Running The Bases



Podcast by Running the Bases


  • Author Jeff Pearlman on "The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson" (10/28/22)

    28/10/2022 Duration: 01h01min

    Jeff Pearlman, New York Times best-selling author of nine books including "The Bad Guys Won", "Boys Will Be Boys", and "Showtime" (adapted for the HBO Series 'Winning Time'), joins the podcast to talk about his new book "The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson." Jeff shares his process that took almost three years, 700 original interviews and scores of research to craft this seminal biography about the elusive Bo Jackson. Bo was the first two-sport superstar in the modern era, shining on the diamond for the Kansas City Royals and on the gridiron with the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1980s. Jackson was a Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn, the only professional athlete to play in an MLB All-Star Game and the NFL Pro Bowl, and a pop culture phenomenon with his incredible athletic exploits in both. Jeff deep dives into the mythology of what makes Bo Jackson immortal in a time before social media and 24/7 sports coverage.

  • "Loserville" Author Clayton Trutor, Plus an Atlanta Braves Victory Lap! (12/20/21)

    20/12/2021 Duration: 01h05min

    Author Clayton Trutor joins Tucker and Coach to talk about his new book “Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta - and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports.” In the time period between the early 1960s through the late 1970s in Atlanta, city government and local business leadership created the mold for bringing sports franchises to a new city (4:51). A cautionary tale of “Too Much, Too Soon”, Clayton examines the circumstances and actions that led to Atlanta having zero major professional sports teams to all four in less than a decade (31:20). The lack of success and support gave Atlanta the moniker of “Loserville”, a struggle later experienced in cities like Phoenix, Tampa and San Diego (39:53). Finally, Tucker and Coach take a long overdue victory lap on the Braves’ improbable 2021 World Series Championship (54:46).

  • RTB 2021 MLB Season Preview (4/01/21)

    01/04/2021 Duration: 01h19min

    Coach and Tucker preview the 2021 MLB Season: Predictions for every team in every division, starting in the AL West (2:38) where the villain Astros are favored once again. Is this make or break time for the Angels and Trout? Can the A’s pull out another moneyball trip to October? The AL Central (9:58) features a stacked White Sox team, and a Twins team ready to go toe-to-toe with the South-Siders. In the AL East (17:57), it is once again the Yankees to lose, but you can’t count out the Rays. In the National League, the Dodgers and Padres are the class of baseball in the West (30:21), and might be the best present-day rivalry in baseball. The Cardinals are loaded in the NL Central (39:52), but start the year with serious pitching issues. The Brewers may have the best manager in baseball, and could grab hold with a hot start. Finally, the strongest division in baseball in the NL East (51:53), where the top four (Braves, Mets, Phillies, Nationals) could finish in any order. All the individual awards and postseas

  • 2021 Baseball is Here! Plus, Remembering "The Hammer" and Surviving the 2020 Season (2/19/21)

    18/02/2021 Duration: 01h03min

    Running the Bases is back for the 2021 season! Coach and Tucker look forward to (hopefully) a full summer of Baseball (1:30), and what changes to expect moving forward. Coach gives proper tribute to the colossal Henry Aaron, as seen in person from Day One in Atlanta, through Home Run no. 715, all the way to his final game at Fulton County Stadium (20:26). Coming into home, reflecting on the surreal 2020 season- The 60-game sprint, ever-changing Covid protocols, and where baseball fit amid the strife and chaos within the United States (47:36).

  • Baseball in Limbo, Goodbye Mr. Tiger (4/28/20)

    28/04/2020 Duration: 01h16min

    Tucker is joined by Coach via phone for the first Coronavirus podcast for RTB. Out of the Box, Coach and Tucker discuss MLB's different strategies to try and have a 2020 baseball season (3:12). The CPBL in Taiwan offers a baseball fix to the masses with a bizarre new approach (20:26), what permanent changes to MLB will result from COVID-19 (42:12), and what gets lost in a lost season (51:23). Coming into Home, remembering the great Al Kaline, "Mr Tiger" and one of the great elder statesmen of baseball (54:58).

  • "The Natural" - RTB Book Club Ep. 1 (3/31/20)

    30/03/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    Originally recorded in 2018, Tucker and Coach are joined by author Clayton Trutor to discuss Bernard Malamud's seminal baseball work, "The Natural" (2:45). Written in 1949, Malamud had no prior knowledge of baseball history. He crafts the character of Roy Hobbs to be the "Great American Monomyth" (5:05). Filled with lush poetic imagery (Wonderboy and the Wasteland), Malamud weaves the Vegetative myth, Arthurian Legend and the mode of Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces", to pen the standard for baseball fiction (15:00). From the book came the beloved 1984 film starring Robert Redford, featuring an A-List cast, Oscar-winning cinematography, and Randy Newman's iconic score. However, the ending is pure Hollywood and a far cry from the book (50:00).

  • "The Art of Fielding", Hall of Fame 2020 and Hot Stove Chatter (1/16/20)

    15/01/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    First RTB Podcast of 2020, Coach and Tucker discuss the 2019-2020 Offseason (2:00), the best players still available and the team that won the Hot Stove. 1st to 3rd, they give their Hall of Fame predictions for the Class of 2020 (24:30) and respect for Marvin Miller (41:54). Coming into Home, Coach breaks down Chad Harbach's beautiful baseball novel "The Art of Fielding" (46:22). *Podcast recorded before MLB ruled on the cheating Astros, Cora, et. al.

  • Wild October 2019 (10/2/19)

    02/10/2019 Duration: 01h11min

    Coach and Tucker talk MLB Postseason predictions for 2019. Out of the Box (2:00): A recap of key storylines as the regular seasons' end, including Maddon and the Cubs parting ways, and send offs for Bochy, MadBum and King Felix. First to Third (17:35): All the predictions for October baseball, with the Astros as a juggernaut that would give the '27 Yankees the shakes. Cardinals strike fear in the hearts of the Braves, Yankees and Twins slugfest, and can the Dodgers avoid becoming the Buffalo Bills of baseball? Coming into Home (52:30): Awards Predictions and our Prep-Star Shout Out.

  • Braves Summer of '69 (8/29/19)

    28/08/2019 Duration: 59min

    Coach and Tucker give thoughts on the 2019 MLB regular season heading into the stretch run. The Terrifying Cardinals have returned, the Twins are a delightful surprise, while the Rockies make us sad. Who will be playing in October, and a fond farewell to the worst uniforms ever. Going 1st to 3rd, Coach recalls the experience of the Braves first ever division title 50 years ago (37:32), a bow to Aaron and Niekro, and surprisingly disappointing. Coming into home, our first Prep-Squad Shout Out to a star at Hampton High School in Georgia (55:03).

  • Cincinnati Reds: State of the Franchise (7/22/19)

    22/07/2019 Duration: 55min

    Premiere episode of the Running the Bases "State of the Franchise", breaking down a team in rebuilding. Coach and Tucker take a deep dive into the Cincinnati Reds, the oldest team in MLB, but far removed from the days of the Big Red Machine. Going back to the "Nasty Boys" championship team of 1990, the Reds have stepped out from under the cloud of Marge Schott (3:30), while current ownership has failed to build a contender outside of 2010-2013. We rate farm system health (12:00), "Worst Move of the Decade" (16:50), "Best Move of the Decade" (23:30), and "Time Until Competitive" (32:00). Finally, the ballpark factor, rating the game-day experience and fan support, and what changes we would make to the Great American Ballpark (40:00).

  • "WhatifSports" Special Edition with Ozomatli (5/27/19)

    26/05/2019 Duration: 01h02min

    Coach invites "WhatifSports" superstar Ozomatli on the podcast for a second installment on Simulation Baseball Leagues. Ozomatli shares his strategies on drafting a team (19:30), setting Player Hierarchies (41:00), the difference in managing a sim league versus daily fantasy baseball (54:30), and a memo to all the rookie managers (59:00).

  • RTB 2019 MLB Season Preview (3/27/19)

    27/03/2019 Duration: 01h31min

    RTB returns for it's season preview podcast, making all the predictions for the 2019 MLB Season. Love for Ichiro out of the box, predictions for the American League, where the Yankees are a machine, Astros are pitching dominant, Tucker believes in Oakland, and Coach keeps the faith in Cleveland (02:15). A.L. awards and postseason picks (38:00), then on to the far more competitive National League, where the Dodgers reign is over, St. Louis reloads big, and why this could be the swan song for Joe Madden and the Cubs. N.L. Awards and postseason picks (01:16:15), why the Braves make us sad, and quick reaction to Trout's super-mega-deal (01:26:16). Play Ball!

  • Mastering "WhatifSports" with Skunk206 (12/4/18)

    04/12/2018 Duration: 01h05min

    Coach invites vaunted "WhatifSports" legend Skunk206 on the podcast to discuss the odds and ends of Simulation Baseball Leagues, where baseball is always in season. What strategies are most successful in building a juggernaut, the difference in managing a sim league versus regular fantasy baseball, and the finest vintages of hall of fame players.

  • Jonathan Mayo, MLB Pipeline Writer and "Prospect Guru" (10/10/18)

    10/10/2018 Duration: 32min

    Jonathan Mayo, accomplished writer for and, joins the RTB Podcast to talk about His career in journalism, the early days of covering the MLB Draft, and what it takes to produce the MLB Pipeline 100 for every franchise in MLB. He shares insight on favorite Minor League venues, the fun of the Arizona Fall League, and the surreal experience of being involved with the film "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel".

  • All Things Chicago White Sox (9/17/18)

    15/09/2018 Duration: 01h49min

    Tucker is joined by good friend, filmmaker and Chicago homer Scott Brown to talk about his beloved White Sox. Scott shares what makes a person go White Sox over Cubs in Chi-Town (3:05), the recognition of Big Hurt (14:22), the forgotten glory of the 2005 Championship team (26:48), and ranking sports titles in the Windy City (47:22). We discuss the stark differences between Wrigleyville and the South Side (59:30), the current state of the Sox franchise (1:10:00), and what a Sox/Cubs World Series would mean to the people of Chicago (1:45:23).

  • Pennant Chases, Kids, and Women in Baseball (8/29/18)

    27/08/2018 Duration: 43min

    Coach and Tucker discuss teams going into the stretch run of the MLB Season. The Nationals are a franchise in need of group therapy (1:50), and for all the hitting additions, the Dodgers are falling off thanks to a banged up bullpen. Who are these Tampa Bay Rays (9:30), here come the terrifying Cardinals, and a real team of ballplayers in Oakland (25:20). Coming into Home: The Problems with Acuna getting hit (28:20), Drysdale vs. Mathews in the 60s, love for the Little League WS (36:41), and not enough love for the Women's Baseball World Cup (40:20).

  • Adventures in Cooperstown (8/9/18)

    09/08/2018 Duration: 52min

    Tucker and Coach share the experience of Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Cooperstown. Out of the Box, post-trade deadline baseball chatter. Going 1st to 3rd (26:04), all that is Cooperstown, with speech grades (37:36), the beauty and efficiency of the town on HOF Weekend (41:00), and the great reverence for Hank Aaron (45:00). Coming into Home, thoughts on the tweet controversies surrounding baseball players (48:00).

  • All-Stars and Trades, and the Death of Sunday Night Baseball (6/28/18)

    27/06/2018 Duration: 01h09min

    With the season nearing the Midsummer Classic, Coach and Tucker empty the notebook on MLB before the 4th of July. Out of the Box- Surprises (Braves!) and disappointments (Orioles, Twins) in each division, the mess in the host town of the All Star Game, and another wasted season of Trout. First to Third- All-Star Game talk (33:19) and Trade Deadline chatter (39:14). Coming into Home- How to fix Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN... If possible. (57:08)

  • MLB's Best of the Decades (6/6/18)

    06/06/2018 Duration: 01h27min

    Coach and Tucker return to debate the Greatest Players of the Decades. Out of the Box: A quick recap of the MLB season through 2 months. 1st to 3rd: Best of the Decades from 1900 to today (17:30). Dizzy, Dazzy, and Lefty with the best names (32:22), the great "What if" of Ted Williams and the "Myth of Mantle" (36:46). Tom Terrific of the 70’s could be more Big Red than Mr. Met (53:16), the forgotten dominance of Dave Stieb in the 80s (1:03:34), and why the GOAT will never actually be known (1:14:53). Coming into Home: The Supreme Court’s decision on sports gambling create chaos, and it’s terribly exciting (1:17:01).

  • 2018 MLB Season Preview - The N.L.

    30/03/2018 Duration: 49min

    Part 2 of the 2018 MLB Season Preview: Coach and Tucker give their sure-fire, can't miss predictions for the National League in 2018! The Mets should be a lot better, but then, so should everyone but the Reds, Marlins and Pirates. Coach sees a watered down league, where 83 wins is enough to make a Wild Card. The Cubs, Nats and Dodgers remain the class of the divisions, and why the Braves' Acuna will be Bonds, the Hammer, and the Babe combined.

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