The Show Before the Show

In "The Show Before the Show," 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.

#409: Fort Wayne Daisies
TinCaps VP of marketing Michael Limmer talks about the club's upcoming night honoring local AAGPBL club, the Fort Wayne Daisies.
57 min
#408: Louisville, Tacoma tales
Ben tells the story of Tacoma journeyman Mike Ford, and Sam shares what he learned from his trip to Louisville. Also the gang revisits an interview on Cider Donuts ahead of Ben’s return to Hudson Valley, and Josh strikes out on his own in Ghosts of the Minors.
61 min
#407: Reds catcher Chuckie Robinson
Triple-A Louisville catcher Chuckie Robinson talks to Sam about his hot start, 2022 Major League debut and the effect the ABS system has on his defensive work. Also, Ben shares more tales from the northwest, and Josh blusters through another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
49 min
#406: Ben’s Northwest passage
Ben brings stories from his first road trip of the season to the Pacific Northwest
54 min
#405: Minor League Baseball extravafanza
Ben, Sam and Tyler talk to Minor League Baseball fans across the country about how they fell in love with the sport.
101 min
#404: Rangers top prospect Evan Carter
No. 1 Rangers prospect Evan Carter discusses his hot start with Double-A Frisco.
52 min
#403: Charlotte's Negro Leagues Tribute Night
Triple-A Charlotte honored the history of the Negro Leagues with Black Hornets uniforms and other events last Sunday. Tommy Viola talks to Ben, Sam and Tyler about the long-running celebration on this week’s show. Also, the gang discusses more new food items for 2023 and Pensacola’s Artificial Unintelligence Night, and Josh meddles with another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
56 min
#402: West Michigan broadcaster Dan Hasty
West Michigan’s Dan Hasty joins the Minor League Baseball podcast after going viral for his Masters call with the Whitecaps last weekend. Ben, Sam and Tyler review other popular Minors moments from the week, and Josh presents a devilish edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
61 min
#401: ESPN’s Ryan McGee, complete Ballpark Guides
ESPN senior writer Ryan McGee discusses his new book “Welcome to the Circus of Baseball” about his time working for the Asheville Tourists in 1994. Ben, Sam and Tyler also wrap up the Minor League Ballpark Guide project, and Josh tugs at the heartstrings in Ghosts of the Minors.
61 min
#400: 2023 prospect predictions
It’s the 400th episode of The Show Before the Show! Tyler, Sam, Josh and Kelsie make their prospect predictions for the 2023 season, Ben brings details of the Eugene Exploding Whales and Josh mows down another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
109 min
#399: 2023 Copa de la Diversión unveil
Tyler and Sam recap a wild ending to the World Baseball Classic and select their favorite Copa identities for the 2023 season. Also, Lehigh Valley president Kurt Landes discusses his club’s two separate Copa looks for the year ahead, and Josh chows down on another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
68 min
#398: World Baseball Classic, El Paso’s Tim Hag...
#398: World Baseball Classic, El Paso’s Tim Hagerty
64 min
#397: MLB debuts, RailRiders’ Emily Messina
Writer James Bailey and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broadcaster Emily Messina join the show.
53 min
#396: Minor League ballpark renovations
#396: Minor League ballpark renovations
59 min
#395: Brewers prospect Cam Robinson
#395: Brewers prospect Cam Robinson
57 min
#394: New Lake County owner Alan Miller
New Lake County owner/president Alan Miller talks about his love for the Minors and his previous experience running the Portland Pickles. Also, the co-hosts chat about new Minor League alternate identities, World Baseball Classic rosters and the start of Spring Training, while Josh maneuvers his way through another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.
70 min
#393: Pirates' J.P. Massey, Fresno's Tequila Fest
Pirates seventh-rounder J.P. Massey discusses his life starting a pro career, and Fresno's Jonathan Bravo talks about a celebrity-filled promo coming in the 2023 season. Also, Ben, Sam and Tyler go over their scorekeeping strategies, and Josh gets eponymous in Ghosts of the Minors.
75 min
#392: New A’s broadcaster Johnny Doskow
#392: New A’s broadcaster Johnny Doskow
41 min
#391: Hillsboro's Ronnie Gajownik, Top 100 Pros...
#391: Hillsboro's Ronnie Gajownik, Top 100 Prospects
88 min
#390: Designing a Minor League hat
Ben, Sam and Tyler put their heads together to design a Minor League cap for National Hat Day. Josh heads abroad in Ghosts of the Minors.
44 min
#389: Resolutions & Sauerkraut Balls
#389: Resolutions & Sauerkraut Balls
67 min
#388: Mets prospect Dominic Hamel
Mets No. 12 prospect Dominic Hamel joins the show to discuss his award-winning 2022 season and what’s ahead for him on the mound for 2023.
81 min
#387: Clubbie life with Visalia's Mario Guerrero
#387: Clubbie life with Visalia's Mario Guerrero
52 min
#386: Winter Meetings recap
#386: Minor League Winter Meetings recap
62 min
#385: Columbia Fireflies give ballpark holiday ...
Columbia Fireflies give ballpark holiday glow
56 min