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A comprehensive look at the baseball landscape in New England, tracking prospects, recruiting, college and more.

A comprehensive look at the baseball landscape in New England, tracking prospects, recruiting, college and more.


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A comprehensive look at the baseball landscape in New England, tracking prospects, recruiting, college and more.








RI’s Ben Brutti On Being Drafted By The Reds

Ben Brutti of South Kingstown High School in Rhode Island has just been drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. What’s it like to be a high schooler with a MLB deal? How does it feel to make $400,000 when you’re still so young? Host Dan Guttenplan interviews Ben to find out.


Mets VP of Scouting Tanous Talks Trade Deadline, Player Talent

Tom Tanous is the New York Mets Vice President of Amateur and International Scouting. The New England native joins us to talk about the just-passed trade deadline as well as what he looks for when he's scouting talent.


Coach Mike Glavine on MLB Drafting Northeastern Veterans

Coach Mike Glavine from Northeastern University joins The Base Path to talk about his recently-finished season and what it was like having three players drafted by Major League Baseball. The Billerica native also talks about growing up with a famous brother - Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine.


Newly Hired Worcester Academy Coach Mike Abraham on His NEB background

Worcester Academy announced last week the hire of a new coach to replace Jim McNamara. A former St. John’s Shrewsbury standout and current North East Baseball coach Mike Abraham accepted the position. He'll take over a squad that went 14-8 and returns two Division 1 commits. He joins The Base Path to discuss the challenges that lie ahead, and why he loves Worcester so much.


Lawrence Academy Coach Margraf Celebrates ISL Win

Lawrence Academy won its first ISL championship since 2011 this spring, under the tutelage of Coach Chris Margraf. The team went 17-4-1, and sealed the ISL championship with a no-hitter against Tabor. Coach Margraf joins us to talk about his Groton-based team and what it took to win.


MIAA Division 1 State Champion Coach Blair Bourque

Blair Bourque is the head coach at Taunton High, and he recently led his team to a Massachusetts Division 1 state championship. His team clinched the championship with a victory over top-seeded Franklin, a Hockomock League rival. He joins us via Zoom.


Building a Prep Powerhouse in Winchendon with John Toffey

We sit down with one of the most accomplished prep school coaches in New England – Winchendon head coach John Toffey. John came to Winchendon in 2018 after leading Salisbury School and Cheshire Academy to a combined record of 135-9 and eight conference championships. He is now well into the process of building Winchendon into one of the region’s top developmental programs for aspiring college baseball players. 15 Winchendon players are currently committed to playing college baseball.


An Insider’s Guide to Cape Cod Baseball

A special treat this podcast, as we’re joined by Tim Foley, the play-by-play voice of the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Foley guides us through the different ways to enjoy the league, including batting clinics for the youngsters and the best places to get food! Whether you’re a longtime fan of the league or a newcomer, Foley gives you the lay of the land and tells you which teams have the best and most family-friendly parks.


MIAA Tournament Preview with BC High’s Healy

One of the favorites heading into the MIAA D1 state tournament is Boston College High. The team’s new head coach, Steve Healy joins us to discuss the potential pairings, and which teams he’d like to see — and avoid — in the tournament.


Red Sox Coach Katie Krall is Breaking Old Barriers

Katie Krall is just the second woman coach in the history of the Red Sox organization. The club hired her to serve as the player development coach at Double-A Portland, and she works with the Red Sox players on improving their game. Katie enjoys her work, but says sexism is still a real problem in the game. She joins Dan Guttenplan to talk about her experience breaking barriers with the Sox.


Nor’Easters Leaders Handicap the MIAA Season

We have two guests from Nor’Easters Baseball in studio for our podcast – Nor’Easters founder Tim Daneau and Operations Coordinator Matt Feld. Matt also covers all of the biggest games in Massachusetts high school baseball for the Boston Herald, and he’ll size up the top teams and players heading into the MIAA state tournament.


Austin Prep’s Head Coach Pollard Discusses Recruiting, Ranking

Austin Prep Head Coach Jonathan Pollard joins the podcast to talk about what makes his program special, and how he helps students find the right match. Pollard has a unique approach that combines the students’ skills with their personalities. Find out more in this edition of The Base Path.


JuCo Coach Mejia On Developing Great Young Talent

Our guest is the coach of the number three ranked junior college (JuCo) team in the nation, Northern Essex Community College’s Jeff Mejia. He arrived at Northern Essex as the Knights’ head coach in the 2013 season. Since then, the team has been crowned New England regional champions six times, district champions five times and earned five bids to the NJCAA World Series.


Be A “Winning Pitcher” With A Unique Framingham Academy

Want to add speed to your fastball? How about adding velocity to your swing? Winning Pitchers Academy in Framingham, Mass. claims to have the recipe — and it is proving it. We talk with Winning Pitchers Academy trainers John Miller and Jamie Aldoupolis about how they get their students to give their all.


MIAA Preview With Hall of Fame Coach Steve Simoes of Hopkinton High

The Massachusetts high school baseball season is underway, and our guest is a Hall of Fame coach whose team played for a state championship last season. Hopkinton High School Coach Steve Simoes was inducted to the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame earlier this year. Last spring, he led Hopkinton to the D2 state championship game, and he also has experience coaching Legion and college baseball. Enjoy his thoughts on the state of the game after a legendary career.


Sizing Up the New England Prep School Scene With Phillips Andover Coach Kevin Graber

Baseball season is underway in New England! Most high school, prep and Little League teams kicked off the season in the last week. Today, we preview the prep season with the coach of the top-ranked team in New England. Phillips Andover coach Kevin Graber will be joining us. Under Graber, Andover has won four league championships. This is the fourth season in which the Big Blue have started the season as the number one ranked prep program in New England.


FROM THE FIELD: We Visit UConn To Talk With Coach, Players

A special! We’re out of the studio and into the field! We visited UConn in Storrs, Conn., to talk with Coach Jim Penders, leading prospect Reggie Crawford who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and slugging pitcher Erik Stock who transferred to UConn from Old Dominion. Enjoy this report from UConn’s baseball field, recorded during batting practice.


Thayer’s Rick Foresteire Decides to Step Down, Reflects on Decades of Sports Leadership

Thayer Academy's AD and Varsity Baseball Coach Rick Foresteire has been leading prep sports since the 1990s. Having coached at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols and Thayer, Foresteire has decided it's time to move on from the game and seek new adventures. In this podcast, he explains to Dan Guttenplan why he chose to make the move, and what he has seen change in the game throughout his career.


Bentley’s Coach Celebrates 54th and Final Season

Bentley University’s Bob DeFelice, the longest tenured coach across all levels of college baseball, is entering his final season in 2022. In this podcast, Coach DeFelice tells us what he has learned across 54 years of Division II coaching, his life as Bentley’s only baseball coach, and how he almost became a career football coach instead.


Get the “Recruiting Edge” With Former MLB Player and Scout Ryan Leahy

Ryan Leahy’s baseball journey is as complex as any you’ve heard of. He started as a player, making his way to the L.A. Angels, when he was diagnosed with recurring thyroid cancer. Not letting the illness define him, Leahy won the Angels’ 2008 Courage Award and was friends with BU’s Pete Frates, whose ALS diagnosis brought New Englanders together. Leahy has gone on to scout for MLB and found Recruiting Edge, a consultancy for students looking to get an honest assessment and the best match for...