The Official Cubs Central Podcast

The Official Cubs Central Podcast

Episodes

  • Ron Coomer on Javier Baez

    Aug 11, 2014 | 11 min
    Javier Baez has debuted, but check out this podcast to hear what Ron Coomer thinks of the newest Cub, and how that relates to Steve playing Wiffle Ball.   …
  • Chicago Cubs and WGN: Jimmy de Castro explains the Cubs’ departure from WGN Radio

    Jun 4, 2014 | 19 min
    WGN Radio President and General Manager Jimmy de Castro, WGN Radio Vice President of Content Todd Manley, and President of Tribune Broadcasting Larry Wert join Steve Cochran to discuss the Cubs’ departure of WGN Radio after the 2014 season. …
  • ‘We did it with a lot of love’ – ‘Cake Boss’ star Buddy Valastro talks about his Wrigley Field Birthday Cake

    Apr 24, 2014 | 5 min
    Wrigley Field has endured for 100 years, but its dessert doppelganger may not last the night. A 5-foot-by-5-foot replica of the Friendly Confines made a 12-hour trip from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, N.J. — made famous on the reality TV …
  • Renteria can’t focus on past

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 min
    The new Cubs’ manager Rick Renteria joined Steve Cochran on Monday to talk about the upcoming regular season and how he is adjusting to his first year as manager. …
  • Vote Now! WGN Radio Cubs Song Contest

    Mar 5, 2014 | 4 min
    Thank you to everyone who submitted a song in the WGN Radio Cubs Song contest! The talent, effort and passion for the Cubs that was displayed during the contest period was simply amazing. Now, it’s time to vote! Your …
  • National analyst: Cubs will contend by 2016

    Jan 29, 2014 | 15 min
    Jim Callis, of MLB.com, explains where the Cubs four, young hitters rank among the best group of hitters in a minor league system he’s ever covered, why CJ Edwards has been so successful on the mound, when he expects the …
  • Cubs system LOADED: National Writer

    Jan 28, 2014 | 8 min
    Jason Parks, of Baseball Prospectus, has ranked his top 101 prospects in Major League Baseball. Parks reveals which Cubs prospects are on the list, the two prospects in their farm system he can’t wait to see playing in the big …
  • Should the Cubs leave Wrigleyville?

    Jan 25, 2014 | 31 min
    As the Cubs continue trying to resolve their dispute with the rooftop owners, Kap proposes that the Ricketts family threaten to move to a stadium in the suburbs, while Carman continues making the case for renovating Wrigley Field. …
  • Cubs’ AA broadcaster: reasons for fans to be optimistic

    Jan 21, 2014 | 18 min
    Mick Gillespie, play-by-play man for the Tennessee Smokies, describes what’s so impressive about Javier Baez and why he’ll be the first of the big four prospects to make an impact at the major league level, areas Baez still needs to …
  • Online exclusive: Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer sit down for a chat

    Jan 17, 2014 | 7 min
    This morning, hours before the opening of the 2014 Chicago Cubs Convention, the new WGN Radio broadcast team of Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer sat down for a chat: …
  • David DeJesus

    Jan 14, 2014 | 10 min
    Former Cub David DeJesus tells Kap and Carm the two rules given to him by manager Joe Maddon when he first got to Tampa Bay, what it’s like being managed by Maddon, what he though of the comments made by …
  • Hall of Fame Voting 101 with Phil Rodgers

    Jan 8, 2014 | 13 min
    Major League Baseball writer and Hall of Fame voter Phil Rogers gives insight into how he voted for this year’s Hall of Fame class, if Frank Thomas should expect a phone call bearing good news, Ken Gurnick’s interesting ballot choices …
  • Cubs update with Jed Hoyer

    Dec 20, 2013 | 16 min
    Cubs GM Jed Hoyer joins the DK Show to talk about the team’s relatively quiet offseason, why teams can’t count on building a team through free agency like they used to and what Theo does for their office in celebration …
  • Ron Coomer

    Dec 19, 2013 | 17 min
    The Cubs new color man on WGN Radio, Ron Coomer comes on the show to express his excitement to be back calling baseball where he grew up, what the process of getting the job was like, what it was like …
  • New Cubs Manager Rick Renteria: Looking Forward

    Dec 11, 2013 | 8 min
    The new cubs manager, Rick Renteria, is on with Steve talking about the challenges the Cubs are up against and why it is important to go forward with positivity. …
  • Cubs Update from GM Winter Meetings in Orlando

    Dec 10, 2013 | 10 min
    Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun-Times calls in with an update from Orlando on if the Cubs will trade Samardzija, how serious the Cubs are when it comes to Masahiro Tanaka and what the Cubs plans are in terms of the …
  • Pat Hughes

    Dec 5, 2013 | 20 min
    Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes talks about how long it takes to build chemistry with a radio partner, his all-time favorite baseball broadcasters and shares fun stories about Harry Caray and Ron Santo as part of his Baseball Voices CD …
  • Cubs new first base coach Eric Hinske

    Dec 5, 2013 | 16 min
    Former big leaguer and new Cubs first base coach Eric Hinske joins the DK Show and talks about how he is glad to be back on the field, the importance of team chemistry, his multitude of tattoos and more. …
  • Darwin Barney

    Nov 27, 2013 | 10 min
    Cubs infielder Darwin Barney joins the DK Show to talk about how he spends the offseason, whether he follows trade rumors, and his first impressions on new manager Rick Renteria. …
  • Jim Shorts interviews for Cubs radio job

    Nov 27, 2013 | 20 min
    At the same time Harry Teinowitz is getting his chest and back waxed in the Allstate Showcase Studio, legendary radio personality Jim Shorts joins Kap in a live, on-air interview for the Cubs radio analyst job. Hear how he would …
  • Cubs update with Jed Hoyer

    Nov 16, 2013 | 11 min
    Cubs’ GM Jed Hoyer joins the show and recaps the recent GM meetings in Orlando, talks about the futures of Darwin Barney and Jeff Samardzija and whether the Cubs plan to make a big splash this off-season. …
  • Patrick Mooney’s update from the GM Meetings

    Nov 13, 2013 | 14 min
    CSN’s Patrick Mooney calls in from Orlando to discuss how GM Ben Cherington of the Red Sox never said that the Cubs couldn’t talk to Tori Lovullo, how all-in the Cubs are when it comes to the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes, …
  • Scouting Japan’s Masahiro Tanaka

    Nov 8, 2013 | 15 min
    Baseball scout Ira Stevens joins to give a scouting report on Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka, talk about how he compares to fellow import Yu Darvish and whether the Cubs will be willing to pay as much as the big-spending Dodgers …
  • New Cubs manager Rick Renteria joins Kap

    Nov 8, 2013 | 20 min
    New Cubs manager Rick Renteria talks to the David Kaplan Show about his role as a teacher to young players, his unending positivity and the importance of the team “working hard” and “working together.” …
  • Jeff Samardzija

    Nov 6, 2013 | 8 min
    Cubs’ ace Jeff Samardzija joins the show to talk about whether he pays attention to the rumors of being traded, what needs to be done for this team to take a step forward, the important factors in signing a new …
  • Chicago minor league report with Matt Eddy

    Oct 31, 2013 | 6 min
    Matt Eddy of Baseball America projects when some of the Cubs’ top prospects will play in the majors, talks about the lack of impact pitching on the horizon and discusses the White Sox overall thin farm system. …
  • An endorsement for Eric Wedge

    Oct 26, 2013 | 4 min
    Jeff Baker of the Seattle Times gives a glowing endorsement of former Mariners manager Eric Wedge, saying that he succeeded in past rebuilding situations and also had postseason success. …
  • A Cleveland perspective on Acta and Wedge

    Oct 26, 2013 | 9 min
    Adam “The Bull” of 92.3 FM in Cleveland talks to Kap and Carm about why he thinks Manny Acta would be the “worst possible choice” for Cubs manager, why Eric Wedge isn’t the right fit and which of the lesser-known …
  • Cubs managerial update with Patrick Mooney

    Oct 26, 2013 | 9 min
    Comcast SportsNet’s Patrick Mooney joins the DK show to weigh in on Eric Wedge, the most recent candidate to interview for the Cubs managerial job, discuss the lack of big names available for the job, and the chances that Brad …
  • Beyond Bartman: The Story of the 2003 Chicago Cubs

    Oct 19, 2013 | 47 min
    A look back at the joy and heartbreak experienced by a team with little expectation to start the season, talent both young and old, and an ending fitting of Cubs’ lore. With interviews from Sammy Sosa, Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, …
  • Learn about Rick Renteria, candidate to manage the Cubs

    Oct 17, 2013 | 10 min
    Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune joins the show to discuss the Cubs recent interview with Rick Renteria, the types of managers he and AJ Hinch would make, and an unlikely coach who could be in the hunt as …
  • Thom Brennaman on the ’03 Cubs

    Oct 17, 2013 | 16 min
    Cincinnati Reds play-by-play man and longtime friend of the show, Thom Brennaman remembers back to his calls of the 2003 NLDS and NLCS, looks towards this coming season for both the Cubs and the Reds, and recalls some of the …
  • Remembering game 7, ten years later

    Oct 16, 2013 | 35 min
    Kap, Carman and Jordan share memories from one of the most difficult moments in their lifetime of Cubs’ fandom. The Trib’s Paul Sullivan also calls in to join the conversation. …
  • Danny Ecker on the Cubs’ static ticket prices

    Oct 15, 2013 | 8 min
    Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business talks about the Cubs decision not to raise ticket prices for next season, the new promotions they are putting into place and the problem of poorly attended day games at Wrigley. …
  • Cubs Roundtable

    Oct 11, 2013 | 38 min
    Bruce Levine joins Kap and Carm in studio for an extended discussion, diving into the direction of the franchise with a manager as well as the revenue streams of the team and how that affects what they do organizationally. Mark …
  • Cubs managerial update with Gordon Wittenmyer

    Oct 9, 2013 | 11 min
    The Sun-Times’ Cubs writer Gordon Wittenmyer talks about Joe Girardi’s indecision, why he is the “clear-cut most qualified” candidate to be Cubs’ manager and why Dale Sveum failed in that role. …
  • Kap’s exclusive interview w/ Sammy Sosa (part 2)

    Oct 9, 2013 | 10 min
    The Cubs’ former slugger shares his thoughts on hitting his 500th homer, hitting an equally special home run after 9/11, the state of the current Cubs and more! …
  • Kap’s exclusive interview w/ Sammy Sosa (part 1)

    Oct 9, 2013 | 11 min
    The former Cubs slugger talks about a desire to make amends with the Cubs organization, the difficulties of losing to the Marlins in 2003, miscommunication on his way out of Chicago that led to some ill feelings and more! …
  • Girardi update from New York

    Oct 9, 2013 | 13 min
    Sweeny Murti of WFAN in New York talks about the status of Joe Girardi’s contract negotiations in New York and the lack of other high-profile managerial candidates behind Girardi. Then he compares whether the Cubs’ or the Yankees’ job is …
  • Bob Nightengale on potential Cubs managers

    Oct 8, 2013 | 8 min
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today says he hears that the Cubs are currently the third choice of highly touted manager Joe Girardi. He also highlights “under-the-radar” candidates and tells who he would pick if he were in charge. …
  • Jed Hoyer on the Cubs’ managerial serach

    Oct 5, 2013 | 15 min
    Cubs GM Jed Hoyer talks to Kap and Carm about the process leading to Dale Sveum’s firing, what the organization is looking for in managerial candidates, his thoughts on the Reds letting go of Dusty Baker and more. …
  • FOX Sports’ Joe Buck

    Oct 4, 2013 | 14 min
    Unmistakable TV broadcaster Joe Buck joins the David Kaplan Show to talk about what a huge asset Joe Girardi would be for the Cubs, the Bears recipe for success in their first year under Marc Trestman and whether he prefers …
  • Cal Ripken Jr.

    Oct 3, 2013 | 23 min
    The Hall of Fame shortstop joins the show once again to talk about whether he’d consider the Cubs’ manager job, how to get through to young players with loads of talent but whose development has stalled, if the current playoff …
  • David Haugh on Cubs Managerial Future

    Oct 1, 2013 | 14 min
    David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune joins the DK Show to discuss the firing of Dale Sveum as Cubs manager, Joe Girardi and the other potential candidates to replace him and what the job truly entails. …
  • Kap’s reaction to Sveum’s firing

    Oct 1, 2013 | 32 min
    Kap and Carm react to the news of Dale Sveum being fired as Cub’s manager and talk about why they think current Yankee’s manager Joe Girardi would be a perfect fit. …
  • NewY perspective on Joe Girardi coming to the Cubs

    Oct 1, 2013 | 13 min
    Sweeney Murti of WFAN New York joins the DK Show and talks about why he thinks Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi will not leave New York to manage the Cubs, what factors will weigh into his decision and the overall importance …
  • Jed Hoyer

    Sep 27, 2013 | 14 min
    The Cubs’ GM shares his thoughts on the speculation surrounding Theo not committing to manager Dale Sveum for 2014, Javier Baez’s decision not to play in the fall league, how long before they make a decision on Sveum and more.…
  • David Haugh defends bringing Sveum back

    Sep 26, 2013 | 16 min
    The outstanding Trib columnist explains that the Cubs’ manager was given very little to work with over the last two seasons (especially in the second half of both), while maintaining an outstanding professionalism throughout his tenure. Haugh also chides those …
  • What does the Cubs’ managerial future hold?

    Sep 26, 2013 | 15 min
    A fired up Kap explains why Dale Sveum shouldn’t come back as manager in 2014, and the right candidate to partner with Jed and Theo to lead the Cubbies to a championship. …
  • Andrew Fillipponi on the Pirates

    Sep 21, 2013 | 10 min
    Andrew Fillipponi, sports talk show host for 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, joined Jordan Bernfield on “Cubs Weekly” to discuss the Pirates run to the playoffs and the reaction in the Steel City. …
  • Todd Hollandsworth Reflects on the 2013 Cubs

    Sep 21, 2013 | 32 min
    Former Cubs outfielder and Comcast Sports Net Chicago’s Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth joined Jordan Bernfield on “Cubs Weekly” to reflect on the 2013 Cubs season. …
  • Mike Safford on the Boise Hawks

    Sep 12, 2013 | 10 min
    Boise Hawks broadcaster Mike Safford joined Jordan Bernfield on “Cubs Weekly” to discuss the Hawks post-season run and the prospects on the Cubs short-season single-A team.   …
  • Robbie Aaron on the Daytona Cubs

    Sep 12, 2013 | 12 min
    Daytona Cubs broadcaster Robbie Aaron joined Jordan Bernfield on “Cubs Weekly” to discuss the Cubs Advanced A affiliate’s season and championship run in the Florida State league.   …
  • Nate Schierholtz

    Sep 12, 2013 | 13 min
    Cubs’ outfielder Nate Schierholtz talks about why playing day games is a disadvantage, his decision to sign with the Cubbies, why he likes playing for manager Dale Sveum and more. …
  • Cubs prospect report with Jason McLeod

    Sep 12, 2013 | 18 min
    Cubs’ Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development, Jason McLeod joins the DK Show to talk about Daytona (the Cubs’ high-A affiliate) winning the Florida State League championship, Kris Bryant’s impressive debut season and which prospects could join the …
  • Cubs update with Jed Hoyer

    Sep 6, 2013 | 13 min
    Jed Hoyer joins the show to talk about the performance of Kris Bryant and the Datona Cubs in the minor league playoffs, Starlin Castro’s recent improvements, the team’s off-season priorities and more. …
  • Mark Prior

    Sep 3, 2013 | 16 min
    Kap speaks with former Cubs’ pitcher Mark Prior about what he’s currently up to, why the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 100+ years, whether Dusty Baker’s overuse negatively affected he and Kerry Wood’s career and more! …
  • Sandwich King Jeff Mauro & Flavor HD on Food & Baseball

    Sep 1, 2013 | 17 min
    “Cubs Weekly” talked food and baseball on this edition of the show! Jordan Bernfield welcomed Hannah and Dane from “Flavor HD” and Food Network’s Sandwich King Jeff Mauro to the studio. …
  • Ryne Sandberg on his return to Wrigley

    Sep 1, 2013 | 12 min
    Hall of famer Ryne Sandberg joined Jordan Bernfield on “Cubs Weekly” to discuss his return to Wrigley Field this weekend as the Phillies manager. …
  • Cubs update with Jed Hoyer

    Aug 31, 2013 | 13 min
    Cubs GM Jed Hoyer shares happiness for Ryne Sandberg landing the Phillies’ managerial job, gives his opinion on Anthony Rizzo not wanting to hit second in the lineup, and talks about prospects not named Almora, Baez, Bryant or Soler that …
  • Lee Tinsley talks Cubs’ prospects

    Aug 29, 2013 | 15 min
    Cubs minor league coordinator Lee Tinsley joins the DK Show the discuss the Cubs Way and development of players such as Javier Baez and Albert Almora. …
  • Cubs prospect report with Jason McLeod

    Aug 27, 2013 | 13 min
    Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod joins the show to talk about the progress of Cubs minor leaguers Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt and more. …
  • Eric Jokisch on Prospect Pulse

    Aug 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch, of the Tennessee Smokies, joined Jordan Bernfield on “Cubs Weekly” to talk about his recent no-hitter, his minor league career, and his time pitching at Northwestern. …
  • Mark Gonzales on the Cubs

    Aug 25, 2013 | 10 min
    The Tribune’s new Cubs beat writer Mark Gonzales joined Jordan Bernfield on “Cubs Weekly” to give his observations of the Cubs since taking over the beat, and discuss Jeff Samardzija, Starlin Castro, and Anthony Rizzo. …
  • Harold Reynolds

    Aug 23, 2013 | 14 min
    MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds talks to Jordan and Mark about the Cubs’ handling of Starlin Castro, whether or not A-Rod is a distraction and the low percentage of black players in the MLB. …
  • Watch: Cubs Corner with Jeff Samardzija and Dioner Navarro

    Aug 22, 2013 | 35 min
    Cubs Corner with Jeff Samardzija and Dioner Navarro and hosts Dave Eanet and Keith Moreland from Wildfire Chicago. Click below to listen to the complete show: …

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