Soriano, Cubs wash away Diamondbacks


Soriano, Cubs wash away Diamondbacks

Before Theo Epstein came to town with the promise of hope for the future, afternoons like Friday's were known as "Cubbie Occurrences."

But on this Friday the 13th, the Cubs perserved through an epic storm that hit Wrigley Field, flooding parts of the concourse and field with water. The rain didn't even last an hour, but the aftermath was enough to cause a three-hour, 40-minute delay.

When play resumed at 5 p.m., the Diamondbacks jumped right out with a run in the first, as leadoff man Willie Bloomquist doubled and came around to score on Justin Upton's double-play ball.

But Paul Maholm shut the door from there, and the Cubs piled on the runs, led by a four-hit, 5 RBI day from Alfonso Soriano en route to a 7-1 victory.

Maholm finished the game with seven innings, allowing just the lone run. He struck out five and served up six hits and one walk.

Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo each collected two hits as the Cubs tallied 10 base knocks on the afternoon.

Manny Corpas threw a perfect eighth and Shawn Camp tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cubs improved to 9-4 since Rizzo's call up and have won 10 of their last 14.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening


Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”