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 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.

Podcast 33 – Tecumseh Thunder

October 28, 2013

Guest: Dave Cooper

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile the Tecumseh Thunder. To discuss the program we are joined by Dave Cooper. Cooper is a legend in the local baseball landscape. He played for multiple Canadian championship teams as well as a stint with the Canadian National Team. In the first part of the interview Dave and speaks about his history with the game of baseball, the state of the game in southern Ontario and his proudest moments  coaching Canadian youth . In the second half of the interview Dave talks about the Tecumseh Thunder and Lacasse Park where they play.

Podcast 32 Kurtis Kostuk – Drafted Canadians

October 21, 2013

Guest: Corey Eckstein

Guest: Kurtis Kostuk

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile the 20th drafted Canadian Kurtis Kostuk. Kurtis was drafted in 38th round (1140th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shortly after the draft Kurtis signed his professional contract and began his pro career. He was the first Canadian to sign from the 2013 draft class.

In the first half of this episode we speak to Kurtis’ coach from multiple different levels, Corey Eckstein. Corey provides a scouting report on Kurtis’ development. In the second part of the episode we speak to Kurtis himself about his draft experience and the start of his pro career.

Podcast 31 – Ottawa Nepean Canadians

October 15, 2013

Guest: Don Campbell

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak with Don Campbell of the Ottawa Nepean Canadians. In the first part of the episode Don discusses his background in the game of baseball as well as his coaching methodology. He also talks about the current state of Baseball in Ontario and the Ottawa region, where it was recently announced that indy league ball may be making a return. Don also shares his thoughts on the challenges faced by Canadian players in a US dominated system.

In the second half of the episode Don gives provides a detailed overview of the Ottawa Nepean Canadians program that he coaches. Don shares the genesis of the program, how it provides players exposure and what makes the program different. Next tim e we’ll discuss the best Ottawa-Nepean Canadians ever … the 1979 team.

Podcast 30 – The London Badgers

October 8, 2013

Guest: Mike Lumley, Head Coach – London Badgers

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile The London Badgers with Head Coach Mike Lumley. Mike Lumley has a long history with baseball. In the interview Mike speaks about his life in the game leading to his role developing young players as Head Coach with the Badgers.

We also discuss the state of baseball in London as well as the talent level across Canada. Lumley was a coach at the recent Tournament 12 at the Rogers Centre and shares his thoughts about the inaugural tournaments success and who impressed him.

Podcast 29: Rob Zastryzny – Drafted Canadians

September 30, 2013

Guest: Rob Zastryzny

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak to the #1 drafted Canadian from the 2013 draft Rob Zastryzny. Zastryzny was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 2nd round, 41st overall. He held the top spot on the Canadian Baseball Networks Draft List for the final month leading up to the draft. Zastryzny talks about his draft experience as well as how his first season in pro ball compares to college competition.

Podcast 28: On Deck at Tournament 12

September 22, 2013

Guests:

Roberto Alomar – Tournament 12 Commissioner

Rob Jack – Manager of Social Marketing

Bob Elliott – Canadian Baseball Network Founder and Toronto Sun Columnist

Liam McGuire – Social Media Reporter, Canadian Baseball Network

In this episode of the podcast we break down days one through three of  Tournament 12. In the first half of the episode we discuss the workout day and the first nine games, as well as the scout and college presence, with Bob Elliott and Liam McGuire.

In the second half of the episode we speak to the tournament’s commissioner, hall of fame second baseman Roberto Alomar as well as the Manager of Social Marketing for the Toronto Blue Jays, Rob Jack.

Who were the standouts? What are the scouts saying? Has the Tournament been a success so far? We give you the rundown on the first half of Tournament 12 on this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast.

Follow Tournament 12 here

Podcast 27: Vauxhall Academy

September 16, 2013

Guest: Les McTavish, Head Coach and Director of Operations

In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we discuss the Vauxhall Academy and the Vauxhall Academy Jets. Joining us to review the program is head coach Les McTavish. Les tells us about the academy, the team, and the state of baseball in Alberta. If you would like your academy or program featured on the CBN podcast please email peter.bean@canadianbaseballnetwork.com.

Podcast 26: Tournament 12

September 10, 2013

Guest: T.J. Burton Coordinator, Amateur Baseball, Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.

Guest: Bob Elliott

The Blue Jays Baseball Academy, in collaboration with Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar will host the inaugural Tournament 12, a national baseball showcase tournament at Rogers Centre, Sept. 20-24. In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast were joined by T.J. Burton, Coordinator of Amateur Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays and Bob Elliott to discuss what Tournament 12 is, who is going to be there and what fans can expect.