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The Show Before the Show

Minor League Baseball Podcast, MiLB.com
312 episodes
In "The Show Before the Show," MiLB.com writers Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra break down Minor League Baseball's biggest storylines with guests from around the Minors including players, managers and player development experts. They'll also have a weekly look at what's going on outside the lines with business of the Minors expert Benjamin Hill.

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#307: 2021 Opening Day Megacast (MiLB is back!)

The Minor League Baseball regular season has returned at last. Tyler and Sam are joined by colleagues Josh Jackson and Kelsie Heneghan as they make predictions for the 2021 campaign. Also, Tyler talks to Triple-A Albuquerque’s Josh Suchon to look back at the shutdown through the lens of a broadcast…

#306: Kannapolis general manager Matt Millward

Kannapolis general manager Matt Millward talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about finally opening up a new stadium for baseball next week, after much anticipation. Also, Tyler and Sam preview Minor League rosters ahead of announcements coming in the next few days, and Ben gives one final br…

#305: How to make a promo in 2021

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp director of promotions David Ratz talks to Ben, Tyler and Sam about building a 2021 promo schedule after the lost 2020 season. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the 2021 Copa unveiling and break down the new affiliate structures for the five American League Central organizations.

#304: Hillsboro, Trenton play host

Members of the Hillsboro and Trenton front offices join the podcast to discuss how the clubs will host other Minor League clubs in 2021.

303: D-backs prospect Corbin Martin

No. 7 D-backs prospect Corbin Martin talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his Tommy John surgery, his rehab process during the pandemic and his second turn at Arizona’s alternate training site. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the rookies that are stealing headlines in the Majors, and Ben…

#302: 2021 MLB season preview

Tyler and Sam are joined by Josh Jackson and Kelsie Heneghan to preview the 2021 Major League season from a prospect and rookie perspective. The gang makes predictions on AL and NL Rookies of the Year, which clubs will be most reliant on their prospects and much more. Also, Ben stops by to discuss …

#301: Orioles prospect Gunnar Henderson

Baltimore Orioles No. 6 prospect Gunnar Henderson joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his time in camp, his basketball background and the future of his rebuilding organization. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the remaining Spring Training roster battles, and Ben talks about bringing the …

#300: Marlins prospect Max Meyer

No. 28 overall prospect Max Meyer joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to break down his first trip to Marlins Spring Training, his ascent to become last year's third overall pick and his multi-sport background in Minnesota. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben celebrate the podcast’s 300th episode by looki…

#299: Reno GM Emily Jaenson

Triple-A Reno general manager Emily Jaenson joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss her upcoming work on the on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Aces’ plans for 2021. Also, Tyler and Sam break down new rules coming to the Minors, and Ben details how Triple-A Charlott…

#298: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre president John Adams

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre president John Adams discusses the Triple-A delay and life as an alt site. Tyler and Sam break down spring performers.

#297: St. Paul Saints broadcaster Sean Aronson

Triple-A St. Paul broadcaster Sean Aronson calls into the podcast to help introduce one of the newest clubs to the Minor League landscape with discussions on the organization’s history, new partnership with the nearby Minnesota Twins and legendary promotional schedule. Also, Tyler and Sam preview w…

#296: Blue Jays prospect Jordan Groshans

No. 46 overall prospect Jordan Groshans calls the Minor League Baseball podcast from Florida to share his expectations for his time in Spring Training, his hopes for cracking an increasingly loaded Blue Jays roster and his progress since he was last on a Minor League field in May 2019. Also, Tyler,…

#295: Minor League restructure

Tyler, Sam and Ben discuss the biggest MiLB news in years: the restructuring of the Minor Leagues with 120 teams and new circuits.

#294: Mets farm director Kevin Howard

New Mets farm director Kevin Howard shares his philosophies on player development, and Tyler and Sam break down the Nolan Arenado trade.

#293: Mariners Triple-A manager Kristopher Negrón

Mariners Triple-A manager Kristopher Negrón talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his expectations for the role, his recent experience as a player and his excitement for leading a roster filled with top Seattle prospects. Also, Tyler and Sam break down recent trades, and Ben shares stori…

Title: #292: Rangers prospect Justin Foscue

Texas first-rounder Justin Foscue joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his early pro-ball lessons, his surge at Mississippi State and how he uses video games to help him at the plate. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the latest Pirates-Padres-Mets trade, and Ben brings stories about Min…

#291: Pirates prospect Wil Crowe

Right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe shares the story of his December trade from the Nationals to the Pirates in this week’s Minor League Baseball podcast. Also, Tyler and Sam look at some AL East rookie projections, and Ben remembers some ballpark legends the Minor League community lost in the last year.

#290: Nationals prospect Cade Cavalli

Nats prospect Cade Cavalli recounts his first year, Sam and Tyler break down the Lindor trade and Ben shares his favorite MiLB bobbleheads.

#289: 2020 in review

Tyler, Sam and Ben look back at what was lost, what they missed most and what they learned about Minor League Baseball in 2020.

#288: Invitations and Rule 5

Tyler and Sam recap the partner invitations sent by MLB clubs and the Rule 5 Draft. Ben discusses what's missed from the Winter Meetings.

#287: Cubs' Ed Howard

Cubs prospect Ed Howard breaks down what it's like playing for his hometown team. Tyler and Sam discuss the Pioneer and MLB Draft Leagues.

#286: 2020 hindsight

Tyler and Sam revisit their Major League preseason prospect predictions with MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson.

#285: Angels' Chris Rodriguez

Angels prospect Chris Rodriguez details his road back from major back injuries, and Tyler and Sam preview the 40-man protection deadline.

#284: A's prospect Greg Deichmann

A's prospect Greg Deichmann discusses what it's like to await Rule 5 protection on the 40-man roster. Also, Ben reviews 2013 promotions

#283: Twins prospect Aaron Sabato

Twins first-rounder Aaron Sabato discusses his intro to pro ball at instructs, and Ben details how ONEOK Field became a Tulsa polling place.

#282: Dodgers' Triple-A manager Travis Barbary

Oklahoma City manager Travis Barbary shares the secret behind the Dodgers' player-development success. Tyler and Sam recap the World Series.

#281: World Series edition

Tyler and Sam discuss whether the Dodgers or Rays are better set up for the next five years. Ben breaks down the BlueClaws' new look.

#280: Braves prospect Michael Harris

Braves No. 12 prospect Michael Harris shares what it's like to watch Atlanta's playoff run. Tyler and Sam preview the 2021 Draft order.

#279: Rays prospect JJ Goss

Rays No. 13 prospect JJ Goss joins this week's Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his time at instructs, his development in what could have been a lost year and what it's like to watch the playoffs as a member of the Tampa Bay system. Also, Tyler and Sam break down what has made rookies Randy…

#278: Prospects in the playoffs

Tyler and Sam preview the 2020 Major League Baseball postseason by drafting separate squads of top prospects prepared to leave their marks on the game’s biggest stage. Also, Ben Hill recaps the 2020 MiLB Innovators Summit, and MiLB.com’s Gerard Gilberto discusses the long road that has taken baseba…