Category: Interviews

Cole Roederer Video Interview

Cole Roederer Video Interview
Cubs OF Prospect Cole Roederer joined Clinton Cole via Zoom Thursday afternoon to chat about the end of 2020, other Cubs prospects, and what he’s looking forward to the most in 2021.

Brennen Davis Video Interview

Brennen Davis Video Interview
Chicago Cubs OF prospect Brennen Davis joined Clinton Cole via Zoom Sunday evening to talk about his time in South Bend, facing Major League talent, and goals for the 2021 season. Davis is widely regarded as one of the Cubs top prospects and has a bright future in the outfield at Wrigley.

Pitcher Luis Lugo makes the most of pandemic baseball

Pitcher Luis Lugo makes the most of pandemic baseball
We all know that 2020 has been anything but normal, especially for the minor league ball players who had barely arrived at Spring Training before MLB suspended all baseball activities due to COVID-19 back in March. Cubs’ pitching prospect Luis Lugo, who saw time with Myrtle Beach and Tennessee in 2019, was physically and mentally... Read more »
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An Interview with Myrtle Beach Pelicans Pitcher Ethan Roberts

An Interview with Myrtle Beach Pelicans Pitcher Ethan Roberts
Strong pitching played a large part in the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ competitive run during the second half of the 2019 season. The promotion of relief pitcher Ethan Roberts helped strengthen the bullpen and keep the team in the run for a playoff spot until the final week of the season. Roberts, who was drafted in the fourth... Read more »

2019 is about experience for Jeff Passantino

2019 is about experience for Jeff Passantino
Few players within the Cubs system have had a more interesting season than pitcher Jeff Passantino. The 5’9” righty was the very last player selected in the 2017 MLB draft. This year he has started at least one game with all four full-season teams, and has proved his worth at each level. Passantino spent last year and... Read more »

Infielder Cam Balego provides spark for Pelicans in 2019

Infielder Cam Balego provides spark for Pelicans in 2019
It just seemed as though the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ offense was left behind at spring training when the 2019 campaign kicked off. The bats were silent and as a result runs were often non-existent. The final scores were frequently cringe-worthy by the third week of April, but the Pelicans activated a fresh face from the injured... Read more »
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Buster Olney Interview, Part 2: Urgency, and looking ahead to the trade deadline, playoffs and beyond

Buster Olney Interview, Part 2: Urgency, and looking ahead to the trade deadline, playoffs and beyond
The Cubs are in sole possession of 1st place after their victory over the Brewers on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. I spoke with Buster Olney in the lead up to the series, and shared the first half of my interview with him yesterday (Part 1).   Michael: Urgency has been a big buzzword swirling around... Read more »

Buster Olney Interview, Part 1: Thoughts on Bryant, Baez and Lester; Previewing the Brewers and the NL Central

Buster Olney Interview, Part 1: Thoughts on Bryant, Baez and Lester; Previewing the Brewers and the NL Central
With ESPN in the midst of three consecutive Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts featuring the Chicago Cubs, Buster Olney was gracious enough to give me over 30 minutes of his time on Friday. He provided so many thoughtful responses I decided to create two segments from the interview. The second half, taking a back at the... Read more »

Buddy Bailey Takes Over

Buddy Bailey Takes Over
As the press gathered on a sunny media day in South Bend, they were greeted by a new sight. Emerging from the dugout was the leathery visage of Buddy Bailey, like a well broken-in baseball mitt. As Bailey gathered his team in a semicircle behind him and had them introduce themselves to the crowd, a... Read more »
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Dakota Mekkes Stands Above

Dakota Mekkes Stands Above
A quick glance at Dakota Mekkes and you would think you’re looking at a football player rather than a baseball pitcher. Think again. Mekkes has arguably been one of the Cubs most successful “homegrown” pitchers in recent years and appears to be at Wrigley’s doorstep. The Cubs selected Mekkes in the 10th round of the... Read more »