“Through the years I’ve talked to a lot of friends of mine that have played for the Cubs. The one thing that everyone talked about was the schedule in Chicago. They get excited walking into a city that’s based on baseball, but once they start dealing with the schedule it kind of mentally wears you down.
“Believe it or not that’s one of the biggest issues for that organization to become a winning ballclub. When you come down to the Cubs’ schedule it’s a game-changer, believe it or not. They play so many day games at home and then they have to travel to another city and adjust themselves to the night games.
“If the rest of the league had the same schedule that you have it’s fine. But once you play day games for about a week and next thing you know you have to go into a city and play night games, then the next thing you know you have to go to the West Coast and adjust to the time there, then you have to come back home and start playing day games, it’s too hard for baseball (players).”