This is what happens when a World Series champion teams up with a dork. Will Middlebrooks and Danny Vietti join forces to put a unique spin on a baseball podcast ⚾
Ep. 14: 5 Most Logical Landing Spots for Albert Pujols; Baseball Podcast 5/7
Now that Albert Pujols has been released, who should sign him? Or, should he hang up the cleats for good? Will Middlebrooks and Danny Vietti list 5 teams (plus a couple more) who should consider signing the Hall of Fame-bound first baseman.
(1:25) Albert Pujols release details ... (4:21) Pujols want to continue playing ... (6:20) The dumbest rule in baseball ... (8:58) Why Francisco Lindor's slump is over ... (10:51) David Ortiz on hitting in today's game ... (15:59) Tony La Russa's BIG managerial mistake ... (19:51) Astros-Yankees reaction ... (26:05) Pujols to New York or Chicago? ... (28:00) A reunion with the Cardinals ... (28:15) NL teams that should consider Pujols ... (31:25) Does Pujols have anything left?
BONUS POD: Brooksy's Best MLB Bets; Baseball Podcast 5/5
Will Middlebrooks details the money lines and best bets for the Thursday slate of MLB games. It's free money here, people.
(2:30) Minor League Baseball begins ... (3:45) Brooksy's Best Bets ... (6:39) Indians-Royals best bet ... (7:55) Pirates vs. Padres money line, bet ... (9:33) Rays vs. Angels best bet ... (12:08) A's vs. Blue Jays a good bet ... (14:01) Bonus pick 'em.
Ep. 13: Biggest MLB Disappoints, Surprises, and Most Impressive Players and Teams; Baseball Podcast 5/3
Who has been the most impressive team this season? Most surprising player? Will Middlebrooks and Danny Vietti talk through a rocking week of MLB action. They also pick their most disappointing and surprising teams and players through the first month of the season.
(1:10) Mets-Phillies non-home run by Rhys Hoskins ... (6:15) Dustin May injury ... (9:12) The worst pitcher injury of the season ... (11:45) Max Scherzer's baby-making complete game ... (14:37) Breaking dog news ... (16:08) Most impressive players so far ... (21:20) This NL Central team has been the most impressive ... (23:08) Most surprising players so far; Red Sox ... (28:11) Mariners bullpen ... (28:34) San Francisco Giants biggest surprise ... (31:04) White Sox, Michael Kopech ... (31:28) Most disappointing players both play in New York ... (35:59) Yankees play uninspired baseball ... (39:21) Way-too-early MVP picks.
Ep. 12: 5 MLB players who changed their batting stances in 2021; Baseball Podcast 4/29
2021 adjustments? Will Middlebrooks and Danny Vietti detail 5 players who changed their batting stances significantly this season, including Joey Votto and Cody Bellinger. Will breaks down why these hitters may have made these alterations and what impact they are making so far.
(4:07) Worst umpire call of the year in Brewers game ... (8:47) Robot umpires in MLB? ... (11:57) Can Mike Trout hit .400 this year? ... (18:30) Fair for Mets fans to boo Francisco Lindor ... (24:01) Batting stance changes ... (24:13) Cody Bellinger ... (30:48) Joey Votto ... (36:08) Kyle Schwarber ... (37:34) Wil Myers ... (42:13) Omar Narvaez.
Ep. 11: Dallas Braden joins the show to discuss the A's winning streak; Padres-Dodgers recap; Baseball Podcast 4/26
Current MLB analyst and former Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden jumps onboard with Will Middlebrooks and Danny Vietti to detail the reasons behind the Oakland A's 13-game winning streak and why it came to an end on Sunday. Will and Danny discuss the Tatis-Bauer feud, Padres-Dodgers series two recap.
(2:21) Rowdy Roundup ... (2:55) Padres-Dodgers is a rivalry ... (4:35) Fernando Tatis Jr. trolls Trevor Bauer ... (7:23) National impact of Padres-Dodgers ... (9:07) Dave Roberts takes exception...Did Tatis peep signs? ... (17:23) Dallas Braden ... (25:22) Oakland A's winning streak ends ... (27:24) Most underrated player in Oakland? ... (33:01) Ohtani batting practice story ... (49:30) Danny's Daddy of the Week.
Ep. 10: Jerry Hairston Jr. joins the show for a Padres-Dodgers series preview; Baseball Podcast 4/22
16-year MLB veteran and current Dodgers pregame/postgame analyst Jerry Hairston Jr. joins Will Middlebrooks and Danny Vietti for a preview of the second round of Padres-Dodgers. What adjustments does each club need to make? Who who'd you take in a brawl?
(3:30) Why Padres-Dodgers is a feud, not a rivalry ... (5:43) Biggest difference between playing in San Diego and Los Angeles? ... (9:06) Explaining Fernando Tatis Jr.'s early struggles and playing through injury ... (11:27) Jerry Hairston Jr. sustained the same injury as Tatis Jr. and had surgery ... (13:57) Series pitching matchups ... (14:11) "Julio Urias might be the Dodgers best pitcher." ... (17:06) Jerry's most uncomfortable at-bat? Roy Halladay ... (20:07) Must-hear Derek Jeter story ... (21:54) Who would you rather have: Dodgers-Padres edition ... (27:44) What makes Mookie Betts the best right fielder in baseball ... (32:37) Dodgers-Padres Fight Night: Will and Jerry nominate two players from each team to fight in a ring ... (36:21) 3 players Jerry Hairston Jr. wants next to him in a brawl ... (36:43) The scariest baseball human of all-time? Vicente Padilla ... (38:21) Jonny Gomes the ultimate brawl teammate.
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Quality Baseball Podcast
I’ve always had trouble finding baseball podcasts I can enjoy. Both of these guys know their baseball and you can’t deny it with their great backgrounds. Will has seen the high’s and lows of baseball being a hot rookie that dealt with injuries, winning a World Series, and fighting to keep his career alive. Danny is a great beat guy that has the pulse of anything going on and he does great to get Will’s player perspective. Baseball has needed more great podcasts and this is right there with Starting 9 and Baseball Talk. Wake & Rake is a young podcast but you can definitely tell it’s going places and will be one of the best available.
Love this show
This is the first podcast i have ever subscribed to and its great. The topics are engaging and the banter is entertaining. Love Willie’s unique perspective from his playing days.
Straight baseball talk for seamheads. The top stories mixed with “behind the curtain” analysis.