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ESPN fantasy experts Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockroft provide strategy, game overviews and injury reports.

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The Summer He Turned 13

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 63:37

Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Mr. Sunday Night, an intriguing Cardinals team, Freddie Freeman firing his agent and the subsequent fallout, and rumblings of a Juan Soto deal. Then, Hembo swings by to talk about Sandy Alcantara bucking trends, the best futures bet in Vegas, Aaron Judge's strike zone, if the Phillies can overcome Bryce Harper's injury and the Orioles' first winning month since 2017. Plus, Jessica Mendoza on the AL MVP race, Kyle Schwarber torching the month of June and Chris Taylor's clinical throw to get Trent Grisham out at home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Creative Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 50:46

Xavier Scruggs and Buster discuss the Blue Jays' walk-off win over the Red Sox, the conversation in the Red Sox clubhouse with Tanner Houck back in Boston, Freddie Freeman firing his agent, if Phil Nevin's suspension is MLB cracking down on retaliation, the worst fight Xavier was ever in and how the Padres should deploy Fernando Tatis Jr. when he returns. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Red Sox, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sheer Volume of Emotion

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 55:20

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss an exciting weekend series between the Yankees and Astros, Houston no-hitting New York on Saturday, Aaron Judge's walk-off home run, Judge settling with the Yankees, Freddie Freeman's emotional return to Atlanta, the Dodgers' gentle reminder for Freeman, Bryce Harper's broken thumb, and the brawl between Seattle and Anaheim. Later, Sarah Langs on if she's ever been in a physical altercation, Shohei Ohtani's 118 mph home run, why the Yankees' 16 hit-less innings bodes well for them and Brusdar Graterol throwing heat three days in a row. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aaron Judge Judgement

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 56:32

Hembo and Buster dive deep on Aaron Judge's arbitration hearing and play a game of “Reminds Me Of…”. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to discuss the College World Series final between Ole Miss and Oklahoma, Freddie Freeman's return to Atlanta, the Yankees' magic formula, Judge's walk off hit against the Astros, and if Yordan Álvarez will participate in the Home Run Derby. Later, Buster's conversation with Adam Wainwright on the intricacies of his curveball grip, working on his command, learning pitching from his brother, strike percentage, what's next for him and if he's thinking about the Hall of Fame. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

We Don't Talk Like We Used To

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 49:35

Boog Sciambi and Buster discuss the struggling Cubs, Oneil Cruz showing off his tools, Boog's indifference to immaculate innings and hitting for the cycle, Max Scherzer giving the quote of the year, how the Mets could up the price for Aaron Judge this offseason, Jack Flaherty's weak outing, and the Brewers' vulnerability. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about his trip to Toronto, share this week's Phantom Franchise and administer the quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Hand Over My Heart

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 49:47

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the likely end of Lorenzo Cain's career, their concern over a raft of injury news, Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker's relationship, the Nationals retiring Ryan Zimmerman's number, and a fan negotiating with the Astros to give up J.J. Matijevic's first home run ball. Later, Sarah Langs calls in from Citi Field to talk about her go-to ballpark food, Jack Suwinski's three home run afternoon, Sandy Alcántara going deep into games, and two players hitting grand slams for their first MLB home runs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Paralysis By Analysis

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 62:22

Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the College World Series, Chris Sale's injury update, why the Red Sox are feeling good, the AL East teams occupying the Wild Card slots, everything and nothing changing for the Astros, if the Astros' cheating scandal will impact José Altuve's Hall of Fame case, and which teams are the biggest non-Yankee contenders to nab Aaron Judge in free agency. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about how the Yankees can own this summer, Manny Machado's Hall of Fame track and the unicorn in our midst. Later, Jessica Mendoza on Yordan Álvarez thriving and Alex Bregman struggling, Dansby Swanson's improved hitting, and the Padres' seven-man rotation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Portrayal of a Human Being

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 56:40

Alden Gonzalez and Buster discuss if the Astros' immaculate innings matter, Tyler Anderson's near no-hitter and mid-career emergence, if Walker Buehler returns this season, the Dodgers' early vulnerability, Manny Machado's evolution as a leader, and the update on Fernando Tatis Jr.'s injury. Then, director of ESPN's Derek Jeter docuseries “The Captain” Randy Wilkins stops by to talk about Jeter's reaction to the final product, telling a balanced story about Jeter's life, not shying away from difficult moments, coming up under Spike Lee, interviewing Michael Jordan for the doc, what he heard from other shortstops about Jeter and his prediction on what's next for the former Yankee captain. Later, Todd Radom shares this week's Phantom Franchise and administers the quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

WAR is Confusing to Me, Still

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 54:10

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Ozzie Albies breaking his foot, the Braves' 12-game winning streak, Buster previously declaring the NL East over, the Padres moving into a tie with the Dodgers in the NL West, why Alek Manoah is like a position player, the Cardinals following Paul Goldschmidt's lead, José Ramírez's season so far, Tony La Russa explaining his decision to walk Trea Turner, if the Angelos family feud could restrict the Orioles' spending and Mike Trout on the mic during Sunday Night Baseball. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Matt Carpenter, Joe Musgrove, the wins streaks in the NL East and Byron Buxton. Plus, highlights from Trouts' night on the mic, and Phil Nevin with Mike Couzens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Baseball's Most Valuable Currency

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 58:11

Hembo and Buster discuss if Tony La Russa made the right decision walking Trea Turner and the significance of his coaching career. Next, Jess Mendoza breaks down the importance of the waited runs created stat and the impact of walk-up songs. Then, Karl Ravech joins to debate the value of analytics, and they discuss the family feud between the Angelos brothers fighting over control of the Baltimore Orioles. Later, Buster answers this week's Bleacher Tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A Place to Park His RV

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 45:14

David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the Angels firing Joe Maddon, what ultimately led to his ouster, if Maddon will manage again, Aaron Judge's home run pace, the Yankees doubling their opponents' home run total, Michael Kopech or Alex Manoah and Michael Harris' amazing grab. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Buster's trip to Fenway for a concert, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

An Unfathomable Geek

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 53:52

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim's gigantic life win, Patrick Wisdom on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball, the Cardinals' balance of youth and experience, the Yankees continuing to win with fixable problems, the Braves' winning streak, the Angels' long streak, the Phillies firing Joe Girardi, and Rays players refusing to wear rainbow-colored logos for “Pride Night.” Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about covering the 2016 World Series for ESPN, Andrew McCutcheon snapping his 0-32 streak with a walk-off single, the Yankees' perfect game-bids and Noah Syndergaard's struggles. Plus, Boog Sciambi with David Ross and Oliver Marmol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Quasi-Agent

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 57:33

Karl Ravech and Buster discuss if Adam Wainwright should hang it up, the Hall of Fame case for David Cone, Tim Kurkjian's piece about his brother Matt, the Yankees sweeping a double-header against the Angels, if Aaron Judge could hit 60 home runs and a raft of injury news. Later, Jesse Rogers talks about why he's less optimistic than most when it comes to the White Sox, Josh Donaldson's hurt feelings, Christopher Morel's it-factor, when Wilson Contreras could move on from the Cubs, and Grayson Rodriguez's lat injury and the Orioles manipulating his service time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mina Kimes and the First Pitch

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 51:03

The ceremonial first pitch is a tradition almost as old as baseball itself, with presidents, celebrities and non-MLB athletes taking to the mound to aim for home plate. But the only person who may truly care about any first pitch…is the one throwing it, with the gut-wrenching feeling that they might biff. Our very own Mina Kimes will be in that position soon, throwing a first pitch for her beloved Seattle Mariners. So we called up MLB Insider Jeff Passan and enlisted legendary pitching coach Tom House to help us understand just what Mina's getting into. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Los Angeles Browns

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 50:40

Joon Lee and Buster discuss Joey Votto's improbable Fenway feat, the Red Sox continuing to struggle, the Mets' across the board competence, if the Phillies are DEAD OR ALIVE, Derek Jeter joining social media and Colorado's City Connect uniforms. Then, Todd Radom stops by to deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Fantasy Umpire Ejection League

Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 51:52

Buster takes a look at the Joc Peterson-Tommy Pham fantasy football feud. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to discuss Pederson vs. Pham and the weirdest stories he's ever covered, the Phillies needing a defensive shakeup, if the NL East race is already over, Jacob deGrom's shoulder, Paul Goldschmidt's hot May, the Rangers creeping toward .500, Gabe Kapler's national anthem protest, and what the Yankees should do with Joey Gallo. Later, Sarah Langs has notes on Nick Plummer's first career starts, Jesús Sánchez's 496 foot moon shot at Coors Field and Mookie Betts' 12 home runs in May. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Picturing Yukiko Ueno

Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 64:35

Jessica Mendoza and Buster discuss Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hitting a bomb off Shohei Ohtani, a home run Jessica that still revels in, Mookie Betts not being so hard on himself, Freddie Freeman finding his power and the poor state of facilities for women on coaching staffs across the league. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about Pete Alonso on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball and if he'll defend his Home Run Derby title, the Rowan Wick-Joey Votto feud, and the Red Sox's offensive turnaround. Later, Hembo on the Dylan Cease hype-train, handicapping the Aaron Judge sweepstakes and Adley Rutschman wearing No. 35. Finally, listen to part of Bomani Jones' conversation with Tim Anderson from The Right Time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Old Time Tag-Team

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 49:26

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss how they've come around on Joc Pederson, if we'll see more offense as the weather turns, Josh Donaldson's one-game suspension for calling Tim Anderson “Jackie,” Rob Manfred's lack of leadership in the Donaldson decision, most disappointing teams to start the season and Buster's Home Run Derby gimmick. Then, Todd Radom stops by to deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sick Of It

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 53:45

Jeff Passan and Buster discuss Josh Donaldson calling Tim Anderson “Jackie,” why Donaldson hasn't issued a mea culpa, what to expect when Trevor Bauer goes before an arbitrator to appeal his suspension, the Orioles calling up Adley Rutschman, the Yankees' in flux bullpen and who is currently the best player in baseball. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about who she'd pick as the Yankees closer, Johnny Cueto's resurgence and the Dodgers' struggles in close games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Spray Paint on a Work of Art

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 71:23

Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Mets losing Max Scherzer, if the Braves miss Freddie Freeman's at-bats, the White Sox seemingly being a sleeping giant, if the Yankees have a hole, AJ Pollack on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball and Build-A-Park at Camden Yards. Then, Hembo on Bryce Harper's hat exchange, his newest baseball crush and the lack of precedent for a team potentially trading a talent like Juan Soto. Next, Bob Ryan stops by to talk about his new book “In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair,” scoring every baseball game he's attended since 1977, witnessing the confrontation between Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson, playing HORSE against Jackson at his house, Roger Clemens' dominant performances, and a dinner with John Henry. Later, Jessica Mendoza on Oklahoma softball's utter dominance, Tim Anderson igniting the White Sox's comeback, the Diamondbacks' progress and if Madison Bumgarner could be moved to the Mets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Complete Hypothetical

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 49:32

Alden Gonzalez and Buster discuss the Red Sox as mid-season sellers, if it makes sense for the Nationals to trade Juan Soto, the Angels' starting pitching and Shohei Ohtani's fastball command. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Boston being 13 games out of first place in the AL East, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Later, Buster talks to Jason Heyward about the baseball academy he's building on Chicago's West Side. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Please, Give Me More

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 52:02

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Albert Pujols making his pitching debut and how it looks like he's having more fun than ever, Adam Wainwright's stellar start, if Harrison Bader froze the glove from his Gold Glove season, and Shohei Ohanti's amazing weekend. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the most fun moments in baseball so far this season, Pirates winning without registering a hit and Ohtani's 100th home run. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Gabe Kapler: The Most Interesting Man in Baseball

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 40:56

Picture a baseball manager. Whatever image you've conjured in your mind of, say, a slightly out of shape, older man who's all business - it probably doesn't match Gabe Kapler, who manages the San Francisco Giants. Kapler is an enigma: an uber-buff fitness geek who only eats red meat. He sports well manicured facial hair and speaks in verse, sounding more like a poet than a baseball player. Tim Keown introduces us to Kapler, and how he's rewriting baseball's unwritten rules…and reimagining what it means to be a manager. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Bet on Yourself

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 50:57

Tim Kurkjian joins Buster for a special edition of Baggage Claim Monday on a Friday to discuss the Bryce Harper injury update and what this means for the future of the Phillies. Plus, they break down the impact of Aaron Judge and why he is an early leader for MVP. Then, Jessica Mendoza joins to give her take on the electronic strike zone and how it could bring in a younger viewership. Later, Buster answers your Bleacher Tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

More of an Oval

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 52:13

Buster looks back at last night's Red Sox-Braves game where another blown strike call was a deciding factor in the outcome. Then, David Schoenfield stops by to discuss Reid Detmers' no-hitter, Justin Verlander's productive fastball, if Christian Yelich is turning a corner, the Yankees' secondary players stepping up, Jim Crane's hypocrisy and Buster's idea to improve the umpiring situation. Later, Todd Radom delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sorry Fellow Travelers

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 61:51

Buster Olney joins Karl Ravech to discuss why it felt like the Cubs had no chance against the Dodgers this weekend, if Los Angeles will run away with the National League, the number of teams on pace to win 100 games and Trevor Story getting booed in Boston. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to wax nostalgic about her time in Chicago, and talk about Walker Buehler's career WHIP, Wilmer Flores' bases loaded at-bats and Sunday's bonanza of games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Guttural Laugh

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 57:07

Hembo and Buster discuss the Phillies' collapse against the Mets, if panic or patience is needed for Philadelphia, the White Sox and Red Sox, and the only thing holding back the Blue Jays' lineup. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about the Mets' comeback, the Buck Showalter-Aaron Boone dynamic in New York, Madison Bumgarner getting tossed and the Reds' unique ugliness. Later, Jessica Mendoza on a huge college softball series between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this weekend, Shohei Ohtani's terrific outing in Boston and the issues festering in the Red Sox clubhouse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Something Special Brewing

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 53:32

Aaron Boone and Buster Olney discuss Boone's unconscious superstitions while he's on a winning streak, the energy in the Yankees' clubhouse, why he wasn't worried about Aaron Judge after he turned down New York's contract offer, his team's defense and Dusty Baker. Then, David Schoenfield stops by to talk about Baker's 2,000th managerial win, Brian Cashman's offseason moves panning out, Judge's torrid start, if the Blue Jays need to add depth to their lineup and which division race will be more fun: AL East or NL West? Later, Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the worst stadiums he's ever visited, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Chicken Salad

Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 47:28

Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Francisco Lindor's mic'd up performance on Sunday Night Baseball, the Mets' six game lead in the NL East and the upcoming series against the Braves, Bryce Harper looking off, the Angels' beach head of pitching, the Red Sox finding themselves in a deep hole after losing a series in Baltimore, and if Trevor Bauer will play in MLB again. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Kevin Gausman not yet allowing a walk, Clayton Kershaw breaking the Dodgers' all-time strikeout record and Max Scherzer's swings-and-misses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Stick to Words

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 41:49

Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss calling Dodger games, the Braves activating Ronald Acuña Jr., concern for Gavin Lux, Eric Hosmer's concentration and Joe West's comments on Angel Hernandez. Then, Hembo drops by to defend his scorching hot Albert Pujols take, contextualize the Pirates and Orioles' spending, and lay out how exactly Buck Showalter makes an impact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Still Talking About The Balls

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 49:02

Jeff Passan and Buster discuss Chris Bassitt's tough words for MLB about the baseballs, the year-over-year changes to the balls, their scorching hot takes, why the Yankees letter was a nothingburger and how we haven't yet seen the best of the Blue Jays. Then, Xavier Scruggs stops by to talk about the conversation in the Mets' clubhouse after Pete Alonso was hit again, what the Mets' pitching staff is doing so well thus far and Cody Bellinger hitting off speed pitches up the middle of the field. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts the umpires wearing logos on their uniforms, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Double Z

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 44:27

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Angel Hernandez's strike zone and Kyle Schwarber's meltdown, Bryce Harper wearing the mic for seven innings on Sunday Night Baseball, Eric Lauer's rising velocity, Miguel Cabrera's legacy after notching 3,000 hits, if Cabrera will be the last player to reach that milestone, Yankee fans throwing garbage on the field, and Eloy Jiménez going down. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Jazz Newsome and Ozzie Albies' first-pitch home runs, Byron Buxton's walk-off homer, Cody Bellinger, and Cabrera. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

I Don't Drink Tap Water

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 52:33

Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Aaron Boone walking Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball, the Phillies escaping a sweep in Colorado, the Brewers needing Christian Yelich to perform to become a complete team and attendance bottoming out in Oakland. Then, Hembo on why he's upset about the lack of Cabrera coverage, the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and the ugly consequences of non-competitive behavior. Later, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about joining the Dodgers broadcast as an analyst, if Cody Bellinger is stabilizing, Bob Melvin's credibility in the Padres' clubhouse and a fun start to the season for the Mariners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A Cold Night in Queens

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 52:44

Buster examines the Mets' 9-3 start, coming on the heels of a forgettable 2021 season. Then, Jesse Rogers stops by to discuss the similarities of Joe Maddon's culture change with the Cubs in the mid-2010s to Buck Showalter's culture change with the Mets, the Cubs putting the ball in play, the White Sox's depth, Gerrit Cole's rough night out and the minor league pitch clock shaving off 20 minutes of game time. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Padres' uniform ads, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Kiké Hernandez and Shakespeare

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 45:50

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim moving heavy things, baseball not disappointing with Freddie Freeman's home run against the Braves, Ronald Acuña Jr. starting his minor league rehab assignment, the Angels intentionally walking Corey Seager to score a run, the Red Sox leaving players behind as they head to Toronto and Jake Arrieta big-timing Tim in a Starbucks. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on sock height, Seiya Suzuki's low chase rate, Hunter Green's 100 mph pitches, the Mets' rotation ERA and a confused Mike Trout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Impact of Jackie Robinson

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 56:01

Buster Olney pays tribute to Jackie Robinson and discusses the legacy he leaves behind on the game. Then, Karl Ravech joins Buster to break down if Clayton Kershaw should have been pulled after pitching a perfect game through seven innings and the instability of the Padres. Plus, Jessica Mendoza shares what Jackie Robinson means to her and the struggles of Gerrit Cole. Later, Hembo joins Buster to discuss the emerging star of Steven Kwan and the games he's excited for this weekend.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

After Jackie: What Happened with Baseball and Black America?

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 58:25

It's been 75 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, becoming the first Black player to take the field in Major League Baseball in 1947. Jackie was a specific player chosen at a specific time, when baseball was highly aligned with Black popular culture. But what happened between baseball and Black America in the decades after Jackie's pivotal act? Why didn't baseball become a majority Black sport, like basketball and football? Why didn't MLB follow the culture into hip hop or grow its Black fan base? Jesse Washington uses his own lapsed baseball fandom to explore these questions with guests like Public Enemy's Chuck D, Jackie's son David Robinson, and current players and executives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sara Smile

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 43:40

Buster Olney discusses what makes Guardians rookie Steven Kwan special, his record-breaking performance, and Kwan's biggest hit of the season thus far. Then, Alden Gonzalez breaks down future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols' homer and mission to prove himself, the standing ovation Alec Bohm received from the Philadelphia crowd, and if the Dodgers are truly the best team in baseball. Later, Todd Radom shares this week's Phantom Franchise and quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

First Weekend Overreactions

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 44:23

Tim Kurkjian and Buster look back on the first weekend and discuss the Guardians' Steven Kwan looking like the best player in baseball, Rob Manfred gifting all the players headphones, a culture shift within the Mets' locker room, Red Sox hitters complaining how fast Yankee pitchers were working with PitchCom, if Cody Bellinger is in trouble, which side blew it in Aaron Judge's contract negotiations and the Braves' championship rings. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Hunter Greene's heat, Kwan, and the Twins' consecutive runs via the homer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Midlife Crisis Guy

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 45:13

Jessica Mendoza and Buster discuss how they took in Opening Day, how PitchCom is already speeding up the game, Bobby Witt Jr.'s big league debut, the best part of Shohei Ohtani's Opening Day, and Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman's “clash” in Atlanta. Then, Buster takes a closer look at Joey Votto turning over a new leaf on social media and his mic'd up performance during last night's broadcast. Later, Todd Radom has this week's Phantom Franchise and quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

"One Last Time"

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 47:23

Eric and Tristan discuss a pair of last second trades, evaluate all your burning questions and sign off for one final time!

Opening Day 2022

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 44:40

Buster Olney and Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos discuss celebrating the World Series in Atlanta with the fans on Opening Day, the process of designing the championship rings, when Ronald Acuña Jr. may return, early impressions of Matt Olson and his thoughts on PitchCom. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about his excitement for the season to start, the potential reception for Olson, how the Braves are feeling heading into a title defense, Joey Votto's TikToks and José Ramírez's new contract with the Guardians. Later, Hembo on Ramírez, the three most important players this season and potentially the best player in baseball through April. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Last Minute Major Ranking Adjustments

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 48:45

Eric and Tristan talk the redraft value of future fantasy monster Bobby Witt Jr.,, trying to properly value injured stars and answer your burning hashbrowns!

Master of Ceremonies

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 57:35

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim's duties at Brian Cashman's Catholic University Hall of Fame induction, the Padres trading for Sean Manaea, if the A's are retooling or tanking, the Mets' pitching woes with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer's injuries, deGrom still insisting he's going to opt out of his contract at the end of the year, where Buster thinks deGrom will end up, and the White Sox trading Craig Kimbrel for AJ Pollock from the Dodgers. Then, Buster talks to Yankees GM Brian Cashman about Tim's handling of his Hall of Fame induction, making trades during the weekend's festivities, his comments about the 2017 ALCS, recommending Carlos Beltrán for the YES Network, improving the team's defense and Josh Donaldson. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Phantom Franchise

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 40:49

Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Matt Olson, Jacob deGrom's shoulder tightness, the Mets' need for pitching security, whether the Cardinals or Brewers will win the NL Central and why Brian Cashman should've kept his thoughts on the 2017 Yankees to himself. Then, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Nationals' cherry blossom uniforms, delivers the first Phantom Franchise entry and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sleepers And Starting Pitching Tiers

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 48:48

Eric and Tristan project the roles of hot shot prospects, debate starting pitcher tiers and dive into Tristan's top sleepers for the 2022 season!

Slam Dunk Selection

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 45:55

Buster and David Schoenfield discuss Oneil Cruz being sent to the minors, how the Cruz move underscores the lack of substantive changes in service time manipulation and tanking, if Bobby Witt Jr. is the favorite for AL rookie of the year, and offseason grades for the Braves, Yankees and the NL Central. Then, Hembo makes that case for an all-time great season from the Dodgers' lineup, explains why he's picking the White Sox to win the World Series and shares which players he thinks will be break out stars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Does Tim Kurkjian Know?

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 41:47

Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney discuss the Oscars slap heard around the world, the communication breakdown between Freddie Freeman and the Braves, Albert Pujols signing with the Cardinals, why Bobby Witt Jr. should be on the Royals' Opening Day roster, MLB continuing to check for sticky stuff, and Max Scherzer looking ready to go. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Mets throwing two multi-time Cy Young winners, if Gerrit Cole can lead the AL in strikeouts, Shohei Ohtani pitching and hitting on Opening Day, and what St. Louis can expect from Pujols this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Ketel Cashes, Grichuk Gains And An Outfield Preview

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 49:26

Eric and Tristan discuss a pair of players with their value trending up, their impressions on some spring developments and breakdown the outfield position as a whole.

Always About Urgency

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 51:02

Buster starts the show examining the Orioles' continuing tank-a-thon as oddsmakers peg Baltimore's 2022 win total at 62.5 games. Then, Todd Radom stops by to discuss Vanderbilt's new logo and his new weekly series Phantom Franchises, as well as administer the first quiz of the year. Then, Karl Ravech on New York City lifting its vaccine mandate for athletes, the looming issue of needing to be vaccinated to travel to Toronto, wins totals for the AL East and NL West, and the return of the ghost runner in extra innings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Spring Stars And Pressing Questions

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 51:05

Eric and Tristan give early impressions on Spring games, talk pitchers unearthed in the "Kings Of Command" exercise, preview the corner infield spots and pick apart a recent points league mock draft before answering your draft day questions!

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