Central Illinois native finds home in Cubs clubhouse

CHICAGO (WCIA) -- Walking onto Wrigley Field has become the norm for Nate Halm, but the Mahomet-Seymour grad admits it never gets old.

"A bad day here is better than most days anywhere else, so it's a dream come true to come to work everyday and really lucky and fortunate to call this place my office," Halm said.

The Cubs advanced scouting coordinator has been with the organization since 2009. He started as a part-timer, got an internship the next year and worked his way up to his current position in the front office. He spends most of his time looking at opposing team's pitchers, crunching numbers and data to help Cub hitters at the plate on game day. His primarily role is run production. Another guy in his role focuses on run prevention. Halm travels with the team everywhere they go and is in constant contact with the players and coaching staff. His office is next to manager Joe Maddon's.

"It could be evaluating the other team," Halm said. "It could be helping our hitters in understanding themself and their swings and whatever we may need. It's kind of a bunch of digging and looking through analytics and watching a lot of film, looking at different numbers and trying to find anything that might help."

Scouting is just one part of Halm's job. During the game, he's the replay guy. So when Joe Maddon picks up the phone to ask if the Cubs should challenge a call or not, it's Halm on the other end offering his opinion on what to do.

"It's a little bit of adrenaline because you get to impact the game with just one phone call," Halm said. "We have a time limit so you have to be quick with your decision, but there's a lot of different angles you have to look at, so we try to go through that process and be as quick but calm about how we come to that conclusion. Then we relate it to Joe and Davie in the dugout and they can go from there with the umpires."

Halm doesn't wear his World Series ring much. Most of the time it's locked up at his Wrigleyville apartment, but the 108-diamond keepsake is a constant reminder for the lifelong Cub fan of his place in history -- helping the so-called loveable losers break one of the oldest streaks in sports.


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