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2016 Cubs Convention: Joe Maddon and His Coaching Staff

Joe Maddon and his staff engineered the biggest turnaround in the big leagues last season, as the Cubs won 97 games. He made waves off the field too, from themed road trips to bringing zoo animals to Wrigley Field. This panel covers what’s ahead for the 2015 NL Manager of the Year and the rest of the Cubs coaching staff. It was hosted by Len Kasper.

Full disclosure: We missed about the first 20 minutes of this panel while covering another one. Here’s what we were able to catch from the questionn and answer session:

The first question we caught was about Kyle Schwarber and where he will play next year. Mike Borzello, the catching coach, starts by saying he wants Schwarber to be a catcher. Dave Martinez, the outfield coach, wants him in the outfield. Martinez says people don’t realize how athletic Schwarber is. Schwarber wants to steal bases. He’s also been picking Jason Heyward’s brain to try to be a better outfielder.

Maddon called Eric Hinske Schwarber’s dad. Hinske joked that he looks like Schwarber and often gets asked to sign autographs as Schwarber. He takes that as a compliment (Hinske is 38 years old).

The coaches all talk about how special 2015 was. Maddon talks about Javy Baez’s home run in the postseason and how special that was for the young player and for him as a manager. He also talks abotu the fight his team displayed in the postseason. He says he’s good at reading players’ faces to see if they still have some fight in them. His team never gave up.

One fan asks about Baez playing center field in winter ball. Maddon really likes the idea of Baez in center. He’s very athletic and is one of the best on-field defenders Maddon has ever seen. Maddon praises Baez’s baseball acumen. He also likes winter ball for players and likes to see guys playing year-round.

The next question is about the great prospects who came up with Dave Martinez, comparing that class to the current one. Martinez said he just wants to keep all these guys for a long time. He’s surprised at how big these guys are. The talent pool right now is unbelievable. He’s ecstatic to be able to work with these guys on a daily basis. He feels their job is just not to screw these guys up. They players are just that good.

There is a question about the depth in the bullpen and how many swingmen there are. How will this get sorted out? Maddon says you can never have enough relief pitchers. He wants at least four guys who can pitch in high-leverage situations—even-or-ahead-guys, he calls them. He thinks they have seven guys this year who can do that. “When you have interchangeable people like we do, you can keep guys frisky until the end of the season.,” Maddon says. He wants to dole out the work and keep guys fresh. Bosio says they have something that no one else in baseball has. Four bullpen guys who have four to five pitches. Other teams are trying to follow what the Cubs are doing. Maddon talks about how the game can be won or lost in the fifth or sixth inning, so he wants to use the key guys in the key situations.

Maddon talks about wanting starters to go deep in games, which makes for a better bullpen. But he uses Kansas City as an example or the Yankees. Maddon thinks the Cubs bullpen could be comparable to those in terms of shutdown pitchers. He looks at how sharp the starter is and how fresh his bullpen is. But he generally looks at the hitters more than the skillset of the pitchers. He’s playing matchups in leverage moments. It’s about leverage moments and who is the best guy for the job against each hitter.

Bosio talks about how the game as changed and compliments Maddon on how he manages the game and the pitchers. Bosio has an old-school mentality about pitching as a former starter. Now he knows the game is going to tell you the move. That’s what Maddon does so well. Bosio says you’re trying to win every game, but you’re also trying to win every at-bat, every out. That’s something he learned from Maddon.

There’s a question about the hardest decision Maddon had to make. He says it was the time he took Jason Hammel out of a game early against San Francisco. He knew how important that series was and thought he needed to start managing like it was a playoff situation. That decision made sense to him in that big series. He wanted to get that first win in the series. It was difficult, but it was the right thing to do. They ultimately swept the series.

Someone asks a question about Martinez’s managerial aspirations. Martinez says there’s no better man to learn from than Maddon. When he first started coaching in Tampa, he asked Maddon what he wanted him to do because he’s not a yes man. Joe said he wanted Martinez to be himself and tell him what he saw, whether Maddon agreed or not. the manager wants to be challenged. Martinez also says he learns a ton from this coaching staff. Maddon told him early on never to think he knows enough about the game. Just be a good listener. Martinez is happy with where he is. He chose to be here and wants to win here.

The last question is about whether Maddon has any regrets from the season. He says perhaps he should have said more rosaries.

 

 

 

 

Cubs Maddon preps for his Thanksmas dinner

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For Joe Maddon, the holiday season isn’t over quite yet. On Monday, the Cubs manager and his wife, Jaye, spent the afternoon shopping at a Jewel-Osco for food and ingredients he’ll use at his Thanksmas dinner at the Chicago Help Initiative Wednesday Dinner Program. The evening will kick off the annual Cubs Caravan Tour, which will take place throughout the community.

Maddon will prepare and serve a traditional home-cooked Italian dinner to 200 homeless community members. Cubs players and coaches will serve alongside the skipper to help raise awareness about Chicago’s homeless population.

Jewel-Osco graciously contributed $5,000 to Cubs Charities to help make this effort possible.

Cubs skipper Joe Maddon named NL Manager of the Year

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Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was named the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday. Maddon received 18 of the possible 30 first-place votes, 11 second place votes and one third place vote for a total of 124 points. St. Louis’ Mike Matheny placed second with 87 points.

Maddon is only the fourth skipper in franchise history to earn Manager of the Year honors, the first since Lou Piniella in 2008. Don Zimmer (1989) and Jim Frey (1984) also won the award, and Maddon joins Frey as the only two Cubs managers to earn the award in their first seasons with the Cubs. Maddon has now earned three Manager of the Year awards in his career, previously winning AL honors in 2008 and 2011 with Tampa Bay.

Additionally, Maddon is one of only seven managers (and three currently active) to win this award at least three times, joining Tony La Russa (four times), Bobby Cox (four), Dusty Baker (three), Jim Leyland (three), Buck Showalter (three) and Piniella (three). Maddon is now the sixth manager (and just the second active) to win the award in both leagues, joining La Russa, Cox, Leyland, Piniella and Bob Melvin.

In 2015, Maddon guided the Cubs to a 97-65 record, the most victories ever by a first-year Cubs manager and tied for the ninth-most wins in the 140-season history of the franchise. The 97 wins equaled the most by any club Maddon has managed, matching his 2008 Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon led the Cubs to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2003, and the club reached 101 total wins in 2015 (including four postseason victories).

Maddon is 878-794 (.525) in 10 full seasons as a major league manager, plus two interim managerial stints, with the Angels (interim stints in 1996 and 1999), the Rays (2006-14) and the Cubs (2015).

Awards Watch: The Maddon Effect

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On Tuesday night, Major League Baseball will select its Manager of the Year Awards. Cubs skipper Joe Maddon is a National League nominee, along with the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny and the Mets’ Terry Collins. Earlier this season, Vine Line ran a feature on the Maddon effect, in which we examined the positive attributes the Cubs’ first-year manager brought to the table in 2015. This story can be found in the October issue of Vine Line.

For the past half-century, the Cubs have paraded out a succession of managers with big plans for changing the team’s culture, creating the groundwork for sustained success and finally hanging that long-awaited World Series banner at Wrigley Field.

Leo Durocher came to town after the 1965 season and declared he was not the manager of an eighth-place team. He was right. The Cubs finished 10th in 1966 before vastly improving their fortunes over the next several seasons. Still, his clubs never qualified for the postseason.

Dusty Baker reminded the public that, “My name is Dusty, not Messiah,” all the while asking, “Why not us?” when he took over after the 2002 season. He even handed out T-shirts with “Why not us?” printed on them. The Cubs came within five outs of the World Series in 2003, but we all know how that ended.

Lou Piniella hoped to develop a “little Cubbie swagger” when he replaced Baker following the 2006 season. The Cubs indeed swaggered into the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, but staggered out in the Division Series each time. They have not returned to the postseason since.

But this year, the Cubs are undergoing a fresh culture change—if not a complete culture shock—under the leadership of inimitable manager Joe Maddon. So far, the 61-year-old skipper’s plan to turn things around at Wrigley Field has worked perfectly, thanks to his unique combination of charisma, creativity, quirkiness and deep baseball knowledge.

Though the Cubs, coming off a 73-89 season in 2014, were expected to be better this year, many thought they wouldn’t contend until 2016 at the earliest. But the North Siders charged into the lead for the second Wild Card spot in late August and eventually made a run all the way to the NLCS. Throughout the ups and downs of the long campaign, this rookie-laden ballclub played hard, remained loose and even developed a flair for the dramatic.

After being no-hit by then-Phillies ace Cole Hamels in the midst of a lost weekend shortly after the All-Star break, the Cubs picked themselves up off the mat and engineered a 21-4 run that put them squarely in playoff contention. Though it’s nearly impossible to quantify what a manager actually means to his team in terms of wins and losses, it’s hard to deny the Maddon effect is in full force on the North Side.

“He’s different from most managers,” said starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, whose career has fully blossomed this season after a breakout in 2014. “It’s obvious from spending just a little bit of time that his personality, the way that he manages people in general, not just players, the way he approaches relationships, it’s on a different level. And it’s something that really works in an environment with a lot of young players. Everybody responds well to it.”

TRICKS OF THE TRADE

During his four decades in the dugout, Maddon has learned the rules of the game, but he’s definitely not afraid to break them. This season, he has defied convention in several ways:

He routinely bats the pitcher eighth instead of ninth.

He’ll often cancel batting practice, calling it one of the more overrated exercises in baseball.

He never officially named a closer, even though Hector Rondon has gotten the bulk of the save opportunities. When Rondon struggled or needed a breather, Justin Grimm, Tommy Hunter, Jason Motte, James Russell, Pedro Strop and Travis Wood all picked up the slack.

Maddon took Starlin Castro’s starting shortstop job away from him, yanked Jason Hammel from starts earlier than the pitcher would have liked and moved Wood from the rotation to the bullpen. And he did all this without “losing” any of the players mentally.

“It’s just a calmness at all times,” said first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who played for three different managers in his four seasons with the Cubs. “He doesn’t really show to us that he’s ever worried about anything. That rubs off big time, especially being young, being a young team. Make a mistake? We know he’s made them, but he doesn’t show it.

“There’s no tension. He’s easy to talk to. That’s big for us.”

Off the field, the Maddon stories are legendary. He’s become famous for themed road trips, postgame parties and any number of other creative ideas for fostering team chemistry. While managing in Tampa Bay, he was even known to bring exotic animals into the clubhouse from time to time.

“I tell you, he brought in this great, big python,” said Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez, also Maddon’s right-hand man in Tampa. “I told him I wanted no part of it. I’m afraid of snakes. I wanted no part of being near that thing or touching it.”

Late in the season, he continued that theme when he brought a few animals (including a snow leopard and a flamingo) to hang out with the club. And he delivered a little magic to the team by bringing an actual magician into the clubhouse in New York. There were also his usual themed road trips (one with players wearing onesies and pajamas) and something called American Legion week, when Maddon procured a banner and a flag from Billy Caldwell Post 806 American Legion and prohibited players from entering the clubhouse until 3 p.m. for night games. If players arrived before that, they had to wait in the concourse.

The idea was to get the Cubs to approach the game the way they did when they were playing legion ball. In other words, just show up and play. The long-term benefit, according to Maddon, was that his troops would be fresher for the September playoff push.

“[It’s a] tribute to playing baseball the old-fashioned way as well as to our veterans,” Maddon said. “It’s been pretty successful in the past.”

A few days later, the clubhouse whiteboard greeted players with this instruction for arriving at the park the next day: “Game time 1:05 p.m. Use your own discretion. Be ready to play.”

Suffice to say, the Cubs have been ready to play all season long. And, for the record, they finished American Legion week 5-0, with wins over the Braves and Indians.

“I knew quite a bit about him, not much on a personal basis, but I played against his teams for four years,” said Arrieta, formerly with the Baltimore Orioles, a division rival of the Rays. “Going to Tampa, I knew that [Evan] Longoria had a drum set in their clubhouse, and they were always playing loud music, and everyone’s having a good time. We would see their guys in the weight room. The mindset and the attitude they had is something that everyone else kind of wanted.

“Now that I’m a part of one of his teams, you can see why. His attitude and his energy bred so much success because everybody was having a good time and enjoying themselves.

“Winning takes care of a lot of that, but I think the basis for winning and team chemistry starts with that looseness, that attitude of, ‘OK, I know the way we’re going to go out and have success on a consistent basis is to enjoy each other’s company.’ Work hard. Put in the hours. But at the end of the day, we need to enjoy each other.”

CHEMISTRY 101

Major leaguers love playing for Maddon, but let’s be clear about one thing: Underlying all the fun and games is a serious focus on baseball and doing things the right way. “Respect 90” is more than just a Maddon catchphrase—something he’s notorious for—it’s also illustrative of how he approaches the game. Maddon rolled out that particular gem during Spring Training, going so far as to have it painted onto the Cubs practice fields to remind players to respect the 90 feet between the bases and play hard at all times.

“This is his livelihood,” Martinez said. “What he tries to do is take all the pressure off the players so they can go out there and function and have fun and do their daily thing. Whatever makes them click, that’s what he wants to be done. But he wants it to be done in a fun atmosphere. He wants guys to wake up and want to come to the ballpark. That’s what he’s all about.

“He treats everybody with the utmost respect. In return, he earns respect. It’s never about him. It’s about the team and the players. It’s just been incredible. For me, he’s my big brother. That’s what I always tell him. I have so much respect for the man.”

It’s nearly impossible to find somebody in the game who has a bad word to say about the Cubs manager. But there is one man who won’t be effusive with his praise, and that’s Maddon himself. Instead, he spreads credit for the Cubs’ success around to team president Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer, the coaching staff and the players.

“I’m a part of this whole thing,” he said. “You have to be with us behind the scenes. I didn’t acquire and accumulate all these players. I had nothing to do with that. Zero. I’m a big believer in scouting and development. I was both. I scouted and developed in the minor leagues, and that’s where it all begins. The model Theo and Jed put out there permits you to be successful. It gives you latitude.

“Nobody gives major league coaches enough credit. Our coaches are stellar. I see it. They’re the ones who are teaching these guys. The biggest thing I do is meet with the coaches. We formulate plans bimonthly, primarily. After that, I try to stay out of the way as much as I can. My job is to run the game.”

The key to Maddon’s success is not one single thing. It’s more than keeping the team loose. It’s more than making the right strategic in-game decisions. It’s more than allowing players to have postgame parties and cancelling batting practice on occasion. It’s an ineffable combination of factors that is clearly working for his young and talented team. The bottom line: Maddon is a genuine person, and this is just Joe being Joe.

“I just think Joe’s aura—and it started in Spring Training in what he allows this clubhouse to be—is his best asset,” said Chris Coghlan, whom Maddon turned into a super-utility player this season, in the style of former Tampa favorite Ben Zobrist. “I think his best asset is coming in and giving the freedom and letting everybody know, ‘Hey, you’re going to make mistakes.” It’s impossible to be perfect. When you think about it like that, it’s not like it’s the end of the world. I’m not going to get benched. I’m not going to get scolded for it. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, you duly prepare, do your work and prepare, and trust that it’s going to play in the game.’

“It starts with Joe because whoever the manager is, he’s going to establish the culture. Now, we as clubhouse guys or older guys, our job is to impact the young guys and try to hold them accountable here and there. The whole culture is Joe and, ‘Hey, everybody, do your thing. All I care about is respecting 90, going out there preparing each day and playing. That’s what I care about.’

“That trickles down to us, the same thing. We’re not worrying about all this hoopla and all these little, petty things. It’s just about, ‘How can we put everybody in the best position to succeed?’ That’s it. We try to encourage each other and be there for each other as teammates and as family members for the entire year.”

—Bruce Miles, Daily Herald

1000 Words: Winning in style

On Tuesday, the Cubs punched their ticket to the National League Championship Series with a 6-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber all blasted home runs, and the bullpen sealed the game late to give the Cubs a 3-1 series win.

Yesterday marks the first time in franchise history that the Cubs clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. They now await the winner of the Dodgers-Mets NLDS series. The NLCS will get underway on Saturday.

From the Pages of Vine Line: Joe Maddon’s relationship with the front office is built to last

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Joe Maddon and his players are clicking as the Cubs have won 10 of their last 11 games. Part of the reason for that success is that Maddon and the front office have been on the same page since he was hired in November. The following can be found in the August issue of Vine Line.

Too often, the marriage between field manager and front office goes from bliss to blisters before the honeymoon cruise returns to port. With both sides intent on stressing their points, everyone stresses out, creating irreconcilable differences not even a championship can cure.

But you don’t need a marriage counselor to certify the relationship between first-year Cubs skipper Joe Maddon and his bosses, President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and Executive Vice President and General Manager Jed Hoyer, is built to last.

“We all understand no one person has all the answers,” Maddon said. “The most important thing is that nobody has to be right. It’s just about getting it right.”

Epstein and Hoyer, both 40 when they hired Maddon last fall, felt secure enough to bring in a manager 20 years their senior. And Maddon, who was 60 at the time, welcomed the opportunity to work with and learn from aggressive, young leaders, as he had in Tampa Bay with Andrew Friedman.

“They’re all way beyond me when it comes to [intellect],” said the typically self-deprecating Maddon. “But I really like being pushed and expanded.”

The Cubs skipper may know what to say, but a yes-man he is not.

Consider the Spring Training dialogue over the future of 22-year-old prospect Javier Baez. Maddon felt the struggling young hitter could continue to develop in the major leagues under the tutelage of the Cubs coaching staff. Epstein and Hoyer advocated more Triple-A seasoning. The latter view ultimately prevailed, but the two sides moved on together as a unified front.

“Our talks are always wide open,” Maddon said. “No one is worried about someone else’s feelings. Nobody worries about whose idea something is.”

Such is the case when mutual respect reigns. Maddon signed on knowing Epstein and Hoyer captured World Series titles with Boston in 2004 and 2007. For his part, Maddon managed low-budget Tampa Bay to four playoff berths in nine years, including a losing World Series appearance against Philadelphia in 2008. In that season’s ALCS against Boston, Maddon left tire tracks on Epstein and Hoyer as his resilient Rays eliminated the BoSox in seven games.

Before the 2004 season, the front-office pair nearly hired Maddon—then Mike Scioscia’s bench coach with the Angels—to manage their Boston squad. Instead, they tapped Terry Francona, and Maddon didn’t get his managerial shot until 2006 with Tampa Bay.

Still, Epstein and Hoyer never lost sight of the man with the black horn-rimmed glasses. When a contractual exit clause made Maddon a free agent last fall, the astute Cubs executives snatched him up.

Maddon’s passion for helping develop talent is well documented, but he also thrives on partnering with young, modern-thinking executives. Former Rays GM Friedman was just two days past his 29th birthday when he gave himself a present and hired Maddon to manage a team that had averaged 97 losses in its first eight years of existence.

Maddon recognizes in Epstein and Hoyer the same qualities he appreciated in Friedman.

“These guys are cut from the same intellectual cloth,” Maddon said. “Conversations with them cover everything. I might be way out here on a subject, and they bring me back with a thought I hadn’t even considered yet. And sometimes I do the same for them. We have a common goal.”

Epstein and Hoyer, after employing two less-accomplished field generals in their first three Cubs seasons, appreciate Maddon all the more. Secure in his leadership skills, they’re free to tackle issues like player procurement and international markets while leaving day-to-day communications with players and the media to the manager. Moreover, they no longer feel obliged to micromanage the use of young pitchers as a means of protecting their assets.

“Their questions are really good, and I enjoy well-thought-out questions,” Maddon said. “But they do respect what I’ve done in the past, and that includes, to a large extent, the developing of young players.”

Epstein praises Maddon’s ability to meld talent of varying backgrounds and experience. As for bedside manner, even the manager’s toughest messages are delivered with positive prefaces and epilogues.

“We’ve made the usual young mistakes and mental mistakes all developing clubs make,” Epstein said. “It’s a credit to Joe and his staff that it’s usually cleaned up within a day. He doesn’t get bogged down in mistakes or let them bother him or the atmosphere around the club.”

Suffice it to say Cubs management trusts Maddon with the organization’s crown jewels.

“Any time you can improve from within, it’s the most efficient way to get better,” Epstein said. “Joe and his staff help our players relax and get better. When we bring in a player, we know he’ll be attended to in the proper way. We’re thrilled with the way players have grown, and the identity of the team has been an obvious strength.

“We haven’t accomplished anything yet, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t proud of the team and having a lot of fun.”

May the honeymoon never end.

—By Bruce Levine and Joel Bierig

Now Playing: A memorable Opening Night at Wrigley Field

There’s nothing like Opening Day (or Night) to get you excited for the season. The North Siders are coming off a huge offseason, and this was many fans’ first opportunity to see new manager Joe Maddon, prized free-agent lefty Jon Lester, leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler and the rest of the team in person. Plus, the Cubs were the nationally televised, ESPN2 Opening Night affair—the only game on the major league slate—and debuted the new 3,990-square-foot video board in left field. To make things even better, the Cardinals were in town, and it was Lester toeing the slab versus St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright. The house was packed, and it felt like a playoff atmosphere. If you couldn’t be at Wrigley Field Sunday night, Vine Line was there to give you a look at all the Opening Night festivities.

Cubscast Mesa: No Average Joe, Impressions of Joe Maddon

This spring, we talked to Cubs players and personnel about everything from their goals for the season to the best prank they’ve ever pulled. With the official Cactus League season wrapping up Wednesday, we round out our spring video series by looking at what the Cubs are getting in new leader Joe Maddon. The 61-year-old skipper has a unique way of relating to players and keeping the clubhouse loose, from having a DJ play on the practice field to wearing old-school coaching shorts during workouts.

And make sure you check out all the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Spring sit-down with manager Joe Maddon
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I weren’t a ballplayer …
Cubscast Mesa: Checking in with the 2015 Cubs coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I could have one talent or superpower
Cubscast Mesa: The Cubs are setting a positive tone in camp
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, What the Cubs are watching on TV
Cubscast Mesa: The next wave of Cubs talent
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, The best thing I did this offseason
Cubscast Mesa: Goals for the 2015 season
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, The best clubhouse prank I’ve ever seen

Cubscast Mesa: Goals for the 2015 season

Success can be defined in many ways by Major League Baseball players. Some set personal goals, while others just want to stay healthy for the duration of the season. But when we sat down with Cubs personnel to find out their goals for the 2015 season, one thing became abundantly clear: This club expects to win.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Sloan Park all spring, so make sure you’re watching the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Spring sit-down with manager Joe Maddon
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I weren’t a ballplayer …
Cubscast Mesa: Checking in with the 2015 Cubs coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I could have one talent or superpower
Cubscast Mesa: The Cubs are setting a positive tone in camp
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, What the Cubs are watching on TV
Cubscast Mesa: The next wave of Cubs talent
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, The best thing I did this offseason

Cubscast Mesa: Lighter Side, The best thing I did this offseason

Making it through an entire baseball season can take a toll on both mind and body. By the time the grind is over, the players and coaches need a break. This spring, we sat down with Cubs personnel to find out the best thing they did with their offseason time.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Sloan Park all spring, so make sure you’re watching the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Spring sit-down with manager Joe Maddon
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I weren’t a ballplayer …
Cubscast Mesa: Checking in with the 2015 Cubs coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I could have one talent or superpower
Cubscast Mesa: The Cubs are setting a positive tone in camp
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, What the Cubs are watching on TV
Cubscast Mesa: The next wave of Cubs talent