A Duensing We Will Go – Episode 8.80


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastOn this, the 458th episode of the Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about some of the recent roster moves the Cubs have made. The Cubs signed OF Jon Jay and LHP Brian Duensing to 1-year deals. We also go through the players the Cubs non-tendered. We are also guaranteed baseball in 2017 with the new collective bargaining agreement. Kurt goes over some of the highlights of this agreement.

2016 Cubs Free Agent Signings Review – Episode 8.79


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 457th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we look back at the four bigger free agent signings the Cubs made before the 2016 season. We talk about Ben Zobrist, Dexter Fowler, John Lackey, and Jason Heyward. We look at their regular season and post-season performances and share who we think was the most valuable addition to the team.

BSMP, the Most Coveted Award – Episode 8.78


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastIn this, the 456th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we are in full off-season mode. Cubs Convention sold out within seconds (probably) and we talk about how this is an indication of how difficult it will be to see the Cubs in 2017.

Kurt runs through the various awards that the Cubs have won in this MLB award-season. We also look at a couple that the Cubs were not able to win. The Cubs have added several players to their 40-man roster to avoid losing them in the Rule 5 draft. The Cubs sent several prospects to the Arizona Fall League and now that the season has wrapped up, we look at how they did. There’s also one former Cubs player that drew a lot of attention in the Fall League this year.

Then, we go through what we perceive to be team needs and talk about the different options the Cubs have to address those needs.

Theo Epstein Bender Acquisition – Episode 8.77


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastIn this, our 455th episode, we get back into off-season mode. You will hear us briefly talk about our World Series hangover. Kurt gets us up to speed with the individual player awards the Cubs have won so far.We also talk about Conor Mullee, who the Cubs acquired to potentially pitch out of the bullpen.

The majority of this episode is spent looking at the players on the 2016 Cubs team that are now free agents. We share our thoughts on if the Cubs are a good fit for that player and vice versa.

World Series Game 6 Post-Game Show – Episode 8.74


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThe Cubs forced a Game 7 in the 2016 World Series. The Cubs offense, pitching, and defense all performed in Game 6. In this episode, you will hear our thoughts on Game 6 and the idea that the Cubs are headed to Game 7 of the World Series.

The season ends tomorrow, and we can’t help but believe the Cubs have the momentum.

World Series Game 3 Post-Game – Episode 8.72


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastWell, the Cubs dropped Game 3 of the 2016 World Series. It was the first World Series game at Wrigley in 71 years and although the wind was whipping out, Cleveland was able to beat the Cubs, 1-0.

On this episode, we share our thoughts on the game. We also play listener voicemail that we’ve received over the last few days.