'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.

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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