Cubs Weekly

Cubs Weekly

Serving Cubs fans relevant and engaging weekly discussions on the team and providing the most informative analysis and insight during the baseball season and throughout the entire year. Host Cole Wright is joined by regular contributors and special guests. (Marquee Sports Network Podcasts)

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Opening Day roster coming into focus
53 perc 40. rész

Elise Menaker steps in as host of the Cubs Weekly Podcast as she and Tony Andracki discuss the Cubs roster crunch, expectations for the 2021 pitching staff and the team's offensive adjustments as they look to put 2020 in the rearview mirror.


Elise also chronicles her record-setting softball career at Cornell University and her journey in media.


Later, artist/muralist Kate Lynn Lewis stops by the podcast to relay her collaboration with the Cubs for Women's History Month.

Catching up with Carrie Muskat
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Former beat reporter Carrie Muskat stops by the Cubs Weekly Podcast to chat about her illustrious 40-year career in the industry and her new book "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Chicago Cubs."

Carrie revisits her favorite moments from her time covering the Cubs and the relationships she built along the way, including a special moment she shared with Anthony Rizzo after the 2016 World Series.

Host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki also break down the latest storylines from Cubs camp, including: Shelby Miller's impressive spring, Adbert Alzolay's role, the backup catcher spot and a rebound season from Javy Báez.

Fans are back and a conversation with Taylor McGregor
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Taylor McGregor, Andy Martínez and host Cole Wright react to the return of fans to Wrigley Field and other storylines from camp. McGregor also discusses her position as a role model and woman in sports media.

Spring position battles and a conversation with Beth Mowins
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Beth Mowins stops by the Cubs Weekly Podcast for a candid chat with host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki about her career, her new role with Marquee Sports Network and her thoughts on bunting. During the 2021 season, Mowins will become the first woman to serve as a play-by-play broadcaster for a Cubs game (19:57).

Wright and Andracki also touch on the latest from Cubs camp, including the position battles worth keeping an eye on at second base and in the bullpen. Plus, how Joc Pederson is fitting in and the tough decision the Cubs face with Nico Hoerner.

Observations from Cubs camp
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Year 2 of Camp Rossy is in full effect as the Cubs prepare for the 2021 season. Host Cole Wright is joined by Andy Martinez and Tony Andracki to discuss the biggest observations from the first week of spring training and how the roster is coming together.

Plus, Cole chats with Ian Happ about his 2020 adjustments and goals for the new season.

Takeaways from the first couple days of spring training
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Spring is in the Arizona, at least.

Cubs pitchers and catchers reported to their Mesa, Ariz., complex this week and we broke it all down on the Cubs Weekly Podcast with host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki.

The Jake Arrieta signing became official this week and our panel discusses what he brings to the table in the locker room and how his arrival will impact the rest of the rotation.

Plus, Cole and Tony tackle a slew of other pitching topics with help from Kyle Hendricks, Jed Hoyer and Tommy Hottovy.

Class is in Session with Doug Glanville
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On the latest episode of the Cubs Weekly Podcast, Professor Doug Glanville stops by to teach host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki a thing or two.

Among the topics include Glanville's new show, "Class is in Session" on Marquee Sports Network, how Glanville navigated the shift from a Major League Baseball player to a professor and author in his post-playing career and his thoughts on the league's new rules.

Glanville also provides an emotional farewell to his friend and colleague Pedro Gomez, the legendary and affable ESPN baseball reporter who passed away Sunday.

Going in-depth on the Top 20 Cubs prospects
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Marquee Sports Network associate producer and prospect analyst Lance Brozdowski joins host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki on the Cubs Weekly Podcast to discuss the latest Top 20 prospect rankings.

Brozdowski spoke to many around the game - including scouts - to devise this Top 20 list and provides in-depth analysis on each prospect in addition to rationale behind the rankings.

He also gives his take on which Cubs prospects are poised for the biggest jump in 2021 and how the next iteration of this list might look.

Analyzing the MLB offseason
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With the MLB offseason approaching its endgame, the panel breaks down the Cubs' winter and how it stacks up against the rest of the league on the latest episode of the Cubs Weekly Podcast.

Host Cole Wright is joined by Tony Andracki and Andy Martinez to discuss a wide array of topics, including:

- What Austin Romine's signing means (0:40)

- Cubs selling opportunity - who will step up in 2021? (3:57)

- An in-depth look at the state of the pitching staff (7:25)

- What should the Cubs do with Nico Hoerner to begin the season? (16:19)

- Which core player is primed for the biggest rebound? (21:22)

- Who plays left field in 2021? (26:00)

- How the Cubs fit in what has been a strange winter for the NL Central (32:15)

- What other division in baseball bears watching this season? (36:20)


Farm director Matt Dorey on Cubs' top prospects
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On this week's edition of the Cubs Weekly Podcast, vice president of player development Matt Dorey stops by to dive into the organization's farm system with host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki.

Among the topics Dorey touched on include:

- Development during a strange 2020 (1:35)

- Managing a cautious vs. aggressive approach in 2021 (5:26)

- Prospects who could make an impact in the big leagues in 2021 (9:14)

- Development of young pitchers like Kohl Franklin, Ryan Jensen and Cory Abbott (14:09)

- How Brennen Davis has emerged as Cubs' top prospect (20:22)

- What the future holds for Miguel Amaya (24:59)

- 2021 breakout prospects (28:56)

Get to know Boog Sciambi
34 perc 30. rész

Jon "Boog" Sciambi - the new face and voice of Cubs TV broadcasts - joined the Cubs Weekly Podcast with host Cole Wright for a conversation about his life, baseball and expectations for the new role.


Topics include:


- Navigating the whirlwind interview process in a Zoom world (3:34)

- His broadcasting idols (5:12)

- What Christian Yelich recently DM'd him (7:01)

- His amazing Harry Caray story (8:03)

- Musical tastes (12:54)

- His friendship with Rick Sutcliffe (16:07)

- What he saw in the 2020 Cubs (17:13)

- The state of baseball today (19:30)

- Thoughts on coffee and chapstick (25:41)

- His experience broadcasting KBO games last year (30:25)

- Why ALS hits close to his heart (32:19)

Darvish trade resets farm system as focus shifts back to the future
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After the Cubs traded away Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini in exchange for Zach Davies and four prospects, Cole Wright had an extensive chat with Jed Hoyer (4:17) about the deal and what comes next for the franchise. Wright and Tony Andracki break down the move and analyze the biggest takeaways from Hoyer's statements on the trade.


Plus, MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (26:28) also stops by the podcast to provide a scouting report on the four prospects the Cubs received from the Padres and how the farm system is shaping up entering 2021.

Catching up with David Ross
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Taylor McGregor catches up with David Ross (11:15) on the Cubs Weekly Podcast to discuss how his offseason has been after his rookie season as manager, how he deals with trade rumors and Jed Hoyer taking over for Theo Epstein.

Plus, Taylor shares with host Cole Wright some of her behind-the-scenes perspective from covering the Cubs games at Wrigley Field in 2020, including all of the cool ins and outs she got to experience within the historic ballpark.

Wrapping up the 2020 Winter Meetings with Jed Hoyer
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Elise Menaker takes the reins as host of this weeks Cubs Weekly podcast with guests Bruce Levine and Sean Marshall as the trio breaks down the 2020 Winter Meetings. New Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer also joins the podcast for an exclusive interview about a variety of topics as the 2021 season approaches.

Jed Hoyer ready for next chapter with Cubs
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The Cubs introduced Jed Hoyer as the new president of baseball operations Monday and we break it all down on the Cubs Weekly Podcast. Host Cole Wright talks with Len Kasper and Bruce Levine about the immediate and long-term challenges Hoyer faces and what kind of leader Hoyer will be.

Plus, an exclusive interview with Hoyer as he discusses the next step in chapter in his career, his time working alongside Theo Epstein and the immediate future for the ballclub.

The Theo Epstein Era comes to an end
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On this edition of the Cubs Weekly Podcast, we discuss Theo Epstein's departure from the Cubs front office. Host Cole Wright chats with Len Kasper and Bruce Levine about what Epstein has meant to this Cubs team over the last nine years and what comes next.

Plus, an exclusive interview with Theo Epstein.

Pat Hughes on his legendary career
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Cubs radio broadcaster Pat Hughes joins the Cubs Weekly Podcast to relive his legendary career with host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki. From classic Ron Santo stories to memories of the 2016 World Series run, Hughes reflects on the best moments of his 25 years with the Cubs. 

He also explained what the strange 2020 season was like for him, including how Ronald Reagan's advice helped him out in one crucial moment.

Hughes is the play-by-play broadcaster for the Cubs for WSCR 670 The Score.

Ryan Dempster on balancing analytics and baseball, treasuring Jon Lester, World Series memories
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Ryan Dempster stops by as the guest on the latest Cubs Weekly Podcast, reflecting back on the fateful fall of 2016 and the current state of baseball. The former Cubs pitcher tells stories of his Game 7 experience and shares what it was like in the clubhouse celebration after the game.

Dempster also shares his recent conversation with David Ross and how "Off the Mound" has grown from a Cubs Convention staple to a weekly show and podcast with some of the biggest names in baseball.

Catch the entire conversation as Dempster joins host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki as they discuss the role of analytics in baseball, Jon Lester's awesome gesture to Cubs fans and more.

Cubs Offseason Preview
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With the Los Angeles Dodgers hoisting the World Series trophy this week, that means the MLB offseason is officially upon us. 

What will be the main area of focus for the Cubs front office this winter? Will the DH stick around in the National league and if so, how will the Cubs approach the position this winter?

Host Cole Wright is joined by Bruce Levine and Tony Andracki to break down every facet of the Cubs offseason and each provides their bold predictions on how the winter will play out.

Jon Lester and the Cubs 2021 rotation
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Sean Marshall stops by the Cubs Weekly Podcast to chat with host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki about Jon Lester's lasting legacy in Chicago and the possibility that the veteran southpaw returns to pitch at Wrigley Field in 2021.

The trio also provides their favorite Lester memories to date and debates how the 2021 rotation and bullpen will play out for the Cubs.

Plus, do the Cubs have the best catching combination in baseball with Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini?

Reflecting on 2020 and looking to the future
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Ryan Sweeney drops by the Cubs Weekly Podcast to join host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki to break down the 2020 season that was for the Chicago Cubs. 

What was this year like to watch and cover? What comes next for this lineup? And what does the future hold for Theo Epstein? The panel addresses these topics and more while also taking some time to appreciate the best six-year stretch in franchise history.

Previewing the Wild-Card matchup with Marlins
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It's going to be a wild postseason and the Cubs will kick it all off by facing a team they haven't seen at all in the regular season. So what has this 2020 season been like for the Miami Marlins and how do they stack up against the Cubs? beat writer Joe Frisaro stops by the podcast to give Tony Andracki and Andy Martinez insight into this Marlins team and what the keys to the matchup will be in the best-of-3 series at Wrigley Field.

Frisaro gives the full scouting report on the young pitchers the Marlins will throw at the Cubs this week and also shares some awesome stories of former Cubs reliever Brandon Kintzler, who is now the Miami closer.

Playoff matchups, pizza and the pitching picture
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A massive weekend for Alec Mills and the Cubs
18 perc 17. rész

Alec Mills was money Sunday afternoon against the Brewers, throwing the 16th no-hitter in Cubs franchise history. It was a huge performance both for Mills and for the team with two weeks remaining on the calendar.


It was also the perfect way to cap off a weekend that will go down in Cubs lore, beginning with Jason Heyward's clutch 3-run homer that spurred an incredible comeback off Josh Hader Saturday night in Milwaukee. 


Our Cubs Weekly Podcast crew (host Cole Wright, Tony Andracki and Andy Martinez) break down the wild weekend at "Wrigley North" and take a look at what it all means for the playoff picture down the stretch.

'Quees' to consistent success for the Cubs down the stretch
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Sean Marshall joins host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki on the latest Cubs Weekly Podcast to break down the huge five-game set with the Cardinals and what the bookend wins say about this 2020 Cubs team.


Plus, the trio gives their take on the biggest "quees" to the home stretch of the regular season, including Jon Lester's return to form, how the new acquisitions might fit into the mix and how the offense turns a corner to put up the type of consistent production it has been aiming to regain since the early part of the campaign.

Marshall also provides firsthand experience on what a guy like Billy Hamilton brings to a clubhouse and how he can affect this Cubs team over the final three weeks.

How Weather Applied Metrics changes the game at Wrigley Field
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Cubs Weekly host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki caught up with John Farley and Brett Jackson (yes, the former Cubs outfielder) from Weather Applied Metrics stop by the podcast for a chat about their technology utilized during the Marquee Sports Network broadcasts at Wrigley Field.


Farley and Jackson explain how the flags at Wrigley often betray what the wind is actually doing at a field level or how the wind can swirl and wreak havoc on the game. They also explain how Wrigley compares to other ballparks around the game and how teams can utilize this technology to their advantage in the future.

Besting the Cardinals, significance of Crosstown Series vs. White Sox
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What was the biggest takeaway from the Cubs' five-game series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field? When Kris Bryant returns, does David Ross immediately slot him back into the leadoff spot? How do the Cubs stack up against the 2020 White Sox? 

Our Cubs Weekly panel answers these questions and more as host Cole Wright is joined by Bruce Levine and Tony Andracki to recap the crazy week that was and look ahead to the Crosstown Series this weekend at Wrigley Field.

Navigating a strange weekend and a chat with Burl Carraway
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It was a strange weekend for the Cubs as they were forced back to Chicago after more positive tests on the Cardinals. Elise Menaker filled in as host of the Cubs Weekly podcast and chats with Marquee Sports Network's digital contributor Andy Martinez on how the Cubs navigated the awkward weekend while Jed Hoyer and David Ross also reacted to the looting in Chicago.


Then, second-round pick Burl Carraway joined Tony Andracki and Lance Brozdowski to run down what his experience has been like at the Cubs alternate training site in South Bend and how he developed velocity on his fastball that can now reach triple digits.

Doug Glanville on first-place Cubs and baseball’s place amid the pandemic
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Doug Glanville recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about baseball's place in the pandemic and how the fight for the regular season is bigger than the sport. He stopped by the Cubs Weekly Podcast to discuss his thoughts on the matter with host Cole Wright and Taylor McGregor. The trio also broke down the "Rossian culture" that has helped the Cubs jump out to a 7-2 start to the season.


Then, Elise Menaker and Tony Andracki recap the Cubs' weekend sweep of the Pirates and their thoughts on the new extra-innings rule.


Before this week's podcast wraps up, Cubs reliever Dan Winkler dropped by to relay his firsthand experience of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry growing up in Central Illinois and how his family with split allegiances reacted to his signing in Chicago.

Behind the scenes on the Bill Murray viral video and breaking down the Cubs' first series
30 perc 11. rész

Kyle Hendricks tossed an absolute masterpiece Friday night, but Bill Murray stole the show nationwide with his hilarious rendition of the 7th Inning Stretch. Marquee Sports Network GM Mike McCarthy joins Cole Wright and Taylor McGregor on the Cubs Weekly Podcast to explain how the viral video came to fruition. 

Then, Wright and McGregor are joined by Tony Andracki as the trio breaks down the Cubs' first series of the regular season. What can a performance like Tyler Chatwood's outing on Sunday mean for this rotation moving forward? How does Yu Darvish rebound? How can David Ross' first series as manager be summed up? And what's next for the Cubs as they hit the road for Cincinnati?

2020 season primer and predictions for the Cubs
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The 2020 season is right around the corner and the Cubs Weekly podcast gets you ready for the year with updates from summer camp and predictions for what the campaign has in store. Host Cole Wright is joined by Taylor McGregor and Tony Andracki to provide their respective takeaways from the first two exhibition games against the White Sox and how the pitching staff is shaping up with the season a few days away. Then the trio offers up predictions for the 2020 Cubs season - a bold prediction each, thoughts on what the Cubs final record will be and breakout players to keep an eye on.

Pitching staff takes center stage as summer camp rolls on
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On the latest episode of the Cubs Weekly podcast, host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki are joined by Bruce Levine to answer the burning questions surrounding the team's pitching staff two weeks into summer camp: How does Jon Lester look and how built up will he be for the regular season? Who will take the final two spots in the rotation and how does that impact the bullpen? And if Bruce were managing the Cubs, how would he handle the DH spot all year?


Bleed Cubbie Blue’s Sara Sanchez also stops by to discuss what Wrigleyville has been like during a pandemic and what the Cubs have meant to her throughout her life.

First impressions of summer camp and the 2020 schedule
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Marquee Sports Network digital reporters Tony Andracki and Andy Martinez run down their first impressions of the Cubs 2020 schedule, including series to circle and why it could be a favorable slate. The duo then provides their first impressions of Cubs summer camp at Wrigley Field from the holiday weekend. Such topics include the advanced approach at the plate by the hitters and how the Cubs plan to address the rotation in José Quintana's absence. Plus, Kris Bryant's honest assessment of his future and why he might be primed for a huge 2020 campaign.

Ushering in the 2020 season
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Baseball is finally back! The Cubs are gearing up for the 2020 campaign with Spring Training 2.0 at Wrigley Field beginning next week.

Host Cole Wright breaks down the return of Cubs baseball with Taylor McGregor and Tony Andracki in the latest episode of the Cubs Weekly Podcast. The trio touches on what they're looking forward to most, plus how they anticipate the new rule changes affecting the Cubs.

They also give their early predictions on the 2020 Cubs campaign.

Special Juneteenth edition: An important conversation on equality in baseball
23 perc 6. rész

On a special Juneteenth edition of the Cubs Weekly Podcast, host Cole Wright relays his Cubs 360 Daily discussion with Andre Dawson, Shawon Dunston, Doug Glanville and Bruce Levine about race and diversity in baseball and beyond. 

Plus, with Father's Day coming up, the panel describes the impact their parents had on them as they were growing up and trying to become successful.

MLB Draft recap with Dan Kantrovitz, Jim Callis on Cubs
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After the Cubs wrapped up their 5-round Draft, the organization's vice president of scouting Dan Kantrovitz stopped by the Cubs Weekly Podcast to share his thoughts on the picks.

Kantrovitz is in his first year running the draft for the Cubs and believes it could not have gone any better, from the Ed Howard pick 16th overall to Koen Moreno in the 5th round.

Then, MLB Pipeline's senior writer Jim Callis shared his thoughts on the Cubs draft with Cole Wright and Tony Andracki. 

In addition to evaluating each of the 5 picks, Callis explains what comes next for the Cubs and other MLB teams after the Draft and also made a bold statement about a current prospect in the Cubs system.

Andre Dawson reflects on historic career, his love for Cubs fans
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Hall of Famer and Cubs legend Andre "Hawk" Dawson stopped by the latest edition of the Cubs Weekly Podcast to chat with host Cole Wright and Tony Andracki.

Dawson spoke on a variety of topics, from the Black Lives Matter protests and the current state of our country to the upcoming 10-year anniversary of his Hall of Fame induction. The Hawk also details his famous magazine shoot with Michael Jordan and Walter Payton, a creative way a fan at Wrigley Field helped him break out of a slump and the emotions he felt as he watched the 2016 Cubs finally win the World Series.

2020 MLB season may be coming into focus, Mike Napoli discusses new role with Cubs
28 perc 3. rész

As Major League Baseball and the Players Association continue their negotiations in a bid to return to play, Cole Wright, Tony Andracki and Bruce Levine discuss what the 2020 season might look like for the Cubs and other teams. The trio also discusses how a lack of a minor league season could impact the game. Then, Cubs quality assurance coach Mike Napoli stops by to chat about his new job with the team, his World Series experiences and how he's helped make sure Anthony Rizzo will be ready to go whenever the season begins.

Lou Piniella predicts how shortened MLB season could impact the Cubs
30 perc 2. rész

On the latest edition of the Cubs Weekly Podcast, former manager Lou Piniella stops by to chat for a few minutes on his thoughts about baseball's shutdown and how much different a shortened season would be on every team. Then Cole Wright and Tony Andracki discuss a variety of topics, including how David Ross' managerial style would be impacted by a shortened season, if younger players may be better positioned for this current landscape and how playing in front of zero fans would affect the Cubs and other teams.

An in-depth chat with Len Kasper
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On the debut edition of the Cubs Weekly podcast, host Cole Wright chats with broadcaster Len Kasper about baseball, his path to the booth and their Ultimate Cubs Lineups. Cubs Weekly Podcast, presented by Wintrust - Marquee Sports Network Podcasts

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