The SportsTalk Live panel discusses American Pharoah's Kentucky Derby victory, including whether or not the horse can compete for a Triple Crown.
"This is a great horse. I like how he was tested down the stretch by Firing Line and responded well," said Adam Hoge. "He was clearly the better horse than Dortmund, who I liked more going into the race. But (American Pharoah's) got a chance. I know we say it every year but the word coming into this race this year was that these two horses - Dortmund and American Pharoah - really, the best duo that a trainer has had going into the Triple Crown. And whoever came out of it is going to have a chance, and I like him going forward."
See what else they had to say in the video above.
NBC horse racing analyst Eddie Olczyk also joined Kap & Haugh Monday morning to discuss the race. See what he had to say in the video below.
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!
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.”