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A British take on Baseball. John, Tom, Ben, Darius, Rachel, Russell and Rob guide you through the goings on in MLB, Team GB and baseball around the world.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at… read more

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Episode 314 - Eject the Ejections?

May 19th, 2023


The crew are back to discuss the news that the BBC are showing a game this week. The London Series is right around the corner so they contemplate the bizarre goings-on in St Louis and the state of the Cubs.

They briefly …

Episode 313 - Oakland No More and Early Overreactions

April 22nd, 2023


John, Rob and Ben talk about two of the biggest stories of the week: the Oakland A's long-awaited announcement of their departure for Las Vegas and Madison Bumgarner's release from the Diamondbacks.

They then dive into …

Episode 312 - Baseball Strikes Back

April 13th, 2023


The team is back to discuss the first week and a bit of the new MLB season.
How good are the Rays? Have the new rules impacted our viewing …

Episode 311 - The 'B' Team Predictions

March 30th, 2023


We 'The B-Team' know you weren't satisfied with those four rambling on about their preseason predictions. So, we have given you over 2 hours of Rob, Gav and Russell prognosticating on MLB in 2023. They've brought back …

Episode 310 - The 2023 BFN Predictions Pod

March 24th, 2023


John, Tom, Darius and Ben get together for their annual predictions show, assigning win totals to all 30 MLB teams and checking the maths to make sure it all adds up.

How low are they willing to go on the A's? Is it …

Episode 309 - A Great Britain and WBC Review

March 18th, 2023


John and Russell got through the week that GB Baseball had at the World Baseball Classic. They talk about each of the games and their highlights of them.

This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are …

WBC Mini Pod - GB WINS!!

March 14th, 2023


High off the emotion of GB's first ever win in the World Baseball Classic, Gav and Russell struggle to put together coherent thoughts on the game and what it felt like to be there.
Also there is post match chats from …

WBC Mini Pods - Thoughts on Game vs Canada

March 13th, 2023


Russell and Gav, talk throught the amazing game two from GB v Canada. They talk through the highs and lows of the game and the experience from Chase …

WBC Mini Pods - Thoughts on Game vs USA

March 12th, 2023


Russell and Gav, talk throught the amazing game one from GB v USA. They talk through the highs and lows of the game and the experience from Chase Field. 'Amazing Trayce', Daniel 'Hermetically Sealed Elbow' Cooper and …

WBC Mini Pods - Thought on the warm-up games

March 10th, 2023


Here is another WBC minipod, with this one dicussing the two warm up match GB have played. Russell gives his thoughts on the two games. He also had a chat with GB Manager Drew Spencer before game 2 on his thouights from …

WBC Mini Pods - Thoughts from the GB practice field

March 8th, 2023


Russell made is way down to the GB traiing camp in Phoenix and had some quick chats with the GB squad as they prepare for the World Baseball Classic.
He chats with Justin Wylie, Anfernee Seymour, Harry Ford, Alex Crosby, …

Episode 308 - The Boys Expand MLB - Part 2

March 4th, 2023


We know it's coming at some point in the future so, this week the BFAN team try and get ahead of it by creating their own MLB expansion team. Part 2 of the series takes our two expansion teams one chosen by us, one …

Episode 307 - GB's Justin Wylie with Beyond Baseball

March 2nd, 2023


Russell sits down with the Jared and Caleb from Baseball Beyond to chat with GB rostered Justin Wylie about what playing for GB has meant for him and how he and team are looking to go forward.

This show is part of the …

Episode 306 - The Boys Expand MLB - Part 1

February 23rd, 2023


We know it's coming at some point in the future so, this week the BFAN team try and get ahead of it by creating their own MLB expansion team. Part 1 …

Episode 305 - A "Brief" Guide to the WBC Rules and Rosters

February 16th, 2023


The Bat Flips boys are back to talk about the WBC, this is alittle mini guide to the rules, the pools and the players we will be seeing over the …

Episode 304 - National League Offseason Review

February 2nd, 2023


Russell, Darius, Ben and Gav continue their review of the offseason but this time for the National League teams. Giving each team a grade based on the traditional 80-20 baseball grading scale.

This show is part of the …

Episode 303 - Drew Spencer, GB Baseball on the World Baseball Classic

January 25th, 2023


GB Baseball Head Coach Drew Spencer joins John to look back on his squad's historic qualification for the 2023 World Baseball Classic in Regensburg last Autumn, and ahead to the big dance in March. They get into how a …

Episode 302 - American League Offseason Review

January 6th, 2023


John and the gang are back from thier temporary hiatus to talk you through the offseason for American League teams. Giving each team a grade based on the traditional 80-20 baseball grading scale.

This show is part of the …

Episode 301 - And then there were two.

October 27th, 2022


Russell and our erstwhile site editor Gav talk throw the two completed Championship Series. Waxing lyrical about the excitement and entertainment of the NLCS and how the ALCS was actually much closer than the 4-0 and …

Episode 300 - Anfernee Seymour Chats WBC and more

October 24th, 2022


Russell chats with GB talisman Anfernee Seymour about his baseball career. They reminisce about the recent exploits of the GB baseball team in the WBC qualifier in Regensberg, the growth and development of baseball in …

Episode 299 - Do Geese Have Ears?

October 20th, 2022


Russell, Rob and Ben get together to review an entertaining set of wildcard and division series that threw up some upsets and extra-inning marathons. They end with a quick look ahead to the Championship Series and Great …

Episode 298 - This Postseason Preview Is Not Available In Your Location

October 7th, 2022


Russell, Darius, Ben and Rachel join forces to briefly discuss the frustrating news about postseason blackouts internationally before diving into a …

Episode 297 - QUALIFIED

September 22nd, 2022


The team go deep on Great Britain Baseball's historic qualification for the 2023 WBC, including the tensest game of baseball we have ever watched and …

Episode 296 - GB Baseball World Baseball Classic Preview 2022 v2

September 15th, 2022


In this episode we give a bumper intro to GB at this week's World Baseball Classic Qualifier, including:

- John and Russ breaking down the rules and …

Episode 295 - Rob & Russ In Da Bungalow

September 1st, 2022


In a change to our normal programming schedule, we've let the gruesome twosome loose for a two-hander. They pick up on everything we've missed during …

Episode 294 - Brewing Up a Stinker

August 5th, 2022


John, Darius and Russell are joined by Nick Wright of LA Angels UK and MLB UK Community to break down a very weird trade deadline, dig into the misery of the Angels 2022 season and look ahead to the 2023 MLB London …

Episode 293 - CC Sabathia on the Return of the London Series

August 4th, 2022


Major League Baseball is returning to London on June 24th-25th 2023. Cy Young and World Series winner CC Sabathia, who was part of the Yankees team that participated in the first London Series, joins the show to discuss …

Episode 292 - The Sotoing Hat

July 29th, 2022


A packed roster for a packed schedule, as the guys chat about Mike Trout's unpronouncable back condition, Big Papi's reefers, and try to pick the …

Episode 291 - Real Mute...Oh

July 20th, 2022


John, Russell, Darius and Rob are here for a bumper catch-up pod featuring everything from Home Run Derby X to, err, the Home Run Derby.

They also chat about Gabe Rincones being drafted by the Phillies, a raft of Canada …

Episode 290 - Adrian Gonzalez, Live from Home Run House

July 7th, 2022


Five-time MLB All-Star and Home Run Derby X participant Adrian Gonzalez joins Ben live at Home Run House to talk about his HRDX participation and his MLB career.

The first HRDX event is in Crystal Palace Park from 12pm …

Episode 289 - All Caps*

July 1st, 2022


Russell and Darius break down the first proper baseball brawl for years before marvelling at Aaron Judge and the Yankees. They then go in-depth on the All-Star voting and, more importantly, All-Star cap designs.

This …

Episode288 - Tate Gillespie Joins the Show

June 24th, 2022


Pitcher Tate Gillespie joins the show to discuss his trip from D1 hyped high-school pitcher to pitching in Europe, taking in recovery from a …

Episode 287 - Charlie Hill (VP International, MLB) Returns

June 17th, 2022


Charlie Hill, the brains behind the MLB London Series, is back for his first appearance in 5 years! We chat about the new partnership between MLB and London, the ideas behind Home Run Derby X and MLB's renewed …

Episode 286 - Home Run Derby X Preview (ft Nick Swisher, Spencer Owen and Paige Halstead

June 15th, 2022


In our mega preview of Home Run Derby X - which is coming to London on Saturday July 9th - John chats to Yankees legend Nick Swisher about renewing …

Episode 285 - Little Mr. Stroppy Pants

June 9th, 2022


Two podcasts in a week! In this one, Darius is back and joined by Rob and John to dissect the newsworthy elements of the last few weeks in MLB and …

Episode 284 - Nerd Mentality

June 7th, 2022


Russell and Darius are left unsupervised and take the opportunity to talk about the biggest statistical surprises from the season so far, from …

Episode 283 - Riley Breckenridge (Thrice, Puig Destroyer, Productive Outs) Joins the Show

May 31st, 2022


Riley Breckenridge, drummer with post-hardcore band Thrice, joins John to chat about his lifelong obsessions with baseball, the intersectionality of baseball and heavy music, and his many baseball related side projects …

Episode 282 - Robert Stock Joins the Show

May 23rd, 2022


RHP Robert Stock joins John to chat about his new life as staff ace of the KBO's Doosan Bears, and his circuitous path to the bigs with San Diego, Boston, the Mets and Cubs, which took in catching lessons from Yadi …

Episode 281 - Cory Gearrin Joins the Show

May 17th, 2022


Nine year big leaguer across seven franchises, Cory Gearrin, joins John to talk about his storied career in the bigs and his re-birth as a baseball and mental health guru on Twitter. His path includes a journey through …

Episode 280 - Willy Wonka Ejected For Being An Idiot

May 12th, 2022


John is joined by Darius and Russell for some serious baseball chat, before they are gate crashed by an idiot called Tom. After all the serious stuff …

Episode 279 - Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Tampa Bay Rays, More Than Baseball)

May 9th, 2022


Rays minor league pitcher, and More Than Baseball Program Director Simon Rosenblum-Larson, joins the pod to chat about MTB's campaign to bring minor leaguers a living wage of $35k and his organisation's amazing work …

Episode 278 - Mets Gonna Give It To Ya?

May 6th, 2022


John, Rob and Ben run the rule over the teams raising eyebrows - for good and bad reasons - in the early season running, including the storming Mets …

Episode 277 - Aaron Booooone

April 23rd, 2022


Rob and Darius dive into all the action from the first two weeks of the MLB season, from the de-juiced ball to Clayton Kershaw's almost-perfect game …

Episode 276 - Jonny Gomes, Live from Home Run House

April 12th, 2022


Listen to John's exclusive chat with Two-Time World Series Champ and Home Run Derby X Legend Jonny Gomes from this Saturday's huge MLB UK Community Meetup at Home Run House in London.

You can grab tickets for Home Run …

Episode 275 - The BFN Predictions Show (Noverraz Remix)

April 9th, 2022


The BFN 'B' team take a stab at their preseason predictions as Rob and Russell are joined by celebrity guest Gav to prove their overwhelmingly superior baseball knowledge - I highly doubt they'll mention it but they did …

Episode 274 - The BFN Predictions Show (Pringle Edition)

April 7th, 2022


The annual predictions show is back! John, Tom, Darius, Ben and that beautiful spreadsheet give their win totals for all 30 MLB teams with some …

Episode 273 - 2022 AL East Preview

April 6th, 2022


For the final of our 2022 Previews we are in the AL East and joined by:

- Melanie Newman, PxP for the Baltimore Orioles
- Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic …

Episode 272 - 2022 NL West Preview

April 5th, 2022


In our penultimate preview we cover the NL West, joined by:

- Zach Buchanan of The Athletic on the Diamondbacks
- Thomas Harding of on the …

Episode 271 - 2022 AL West Preview

April 4th, 2022


For the fourth of our 2022 MLB Previews, we focus on the AL West and are joined by:

- Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle on the Astros
- Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register on the Angels
- Steve Berman of The …

Episode 270 - 2022 AL Central Preview

April 3rd, 2022


The third of our 2022 Previews covers the AL Central. This time we are joined by:

- Janice Scurio of NBC Sports Edge and Southside Sox on the White Sox
- Mandy Bell of on the Guardians
- Brandon Day of Bless You …

Episode 269 - 2022 NL Central Preview

April 2nd, 2022


For our 2022 NL Central Preview we are joined by:

- Boog Sciambi, Cubs Announcer for Marquee Sports
- C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic on the Reds
- Dario Melendez, Bally Sports WI's Brewers Host
- Alex Stumpf of DK …

Episode 268 - 2022 NL East Preview

April 1st, 2022


In the first of our 2022 season previews, we're joined by:

- Ashland of the Mansplaining Baseball Everywhere podcast to chat Braves
- Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald on the Marlins
- Anthony DiComo of on the …

Episode 267 - The Sistine Boob

March 16th, 2022


John, Ben and Russell run the rule over the post-lockout free agent and trade bonanza including some bizarre and surprising moves in Cincinnati and …

Episode 266 - Baseball Begins

March 11th, 2022


We have a baseball season! Rob, Russell and Darius convene to discuss the long-awaited CBA deal, provide entirely objective ratings of any potential …

Episode 265 - Raul Shah Joins the Show

February 20th, 2022


British born infield stud Raul Shah joins John to chat about his flight path from D3 baseball to the top levels of Indy Ball and his ultimate goal to …

Episode 264 - Kyle Martin, Baltimore Orioles

February 6th, 2022


Russell is joined by Baltimore Orioles sidearm stud Kyle Martin to chat about his career with the birds, his offseason trip to the UK and hooking up …

Episode 263 - Snookie Betts and The Little B**** Box

February 3rd, 2022


We're back! John, Rob, Russell and Ben combine for a special pod to answer one question: if you could take a rule or tradition from another sport and …

Episode 262 - Bad Manners

December 16th, 2021


John, Russell and Darius tackle the off-season in MLB focussing on the CBA lockout, free-agent 'Deadline Day' and some speculation about what comes …

Episode 261 - Kieran Lovegrove Joins the Show

December 2nd, 2021


Fair Ball advocate and former Cleveland, Giants and Angels Minor League pitcher joins John to discuss why he broke the unspoken code of silence around minor league pay and conditions. In a broad ranging chat, they …

Episode 260 - BFN Alternative MLB Awards 2021

November 26th, 2021


The guys get together to hand out the real MLB Awards:

- Most Consequential Cup of Coffee
- Futile Contribution to the Playoff Narrative
- Most Anonymous Starter
- Most Overrated Underrated Player
- Best Imaginary Rangers …

Episode 259 - Drew Spencer, Head Coach GB Baseball

November 22nd, 2021


Great Britain Baseball's Head Coach joins John to chat about a successful first year of competition as joint steward of the men's team. They cover …

Episode 258 - Kai Correa Joins the Show

November 18th, 2021


We have a fantastic guest to kick off the offseason - San Francisco Giants bench coach Kai Correa! Kai joins Russell and Darius to talk about his journey to the Giants, their 107-win season, the nuances of coaching …

Episode 257 - Bye Bye Buster

November 10th, 2021


Darius, Russell and Ben join forces for a post-World Series wrap (was it any good?), some Awards chat (DeGrom for Cy?!) and a brief tribute to Buster Posey (slam dunk Hall of Famer)

This show is part of the Spreaker …

Episode 256 - Khan He Even Say That?

October 28th, 2021


John and Russ chat about the week in baseball, taking a trip to the Arm Barn, a stop for some soft serve, a cakewalk with Albert, kicking it with Ken and the little matter of the World Series being on.

Oh, and the Mayor …

Bonus Episode - Sports Podcast Awards Transatlantic Takeover

October 20th, 2021


In a very special bonus episode as part of the inaugural Sports Podcast Awards, John and Darius are joined by Brandon Warne of That 90s Baseball Pod to chat about their respective baseball origin stories, the state of …

Episode 255 - The Muppets Championship Series

October 15th, 2021


John, Russ and Rob look back on a competitive and fun first two rounds of the playoffs and ahead to two seemingly less well matched Championship Series. They get mad about bad announcing and Tony La Russa too, …

Episode 254 - Rays of Light or It's A Shame About Rays? (2021 Playoff Predictions)

October 4th, 2021


John, Ben, Darius and Russ take turns to stump for each of this year's playoff field before almost coming to virtual blows as they fashion the official BFN 2021 playoff bracket. We give it 24 hours before this blows up …

Episode 253 - Good Innings, Russell

September 25th, 2021


Rob and Russell go for a double header taking on 'Kiermeier-gate', the irrepressible St. Louis Cardinals, the AL Wild Card and the terror of 2021 Jake Arrieta.

This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are …

Episode 252 - GB Baseball, European Championship Special

September 16th, 2021


GB Baseball's Men's senior squad are currently playing out in Turin as part of the European Baseball Championship, and have made the quarter final stage for the first time in 14 years.

Ahead of their clash with the …

Episode 251 - Baseball vs Pizza

September 2nd, 2021


Russell, Rob and Ben get together for another weekly roundup dominated by the amazin' New York Mets.

They also discuss some exciting postseason races (don't jinx it!), that Jose Ramirez chain, hit by pitch records and …

Episode 250 - Don't Take A Chance On Him

August 27th, 2021


John, Darius and Russell dive into the early findings on the Atlantic League's experience in moving the pitching mound, the storming New York Yankees and the under-heralded Rays.

They find plenty of time to praise and …

Episode 249 - Won't Someone Please Think Of The Billionaires

August 20th, 2021


Russell, Ben and Darius convene for the latest MLB roundup and begin by discussing the latest leaked proposal from MLB: a $100 million salary floor. They can't help but talk about the Mets, discuss whether they're …

Episode 248 - Grauniads of the Galaxy

July 29th, 2021


John, Russell and Rob round up the first half of the season with some harsh words for the Minnesota Twins, the LA Dodgers and the treatment of Minor Leaguers, but garlands for the SF Giants, Trey Mancini and bae …

Episode 247 - Felix White Joins The Show

July 26th, 2021


A special guest episode as Ben is joined by Felix White of Maccabees and Tailenders fame to talk his new book, falling in love with the New York Mets and what cricket can learn from baseball (and vice versa).

This show …

Episode 246 - All Star Weekend & Draft Recap

July 15th, 2021


Ben and Russell team up for a two-man spin through the week's All-Star festivities, from Shohei Ohtani's eye-popping performances just about everywhere to Charlie Freeman's adorable cameos. There's also the usual two …

Episode 245 - History of Japanese Baseball - Blair Williams

July 14th, 2021


Russell talked with @Razzball and @PitcherList writer @EverywhereBlair about the history of baseball in Japan.

They covered the origins of NPB, Shohei, the Olympics and that some of what you might know and maybe read …

Episode 244 - Russell's Bunsen Burner

July 1st, 2021


Darius and Russell are joined by a mystery man who has no place on a baseball podcast. It's Tom Pringle.

They talk about the sticky baseballs, Bobby Bonilla, Eric Hosmer, the San Francisco Giants, the All-Star Game and …

Episode 243 - When I Wake Up

June 17th, 2021


John, Rob and Ben are in our rotation this week.

Regrettably they are back on the topic of rubbing balls.

In happier news they have plenty to say about the history making Diamondbacks, the mega fun Toronto Blue Jays, …

Episode 242 - Three's A Crowd

June 11th, 2021


It's weekly round-up time and the nerds are left unsupervised! Russell and Darius discuss the planned enforcement of foreign substance rules, the …

Episode 241 - More than Baseball (with Jeremy Wolf)

June 7th, 2021


Former Mets minor leaguer and Director of Outreach for More than Baseball, the non-profit which supports the wellbeing and conditions of minor league baseball players, joins us to explain the work of the organisation, …

Episode 240 - One Man and His Dog

June 3rd, 2021


Matt Joyce!

John, Darius and Rob chat about the scourge of sticky stuff and take a Will Craig inspired deep dive into the NL Central; they also have time to big up the Palm Beach Cardinals, Joey Votto and the Tauch, and …

Episode 239 - Chris Colabello Joins the Show

May 31st, 2021


Former Twins and Blue Jays slugger and self styled 'Indy Ball Hall of Famer' Chris Colabello joins John to chat about his long route to the bigs, the …

Episode 238 - The Tony La Russa Power Hour

May 21st, 2021


Darius, Rob and Ben band together to review a groundhog week of baseball action as Tony La Russa grabbed the headlines (again) and pitchers threw no hitters (again).

There was also talk of the weirdest statistical …

Episode 237 - Lucas Giolito Joins the Show

May 17th, 2021


Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito joins John to chat about his season so far, remodelling his pitching arsenal and how he wants to continuously …

Episode 236 - Shut Up And Play No Hits

May 13th, 2021


John, Darius and Russell tackle the week in MLB, including big thumbs up for the New York Yankees, Patrick Mazeika and the amazing Drew Robinson, but also thumbs down for rubbish outfield defence, pitchers hitting and …

Episode 235 - Keith Law Joins the Show

May 10th, 2021


The brilliant Keith Law, national baseball writer for The Athletic, prospect and draft savant, all round good egg and author of the best selling books 'Smart Baseball' and 'The Inside Game' joins John to discuss:

- Being …

Episode 234 - The Milky Way

May 8th, 2021


Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Wade Allen Miley.

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Episode 233 - Appreciating Albert

May 6th, 2021


In an unprecedented development, big baseball news breaks before the pod instead of immediately after it. Ben, Russell and Darius react to the Angels …

Episode 232 - Rowdy Tellez' Big Round Face

April 29th, 2021


John, Ben and Rob are joined by Jon Mackenzie of Absolute Bunts for this week's MLB Roundup.

They cover the Rockies firing of Jeff Bridich, gambling …

Episode 231 - It's Bat Flip Season, Baby! (ft. Ben Verlander)

April 26th, 2021


How has this taken us 5 years to do?

Darius, Russell and John carry out BFN's first ever bat flip draft.

To keep it competitive, and get some expert help, they're joined by host MLB on FOX's Flippin' Bats podcast, and …

Episode 230 - The Yankees Are Dead

April 22nd, 2021


Darius, Russell and Ben join forces to overreact to the Yankees poor start to the season, reflect on whether no-hitters are still exciting and run through 2 Good 2 Bad with shoutouts for Bieber, Kazmar, Segura and …

Episode 229 - Be Like Freddie

April 14th, 2021


It's our second weekly roundup show! Ben, Rob, Russell and Darius debate MLB's mound-moving experiment in the Atlantic League and the merits of recent pitcher dominance, laud Freddie Freeman, Byron Buxton and Yadier …

Episode 228 - On the PISS

April 12th, 2021


Tom is joined by's Anthony Castrovince and Statman extraordinaire, Russell Eassom to begin the life of the greatest baseball stat every created.

People in 100 years from now will ask "Where were you when you …

Episode 227 - Nelson Figueroa Joins the Show

April 12th, 2021


Former Big League pitcher turned Mets analyst and all round good egg, Nelson Figueroa Jr, joins John for an awesome chat covering:

- The Amazins' chances for 2021
- Nelson's life-long romance with the Mets, and his …

Episode 226 - The Second Coming of Mike Piazza

April 9th, 2021


John, Rob and Russell are back with our first weekly MLB show of the season.

They spare praise for MLB's All-Star Game move, Shohei Ohtani, Akil …

Episode 225 - Tim Melville Joins the Show

April 5th, 2021


The newest member of baseball's no-hitter club - Tim Melville of the CPBL Uni-Lions - joins us fresh off his 142 pitch history maker on Good Friday.

We talk about his route to the Majors with the Reds, Twins, Padres and …

Episode 224 - Full Kit Banter

April 2nd, 2021


It's Opening Day! John, Rob and Darius consider their team's prospects for the upcoming season, consider which spring performances they're actually buying, and look ahead to some potential 2021 storylines.

This show is …

Episode 223 - Ben Reiter Joins the Show

March 30th, 2021


Journalist, author and storyteller joins John to discuss his arc wit the Houston Astros - from Sports Illustrated Nostradamus of their World Series triumph, to chronicler of the secret of their success in his …

Episode 222 - 2021 Prediction Pod The Sequel - Vindaloo Spicy Edition

March 28th, 2021


In the second of our 2021 prediction podcasts, the 'Founding Fathers' hand over to the 'B-Team' to offer a different perspective - and they do not disappoint.

Rob and Russell are joined by site editor, and fantasy …

Episode 221 - Jeff Passan Returns

March 25th, 2021


Our mystery guest is unmasked!

ESPN National baseball writer Jeff Passan returns to the podcast to chat about his two game-changing off-season stories on Drew Robinson and Jared Porter, to talk about what league led …

Episode 220 - The Big Season Preview Bonanza 2021

March 22nd, 2021


It's the most wonderful time of the year. Ben, John, Tom and Darius run the rule over all 30 teams in the annual predictions pod, assigning win …

Episode 219 - 2021 AL Central Preview

March 19th, 2021


In the last of our 2021 Season Previews we head to the Midwest, to hear all about the AL Central from another stellar cast of club experts:

- Southside Sox's Janice Scurio on the White Sox
-'s Mandy bell on …

Episode 218 - 2021 AL West Preview

March 17th, 2021


In our penultimate season preview we're over in the AL West, and again joined by an amazing group of experts to keep us on the straight and narrow.

- …

Episode 217 - 2021 AL East Preview

March 15th, 2021


In the fourth of our 2021 Season Previews, we take to the American League, starting down the East Coast. Our guests this time up:

- MASN Orioles PxP …

Episode 216 - 2021 NL Central Preview

March 12th, 2021


In the third instalment of our 2021 round-up we turn to baseball's least predictable division - the NL Central.

Once again we have an expert cast to guide the way, including:

- Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun Times on …

Episode 215 - 2021 NL West Preview

March 10th, 2021


In the second of our 2021 previews we turn to the NL West. Again, the guys are joined by clutch of experts to keep us on the straight and narrow, including:

- The Athletic's Zach Buchanan on the Diamondbacks
-'s …

Episode 214 - 2021 NL East Preview

March 8th, 2021


The team are joined by a cast of experts to preview the 2021 NL East:

- AJC's Gabe Burns on the Braves
-'s Anthony DiComo on the Mets
- The Miami Herald's Jordan McPherson on the Marlins
- Actor and fantasy baseball …

Episode 213 - An Introduction to 'The Hobby'

March 4th, 2021


Russell is joined by Jason Derr aka Bubba on Baseball, and Graeme Nelson of Shutout Cards to discuss their path into the wonderful world of baseball …

Episode 212 - Kevin Mahoney Joins the Show

March 1st, 2021


In this joint-episode, John is joined by our great friend Matt Mutton of the British Baseball Podcast as they both chat to former New York Yankee, and Manager of the Knights of Britain franchise in the new European …

Episode 211 - Cody Decker Joins the Show

February 27th, 2021


Cody Decker, the self described 'real life Crash Davis' joins the show to chat about his love of the game of baseball, but hatred of the business as well as his massive love of the UK!

In a wide ranging chat we hit on:

- …

Episode 210 - Tatis Gets PAID

February 22nd, 2021


Tom is joined by Darius and Ben to talk all about the Tatis extension, the Kevin Mather debacle, their MVP/Cy Young bets (Not who they think will …

Episode 209 - Naming Pirates

February 17th, 2021


John leads Darius, Russell and Tom on a quick canter through the off-season. Covering all things surrounding the mess of the Mets, the Rockies and on a more positive note, the Padres, Dodgers and who might surprise us …

Episode 208 - The Top 101

January 25th, 2021


Jarrett Seidler and Jeffrey Paternostro of Baseball Prospectus are back to break down BP's Top 101 prospects. Topics include:
-How the list comes together
-Balancing stats and scouting
-Their biggest disagreements

Episode 207 - Not a Draft, Possibly an Outlander Promo

January 14th, 2021


The whole gang - except Tom - convene to pick out their favourite moments from 2020, before discussing what they're most looking forward to in 2021. …

Episode 206 - Tony Barnette Joins the Show

December 15th, 2020


Former Rangers, Cubs and Yakult Swallows pitcher Tony Barnette joins John for a wide ranging chat covering his career in pro baseball including the …

Episode 205 - Redrawing the Baseball Map with Jeffrey Paternostro & Jarrett Seidler

December 7th, 2020


Baseball Prospectus's prospect team Jeffrey Paternostro and Jarrett Seidler join John to discuss the most fundamental redrawing of the baseball map in a generation, including:

- the motivations behind Minor League …

Episode 204 - Introduction to LIDOM Part 2 with Arlenis Peña and Antonio Puesán

November 25th, 2020


In the second part of our LIDOM odyssey, John and Rachel are joined by Dominican baseball journalist Arlenis Peña and former Royals pitcher turned Toros del Este social media guru Antonio Puesán. The pair talk our two …

Episode 203 - Introduction to LIDOM Part 1 with Jake Mintz

November 23rd, 2020


One half of the awesome Cespedes Family BBQ, and host of The Ringer's Baseball BBQ, Jake Mintz joins John and Rachel to provide an intro into the Dominican Winter League, LIDOM.

Jake details his two month stay in the …

Episode 202 - Breaking Baseball's Glass Ceiling

November 21st, 2020


John and Rachel discuss the impact of Kim Ng's elevation to GM of the Miami Marlins with two of British baseball's own female trailblazers - Kelly Wright, the General Manager of the Sheffield Bruins and Doris Hocking, …

Episode 201 - Out With The Old, In With The Older

November 6th, 2020


It's a bumper offseason pod as John, Rachel, Rob, Russell and Darius recap the Dodgers' World Series victory and Justin Turner's COVID protocol …

Episode 200 - The Great British Bake Off Series

October 20th, 2020


It's our 200th episode, and the start of the 2020 World Series! Rob, Russell, Ben and Darius celebrate this momentous occasion by discussing how everyone will treat the Astros going forwards, before debating whether the …

Episode 199 - Reginald D Hunter Joins the Show

October 13th, 2020


Comedian and documentary maker Reginald D Hunter joins Rachel to discuss his passion for the Atlanta Braves, following baseball from his home in the …

Episode 198 - Take Off Your Pants and Bracket

September 29th, 2020


The postseason is here and that can only mean one thing: ill-advised predictions. John, Russell, Rob and Darius fill out the official BF&N playoff bracket live on the pod. Is it finally the Dodgers' year? Did the …

Episode 197 - Playoffs for Everyone

September 24th, 2020


As the regular season approaches its conclusion, Rob, Russell, Ben and Darius talk about the race for the final NL playoff spots, the lack of race …

Episode 196 - The Two Russells

September 10th, 2020


Russell Carleton, Baseball Prospectus analyst and author of The Shift, joins Russell and Darius to talk about whether teams are shifting too much, the next frontiers of baseball analysis, and the intersection of …

Episode 195 - Baseball is fun?

August 26th, 2020


John, Darius, Russell and Ben reflect on the first half of the 2020 MLB season, whether the baseball feels normal and whether that matters at all as long as it's fun?

Fernando Tatis Jr gets a ton of love, and we discuss …

Episode 194 - Anika Orrock Joins the Show

August 3rd, 2020


Guest hosts Sarah and Helen from the UK Yankees podcast, the Empire Strikes Back, are joined the the brilliant Annika Orrock to discuss her fabulous …

Episode 193 - Second Thoughts

July 30th, 2020


Rachel, Rob, Russell and Darius chat about their favourite things from the season so far, debate the runner on second base in extra innings, and …

Episode 192 - Three Days in July

July 27th, 2020


Tom, Russ and John are joined by Miami Marlins UK's Pete Pratt to discuss a dramatic day in MLB following a classic Opening Weekend for the 2020 …

Episode 191 - Sprint Preview

July 22nd, 2020


Ben, Darius, Tom and John preview the 60 game wild card season in trademark BFN fashion - by inputting win totals into a spreadsheet you can't see.

Listen in to hear which basket your team falls into:

- Teams we hate …

Episode 190 - 2020 Baseball Visions - The Minor Leaguer with Mitch Horacek

July 20th, 2020


Twins lefty Mitch Horacek joins to chat about the plight of minor league baseball players during COVID. During a candid conversation he discusses the need for union representation in the minors, goes into the moral …

Episode 189 - 2020 Baseball Visions - The MLBPA Agent, with Joshua Kusnick

July 10th, 2020


MLBPA certified agent Joshua Kusnick joins to offer his perspective on whether the season should/will go ahead, the stagnation of the free agent …

Episode 188 - 2020 Baseball Visions - The Beat Reporter, with C. Trent Rosecrans

July 9th, 2020


In the first of a series profiling those in key baseball roles ahead of a season unlike any other, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati …

Episode 187 - Jason Benetti Joins the Show

July 5th, 2020


Play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti joins Russell and Darius to talk about the role of the broadcaster, calling KBO games from his living room, the …

Episode 186 - When and Where? (And How and Why?)

July 3rd, 2020


Darius, John and Rob attempt to untangle the moral conundrum that will be the 2020 MLB season. Will it even happen? Does anyone care? What happens if …

Episode 185 - Dan Straily Joins the Show

June 22nd, 2020


Veteran of over 150 Big League games with six clubs, and current KBO ace with the Lotte Giants, Dan Straily joins John and Russ to chat about his career - including the impact of coaches and front office figures such as …

Episode 184 - Josh Spence Joins the Show

June 11th, 2020


Former Padres pitcher and coach, and current pitching coach for the Adelaide Giants of ABL, Josh Spence joins us to chat about the opportunities of …

Episode 183 - Alex Fast of Pitcher List

June 8th, 2020


Alex Fast of Pitcher List joins Russell and Darius to discuss the site's recent PitchCon event, diversity in fantasy baseball, how to analyse pitching, shifting attention to the KBO, and much more.

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Episode 182 - Jon Deeble Joins the Show

June 6th, 2020


Current Melbourne Aces coach and LA Dodgers scouting co-ordinator joins Russell to chat about his time helming Team Australia to Olympic silver, the …

Episode 181 - Xavier Scruggs Joins the Show

June 3rd, 2020


Former Miami Marlin, St Louis Cardinal and NC Dino Xavier Scruggs joins John to chat about the Cardinals Way, playing on a Marlins roster up close to Ichiro, Bonds, Yelich, Stanton and Jose Fernandez, and the impact of …

Episode 180 - Rick van den Hurk Joins the Show

May 30th, 2020


John is joined by Dutch baseball icon Rick van den Hurk to talk about his journey from the streets of Eindhoven to sharing a clubhouse with Miguel Cabrera and Aaron Boone; his unlikely chaperone as a displaced European …

Episode 179 - Drafting the Best of Baseball

May 28th, 2020


Rachel gets Rob, Russell, Ben and Darius to draft the aspects of baseball they'd most want if starting a brand-new franchise.

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Episode 178 - Justin Nicolino Joins the Show

May 26th, 2020


Guest hosts Helen Atkinson and Sarah Briggs chat to former Miami Marlin and current Rakuten Monkey Justin Nicolino about life in Taiwan and his …

Episode 177 - Baseball Bucket List

May 21st, 2020


John is joined by Darius, Rob, Russell and Tom to talk through their baseball bucket list.

There were five categories to stop them going way …

Episode 176 - Brad Balukjian on The Wax Pack

May 18th, 2020


Brad Balukjian, author of 'The Wax Pack', joins Rob to talk about how the book came together, his epic 11,000 mile journey to find all the players, and his elaborate scheme to meet Carlton Fisk.

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Episode 175 - KBO Special #2 with Eric Hacker

May 14th, 2020


Eric Hacker spent six seasons in the KBO with the Dinos and the Heroes - there's really no better guy to introduce the culture of baseball in the …

Episode 174 - Darin Downs Joins the Show

May 10th, 2020


Former Detroit Tiger and Houston Astro Darin Downs, a man who has won baseball championships on three continents with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, the Melbourne Aces in the ABL and the Monkeys in …

Episode 173 - Introduction to the KBO

May 6th, 2020


Loving the KBO, but need the inside scoop? We've got you!

English language KBO guru Dan Kurtz of My KBO, and Josh Lindblom, one of the best pitchers in the league's recent history join John for a potted intro to your …

Bonus Episode - Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers

May 4th, 2020


Milwaukee Brewers skipper Craig Counsell joins John to discuss his playing career in various new baseball markets, coming home to Wisconsin, the role …

Episode 172 - In Conversation with Mike Lowell and Boog Sciambi

April 30th, 2020


Great friends Jon 'Boog' Sciambi and Mike Lowell join John to reminisce about their time with the World Series Florida Marlins franchise, Mike's triumphs over adversity and some of the great baseball characters they …

Episode 171 - Perry Barber

April 28th, 2020


Russell and Rob talk to legendary umpire Perry Barber (@perrybarber) about her path into baseball umpiring, what umpire school is like, how umpiring …

Episode 101 - Baseball Room 101

April 24th, 2020


Episode 101 arrives just 70 episodes late as the gang take turns to attempt to consign their least favourite elements of the game we love to history's dustbin, overseen by the arbiter of taste - Darius.

This show is part …

Episode 170 - Meredith Wills

April 21st, 2020


The baseball astrophysicist Meredith Wills joins Russ to chat about her work on MLB's bouncy 2019 balls and a whole loads of other trends in baseball …

Episode 169 - Introduction to the CPBL

April 18th, 2020


Live baseball is back in Taiwan, and being piped into our homes every morning via the wonders of the internet!

Like everyone else in baseball world, we've been bitten by the CPBL bug and thought it right to devote a …

Episode 168 - Trevor May, Minnesota Twins

April 15th, 2020


Minnesota Twins stud reliever Trevor May joins Russell to discuss his dual life as a Big League pitcher, and an elite gamer. And to talk about setting up the MLB The Show 20 tournament, obviously...

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Bonus Episode - Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic & Fox Sports

April 13th, 2020


In this bonus mini-pod, The Athletic's star baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal talks to John about the MLB London Series, and the impact of 2020 crises on the sport - the Astros 'banging scandal' and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Episode 167 - Ty Kelly, New York Mets & Philadelphia Phillies

April 10th, 2020


Rachel chats to former Mets and Phillies infielder Ty Kelly about his career in the bigs, his time with Team Israel and missing out on the Olympics, his efforts to improve Minor League pay and sweet potato fries.

This …

Episode 166 - Brad Marcelino

April 7th, 2020


GB Baseball coach, and freelance MLB hitting consultant Brad Marcelino joins John to chat about his career with the national squad, his time coaching …

Episode 165 - Dallas Braden

April 4th, 2020


Former Athletics pitcher turned baseball broadcaster Dallas Braden joins Russell to chat about his career from high school to the bigs, his show …

Episode 164 - John Thorn

March 31st, 2020


Rachel chats to baseball historian John Thorn who offers tales of Mickey Mantle, Ken Burns, Babe Ruth and everyone in between. They also talk about shortened seasons, why it's called the World Series, and John offers …

Episode 163 - A Cup of Coffee with Jacob Kornhauser

March 27th, 2020


Rob is joined by Jacob Kornhauser, author of 'The Cup of Coffee Club', to talk about those players who only ever got one game in the majors.

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Episode 162 - Lane Adams, Minnesota Twins

March 24th, 2020


Current Minnesota Twin, and former big leaguer with the Royals and Braves joined John to chat everything from the upheaval to Spring Training caused by COVID19, the fight for better pay for Minor Leaguers and his lousy …

Episode 161 - GB Coach Liam Carroll on the WBC that Never Was

March 22nd, 2020


Russell chats to GB coach Liam Carroll about their ill fated trip to Arizona for the WBC that never was...

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Episode 160 - Andy Burns, Toronto Blue Jays

March 20th, 2020


Blue Jays infielder Andy Burns chats to John about his time with the club, his career as a 'rock star' with the Lotte Giants of the KBO and spending 2019 up close and personal in Buffalo with the Blue Jays legends of …

Episode 159 - Darren Fletcher

March 18th, 2020


Darren Fletcher, the voice of football on BT Sport and BBC Radio 5Live, joined Russell to chat about calling the MLB London Series for the UK broadcast, his own baseball fandom, and becoming a viral sensation Stateside.

Episode 158 - Five Senses, Two Balls

March 16th, 2020


Rachel gets Rob, Russell and Darius to conjure up baseball memories that they associate with each of the five senses, from a tangential encounter with Jake Odorizzi to the heckling of Mike Costanzo.

This show is part of …

Episode 157 - The Big Season Preview Bonanza 2020 Edition

March 9th, 2020


Ben is back!

Tom, John and Darius are joined by the boy wonder from down under, Ben Carter to go through their now locked in method of predicting the upcoming season. They take the total number of wins available and try …

Episode 156 - Jeff Passan, ESPN

March 5th, 2020


ESPN's own baseball savant Jeff Passan joins John to talk everything from the current state of baseball, to his evolution from reporter to …

Episode 155 - Mark Simon, Sports Info Solutions

March 3rd, 2020


Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions joins Russell to discuss the latest edition of the Fielding Bible, the updated Defensive Runs Saved metric, and …

Episode 154 - Rick Teasley Returns

February 28th, 2020


Pitcher Rick Teasley returns to the podcast to share stories of his 2019 in the Atlantic League as MLB used them as a testing ground for the new automated strike zone, and his reasons for moving over to Cleburne of the …

Episode 153 -'s Anthony Castrovince

February 27th, 2020

39:03 writer, MLB Network contributor, Morning Lineup Podcast host and author of "A Fan's Guide to Baseball Analytics: Why War, Whip, Woba, and Other Advanced Sabermetrics Are Essential to Understanding Modern …

Episode 152 - OOTP Baseball's Rich Grisham

February 25th, 2020


Tom is joined by Out Of The Park (OOTP) Baseball's Chief Operating Officer, Rich Grisham. They talk about how Rich got into OOTP, how he come to work with them, some of the challenges facing the team, where the game …

Episode 151 - Autobiographical Baseball

February 21st, 2020


New recruit Rachel Steinberg hits the ground running by asking John, Darius and Rob to chart their baseball autobiographies in five players.

This is a fun one.

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Episode 150 - Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

February 19th, 2020


Russell talks to Derrick Goold, Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the team's efforts to become an international brand, …

Episode 149 - Mason's Murder Mansion Ft. Joe Pisapia

February 12th, 2020


Justin Mason and Joe Pisapia come on the show to educate Tom and Rob on the ways of Fantasy Baseball.

During the show they discuss Justin's murder basement he's recording from, Joe wanting to fight dudes bigger than him, …

Episode 148 - The Pizza Perspective

February 10th, 2020


Brandon Lee and Alex Crisafulli join Russell and Darius to give the American perspective on the upcoming Cubs-Cardinals series in London, from the …

Episode 147 - Emergency Pod, you Betts-er believe it.

February 5th, 2020


Tom, John, Russell and special guest Joey Bailey from Four Bases combine to run through the blockbuster Mookie Betts trade that took place last night.

20 minutes in, Tom's computer shits itself and he's gone from the …

Episode 146 - UZR (Udder Zone Rating)

January 31st, 2020


Darius and Russell team up to try and educate two simpletons on the advanced statistics within the game of baseball.

Will John ever accept stats are good, will Tom manage to wrap his head around the concept of comparing …

Episode 145 - Craig Goldstein on the Baseball Prospectus Annual

January 22nd, 2020


Craig Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of Baseball Prospectus, joins Tom and Darius to discuss the 2020 BP Annual, from how the team of writers is …

Episode 144 - Ben's Funeral

January 21st, 2020


Bat Flips and Nerds emergency pod.

We don't want to spoil it here, but can the team recover from it?

The gang talk Astros managerial replacements, Dustin Pedroia, more exciting news for the UK baseball community and …

Episode 143 - Bangers and Trash

January 17th, 2020


Tom, Darius and John rush through the latest good news baseball stories before going head first into the Astros bin bashing bonanza.

Tom finishes with a quiz that the other two find utterly underwhelming. No one tracks …

Episode 142 - Sean Doolittle & Eireann Dolan

January 5th, 2020


What a way to start the year! All Star closer, World Series champ and all round #gooddude Sean Doolittle, and his equally incredible wife Eireann …

Episode 141 - Ch-ch-ch-chang(ing baseball)

November 28th, 2019


Darius and Tom discuss the suggestions the Twitter public made in how they would like to see baseball change.

They discuss Minor Leaguers pay, …

Episode 140 - A Trash Can of Tea

November 21st, 2019


Tom, John and Darius discuss the really important news: which teas they like and Gerardo Parra moving to Japan. Oh, and there's the sign-stealing …

Episode 139 - Premier 12 Preview

November 3rd, 2019


John is joined by three special guests to preview baseball's 'World Cup', the Premier 12, which is taking place right now! Japanese and Taiwanese baseball experts Kaz Yamazaki and Rob Liu give an insight into two of the …

Episode 138 - World Series Preview

October 22nd, 2019


What!? ANOTHER World Series Preview being released on the night of the World Series? That's right, but this one is different because it features five British blokes all talking about baseball!

Seth Bennett of BBC World …

Episode 137 - Volvos of Baseball

October 16th, 2019


Tom returns! He's joined by the ever present Darius Austin and the young spunk, Ben Carter. Tom immediately takes them off track by discussing a twitter storm from the past 24-hours, then the latest mobile games …

Episode 136 - Pringledamus Unjuiced

October 11th, 2019


Ben, John and Darius discuss the unjuiced playoff baseball and then break down all the Divisional Series action. They also hope that Tom's predictions don't come true, figure out which Yankees John doesn't hate, and try …

Episode 135 - The Playoff Preview with Garlick and Leake

October 1st, 2019


John, Ben and Darius break down the playoff bracket, make some ill-advised predictions, and figure out if Kyle Garlick and Mike Leake have ever faced each other.

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Episode 134 - GB Baseball's Liam Carroll on the European Championships

September 28th, 2019


John is joined by GB Baseball's indefatigable coach Liam Carroll to discuss the national team's recent run at the European Baseball Championships. In …

Episode 133 - Joe's a Maddon, But Ned's Madder than Yost

September 25th, 2019


John and Darius look forward to the playoffs and digest the Ned Yost news. Mike Ivory of UK Cubs and Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic Boston drop in to offer hot takes on the Maddon and Dombrowski situations.

This show is …

Episode 132 - Fill Me With Your Stats

September 5th, 2019


Tom and John are back! John isn't hosting, which means it's going to be...stupid.

Darius and Ben try to bring some balance into the madness, but unfortunately they get wrapped into Tom's game of "League 2 footballer or …

Episode 131 - Just A Little Angry Man

August 29th, 2019


Robyn Davidson joins Ben, Russell and Darius to talk doping in baseball, covering cycling, the impossibly resilient Yankees and the playoff races, and they all try to figure out if there is anything nice to say about …

Episode 130 - Pete Alonso, Rookie of the Year

August 15th, 2019


Tracey Wilks of UKMetsOnline joins Ben and Darius to talk all things Mets, from their recent hot streak and playoff chances to Pete Alonso's Rookie …

Episode 129 - Jorge Cantu Joins the Show

August 3rd, 2019


Mexican Baseball legend Jorge Cantu, former slugger with the Rays, Marlins and Reds joins us to talk about his MLB career, the World Baseball Classic, and offers some great tales from the clubhouse.

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Episode 128 - Trade Deadline Live

August 1st, 2019


Tom, Russell and Darius react live to all the trade deadline moves, from a rather underwhelming first hour to a wild 20 minutes after the deadline when they find out the Astros have acquired Zack Greinke, among many …

Episode 127 - Tyler Kepner on 'K'

July 22nd, 2019


The New York Times' Tyler Kepner joins John to discuss his brilliant recent book 'K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches' following a weekend in …

Episode 126 - Cricket and All-Stars with Hannah Keyser

July 14th, 2019


Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports joins Darius to discuss her Deadspin documentary 'The Cricket Kings of Queens' about a New York high school's cricket …

Episode 125 - Ben Lindbergh on The MVP Machine

July 11th, 2019


The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh joins Tom and Darius to talk about his new book, The MVP Machine, plus Effectively Wild approaching its seventh anniversary, and how he consumes baseball.

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Episode 124 - Wrapping London Series 2019 with Coley Harvey and Jason Mastrodonato

July 9th, 2019


ESPN's Coley Harvey and Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald join John to unpack the Yakke and Red Sox reactions to that landmark weekend in …

Episode 123 - The Hangover - London Series Edition

July 4th, 2019


Your four pals are back (plus extra special appearance from Stand-In Blake) to wrap up the best weekend of our collective lives. Totes emosh.

This …

Episode 122 - London Series Day One Review with Marly Rivera

June 30th, 2019


Marly Rivera joins the boys to round up the wildest day of baseball we've ever seen...

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June 29th, 2019


The whole band is back together, and we're only in the bloody PRESS BOX!

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Episode 120 - LIVE FROM LONDON

June 28th, 2019


John and Tom start the hype...

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Episode 119 - Beginner's Guide to the MLB London Series

June 23rd, 2019


Tom and John preview next week's series, focussing on introducing the two teams and their players to those experiencing baseball for the first time. They also give their series predictions and tackle a few over/unders.

Episode 118 - Top Hatchos

June 18th, 2019


Mike Ivory joins John and Darius to talk about the Cubs and Cardinals coming to London in 2020, what they're all looking forward to at next week's London Series, and the Kimbrel and Keuchel signings, plus much more.

This …

Episode 117 - Sam Schultz, Padres Baseball Operations

June 3rd, 2019


Russell is joined by Padres Baseball Operations Fellow Samantha Schultz to discuss her role in the San Diego front office.

This show is part of the …

Episode 116 - Tom (Allegedly) Hit a Home Run

May 30th, 2019


Tom claims to have hit a home run during the first game of the Softball60 tournament. Ben, John and Darius do their best to ignore him while still discussing the event, as well as what's going on at the London Yards fan …

Episode 116 - Tom (Allegedly) Hit a Home Run

May 29th, 2019


Tom claims to have hit a home run during the first game of the Softball60 tournament. Ben, John and Darius do their best to ignore him while still discussing the event, as well as what's going on at the London Yards fan …

Episode 115 - Sam Kennedy, President & CEO of the Red Sox

May 22nd, 2019


Red Sox big cheese Sam Kennedy joins John to chat about the bonds between the Red Sox and Liverpool FC, the club's strong desire to pioneer MLB's …

Episode 114 - Baseball Artist Andy Brown Joins the Show

May 12th, 2019


John chats to Andy Brown, the Korean based British baseball artist about how his passion for painting found a muse in the sport of baseball, his artistic career to date, his current quest to document all 30 MLB …

Episode 113 - Tim Dillard Joins the Show

April 26th, 2019


John chats to former Brewers, and current Rangers pitcher - and social media pro - Tim Dillard about making the most of your talent, 'doing …

Episode 112 - Royal Ramble

April 17th, 2019


Tom returns from his two weeks in Italy and begins by rambling about computer games.

Darius then agrees they really should talk about baseball and Tom …

Episode 111 - Baseball is Upside Down

April 11th, 2019


The guys get to grips with the weirdness of the new baseball season, in which Tim Beckham is apparently better than Chris Sale...

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Episode 110 - Boog Sciambi Joins the Show

March 27th, 2019


ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball play-by-play guy Boog Sciambi joins John to reminisce about his time calling the Marlins and Braves, to look forward to the new season and MLB London, and offer some reflections on the …

Bonus Episode - Mark Donaldson and Ben Riegel Talk 'Caps Off'

March 24th, 2019


Mark and Ben offer insights into the birth of BT and ESPN's new UK baseball show 'Caps Off', including some behind the scenes stories from Spring Training, which players are obsessed with which Premier League teams and …

Episode 109 - The Big Season Preview Bonanza

March 20th, 2019


The whole team gets together to predict season records for all 30 teams. Darius makes up player names, Ben continues his bizarre Mets love-in, Tom …

Episode 108 - Jake and Jordan of Cespedes BBQ Join the Show

March 15th, 2019


John is joined by Jake and Jordan or Cespedes Family BBQ to discuss their path from the wilderness to MLB, and their enduring love of minor league ball, shared experience of watching baseball from the UK and answer some …

Episode 107 - The Athletic's Emily Waldon

February 24th, 2019


Emily Waldon of The Athletic Detroit and The Athletic MLB joins Tom to talk about her start in Baseball writing and Minor League Players rights.

They talk about Ken Rosenthal and his Slack messages, juggling two jobs of …

Episode 106 - Peter Moylan joins the Show

February 20th, 2019


Outsoken veteran Aussie reliever Peter Moylan joins John to discuss his career, and to get a few things off his chest about the state of employment for baseball players, and the impact of front office dominance and …

Episode 105 - AJ Cassavell and Jesse Agler, Live from Padres Spring Training

February 17th, 2019


Tom is at the San Diego Padres Spring Training facility in Peoria, Arizona. He is joined by AJ Cassavell to talk about the Padres Spring Training plans, their outlook going into 2019 and how AJ's thoughts about writing …

Episode 104 - Rick Teasley Joins the Show

February 10th, 2019


John is joined by Somerset Patriots ace Rick Teasley to discuss his itinerant career which has taken him from the Rays minors system through Australia and Taiwan to Venezuela. They discuss Rick's approach to pitching …

Episode 103 - The One Where They Had Nothing To Talk About

February 6th, 2019


Darius and Tom break down the Ken Rosenthal article on the major changes proposed in MLB, some as soon as this season!

They then answer listener questions on Harper, Machado, Keuchel and Kimbrel - plus many more!

This …

Bat Flips and Nerds Fantasy Baseball Guide 1

January 23rd, 2019


Tom and Darius are here to guide you through the very basics of Fantasy Baseball.

What is Fantasy Baseball?

What are the different types of leagues?

What are the different methods of scoring points?

How does the draft work?

Game Makers 1 - Murray Cook

January 16th, 2019


Tom is joined by MLB's head groundskeeper, Murray Cook to discuss his role and the upcoming London Series.

They start by discovering how Murray got …

Episode 102 - Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports Joins the Show (Full)

January 12th, 2019


Craig Calcaterra joins John to discuss Britpop, sticking to sports, baseball's faux history, and the fact that the media is obsessed with ill-informed vox pops the world over.

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Episode 102 - Craig Calcaterra Joins the Show

January 11th, 2019


John talks to NBC Sports Lead Baseball Writer Craig Calcaterra about 'sticking to sports', covering baseball from the middle of nowhere and his recent tour of the UK's crappest towns.

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Episode 100 - The B&N Christmas Party

December 18th, 2018


Christmas is here! John is joined by Tom 'Jingle', Darius and Ben for a live Christmas special, complete with mince pies, mulled wine, silly jumpers …

Episode 99 - Mike Petriello Joins the Show

December 10th, 2018

42:50's Mike Petriello is the special guest this week, joining Russell and Darius to talk about Statcast, from what to look for when using the data to what might be coming in the future. They also discuss Mike's …

Episode 98 - MLB London Belongs To Me?

November 30th, 2018


John and Darius are joined by MLB Community's Dave Shaw to discuss MLB London's ticket prices and taking a positive from a negative through fan owned events, plus some hot stove chat and listener Qs.

Episode title c/o …

Episode 97 - The (World Series) Ring

November 2nd, 2018


The season is over and the Red Sox are champions. Tom, Ben, and Darius discuss the World Series, including how we were still wrong about Boston even though they won, and whether Alex Cora and his gut reactions really …

Episode 96 - The Adventures of Baseball Brit

October 22nd, 2018


John talks to Joey Mellows aka 'Baseball Brit' about his 75 game baseball adventure. Joey shares his favourite spots, meetings and experiences of the trip, a few scrapes and wild stories and tips for planning your own …

Episode 95 - The Evil Wizard of Legal Positivism

October 18th, 2018


John begins the show going crazy about the Jose Altuve "home run" reactions, whilst trying to stay calm.

Tom then tries to bring John down by making reference to his now famous "passed ball" line.

Darius laughs at both of …

Episode 94 - Championship Series Roundtable

October 11th, 2018


Four teams are still in with a chance to win the World Series. Darius talks to representatives of all four, starting with Leon Boyne (Dodgers) and Charlie Batho (Brewers) ahead of the NLDS, before bringing on George …

Episode 93 - Playoff Prediction Pod

October 2nd, 2018


It's playoff season, and that means it's time for some more ill-advised predictions from the gang. Russell, Ben, and Darius go through the entire playoff bracket and put together the official Bat Flips and Nerds …

Episode 92 - Rays Up for Rocktober

September 28th, 2018


The Rays have had such an unusual season that we enlist specialist help to discuss them, in the form of regular Rays expert Rob Noverraz. Rob, Ben, …

Episode 91 - NL West Round(ish)table

September 19th, 2018


Tom and Darius talk their way through the race for the NL West and the NL Wildcard.

Tom waxes lyrical about the Padres future, Darius has little gloom for the Giants future, then the guys work together through the rest …

Episode 90 - Ben's DMs Are Open

September 13th, 2018


With the announcement of David Wright's impending retirement, John quizzes Ben and Darius about Wright's career and whether the Mets third baseman will end up in the Hall of Fame. They debate the likely Rookie of the …

Episode 89 - Stat Tips From Nerds

August 27th, 2018


Russell Eassom and Darius give the listeners (well, at least two of them, anyway) what they want with an exclusively stat-focused listener question show. Questions answered range from 'what is a good batting average?' …

Episode 88 - Johnny Hates Yaz

August 24th, 2018


John and Darius discuss the storming Oakland As, the end of the affair in Washington and the latest on MLB London. John also finds time for another …

Episode 87 - I Predict A Rant

August 15th, 2018


The guys revisit their pre-season predictions to find only one of them knows anything about baseball. Unfortunately, it's the one who did a live bat flip during the podcast...

They also ponder precisely who David Bote …

Episode 86 - San Diego Padres pitcher Phil Hughes

August 8th, 2018


Our very first active Major Leaguer, Phil Hughes, joins Tom just before he "ships out" to Miller Park to face the Brewers and attempt to take the series.

They talk about Phil's favourite team growing up, his World Series …

Episode 85 - Brittany Ross Jr and Courtney Evans, Mission 108

August 1st, 2018


Brittany Ross Jr, wife of former Red Sox and Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross Jr, and her Partnerships Director Courtney Evans join us to talk about their charity Mission 108; it's ambition to raise awareness of human …

Episode 84 - Deadline Day Dash

July 27th, 2018


John, Ben and Darius discuss a busy run up to the deadline, the awful orioles, Trout hypotheticals and mull over your trade suggestions.

This show is …

Episode 83 - NL East Roundtable

July 18th, 2018


John is joined by reps of the Phillies, Braves, Mets and Marlins to discuss the 2018 NL East. Topics inclde the form of the unrepresented Nats, whether Machado will be a Phillie and the future fates of the big three - …

Episode 82 - Mid-Season Review with Carlos Peña

July 14th, 2018


The always brilliant Carlos Peña, a 14 year MLB veteran, joins John (and Darius, a bit later on!) to talk about the state of baseball in 2018 including epic rants on hazing, shifting and the All Star Game. He also …

Episode 81 - Scott Richmond Joins the Show

July 6th, 2018


John has a feature length interview with former Blue Jays pitcher Scott Richmond on his long road to the Majors, his current role with Nettuno in …

Episode 80 - Divisional Chat (NL Central)

June 27th, 2018


Tom is joined by British based baseball fans; Michael Ivory (Cubs), Craig Hurring (Brewers) and James Feldman (Pirates) to talk all that is good (and very bad) in the NL Central.

They go from the depths of the Reds, to …

Episode 79 - Nate Freiman Joins the Show

June 25th, 2018


Darius talks to former Oakland A's player Nate Freiman about his Fancred show 'The Launch Angle' and his foray into the world of analytics and coding. They discuss Nate's major league experience, including what it was …

Brit Sox and Nerds Episode 6 - Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic Boston Returns

June 20th, 2018


Jen McCaffrey digs into her conversations with Red Sox and MLB brass on their hopes for next year's MLB London Series. She and John also address a resurgent Chris Sale and first day nerves for Jalen Beeks.

This show is …

Episode 78 - Our Ass Is In the Jackpot

June 15th, 2018


John is back in the UK and talks about an eventful trip to Boston, including a recreation of the Lion King in the stands. He and Tom discuss Terry …

Episode 77 - Divisional Chat (AL West)

June 11th, 2018


Dom Clarke (A's), Tom Young (Mariners), George Martin (Astros) and Nick Wright (Angels) join Darius on the second of our divisional roundtables to discuss the AL West, most notably whether the Mariners can push the …

Brit Sox and Nerds Episode 5 - Evan Drellich, NBC Sports

June 7th, 2018


John heads to the wrong cafe to meet the wonderfully accommodating Evan Drellich. They chat about the 2018 Red Sox and Evan's new book 'The Big 50: …

Episode 76 - Welcome To The Show

May 30th, 2018


Tom gets a short notice call to get his ass up to the bigs, as John is a late notice scratch from the lineup. Without any prep, Tom welcomes back Darius.

Tom attempts (Badly) to update Darius on all the baseball news he …

Episode 75 - Divisional Chat (AL East)

May 22nd, 2018


Tom is joined by Matt Clough (Orioles), Mike Shipley (Blue Jays) and Rob Noverraz (Rays) to talk all about the AL East and the "exciting" division …

Episode 74 - Cricketer Benny Howell and Mets Author Brian Wright

May 17th, 2018


It’s double interview trouble! Ben is joined by Gloucestershire cricketer Benny Howell to discuss his passion for baseball, his unconventional …

Episode 73 - The One with Tom, Rob Manfred and MLB in London

May 8th, 2018


The guys break down the huge announcement of a Red Sox v Yankees series in London in June 2019. Tom recounts tales of shading Sadiq Khan and explaining baseball to the UK press corps, Ben talks about the return of MLB …

Episode 72 - British Baseball for Beginners (and Experts)

May 3rd, 2018


John is joined by the London Mets' Ryan Turtill to discuss their baseball for beginners programme, and by GB coach Liam Carroll to talk about GB …

Episode 71 - Baseball Players Who Look Like Eggs

April 24th, 2018


The whole gang are back, picking their MLB breakout stars and discussing rough starts for Stanton and Votto. They also chat about Tom's first ever …

Episode 70 - Independent Baseball Special

April 15th, 2018


John is joined by 'BaseballBrit' Joey Mellows to discuss his plans to attend 73 baseball games in 2018, and to jump head first into the world of 'Indy' baseball. He also interviews the General Manager of one of the …

Brit Sox and Nerds Episode 4 - Jen McCaffrey

April 11th, 2018


Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic Boston joins John to chat about the possibility of a return for her to London - this time to see the Red Sox - in 2019 and to dip into some of the reasons for the team's red hot start to …

Episode 69 - Shohei Ohtani, Nice!

April 5th, 2018


Dave Shaw from Baseball by Committee joins John and Darius to discuss the spate of MLB fan meetups across the UK, and to discuss which of the stories of Opening Week might be for real. Including Shohei Ohtani, of …

Episode 68 - Yankees vs Red London?!

March 22nd, 2018


It looks like the Yankees and Red Sox are coming to London in 2019. Blake Finney joins John and Darius live from across the pond to discuss the news and ponder the implications and logistics of the situation, including …

Episode 67 - Bat Flips & Nerds Official 2018 MLB Predictions Show

March 17th, 2018


The whole team is back - even Ben is there. So what do they do? They fill in a magic spreadsheet that has magic powers; namely, telling them whether …

Episode 66 - Charlie Hill, MLB UK

March 9th, 2018


John is joined by the head of MLB's UK office, Charlie Hill.

They cover everything from MLB Battlegrounds, through fan engagement and the expanding London office. Oh, they talk about some baseball games too...

This show …

Episode 65 - Sano-mageddon

March 1st, 2018


Another week in which you, the listener, are the star of our show as we answer your weird and wonderful questions - including which second baseman …

Episode 64 - Listener Questions and the Street Furniture Draft

February 22nd, 2018


John and Tom are back, this time they answer all your burning questions.

They start by looking at the Red Sox and their recent moves, tackle the Rays …

Episode 63 - C. Trent Rosecrans Joins the Show

February 7th, 2018


John and Darius are joined by The Athletic's new Reds correspondent C. Trent Rosecrans to discuss the team's 2018 vintage, and his own podcast 'Great …

Episode 62 - Slow Offseason, Faster Games?

February 2nd, 2018


Tom and Darius talk about the revamped Milwaukee Brewers, including the Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich moves, then discuss the many reasons suggested for the general lack of free agent activity. The new pace of play …

Episode 61 - Ed Miliband Joins the Show

January 16th, 2018


Former Labour leader and current MP for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband, joins John to discuss his love of the Boston Red Sox and the crossover between …

Episode 60 - Baseball Book Draft

January 9th, 2018


Host of the Baseball by the Book podcast Justin McGuire joins the guys to share some of his favourite guests and take part in a 'draft' of our …

Episode 59 - Josh Tols, Melbourne Aces & Niigata Albirex

December 21st, 2017


Joey Mellows has an interview with Melbourne Aces stud pitcher Josh Tols covering his development in Australia, transferring to the States for …

Episode 58 - Dan Vaughan, Perth Heat & Kansas City T-Bones

December 13th, 2017


John is joined for an in-depth chat by Dan Vaughan, the voice of ABL's Perth Heat and the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association. Dan shares tales of his path to the commentary booth and how a native Texan …

Episode 57 - What on Earth is Prawn Cocktail?

December 1st, 2017


Gabriel Fidler of Extra Innings UK joins John and Darius to talk about the new European baseball tournament and his interviews with British minor leaguers P.J. Conlon and Blake Taylor, Italian star Marten Gasperini, and …

Episode 56 - Travis Blackley, Brisbane Bandits

November 18th, 2017


For the second in our previews for this year's Australian Baseball League, John is joined by the Brisbane Bandits' Travis Blackley. Travis talks about his fast track to the Majors in Seattle, his Playoff year on both …

Episode 55 - Tony Harris, Sydney Blue Sox & Pittsburgh Pirates

November 15th, 2017


In the first of two podcasts to preview this year's Australian Baseball League, John talks to new Sydney Blue Sox manager and long-time Baseball Australia stalwart Tony Harris. They cover Tony's early days in baseball, …

Episode 54 - An Homage to Halladay and the Alternative Awards

November 12th, 2017


Following the tragic death of former Blue Jays and Phillies ace Roy Halladay, John is joined by Colin Murray to reminisce about Halladay's wonderful …

Episode 53 - Chris Taylor is Basically Babe Ruth

November 4th, 2017


Darius and Ben get together for a World Series wrap podcast after the Astros' victory. They discuss the highlights of the series, where it ranks …

Episode 52 - Fireworks, Gold Gloves, and Relocating the Rays

October 26th, 2017


Darius is joined by Tampa Bay Rays fan and friend of the show Rob Noverraz to marvel at an incredible seesaw battle in Game 2 of the World Series, including Chris Taylor's bizarre fielding play, Yasiel Puig's tantrum, …

Episode 51 - Expanding on Expansion

October 19th, 2017


Tom returns to join John and Darius in a discussion of Joe Maddon's latest round of antics as the Cubs teeter on the brink of elimination. They also marvel at the Yankees' resurgence and the Astros' sudden inability to …

Episode 50 - John Farrell for Carlisle Manager

October 12th, 2017


With all the excitement of the playoffs, the team has managed to do very little awards research, so they are put on the back burner once again in favour of Divisional Series chat. John asks Ben and Darius about all four …

Episode 49 - John's New Christmas Jumper

October 6th, 2017


As the only member of the regular team who isn't a fan of a playoff team, Darius ends up quizzing John, Ben, and Tom about the postseason misfortune …

Episode 48 - Easy Mode Baseball

September 28th, 2017


John and Darius join Tom to muse how many pitches they'd take to get a hit off Chris Sale. They also dig into the Bruce Maxwell story, whether there are too many home runs in baseball and make ill-advised playoff …

Episode 47 - Halfway to St Patrick's Day

September 19th, 2017


With Darius back in the UK after touring Chicago's MLB parks, Tom and Ben quiz him about all the important stuff - mainly food, from Chicago-style …

Episode 46 - Shall We Sing A Song For You?

September 11th, 2017


John, Ben and Tom talk Dodgers and Indians and Ben's trip to MLB HQ before getting creative with listener questions. There are some terrible puns, include perhaps the best/worst Yu Darvish pun of all time, and a bit of …

Brit Sox And Nerds Episode 3 - Bryan Joiner

September 7th, 2017


Bryan Joiner (Baseball Prospectus Boston and Over The Monster) joins Tom to talk all about how he got into writing, wiriting for BP Boston and Over The Monster, the recent SB Nation critism, why he hates writing lineups …

Episode 45 - Carlos Pena Pops In

August 31st, 2017



MLB UK Ambassador, 2007 Comeback Player of the Year, 2009 All Star and home run leader - all these things describe this week's guest Carlos Pena. In a taster for a more in-depth chat soon, baseball's answer to Peter …

Episode 44 - GB Baseball's Liam Carroll

August 20th, 2017


John is joined by Great Britain baseball coach Liam Carroll, making his fourth (including cameos) appearance here on the pod. Liam talks about the …

Episode 43 - The Live One

August 8th, 2017


Tom and John join forces for the first live Bat Flips And Nerds show (There was another one, but we will never speak of it again).

The boys talk …

Episode 42 - Roy Keane is Chase Utley

August 2nd, 2017


Ben and Darius break down the very exciting news of MLB regular season games coming to the UK in 2019 and 2020, before brainstorming ideas for the UK …

Episode 41 - Emergency Pod Crew, Assemble!

July 28th, 2017


Tom and John join for a very quick podcast to talk about why they didn't record on Thursday and planned to record on Sunday. It's a tale of hope, elation, desperation and finally despair.

They then tackle the very …

Episode 40 - Baseball Punk, Deadline Junk

July 21st, 2017


John and Ben are joined this week by two special guests. Evan October, frontman of the Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club talks about their upcoming UK tour supporting CJ Ramone and how a baseball themed band will get to …

Brit Sox And Nerds Episode 2 - Jake Devereaux

July 17th, 2017


BP Boston writer and The Red Seat podcast host, Jake Devereaux joins Tom to talk all about the Boston Red Sox.

They start by talking about how Jake got into baseball writing, including his running of a daily fantasy …

Episode 39 - The Panda and the Donkey

July 14th, 2017


With John, Tom, and Ben all away, Blake Finney (@FinneyBlake) joins Darius to discuss the latest blockbuster MLB transaction, Pablo Sandoval being designated for assignment. They then move on to much more minor moves …

Brit Sox And Nerds Episode 1 - Jared Carrabis

July 10th, 2017


Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports and CSN's Baseball programe join Tom and John to talk Red Sox in this very first edition of Brit Sox and Nerds! The …

Episode 38 - Dispatches from MLB Battlegrounds

July 5th, 2017


A special episode this week with John and Darius live on site from MLB Battlegrounds. We hear from MLB legends Cliff Floyd and Shawn Green, Italian …

Episode 37 (ish) - Mike Scioscia is...

June 29th, 2017


Award winning journalist Darius Austin and "Peter and the Wolf" lead Tom Pringle join together on a miserable Thursday evening to talk baseball.


Episode 36 - We Were Saying Boooo-sney

June 22nd, 2017


Darius and John are joined by Blake Finney to discuss the Nats bullpen and the state of the shocking NL East. They also look at a 'week of bullshit' …

Episode 35 - Josh Chetwynd

June 18th, 2017


Legendary Channel 5 baseball broadcaster and GB catcher Josh Chetwynd joins John to discuss everything from his college career at Northwestern, his …

Episode 34 - Ben Gets A Job

June 15th, 2017


Tom hosts, with Darius and Ben providing all the vital stats and info on the Major League Draft. Who went where, did the Twins pick right? Who has the silliest name? When will Ben be drafted.

Next the guys explain their …

Episode 33 - Gryffindor Gosewisch & Gammon Samardzija

June 11th, 2017


Ben and Tom join John in wondering how to pronounce Scooter Gennett's surname, whether anyone saw his four homers under that came uni, and to dig deep on the roasting hot Houston Astros. As ever, fan questions lead …

Episode 32 - All Aboard The Bandwagon!

June 1st, 2017


Britain's top prospect Ben Carter isn't available tonight, so this time John leads the cause while Darius and Tom pull at his coat tails.

Tonights …

Episode 31 - Bundesliga Baseball, Barry Bonds, and Bernie Brewer's Water Slide

May 26th, 2017


John talks to Great Britain player Jordan Edmonds of the Hamburg Stealers about his baseball career and life in the Bundesliga. Then Darius and Ben …

Episode 30 - Runter Henfroe And Toby BellRinger

May 18th, 2017


Tom takes over hosting duties while John is away watching Battle Bots and reading Harry Potter. The guys start the show with a very important guest, …

Episode 29 - With a little bit of luck, we won't offend everyone

May 12th, 2017


John continues his hosting duties, where he offends the returning Tom, the military, anyone who has died during active service, the Rockies, Julio …

Bonus Episode - Antoan Richardson Joins the Show

May 9th, 2017


It's #JeterWeek in the Bronx, so it's the perfect time to hear from the man who scored his most famous run - GB Baseball's recently retired outfield stalwart, Antoan Richardson. As well as discussing that run, Antoan …

Episode 28 - Schimpf Cocktail Military Megamix

May 4th, 2017


John and Darius stick a fork in the Mets before casting an eye over the bona fides of two phenomena - Aaron Judge and the Minnesota Twins. Ryan Schimpf and Eric Thames prove that some guys are easier to nickname than …

Episode 26 - Africans, Europeans, Soldiers and Phenoms

April 27th, 2017


With Tom 'on manoeuvres' Ben and Darius join John to find a fitting nickname for phenom Eric Thames and to discuss which pitchers they love and love to hate. Health warning for fans of John Lackey, Big Degsy Jeter and …

Episode 25 - Greg Coleman, GM Erie SeaWolves

April 23rd, 2017


Greg Coleman, GM of the Official UK MiLB Affiliate Erie SeaWolves, joins the show to introduce the team and town, and talk about how much they all …

Episode 24 - What are we doing? Naming Twins Relievers

April 13th, 2017


The boys are tired, which means they swear. So please be warned, John's potty mouth does go for it.

Tom hosts, John and Ben talk at different points, there is a loose structure to the pod, it soon falls apart.

The title …

Episode 23 - The Official MiLB Affiliate of the UK

April 12th, 2017


John and Tom are joined by 'The Show Before the Show' stalwart and ballpark chaser Benjamin Hill to decide the order for the Bat Flips and Nerds 'Official MiLB Affiliate of the UK' bracket.

This show is part of the …

(During) Season Preview - Boston Red Sox

April 5th, 2017


Some bloke called Tom Pringle joins Ben Carter to talk all about the Boston Red Sox. They talk about last season, this season and of course the …

Season Preview - St. Louis Cardinals

March 29th, 2017


Richard Churchill (@RChurchill26)joins Ben to talk all about the St. Louis Cardinals. They go deep into last season with plenty of honesty on display, then Richard continues the pessimism as they discuss the season …

Episode 22 - Colin Murray Joins the Show

March 28th, 2017


Broadcaster and British Blue Jays fan royalty Colin Murray joins John to talk getting into baseball, why you need to stick with it, how Roy Halladay …

Season Preview - Cleveland Indians

March 26th, 2017


In his first appearance as a preview host, John is guided through the ins and outs of the Cleveland Indians by Bath based Indians fan and blogger Ash Day.

You can check out Ash's Indians writing over at

Season Preview - Colorado Rockies

March 23rd, 2017


The preview tables are turned on Batflips & Nerds regular Ben Carter (@ukbaseballblog), as Darius Austin (@DariusA64) grills him about the …

Episode 21 - Dispatches from the World Baseball Classic

March 21st, 2017


In a special tie up with Extra Innings, we bring you exclusive interviews with Adrian Gonzalez, Francisco Cervelli, Drew Butera and Josh Harrison direct from the WBC.

John provides appalling narration, showing ring rust …

Episode 20 - Vaughan Harris, Sydney Blue Sox

March 18th, 2017


Sydney Blue Sox and Great Britain pitcher Vaughan Harris (@vaughanh34) joins Darius Austin to talk about his career, the Australian Baseball League, and the World Baseball Classic, including his very own team ratings.

Episode 19 - Ben Davis, Southampton Mustangs

March 15th, 2017


Southampton Mustangs and National Baseball League (NBL) commissioner, Ben Davis, joins John to talk all about the Mustangs 2016 NBL victory and the future of the team. They touch on the ever increasing Venezuelan …

Season Preview - Oakland Athletics

March 13th, 2017


Matt Smith (@MattBaseballGB) joins Tom to talk all about the Oakland Athletics. They cover the Sonny Gray injury, the hopes for 2017 and Matt leaves everyone with an image of an Oakland A sitting in a gutter, eating a …

Season Preview - Toronto Blue Jays

March 11th, 2017


Mike Shipley (@99Xenon99) joins Tom to talk all about the Toronto Blue Jays. Mike stays positive, even when talking about Jarrod Saltalamacchia and his potential time at the plate. To Toms disappointment, Josh Donaldson …

Season Preview - Detroit Tigers

March 9th, 2017


Jed (@TigersJUK) joins Ben to talk all about the Detroit Tigers in detail, Jed remains pessimistic throughout the pod until the wild and bold …

Episode 18 - While John is away...

March 7th, 2017


BASEBALL IS BACK! Tom is incredibly excited, Darius less so, but seeing as Tom is hosting the chaps talk Spring Training.

The WORLD baseball classic and it's lack of coverage available in the UK is laughed at.

Tim Tebow …

Season Preview - Los Angeles Angels

March 5th, 2017


Joe Hulbert (@HulbertJoe) joins Ben Carter (@UkBaseballBlog) to talk all about the Los Angeles Angels. They discuss the back end of the rotation, why …

Season Preview - Tampa Bay Rays

March 4th, 2017


Rob Noverraz (@RobNoverraz) joins Tom to talk all about the Tampa Bay Rays, the fragility of their team every year and who broke David Price (This was before we all found out he was fixed). The pod finishes with another …

Episode 17 - Cricket vs Baseball

March 3rd, 2017


New Zealand Test cricketer Daryl Tuffey joins John to discuss the crossover between his sport and baseball, how fantasy baseball brought together the NZ squad in the mid 2000s, his love of the Minnesota Twins and his …

Season Preview - Milwaukee Brewers

March 1st, 2017


Craig Hurring (@CraigHurring) joins Tom to talk all about the Milwaukee Brewers. They get all poetic and sentimental about this sport we all love, …

Season Preview - San Francisco Giants

March 1st, 2017


Jasmine Baba (@__baba) joins Tom to talk all about the San Francisco Giants, their 2016 fragile bullpen and lack of hitting, then they soon shift …

Season Preview - Washington Nationals

February 27th, 2017


Mike Witcombe (@MikeWitcombe) joins Tom to talk all about the "playoff curse" Washington Nationals. Mike has hopes for 2017, but not much beyond the year. All this hope is on the rotation staying healthy and Jayson …

Season Preview - New York Yankees

February 26th, 2017


Mark Blakemore joins Tom to talk about Tom's least favourite subject, the New York Yankees. The conversation shifts quickly from what happened last year to what will happen this year, then finally onto the mighty team …

Episode 16 - Chris Berset Interview

February 25th, 2017


John is joined by Great Britain, and former Cincinnati Reds AAA, catcher Chris Berset to discuss his career with the GB squad, holidays with the …

Season Preview - San Diego Padres

February 23rd, 2017


Alex Hoad of Kent Online joins Tom to talk all about the San Diego Padres. But before the chaps get down to that, Alex reveals he once competed in …

Season Preview - Seattle Mariners

February 22nd, 2017


On the second episode of the season previews, Tom is joined by BFBS DJ Hal Stewart to talk all about the Seattle Mariners. He begins by admitting he …

Season Preview - Philadelphia Phillies

February 21st, 2017


Kicking off our series of season preview pods, Tom is joined by Hampshire based Phillies fan Dave Shaw. They talk the team's hopes for 2017, and round off with some very UK specific looks at the roster.

This show is part …

Episode 15 - A Loria, Loria Laughs

February 19th, 2017


Ben Carter and Darius Austin join to preview pre-season, picking out our sleeper teams, players and fantasy picks for the 2017 MLB season. Meanwhile, John goes off the long run-up at Jeffrey Loria...

This show is part of …

Episode 14 - Dave Kaufman Joins to Talk Expos

February 2nd, 2017


London newbie and Expos Nation stalwart joins John to talk about his beloved team, growing baseball in the UK, the role of the Blue Jays in Canadian …

Episode 13 - Jenny Fromer, Baseball Softball UK

January 23rd, 2017


Jenny Fromer, joint-CEO of national development agency Baseball Softball UK, joins John to discuss their plans to grow the game UK wide, develop elite talent and how the mooted MLB London series might help boost the …

Episode 12 - Chubby Funster Bartolo Colon

January 6th, 2017


Tom hosts as John and Ben duke it out over how MLB needs to pitch its much discussed London series. The team also introduce the Bartolo Colon Game.

Episode 11 - Simon Crosse Joins the Show

November 20th, 2016


Simon Crosse, Blue Jays fanatic and sports producer for BBC, Channel 4 and BT Sport joins John to discuss the offseason in Toronto and the state of baseball broadcasting in the UK.

This show is part of the Spreaker Prime …

Episode 10 - Jason Holowaty, MLB Europe

November 3rd, 2016


John and Tom chat to MLB's Director of Market Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Jason Holowaty on his journey to the UK, how MLB found …

Episode 9 - It's Not All About the World Series (Some Of It's About Domestic Violence)

October 25th, 2016


Tom takes the host's chair as he and John discuss a few potentially quirky World Series stories before nailing their colours to the mast and …

Episode 8 - ESPN's Thomas Neumann and Pennywise the Clown

October 5th, 2016


Thomas Neumann of ESPN International joins John and Tom to discuss the GB Baseball squad's WBC heroics. Things then go rapidly downhill as Ben Carter joins John and Tom to mock Tim Tebow (again) before the stakes are …

Episode 7 - Jordan Serena Interview

September 20th, 2016


John McGee and Darius Austin are joined by LA Angels Minor Leaguer, Burlington Bees and GB Baseball utility man Jordan Serena.

This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this …

Episode 6 - We Are Blisters, We Are

September 18th, 2016


John and Darius discuss two near perfect pitching performances from Rich Hill and Jon Gray, cast the lead in 'AJ Preller: Ocean's Seven' and get into the details of Adam Jones vital and timely interventions on baseball …

Episode 5 - Ben Carter on Pitch Framing

September 11th, 2016


Darius Austin (@dariusA64) talks to Ben Carter (@ukbaseballblog)about pitch framing, how he got into baseball, the playoff race, and the perils of …

Episode 4 - Liam Carroll, Head Coach Great Britain Baseball

September 3rd, 2016


John interviews GB Baseball head coach Liam Carroll about the team's forthcoming tilts at the European Baseball Championship and the World Baseball …

Episode 3 - WAR on Soccer

August 28th, 2016


John and Tom are sorry for Clayton Kershaw's loss before bantering about the Ump Show and their beloved Red Sox. They discuss the parallels between the UK and US national pastimes, touching on the Andre Gray homophobia …

Episode 2 - Thou Shalt Talk of None But ARod

August 14th, 2016


Darius Austin and Tom Pringle join John McGee to discuss the legacy and career of a man whose all-time career came to an end this week - Alex Rodriguez.

This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are …

Episode 1 - Jeter Is Overrated

August 7th, 2016


John, Will and Darius discuss the Olympic return for baseball and the trade deadline. John thinks Jeter is overrated.

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