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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, bring insider perspective, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship.

The Cubs Talk Podcast breaks down all things baseball on the North Side. Host David Kaplan and a rotating cast, bring insider perspective, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship.

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The Cubs Talk Podcast breaks down all things baseball on the North Side. Host David Kaplan and a rotating cast, bring insider perspective, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship.

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English


Episodes

Dr. Robert Citronberg on the new MLB safety rules

5/22/2020
Host David Kaplan and Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer are joined by Dr. Robert Citronberg Director of infectious disease for Lutheran General Hospital to discuss the updated plan by the MLB to start the season and the potential hurdles the league will have to clear in order to play. (1:30) - Any plan should have the health and safety of the players first (5:23) - Could the MLB plan work in other sports or businesses (10:10) - MLB safety rules that impact the game of baseball (15:25) -...

Duration:00:26:10

Former Cub Ryan Theriot on the summer of 2008

5/20/2020
Host David Kaplan and Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer talk with former Cub Ryan Theriot on the 2008 Cubs, the difficult decision the players face in trying to return to start the season, his potential career in broadcasting, and his thoughts on the Cubs/Cards rivalry. (3:45) - Emotional for Theriot watching the 2016 Cubs win the World Series (7:50) - Thoughts on what the players union should do (13:40) - The difference between the Cubs and Cards (18:40) - Could Lou Piniella have done a...

Duration:00:27:26

MLB super-agent Scott Boras 1-on-1 with David Kaplan

5/15/2020
MLB agent Scott Boras joins David Kaplan to discuss the issues plaguing baseball during the coronavirus, what is preventing the players and owners from coming to an agreement, and what will baseball look like once it's back. Later on in the podcast, The NBC Sports Chicago Cubs coverage team of Gordon Wittenmyer and Tim Stebbins discusses the state of baseball with new member Maddie Lee. (1:25) - The players and owners have been working on a resolution since March (6:06) - Both the owners...

Duration:00:31:52

What was it like coaching during the '90s Bulls era

5/14/2020
Chicago in the '90s was all about Michael Jordan and the Bulls, so what was it like for the other major teams during that time? Host Laurence Holmes discusses this with four coaches who led teams in the shadow of the Bulls during that time. From the Blackhawks former coach Craig Hartsburg, from the Cubs Jim Riggleman, from the White Sox Gene Lamont, and from the Bears Dave Wannstedt, all come together to discuss one of the most important times in Chicago sports history. (0:43) - During the...

Duration:00:33:27

Will the stalled season actually help the Cubs winning window

5/13/2020
As the owners send another proposal to the players to try and start the season, there is a chance this all could help the Cubs. Host David Kaplan is joined by NBCS Chicago Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer as they discuss the new proposal by the owners, how this stalled season can help the Cubs, and David Kaplan predicts what Theo Epstein with pursue after he reaches his 10 years with the Cubs. (1:40) - Chances the players pass the owners proposal (5:45) - Are the Cubs in a tough spot...

Duration:00:34:13

A few things MLB needs to consider before starting a season

5/8/2020
As Major League Baseball plans to send another proposal to the Players Union to try and prepare for a season, maybe they should take some extra precautions before agreeing. Host David Kaplan is joined by Gordon Wittenmyer and they talk with Dr. Robert Citronberg, Director of infectious disease for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, and he discusses his concerns about MLB wanting to start a season as soon as possible. Later on in the podcast, Kap and Gordon discuss former Cub Starlin Castro...

Duration:00:30:17

The great Willie Mays drops the ball on Ernie Banks

5/7/2020
In a special bonus episode of the Cubs Talk podcast NBCS Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer, discusses the 65 year anniversary of the dropped ball by Hall of Famer Willie Mays off the bat of Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. Gordon is joined by author of the Willie Mays biography "24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid", John Shea as they discuss that play, the friendship of Mays and Banks, and the career of one of baseball's greatest players, Willie Mays. (2:08) - Willie Mays dropped...

Duration:00:41:50

Baseball super-agent Scott Boras has a plan to start baseball

5/6/2020
As Major League Baseball figures out when and how they will start their season, baseball's agent of the stars, Scott Boras writes his solution to start baseball, but is it viable? Host David Kaplan and NBCS Chicago Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer discuss Boras' plan, and could it work. They also discuss the passing of former Cubs executive Eldred "Salty" Saltwell. (1:22) - Scott Boras says teams should restart spring training right now (10:05) - Details of Boras' plan (14:57) - Teams want...

Duration:00:33:38

Joe Maddon compares his coaching style to Phil Jackson's

5/1/2020
World Series champion and former Cubs manager Joe Maddon joins host David Kaplan and NBCS Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer as they discuss how he connects with players, how will baseball be different when it returns, and does he have a similar philosophy to coaching as NBA Champion Phil Jackson. (5:06) - Learning how to manage people to get the most out of them (11:28) - Comparing Maddon's style to Phil Jackson's style of coaching (17:10) - Maddon describes how different it was managing...

Duration:00:38:19

Should the Cubs be worried about the promising Reds?

4/29/2020
Host David Kaplan is joined by NBCS Chicago Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer and Lance McAlister, host at 700 WLW in Cincinnati, as they discuss the spending spree of the Reds this offseason including former Cub Nick Castellanos, will the Reds compete with the rest of the NL division, and should Pete Rose finally be able to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. (1:54) - Will there be baseball in 2020 (5:10) - The Reds were ready to fight for a division title this year (11:00) - Should Pete Rose...

Duration:00:35:57

Are the 2020 Cubs the 1998 Last Dance Bulls?

4/24/2020
The 2020 Cubs roster is mired in uncertainty. There are players are up for extensions and deals, and management figuring out is this still a team with a winning window. It sounds similar to another Chicago team, the 1998 Last Dance Bulls. Host David Kaplan and NBCS Chicago Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer discuss the similarities of the 2 teams. Later in the podcast, they get into the financial uncertainty of MLB and how teams will move forward as a result of the pandemic. (2:12) - Are we...

Duration:00:31:20

Reliving the 2015 Wildcard matchup of the Cubs vs Pirates

4/22/2020
In 2015 the Cubs were riding high and on their way to the 1st playoff game in years and the start of the consecutive playoff trips for the current Cubs. Jeff Nelson, Tim Stebbins, and Nate Poppen discuss all the details about that win and some details you may not have known about that game. (2:25) - Why were the Cubs in the Wildcard game seemingly too early in the rebuild (10:00) - Tommy La Stella started at 3rd base and not Kris Bryant (15:58) - The Schwar-BOMB to put the Cubs up early...

Duration:00:38:58

Should players be willing to do what it takes to play baseball again?

4/17/2020
Host David Kaplan and NBCS Chicago Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer, discuss the different opinions given by the players on if the MLB should rush to try and start the 2020 season. Later on, they remember and discuss the 2 lives of the Cubs family that were lost this week, Jim Frey and Glenn Beckert. (2:10) - Players discuss the potential plan of playing baseball in empty stadiums (6:35) - There is a split amongst people who want baseball now and people who want to wait (11:44) - If...

Duration:00:32:43

Who is the best Cub pitcher since 2000

4/15/2020
In an NCAA tournament-style bracket, the Cubs Talk pod crew of Jeff Nelson, Nate Poppen, and Tim Stebbins discuss and rank the best Cubs pitchers in the last 20 years. How would you rank them and who would you take at the end? (2:00) - Which pitcher gets to be the number 1 seed in the tournament? (7:40) - Ryan Dempster vs Jeff Samardzija (15:25) - Kerry Wood vs Greg Maddux (21:50) - Jake Arrieta vs Matt Clement (28:35) - Jon Lester vs Mark Prior (32:54) - Championship Round

Duration:00:37:02

The Kaplan mailbag: Is Jon Lester a Hall of Famer?

4/10/2020
Host David Kaplan is joined by NBCS Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer as they take questions from fans including, could the Cubs have traded for Justin Verlander, is Anthony Rizzo the greatest 1st basemen in Cubs history, and is Jon Lester a hall of famer pitcher. All those and more on the Cubs Talk podcast. (2:04) - As Lester's career closes, is he on his way to Cooperstown? (7:50) - Could MLB start the season with a fan only vote All-Star game? (11:40) - Will the Cubs add to the team next...

Duration:00:32:07

The Outside the Ivy crew explores ways to start the season

4/9/2020
In for David Kaplan, Jeff Nelson is joined by Luis Medina, Danny Rocket, and Michael Cerami of Outside the Ivy as they discuss creative ways Major League Baseball can start its season, how has this impacted baseball fans everywhere, and will the new rules the MLB will use will benefit new manager David Ross. (1:20) - Staying busy with no baseball to talk about (8:00) - How will David Ross manage in his 1st year? (14:00) - How can baseball start without fans? (21:20) - Electronic strike...

Duration:00:33:32

What does a shortened season mean for Chicago baseball in 2020?

4/8/2020
Filling in for host David Kaplan, NBCS Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer is joined by White Sox beat writer Vinnie Duber to discuss Major League Baseball trying to find ways to start the season. But what are the issues they have to consider before starting? Gordon and Vinnie discuss those issues including a possible shortened season and what these issues could mean for a re-tooling Cubs team and a rebuilding White Sox team. (2:48) - What are the possible benefits with starting the season in...

Duration:00:32:08

Did the Cubs have the greatest game 7 of all time?

4/3/2020
The 2016 Cubs World Series win was as epic a game 7 as any, but was it the greatest game 7 ever? Host David Kaplan is joined by NBCS Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer as they debate the Cubs World Series win. (1:50) - Is it an overreaction to say the Cubs World Series win was a great game? (5:45) - Does the importance of the Cubs winning make it the greatest ever? (8:20) - Comparisons to other game 7s across sports

Duration:00:12:01

Best Cubs position player since 2000 tournament

4/1/2020
In for host David Kaplan, Jeff Nelson, Tim Stebbins, and Nate Poppen discuss and rank the best position players for the Cubs since the year 2000 in an NCAA style tournament. Did your favorite make the cut? (2:01) - Rankings 1-16 (7:00) - (5) Alfonso Soriano vs (12) Sammy Sosa (14:40) - (3) Kris Bryant vs (14) Jason Heyward (22:26) - (2) Javier Baez vs (15) Giovanni Soto (33:58) - The tournament final

Duration:00:36:50

Gordon Wittenmyer joins David Kaplan for his first Cubs Talk Podcast

3/27/2020
David Kaplan is joined by NBC Sports Chicago's new Cubs Insider, Gordon Wittenmyer. They discuss where it all went wrong for cubs pitching and what the 2020 team vibe was like when Gordon was with them at Spring Training in Arizona. 2:50- Vibe at Cubs Spring Training before it was suspended 4:30- Was getting rid of Joe Maddon the right choice? 12:50- Do the Cubs need to make a move to get under the luxury tax?

Duration:00:21:52