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CSN and CSNChicago.com to carry live opening ceremonies coverage of the 2016 Cubs Convention

CSN and CSNChicago.com to carry live opening ceremonies coverage of the 2016 Cubs Convention

Comcast SportsNet (to air on CSN+) & CSNChicago.com to air LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage on Friday, January 15 at 6:00 PM CT -- hosted by David Kaplan & Todd Hollandsworth

Special ‘Cubs Convention’ edition of “SportsTalk Live” to air at 5:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet

David Kaplan & Kelly Crull to provide complete Convention coverage throughout the weekend on ‘SportsNet Central’ and CSNChicago.com’s ‘CubsTalk’; 

CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney and Cubs digital reporter Tony Andracki to provide player/coaches/front office interviews, features, live Tweets & more

Chicago, IL (January 12, 2016) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs, is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2016 Cubs season in a big way with exclusive, LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage from the 2016 Cubs Convention, which is being held downtown this weekend (January 15-17) at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

On Friday, January 15 beginning at 6:00 PM CT, CSN+ & CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with every thrill-packed moment of the convention’s opening ceremonies featuring introductions of Cubs players/coaches/front office executives, video montages and much more.  Comcast SportsNet’s 2016 Cubs Convention Opening Ceremonies coverage will be hosted by Cubs Pre/Post Game Live hosts David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth. 

NOTE: CSN+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details.

In addition, a special “Cubs Convention” edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado will take place on the floor of the convention center beginning at 5:00 PM airing on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location.  This special edition will feature Kaplan and a panel of Cubs baseball experts discussing the team’s wildly-successful 2015 campaign, all the off-season moves and acquisitions, along with the key factors needed for repeated success and beyond in 2016.  Plus, special guest interviews are also scheduled during the show.

Throughout the weekend, Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull and Kaplan will file reports for SportsNet Central (6:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM and midnight) and for CSNChicago.com’s CubsTalk section featuring interviews with Cubs players, coaches and fans.  Plus, CSNChicago.com’s Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney and CSNChicago.com Cubs digital baseball reporter Tony Andracki will also provide fans with comprehensive, real-time online coverage featuring numerous players/coaches/front office executive interviews, stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more.  Fans can follow Mooney’s Cubs Convention updates all weekend long via Twitter @CSNMooney, along with Kaplan (@thekapman), Hollandsworth (@hollytime28), Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and Andracki/CubsTalk (@CSNCubs).

In addition, fans are urged to stop by Comcast SportsNet’s Cubs Convention booth throughout the weekend for autograph signings featuring current Cubs players, along with a number of CSN on-air talent members.  Plus, there will be interactive games for a chance to win Cubs tickets, along with entertaining social media activities, and fans can even pick up a special CSN Cubs-themed giveaways throughout the weekend (while supplies last).

Cubs still searching for answers for Tyler Chatwood's puzzling control issues

Cubs still searching for answers for Tyler Chatwood's puzzling control issues

Tyler Chatwood looked to be turning the corner with his control issues, but alas, he and the Cubs aren't so lucky.

After walking only two batters in a solid start in Atlanta last week, Chatwood had taken a big step in the right direction. It was, after all, only the third time he'd walked fewer than 5 batters in an outing this season.

Those control woes reared their ugly heads once again Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in a 10-1 loss to the Indians. Chatwood walked 6 batters and managed to net only 8 outs, getting hammered for 4 runs in the third inning.

"Ugh, it was tough," Maddon said. "The stuff was so good, we just couldn't get a strike."

"It's definitely frustrating," Chatwood said, "because one at-bat, I'll feel really good and the next one, I feel like I'm fighting myself.

"Last time [out], I was able to stay in the rhythm. Tonight, I was kinda battling, rushing rather than staying back, so it's just keeping that feeling and maintaining that."

His season ERA is only 3.74, which looks good until you consider his WHIP is 1.62 and he's walked 40 batters in 45.2 innings with only 41 strikeouts in the process. He now leads baseball in walks per 9 innings.

Chatwood said earlier this month in St. Louis that he's figured out what has led to the startling lack of control and while he didn't elaborate on the mechanical issue, he was working hard at correcting the problem in bullpens.

He's also used the term "fighting myself" at least a dozen times this month alone and it's become a common refrain for his explanation of what's going on. 

"He's got a busy delivery when he throws the baseball," Maddon said. "He's kinda busy what he does with his hands. It's not like he can just change it easily because that's how his arm works, how his body works.

"Sometimes, like you see him the other day, everything's on time and how good it can be and when it's out of sorts a bit, then all of the sudden it becomes shotgun. Ah man, you can see the movement [on his pitches] from the side, how good it is. 

"We gotta harness it somehow. I spoke to him briefly on the bench; I reassured him it's gonna be fine, it's gonna be really good by the end of the year. We gotta figure it out and he knows that. But man, that's good stuff. We just gotta get it in the zone."

Chatwood also admitted part of the problem is mental in that he's trying to force pitches rather than trusting his stuff. He's also gotten into the bad habit of drifting down the mound, though he's not sure when or where he picked up that hitch in his delivery.

Chatwood and Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey are working on slowing his delivery down to get his arm in the same spot on a more consistent basis.

When the Cubs signed Chatwood over the winter, it was easy to see why.

He just turned 28 in December, his peripherals and a move from hitter-friendly Coors Field foretold a potential leap in performance and his stuff is nasty. Plus, he signed a three-year deal at a relative bargain of $38 million.

Once the Cubs signed Yu Darvish in spring training, you could make the case that Chatwood could be among the best No. 5 starters in baseball.

Nine starts later, the honeymoon period is well over with Chatwood, as he threw only 30 of his 74 pitches for strikes Tuesday night and sent catcher Willson Contreras sailing all around home plate for pitches way out of the zone.

Still, it's clear to see there is some intriguing talent there and the season there is roughly 70 percent of the season remaining before the Cubs make what they hope is another run at the World Series.

"I have a lot of faith," Maddon said. "I know we're gonna reap the rewards, the benefits as he figures this thing out."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should Bulls use Lauri Markkanen as centerpiece of a trade to bring in a superstar?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should Bulls use Lauri Markkanen as centerpiece of a trade to bring in a superstar?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly), Danny Parkins (670 The Score) and Lauren Comitor (The Athletic) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Manny Machado Mania continues in Chicago. Do the Cubs even need to trade for him to win the World Series this year?

Ricky Renteria has to bench another player for not hustling. Is this becoming a problem on the South Side?

Plus, Lauri Markkanen is named to the All-Rookie team. Could he be the centerpiece of a trade if the Bulls want to acquire a superstar or move up in the draft? 

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: