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Pevey introduced as Triple-A manager

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Pevey introduced as Triple-A manager

The Cubs introduced Marty Pevey as the team's Triple-A Iowa affiliate today.
For the past three seasons, the 51-year-old Pevey had been the Minor League catching coordinator in the Cubs' system. In 2009 he was named the Midwest League Manager of the Year after helping Class-A Peoria to an 81-57 record. He was announced as the team's manager in December, but spoke today in Iowa at his official introduction.
"It's nice to get back into managing. It's what I did originally as a coach and what I really love to do, and so I'm really, extremely excited about coming here to Des Moines and working for the Cubs organization," he said Monday.
Pevey, who previously had coached in the Blue Jays' farm system, said he is not attempting to introduce any rogue ideas into the Cubs' system, but that he wants to progress each player using the same set of ideals and coaching tactics seen at the Triple-A level.
"From top to bottom, we all do things the exact same way," he said. "We teach out of the exact same book and we teach from bunt plays to hitting the baseball, we're teaching everything the same.
"It's always evolving, that book, depending on what players you have," he said. "But that was the first thing, from spring training last year to the major leagues all the way down to the minor leagues, everybody is teaching out of the same book."
Pevey, a catcher for the Montreal Expos in 1989, said he understands his role as a developmental coach who ultimately needs to produce championship-caliber players.
"First of all you want to get guys to the next level, that being Chicago. "You want Chicago to have a championship season and you want to develop championship players at this level."

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 49th homer of the season came with a runner on 1st and one out, when Oriel Hershiser served up a high fastball that Sammy belted 415 feet into the last few rows in left-center field. 

Sosa would later start the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the game-tying run on a Henry Rodriguez single through the right side of the infield. Jose Hernandez would step in the next at-bat and walk it off with a base hit that scored Mark Grace, as Sammy and the Cubs bested the Giants 6-5. 

Fun Fact: A 33-year-old Barry Bonds would hit home run No. 25, finishing the season with 37 homers. He would finish the next season with 34 dingers but would string five consecutive seasons with at least 45 home runs, of course hitting a record 73 home runs in 2001. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

Pete McMurray, David Haugh and Ben Finfer join David Kaplan on the panel and discuss the long-awaited arrival of Michael Kopech for the White Sox, Yu Darvish's short rehab start and Mitch Trubisky's second preseason game.

Plus, they discuss new NFL rules and when Eloy Jimenez could get his call up.

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