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Awards season continues with the four major awards being given out this week. We've already seen the winners of Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Cy Young awards. Now all that's left is MVP. Plus, some big hot stove news already as some free agents are staying put, and some are making moves. We go through all the big news you need to kno…
 
The offseason is here and that means one thing: Awards. It's almost time for all of the 2021 awards to be announced, and we're making our predictions on who we think will take home the hardware. Was Vlad Jr.'s season good enough to beat Shohei Ohtani for AL MVP? Was Max Scherzer's second half of the season strong enough to beat out Corbin Burnes fo…
 
The postseason is here! The 2021 playoffs get underway with the American League Wild Card game tonight between the Yankees and the Red Sox. Gerrit Cole takes the mound against the Red Sox powerful offense, while Nathan Eovaldi will face the Yankees' sluggers. Wednesday presents another exciting matchup as the Dodgers host the Cardinals in the NL Wi…
 
We're about two weeks away from the end of the 2021 regular season, and there are some very exciting playoff races to keep an eye on right now. The teams atop the NL West are separated by just one game, and they each have important series coming up. Will the Giants surprise everyone and come out on top, or will the Dodgers show their strength and w…
 
The 2020 Hall of Fame class was inducted in Cooperstown this past week, which got us thinking - which players could end up in the Hall next year? Newcomers on the list include Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder and Tim Lincecum, among many others. Then of course there are the holdovers from previous years like Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling and Scott Rolen. …
 
The Mets have been one of the more intriguing stories of the 2021 MLB season. From all the moves they made during the offseason, to being in first place at the halfway point, to their August collapse, they've provided plenty to talk about. Now that they're in the news with their recent thumbs down antics, the players are taking it to a whole other …
 
The Yankees are on a roll, winning 12 straight games and taking over the top Wild Card spot in the American League. But do they have what it takes to overcome the Rays, or will they have to fight off the A's to hold on to their current situation? Meanwhile in the National League, the Padres have fallen out of Wild Card contention, with the Reds tak…
 
We're nearing the end of August and both the Braves and the Yankees are playing really good baseball. Neither Trey nor I thought our teams would have a shot at the postseason after the way their seasons started, but things are looking up, and they may just be the hottest teams in baseball at the moment. Plus, MLB has reportedly given the players un…
 
Miguel Cabrera is an all-time great player and a lock for the Hall of Fame once he retires. The Tigers' slugger is nearing 500 career home runs, which will put him in elite company. But where does he rank among all-time right-handed hitters? We answer that question on today's episode of the podcast. Plus, which other active players have a realistic…
 
Trade Deadline day is upon us! Join us on today's episode of the podcast as Trey and I go over all the big names that have been moved already and who else could be on the trade block before 4 p.m. today. We go over some of the latest rumors, like Max Scherzer and Trea Turner possibly being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a haul of prospects. P…
 
Tune in to this week's episode of the podcast as Matt and Trey recap their favorite moments from All-Star Week, covering everything from the game itself, to the Home Run Derby and the MLB Draft. Plus, some big news on Thursday as the Yankees and Red Sox had to postpone their game due to some positive COVID tests within the Yankees' organization. An…
 
We've officially reached the halfway point of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, which means it's time to look back at our preseason predictions and see how accurate, or in this case inaccurate, they are. Trey and I go through the standings in each division, who we picked to win the division, and our World Series matchups. All we can say is we …
 
The No. 1 prospect in all of MLB has made his debut! Wander Franco, the top-ranked prospect in the Rays' organization was called up over the weekend, and made his debut on Tuesday night in the Rays' game against the Red Sox. We discuss what his arrival means for baseball and how he compares to other highly-anticipated prospects. Plus, the Jr.'s are…
 
MLB released its memo to teams this week detailing the punishment for pitchers caught using foreign substances on the baseball, and we have a lot of thoughts. Is this really as bad as other forms of cheating? Is Tyler Glasnow justified in thinking that a lack of sticky substances caused his injury? Is the punishment enough? We answer all those ques…
 
UVA baseball is heading to Super Regionals after winning the Columbia, SC regional last weekend. A wild weekend of baseball culminated in a dramatic walk-off victory over Old Dominion on Tuesday morning, setting up a Super Regional matchup with Dallas Baptist, also in Columbia. Daily Progress UVA Sports reporter Bennett Conlin joins us on the podca…
 
Braves' left fielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested over the weekend and charged with aggravated assault by strangulation and misdemeanor family violence battery. He was already missing time due to injury, but now he'll likely face a significant suspension once MLB completes its investigation into the incident. While many fans would like to see Ozuna g…
 
For just the second time in program history, the Virginia Tech softball team is heading to Super Regionals! The Hokies went undefeated in the Tempe Regional last weekend, setting up a matchup against No. 2 seed UCLA in Los Angeles beginning on Thursday. Evan Hughes joins the podcast to break down the Hokies' season so far and preview this weekend's…
 
With Trey and I each turning 24 this week, we decided to rank the best players to ever wear the number 24 during their MLB careers. Turns out, there are a lot of greats who have donned this number, including some that are ranked in the top players of all time. While I thought our lists would be pretty similar, there's one controversial player who c…
 
We're a few days late this week but we've got a packed half hour full of all kinds of baseball news. Starting off with a discussion about the Oakland A's possibly having to relocate unless they can get a new stadium. Will it get done? And if they do move, where will they go? Plus, Fernando Tatis Jr. is back on the IL after testing positive for COVI…
 
Trey and Matt are back this week with another half hour of baseball talk! Since we missed last week, we have plenty to discuss. We cover everything from the biggest injuries around Major League Baseball, to the April Players of the Month and some college baseball updates. Plus, we play a little bit of contender or pretender with some of the teams t…
 
We're back for another episode breaking down everything that has happened in MLB over the past couple of weeks. We touch on the two no-hitter, Corbin Burnes' hot start, the Braves and Yankees struggles and so much more. Plus, we give you the usual Commonwealth College Baseball update and ponder whether there could be a baseball Super League. Tune i…
 
We've gotten through one week of the 2021 MLB season and there is already so much to talk about! Trey Lyle and I sit down today to go over our top moments from the first days of the season and some of the biggest overreactions we are having to the way teams are playing so far. Plus, a bit of injury news regarding one of the game's top talents, but …
 
Opening Day 2021 is here! After a shortened 60-game season last year, we're getting a full 162 games this season, and we are ready for all of it. Last week we gave you our predictions and preview for the National League, and this week we're shifting to the American League. Tune in as we go through the win total odds for each team in the AL and give…
 
Tune in today for the second part of our 2021 National League preview! Trey and I go through the projected win totals and odds for each NL team to make the playoffs, plus we give our predictions on who we think will win each division and earn the Wild Card spots. Stay tuned til the end for a player prop bet as we give our picks for which player wil…
 
As we inch closer to the 2021 MLB season, it's time to begin our season previews. We start with the National League, and with Los Angeles as the favorite, who better to join us than a former Dodger? 1982 National League Rookie of the Year and two-time World Series winner Steve Sax joins us on today's episode to break down just how far ahead the Dod…
 
This week on Baseball Across the Commonwealth, we travel to the Northern Virginia city of Fredericksburg. The city is home to plenty of history, but one of the more exciting things happening in 2021 is the inaugural season of the Fredericksburg Nationals. The Nationals were originally supposed to begin play in 2020, but with the MiLB season cancele…
 
On this St. Patrick's Day, Trey and I take some time to look at the members of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame, with a bit of trivia. Plus, we give our thoughts on MLB experimenting with rule changes in Minor League Baseball. And what St. Patrick's Day would be complete without some beer? Mariah joins us again for "So You Think You Don't L…
 
On this week's episode of the podcast Trey and I put together our lists of the top 10 players in Major League Baseball. Each of our list has some obvious rankings, some surprises and some really bold picks. Plus, Mariah returns for another edition of "So You Think You Don't Like Beer?" This week, we're tasting and reviewing the Fig Gose with Orange…
 
Our journey across the state of Virginia takes us to the small Shenandoah Valley town of Woodstock this week. Woodstock is a town of roughly 5,000 people, but it has a lot of history behind it. And as with all of the towns we visit on our journey, it has a great local brewery and a proud local baseball team. For today's episode, we visit with Mike …
 
Spring Training is finally here! Tune in to today's episode of the podcast as Trey Lyle and I break down the biggest news from the first week of Spring Training, including Fernando Tatis Jr.'s contract, Albert Pujols potentially retiring and much more! Plus, we get into opening weekend of college baseball and the top 10 players in MLB right now.…
 
The latest episode of Baseball Across the Commonwealth takes us back to the Shenandoah Valley to visit the city of Winchester. Winchester is a historic city, with lots of notable sites dating back to before the American Revolution. The city changed hands 72 times during the Civil War, and there are seven major battlefields in the area. Today, Winch…
 
We are just days away from the beginning of the 2021 NCAA baseball season. Since Trey and I are graduates of Virginia Tech, we decided to put together a season preview for the Hokies. Joining us on this week's episode of the podcast is Cory Van Dyke, baseball beat writer for Tech Sideline. He helps us break down the roster, schedule and everything …
 
A lot has happened since last week's episode of the podcast. Two of the biggest free agents on the market each finally signed contracts this past week. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer signed a 3-year, $102 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His $40 million salary in 2021 will be the highest in baseball. LF/DH Marcell Ozun…
 
Trey Lyle is back in the co-host seat for today's episode of the podcast, and that means we have a lot to catch up on. We talk about the big news of Nolan Arenado getting traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, Dustin Pedroia retiring and the Mets receiving some bad publicity. Plus, we have a bit of a debate regarding the 2021 Hall of Fame results. AND,…
 
Our latest episode of Baseball Across the Commonwealth takes us to the Northern Virginia town of Vienna. We talk with James Madison High School head coach Mark Gjorman about his program, the baseball culture in Vienna and some of his favorite things to do around town. Plus, we chat with representatives of Caboose Brewing, which operates two taproom…
 
The baseball world lost a legend on Friday when Hank Aaron passed away at the age of 86. Aaron played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball, 21 of them for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. He was the all-time home run leader at the time of his retirement, hitting 755 career home runs. He was a civil rights leader, businessman and philanthropist. By all …
 
Today's episode of Basaeball Across the Commonwealth looks a little different than usual. Instead of focusing on one city or team, we talk with someone else whose goal is to highlight all that this state has to offer. Matthew Johnson is starting Ol Dominion Beer and Exploration Club, a company that will connect beer lovers with local craft brewerie…
 
The New York Yankees finally did the one thing they had to do this offseason: they re-signed DJ LeMahieu. The 32-year-old infielder led the league in batting average last year, hitting .364. His reward is a six-year, $90 million contract. As if that's not enough, the Yankees also went out and got two-time Cy Young winning pitcher Corey Kluber on a …
 
In the latest edition of our Baseball Across the Commonwealth series, we travel south to Salem, Va., home of the Salem Red Sox. The Red Sox are the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and compete in the historic Carolina League. We get a chance to chat with Salem General Manager Allen Lawrence about the team and what makes their gamed…
 
We've got a lot to cover on today's episode of Foul Ball Area, starting with the sad news of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda's passing last week. We send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones and to the Dodgers organization. On the Hot Stove side of things, the Mets are taking my advice for their New Year's resolution and they're starting t…
 
Tune in to the latest episode of Foul Ball Area as Trey Lyle and Matthew Atkins list off some New Year's resolutions around Major League Baseball. We talk about which players teams should try to sign, which trades should be happening, which teams need to make the playoffs, and much more. Plus, this offseason has seen a few good moves, so we rank ou…
 
Tune in to the latest episode of Baseball Across the Commonwealth as we head to the Augusta County cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. Each city has unique charm and attractions, and we highlight some of our favorite things about the small Shenandoah Valley towns. In Staunton, we visit with Andrew Urbanowicz of Skipping Rock Beer Company, one of the…
 
Today on Foul Ball Area, Trey Lyle and I make our Christmas wish lists - three things in baseball that we want to see happen before Christmas. I want to see the Braves re-sign Marcell Ozuna, while Trey hopes the Yankees will bring back DJ LeMahieu. Plus, we discuss the Cubs' situation and whether or not they will trade Kris Bryant away this offseas…
 
For the next edition of Baseball Across the Commonwealth, we travel west on Interstate 64, then head north on I 81 for a few miles until we get to the small city of Harrisonburg. Nestle in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg has seen a boom in local breweries over the past decade. Combine that with its rich history of local baseball, a…
 
Trey and I are back with a regularly-scheduled episode of the podcast on this Thanksgiving Eve! We talk about the latest offseason news - the Braves signed free agent pitcher Charlie Morton to a 1-year, $15 million deal, bolstering their rotation for the 2021 season. Plus, we give our votes for the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. And what Thanks…
 
Tune in to the second episode of our new series, Baseball Across the Commonwealth, as we west to see what's going on in C'ville. We'll hear from the local Valley Baseball League team, the Charlottesville Tom Sox, on how they've embraced the community in their short time as a team. Plus, we'll talk with Three Notch'd Brewing President Scott Roth abo…
 
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