Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields joins the boys to talk about being part of an athletic family (his father played Major League Baseball and his sister is in the WNBA), the historic and cultural significance of his tattoos, his desire to get more African-American youth involved in baseball and, lastly, his connection with Sonic the Hedgehog.
New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly joins the boys to talk about his return to journalism in the form of his podcast “Murder Book, how he nabbed Vin Scully for his hit Amazon show “Bosch”, that time he and his buddies took over George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa and, lastly, answers the age-old question “does dude REALLY name some of his characters after former Major Leaguers?”
On the eve of reporting to Spring Training, San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Kieran Lovegrove joins the boys to talk about the day-to-day of training camp, taking the high road on social media (and how some Major League Baseball teams take the lead), playing for David Ortiz in the 2018 Futures Game and his plans for expanding America’s Pastime to his home country of South Africa.
Former big leaguer Kurt Bevacqua welcomes the boys on to his podcast, Dirty Kurt’s Dugout, to talk to them about which players should (and shouldn’t) be in the Hall of Fame that aren’t already, why he hates the city of Milwaukee and Shawn shares a story about that time he found himself face-to-face with Pete Rose in Las Vegas.
Brian Cronin, the creative mind behind Sports Urban Legends Revealed, joins the boys to talk about the fact and fiction behind some of baseball’s greatest urban legends including Rickey Henderson’s million dollar check, Lou Whitaker’s missing jersey, Wade Boggs’ drinking habits, that time someone tried to maim Wally Joyner and more.
And as a bonus…lots of comic book talk!
Legendary broadcaster Larry King joins the boys (for the third time!) to talk about the 2019 Hall of Fame class, looks ahead at the 2020 ballot, reveals the one guy who he believes should be getting more love from the BBWAA and speculates as to who might be the next unanimous Hall of Famer.
The Cooperstown Casebook author (and beer aficionado) Jay Jaffe joins the boys to talk about the 2019 Hall of Fame class, looks ahead at the 2020 ballot, shares his next pet project and reveals the one candidate he wishes he would have included in his book. Also, Jay admits to having never seen 1966’s “Batman”. Say what?
Executive director of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Scott Crawford joins the boys to talk about the history of and the differences between his Hall of Fame and that other one in Cooperstown, the recent remodeling that took place there in St. Marys, Ontario, 2009 inductee Larry Walker’s chances at getting inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and, lastly, how Shawn and Lou might be able to influence future Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame elections.
Baseball For All founder Justine Siegal joins the boys to talk about her experience as Major League Baseball’s first female coach, trumpets the successes of fellow trailblazers Kim Ng and Jessica Mendoza, opens up about what Penny Marshall meant to women’s baseball and shares who she would put on an all-women’s baseball Mount Rushmore.
Two-time World Series champion and three-time All-Star Manny Sanguillén joins the boys to talk about how he went from playing baseball in the streets of Panama to being the beloved face of a BBQ restaurant in Pittsburgh, shares what it was like being part of Major League Baseball’s first all-black and Latino lineup, gets excited about fellow countryman Mariano Rivera making it into the Hall of Fame, recalls his favorite moment as a big leaguer and, of course, fondly remembers his close relationships with both Dock Ellis and Roberto Clemente.