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Cubs: Jason Hammel credits potato chips for keeping him healthy

Cubs: Jason Hammel credits potato chips for keeping him healthy

Who ever said you can't be healthy while sitting on the couch eating potato chips?

Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel credits potato chips with helping him avoid cramps that have plagued him recently.

Hammel had to be removed from his Memorial Day start against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a cramping issue even though he said he felt like he drank the equivalent of Lake Michigan prior to that outing.

After tossing six brilliant innings against the Texas Rangers to open his second half Saturday, Hammel said his doctor actually had the unconventional prescription of potato chips to combat the cramping.

"Doc called me over the break and actually told me again today — potato chips," Hammel said. "My prescription is potato chips, which blew me away. I never heard of a doctor that said potato chips. For my cramps, if it's a chronic thing.

"He said potato chips because they've got a lot of potassium and obviously the sea salt helps retain water. So I focused on that over the break. I ate a lot of potato chips. Think it turned out pretty well.

"Potato chip prescription. PCP — that's what I'm gonna try and go with."

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Hammel even said he ate the chips in between innings during his start Saturday and joked he should be a sponsor for utz chips.

So there you have it: Eating potato chips constantly can help make you a multi-million-dollar professional athlete.

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

The Giants' search for a successor to now-retired manager Bruce Bochy has led them to the North Side.

According to NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic, the Giants are interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for their own managerial opening. San Francisco's interest is intriguing, as Venable went to high school just outside San Francisco in nearby San Rafael. His father — Max Venable — played for the Giants from 1979-83. 

Venable also interviewed for the Cubs' manager job earlier this month, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that his interest is in the "organization in general." He is one of several internal candidates for the Cubs' job, along with bench coach Mark Loretta and front office assistant David Ross.

The Cubs also interviewed Joe Girardi and are set to meet with Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.

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Former Cub Mark Prior likely to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

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Former Cub Mark Prior likely to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

Mark Prior's big-league playing career unfortunately fizzled out due to recurring injury woes, but he's making a name for himself in the coaching realm.

With Dodgers current pitching coach Rick Honeycutt transitioning into a new role, Prior is expected to takeover the position starting next season.

Cubs fans know the story of Prior's playing career all too well. The Cubs drafted him second overall in the 2001, with Prior making his MLB debut just a season later. He went on to dominate in 2003, posting an 18-6 record, 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 30 starts, a season in which he made the All-Star Game and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

However, Prior's season ended on a sour note, as he was on the mound during the Steve Bartman incident in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Prior exited the game with a 3-1 lead, but the Cubs surrendered seven more runs that inning, eventually falling to the Marlins 8-3 before losing Game 7 the next day. 

Prior struggled to stay healthy after 2003, eventually retiring in 2013 after multiple comeback attempts. While many blame his injury-riddled career on former Cubs manager Dusty Baker, Prior does not. 

While we can only wonder what could've been with Prior to the pitcher, it's good to see him still making an impact in baseball in some fashion.

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