Mike LaCoss provides a mounds-eye-view of Jake Arrieta's recent no-hitter and streak of dominance for the Chicago Cubs dating back to last year. Next, Mike & Roy discuss valuing the MLB Experience and how it relates to Adam LaRoche's decision to leave the Chicago White Sox. An honest testament to the demands of the Major League profession, we're proud to be your source of unfiltered baseball talk!
Former MLB Outfielder & Founder/CEO of Past Pros Ellis Valentine joins Mike & Roy to discuss his recent trip to Montreal for the yearly gathering known as Expos Fest. Ellis talks the enthusiasm of fans wanting to bring baseball back to Montreal, his critique of the decline in defensive outfield pride and lessons learned over the last 10 years of perfecting the art of prepping Texas Beef Brisket.
Arizona Diamondbacks Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations De Jon Watson joins Mike & Roy to discuss 30 years of working in professional baseball, the Diamondbacks' outlook for the upcoming season and the collective work of Arizona's front office in the moments leading to the offseason acquisition of Free Agent Starter Zack Greinke.
In these last moments before the start of the regular season, Mike LaCoss breaks down the perception of Team Chemistry as it relates to the clubs he played for. Next, Mike & Roy react to the breaking news of iPads entering the MLB dugouts & bullpens this year, and then discuss how the last moments of Spring Training is viewed through the eyes of a minor leaguer eager to make the club as opposed to a seasoned veteran pacing themselves for the season at hand.
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Former MLB Pitcher Dave LaPoint takes the mound with Mike & Roy to discuss the controversy surrounding Goose Gossage's recent comments, Adam LaRoche's retirement announcement and how it relates to kids in the clubhouse. An in-depth slice of Old School sensibility from a pair of veteran hurlers, get ready for a baseball chat that works well into extra innings!
Mike LaCoss discusses recent work with a group of young students and how to be successful at teaching a good experience based on his 9 Inning Complete Game approach. In addition, Mike & Roy welcome special guest and iBaseballChannel supporter Terrance Morgan into the studio for an impromptu chat with the L.A. native about his outlook on the 2016 Dodgers (24:00).
Photographer Russ Hansen visits the mound with Mike & Roy to discuss how he went from a young college student with a camera to a man who infiltrated the Montreal Expos, building lifelong friendships with the likes of Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. Russ shares his famous Expos moments through the years, highlights the Olympic Stadium experience and talks with Mike LaCoss about some of Montreal's famous eateries. You can find Russ' photos featured in the book, Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-Fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos. For more info, visit http://jonahkeri.com
Author Dan Epstein visits the mound with Mike & Roy to discuss his two books focusing on baseball in the 1970's, Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging 70's and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76. Dan recalls his own experiences growing up as a young fan in the 70's and unique stories learned while writing his books, then shares a mutual love for Wrigley Field and its surroundings with Mike LaCoss. For more info, visit http://www.bighairplasticgrass.com
As a tribute to longtime Cincinnati Reds Clubhouse Manager Bernie Stowe, Mike & Roy celebrate the legacy of the man who kept that clubhouse in order from 1968-2014. In addition, Mike LaCoss reaches out to a few members of the Reds family, Pitcher Joe Price (19:40), Trainer Larry Starr (41:00) and First Baseman Harry Spilman (1:12:00), who each share their own memories of their time with Stowe. Finally, one of Bernie's legends involves a mysterious clubhouse mongoose and Mike LaCoss explains what it was and a few of his fondest memories from it (1:25:15).