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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2018-01-30 23:15
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2018-01-19 16:24
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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....

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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'...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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' ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...