Bat Flips And Nerds

Bat Flips And Nerds

A British take on Baseball. John, Tom, Ben, Darius, Rachel, Russell and Rob guide you through the goings on in MLB, Team GB and baseball around the world.

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September 16, 2021 39 min
GB Baseball's Men's senior squad are currently playing out in Turin as part of the European Baseball Championship, and have made the quarter final stage for the first time in 14 years.

Ahead of their clash with the Netherlands we hear from team broadcaster Chris Knoblock and second baseman Kent Blackstone about the tournament so far, the feeling in camp and the future of the programme.

#LetsGoGB
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Russell, Rob and Ben get together for another weekly roundup dominated by the amazin' New York Mets.

They also discuss some exciting postseason races (don't jinx it!), that Jose Ramirez chain, hit by pitch records and how Russell fixed baseball.
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John, Darius and Russell dive into the early findings on the Atlantic League's experience in moving the pitching mound, the storming New York Yankees and the under-heralded Rays.

They find plenty of time to praise and berate Yadi Molina, Vlad Jr, Chance Sisco, the Angels and the Orioles. We'll leave you to work out which is which...
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Russell, Ben and Darius convene for the latest MLB roundup and begin by discussing the latest leaked proposal from MLB: a $100 million salary floor. They can't help but talk about the Mets, discuss whether they're having a worse season than the Padres, and then 2Good2Bad brings us Joey Votto, Tyler Gilbert and more City Connect uniform rants.
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John, Russell and Rob round up the first half of the season with some harsh words for the Minnesota Twins, the LA Dodgers and the treatment of Minor Leaguers, but garlands for the SF Giants, Trey Mancini and bae himself, Shohei Ohtani.

But not before a quick gallop through the trade deadline, a new name in Cleveland and the loveliness of Olympic baseball!
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A special guest episode as Ben is joined by Felix White of Maccabees and Tailenders fame to talk his new book, falling in love with the New York Mets and what cricket can learn from baseball (and vice versa).
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Ben and Russell team up for a two-man spin through the week's All-Star festivities, from Shohei Ohtani's eye-popping performances just about everywhere to Charlie Freeman's adorable cameos. There's also the usual two good, two bad chat, some MLB draft reviews and are the Mariners going to be buyers?!
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Russell talked with @Razzball and @PitcherList writer @EverywhereBlair about the history of baseball in Japan.

They covered the origins of NPB, Shohei, the Olympics and that some of what you might know and maybe read recently about Japanese baseball and players is likely wrong.
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Darius and Russell are joined by a mystery man who has no place on a baseball podcast. It's Tom Pringle.

They talk about the sticky baseballs, Bobby Bonilla, Eric Hosmer, the San Francisco Giants, the All-Star Game and what Russell's stat lab might look like.

You can tell Tom is back, can't you?

(Tom swears once, just sh*t...not really explicit is it?)
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June 17, 2021 62 min
John, Rob and Ben are in our rotation this week.

Regrettably they are back on the topic of rubbing balls.

In happier news they have plenty to say about the history making Diamondbacks, the mega fun Toronto Blue Jays, lovely lil Frankie Lindor, Mr Magic Joey Votto, plus a factoid that may put you off Jacob deGrom for life.
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June 11, 2021 56 min
It's weekly round-up time and the nerds are left unsupervised! Russell and Darius discuss the planned enforcement of foreign substance rules, the Cubs' City Connect scrubs, Jarred Kelenic's demotion, before embarking on a bumper round of 2 Good 2 Bad featuring Jake Bauers, Luke Williams, Bill James, and more.
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Former Mets minor leaguer and Director of Outreach for More than Baseball, the non-profit which supports the wellbeing and conditions of minor league baseball players, joins us to explain the work of the organisation, the need for structural change within baseball and what fans can do to both support current players, and campaign for justice for these baseball professionals.

You can find out more about this incredible organisation a...
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June 3, 2021 63 min
Matt Joyce!

John, Darius and Rob chat about the scourge of sticky stuff and take a Will Craig inspired deep dive into the NL Central; they also have time to big up the Palm Beach Cardinals, Joey Votto and the Tauch, and to pour scorn on the Rays, the As and the poor old Orioles.

Whilst you're here, head over to https://obviousshirts.com/collections/boog and grab a shirt to support our great pal Boog and strike out ALS.
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Former Twins and Blue Jays slugger and self styled 'Indy Ball Hall of Famer' Chris Colabello joins John to chat about his long route to the bigs, the magical 2015 Toronto Blue Jays, growing up in Italy and representing the Azzurri internationally, and his ongoing quest to correct the PED injustice which ended his career and continues to jeopardise others.
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Darius, Rob and Ben band together to review a groundhog week of baseball action as Tony La Russa grabbed the headlines (again) and pitchers threw no hitters (again).

There was also talk of the weirdest statistical hitting line ever, the greatest manager tantrum in a long time and - of course - the San Francisco Giants have now been struck by the Darius curse...
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Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito joins John to chat about his season so far, remodelling his pitching arsenal and how he wants to continuously improve, the vibe in the White Sox clubhouse and his desire to use his platform for good.
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John, Darius and Russell tackle the week in MLB, including big thumbs up for the New York Yankees, Patrick Mazeika and the amazing Drew Robinson, but also thumbs down for rubbish outfield defence, pitchers hitting and the Oakland Athletics laying a massive egg.
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The brilliant Keith Law, national baseball writer for The Athletic, prospect and draft savant, all round good egg and author of the best selling books 'Smart Baseball' and 'The Inside Game' joins John to discuss:

- Being back at the ballpark
- The 2020 draft, and his No. 1 pick 'sleeper'
- His new book, The Inside Game
- Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa
- Not sticking to sports.

This is a fun one!
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May 8, 2021 17 min
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Wade Allen Miley.
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May 6, 2021 50 min
In an unprecedented development, big baseball news breaks before the pod instead of immediately after it. Ben, Russell and Darius react to the Angels designating Albert Pujols for assignment and take a look back at the highlights of his stellar career. They also tip the cap to John Means and his imperfect game, before another round of 2 Good 2 Bad, featuring Tony La Russa, Robbie Ray, and Mike Trout.
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