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August 11th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Rich Rodriguez

Today's Diamond Conversations features former MLB pitcher, Rich Rodriguez. Since retiring from his baseball career, Rich has gone on to create Elite NINE Baseball.  ELITE NINE partners with former Major League baseball players to provide pitching, hitting, fielding, catching and throwing instruction. In addition to private lessons, ELITE NINE hosts baseball camps & clinics across the country featuring past and present Major League baseball talent. Learn all about Rich's post career journey as well as what brought him to the big leagues in this fascinating look at a well traveled veteran of the game.

August 4th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Brook Fordyce

Today is an all new Diamond Conversations featuring the Head Baseball Coach 

of Keiser University Baseball and former MLB catcher, Brook Fordyce. Brook shares with us his recent battle with Covid-19, preparing his team for what would be a shortened season and reminisces about his playing days and coming up through the New York Mets system.

July 28th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Mike Trombley

Today's Diamond Conversation features a very fun conversation with former Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles reliever, Mike Trombley. Trombley shares his journey to the majors as well as the ups and downs that come with switching organizations and how sometimes you never exactly know who will be the key voices behind your career success. 

July 21st, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Kyle Farnsworth

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees star reliever, Kyle Farnsworth. Kyle is here to discuss Adrenaline Outdoors, who is redefining the outdoor experience by focussing on God, Family, and the Great Outdoors. In this interview, Kyle discusses the bond he had with his father growing up and how the outdoor experience led to so many positive moments and memories in his life. He also provides an in-depth look at some key moments from his Major League Baseball career and shares stories of success and times where his true spirit for the game shined through. Follow more from Adrenaline Outdoors by visiting their website

July 17th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Simon Rosenblum-Larson

Simon Rosenblum-Larson is a current minor leaguer in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. In 2019, Simon went 2-3 with a 3.13 ERA, eight saves, and 74 strikeouts for the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the High A Florida State League. Before getting drafted in 2018 by the Rays, Simon pitched for The Harvard Crimson baseball team at Harvard University for three seasons. Simon is also the President and Director of Player Personnel for More Than Baseball. More Than Baseball provides a diverse group of services to minor league players and their families and works to improve the economic and working conditions at the minor league level.

July 14th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Comedian, Steve Hofstetter

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes Comedian, Steve Hofstetter. A long time die-hard Mets fan and being a Comedian are quite the character attributes of Steve who discusses his long time affinity for the New York Mets and how he became a HUGE baseball fan as well as explaining how his stand-up career and baseball have had such an odd year battling the worldwide Pandemic. We talk about our favorite all-time Mets, how the Mets will fare in a shortened season and whether or not the future of baseball in 2020 will be short lived.  

July 7th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Marvin Freeman

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies pitcher, Marvin Freeman. With an awesome look back to players of the 80s, Marvin Freeman talks some of his most memorable pitching moments, players he had the most success against and his first MLB win vs. the Mets in 1986. We also discuss his Freeman Baseball academy and the Marvin Freeman Youth Foundation.

June 30th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Mark Leiter

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former MLB pitcher, Mark Leiter. A veteran of over 330 Major League baseball games, Mark Leiter could do it all from starting to relieving and learning countless lessons on life in the big leagues. Hear the harrowing story of how Mark stepped away from the game only to be met with his biggest career break and how joining the New York Yankees reignited his career and led to his many years of baseball after. Also find out what he's up to these days in teaching the next generation of pitchers as well as updates on both his son (Mark Leiter Jr.) and nephew (Jack Leiter) who is a highly touted college baseball player.

June 26th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Nelson Figueroa

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former New York Mets pitcher, MLB Veteran and TV analyst, Nelson Figueroa. Nelson joins the podcast to discuss his MLB career, the upcoming 2020 baseball seasons and his plans to possibly explore becoming a pitching coach for a Major League club. Also relive some of Nelson's finest career moments and who he had surprising success against while on the mound. 

June 23rd, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Jeff Frye

The newest Diamond Conversations features former MLB star and now #CertifiedHittingGuru, Jeff Frye. Jeff has become a social media player the last few months as his battle with the new age "pros" teaching kids how to play the game have finally set off the REAL veterans of baseball. Jeff's baseball career included stops in Texas, Boston, Colorado and Toronto and he also went on to be a very successful player agent after his MLB career. So join the SHE GONE movement and step up to the plate.

June 16th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Connor & Mike McGuiness

Today we are joined by LA Dodgers Assistance Pitching Coach Connor McGuiness and his brother Mike McGuiness, the men behind the amazing training tool CleanFuego. Both men discuss how the CleanFuego is helping players worldwide and how the science behind the Fuego is the future of baseball training. 

June 9th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Danny Vietti of CBS Sports

This week Danny Vietti of CBS Sports joins Diamond Conversations. Danny, who writes for CBS Sports Baseball, discusses what it is like to create content during a pandemic where baseball has essentially been put on hold, whether or not the season will actually take place and what teams he feels will be the ones to watch after play resumes.

June 2nd, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Alex Feuz

This week, Diamond Conversations welcomes Broadcaster, Writer and Podcaster, Alex Feuz. Alex, is a broadcasting pro on the rise. He is making quite the name for himself in the podcasting world by interviewing some of the most respected and well-known pundits of the sports industry all the while waiting for his chance to call his first Minor League Baseball game for the Burlington Royals during these unprecedented times. Not to mention, he still has two years of college left! Listen to Alex's journey and see why he is a future star of the broadcast world.

May 26th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Chad Hermansen

The latest Diamond Conversations features 1995 First Round Draft Pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates, former MLB Outfielder, Chad Hermansen. Chad is currently an Area Scout with the Los Angeles Angels and a Mental Skills Performance Coach based out of Las Vegas. In the interview, he reminisces about his career, the stacked 1995 MLB draft, career firsts, his Mental Edge Training program and interview series featured on his YouTube channel.  

May 12th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Bill Madlock

Diamond Conversations welcomes in this week a 3-Time MLB All-Star (1975, 1981, 1983), World Series champion (1979) & 4-Time NL batting champion (1975, 1976, 1981, 1983), Pittsburgh Pirate legend the "Mad Dog" Bill Madlock. The "Mad Dog" discusses life during the pandemic, the preparation baseball players may have to expect with a shortened 2020 season and some of the All-Time great HOF pitchers he had success against during his career. You can follow Bill Madlock on Twitter: @MadlockBill. 


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