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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.