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!
||Clean2017 Cactus League||Pitchers and Catchers have reported. It’s time for the Cactus League as Ed Kasputis interviews Dave Matejczyk about his love for spring training.||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 Arizona Fall League||Our PhD Committee is in Phoenix sharing the best kept secret in baseball – The Arizona Fall League. Ed Kasputis interviews Steve Cobb, Director of the Arizona Fall League and Mr. Sports Travel aka Joe Connor shares his travel insights on the Va||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPacific 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.||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 Moe Berg Re-broadcast||The Catcher Who Was a Spy This week we honor the man who inspired the creation of Baseball PhD – Moe Berg (1902 – 1972). Moe Berg got his PhD in life – through baseball. Berg spoke 12 languages travelled the world,||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInternational 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.||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 Lake Placid 1980||Our PhD Committee remembers Lake Placid 1980 as Dave Matejczyk recalls his ultimate road trip.||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMexican League||We start our Masters in the Minors series of podcasts by first focusing on the Mexican League.||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 Minicast – George Will||Our PhD Committee interviews American journalist and author, George Will about his great book, A Nice Little Place On The North Side: Wrigley Field At One Hundred.||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 The Walker Brothers||Ed Kasputis and Dave Matejczyk interview baseball historian, Craig Brown about Moses Fleetwood Walker (1856 – 1924) and Weldy Walker (1860 – 1937), who were the first two African American professional baseball players.||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 Presidents & Baseball||Last year 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.||1/18/2017||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!