MLBThisWeek Video Podcast

Sports bloggers, Rich Baxter and Gary Mack, give their unofficial opinions on the week that was in baseball and the week ahead for the best teams in pro baseball

MLBThisWeek Podcast: 2014 World Series Preview Talk

It’s time for a new edition of MLBThisWeek Podcast, and in this edition Gary and Rich are previewing the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.

Only the second time in history that two Wild Card teams have made it to the World Series.

Prices are at all all-time high, running around $1,000 per ticket for the first two games in Kansas City and then around $675 each for the SF Giants games 3-4-5 at home in San Fran.

Gary talks about some new comers to the umpiring crew for this World Series, they made it to the big show and in part based on how well they did this year with the instant replay results.

So tune in for all the World Series talk and some more great stories about baseball on this edition of MLBThisWeek Podcast

MLBThisWeek Podcast – Show 28 – The Playoffs are here!

It’s the weekly MLBThisWeek Podcast with Rich and Gary as we talk baseball and what’s going on with some stories you may have missed around the world of baseball.

The playoffs are on, and it’s always a great time of year for a baseball fan. We’re talking about the Major League Baseball playoffs with what has happened so far. The Wild Card games have been played, and we’re hoping for a 3-game series sometime down the road for this.

We need a scorecard to keep up with where on tv some of the games are being shown. There’s TBS, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and MLB Network. We need an app or something to find out when and what channel they are going to be on.

Baseball has enjoyed a great audience for the first week of playoff baseball. It was reported that it’s the most popular ratings ever for the viewers at home watching playoff baseball.

Baseball will test out 6 new rules in an attempt to speed up the game a little. Gary tells us all about how they plan to test a few new items that will be timed. That’s what a lot of us enjoy though that baseball isn’t a sport that is controlled by time. Are they changing the very core of the game?

There’s a story from and from Philadelphia by Frank Fitzpatrick that talks about Ebola and baseball. The article tells about the 1918 flu epidemic when there were thousands of deaths across the country and the precautions that baseball had to take back then.

All this and more on this edition of MLBThisWeek Podcast, an unofficial podcast that talks all about the world of baseball.

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Show 027: The regular season comes to a close but the playoffs are here in baseball

Join Gary and Rich as we talk baseball on MLBThisWeek. Some interesting stories from around the world of baseball you may not have heard.

The regular season ends but the playoffs for baseball start. Who’s in and who’s out this year.

The baseball world has seen two retirements already, Bobby Abreu and of course the long year of retirement hoopla for Derek Jeter. New Yorkers have been inundated with this news all baseball year long, and some aren’t so sure that Jeter is all that he made up to be in the superstar realm. We talk about that and of course Keith Olbermann’s ESPN rant against Jeter.

Clayton Kershaw has finished first for 4 years in a row now with the lowest ERA in baseball, is he the NL MVP this year?

A pitcher gets a third of an inning short to make a nice $500K bonus, will the team make it up to them.

Washington Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann pitched a ‘no-hitter’ – the first ever for a Nats pitcher, the game was saved by a rookie left fielder who caught the third out of the 9th inning to close out the game. The great catch was made by Steven Souza, who flew through the air and somehow made the catch, you can see it here:

This story and so much more, on this edition of MLBThisWeek with Gary Mack and Rich Baxter

Show #026 – Down to the wire races make the season interesting

It’s show 26 of the weekly podcast with Gary and Rich called MLBThisWeek. 

We’re talking all about the week that was in baseball, some of the stories you may not have heard of in the game.

Stories on this show:

Ron Washington comes clean on why he left the Rangers

An ump gets suspended

Ballpark eats get fancier

Babe Ruth has got nothing on Mr. Rizzo

Kershaw wins his 20th game of the year, a somewhat rare occurrence anymore – a review of the last few years of 20-game winning pitchers

A councilman in South Korea hit a mayor of a town at a public meeting with a couple of eggs for his choice of what town a baseball stadium would be built at.

A Jewish dilemma, some playoff games scheduled on a holy day, what to do? (As appeared in the Washington Post.

CNN doesn’t know it’s sports apparently. The network put up a graphic last week that showed various NFL teams that were involved in various crisis situations involving players and their actions – the screen showed a St. Louis Cardinals logo where the Arizona Cardinals should have been.

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Show #025 : Sluggers beaned and suspended and so much more

It’s the 25th edition of MLBThisWeek with Rich and Gary talking baseball with you.

Join us this show for a great number of topics that you probably haven’t heard in the news surrounding the world of baseball last week.

Marlins slugger beaned, out for the season.

Chris Davis suspended for 25 games for unauthorized use of medicine.

Pirates, Tigers, and Giants surging and some teams not doing so well.

The Sporting News looks at all the MLB broadcast teams and critiques them, who’s the best and the worst according to Sporting News.

Astros and Dbacks fire manager and GM respectively

Mets Manager tells Mejia to ‘Tone it Down’ with his on field celebrations

Say it ain’t so, the Wall Street Journal reports that a baseball is about 90 percent players ‘standing around’

All this and more on this edition of MLBThisWeek..

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Show #024: Time for September Call Ups, Discord in Texas, Randy Johnson’s Mansion for sale

Around 30 days left in the season, a few teams add some players on the last day for the teams to add players that would be eligible for the postseason.

Adam Dunn goes from Chicago and joins the Oakland A’s for the playoff run.

Discord in Texas with a couple of players who are getting on one another’s nerves. No wonder that Texas is in last place and officially out of any playoff contention, the first team for this to happen to a team being eliminated from playoff contention for 2014.

Looking at Umpire stats: from a Jayson Stark blog post from earlier this week. He looks at some interesting stats from some umpires that seem to have great numbers with home teams.

Don’t offer Seattle’s Jesus Montero an ice cream sandwich, or do so at your own risk. Find out why with this interesting story.

All this and much more on this editon of MLBThisWeek with Gary Mack and Rich Baxter talking baseball on the weekly podcast.

Show #023: A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On in SanFran/Oakland

An overnight earthquake in the Sonoma Valley area near Oakland and San Francisco hit at 3:30 AM local time leaving many older buildings damaged along with a few serious injuries. Mike Trout tweeted about the story with his experience in the Angels hotel room on the 18th floor.

The Cubs rain out the other night was an embarrassment to baseball, they didn’t have enough groundskeepers to cover the field in a timely manner, and apparently were skimping on employees and possibly so they don’t have to pay them benefits. Is this what America has come to? Trying to stick it to the little guy while the business makes millions, they should be embarrassed to call themselves Americans, we citizens and employees deserve better!

Mike Schmidt wrote a full page story, you can read it here. Schmidt asks baseball again to look at the Pete Rose issue, now that there is a newly elected Commish.

The Yankees have retired Joe Torre’s jersey, number 6. When the Yanks retire Derek Jeter’s number 2 next year, there won’t be any single digits left for the team. What will the Yanks do for numbers? Gary says maybe a 6A entry.. just like a daily double entry at the track.

All these stories and much more on this show.

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Show #022 – The white smoke rises, a new commissioner is upon us, and the Little League World Series

It’s time to talk baseball and it’s Rich and Gary from MLBThisWeek Podcast to talk about the hottest happenings around baseball.

This show it’s the Little League World Series, getting bigger every year. It’s the 75th Anniversary of the LLWS.

The MLB elected it’s new commissioner after a vote of 22 of the 30 teams in the MLB wasn’t reached, but one owner apparently was convinced to elect Rob Manfred to the commish job.

A look at the pennant races in baseball. A review of all the division leaders.

Derek Jeter had a corn maze cut out of a cornfield in New Jersey as a thanks for his many years on the Yankees. A great gesture by a local radio station in North Jersey.

Jessica Alba kicked up her heels on a ceremonial first pitch and didn’t look too bad doing it.

A minor league manager went the extra mile with an argument with an umpire but went a bit risque on the crowd as he started to take his uniform off in protest to the call as well. A scene that didn’t look too well we’re quite sure.

Join us for all of the banter about baseball on this the Show 022 of the MLBThisWeek Show!

Show #021: 8 Weeks to the Finish Line, Odds to make the baseball playoffs

It’s Rich Baxter and Gary Mack for another edition of MLBThisWeek, we’re your Sunday night video casters telling you all about the week in the game of baseball, check out our show here or on the go at these great podcasting places: iTunes, Stitcher Smart Radio, and



Playoff odds, lets take a look at some of the teams that are in the hunt for playoff baseball
Today in Baseball History: Ty Cobb stole Second, Third, and Home in the same inning for the 6th and last time of his career in 1924
Derek Jeter passes Honus Wagner on All-Time Hits list with 3,431 hits on Saturday’s game vs. Cleveland Indians
What does the letter “P” and the SF Giants have in common?

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Dan Jennings hit in the head with a line drive (video), we talked about this on this edition of MLBThisWeek, so glad Jennings is ok after this!

Kate Upton tells us how the ‘Evil Empire’ NY Yankees told her to ‘disrobe’ … well just take your hat off ….

Show #020: The Real Race in Baseball Begins Now!

It’s time for another edition of MLBThisWeek with Gary Mack and Rich Baxter, you Sunday night baseball talkers for another interesting show.

We’ll look at the trades that were made at the deadline a few days ago. 

We talk about “The jealous Astros…”

Rule 7.13 strikes again, we tell you where it happened.

Raul Ibanez is back in baseball, he helped the Royals win on Saturday night.

Jim Thome retires as a Cleveland Indian, and he gets a statue for himself right away.

All this and more on tonight’s show!

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