What would you do if you could get a PhD in life—through baseball? Welcome to Baseball PhD. A podcast for your brain. 30 major league cities, 100 places to see. Let's touch them all as we make a road trip of a lifetime!
March has arrived and Spring Training has begun. We talk about COVID and the Cactus League as Ed Kasputis interviews Mr. Sports Travel aka Joe Connor.
Minicast - Marty Kuehnert
From Tokyo, Ed Kasputis interviews Marty Kuehnert, Senior Advisor to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles about his 40+ year career as an American baseball executive in Japan.
Florida Spring Training has begun as we remember the late and great Hank Aaron and Rush Limbaugh. Ed Kasputis interviews Nick Gandy from the Florida Sports Foundation and we marvel at the 14 year contract of Fernando Tatis Jr.
Meet the PhD Committee again
What a difference a twelve years makes! Our PhD Committee remembers their first year as they prepare to launch Season 12. This podcast concludes with a replay of our first podcast – Meet Your PhD Committee which was released on February 20, 2010.
Does a domestic travel ban make sense? Did the White House ponder such a ban? Is such a ban constitutional and how would it affect Spring Training? We also ponder and debate.
The Importance of Hobbies
Ed Kasputis interviews Padres fan and Pastor, James D. Smith III about the importance of hobbies. Jim shares words of wisdom that were inspired by his lovely wife, Linda many years ago.
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One of the best independent sports podcasts
This has quickly become one of my favorite independent sports podcasts. Baseball PhD, the podcast, is run by Baseball Phd, the tour company, who specializes in tours of MLB baseball stadiums. Each hour-long episode of the podcast focuses on a single team in the MLB, and is composed of a lengthy discussion on the merits of the team's stadium and history, and interviews with interesting people with a connection to either the team or the host city. Past guests have included baseball historians and biographers, former baseball officials, superfans, and spokespeople for local landmarks.
I love independent podcasts (as opposed to, say, ESPN, where the podcasters are paid employees) where the hosts are passionate about the subject without being snarky or judgmental. And I have not heard more enthusiastic baseball voices than Ed Kasputis and his co-hosts Farley and Mark. They can veer dangerously close to being too Pollyanna-like, but their enthusiasm for the sport, its surrounding culture, and genuine interest in their guests is, quite frankly, a breath of fresh air in a rather cynical industry.
I have two minor quibbles with the show, specifically Ed Kasputis himself:
1) Ed is a former state representative, and his politics tend to seep through the commentary. And he seems to be getting less subtle about his opinions as the series progresses.
2) He tends to rely on the same descriptive phrases again and again. If you want to create a podcast-based drinking game, take a drink every time he says "word picture" or "sexy." I promise you that you won't be conscious for the end of the show.
But these are two very minor criticisms of an otherwise very entertaining podcast. If you want to listen to people who have a genuine joy for the sport and want to be educated about it in a way no other podcast can, then you can get a baseball PhD too.
Fun and Entertaining
Great podcast that is always current and has over 400 episodes! These guys are great and Co-Host Farley is the most cleaver, most funny, and most entertianing guy in all of poscasting. Stop and take a listen to their most recent poscast and you won't be disappointed. Go Farley!
Great talk show, great comedy between the three hosts, and very good info on all the different ball parks each episode features