Baseball season is finally here, and we've got you covered with the best in the business. It's time for RADIO.COM Sports’ Big Time Baseball, with veteran play-by-play voice Josh Lewin and MLB insider Jon Heyman. Each week will feature a comprehensive look at Major League baseball hosted by one of the games’ best insiders, Jon Heyman and longtime voices of baseball, Josh Lewin. Throughout the season, Jon and Josh will take a look at the biggest stories and break down the divisions leading up to the 2019 Championship race.
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis recap all the big MLB trade deadline news, including the Astros’ acquisition of Zach Greinke, the Braves' big bullpen moves, the Yankees’ lack of participation despite their need for starting pitching and the Trevor Bauer-Yasiel Puig blockbuster deal. They also discuss how the Indians must feel about their playoff chances based on their deadline moves and their athletic starter Shane Bieber, along with the Cubs trading for outfielder Nick Castellanos. 16-year veteran-turned-Dodgers broadcaster Jerry Hairston Jr. talks about the Pirates’ decision not to move Felipe Vazquez to L.A. and potential postseason opponents, including the Braves and the revamped Astros.
Jon Heyman and Josh Lewin discuss whether the Mets' deal for Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman made sense for their organization (2:08), Trevor Bauer's antics after getting pulled from his start on Sunday and if the Indians will trade him (8:36), along with which contenders should go all in before the trade deadline (15:33). Later on, Radio.com Sports insider Bob Nightengale (17:46) and ex-Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti (27:26) join the guys to breakdown the latest rumors this week before Lewin and Heyman dissect whether the Giants should trade Madison Bumgarner and the Padres' plans (40:54).
Ben Davis flies solo this week, dissecting Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and his poor defensive mechanics (3:23), the best relievers on the market and which teams need help (8:42) and the historic strikeout numbers from Astros starter Gerrit Cole (12:51). After discussing Mike Trout’s status as one of the all-time greats (17:30) and remembering Mark Buehrle’s perfect game from 10 years ago (22:10), Davis is joined by Padres catcher Austin Hedges, as the two backstops discuss Hedges’ framing technique, the talent behind San Diego closer Kirby Yates, Manny Machado's prowess, and the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers (25:00).
Following Hall of Fame weekend, Jon Heyman and Josh Lewin go over the active players with the best chances of reaching Cooperstown, discuss how the Yankees are so unstoppable and debate who’s to blame for Boston’s sluggish season. Billy Beane -- Oakland Athletics executive VP of baseball ops then joins the show to discuss their strong start to the second half and the prominence of Houston as a divisional threat. The guys shift over to the NL East and talk about the Nats’ road to the playoffs and the future of Anthony Rendon with MASN's Mark Zuckerman. Heyman wraps it up with the latest trade deadline insight, including who’s buying and who’s selling, as well as the future of the Mets' staff.
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis talk about the red-hot San Francisco Giants and what their success means for Madison Bumgarner’s trade prospects (1:36), the impressive hitting display from the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg (7:15), and what it’s like to play ball in extreme heat conditions (19:37). With Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown around the corner, the guys share their experiences facing off against new inductees Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, and Mike Mussina (25:05). To finish the show, former MLB infielder and current TV analyst Geoff Blum shares his thoughts on the high-powered Houston offense, George Springer’s impressive blend of power and speed, and which team will provide the biggest challenge on the Astros’ journey to the playoffs (32:13).
Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman breakdown how the Angels honored the late Tyler Skaggs with a combined no-hitter and how the Rays nearly accomplished the same feat (1:18), the Atlantic League's robot umpires (7:00), Justin Verlander's comments on MLB's juiced baseballs (8:40) and the next generation of great talent in the game (10:23). Later on, they chat with Nick Krall (21:47) -- Cincinnati Reds vice president and general manager -- and WFAN's Yankees reporter Sweeny Murti (29:45). To wrap it up, Heyman breaks down whether Mickey Callaway will survive with the Mets and his latest trade insight as the deadline approaches (40:13).
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis discuss Justin Verlander’s bold statement on MLB’s “juiced” baseballs and Rob Manfred’s reaction (1:35), the All-Star Game and Ronald Acuña Jr.’s impressive power display in the Home Run Derby (14:54), the pending trade deadline (22:00), the tight AL Central race (26:25) and World Series predictions entering the second half of the season (28:27). Newly-retired minor-league star Cody Decker then comes on the podcast and shares stories about his experiences at that level, his relationship with the late Tyler Skaggs, and what he’s going to miss most about playing (32:00).
WEEI’s Rob Bradford (filling in for Josh Lewin) and Jon Heyman head into the All-Star break with discussions about Jonathan Lucroy and Jake Marisnick’s scary collision (2:30), the absence of Fernando Tatis Jr. in this year’s All-Star Game and the Nationals and Indians' respective runs (5:30). Radio.com Sports insider Joe Girardi then jumps on to share his take on Sunday’s home plate collision and his potential return to managing (17:55), plus Emmy-winning analyst and author Ned Colletti talks about his reign as Dodgers GM, including his acquisitions of Manny Ramirez and Cody Bellinger, along with his relationship with Joe Girardi (28:43). Heyman wraips it up with his insider segment, filled with updated trade rumors and much more (43:02).
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis discuss the odd ending to Yankees-Mets and Ben's perspective as a former catcher (2:35), the late Tyler Skaggs, his effect on the Angels' organization and how Ben dealt with a similar circumstance during his playing days (4:50), Max Scherzer's dominance in Washington and their perception of the National League East (10:47), and the All-Star Game rosters and how the NL has loaded up compared to years past (18:16). Top wrap it up, they chat with former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (30:12).
WFAN's Sweeny Murti -- in for Josh Lewin -- joins Jon Heyman to discuss the Yankees and Red Sox's offensive explosion in London (2:40), DJ Lemahieu’s MVP-caliber season (8:35) and their reactions to the All-Star Game rosters (12:08). Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos comes on to talk about the first-place Braves’ blend of young and veteran stars, plus their acquisition of Dallas Keuchel (15:47), and 92.3 The Fan's James Rapien offers his thoughts on the Indians’ pursuit of a Wild Card berth (31:33). Heyman then shares insider nuggets on potential pitchers on the trade block, including the Rangers’ Mike Minor and the Padres’ Kirby Yates (42:58), along with discussing the infamous Bobby Bonilla Day (48:13).
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis discuss Albert Pujols and Manny Machado’s return to their respective former ballparks (2:30), Cleveland’s playoff chances/Carlos Santana’s resurgence (10:30) and why the All-Star Game should mean more to players (13:38). After sharing their own ASG memories (17:05), they discuss Mets manager Mickey Callaway (21:22) and weigh whether or not managers are held accountable for too much (24:45). Finally, Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts jumps on to breakdown Los Angeles’ red-hot first half, Cody Bellinger’s MVP campaign and its dominant pitching staff -- led by Walker Buehler (33:40).
Jon Heyman and Josh Lewin discuss the incident between Mets manager Mickey Callaway and reporter Tim Healey (2:12), Albert Pujols' return to St. Louis (10:53), the Yankees' interest in Madison Bumgarner (11:53) and Gabe Kapler’s job security in Philadelphia (14:42). Later on, Red Sox manager Alex Cora drops by to discuss Boston's World Series hangover and the strong play of Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers (15:51), D-backs skipper Torey Lovullo talks about Arizona's young core and the veteran presence of Zach Greinke (27:02), and Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez joins the guys to discuss his perspective on the Callaway incident and the Mets’ bullpen woes (35:47).
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis breakdown the Braves moving into first-place in the NL East (3:30), Padres closer Kirby Yates and the relief pitching market as the trade deadline nears (7:50), the Brewers’ lackluster bullpen amid their race with the Cubs (13:30), what to make of the so-so teams in the AL West (16:10), White Sox starter Lucas Giolito and his turnaround season (18:07), and the Yankees’ incredible lineup (25:08). Later on, they chat with Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon to discuss his mindset towards Seattle’s trading spree (30:37).
Jon Heyman is back, as he and Josh Lewin dissect the power surge around MLB and how it affects the game (2:48), Edwin Encarnacion heading to the Yankees and their dominant lineup, the Astros' control of the AL West (11:23) and the Phillies' recent struggles (16:38). They also chat with Angels manager Brad Ausmus about Mike Trout's tools, Shohei Ohtani's return (20:24), along with Braves TV play-by-play voice Chip Caray (30:28), before wrapping it up with Heyman's insider nuggets (39:10), like the Nationals possibly dealing away their stars near the trade deadline (39:38).
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis dissect the long-term impact of Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel on the Cubs and Braves, respectively (2:31), the MLB trade market ahead of the July 31 deadline (8:44), the Josh Donaldson/Joe Musgrave ejection (13:30), Corey Seager's hamstring injury (15:13), Caesar Hernandez's ascendance in Philadelphia (19:33), whether the home run surge across MLB is due to juiced baseballs (22:08), the David Ortiz shooting in the Dominican Republic (25:11) and Chris Sale's dominance of late (27:56). They also chat with Rays rookie second baseman Brandon Lowe about his big campaign and Tampa Bay's hot first-half (31:39).
Josh Lewin and Rob Bradford -- in for Jon Heyman -- discussed the David Ortiz shooting in the Dominican Republic (2:50) before digging into Max Muncy-Madison Bumgarner's back-and-forth spat after Muncy showcased his mini-bat flip on Sunday (6:50). They also discuss the Dodgers' elite rotation (9:50), the better team in the NL Central between the Cubs and Brewers (11:45), Lucas Giolito's accession (20:30) and more. Lewin and Bradford chat with Radio.com Sports insider Joe Girardi (22:07) and Sweeny Murti -- the Yankees beat reporter for WFAN (31:39) -- before wrapping it up with the latest trade rumors around MLB (39:00).
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis discuss the Phillies’ potential trade activity following outfielder Andrew McCutchen’s season-ending injury (3:07), plus the market for free-agent starter Dallas Keuchel (6:11). They also dive into the reason behind MLB’s ongoing attendance problem throughout (10:00), as well as digging into the difference between the Dodgers and Angels (15:45), especially their pitching, Hyun-Jin Ryu's dominance and Mike Trout’s lack of a national stage (22:05). To wrap it up, they breakdown Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and his breakout campaign (26:25).
Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman kick things off in the AL East, digging into the Yankees' dominant start and outfielder Clint Frazier's issues (2:25), Rafael Devers' rise in Boston (5:22), the Twins' insane power numbers (6:35), the Phillies' recent struggles (10:55) and more. They're also joined by Rockies manager Bud Black (18:31), breaking down the Rockies' hot streak -- led by shortstop Trevor Story -- and Baseball America's Kyle Glaser to dissect the MLB Draft (25:35). To wrap it up, they dive into Heyman's insider notebook, discussing where free-agent pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel could land (35:35), along with whether the Cleveland Indians will trade some of their biggest stars before the MLB trade deadline (40:22).
Ex-major leaguers-turned-analysts Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis discuss Bryce Harper and Manny Machado's up-and-down starts with the Phillies and Padres (2:47), respectively, where free-agent pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel could land (12:27), and whether Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia -- who might step away from the game due to persistent knee pain -- will be a Hall of Famer (16:49).
Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman go around the majors, digging into Cody Bellinger's MVP-caliber season, the A's rise in the AL West amid the Astros' dominance, Dustin Pedroia's potential retirement, the Twins' offensive juggernaut and their upcoming series with the Rays, plus how the Nationals and Marlins might approach the trade deadline come July. They're also joined by ex-manager Bobby Valentine to discuss his memories of the late Bill Buckner before chatting with Rangers manager Chris Woodward about Texas' start. They wrap things up with Heyman's inside scoop on where Dallas Keuchel might land among other nuggets.
In the first episode of "Big Time Baseball: Players Edition," Ben Davis and Tony Gwynn Jr. share a few memories from their days together on the baseball diamond (2:58) before going across the majors, dissecting the Padres' so-so start and the Dodgers' dominance (7:50). They discuss Madison Bumgarner and Zach Greinke's future as well before shifting to the NL Central (13:09) for what makes the Brewers' Christian Yelich an elite hitter. They then take a look at the Phillies' improved play (18:36) before diving into the contenders in the American League (24:16), especially the Astros. To wrap it up, they chat with Radio.com Sports' insider Joe Girardi about managers on the hot seat and how catching has changed since his playing days (33:10).
Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman dig into the biggest MLB story lines, including whether Mets manger Mickey Callaway will be fired anytime soon, Padres infielder Ian Kinsler going off on his own fan base, the Cardinals' regression, if the Twins are a legitimate contender and how the Yankees have held their own despite a myriad of injuries. Later on, they're joined by Radio.com Sports insider Bob Nightengale to go around the NL before chatting with Rays beat writer Marc Topkin to discuss Tampa Bay's surging start. They wrap things up with "Around the Diamond," diving into Heyman's insider notebook.
Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman dive into the biggest contenders across MLB before discussing how the Rays could go about solving Tyler Glasnow's absence, including the possibility of signing free-agent starter Dallas Keuchel. They also breakdown Mike Fiers' no-hitter, Matt Harvey's regression, how the Nationals might react to their struggles and the Cubs' surge. Later on, they chat with Reds general manager Nick Krall and Astros T.V. analyst Geoff Blum before diving into Heyman's insider notebook, including what he's hearing about Washington's potential fire sale and Madison Bumgarner's future with the Giants.
Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman dive into the juiced baseball craze around the game before dissecting the AL East (Rays, Yankees and Red Sox), AL Central (Royals, Twins and Indians), Bryce Harper's slow start amid Mike Trout's surging production, plus the NL Central (Reds, Cubs and Brewers). Later on, they chat with Twins general manager Thad Levine to discuss first-place Minnesota before bringing on Cubs radio pre and postgame host Zach Zaidman. They wrap it up with Heyman's latest inside info on free agents Matt Kemp, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel and more.
In the fourth episode of "Big Time Baseball," Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman dissect the latest across the game, including Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s major-league call-up with the Blue Jays, the feud between Indians starter Trevor Bauer and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, along with whether or not the Indians can contend this season, the Twins' hot offense and some rumors within the NL West. Later on, they chat with Radio.com Sports insider Joe Girardi, highlighting Red Sox starter Chris Sale's issues thus far, before bringing on Padres broadcaster Tony Gwynn Jr. to discuss San Diego's surging start. They wrap it up with "Around the Diamond," digging into Heyman's latest inside information about free-agent Dallas Keuchel and more.
In the third episode of "Big Time Baseball," Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman discuss whether or not to buy into teams' hot or slow starts, including the Mets' up-and-down pitching, along with poor outings from the Phillies' Aaron Nola and Red Sox's Chris Sale. They also dive into White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson being suspended for his altercation with the Royals before digging into the NL Central, including Christian Yelich's big numbers and the Pirates' sitting in first. Later on, they chat with Brewers manager Craig Counsell about Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and the team's pitching before bringing on WEEI host Lou Merloni to dissect the Red Sox. Josh and Jon wrap it up by breaking down the biggest rumors around baseball, including whether or not Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Kuechel will sign anytime soon.
In the second episode of "Big Time Baseball," Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman take a look across the game for the non-traditional powerhouses making noise, like the Rays, Mariners and Padres. They also dive into the Red Sox, Cubs and Yankees' respective struggles, especially Yu Darvish's concerns, along with the AL Central and NL East. Later on, they chat with Phillies' television analyst Ben Davis and Mariners' television play-by-play voice Dave Sims before wrapping up the episode by breaking down the best series this weekend.
In the first-ever episode of "Big Time Baseball," Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman kick things off by breaking down why pitchers Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel have yet to sign, along with a look at how Bryce Harper and Manny Machado landed with the Phillies and Padres. Later on, they chat with Radio.com Sports insiders Joe Girardi and Bob Nightengale about the American and National League, respectively, before wrapping up the episode with surprise teams across MLB, some upcoming series to look forward to and their World Series predictions.