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  • Kasper: Young Cubs showed us a lot this season Sep 29, 2014 11:50 AM
    In his Cubs Insider column, Len Kasper offers his assessment of what Cubs fans learned about the team this season.

     
  • Kasper: MVP should go to Kershaw Sep 22, 2014 4:43 PM
    The National League Most Valuable Player race seems to be a three-man ballgame with Giancarlo Stanton, reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen and pitcher Clayton Kershaw at the top of the list. In his Cubs Insider column, Len Kasper explains why Kershaw deserves to win it.

     
  • Kasper: In baseball debates, anonymity has an ugly side Sep 7, 2014 2:28 PM
    With all that the Internet offers, you have take the good with the bad. And the good — the system of checks and balances everywhere you look on the web — outweighs the bad, says Cubs insider Len Kasper. The ugly side of anonymous commentary, however, can ruin the experience.

     
  • Kasper: Fun to make early evaluation of big trade Aug 31, 2014 9:36 PM
    This week's Cubs Insider column by Len Kasper: It’s way too premature to assess the trade the Cubs made with the Oakland Athletics on July 4, but it is fun to look at what has gone on since that big deal.

     
  • Kasper: Talking baseball with Pat Hughes Aug 24, 2014 11:30 PM
    Pat Hughes is now in his 19th season as the radio voice of the Cubs and has been a big league announcer for three full decades. Len Kasper, in an extensive Q&A, talks with his radio counterpart about how he goes about his craft.

     
  • Kasper: Making predictions makes very little sense Aug 17, 2014 10:02 PM
    I always chuckle to myself when people ask me to make predictions in this game. When will Kris Bryant be here? Who’s going to win the National League Central? Do you think Javier Baez will make the proper adjustments and become more patient? We live in an opinionated world, our thoughts quickly conveyed in 140 characters or less. I am as guilty as anyone, especially when watching an NFL or NHL game in the off-season. That’s when I can just react to each moment with overblown, unreasonable proclamations.

     
  • Cubs front office steps on the accelerator Aug 10, 2014 5:40 PM
    Bob Dylan’s anthem “The Times They Are a-Changin’” would be an appropriate theme song for the current state Chicago Cubs. Roster moves have been coming at a fast and furious pace. While the talent-compiling process had gone on at a rather slow and steady pace, Cubs Insider Len Kasper says it feels like the Cubs have suddenly shifted from second to fifth gear in a snap of their fingers.

     
  • Baseball's unwritten rules not worth the trouble Aug 4, 2014 11:39 AM
    Baseball seems to have a lot of unwritten rules when it comes to things like showboating, stealing bases and bunting with large leads. Len Kasper, in his weekly Cubs Insider column, considers these unwritten rules as mostly ridiculous and not worth the stress they seem to cause.

     
  • 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.

     
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