Talking Baseball with Ed Randall

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Baseball didn't become America's Pastime overnight. It's been shaped by years and years of great moments and great stories about those moments. Ed Randall's name has become synonymous with the storied history of the game itself. What does Talking Baseball mean? It means Ed giving his firsthand account of the moments that are a huge part of shaping this great game - including chatting with the players and managers who lived the stories themselves. Check in each week as Ed talks with some of the biggest names of baseball's past, present and future.

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Baseball didn't become America's Pastime overnight. It's been shaped by years and years of great moments and great stories about those moments. Ed Randall's name has become synonymous with the storied history of the game itself. What does Talking Baseball mean? It means Ed giving his firsthand account of the moments that are a huge part of shaping this great game - including chatting with the players and managers who lived the stories themselves. Check in each week as Ed talks with some of the biggest names of baseball's past, present and future.
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🇬🇧 English
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2018-01-30 23:15
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2018-01-19 16:24
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19.01.2018

Ep. 120: The Quest For Closure

Rafael Palmeiro spent 20 years in the Majors, becoming only the fifth player in the league to ever slug 500 home runs and obtain 3,000 hits. However, due to his positive test for performance-enhancing drugs in 2005, his age 40 season would be his last....
18.01.2018

Ep. 119: A Close Call

Ned Yost has been at the helm of the Kansas City Royals since 2010, including managing them to their first championship since 1985 in 2015. But with every season comes the offseason and this current one has left Ned thankful to still be alive. Talking ...
16.01.2018

Ep. 118: Returning To UPenn With A Purpose

Most people who attend an Ivy League college aren't normally destined for the big leagues, but Doug Glanville had a different idea. After being drafted out of the University of Pennsylvania in the first round by the Chicago Cubs in the 1991 Draft, he b...
12.01.2018

Ep. 117: The Legend of Sam Fuld

Former MLB outfielder Sam Fuld recently joined the Philadelphia Phillies as the Major League player information coordinator, a position that seemed destined for Sam long before his professional playing days. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall speaks with Sa...
10.01.2018

Ep. 116: From Rookie of the Year to Humanitarian

Tony Kubek has a baseball resume that many would love to replicate. From being named the 1957 American League Rookie of the Year, a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees, to his broadcasting career in his pos...
5.01.2018

Ep. 115: From Reliever to Retired

After 16 professional seasons pitching out of the bullpen, Joe Nathan announced his retirement from the game of baseball in 2017. During his impressive career, Nathan amassed 377 saves during his MLB career, which is good for eighth on the all-time lis...
5.01.2018

Ep. 114: The quest for the postseason in Seattle

The Seattle Mariners haven't been in the postseason since the 2001 season and if there's one person who is determined to end that spell in 2018, it's GM Jerry Dipoto. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall talks with Jerry about being one of the more active GM'...
5.01.2018

Ep. 113: 33 Years Behind The Dish

When umpire Dale Scott retired this past season, his professional career resume was one to be admired. Calling 3,897 games, including 91 Postseason games, three World Series and three All-Star Games, there isn't much Dale hasn't done as an MLB umpire. ...
22.12.2017

Ep. 112: 10 Years Since The Mitchell Report

10 years ago this December, senator George Mitchell rocked the baseball world when he released his findings of steroid and performance-enhancing substances used in the game in The Mitchell Report. The document shed new light on the rampant use of PED's...
21.12.2017

Ep. 111: Giving Thanks For A Great Cause

When Dennis Bair was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of the 1995 MLB Draft, it's safe to assume that he never thought he'd be responsible for helping to change lives after his playing days. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall spends time with...
15.12.2017

Ep. 110: All-Star Trade at the Winter Meetings

The 1990 Winter Meetings in Chicago featured a trade that would send shockwaves through the baseball world. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the Padres for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall speaks...
14.12.2017

Ep. 109: A $102K Scouting Report

When Dick Groch wrote a scouting report about a high school senior named Derek Jeter, the Yankees scout said that the "five-tool player" would be a Major League All-Star and simply dubbed him "a Yankee." That exact scouting report was recently sold at ...
13.12.2017

Ep. 108: Home Run Leader on the Move

The New York Yankees made a big splash at the Winter Meetings when they acquired the 2017 home run leader Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins. It was just the 12th time in MLB history when the reigning home run leader was traded the following season. Ta...
11.12.2017

Ep. 107: Danger at Home

What do you do when it's too dangerous to go home? Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall recently caught up with 12-year MLB veteran Edgardo Alfonzo, to talk about the hazards of returning to his native country of Venezuela. On the show they discuss the deteri...
11.10.2017

Ep. 106: A Second Chance At Baseball

Ryan Madson pitched in the big leagues from 2003-2011, in which he won a World Series in 2008 with the Phillies. After his age 30 season, he would require Tommy John Surgery and would have to try to recover from injury. Ryan wouldn't find the same succ...
25.09.2017

Ep. 105: After The Game Ends

What happens to a professional athlete after they can no longer play the game? To assist in the transition from the pro ranks to a post baseball career, Major League Baseball has partnered with Game Theory Group International to provide Major and Minor...
15.09.2017

Ep. 104: Witnessing History

Former Major Leaguer Frank Tepedino has the distinction of being the only player in MLB history to be in uniform to witness teammate Mickey Mantle's 500th home run as a Yankee and teammate Hank Aaron's 715th home run as a member of the Braves. Talkin' ...
1.09.2017

Ep. 103: On The Road For 28 Days

The Houston area continues to show their resiliency in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Resiliency is something that the natives of Texas are used to, just like current suburban Houston resident and former MLB manager Art Howe. Talkin' Baseball's Ed ...
1.09.2017

Ep. 102: How Outsiders Changed The Game

The Oakland A's were a force to be reckoned with in the early 70s, winning three championships in a row from 1972-1974. The man behind these teams was the mad genius and owner Charles Finley. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall spends some time talking with ...
1.09.2017

Ep. 101: Alternative Facts Night at the Ballpark

On August 25th, the Erie SeaWolves celebrated their 2016 Easten League Championship in front of what was an expected crowd of 1.2 million people. However, all those facts might not have been totally true considering it was Alternative Facts Night at th...
24.08.2017

Ep. 100: The People Behind The Plaques

Every summer in Cooperstown, the greats of baseball are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The players are famously immortalized with plaques that hang in the museum. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall discusses the story of where those plaques are fr...
22.08.2017

Ep. 99: More Than Just A Ball Player

Dick Allen accomplished an impressive list of accolades during his 15 year playing career, including winning the Rookie of the Year, MVP and being named to the All-Star Game seven times. But what he accomplished in 1963 as a minor leaguer was even more...
22.08.2017

Ep. 98: Friendship With The Clipper

As a 32 year old, Dr. Rock Positano met Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio for the first time. What would come after that meeting still amazes Dr. Positano; a friendship with the Yankee Clipper. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall spends some time with Rock discussi...
17.08.2017

Ep. 97: For The Warriors

Justin Verlander is no stranger to battles fought on the diamond. The All-Star pitcher has been in a number of tough games throughout his career on the field, but what he's doing off the field is something that he's just as proud of. Talking Baseball's...
8.08.2017

Ep. 96: Thankful For Baseball

When Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris experienced a dead-arm period while pitching in 2015, he underwent numerous tests to properly diagnose his issue. It was discovered during these test, unknown to Daniel, that he had thyroid cancer. The pitcher ...
8.08.2017

Ep. 95: A New Perspective On Life

During a game in June versus the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers catcher Victor Martinez experienced a scary situation. While on the basepaths, he noticed he didn't feel right, with his heart beating a little differently than normal. Victor was later ho...
1.08.2017

Ep. 94: Always Grinding

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham is having the best year of his Major League career, but his journey to the big club wasn't always easy. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall speaks with Tommy about how he almost walked away from the game of baseball ...
20.07.2017

Ep. 93: The Story of the South Side Hitmen

The 1977 Chicago White Sox team was one of most beloved and exciting in franchise history. That team would come to be known as the South Side Hitmen. Don Zminda, a longtime baseball fan and a member of STATS LLC for over two decades, joins Talking Base...
19.07.2017

Ep. 92: Special Delivery

United States Air Force 1st Lt. Ali Joseph estimates she has helped bring close to 240 babies into this world as a labor and delivery nurse. All of that along with being married to a Major League Baseball player leads to a fulfilling yet sometimes very...
14.07.2017

Ep. 91: The Birth of the Ballpark Revolution

Oriole Park at Camden Yards has become one of the most iconic ballparks of it's time. As the city of Baltimore celebrates the ballpark's 25th anniversary this season, architect and urban planner Janet Marie Smith joins Ed Randall to discuss how Camden ...
14.07.2017

Ep. 90: The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth

One of the greatest sports movies of all-time, "The Pride of the Yankees," is celebrating it's 75th anniversary this year. New York Times writer and author Richard Sandomir joins host Ed Randall to talk about his new book "The Pride of the Yankees: Lou...
6.07.2017

Ep. 89: Home Run King

Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader Barry Bonds is set to be honored by the San Francisco Giants during a ceremony on July 8. The 14-time All-Star will have a plaque placed into AT&T Park's Wall of Fame, becoming the 49th player to rec...
26.06.2017

Ep. 88: Moneyball 2.0

When Major League Baseball partnered last year with WHOOP, a performance optimization technology company, many were intrigued to find out what results the largest performance study ever in sports would determine. At the conclusion of the study, it was ...
7.06.2017

Ep. 87: An Unlikely Choice

When Fred Claire joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was an unlikely choice at the time to run the club. Those doubters were quickly quieted when they won the 1988 World Series, delivering the club's 6th championship in franchise history. Talking Baseba...
31.05.2017

Ep. 86: From Big League Pitcher To Power Hitter

Rick Ankiel was a promising young starting pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. His success prompted the club to promote him to the big club at age 19 in 1999. He would remain in the rotation during the 2000 season. However, that all changed...
24.05.2017

Ep. 85: Fireballer and Head Coach

Troy Percival spent over 14 seasons in the Majors and was on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels when he recorded the last three outs of their 2002 World Series championship. Now, he spends his time as the head coach for the University of California R...
24.05.2017

Ep. 84: Remembering Steve

Former MLB umpire Steve Palermo passed away at the ager of 67 this past week and although his time in baseball was cut short when he was shot in 1991, his legacy upon his friends and peers remained intact. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall and former MLB u...
23.05.2017

Ep. 83: Casey Stengel, One of a Kind

Nobody can ever doubt that Casey Stengel is one of baseball's greatest characters. The success that Stengel had on the field is only matched by the memorable stories that surrounded Casey off it. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall recalls some of the lesser...
19.05.2017

Ep. 82: Balls, Strikes and Christmas Lights

As one of four umpires who retired prior to the 2017 season, Jim Joyce has been involved in some of baseball's biggest moments. Joyce was on the crew for the emotional 2001 World Series, Nolan Ryan's 5000th strikeout, Robin Yount's 3000th hit and three...
12.05.2017

Ep. 81: Cy Young Winner, Hall of Famer, Next Marlins Owner?

With the Miami Marlins reportedly still up for sale, the club has drawn interest from multiple groups including one featuring a former Cy Young Award winner, Tom Glavine. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall speaks with the Hall of Famer about his group's int...
8.05.2017

Ep. 80: Umpire and Talk Show Host

Bob Davidson spent 28 years as an MLB umpire. Needless to say, he had a very colorful career on and off the baseball diamond. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall talks with "Balkin' Bob" about his baseball career, his time as a talk show host and his thought...
28.04.2017

Ep. 79: Inspiration To Never Giving Up

When the Texas Rangers took to the field on Opening Day, there was no one happier to be back than third base coach Tony Beasley. After being declared cancer free only four months earlier, missing the 2016 season because of his rectal cancer diagnosis w...
27.04.2017

Ep. 78: Acting Like You've Been There Before

The old adage for any new baseball player promoted to the Majors is to act like you've been there before. Dave Trembley takes that to heart, as he works in the Braves organization teaching the next wave of players baseball etiquette. Talking Baseball's...
27.04.2017

Ep. 77: 69-Year-Old Major League Rookie

Dean Treanor is no rookie when it comes to the game of baseball. He spent 29 years working with several affiliates in the Minors following his pitching career. At age 69, Dean was finally called to the Majors as the bullpen coach for the Miami Marlins....
27.04.2017

Ep. 76: 34-Years Behind The Dish

John Hirschbeck has been a staple behind the plate for the past 34 years in Major League Baseball. After calling more than 5,000 games, including 23 postseason assignments, John served as a crew chief for the 2016 World Series, the final one of his car...
21.04.2017

Ep. 75: Persistence and Patience

Any player drafted by a major league team doesn't have a guaranteed shot of ever eventually making to the show. As the 1,021st player selected in the 2011 draft, Brock Stassi spent six years in the Phillies minor league system before receiving word tha...
20.04.2017

Ep. 74: Life-changing Routine Physical

When a Major League Baseball team drafts a player, they will normally go through a routine physical before signing a deal. This was the case for Dylan Covey, the rookie pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. He was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewe...
12.04.2017

Ep. 73: Let In The Yard Goats

After playing their entire 2016 season playing on the road, the Hartford Yard Goats are finally going home to their new ballpark. The Colorado Rockies Double-A affiliate team moved from New Britain to Hartford following their 2015 campaign, however due...
12.04.2017

Ep. 72: Lords of the Rings

When a team wins a championship, in addition to being called the best in their sport, they're also rewarded with some pretty sweet jewelry. The championship ring is a sign of triumph and is worn with pride. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall speaks with his...
11.04.2017

Ep. 71: 33 Years Behind The Dish

After serving 33 years as a Major League Baseball umpire, Tim Welke decided to call it a career. With only 18 other umpires in the history of the game who accumulated more service time than him, Tim showed his love for baseball every time he suited-up ...
7.04.2017

Ep. 70: 25 Years of Oriole Park at Camden Yards

This week, the Baltimore Orioles celebrate the 25th anniversary of their revolutionary ballpark, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Talking Baseball's Ed Randall speaks with Baltimore sports writer, Orioles team historian and official scorer Jim Henneman abo...
13.03.2017

Ep. 69: Success At Every Level

To say that Randy Smith has had a successful career in the game of baseball would be a complete understatement. In addition to being a contributing factor to the formation of the Colorado Rockies, Smith gave Bruce Bochy his first job as a manager and t...
11.03.2017

Ep. 68: A Devoted Friendship

Many people often say an umpire does a good job if he is not noticeable during the course of a baseball game. While that's true from the first to last pitch, it's what umpire Phil Cuzzi does off the field that's extremely noticeable. Talkin' Baseball's...
10.03.2017

Ep. 67: Tales From Tal

Tal Smith has had an illustrious career in the game of baseball, spending 35 of his 54 years of service with the Houston Astros. Though his impact on the Astros was felt heavily as a General Manager and as team President, most know him because of the n...
27.02.2017

Ep. 66: Possible Pace-of-Play Solution

With pace of play continuing to be a large topic of discussion in MLB, the lowest level of professional baseball is attempting a radical solution to try and speed the game up. By placing a runner on second base from the 10th inning on, the Gulf Coast a...
17.02.2017

Ep. 65: The Impact Of Air Travel On Players

It's no secret that MLB players face one of the most grueling schedules in professional sports. Playing 162 games over a six-month period will include a lot of time in the air and changing time zones on multiple occasions during a season. Talkin' Baseb...
17.02.2017

Ep. 64: Player, Broadcaster and NL President

Bill White has led an illustrious life in the game of baseball. In addition to slugging over 200 home runs and being an eight-time All-Star as a player, Bill later became a broadcaster and served as the President of the National League. Talkin' Basebal...
1.02.2017

Ep. 63: Remembering The Astrodome

The Houston Astrodome is known to many as the Eighth Wonder of the World and for a good reason. It was the first multi-purpose domed stadium in the world. It holds a special place in baseball history, as the Astrodome was home to the Houston Astros for...
1.02.2017

Ep. 62: From The Gridiron To The Dugout

It's not every day that a former NFL player and Super Bowl champion has an esteemed career in another sport following retirement. That, however, does not apply to Nick Giaquinto. After spending much of his early life surrounded by football, he retired ...
31.01.2017

Ep. 61: Pitching, Pitching and More Pitching

Rick Peterson has spent the majority of his life surrounded by the game of baseball. As a former pitcher and pitching coach, his wealth of knowledge when it comes to pitching is endless. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall talks with Rick about his experienc...
31.01.2017

Ep. 60: The Man Behind The Call

When a baseball player receives the ultimate honor of being voted into the Hall of Fame, they normally find out by receiving a phone call alerting them of the news. On the latest episode of Talkin' Baseball, Ed Randall is joined by the Secretary Treasu...
19.01.2017

Ep. 59: A 71-Year-Old Promise

With the Chicago Cubs winning their first championship in over 100 years, many great stories from fans of the once Loveable Losers have flooded in. The former PR director of the Cubs and former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers Ned Colletti joins Talkin' B...
13.01.2017

Ep. 58: Bonds, Clemens and the Hall

With the announcement of the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame class coming next week, the ballots that have been released so far have shown an uptick in votes for the controversial Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. On this episode of Talkin' Baseball with Ed Ra...
23.12.2016

Ep. 57: Trading in a Glove for a Badge of Honor

Anthony Varvaro was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2005 and found success in the Majors while pitching with the Atlanta Braves. With a career 3.23 ERA as a relief pitcher, Varvaro found himself pitching with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2016. At age 31...
22.12.2016

Ep. 56: Sweet Swinging Billy Williams

Cubs fans of all ages were elated when the loveable losers finally won their first World Series since 1908 this past season. No one was more excited than former Cubbie "Sweet-Swinging" Billy Williams. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall talks with the Hall o...
21.12.2016

Ep. 55: Historic Hall of Famer

While many among the baseball world were focused on the trades and deals being made at the 2016 Winter Meetings, baseball journalist Claire Smith was announced as the winner of the 68th J.G. Taylor Spink Award. The highest honor for a baseball journali...
8.12.2016

Ep. 54: Being A Sports Agent

Tom Reich is one of baseball's first player agents and he carries a successful track record along with him. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall spends some time with Tom live at the Winter Meetings to discuss how he became a baseball agent and the learning e...
8.12.2016

Ep. 53: Trader Jack

As a two-time NL Manager of the Year and manager of the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins, Jack McKeon has set his place in baseball lore. Nicknamed "Trader Jack" during his general manager days, he has seen a lot in the game he loves. Talkin'...
8.12.2016

Ep. 52: President of the New York Penn League

The life of a baseball player can take you in many directions once your playing days are behind you. This is something that former Reds pitcher, and now current President of the New York Penn League, is familiar with. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall sits...
8.12.2016

Ep. 51: Fans For The Cure

In celebrating the 10th year since the inception of the Fans For the Cure charity, Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall sits down with MLB.com's Tim McMaster live from the Winter Meetings to discuss his work with the nonprofit charity. By working with several...
5.12.2016

Ep. 50: A Baseball Lifer

Roland Hemond has spent 67 years of his life in baseball and is the quintessential five-tool executive. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall sits down with the baseball lifer at the 2016 Winter Meetings to talk about his life and his start in Hartford in 1951...
23.11.2016

Ep. 49: BairFind

Dennis Bair spent a total of nine seasons pitching in the Minor Leagues after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1995. After spending time in the Reds and D-Backs organizations, Dennis would have to retire due to several arm surgeries. Although his p...
21.11.2016

Ep. 48: Awesome Dawson

The continued debate of whether or not an MVP can be named while playing on a last place team is a theme that usually comes to be during MLB's award season. This was a similar case when Andre Dawson won the award in 1987. The Hawk that season slugged 4...
15.11.2016

Ep. 47: The Curse of Rocky Colavito

How legitimate is the "Curse of Rocky Colavito"? Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall asks the man himself, Rocky Colavito, about this so-called Indians curse and how it came to be.
28.10.2016

Ep. 46: Baseball's Buzz Aldrin

Just 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, the Cleveland Indians signed centerfielder Larry Doby from the Negro Leagues. The "Buzz Aldrin of baseball" as his teammate Bob Feller once dubbed him, Doby would go on to have...
28.10.2016

Ep. 45: Lifelong and Loyal

Cubs fans are some of the most loyal in the game, waiting 108 years to see their Cubbies earn another World Series Championship. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up with Dan Von Behren, a lifelong fan, to recall his first Cubs memories, how he stay...
27.10.2016

Ep. 44: An Original Wrigley Field Bleacher Bum

What's it really like to throw a home run ball back to the field? Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall and ESPN Chicago radio host Mike Murphy discuss how Murphy was a part of the original Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums, the etiquette rules when it comes to the ...
26.10.2016

Ep. 43: Cubs Scout Waits for Championship

Billy Blitzer is the Cubs' longest tenured scout, and he has waited his whole life for the team to win another World Series. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up Blitzer to reflect on his time in the Cubs organization and what it would be like to se...
26.10.2016

Ep. 42: Eddie Robinson and the 1948 World Series Champion Indians

Eddie Robinson, the last living member of the 1948 Indians World Series championship team, can recall this season like it was yesterday. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up Robinson to reflect on the championship season, spotlight the five Hall of ...
24.10.2016

Ep. 41: Doc Edwards' Big League Impact

Doc Edwards' impact on the game of baseball is immeasurable. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up with the former player and manager to find out what it was like managing five future Major League managers, learn more about his relationship with Worl...
21.10.2016

Ep. 40: The Case of the Curse

Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall takes a closer look at how numbers have played such a large role in the curse of the Cubs. Grant DePorter, managing partner of Harry Caray's restaurant group, joins Ed to share what he did after purchasing the Steve Bartma...
10.10.2016

Ep. 39: Breaking Barriers, Pitch by Pitch

After a 14 year career in Major League Baseball, Gregg Olson has come out of the bullpen one more time to help with Fox's new TV show "Pitch". Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up with the former reliever to hear how he had the opportunity to work w...
7.10.2016

Ep. 38: Comedy and the Cubbies

When it comes to the Cubs, their fans and their World Series drought, patience has been a virtue. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up with comedian Tom Dreesen to hear some of his favorite Cub memories, discuss the infamous Steve Bartman moment and...
3.10.2016

Ep. 37: Seth Lugo's Long Shot

Seth Lugo didn't have the easiest path to the Major Leagues. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up with the Mets pitcher to learn more about the moment Lugo found out he was drafted and obstacles he's overcome to make it to the show.
26.09.2016

Ep. 36: World Series Hurdles

What went into the making of World Series-bound 2007 Rockies team? Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up with current Pirates manager Clint Hurdle to reflect on the 2007 season and the Rockies' first World Series appearance.
15.09.2016

Ep. 35: The Epic Free Fall

6 1/2 game lead with 12 to play. When it comes to collapses, the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies own one of the worst feats in professional sports history. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall spends some time talking about the collapse with author John Rossi, who...
14.09.2016

Ep. 34: A Miracle Met

Ron Swoboda played nine seasons in the bigs, mostly known for his time with the New York Mets. It was there that the outfielder would reach the pinnacle of the baseball world and win the World Series with the miracle Mets in 1969. Talkin' Baseball's Ed...
8.09.2016

Ep. 33: History in Pittsburgh

In 1971, Al Oliver was part of a moment in Major League history that may never be repeated. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up with Oliver to reflect on a September game when the Pirates took the field with an all-minority lineup, becoming the fir...
31.08.2016

Ep. 32: Courageous Like Jackie

Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier in 1947, becoming the first African-American player to play in MLB. With similar courage, Brewers Minor Leaguer David Denson became the first openly gay active player to be affiliated with an MLB club wh...
26.08.2016

Ep. 31: A Love Affair With Baseball

Kathryn Massar has always had a love affair with baseball and dreamed to play first base for the New York Yankees. Becoming the first woman to play in the Little League World Series, she attended tryouts among other boys to try and prove that she belon...
23.08.2016

Ep. 30: A Modern Day Crash Davis

Mike Hessman might be the true definition of a journeyman. The former infielder spent time in the Majors with the Braves, the Tigers and the Mets, but he's most known for setting the all-time Minors home run record with 433 career dingers. Although he ...
15.08.2016

Ep. 29: Back on Track

Andrew Bailey's path to playing Major League Baseball has not been paved in gold. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up with the recent Angels acquisition to find out how he ended up in Anaheim, what it was like to experience a World Series with Bost...
12.08.2016

Ep. 28: 40 Seasons In Baseball And Counting

Bill Hayes has seen a lot during his 40 seasons in professional baseball. Following his playing days, Bill became a coach and manager in the Minors as well as a bullpen catcher for the San Francisco Giants. Now, he's in his second season as the first b...
5.08.2016

Ep. 27: The Bird Catcher

The Detroit Tigers have had a multitude of personalities come in and out of their clubhouse, but one that stands out is Mark Fidrych. The unorthodox starting pitcher whose nickname is The Bird formed a relationship with catcher Bruce Kimm. Because of t...
26.07.2016

Ep. 26: 9/11 First Responder Honored in Cooperstown

Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown enshrined two new members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. During the ceremony, a retired FDNY battalion chief was honored for his bravery for being a first responder following the September 11 attacks. Vin Movaro joins...
15.07.2016

Ep. 25: Disco Demolition Night Remembered

The White Sox have a very long, illustrious history in the game of baseball. One of their more notable moments, not involving a game, occured in-between a doubleheader between the White Sox and the Tigers on July 12, 1979. MLB.com's Ed Randall spends s...
12.07.2016

Ep. 24: A Conversation With The Spaceman

In his 14-year career, Bill Lee amassed 119 career wins between pitching for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos. Known as "The Spaceman", Bill has hung up his spikes and is now running for Governor of Vermont. MLB.com's Ed Randall spends some time t...
5.07.2016

Ep. 23: Giving Back In the Name of the Babe

The game of baseball has produced numerous superstars over its existence, but none is bigger and more of a cultural icon than Babe Ruth. On the latest edition of Talking Baseball, MLB.com's Ed Randall spends some time with the granddaughter of The Grea...
30.06.2016

Ep. 22: Career Catcher Retrospect

A.J. Pierzynski has accomplished a lot over his 19-year MLB career, including bringing the White Sox their first championship since 1917 and catching a perfect game as well as a no-hitter. The veteran catcher of the Atlanta Braves sits down with MLB.co...
23.06.2016

Ep. 21: The Royal Treatment

There's no doubt how valuable Rusty Kuntz is to the Kansas City Royals. MLB.com's Ed Randall caught up with the Royals first base coach to hear how his role has evolved, what a typical day is like for Kuntz and how he helped turn Alex Gordon into a Gol...
17.06.2016

Ep. 20: 62 Years Later, A Tiger At Last

In 1954, the Detroit Tigers offered Earl Robinette a contract to join the club in his farmhouse in Michigan. With the contract going unsigned, the story of "what if" played out many times in his mind. Fast forward to May of 2016, at age 80, Earl signed...
9.06.2016

Ep. 19: 1965 NL Rookie of the year, Jim Lefebvre

1968 is forever dubbed as the "Year of the Pitcher" when some of baseball's best starting pitchers dominated the entire league. Jim Lefebvre, who played behind Don Drysdale during his dominant season, joins MLB.com's Ed Randall on the latest edition of...
3.06.2016

Ep. 18: Ed Farmer's Journey

Ed Farmer has probably seen almost everything you can when it comes to baseball. MLB.com's Ed Randall caught up with Chicago White Sox radio play-by-play to reflect on lessons he learned growing up, memories from playing in the Pacific Coast League, an...
1.06.2016

Ep. 17: Frank Robinson and Memorial Stadium Magic

50 years ago Frank Robinson hit a home run out of Memorial Stadium. It's the first and only ball to ever leave the confines of that ballpark. MLB.com's Ed Randall caught up with Mike Sparaco, who stumbled upon the ball on his way to a blind date and ev...
25.05.2016

Ep. 16: Ferguson Jenkins and his 3,000th strikeout

It was a May evening when future Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins earned his 3,000th strikeout, only the seventh Major League pitcher to reach the milestone. Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall caught up with Jenkins on the anniversary of this historical and m...
19.05.2016

Ep. 15: Swinging for the Fences

Mike Schmidt, former Phillies third baseman, hit the game-winning home run in a historical extra-inning game that ended in a final score of 23-22 against the Cubs in 1979. Schmidt joins Ed Randall's Talkin' Baseball to relive the historical moment and ...
11.05.2016

Ep. 14: An Exclusive Club

What is life like inside the clubhouse? Mike Murphy, a 59-season-veteran clubbie, joins Ed Randall's Talkin' Baseball to give us the inside scoop about life as the Giants' batboy turned equipment manager, how he felt after Candlestick Park was demolish...
4.05.2016

Ep. 13: Carlos Tosca's Storied Career

Carlos Tosca, the Braves bench coach, left Cuba when he was eight years old. MLB.com's Ed Randall caught up with Tosca to learn about his childhood in Cuba, his move to the United States and how this shaped his life, as well as to reflect on his time w...
2.05.2016

Ep. 12: "And this game is underway"

When Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's home run record at 714, Reds play-by-play man Marty Brennaman was on the other end calling this historic moment. MLB.com's Ed Randall caught up with the Hall of Fame broadcaster to find out how he got his start in baseb...
29.04.2016

Ep. 11: Road Warriors

The Hartford Yard Goats haven't had the most conventional season so far. MLB.com's Ed Randall caught up with Yard Goats broadcaster Jeff Dooley to find out what in the world a Yard Goat is, how the team has adjusted to life on the road waiting for thei...
22.04.2016

Ep. 10: Roberto Clemente's legacy

Roberto Clemente's legacy off the field was just as, if not more important, than what he did on the field. Clemente's son Luis joins Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall to reflect on his father's storied career, what it means to see his father's name honored...
15.04.2016

Ep. 9: This one's for Jackie

69 years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, MLB.com's Ed Randall and Robinson's former teammate Carl Erskine reflect on the kind of man No. 42 was on and off the field, how he pioneered the game and how his wife, Rachel, stood by Jackie's s...
8.04.2016

Ep. 8: The In Crowd

Marlins infield coach Perry Hill and Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall catch up to find out how Hill's job has changed throughout the years, why Ozzie Smith's defense changed the game for infielders and how he's been so successful for so long.
1.04.2016

Ep. 7: Grounded

With a mere 72 years of experience in groundskeeping, George Toma joins Ed Randall on Talkin' Baseball to reflect on his unparalleled career in sports. Toma takes Ed through a 72-year journey, starting with the time he was 16 years old and named head g...
25.03.2016

Ep. 6: Three's Company

Imagine having three brothers in a Major League outfield playing at the same time. Felipe Alou, Special Assistant to the General Manager for the SF Giants, joins Talkin' Baseball to reminisce back to when Felipe and his brothers, Matty and Jesús, roame...
18.03.2016

Ep. 5: Don Hooton's Crusade

Ed catches up with Don Hooton of the Taylor Hooton Foundation which was set up to promote awareness of youth steroid abuse. Don hopes the story of losing his son back in 2003 will help educate student athletes to play the game the right way and with in...
12.03.2016

Ep. 4: Home Is Where the Heart Is

This offseason, Bud Black packed up and headed north in California, returning to Anaheim, where he spent nine season as Mike Scioscia's pitching coach and was a part of the 2002 World Series Angels. MLB.com's Ed Randall caught up with Black in Spring T...
4.03.2016

Ep. 3: You Better Believe It

Marty Appel - former Public Relations director for the Yankees - gives Ed his firsthand account of quite possibly the strangest trade in Major League history when Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich decided to swap wives during the spring o...
26.02.2016

Ep. 2: Larry King of the hill

Larry King and the Dodgers' love affair started in Brooklyn, New York and hasn't skipped a beat since they moved across the country to Los Angeles. The television host joins MLB.com's Ed Randall to reflect on Vin Scully's first Dodger's game, what he t...
Larry King and the Dodgers' love affair started in Brooklyn, New York and hasn't skipped a beat since they moved across the country to Los Angeles. The television host joins MLB.com's Ed Randall to reflect on Vin Scully's first Dodger's game, what he thin author
18.02.2016

Ep 1: Like a Fine Wine

How does a Hall of Fame pitcher feed the competitive fires after finishing his baseball career? When you're Tom Seaver you get into the wine business. Ed also gets Tom's take on whether today's pitchers are too coddled. Also, Ed introduces us to the ma...