Baseball PhD (enhanced M4A)
By Baseball PhD
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What would you do if you could get a PhD in life—through baseball? Welcome to Baseball PhD. A podcast for your brain. 30 major league cities, 100 places to see. Let's touch them all as we make a road trip of a lifetime!
||Clean2018 Philadelphia Phillies||Can the Phillies do the unthinkable and win the NL East? Ed and Farley interview Paul Sullivan from Sully Baseball about the impossible.||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Pacific Coast League||We explore the Pacific Coast League as Ed Kasputis interviews Dwight Hall, Vice-President of Operations of the Pacific Coast League and Dave Matejczyk.||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 New York Mets||We’re in Queens empathizing with Mets fans as they suffer through a tough year. Ed Kasputis interviews Jeff Cohen from the podcast Baseball & BBQ about Jeff’s Mets, his podcast and Citi Field food.||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 International League||Our PhD Committee continues its Masters in the Minors Series as Ed Kasputis interviews Mr. Sports Travel aka Joe Connor and Dave Matejczyk about the International League.||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Detroit Tigers||Tiger Town ponders how long will the Tigers rebuild take? Ed Kasputis interviews Paul Sullivan from sullybaseball.com about the Tigers and the upcoming trade deadline.||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Mexican League||We start our Masters in the Minors series of podcasts by first focusing on the Mexican League.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Boston Red Sox||Could this year’s Red Sox team be the greatest in franchise history? We debate it as Ed Kasputis interviews Red Sox beat reporter, Jason Mastrodonato from the Boston Herald.||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Longish Careers||Our PhD Committee explores those players that had longish careers.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Washington Nationals||What’s wrong with the Nationals? We ponder their troubles as Ed Kasputis interviews Blake Finney from districtondeck.com about the Nats troubles and Matt Weyrich from federalbaseball.com on whether Bryce Harper should be traded.||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Presidents & Baseball||Two years ago as America prepared for the start of the 2016 Presidential Primary Season, our PhD Committee explored Presidents & Baseball and paid homage to Jonathan the Tortoise, who is older than the game of baseball.||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
One of the best independent sports podcasts
This has quickly become one of my favorite independent sports podcasts. Baseball PhD, the podcast, is run by Baseball Phd, the tour company, who specializes in tours of MLB baseball stadiums. Each hour-long episode of the podcast focuses on a single team in the MLB, and is composed of a lengthy discussion on the merits of the team's stadium and history, and interviews with interesting people with a connection to either the team or the host city. Past guests have included baseball historians and biographers, former baseball officials, superfans, and spokespeople for local landmarks.
I love independent podcasts (as opposed to, say, ESPN, where the podcasters are paid employees) where the hosts are passionate about the subject without being snarky or judgmental. And I have not heard more enthusiastic baseball voices than Ed Kasputis and his co-hosts Farley and Mark. They can veer dangerously close to being too Pollyanna-like, but their enthusiasm for the sport, its surrounding culture, and genuine interest in their guests is, quite frankly, a breath of fresh air in a rather cynical industry.
I have two minor quibbles with the show, specifically Ed Kasputis himself:
1) Ed is a former state representative, and his politics tend to seep through the commentary. And he seems to be getting less subtle about his opinions as the series progresses.
2) He tends to rely on the same descriptive phrases again and again. If you want to create a podcast-based drinking game, take a drink every time he says "word picture" or "sexy." I promise you that you won't be conscious for the end of the show.
But these are two very minor criticisms of an otherwise very entertaining podcast. If you want to listen to people who have a genuine joy for the sport and want to be educated about it in a way no other podcast can, then you can get a baseball PhD too.
Only listened to a few so far. Great show idea. Looking forward to more.
This is my favorite sports/travel/education/comedy podcast. It's the best, in the weak-ish podcast baseball category Baseball PhD shines like a beacon in the night. Each week I look forward to new episodes with great anticipation. I eagerly subscribed and purchased their app on iTunes, where I'm currently chewing through their tremendous backlog! Keep up the good work fellas!