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Baseball the way it should be covered and exclusive interviews with MLB studs #FTLive hosted by AJ Pierzynski, Todd Frazier, Adam Jones, Erik Kratz, Trevor May, Jonathan Papelbon, Lorenzo Cain, Jason Kipnis, Scott Braun, insider Ken Rosenthal, and PTBNL. The world is our clubhouse.
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Apparently you don't need weighted balls and a hardcore lifting program to throw gas. Reds flamethrower Hunter Greene tells us about the unconventional training methods he started in high school, when he already hit 102mph on the radar gun.Elly De La Cruz is a lightning rod on the field. He’s also been putting in the work off the field to learn English. Hunter gives us more on Elly’s character.Greene not only participated in the first ever MLB Dream Series in 2017 but he lights up when telling us about how he most recently hosted the latest Dream Series participants at his home. What stood out to him about the next generation of ballplayers?Host lineup: Todd Frazier, Erik Kratz, Scott BraunFT MERCH: shirts, hats, hoodies, more
Jordan Hicks hasn't been a full-time starting pitcher what's the plan with his innings? We ask NBC's Alex Pavlovic about Hicks and Kyle Harrison + the looming returns of Alex Cobb and Robbie Ray.Manager Bob Melvin replaced Gabe Kapler and the two skippers are VERY different. We ask Pavlovic to dive into the details of the change.Also covered: super prospect Reggie Crawford, Luis Matos/Marco Luciano progress and Blake Snell's late arrival.Disclaimer: this convo happened on Thursday aka before they got blitzed 17-1 by the D'Backs on Friday nightFollow FT on Twitter too
Is the sky falling or is this just part of the ups and downs of a long MLB season? The Dodgers dropped a series vs. the Nationals and 3 of their last 4 series overall.DT hosts Alanna Rizzo and Clint Pasillas talk about the inconsistent LA lineup, including DH Shohei Ohtani who has a shiny OPS but not with runners in scoring position. Manager Dave Roberts has said the team will address Ohtani's aggressive approach at the plate. Alanna and Clint argue whether altering the approach of a player posting an OPS over 1.000 is the right call.Subscribe to the Dodgers Territory pod FREE --> host Jeff Spiegel joins DT to discuss a number of hot topics like Chris Taylor's struggles, the annoying job security chatter about Dave Roberts and the pitching staff as a whole.Finally, Trixie is still looking for a furever home in "Last Licks"
How fitting that Jordan Montgomery's debut with the Diamondbacks comes against Blake Snell and the Giants? We explain why Monty is going to shove and don't look at Justin Verlander's rehab assignment to predict how he'll look for his Friday debut with Houston. (00:17)(19:30) Paul Skenes is striking out the world in the minors. What's next? And what do we think of the new Top 10 pitcher rankings by Eno Sarris?(14:03) Thoughts on the brand new Mets City Connect unis? A little biz theory in here on why it says NYC on the front and not Queens.(33:51) There's another chapter in the Bad Bunny agency saga. They're bringing on a new superstar despite the recent punishment.Look out for pods soon with Mike Trout, Hunter Greene and more convos from #FTL in Cincinnati :) RATE/REVIEW the pod plzHosts today: Toddfather, Kratz, Braun
Do you feel like your team is getting bit by the injury bug? Red Sox nation is saying "hold my beer" to most other fan bases right now. Boston Herald beat writer Gabrielle Starr runs us through a list that includes Rafael Devers, Tyler O'Neil and Nick Pivetta.Everyone had the Sox with the best starting pitching ERA, right? We talk out the pitching shift that could be leading to better results.We also kick around Ceddanne Rafaela's super slow start at the dish and if he'll be able to live up to his contract extension.Hit up the FT SHOP for FT Merch :)
Did you know that one Yankees player actually requested that John Sterling switch his home run call? Legendary Yankees radio announcer Suzyn Waldman perfectly honors her longtime broadcaster partner with epic background info on his dream run in the booth.How did he come up with his unique signature home run calls? Who will eventually permanently replace him?Yanks talk in here: Judge's sluggish start, state of the rotation, Gerrit Cole's new role & Juan Soto doing Juan Soto things.FT SHOP is a vibe and look out for NEW ITEMS DROPPING SOON!
Ken Rosenthal & Alanna Rizzo tackle the early season Mets surge. We will learn more about them this weekend when they face the Dodgers. What are the Guardians and Brewers doing right to lead their Central divisions? EARLY trade deadline question coming through but Ken's on it.Ken & Alanna answer your questions LIVE in Grillin' Ken and award their Dudes & Dorks of the Week.Catch the Thursday version of Fair Territory LIVE at 12:30p ET on the FT Network
Appreciate the "all-encompassing type of suck" comments from Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks! (02:26) We tell you why it was such a winning line for growing the game.(09:47) The Angels lose their big money signing from the offseason and we play back our pointed comments about the Robert Stephenson signing at the time. Kratz brings up a strong point about why this is a prime example of the elbow explosion epidemic.(16:26) Are the Dodgers OK?(19:53:) Are the Orioles the best team in baseball?(23:53) Do the Twins need to tweak the way they value offense?(33:25) Former #2 overall pick Jack Leiter debuted for Rangers and we react live to his rough first day on a Big League mound.Hosts: Todd Frazier, Erik Kratz, Scott BraunOne more LIVE SHOW from Cincinnati: we'll be inside GABP Friday 1-3p ET and then a little meet/greet with Toddfather at the BetMGM Sportsbook at The Banks next to the ballpark from 3:30-5p ETFollow FT
Rays TV reporter Tricia Whitaker has answers to the questions surrounding Rays baseball right now: Is Tampa Bay's bullpen OK? What about Randy Arozarena? Is feisty Jose Caballero the next Sean Rodriguez? Is this weekend's showdown with the Yankees the first big measuring stick for the Rays?The Chicago Tribune's Meghan Montemurro follows with a report on the Cubs: What is the Kyle Hendricks/Adbert Alzolay concern level? Is Michael Busch for real? How does Christopher Morel look on defense? How has Craig Counsell put his stamp on the organization so far? Why didn't the Cubs sign Jordan Montgomery?Hosts: Todd Frazier, Erik Kratz, Scott BraunFOLLOW FT
"Alex Cora is trying to play chess without his queen," said new FT fam member Jonathan Papelbon. The former Boston closer puts his unique spin on current closer Kenley Jansen blasting MLB for inconsistent baseballs.What is Pap's take on how to curtail the massive influx of pitching injuries the last several years?Don't miss Pap's story about constantly getting fined and Theo Epstein picking up the tab for a while.Hosts: Braun, Kratz, AJQuestions/comments for our hosts? DM them to Foul Territory's Instagram page
Did the Cubs find a gem with their Michael Busch addition?! We highlight the late bloomer rookie after his homer party finally ended in a wild loss to the Diamondbacks. (top of show)(05:55) Mookie Betts HAD A DAY and his new teammate (Andy Pages) didn't wait around for hit #1.(12:00) Injuries SUCK: Player perspective on how long Christian Yelich and Seiya Suzuki might be out of action.(16:27) Healthy debate strikes up about the surging Mets. Legit playoff contender or nah?(25:50) Is the Orioles new owner hinting at a Gunnar Henderson extension soon?(31:47) Another Ángel Hernández discussion erupts from a perfect screenshot that dominated MLB Reddit. Kratz said local high school umps are even taking notice.FTL in Cincinnati! Working on Mike Trout and Elly De La Cruz joining Friday's show --> Subscribe FREE to the FT NetworkHosts: Kratz, Toddfather, Braun
Are the baseballs smaller during certain prime MLB games? A's vet starter Alex Wood has some theories and he's been around long enough to make some good comps.(9:06) What about the baseballs affecting arm injuries? Wood isn't feeling that but he's bringing insightful info on what's gone wrong with the modern pitching development programs.We start with a WTF convo about Rockies Opening Day starter Kyle Freeland pinch-running in what appeared to be a very dumb decision by the club.Other topics covered with Woody: Good vibes despite weird season in Oakland, Marlins shady Max Meyer demotionLook out for more new items in the FT SHOP soon!
Why did the Marlins demote their best pitcher? FT Senior Insider Ken Rosenthal spoke to Fish brass about the decision to send down Max Meyer after a hot start.Ken also covers the White Sox signing Tommy Pham, the Rangers calling up Jack Leiter and wtf is going on with umpire Ángel Hernández? Will the league intervene?Subscribe to the Fair Territory podcast page for fresh episodes 2x per weekHosts: AJ, Kratz, Braun
News flash: the Dodgers are not the perfect team! Enter Cuban prospect Andy Pages to try and save the bottom of the order. We also cover the call-up of former Rangers #2 overall pick Jack Leiter and former Astros top prospect Forrest Whitley. (5:38)(2:40) Cheers to legendary Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling calling it a career.(16:47) Player perspective in here on Bad Bunny's baseball agency in trouble.(25:48) A's speedster Esteury Ruiz is back in the Bigs and announced his presence with authority!(31:00) Injuries SUCK: Brock Burke punched a wall and joins a long list of hurt Rangers. How often do dudes punch walls?Hosts: Pierzynski, Kratz, BraunTAP IN to the FT Network the next few days to watch FT Live from Cincinnati!
Ken Rosenthal's message to conspiracy theorists: Ippei Mizuhara isn't Shohei Ohtani's "fall guy." Ken unpacks how the 37-page federal complaint against Mizuhara shows Ohtani is the innocent victim against his former interpreter.Inside Dish takes a closer look at pitching depth for three teams: the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves & Milwaukee Brewers. Ken explains that the team to navigate through losing some key pieces on the mound will be the team standing tall in October. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including if the Braves are in the market for another starter, who Ken would unilaterally put into the Hall of Fame and how MLB really feels about notorious umpire Ángel Hernández. Fair Territory will be LIVE on Thursdays at 12:30p ET all season long! Get your questions ready for Ken and Alanna Rizzo.Watch Fair Territory on the FT YouTube channel
"I no longer work for the White Sox because of this exact conversation!" AJ Pierzynski rips the nightmare start to the season for the White Sox and Chuck Garfien tries to ease the pain.We also ask about the Tommy Pham move and why won't the team admit that they're rebuilding?Kratz even ponders the prior managers that were hammered with blame. There are overarching issues that never seem to end.Host lineup: Pierzynksi, Maybin, Kratz, BraunBASEBALL THE WAY IT SHOULD BE COVERED --> RATE/REVIEW THIS PODCAST PAGE IF YOU'RE INTO IT
What did AJ say to rookie Wyatt Langford about one of the all-time worst ump shows in modern baseball?! Yup, Kratz backs that up with stats and Cameron Maybin blasts this BS for the way it affects players and credibility of the sport.Then it's a feel-good ending to the Shohei Ohtani homer ball that caused controversy at Dodger Stadium. Why can't all teams fix problems the right way?We also update the bank fraud charge for Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter, including a con man in shackles and creepy stalker texts to try and collect debt.Host lineup: Cameron Maybin, AJ Pierzynski, Erik Kratz, Scott BraunQuestion for us?? FT is running LIVE every weekday 1p ET --> Subscribe to FT on Youtube
Do the Mariners have enough offense? We bring on legendary broadcaster Dave Sims for a checkup on the pros/cons of the current club. The M's also have a slow start thing going for years now: is that a problem or actually a sign of better results soon?Then we get to the main event on this April 15th, Jackie Robinson Day. Sims appreciates the incredible hardship that Jackie overcame to become the first Black player in the Big Leagues. Sims also does a firm review of the state of the game with Black players, execs and even interns. Why are the numbers not there?Host lineup: Maybin, Pierzynski, Kratz, BraunFollow FT
Cameron Maybin is on team FT today with takes on the Jurickson Profar v. Will Smith weekend BEEF (8:34) and Willy Adames v. James McCann highlighting the Brewers making another statement. (16:45)(5:23) We honor Jackie Robinson Day and point out the way that the league and players make an impact on this day.(22:39) Tommy Pham appears to be heading to the White Sox and it sparks Cam to recall his strange experience as a free agent after crushing it with the Yankees in 2019.(29:02) Injuries SUCK: Can the Braves win the World Series this year without Spencer Strider?Anal fissures update: Cam actually dealt with them! AJ's famous story is reignited.Host lineup: Maybin, Pierzynski, Kratz, BraunShop FT!
Why was getting optioned last year the best thing for Grayson Rodriguez?! The O's flamethrower details changes that made him better than ever and points out why the AAA Tides are EVEN BETTER than the video game numbers they're posting.Grayson talks about Adley Rutschman's hidden talent, pitchers he idolized, meeting new Orioles ownership, and the team's best SMACK talker! Who else do you want to hear from?! DM FT Instagram with guest requests :)
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