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  • Kasper: Every broadcaster has to find comfort zone Jul 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    I am a preparation fiend. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that. And every year I try to tighten up and streamline that process, which can become onerous if you let it overwhelm you. The last thing you want to be thinking about once the game starts is, “Did I prepare properly for this game?” Ultimately, it comes down to comfort, and every broadcaster is different. I used to try to know every little detail about each player before we ever hit the air. But that takes an exorbitant amount of time and it also created some tunnel vision, making it more difficult sometimes to focus on the big storylines of the game.

     
  • Some uniform advice for Brewers, Padres from Len Kasper Jul 20, 2014 11:12 PM
    Len Kasper freely admits he is a sports uniform and logo nut. And he says he has thoroughly enjoyed this season’s decade-to-decade journey of the Cubs’ outfits as part of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday celebration, particularly the Gabby Hartnett-era uniform. He shares some of his sartorial opinions regarding other teams, including the Brewers, Royals, Blue Jays and Padres.

     
  • Cubs’ trade stings a bit, but it was the right move Jul 14, 2014 10:24 AM
    Now that the shock of the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal has worn off, Cubs Insider Len Kasper don’t think there should be much question about what the Cubs did and why they did it. Trading Samardzija was inevitable so why wait until next year when you are more likely to be in buy mode?

     
  • Broadcasters have a duty to talk about no-hitters Jul 6, 2014 3:13 PM
    The amount of nasty and incoherent tweets that Len Kasper gets every time there’s a no-hitter in progress is astounding to him. As he explains in today's Cubs Insider column, "Our job in the booth is to tell people what’s happening (duh!). It’s also to keep people watching (double duh!). And if we don’t mention that a no-hitter is in progress, I am completely whiffing on my duties."

     
  • Good time to revisit All-Star Game and festivities Jun 29, 2014 9:59 PM
    With the All-Star Game and its surrounding activities approaching in a couple weeks in Minneapolis, Cubs Insider Len Kasper shares a few thoughts on the format, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby, and why he wants to see an Old Timers All-Star Game in the mix.

     
  • Cubs fans will see the light at the end of the tunnel soon Jun 23, 2014 5:49 PM
    Cubs fans can get frustrated. I know because I run into them every single day. Even those who are on board with what the front office is doing aren’t thrilled with all the losing. That’s the big dichotomy, right? You want the Cubs to do it the right way and to sustain this thing in perpetuity but after awhile, the losing wears on you. Believe me when I tell you, nobody likes that part of it. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer loathe bad baseball. Their goal was not to come here and lose, even early. All these sub-.500 records go on their resume and it doesn’t feel good.

     
  • These are a few of Kasper’s favorite things Jun 15, 2014 5:08 PM
    This week's Cubs Insider column by Len Kasper puts aside all the snark and skepticism in the sports world, and takes a wistful step back at what he loves about his job and the people he meets on a daily basis.

     
  • Kasper: Dealing with anxiety part of my game Jun 8, 2014 11:33 PM
    This week's Cubs Insider column by Len Kasper

     
  • The art of announcing baseball and knowing when not to talk Jun 1, 2014 2:22 PM
    One of the most important decisions a baseball announcer makes is knowing when to stop talking, which is more difficult than it seems. You see, we are paid to talk. But letting the game breathe is hugely important and letting the moment speak for itself is an essential skill. Here's more on the subject from Cubs insider Len Kasper.

     
  • Getting a handle on baseball’s time warp May 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Is it sacrilegious to wonder if baseball players, coaches and managers spend too much time at the ballpark? Len Kasper thinks so, and he's not a lone voice on the subject.

     
  • Wood’s record illustrates ‘Tough Losses’ stat May 13, 2014 10:27 AM
    Pitcher wins (and losses) have long been the source of controversy and debate in our game — mainly because they are often misleading. So, how do we balance out these two things that don’t seem to match up? Here's a stat that can help.

     
  • Must-visit spots on the road with Cubs May 5, 2014 3:13 PM
    One of the benefits of covering the Cubs is being able to travel all over the country (and Canada every six years or so) to watch baseball, Len Kasper says. Check out his quick list of favorite destinations while not at “work” on the road. Who knows, maybe a thing or two on the list will inspire you take a trip this summer.

     
  • It’s risky to ignore data when discussing baseball’s ‘intangibles’ Apr 27, 2014 7:53 PM
    While baseball is a game that allows us to quantify many things, it is played, managed and umpired by human beings. It’s something that sabermetricians should always keep in mind, says Len Kasper in his weekly baseball column. As he explains, it gets tricky when people espouse intangibles while ignoring the data.

     
  • Here’s how baseball can speed up the game Apr 20, 2014 8:33 PM
    Baseball is struggling with a paradox of longer at-bats and decreased offense, which still doesn’t completely explain why the game has slowed down at such an alarming rate. No worries, though. Len Kasper has a few ideas to speed the game along.

     
  • Aaron or Bonds? Time to let go of that angst Apr 13, 2014 11:07 PM
    A great thing about the game of baseball is that we hold its records, its heritage and its long-retired and deceased heroes dear to our hearts. Butwhenever the modern baseball world interferes with or “attempts” to erase, obscure or offend those memories, we tend to lash out and immediately condemn. In his weekly Cubs insider column, Len Kasper says i's time to let go of the angst over Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron.

     
  • Opening Day is all about firsts Mar 30, 2014 9:22 PM
    Opening Day never disappoints. It has been my favorite day of the entire sports calendar since I can remember.

     
  • Why Cubs fans are so passionate about their team Sep 30, 2013 12:49 PM
    Why are Cubs fan so passionate about their team, and why do they care so much? Len Kasper examines the emotions and issues tied to the franchise that hasn't played in a World Series since 1945.

     
  • Hitting to all fields as season winds down Sep 23, 2013 8:29 AM
    Len Kasper has some general baseball observations as we hit the final week of the regular season.

     
  • Castillo, Wood give Cubs some positive vibe Sep 16, 2013 8:04 AM
    While Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro continue to garner a lot of attention during the Cubs' rebuilding efforts, Len Kasper says the biggest positive developments of 2013 on the current roster are the seasons Travis Wood and Welington Castillo have put together.

     
  • A baseball cheat sheet for the most important stats Sep 10, 2013 8:15 AM
    If you want to know how good your team really is, it's important to pay attention to the right numbers. In that spirit, Cubs insider Len Kasper provides a cheat sheet on how to use (and not use) stats to evaluate performances for players and teams.

     
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