This week on Diamond Conversations Chad B sits down for a one on one chat with Executive Vice President and GM of the Fredericksburg Nationals, Nick Hall. The Fred Nats are the Carolina League affiliate of the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals and have recently undergone a franchise transformation recently moving from their longtime home in Prince William County, VA down to historic Fredericksburg, VA where a name change, new stadium and fresh start await them in the 2020 season. I get some inside information on the future of the team's mascot, updates on stadium construction and a few key dates that fans need to know as the Fred Nats embark on their inaugural season of baseball in Spotsylvania County.
Diamond Conversations Episode 3 welcomes Author Chris Donnelly. Chris's book "Doc, Donnie, the Kid, and Billy Brawl" focuses on the 1985 New York baseball season, a season that would set the table for the following year and the magical 1986 Mets but also one for the Yankees that would prove to be a very successful but also quite tumultuous campaign for the Bronx Bombers. Nearly 15 years prior to the 2000 Subway Series match up, the 85 Mets and Yankees were on a collision course for October glory but how did both teams fall short? That story and more is covered in this episode of Diamond Conversations.
Episode 2 of Diamond Conversations welcomes former NY Mets Minor League Pitching prospect, T.J. Chism. Growing up in Philadelphia as a die-hard Phillies fan, T.J. was drafted by the Mets in 2009 during the height of the Mets/Phillies rivalry and would quickly learn to bleed orange and blue as he joined the Mets organization at a pivotal time in the franchise's history. We get to hear some great stories centered around coaches like Frank Viola, Terry Collins, Dick Scott and Phil Regan as well as T.J.'s close friendship with reigning NL CY YOUNG award winner Jacob deGrom.