Marquee Sports Network spotlights Chicago Cubs prospects with ‘Road to Wrigley’ show

The new show, ‘Road to Wrigley’, had a soft launch on July 15 as RSN sought to refine tech elements while ironing out issues.Marquee sports network

As the struggling Cubs look to the talent of the future, Marquee Sports Network is capitalizing with a new whiparound program that will show live looks from the club’s four minor league affiliates all season. “Road to Wrigley,” which is inspired by “NFL RedZone,” will debut live at 7 p.m. CT Friday. Analysts Elise Menaker, Lance Brozdowski and Jim Callis will host the program from Marquee’s studio across from Wrigley Field. The trio will break down key beat and pitch sequences from the Cubs’ top prospects, including the use of simultaneous split-screen streams. “It stands to reason that a network referring to itself as the home of the Cubs would want to talk about the future as well as the present,” Marquee general manager Mike McCarthy told SBJ. In addition to the whiparound program, which is programmed around coverage of Cubs games, Marquee is airing 39 minor league games in Cubs affiliates this year.

DEVELOPMENT & LAUNCH: McCarthy and Marquee SVP/Programming & Production Michael Santini led the show’s development, while associate producer Michael Norman also played a key role and initially brought the idea to Santini, McCarthy said. The show had a soft launch on July 15 which did not include much publicity as the RSN sought to ensure that the tech elements were running smoothly while fixing any issues. “Road to Wrigley” is set to air live again on August 25, with at least two more episodes to follow after this season. “Later you’ll see even more,” McCarthy said.

Robert M. Larson