The Rant Live - Chicago Cubs Podcast

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Join us, Evan Altman and Jon Strong, as we try not to take ourselves too seriously while pondering the state of the Chicago Cubs. Our podcast is initially recorded as a live webcast and can be seen on YouTube, Facebook, and Periscope. You can also find us at

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⚾️ Ethan Roberts, RHP Iowa Cubs, joins us today for a special episode⚾️ Get to know more about Ethan outside of his baseball life⚾️ Ethan's approach during COVID (spoiler alert: he crushed it.)

Dec 6

58 min 14 sec

⚾️ Marcus Stroman signing may signal more big deals to come⚾️ Shortened timeline could favor Cubs pursuit of Carlos Correa⚾️ MLB scrubs player data from sites, players mock them on Twitter

Dec 3

31 min 19 sec

⚾️ Interpreting Cubs intelligent spending approach⚾️ Catcher Yan Gomes signed to 2-year $13 million deal⚾️ Javy Báez signing with Detroit⚾️ CBA expires on Dec. 1

Nov 30

39 min 50 sec

⚾️ Cubs acquire OF Harold Ramirez⚾️ Cubs pursuing LHP Steven Matz⚾️ Miguel Amaya may need Tommy John surgery⚾️ CBA deadline approaching with no signs of agreement

Nov 23

48 min 13 sec

⚾️ How excited should we be about Nelson Velaquez?⚾️ Hoyer continues to sell intelligent approach to free agency⚾️ Lockout likely as CBA deadline nears⚾️ Ugly business of baseball

Nov 19

1 hr 5 min

⚾️ Cubs balancing power and contact⚾️ Hawkins like kid in candy shop⚾️ Market for Kris Bryant⚾️ Cubs continues to be linked to Corey Seager⚾️ CBA update

Nov 15

57 min 32 sec

⚾️ GM winter meetings⚾️ Chances Cubs sign Corey Seager in the offseason⚾️ Status of qualifying offers⚾️ CBA updateLockout seems inevitable

Nov 11

40 min 58 sec

⚾️ Key offseason dates and deadlines⚾️ Cubs roster moves as free agency period begins⚾️ Option decisions of non-Cubs that could impact team⚾️ Update on status of CBA negotiations

Nov 5

50 min 56 sec

⚾️ Cubs hire Greg Brown as hitting coach⚾️ Knowns and unknowns heading into MLB offseason⚾️ World Series moves back to Houston for game 6⚾️ Should MLB make rule changes to limit pitching merry-go-round in playoffs

Nov 3

51 min 29 sec

⚾️ Cubs name Ehsan Bokhari assistant general manager⚾️ Progressive front office may help Cubs re-set happen more quickly⚾️ Jason McCleod moves on⚾️ Joc Pederson and Braves unlikely run to World Series

Oct 27

53 min 4 sec

⚾️ Cubs hire Carter Hawkins as new GM⚾️ Player development key to Cubs near-term success⚾️ Re-setting expectations⚾️ Cubs interest in signing elite free agent shortstop⚾️ MLB's proposed streaming service

Oct 22

1 hr 2 min

⚾️ Postseason heating up⚾️ Exploring Cubs offseason plans⚾️ Chances Cubs trade current players on active roster⚾️ Likely pitching targets⚾️ World Series picks

Oct 13

1 hr 4 min

⚾️ Cubs fall to 9-10 in September after starting off 8-4⚾️ Offseason looms, just what will Cubs focus be?⚾️ Starting rotation likely needs to add at least two pitchers

Sep 23

56 min 8 sec

⚾️ Kris Bryant's return to Wrigley⚾️ Cubs 8-4 in September⚾️ Brennan Davis called up to Iowa and homers in first two ABs⚾️ Cubs final homestand next week⚾️ Offseason preview

Sep 15

55 min 11 sec

⚾️ Plenty of reason for optimism⚾️ Frank Schwindel is on fire, Patrick Wisdom not far behind⚾️ Adbert Alzolay's role going forward⚾️ CBA negotiations already underway⚾️ Javy Báez may be available at discount

Sep 2

46 min 52 sec

⚾️ Cubs beat Rockies in first game of doubleheader⚾️ Two-game winning streak⚾️ Cubs flush with minor league pitching prospects⚾️ Where will offense come from?

Aug 25

46 min 15 sec

⚾️ Cubs big league struggles continue⚾️ Keeping the right perspective⚾️ Future of Cubs is in minor leagues⚾️ What to look for going forward⚾️ Kris Bryant thriving in San Francisco⚾️ Will Cubs be buyers in offseason?

Aug 17

55 min 22 sec

⚾️ Cubs 2-8 in last 10 games⚾️ Taking winning for granted⚾️ Will Cubs win another series this year?⚾️ Changing the way we look at assessing the quality of the Cubs⚾️ Weekend series against Marlins

Aug 11

37 min 36 sec

⚾️ Discussing trade deadline moves⚾️ When will Cubs get back to winning?⚾️ Reset or Rebuild? Do we care?⚾️ Manny Rodriguez impresses with first save as a Cub⚾️ White Sox series preview

Aug 5

52 min 2 sec

⚾️ Trade deadline madness⚾️ Anthony Rizzo trade implications⚾️ Will Kris Bryant be moved?⚾️ Kimbrel likely to be a blockbuster⚾️ Looking forward to remainder of the season for the Cubs

Jul 30

1 hr 8 min

⚾️ Cubs take 2-of-3 from Dbacks⚾️ Heating up at Wrigley Field⚾️ Are Brewers a lock to win the National League Central?⚾️ Pondering trade deadline moves⚾️ Reds series preview

Jul 26

46 min 43 sec

⚾️ Cubs rally in 9th to beat Cardinals⚾️ Hug-watch humor surrounding Kris Bryant⚾️ Players Cubs most likely to trade by the deadline⚾️ Could Cubs acquire MLB-ready talent?

Jul 21

45 min 25 sec

⚾️ Are Cubs in all-out sell mode?⚾️ What players will the Cubs want to hold onto?⚾️ Cubs draft LHP Jordan Wicks in 1st round⚾️ Looking towards 2nd half

Jul 12

44 min 20 sec

⚾️ Cubs end 11-game losing streak⚾️ Discussing possible paths forward as trade deadline nears⚾️ Is season salvageable? Is it worth trying to salvage?⚾️ Cardinals series preview

Jul 8

1 hr 2 min

⚾️ Cubs stumble in LA, drop series⚾️ Bullpen falters, costing Cubs 2 losses⚾️ Alzolay blasted on Sunday⚾️ Winning record in June still a possibility for Cubs⚾️ Looking forward to Brewers series

Jun 28

37 min 32 sec

⚾️ Cubs avoid sweep with shutout⚾️ Brewers, Cubs both 5-5 over last 10, tied for first place⚾️ Lethargic offense continues to plague Cubs ⚾️ Arrieta struggling to find consistency⚾️ Indians series preview

Jun 21

31 min 33 sec

⚾️ Cubs drop 3-of-4 in New York⚾️ Mets' pitching saddles Cubs offense⚾️ Hendricks saves day with 7th straight win⚾️ Cubs maintain one game lead in National League Central⚾️ Preview Marlins series

Jun 18

36 min 36 sec

⚾️ Cubs sweep Cardinals⚾️ 8-4 record in June⚾️ Brewers keeping pace in NL Central division race⚾️ Rizzo & Heyward speak about not getting vaccine⚾️ Preview Mets series

Jun 14

47 min 46 sec

⚾️ Cubs back on track in San Diego⚾️ Arrieta outduels Darvish⚾️ Davies best performance of season⚾️ Sogard clearly Cubs weakest player⚾️ Injuries continue to play role⚾️ Preview Cardinals series

Jun 10

48 min 44 sec

⚾️ Cubs move to 3-4 record in June and it's not getting easier⚾️ Impact of Patrick Wisdom going forward⚾️ What to do with Jason Heyward⚾️ Looking ahead to Cardinals series

Jun 8

33 min 27 sec

⚾️ Cubs sweep Padres, in first place in NL Central ⚾️ Injury updates: Heyward, Marisnick, Duffy, Hoerner, Steele, Mills⚾️ Alzolay brimming with confidence⚾️ Giants series preview

Jun 3

41 min 4 sec

⚾️ It's Memorial Day and Cubs are half game out of first place⚾️ Cubs winning streak ends at six⚾️ June may define the path for Cubs future⚾️ Padres series preview

May 31

35 min

⚾️ Cubs sweep Pirates⚾️ Javy Báez is pure magic⚾️ Cubs 16-7 in May⚾️ Big turnaround in both hitting and pitching from April to May⚾️ Reds come to Wrigley

May 28

36 min 22 sec

⚾️ Cubs beat Cards, win series⚾️ Cubs winning in variety of ways is encouraging sign⚾️ Javy's 10th inning home run Sunday⚾️ May could cure all that ails Cubs⚾️ Cubs travel to Pittsburgh for three

May 24

46 min 43 sec

⚾️ Cubs take 3-of-4 from Nationals⚾️ Ross showing managerial mettle⚾️ Bullpen dominating in May⚾️ Starters still struggling⚾️ Critical stretch over next 22 games⚾️ Preview Cardinals series

May 21

42 min 45 sec

⚾️ Cubs take 2-of-3 from Tigers⚾️ Hendricks with vintage performance on Sunday⚾️ Happ bounces back with big game⚾️ Cubs three back from Cardinals⚾️ Nationals come to Wrigley for four games

May 17

55 min 51 sec

What's happening in the minorsEarly standouts among prospectsMust-see affiliate(s) for Cubs fansCubs limp to Detroit

May 14

58 min 28 sec

⚾️ Kris Bryant's dad, Mike Bryant, is our guest today⚾️ What it takes to make swing adjustments⚾️ Changes Kris has made to his swing⚾️ Mike's approach to launch angle⚾️ Cubs travel to Cleveland

May 10

1 hr 25 min

⚾️ Cubs sweep Dodgers⚾️ Now THAT felt like the playoffs⚾️ Cubs beat Kershaw, Bauer, and Beuhler⚾️ Matt Duffy is clutch⚾️ Cubs vs. Pirates preview

May 6

35 min 56 sec

⚾️ Cubs drop series to Reds⚾️ Are the Cubs better or worse than their record?⚾️ David Ross said what now?⚾️ Cubs open three-game series against Dodgers at Wrigley

May 3

35 min 27 sec

⚾️ Cubs are spiraling and that's not good⚾️ Five-game losing streak⚾️ Is there still hope? Of course, there is...⚾️ Cubs battle Reds for last place this weekend

Apr 30

30 min 16 sec

⚾️ Cubs offense showing signs of life⚾️ Javy bashes grand slam, goes 1-for-4 with no strikeouts Wednesday⚾️ Davies struggles continue⚾️ Arrieta continues his hot start⚾️ Looking forward to Brewers series

Apr 22

35 min 47 sec

⚾️ Cubs drop 4th straight series⚾️ Hitting below Mendoza line as a team is not good⚾️ Hendricks looks lost⚾️ Team ERA 4.98 with 5.11 BB/9⚾️ Mets series on deck

Apr 19

28 min 2 sec

⚾️ Celebrating the one-year anniversary of The Rant⚾️ Can things possibly get worse for Cubs?⚾️ Cubs start nine-game homestand⚾️ We could all use a winning streak#ChicagoCubs​ #MLB​ #Baseball

Apr 15

30 min 19 sec

⚾️ Searching for positives after series loss to Pirates⚾️ Reviewing MLB review process⚾️ Cubs weak contact issues continue⚾️ Davies and Williams rough outings⚾️ Looking forward, not back

Apr 12

52 min 43 sec

⚾️ Cubs fall short against Brewers⚾️ Joc Pederson goes yard⚾️ Offensive woes continue⚾️ Cubs with nine hits in series⚾️ Pirates series preview

Apr 8

33 min 44 sec

Join us today as we share our inner feelings on the state of the Chicago Cubs and discuss the latest news around the team:⚾️ Kris Bryant locked in⚾️ Joc Pederson's rough start⚾️ Kyle Hendricks control issues⚾️ Jake Arrieta's great outing⚾️ Zach Davies solid debut⚾️ Brewers series preview

Apr 5

41 min 1 sec

Join Evan and Jon today as we share our inner feelings on the state of the Chicago Cubs and celebrate Opening Day:⚾️ Opening Day joy!⚾️ Evan and Jon predict Cubs 2021 record⚾️ We'd rather be at Wrigley⚾️ Preview Pirates series⚾️ The Rant moves to twice a week#ChicagoCubs #MLB #Baseball

Apr 1

45 min 43 sec

Join Evan and Jon today as we share our inner feelings on the state of the Chicago Cubs and discuss the latest news surrounding the team, including an interview with pitching prospect Jerrick Suiter:⚾️ Cubs name starting rotation, Alzolay makes the cut⚾️ Breaking down the bullpen⚾️ Nico Hoerner optioned⚾️ Guest Jerrick Suiter, RHP and converted first baseman #ChicagoCubs #MLB #Baseball

Mar 29

1 hr 25 min

Join Evan and Jon today with special guest, Cubs pitching prospect, Max Bain:⚾️ Signed with Cubs in January 2020⚾️ Big man with a big arm⚾️ Completely transformed his approach and fitness level⚾️ Thoughts on pitch repertoire⚾️ Approach heading into season#Chicago #Cubs #MLB #Baseball #MiLB

Mar 16

1 hr 12 min