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!
||Clean2019 Minicast Cook & Son PhD Ceremony||Our PhD Committee honors Todd Cook and his six year old son, Tim as they completed their baseball journey by visiting all 30 current Major League ballparks in 2012.||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2019 Jerry Coleman minicast||We honor Hall of Fame broadcaster and patriot, Jerry Coleman (1924 – 2014). We applaud the commentary of Keith Olbermann as Ed Kasputis interviews, Andy Strasberg (Coleman’s agent), author Curt Smith and The Famous San Diego Chicken.||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2019 The Grind||Ed Kasputis interviews author and national baseball writer at the Washington Post, Barry Svrluga about his newly released book, The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season.||1/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2019 Roberto & Me Minicast||Ed Kasputis interviews baseball historian and children’s author, Dan Gutman about his book, Roberto & Me.||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2019 Minicast – 1954 NY Giants||Ed Kasputis interviews baseball researcher, John Burbridge about the 1954 World Champion New York Giants.||1/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Year’s Eve Podcast||Happy New Year as our PhD Committee looks back on 2018 and looks forward to the 2019 (and Season 10).||12/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Roberto Clemente Podcast||Our PhD Committee remembers Roberto Clemente on the 46th Anniversary of his death. Ed Kasputis and Dave Matejczyk interview Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss about Clemente.||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Ernie Banks minicast||In 2016, as the Cubs prepared for the National League Championship Series, our PhD Committee remembered baseball’s greatest ambassador and Hall of Fame great, Ernie Banks who passed away on January 23, 2015. Let’s play two.||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Christmas Podcast||Merry Christmas as our PhD Committee celebrates Christmas and the fact that our Season 9 has concluded. Wait ’til next year!||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2018 Minicast – Banzai Babe Ruth||Ed Kasputis interviews Robert K. Fitts about his book, Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan.||12/12/2018||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.
Fun and Entertaining
Great podcast that is always current and has over 400 episodes! These guys are great and Co-Host Farley is the most cleaver, most funny, and most entertianing guy in all of poscasting. Stop and take a listen to their most recent poscast and you won't be disappointed. Go Farley!
Great talk show, great comedy between the three hosts, and very good info on all the different ball parks each episode features