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In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak with Milwaukee Brewers closer Jim Henderson. Jim talks to us about his time with the Okotoks Dawgs and what it’s like being the programs first major leaguer. He also talks about his perseverance in the minors where he played 10 seasons. Jim discusses what it means to him to be a closer, and shares the story of how he heard of his promotion to the big leagues – which maybe one of the best ever.
Episode 26 also marks another milestone for the podcast as in this episode we introduce our new co-host Andrew Hendriks (@77hendriks). Andrew will be a regular host on the show going forward.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast, we profile the Parksville Royals of the BC Premiere Baseball League. Joining us to talk about the team is head coach Dave Wallace.
In the first part of the interview Dave talks about the current state of the game in British Columbia as well as across Canada. He also discusses how he feels we can improve development for young players in Canada. In the second part of the interview Dave reviews the history and philosophy of the Parksville Royals program.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile the Great Lake Canadians with Adam Stern. Adam has a lengthy history in Canadian baseball. He was drafted in the 3rd round in 2001 by the Atlanta Braves and played 5 seasons in the major leagues for the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles. He is a two time Olympian and spent 8 year with the Canadian National Team. He also appeared in the 2006 and 2009 WBC. In the first half of the interview we talk to Stern about his history with baseball. In the second half we talk in depth about the Great Lake Canadians program, which is a newcomer to the amateur baseball scene in southern Ontario.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile the Tecumseh Thunder. To discuss the program we are joined by Dave Cooper. Cooper is a legend in the local baseball landscape. He played for multiple Canadian championship teams as well as a stint with the Canadian National Team. In the first part of the interview Dave and speaks about his history with the game of baseball, the state of the game in southern Ontario and his proudest moments coaching Canadian youth . In the second half of the interview Dave talks about the Tecumseh Thunder and Lacasse Park where they play.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile the 20th drafted Canadian Kurtis Kostuk. Kurtis was drafted in 38th round (1140th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shortly after the draft Kurtis signed his professional contract and began his pro career. He was the first Canadian to sign from the 2013 draft class.
In the first half of this episode we speak to Kurtis’ coach from multiple different levels, Corey Eckstein. Corey provides a scouting report on Kurtis’ development. In the second part of the episode we speak to Kurtis himself about his draft experience and the start of his pro career.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak with Don Campbell of the Ottawa Nepean Canadians. In the first part of the episode Don discusses his background in the game of baseball as well as his coaching methodology. He also talks about the current state of Baseball in Ontario and the Ottawa region, where it was recently announced that indy league ball may be making a return. Don also shares his thoughts on the challenges faced by Canadian players in a US dominated system.
In the second half of the episode Don gives provides a detailed overview of the Ottawa Nepean Canadians program that he coaches. Don shares the genesis of the program, how they provide their players exposure and what makes the program different.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile The London Badgers with Head Coach Mike Lumley. Mike Lumley has a long history with baseball. In the interview Mike speaks about his life in the game leading to his role developing young players as Head Coach with the Badgers.
We also discuss the state of baseball in London as well as the talent level across Canada. Lumley was a coach at the recent Tournament 12 at the Rogers Centre and shares his thoughts about the inaugural tournaments success and who impressed him.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak to the #1 drafted Canadian from the 2013 draft Rob Zastryzny. Zastryzny was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 2nd round, 41st overall. He held the top spot on the Canadian Baseball Networks Draft List for the final month leading up to the draft. Zastryzny talks about his draft experience as well as how his first season in pro ball compares to college competition.
In this episode of the podcast we break down days one through three of Tournament 12. In the first half of the episode we discuss the workout day and the first nine games, as well as the scout and college presence, with Bob Elliott and Liam McGuire.
In the second half of the episode we speak to the tournament's commissioner, hall of fame second baseman Roberto Alomar as well as the Manager of Social Marketing for the Toronto Blue Jays, Rob Jack.
Who were the standouts? What are the scouts saying? Has the Tournament been a success so far? We give you the rundown on the first half of Tournament 12 on this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we discuss the Vauxhall Academy and the Vauxhall Academy Jets. Joining us to review the program is head coach Les McTavish. Les tells us about the academy, the team, and the state of baseball in Alberta. If you would like your academy or program featured on the CBN podcast please email email@example.com
The Blue Jays Baseball Academy, in collaboration with Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar will host the inaugural Tournament 12, a national baseball showcase tournament at Rogers Centre, Sept. 20-24. In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast were joined by T.J. Burton, Coordinator of Amateur Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays and Bob Elliott to discuss what Tournament 12 is, who is going to be there and what fans can expect.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile Chris Thibideau, the 21st drafted Canadian from the 2013 MLB first year player draft. Chris was drafted by the Padres in the 40th round and attended Vauxhall academy in high school. To get a scouting report on Chris we spoke to Les McTavish of Vauxhall. Following the interview with McTavish we interview Chris Thibideau about his draft experience as well as his choice for college.
In part 2 of 4306, our tribute to Tom Cheek we speak with two people who were mentored by Tom early in their broadcast careers - Buck Martinez and Mike Wilner. In the first interview Mike Wilner talks about meeting Tom and working with him at the start of his career. In the second half Buck Martinez shares his history with Tom and the impact he had on his career. He also shares the best Tom Cheek prank story we have heard so far! This episode also features “A Swing and a Belt” by Saskatoon hip hop artist RationaL. You can download the track for free at rational.bandcamp.com
In this special edition of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we pay tribute to Tom Cheek. For this tribute we have assembled some of Tom’s closest friends and colleagues to share their favourite stories and moments from the time they spent with Tom. Our guests for this episode are Jerry Howarth and Bob Elliott. This episode also features the song “A Swing and a Belt” by Saskatoon hip hop artist RationaL.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we are joined by our first ever guest; Greg Hamilton of Baseball Canada to discuss the Canadian Junior National Team. The Junior National Team is made up of the best high school aged (18 and under) baseball players in Canada. Greg talks to us about the origins of the Junior National Team and how it helps to develop and grow young Canadian ballplayers. We also review the tournaments the team has participated in so far this year and what’s next for them and for Baseball Canada.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we feature the 8th drafted Canadian, selected in the 18th round by the Houston Astros, Adam Nelubowich. In the first part of the episode we speak to Adam's high school coach Les McTavish of the Vauxhall Academy. In the second half we speak to Adam himself. Adam talks about how he played every sport but baseball growing up and how he ended up choosing baseball as a career. He also tells us about the difference between his draft experience in 2009 versus 2013. Finally Adam talks about his first month in pro ball in the Astros system.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile Toronto Blue Jays draftee and the 9th Canadian drafted this year, Sean Ratcliffe. In part one of the episode we speak to the scout who signed Sean to the BlueJays and a return guest, Jamie Lehman. Jamie provides us a scouting report on Sean as well as how everything happened on draft day. In part two we speak to Sean himself. Sean is a converted catcher, who at his core loves catching but made the change to advance his chances of going professional. Sean talks about his draft experience and what he has been doing since arriving in Dunedin on Canada day long weekend.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we discuss Baltimore Orioles draftee and the 10th Canadian drafted Dylan Rheault.
In the first part of the episode we speak to Jean-Gilles Larocque, Dylan’s coach from his early years playing baseball in his hometown of Sudbury Ontario. Jean-Gilles reviews the state of baseball in Northern Ontario, and how he has seen interest in baseball grow since 2009 when The Baseball Academy, where he coaches, was first founded. JG also provides listeners a detailed scouting report on what kind of ball player Dylan Rheault is.
In the second half of the podcast we interview Dylan Row himself. Dylan has already started his professional career and we actually interviewed him on the morning of his first professional start. Dylan provided some excellent insight into his post draft decision making process between signing and going back to school as well as his first week as a professional baseball player.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak with baseball historian Bill Humber. Bill teaches the Spring Training for Baseball Fans course at Seneca College which has included guests such as Tom Cheek, Bob Elliott, Pat Gillick, Paul Beeston and John Lott. Bill takes us through the 2013 Hall of Fame class for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame giving us his unique perspective on each of them.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak to Rob Ducey, 2013 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. Rob tells us about his childhood playing softball, and how he almost quit baseball. He discusses his time in the minors, the majors and his favourite experience, his time with the Canadian Olympic team.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we continue our Hall of Fame series with an interview with the late Tom Cheek's widow, Shirley Cheek. Shirley tells us about how they met and how Tom got started in broadcasting. We discuss Tom's favourite things, from ballparks to ballpark food, as well as his favourite moments as a broadcaster. Shirley also tells us what Tom was thinking when he made the "Touch em all Joe" call and how it actually came to be. Shirley gives us a detailed and personal account of who Tom Cheek the man was, and what mattered most to him on this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak to Scott Crawford of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. This week, in St. Mary's Ontario the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is holding their annual induction weekend celebrations. Scott joins us to give us a run through of this week's festivities as well as an overview of each member of the 2013 induction class which includes Nat Bailey, Tom Cheek, Rob Ducey, Tim Raines and George Bell.
In this episode of the CBN Podcast we discuss 6 of the 21 Canadians drafted in the 2013 MLB draft with their coach and head of the Ontario Blue Jays, Dan Bleiwas. Daniel Pinero, Malik Collymore, Sean Ratcliffe, Owen Spiwak, Mike Reeves and Julian Service were all members of the Ontario Blue Jays and coached by Dan. In the interview Dan tells us about the Ontario Blue Jays program. We also review the skills and development path of each of the previously mentioned players. At the end of the interview Dan also gives us a scouting report on potential first round talent and #1 on the Canadian baseball networks 2014 draft list, Gareth Morgan.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak to the second Canadian drafted, Tyler O’Neil. Tyler was selected by the Seattle Mariners 85th overall in the 3rd round. We ask Tyler about his sports career growing up, and his time with the Langley Blaze and the Junior National Team. Tyler talks about the process from being drafted to signing his contract and gives his advice for younger players looking to do the same. He also tells us about how critical his coaches were to his success. We also speak to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times about Tyler’s experience at Mariners batting practice and what the Mariners plans are for him.
In episode 12 of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak to the 5th Canadian drafted in the 10th round (305th overall) by the St Louis Cardinals, Malik Collymore. Malik is an infielder for Port Credit High school and is a member of the Ontario BlueJays program, which saw 4 of their players drafted this past week.
We speak to Malik about growing up with baseball, the other sports he played and some of his most cherished baseball memories. We also talk to Malik about the draft experience, from the Perfect Game showcases he shined at and what draft day was like for him. Collymore also passes on his advice for freshmen looking to follow the same path as him. We also hear from Malik’s coach, Dan Bleiwas of the Ontario Blue Jays. Dan tells us about Malik’s tools and development.
In episode 11 of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak with Peterborough native and Baltimore Orioles draftee Travis Seabrooke. Travis was the 4th Canadian selected in last weeks draft and was drafted 159th overall in the 5th round. In the interview we talk to Travis about his childhood and early sports career. We learn who influenced him and made him into the pitcher he is today. He also gives us a run through of his skill set and what he's been working on improving this year.
In the second half of the interview we discuss the draft experience. Travis tells us what it was like to hear his name called. He also reviews his choice in schools and discusses what comes next for him.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we provide you with a final scouting report on the top Canadians in today's draft. Our guests include the founder of Baseball America and Vice President of Perfect Game, Allan Simpson, as well as Spink Winner and CBN founder, Bob Elliott.
We talk to Allan about the state of Baseball in Canada as well as his 30 year history with scouting and reporting on prospects.
We then review in detail, each of the top Canadian prospects, with Allan and Bob providing their take on the skills and draft stock of each player. Bob and Allan also review their own personal top 3 Canadians.
Which Canadian will go first? Who's raised their stock the most this year? Who will sign and who wont? We answer all these questions and more on this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast.
In the 9th episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast, and second in our 2013 draft series, we speak to Jamie Lehman, Area Scout for Canada for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jamie discusses some of the most successful players he's scouted over the years, as well as what a day in the life of a scout is like. He reviews the climate in which Canadian players come up in and compares their situation to that of their American counterparts. He also discusses the recent Jr. national tournament in the Dominican Republic and how important it is in evaluating players.
In Episode 8 of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast Bob Elliott and Peter Bean review everything you need to know about the upcoming MLB first year player draft from a Canadian Perspective. Bob Elliott explains how the CBN Draft List is created and how players are ultimately ranked. We also review the top 10 Canadian players on the CBN Draft List looking to be drafted this June. Who is the best Canadian hitter? Who is the best Canadian pitcher?Pivetta or Quantrill - who will be the highest drafted Canadian in 2013? We answer these questions and more on episode 8 of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast.
On episode 7 on the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we talk to Scott Carson, statistician and the '3rd man in the booth' for the last 20 years of Blue Jays broadcasts. We review the Blue Jays season to date as well as the performance of some of their key offseason acquisitions.
We also discuss the rise of advanced statistics in baseball as well as the erosion of the value placed on traditional statistics. Does ERA and batting average still have a place in baseball? What is the best stat for evaluation a hitter? Where is the best place for someone to start learning advanced stats? Scott discusses all of these questions with us on this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast.
In Episode 6 of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we discuss the state of the Toronto Blue Jays farm system with April Whitzman (@AlleyCat17). April is a longtime CBN contributor and an expert on Blue Jays prospects and is the founder of JaysProspects.com (www.jaysprospects.com). April is also spending the 2013 baseball season as Canada's representative in the MLBFanCave. In this episode we learn what the FanCave is all about, how the traded Blue Jays prospects are fairing in their new homes and review April's top 10 Blue Jays prospects.
You can check out April's daily blogs from the FanCave here: http://ow.ly/kEcUx
“I don’t care if I ever get to the majors, I told myself this is the city for me, this is paradise…”
Jackie Robinson 1946
Jackie Robinson called Montreal his “Paradise”. In 1946, the season before Robinson broke the colour barrier, he played for the Montreal Royals of the International League. This special episode of The Canadian Baseball Network Podcast takes an in-depth look at Jackie Robinson’s year playing in Canada, his love for the city of Montreal, his experiences and challenges throughout the 1946 season and his legacy in Canada, including how he is celebrated at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario.
Kevin Glew (@kevinglewsports ) – Cooperstowners in Canada; The Canadian Baseball Network
Scott Crawford (@CDNbaseballHOF) – Director of Operations, The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
Alexis Brudnicki (@baseballexis) – The Canadian Baseball Network
In Episode 4 of The Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we have an in depth conversation with CBN founder and J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Bob Elliott. We discuss the recent news regarding MLB owners looking to strip pensions from non uniformed employees and Team Canada's performance at the WBC. We also examine the Toronto Blue Jays offseason overhaul and recent spring training performance. Who will close for the Blue Jays? Will Ricky Romero or JA Happ travel north? How will the Yankees and Red Sox fair in the AL East? We cover all the issues related to the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays on this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast.
Manager Ernie Whitt has tabbed veterans Shawn Hill and Scott Mathieson to split a Game 1 start against Italy in the WBC opener. Both pitchers will work with a 45-pitch limit before handing things off to the bullpen. What does Hill think about the pitch count rules? And what does it mean to the right-hander to play for Team Canada? We also learn about how Mathieson, a reliever in 2012, prepared to stretch himself out for this tournament. And we hear about his experiences playing professionally in Japan. All this and more in the third episode of the Canadian Baseball Network podcast.
Jimmy Van Ostrand and Chris Robinson both played big roles in helping qualify Team Canada into the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Robinson will serve as Canada's starting catcher at the WBC, while Van Ostrand will look to provide a big bat off the bench. What does Robinson expect from Team Canada's pitching staff? What does Van Ostrand think of the lineup? We learn this and a whole lot more in the second episode of the Canadian Baseball Network podcast.
How was the Canadian WBC roster chosen? What are the team’s strengths and weaknesses? Can Team Canada overcome the absence of key major league pitchers? What will Ernie Whitt’s starting lineup look like? Greg Hamilton, the director of national teams at Baseball Canada has the answers to these questions and more in the first Canadian Baseball Network podcast.