Today's BRAND NEW Diamond Conversations features Author, Brad Balukjian. Brad's newest book "The Wax Pack" takes you on a journey of capturing stories from players pulled out of a random pack of 1986 Topps cards. Brad goes across the United States in search of these players and finds out more than he anticipated about the heroes of the diamond. You can order "The Wax Pack" by visiting Brad's website https://waxpackbook.com/
This week Diamond Conversations features a fun interview with Author, Brian Wright. Brian's new book "The New York Mets All-Time All-Stars" takes a look at the best players at each position for the New York Mets and how writing about your favorite team takes on a life of its own and educates you on the deep historical impact that players have on a franchise. You can purchase "The New York Mets All-Time All-Stars" at this link. http://bawright3.wixsite.com/brianwright/mets-all-time-all-stars
This week's Diamond Conversation is a very special episode discussing a wonderful event called Expos Fest. Head over to www.exposfest.com to find out how you can support the 2020 Expos fest featuring all-time Montreal Expos legends appearing to benefit the Kat D DIPG Fund. Founder Perry Giannis sits down to discuss why he created Expos Fest, his love of his all-time favorite team and some of the amazing memorabilia he has collected over the years. For more information on the Kat Demes story please visit https://exposfest.com/en/our-story/.
In baseball right now there really is only one topic and that is the massive cheating scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball dating back to the 2017 Houston Astros Championship season. This week, I welcome Senior Content Producer for Radio.COM Sports, John Healy to give his take on the scandal that has rocked the sport as well as to discuss the repercussions that have turned the usual quiet last few weeks of the off-season into a three ring circus.
This week on Diamond Conversations my guest is "Man Of Steel" Mike Verna. Mike, is an up and coming independent pro wrestling talent that is also an Assistant Baseball Coach at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York presently working as a bench and catching coach. In the episode we get to cover his history as a player as well as his transition into coaching but we also get to talk about the intense cheating scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball this week. Was this taking advantage of an un-written rule? Mike gives us a coaches perspective on that topic. It's a meeting of my two podcast worlds but it is a really fun Diamond Conversation.
We roll into the New Year on Diamond Conversations by welcoming the Found and Publisher of Summer Game Books, Walt Friedman. Summer Game Books is the ONLY baseball exclusive publisher you will find releasing quality titles from authors with all different backgrounds centralized around the world of baseball. The focus and purpose is to be the go-to publisher for all things baseball to not only include high quality print but also electronic books. For more information on Summer Game Books visit their website https://www.summergamebooks.com/
Episode 9 of Diamond Conversations features my chat with Ben Smith of Midwest Box Breaks. Midwest Box Breaks is a Sports Trading Cards/Box and Case Breaks business that always says they “Value the Customer" and "Respect the Hobby”. With baseball cards being such an associated product with the game of baseball and a resurgence of collecting going on, Ben and I explore the trends, impact and latest happenings in the sports card industry as well as promote his upcoming promotion featuring former New York Yankees Pitcher, Phil Hughes. All the information is on the Mid West Box Breaks website (www.midwestboxbreaks.com) and for our AMAZING Place To Be Nation listeners look out for a special promo code inside the episode as a special THANK YOU for checking out Diamond Conversations.
This week's Diamond Conversation heads back to the actual diamond as we are joined by former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher and current free agent, Tim Dillard. Dillard a side arm reliever by design spent last season in the Texas Rangers organization and brought his 17 years of professional experience back to his hometown of Nashville, TN playing for Texas Affiliate, Nashville Sounds. Tim is a also a second generation ball player, his father, Steve Dillard played in the Major Leagues for the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. However, Tim's knack for the "viral video" takes the stage as he discusses how he keeps his teammates so loose and engaged with his hilarious lip sync music parodies and movie parodies posted across all of his social media platforms.
Diamond Conversations Episode 7: Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and Legendary Blue Jays Announcer Jerry Howarth
This week, Diamond Conversations heads to the great white north as I welcome in 2012 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Jack Graney Award recipient and longtime Toronto Blue Jays announcer, Jerry Howarth. Jerry is here to discuss his book Hello, Friends! Stories from My Life and Blue Jays Baseball, a true personal journey into the life of Jerry Howarth both as a broadcaster but also his years growing up in San Francisco, California and how he fell in love with sports at a young age. In addition to stories from Jerry's past, he discusses some of the biggest moments he had the pleasure of calling as a Blue Jays announcer and even recites some of his most famous lines from the iconic moments discussed. This is a Diamond Conversation for the ages and it found here EXCLUSIVELY on Place to Be Nation.
This week on Diamond Conversations we welcome in Author and longtime New York Mets historian, Matthew Silverman. Matthew's most recent release Shea Stadium Remembered: The Mets, the Jets, and Beatlemania is a tribute and look back at the hallowed grounds of Shea Stadium and all of the magical moments that you remember but some you may never have known took place in Flushing. We also discuss Carlos Beltran's return to the Mets organization as the team's new manager for the 2020 season and how that press conference somewhat paralleled Beltran's 2005 arrival as a free agent acquisition with the Mets.
Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes Author J. David Herman. His book Almost Yankees: The Summer of ’81 and the Greatest Baseball Team You’ve Never Heard Of is an amazing look at the 1981 Columbus Clippers and focusing on their 1981 championship season. The Clippers were the New York Yankees’ Triple-A farm team in 1981 and a lot of familiar Yankee faces would make their way through Columbus during that elusive '81 season. But the story of the team as a whole and how they captured the hearts of Columbus as well as the Author himself is a fascinating story that we get to learn more about on today's podcast.
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.