CleanEp. 133: Hall of Fame Voters: Richard Justice, Bob Nightengale, and Bill Madden
This week on the Newsmakers podcast, Bill Ladson talked to three of the top baseball writers in America to find how they voted on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot. MLB.com’s Richard Justice runs down the ten men he voted for and why they deserve to be in. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, makes his case about why he still votes for players that are linked to PED’s and breaks down his criteria for a Hall of Fame member. Ladson’s final guest is Bill Madden, of the New York Daily News. Madden discusses how analytics has changed the Hall of Fame voting and the criteria he uses when filling out his ballot.
CleanMorning Lineup: Talking Trades with Jim Duquette
MLB.com’s Alyson Footer and Richard Justice are joined by guest Jim Duquette and they talk about how trades are made and some trade possibilities. Also discussed are the Brewers signing of Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo.
CleanEp. 132: Dave Martinez, Charlie Slowes and Richard Justice
On this episode of Newsmakers, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson takes a closer look at a Washington Nationals team that hopes to win it all in 2018. First, Ladson sits down with new manager, Dave Martinez, to find out what he has learned under the tutelage of Joe Maddon and why he thinks this team has enough to win the World Series. Nationals radio play-by-play announcer, Charlie Slowes, joins the show to talk about the team re-signing Brandon Kintzler and examine if Bryce Harper’s contract status will be a distraction next season. (11:20) The last guest on this week’s show is MLB.com correspondent Richard Justice, he wonders if the Nationals could re-sign Harper after this season and talks about Anthony Rendon’s future in Washington.
MLB.com’s Alyson Footer and Richard Justice discuss Evan Longoria being traded by the Rays to Giants and what it means for the two clubs, Zach Britton’s achilles injury and free agent signings involving Jhoulys Chacin and Matt Adams.
CleanMorning Lineup: Latest on the interest in free-agent starter Yu Darvish
MLB.com’s Richard Justice and Alyson Footer discuss the latest surrounding Yu Darvish meeting with the Astros, Martin Perez’s bull-related injury and some rapid-fire, free-agent landing spot destinations.
Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice break down the recent moves as the free-agent market begins to heat up with Carlos Santana going to the Phillies and the Angels signing Zack Cozart. What else could be in store as many players remain available around the league?
Anthony Castrovince and Alyson Footer wrap up the Winter Meetings, looking at the big free agents who are still available, why Boston has not made any moves, trades that have happened and one that still might, as well as summing up the Rule 5 Draft.
On this episode of Newsmakers, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with former MVP and five-time All-Star Jeff Kent to find out why he thinks he has not been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and if his perceived bad relationship with the media has anything to do with him not getting enough votes. Ladson also caught up with former Major Leaguer Dave Parker. Parker talks about not receiving the necessary amount of votes to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, despite winning an MVP, two batting titles and two World championships.
CleanEp. 130: Jack Morris and Alan Trammell Hall of Fame Press Conference
Jack Morris and Alan Trammell talk about being elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame off the Modern Era ballot, during a press conference at the Winter Meetings. The duo discuss their reaction to getting the call, their times playing together in Detroit and playing for the late Sparky Anderson.
CleanMorning Lineup – Ohtani lands with the Angels
MLB.com’s Alyson Footer and Richard Justice, along with Mark Feinsand, break down the conclusion of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and its impact on both the Angels next year and the Winter Meetings next week.
CleanMorning Lineup – Gordon to the Mariners, Chatwood to the Cubs
MLB.com’s Richard Justice and Alyson Footer talk with Phil Rogers about the Dee Gordon trade to the Mariners. Later, they’ll discuss Tyler Chatwood signing with the Cubs and the rest of the Hot Stove news.
CleanEp. 129: Bob Boone, Hal McCoy, Dan Schulman and Jim Bowden discuss the Yankees hiring Aaron Boone
Aaron Boone is the new leader in the Bronx, becoming the 33rd manager in New York Yankees history. On this episode of Newsmakers, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks to some of those that know Aaron Boone the best to find out why they think the Yankees made a home-run hire. First, Ladson chats with Aaron’s father and Nationals vice president and senior advisor to the general manager Bob Boone to discuss why Aaron will be able to unite the players and the organization. Reds sportswriter Hal McCoy joins Ladson on the show to tell the story of how Aaron Boone urged him to continue his career after suffering two strokes in his optic nerves and losing most of his eyesight. Next, Blue Jays broadcaster Dan Shulman explains why he thought Boone would become a manager one day and how he has the great ability of dissecting the game. Former Reds general manager Jim Bowden talks about why he drafted Boone as a player and the characteristics that will make him a great manager.
CleanMorning Lineup – Justice, Footer and Duquette discuss latest news concerning Ohtani and Stanton
MLB.com’s Richard Justice, Alyson Footer and Jim Duquette discuss the latest teams out of the running for Shohei Ohtani’s services, where the possible Giancarlo Stanton trade stands, and the various moves happening around the league.
CleanMorning Lineup – Justice and Feinsand on hot topics
MLB.com’s Richard Justice and Mark Feinsand discuss the latest surrounding Shohei Ohtani’s list of possible suitors, Giancarlo Stanton holding all the cards in trade discussions and the Yankees hiring Aaron Boone as their next manager.
On this episode of Newsmakers, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with new Red Sox manager Alex Cora about how he feels being a first-time skipper with a team that is good enough to win the World Series and what he would like to see the club do better in 2018. Ladson also catches up with former Major League closer Billy Wagner to find out why he thinks he hasn’t made the Hall of Fame yet and why he retired after a 37-save season.
CleanMorning Lineup – Latest on Stanton, Ohtani, Abreu, Beltran
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice talk about the latest Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors with Marlins reporter Joe Frisaro. They also discuss the latest on Shohei Ohtani, Jose Abreu and Carlos Beltran.
CleanMorning Lineup – Hot Stove still cool, Duquette on Ohtani
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice discuss what has been a quiet Hot Stove season thus far and when they think it will start to heat up. Jim Duquette also joins the podcast to discuss the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.
CleanEp. 126: Rhys Hoskins, Craig Stammen and Richard Justice
On this episode of Newsmakers, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson welcomes Phillies phenom Rhys Hoskins to the show to discuss his successful rookie campaign and what he hopes to improve on next season. Ladson also recently caught up with Padres reliever Craig Stammen and MLB.com columnist Richard Justice. Stammen talks about how he persevered through injuries to make it back to the Majors and his approach to the offseason as a free agent. Then, Justice and Ladson break down the strengths and weakness of the NL West, NL East and AL East divisions.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and Joe Posnanski are joined by Jon Paul Morosi to discuss the posting deadline and how it opens the way for Shohei Ohtani to potentially come to the Majors, the Braves being penalized for international signing violations and the letter Joe Morgan sent out regarding Hall of Fame voting.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, Brittany Ghiroli and Jim Duquette discuss trade fits for Giancarlo Stanton, the Shohei Ohtani posting negotiations and the deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters.
Sports broadcasters are some of the most hard working, studious people in baseball. Alyson Footer catches up with Len Kasper, Bill Brown, Pat Hughes, and Ken Korach to find out how they prepare for monumental calls and they prepare for the unexpected.
MLB.com columnists Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice recap the 2017 MLB Awards, including Jose Altuve winning Best Major Leaguer and the Astros’ dominance. Plus, Jessica Kleinschmidt joins the guys to talk about Best Fan Moment, Best Performance and more.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, Richard Justice and Alyson Footer look back at the award-winning 2017 seasons for NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and AL MVP Jose Altuve. Subscribe to the MLB Newsmakers podcast feed for more insight and analysis all offseason long.
CleanEp. 124: Torii Hunter, Bob Carpenter and Richard Justice
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently caught up with former Major Leaguer and current Twins special assistant Torii Hunter to find out his thoughts on Paul Molitor winning the AL Manager of the Year Award and discuss his work with the Urban Youth Academy. (:35) Next, Ladson has a conversation with Nationals television play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter to discuss if a change in leadership will get the Nats out of the first round of the playoffs and what the team needs to address this offseason. (21:35) Finally, Ladson welcomes MLB.com columnist Richard Justice to the show to break down the strengths and weakness of the AL West. (33:12)
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, Jim Duquette and Richard Justice look back at the award-winning seasons for Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber. Subscribe to the MLB Newsmakers podcast feed for more insight and analysis all offseason long.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, Richard Justice and Alyson Footer look back at award-winning 2017 seasons for Torey Lovullo and Paul Molitor, then discuss what 2018 could have in store for the D-backs and Twins. Subscribe to the MLB Newsmakers podcast feed for more insight and analysis all offseason long.
CleanEp. 123: Former Major League pitcher Jim Kaat
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson sits down with former Major League pitcher and current broadcaster Jim Kaat to discuss how he won 16 Gold Gloves during his career, who he thinks will win the NL Cy Young Award and what parts of today’s game he would like to see change.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice talk about the unanimous Rookie of the Year Award winners Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger and look ahead to their sophomore seasons. Then, MLB.com columnist Mark Feinsand joins the guys and discusses the AL MVP race, Judge’s phenomenal year and Carlos Beltran choosing to retire following a 20-year career.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice make their award picks and then check in with Jon Paul Morosi for early updates on the frontrunners for Shohei Ohtani, Miami’s asking price for Giancarlo Stanton and more simmering Hot Stove gossip. Subscribe to the MLB Newsmakers podcast for more insight and analysis from Anthony and Richard all offseason long.
CleanEp. 122: Richard Justice, Scott Downs, Todd Zolecki, Brad Peacock and Mark Newman
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently caught up with MLB.com columnist Richard Justice (:38), former MLB pitcher Scott Downs (12:44) and Phillies reporter Todd Zolecki (20:13) as they pay tribute to the late great Roy Halladay, who tragically passed away this week in a plane crash. Ladson also speaks with Astros pitcher Brad Peacock to find out how it feels to be a World Series champion. (32:00) The final guest on the show is MLB.com enterprise editor Mark Newman and he joins Ladson to talk about his new book Diamonds from the Dugout: 115 Baseball Legends Remember Their Greatest Hits. (39:10)
CleanMorning Lineup – Reliving a Remarkable Postseason
It feels like just hours ago that Brian Dozier ushered in the 2017 postseason with a leadoff homer in the AL Wild Card Game, but World Series Game 7 is already in the rearview mirror so it’s time for MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice to recap 10 of the most memorable moments from one of the wildest Octobers we’ve ever seen.
For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are World Series champions. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice discuss George Springer’s leadoff double, Charlie Morton’s unlikely closer turn and every key moment in between from Wednesday’s historic Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.
Everything set up perfectly for the Astros in Game 6, with Justin Verlander pitching for the first World Series title in franchise history, but Chris Taylor’s clutch double and Dave Roberts’ bullpen management were enough to force Game 7. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice break down how the series got here and what to expect in the finale of the 2017 World Series, including Lance McCullers’ leash and the looming possibility of a Clayton Kershaw relief appearance.
There’s no shortage of storylines heading into Game 6 of what has become an epic World Series: Can Justin Verlander check off a key box on his Hall of Fame resume? Will Dave Roberts loosen the reins on Rich Hill’s workload? How do Jose Altuve and Cody Bellinger’s hot bats change their respective lineups? MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice answer each of those questions on Tuesday’s edition of the Morning Lineup podcast.
Game 5’s Clayton Kershaw-Dallas Keuchel duel didn’t unfold as expected, but the resulting 13-12 barnburner will go down as one of the most memorable World Series games in recent history. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice cover all the angles, including Dave Roberts’ fateful decision to bring in Brandon Morrow and A.J. Hinch’s successful gamble on the speedy Derek Fisher. Tune in to the Morning Lineup podcast daily during the World Series for more insight and analysis from Richard and Anthony.
The World Series is now a best-of-three. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice delve into all the key storylines from Game 4, including a compelling (if unexpected) duel between Alex Wood and Charlie Morton, the emergence of Cody Bellinger and the Astros’ options to revive a struggling bullpen for Game 5. Tune in to the Morning Lineup podcast daily during the World Series for more insight and analysis from Richard and Anthony.
A.J. Hinch only needed to make one bullpen call in World Series Game 3, while Dave Roberts aggressively extended his relief corps when Yu Darvish faltered early. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice break down those decisions and take stock of the Astros’ dominance at Minute Maid Park heading into Game 4. Tune in to the Morning Lineup podcast daily during the World Series for more insight and analysis from Richard and Anthony.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice look ahead to a potentially pivotal Game 3 as the World Series shifts to Houston. Which team benefits more from an extra day of rest and the addition of the DH? How will Minute Maid Park impact momentum? And what does this Astros squad mean to the city of Houston after Hurricane Harvey? Tune in to the Morning Lineup podcast for insight and analysis every day during the World Series.
CleanMorning Lineup – Unpacking an unbelievable Game 2
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice dissect Marwin Gonzalez’s massive homer, A.J. Hinch’s masterful bullpen management and all the other twists and turns from a wild World Series Game 2 at Dodger Stadium. Tune in to the Morning Lineup podcast daily during the World Series for more insight and analysis from Richard and Anthony.
CleanMorning Lineup — Kershaw dominates, Astros turn to Verlander
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice break down the Dodgers’ Game 1 win, then turn their attention to Justin Verlander and the Astros’ chances in Game 2 with help from a special guest who knows something about must-win postseason starts. Tune in to the Morning Lineup podcast daily during the World Series for more insight and analysis from Richard and Anthony.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice run down the biggest storylines heading into Game 1 of the 2017 World Series, including Dallas Keuchel vs. Clayton Kershaw, the return of Corey Seager and the Astros’ late-inning bullpen options. Tune into the Morning Lineup podcast daily during the World Series for more insight and analysis from Richard and Anthony.
CleanEp. 121: Fred Claire, Dallas Keuchel, George Springer, Richard Justice, Charlie Slowes and Boog Powell
On this week’s episode, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks to the man that orchestrated the last Dodgers’ World Series Championship team in 1988, Fred Claire. He explains why he acquired Kirk Gibson back in ’88 and why this year’s team can win it all. (:48) Bill also caught up with Dallas Keuchel and George Springer of the Houston Astros to find out how the team moved from last place into a contender for a title in such a short time. (14:47) MLB.com’s Richard Justice joins the show to discuss Alex Cora’s chances to fill one of the Major’s vacant manager jobs and if Joe Girardi will be back with the Yankees next season. (24:16) The next guest is Nationals radio play-by-play man Charlie Slowes and he breaks down what happened to the team during that NLDS Game 5 loss to the Cubs. (31:52) Finally, former Oriole slugger Boog Powell chats with Bill about his 1970 MVP season and his life after baseball. (44:26)
CleanEp. 120: John Smoltz, Richard Justice, Ned Colletti and Khris Davis
On this week’s episode, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with Hall of Famer John Smoltz about the 2017 postseason and how he feels about the use of sabermetrics in today’s game. MLB.com analyst Richard Justice joins Bill to talk about Boston making a change at manager and why Joe Girardi should be back in New York next season. (11:55) Former Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, is the next guest on the show and he talks to Bill about his time in L.A. and his new book The Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager. (24:05) Athletics’ slugger Khris Davis discusses with Bill why he loves the fans in Oakland and how he likes to spend his time away from the field. (42:21)
CleanEp. 119: Richard Justice, Dellin Betances, Chad Green, Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Dan Gladden
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently caught up with MLB.com columnist Richard Justice to find out his take on the 2017 postseason matchups. Next, Bill talked to Yankee relievers Dellin Betances and Chad Green to find out how they feel about their performances on the mound this season. Ladson was also able to talk to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson about playing with injuries and outfielder Jose Bautista about his time spent in Toronto. Finally, Ladson caught up with Twins radio commentator Dan Gladden to discuss why the team was able to surprise this season.
CleanEp. 118: Dusty Baker, Jayson Werth, Richard Justice, Robert Ford, New York Yankees
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently caught up with the NL East champion Nationals. Manager Dusty Baker took time to discuss his 50th year in professional baseball and what it would mean to win a World Series in Washington, DC. Outfielder Jayson Werth explains why he thinks this is the best team that he has been on as a member of the Nationals. (16:35) Now that the season is drawing to a close, MLB.com columnist Richard Justice breaks down the favorites to bring home the postseason hardware. (24:25) Ladson’s next guest, Astros radio play-by-play announcer Robert Ford, talks about Justin Verlander’s presence on the team and why this team thinks they can win it all. (39:07) The Yankees are still in the hunt for the AL East title and Bill was able to speak with Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia and clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits about how far they think this team can go in the postseason. (49:30)
CleanEp. 117: David Ross, Richard Justice, Brian Dozier, Tommy Pham, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently chatted with ESPN baseball analyst David Ross about his transition from the diamond to the television booth and why he decided it was time to retire. MLB.com columnist Richard Justice joins Bill to break down why the surprising Brewers and Twins remain in the playoff chase. (9:50) Ladson also caught up with Twins second baseman Brian Dozier to discuss the Twins being in the playoff race. (20:25) Tommy Pham of the St. Louis Cardinals joins the show to explain the reasons why he is having the best season of his career. (29:53) Finally, Ladson talks to Oriole infielders Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop about this year’s squad and their close friendship. (41:13)
CleanEp. 116: Richard Justice, Byron Buxton, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently caught up with MLB.com columnist Richard Justice to ask why the Dodgers’ have suddenly suffered a long losing streak and if the Indians are the best team in baseball. (:55) Next, Ladson talks to the Twins outfielder Byron Buxton to find out why he is having so much success in the second half of the season. (13:35) The Nationals are NL East Champions again. Listen to what Sean Doolitte, Anthony Rendon, manager Dusty Baker and radio play-by-play announcer Charlie Slowes had to say about this year’s team. (21:25) Finally, Bill was able to check in with the Reds infielder Joey Votto, Zack Cozart and Scooter Gennett to find out why they are arguably having the best season of their careers. (45:22)
CleanEp. 115: Jeff Nelson, Richard Justice, Scott Boras, Dustin Pedroia and Rajai Davis
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently caught up with MLB.com colleague Jeff Nelson to break down the tight Wild Card races along with the Justin Verlander and Justin Upton trades. (:50) Next, Bill is joined by MLB.com columnist Richard Justice to talk about Justin Verlander’s first start with Houston and the Yankees-Red Sox controversy over stealing signs. (19:00) Agent Scott Boras chats with Ladson about his brief Minor League baseball career and why Bryce Harper is worth so much more than just the numbers he puts up on the field. (28:33) Finally, Ladson talked with Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and Rajai Davis about their hopes of taking their team to the World Series. (49:05)
CleanEp. 114: Jay Bruce, Richard Justice, Tim Beckham, Jack Morris, Steve Garvey and Nelson Cruz
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently caught up with new Indians outfielder Jay Bruce to discuss why he is having a successful 2017 and the difference between hitting in the American and National League. (:45) MLB.com’s Richard Justice joins the show to explain how the game of baseball can help with some of the healing needed for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (8:58) Orioles shortstop Tim Beckham talks about his success since being traded to Baltimore and who he idolized as a young player growing up. (20:33) Ladson also sat down with former Major League pitcher Jack Morris to chat about why the Twins find themselves in a playoff race and his infamous performance in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. (26:58) Former MVP and ten-time All Star Steve Garvey talks with Ladson about this current Dodgers team and why he thinks he has a shot of making the Hall of Fame. (40:17) Finally, Ladson talks to the Mariners’ Nelson Cruz about how he has stayed so consistent throughout his career and how much he wants to get back to the World Series. (53:00)
CleanEp. 113: Executive Access – Blue Jays president and CEO Mark A. Shapiro
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro to discuss facing his former team, the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS, how recent success has re-energized the fanbase and his plans to remodel the Rogers Centre.
CleanEp. 112: Paul DeJong, Robbie Ray, Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew Simon and Jim Riggleman
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently caught up with Cardinals rookie shortstop Paul DeJong to discuss his wildly successful rookie campaign and just how far his Cardinals team can go this season. (:36) Ladson also spoke to D-backs pitcher Robbie Ray about his return to the mound after being hit in the head with a line drive during a July 28 start against the Cardinals. (10:34) D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt joins the show to talk about the team’s chances of making a postseason run and what it’s like playing for first-year manager Torey Lovullo. (17:35) Next, Andrew Simon of MLB.com talks about how Statcast is changing the game not only from a fan’s perspective but for MLB front offices as well. (22:40) Finally, Ladson interviews Reds bench coach Jim Riggleman about what it’s like watching Joey Votto produce big numbers year after year and if he would ever like to manage again. (33:35)
CleanEp. 110: Chad Bettis, Aaron Boone, Todd Frazier, Aaron Hicks, Curtis Granderson and Richard Justice
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson recently caught up with Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis to talk about his triumphant return to the mound after winning his battle with cancer. (:48) ESPN analyst Aaron Boone (9:35) and Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (21:10) express their excitement about the upcoming Little League World Series. Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (26:50) and the Mets’ Curtis Granderson (33:25) explain what it’s like to play under the big spotlight in New York City. Finally, Richard Justice of MLB.com, joins the show to break down the NL MVP race and if Giancarlo Stanton can break Barry Bonds single season home run record. (40:15)
CleanEp. 109: Remembering Don Baylor, Darren Daulton and Lee May, The Los Angeles Dodgers and New 3,000-Hit Club Member Adrian Beltre
Major League Baseball has recently lost some of the greatest men the game has ever seen with the passing of Don Baylor, Darren Daulton and Lee May. This week, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson set out to catch up with some of their friends so they could share some of their favorite memories in remembrance of those that had passed away. MLB.com columnist Tracy Ringolsby describes his special relationship he had with Don Baylor and why he was such a strong leader. Journalist Claire Smith talks about the time she spent with Baylor working on his autobiography and his unique relationship with manager Billy Martin of the Yankees. Yankees broadcaster and former Major Leaguer Ken Singleton joins the show to talk about his playing days with Baylor and May. Former Major Leaguer Mickey Morandini talks to Ladson about what he learned from Daulton during their playing days in Philadelphia. Next, Bill Ladson chats with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Chris Taylor and Kenley Jansen to find out why they have the best record in baseball. Finally, Adrian Beltre joins the show to talk about being the first Dominican-born player to reach 3,000 hits and how much longer he expects to play.
CleanEp. 108: Richard Justice, Jamal Collier, Carrie Muskat, Andre Dawson and Brad Ausmus
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks to MLB.com columnist Richard Justice this week about the biggest winners and losers from the trade deadline, as well as Adrian Beltre collecting his 3,000th hit. (:45) MLB.com’s Nationals reporter Jamal Collier joins the show to talk about the team’s recent bullpen additions and if Jayson Werth can make it back in time for the playoffs. (14:40) Ladson chats with MLB.com’s Cubs reporter Carrie Muskat about the team’s recent surge to the top of the N.L. Central and how the new acquisitions are fitting in with the team. (27:10) Bill Ladson also caught up with Hall of Famer Andre Dawson to talk about his friend and former teammate Tim Raines’ induction into the Hall. (36:04) Finally, Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus joins the show to discuss former teammate Jeff Bagwell’s induction into the Hall of Fame. (49:36)
CleanEp. 107: Bud Black, Nolan Arenado, Ian Desmond and Greg Holland
The Rockies have been a bit of surprise this season as they are currently in line for a playoff bid. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks to the Rockies this week to find out why they are playing great ball in 2017. Manager Bud Black joins Bill to discuss playing in the tough National League West division and how Greg Holland has solidified the backend of the bullpen. (:30) Nolan Arenado talks about his spectacular defense at third base and what the team still needs to improve on down the stretch. (10:30) The next guest is Ian Desmond and he chats with Ladson about why the team has played above expectations so far this season and his upcoming return to Washington after playing seven seasons with the Nationals. (16:05) The final guest is Greg Holland who breaks down his triumphant return from Tommy John surgery and why this team has everything it needs to go far in the postseason. (25:35)
Senior vice president of operations for Major League Baseball Kim Ng leads a discussion with Ceci Clark, Dana Parks and Rebecca Seesel about their work throughout Major League Baseball and how they’ve excelled in their careers.
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks with Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw about why his team has surprised many during the first half and why he has found success in Milwaukee. (:25) Ladson also caught up with Brewers first baseman Eric Thames to discuss his first half of the 2017 season and why he is a better hitter in the Majors after playing three seasons in Korea. (6:40)
CleanEp. 104: Richard Justice, Marc Topkin and Ken Gurnick
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with MLB.com columnist Richard Justice to discuss the young talent set to participate in next week’s Home Run Derby and the overall competitiveness of the All-Star Game. (:30) Tampa Bay Times reporter Marc Topkin joins the show to chat about the improved play from the Rays this season and the powers numbers being put up by Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson. (12:40) Finally, Ladson speaks with Dodgers’ reporter Ken Gurnick about the meteoric rise of Cody Bellinger and what the team needs to make a World Series run. (24:52)
CleanEp. 103: Diana Munson, Rickey Henderson, Goose Gossage and Roy White
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with Diana Munson, widow of the late Thurman Munson about how much Thurman enjoyed life and the game of baseball. (:35) Next, Rickey Henderson takes time to speak with Ladson about playing for manager Billy Martin and his Hall of Fame career with his hometown Oakland A’s. (6:50) Ladson also caught up with Hall of Famer Goose Gossage to talk about the biggest differences between today’s closers and when he pitched. (12:30) Finally, Bill is joined by former Yankee outfielder Roy White and they discuss his playing days in New York and being a two-time World Series champion. (17:50)
CleanEp. 102: Bob Kendrick, Ryan Zimmerman, Max Scherzer and Richard Justice
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, about the museum’s new joint venture with MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association. (:30) Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman talks about his success in 2017 and the evolution of the team from basement dweller to World Series contender. (9:40) Bill is joined by reigning Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer to discuss how badly he wants to win a championship for Washington and why he is a better pitcher now than when he won the Cy Young last year. (18:52) Finally, MLB.com columnist Richard Justice joins the show to break down the contenders for the A.L. East and why Logan Morrison should be in the All-Star Game. (27:24)
CleanJoe Torre, Joe Maddon, Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr.
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with Joe Torre about his time as a player, manager and now Chief Baseball Officer in Major League Baseball. (:25) Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about winning a World Series title for the longtime suffering Cubs fans and the difficulty of repeating as champs. (17:36) Jason Heyward chats with Bill about staying positive after struggling in 2016 and what adjustments he made over the offseason. (23:10) Albert Almora Jr. joins the show to talk about the work ethic that he inherited from his father and making his family proud. (37:05)
CleanAndrew McCutchen, Clint Hurdle, Josh Harrison, David Price, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Todd Kalas
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks to Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen about staying positive through the struggles of the last few seasons and the trade rumors that surrounded him this spring. (:27) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle discusses the team being able to play through adversity and if they can win the NL Central. (13:22) Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison chats with Ladson about growing up in Cincinnati and his love for the game of baseball. (20:36) Red Sox starting pitcher David Price comes on the show to talk about the 10th anniversary of being chosen with the first pick in the 2007 MLB Draft and how badly he wants to win a World Series. (28:09) Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. breaks down the health of the team and why he thinks they can make a run at another division title. (38:50) Finally, Ladson is joined by Astros television play-by-play announcer Todd Kalas to discuss the team’s phenomenal start and what he learned from his father, Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas. (46:26)
CleanJoe Buck, Charlie Slowes, Richard Justice and Craig Counsell
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with MLB and NFL broadcaster Joe Buck about the teams surprising everyone early in the season, if the Cubs can make another postseason run and Buck getting to call last year’s memorable Super Bowl and World Series games. (:25) Nationals radio play-by-play announcer Charlie Slowes joins the show to discuss the Bryce Harper – Hunter Strickland situation and if this is the most explosive team in Nationals history. (19:50) MLB.com columnist Richard Justice tells us about the Astros’ tremendous start to 2017 and why A.J. Hinch is the perfect manager for this team. (30:30) Finally, Ladson talks to Brewers manager Craig Counsell about using the team’s youth as an advantage on the field and if they can stay atop the very tough National League Central. (40:17)
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with D-backs manager Torey Lovullo about his team’s surprising start (:55) and why Zack Greinke is pitching so well in his second season in Arizona. (3:10) Ladson also caught up with Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain to talk about how he started playing baseball as a high schooler (12:30) and hopefully making one more championship run in Kansas City. (16:00)
CleanA.J. Hinch, Richard Justice, Jamal Collier, Rich Dubroff and Jeffrey Flanagan
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with Astros manager A.J. Hinch about the team’s fast start out of the gate and the presence of Carlos Beltran in the middle of a young lineup. (:25) MLB.com columnist Richard Justice talks about Mike Trout being one of the best all-time baseball players and the guys that have surprised during the early part of the season. (6:45) MLB.com Nationals reporter Jamal Collier joins the show to chat about the team’s hot start and the resurgence of Ryan Zimmermann. (18:18) Orioles reporter Rick Dubroff explains what makes Buck Showalter such a great manager and if Ubaldo Jimenez can finally find some consistency in Baltimore. (30:26) MLB.com Royals reporter Jeffrey Flanagan comes on the show to discuss the likelihood that the team can turns things around after struggling early and if they can keep the team together with so many pending free agents. (39:01)
CleanExecutive Access – Yankees Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Yankees senior VP and assistant general manager Jean Afterman to discuss how she got involved in Major League Baseball, her role in bringing over players from Japan, working for George Steinbrenner and if she would ever want to be the first female General Manager.
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with Giants manager Bruce Bochy about the team’s slow start and the rash of injuries that has plagued the club so far in 2017. (:20) Giants second baseman Joe Panik also joins the show to discuss the adjustments he made over the offseason and why he loves coming back to his hometown New York City to play.
CleanJohn Smoltz, Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Don Sutton, Barry Larkin, Cal Ripken and Reggie Jackson
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with some of the all-time best players in the game of baseball. First up is John Smoltz, he discusses his playing career, and what it was like working on the historic 2016 World Series between the Indians and Cubs. Tim Raines talks about finally getting into the Hall of Fame on his last attempt and working with young players for the Blue Jays. (29:22) Andre Dawson chimes in on the Cubs finally breaking through and winning the World Series and what it was like playing in Chicago. (41:31) Don Sutton joins the show to chat about his Hall of Fame playing career and his years in the broadcast booth calling Braves games. (51:30) Ladson talks to Barry Larkin about his current job with the Cincinnati Reds and why he likes helping the younger players improve. (1:01:20) Cal Ripken talks to Ladson about his role in youth baseball, what he learned from his father Cal Sr. and if he would ever like to own a Major League team. (1:16:57) Lastly Bill Ladson is joined by Reggie Jackson to discuss the memorable 1977 season and hitting three home runs in Game 6 of the World Series.
CleanAdam Jones, Marco Estrada, Reggie Jackson, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with Orioles outfielder Adam Jones about playing in the American League East and giving back to the community. (:33) Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada discusses how he felt when he was named the Opening Day starter in Toronto and how former teammate Mark Buehrle helped him along as a young pitcher. (10:54) This year, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his three-homer game in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Jackson talks about his memories from that season. (22:11) Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is off to an amazing start to the 2017 season, as he talks about playing in New York and why he is having so much success. (32:37) Didi Gregorius joins the show to discuss playing for his native country of The Netherlands in the 2017 WBC and how he has improved as a hitter since joining the Yankees. (38:00)
CleanExecutive Access – Padres Executive Vice President and General Manager A.J. Preller
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Padres executive VP and general manager A.J. Preller to discuss his approach during his first two years on the job, what he learned from his good friend Jon Daniels and what it means for the Padres to now be the only pro sports show in town.
CleanCal Ripken Jr., Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Steve Gilbert and Richard Justice
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. to discuss his role in youth baseball, what he learned from his father Cal Sr. and if he would ever like to own a Major League team. Ryan Zimmerman talks about his hot start and finally being able to stay healthy. Stephen Strasburg explains how his offseason workout routine helped him prepare for this season. (30:00) D-backs reporter Steve Gilbert checks in to talk about the team’s recent hot streak to start the season. MLB.com columnist Richard Justice joins the show to break down the early season surprises.
CleanHawk Harrelson, Jessica Mendoza and Ron Blomberg
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chats with former player and White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson about his career in baseball on and off the field. Ladson then talks to ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza about her love of the game and how she can influence other women to reach for their goals. Former Major Leaguer and first overall pick of the 1967 Draft Ron Blomberg talks about playing for the New York Yankees and being the first ever designated hitter.
CleanExecutive Access – Rockies Senior Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bridich
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand chats with Rockies senior vice president and general manager Jeff Bridich to discuss his career, why signing a shortstop/outfielder to be the Rockies’ new first baseman was a good idea and why Nolan Arenado may be one of the game’s most anonymous superstars.
CleanExecutive Access – Rangers President of Operations and GM Jon Daniels
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels to discuss his career, learning from good and bad trades and why he’ll never be considered the most famous recent graduate from his high school.
CleanExecutive Access – Reds President of Baseball Operations and GM Dick Williams
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand chats with Reds president of baseball operations and general manager Dick Williams about life before baseball, the difficulty of trading popular players and why “rebuilding” can be a dirty word.
CleanCarrie Muskat, Ron Darling, Richard Justice, Tyrone Brooks and Tom Hamilton
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks to Cubs reporter Carrie Muskat to find out what it was like in Wrigley when the team finally raised the World Series banner in front of their fans for the first time in over a century. Mets broadcaster Ron Darling discusses why Yoenis Cespedes is off to such a hot start. Cleveland Indians radio play-by-play announcer Tom Hamilton breaks down how much Michael Brantley means to the team. Ladson and MLB.com columnist Richard Justice discuss who’s hot and who’s not around the league and Tyrone Brooks, the senior director of MLB’s front office and field staff Diversity Pipeline Program chats about the upcoming Jackie Robinson anniversary.
CleanExecutive Access – Mariners executive VP and GM Jerry Dipoto
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand chats with Mariners executive vice president and general manager Jerry Dipoto about his path to Seattle, Mike Trout’s contract, how the Mariners can catch the Seahawks and why more players haven’t gone the front-office route.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with Indians general manager Mike Chernoff to discuss Mark Shapiro’s impact on his career, how growing up around the world of sports radio influenced him and why the Indians won’t suffer from a World Series hangover.
CleanExecutive Access – Royals senior VP of baseball operations and GM Dayton Moore
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sat down with Royals senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager Dayton Moore to discuss what he learned from John Schuerholz, coping with the loss of Yordano Ventura and how important it was to him to build a winning culture in Kansas City.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with Brewers general manager David Stearns to discuss his fast track to the GM’s office, what it’s like turning over half of your 40-man roster in one offseason and what he learned from working for Mark Shapiro and Jeff Luhnow.
CleanExecutive Access – White Sox senior VP and GM Rick Hahn
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with White Sox senior VP and general manager Rick Hahn to discuss his career as an agent, how the Cubs’ title impacts the White Sox and why Rick Renteria is the perfect man to manage this team.
CleanExecutive Access – D-backs executive VP and GM Mike Hazen
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with D-backs executive VP and general manager Mike Hazen to discuss how his time in Cleveland and Boston made him the executive he is today, why Major League offices need to stop hiring so many Ivy Leaguers and why Paul Goldschmidt remains one of the most anonymous stars in the game.
CleanBraves second basemen Brandon Phillips, outfielder Ender Inciarte
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips and outfielder Ender Inciarte to discuss the start of a new season and what to expect from the Braves in 2017
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Nationals TV analyst Ray Knight to discuss his love of the game, if he would ever return to coaching and just how far he thinks the Nationals could go this season.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with MLB.com columnist Richard Justice to discuss the young exciting Yankees, on Yadier Molina resigning with the Cardinals and if the pitch clock could be used in the Major Leagues.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Braves reporter Mark Bowman to discuss the opening of SunTrust Park, why they had a need for a new stadium and if Brandon Phillips is a good fit with the Braves.
CleanExecutive Access – Cubs executive VP and GM Jed Hoyer
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand catches up with Cubs executive vice president and general manager Jed Hoyer to discuss his days with the Red Sox, his decision to leave San Diego to rejoin Theo Epstein in Chicago, what Kris Bryant might do as a follow up act to his MVP season and what might have happened if Boston traded for Alex Rodriguez.
CleanFormer MVP and seven-time all-star Dave Parker
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with former Major League player Dave Parker to discuss his battle with Parkinson’s Disease, his 19-year career in the Majors, and his relationship with Frank Robinson.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with LasMayores.com Executive Editor David Venn to discuss Team USA winning the WBC final, Puerto Rico’s young influx of talent into the Majors and what rules changes need to occur to improve the tournament.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Senior Advisor to the MLBPA, Omar Minaya, to discuss originally seeing Ivan Rodriguez as a scout with the Texas Rangers, how Pudge disrupted running games, and where Rodriguez ranks among the all-time greats
CleanFormer Major Leaguer Jeff Kent and Sportswriter Bill Madden
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with former Major League player Jeff Kent and sportswriter Bill Madden to discuss their relationship and favorite memories of the late, Dallas Green. Green was a professional pitcher, manager and executive in Major League Baseball. He passed away on March 22nd of this year
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with Athletics general manager David Forst to discuss what he learned as a player, the trade of Josh Donaldson, turning the club around after two difficult seasons and, of course, Moneyball.
CleanExecutive Access – Tigers executive VP of baseball operations and GM Al Avila
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with Tigers executive VP of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila to discuss his father’s influence on him, the emotions of his team drafting his son and how good Michael Fulmer can be in the future.
CleanExecutive Access – Yankees senior VP and GM Brian Cashman
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with Yankees senior VP and general manager Brian Cashman to discuss what he learned working for The Boss, what it was like being a seller for the first time at last year’s Trade Deadline and how he hopes the current youth movement will bring a 28th title to Yankee Stadium.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson catches up with MLB.com columnist Richard Justice to discuss the excitement the World Baseball Classic has generated this spring, how much he is impressed by the young talent on the Yankees and who could win the highly competitive AL West Division.
CleanReporters Adam McCalvy, John Perrotto and T.R. Sullivan
On this episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson speaks to reporters Adam McCalvy, John Perrotto and T.R. Sullivan to discuss their teams as the Brewers, Pirates and Rangers get ready to leave Spring Training and begin the regular season.
CleanExecutive Access – Pirates executive VP and GM Neal Huntington
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with Pirates executive VP and general manager Neal Huntington to discuss how his time at Amherst helped him get his start in baseball, the importance of teaching young players about life away from the field and the decision to move Andrew McCutchen to right field this season.
CleanExecutive Access – Orioles executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette to discuss his place in the unique tree of general managers from Amherst College, what it is like for a Massachusetts kid to become the GM of the Red Sox, what he sees for this year’s Orioles and whether his Expos or Buck Showalter’s Yankees would have won the 1994 World Series.
On this episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with former Major Leaguer Mark DeRosa to discuss his show MLB Central, his playing career and if he would ever want to become a coach or manager in the big leagues.
CleanReporters Tracy Ringolsby, Jamal Collier and Todd Zolecki
On this episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson speaks to reporters Tracy Ringolsby, Jamal Collier and Todd Zolecki to get their thoughts about how their teams are going to perform this season. The Rockies are looking to compete for a playoff spot, the Nationals are a World Series contender and the Phillies are hoping their young team can improve enough to stay in the hunt deep into the season.
CleanPresident of the Negro League Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with the President of the Negro League Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick to discuss the importance of the museum to pass on the knowledge of the league, how Kansas City’s recent success has raised awareness to the museum and how special of a player Buck O’Neil was to baseball.
CleanExecutive Access – Phillies VP and GM Matt Klentak
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Phillies vice president and general manager Matt Klentak to discuss his unique relationship with Mets GM Sandy Alderson, how to trust the process – a favorite phrase in Philly – and why he thinks Howie Kendrick and Clay Buchholz will be good fits for the Phillies this season.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Braves general manager John Coppolella to discuss his time with George Steinbrenner, his evolution as an executive, what rebuilding really feels like and why he was so excited to sign the oldest player in baseball.
CleanEp. 52: Executive Access with Mark Feinsand – Ross Atkins
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Ross Atkins, Toronto’s executive VP of baseball operations and general manager to discuss the future of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays’ busy offseason and what it was like being teammates with a 14-year-old Alex Rodriguez.
CleanEp. 51: Executive Access with Mark Feinsand – Dave Dombrowski
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to discuss his career, the decision to trade for Chris Sale, what the Red Sox will miss most about David Ortiz and why nobody should look past the Yankees this season.
CleanEp. 50: Executive Access with Mark Feinsand – Thad Levine
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine to discuss the challenge of rebuilding a franchise, how Brian Dozier can follow up his breakout season and Byron Buxton’s future.
CleanEp. 49: Executive Access with Mark Feinsand – Erik Neander
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand sits down with Rays senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager Erik Neander to discuss how he got his start in baseball, the unique setup of the Rays front office and the challenges of running a small market franchise.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with MLB.com columnist Richard Justice to find out what teams he thinks will be a surprise this season. The Rockies, Yankees, Angels and Mariners lead a group of teams that could compete for a playoff berth in 2017.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with the first female Spink Award Winner Claire Smith, Orioles head groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen, and Oakland A’s reporter Susan Slusser to find out more about their careers in baseball. The guests talk about why they chose to get involved in baseball, their mentors that jumpstarted their careers, and what has been their greatest accomplish in their career field. Bill Ladson also talks to MLB.com columnist Richard Justice to discuss female owners that have won the World Series and if their will ever be a female General Manger in the Majors.
CleanEp. 46: Executive Access with Mark Feinsand – Jeff Luhnow
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand talks to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow to discuss how previous careers have helped him as a baseball executive, what the next big trends are in baseball information and how the 2017 Astros will fare on the field.
CleanEp. 45: Executive Access with Mark Feinsand – Mike Rizzo
On the latest episode of Newsmakers Podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo to discuss his father’s influence on him, his controversial decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg in 2012, the scouting vs. analytics argument and what he expects from the Nationals during the season ahead.
CleanEp. 44: Executive Access with Mark Feinsand – Mike Hill
On the latest episode of Newsmakers Podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand talks with Marlins President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill about how his college football career helped shape him into the executive he is today, what it’s like handing out a $300 million contract and what he sees ahead for the 2017 Marlins.
CleanEp. 43: Executive Access with Mark Feinsand – John Mozeliak
In the latest episode of Newsmakers Podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand talks with Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak about his memories of the 2011 World Series, his take on analytics vs. scouting and how the Cubs World Series Championship has colored their rivalry.
The New York Mets are healthy and primed for a return to the postseason. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker to chat about how they are feeling coming in Spring Training camp, why they love playing in New York and why they think they have a chance to win the World Series in 2017.
CleanEp. 41: Executive Access with Mark Feinsand – Sandy Alderson
On the latest episode of Newsmakers Podcast, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand caught up with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson to find out about his career, how he started in baseball and how far he thinks the 2017 Mets can make it this year.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers Podcast, Bill Ladson caught up with Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor to find out how the team plans to overcome the struggles of last season, how the acquisition of Jason Castro will help the pitching staff, and how great it would be to win a World Series with his hometown Twins.
CleanEp. 39: Mike Matheny, Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham
The Cardinals are hungry and want to get back into the playoffs after narrowly missing the Wild Card last season. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson speaks with Mike Matheny, Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham to find how the club has improved and just how badly they want to be playing in October this season.
CleanEp. 38: Dee Gordon, Martin Prado, Michael Hill and Dave Van Horne
The Miami Marlins think they enough firepower and pitching to compete in the National League East division. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Dee Gordon, Martin Prado, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill and radio play-by-play broadcaster Dave Van Horne to find out how they are coping with the loss of Jose Fernandez, what they worked on this offseason and why Don Mattingly is so fun to play for.
CleanEp. 37: A.J. Hinch, Carlos Beltran and Josh Reddick
The Houston Astros added some extra firepower this offseason in an effort to get them into the playoffs in 2017. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talked with A.J. Hinch, Carlos Beltran, and Josh Reddick to find out why Houston was a hot destination for free agents this winter and what they expect to accomplish this season.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers Podcast, Bill Ladson caught up with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to discuss the upcoming season, his pending free agency in two years and getting married this offseason. Harper expects to have a big season with table setters Trea Turner and Adam Eaton hitting ahead of him and be a title contender once again in 2017.
CleanEp. 35: Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Dave Jageler
The Washington Nationals are looking to repeat as NL East Champs and advance deep into the playoffs. Bill Ladson catches up with Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Nationals radio play-by-play announcer Dave Jageler to find out how the team is shaping up so far in Spring Training.
CleanEp. 34: Ian Desmond, Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon
The Rockies appear to be a team that is ready to take the next step and make the playoffs. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with the Rockies’ Ian Desmond, Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon to discuss why they think this team could be one of the biggest surprises in the league and if they are capable of making all of the way to the title.
CleanEp. 33: Mark Melancon, Denard Span and Brian Sabean
The Giants have a brand new closer and are gearing up for another championship run in 2017. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson catches up with their new stopper in the ‘pen Mark Melancon, outfielder Denard Span and executive vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean to find out if the team has enough to make a run for a World Series title.
CleanEp. 32: Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, Jon Jay and Theo Epstein
The Cubs were finally able to break the curse and win the World Series for the first time since 1908. Now they begin the long process all over again looking to repeat as champions. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, Jon Jay and Theo Epstein to find out how they plan on pulling off another championship season.
CleanEp. 31: Baseball Historian and Author Hal Bock
On this episode of Newsmakers, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson is joined by author Hal Bock. Bock’s new book “Banned” covers well-known episodes like the Black Sox and Pete Rose and less well-known ones like Lipman Pike, baseball’s first real slugger, and Dr. Joseph Creamer, team physician for the New York Giants, both thrown out of baseball for life. Also odd suspensions like Dickie Kerr, one of the clean players on the 1919 Black Sox, who wound up mentoring one of baseball’s greatest hitters, and Ray Fisher, a beloved college coach who worked at that level while banned from Major League Baseball. There are some interesting stories that are not widely known.
CleanEp. 30: Dave Roberts, Kenley Jansen and Sergio Romo
The Dodgers are gearing up for a successful, healthy season and hoping for a deep playoff run. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Dave Roberts, Kenley Jansen and Sergio Romo to find out how they’re planning on being difference makers this season.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers Podcast, Bill Ladson spends some time with Indians manager Terry Francona to discuss his mindset going into Spring Training. Later, Bill is joined by Francisco Lindor to look ahead to the 2017 season after the disappointing loss in the World Series.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers Podcast, Bill Ladson spends some time with former MLB outfielder Mike Cameron to discuss his playing days, including his remarkable feat of hitting four home runs in one game that he achieved in 2002. They also talk about his retirement and his career in Seattle, which saw them winning the AL West in 2001.
CleanEp. 27: Houston Astros Broadcaster Robert Ford
On this episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson speaks with play-by-play man for the Houston Astros Robert Ford. They discuss what the Astros’ expectations are for 2017, if they’ll make another move before Opening Day and the influence that Tim McCarver and Milo Hamilton had on Robert for landing his dream job.
CleanEp. 26: Tigers Reporter Jason Beck and National Correspondent Richard Justice
Bill Ladson recently spoke with MLB.com’s Tigers reporter Jason Beck on the passing of Tigers owner Mike Illitch and the impact he had on the Detroit sports scene. Bill is joined later in the podcast by National Correspondent Richard Justice to discuss the Brandon Phillips trade and what to make of the news of the Marlins possibly being sold.
CleanEp. 25: Hall of Famer Tim Raines and Blue Jays Broadcaster Buck Martinez
On this episode of Newsmakers, Bill Ladson is joined by Hall of Famer Tim Raines as they discuss Raines’ election to the Hall of Fame, his favorite highlights of his career and his recent role in the Blue Jays organization. Later in the episode, Ladson catches up with Blue Jays TV play-by-play announcer, Buck Martinez, to find out the latest news before the team heads off to Spring Training.
CleanEp. 24: Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten
Bill Ladson recently caught up with Dodgers president and CEO, Stan Kasten to chat about how the 2016 season ended for the Dodgers, resigning key free agents Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner as well as the importance of building the farm system to remain competitive. Kasten explains about the responsibility of being the model franchise in the business and what the future holds for him and the Dodgers.
CleanEp. 23: Former All-Star and Yankees Broadcaster Ken Singleton
Bill Ladson recently caught up with Yankees broadcaster Ken Singleton to find out what he thinks of the new look Yankees and his thoughts on just how far this team can go this season. Singleton also reflects on his own baseball career with the Expos and Orioles.
CleanEp. 22: Former Player, Broadcaster, NL President Bill White
On this episode of the Newsmakers, Bill Ladson is joined by five-time MLB All-Star Bill White. White played in the league for 13 years and won seven Gold Gloves during his tenure. After baseball, White became a broadcaster and was the play-by-play man and color analyst for the New York Yankees for 18 years. In 1989, White was elected National League President and held the title until 1994.
As a player, John Smoltz was one of the most feared pitchers when on the mound. After his retirement and enshrinement into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his passion for the game hasn’t slowed down. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with the MLB Network personality to discuss his transition from player to analyst as well as his thoughts on the 2016 World Series and what to expect during the 2017 MLB season.
The Braves recently struck a deal with veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki to bring him to Atlanta for the 2017 season. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks with the Braves newest acquisition about going to the National League and why he feels Atlanta is a great fit for him. Suzuki also talks about the possibility of catching a knuckleballer for the first time and how much he enjoys working with young pitchers.
On this episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks with columnist Jessie Sanchez about the passing of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte, and the impact of their losses in the baseball world.
On the latest edition of the Newsmakers podcast, Bill Ladson is joined by the play-by-play voice of the Seattle Mariners, Dave Sims, as they discuss all the moves the Mariners have made this offseason and if they’re the favorites in the AL West. Bill also welcomes in MLB.com Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat, who talks about the World Series champions’ visit to the White House.
Tim Wallach spent the majority of his 17-year MLB playing career with the Montreal Expos, where he played 11 seasons with Tim Raines. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson spoke with the current Marlins bench coach about his playing days with Raines and what it would mean for him to get inducted into the Hall of Fame on his final try.
It would be an understatement to say that Dave Stewart is a baseball lifer. Besides being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1975, Stewart has spent time as the GM of the D-Backs, a pitching coach, an executive and an agent. On this episode of Newsmakers, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks with “Mr. Everything” about his participation in the Dream Series and what his favorite part of his career has been.
The Cincinnati Reds looked to improve their pitching for their 2017 campaign. One way of doing that was to bring in veteran reliever Drew Storen. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson spends some time talking with the reliever about his offseason and what Reds fans can expect this season.
CleanEp. 14: Commissioner Rob Manfred Looks Ahead to 2017
Commissioner Rob Manfred joins Bill Ladson to spotlight the young, outstanding talent in the game today, share his excitement surrounding the World Baseball Classic and detail his goals for the 2017 season.
CleanEp. 11: John Farrell, Richard Justice, Willie Harris, Brian McTaggart
Bill Ladson takes a look around the baseball landscape to find out why some of the game’s biggest sluggers are still on the board, how the Astros can improve their starting rotation, and discuss this year’s Hall of Fame class.
On this jam-packed Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson welcomes the newest member of the Colorado Rockies Ian Desmond as they discuss his big deal that brought him to the Rocky Mountain state. Bill also talks with pitcher Bronson Arroyo about his plans for the 2017 season. Ken Gurnick, Richard Justice and Rangers third-base coach Tony Beasley join the show as well.
On the latest episode of the Newsmakers podcast, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson catches up with MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds to discuss the 2016 offseason, including the biggest winner of the Winter Meetings and which team might be next to make a major move. Bill is also joined by MLB.com’s Tim McMaster, as they talk with Padres manager Andy Green about what to expect in 2017 from his club.
As the 2016 Winter Meetings roll on, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson continues to get the latest scoop straight from the source. Bill speaks with Nationals manager Dusty Baker about the offseason and Washington’s upcoming 2017 campaign. He also spends some time talking with newly acquired catcher Derek Norris about what Nats fans can expect from their new backstop next year.
CleanEp. 7: Roundtable on Hall of Famer John Schuerholz
MLB longtime executive John Schuerholz was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era committee this past week. From the site of the 2016 Winter Meetings, MLB.com’s Alyson Footer, Mark Bowman, Phil Rogers and Tracy Ringoslby all discuss their memories of John including his success in baseball, his relationships with organizations and the impressive longevity of his career.
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson talks with two Baseball Hall of Fame journalists, Peter Gammons and recently elected Claire Smith. Bill and Claire discuss her historic journey to being the first female sports writer to ever be inducted into the Hall. Peter Gammons also chimes in on the historic significance of Smith’s induction as well as the latest news from the 2016 Winter Meetings.