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he Chicago Cubs are the focus of this podcast. Listen to perspective about roster changes, news updates and how the team looks to claim another title in 2018. Featuring David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and others.

he Chicago Cubs are the focus of this podcast. Listen to perspective about roster changes, news updates and how the team looks to claim another title in 2018. Featuring David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and others.
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he Chicago Cubs are the focus of this podcast. Listen to perspective about roster changes, news updates and how the team looks to claim another title in 2018. Featuring David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and others.




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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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).


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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?


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...