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Ducks on the Pod 20 | The Modern Day Ted Williams

It’s official. There have been more home runs hit in the 2017 Major League Baseball season than in any other season ever before. Why? How? Host Mitch Gatzke has given up trying to find an explanation. It’s time to simply enjoy what we’re witnessing. CC Sabathia has moved to 18th on the all-time strikeouts leaderboard. ... Continue reading →

Duration: 00:14:38

Ducks on the Pod 19 | We’re Going Streaking!

Wow. The Cleveland Indians can’t stop winning. The Los Angeles Dodgers finally stopped losing on Tuesday night. The Chicago Cubs are scuffling again, with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers still lying in wait. There are four crucial series on tap this weekend. The AL MVP race is a rounding into a tossup between... Continue reading →

Duration: 00:18:11

Ducks on the Pod 18 | September is Here

The sixth and final month of the MLB regular season is upon us. Join host Mitch Gatzke as he catches up from a busy past couple weeks and prepares for an even busier month ahead. Between the historic home runs, the dominant teams, and the player nicknames, there’s a lot going on around baseball right... Continue reading →

Duration: 00:21:30

Ducks on the Pod 17 | Nothing But Good Things To Say

Mitch had a good day at work. It’s his birthday Wednesday. He’s in a good mood and there’s no negativity in this episode! He starts by giving Giancarlo Stanton props for what’s been an unbelievable stretch. Mitch used to hate on Stanton. What’s changed over the past month to make him reconsider? The Los Angeles... Continue reading →

Duration: 00:15:10

Ducks on the Pod 16 | Keeping it Light

Trade rumors are flying around everywhere as we inch closer to Monday’s trade deadline. With so much going on both on and off the field, it’s a tough time to be involved with the great game of baseball. So this week, host Mitch Gatzke is keeping it light. First, he lays out the busy month... Continue reading → The post Ducks on the Pod 16 | Keeping it Light appeared first on SportsHax.

Duration: 00:17:11

15: First Trip to Progressive Field

Mitch Gatzke (@GreatGatzke) tells us all about his first trip to Cleveland's Progressive Field. There was a lot to like and it doesn't make sense why the team draws such small crowds. Later on, baseball's buyers and sellers have made themselves known and it's time to dive into trade season. Mitch goes over each division's buyers, outlining their needs and suggesting some possible trades.

Duration: 00:25:56

14: Rookies, Wild Cards, and the Fun Division

Two rookies, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, have taken over their respective leagues. Hear Mitch Gatzke explain why what we're watching from these two is so historic. It's been five years of two Wild Card teams in each league. How have those teams done? Quite well, actually. Mitch lays out his reasons why this change is the best baseball has had since free agency. The Milwaukee Brewers are a game and a half up on the Cubs. How can they keep the defending champs at a distance? Mitch says...

Duration: 00:19:23

13: Weekend at Fenway

Mitch Gatzke, is back from a weekend in Boston that included three games at Fenway Park. His Tigers dropped 2 of the 3 games, but that didn't spoil the trip. Hear Mitch rundown his thoughts on the historic ballpark, as well as begin to plan the next trip.

Duration: 00:21:19

12: Don't Let College Baseball Be Your Kryptonite

Back after a two-week break, Mitch Gatzke (@GreatGatzke) starts with some announcements, including recognition of Albert Pujols' awesome achievement. Super Regional's are set for the D1 college baseball tournament. Find out which 16 teams are left, how they got here, and what to watch for this weekend. It's been five weeks since All-Star Game voting started. Find out which players Mitch thinks are worthy as version six of the Ducks on the Pod ballot is revealed. Finally, it's June and...

Duration: 00:25:10

11: In Defense of Derek Jeter

Mitch Gatzke (@GreatGatzke) wastes no time this week. The Astros took 3 of 4 from the Yankees in New York, winning in different ways and impressing Mitch by doing so. Derek Jeter's #2 was retired on Sunday night. Hear Mitch defend a player he feels belongs in the hall of fame. John "Boog" Schambi and Chris Singleton made the ninth inning of Sunday night's game a lot of fun. Hear Mitch show some love to his favorite braseball broadcast team. As shown by Houston's George Springer, leadoff...

Duration: 00:24:10

10: 18 Innings and Beyond

Announcements start off the show as host Mitch Gatzke (@GreatGatzke) tidies up some things. Then, the big takeaways from the Yankees' sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley over the weekend. The Cubs have not started 2017 the way they started 2016 and people are starting to notice. What's wrong? In the wake of Sunday night's 18 inning marathon, Mitch has a radical idea. What big change does he want to make to the end of games? Lastly, Francisco Rodriguez seems to be done closing games. Mitch talks...

Duration: 00:27:40

9: One Month Checkup

One sixth of the baseball season is in the books and host Mitch Gatzke ( @GreatGatzke) is here to take a look back at the most important things to come out of April. A hitter and a pitcher are highlighted for their stellar starts. All-Star Game balloting has started and Mitch has his own rundown of who's worthy. There were three teams that failed to win 10 games in the first month of play. Mitch takes a look at what exactly their issues are. And, in a rare turn of events, the National...

Duration: 00:28:14

8: My Apologies to Ryan Zimmerman

Host Mitch Gatzke (@GreatGatzke) goes around the league on a busy week in baseball. The Orioles and Red Sox got into a little scuffle over the weekend. Mitch says there's reall nothing to see here... yet. The Rockies have taken hold of first place in the NL West. How did they do it and how long can they keep it up? Then, Mitch would like to offer a sincere apology to a man he severely misjudged on the season preview show. Ryan Zimmerman is tearing the cover off the ball of late and it's...

Duration: 00:22:02

7: Deciding Who to Root For

Join host Mitch Gatzke (@GreatGatzke) as he guides us through another week in the baseball world. On this episode: Bruce Bochy gets some help with his lineup card. The home team doesn't always win, and that's not necessarily a shame. The Yankees are thriving in their new "under the radar" role. And, contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of superstars in baseball.

Duration: 00:28:04

6: Draft Day

Join host Mitch Gatzke (@GreatGatzke) for a rundown of his fantasy league draft day. The Country Strong roster is set. Now it's up to the boys to go out an make him look smart. Wil Myers is off to a good start! Then, Mitch shows some love to his same-name brother Moreland, who had quite a weekend in Detroit. Nate, the old college roommate, manages to stump Mitch with a very technical question that deserves some explanation. Finally, we look ahead to the weekend and an interleague showdown...

Duration: 00:21:09

5: Season Preview Special

Mitch Gatzke previews the 2017 Major League Baseball season, division by division, touching on each and every team. Which off-season moves are going to matter most? Who's playing to win, and who's just trying to get through the season? Ultimately, what will the playoff picture look like? All those answers and so much more on this extended episode.

Duration: 00:46:23

4: Last Show Before First Pitch

Listen as host Mitch Gatzke takes issue with his favorite baseball writer, Jonah Keri, and defends Ian Kinsler's comments about the cultural differences in baseball. Buster Olney has some ideas about improving the World Baseball Classic, but Mitch doesn't see them as reasonable. The game has changed significantly over the past few years. Mitch dives into some of the statistical trends that have emerged as a result. And finally, to get you ready for the 2017 season, Mitch highlights some...

Duration: 00:28:55

3: Captain America and the Country Strong Keepers

Adam Jones is making it hard for us not to use a super cheesy nickname. Hear why host Mitch Gatzke (@GreatGatzke) thinks we've already seen the catch of the year. Last week, Mitch submitted his list of four keepers for his fantasy baseball team. He provides some background on the unique league he is a part of and reveals the first four members of his 2017 Country Strong squad. Then, the World Baseball Classic is drawing to a close this week with big matchups in the championship round....

Duration: 00:30:46

2: Necessary Evils

Host Mitch Gatzke sounds off about issues stemming from the World Baseball Classic. Mexico feels they were screwed. Mitch blames their poor play. Pitchers are limited, but what else did you expect? The rule putting runners on first and second to start the 11th killed two great games. Injuries happen in spring training too, so don't use that as an excuse to decline an invite to the WBC. Finally, Javier Baez shows us something new and cool that will hopefully continue.

Duration: 00:20:23

1: The Changes and the Classic


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