The Show Before the Show

In "The Show Before the Show," MiLB.com writers Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra break down Minor League Baseball's biggest storylines with guests from around the Minors including players, managers and player development experts. They'll also have a weekly look at what's going on outside the lines with business of the Minors expert Benjamin Hill.

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#376: Tyler at the World Baseball Classic quali...
Tyler wraps up what he saw from the World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Germany, Ben brings stories from Erie and Sam previews the AFL.
62 min
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#375: Rocketing into postseason
Rocket City VP of marketing, promotions and entertainment Lindsey Knupp discusses her organization’s playoffs prep and the second year of the Trash Pandas identity. Ben, Sam and Tyler talk about Minor League rules coming to MLB and Ben’s recent road trip to Erie, Buffalo and Rochester. Also, Josh cracks open another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
67 min
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#374: Daytona’s Bob Ross Bobblehead Night
#374: Daytona’s Bob Ross Bobblehead Night
62 min
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#373: Round Rock broadcaster Mike Capps
#373: Round Rock broadcaster Mike Capps
61 min
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#372: Rules changes in the FSL
#372: Rules changes in the FSL
63 min
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#371: Pensacola’s DIY jerseys
#371: Pensacola’s DIY jerseys
60 min
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#370: Field of Dreams trip
Ben and Sam talk with Tyler about their road trip to MiLB at Field of Dreams. Josh saddles up in another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
53 min
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#369: FoD preview, Trade recap
Tyler, Sam and Ben discuss Vin Scully's passing, the upcoming Minor League Field of Dreams game and all of the trades from the Deadline.
73 min
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#368: Oklahoma!/Deadline talk
#368: Oklahoma!/Deadline talk
41 min
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#367: Looking back, ahead
Sam and Tyler recap the Futures Game and Draft and preview the second half for prospects. Ben shares Seigo Masabuchi's story in St. Paul.
67 min
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#366: Futures Game, Draft and a Futures Game Draft
It’s a big week in the world of Minor League Baseball and prospects. Tyler and Sam draft their own Futures Game clubs and preview this weekend's actual 2022 Draft. Also, Ben tells the tale of Timmy Time in Beloit, and Josh jumps to it in Ghosts of the Minors.
78 min
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#365: Wisconsin's Hilary Bauer
#365: Wisconsin's Hilary Bauer
61 min
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#364: Knowing your ABC Supply Stadium
Ben checks in from the road following his first visit to Beloit’s ABC Supply Stadium. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the Major League debuts of Vinnie Pasquantino and Mark Appel, and Josh makes a mess of things in Ghosts of the Minors.
60 min
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#363: San Jose Beer Batters
San Jose VP of marketing Matt Alongi tells the story of his club’s Beer Batters identity. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben debate whether Portland mascot Slugger is a seal or a dog, Tyler and Sam look at who could be the next Oneil Cruz and Josh cracks the case of the latest Ghosts of the Minors.
53 min
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#362: A bear tours an Asheville ballpark
Ben and Sam talk with Asheville assistant GM Hannah Martin about a bear visitor to McCormick Field. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss midseason clinches, and Josh takes to the friendly skies of Ghosts of the Minors.
59 min
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#361: Return from New England
Ben is back from the road to share stories from his recent trips to Hartford, New Hampshire and Portland. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss Grayson Rodriguez's injury, the start of complex-league play and Gabriel Moreno's upcoming Major League debut.
44 min
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#360: Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino
Royals No. 4 prospect Vinnie Pasquantino discusses his hot start to the season at Triple-A Omaha and his proximity to the Majors as he closes in on Kansas City. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the top players of May, Ben previews his New England trip and Josh fills up the tank of another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
61 min
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#359: Modesto's Veronica Hernandez
#359: Modesto's Veronica Hernandez
65 min
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#358: Ben's back on the road in Texas
Ben calls in from Texas during his first Minor League road trip of the season after making his first stop in Sugar Land. Also, Tyler and Sam review the ABS system as it comes to the PCL, and Josh breaks out the shades for another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
48 min
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#357: Winston-Salem groundskeeper Corey Church
Winston-Salem director of grounds Corey Church discusses his must-see viral moment involving a sprinkler. Also, Tyler and Ben remember a super-fan in Pensacola and look at a Rochester-Finland baseball crossover, while Josh heads to the farms of yore in Ghosts of the Minors.
45 min
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#356: Guardians prospect Logan Allen
#356: Guardians prospect Logan Allen
72 min
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#355: Return to Vancouver
#355: Return to Vancouver
55 min
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#354: Jacksonville’s Ray Charles bobblehead
Jacksonville promo director David Ratz talks about the club's honoring of Ray Charles with a bobblehead on Deaf/Blind Awareness Night and why the celebration was delayed for two years. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben discuss the Minor League ‘Field of Dreams’ game and the early effects of pitch clocks. Finally, Josh prepares a starchy edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
50 min
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#353: The Amazing Tyler
Tyler Scheuer joins the podcast to talk about the balancing act he takes to Minor League Baseball parks across the country. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss opening prospect assignments, and Ben looks at Daytona’s place in the Jackie Robinson story.
66 min
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#352: Opening Day podcast-a-palooza
Tyler, Sam, Josh and Kelsie gather to make their annual predictions for top prospects in this opening week of Minor League Baseball, while Ben selects what he’ll be following in the first slew of games in 2022. Also, Josh holds office hours in Ghosts of the Minors
77 min
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#351: Triple-A, Copa preview
Tyler, Sam and Ben look ahead to Triple-A Opening Day next Tuesday and choose their favorite identities from the 2022 Copa clubs.
69 min
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#350: Rules changes, Top 100 talk
Tyler, Sam and Ben break down rules changes sweeping across the Minors in 2022 and take a look at the High-A promotional calendars for the season ahead. Tyler and Sam also go over MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospect ranking following its release.
70 min
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#349: League names are back!
Tyler and Ben celebrate the return of historic league names (from the International League to the California League) to the Minor League landscape, while Sam checks in from his Spring Training trip to Florida.
67 min
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#348: AZ ST, Triple-A promos
#348: Arizona Spring Training, Triple-A promos
61 min
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#347: Rumblings in Binghamton
#347: Rumblings in Binghamton - Binghamton director of entertainment and sales Eddie Saunders discusses the Mets affiliates' past, present and future amid recent changes. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben talk about Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium following its place in baseball news this week, and Josh goes Dutch in Ghosts of the Minors.
43 min
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#346: Frisco and the Dallas Black Giants
#346: Frisco and the Dallas Black Giants
53 min
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#345: MiLB Mailbag & Akron JoJos
#345: MiLB Mailbag & Akron JoJos
49 min
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#344: Greenville Black Spinners
#344: Greenville Black Spinners
46 min
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#343: An NIL deal with the Stockton Ports
Lots to cover on this week’s episode of The Show Before the Show. Tyler, Sam and Ben discuss Minor League Baseball’s The Nine initiative, the Sugar Land Space Cowboys rebrand and the expanded Triple-A schedule
46 min
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#342: Pitching promotions for 2022
#342: Pitching promotions for 2022
62 min
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#341: Lookouts' Jarrah Vella-Wright
Jarrah Vella-Wright discusses his journey from Australia to Chattanooga's front office. Author Michael Lortz joins Ben's Bookshelf to review his novel Curveball at the Crossroads. Finally, Josh hops back to it with another rousing edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
63 min
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#340: Balkovec, Katz & a MiLB Hat Draft
#340: Balkovec, Katz & a MiLB Hat Draft
100 min
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#339: A $urprise in Iowa
Outgoing Iowa owner Michael Gartner surprised employees with a sizable check on his way out. Scott Sailor and Brent Conkel have details.
53 min
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Special: Ghosts of the Minors
Josh Jackson, MiLB writer and the creative visionary behind our weekly “Ghosts of the Minors” segment, stops by and talks to Tyler about the podcast’s fun addition in 2021.
30 min
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#338: 2021 MiLB season in review
#338: 2021 MiLB season in review
56 min
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#337: Bowling Green tornado relief
Bowling Green GM Eric C. Leach talks bout what the club is doing to help residents of the community after tornados devastated the area.
37 min
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#336: 2021 Winter Meetings
#336: 2021 Winter Meetings
39 min
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#335: Number Tamer David Kronheim & 2021 MiLB a...
David Kronheim, a.k.a. the Number Tamer, talks to Ben and Sam about his breakdown of 2021 Minor League attendance figures. Tyler, Sam and Ben also review more ballpark guides from San Jose and Las Vegas.
50 min
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#334: Beloit Sky Carp rebrand
Beloit VP of entertainment Maria Valentyn details the club's new Sky Carp identity.
69 min
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#333: Albuquerque’s Dinner Impossible
Albuquerque Isotopes GM John Traub talks about the Food Network’s visit to the ballpark. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the Fall Stars Game, and Josh goes back to the dog days in Ghosts of the Minors.
56 min
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#332: Arizona Fall League Draft
Tyler and Sam draft their own 2021 Arizona Fall League squads. Also, Ben previews Logovember, and Josh spins another Ghosts of the Minors.
104 min
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#331: Mixing baseball, hockey in Toledo
#331: Mixing baseball, hockey in Toledo
63 min
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#330: Fresno's Taco Truck Throwdown 10
Ray Ortiz and Jonathan Bravo celebrate Fresno's 10th Taco Truck Throwdown, coming this Saturday, by going into the history of the event and the importance of the taco in California’s Central Valley.
57 min
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#329: The MiLBYs are back!
The MiLBY Awards – the annual celebration of the best in Minor League Baseball – have returned for 2021. Tyler and Sam review all eight categories and give their picks among the nominees
69 min
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#328: Gwinnett GM Erin McCormick
Erin McCormick, Gwinnett's newest GM, talks about the Final Stretch and her new role. Tyler, Sam review the 2021 MiLB champions.
52 min
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#327: Wrapping up in Wichita
Wichita exec Bob Moullette reviews the first season of the Wind Surge. Tyler, Sam and Ben examine the MiLB playoffs from multiple angles.
65 min
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#326: Stalk-ton Aspara-guys
Stockton president Pat Filippone discusses the club's celebration of the Asparagus Capital of the World. Also, Ben brings stories about the return of baseball to Double-A Somerset following serious storm damage, Tyler and Sam present MiLB.TV picks that fans can watch for free and Josh gets down right sartorial for the latest Ghosts of the Minors.
48 min
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#325: That Thing Erie Did!
#325: That Thing Erie Did!
62 min
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#324: The woman with the RiverDogs tattoo
Bowling Green's Leslie Martin discusses a Charleston tattoo she got in a los bet between the two Rays affiliates. Also, Tyler and Sam review prospects finishing strong, Ben gets into the history of Worcester baseball and Josh gets salty in the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
56 min
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#323: Visit from the ZOOperstars!
Dominic and Brennan Latkovski join the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about the origins and recent history of the ZOOperstars! Tyler and Sam break down farm system rankings, Ben previews his trip to Somerset and Josh features a familiar-sounding team in Ghosts of the Minors.
65 min
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#322: Dishing on Worcester food; Top 100 talk
#322: Dishing on Worcester food; Top 100 talk
75 min
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#321: Pensacola’s Crabzilla uniforms
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos explain the origins behind Crabzilla and their "ugly" uniforms. Tyler and Sam discuss Adley Rutschman's promotion.
51 min
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#320: Duel of the Dishes for Rochester, Syracuse
Syracuse and Rochester GMs discuss their food-based rivalry, Ben reviews Fredericksburg's new park and Tyler and Sam talk trade additions.
57 min
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#319: Tulsa’s elusive Jack White bobblehead, Tr...
#319: Tulsa’s elusive Jack White bobblehead, Trade Deadline
51 min
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#318: Rocket City clubbie Bubba Hearn
Rocket City clubhouse manager Bubba Hearn tells tales of the early days of the Trash Pandas, including ones about how he tracked down some of the firsts in the club’s history. Also, Ben returns with more stories from the road, Tyler and Sam preview the Trade Deadline and Josh gets all medical for Ghosts of the Minors.
53 min
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#317: Back on the road with Benjamin Hill
Benjamin Hill calls in from the road for the first time since 2019 with tales of his trips to Chattanooga, Rocket City, Tennessee and Hickory. Also, Tyler and Sam recap the All-Star Futures Game and 2021 MLB Draft and preview what fans should watch for free on MiLB.TV as part of MiLB Major Fun Weekend.
77 min
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#316: Big Fourth weekend for Fresno, MiLB
Fresno president Derek Franks joins the podcast to describe the Grizzlies’ Reopening Weekend celebrations and the relief that came with massive sellouts around the Fourth of July. Also, Ben looks ahead to his first road trip of the 2021 season, and Tyler and Sam preview the MLB Draft and the All-Star Futures Game.
56 min
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#315: Welcoming new Americans in Iowa
Triple-A Iowa’s Scott Sailor details one of the great traditions of the Minors – the Cubs’ Naturalization Ceremony that sees Des Moines-area immigrants honored on the field before they are sworn in as American citizens. Also, Ben provides details of his first road trip since 2019, Tyler and Sam break down Futures Game rosters and Josh brings a rosy disposition to Ghosts of the Minors.
74 min
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WanderCast: Franco debuts in MLB
Tyler and Sam gather for an emergency podcast, all about the Major League arrival of top overall prospect Wander Franco.
24 min
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#314: Art of MiLB broadcasting
Lansing broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler talks about the #DemoCritiqueDay initiative. Tyler and Sam predict the next hyped MLB debut
61 min
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#313: Family affair in Reading
#313: Family affair in Reading
48 min
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#312: Bowling Green’s Karen Night
Ben and Sam talk to Bowling Green GM Eric Leach (and a special guest) about the Hot Rods’ Karen Night promotion from last week. Also, Tyler and Sam break down popup prospects, and Josh really ties the podcast together with more Ghosts of the Minors.
57 min
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#311: A Wisconsin Udder Tuggers weekend
Ben and Sam talk to High-A Wisconsin broadcaster Chris Mehring about the club’s weekend-long Udder Tuggers promotion, Tyler breaks down prospect standouts at the Olympic qualifiers in Florida and Josh returns with a rock-solid edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
58 min
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#310: Honoring a brother in Beloit
Tyler, Sam and Ben talk to Jim Drnec, whose family honored his recently passed brother Harry with the one-day naming rights to the Minor League ballpark in Beloit. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss which prospects are already showing signs of a breakout in 2021, and Ben details how Minor League broadcasters are calling road games from home this season.  
56 min
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#309: Beer bats in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach president/GM Ryan Moore talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about how his club’s beer bats went viral and how the Pelicans are now selling the ballpark items through his personal Venmo. (Hint: It involves a lot of beer.) Also, Ben discusses how Hudson Valley found a fun solution to a high-tech problem with its videoboard over the weekend, Tyler and Sam recap storylines from Week 2 of the Minor League season and Josh Jackson returns with his throwback “Ghosts of the Minors” game-show segment.
54 min
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#308: First week in review
Tyler and Sam review the first week of Minor League Baseball action, including early prospect standouts and Jarred Kelenic’s promotion to Seattle. The cohosts also look back at Sam’s Opening Day visit to Triple-A Worcester. Ben recaps some of the Minors’ funniest early promotions, and Josh Jackson introduces a new game-show segment. Tune in next week to find out the answer!
58 min
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#307: 2021 Opening Day Megacast (MiLB is back!)
The Minor League Baseball regular season has returned at last. Tyler and Sam are joined by colleagues Josh Jackson and Kelsie Heneghan as they make predictions for the 2021 campaign. Also, Tyler talks to Triple-A Albuquerque’s Josh Suchon to look back at the shutdown through the lens of a broadcaster and to preview what’s ahead for the Isotopes, and Ben sneaks a peek at the promotions he’s most excited for in the year to come.
91 min
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#306: Kannapolis general manager Matt Millward
Kannapolis general manager Matt Millward talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about finally opening up a new stadium for baseball next week, after much anticipation. Also, Tyler and Sam preview Minor League rosters ahead of announcements coming in the next few days, and Ben gives one final breakdown of the ballpark, logo and name changes coming to the MiLB landscape in 2021.
52 min
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#305: How to make a promo in 2021
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp director of promotions David Ratz talks to Ben, Tyler and Sam about building a 2021 promo schedule after the lost 2020 season. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the 2021 Copa unveiling and break down the new affiliate structures for the five American League Central organizations.
61 min
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#304: Hillsboro, Trenton play host
Members of the Hillsboro and Trenton front offices join the podcast to discuss how the clubs will host other Minor League clubs in 2021.
66 min
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#303: D-backs prospect Corbin Martin
No. 7 D-backs prospect Corbin Martin talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his Tommy John surgery, his rehab process during the pandemic and his second turn at Arizona’s alternate training site. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the rookies that are stealing headlines in the Majors, and Ben reviews some facts from the new-look Double-A Northeast and Double-A Central circuits.
71 min
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#302: 2021 MLB season preview
Tyler and Sam are joined by Josh Jackson and Kelsie Heneghan to preview the 2021 Major League season from a prospect and rookie perspective. The gang makes predictions on AL and NL Rookies of the Year, which clubs will be most reliant on their prospects and much more. Also, Ben stops by to discuss Vancouver’s ballpark arrangement with Hillsboro that will be in place to begin the Minor League campaign next month.
71 min
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#301: Orioles prospect Gunnar Henderson
Baltimore Orioles No. 6 prospect Gunnar Henderson joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his time in camp, his basketball background and the future of his rebuilding organization. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the remaining Spring Training roster battles, and Ben talks about bringing the joys of Minor League Baseball to new audiences.
55 min
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#300: Marlins prospect Max Meyer
No. 28 overall prospect Max Meyer joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to break down his first trip to Marlins Spring Training, his ascent to become last year's third overall pick and his multi-sport background in Minnesota. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben celebrate the podcast’s 300th episode by looking back on what has happened in Minor League Baseball in the last six years and what they are most excited to see next.
64 min
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#299: Reno GM Emily Jaenson
Triple-A Reno general manager Emily Jaenson joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss her upcoming work on the on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Aces’ plans for 2021. Also, Tyler and Sam break down new rules coming to the Minors, and Ben details how Triple-A Charlotte’s dragon mascot Homer put out a city fire.
72 min
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#298: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre president John Adams
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre president John Adams discusses the Triple-A delay and life as an alt site. Tyler and Sam break down spring performers.
58 min
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#297: St. Paul Saints broadcaster Sean Aronson
Triple-A St. Paul broadcaster Sean Aronson calls into the podcast to help introduce one of the newest clubs to the Minor League landscape with discussions on the organization’s history, new partnership with the nearby Minnesota Twins and legendary promotional schedule. Also, Tyler and Sam preview which prospect-laden Spring Training camps are worth following and break down the new affiliations of the National League West.
61 min
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#296: Blue Jays prospect Jordan Groshans
No. 46 overall prospect Jordan Groshans calls the Minor League Baseball podcast from Florida to share his expectations for his time in Spring Training, his hopes for cracking an increasingly loaded Blue Jays roster and his progress since he was last on a Minor League field in May 2019. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben break down the 2021 Minor League schedule released on Thursday.
70 min
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#295: Minor League restructure
Tyler, Sam and Ben discuss the biggest MiLB news in years: the restructuring of the Minor Leagues with 120 teams and new circuits.
46 min
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#294: Mets farm director Kevin Howard
New Mets farm director Kevin Howard shares his philosophies on player development, and Tyler and Sam break down the Nolan Arenado trade.
65 min
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#293: Mariners Triple-A manager Kristopher Negrón
Mariners Triple-A manager Kristopher Negrón talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his expectations for the role, his recent experience as a player and his excitement for leading a roster filled with top Seattle prospects. Also, Tyler and Sam break down recent trades, and Ben shares stories of Hank Aaron’s brief time in the Minors.
74 min
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#292: Rangers prospect Justin Foscue
Texas first-rounder Justin Foscue joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his early pro-ball lessons, his surge at Mississippi State and how he uses video games to help him at the plate. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the latest Pirates-Padres-Mets trade, and Ben brings stories about Minor League mementos. 
68 min
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#291: Pirates prospect Wil Crowe
Right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe shares the story of his December trade from the Nationals to the Pirates in this week’s Minor League Baseball podcast. Also, Tyler and Sam look at some AL East rookie projections, and Ben remembers some ballpark legends the Minor League community lost in the last year.
70 min
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#290: Nationals prospect Cade Cavalli
Nats prospect Cade Cavalli recounts his first year, Sam and Tyler break down the Lindor trade and Ben shares his favorite MiLB bobbleheads.
73 min
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#289: 2020 in review
Tyler, Sam and Ben look back at what was lost, what they missed most and what they learned about Minor League Baseball in 2020.
66 min
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#288: Invitations and Rule 5
Tyler and Sam recap the partner invitations sent by MLB clubs and the Rule 5 Draft. Ben discusses what's missed from the Winter Meetings.
64 min
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#287: Cubs' Ed Howard
Cubs prospect Ed Howard breaks down what it's like playing for his hometown team. Tyler and Sam discuss the Pioneer and MLB Draft Leagues.
82 min
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#286: 2020 hindsight
Tyler and Sam revisit their Major League preseason prospect predictions with MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson.
78 min
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#285: Angels' Chris Rodriguez
Angels prospect Chris Rodriguez details his road back from major back injuries, and Tyler and Sam preview the 40-man protection deadline.
54 min
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#284: A's prospect Greg Deichmann
A's prospect Greg Deichmann discusses what it's like to await Rule 5 protection on the 40-man roster. Also, Ben reviews 2013 promotions
71 min
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#283: Twins prospect Aaron Sabato
Twins first-rounder Aaron Sabato discusses his intro to pro ball at instructs, and Ben details how ONEOK Field became a Tulsa polling place.
60 min
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#282: Dodgers' Triple-A manager Travis Barbary
Oklahoma City manager Travis Barbary shares the secret behind the Dodgers' player-development success. Tyler and Sam recap the World Series.
112 min
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#281: World Series edition
Tyler and Sam discuss whether the Dodgers or Rays are better set up for the next five years. Ben breaks down the BlueClaws' new look.
84 min
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#280: Braves prospect Michael Harris
Braves No. 12 prospect Michael Harris shares what it's like to watch Atlanta's playoff run. Tyler and Sam preview the 2021 Draft order.
86 min
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#279: Rays prospect JJ Goss
Rays No. 13 prospect JJ Goss joins this week's Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his time at instructs, his development in what could have been a lost year and what it's like to watch the playoffs as a member of the Tampa Bay system. Also, Tyler and Sam break down what has made rookies Randy Arozarena and Ian Anderson so successful in the postseason, and MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson call in to talk about their recent stories about "Gilmore Girls" star (and former Minor League pitcher) Scott Patterson and Erie owner Fernando Aguirre.
75 min