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.

#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
#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
#331: Mixing baseball, hockey in Toledo
#331: Mixing baseball, hockey in Toledo
63 min
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#325: That Thing Erie Did!
#325: That Thing Erie Did!
62 min
#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
#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
#322: Dishing on Worcester food; Top 100 talk
#322: Dishing on Worcester food; Top 100 talk
75 min
#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
#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
#319: Tulsa’s elusive Jack White bobblehead, Tr...
#319: Tulsa’s elusive Jack White bobblehead, Trade Deadline
51 min
#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
#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
#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
#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
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
#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
#313: Family affair in Reading
#313: Family affair in Reading
48 min
#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
#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
#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