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

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    Cubs look for starting pitching in free agency

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 37:25

    ***PODCAST WAS RECORDED BEFORE STEVEN MATZ SIGNS WITH THE CARDINALS***The Cubs are making moves to rebuild the roster and they start with looking for starting pitching. David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss possible starting pitching free agents, hall of fame voting, and the philosophies of Jed Hoyer and Rick Hahn as both attempt to build championship rosters in Chicago.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Building a World Series contender, Cubs vs Cards w/ Derrick Goold

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 52:35

    The Cubs and Cardinals rivalry is one of the best in sports. Constantly in battles for supremacy over the NL Central. But how has each organization built playoff-bound teams over the years and is one method more effective than the other? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch joins Tim Stebbins and Gordon Wittenmyer to discuss the two organizations, the outlook of the NL Central, and the important facts about the business of baseball that fans should know this offseason.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    How will early free agent signings impact Cubs offseason

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 39:08

    With the new CBA coming up, some teams and players are making deals before a presumed work stoppage happens with big names like Noah Syndergaard and José Berríos. Should the Cubs also be aggressive? Tim Stebbins and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss the offseason movement so far and if the Cubs should also be aggressive early in free agency or wait out the CBA.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Surprises, news, rumors, and notes from the GM Meetings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 25:28

    The GM Meetings have been filled with rumors, surprises, and updates. Gordon Wittenmyer live from San Diego joins David Kaplan and Tim Stebbins to discuss all the newest updates from conversations with Super agent Scott Boras, press conferences with Jed Hoyer, and various topics with other national and local beat writers about things involving or impacting the Cubs and their future.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    GM Meetings get going, what is the chatter about ex Cubs in free agency

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 25:08

    The GM Meetings are here and the rumors and talks are heating up. David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and live from San Diego, Gordon Wittenmyer break down the GM Meetings and what is being said about the free agency of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Craig Kimbrel. Later in the pod, the guys also discuss the upcoming CBA and the chances of a work stoppage.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Burning Cubs questions as MLB offseason begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 44:33

    The Chicago Cubs have a lot of work to do to rebuild the team but what should be o the top of the list and where should they start? The Cubs Talk crew of David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss the top questions the Cubs need to address this offseason, including should they bring back Javy Baez, should Nick Castellanos be on the free-agent radar of the Cubs, how much of a priority should the Cubs make Willson Contreras as he enters his final year under his deal, and a lot more.(3:55) - Should the Cubs keep Ian Happ or Non-tender him?(9:40) - Should the Cubs go after Nick Castellanos?(17:15) - How big of a priority is re-signing Willson Contreras?(32:55) - Is there a chance Javy Baez can come back to the Cubs?(38:05) - Will the Cubs sign any free agents before December 2nd?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    5 years ago today the Cubs won the World Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 32:45

    On this day in Cubs history, the World Series was won and Cubs fans everywhere rejoiced. Where is that team now and how do fans remember it after 5 years? David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss the anniversary and how things turned out 5 years later. They also discuss the current World Series and former Cub Jorge Soler's contribution to the Atlanta Braves, they talk about the possibility of no Winter Meetings this year and discuss what they remember from Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.(3:50) - Where is the 2016 team now(8:30) - Is it hard to root for any team in the 2021 World Series?(12:30) - Jorge Soler remembers his time as a Cubs and compares the Braves to the Cubs(19:20) - Will there be baseball winter meetings this year?(27:10) - What do you remember from Game 7 in 2016?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Dusty Baker remember's the 2003 Cubs, How will CBA impact Cubs

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 30:39

    The Cubs are still in the conversation in the World Series as Dusty Baker makes reference to his Cubs teams. Are Cubs fans still upset about the 2003 Cubs? David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss Dusty's 2003 Cubs team and compares that team and his work on that team to the current Astros. Later in the podcast, the guys break down some potential harsh truths about the upcoming contract negotiations between the players and owners that could eventually lead to a work stoppage and how that would impact the Cubs offseason.(1:50) - Does Dusty's 2003 Cubs still sting Cub fans?(6:17) - Comparing the 2003 Cubs to the 2021 Astros(10:12) - CBA contract negotiations, will there be a delay to spring training?(15:27) - What do the owners want vs what do the players want in the new CBA(22:00) - Will the ability to trade drafts picks be added to the new CBA?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    What's next for Cubs' former core, Dusty Baker in World Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 37:02

    The offseason is close as the World Series has begun. Where will former Cubs stars Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo land? David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss the offseason for these prominent former Cubs and what they expect to happen. The crew also discusses the World Series and if they are still going against the Astros for the cheating scandal and they discuss Dusty Baker's return to the World Series and what it means for his legacy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Ryan Theriot on loss of revered scout Jim Crawford, Cubs rebuild

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 39:49

    Ryan "The Riot" Theriot knows how to win and what it takes to do so. Theriot joins David Kaplan and Gordon Wittenmyer to discuss his journey to the league through the help of longtime scout Jim Crawford, who passed away recently. They also discuss Theriot's experience as a World Series winner, where he envisions the game of baseball going in the future, the Cubs rebuild and trading away their stars.(2:00) - Catching up with Ryan Theriot(8:00) - Theriot discusses his relationship with Anthony Rizzo and how Rizzo's tenure with the Cubs ended(15:15) - What it's like winning a World Series(20:00) - What is the future of baseball and its use of analytics?(30:20) - Remembering baseball scout Jim "Crawdaddy" Crawford(36:10) - How good were the 2008 Cubs?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Cubs introduce Carter Hawkins as general manager

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 30:19

    It took Jed a whole year to find his guy but he did. The Cubs and Jed Hoyer officially welcome Carter Hawkins as the new GM, taking over Jed's old job as number 2 in baseball operations. Who is Carter? Was he the best available candidate? What's next for Jed as he fills out his executive roster? David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss the new hire and will he be a major piece in making another championship roster.(2:20) - Impressions of Carter Hawkins(7:20) - Will Hawkins fix the issues of drafting and development? (15:00) - Did Jed Hoyer conduct a diverse interviewing process?(21:50) - Now that the GM is hired, what's next for Jed Hoyer?(26:00) - Biggest need for the Cubs this offseasonSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Will the Cubs shoot their shot at Carlos Correa, Correa interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 46:48

    As the MLB playoffs continue, the Cubs are in rebuild mode to get back there. The Cubs Talk crew breaks down the next potential free-agent candidate, Houston Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa. David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer breakdown what would it take to get Correa in the Blue and Red. Later in the pod, Gordon gets a 1-on-1 interview with Correa to discuss his impending free agency.(2:50) - Should Carlos Correa be a big target for the Cubs?(10:00) - How will Correa fit on the Cubs(19:00) - Will Correa be worth the money if given a 10yr contract?(37:00) - Gordon Wittenmyer's interview with Carlos Correa on his free agency(41:30) - Correa on what will he be looking at in free agencySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Kap vs. Wittenmyer in the battle of Jed Hoyer's Cubs rebuild

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 35:56

    Jed Hoyer spoke to the media about the 2021 Cubs season and upcoming offseason. On today's episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan and Gordon Wittenmyer have the battle of the century as they discuss which path Hoyer and the Cubs should take for an efficient rebuild. Cubs beat reporter Tim Stebbins was on the pod as well but soon melted from the sheer fire of the takes. ENJOY!(2:05) - Should Jed Hoyer take a more aggressive approach to free agency than he's letting on?(6:40) - Round 1: Can the Cubs take anything from how the Giants and Rays built their rosters?(10:50) - Round 2: Is it disappointing that the Cubs have to rebuild again?(16:48) - Round 3: How much money should the Cubs spend in the offseason?(30:02) - Final Round: Does it make sense for the Cubs to spend if they won't win next year?(34:56) - Ode to Tim StebbinsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Analyzing 2021 Cubs season and what's next this offseason

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 45:46

    The Cubs season is over and boy, did a lot of things happen. The Cubs Talk crew of David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss the 2021 Cubs and how they will remember them, whether there's a core on this roster to build around, how Jed Hoyer will build this team back up, what's in the farm system, and a lot more.(2:00) - How will fans remember the 2021 Cubs?(9:40) - Will the Cubs compete in 2022? 2023?(24:20) - Will Cubs fans watch the team during a rebuild?(33:00) - Which player that came up this year will be a starter next year?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Cubs face another COVID scare, Marcus Stroman interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 29:17

    As the season winds down, the Cubs suffer another stumbling block. 2 players head to the injured list presumably due to COVID. David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss how the Cubs are handling the situation and how will they end the season. Later, the crew breaks down how vaccines mandates may impact the new CBA, and Gordon Wittenmyer sits with a potential Cubs free agent target Marcus Stroman as they discuss his free agency and fi the Cubs are on his radar.(2:30) - Patrick Wisdom and Austin Romine head to the injured list(8:00) - Will COVID vaccine mandates impact MLB negotiations with its players?(15:00) - How will vaccine status impact free agency this year?(23:20) - Marcus Stroman interview. How will he approach free agency?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Jed Hoyer's offseason plan and the Javy Baez interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 40:40

    In a jam-packed episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss the shortstop options for the Cubs and how they can replace Javy Baez. They also discuss Jed Hoyer's comments on how the Cubs will treat free agency this year and how they will get back to competing. The crew also discuss Jed's comments on a potential David Ross extension and the overall job Ross has done this year in a rebuilding season for the Cubs, and in the second half of the podcast, Javy Baez sits down with Gordon Wittenmyer to discuss his free agency and his tenure with the Cubs.(2:40) - Jed Hoyer says the Cubs will spend aggressively but smartly in free agency(9:30) - What will be the Cubs payroll for the 2022 offseason(16:40) - Jed Hoyer plans to keep David Ross for the foreseeable future(25:10) - Javy Baez interview(29:20) - Javy on how he will approach free agency(36:20) - Javy discusses using the "thumbs down" gesture toward Mets fansSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Jason Heyward out for the season, Cubs pitching rotation of the future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 38:57

    Jason Heyward suffers a concussion that will sideline him for the remainder of this season. Does Heyward still bring value to the Cubs during a rebuild? Tim Stebbins and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss the injury to Heyward, and break down what his role could be going forward as the Cubs rebuild for the future. Later in the pod, the guys break down the Cubs pitching rotation and what it could look like in the future.(2:44) - Jason Heyward is likely out for the remainder of the season(9:10) - Will Jason Heyward be on the roster and if he is, what is his role with the organization?(18:00) - Will Kyle Hendricks be a part of the pitching rotation in the near future and if so, who will be the number 2?(28:10) - The future of bullpens in baseballSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Jon Lester's Hall of Fame candidacy after 200th win

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 36:54

    Jon Lester has accomplished a lot in his time in the Show and after getting his 200th win, weirdly enough in a Cardinals uniform, the crew discusses his career and debates if it's enough to get him into the Hall of Fame. Later in the podcast, the guys discuss the Cubs' shortstop depth in the organization and if the position will be settled by next year, and a spirited debate on the Yu Darvish trade that you're not going to want to miss.(2:10) - Is Jon Lester a Hall of Famer, and if he is, will he go in as a Cub?(8:10) - What are the comparisons for Jon Lester?(22:10) - Will the Cubs be ok at shortstop in the future?(28:10) - How will the Yu Darvish trade be looked at in the future?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Joe Maddon didn't want to leave Cubs, could things have been different?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 38:41

    The Joe Maddon Cubs era was one for the ages, but how should we remember his time in Chicago and that core's legacy? David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Tony Gill discuss Maddon's importance to the Cubs and why he ultimately left if he wanted to stay. The crew also discusses the players on those teams the Cubs parted ways with after Maddon.(2:40) - Joe Maddon returns to Chicago and says he didn't want to leave the Cubs(10:00) - How should the Joe Maddon Cubs era be remembered?(19:00) - Is it disappointing the Cubs didn't win more World Series after 2016?(27:00) - Should players test free agency or should they take whatever extension the team gives them?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Brennen Davis interview on leading Cubs' next core

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 39:12

    As the Cubs recoup assets and build the farm system for the future, who is the one guy the organization can build around to get back to World Series contention? Ladies and gentlemen, Brennen Davis might be that guy. David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss Davis' potential and the chance he leads the next Cubs core. Later in the pod, Gordon sits down with Davis to discuss his path to the big leagues, the growing expectations on him, and if he is ready to be the key piece for the organization.(3:10) - Is Davis ready to lead the new Cubs core?(9:10) - Will Davis be ready for the big leagues by Opening Day 2022?(17:00) - Gordon Wittenmyer goes 1-on-1 with Brennen Davis(25:00) - Davis on being a basketball player until going all-in on baseball his senior year of high school(31:00) - Davis on constantly getting better in a short amount of timeSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Nick Castellanos' fit with the Cubs, Kris Bryant returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 32:50

    The Cubs Talk crew of David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss another potential fit with the Cubs and he just so happens to have already been here, Nick Castellanos. The guys discuss if the Castellanos will opt out of his contract and if he does, will the Cubs be a natural fit for the rising star. Later, the guys discuss the return of Kris Bryant to Wrigley Field and what kind of reception KB will get.(2:16) - Is Nick Castellanos a good fit for this current Cubs team?(7:40) - How much could Castellanos command from free agency?(15:30) - Do the Cubs need a culture change or is everything in the organization just ok?(23:00) - What will the reception be like for Kris Bryant as the Giants come to townSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Frank Schwindel mania, Cubs win 7 straight

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 35:25

    Not a lot of teams are on a roll like the Cubs are right now and Frank Schwindel is leading the way. David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss Schwindel's hot bat and if he could be a long-term piece for the Cubs. Later in the podcast, the crew discusses the Cubs' management strategy and which position is the most important to address this offseason.(1:40) - Cubs are the hottest team in baseball right now and have the hottest hitter in baseball in Frank “The Tank” Schwindel(10:00) - Is Schwindel Rizzo 2.0?(16:00) - Should the Cubs prioritize pitching or shortstop in the offseason?(25:40) - MLB playoff pictureSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Could Theo Epstein be a candidate to run the Mets?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 26:28

    The man that helped bring a World Series to the Cubs might be coming back to running a team. Theo Epstein is being rumored as a possible candidate to run the Mets? David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins discuss the baseball exec and the validity of this rumor. Later in the pod, the crew discusses the importance of Willson Contreras to the Cubs rebuild and how quickly the Cubs think they can turn it around to make the team competitive again.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    What's going on with Javy Báez and Mets fans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 27:40

    Cubs Insider Gordon Wittenmyer and Tim Stebbins join host David Kaplan to discuss all the hubbub in New York surrounding Javy Báez's celebration in response to fans booing the Mets. The fallout from Báez's admission, the backlash, the pre-game apology, and the boos directed at Báez during his first at-bat. Then of course the El Mago heroics that won the Mets the game today and turned those boos into the cheers. The crew also discusses Gordon's column on the Cubs and the need for a rebuild after they dismantled the 2016 World Series core.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Cubs fans' questions about team's rebuild and future

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 28:28

    In a mailbag episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Tim Stebbins, and Maddie Lee answer your questions and concerns about the Cubs' rebuild and future.(2:00) - How will the Cubs' surprise contributors, including Patrick Wisdom and Rafael Ortega, fit into the team's future?(5:45) - Will the Cubs jump-start the rebuild by spending on a couple of top free agents this offseason?(13:00) - Will there be wholesale changes to the coaching staff after this season?(15:50) - Has Dylan Cease already been better with the White Sox than José Quintana was with the Cubs?(22:20) - Which shortstop would be best for the Cubs: Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, or Corey Seager?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    How will Cubs select infield of the future?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 42:36

    The Cubs have a lot of decisions to make to ensure fans have a playoff-contending team, including who will make up the everyday infield. David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Tim Stebbins, and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss the Cubs' infield options and what could be coming in the future. Later in the pod, the crew discusses the current Cubs roster and who could be part of the group in 2022 and beyond.(1:40) - Will Trevor Story be an option for the Cubs this offseason?(9:00) - What will the Cubs do with former White Sox infielder Nick Madrigal when he returns from injury?(17:20) - How much money should the Cubs allocate on free agent shortstops?(29:00) - Which pitchers on the roster or in the minors will be in the Cubs' future plans?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Will Cubs rebuild be delayed by CBA issues?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 28:40

    The Cubs are in a wait-and-see mode with their rebuild, which hinges on what the next Collective Bargaining Agreement looks like. Tim Stebbins, Gordon Wittenmyer, and David Kaplan break down what the road looks like for the Cubs' rebuild as CBA negotiations get underway. Later in the pod, the crew discusses Jake Arrieta being picked up by the Padres and his first start for San Diego.(2:00) - Early negotiations surface for the next CBA(7:34) - Will there be a labor stoppage in baseball due to the owners and players not agreeing?(13:20) - Will the Cubs' organizational value increase as sports betting gets involved with baseball?(21:35) - Why in the world did the Padres sign Jake Arrieta?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Does Cubs' rebuild have light at end of the tunnel?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 32:34

    David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss topics surrounding the Cubs' rebuild. The crew discusses the recent lengthy losing streak, how the Yu Darvish trade will be remembered, whether the Cubs have a solid rotation for the future, if the Cubs will spend this offseason, what to do with Jason Heyward, and a lot more.(1:50) - Cubs continue to struggle. Was it supposed to be this bad after their trade deadline selloff?(4:40) - How will the Yu Darvish trade be remembered?(10:50) - Will the Cubs have a good starting rotation in the next couple of years?(16:50) - Will the Cubs spend on free agents this offseason?(20:00) - What should the Cubs do with Jason Heyward?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Cubs pull the plug on second stint with Jake Arrieta

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 34:42

    The Cubs released Jake Arrieta after a rough few months, leaving only Jason Heyward, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras from the 2016 championship team. Gordon Wittenmyer and David Kaplan discuss the move and why the Cubs chose to do it now, and what Arrieta's second stint with the team means for his Cubs legacy.(1:55) - Cubs release Jake Arrieta after an awful outing and awkward exchange with a reporter(9:10) - Will the Cubs choose to do a quick turnaround and spend on free agents this offseason?(19:20)- Did Arrieta see how bad he was pitching?(27:20) - What led to Jed Hoyer making the final decision to release Arrieta?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Kris Bryant speaks about leaving Chicago and his relationship with the Cubs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 22:15

    It's been about 2 weeks since the trade deadline that sparked the rebuild for the Cubs and fans are still coping with the moves. Kris Bryant was one of those moves so Gordon Wittenmyer went to go see Kris to get his take on the way everything was handled and to get some answers right from the source. Kris talks about his feelings about being traded, if there's a possibility that he could return, did his group win enough with the Cubs, and a lot more.(2:00) - Bryant on Baez, Rizzo also hitting home runs in their first games with their new teams(6:00) - It wasn't a huge surprise that he was traded(11:00) - No hard feelings towards the Cubs(17:00) - Kris discusses coming back to Chicago to play against the Cubs(19:30) - Kris on if he would have done anything differently as a CubSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Jed Hoyer, Anthony Rizzo have war of words after trade deadline

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 34:01

    With a new-look Cubs team on the field, there has been time for everyone involved to speak on a franchise-changing trade deadline. Jed Hoyer and Anthony Rizzo both discussed the Cubs' lack of extensions with their former All-Star core. The Cubs Talk crew of Tim Stebbins, Gordon Wittenmyer, Maddie Lee and David Kaplan discuss the Hoyer and Rizzo's comments. The crew also discusses what's next for the starting rotation the rest of this season, the chances any of the former core players will come back as free agents, and a lot more.(2:00) - Takeaways from the war of words between Jed Hoyer and Anthony Rizzo(8:40) - Should Cubs fans be excited about the starting rotation long term?(15:40) - Were the Cubs successful at the trade deadline?(23:30) - Could the Cubs go get a big time shortstop in the offseason?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Breaking down who the Cubs got in return after the trade deadline

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 25:26

    The rebuild has started and now it's time to get introduced to the new Cubs. Former MLB executive Kevin Goldstein from Fangraphs joins David Kaplan and Maddie Lee to discuss the pieces that the Cubs got back from trading Bryant, Rizzo, Kimbrel, and Baez. Did the Cubs get enough? Will the Cubs be back into contention soon? Kevin and the Cubs Talk crew break it all down on this episode of the Cubs Talk podcast.(1:38) - Breaking down the Kris Bryant trade and what the Cubs got in Alexander Canario and Caleb Kilian(4:40) - Goldstein surprised that the Cubs got prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong for Javy Baez(8:05) - Cubs recieved Alexander Vizcaíno and outfielder Kevin Alcántara for Anthony Rizzo(11:40) - Cubs got a great deal for Craig Kimbrel from the White Sox(18:30) - How fast can the Cubs turn this around after all the trades?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Cubs trade Bryant, Baez, and Kimbrel before the trade deadline

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 30:17

    The end of an era. As the trade deadline approached, Jed Hoyer officially ended the current Cubs era by trading Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants, Javy Baez to the New York Mets, and Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox. David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Tim Stebbins break down a crazy day of trades for the Cubs and discuss what's next for the organization, and discuss the end of an era for the 2016 World champion Cubs team.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Cubs trade Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 21:53

    The Chicago Cubs have traded its franchise leader Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees, shocking fans. Coming to the Cubs are prospects Alexander Vizcaino, a right-handed pitcher, and outfielder Kevin Alcantara. David Kaplan and Gordon Wittenmyer react to the trade, discuss Rizzo's legacy with the Cubs, and predict other potential trades that could go down before Friday's 3pm deadline.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Bold predictions as MLB trade talks heat up

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 33:26

    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 before the deadline?(9:00) - Discussion on which Cubs will stay and which will get traded(17:00) - Will Javy Báez get punished for the EPIC-NESS of his walk-off celebration?(24:10) - Which team makes sense for Craig Kimbrel?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Project 34: How a friendship evolved into a movement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 14:10

    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 https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Is Javy Báez seeking $200 million, other Cubs rumors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 36:57

    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) - Is Anthony Rizzo worth keeping?(12:50) - How aggressive will the Mets owner be to win a World Series this year?(22:20) - Are the Cubs actually trying to re-sign their players?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 58:02

    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) - Tim Stebbins and Gordon Wittenmyer react to Joc Pederson being traded to the Atlanta Braves(8:08) - Why did the Cubs sign Pederson if they were going to trade him anyway?(15:00) - Will this signal the start of the rebuild and will fans miss the core that won a World Series?(21:58) - Regularly scheduled Cubs Talk podcast with David Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Tim, and GordonSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Willson Contreras calls out teammates on effort

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 32:19

    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 trade, and a lot more.(5:06) - After the Cubs lose to the Cardinals before the break, Willson Contreras calls out his teammates(10:18) - Are the Cubs ready to make a move to shake up the roster?(14:35) - Kris Bryant seems to be accepting the possibility that he will be traded(19:10) - 4yrs ago, the Cubs made the trade for pitcher José Quintana from the White Sox(24:00) - All-star snubsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 34:12

    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 Ricketts choose to do so?(15:00) - Did the Cubs spend the money properly or did the Cubs just make bad decisions on players?(20:00) - Why couldn't Theo Epstein build a more sustainable team?(27:00) - Can the Cubs be fixed by a rebuild, investing more money into the big league roster, or is the answer trying to do both?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 31:09

    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 straight games. Can they find a way out?(7:40) - Were there signs that the Cubs could be this bad earlier?(16:05) - How much blame should David Ross get?(22:04) - Which traded All-star stings the most, Darvish, Schwarber, or Castellanos?(26:00) - Could the Cubs get a good haul for Craig Kimbrell?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 33:30

    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 Arrieta's Cubs career over?(7:00) - What should the Cubs do with Arrieta's rotation spot if they replace him?(12:40) - Cubs' lack of movement to trade for or trade away(18:30) - Improved offense all around the game with no "sticky stuff"(28:00) - Can the Cubs turn the season around?Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

    Are the Cubs' playoff chances over?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 36:12

    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 re-sign any of the players up for new contracts this winter?(21:00) - Clayton Kershaw on how Dodgers have sustained success Cubs could not(28:00) - Differences between the Dodgers and the CubsPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 14:11

    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.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

    How will Cubs handle the toughest stretch of the season?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 29:30

    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 more.(1:50) - How will the Cubs play against the Dodgers(7:50) - If Jake Arietta isn't good enough, will a bullpen arm have to step up and start?(13:30) - Is this the toughest road trip of the year for the Cubs?(17:40) - How long should the Cubs wait to trade for a pitcher that can help them right now?(23:40) - Should the Cubs trade for a star pitcher with 1yr left of team control?Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

    David Ross benches Javy Báez for baserunning mistake vs. Cleveland

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 26:25

    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 series vs. the Marlins. Can they stay in first place?(21:05) - Is Kris Bryant just in a slump or is it more to it?Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 31:47

    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 his everyday life. Happy Father's Day to everyone.

    Where Jacob deGrom's dominance ranks after Cubs start

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 34:10

    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 to see history or your team to get a hit?(20:20) - Do regular season wins vs. playoff teams matter?(30:30) - Cubs need to right the ship soon as the deadline approaches

    MLB cracks down on "sticky stuff" with suspensions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 31:27

    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 stuff"?(18:50) - Are the Cubs still too home run reliant?(25:26) - Will Anthony Rizzo re-sign with the Cubs?

    Cubs beat Yu Darvish to cap off West Coast road trip

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 32:02

    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 forward.(1:50) - Cubs beat Yu Darvish and get the series win over the Padres(8:30) - Do the Cubs have enough on the pitching staff to win in the playoffs?(15:30) - Did fans expect the Cubs to be in first place at this point in the season?(22:00) - Will Wilson Contreras even want to sign an extension with the Cubs?(26:50) - Cubs-Cardinals preview

    Will Cubs be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 38:07

    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 or sellers?(13:40) - If a potential World Series contender calls for Craig Kimbrel, do you trade him?(20:40) - Should Cub fans be upset that Jed Hoyer traded Yu Darvish before the season started?

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