The Cubs Talk Podcast breaks down all things baseball on the North Side. Host Leila Rahimi, James Neveau, and Nate Poppen bring insider perspectives, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship. New episodes release every Wednesday morning.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts talks Cody Bellinger and spending
Leila, James and Peter discuss Tom Ricketts' media availability at spring training.
Craig Counsell already making an impact at Spring Training
Mike Berman of NBC 5 Chicago from Cubs Spring Training joins the podcasts to break down the opening week of Spring Training.
PECOTA unkind to North Siders, so is it time to hard-charge Bellinger signing?
In today's Cubs Talk podcast, James Neveau and Peter Marzano discuss Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections for the 2024 Cubs. Do they buy the Cubs as an 80-win team, and are they really second-best behind the Cardinals in the National League Central? Should Shota Imanaga and Hector Neris give them more of a boost? They discuss those questions, and also evaluate whether it's time to throw a bag of money at Cody Bellinger ahead of spring training, with the center fielder still on the market. Finally, the guys pick their favorite Cubs promo items of the year, as Pat Hughes and Christopher Morel both are immortalized in some unique ways.
As free agents sign, are Cubs missing chance to make impactful offseason additions?
Leila, Nate and Peter discuss the most recent free agent signings
Thoughts on Cody Bellinger future with Cubs, Christopher Morel and more with Maddie Lee
On a post-convention edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Leila Rahimi, Peter Marzano and James Neveau welcome Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times to talk about the North Siders. Cody Bellinger's future is first up to bat, with Shota Imanaga's pitch arsenal and potential adjustments to big league life next up. The group discusses the ongoing trade flirtations between the Guardians and Cubs over Emmanuel Clase, and then dives into how Craig Counsell will run the ship now that he's in the Chicago dugout. Finally, Pete Crow-Armstrong takes center stage, with Maddie breaking down his place on the roster pending the Bellinger decision, and how he's approaching his 2024 season.
BREAKING NEWS: Shōta Imanaga reportedly signs with Cubs
Leila, James and Nates discuss the Cubs reportedly signing pitcher Shōta Imanaga
Mid at best
Exceptionally mid takes, seems like they spend more time plugging affiliate shows than actually watching games or analyzing play.
Edit: significantly less mid as of late, up to 4 stars
The previous iteration of this podcast with Kap and Gordon was solid. This new version, however, is a challenging listen. For example, nearly every time a rival team has signed a player during this off season, this group spends 45 minutes wondering aloud “why the Cubs didn’t do that deal” for said player. And then they reach the conclusion that they “don’t understand” what the Cubs/Jed are doing. My two cents: If you truly don’t understand why the Cubs wouldn’t ink a 3yr/$33M deal for Robert Stephenson — LOL — then perhaps you shouldn’t be hosting a baseball podcast.
I like this cubs team show
I hear any cubs talk podcast and this one my favorite so far. Go cubs!