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HopsCast Podcast

HopsCast

The HopsCast is the official podcast of the 2014 and 2015 Northwest League Champion Hillsboro Hops, and is hosted by Rich Burk, the Voice of the Hops, and Preston Toulon, a Hops insider. The HopsCast discusses all things Hops -- be it player movement, promotions and reassignments, upcoming promotional nights, or game recaps. The HopsCast will be joined frequently by special guests, including Hops coaches and players, and front-office executives from the team's parent club, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

 


#14: Shawn Roof is raring to go in 2017

Incoming 2017 manager Shawn Roof joins Rich and Preston on the podcast to discuss the upcoming banquet and season. Among the topics of discussion: how to survive bus rides and how to work with high draft picks and late round draft picks.

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#13: Jared Miller is on the Map

2014-2015 Northwest League Champion Jared Miller joins the show to discuss his breakout 2016 season in which he rose four levels in the D-backs organization, culminating in a dominating performance in the Arizona Fall League. One of the keys to his success? A cutter that he learned from Boston Red Sox ace David Price.

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#12: Riley and the Bullpen Bandits

In the premier of Season 2 of the HopsCast, Rich and Preston are joined by 2016 relief pitcher Riley Smith. They talk playoff baseball, offseason plans, and the unusual hierarchical structure of the cast of characters known as the "Bullpen Bandits.

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#11: Jake Wintston joins the show from Pasco, Washington

Preston and Juan discuss the first half of the 2016 NWL season, who might be Hops All-Stars, and are joined by Hops RHP Jake Winston.

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#10: Shelley Duncan can't wait to get to Hillsboro

Returning Hops manager Shelley Duncan joins the show. He, Rich and Preston discuss how things are going at extended spring training, and what he learned in his first year on the job in Hillsboro.

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#9: Tyler Mark on Kane County and Hillsboro

Hops 2015 pitcher Tyler Mark joins the show to talk about his assignment to the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League. Rich and Preston also discuss how the Hops in the big leagues are faring, and they check in on a few former Hops climbing the minor league ladder.

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#8: Zac Curtis' Big League Career is Off and Running

Zac Curtis, a 2014 Hillsboro Hop and current Arizona Diamondback joins the program to discuss his call-up to the major leagues and how big league ball differs from life in the minors.

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#7: Major League Debuts and Rehab Assignments

Rich and Preston are joined by 2015 Hops reliever Breckin Williams. They also discuss Aaron Blair's recent major league debut, and ponder who will be the next Hop to make his debut in the big leagues.

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#6: Gerard Hernandez Looks Back and Forward

Rich and Preston are joined by 2015 Hops outfielder Gerard Hernandez to discuss his time in Hillsboro and his potential return in 2016. Rich and Preston also take a look at the long season rosters of other D-backs affiliates and check on where some notable former Hops are.

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#5: Hops Abound at D-backs Spring

Preston hosts the show with special guest Juan Huitron, Hops' Director of Stadium Operations. They catch up with Hops 2015 catcher Alexis Olmeda, first baseman Trevor Mitsui, and outfielder Zach Nehrir.

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#4: Nate Robertson - Two-Time Champ, All-Time Hop

Nate Robertson joins the program to discuss his two years with the Hops and two Northwest League Championships. Also, Rich and Preston play a rousing game of "Where will they be?"

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#3: Bob Gebhard's 52 Years in the Game

Rich and Preston are joined by Bob Gebhard, D-backs Vice President and Special Assistant to the General Manager. Gebhard reflects on his 52 years in baseball, from assembling the famed Blake Street Bombers in the 90's with the Colorado Rockies, to drafting Ben Petrick in the second round of the 1995 draft.

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#2: Catching Up With Mark Grace

Mark Grace, the legendary former Chicago Cub and Arizona Diamondback, joins Rich and Preston to look back on his playing career, the year he spent as Hillsboro's hitting coach, and what he expects from the 2016 Diamondbacks.

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#1: Building the Hops with Mike Bell

In the inaugural HopsCast, Rich and Preston are joined by Mike Bell, Director of Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They discuss the shocking trade of Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair to the Atlanta Braves, as well as the nuts and bolts of what goes into constructing championship minor league rosters.

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