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Posts in category "Interviews"

Q & A: Ben Carhart talks about winning a championship, his Daytona coaching staff and teammates, and converting to catcher

Q & A: Ben Carhart talks about winning a championship, his Daytona coaching staff and teammates, and converting to catcher
Every once in a while we like to do an interview here and learn what its like from a pro ballplayer’s perspective.   Today we’re doing a Q & A with Daytona prospect Ben Carhart.  Ben played for one of the best Cubs minor league team in recent memory, the 2013 FSL champion Daytona Cubs.  Ben... Read more »

Talking prospects with Professor Parks: How Cubs top prospects compare with the some of the best in the game

Talking prospects with Professor Parks: How Cubs top prospects compare with the some of the best in the game
We talk a lot about Cubs prospects here and we do our best to give you statistical analysis, scouts’ takes and, of course, our own thoughts and opinions on each player.  One question I often get are where the Cubs prospects rank in the top 100.  My answer is always this: I’m not fully qualified... Read more »

Cubs Q and A with Sun Times Gordon Wittenmyer Part 2: Ricketts, 2014, Sveum

Cubs Q and A with Sun Times Gordon Wittenmyer Part 2: Ricketts, 2014, Sveum
Yesterday we talked with Sun Times Cubs beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer. The discussion focused on the Cubs potential core players like Starlin Castro, Jeff Samardzija, and even Junior Lake. Today we talk bigger picture, an area where Wittenmyer has delved into quite a bit with his work. Here is part two. TL: Gordon, another area... Read more »
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Cubs Q and A with Sun Times Gordon Wittenmyer: Starlin Castro, Jeff Samardzija, Junior Lake

Cubs Q and A with Sun Times Gordon Wittenmyer: Starlin Castro, Jeff Samardzija, Junior Lake
Gordon Wittenmyer has been doing some of my favorite work covering the beat for the Cubs. However, he has done much more than that. He has been writing features that dare to take a closer look and at times even question how the Tom Ricketts ownership has handled the Cubs thus far. The same can... Read more »

My Conversation with Derek Johnson, Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator

My Conversation with Derek Johnson, Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator Derek Johnson about pitching,  Cubs prospects, and his new book, “The Complete Guide to Pitching“. A Quick Review of the Book Here’s a short summary of why I  loved this book and why I would recommend it highly, especially if you… are... Read more »

Cubs Q and A with ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg: Rickett's regret, Fan apathy, 2014 expectations

Cubs Q and A with ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg: Rickett's regret, Fan apathy, 2014 expectations
ESPN Chicago.com’s columnist Jon Greenberg has been all over Tom Ricketts and the Wrigley renovation plan. I was able to check in with Jon on his thoughts regarding Ricketts, Theo and Jed’s progress, and of course Starlin Castro.  TL: What does Tom Ricketts regret the most since he purchased the Cubs? JG:  Probably not having... Read more »
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Interview with Cubs draft pick Zak Blair

Interview with Cubs draft pick Zak Blair
Recently I had the opportunity to correspond with Zak Blair. The Cubs drafted Blair as a 2B with their 20th round draft pick. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. I chose 9 questions, well, because 9 is a good baseball number. We hear so much about the first round draft... Read more »

Hanging with the Cool: Barry Rozner

Hanging with the Cool: Barry Rozner
I’m sure I’ll catch some flack for having a feature called “hanging with the cool” and featuring Barry Rozner as “the cool”. The lead columnist from the northwest suburban paper can rankle some feathers. Some enjoy him immensely, some despise him. And some, like myself, dabble between both camps. But there’s some things you have... Read more »

Q & A with Bijan Rademacher

Q & A with Bijan Rademacher
Bijan Rademacher is quickly becoming a fan favorite for his unique set of skills on the field, so we decided to find out a little bit more about him and his approach to the game.  Bijan was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and I hope you enjoy it as much as... Read more »
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Cubs Q&A with Comcast Sports Net's Patrick Mooney: Resources, Trade candidates, and Draft

Cubs Q&A with Comcast Sports Net's Patrick Mooney: Resources, Trade candidates, and Draft
We get the chance to talk Cubs with Comcast Sports Net’s Patrick Mooney.  Mooney is doing some great work covering the Cubs and is a favorite of ours. Included below some of Patrick’s answers are links to his work, covering the topics even further. We talk front office resources, trade candidates, and the draft. TL:... Read more »