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A weekly show hosted by Jesse Friedman that features interviews, analysis, and stories on players and teams around Major League Baseball.

A weekly show hosted by Jesse Friedman that features interviews, analysis, and stories on players and teams around Major League Baseball.
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A weekly show hosted by Jesse Friedman that features interviews, analysis, and stories on players and teams around Major League Baseball.




Talking Hosmer, Samardzija, and everything StatCast with's Mike Petriello

More StatCast writer Mike Petriello joins the show to talk about what Eric Hosmer has done to turn his season around, why Jeff Samardzija is underrated, the relevance of hitting with runners in scoring position when evaluating players, and much more. Follow Mike on Twitter at

Duration: 00:20:17

Talking Jon Duplantier, trade deadline, and more Diamondbacks on the EZ Sports Talk Show

I joined the EZ Sports Talk Show with Jim Marshall and Ed Smith to talk everything Diamondbacks on July 22nd.

Duration: 00:23:36

Talking Royals, Sonny Gray, Cubs, and More with's Richard Justice

More Executive Correspondent Richard Justice joins the show to talk about the D-Backs' recent statement, Sonny Gray's future, Dayton Moore's plans for the Royals, and much more.

Duration: 00:12:23

Talking yesterday's trades, prediction metrics, and more with ESPN analyst Dan Szymborski

Dan Szymborski, ESPN analyst and "Zipsetician," joins the show to break down yesterday's big trades, the importance of run differential in predicting outcomes, and the Cubs' surge out of the All-Star Break.

Duration: 00:14:53

Talking All-Star Game flaws, NL West turnaround, and more with Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan is an actor, comedian, and the host of @SullyBaseballDaily. He joins the show to share his wild revamp of the All-Star Game, explain why the Dodgers have to make the World Series this year, and much more.

Duration: 00:32:38

Talking Dodgers with LA Times Writer Dylan Hernandez

Dylan Hernandez, Dodgers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, joins the show to talk about the front office's philosophy, trade deadline needs, and why he believes the team should go all in this year. Read Dylan's article "It’s time for the folks upstairs to step to the plate for the Dodgers" here:

Duration: 00:16:32

Talking Corbin, Rodney, and other Diamondbacks topics on NBC Sports 1060

What does Patrick Corbin's future hold? Is Fernando Rodney the permanent closer for 2017? I talked these questions and more in an interview on NBC Sports 1060 on Saturday, June 3rd. Hear more Diamondbacks chatter on Jesse's other podcast, @TheRattleAZ.

Duration: 00:13:35

Talking Diamondbacks on the EZ Sports Talk Show

I was honored to join the EZ Sports Talk Show on NBC Sports Radio 1060 AM as a guest to discuss the Diamondbacks' fast start, whether or not the they'll buy at the trade deadline deadline, and much more!

Duration: 00:12:48

Talking Swanson, Bradley, Haniger, & More with Former Pro Scout Bernie Pleskoff

Former pro scout Bernie Pleskoff joins the show to discuss the outlooks for Braves SS Dansby Swanson, D-Backs RP/SP Archie Bradley, and Mariners OF Mitch Haniger. He also invites listeners to join him on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba in 2018. You can follow Bernie on Twitter at

Duration: 00:15:07

Talking Early Season Results & Baseball Research with SABR President Vince Gennaro

Vince Gennaro joins the show to discuss when we should start caring about team's records, how sabermetrics impact baseball's appeal to mass audiences, and what a study he conducted reveals about why certain players outperform others in the playoffs.

Duration: 00:12:29

MLB storylines with New York Times writer Tyler Kepner

New York Times baseball writer Tyler Kepner joins the show to talk about Dan Haren's role with the Diamondbacks, a (rare) bad move by Theo Epstein, the new intentional walk rule, and more.

Duration: 00:15:15

Previewing Game 7 with ESPN Baseball Tonight's Adnan Virk

Baseball Tonight anchor Adnan Virk joins the show to preview tonight's historic World Series Game 7.

Duration: 00:10:46

Recapping the 2016 Diamondbacks with Mike Ferrin

Diamondbacks pre-/post-game show host Mike Ferrin joins the show to recap a disappointing season for the Diamondbacks, pinpoint potential GM candidates, and more.

Duration: 00:16:55

Talking D-Backs front office, Yasiel Puig, and more with USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale

Bob comments on his USA Today piece about the Diamondbacks' front office, and the likelihood that Yasiel Puig plays for the Dodgers next year.

Talking Diamondbacks and NL West with MLB Network Radio host Mike Ferrin

Diamondbacks radio pre-/post-game show host Mike Ferrin brings his insight about why Arizona has struggled, whether or not they regret the acquisition of Zack Greinke, and more. We also hit on the NL West race between the Dodgers and Giants, and what to make on Yasiel Puig's demotion.

The state of America's pastime, the latest on Tim Tebow, & more with ESPN's Darren Rovell

ESPN sports business writer Darren Rovell joins the show to talk about whether or not baseball can survive a speed-oriented generation, Tim Tebow's hopes of being an MLB player, and more.

Scouting every Diamondbacks SP with former pro scout Bernie Pleskoff

The Diamondbacks' pitching staff has been one of the worst in the game in 2016, but that doesn't mean it's void of talent. We talk with former scout Bernie Pleskoff about what to expect from the future of Arizona's rotation. Follow Bernie on Twitter at, and read all of his latest scouting reports at

Talking Athletics with beat writer Jane Lee

What happened to Sonny Gray? What was the thought process behind trading Rich Hill and Josh Reddick? Are the Athletics still leading the industry in analytics? I talked all this and more with Athletics beat writer Jane Lee.

Talking ZiPS, Cubs' biggest threat, and more with Dan Szymborski

With the addition of Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs are a force to be reckoned with. What could go wrong? The NL Rookie of the Year race is close, but one player stands out. The trade deadline has been relatively quiet, but will it stay that way? We talked all this and more with ESPN Insider Dan Szymborski.

Previewing the Trade Deadline with Chris Cotillo

Chris shares his insider info on the Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox, Indians, Dodgers, Pirates, and more.
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