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That was a really awkward question. We're in the playoffs and I thought that was the only way I could respond.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
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Oct 18 2017

He's not going to swing, either. That's part of it.feedback

Oct 16 2017

For us to be successful, we have to win eight games. So it's a really bad mental process to think that you're going to do it with just one or two guys, or have your starters throw 90 to 120 pitches coming off of no rest, pitching 12 significant pitches in a winner-take-all game in Washington.feedback

Oct 15 2017

We need to pitch better out of the bullpen. That's part of our success moving forward . . . We've been running pretty good out of the pen [over the course of the season]. Montgomery and 'CJ' Edwards were involved in a World Series victory last year in extra innings. That's pretty significant. So when guys struggle, I know everybody wants to open up a new can of relief pitchers. But that's not how it works.feedback

Oct 15 2017

We talked on the phone. We just have to sit down face-to-face about what I said last night. The only thing I'll say about yesterday is it was a tremendous baseball play on our part.feedback

Oct 15 2017

I could not disagree more with the interpretation of that. I think it's wrong. I think anybody that's played major league or even minor league baseball will agree with me 100 percent on that.feedback

Oct 15 2017

We have to get our bullpen in order. We have to be able to hold small deficits or small leads in the middle and then hopefully get to Wade in a positive situation.feedback

Oct 15 2017

We have to get the bullpen in order.feedback

Oct 14 2017

They have Mr. Kershaw, obviously, and now they have Darvish. Listen, we just went through [Stephen] Strasburg and [Max] Scherzer. I mean, that's no day at the beach, either.feedback

Oct 14 2017

When you get to this time of the year, you really have to be prepared to beat good pitching, which they have.feedback

Oct 14 2017

I can't say they're inexperienced anymore. I can't say that. I can't use that line anymore. We're young, but we're not inexperienced. I anticipate the same kind of mental effort, regardless of being stuck on the runway [and] getting in late.feedback

Oct 14 2017

They are different because they really overcame the inability to really work against lefties. They made some nice moves. They are more balanced in that regard. They have lefties that hit lefties too, which make them more difficult. They always have a good bullpen. They have a specific plan regarding how they like to pitch.feedback

Oct 14 2017

Whatever it takes, our guys are ready to play. Kershaw's good, but so are our guys too.feedback

Oct 13 2017

You've just got to. You've got to. I looked for Anthony all the time. You have to trust your guys on the field, but there's no reason to not. We have two challenges. It's that part of the game. There's no reason to not challenge right there.feedback

Oct 12 2017

They have been really good. We have been really good. ... We've just got to stay in our lane -- in other words, not chase [pitches]. But again, that's easier said than done.feedback

Oct 12 2017

Imagine, you're standing in dugout right now in that little corner that I stand in. You look out on the field you see Jason in right, and you see Javy at second, how good does that make you feel?feedback

Oct 10 2017

He was going to have a lot of suitors, did have a lot of suitors at that point. Our guys did a great job of jumping the gun there a little bit and getting him, because he's been really exceptionally important to us.feedback

Oct 08 2017

It's not my thing, really. My thing is, No. 1, I'm an innovator of stuff. I don't copy other people. Most of the time, they copy me. And No. 2, they can do what they want to do. I really don't care, honestly. It seems to work for them, and our own thing seems to work for us.feedback

Oct 07 2017

If that happens again, you're going to see C. J. back out there. He made a bad pitch and the guy didn't miss it, and that's it. Sometimes that happens.feedback

Oct 06 2017

Experience equals knowing, I think that's really important to understand. That's not to say things can go sideways, even if you have experience, but you have a better knowing of what to expect.feedback

Oct 04 2017

We moved Jake to the back just to make sure we give the leg as much time as possible to heal.feedback

Oct 04 2017

He's doing it in a different method or way. He's not that guy that lights up the gun. You talk to different pitching coaches, managers, even some GMs I've spoken with, he's their favorite. Probably because his style. He's fun to watch. He's a technician.feedback

Oct 04 2017

Go out and play. Play unencumbered. Go out and play mentally freely and play the game we've learned to play over the last couple years.feedback

Oct 04 2017

I just want our guys to go out and do what they've been doing since the All-Star break. No different.feedback

Sep 27 2017

Coming off the World Series victory, you expect some mental lethargy early in the season. It's just going to be there. April and May don't supply that same kind of adrenaline you need in August and September. It just doesn't. When you play this game and [have] been to the top, people become adrenaline junkies. You need that rush to get it going. I was aware of that. I learned that in 2003 [with the Angels] and 2009 [with the Rays]. Knowing that, I didn't want to overact to anything. The division didn't run away from us. That was part of it too.feedback

Sep 27 2017

I don't know. I have not gotten anything official from Lackey. Who knows?feedback

Sep 17 2017

I'm really honestly looking forward to it. There's so many friends in that building.feedback

Sep 17 2017

It's one of those everyone gets involved days where everyone gets part of the ownership. I love that.feedback

Sep 17 2017

Everything he did, he looked really good.feedback

Sep 17 2017

We're definitely playing with the highest level of mental energy we've played with all year, period. It's coming at the right time.feedback

Sep 16 2017

There's a part of it I do like. Just the fact that he does play with that emotion. I love that. … There is a way to curb that a bit. I think as he gets older you'll see him do that.feedback

Sep 16 2017

I love his passion. I love his emotion. We just have to curb it a bit.feedback

Sep 16 2017

I really believe you're going to see a nice progression for him. He's still going to get upset at times, but I think you'll see that progression being able to not go from 0-to-60 like that.feedback

Sep 16 2017

The guys are definitely totally engaged right now. I think part of it is the offense has picked up a little bit. Any time you're not hitting, you always appear to be flat. All of a sudden you see everybody having better at-bats, we're scoring some runs and you see everybody start to perk up. Beyond that, pitching drives the engine and Kyle drove the engine with the way he threw today.feedback

Sep 16 2017

Maybe he's doing so [well] because we're putting him in the right spots. There's always that thing, too. [Ian] Happ had another big hit today. Happ is playing well. Jon Jay continues to do a lot of good things. [Kyle] Schwarber has got to play, also.feedback

Sep 16 2017

[It is a] nice problem trying to figure out the lineup every day. We'll still try to make our best guesses every day and keep them all looking good, keep them all fresh hopefully for the remainder of the season into the postseason. I love what [Almora] is doing. What he's doing is not missing his pitch right now. It's not getting fouled off and he's not taking it.feedback

Sep 15 2017

Real consistent, but you have to include Anthony too. If you're going to include KB, you have to include Anthony. Rizzo, look at his numbers. They're pretty darn impressive. I wouldn't want to hear about any MVP discussion about KB without including Rizzo.feedback

Sep 14 2017

We treated it like spring training for the last two weeks. You play to win the games, but you rotate your stock in and out. It's really good for the bullpen. It keeps them sharp without overworking them. And it keeps your guys in the field sharp without overworking them. They get their at-bats. I chose to call it spring training and some people didn't like that concept, but it made all the sense in the world to me.feedback

Sep 13 2017

I've often told my players perfection is a boring concept. If it was that easy to do, nobody would ever do it. I like the fact that it's difficult right now, and I think that we should learn something about ourselves going forward. The biggest thing to learn is that it's not about anybody else. It's about us playing well. If we play well and take care of our business, we'll be fine.feedback

Sep 13 2017

When things tighten up like this, they need you to be consistent, not inconsistent. If I were to do something like that – that is something I would never do. It would send all the wrong signals.feedback

Sep 12 2017

People always make suggestions, but then you look at the names. For me, where do these names fit best for that day based on 1 through 8? For me, I still like him there. ... If he's eighth for you, that's pretty good. That's kind of a nice thing too. You like to have that scariness all the way down 1 through 9.feedback

Aug 28 2017

When he gets better counts and he's putting the ball on the ground, he's tough, and I think it begins with the better counts. He did a nice job getting ahead.feedback

Aug 26 2017

He's good. He was able to throw his curve for a strike when he wanted to. He was really good at that.feedback

Aug 22 2017

He was so excited. It was either Avila at third which is no fun. Or Rizzo at third, Avila at first, which is fun. And that's how we did it.feedback

Aug 22 2017

I thought it would be wise to play (Anthony) Rizzo at third base to be the first Cub (left-hander) to play there since the 1800s.feedback

Aug 22 2017

If he's going to miss time I don't think it's a long time.feedback

Aug 07 2017

The next moment I remember, for me, was hitting for Addison to get to Contreras. That's a perfect example of guys buying in. We went from Addison to Coghlan to Contreras to get to that hit. That stood out because that's something you don't do in the regular season.feedback

Aug 07 2017

My snapshot of the night was Johnny Cueto. The way the game is playing out, I'm saying to myself, I do not want to play the Giants in Game 5 with Cueto pitching.' ... The whole night I'm thinking of bullpens, lineup, saving people, and all of sudden we started our comeback. The dramatic home run is nice to get, but normally it's going to be that: just good at-bats and a swarming offense.feedback

Aug 06 2017

I felt among all candidates that he and [Anthony] Rizzo have the best ability to drive in runs. Rizzo needed protection while [Ben Zobrist] was out or hitting leadoff.feedback

Aug 01 2017

Davis will close, but Wilson will be right there. When you get another guy like Justin, what it permits you to do is rotate the stock a little bit and not burn anyone out.feedback

Jul 30 2017

Any time you can get a really good, neutral relief pitcher it helps a lot. Then you don't have to warm guys up and not use them.feedback

Jul 24 2017

He's doing everything. He's hitting fourth, he's catching, he's handling a really good pitching staff, he's throwing people out, he's blocking the ball really well and he's hitting homers.feedback

Jul 23 2017

Willy has been through it. Willy has caught in the World Series. He had no issues there whatsoever. But he's still learning. Don't get me wrong ... he's very emotional. He's going to get upset once in a while, but he's really good at discarding it quickly, too. Eventually, he's going to mellow out a little bit, but hopefully not too much. I don't want him to mellow out too much.feedback

Jul 23 2017

His biggest thing would be continually understanding calling the game, and receiving, and it's getting better right now. You see him block the ball, you see him throw the ball; it's hard to imagine him getting better at either one of those two things.feedback

Jul 22 2017

KB being able to play was the difference in today's game. The combination of the hit and his speed, I don't think anybody else scores on that. Maybe Jason (Heyward), possibly. Happer (Ian Happ), possibly. But KB is such a good baserunner. He had it in his head the moment the ball was hit.feedback

Jul 22 2017

The job of the GM at this time of the year is to improve your team, no question. Our guys are very good at that. I would not be surprised by anything, although, honestly, I think we have what we need right here, right now.feedback

Jul 21 2017

Rondon, I put him in a bad spot. I just had no choice, but I put him in a bad spot. When I took him out, I said, Listen Ronnie, I put you in a bad spot.feedback

Jul 21 2017

We really played well today. We played a good game of baseball. The at-bats were good, we were hitting the ball all over the place. We did everything well. Jake was really good.feedback

Jul 21 2017

Grimmer just had to suck it up at that point. We were out of [relievers]. Listen man, that was kind of a strange day.feedback

Jul 21 2017

We had a bad inning, pitching. That's the third time in a week here at this ballpark, if you go back prior to the [All-Star] break, that's a seven, a nine and a 10. I have not seen that since rookie ball. That's crazy stuff.feedback

Jul 16 2017

I really believe if we play with that kind of internal fire, that kind of energy we'll win a lot of games in the second half.feedback

Jul 16 2017

It could really be a big boon to us, there's no question. Everybody else saw it.feedback

Jul 16 2017

He's an aggressive pitcher. Eventually he got better with the off-speed stuff. I saw an assertive pitcher that went after hitters.feedback

Jul 15 2017

Right now my sense is they're in pretty good order right now. They're starting to catch a second wind. Now is the time to push it a little bit.feedback

Jul 15 2017

First day [after the break] was kind of business like. Today was more fun. That's what I'm waiting to see or hear.feedback

Jul 15 2017

It's kind of the day you want to get out there and push it. And make sure everyone plays so when you do need them they're ready to contribute.feedback

Jul 15 2017

We can't keep putting it off.feedback

Jul 15 2017

Addy's at-bats have been spectacular. They really have. I love Willson's two-out, two-strike double down the right-field line to score a run. ... He's not fouling his pitch off. He's not missing it right now. A lot of these guys are using the whole field and he is too.feedback

Jul 12 2017

I would bet if the game had counted, he would not have done that, yes.feedback

Jul 11 2017

I actually talked to Zo about it before this ever occurred.feedback

Jul 10 2017

Looking at the breakdown of the team positionally, I thought to draw a DH out of the outfield was smart, or possibly a first baseman, having three outstanding first baseman. And furthermore playing here under the circumstances I thought it was the right thing to do.feedback

Jul 07 2017

Sometimes, it takes 24 hours for things to stick.feedback

Jul 07 2017

Situational hitting still has to get better. I want the power and I want swarm. ... Everyone relies on their big guys all the time but I see a lot of big guys in this lineup.feedback

Jul 06 2017

[There were] some borderline calls that went against him, looked like some elevated fastballs, some things down and away against him. Let's just take it one game at a time.feedback

Jul 05 2017

I would not be concerned with putting him back there, just depending on what he looks like when he gets back.feedback

Jul 05 2017

Happer just rolling it through the middle obviously was a game changer.feedback

Jul 05 2017

They're a great bunch of guys. There's a lot of humor on that side, and I got my giggles in.feedback

Jul 02 2017

Maybe this is actually a good thing. Right now, rest is not a bad word.feedback

Jul 02 2017

That was as good as I've seen Jake in a bit.feedback

Jun 30 2017

It's hard to create edginess under those circumstances. We're missing some folks from last year, and we've been injured a little bit.feedback

Jun 30 2017

I like the experience they're getting, and we're getting some guys well. Recordwise, of course I'd like to have a better record, but positionally-wise we're in good shape.feedback

Jun 30 2017

The thing that we did often down there was finish strong. We did. The one that sticks out [in a bad way] is 2009 after the World Series, when we did that. That always stuck in my mind post-deep run into playoffs. That's what I'm trying to avoid right now so the guys are fresh come August and September. Hopefully, some other teams are wearing down by then.feedback

Jun 30 2017

We have some underclassman playing right now. So we're breaking in that group.feedback

Jun 30 2017

I see, in a perverse way, a lot of benefits being derived from all this. Keeping guys healthy and well going into August and September -- kind of digging on that.feedback

Jun 30 2017

I'm OK with this. When you're combining the attempt to play everybody and win the game for the sake of the National League so you get home-field advantage, there's a lot going on.feedback

Jun 30 2017

The last thing to come is the development of the bats on the major-league level. For the most part our at-bats, they waver. They go back and forth.feedback

Jun 30 2017

Hopefully, we'll see what happens. You're always looking for that moment. You don't know until the next day's game is played. He knew what he was doing. He used our aggressiveness against us.feedback

Jun 29 2017

Just got to give us a couple of days to figure it out at that point.feedback

Jun 29 2017

I would think that's what it's going to be. When you sprain your ankle, it just doesn't get better overnight.feedback

Jun 28 2017

It was pretty straightforward. I talked to Theo last night. We both were in agreement it was the right thing to do.feedback

Jun 28 2017

It's not always about what we're doing wrong. Maybe it's about what he's doing right. (Turner is) good, he's fast. . It's a team situation. When that happens, give the other guy some credit, please.feedback

Jun 28 2017

We have to win another game tomorrow. [Bryant] won't be starting. We'll try to figure it out in another way.feedback

Jun 28 2017

I grew up in the minor leagues. Things happen, and you have to fix them when things happen. You don't cry. Of course, sub-optimal, no question, but when you come up the way I've come up -- A-ball manager, Double-A manager -- stuff happens. You have to react. You can't cry about it.feedback

Jun 28 2017

Any time he was going to a certain spot, it was sinking back to the middle. The pitches were flat. It probably led to more contact.feedback

Jun 28 2017

The way I look at it is, get him off his feet, literally, for a couple days. And I still believe it's going to benefit us in August and September. Let's keep moving it forward.feedback

Jun 28 2017

It's an imperfect situation. It's not about the move to first. It's about time to the plate more than anything. He's a little bit slow. ... It's something that he works on.feedback

Jun 27 2017

We did a nice job tonight. Rizzo did a nice job of kick-starting us.feedback

Jun 27 2017

He kind of has fun with it. He doesn't look at it in any other way than 'it's fun'. It's kind of what I thought would happen with [Kyle] Schwarber [leading off]. Just take that name and cross it out and put Rizzo. It's the same thing.feedback

Jun 26 2017

A lot of guys after three punches don't do that kind of stuff. He has a Teflon finish about him. He's able to move along to the next moment. It doesn't stick.feedback

Jun 26 2017

I love when we participate with that kind of intensity. I'm not saying we haven't, but coming in here against a really good team, under the circumstances, it was kind of fun.feedback

Jun 26 2017

That was stupid good. I don't know who else makes that play.feedback

Jun 26 2017

For me, it's probably the epitome of staying in the moment.feedback

Jun 25 2017

They're being relied on heavily to do this stuff, so that could weigh on them even more but historically my concept with that is just think about scoring one.feedback

Jun 25 2017

More than anything, it's trying to do too much, as opposed to just score one. I think a lot of times a hitter gets in that situation and the bases are loaded or two guys are on, you want to score three or four. Score one. Score the guy that's on third base. If you could reduce it to scoring one, mentally, you can have a much better chance of being consistent with it.feedback

Jun 25 2017

We're just trying to keep the floaties on. There were just a couple of other things we did today that kind of gave it to them. Of course we didn't hit enough.feedback

Jun 25 2017

Probably just trying to do too much instead of just score one.feedback

Jun 25 2017

We were trying to avoid a double play. The mental mistakes are what make me upset.feedback

Jun 25 2017

The first play of the game was indicative – an awkward spin on the ball, I understand that.feedback

Jun 20 2017

First of all, to call it a dirty play is absolutely wrong.feedback

Jun 20 2017

It's not a dirty play. That's something people have been taught to say based on this ambiguous rule that's been created. I'll concede that part of it. But it's not a dirty play. So whoever's saying that, just please drop that narrative, because that's not true. If you look at it really closely, the catcher starts moving toward Anthony as he catches the ball, as he's supposed to. I have no idea what Anthony's supposed to do in an attempt to be safe. The object is to score a run and be safe, and I think Anthony's best method of doing that was to do what he did.feedback

Jun 20 2017

Everyone knows you are strong, that you're able to run. Forget about hitting, we don't want you to be a hitter, you play defense.feedback

Jun 18 2017

I've always talked about it (the batting order) being a circle. Everyone looks at it like you drop off the end of the earth at nine. It's a circle man. It feeds. It feeds from the bottom to the top, also...The more I do this stuff the more I like the pitcher in the 8-hole.feedback

Jun 18 2017

It's coinciding with him swinging the bat well. Plus, there's the added incentive of doing it. He likes doing it...Right now, we're going to stay with it. I like it. I think it's played well. I think it's inspired the lineup.feedback

Jun 17 2017

Pitching as much as they have the last couple of years, to really curtail what you do between starts is not a bad thing. I've seen guys not lose command, and actually gain command, because they feel strong and fresh when they get to the game situation.feedback

Jun 17 2017

Absolutely, going into this season, that was part of the game plan. Everybody talks about the World Series; the year before that we went pretty deeply also, and that's been my concern from the beginning: wear and tear, a lot of innings piled on. But I think we've been proactively trying to avoid overworking them early.feedback

Jun 14 2017

[Ian] Happ didn't play in the big leagues last year. [Willson] Contreras played half a season. [Kyle] Schwarber did not play at all. [Javier] Baez was a backup player and [Albert] Almora came up in the middle of the season. I love my names as much as anyone else does but these are young and inexperienced guys. What you're seeing is young guys battling to get back to where we had been last year without the benefit of having veteran experience.feedback

Jun 14 2017

There's a certain unpredictability about us. That's why we're a .500 ball club right now. That's what happens when you're .500. You don't play that same good game every day.feedback

Jun 14 2017

We've earned the right to be in this position. We've played well enough to be a .500 club.feedback

Jun 13 2017

If everything is in place and in order I probably would not have done that.feedback

Jun 12 2017

A lot of it has to do with geography – I get it. We'll take it.feedback

Jun 12 2017

Sometimes, they don't like it, and that's O.K., because this is April-May-June, and here comes August-September. By then, they'll understand why you did it.feedback

Jun 12 2017

Regardless of what we think we are, we deserve to be playing .500. A lot of it's attached to two things, primarily: We've been inconsistent starting-pitching-wise, and driving in runs.feedback

Jun 12 2017

You would think that if you have the eye to accept your walks, that you'd actually hit for a higher number average-wise. I can't deny that. It also means to me that, heads up – there's this regression back to the mean, or aggression to the mean, and we're gonna get back to this number that's more reminiscent of what we're capable of doing.feedback

Jun 10 2017

We just have to do a better job at the plate. I don't have any strong explanation for it, but a lot of guys are struggling badly at the same time.feedback

Jun 10 2017

We didn't hit any balls hard basically until that inning when we did string together some singles.feedback

Jun 10 2017

The biggest thing I've seen with them is how well they're pitching. Yesterday's game was an example. They beat us 4-1. I think a lot of times in the past, they may have scored four runs but given up six or seven. They are just pitching at a different level right now.feedback

Jun 08 2017

Sometimes, things bother you. I just knew that his game was off for a particular reason. But away from the field, I had no clue.feedback

Jun 05 2017

I like the piggyback, but the lineups are perfect. The Giant lineup was good for (Montgomery) also.feedback

Jun 03 2017

I don't want him to get too many at-bats while he's struggling right now.feedback

Jun 02 2017

It probably does. We're just morphing into June right now. There's a lot of time to go. If we were playing our best game in this position, I'd be a little bit more concerned. We have not hit to our potential yet, so I believe that our guys will. Then hopefully that will be a moot point.feedback

May 30 2017

You really want to avoid the potential for complacency. If you're uncomfortable, growth continues. If you're comfortable, growth diminishes.feedback

May 28 2017

You have to get to the point where you move the ball and make adjustments. Middle of the field, opposite field, get the home run out of your head. If it happens, it happens. We just got too big there.feedback

May 28 2017

Please, go ahead and freak out. If you want to freak out, freak out.feedback

May 27 2017

It's important to get good at-bats and be process-oriented and avoid results. Should be an interesting game.feedback

May 27 2017

As a group, they are an elevated fastball group. It's up to us to make an adjustment.feedback

May 24 2017

It's nice to see, as opposed to the rollover ground ball. Balls in the air. That's the big thing right there. I think you're going to see that out of more guys.feedback

May 24 2017

You don't force it. If it's the right time it's the right time. If not you move it along.feedback

May 24 2017

They're like two interchangeable guys. I see Brick, I see Tommy. I see Tommy, I see Brick. Put some glasses on Tommy, some sideburns, I got Brick. I always liked the idea when we go to San Diego we do the anchorman thing. The timing was right this time.feedback

May 22 2017

He's done a really good job. At the plate, on defense, running the bases -- he's done a really nice job.feedback

May 22 2017

You always knew where David Ortiz was in the batting order. So, it's different [without him].feedback

May 20 2017

We've talked a lot about Kyle hitting balls into the shift. If in fact Zo can get on a little bit more often, it might move that second baseman out of that spot. I don't know. It might.feedback

May 20 2017

Happ being here pretty much permits me to think that way. And the fact that he's done so well. I was always concerned about Zo leaving that spot. Imagine that today, if I put Zo up there and Happ wasn't there behind, what that would look like. I wouldn't feel as a good about it. A lot of different little moving parts.feedback

May 20 2017

What I was looking at there was a couple of things. First, Zo has been really good lately. We gave him a couple of days off and he has come out of it real nicely. And Happ is the new Zobrist. In other words, he can protect Rizzo.feedback

May 20 2017

(Happ) has done a really good job, at the plate, on defense, running the bases. He's done a really nice job. A big part of it is, like a lot of our guys, he's not overwhelmed. That's probably the most impressive part of it.feedback

May 20 2017

Nothing we can do about it. That's why we're here to embrace the suck. Are you going to cry about it? You look at Schwarber's batting average, and even Anthony's, a lot of that is impacted by the shift.feedback

May 18 2017

It's coming. He's not far from breaking out. I like how it looks.feedback

May 18 2017

Almost none of these guys are hitting up to their potential, and we're still OK. When they do, we'll really take off.feedback

May 17 2017

I think they're all trending in the right direction.feedback

May 17 2017

I talked to him afterward, and he was really excited.feedback

May 17 2017

That was classic Kyle, right there. He was really good. Velocity was up. You saw the bad takes, the bad swings. Contact wasn't as hard. Well, he smiled, we shook hands, he nodded. And I believe there was a slight chuckle involved. [Jon] Lester has been solid the whole year. [John] Lackey has gotten incrementally better. I think the same thing is happening with Kyle right now. What you saw tonight is what Kyle is supposed to look like, and that is very encouraging.feedback

May 17 2017

I've seen a lot of different methods. I've been taught well, and I really want to say, it's 1,000 wins, other guys have done it, but to the players that have been a part of this, I want to say thank you, because you don't do this without really good players. You don't. His back is still not 100 percent. I just want to be very careful with him, quite frankly.feedback

May 14 2017

I think face masks should be mandatory for all hitters. And pitchers have been hit in the head by line drives several times so pitchers should be forced to wear helmets.feedback

May 14 2017 - Protectionism

I thought of other ways for protectionism. I think there should be a cage in the on-deck circle so on-deck guys can stand behind the screen and not get hurt.feedback

May 14 2017 - Protectionism

I have some other additions to it. We should eliminate the head-first slide. That is a dangerous slide. Your hand could (get hurt), your eye could get poked out. All these different things can occur on a head first slide. I think there needs to be cup checks as players are running on the field in order to prevent the loss of future families.feedback

May 13 2017

How long is he (Happ) going to stay? I have no idea. It could be short; it could be longer than that. I don't know.feedback

May 13 2017

Go out there, have fun and compete.feedback

May 13 2017 - Protectionism

In general we have a tendency to micromanage stuff that we have no business attempting to do. Don't give me all this protectionism, injury stuff because I'm not buying into it...It's wrong. It's tough for the umpires. They know it's not part of the game...I'd like to see that rule ejected. I'd like to see the rule at the plate ejected. They have no place in our game.feedback

May 13 2017

When you're sliding on dirt and you have momentum you just keep going. There was no malicious intent there whatsoever. The rule does not belong in the game. There was nothing egregiously dangerous on the part of our runner. Don't give me hyperbole and office created rules because I'm not into those things as you guys well know.feedback

May 09 2017

Do I feel the pressure to repeat this season? I had more pressure on me in spring training after the 2015 season. We hadn't won a game yet, and we were the favorite to win the World Series. The Cubs hadn't even been in the series since 1945. Well, sorta, kinda, I guess. You win once, you want to win every year. Nothing else will satisfy you now. I like to put it this way: A mind once stretched has a difficult time going back to its original form.feedback

May 09 2017

They know what it's all about now, how to get it done. They don't run away from the word expectation. They embrace expectations people have for us. I don't have to motivate them this year. They're more hungry for it.feedback

May 09 2017

He was the right guy for that team. I was a minor league guy.feedback

May 09 2017

There's a pause there. If you don't want to pitch to him, the guys coming up behind are pretty interesting. It's formidable, so it's uncomfortable from the other side.feedback

May 09 2017

You feel like you have that hangover without the benefits of actually drinking.feedback

May 08 2017

We could do a lot of different things.feedback

May 08 2017

It's just hard to go 25-6 on an annual basis, regardless of how much you'd like to. I'm with these guys every day. Conversationally, watching them, looking in their eyes, they're engaged. There's no haziness, no fuzziness, no lack of engagement on their part. Teams have played pretty well against us too. I'm not seeing dramatically a whole bunch of difference to what we saw last year. (They're) pretty patient. These guys have got to get on those one or two nice consecutive good starts in a row, and then all of a sudden it starts morphing into what it's supposed to look like.feedback

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May 08 2017

Jonny Lester overall has been throwing the ball really well.feedback

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May 05 2017

They "have a good relationship.feedback

Apr 30 2017

I love that he's not beaten by it. He gets upset with himself, which I'm good with. It's not anger, though.feedback

Apr 28 2017

We play that game almost every night. I am certain that is going to go away. Like I said, [the Cubs' starters] stuff is good. I don't have any strong explanation as to why. I really believe it's going to trend in the right direction.feedback

Apr 19 2017

We keep on coming back for more. It's really one of those ugly wins, but you'll take it any day of the week. It is the resiliency. It is the fact that we don't quit. It's on the ring, We Don't Quit' (sic). It's on the ring, man. It's a perfect example today. I want us to move the baseball better in certain situations and not succumb to the strikeout. We were better last year at that. We need to get back to that.feedback

Apr 19 2017

It's been an emotional week. It's been a nice conclusion to it.feedback

Apr 19 2017

We did a better job of taking care of the latter part of the game.feedback

Apr 18 2017

That last inning could have played so differently had we just kept it 4-3. More than anything, we have to get the bullpen guys, get their confidence back. That's going to make the difference in the latter part of the game. Even if it's a deficit, to keep it a small deficit.feedback

Apr 17 2017

We did not get the hit. That's been more of our problem -- not getting a clutch hit and not holding a lead in the latter part of the game.feedback

Apr 14 2017

That ball was mangled. That came out hot.feedback

Apr 14 2017

The season will teach us a lot of lessons, but I think he's going to be fine there all year.feedback

Apr 14 2017

It totally deflates the other side, almost like hitting a home run or getting a bases-loaded double [in terms of] the energy it creates in your dugout. We feed off our defense. We absolutely do. We're really into it. I'm not saying everybody else is not, but… I'm enamored with our defensive side of the game.feedback

Apr 12 2017

I didn't know there was a Billy Goat. That's awesome. Despite being grande [it's] tasty ... I can't even steer my car with that thing. Even in the dugout they were beaming. It's so neat they are involved in this whole thing. I love it.feedback

Apr 11 2017

My mind started racing when I saw that. I've been wanting to get that photograph and I didn't know it was going to be there as we walked in. That would be the trinket I would like, a nice canvas photograph of that.feedback

Apr 11 2017

I'm a banner guy. The ring's a ring. I know it's wonderful. I'm not that much into jewelry myself, but I do like banners. They're seen on a daily basis by everybody. I like the idea of when kids come in they get to see that and then they hear about how the team hadn't won in 108 years, and all of a sudden there is one at 5 or 6 years of age and they grow into being a Cubs fan even more.feedback

Apr 11 2017

Their guy, Jansen, is ridiculously good.feedback

Apr 10 2017

Nobody wants anything, which I love. Everybody just wants to say thank you. They don't even want a picture or an autograph. They just want to say thank you, shake your hand, well done. It's just different, the way the whole thing's built, how everybody reacts. Every day is a playoff game. Every day. Every day you feel the same vibe walking in the door.feedback

Apr 08 2017

It looked like (the eye) was going to start swelling. He said he was all right, but I didn't feel good about it. He insisted he was good, but I wasn't convinced. I'm certain he'll be fine by tomorrow. But I wasn't feeling really strongly about it at that moment.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I don't know if they've come out with Velcro on the protectors or it's just a fuzzy baseball. It was definitely Velcro-ed to his chest.feedback

Apr 05 2017

It's too early to worry about days off; I'm just trying to get people involved.feedback

Apr 04 2017

It's a tribute to the World Series. Those are the guys who were on the field in the seventh game of the World Series, so I wanted to -- as a tribute to them, what they've done for us -- put them on the field tonight.feedback

Apr 04 2017

I saw Jim Edmonds before the game, and I said 'Almora reminds me of you'. Jimmy wasn't the fastest guy. Albert's not the fastest guy. They both ran great routes, and both had great instincts for the ball.feedback

Apr 03 2017

This year, I want our guys to be uncomfortable. You really want to avoid the potential for complacency. If you're uncomfortable, growth continues. If you're comfortable, growth diminishes. You walk into a hotel lobby and this is something you would have never done. People are going to stare. I think that has a positive impact when you go out and play a game [and] get in a crucial moment. That uncomfortable situation you went through is going to play out in a positive way at some point.feedback

Apr 01 2017

I'm like the first one down and he'll be hitting leadoff for the Cardinals so he's going to be right there. And I've thought about that. Because he and I were really – we got along really, really well and he's going to be very, very important for them. So it will be interesting to see that and feel that.feedback

Apr 01 2017

But I'm happy for him. I'm happy. He took a chance last year coming back to us on the contract that he did. He nailed it and he deserves everything that he's getting right now.feedback

Mar 24 2017

Everyone gets hung up on numbers. He's definitely better than a No. 5 starter. It just happens we're going to slot him in the 5-hole coming out of camp. It's not a pecking order of ability by any means. We had a nice conversation with Montgomery. He understood. He had a great attitude about all of this.feedback

Mar 24 2017

I'd like him to be able to take that step. Just a natural progression for him.feedback

Mar 24 2017

[Hendricks'] ego doesn't force you to attempt to try and do something different. I like it a lot. It sets up really well.feedback

Mar 24 2017

I could see him starting. Long relief, short relief. All of it.feedback

Mar 24 2017

It makes great writing or discussion. We don't look at it that way.feedback

Mar 20 2017

I had a scout sit in my office two days ago and say the opposite. He thinks it's entirely different. He kind of liked it. Regardless of what a scout says in the stands, it doesn't really impact my feelings at all. I know what I'm seeing -- a totally different swing. The guy that says it's the same, I'm totally disappointed in the scout, actually. I think he's hit the ball pretty good. He's been a bad-luck guy this camp.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Like anything else with this guy, he'll work to be very good at that. And I have full faith that he will. Now if it doesn't play right, we might do something differently. But he will get an opportunity.feedback

Feb 26 2017

What happened already happened. I think that's the past. This is a new year and we have a new goal and right now we're just trying to get ready for the season.feedback

Feb 15 2017

Oh, yeah. I'll be watching that for the rest of my life. Going through what we did last year and winning the whole thing it just makes you want to go through it all over again. Playing in the Game 7, that's the most stressful game you can probably play in in sports. I think all our nerves heading into this year are pretty calm that we played in one of the most stressful games in the history of this game. I think we'll be fine.feedback

Feb 15 2017

The hangover component, I already started talking about it today not using the word hangover, but just addressing the method by which we're going to be able to get back there and do it again. It's important that we, staff, manager, deliver the message but then the peer group delivers the message also that we don't stand or put up with anything less than that same kind of attitude that got us there. Having said all that, one of the main components of us getting there is we have fun here, and I want us to continue to have fun.feedback

Feb 15 2017

Honestly it could be a positive for him and for us. Obviously if you're in that year, you're really wanting to put your best foot forward to attract the best contract the next season. We had our meeting this morning with Jake. Again, I've said it all the time, but I'm always impressed with our guys when they walk out the door. He was just all about winning. He's all about making all of his starts, he's all about winning. He said he wants to make all of his starts for the guys in the other room. That's where his mind is at right now.feedback

Dec 30 2016

It has nothing to do with curses, superstition. If you want to believe in that kind of stuff, it's going to hold you back for a long time. I love tradition. I think tradition is worth time mentally, and tradition is worth being upheld, but curses and superstitions are not.feedback

Dec 16 2016

The Marlins were close on signing me, but at the end my wish was to come back to the Yankees. I also wanted to be part of a young team, like the Yankees have now and not go to the Marlins because as you all know from time to time they change their team a lot, and I wanted to have a stable team of young players where I could feel at home.feedback

Dec 16 2016

Yesterday that was a really clear-cut decision for me how to work that inning. The threat there, was that had we not done it, then Aroldis would have had a more stressful 1 2/3 innings in the eighth or ninth inning.feedback

Dec 07 2016

There's several guys out there right now that everybody would like to have, and the guys that are out there as free agents are obvious. Guys like Wade Davis, ask around the industry, how many people would like to have him.feedback

Dec 07 2016

Like I said, Aroldis pretty much relies on his fastball. He's got a great slider. Whereas Wade, growing up a starter, pitches.feedback

Dec 07 2016

And also, when you win games, when you win a lot of games, win a lot of games in row, that's where you have the tendency to beat somebody up. So by having this kind of depth, you don't have to put the burden on one or two guys.feedback

Dec 07 2016

It's going to mean you can spread it out a little bit more. So having Wade there at end permits us to use these other guys differently and the ability to spread out the workload.feedback

Dec 06 2016

Schwarber is not a bad name. Kyle is not a bad name at all.feedback

Nov 04 2016

Welcome to Cubstock 2016! This is an incredible moment for all of us. Never have I experienced anything like Wrigley Field on a nightly basis. ... I want to congratulate you fans also. Thank you for being so patient.feedback

Nov 04 2016

You guys are the best.feedback

Nov 04 2016

Understanding themselves better, understanding what the pitcher's going to try to do against them. Understanding how to make adjustments in the game. Understanding how to utilize the entire field more consistently as they gain experience.feedback

Nov 03 2016

I love tradition. I think tradition is worth being upheld but curses and superstitions are not.feedback

Nov 03 2016

There's been a lot of burden placed and I think, quite frankly, that it is misplaced.feedback

Nov 03 2016

Who sets a better example of how to work an at-bat? And who sets a better example of just being a professional than he does?feedback

Nov 03 2016

Of course it's possible. You just have to have the right guy. I mean, it's not as easy as it looks, what they've been doing.feedback

Nov 03 2016

So right now, it's really being glamorized a bit. This isn't Fantasy Baseball. These guys are human. They only have so many abilities to throw a baseball within the year.feedback

Nov 02 2016

I talked to him before the game once again; he was aware of the scenario. So he went out there and he was outstanding again.feedback

Nov 02 2016

I think Jake likes to shoulder these kind of moments.feedback

Nov 02 2016

It's correct and apt it will go seven games.feedback

Oct 31 2016

It helps keeping the body warm, and I like being out there in the field. Being a designated hitter is a bit more complicated. I try to gather advice on how to do it better. I always ask David Ortiz, and he's giving me good pointers, but there's still room to improve.feedback

Oct 31 2016

When I managed in the American League, I always thought it was somewhat of a disadvantage going to the National League, subtracting one offensive player, and probably even more pronounced for different teams that have really profound, legitimate DHs. But for right now, at this moment in time, the fact that Kyle cannot play defense but can still play offense and run the bases, it does work out well for us.feedback

Oct 31 2016

After that game last night, believe me, man, I was in no mood to get up and travel today. I think it actually is working out pretty well. We're going to get in at a really good hour, grab stuff to eat and go to bed.feedback

Oct 31 2016

I like to believe we're going to catch or gain some momentum from this game going back over there. But momentum's always based on your starting pitcher, too. And again, with these guys you saw how good their bullpen was. Once again, it's really important to grab that lead and hold onto it.feedback

Oct 31 2016

It's something you can't normally do during the season without beating somebody up too badly.feedback

Oct 31 2016

I like to believe we're going to catch or gain some momentum from this game going back over there. I've never been looking forward to wanting to play the seventh game of a World Series more in my life.feedback

Oct 30 2016

I guess all she could talk about with my sister is the car ride from the airport with the cops.feedback

Oct 30 2016

They've been getting more and more that way over the last couple years.feedback

Oct 30 2016

I think a lot of it has to do with youth.feedback

Oct 30 2016

So what's really exciting to me is that we're in this position right now, two years in a row.feedback

Oct 30 2016

So we made mistakes. Absolutely, we made mistakes tonight. That was part of it. But then again, we just have to do more offensively to give ourselves a chance.feedback

Oct 29 2016

The guys got to see him, so there won't be as much of a surprise the next time he pitches.feedback

Oct 29 2016

The one component of our team that's going to blossom over the next couple years is the offensive side. I think what you're seeing on defense and arm strengths and baserunning abilities, that's going to be pretty much static. But the part that's going to keep getting better is what we're doing at the plate. So this is a great experience for us.feedback

Oct 29 2016

We've got to get our strike zones organized offensively, and if we do, we'll be fine.feedback

Oct 28 2016

From our perspective, we got out of our zone way too much.feedback

Oct 28 2016

This is so enveloping. The fact that the bleachers come all the way around. I drive down Clark every day from downtown, and as you get closer, you see all the venues that support all this, and also the people milling around. Anyplace I've been, I haven't seen that with any ballpark to that level. So its enormity in its entirety, it's just different.feedback

Oct 27 2016

I'm going to talk to Theo shortly.feedback

Oct 27 2016

That's something I'm waiting to hear from our guys, from our medical side, because obviously he looks good. He looks good at the plate. Running the bases he looks pretty good so far.feedback

Oct 27 2016

It's always crazy good.feedback

Oct 26 2016

I have no concerns. It's the first game. I'm fine, we're fine.feedback

Oct 25 2016

Regardless of how much you practice and attempt to simulate a game in practice, you cannot. That quick movement, that sudden burst that you derive in a game, you cannot simulate that in practice. It's impossible.feedback

Oct 24 2016

Lester's been there, done that before.feedback

Oct 24 2016

Everybody's got an assignment per pitch, what we want to do. What Jon does as good as anybody in major league baseball is throw the ball from the mound to the plate, that's it. I wanted Jon to focus on what he does well first.feedback

Oct 24 2016

I think we all have a tremendous amount of respect for history and what's happened before us or not happened before us. But, you know, you go in that room right now, they're very young. Really not impacted by a lot of the lore.feedback

Oct 24 2016

He's swinging the bat well. He's running really well.feedback

Oct 24 2016

I'm that guy. I cry easily, so the connection to the past is very important, very important.feedback

Oct 24 2016

Air conditioning is popular right now. So is color TV. You've just got to change with the times.feedback

Oct 24 2016

You should not change what you're doing regardless of the time of the year. You want to come out in the middle of October and play the same game we've been playing all summer.feedback

Oct 22 2016

Kershaw's pitching, so I wanted to get one more right-handed bat in the lineup, and also with Albert I don't feel like we're losing anything on defense. I know Jason's a Gold Glover, but I think Albert, given an opportunity to play often enough would be considered a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder, too.feedback

Oct 22 2016

I don't know to what extent we would be able to use him or not, but right now we're just trying to explore all the possibilities.feedback

Oct 21 2016

It's within our reach right now. But I do want us to go after it as though it's, again, hate to say it, but Saturday. Let's just go play our Saturday game and see how it falls.feedback

Oct 21 2016

The city of Chicago has got to be buzzing pretty much right now.feedback

Oct 20 2016

When you start hitting, it's contagious, defense, this whole game really follows itself.feedback

Oct 20 2016

If he just gets his glove out of the way, he gets out of the inning.feedback

Oct 20 2016

It's about confidence, and I want to believe they're going to show up tomorrow with a lot more confidence than they showed up with today.feedback

Oct 18 2016

I just thought rearranging the chairs a little bit might help.feedback

Oct 16 2016

He threw strikes like he normally does. So despite not having rest, his command and velocity were still good.feedback

Oct 16 2016

We hang in there. We don't give up.feedback

Oct 16 2016

You look for situations. You're looking for the right matchups. But you don't know what he's going to do. ... You have to be able to react.feedback

Oct 16 2016

I probably would have done the same thing.feedback

Oct 16 2016

Because it didn't work out doesn't mean it was wrong.feedback

Oct 14 2016

I mean, from what I've seen, he's had a couple hiccups, which everybody does. But, man, he's been pretty much right on the last couple months, including the first game of the playoffs for him.feedback

Oct 14 2016

I know his family really well. His mom's a trip. I really enjoy the whole group. So Andrew and I are very close.feedback

Oct 12 2016

It's pretty easy when you want to have kids act like kids. Listen, but you see them on the field, they play. We play hard. I think we play it right.feedback

Oct 12 2016

Pressure, expectations – I want our guys to thrive on those two words for the years to come. I want the organization to. In the end that means there's a lot expected of you. Good. There should be. We should all have a lot expected of us. So all those things I want to have us channel in a positive direction.feedback

Oct 12 2016

Expectations is a good word. Because normally it means that you have something good attached to it at the other side.feedback

Oct 12 2016

That's pretty incredible, isn't it?feedback

Oct 11 2016

He did it a couple days ago. He got an elevated fastball and hit it to the far part of the ballpark. I think it surprised a lot of people.feedback

Oct 11 2016

We played it hard, we played it right – and they beat us.feedback

Sep 25 2016

It was just fitting that David would hit a home run, isn't it? I mean it had to have happened tonight.feedback

Sep 19 2016

He is just a different human being. That's like the window to the world up there, just sitting in his booth. He is really kind and gracious. You have to be all of that to survive that many years and you have to be good.feedback

Aug 27 2016

His swing has gotten shorter. It's more contact oriented, he is not chasing as much. He is able to put the ball in play with two strikes. That for me is the biggest difference over last year.feedback

Aug 01 2016

Travis, star of the game, between his pitching and that catch he made at the wall. Not many guys play a brick wall like he just did. That was a great catch.feedback

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