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70: Firing up the Hot Stove



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Ack and Kiz return for a holiday edition of PFG. Recorded minutes before the Padres traded for Yu Darvish, the guys nevertheless discuss the Blake Snell trade and all the other moves that have been made so far in the offseason, before getting into some speculation on what other moves are to come. They also talk about some hypothetical expansion (that may not be hypothetical much longer) and what type of realignment might be necessary if 2 teams are added. In Baseball Reference Page of the Day, the late great Phil Niekro. Hooray Sports!


69: A Very Nice Episode



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Coming off their longest layoff ever, Ack and Kiz make their triumphant return! Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of ground to cover. The guys discuss their takeaways from the 2020 season, including the storylines, the surprise teams who are for real, and memorable individual performances from the whacky 2020 season. In our Baseball Reference Page of the Day, we discuss a should-be Hall of Famer, whom we recently lost, Dick Allen. Hooray Sports!


68: Quarantined 5 with AJ Flores



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Ack and Kiz still aren’t able to meet in person, but the streak of guests continues with AJ Flores joining the program. The topics go from very specific to us (Bullets heroics and playing for Mike Lauterhahn) to some broader interest things (choosing/playing D3, Independent baseball, and the progression of youth/AAU baseball). To close out the show, we talk about AJ’s favorite defensive shortstop of all time (and Hall of Fame hopeful) Omar Vizquel in Baseball Reference Page of the Day. Hooray Sports!


67: Quarantined 4 with Robert Robbins



Ack and Kiz are social distance podcasting once again. This time they welcome onto the show former Cubs minor leaguer and Frontier League veteran, Robert Robbins. The three of them discuss their adopted KBO teams and all the goings on in Korean baseball along with discussion of the latest COVID return negotiations and Rob’s experiences at Driveline and in pro baseball. On today’s Baseball Reference Page of the Day, they talk about Eric Thames. Hooray Sports!


65: Quarantined 2 with Matt Ack



Image result for Madison Bumgarner rodeo2 Episodes in a week?? When you can’t leave the house, it’s amazing the content that can emerge. Ack and Kiz are joined by all-time guest Matt Ack to discuss how stoppages and delays have affected seasons in the past and baseball equivalents to Tom Brady leaving the Patriots. In our Baseball Reference Page of the Day we discuss Mason Saunders, uh I mean, Madison Bumgarner. Hooray Sports!


64: Quarantined with Jayson Yano



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The baseball/entire world is standing still for the Corona Virus, but never fear. Ack and Kiz have come to the rescue with some baseball content to keep the people sane. They are joined by fellow Stevens Duck alum and current coach Jayson Yano to discuss his background as a California HS player crossing the country to play D3 college ball in NJ, a few of the notable players he played alongside, and his Angels fandom. After getting into Baseball Aesthetics for a bit, they go deeper into coaching with the some of their methods and philosophies. For our Baseball Reference Page of the Day we discuss Mr. Angel, Tim Salmon. Hooray Sports! (we miss you)


63: Scandal



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With the punishments for the Astros being handed out in the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal, Ack and Kiz get together with old friend Matt Ack to discuss the fallout out from this scandal and how it compares to a few scandals from baseball history. Baseball Reference Page of the Day is Buck Weaver. Hooray Sports!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Episode was recorded on Wednesday night before the Mets firing of Carlos Beltran and twitter was lit on fire with further accusations toward the Astros.


62: Hot Stove Season



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After an agonizingly long layoff, the public clamoring for the return of Pop Flies and Grounders paid off! Ack and Kiz return with the 62nd installment in the series and discuss all the things that happened since they last convened. The Nats winning the World Series, the Astros scandal, and most importantly…an active Hot Stove Season! The Hall of Famer and original Pudge, Carlton Fisk, is today’s Baseball Reference Page of the Day. Hooray Sports!


61: Remembering 9/11



Image result for mike Piazza 9/11Ack and Kiz return for Episode 61 to discuss the Christian Yelich injury (bummer), the award races, and the playoff hunt in both leagues. Later on, the guys discuss the 18th anniversary of 9/11 and the baseball connection with it from 2001 and to this day. Fittingly, Mike Piazza closes things out in Baseball Reference Page of the Day. Hooray Sports.


59: Trade Deadline



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The trade deadline has passed and there are no more deals to be made. Ack and Kiz are back to talk about every deadline move: who was involved, how it affects the playoff picture, how it changes a team’s future.  A quick foray into Baseball Aesthetics brings up the many throwbacks of the last couple weeks and Baseball Reference Page of the Day covers Doyle Alexander. Go Bullets and Hooray Sports!