Cubs Convention: Coaches panel
Sat, 19 Jan 2013|
Cubs manager Dale Sveum, third base coach David Bell, bullpen coach Lester Strode and other positional coaches answers questions from the fans at Cubs Convention - 1/19
Are you now welcome everybody and I know it's my second you know convention and it's obviously. You know one of a kind of -- No organization has like this and we all. Everybody up there as well there's as much power players. And our families and everything appreciate you know the -- you guys come out of the ball parks all one ball or great it's been you you know in the country. You know we get to go to every day so. You know I just -- welcome everybody and thanks and and moving into the you know this season obviously we made some nice addition with the money we had a spin. This winner. Obviously the biggest one -- -- it was -- Edwin Jackson. Kind of solidify our starting staff and and have quite that depth and our staff. You know with the additions of book called the -- way vote. I think they'll be pretty much finalized today. Kind of get the seminary the starters. Going into the season. Depend on you know what's gonna go along the health of cars and baker. Coming -- those injuries but when radio they should be you know find them in mid April. To the beginning of may anyways so that's the depth we've got now. You know that the ability to have a 12 threes three starters like some larger Garza. And Edwin Jackson out that's how you start winning and that's how you build the team that. To solidified 200 innings pitched these these guys who have had great years to -- probably three capable of having those fifteen to twenty game win seasons and in in you know Cy Young type stuff. We've talked about so we've put together a bullpen you know I know everybody in this room including. Everyone up here this was very frustrated. Of their bullpen could throw strikes last year and really got -- a lot of trouble and in some of the games we you know had. One. And then we lost because the walks so we put together a bullpen now that should walk anybody. Shouldn't I should say anybody. Can't travel. And now we've got some guys out there that a lot of Major League success. Throwing strikes. Pitching to contact. And that those kind of things view that's leading to you know formula of winning. Look at this team especially. I've focused more on the Ian -- what you see a lot of talent -- talent there and the great thing about defense. Is it the talent there becomes a desire to get the desire. To be a better defensive player. And to win ultimately the -- in that. Is in your control. And some motivation -- him in that you know if you had that desire and you wanna win and you work at it. You won every ball hit your way. You can turn yourself into it a good and you know me it's not necessarily like offense. We have to play in maybe -- -- at the plate and Jason. You know a great pitcher that day that's just as nasty stuff and you may not get it. But for the most part defense is it is in your control. You know there may be that -- at times you know things like that happen. The most part -- desire to be better and I make your team better. You're gonna find a way to get better get the talent in my look at this this infield the talent is certainly there. My name's chuck from South Bend, Indiana. Managers claim. Coach. -- And the pitching coaches out here my question is Carlos Marmol. Lie. Does he not end up fielding his position when he pitches you've been let him along time two years two years. He faults that I left constantly. Hits go up the middle. He overthrew a ball every time he's Jones overthrow the ball he's all over the place and somewhat calm him down and kick the field. His position. I would depression Miller and only field your position when your pitcher who falls well uncles all over the place. -- -- Don't call us. Put him on the phone. -- -- -- And -- bet that that took place. No believe me. Marmol worked hard and and I know what is the myriad looks like he doesn't care about building. But the one thing -- weapons and he competes and his delivery is what it is. But you know thing about it is he's out there you guys now he's out there it goes right he's out there and make pitches. And yes his his delivery is not one of the cleanest in baseball let the thing about it is. If we try to clean him up as far as just won't build baseball that we wanted us that there appears on that field. You know. Some guys that is just their natural way of going in this -- and that's what. And so I'm I'm a little bit to get frustrated sometimes golf balls go up the middle but. Overall though when you look at the production has been and of course he didn't call the beginning of the year he was -- -- And and that was. Because of his own ball got away from the group to me. But once he got back to his routine. And started doing in this series anything you do what form he had an outstanding. Second half. -- and from a or organisms Chicago nice message this question those were jeans and an assistant coach -- On as a kid growing up. Early thirties now activities -- -- a baseball board game called. That match was -- -- -- up -- cars and when you applicants that yeah percentage is broken now would it the most the best chance homer -- -- walking the bases. Nowadays is that drops card in my pocket get him anyway mostly home runs and that. I always do better chances homing in on base to -- it was an assistant hitting coach coming in here. Well. You know. History. All or nothing home runs not small moment beating guys I'm mis -- and pleased to get these wrong. Question really is directed towards. Conversation. And follow to this woman will break him in. You heard me talk tomorrow rob you it was all of the home run hitter that you know I just -- interview with dropped just basically trying to explain to the media. He was really -- their record at least and four home runs. That if you wanted to present in the big leagues and this is for me and my -- you thought you could have been three hitters or transferring weapons. As I honestly know how much of that was true from what I heard from hearsay and what you're gonna bring to the table on China -- all of the home run. Mentality that this Cubs team is what's at. But -- those are all the questions that I appreciate the compliment mob. I think the biggest thing is that an asset for a San Diego for seven years in coordinator and people asked that question. -- as a guy that's that at all or nothing. Type of player that I was I don't deny that I don't take anything back. I. I think to be honest with you I I always say. Do as I say not as it did. Yeah especially with my you know my background as a hitter. But I just. I always feel I was felt that I have. True passion for it and I've played lose great players and then I've learned a lot I've listened a lot I've read a lot about hitting. And I I think subconsciously that I I talk about. Things that I couldn't do and that's things that I I talk about a lot with hitters I talked quite constructive approach I talk about using the whole field. And I've I've never you never hear me talk to kids about his home run. You know it's homer and as a result of everything coming together -- you know being in the right situation. I'm Indy getting with that the guys this year and and it's it's -- -- because they've always seem to -- actually hit winners tournament. It's just getting them to to believe in themselves a walk to the plate and and have confidence you know we we talked about. Our motto -- -- -- selectively aggressive. Going up there and get a good pitch to hit and don't be afraid to swing the bat.