The Canadian Baseball Network Podcast

The Canadian Baseball Network podcast was originally launched for the 2013 World Baseball Classic and will now be a regular feature of The Canadian Baseball Network website. The podcast will feature analysis and updates on baseball in Canada and Canadian’s playing baseball around the world. From the Toronto Blue Jays to your local team, The CBN Podcast will cover all issues and areas of interest to Canadian Baseball fans.

Podcast: Talkin’ Draft with Chris Robinson

June 8, 2014

Host: Peter Bean (@Beannation)

Guest: Chris Robinson (@Robbie_30)

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Podcast we are joined by Canadian National Team alumni Chris Robinson. We start off with an update from Robinson on what it has been like for him transitioning from a player to a coach, and what surprises have come with the new role. Then we discuss Canadian baseball and the MLB Draft. We examine the overall draft system as well as review what advice Chris gives to his players when they could potentially be drafted. Robinson also coached some of the drafted Canadians in his time with the Junior National Team, and gives us his take on them.

Draft Podcast: Day 2 wrap/day 3 preview

June 7, 2014

Hosts: Peter Bean (@Beannation) and Andrew Hendriks (@77hendriks)

Guest: Bob Elliott (@elliottbaseball)

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we break down day two and preview day three of the MLB draft from a Canadian and Blue Jays perspective with Bob Elliott, Andrew Hendriks and Peter Bean.

Our team discuss the light day two for Canadians and what that means for the final day of the draft. They also discuss the two Canadians drafted yesterday and feature and interview with the 2nd Canadian selected Brock Dykxhoorn.

Who will be drafted today? Will 2014 go down as one of the lightest drafts for Canadians, or will a flurry be selected today? We have this and more on this episode of the CBN Podcast.

Podcast: Draft day 1 review/day 2 preview with Bob Elliott

June 6, 2014

Hosts: Peter Bean (@Beannation) and Andrew Hendriks (@77hendriks)

Guest: Bob Elliott (@elliottbaseball)

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we break down day one and preview day two of the MLB draft from a Canadian and Blue Jays perspective with Bob Elliott and Andrew Hendriks. Our team reviews the signing of Gareth Morgan by the Mariners and what come next for him in the process. They also examine the Blue Jays top 3 picks, their signability and the overall strategy being employed by the Jays in this years draft. Bob and Andrew also give their predictions for today for Canadians and the BlueJays.

Podcast: Bob Elliott’s CDN Draft List

June 5, 2014

Guests: Bob Elliott (@elliottbaseball) and Draft guru Allan Simpson of Perfect Game

HostPeter Bean (@Beannation)

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network podcast, Peter Bean is joined by CBN founder Bob Elliott and scouting guru Allan Simpson of Perfect Game. Bob, Allan, and Peter discuss the Canadian class for the 2014 MLB Draft. The Canadian Baseball Network Draft List is reviewed, including some of the standouts and big movers from the list. Bob and Allan give their predictions on whether Ontario or B.C. will have the most draft picks this year, and they discuss the recent surge of potential draftees from Quebec. Which players have worked out for MLB teams? Who has impressed the most at US tournaments? How many Canadians will ultimately be drafted? We discus this and more in part two of our Draft Primer.

Podcast: Allan Simpson’s top MLB Draft prospects

June 4, 2014

Guests: Draft guru Allan Simpson of Perfect Game and Bob Elliott (@elliottbaseball)

Host: Peter Bean (@Beannation)

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network podcast, Peter Bean is joined by scouting guru Allan Simpson of Perfect Game and CBN founder Bob Elliott. Allan, Peter and Bob discuss the 2014 MLB Draft, which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. Who are the top prospects to watch? Allan provides a rundown of his top 10, and who he expects to surprise. Will the Astros draft Aiken or Rodon? Who are the Blue Jays looking at? Where will Canadian Gareth Morgan go? Who are the biggest movers in the final week ahead of the draft? We cover all this and more in this episode of the CBN Podcast.

Podcast 48: Dalton Pompey

May 7, 2014

Co-Hosts: Peter Bean (@Beannation) and Andrew Hendriks (@77hendriks)

Guest: Dalton Pompey (@DaltonPompey)

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak with Blue Jays prospect and the CBN Minor League Player of the Week, Dalton Pompey. Dalton joins our hosts Andrew and Peter to discuss his time before being drafted and playing for a variety of local Canadian programs. He also talks about his progression through the minors and the adjustments he’s made that lead to a Gold Glove (2013) and a Florida State League POW honour plus the CBN Player of the Week honour.

Podcast 47: Frank Viola & Yusuf Carter

May 3, 2014

Host: Peter Bean (@Beannation)

Guest Host: Jay Blue (@Jaysfromaway)

Guests: Frank Viola III and Yusuf Carter

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we feature Blue Jays minor leaguers  Frank Viola III and Yusuf Carter. Jay Blue of Blue Jays from Away interviewed both these players during spring training and re-joins the podcast to discuss them with host Peter Bean. Jay and Peter also discuss Marcus Stroman’s recent start for the Buffalo Bisons and his future with the major league club.

Podcast 46: Blue Jays prospects Collins, Davis, Dantzler, Dean

April 21, 2014

Host: Peter Bean (@Beannation)

Guest Host: Jay Blue (@Jaysfromaway)

Guests: Boomer Collins, Jonathan Davis, L.B. Dantzler and Matthew Dean – Toronto Blue Jays prospects

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast Peter Bean is joined by Jay Blue of Blue Jays From Away. Jay Blue interviewed multiple Blue Jays prospects during Spring Training and in this episode we feature Boomer Collins, Jonathan Davis, L.B. Dantzler and Matthew Dean. In the first part of the episode Jay provides a scouting report on each player, in the second half we feature an interview with all four of them from this spring.

Podcast 45: Rowdy Tellez & Clinton Hollon

April 9, 2014

Co-hosts: Peter Bean (@Beannation) & Andrew Hendriks (@77hendriks)

Special Guest: Jay Blue (@Jaysfromaway)

Guests: Rowdy Tellez and Clinton Hollon

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we continue our series of Blue Jays prospects interviews with Blue Jays from Away founder Jay Blue. In the first interview of this episode Jay sits down with Rowdy Tellez, followed by Clinton Hollon. Peter, Jay and Andrew also discuss the future these players have with the Blue Jays.

Podcast 44: Deck McGuire and Andy Burns

March 28, 2014

Co-hosts: Peter Bean (@Beannation); Andrew Hendriks (@77hendriks) and Jay Blue (@Jaysfromaway)

Guests: Deck McGuire and Andy Burns

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast our hosts continue their Spring Training conversations with Blue Jays prospects Deck McGuire and Andy Burns. Peter and Andrew speak with Jay Blue about these two players and their future with the Blue Jays organization as well as their past experiences. Following this, we feature an interview Jay did with both players while attending spring training last week.

Podcast 43: Spring Training Conversations

March 25, 2014

Co-host: Peter Bean (@Beannation)

Guest: Jay Blue (@JaysFromAway)

Guests: Marcus Knecht, Michael Crouse, Tom Robson, Shane Dawson, Scott Silverstein

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast Peter Bean sits down with Jay Blue of the Blue Jays From Away Blog to review the first of a series of spring training player interviews. Jay spent a week in Florida interviewing players in the Blue Jays system for the podcast. The first interview in this episode is with Marcus Knecht and Michael Crouse. The second features Tom Robson, Shane Dawson and Scott Silverstein.

Podcast 42 – Who is Joe Siddall?

March 3, 2014

Hosts: Peter Bean (@Beannation) & Andrew Hendriks (@77hendriks)

Guest: Joe Siddall, Radio Broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays

In this episode of the Podcast Peter Bean and Andrew Hendriks speak with the newest member of the Toronto Blue Jays broadcast team Joe Siddall. Joe will be joining Jerry Howarth in the broadcast booth this season as his new partner on the Jays radio broadcasts. The announcement was confirmed Saturday.

In the interview Joe shares the story of how this process got started with an email from Howarth offering condolences for the loss of his son Kevin. He also tells us how Bob Elliott’s and Alexis Brudnicki‘s pieces on the Canadian Baseball Network played a role in leading him to his new role. Joe also discusses his time with the Expos and being the catcher for Denis Boucher’s debut in Montreal. He also talks about his time working for the Detroit Tigers and throwing BP to Miguel Cabrera.

Podcast 41 – Ontario Terriers

February 21, 2014

Host: Peter Bean (@Beannation)

Guest: Scott Vandevalk, – 18U Manager, Ontario Terriers

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile the Ontario Terriers with their 18U Head Coach Scott Vandevalk. Scott has a lengthy history with baseball in Ontario and talks about that in this interview. Scott also discusses his thoughts on the challenges facing baseball in the province and what improvements he would like to see.

In the second part of the interview Scott tells us about the Terriers history, alumni, coaching staff and team philosophy. We also review some of his players on the 2014 draft list.

Podcast 40 – Abbotsford Cardinals

February 11, 2014

Guest: Derek Florko

Host: Peter Bean (@Beannation)

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile the Abbotsford Cardinals of the BC Premier Baseball League, with their assistant coach Derek Florko. This interview is part of our lost files from the end of last year. We are pleased to be able to share this interview with you now. In the interview Derek talks to host Peter Bean about his coaching style and impressive resume of work with the Cardinals, Yale Academy and Sandlots baseball BC. He also talks about the current level of talent in the BC Premier League. Derek reviewed the history of the Cardinals program as well as the teams core philosophy of developing good people above all else. Derek also covered some recent alumni of the program who were drafted or signed by Major League clubs including Kurtis Kostuk and Jared Mortensen.

Podcast 39:Ecstasy to Agony – The 1994 Montreal Expos

January 30, 2014

Host: Peter Bean (@beannation)

Guest: Danny Gallagher (@dannogallagher7)

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we discuss the book “Ecstasy to Agony: The 1994 Montreal Expos” with author and CBN contributor Danny Gallagher. The subtitle for the book: “Howe the best team in baseball ended up in Washington 10 years later” is extremely appropriate. In the book Danny and his co author Bill Young review all the factors that lead to the assembling of the 94 team as well as how a series of unfortunate events and decisions lead to the exodus of the beloved Expos from Montreal to Washington D.C..

Podcast 38 – Talking Blue Jays

January 27, 2014

Hosts: Peter Bean (@Beannation) & Andrew Hendriks (@77hendriks)

Guests: Bob Elliott (@elliottbaseball)

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast Peter Bean and Andrew Hendriks are joined by CBN founder Bob Elliott for our 2014 Kick Off episode. The conversation starts off with a special announcement from Andrew Hendriks. The remainder of part 1 of this episode features an in depth conversation on the Toronto Blue Jays. We talk pitching, catching, the off-season and it’s lack of activity, free agents, Jose Bautista and his attitude, as well as the manager’s and general nanager. Part 2 will be posted later this week.

Podcast 37 – Toronto Mets

December 16, 2013

Host: Peter Bean (@Beannation)

Guest: John Jepson, Toronto Mets

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we feature the Toronto Mets. Our guest is one of the programs founders, John Jepson. John is the Chairman of the Premier Baseball League of Ontario and shared his thoughts of the state of the game in the province in the first part of the interview. In the second half we talked in depth about the history and philosophy of the Toronto Mets. John also gives us a scouting report on Zach Pop, a member of the Mets who is rated #2 on the 2014 CBN Draft List.

Podcast 36: Interview with Jim Henderson of the Milwaukee Brewers

November 24, 2013

Guest: Jim Henderson, Closer – Milwaukee Brewers

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak with Milwaukee Brewers closer Jim Henderson. Jim talks to us about his time with the Okotoks Dawgs and what it’s like being the programs first major leaguer. He also talks about his perseverance in the minors where he played 10 seasons. Jim discusses what it means to him to be a closer, and shares the story of how he heard of his promotion to the big leagues – which maybe one of the best ever.

Episode 26 also marks another milestone for the podcast as in this episode we introduce our new co-host Andrew Hendriks (@77hendriks). Andrew will be a regular host on the show going forward.

Podcast 35 – Parksville Royals

November 12, 2013

Guest: Dave Wallace

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast, we profile the Parksville Royals of the BC Premiere Baseball League. Joining us to talk about the team is head coach Dave Wallace.

In the first part of the interview Dave talks about the current state of the game in British Columbia as well as across Canada. He also discusses how he feels we can improve development for young players in Canada. In the second part of the interview Dave reviews the history and philosophy of the Parksville Royals program.

Podcast 34 – Great Lake Canadians

November 5, 2013

Guest: Adam Stern

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile the Great Lake Canadians with Adam Stern. He has a lengthy history in Canadian baseball. He was drafted in the third round in 2001 by the Atlanta Braves and played parts of five seasons in the major leagues for the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles. He is a two-time Olympian and made eight tours with the Canadian National Team. He also appeared in the 2006 and 2009 WBC.

In the first half of the interview we talk to Stern about his history with baseball. In the second half we talk in depth about the Great Lake Canadians program, which is a newcomer to the amateur baseball scene in southern Ontario.