CubsTalk Podcast: The Montero/Maddon tension and Jake Arrieta’s freshly-inked right butt cheek

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CubsTalk Podcast: The Montero/Maddon tension and Jake Arrieta’s freshly-inked right butt cheek

Patrick Mooney calls in from Arizona to chat with Tony Andracki, Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson about the Miguel Montero/Joe Maddon tension and the future of Jake Arrieta (and his new tattoo).

Plus, will the second guessing of Maddon ever stop? And now that Kyle Schwarber is medically cleared to catch, how much will the Cubs really put him behind the plate?

Listen to the Cubs Talk Podcast below.

Cubs announce staff changes for baseball operations department

Cubs announce staff changes for baseball operations department

The Cubs announced a host of staff changes Friday.

The organization released a full list of baseball operations promotions and hirings for Theo Epstein's department.

The list is headlined by Kyle Evans' promotion to Director of Pro Scouting and a Special Assistant to the president and general manager, replacing Jared Porter, who left for the Arizona Diamondbacks after the 2016 season.

The rest of the changes are as follows:

—Alex Suarez, promoted to Director of International Pro Scouting; Assistant Director of Player Development and International Amateur Scouting

—Jason Parks, promoted to Special Assistant to the president and general manager.

—Andrew Bassett, promoted to Assistant Director, Pro Scouting

—Min Sung, promoted to Supervisor, Pacific Rim Scouting/Special Assignment Professional Scout

—Jason Cooper, promoted to Special Assignment scout

—Jake Ciarrachi, promoted to MLB scout

—Joe Nelson, hired as MLB scout

—Nic Jackson, hired as pro scout

—Shane Farrell, promoted to Upper Midwest Area scout

—Ella Cahill, promoted to Amateur Scouting Assistant

—John Baker, promoted to Coordinator, Mental Skills

—Greg Davey, promoted to Coordinator, Baseball Operations

—Albert Lyu, promoted to Developer, Research and Development

—Garrett Chiado, promoted to Assistant, Research and Development

—Jacob Eisenberg, hired as Assistant, Research and Development

—John Pedrotty, hired as Trainee, Baseball Operations

Cubs Talk Podcast: Kyle Schwarber hitting leadoff and a unique experience inside World Series run

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Kyle Schwarber hitting leadoff and a unique experience inside World Series run

Pat Gostele joins Tony Andracki on the latest CubsTalk podcast to present his unique experience chronicling the Cubs' World Series run as an editor/photographer for CSN and his side job as one of the camera operators for the video board at Wrigley Field. Plus, Kyle Schwarber discusses hitting leadoff and we preview the World Baseball Classic and some interesting names coming out of retirement for the event.

Check out the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast below: