Category Archives: The Baseball Show by Diamond Hoggers

The Baseball Show Podcast: talking Out of the Park ’16 with Developer Brad Cook


It’s really spring – and with another March passing us by it’s like a rite of passage that a new version of Out of the Park Baseball arrives on time.

It’s the greatest sports game simulation experience that someone can have. It’s like crack for the baseball fan.

I was lucky enough to be joined by head developer Brad Cook on tonight’s show to talk about new additions and maybe introduce some exciting experiences of my own past in OOTP. Brad also touches on the group’s next project, Beyond the Sideline Football.

Follow OOTP on twitter here, and check out their development website over at OOTP Developments. As Brad mentions on the show, the game will be ready for play on Monday, March 23rd; killing many long hours before the real start of the regular season and beyond.

Thanks to Brad for joining us again!

A Bat Flippin’ Good Time Podcast: The Cubs are on their way


Last night, Mike Hllywa (Gammons Daily, Halo Hangout) and M.J. Lloyd (Baseball Prospectus, Off-Base Percentage) and I hung out in our virtual bar and talked some baseball for an hour. We rolled out the new name of the podcast, A Bat Flippin’ Good Time; and that’s what we had damnit!

Topics discussed include:

  • Our usual Mike Trout segment
  • Angels playoff odds
  • The David Price trade.
  • The Cubs’ young nucleus and bright future (and MJ’s bromance for Kris Bryant).
  • Thoughts on Bryce Harper’s present, future, and the Washington Nationals.
  • Mike H’s trip to Anaheim for a perfect day of baseball for his son’s first game.
  • Pop Culture Segment: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie, Breaking Bad, and more.

The Baseball Show Podcast: Trout, Tanaka, Darvish, and More


Tonight on The Baseball Show MJ Lloyd, Mike Hllywa and I got together to talk some baseball. Here are the things we got going about:

-The Tom Verducci Sports Illustrated story about Mike Trout.
-A solid ten minute conversation about Trout’s 2014 season, and the spoiled brat fantasy owners who complain about it.
-Comparing Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka and other Japanese pitchers.
-How many home runs will Jose Abreu hit this year?
-What is wrong with the Royals?
-Thoughts on the NL Central, NL West, NL East.
-Madison Bumgarner’s snot rockets (nice find, Mike)… and Yasiel Puig takes him deep during the show.

If you like baseball you’re going to love tonight’s show.

Thursday Night on The Baseball Show: Bip Roberts

This Thursday night on The Baseball Show podcast we’ll have former Reds All-Star Bip Roberts on the show. We’re really excited about this. Roberts was always one of our favorite former big league players. When we were kids back in ’92 (arguably Roberts’ finest season), we used to tell our parents that Bip was Barry Larkin’s little brother. When they corrected us and said that he wasn’t indeed Larkin’s brother, we told them that indeed he was because he was number 10 (Larkin was 11, like that had anything to do with it) and because as a 9 year old kid, they looked like each other. Kids are stupid.

We’re looking forward to talking some baseball with one of our favorite former big league stars. Be sure to catch this week’s edition of The Baseball Show podcast.

Bip, you’re worth $275 to us!

The Baseball Show: Kershaw’s Contract and Other Tidbits

Clayton Kershaw

Last night on The Baseball Show, M.J. Lloyd and I attempted to pass the winter time by talking a little hot stove. Topics covered on the podcast this week were as follows:

-Thoughts on Clayton Kershaw’s 7-year, $215 million dollar contract
-We handicap where Masahiro Tanaka might land.
-A story about Kershaw/Greinke/Tanaka’s Agent Casey Close calling me in college
-Reaction to Alex Rodriguez’s situation
-Thoughts on the Chicago White Sox quietly solid offseason acquisitions
-If you were attending a fantasy camp, what veteran former players or managers would you want running the camp?
-The return of RBI Baseball ’14

As always there are many more gems in between – so use the Friday workday to listen to two guys having a great time talking about the greatest game on earth!

The Baseball Show: Mike Hllywa


In this thrilling edition of The Baseball Show Podcast, M.J. Lloyd and I were joined by Mike Hllywa (@mike_hllywa on twitter) of Halo Hangout and Gammons Daily. Here’s how the flow went – and if you missed it make sure you catch up here because it was a very good show:

-Trying to predict the Mike Trout contract (Mike introduces us to the Mike Trout Sign-o-meter).
-Reaction to Shin-Soo Choo’s signing with the Texas Rangers
-We handicap the field for the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes
-Yasiel Puig’s value to the Dodgers as a potential trading chip
-How we voted for the Hall of Fame
-More reaction to the Fielder/Cabrera/Avasail Garcia rumor

The show went over an hour and a half, so there’s a lot of great tidbits that we talk about that aren’t listed there. If you’ve got some time this Saturday to listen to three guys talk baseball, this is the podcast you want to listen to them do it on.

The Baseball Show: Trademageddon


A few evenings ago on The Baseball Show Podcast, M.J. Lloyd (Off Base Percentage) and myself discussed the full rundown of off-season activity. M.J. is also a great follow on twitter (@MnkysThrwngDrts).

Of the high points:

*Clint kicks off the show with a huge rumor involving Miguel Cabrera’s injury, Prince Fielder’s wife, Avasail Garcia, and why Prince might have been traded from Detroit.
*We recap many of the moves that happened on Trademageddon Tuesday.
*We talk Robinson Cano free agency.
*We discuss sabermetrics, and how many million dollars each win in WAR is worth.
*We weigh in on Brandon Phillips hot stove chatter.
*We make dick jokes.

If you have some time to kill on the weekend when you’re supposed to be doing chores, give us a listen. We’ll be sure to entertain if you love baseball.

The Baseball Show: Trade Deadline Edition


Tonight on The Baseball Show, M.J. Lloyd and I talked about the trade deadline. It wasn’t much of a deadline, but we still found some quality discussion (and dick jokes). Topics covered in the podcast include:

-The Pittsburgh Pirates making a push for Giancarlo Stanton
-The smaller deals that went down (Callaspo to the Athletics)
-The Jake Peavy trade
-What the Hell are the Phillies doing?
-Our favorite trade deadline memories
-A Mike Trout mention
-Biogenesis suspensions

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love our show if you love the game!

The Baseball Show: Out of the Park Baseball ’14 with Brad Cook


Tonight on The Baseball Show podcast, M.J. Lloyd and I talk about the world’s finest baseball simulation game with Brad Cook.

I first discovered curiosity about this game from Deadspin’s post on OOTP. Then I wrote a review of it. Then when my wife and I went on vacation to Myrtle Beach, I slipped the laptop out of my travel bag and played it until about 4 AM on a couple of evenings. I needed an intervention.

Enjoy our chat with Brad, and then go buy this game and enjoy a baseball lover’s dream.

A huge thanks to Brad joining us tonight.

The Baseball Show: The Toronto “Bat Guy” Arron Barberian


Tonight on The Baseball Show podcast, M.J. Lloyd and I interview Arron Barberian (aka ‘Andy Warhol’), the crazed fan who caught Jason Kipnis’ bat on the Blue Jays’ Opening Night.

Arron is a terrific guy. We had a blast and had no idea what a huge baseball fan he was.

I can’t even begin to bullet point this show for you, because the highlights are from beginning to end. We talk steak, we talk Canada, and of course we talk good old fashioned baseball all the way through.

Arron is the owner of a very renowned Barberians Steakhouse in Toronto. He is involved in a large number of charities in which he donates the restaurant’s proceeds to. Please check out Barberians’ on the web and stop by his restaurant if you’re in the area. If Arron is around he seems like he wouldn’t mind sharing one of his thousand baseball stories with you.

We want to thank Arron for coming on the show tonight, he pretty much signifies everything our show, our website, and our fandhood is about. You will enjoy listening to this podcast if you like our usual material.

And of course there’s this, one more time:



The Baseball Show: Season Predictions & Over/Under


Last evening on The Baseball Show Podcast, co-hosts Mike Rosenbaum, M.J. Lloyd and myself did our season predictions and over/under show (basically more predictions).

Here’s the rundown:

-Division by division picks
-Season award picks
-Over/Unders for different totals of certain players

This is probably my favorite podcast to do each year because it’s so much fun. I think we’re close to being right on a lot of things, so make sure you hang with us for the duration of the show if you’re sitting around bored this Easter weekend.

The Baseball Show: Only an Insane Man Tries This Hard to Trade Justin Upton

This evening on The Baseball Show podcast, I was joined as always by co-hosts Mike Rosembaum (Bleacher Report Prospect Pipline, Golden Sombrero) and M.J. Lloyd (Halo Hangout, Off-Base Percentage).

Topics of discussion included:
-The Hall of Fame voting
-Which teams that have never had a Hall of Famer will next get the opportunity to have one?
-Baseball’s new mandatory HGH testing policy
-Justin Upton’s rejected trade to the Seattle Mariners, and why would the Diamondbacks try this hard to trade him?
-MLB ’13 The Show Cover Campaign Talk
-“Collectors corner”
-Zips Projections for the Angels, Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton

The Baseball Show: Throwing Another Log on the MLB Hot Stove

On this week’s edition of The Baseball Show, co-hosts Mike Rosenbaum and M.J. Lloyd along with myself discuss the following:

-Denard Span being traded to the Nationals for Alex Meyer
-Mike profiles Alex Meyer as a prospect
-B.J. Upton to Atlanta
-Possible destinations for Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Zach Greinke and more players
-Reactions to the Evan Longoria contract extension
-Thoughts on the 2013 Hall of Fame nominees

This was a very quick edition of the podcast but a very fun show with lots of discussion. We hope you enjoy!

The Baseball Show: The Miami Marlins are a Barren Wasteland Edition

Last night on The Baseball Show Podcast, co-hosts Mike Rosenbaum and M.J. Lloyd and I discussed the following topics:

-The Marlins/Blue Jays blockbuster trade
-The Toronto Blue Jays chances in the AL East
-Why it sucks to be a Marlins fan
-Giancarlo Stanton’s future in Miami
-What is it like to be a Marlins fan right now?
-The prospects on the way to Toronto via trade
-Torii Hunter leaves Anaheim for Detroit
-Thoughts on all season awards

And as always much more in between!