A Competitor’s Mindset with Chicago Cubs Slugger Kyle Schwarber


When faced with a career-halting injury, our guest in this episode, used the challenge as an opportunity to hone his skills in a way that ultimately helped the Chicago Cubs break the Curse of the Billy Goat and capture the World Series in 2016. Kyle Schwarber played baseball for Indiana University where he was an All-American for the Hoosiers. During the summer, he played for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Kyle was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. He signed on June 11th and made his professional debut with the Boise Hawks just three days later, going 3-4 with a home run and three RBIs. In his first year of professional baseball Kyle played several levels of Class A ball as well as Double-A. The Cubs promoted Kyle to the Major Leagues in June of 2015 after having played just one year in the Cubs Minor League system. Kyle finished his rookie season having played 69 games, with a .246 batting average, 16 home runs, 52 runs scored, and 43 RBIs in just 273 plate appearances. At just 22 years old, Kyle hit several epic home runs for the Cubs in the 2015 National League playoffs. The Cubs and Kyle entered the 2016 with high hopes though Kyle’s season certainly did not go as planned. Last season, Kyle hit 38 home runs and 92 RBIs while batting .250. In addition to being a World Series Champion slugger for the Cubs, Kyle is a leader in the community where he is incredibly passionate about supporting first responders with his charity Schwarber’s Neighborhood Heroes. The campaign is designed to recognize first responders by honoring their heroism, courage and devotion to duty.