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A weekly podcast hosted by Matthew Atkins focused on baseball, beer and life.

A weekly podcast hosted by Matthew Atkins focused on baseball, beer and life.


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A weekly podcast hosted by Matthew Atkins focused on baseball, beer and life.




All-Star Recap

Tune in to this week's episode of the podcast as Matt and Trey recap their favorite moments from All-Star Week, covering everything from the game itself, to the Home Run Derby and the MLB Draft. Plus, some big news on Thursday as the Yankees and Red Sox had to postpone their game due to some positive COVID tests within the Yankees' organization. And a big trade went down Thursday evening that tells us a little bit about the direction two teams are heading as we near the deadline. All that...


Preseason Prediction Update

We've officially reached the halfway point of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, which means it's time to look back at our preseason predictions and see how accurate, or in this case inaccurate, they are. Trey and I go through the standings in each division, who we picked to win the division, and our World Series matchups. All we can say is we tried our best at the beginning of the season. You never know what's going to happen in baseball. Plus, other discussions including: should the...


Wander Franco Has Arrived

The No. 1 prospect in all of MLB has made his debut! Wander Franco, the top-ranked prospect in the Rays' organization was called up over the weekend, and made his debut on Tuesday night in the Rays' game against the Red Sox. We discuss what his arrival means for baseball and how he compares to other highly-anticipated prospects. Plus, the Jr.'s are taking over the game. Vladdy Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ronald Acuna Jr. are all among the offensive leaders in MLB, putting up phenomenal...


A Sticky Situation

MLB released its memo to teams this week detailing the punishment for pitchers caught using foreign substances on the baseball, and we have a lot of thoughts. Is this really as bad as other forms of cheating? Is Tyler Glasnow justified in thinking that a lack of sticky substances caused his injury? Is the punishment enough? We answer all those questions and more. Plus, there are two candidates for AL MVP that stand out above the rest. Trey and I each give our thoughts on the race and which...


Bennett Conlin, Daily Progress

UVA baseball is heading to Super Regionals after winning the Columbia, SC regional last weekend. A wild weekend of baseball culminated in a dramatic walk-off victory over Old Dominion on Tuesday morning, setting up a Super Regional matchup with Dallas Baptist, also in Columbia. Daily Progress UVA Sports reporter Bennett Conlin joins us on the podcast today to recap UVA's weekend, and preview their upcoming matchup. Plus, I give my thoughts on some of the breakout players we've seen in MLB...


Ozuna Arrested, Softball vs. Baseball

Braves' left fielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested over the weekend and charged with aggravated assault by strangulation and misdemeanor family violence battery. He was already missing time due to injury, but now he'll likely face a significant suspension once MLB completes its investigation into the incident. While many fans would like to see Ozuna gone from the game, it's a little tricky for the Braves to get out of paying his contract, but they can try to void it once the investigation is...


Hokies Softball Heads to Super Regionals

For just the second time in program history, the Virginia Tech softball team is heading to Super Regionals! The Hokies went undefeated in the Tempe Regional last weekend, setting up a matchup against No. 2 seed UCLA in Los Angeles beginning on Thursday. Evan Hughes joins the podcast to break down the Hokies' season so far and preview this weekend's matchup. Plus, I go over all of the notable injuries we've heard of in just the past two days, which is a lot. Including one very weird injury...


Best Players to Wear No. 24

With Trey and I each turning 24 this week, we decided to rank the best players to ever wear the number 24 during their MLB careers. Turns out, there are a lot of greats who have donned this number, including some that are ranked in the top players of all time. While I thought our lists would be pretty similar, there's one controversial player who causes us to have a bit of a debate on how we put together our rankings. Plus, we touch on all of the injuries around Major League Baseball....


A's May Relocate, Tatis on the IL, Pujols Released

We're a few days late this week but we've got a packed half hour full of all kinds of baseball news. Starting off with a discussion about the Oakland A's possibly having to relocate unless they can get a new stadium. Will it get done? And if they do move, where will they go? Plus, Fernando Tatis Jr. is back on the IL after testing positive for COVID-19 and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols was released by the Angels. We'll touch on all of that and more on today's episode!


April Players of the Month

Trey and Matt are back this week with another half hour of baseball talk! Since we missed last week, we have plenty to discuss. We cover everything from the biggest injuries around Major League Baseball, to the April Players of the Month and some college baseball updates. Plus, we play a little bit of contender or pretender with some of the teams that have surprised us so far this year. And we ask you - one month into the season, how are you feeling about your team? All that and more on...


April 21, 2021 MLB Update

We're back for another episode breaking down everything that has happened in MLB over the past couple of weeks. We touch on the two no-hitter, Corbin Burnes' hot start, the Braves and Yankees struggles and so much more. Plus, we give you the usual Commonwealth College Baseball update and ponder whether there could be a baseball Super League. Tune in!


Top 3 Moments from Week 1

We've gotten through one week of the 2021 MLB season and there is already so much to talk about! Trey Lyle and I sit down today to go over our top moments from the first days of the season and some of the biggest overreactions we are having to the way teams are playing so far. Plus, a bit of injury news regarding one of the game's top talents, but it's not as bad as it could've been. Tune in for all that and more on today's episode!


Happy Opening Day and AL Preview

Opening Day 2021 is here! After a shortened 60-game season last year, we're getting a full 162 games this season, and we are ready for all of it. Last week we gave you our predictions and preview for the National League, and this week we're shifting to the American League. Tune in as we go through the win total odds for each team in the AL and give our predictions on division winners, World Series matchup and more!


NL Preview Pt. 2: Predictions and Odds

Tune in today for the second part of our 2021 National League preview! Trey and I go through the projected win totals and odds for each NL team to make the playoffs, plus we give our predictions on who we think will win each division and earn the Wild Card spots. Stay tuned til the end for a player prop bet as we give our picks for which player will lead the league in home runs in 2021.


NL Preview Pt. 1: Steve Sax

As we inch closer to the 2021 MLB season, it's time to begin our season previews. We start with the National League, and with Los Angeles as the favorite, who better to join us than a former Dodger? 1982 National League Rookie of the Year and two-time World Series winner Steve Sax joins us on today's episode to break down just how far ahead the Dodgers are in the NL. Plus, we get Steve's predictions on each of the division winners and Wild Card teams.


Baseball Across the Commonwealth: Fredericksburg, Va.

This week on Baseball Across the Commonwealth, we travel to the Northern Virginia city of Fredericksburg. The city is home to plenty of history, but one of the more exciting things happening in 2021 is the inaugural season of the Fredericksburg Nationals. The Nationals were originally supposed to begin play in 2020, but with the MiLB season canceled, their first season was pushed back a year. Now they're ready to open up their gates, and they've got a lot of fun stuff planned for this...


Happy St. Patrick's Day

On this St. Patrick's Day, Trey and I take some time to look at the members of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame, with a bit of trivia. Plus, we give our thoughts on MLB experimenting with rule changes in Minor League Baseball. And what St. Patrick's Day would be complete without some beer? Mariah joins us again for "So You Think You Don't Like Beer?" but this time, I'm picking the drink. We're tasting the Dublin classic, Guinness Draught Stout. Tune in for all that and more!


Fan Mail

Trey Lyle and I are back at it this week with another breakdown of the latest college baseball and Spring Training news. Virginia Tech is all the way up to No. 12 in Baseball America's rankings this week after winning their first ever series against UNC last week. The Hokies took a walk-off victory over VCU last night and are back against the Rams this afternoon. Plus, we discuss the fan mail that we've sent in our lives and how the rise of social media has changed the way we interact...


Top 10 MLB Players

On this week's episode of the podcast Trey and I put together our lists of the top 10 players in Major League Baseball. Each of our list has some obvious rankings, some surprises and some really bold picks. Plus, Mariah returns for another edition of "So You Think You Don't Like Beer?" This week, we're tasting and reviewing the Fig Gose with Orange Zest from Ardent Craft Ales right here in Richmond. Tune in for all that and more!


Baseball Across the Commonwealth: Woodstock

Our journey across the state of Virginia takes us to the small Shenandoah Valley town of Woodstock this week. Woodstock is a town of roughly 5,000 people, but it has a lot of history behind it. And as with all of the towns we visit on our journey, it has a great local brewery and a proud local baseball team. For today's episode, we visit with Mike Bocock, Valley Baseball League Hall of Famer and manager of the Woodstock River Bandits. We also get a chance to chat with Travis Cooper, a...