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A hopefully weekly look at the world of baseball through the eyes of two college students with way too many followers on Twitter. It's the Cespedes Family Barbecast.

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A hopefully weekly look at the world of baseball through the eyes of two college students with way too many followers on Twitter. It's the Cespedes Family Barbecast.

    Episode 112: No, the Barbecast is not back (but we have a podcast again!)

    Episode 112: No, the Barbecast is not back (but we have a podcast again!)

    Hi friends! Just wanted to pop into this dusty ol' podcast feed to let you know that we're starting a new baseball podcast with The Ringer! It won't be like the Barbecast, but we think you'll enjoy it. Thank you so much for listening to the Barbecast and supporting us when we first started doing these things. May OBP and Napoleon live on forever.
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    • 2 min
    Episode 111: The Barbelast

    Episode 111: The Barbelast

    Welcome to Barbecast 111. This is the last Barbecast. As you may or may not know by now, we are transitioning to Tha BBQ Part II, aka the part where we work for MLB Advanced Media. You can read all about that by clicking here. But this is our last hurrah, the final victory lap for this audio adventure we've been on for nearly four years. As is only right, this episode features arguably the three most important guests of Barbecast lore, but we began with a large pile of fantastic e-mails from you wonderful listeners, including questions about Kelly vs. Avril, Napoleon Bookbindery, baseballers on rollerskates, and of course, a beautiful final story from OBP himself. Thank you all so much for all the kind words. Our first special guest (at 42:10) is Craig Goldstein, our inaugural guest and one of our favorite people. We talked about Craig stuff. Our second special guest (at 52:40) was the most frequent guest in Barbecast history and we like her even more than we like Craig. It's Lana Berry! Lana recently had a tweet get over 100,000 likes. We talked about that and then said goodbye forever. Our third and final special guest (at 1:05:40) is Kieran Lovegrove, right-handed pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization and the OFFICIAL minor leaguer of the Cespedes Family BBQ. Kieran is a Lynchburg Hillcat now, so we checked in on how his season is going and how he likes his new logo. We concluded (at 1:18:15) with some details about our new job, and some final hearty thanks for all of your support. For one final time (on here): thanks for listening Music: A somber version of IMDABES
    Outro: Jake's rendition of IMDABES
    Actual end: The beginning of Barbecast 1
     

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 110: The Podultimate Pod

    Episode 110: The Podultimate Pod

    Welcome to Barbecast 110! And yes, you read the title right...it's the second-to-last Barbecast as you know it. Why? We still can't really tell you. Anyway, our special guest this week (at 22:15) is Brace Hemmelgarn, official team photographer of the Minnesota Twins. We asked Brace about how he went from D-III baseball player to MLB photographer almost instantly, the major league photography community, why everyone on the Twins calls him Bruce, and his favorite players to shoot on the job. After Brace (at 51:45), another B-Ref Battle ensued featuring the fourth Moose in Barbecast history and a guy who once struck out Babe Ruth and bragged about it. We conclude (at 59:00) with Jake's Professional Baseball Update about how his independent league tryout went, and some vague allusions to our professional futures. Thanks for listening Music: Bye Bye Bye
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 109: Trail Mix

    Episode 109: Trail Mix

    Welcome to Barbecast 109! No guest or B-Ref (or really even e-mails) this week, we just wanted to check in and let you guys know how things are not that are college days are officially behind us and the terrifying prospect of adulthood is staring us right in the face. First, we tried to catch up on the division standings since we have not been paying super close attention to real baseball lately. Then we do one final Varsity Baseball Update about the end of Jake's collegiate career before transitioning into Jake's Professional Baseball Update (?!?!?!?!) with a fairly exciting announcement about where Jake will be for the next week. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening Please rate and review us on iTunes! We’d really appreciate it!

    • 37 min
    Episode 108: Sidearm Special

    Episode 108: Sidearm Special

    Welcome to Barbecast 108! We've got two special guests this week. First up (at 24:30) is Tom Hackimer, professional side-armer in the Minnesota Twins organization. Tom is both a) our kind of guy; and b) almost everything Jake aspires to be as a poo-slinging reliever. We talked about how he went from a walk-on at St. John's to dominating for four years while also majoring in physics, getting drafted by his not-actual-favorite time, the one home run he is ever allowed, and a bunch of nerdy side-arm related stuff that Jake was understandably curious about. After Tom, (at 1:06:15), we brought on Jamal Collier, who covers the Nationals for MLB.com, to discuss the team's outrageously hot start (particularly on offense), Ryan Zimmerman's resurrection, Tanner Roark, and the wonderful mess that is their bullpen. We concluded (at 1:39:15) with a Varsity Baseball Update that actually is more of a Professional Baseball Update (?!?!?!) about Jake's Frontier League tryout, before some brief general D-III baseball talk. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening Music: Lil Yachty 
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Episode 107: That's What He Is

    Episode 107: That's What He Is

    Welcome to Barbecast 107! We have two special guests this week. First up (at 17:25) is Steve Gerken, Average Dude from Austin, Texas. Who the hell is Steve Gerken? Good question! Steve sent us an e-mail for Barbecast 106 in which he explained that he basically has never played baseball (in any form!) despite being a totally normal 21-year-old guy. We asked him to defend himself. After Steve (at 29:20), we brought on J.B. Bukauskas, junior right-handed pitcher at the University of North Carolina. While J.B.'s ERA (1.40) is nearly double Jake's (0.72), J.B. has a significantly higher chance of being drafted in the first round of the 2017 Draft. We talked about growing up playing baseball in the DC area, being on campus when UNC won March Madness, and the best players he's faced during his time in Chapel Hill. After J.B. (at 53:00), we participated in a wonderful B-Ref Battle featuring an obscure record-holder, and one of our favorite players in the history of the segment, thanks to his outrageously strange and convoluted background. We will never get tired of this. We concluded (at 1:10:00) with a brief discussion on Our New Overlord Eric Thames and provide a Varsity Baseball Update about Jake's brief stint ATOP a real actual leader board. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening Music: A song about birds
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    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

BatterBill ,

Goofy but great

This is the ultimate DIY podcast: occasionally annoying but often hilarious and always entertaining. The production value has varied a lot over the years, but the more recent episodes are very good. If you love baseball and have a sense of humor, you'll love this podcast.

Nickel Nine ,

Good

Good podcast

SodaPop Curtis74 ,

Long time listener First time reviewer

What can I say they taste great and they're less filling, an big poops emails are my weekly fill of eroticism.

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