'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, co-hosted by David Kaplan and Chuck Garfien, returns for its second season on Tuesday, November 27 LIVE at 5:00 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide a fully-interactive Live Chat for every show, along with heavy social media interaction, plus - live commentary from Baseball Insiders Patrick Mooney & Dan Hayes

Chicago, IL (November 15, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, has announced the return of its live, weekly series Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, dedicated to the White Sox and Cubs off-season activities, along with in-depth discussion of all the key off-season moves and news around Major League Baseball. The second season premiere of Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will take place on Tuesday, November 27 -- LIVE at 5:00 PM, exclusively on Comcast SportsNet.

Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will once again be co-hosted by Cubs PrePost Game Live host David Kaplan and White Sox PrePost Game Live host Chuck Garfien, along with commentary & insight from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney and White Sox Insider Dan Hayes, plus special guests from the localnational baseball scene are also scheduled to appear each week.

This weekly, half-hour studio show closely examines and addresses every off-season move and rumor in WhiteSoxTalk and CubsTalk segments, along with providing up-to-the-minute regional and national baseball news, insider reports, exclusive playercoachfront office personnel interviews, extensive video highlights and expert analysis from reporterscolumnistsbaseball authorities from the country all with an emphasis on how they directly affect the Cubs and White Sox. In addition, the panel will discuss the top available free agents and showcase the top MLB player tweets each week. From November 27 through the start of spring training in mid-February, Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will air live every Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 PM, except on Dec. 4 when the show airs at 4:30 PM as Garfien, Mooney & Hayes will be reporting live from the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN. Additional re-airs take place throughout the week (please visit csnchicago.comtvlisting for listings updates).

From an online standpoint, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, will provide a LIVE CHAT every Tuesday at 5:00 PM that will enable viewers to directly interact with the Chicago Baseball Hot Stove crew and show guests by generating show content through Twitter utilizing the hashtag HotStove -- along with the Twitter handles of Kaplan (@thekapman) , Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), Mooney (@CSNMooney) and Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) -- to take fan questions and share a variety of fan perspectives & opinions. In addition, CSNChicago.com will launch a special Chicago Baseball Hot Stove page that will not only host the live chat, but will also include video, polls, news and a Twitter module, aggregating all WhiteSoxTalk, CubsTalk and HotStove tweets.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Searching for the truth about Luis Robert with Keith Law and Jesse Sanchez

luisrobertwhitesox.jpg
Bill Mitchell

White Sox Talk Podcast: Searching for the truth about Luis Robert with Keith Law and Jesse Sanchez

With the White Sox expected to sign highly coveted Cuban prospect Luis Robert,  there are many questions left unanswered about him: how good or great can he be?  How do we even pronounce his last name?  There have been various opinions to both.

In the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey interview ESPN senior baseball writer Keith Law and MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez whose reporting on Robert have unveiled two different projections about the 19-year-old outfielder.

A high ranking scouting director told Sanchez that Robert "is the best player on the planet." Scouts who have spoken to Law question Robert's hitting and Law passionately defends his sources on the podcast. 

Later, Chuck and Ryan answer questions from Facebook Live about what prospects Sox fans are most excited to see play in a Sox uniform.

Listen to the latest White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

Bears QB Mike Glennon makes his role emphatically clear: ‘This year is my year’

Bears QB Mike Glennon makes his role emphatically clear: ‘This year is my year’

Mike Glennon stuck to an emphatic mantra during his first meeting with the media since the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky last month: “This year is my year.”

It wasn’t a surprising line — what else was he supposed to say? — but it was telling in the sense that Glennon didn’t appear to be rattled by the presence of Trubisky, the franchise’s presumptive quarterback of the future. Unofficially, Glennon said some version of that line a dozen times in just over 10 minutes. 

“They brought me here to be the quarterback this year and nothing has changed,” Glennon said. “So in my mind, I have to go out and play well, and I know that, and that’s basically the bottom line.”

Will Glennon work with Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick and presumptive quarterback of the future? Yes. But is that his main focus? No. The job of developing Trubisky falls on offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, not the guy who the Bears committed tens of millions of dollars to to play quarterback. 

Glennon said general manager Ryan Pace called him about 10 minutes after Roger Goodell announced Trubisky’s name in Philadelphia April 27 to reassure him that he would still be the Bears’ starting quarterback in 2017. Like most everyone — including Trubisky — Glennon was surprised the Bears made the pick, but the 27-year-old said he quickly re-trained his attention back on preparing for the upcoming season. 

“I’m not worried about the future,” Glennon said. “I’m not worried about the past. I’m worried about the present and right now this is my team and that’s where my focus is.”

Glennon’s three-year, $45 million deal is structured so the Bears could cut him after the 2017 season and absorb only a $2.5 million cap hit, $500,000 more than the team took on when Jay Cutler was released in March. His contract was set up that way before the Bears snuck into Chapel Hill, N.C. for a surreptitious dinner and workout with Trubisky — he’s a bridge quarterback with an opportunity to show he’s greater than that label. 

“Even if I were to (look in hindsight) I would still have came here,” Glennon said. “Like I said, this is my year. There are no guarantees in the NFL. The majority of guys in the NFL are playing year-to-year. I’m here to prove myself that I can me the quarterback this year and going forward. But right now my focus is on winning games this year.”

“… I can only say it so many times, this year has been fully communicated that it's my year,” Glennon said. “I’m not going to worry about the future. As long as I play well, it will all work out.’