John talks to Great Britain player Jordan Edmonds of the Hamburg Stealers about his baseball career and life in the Bundesliga. Then Darius and Ben discuss whether Mike Trout should get the Barry Bonds treatment, if Chris Sale is on Clayton Kershaw's level, and what on earth is going on with Mike Leake and Andrew Cashner, before answering listener questions about player-themed areas at parks and baseball crushes. Bundesliga stats site: http://stats.baseball-softball.de/ Sam Miller's Mike...
It's #JeterWeek in the Bronx, so it's the perfect time to hear from the man who scored his most famous run - GB Baseball's recently retired outfield stalwart, Antoan Richardson. As well as discussing that run, Antoan talks linking up with GB and the future of baseball in the Bahamas.
Some bloke called Tom Pringle joins Ben Carter to talk all about the Boston Red Sox. They talk about last season, this season and of course the collection of silly questions to finish. The wild prediction that Tom makes may surprise some of the Red Sox faithful, but his thoughts on Pablo Sandoval, will not. www.batflipsandnerds.com
Matt Smith (@MattBaseballGB) joins Tom to talk all about the Oakland Athletics. They cover the Sonny Gray injury, the hopes for 2017 and Matt leaves everyone with an image of an Oakland A sitting in a gutter, eating a kebab.
Mike Shipley (@99Xenon99) joins Tom to talk all about the Toronto Blue Jays. Mike stays positive, even when talking about Jarrod Saltalamacchia and his potential time at the plate. To Toms disappointment, Josh Donaldson doesn't feature in the silly questions to finish.
Joe Hulbert (@HulbertJoe) joins Ben Carter (@UkBaseballBlog) to talk all about the Los Angeles Angels. They discuss the back end of the rotation, why Mariners fans should be cautious of Jerry Dipoto and the quick fire questions to finish. Which category will Mike Trout fit into?
Rob Noverraz (@RobNoverraz) joins Tom to talk all about the Tampa Bay Rays, the fragility of their team every year and who broke David Price (This was before we all found out he was fixed). The pod finishes with another round-up of silly questions where the stakes for "Who stays at home?" continues to shift!
New Zealand Test cricketer Daryl Tuffey joins John to discuss the crossover between his sport and baseball, how fantasy baseball brought together the NZ squad in the mid 2000s, his love of the Minnesota Twins and his enduring rivalry with 'arch nemesis' Scott Sytris.
Craig Hurring (@CraigHurring) joins Tom to talk all about the Milwaukee Brewers. They get all poetic and sentimental about this sport we all love, before deciding that Ryan Braun should stay at home, unless he's playing.
Jasmine Baba (@__baba) joins Tom to talk all about the San Francisco Giants, their 2016 fragile bullpen and lack of hitting, then they soon shift onto 2017 and who has the smoothest face in the lineup. This is the sort of content Giants fans want.
Mike Witcombe (@MikeWitcombe) joins Tom to talk all about the "playoff curse" Washington Nationals. Mike has hopes for 2017, but not much beyond the year. All this hope is on the rotation staying healthy and Jayson Werth keeping garlic chilli mayo out of his beard.
Mark Blakemore joins Tom to talk about Tom's least favourite subject, the New York Yankees. The conversation shifts quickly from what happened last year to what will happen this year, then finally onto the mighty team the Yankees could have in 2018.
John is joined by Great Britain, and former Cincinnati Reds AAA, catcher Chris Berset to discuss his career with the GB squad, holidays with the grandparents in London and the craft and psychology that goes into being the busiest man on the field.
Alex Hoad of Kent Online joins Tom to talk all about the San Diego Padres. But before the chaps get down to that, Alex reveals he once competed in the NFL combine, then proceeds to make a wild AND bold prediction about Jered Weaver. Don't miss this one!
On the second episode of the season previews, Tom is joined by BFBS DJ Hal Stewart to talk all about the Seattle Mariners. He begins by admitting he should have never chosen them and finishes by saying he hasn't seen the Adam Lind fart. In between there is some chat about last season and this upcoming season.
Jenny Fromer, joint-CEO of national development agency Baseball Softball UK, joins John to discuss their plans to grow the game UK wide, develop elite talent and how the mooted MLB London series might help boost the Great Britain baseball squad's Olympic dreams.
John and Tom chat to MLB's Director of Market Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Jason Holowaty on his journey to the UK, how MLB found and developed Max Kepler and the next steps for the game in the UK.
Tom takes the host's chair as he and John discuss a few potentially quirky World Series stories before nailing their colours to the mast and predicting a particularly big series for a very big man - Joe West. They then turn to the issue of domestic violence, attempting to work through the thorns of risk, PR, rehab and censure to work out the tipping point for offending sportsmen. The answer? It's complicated.