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Baseball America

Baseball America delivers baseball news you can't get anywhere else. Covering the game from a player-development point of view, the staff of BA will deliver its take on what's going on in the world of baseball every week on its podcast, analyzing the game from the majors and minors--with an emphasis on prospects--through our unparalleled college and high school coverage.

All Episodes

As MLB and the MLBPA enter day two of the lockout, JJ Cooper spoke with labor lawyer Eugene Freedman to help him and hopefully listeners better understand what goes on in labor negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement. Freedman explains both sides rights as well as their responsibilities and explains what is often misunderstood about these type of negotiations.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Dec 3

59 min 48 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by Northeastern coach Mike Glavine to discuss his team's success over the last few seasons and to look ahead to 2022. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Dec 1

1 hr 8 min

Geoff Pontes and JJ Cooper are back together to analyze all the 40-man roster protection moves, and even more importantly, to take a look at what those trends indicate about MLB in the 2020s.We look at the amazing number of hard-throwing relievers who were protected and the even larger number who weren't. And we examine which positions were popular protections and which weren't.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 25

54 min 40 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by Baylor coach Steve Rodriguez to discuss how his team is shaping up ahead of the 2022 season. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 23

1 hr 18 min

We have a new member of the Baseball America team. On today's podcast we welcome Geoff Pontes to the Baseball America staff. After a quick welcome, Geoff rolls his sleeves up and dives in to help prepare everyone for Nov. 19th's 40-man roster protection deadline. Geoff and JJ Cooper discuss what goes into the decisions on who to protect and who to leave off the 40-man. We also look at the quandary facing Cleveland and Tampa Bay right now, as well as opportunities for some other teams.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 17

59 min 31 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy discuss the recently released 2022 recruiting rankings, topped by Vanderbilt and Louisiana State. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 12

1 hr 7 min

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by Michigan outfielder Clark Elliott to discuss his team's 2021 season that ended in another postseason run, his winning the batting title in the Cape Cod League over the summer and his expectations for the 2022 season. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 5

50 min 59 sec

Max Fried and Jorge Soler were outstanding in Game 6, which helps explain how Atlanta fans have discovered a new feeling this morning--joy. Carlos Collazo and JJ Cooper gather to discuss every aspect they can think of both from the Game 6 Braves clincher but also several decades of shared Braves knowledge.We debate whether Max Fried or Jorge Soler had the moment that will be most remembered from the clincher. We talk about how this Braves championship team came together, and we cover the many hands that played a part in building this team. Do championship teams need an elite draft pick in their starting rotation? And where do the Braves and Astros go from here. We cover it all in a lengthy World Series wrapup.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 3

59 min 16 sec

JJ Cooper and Carlos Collazo get together to discuss all that happened over the weekend in the World Series. We talk about no-hitters, the demise of the fourth starter in the playoffs, the Astros lineup and Dylan Lee.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 1

32 min 30 sec

Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco is the latest guest on the Baseball America college podcast, presented by Rapsodo. He joins Teddy and Joe to discuss Ole Miss' prospects for 2022 in the ever-competitive SEC. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 29

1 hr 20 min

Carlos Collazo and JJ Cooper get together to recap a Game 2 that was all Astros. We talk about how the shift giveth and taketh away.We try to figure out which pitcher will be key to the Braves making up for the loss of Charlie Morton, and we discuss why maybe we're too focused on the pitching matchups.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 28

33 min 20 sec

J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser recap Game 1 of the World Series between the Braves and Astros, including how the Braves jumped on Framber Valdez early and where Charlie Morton pitching on a broken leg ranks among the all-time toughest playoff performances. Plus, what the Braves do with their rotation now that Morton is out and what the Astros need to bounce back in Game 2.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 27

29 min 18 sec

J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser review what the Braves and Astros did right in the NLCS and ALCS, respectively, and how they earned the right to play in the Fall Classic. Plus, we revisit the prospect days of Yordan Alvarez and Tyler Matzek, discuss how strong farm systems laid the groundwork for these pennant runs and make our predictions for who will win it all.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 25

44 min 22 sec

Kyle Glaser and J.J, Cooper break down the Dodgers win over the Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS and if the Braves should be worried. Plus, a look ahead at tonight's Game 6 of the ALCS.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 22

21 min 30 sec

Carlos Collazo and JJ Cooper wrap up a busy day of LCS action that saw Framber Valdez become the innings-eater this postseason has lacked and saw the Braves give their fans something they are unaccustomed to--hope.We talk about why the Braves' trade deadline moves worked so well and why the Red Sox aren't necessarily dead yet on a new Baseball America playoff podcast.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 21

33 min 58 sec

Kyle Glaser and J.J. Cooper break down a wild day of ALCS and NLCS action, including Cody Bellinger saving the Dodgers season and the Astros taking advantage of mistakes by the Red Sox and the home plate umpire.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 20

32 min 20 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by UC Irvine coach Ben Orloff to discuss his team's Big West championship in 2021 and the group that returns for 2022. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 20

1 hr 14 min

Kyle Glaser and J.J. Cooper break down Game 3 of the ALCS, including how explosive the Red Sox offense has been this postseason and if there is anything the Astros can do to stop it. Plus, a look ahead at Game 3 of the NLCS as the series shifts to Los Angeles.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 19

34 min 16 sec

Kyle Glaser and J.J. Cooper break down a wild weekend of ALCS and NLCS action, including the Braves two walkoff victories, where the Dodgers went so wrong in their pitching strategy and whether the Astros can still beat the Red Sox with their starting pitching injuries.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 18

47 min 14 sec

J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser break down Game 5 of Dodgers-Giants and some of the keys to the Dodgers win. Plus, they look ahead to what's next for the Giants and make their ALCS and NLCS predictions.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 15

40 min 53 sec

Cubs area scout Tom Myers joins the podcast to discuss scouting and signing Cory Abbott, who made his major league debut this year. Myers also discusses his journey through baseball and the biggest differences between being a college coach and a scout.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 14

32 min 38 sec

After a much-lamented one-year break because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Arizona Fall League returns today (Oct. 13). To get you ready, Baseball America's resident AFL nut Josh Norris joins JJ Cooper. Josh explains why the AFL is literally one of his favorite events of the year. Josh and JJ also discuss some of the players who need to prove something at the AFL and who they are most excited to see. And if you are thinking about going to the AFL for the first time, Josh explains some of what to expect and some tips to enjoy our prospect-laden journey.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 13

46 min 29 sec

J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser break down all the latest playoff action, including what to make of the White Sox's and Brewers' early exits, what stands out about the Braves and Astros advancing and what to watch for in Game 5 between the Dodgers and Giants.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 13

34 min 1 sec

Kyle Glaser and JJ Cooper get back together to analyze the Giants' one-run, wind-blown victory of the Dodgers; the Red Sox's wild one-run walk-off series-ending win over the Rays and the disappearing Brewers offense in a Braves' shutout win.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 12

51 min 5 sec

Matt Eddy and JJ Cooper get together to discuss the wildest game of the postseason so far, Sunday's Red Sox's extra-inning win. Yes, we do talk about the Hunter Renfroe deflection that turned into a ground-rule double, but we spent more time looking at how the Red Sox bullpen use has neutralized some of the Rays platoon advantages so far. We also take a look at Monday's (Oct. 11) four-game baseball extravaganza.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 11

28 min 44 sec

Kyle Glaser breaks down Game 1 of each ALDS series, including an underrated development that has fueled the Astros and Rays successes. Plus, a look ahead to a full slate of games on Friday, including the Game 1 of Brewers-Braves and Dodgers-Giants.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 8

13 min 52 sec

J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser recap a thrilling NL Wild Card matchup between the Cardinals and Dodgers and look ahead to the first postseason matchup ever between the Giants and Dodgers. Plus, a preview of the ALDS beginning Thursday and our picks for White Sox-Astros and Red Sox-Rays.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 7

52 min 4 sec

J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser break down the AL Wild Card Game, including Nate Eovaldi's dominance, why there is no Gerrit Cole postseason "narrative" and what the Yankees need to do to become champions once again.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 6

43 min 31 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by Oregon coach Mark Wasikowski to discuss a breakthrough 2021 season for the Ducks and to look ahead to the 2022 season.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 6

54 min 7 sec

Kyle Glaser and J.J. Cooper recap the best moments and biggest surprises from the 2021 season and make their World Series predictions as the playoffs get set to begin. Plus, a dispersal draft where playoff team gets to pick one player each from a non-playoff team.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 4

59 min

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy break down the top 25 ranking of the best transfer classes in college baseball, topped by Texas A&M, and discuss all of the recent news surrounding conference realignment.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 29

58 min 51 sec

J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser review the minor league rules changes put in place this year and what effect, if any, pitch clocks, shift restrictions, robo-umps and more had on the game. They discuss which rules are likely to come to the majors, and which are likely to be dropped.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 28

46 min 41 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy break down all of the activity in the transfer portal one last time in light of the recent release of the top 100 transfers list and the upcoming release of the top 25 incoming transfer classes.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 23

1 hr 9 min

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by Notre Dame coach Link Jarrett to discuss his team's breakthrough 2021 season, expectations for next season and how things have changed about how Notre Dame baseball is discussed locally. Also, after the interview with Jarrett, they discuss the recent news of four teams joining a rebuilt Big 12.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 15

1 hr 18 min

Braves crosschecker Alan Hull joins the podcast to discuss how he signed and scouted Joe Ryan as an area scout for the Rays. He also talks about signing his first big leaguer, Sammy Long, and how he got into scouting.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 13

33 min 57 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy discuss the recently-released final recruiting ranking of 2021 classes, topped by UCLA. Note that recruiting rankings take into account incoming freshmen and junior college transfers but do not include four-year transfers.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 9

1 hr 11 min

On the latest Baseball America Podcast, JJ Cooper spoke with Jeremy Wolf, a former minor league player who is now the co-founder and director of outreach for More Than Baseball, a group that works to provide assistance, guidance and other help for minor league baseball players. They discuss the difficulties MiLB players face when it comes to securing in-season housing as well as a number of other issues that MiLB players are facing now, as well as some of Jeremy's suggestions for how that can be improved.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 3

47 min 7 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by Matt Brown, proprietor of the Extra Points newsletter, which covers the business of college athletics, to discuss that topic and issues that might affect college baseball now or in the future.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 1

1 hr 10 min

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by Mississippi State coach Chris Lemonis to look back on his team's national title in 2021, discuss the performances that made lifting the trophy possible and take a peek ahead at fall practice, which is just around the corner.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 26

1 hr 11 min

Kyle Glaser and JJ Cooper discuss the top of the 2022 High School draft class, bounce over to which Olympic stars could see their way to the States in upcoming years, then look at the breakout prospects of 2021 and wrap up with a look at which teams had the best and worst trade deadlines, now that we have nearly a month of post-trade data.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 25

1 hr 3 min

JJ Cooper and Matt Eddy get together to talk about our newly released midseason Organization Talent Rankings. We take a look at every team in our Top 5, and then look at some of the other notable rankings including the Rays, Marlins, Cubs, Astros and White Sox.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 20

54 min 46 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by Louisiana Tech coach Lane Burroughs to discuss his team's breakout 2021 season, the opening of the new "Love Shack" in Ruston, fan support for the Bulldogs and where he'd like to see his program grow from here.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 19

1 hr 17 min

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy are joined by new Cal State Fullerton coach Jason Dietrich to discuss his excitement about taking over a historic program, what he gained from the last two seasons spent at East Carolina, his history coaching under some of the great coaches in college baseball and his take on the strength of the Big West now that he's returning to the conference after some time spent away from it. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 11

1 hr 35 min

Red Sox special assistant Justin Horowitz joins the podcast to talk about the process of scouting and signing Jarren Duran in 2018, and how Duran went from a light-hitting second baseman in college to a power-hitting center fielder as a professional.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 6

28 min 7 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy cover the MLB Draft signing deadline and the activity in the transfer portal, both events that will have bearing on what rosters look like for the 2022 season.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 4

1 hr 5 min

Kyle Glaser and J.J. Cooper jump all over the baseball map, discussing Team USA's extra-innings loss to Japan in the Olympics, why the Mets failing to sign Kumar Rocker isn't the fiasco it's been made out to be and which teams did best (and worst) at the trade deadline.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 2

1 hr

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy discuss a whole host of topics in college baseball, including the first version of our offseason Top 25, breakout stars on the Cape, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and the news of Texas and Oklahoma heading to the SEC.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jul 27

1 hr 25 min

Blue Jays area scout Coulson Barbiche joins the podcast to discuss signing and scouting Alek Manoah out of West Virginia in 2019. He also takes us through his journey from selling tickets in the minor leagues to becoming a scout and shares his memories of the late Hawaii Winter League.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jul 16

41 min 41 sec

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy recap the 2021 draft results from a college perspective and spin it forward to think about how those results might affect the college game in 2022. After draft talk, they also discuss recent happenings on the coaching carousel, most notably Arizona hiring program legend and former D-backs manager Chip Hale.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jul 15

1 hr 13 min

Rapsodo Analytics Manager Nicholas Rossini returns to the podcast and he has all new data to share. Rapsodo gathered hitting and pitching data at the MLB Draft Combine. With that event now in the rear-view mirror, Nicholas looks at some pitchers and hitters who stood out at the event.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/baseball-america/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jul 9

53 min 13 sec