Plus, what is there to make of the pitching staff so far with a lack of length from the starters and a surprising stress on the bullpen? What positives are there to take with this team as they head into Cincinnati for a brief two-game series with the Reds?
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17 min
March 27, 2018
Ep. 89: 2018 Cubs preview and predictions
David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and Jon Graff get together to preview the Cubs' 2018 season while providing their predictions for how the season will play out. Will the Cubs win the division and if so, by how many games? Will Kyle Schwarber hit more than 30 homers? Who will be the Cubs' team MVP? What starting pitcher will emerge as the team's ace by season's end?
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30 min
March 26, 2018
Ep. 88: Do the 2018 Cubs have the best rotation in Chicago baseball history? MLB Network's Dan Plesac weighs in
After acquiring free agent starters Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood, do the 2018 Cubs have the best rotation in Chicago baseball history? Dan Plesac from MLB Network joins Luke Stuckmeyer on the latest CubsTalk Podcast to discuss that and more before the season starts on Thursday.
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22 min
March 21, 2018
Ep. 87: Jed Hoyer on the thought process behind the Cubs' renovated pitching staff
Between more power in the rotation and more strike-throwing in the bullpen, the Cubs were decisive in how they wanted to remake their pitching staff entering the 2018 season. GM Jed Hoyer sits down with David Kaplan to explain the thought process of the front office over the winter.
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9 min
March 15, 2018
Ep. 86: David Kaplan sits down with the Cubs’ unofficial captain
Anthony Rizzo sits down with The Kapman and dishes on such topics as the tough times facing his hometown, World Series expectations in 2018, how this Cubs team compares to the Blackhawks dynasty and his shocking pick for the Cubs pitcher with the best stuff.
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18 min
March 12, 2018
Ep. 85: Would you rather: Jake Arrieta’s current deal or Yu Darvish’s?
With Jake Arrieta inking a three-year deal worth $75 million, should the Cubs have tried for that same contract for the 2015 NL Cy Young Winner? Or are the Cubs still in a perfect spot with the Yu Darvish deal? Plus, who will be the Cubs’ 2018 MVP and what will the exact Opening Day lineup look like?
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10 min
March 9, 2018
Ep. 84: WWJD – What will Jake do?
Just three weeks away from opening and Jake Arrieta needs a home. Who’s the leader in the clubhouse to sign the former Cubs CY Young Award winner? Jon Graff, Chris Kamka and Kelly Crull are weighing the odds for Arrieta’s potential landing spot with the help of Bovada’s Head Oddsmaker Pat Morrow.   (Courtesy of Bovada.lv) Who will Jake Arietta sign his next MLB contract with? Milwaukee Brewers                   7/4 Washington Nationals               5/2 San Diego Padres                    11/4 Philadelphia Phillies                  9/2 Minnesota Twins                       8/1
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12 min
March 7, 2018
Ep. 83: Attempting to piece together the Cubs lineup puzzle
How will Joe Maddon find enough playing time for everybody in the Cubs lineup in 2018? With Ian Happ doing his best to force the issue, does that mean Jason Heyward could find himself on the bench more often? David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the Cubs’ roster puzzle – from the lineup to the bullpen to the potential for a six-man starting rotation. Plus, the crew gives its take on where and when Jake Arrieta finally signs with a team.
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33 min
March 2, 2018
Ep. 82: Jon Lester’s not ready to pass on the torch to Kyle Hendricks
The Cubs super rotation has been set and Jon Lester receives the honor of starting opening day. David Kaplan and Kelly Crull discuss if the Cubs starting 5 is not only the best in franchise history, but the best in baseball right now.   Plus after watching Joe Maddon’s crew up close and personal for 2 weeks in Mesa, Kelly discusses the refreshed focus and hunger the Cubs are displaying on a daily basis
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19 min
February 22, 2018
Ep. 81: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey
Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before boys of summer get into organized action Kelly Crull sat down with 2 of the team’s new coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey. Vinnie Duber joined Kelly to discuss these baseball conversations including the memorable first words of Kyle Schwarber to Chili Davis, “I don’t suck!”
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33 min
February 17, 2018
Ep. 78: Discussing 5-man unit and where Montgomery fits into Cubs' plans
Jon Lester has arrived at Cubs camp, and he’s pleased with the new-look rotation full of potential aces. Kelly Crull and Vinnie Duber discuss the 5-man unit, and where Mike Montgomery fits into the Cubs’ plans. Plus, Kelly and Vinnie talk Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber, along with the continuing free agent stalemate surrounding Jake Arrieta.
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26 min
February 14, 2018
Ep. 77: Kelly Crull and Jesse Rogers talk about day 2 at Cubs camp
Day 2 is in the books and Cubs players continue to react to the acquisition of Yu Darvish. Kelly Crull and Jesse Rogers discuss the Yu Darvish effect and the fact that teammates and coaches believe the best of Darvish is yet to come. Plus the odd-man out in the starting rotation Mike Montgomery deals with losing his opportunity to be a regular member of the Starting 5.
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6 min
February 14, 2018
Ep: 76: Kelly Crull, Jesse Rogers, and David Kaplan discuss the arrival and introduction of Yu Darvish at Cubs Camp
A brand new era is underway for the Chicago Cubs after introducing Yu Darvish the new ace of their staff. Kelly Crull, Jesse Rogers, and David Kaplan give their instant reaction to the newly signed 6-year contract. Kelly and Jesse take a deep dive into the financials that help ink the Cubs new strikeout machine, and The Kapman talks about the massive chip that Darvish has on his shoulder after his subpar World Series performance.
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24 min
February 13, 2018
Ep. 75: Jim Deshaies breaks down the Cubs winning the Yu Darvish sweepstakes
“There Yu go Cub Fans!” that’s what Jim Deshaies tweeted after learning the Cubs agreed to a deal with Yu Darvish. The NBC Sports Chicago Cubs color analyst joins David Kaplan and Jon Graff to discuss the major move made by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. JD also discusses his top storylines for the Cubs entering spring training including who will be the Cubs everyday centerfielder.  Plus in our entertaining lighting round, Jim talks about who will start opening day, who will be the team MVP, and if a hot dog is a sandwich.
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13 min
January 31, 2018
Ep. 74: Debating the Top 5 Cubs of all-time
Who are the Top 5 Cubs players of your lifetime? David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and Jon Graff provide their lists, with names like Sammy Sosa, Mark Grace, Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg and Ernie Banks cracking the list. How would this list look 20 years in the future? The panel also tries to predict the Top 5 Cubs of all-time if the list were being made in 2038.
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26 min
January 30, 2018
Ep. 73: The Director of Morale debates all things Cubs with Kap
Frederic - aka the Cubs' Director of Morale (DOM) - takes part in the first edition of #BattleKap, debating David Kaplan on all things Cubs, from Jason Heyward to Jake Arrieta to Yu Darvish to Kyle Schwarber.
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17 min
January 27, 2018
Ep. 72: Who will be the next player to go into the Hall of Fame with a Cubs hat on?
With the Hall of Fame taking the baseball world by storm, the trio of David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss who might be the next Cubs player to enter the game's most prestigious club.
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16 min
January 26, 2018
Ep. 71: Do the Cubs need to make another move before spring training?
Another week has gone by and still no flurry of signings in Major League Baseball. The Cubs have added some catching depth, but beyond that, their roster appears set until the top three pitchers on the market – Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb – finally reach an agreement with a team. But will that happen before spring training? And are the Cubs guaranteed to get one of those top starters? David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki weigh in on the latest CubsTalk Podcast, while also delivering a couple bold predictions for the season ahead.
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15 min
January 18, 2018
Ep. 70: How the new coaching staff may help ensure Joe Maddon’s tactics won’t get stale
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers stops by the CubsTalk Podcast to chat with Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki about his new book on Joe Maddon. The trio also debate whether Maddon’s tactics get stale and how the new coaching staff will affect the season. Plus, who should hit leadoff? Fans are all in on Albert Almora Jr., but that might not be the best option. And whose side do you take in the Willson Contreras-Yadier Molina tiff?
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24 min
January 16, 2018
Ep. 69: Main takeaways from Convention and players primed for a 2018 breakout
The NBCS Chicago Cubs team of Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki, Jon Graff, Matt Buckman and Scott Changnon rattle off their main takeaways from the weekend’s Cubs Convention, including the funniest moments and how the players engaged with fans and each other throughout the three days at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Plus, which players – besides Kyle Schwarber – made the most of the offseason and primed for a breakout in 2018? The crew gives their take, with options including Albert Almora Jr., Ian Happ and Jason Heyward.
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29 min
January 9, 2018
Ep. 68: Separating fact from fiction with offseason rumors
Did the Cubs really offer Jake Arrieta $110 million? Is Alex Cobb truly searching for an $80 million deal? Are the Miami Marlins out of their minds with what they want for Christian Yelich?   David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss these rumors and more from the coldest offseason in recent memory. The trio also chat about baseball's luxury tax and who will cave first - the owners or the agents/players.
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24 min
January 5, 2018
Ep. 67: Arrieta's market and the Cubs' shortstop controversy
Is the slow-moving market playing right into the Cubs' favor? Should the Cubs extend themselves and give Jake Arrieta an extra year on a contract just to keep him from going to a rival? Should Javy Baez and Addison Russell switch positions for the 2018 season? A panel of David Kaplan, Tony Andracki, Scott Changnon, Nate Poppen and Eric Strobel discuss those topics and more on the latest CubsTalk Podcast.
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25 min
December 28, 2017
Ep. 66: The year in review with Len Kasper & who the Cubs will face in the 2018 World Series
Jon Graff, Eric Strobel and Luke Stuckmeyer are joined by Len Kasper to wrap up 2017. The voice of the Cubs discusses the lukewarm Hot Stove, the Cubs’ pitching additions, the mental fortitude of Kyle Schwarber, and whether the recent World Series triumphs on the North Side and in Houston will impact the current White Sox rebuild. Plus, Len has a deep cut for his favorite moment of 2017 and also gives us his lightning-round predictions for the 2018 season.
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24 min
December 21, 2017
Ep. 65: Why Jim Deshaies is excited for this new Cubs rotation
Cubs broadcaster Jim Deshaies stops by the CubsTalk Podcast to break down the Cubs’ pitching moves this offseason and why he believes the starting rotation will feature five guys who could all wind up as the ace of the staff in 2018. Plus, Deshaies chats with Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and Jon Graff about being reunited with one of his former minor-league teammates with the Cubs and how he dodged an emotional bullet during the World Series this fall.
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19 min
December 14, 2017
Ep. 64: Dreaming on Christian Yelich and how Boras navigates a slow market
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the impact of the Marlins' trades and daydream on how Christian Yelich would be a perfect fit atop the Cubs order if Miami ever decided to move him. Plus, where do the Cubs stand with free agent pitchers and is a Wade Davis return still possible? Crull also chats 1-on-1 with MLB super-agent Scott Boras about Jake Arrieta's value and how to navigate a slow-moving free agent market.
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25 min
December 13, 2017
Ep. 63: The cost to get Chris Archer and how Brandon Morrow can fill an Andrew Miller-esque role
Tony Andracki and Kelly Crull break down where Brandon Morrow and Drew Smyly fit in the Cubs' pitching plans while Kyle Schwarber craziness reaches new heights. Peter Gammons and Bob Nightengale weigh Schwarber’s trade value and how likely it may be that the Cubs could secure a Chris Archer, Gerrit Cole or Michael Fulmer this winter. Nightengale also explains how Brandon Morrow could fill an Andrew Miller-esque role for the Cubs.   Plus, Cubs manager Joe Maddon stops by the CubsTalk Podcast to chat with Kelly about his offseason gameplan and why he’s still such a staunch believer in rest even when away from baseball.
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21 min
December 12, 2017
Ep. 62: Cubs continue hunt for pitching while Kyle Schwarber is again linked in trade talks
MLB Network’s Dan Plesac stops by the CubsTalk Podcast to discuss Kyle Schwarber’s trade value, how the Cubs can solve their pitching deficiencies and why Wade Davis should still be on their radar even after the soon-to-be-official signing of Brandon Morrow.   Plus, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down why they are now even more convinced Schwarber won’t be traded, how far the Cubs got in Giancarlo Stanton talks, why Kyle Hendricks was part of the Shohei Ohtani recruiting package and how the 2018 bullpen may look.
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19 min
December 7, 2017
Ep. 61: Cubs aiming for Alex Cobb while remaining in the Ohtani sweepstakes
David Kaplan and Eric Strobel are joined by Tampa Bay Times beat writer Marc Topkin to discuss potential Cubs pitching targets Alex Cobb and Chris Archer. Topkin also reveals why new Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey is known as a sorcerer within baseball circles. Plus, Kap and Eric break down the Cubs’ pursuit of coveted Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani, and debate whether the Cubs have a better shot at landing him than many might think. In addition, Kelly Crull is joined by John Harper of the New York Daily News who has proposed a potential trade sending Kyle Schwarber to the Bronx. Plus, we break down the field as the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes begins to wind down.
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29 min
November 30, 2017
Ep. 60: Bob Nightengale on Cubs’ chances at landing Shohei Ohtani
USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale stops by the CubsTalk Podcast with David Kaplan and Tony Andracki to discuss the Cubs’ chances at landing Theo Epstein’s White Whale: Shohei Ohtani. Would the 23-year-old Japanese phenom fit on a National League team?   Plus, Nightengale hands out MLB comparisons for Ohtani, including a former Cub icon in terms of the young lefty’s bat.
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12 min
November 22, 2017
Ep. 59: Where do Cubs go from here with Arrieta, Davis?
In the latest CubsTalk Podcast, Kelly Crull and David Kaplan look ahead to Thanksgiving and discuss the official coaching hires for the Cubs. They also talk about where the Cubs go from here with Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis, whether Alex Cobb could factor into the rotation plans and Kap goes off on the 11:30 a.m. Opening Day start time.
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26 min
November 9, 2017
Ep. 58: Jed Hoyer on how to handle offseason trade rumors
GM Jed Hoyer stops by the CubsTalk Podcast to chat about the Cubs coaching staff, offseason trade rumors and why this is such a big winter for the future of the franchise after 2017 left a bad taste in everybody's mouths at Wrigley Field. Plus, is John Lackey a good fit for the Cubs' 2018 starting rotation and should we forget about that Jason Heyward-to-the-Giants buzz?
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32 min
November 2, 2017
Ep. 57: This CubsTalk Podcast is so jam-packed, we don’t even have a headline
What are the realistic chances David Ross or Ozzie Guillen becomes the Cubs’ next bench coach? What would it take to get Chris Archer pitching in a Cubs uniform? Can the Cubs actually trade Jason Heyward’s full contract this winter and get pitching in return? Is the door shut on Jake Arrieta returning to Chicago? The NBC Sports Chicago crew tackles these questions, with David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Patrick Mooney, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki giving their take on what has already been a weird offseason and what figures to an absolutely nuts winter.
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33 min
October 26, 2017
Ep. 56: What is going on at Wrigley Field? Joe Girardi, Bryce Harper and trades
With Joe Girardi out of a job in New York, could he ever manager again in Chicago? And how does his availability affect Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez in his bid for a manager gig somewhere? Do these Cubs coaching changes reflect more heavily on Joe Maddon moving forward? Is Bryce Harper coming to the Cubs in two years or is he just a big flirt? Who are the Cubs most likely to trade of their young position players? Patrick Mooney, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki attempt to answer all these questions as the Cubs offseason ramps up intensity.
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30 min
October 21, 2017
Ep: 55 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs
Kelly Crull, Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki close the book on the 2017 Cubs season following Theo Epstein’s press conference, looking back at what will go down as the craziest calendar year in Cubs history from last November through the team’s loss in the NLCS this October. Moving forward, where do guys like Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr., Justin Wilson and Mike Montgomery fit? Will the Cubs re-sign Wade Davis or go after another proven closer? And how worried should fans be about the offense that completely disappeared in the postseason?
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24 min
October 16, 2017
Ep. 54: Where do Cubs go from here down 0-2 in NLCS?
Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki analyze the Cubs' sub-optimal position in the NLCS, down two games to none to the Dodgers with a lack of offense and a struggling bullpen. Plus, what was Joe Maddon thinking with his lineup and bullpen decisions in the first two games of the series? And what is really going with Wade Davis?
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22 min
October 15, 2017
Ep. 53: Maddon is not to blame for Game 1 loss
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18 min
October 13, 2017
Ep. 52: Attempting to make sense of a bonkers Game 5
Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki do their best to try to make sense of what will go down as one of the craziest, weirdest games in baseball history. What were the moments that each reporter will remember for the rest of their lives? Who were some of the underrated heroes that helped the Cubs advance to their third straight NLCS? Plus, did Joe Maddon really win it for the Cubs in the NLDS or did Dusty Baker truly lose it for his team? The trio analyzes that question and looks ahead to a date with the Dodgers in Hollywood.
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20 min
October 5, 2017
Ep. 51: NLDS X-factors
Patrick Mooney, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down all the news ahead of the Cubs-Nationals NLDS showdown beginning Friday night in Washington D.C. The Cubs rotation is set, but how will that impact the series? Have fans seen the last of Jake Arrieta in a Cubs uniform? Are the Nationals fully healthy with question marks surrounding Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer? Plus, the trio gives their X-factors for the series for both teams.
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40 min
September 28, 2017
Ep. 50: Clinch parties and playoff rotations
Insider Patrick Mooney and producers Jeff Nelson and Scott Changnon to describe their unique experiences to watching the Cubs clinch the 2017 National League Central Wednesday night while taking a look at how far the Cubs have come over the last few years in the rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals. And with attention now focused on the postseason, who will the Cubs insert into their playoff rotation and in what order? Was this John Lackey’s last appearance in a Cubs uniform? And how will the bullpen shake out in October?
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36 min
September 21, 2017
Ep. 49: Postseason math and breaking down the Cubs’ biggest regular-season series in at least a decade
Kelly Crull, Jeff Nelson, Nate Poppen and Tony Andracki run down the math and scenarios for the Cubs entering the last week-and-a-half of the season. Plus, is this showdown with the Milwaukee Brewers the biggest series the Cubs have played since 2003? At the very least, the panel agrees it’s the most important/impactful series since that four-game set against the San Francisco Giants in August 2015. Plus, Insider Patrick Mooney chats with Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez on Joe Maddon, Wade Davis and how the team has come together in 2017.
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47 min
September 14, 2017
Ep. 48: The fickle nature of championship windows in baseball
My how the Mets have fallen in two years, going from the team that steamrolled the Cubs in the 2015 NLCS to just counting down the days until 2017 is up. That’s why the Cubs need to take advantage of every opportunity they have to make the postseason, as Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo know full well. Newsday Mets writer Marc Carig discusses how the Mets have fallen on hard times in the last couple seasons, including the scary uncertainty of pitching health. Plus, Kelly Crull, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki discuss playoff scenarios for the Cubs and how the postseason lineup and bullpen may shake out.
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52 min
September 7, 2017
Ep. 47: Jose Quintana or John Lackey plus the psychology of Dillon Maples
Assuming the Cubs make the playoffs, who will be their fourth starter – Jose Quintana or John Lackey? Patrick Mooney, Jeff Nelson, Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki debate plus who to trust in the bullpen down the stretch and how the Cubs have moved from having one of the worst World Series hangovers ever to a point where they’re now the best defending champs we’ve seen since 2010. Plus Cubs reliever Dillon Maples joins the podcast and discusses his journey to the big leagues after beginning 2017 in High-A ball. Maples talks about how he was his own worst enemy for years in the Cubs system and even recounts the time one year ago when he was looking for somebody to tell him it was OK to quit baseball and move on from the only life he’s ever known.
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43 min
August 31, 2017
Ep. 46: Should Cubs be more scared of Brewers or Cardinals in season’s final month?
On the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Vinnie Duber, Patrick Mooney and Jeff Nelson talk about the Cardinals’ “white-flag” trade and how it affects the National League Central race, wondering whether the Cubs should be more concerned with the Cardinals or the Brewers over the season’s final month. Plus, when will Addison Russell return from the disabled list and how much play will he get in a crowded middle infield? And the guys look at what Anthony Rizzo has done to become the face of the franchise for the Cubs both on and off the field.
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34 min
August 24, 2017
Ep. 45: Cubs on a hot streak against last-place teams
On the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Vinnie Duber, Nate Poppen and Jon Graff discuss the Cubs’ current hot streak against last-place teams and taking advantage of a soft schedule. Plus, when will Addison Russell and Willson Contreras return to the Cubs’ lineup? And how concerning is Jon Lester’s injury?
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28 min
August 18, 2017
Ep. 44: What Jon Lester’s injury means for Cubs; Kyle Hendricks on finding his groove
Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki discuss Jon Lester’s injury from Thursday’s game and what it means for the Cubs moving forward. The guys break down how the rotation could play out and the effect Lester has on the team even on days he doesn’t pitch. Kyle Hendricks also stops by the podcast to talk about how he feels right now as he finds his groove coming off a hand injury. Plus, Mooney and Andracki break down the Cubs’ bullpen while Carl Edwards Jr. explains his confidence level after an up-and-down week.
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31 min
August 10, 2017
Ep. 43: Willson Contreras injury aftermath and Brian Duensing on bullpen shenanigans
Patrick Mooney, Jeff Nelson, Nate Poppen and Tony Andracki weigh in on the Willson Contreras injury and what the next steps are for a Cubs team still searching for its identity and consistency. But there is reason for optimism for the Cubs moving forward, with or without Contreras. Plus, Brian Duensing joins the podcast to discuss bullpen shenanigans, rain-delay dance-offs and life as an under-the-radar-middle reliever.
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50 min
August 3, 2017
Ep. 42: Big Z on hitting bombs and breaking down what the Cubs may see in the NL West
In the latest the edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson talk about the potential impact of Justin Wilson and Alex Avila on the Northside. Patrick Mooney sits down with Diamondbacks Pregame and Postgame host Mike Ferrin to discuss Arizona's "Plan" in search of a title. Plus, a look back at the best of Carlos Zambrano on Cubs Postgame Live with David Kaplan and David DeJesus.
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40 min
July 27, 2017
Ep. 41: Kris Bryant flips out, Anthony Rizzo vs. John Lackey and Justin Verlander trade buzz
Patrick Mooney, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the top Cubs storylines of a wacky week, including Kris Bryant's first (and maybe only) career ejection, and a "heated conversation" in the dugout between Anthony Rizzo and John Lackey in Tuesday night's game. Is the pressure wearing on Bryant? Is there a concern over the Rizzo-Lackey interaction? Plus, what is there to make of the Cubs trade rumors, particularly the Justin Verlander smoke? Also, Kelly talks to Jason Heyward about what type of teammate Lackey is and how the Cubs defense is starting to hit its stride as the final third of the season draws near.
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35 min
July 20, 2017
Ep. 40: Derrick Goold on the state of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and what lies ahead
Double-A Tennessee broadcaster Mick Gillespie joins the podcast to chat with Patrick Mooney about what prospects the Cubs have left in the farm system and how Dillon Maples could make an impact on the big league club as soon as this year. Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold also stops by to chat with Mooney about the landscape of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and previewing the weekend series at Wrigley.
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76 min
July 13, 2017
Ep. 39: The aftermath of Cubs’ shocking trade for Jose Quintana
The CSNChicago.com team breaks down the Cubs-White Sox shocking blockbuster trade that sent Jose Quintana to Chicago’s North Side. Tony Andracki and Vinnie Duber react to the deal, plus hear analysis from Insiders Patrick Mooney and Dan Hayes as well as Yahoo’s Jeff Passan and an explanation from the man himself – Theo Epstein – on why the Cubs went all-in on Quintana and gave up the Cubs’ top two prospects (Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease).
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38 min
July 12, 2017
Ep. 38: Revisiting the whole idea of the Cubs as a dynasty
Cubs coach Mike Borzello joins the CubsTalk Podcast with Patrick Mooney, providing a fresh perspective on the Cubs as a “dynasty” given Borzello was a staffer on the New York Yankees in the late ‘90s as they won four World Series from 1996-2000. Borzello also compares Kris Bryant to Derek Jeter and takes a big-picture view on the 2017 Cubs season. Elsewhere, Jeff Nelson, Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki sum up the first half and answer the burning questions ahead of the season’s second half, including what has to happen for the Cubs to shift gears completely and turn into a seller at the trade deadline. Plus, how much of the Cubs’ first-half struggles can be attributed to just poor luck?
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30 min
July 6, 2017
Ep. 37: What’s next for Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs?
As the All-Star Break approaches, the Cubs recalled Kyle Schwarber to the big leagues Thursday. Hear from Schwarber, Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon on the move, plus listen to Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki break down the return of Schwarbombs and where the left-handed slugger fits in the Cubs lineup. Plus, do the Cubs need a consistent leadoff hitter and will they ever find one this season? And why the All-Star Break is coming at the absolute best possible time for Maddon and Co.
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33 min
June 29, 2017
Ep. 36: Groundhog Day for Cubs and why Bryce Harper wants to play in a market like Chicago
Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney is joined by Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and talks about the type of person Bryce Harper is and why the superstar slugger is perfectly suited for markets like Chicago, New York or Boston. Zuckerman has covered Harper since his inception into Major League Baseball and knows it won’t just be about the money. CSNChicago’s Tony Andracki and Jeff Nelson also break down the “Groundhog Day” type feeling that surrounds the Cubs this year, between a Cubbie Occurrence like Kris Bryant’s ankle roll to Miguel Montero’s candid comments and subsequent departure.
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38 min
June 22, 2017
Ep. 35: Reacting to Kyle Schwarber’s demotion and Mike Montgomery on how he’s evolved
Tony Andracki, Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson react in real time to the breaking news that Kyle Schwarber was demoted to the minor leagues. Plus, the trio play around with expansion drafts and who the most indispensable players on the Cubs are. Patrick Mooney also goes 1-on-1 with Cubs swingman southpaw Mike Montgomery about the lanky lefty’s role and how he got here.
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35 min
June 15, 2017
Ep. 34: What if the turnaround never happens?
Chicago Sun-Times Cubs Insider Gordon Wittenmyer joins CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney for a “Riding in Cabs with Beat Writers” segment in New York as the two discuss Joe Maddon’s rise to one of the top voices in the game of baseball and how the Cubs offense will play out over the next three-and-a-half months of the 2017 season. Kelly Crull, Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki also break down the Cubs lineup, from Anthony “Greatest Leadoff Hitter of All-Time” Rizzo to Kyle Schwarber and Ben Zobrist. The trio also wonder if Zobrist would be better served on the disabled list to finally let the wrist injury heal once and for all.
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35 min
June 8, 2017
Ep. 33: Inside the Cubs draft room
Director of amateur scouting Matt Dorey takes Patrick Mooney inside the Cubs draft room ahead of the MLB event next week and how the organization can help supplement their stable of young hitters or add those elusive pitching prospects. Plus, take a look back at how the recent Cubs first-rounders - Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora Jr. and Javy Baez - have impacted the team of late and how much the team meeting was a factor in the latest turnaround following an 0-6 road trip.
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37 min
June 6, 2017
Ep. 32: Good vibes and behind the scenes on Kolt Kyler's day at Wrigley
On a special edition of the CubsTalk Podcast, producers Scott Changnon and Jon Graff take you behind the scenes of "Field of Dreams Come True," the story of 9-year-old Kolt Kyler and his family as they turned a viral moment of joy into a once in a lifetime experience at Wrigley Field. Scott and Jon discuss how the feature came about, their favorite parts of the day and how they determined how to edit down more than 10 hours of footage for a 13-minute feature. Plus, hear some stories on how Cubs players like Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant interacted with Kolt and his little brother Clay.
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62 min
June 1, 2017
Ep. 31: John Baker on how to mentally prepare for playing at Wrigley Field
Former catcher and current Cubs mental skills coordinator John Baker (@manbearwolf on Twitter) joins Patrick Mooney to discuss Baker's role with the defending world champs and how the psychological aspect of the game impacts the play on the field. Mooney, Tony Andracki and Scott Changnon also dissect the Cubs' 0-6 West Coast trip, what Joe Maddon can do for his team right now and how Dexter Fowler's return to Wrigley looms over the weekend.
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40 min
May 25, 2017
Ep. 30: Analyzing Ian Happ's long-term impact and learning from the Giants' World Series hangover
NBC Sports Bay Area Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic joins Patrick Mooney on the CubsTalk Podcast to explain the World Series hangover, how last year's playoff loss lingered in San Francisco, Johnny Cueto's quirks, the legend of Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija's ups and downs. Plus, Kelly Crull, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ defensive struggles this year compared to a historic 2016 and how Ian Happ fits into the Cubs’ lineup in both the short- and long-term.
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31 min
May 18, 2017
Ep. 29: Jason McLeod on Ian Happ, Dylan Cease and Cubs draft
Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod sits down with Patrick Mooney to discuss the upcoming MLB Draft as well as top prospects Ian Happ - who is having a big first week in the majors - and pitcher Dylan Cease. McLeod also discusses how the Wrigley Field renovations are impacting the team and where the Cubs as a franchise go from here.
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39 min
May 11, 2017
Ep. 28: Fergie Jenkins and why there’s no need to panic…yet
Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins pops by the CubsTalk Podcast to chat about his experience watching the 2016 championship team and the emotions he felt as the Cubs finally shed the “Lovable Losers” label and ended a 108-year World Series drought. Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki also break down the sense of panic and frustration filtering through the Cubs fanbase and why that’s a kneejerk reaction…for now. Plus, what is there to make of Eddie Butler’s opportunity in the rotation and just how big is this weekend series in St. Louis?
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43 min
May 3, 2017
Ep. 27: Analyzing the first month of the 2017 season
Kelly Crull, Patrick Mooney, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki break down the first month of the Cubs’ 2017 season, examining the struggles of the starting rotation – particularly Brett Anderson – and the offense, including Kyle Schwarber in the leadoff spot. The crew also takes a closer look at the success of the bullpen with a pair of eye-popping stats. Plus, why does Joe Maddon love Jon Jay so much?
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39 min
April 27, 2017
Ep. 26: Prospect update with Mick Gillispie
Mick Gillispie - the broadcaster for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies as well as the Cubs' spring training broadcaster - joins Tony Andracki to break down some of the organization's top prospects, analyzing the beginning of the 2017 season for guys Ian Happ, Duane Underwood, Eloy Jimenez, Chesny Young, Victor Caratini and Trevor Clifton. Mick also explains the wackiest game in Smokies history, how a winning culture has disseminated throughout the Cubs minor-league teams and what the World Series ring ceremony was like in Tennessee.
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36 min
April 19, 2017
Ep. 25: Addison Russell on his potential and bat flips; Anthony Rizzo talks PEDs
Addison Russell joins the CubsTalk Podcast to talk about his offensive potential, how the league has shifted to hitting the ball in the air and bat flips' place in the game. Anthony Rizzo also sounds off to the Chicago media on PEDs while Tony Andracki and Scott Changnon break down how Starling Marte's 80-game suspension will impact the NL Central. Plus, Tony and Scott discuss the sense of panic that surrounded the reigning champs after a four-game losing streak and how one win can change the mood of the fanbase in an instant.
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24 min
April 13, 2017
Ep. 24: Andre Dawson, Albert Almora and turning the page after championship celebrations
David DeJesus, Jeff Nelson and Scott Changnon join Tony Andracki to break down the Cubs’ championship celebrations this week at Wrigley Field. Plus, DeJesus breaks down how the new outfield and bullpens (or lack thereof) will play at “The Friendly Confines.” Tony also sits down with Andre Dawson to gauge the Hall of Famer’s reaction to the Cubs winning it all last fall. Then, Kelly Crull chats with Albert Almora Jr. ahead of yet another standout defensive performance from the young outfielder.
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36 min
April 5, 2017
Ep. 23: The rise of Albert Almora as the Cubs begin their title defense
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki are joined by Patrick Mooney from St. Louis as they break down the opening two games of the 2017 regular season and how Albert Almora has stamped his name into the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry with a ridiculous catch to preserve the Cubs’ first victory. Plus, how weird was it seeing Dexter Fowler in Cardinal red? And Kelly has another story that will add to the legend of Kyle Schwarber and may point to increased luck for the Cubs slugger in the near future.
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37 min
March 30, 2017
Ep. 22: Kyle Schwarber's legend and a fan's guide to the 2017 season
Tony Andracki is joined by diehard Cubs fans Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson and the trio discuss the best ways for fans to enjoy the 2017 season as well as managing expectations and use of that "dynasty" word. Plus, listen to Kyle Schwarber explain what he feels like he has to prove this season and the three CSN producers go in-depth on the Legend of Schwarber, the dude with supreme confidence who would also fit in perfectly on a Beer League softball team.
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44 min
March 28, 2017
Reign Men: The Story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series
This CSN Original Production chronicles and unveils new tales of the journey that was Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. A game that saw the Chicago Cubs ending "the curse" and winning their first title in 108 years.
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48 min
March 23, 2017
The Making of 'Reign Men: The Story Behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series'
Kelly Crull sits down with CSN executive producers Ryan McGuffey and Sarah Lauch, the creators of ‘Reign Men: The Story Behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series,” which premieres March 27 at 9:30 p.m. on CSN. McGuffey and Lauch share their experience making the 52-minute documentary as they sifted through hours of sound from the likes of Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo and more recapping the greatest baseball game ever played. Plus, hear a sneak peak of ‘Reign Men’ as Heyward and Epstein describe their perspective of the Rajai Davis game-tying homer and that brief rain delay that led to Heyward’s epic speech.
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36 min
March 22, 2017
Ep. 21: The evolution of the Cubs bullpen and David Ross goes Hollywood
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ roster crunch as well as the evolution of the bullpen from last year to this season, including where Justin Grimm fits in the big picture. Plus, hear from Grimm and Wade Davis on their expectations on the season and what are scouts seeing from Jason Heyward? Of course, David Ross was also a topic of conversation as the lifelong backup catcher is enjoying his time in the spotlight from “Dancing with the Stars” to Hollywood. #CubsTalk
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43 min
March 16, 2017
Ep. 20: Different kind of March Madness as Cubs determine final roster spots
Tony Andracki, Jeff Nelson and Scott Changnon discuss the Cubs’ version of March Madness as the final roster spots get worked out in camp with Matt Szczur, Tommy La Stella, Munenori Kawasaki and Brian Duensing among those fighting to make the 25-man roster. Plus, hear from Szczur and Duensing on their goals this spring and catch a sneak peak at the CSN documentary “Reign Men: The Story Behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series” which premieres March 27 at 9:30 p.m.
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38 min
March 7, 2017
Ep. 19: Jason Heyward's new swing, Albert Almora Jr.'s power and Jeimer Candelario's breakout
The Athletic's Sahadev Sharma joins Tony Andracki on the latest CubsTalk Podcast to break down Jason Heyward's new swing and how he's handled his latest slump. Plus, Albert Almora Jr.'s power and where does Jeimer Candelario - the breakout player in camp - fit on the 2017 Cubs and beyond? #CubsTalk
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30 min
March 3, 2017
Ep. 18: The fragile nature of pitching and why Ryan Dempster came out of retirement
Reporting from Cubs camp in Arizona, Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki break down the fragile nature of pitching and how the Cubs are trying to counteract that, particularly with a guy like Brett Anderson. Plus, hear from manager Joe Maddon on Anderson and what he brings to the roster as well as Ryan Dempster's rationale for coming out of retirement to pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. #CubsTalk
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31 min
February 25, 2017
Ep. 17: Patrick Mooney goes 1-on-1 with Jed Hoyer
Baseball is officially back as spring training gets underway in Mesa, Arizona. CSN’s Kelly Crull & Luke Stuckmeyer wrap up all the excitement from opening week. They talk ace contracts, leadoff intimidation, and chime in on the Sammy Sosa saga. Plus, our Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney goes 1-on-1 with Executive VP and General Manager Jed Hoyer.”
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35 min
February 16, 2017
Episode 16: The Montero/Maddon tension and Jake Arrieta’s freshly-inked right buttcheek
Patrick Mooney calls in from Arizona to chat with Tony Andracki, Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson about the Miguel Montero/Joe Maddon tension and the future of Jake Arrieta. Plus, will the second guessing of Maddon ever stop? And now that Kyle Schwarber is medically cleared to catch, how much will the Cubs really put him behind the plate?
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41 min
February 10, 2017
Ep. 15: Schwarber hitting leadoff and a unique experience inside Cubs' World Series run
Pat Gostele joins Tony Andracki on the latest CubsTalk podcast to present his unique experience chronicling the Cubs' World Series run as an editor/photographer for CSN and his side job as one of the camera operators for the video board at Wrigley Field. Plus, Kyle Schwarber discusses hitting leadoff and we preview the World Baseball Classic and some interesting names coming out of retirement for the event.
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37 min
February 3, 2017
Ep. 14: Kyle Hendricks, Carl Edwards Jr. and the state of Cubs pitching staff
CSNChicago’s Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki assess the state of the Cubs’ pitching staff after acquiring Eddie Butler and Brett Anderson over the last few weeks. Plus, Kyle Hendricks discusses how he’s handling the offseason and his new “rock star” life and Carl Edwards Jr. weighs in on watching tape of Mariano Rivera and how he’s embracing his role as a reliever.
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43 min
January 26, 2017
Ep. 13: A look inside the Cubs' video scouting
Tony Andracki and producer Scott Changnon touch on the latest Cubs news - including Javy Baez's new street and Brett Anderson's signing. Also, hear Tony's interview with Nate Halm (the Cubs' advanced scouting coordinator) who explains the Cubs' video scouting process, the inner works of in-game replay and what it was like inside the clubhouse throughout the miraculous World Series run.
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44 min
January 16, 2017
Ep. 12: Recapping the Cubs Convention -- Championship edition
Cubs Double A broadcaster Mick Gillispie and CSN's Tony Andracki recap the 2017 Cubs Convention and how the World Series championship changed everything about the Opening Ceremonies, the panels and the overall buzz and positivity surrounding CubsCon. Gillispie also provides a unique perspective on some of the young, homegrown heroes that helped lead the Cubs to glory as well as his experience watching the Cubs' run while making his way through the SEC with Alabama football, including turning a bar into "Wrigley South."
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40 min
January 11, 2017
Ep. 11: Cubs Convention, the White House and Maddon’s profound impact
CSN’s Cubs coverage crew of Patrick Mooney, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki preview the busy week ahead for the Cubs that includes the first-ever Convention with the World Series trophy in attendance and a trip to the White House before Barack Obama leaves office. Plus, Joe Maddon’s profound impact on the Cubs culture has carried over into other clubhouses around the country.
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37 min
December 21, 2016
Ep. 10: Keeping up with the Rosses
CSN's CubsTalk crew of Patrick Mooney, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki attempt to keep Cubs fans up with the Rosses - both Tyson and David. Plus, what is the market for Travis Wood and who do the Cubs consider starting rotation depth? The trio also looks back fondly on the Cubs' World Series run and what they'll be looking forward to watching most from the CSN postseason replays.
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53 min
December 16, 2016
Ep. 9: Pat Hughes Relives The Cubs Final Out
The bald and beautiful return with a special voice and guest in the latest CubsTalk Podcast. Kelly Crull and Jesse Rogers are joined by the legendary radio voice of the Chicago Cubs Pat Hughes who relives the once in a lifetime call and analyzes the teams off-season moves as they prepare to defend their title.
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25 min
December 7, 2016
Ep. 8: Analyzing the Wade Davis-Jorge Soler trade and what Cubs may do next
Kelly Crull, Justin O’Neil and Tony Andracki discuss the Cubs-Royals trade that sent Jorge Soler to Kansas City in exchange for Wade Davis and what the move may mean for the Cubs’ short-term and long-term roster. Plus, what is going on with Travis Wood and are the Cubs really set to start the season with Mike Montgomery in their rotation?
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31 min
December 7, 2016
Ep. 7: How does the Chris Sale trade impact the Cubs?
Kelly Crull, David Kaplan and Tony Andracki huddle up to discuss the latest Cubs news and info from the MLB winter meetings, including wondering if the Cubs actually need an upgrade at closer over Hector Rondon. Plus, how does the Chris Sale trade affect the Cubs and are the Giants to be feared after signing a high-end closer? #CubsTalk
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31 min
December 1, 2016
Ep. 6: Cubs championship aftermath
The bald and the beautiful, Kelly Crull and Jesse Rogers (ESPNChicago), go back to work after their Cubs championship bender. The champs made their first move of the off-season adding veteran outfielder Jon Jay. We discuss his impact & our favorite Dexter Fowler stories as we all prepare for life without Dex on the Northside. Who are the arms the Cubs will be targeting at winter meetings and which young star would they dangle to make a deal happen. Plus, the best behind the scenes moments and conversations from the Fall Classic...and the scoop on 3am.
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35 min
October 27, 2016
Ep. 5: Cubs even up World Series
On the latest CubsTalk Podcast, David Kaplan, Todd Hollandworth and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg break down the Cubs Game 2 win. The guys discuss Jake Arrieta’s dominant performance, how the Cubs chased Trevor Bauer out of the game early, and just how impressive Kyle Schwarber has been in the opening two games. #CubsTalk
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16 min
October 26, 2016
Ep. 4: Cubs lose 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series
On the newest edition of the CubsTalk Podcast, David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg discuss the team’s 6-0 loss in Game 1 of the World Series. The Indians pitching staff shuts down the Cubs offense – how concerned should fans be by the lack of offense? The guys discuss the positives in the loss –Kyle Schwarber with a double and walk in his first major league game since April, and getting Andrew Miller into jams in the 7th and 8th innings. Plus a preview of the game 2 pitching matchup between Jake Arrieta and Trevor Bauer. #CubsTalk
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15 min
October 17, 2016
Ep. 3: Cubs-Dodgers NLCS all tied up
David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth, and Ryan McGuffey discuss why Clayton Kershaw was just too good in Game 2 and if the Cubs slumping hitters, specifically Anthony Rizzo & Addison Russell, can snap out of it as series goes on. Plus - are postseason managers jumping on the Andrew Miller bandwagon with their own bullpens? Is Rich Hill what the doctor ordered for the Cubs offense in game 3? #CubsTalk
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19 min
October 9, 2016
Ep. 2: Cubs Go Up 2-0 Against Giants in NLDS
CSN's David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth and Ryan McGuffey break down the the first two games of the NLDS as the Cubs put the Giants on the brink of elimination. Tony Andracki joins the show in segment two to provide locker-room insight on the Cubs' confidence level heading to San Francisco. He also explains why Jake Arrieta is the perfect pitcher to match against Madison Bumgarner in Game 3.
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20 min
October 6, 2016
Ep. 1: Cubs-Giants NLDS matchup takes center stage in MLB Postseason
David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Ryan McGuffey preview the NLDS matchup between the Cubs and Giants. Reason for concern? Is the even year fix in for San Francisco? Why baseball’s best team is ready for the Giants or whoever else they have to play going forward. Kap and the crew go over what jumps off the page between the two teams and provide series predictions, including one that might surprise you. #CubsTalk
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20 min
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