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Jack McKeon now advises Washington Nationals

On the cusp of 90, Jack McKeon is still going strong, serving as an adviser to Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo. I caught up with Jack back in May and we talked about the time he guided the Florida Marlins to the World Series title and George Brett, whom he managed.


Notable baseball writers at odds over next Angels manager

Two highly regarded baseball writers, Bill Madden and Mark Feinsand, are at odds over the next manager of the Los Angeles Angels. Madden, in the broadcasters and writers wing of the Hall of Fame, says John Farrell has overtaken Joe Maddon as favorite to become the Angels manager. Feinsand says not so. On the latest The Baseball Beat podcast, sportscaster Dan talks about the latest development.


Baseball is fine

A funny thing happened on the Los Angeles Dodgers' trip to the World Series. They got derailed by the Washington Nationals in the deciding game of the NLDS. But fear not, despite critics who might paint a doom-and-gloom scenario of a Washington-Tampa Bay World Series. Baseball, believe it or not, has a lot going for it, as Sportscaster Dan explains in this podcast.


Time to adopt extra inning rule?

With major league baseball games taking longer to play - just check out the post season time of games - is it time for the sport to adopt the minor league rule for extra innings? In a round table discussion with members of the Hartford Yard Goats press box, host Dan Lovallo took up that very subject.


Showalter has Minor opinion and what of the mercy rule

Former major league manager Buck Showalter was not shy about his opinion on how Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor snagged his 200th strike out of the season. And in this edition of the Baseball Beat, host Dan Lovallo discusses what Showalter had to say. Plus, when Yankees manager Aaron Boone suggested a while back that maybe MLB ought to adopt a "mercy rule," it set off a round table discussion in the Hartford Yard Goats press box. And Dan was the moderator.


Clark pens book about Cleveland Indians

Jim Clark is the long time "Voice of the Akron RubberDucks." In this edition of The Baseball Beat, host Dan Lovallo interviews Jim about his book, "Rally 'Round Cleveland: The Story of the 1974 Franchise-Saving Cleveland Indians." Dan and Jim discuss why Jim wrote the book and he offers some snippets that are in the book.


Paul Hensler discusses Bob Steele book

Growing up in Connecticut, most people had their radio tuned to one station, WTIC 1080. And the reason 'TIC was so popular was because of morning show host, Bob Steele. Steele, who died in 2002, is the subject of a new book by Paul Hensler: "Bob Steele On The Radio: The Life of Connecticut's Beloved Broadcaster." Dan Lovallo talks to Paul about his book and about Steele's love for sports.


Chuck Kaiton guests on The Baseball Beat

Legendary hockey play-by-play broadcaster Chuck Kaiton joins Dan Lovallo on The Baseball Beat. The two mostly talk about Chuck's great career as a hockey broadcaster, but they also talk a little baseball.


Major moves by MLB and remembering Phil Rizzuto

As the 2019 Major League Baseball season gets underway, word is MLB is reducing the television package it has with Facebook and removing the "exclusivity" tag. That is among the topics I talk Phil Rizzuto/Credit: You Tube captureabout in the latest edition of The Baseball Beat. Other items we discuss: MLB is considering buying the Fox regional sports networksPayroll is lower than a season agoMLB continues to use the minor leagues as an incubator for rules changesAnd I look back at the time...


Mike Tauchman deal reminiscent of Paul Zuvella trade

What a difference 24 hours make. On Saturday, Mike Tauchman was on the bubble not knowing if he would make the Colorado Rockies big league roster or be farmed out to their AAA affiliate Albuquerque. On Sunday, Tauchman had been dealt to the New York Yankees, made the roster and will be at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day when the contending Bronx Bombers play the Baltimore Orioles. Mike Tauchman/Credit: You TubeThe trade is reminiscent of one between the Atlanta Braves and Yankees on June 29,...


Busy day for Mets and remembering Willie Stargell

Willie Stargell/Credit: You TubeMar. 26, 2019 turned out to be a busy day for the New York Mets, as we explore in my latest edition of The Baseball Beat. The Mets and pitcher Jacob deGrom have agreed to a contract extension and Mets owner Fred Wilpon is buying back more of his ballclub. The Boston Red Sox and catcher Sandy Leon were in the news and so are uniforms, as Sports Illustrated examines uniform changes for the coming season. You can read the article by clicking here. We also take a...


Umps get bad wrap, where are the dolls and talking with Ralph Garr

As far as I'm concerned, MLB umpires are getting a bad wrap in this study by Boston University. The Dodgers want to know what happened to 42,000 Tommy Lasorda bobblehead dolls and the Phillies are packing them in, since signing Bryce Harper. Those are the topics I discuss in the latest The Baseball Beat podcast. My look back interview is with Ralph Garr, which I recorded in June of 1986. Garr was one of the best hitters of his day and in 1974 led the National League in batting with a .353...


Jim Valvano loved baseball

Jim Valvano loved baseball. The great, college basketball coach, who died from cancer in 1993, coached the North Carolina State men's team to the national championship in 1983. I got to thinking about "Jimmy V" the other day, when I read that North Carolina State will name the arena at Reynolds Coliseum the James T. Valvano Arena. The formal dedication is scheduled for Dec. 5. I had the chance to interview coach Valvano in 1987, while broadcasting games for the Richmond Braves, at the time...


Michael Kay's Tweet evoked memories of Mel Allen's visit to Torrington

Michael Kay, Mel AllenWhen New York Yankees television broadcaster Michael Kay posted a tweet the other day of him sitting side-by-side with Mel Allen, it evoked memories of the time Allen came to Torrington, Connecticut, my home town. Allen was truly the only "Voice of the Yankees." First on radio and then on television in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s, Allen got the assignment to call the big events, whether it be the World Series - which the Yankees were almost always in each season - the...


Sale cashes in and remembering Chuck Tanner

It appears Chris Sale has cashed in with the Boston Red Sox, as the trend continues to keep players from entering free agency. In this edition of The Baseball Beat, I talk about this latest approach to signings, Opening Day and the time I interviewed Chuck Tanner. Tanner, who died in 2011 at the age of 82, was the manager of the Atlanta Braves when I interviewed him on May 29, 1986. A successful manager with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates - a club he led to a...


Interviewing Red Barber and where will Harper go

Where will free agent Bryce Harper end up? And Major League Baseball cracks down on stealing signs. Those are some of the topics I talk about in the latest edition of The Baseball Beat. Baseball is determined to stymie clubs from using the latest technology to steal signs. And even though Manny Machado has signed with the San Diego Padres, there is still tension between the owners and players over free agency signings. I talk about that and other recent baseball topics. Also, I look back at...


Of All-Stars, Tebow and interviewing umpire Tom Gorman

Major League Baseball is changing the All-Star game. The owners and leaders from the players' association have announced the changes in addition to several other moves. In my latest The Baseball Beat podcast, I talk about the changes and also reflect on the latest news, involving Tim Tebow. My interview focuses on Tom Gorman, the late, great National League umpire. While broadcasting Richmond Braves games in 1985, I had the chance to interview Gorman, whose son Brian is an MLB umpire. Tom...


Machado to Padres and interviewing Danny Rodriguez

It looks as if Manny Machado has found his team. In this edition of The Baseball Beat, I discuss some of the topics making baseball news: Machado to the Padres?Will Bryce Harper be a Philly?The free agent battle between owners and playersBruce Bochy about to call it a careerand much, much more.Plus we have my podcast interview with Danny Rodriguez, who broadcasts on Spanish radio, the games of the Hartford Yard Goats, the Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.


Lefty Gomez, Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher, was a treasure

I recently read Jane Leavy's excellent book, Big Fella, about Babe Ruth. In it, she manages to uncover interesting nuggets about Ruth - especially in his youth - all sandwiched around a nationwide barnstorming trip Ruth and Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig took, following the New York Yankees historic 1927 season. In the book, Leavy mentioned Lefty Gomez, who pitched for the Yankees and Washington Senators and made it into the baseball Hall of Fame. It got me to thinking about the time I...


So what if the Mets want Tim Tebow on the roster

So what if the New York Mets want Tim Tebow on the roster! That's the topic of my latest episode on "The Baseball Beat." There has been some controversy stirred up on sports talk radio, since the Mets announced last week that Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback, would be assigned to the Mets AAA affiliate at Syracuse come spring. New general manager Brodie Van Wagenen even hinted a great spring training could earn Tebow a spot on the big league roster come Opening Day...