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October 20th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Pat Zachry

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and LA Dodgers pitcher, Pat Zachry. A former Rookie of the Year with the Reds, Zachry was traded to the Mets in the infamous "Midnight Massacre" that saw fan favorite Tom Seaver traded away. With big shoes to fill and a whole career ahead of him, Pat describes what it was like to be thrust into the NY spotlight and how he managed. We also discuss his stellar MLB career and test his trivia skills in another Diamond Conversations instant classic.

October 13th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Jerry Reuss

Today's very special episode features former Pittsburgh Pirates and LA Dodgers legendary pitcher, Jerry Reuss. Jerry and his 220 career victories span an amazing career that began in 1969 and ended in 1990. Through the transitioning eras of the game, the golden haired Ace was an absolute staple of the game and has many stories to tell. From growing up a Cardinals fan to his MLB debut and all the lessons learned in between, this episode is a must listen in the Diamond Conversations catalog. 

October 6th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Wes Chamberlain

Today's Diamond Conversations features former Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder, Wes Chamberlain. Wes, drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1987, made his way through the Pirates system, facing adversity and competition to make the starting core of outfielders in a deep roster that featured Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds. But it was a trade to the Phillies in 1990 that would change the career of Chamberlain and that is the focus of our podcast today. Listen to his inspirational story and faith driven experiences of a MLB veteran and how he is helping today's younger generations train for a future in baseball. 

September 29th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Darren Fenster

This week's Diamond Conversations welcomes Boston Red Sox Outfield and Baserunning Coach, Darren Fenster. Growing up in the same hometown as the hosts is a big theme on the podcast as we discuss with Darren how Middletown, NJ helped shape him as a ball player and get him on his journey to playing professional baseball. His career unfortunately being cut short by a knee injury didn't stop him from becoming a very impactful and inspirational coach and as he ascends the ladder in the Red Sox, could there be a Major League managerial job in his future. 

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.

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