Start hitting up the batting cages, everyone.
Kerry Wood is hosting a Home Run Derby at Wrigley Field on Thursday, June 18 to raise money for the Wood Family Foundation and Cubs Charities.
This inaugural event will run approximately from 2-8:30 p.m. and will feature 40 contestants with Wood as the pitcher. All participants will receive batting practice with Wood, fielding tips with Cubs alumni, a baseball signed by Wood and friends with a commemorative case, and many more!
To register or find out more information about the home run derby, visit cubs.com/derby.
Hear more about the event and see what Kerry Wood had to say in the video above.
Despite a disappointing offseason the Cubs still have a competitive team for the 2020 season. David Kaplan and an NBCS Chicago Cubs content team roundtable of Jeff Nelson, Tim Stebbins and Danny Rockett discuss how they see this team performing in 2020 and the subtle jabs at former manager Joe Maddon.
(1:30) - Where is the excitement level for the 2020 season
(4:14) - Cubs might perform better than expected this year
(9:09) - Theo Epstein telling managerial candidates Cubs will take a step back in 2020
(14:00) - Cubs still have to reset this year financially
(17:20) - Theo vs. Joe
Listen here or in the embedded player below.
Cubs Talk Podcast
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made a tone-deaf comment over the weekend, and he apologized for it on Tuesday.
In an interview with ESPN, Manfred defended his decision not to punish Astros players for their involvement in Houston’s sign stealing scandal. Although MLB suspended (now former) Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow and fined the club $5 million, players received immunity in the case.
Some — like Cubs starter Yu Darvish — have called for Manfred to strip the Astros of their 2017 championship.
"The idea of an asterisk or asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile act,” Manfred told ESPN’s Karl Ravech. “People will always know that something was different about the 2017 season, and whether we made that decision right or wrong, we undertook a thorough investigation, and had the intestinal fortitude to share the results of that investigation, even when those results were not very pretty."
It’s one thing to let the Astros off with a mere slap on the wrist but degrading the value of a championship trophy — one which all players strive to secure one day — was purely ignorant by Manfred.
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There was a more tactful way for Manfred to respond to the lack of punishment. He told Ravech the MLB Players Association likely would've filed grievances, had the league disciplined the players. That defense may not have totally sufficed, but it's far more reasonable than Manfred's piece of metal comment.
Yes, Manfred was looking to make a rhetorical point. But seemingly everyone in baseball is pissed at the lack of punishment for the Astros. Rather than put out the fire, Manfred and MLB have only doused it with kerosene.