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September 22nd, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Glendon Rusch

This week's Diamond Conversations welcomes former New York Mets Pitcher, Glendon Rusch. A key member of Bobby Valentine's 2000 World Series team, Rusch became a reliable arm who flourished on the biggest stage in New York's Subway Series. But Rusch also had a great career with the Royals, Brewers and Rockies with an incredible journey through the KC minor league system that he dives deep into in this fun walk down memory lane. 

September 15th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Preston Wilson

This week's Diamond Conversations features former Mets, Marlins and Rockies superstar outfielder, Preston Wilson. The son of beloved Mets legend, Mookie Wilson, Preston's arrival in New York was met with great fanfare after many years of hype. But it was the shocking trade for Hall of Famer Mike Piazza that sent Preston on his way to having a wonderful Major League career. Take a listen as we go back and talk about those days as a Met and how much Preston wanted to play on the hallowed grounds of Shea Stadium.

September 8th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Peter Golenbock

This week's Diamond Conversation welcomes legendary baseball historian and New York Times best selling author, Peter Golenbock. Mr. Golenbock discusses his long career writing about the  history of many of the game's biggest stars and most legendary teams. He takes us on a walk back in time as he reveals how he got his start and why he still loves the game of baseball today.

September 1st, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Carter Capps

Today's Diamond Conversations features former Miami Marlins, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres relief pitcher, Carter Capps. Capps, most known for his very unorthodox pitching style later in his career, is now a coach for the highly regarded Driveline Baseball. His coaching philosophy and his success of getting to the big leagues take center stage in this fantastic interview.

August 25th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Barry Lyons

This week, Diamond Conversations welcomes our first guest from the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets, Catcher Barry Lyons. Follow us as we walk back through Barry's career chronicling an amazing 1985 minor league campaign that ultimately would help him secure a spot on the Mets for many years as a backup to Hall of Fame Catcher, Gary Carter. As well as Barry's triumphant and inspiring personal story that helps you learn about the determination of a champion in life! 

August 18th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Mitch Harris

Today's Diamond Conversations podcast welcomes former St. Louis Cardinals Relief Pitcher and US Navy lieutenant, Mitch Harris. Mitch's story is one for the ages as he discusses his baseball journey being put on hold as he served our country as a member of the US Navy. Three deployments under his belt and a dream to make it to the majors didn't stop the fire inside Harris, who would eventually make his debut for the Cardinals in 2015.

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. 

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