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Would Kerry Wood have retired if Cubs were contending?

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Would Kerry Wood have retired if Cubs were contending?

Kerry Wood shocked the baseball world -- and the Cubs fanbase -- by announcing his retirement two weeks ago, just before the first installment of the BP Crosstown Cup.

In the time since he hung it up, the "new Mr. Cub" said he's been busy, fishing and doing family stuff and working with his foundation.

Wood joined Pat Boyle on his podcast earlier this week and called into The Dan Patrick Show Friday morning to chat with the host.

The interview was a cool sneak peak into the regular life Wood is leading now -- he's driving in the carpool and had plans to take his son bowling or to Dave and Busters -- as well as the thought process before his retirement.

But Dan asked an awesome question -- would Wood have still retired if the Cubs were in contention?

"I don't think I could. Honestly, I don't think so," Wood replied. "I really felt like I was handcuffing Cubs manager Dale Sveum not being able to use me on back-to-back days. Up to this point, we were still trying to work to it. The arm just wasn't responding. I'd go out and pitch one inning and couldn't go for the next two days. You just can't do that coming out of the 'pen...It was time."

Interesting answer. Kind of sad to think about.

Check out the rest of the interview. Wood touches on such topics as advice from Mark Grace, the Steve Bartman game and incident and the 20-strikeout game.

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

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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

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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.”