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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Guest: Les McTavish – Vauxhall Academy
Guest: Chris Thibideau
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile Chris Thibideau, the 21st drafted Canadian from the 2013 MLB first year player draft. Chris was drafted by the Padres in the 40th round and attended Vauxhall Academy in high school. To get a scouting report on Chris we spoke to Les McTavish of Vauxhall. Following the interview with McTavish we interview Chris Thibideau about his draft experience as well as his choice for college.
Guests: Buck Martinez and Mike Wilner
In part 2 of 4306, our tribute to Tom Cheek we speak with two people who were mentored by Tom early in their broadcast careers – Buck Martinez and Mike Wilner. In the first interview Wilner talks about meeting Tom and working with him at the start of his career. In the second half Martinez shares his history with Tom and the impact he had on his career. He also shares the best Tom Cheek prank story we have heard so far! This episode also features “A Swing and a Belt” by Saskatoon hip hop artist RationaL. You can download the track for free at rational.bandcamp.com
Guests: Jerry Howarth and Bob Elliott
In this special edition of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we pay tribute to Tom Cheek. For this tribute we have assembled some of Tom’s closest friends and colleagues to share their favourite stories and moments from the time they spent with Tom. Our guests for this episode are Jerry Howarth and Bob Elliott. This episode also features the song “A Swing and a Belt” by Saskatoon hip hop artist RationaL.
Guest: Greg Hamilton, Director of National Teams for Baseball Canada.
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we are joined by our first ever guest; Greg Hamilton of Baseball Canada to discuss the Canadian Junior National Team. The Junior National Team is made up of the best high school aged (18 and under) baseball players in Canada. Greg talks to us about the origins of the Junior National Team and how it helps to develop and grow young Canadian ballplayers. We also review the tournaments the team has participated in so far this year and what’s next for them and for Baseball Canada.
Guest: Les McTavish, The Vauxhall Academy
Guest: Adam Nelubowich, Houston Astros draftee
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we feature the 8th drafted Canadian, selected in the 18th round by the Houston Astros, Adam Nelubowich. In the first part of the episode we speak to Adam’s high school coach Les McTavish of the Vauxhall Academy. In the second half we speak to Adam himself. Adam talks about how he played every sport but baseball growing up and how he ended up choosing baseball as a career. He also tells us about the difference between his draft experience in 2009 versus 2013. Finally Adam talks about his first month in pro ball in the Astros system.
Guest: Jamie Lehman, Area Scout for Canada – Toronto Blue Jays
Guest: Sean Ratcliffe, Toronto Blue Jays draftee
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we profile Toronto Blue Jays draftee and the 9th Canadian drafted this year, Sean Ratcliffe. In part one of the episode we speak to the scout who signed Sean to the BlueJays and a return guest, Jamie Lehman. Jamie provides us a scouting report on Sean as well as how everything happened on draft day. In part two we speak to Sean himself. Sean is a converted catcher, who at his core loves catching but made the change to advance his chances of going professional. Sean talks about his draft experience and what he has been doing since arriving in Dunedin on Canada day long weekend.
Guest: Dylan Rheault – Baltimore Orioles Draftee
Guest: Jean-Gilles Larocque – Coach, The Baseball Academy
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we discuss Baltimore Orioles draftee and the 10th Canadian drafted Dylan Rheault. In the first part of the episode we speak to Jean-Gilles Larocque, Dylan’s coach from his early years playing baseball in his hometown of Sudbury Ontario. Jean-Gilles reviews the state of baseball in Northern Ontario, and how he has seen interest in baseball grow since 2009 when The Baseball Academy, where he coaches, was first founded. JG also provides listeners a detailed scouting report on what kind of ball player Dylan Rheault is.
In the second half of the podcast we interview Dylan Rheault himself. Dylan has already started his professional career and we actually interviewed him on the morning of his first professional start. Dylan provided some excellent insight into his post draft decision making process between signing and going back to school as well as his first week as a professional baseball player.
Guest: Bill Humber
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak with baseball historian Bill Humber. Bill teaches the Spring Training for Baseball Fans course at Seneca College which has included guests such as Tom Cheek, Bob Elliott, Pat Gillick, Paul Beeston and John Lott. Bill takes us through the 2013 Hall of Fame class for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame giving us his unique perspective on each of them.
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Guest: Rob Ducey
In this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we speak to Rob Ducey, 2013 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. Rob tells us about his childhood playing softball, and how he almost quit baseball. He discusses his time in the minors, the majors and his favourite experience, his time with the Canadian Olympic team.