11 episodes

Welcome to MLB's first player-to-player podcast! Xavier Scruggs played professional baseball for 12 years, reaching the Majors with the Cardinals and the Marlins. Now he's taking fans behind the scenes with the biggest stars in the game today. We're getting deep into the topics you won't hear about in a postgame press conference, like the times All-Stars and MVPs leveled up into legends, when they doubted themselves and how they spoke out for change. From clubhouse relationships to career turning points, nothing is off the table.

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    • 4.7 • 221 Ratings

Welcome to MLB's first player-to-player podcast! Xavier Scruggs played professional baseball for 12 years, reaching the Majors with the Cardinals and the Marlins. Now he's taking fans behind the scenes with the biggest stars in the game today. We're getting deep into the topics you won't hear about in a postgame press conference, like the times All-Stars and MVPs leveled up into legends, when they doubted themselves and how they spoke out for change. From clubhouse relationships to career turning points, nothing is off the table.

    Ozzie Smith

    Ozzie Smith

    For this final episode of Season 1, we’re bringing you a conversation with a Hall of Famer! Ozzie Smith was elected to Cooperstown on the first ballot following an iconic 19-year career that included 15 All-Star selections, 13 consecutive Gold Gloves and a World Series ring. But The Wizard tells X that MLB stardom was far from certain for an undersized kid from South Central. Smith dives back into his early days with Dave Winfield in San Diego, then describes his quest to become known for more than only great defense in St. Louis and his impactful post-retirement work, sharing the challenges and lessons from each stage of his incredible career. You won’t want to miss it!
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    • 32 min
    Stephen Piscotty

    Stephen Piscotty

    Stephen Piscotty grew up cheering for Mark McGwire from the second deck of Oakland Coliseum. Now he’s living his childhood dream, playing right field for the A’s just 25 miles from his hometown. Stephen and X get deep into the bittersweet circumstances of Piscotty’s trade from St. Louis back home to the Bay Area following his mother’s ALS diagnosis in 2017, his emotional return to the field after her passing the following season and his ongoing efforts to help find a cure for the deadly disease.
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    • 32 min
    Tim Anderson

    Tim Anderson

    Tim Anderson’s whole career has been unlikely. He didn’t play high school baseball until his junior year. He went undrafted after his first season of college ball. He hit .240 in his third MLB campaign. But TA never stopped working, or playing the game his own way. He broke out with a batting title in 2019 and represented Chicago in the All-Star game this year. The White Sox shortstop relives his whole journey with X this week on The Bigs, including the bat flip controversies, his impact in the South Side community and much more.
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    • 26 min
    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols is one of the greatest players in MLB history. He’s won multiple championships, broken countless records and influenced an entire generation of athletes. This week, the legendary first baseman sits down with X to talk about the greatest moments of his storied career, how early experiences from his Cardinals days influence his relationships with teammates today, and why he wants his legacy to extend far beyond the field.
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    • 31 min
    Brett Phillips

    Brett Phillips

    Down a run with men on base in the ninth inning of a World Series game -- it’s the moment everyone dreams about. Brett Phillips lived it last October, and delivered one of the biggest hits in Rays history. Phillips talks X through his mindset during the most memorable at-bat of his career and provides a few tips for anyone recreating his iconic airplane celebration afterward. They also chat about how the Rays outfielder’s unrelenting commitment to positivity helped get him traded back home to Tampa and why you should always, always remember to brush your teeth.
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    • 33 min
    Trey Mancini

    Trey Mancini

    Last spring, Trey Mancini experienced the unthinkable: a colon cancer diagnosis at age 29. The Orioles first baseman opens up to X about his journey from initial prognosis to surgery to remission, the people who supported him along the way and his inspirational return to the field this season. Trey also goes deep on his lifelong connection to Baltimore, the origins of his Boom Boom nickname, his love for Matthew McConaughey and much more.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
221 Ratings

221 Ratings

The Notorious Rob ,

Great baseball podcast!

I came late to this podcast but, I enjoyed it so much that I binged all of the episodes. It was great to hear these stories from the players and get their perspective on things involving baseball and socially. Would love to hear a podcast next season with;

Salvador Perez
Whit Merrifield
Bob Kendricks
Lorenzo Cain

CARDINALS ARE AMAZING !! ,

Great!

When I was first looking for baseball podcast about the Cardinals, I found a couple then this one. I saw the first one was about flare I HAD to listen! And it was amazing! I totally recommend this to any baseball fan! X does an amazing job!

Hoopoe24 ,

The Bigs

Love these Baseball Podcasts. X does a great job assisting us in getting to know these ball players and more about the game of baseball. Cant say enough about how great these are and how enjoyable the Podcasts are. Thank you!!!

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