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Mark Grote

Mark Grote is the host of Cubs pregame and postgame shows on WBBM Newsradio 780. He was previously the update anchor for the “Mully and Hanley Show” on 670 The Score and the host of Bears pregame shows for the station.

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Javier Baez with the Cubs in 2014. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Grote’s Q-and-A With Jason McLeod: Javier Baez Is Controlling His Swing

McLeod talks Baez, Double-A prospect Wilson Contreras and September call-ups.

CBS Chicago–08/26/2015

Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel. (Getty Images)

Grote: Cubs Starters Look To Clean Up Nagging Issues

Hammel hasn’t gone deep in games, Lester needs to work on his pick-off and Hendricks has had recent troubles with mechanics.

CBS Chicago–08/18/2015

Jeff Samardzija. (Getty Images)

Grote: Jeff Samardzija Keeping All Options Open In Free Agency

Samardzija will hit the open market this offseason after an up-and-down 2015 campaign.

CBS Chicago–08/17/2015

Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler. (Getty Images)

Grote: Cubs’ Jorge Soler Is Searching For More Power

Soler has five home runs this season in 344 plate appearances.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2015

Cubs manager Joe Maddon. (Getty Images)

Grote’s Cubs Observations: Joe Maddon Prefers Feet-First Slides

Plus, Pedro Strop and Tommy Hunter are happy to be reunited.

CBS Chicago–08/04/2015

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. (Getty Images)

Grote’s Cubs Observations: ‘Slump’ Is A Forbidden Word In Clubhouse

Assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske and third baseman Kris Bryant share thoughts amid the team’s offensive struggles.

CBS Chicago–07/27/2015

Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. (Getty Images)

Grote’s Q-and-A With John Smoltz: Cubs ‘Ahead Of The Curve’

Smoltz gives his thoughts on Chicago’s younsters, Jon Lester and who he thinks is the NL favorite.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2015

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. (Getty Images)

Grote: Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny Recalls Terrors Of His Concussions

“You’ve only got one chance at this with your brain, so let’s be smart,” Matheny says.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2015

Then-Mets outfielder Mike Baxter, now with the Cubs, leaves the field after being injured while colliding with the wall on June 1, 2012. His catch preserved Johan Santana's no-hitter, the first in Mets history. (Getty Images)

Grote: The Best Catch Of Mike Baxter’s Career Was Also The Most Painful

With the Cubs in New York, Mike Baxter recalled his 2012 catch that preserved the Mets’ only no-hitter.

CBS Chicago–07/01/2015

Cubs manager Joe Maddon. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Grote’s Q-and-A With Orel Hershiser: Trade Deadline Could Tilt NL Race

Every National League team has had its flaws displayed, Orel Hershiser says.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2015

Kyle Schwarber. (Getty Images)

Grote’s Cubs Observations: Kyle Schwarber Keeps It Simple In Big League Cameo

Schwarber went 8-of-22 in his six-game stint in the majors.

CBS Chicago–06/22/2015

Kyle Schwarber. (Getty Images)

Grote: Cubs Veterans Nurture, Don’t Resent Young Stars

“The real good veteran kind of enjoys this moment because it happened with him,” Joe Maddon says.

CBS Chicago–06/18/2015

Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada. (Getty Images)

Grote’s 5 Cubs Observations: Tsuyoshi Wada Needs His Fastball Command

Wada’s had two poor outings in a row and is struggling to find consistency.

CBS Chicago–06/15/2015

Cubs manager Joe Maddon. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Grote: Joe Maddon Blew Up On A Writer In 1982 To Protect Mike Rizzo

Maddon recalled one of the few — only? — times he really got into it with the media.

CBS Chicago–06/10/2015

Cubs prospect Albert Almora, right. (Getty Images)

Grote’s Observations: Albert Almora’s Tweaking His Approach

Almora’s hitting .250 with a .621 OPS at Double-A Tennessee.

CBS Chicago–06/08/2015

Javier Baez. (Getty Images)

Grote’s 5 Cubs Observations: Schwarber, Baez Getting Consideration For Call-Up When DH Needed

Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez could be used when the Cubs visit AL parks in June.

CBS Chicago–06/03/2015

Cubs manager Joe Maddon. (Getty Images)

Grote: Explaining Joe Maddon’s Disdain For The Word ‘Development’

“Development” isn’t an excuse for poor play in Maddon’s mind.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2015

Cubs reliever Pedro Strop. (Getty Images)

Grote: The Story Behind Pedro Strop’s Crooked Hat

Strop has been fined before for his off-to-the-side hat, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon is cool with it.

CBS Chicago–05/18/2015

Cubs manager Joe Maddon. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Grote: Joe Maddon’s Batting Order Keeps Cubs On Their Toes

The Cubs are getting accustomed to Maddon’s unconventional ways.

CBS Chicago–05/11/2015

Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Grote: Jon Lester Looks To Be Stopper Against Red-Hot Cardinals

The Cubs don’t want the Cardinals to get too far out of their sights in the NL Central.

CBS Chicago–05/06/2015