Len Kasper has been the play-by-play announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball on WGN-TV and Comcast SportsNet since 2005.

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  • Cubs & Phillies At Wrigley Notes

    *The Cubs and Phillies have played 867 games at Wrigley. The Cubs lead the series 476-387-4) *August 25, 1922 – After scoring 14 runs in the first inning, the Cubs defeat the Phils 26-23. The 14-run inning remains the largest ever against the Phils. *April 17, 1976 – Mike Schmidt ties a major-league record by hitting four home runs in four consecutive at-bats in a wild 18-16 Phils win. He finished 5-for-6 with 8 RBIs. *May 17 1979 – another […]

  • Cubs Game Notes For Friday @ Milwaukee

    * The Cubs split a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks this week, winning the first two games before dropping the last two. The Cubs have lost four straight road games. Chicago has homered in a season-high four consecutive games. * The Brewers’ 16 wins are the most in baseball. Milwaukee has won five of its last six games. The Brewers have homered in a season-high six consecutive games. This will be the first meeting of the season between the […]

  • Reading List

    Some fun weekend baseball reading for you: 1) Exhaustive FanGraphs piece on why Jeff Samardzija has been so good this year. By Jeff Sullivan. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/jeff-samardzija-in-the-name-of-efficiency/ 2) Another FanGraphs piece. Great Q&A with Pedro Martinez on the art (and science) of pitching. By David Laurila. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/pedro-martinez-on-the-art-and-science-of-pitching/ 3) SBNation follows up the bizarre Miguel Olivo ear-biting incident with follow-up comments from Evander Holyfield via the LA Times. If you’re not too squeamish. By Steven Goldman. http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2014/5/23/5745528/evander-holyfield-alexander-guerrero-mike-tyson-miguel-olivo-ear-bitten 4) Ben Lindbergh from Baseball Prospectus […]

  • Happy Birthday Wrigley

    As I think about Wrigley’s 100th birthday, I still go back to what my overriding feeling about the park has been for 20 years–simplistic beauty. The Friendly Confines don’t distract from the sights and sounds of the city, they rather blend in perfectly. I love coming in on Addison from the west and just getting that first glimpse of the facade once you get past Racine. That never gets old. You’re in the middle of a bustling city and all […]

  • The Match Game

    Couple of quick notes for Pirates-Cubs tonight on WGN. Rick Renteria has been playing the matchups early on and by and large will continue to try to exploit the platoon splits. However, he will try to get right-handed hitting players in there against righties and same for the left-handed hitters vs. southpaws as we go. I’ve called this club the land of opportunity and it’s apparent that he is very open to the idea of guys grabbing every day spots […]

  • Opening Day

    We’re finally here after 30-some spring training games that really didn’t matter much at all. Although I suppose Mike Olt, Ryan Kalish and Brian Schlitter would tell us otherwise. All three had something to prove this spring and all three are on the Opening Day roster. It’s amazing how many changes have occurred with this club over the last few years. We’re at the point at which Jeff Samardzija is the long-tenured “veteran” and he’s not even 30. New manager, […]

  • Finale

    It is our final home game of the season.  Kinda hard to believe.  Usually, bad years for a baseball team are called “long” seasons, but I felt like this one went pretty fast.  Maybe it’s just that I’m getting older and EVERYTHING is going by too quickly. Special thanks to our home TV crew on both WGN and CSN.  We are fortunate to have such a hard-working group at Wrigley that collectively wants to put on the best baseball broadcast […]

  • Stats Sunday – Cub Leaders

    We are going to go Cubs-centric for Stats Sunday the final two weeks and take a look at some career leader boards in some of the advanced stats we have featured this season.   This Sunday we focus on position players.  Next Sunday, it’s pitching.   Thanks to the fine folks at Baseball-Reference.com for their great team leaderboard pages.   We start with a key link so you can explore on your own.  For Cubs all-time batting leaders (top 10 […]

  • Bumpy Road

    Wrapping up the Cubs’ longest road trip since 2004 today.  It’s been a grind.  The Cubs limp into today’s series finale having lost 5 in a row and 7 of 10 on the journey. This is the last game against a non-contender.  The final 3 sets are against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, whose magic number is 2 in that division, Pittsburgh and then St. Louis.  The Pirates and Cardinals will both be in the post-season.  It’s just a matter […]

  • Balancing Act

    The Cubs’ long trip continues in Milwaukee tonight. They had a 3-4 week against two playoff contenders last week and after this 4-game series they play Atlanta, Pittsburgh and St. Louis to finish the season. As I think about this season, it clearly has represented a step forward. The record has improved, the Cubs have been in most of their games and the emergence of Travis Wood and Welington Castillo in particular have been encouraging to see. Of course, finishing […]