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Best Halloffame podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best Halloffame podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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The Hall of Very Good Podcast is focused on you, the fan. Each week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen sit down and talk to people in and around the game of baseball that help make America's Pastime great.
 
Baseball is the perfect sport for conversation, and no one can converse about it better than the Baseball Rabbi, one of the world's greatest experts on advanced statistics, sabermetrics, and baseball history. Join Pesach Wolicki and Scott Kahn as they apply advanced metrics to the Major Leagues, reevaluate historical assumptions, and discover new baseball trends and theories that will leave you questioning everything you assumed you knew about the National Pastime.
 
I am a strong believer in the philosophy that Sports are a platform for life's greatest lessons, Who Are You opens the door and takes us behind the scenes with the people who shape the world of sports, from teachers and educators, professional athletes and coaches to general managers and CEOs and lastly from entrepreneurs to community leaders. Who Are You takes immense pride in inviting experienced and quality guests to share all of the lessons they have learned during their current or past ...
 
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Jay Jaffe, author of The Cooperstown Casebook, joins the boys to talk about the 2020 Hall of Fame class, breaks down whether or not Derek Jeter goes in unanimously (and if Larry Walker goes in at all), looks ahead to future classes and what Curt Schilling’s chances are moving forward.
 
Baseball historian and author Ralph Carhart joins the boys to talk about the incredible journey of The Hall Ball (and how that turned into book deal), what prompted his new website Bent Knees and Raised Fists, shares his plans for the upcoming 100th anniversary of The Negro Leagues and, for some reason, the extraordinary luck of The Baseball Brit, …
 
Tim Mead, the newly-minted president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, joins the boys to talk about his forty years with the Anaheim Angels organization and his favorite memories while working for the team, how he got the gig in Cooperstown, his favorite piece in the museum and whether or not he’ll try and get Albert Pujols to wear …
 
Ted Simmons retired as the all time hit leader for catchers - and garnered 3.7% of the Hall of Fame vote in his first year of eligibility. Why did it take another 25 years for one of the greatest catchers ever to get in? Along the way we look at THE decade of dominant catchers (it's not the 1950s), as well as the travesty of Marvin Miller's Hall of…
 
To celebrate being the most listened to episode of 2019, longtime friends and uniform experts Phil Hecken and Todd Radom re-join the boys to break down their favorite teams (more specifically…their logos, jerseys and caps) taking part in last year’s Copa de la Diversión. Also…what is a bivouac? Episode originally aired May 7, 2019.…
 
To help celebrate the 200th episode(!) of the podcast, former Mayor of Cooperstown Jeff Katz joins the boys for the sixth time to talk about his upcoming Friends of Doubleday event before turning the tables, taking over the show and asking some listener questions and some of his own.
 
The mustachioed Baseball Brit, Joey Mellows, joins the boys to talk about his recently completed season-long journey across America, how his trip almost ended midway through its 162-game schedule, lays out the three ways to improve baseball and explains how he became Tulane’s favorite son.
 
Baseball historian Graham Womack joins the boys to talk about the news that Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons are heading to the Hall of Fame, looks ahead to this summer’s induction, discusses next year’s Golden Days and Early Baseball elections and reveals the one player he’d like to see in Cooperstown right now.…
 
Brad Balukjian, the author of The Wax Pack, joins the boys to talk about the idea behind his new book (and why it took driving 11,341 miles and tracking down more than a dozen Major Leaguers to make it a reality), that time he pretended to be a multi-millionaire to meet Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk and why the story behind his wanting to document The…
 
The Houston Astros cheating scandal has been discussed and dissected, but the Baseball Rabbi has new statistical evidence that no one else has revealed. Join Pesach Wolicki as he crunches some numbers that produce something akin to a smoking gun. Plus: more on the Astros' historical legacy and institutional culture, and Scott Kahn (shockingly) expl…
 
Randy and Jason Sklar join the boys to talk about the newly released Hall of Fame ballot (and the chances someone DOESN’T cast a vote for Derek Jeter), whether or not baseball’s steroids guys belong in Cooperstown, give their thoughts on the sign stealing allegations facing the Houston Astros and share their memories of 2019 Hall of Very Good induc…
 
Shirley “Hustle” Burkovich joins the boys to talk about getting her start in the AAGPBL, how she got her nickname, if she saved anything from her playing days, the status of the International Women’s Baseball Center and, of course, “A League of Their Own”.
 
The man known as “Bobby Dynamite” (ne Bobby Vasquez) joins the boys to talk about how being in the right place at the right time led to him driving the train at Minute Maid Park for the last two decades, relives the 2004 Home Run Derby, recalls some of the famous faces who have stopped by his train and shares his favorite moments as “the luckiest A…
 
Everyone might know who's going to be the Rookie of the Year in each league, but there's a lot more to discuss regarding one of the strongest rookie classes in years. And what is "Rookie of the Year" supposed to represent, anyway - the player with the best rookie season, or the biggest upside? Plus: ranking the absolute worst candidates for Most Va…
 
Longtime umpire (and onetime Jeopardy! champ) Perry Barber joins the boys to talk about how she went from opening up for Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen to umpiring games across the country and gives her insight on why it is important that girls play baseball and stay involved well into adulthood.
 
The World Champion Nats beat the Astros, and A.J. Hinch might be responsible. What did he do wrong? The Baseball Rabbi also looks at underrated MVP Stephen Strasburg, Ted Williams-ish Juan Soto, and brilliant Yordan Alvarez (but did he actually face decent pitching?). Plus: the Cubs are the dynasty that wasn't; is it time to tear it down, or is the…
 
On the eve of Game Six of the 2019 World Series, former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Dan Evans joins the boys to talk about Justin Verlander squaring off against Stephen Strasburg, shares his excitement over David Ross getting hired as the latest Chicago Cubs skipper, sings the praises (for real!) of Hideo Nomo and trumpets the Hall of Fame …
 
The World Series matchup that pitching enthusiasts were hoping for is finally here! Join Pesach and Scott for a look at some Series storylines, along with a deeper dive into the Astros' place in baseball history. Plus: the Yankees haven't won a pennant in ten years, even though they have baseball's best regular season record during that time. Is th…
 
Dan Wallach, Executive Director of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, joins the boys to talk about everything going on at the museum (including expansion plans!) and hanging out with everyone's favorite British baseball fans, Andy and Joey.
 
The Dodgers didn't just blow it; the Nationals played really, really well. But yes, the Dodgers also blew it - and Dave Roberts deserves some of the blame. What ties his controversial playoff pitching decisions from the past three years together? Also: are Clayton Kershaw's postseason struggles a thing, or a statistical anomaly? Plus a few sentence…
 
Just in time to remember the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis joins the boys to talk about growing up a San Francisco Giants fans, documenting the chaos surrounding Game Three of the 1989 World Series and his friendship with 2012 Shrine of the Eternals inductee Jim “Mudcat” Grant…
 
David Samson joins the boys to talk about his favorite (and least favorite) moves as president of the Florida/Miami Marlins, how Steve Bartman led to one of the best feelings in the world, living through a disastrous 2012 season and, of course, those three days in the Phillippines when he played “Survivor”.…
 
(Because of Yom Kippur, the Baseball Rabbi is off this week. We'll be back next week with a brand new episode, dropping on Wednesday, October 16th. In the meantime, enjoy this classic episode from July, 2018.) The Baltimore Orioles are in the midst of a historically bad season, made even worse by the fact that just a few years ago, they had the cha…
 
Back in March, Pesach predicted that the Nats would win 100 games... and they didn't. Why? Because despite their victory over the Brewers and a roster that looks fantastic, this is a team with a massive flaw. (Get ready for some numbers guaranteed to make Washington natives nauseous.) And here are the A's again - is their success sort of a mirage, …
 
Fresh from completing his tour of all 30 Major League stadiums, British artist and painter Andy Brown joins the boys to talk about spending the second half of the baseball season crisscrossing the United States in a rental car, his favorite places to visit and paint, the milestones he’s witnessed and (for some reason) shares his newfound his love o…
 
2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient Claire Smith joins the boys to talk about how she got her start in journalism, shares the story she was most proud to cover, reveals the one story all baseball fans should be following and, lastly, advocates for Billy Williams to join the podcast.
 
Conventional wisdom states that a team with three great pitchers in its playoff pitching rotation has a enhanced opportunity of winning it all. But is this actually true? Join Pesach and Scott for a look at the playoff teams with the all time greatest front ends of their rotations, and what that meant for their postseason success. The Baseball Rabb…
 
Pedro Martinez in 2000 had, quite possibly, the greatest season in the history of pitching - and Pesach and Scott will tell you why. (They'll also show why his 1999 was, according to a different perspective, potentially even better.) They also offer some nuggets on the Astros, Dodgers, and Yankees as they look toward the postseason. And of course, …
 
Hours before taking the field during the annual Team of Dreams celebrity softball game, Shane Obedzinski joins the boys to talk about the excitement of riding the Budweiser bus, the rumors surrounding Steve Carlton’s RV and reprising his role of Tommy “Repeat” Timmons when “The Sandlot” returns in 2020.…
 
Team of Dreams veteran Chris Kleveno joins the boys to talk about taking part in the annual Team of Dreams celebrity softball game (2019 marked his fourth year), what it’s like crossing off bucket list items playing alongside Hall of Famers and hitting against Charlie Sheen and introduces everyone to the magic of Steve Carlton’s RV.…
 
Anyone looking at the Cubs back in 2016 would have seen an absolute juggernaut: a team that excelled in hitting, pitching, and defense. So why didn't they become a dynasty? Using a brand new metric from stat guru Moshe Schorr, Pesach and Scott analyze the Cubs' greatness and subsequent decline. Plus: we promised no more talking about historic badne…
 
Just yards from the iconic baseball field immortalized in the movie, Dan Evans and Tucker LaBelle join the boys to talk about the path both of them took to getting to being involved with the Field of Dreams Movie Site, their plans for the location up to and beyond the New York Yankees-Chicago White Sox game next summer, how a polar vortex helped Da…
 
Finishing up just a stone’s throw from where he started his day, Roman Weinberg, the Operations Manager of the “Field of Dreams” Movie Site re-joins the boys to talk about this year’s Team of Dreams event, shares what the future holds for the location and lays out the plans for All-Star Ballpark Heaven.…
 
Just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie, Roman Weinberg, the Operations Manager of the “Field of Dreams” Movie Site leads the boys on a tour of the iconic house from the film, explains the “how” and “why” the land situated on Lansing Road in Dyersville, Iowa was selected and, ultimately, how it became one of the baseball world's…
 
In our last episode, Pesach and Scott were utterly mystified at how the Cardinals keep winning with.. well, basically nothing. But this week, Pesach offers some fascinating numbers that show where St. Louis excels, and why they win in the most boring manner possible. The pod also revisits the Mets' trades at the deadline, and argues that winning th…
 
Experience the magic of the Field of Dreams Movie Site and rediscover America’s favorite pastime as legends from the world of sports & film come together on Labor Day weekend. From an autograph show, Q & A with players, a celebrity softball game, fantasy camp, silent auction, and more – see your favorite players in action. Watch as the Field’s famo…
 
Tim “the guy that cuts baseball cards” Carroll joins the boys to talk about how he got the inspiration to butcher baseball cards and turn them into art, his favorite piece, the other stuff he’s used (think Band-Aids, pine tar and peach pits!) to immortalize some of baseball’s best, that time he injured himself for his craft and how he went from Con…
 
Home Runs are up. Batting averages are up. Strikeouts are up. Can anyone make sense of these trends? Is this an offensive boom or a pitching renaissance? The Baseball Rabbi collects the numbers and determines what's actually going on... and figures out exactly what changed between 2018 and 2019. Plus: the puzzling St. Louis Cardinals (who look medi…
 
“Baseball Brothers” Muneesh Jain and Ty Simpkins join the boys to talk about their quest to visit all 30 MLB stadiums together, their upcoming trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, how Muneesh’s six(!) near-death experiences have led him to introducing people to the game of baseball and, of course, Ty’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Uni…
 
The Orioles went 1-9 against the Yankees and Astros in one ten game stretch, but what they accomplished during that span was pretty amazing. (If you're an Orioles fan, it might be more horrifying than amazing, but that's a matter of perspective.) Pesach and Scott also look at the best pitchers in baseball, and argue about who would deserve the Cy Y…
 
On August 10, 1989, Dave Dravecky came back from cancer to re-join the San Francisco Giants. Five days later…it was all over. Now, thirty years after that tragic last pitch, a random fan letter and a chance poolside encounter have completed Dravecky's story...and it is nothing short of magical. To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.…
 
Recently retired slugger Cody Decker joins the boys to talk about (literally) walking off a winner after eleven seasons, his new gig as Associate Executive Director of El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association, his new radio show “Swings & Mrs”, whether or not we should bring back “Bull Durham” and dealing with San Diego Padres Twitter.…
 
The Mets have been on fire, and Pesach and Scott want to understand why. Apparently, there are some not-so-secret secrets if you look closely that might explain what's actually going on. (Hint: it's all about a new guy on the field.) Plus: beautiful Coors Field, the effect of parking lots on baseball history, and who's having the worse season: 2019…
 
Three-time NFL champion and FOX analyst Mark Schlereth joins the boys to talk about that time he single-handedly won SuperBowl 32, growing up in Alaska(!) a fan of Pittsburgh sports, being the father of a former Major League pitcher, the promise he made to his son Daniel when he was 12 and his diarrhea moment. This week's episode is brought to you …
 
Bryce Harper's 2019 WAR shows that he's not very good. But Pesach, Scott, and special guest Moshe Schorr share the surprising WPA reality that when it comes to what actually matters in baseball, Harper is in the same league as Yellich, Bellinger, and Trout. They also analyze the Steroid Era, and discuss whether and why it truly mattered. And is Joh…
 
Super-talented sculptor Tom Tsuchiya joins the boys to talk about his gig creating the Hall of Fame plaques, shares his favorite and most difficult creations and explains how it is possible to park a car on the Pete Rose statue outside Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. And, yeah, Shawn and Lou do their best to convince Tom to add mustaches to…
 
Which players had the greatest consecutive ten year stretches, using bWAR as a gauge? Join Pesach and Scott for a discussion about the results of this experiment, the greatness of Willie Mays and Walter Johnson, the relative merits of A-Rod and Pujols, Trout's place on the list, the missing catchers, and much more. Plus: notes on buyers and sellers…
 
On July 24, 1983, MLB Rule 1.10(c) received national attention when Kansas City Royals great George Brett hit a go ahead two-run home run off New York Yankees closer Goose Gossage. Former big league infielder Greg Pryor was there, had a locker next to Brett and witnessed the aftermath of the "Pine Tar Incident" firsthand.…
 
Newly-minted “Cooperstown Correspondent” (and the show’s first five-time guest!), Jeff Katz joins the boys to talk about the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, upcoming elections, how this most recent Hall of Fame Weekend nearly killed him and spending part of his weekend in a funeral home with Jay Jaffe.…
 
The Hall of Fame inducted its new members on Sunday, and the Baseball Rabbi is here to tell you amazing stats you never knew about each one of them. (Except Harold Baines. You already know everything you need to know about him.) Indeed, Pesach and Scott offer new ways of looking at Halladay, Mariano, Edgar, Mussina, and Lee that demonstrate why the…
 
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