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A bi-weekly look at the baseball landscape in New England, tracking prospects and recruiting.

New England Baseball Journal’s The Base Path Seamans Media

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    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

A bi-weekly look at the baseball landscape in New England, tracking prospects and recruiting.

    Vanderbilt Asst. Coach Jayson King

    Vanderbilt Asst. Coach Jayson King

    In this episode of the Base Path Podcast, brought to you by New England Baseball Journal, newly appointed Vanderbilt assistant coach Jayson King joins the show. King, previously the head coach of the Dayton Flyers since 2008, shares his experiences and insights about his new role under head coach Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt. He discusses the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from a head coach to an assistant coach at a top-level program. The conversation also touches on the impact of the transfer portal and NIL money on college baseball, his relationship with Tim Corbin, and the recruitment strategy at Vanderbilt. The episode concludes with a segment called 'Three Up, Three Down,' where King answers fun and thought-provoking questions.
    00:31 Transition to Vanderbilt: Coach King's Journey
    01:38 State of College Baseball and Mid-Majors
    02:57 Relationship with Tim Corbin
    03:55 High Stakes at Vanderbilt
    05:32 Recruiting and NIL Money
    13:34 Impact of Transfer Portal
    17:11 New Leadership at Dayton
    18:52 Resources and Facilities at Vanderbilt
    25:11 Three Up, Three Down: Fun Q&A
    31:15 Conclusion and Farewell

    • 31 min
    Penn State Coach Mike Gambino

    Penn State Coach Mike Gambino

    Dan welcomes Mike Gambino to discuss his move from coaching at Boston College to Penn State. They delve into the challenges and differences between the two institutions, highlighting the support from the community and administration at Penn State. Gambino speaks about the success of his first season, the importance of player development, and his approach to the transfer portal. The conversation also touches on recruiting strategies, the future of the Big Ten Conference, and personal anecdotes, including experiences with leaving BC and special memories involving his dad. The episode wraps up with a fun 'Three Up, Three Down' segment discussing knuckleballs, steals of home, and the best World Series memories.
    00:42 Transition from Boston College to Penn State
    03:04 Experiences and Challenges at Penn State
    06:17 First Season Performance and Expectations
    08:44 Establishing Leadership and Trust
    12:56 Leaving Boston College and Family Considerations
    16:02 Big Ten vs ACC: Comparisons and Future Outlook
    19:41 Recruiting Strategies and New England Connections
    20:30 Pennsylvania's Baseball Passion
    21:10 Recruiting Strategies and Successes
    22:20 Coaching Transitions and Reflections
    24:41 The Changing Landscape of College Baseball
    27:19 Transfer Portal Strategies
    29:19 Three Up, Three Down: Fun Baseball Questions
    34:16 Memorable World Series Moments
    37:53 Conclusion and Farewell

    • 38 min
    MIAA Tournament Finals Preview

    MIAA Tournament Finals Preview

    In this episode of the Base Path Podcast, host Dan Guttenplan is joined by MIAA analyst Pat Donnelly to preview the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state championship weekend. They discuss the matchups and key players for Divisions 1 through 5, including standout teams like BC High, St. John Shrewsbury, and Seekonk. The conversation also covers potential MIA Player of the Year candidates, highlighting performances and injuries that could impact the finals. Additionally, the show features a 'Three Up, Three Down' segment with producer David Yas, where they debate the merits of recent innovations in baseball such as the shift ban, the automatic runner on second base in extra innings, and in-stadium light shows.
    00:22 Overview of the MIAA Championship Weekend
    01:04 Division 1 Championship Preview
    08:22 Division 2 Championship Preview
    11:24 Division 3 Championship Preview
    13:21 Division 4 Championship Preview
    15:42 Division 5 Championship Preview
    19:39 Three Up, Three Down: Baseball Innovations
    30:17 Closing Remarks and Farewell

    • 30 min
    Braintree Coach Bill O'Connell

    Braintree Coach Bill O'Connell

    Braintree High School Coach Bill O'Connell discusses his team's strong season, securing the number four seed in the Massachusetts MIAA Division 1 State Tournament. O'Connell elaborates on the team's dynamics, crediting seniors and a balanced roster while sharing insights from his extensive coaching career, including past tournament experiences. He also touches on the intricacies of baseball strategy, the unpredictability of single elimination tournaments, and the impact of legendary Braintree coach Don Fredericks. Additionally, O'Connell talks about his role in selecting and coaching Team Massachusetts for the High School National Championship and his summer plans running the Extra Bases Summer Baseball Camp. The episode concludes with a fun 'Three Up, Three Down' segment where both guest and host discuss memorable baseball moments and strategies. 
    00:59 Season Recap and Tournament Outlook
    02:19 Challenges and Unpredictability in Baseball
    04:31 Key Teams and Tournament Predictions
    06:32 Legacy of Don Fredericks
    08:01 Coaching Team Massachusetts
    16:16 Summer Plans and Extra Bases Camp
    22:44 Three Up, Three Down Segment
    32:35 Closing Remarks

    • 32 min
    MIAA Tournament Preview

    MIAA Tournament Preview

    Dan Guttenplan sits down with MIAA analyst Pat Donnelly to preview the state baseball tournament. Pat shares insights from the regular season, including standout teams like BC High, St. John's Shrewsbury, and Westford Academy, emphasizing the importance of strong pitching. The episode delves into potential candidates for MIAA Player of the Year. They also analyze tournament brackets for all five divisions, making predictions and discussing possible upsets. In a fun concluding segment, Dan and Pat engage in a Major League Baseball ballpark fantasy draft, picking their favorite ballparks.
    00:51 Key Takeaways from the Regular Season01:45 MIAA Player of the Year Nominations02:47 Player Profiles12:36 Division 1 Bracket Breakdown16:58 Division 2 Bracket Breakdown19:14 Division 3 Playoff Predictions20:41 Division 4 Contenders and Predictions23:06 Division 5 Insights and Picks24:47 State Finals Schedule and Coverage25:27 Three Up Three Down: MLB Ballpark Fantasy Draft

    • 35 min
    Austin Prep Coach John Pollard

    Austin Prep Coach John Pollard

    The guest is John Pollard, coach of the Austin Prep baseball team, who explores the team's remarkable success, especially after transitioning to the NEPSAC league. Pollard shares insights into the undefeated seasons, challenges of moving to a new league, and the school's comprehensive approach to player development both on and off the field. The conversation also touches on the strategic aspects of baseball, such as the importance of mental preparation for high-stake games and postseason differences. .
    00:23 Unbeaten Streaks and Transitioning to a NEPSAC Program02:13 Challenges and Opportunities of Being Independent04:44 Building a Winning Team Identity07:02 Fostering College and Professional Opportunities for Players10:59 Expanding the Program: JV Teams and Baseball Operations13:22 Navigating High School Baseball's Competitive Landscape16:14 Leveraging Facilities and Creating a Supportive Environment21:20 Transitioning from High School to College Baseball21:40 Preparing for Life Beyond Baseball22:13 Academic and Athletic Excellence at Austin Prep22:45 Evolving Recruitment and Admissions Standards23:36 Setting High Standards for Austin Prep Athletes25:15 Navigating Off-Season Training Regulations28:55 Three Up, Three Down: A Fun Baseball Q&A36:18 The Mental Game: Preparing for High-Pressure Situations40:31 Wrapping Up with Coach John Pollard

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

IJB603 ,

Great listen.

A must listen for baseball people. Tells you who is doing what and how they are doing it. Touches on high school through college and the pros. Also very help for parents of youth players as a data point on what to do and what to avoid

RichKeefeHatesTheDisabled ,


If you enjoy the emoji game then this Podcast is for you!

TheGraverino ,

Nice addition for seam heads

Deep knowledge from the host on niche topic of baseball at all levels in New England region. Good first episode with two interviews w/ Futures league president on baseball to be played in summer 2020 and editor of related publication. Good stuff.

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