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Cubs Talk Podcast

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The Cubs Talk Podcast breaks down all things baseball on the North Side. Host David Kaplan and a rotating cast of Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer, beat writer Maddie Lee, and writer Tim Stebbins, bring insider perspective, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship. New episodes release every Wednesday and Friday morning.

The Cubs Talk Podcast breaks down all things baseball on the North Side. Host David Kaplan and a rotating cast of Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer, beat writer Maddie Lee, and writer Tim Stebbins, bring insider perspective, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship. New episodes release every Wednesday and Friday morning.

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The Cubs Talk Podcast breaks down all things baseball on the North Side. Host David Kaplan and a rotating cast of Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer, beat writer Maddie Lee, and writer Tim Stebbins, bring insider perspective, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship. New episodes release every Wednesday and Friday morning.

Language:

English


Episodes

Bold predictions as MLB trade talks heat up

7/28/2021
The trade deadline is Friday and as I (producer Tony Gill) write this description, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Javy Báez are with the Cubs, but Andrew Chafin was dealt to the Oakland A's. Maddie Lee, Gordon Wittenmyer, Tim Stebbins, and David Kaplan discuss the uncertainty around the Cubs with the deadline around the corner. The crew also discusses Báez's EPIC walk-off celebration vs. the Reds, trade scenarios for Craig Kimbrel, and a lot more. (1:40) - How many Cubs will get traded...

Duration:00:33:56

Project 34: How a friendship evolved into a movement

7/22/2021
Trevor Williams and Cory Hahn met in travel ball. They roomed together on a trip to Georgia, where Hahn said he had to stop Williams from microwaving nachos in a metal pan. Since then, their friendship has deepened, evolved, and made a broader impact. Williams is now a Cubs pitcher, Hahn is the Diamondbacks coordinator of pro scouting. Together, they’re co-founders of Project 34, a nonprofit that supports individuals living with spinal cord injuries. See Privacy Policy at...

Duration:00:14:40

Is Javy Báez seeking $200 million, other Cubs rumors

7/21/2021
The trade deadline is only nine days away and the rumors aren't stopping. In the latest of never ending Cubs talk, is Javy Baez looking for $200 million from the Cubs in a contract extension? David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer debate if that is Baez's asking price. The crew also breaks down Kris Bryant-Mets rumors, Anthony Rizzo rumors, and more. YOU GET A RUMOR! YOU GET A RUMOR! YOU GET A RUMOR TOO! (2:00) - Is Javy Baez looking for $200 million in an extension? (8:50) -...

Duration:00:38:27

Have Cubs started the rebuild with Joc Pederson trade to the Atlanta Braves?

7/16/2021
Joc Pederson is now an Atlanta Brave as the Cubs trade the 1yr player to the Atlanta Braves for minor league first baseman Bryce Ball. Does this trade signal things to come? Tim Stebbins and Gordon Wittenmyer do an emergency reaction to the trade after recording the podcast earlier before the trade went down. Later in the podcast, David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Tim, and Gordon discuss possible trade scenarios with the White Sox and the hall of fame candidacy of Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel. (0:18)...

Duration:00:58:32

Willson Contreras calls out teammates on effort

7/14/2021
Does Willson have a point? The All-star catcher did not hold back when discussing the lackluster first half of the season and the effort he saw from his teammates. David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Maddie Lee discuss and react to Contreras' comments as well as the comments made by manager David Ross and the rest of the Cubs players. The crew also discuss the possibility that Kris Bryant will be traded and how Kris is dealing with that possibility, the anniversary of the José Quintana...

Duration:00:32:49

If you were in charge of Cubs, what would be your plan

7/9/2021
The Cubs are in a middle of a crossroad and the fans are waiting on which direction the franchise is headed. If you were in charge of the Cubs, what would be your plan? David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tony Gill discuss and debate where they would take the Cubs and explain to fans how things will get back to -- let's say it together -- "sustained success!" (2:00) - How would you sell the next phase of Cubs baseball to the fans? (9:55) - Will fans have an issue with a rebuild if the...

Duration:00:34:59

Cubs' losing streak continues, is it time for a change?

7/7/2021
The Cubs find themselves in the abyss as the losing continues in a bad stretch for them. Can they find a way out or is it time for Jed Hoyer to move on from this roster? David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss the current losing streak and what, if anything, can they do to get out of it. The crew also debates how big of a rebuild are the Cubs looking at and can it be turned around quickly so the team can be in contention again? (1:50) - The Cubs have lost 10...

Duration:00:31:39

Jake Arrieta's job security questioned as Cubs' slide continues

7/2/2021
The Cubs have slipped to six games back in the NL Central and things look bleak. Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta is struggling to put together solid outings. Is it time to remove him from the rotation? David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss Arrieta and what the Cubs should do. The crew also discusses the increase in offense around the game since MLB cracked down on "sticky stuff" and the Cubs' lack of movement as the trade deadline gets closer. (1:30) - Is Jake...

Duration:00:34:00

Are the Cubs' playoff chances over?

6/29/2021
David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss the current state of the Cubs at the end of a tough June schedule. Is the season over? The crew also discusses if there is a plan to keep and re-sign any of the current Cubs up for contracts this offseason. Later, they discuss the differences between the Cubs' and Dodgers' competitive windows, as well as Clayton Kershaw's thoughts on the topic. (1:45) - David Kaplan believes the Cubs' season is over (7:00) - Are the Cubs going to...

Duration:00:37:13

Wilson Inoa: The Chicago Cubs' MVP you've never heard of

6/27/2021
Wilson Inoa was a Cubs prospect with great potential to make the show, but one injury changed the course of his life, and now he's part of the team in a different way as the Cubs lead groundskeeper in Mesa, Arizona. Not every prospect's path to a big-league field looks the same. This is Wilson Inoa's strange, twisting, and inspiring road less traveled. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:14:26

How will Cubs handle the toughest stretch of the season?

6/25/2021
The Cubs' next 6 games are against the defending champs and against a division rival. How will they fair? David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins break down the upcoming road trip and what they expect from the Cubs. Also in the podcast, the crew discusses the recent play of Jake Arietta and Jason Heyward and if it's good enough for them to play regularly, should the Cubs trade for another starting pitcher who is on a 1yr deal and try to re-sign him, and a lot...

Duration:00:30:40

David Ross benches Javy Báez for baserunning mistake vs. Cleveland

6/22/2021
Cubs manager David Ross benched shortstop Javy Báez for a baserunning mistake vs. Cleveland. Was the benching Ross' attempt to send a message to the team? David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Maddie Lee discuss the Báez benching, the Cubs' struggling offense, whether the Cubs will re-sign Baez, and more. (1:30) - Reactions to the Báez benching (7:00) - The Cubs lead MLB in outs on the bases the last four years (14:30) - During a challenging June schedule, the Cubs lost their...

Duration:00:26:25

‘True impact’ and ‘generous heart’: How Ian Happ’s dad inspired

6/20/2021
On this Father's day, the Cubs Talk podcast releases a very special and heartfelt episode featuring Ian Happ. NBCS Chicago Cubs beat writer Maddie Lee is joined by Ian Happ as he discusses the impact his late father, Keith Happ, had on him including the positive outlook and use of positive mental health strategies. Happ lost his father to brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 58, but Happ continues to be inspired by his father every day and uses one of his dad's key lessons of mental health in...

Duration:00:32:41

Where Jacob deGrom's dominance ranks after Cubs start

6/18/2021
David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer break down Jacob deGrom's start against the Cubs and debate if he is the best at his craft in sports right now. Later, the crew discusses the importance of beating playoff-caliber teams in the regular season and describes the feeling around the Cubs only a few weeks away from the trade deadline. (2:00) - Is Jacob deGrom better at his craft than any athlete in sports right now? (14:10) - If a pitcher is dominating your team, would you want...

Duration:00:35:05

MLB cracks down on "sticky stuff" with suspensions

6/16/2021
MLB is stepping up measures and plans to suspend pitchers for using substances to get more control of the ball. How will this impact baseball? David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss the newly enforced rule and if Cubs pitchers are using it and how will this impact the Cubs specifically. (1:40) - Pitchers who violate ‘sticky stuff’ rules will face 10-game suspensions, MLB says (10:14) - How will MLB even enforce the rule? (15:00) - Are the Cubs using "sticky...

Duration:00:32:51

Cubs beat Yu Darvish to cap off West Coast road trip

6/10/2021
After struggling in the beginning, the Cubs capped off their West Coast road trip by beating Yu Darvish to secure a series win over the World Series-contending Padres. Now the Cubs look to take advantage of a banged-up Cardinals team in their upcoming series.David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, Maddie Lee and Tim Stebbins discuss the road trip and the Padres series, also previewing the Cardinals series. The crew also breaks down the Cubs' vaccination numbers and if it will be a problem going...

Duration:00:33:13

Will Cubs be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?

6/9/2021
The Cubs have started the west coast road trip stumbling out the gate, can they recover, and how will they fare against former Cub Yu Darvish? David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer break down the Cub road trip and discuss has Jed Hoyer made his decision yet on if this team is worth going all-in on, or will he start the rebuild at the trade deadline. (1:30) - Cubs vs Sox Nike City Edition uniforms (3:40) - Does Jed Hoyer have a good idea on if the Cubs will be buyers...

Duration:00:39:31

Can Cubs head west and win on a season defining road trip?

6/4/2021
In a "West" themed episode, Tim Stebbins and Gordon Wittenmyer breakdown the upcoming west coast road trip the Cubs will be on, and will the Cubs be able to be above .500 and make a strong statement to management that they are ready to make another push to the playoffs before the trade deadline. Later in the podcast, sticking with the theme of the West, Tim and Gordon are joined by umpire Joe West as they discuss Joe breaking the all-time games umped record and get his opinion on replacing...

Duration:00:44:57

Marc "Silvy" Silverman on the first-place Cubs

6/1/2021
Marc Silverman is one of Chicago's great sports radio hosts and an all-around great guy who is a lifelong Cubs fan. Silvy joins his friend and ESPN radio teammate, David Kaplan, as they discuss where their Cubs fandom began and their favorite players in Cubs history. They also break down the first-place Cubs and their expectations for them the remainder of this season. (2:50) - Silvy on battling cancer during a pandemic and how the Cubs played a big role during that time (7:10) - Favorite...

Duration:00:34:09

MLB's dirty little secret and the Cubs continued push for first place

5/28/2021
The hottest topic in baseball right now is Cardinals manager Mike Shildt going on a rant on MLB's dirty little secret on how pitchers are using foreign substances to increase spin rate. David Kaplan and Tim Stebbins discuss Shildt's rant and if there's validity to his argument. Later in the podcast, the crew discusses the Cubs' push for 1st place in the NL Central division and how injuries are impacting the Cubs this year. (1:45) - Mike Shildt's viral rant of pitchers using foreign...

Duration:00:30:42