The Show Before the Show: Episode 106

Charlotte manager Grudzielanek talks loaded roster, SNL cameo

By | April 20, 2017 1:00 PM

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Video: #106: Charlotte Knights manager Mark Grudzielanek

Episode 106

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Three Strikes (3:33)

  • The biggest baseball news of the week came from the Majors, where Pirates center fielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games for a positive performance-enhancing drug test. Tyler and Sam discuss what the suspension means for top Pirates prospect Austin Meadows, particularly given Meadows's early-season struggles at Triple-A Indianapolis.
  • The guys use this week's Toolshed as a jumping-off point to discuss how some of the game's biggest names overcame rough starts while in the Minors. Don't panic.
  • Our two co-hosts end on a much more personal note with Tyler talking about his story on veteran outfielder Eric Young Jr., who is batting .397 for Triple-A Salt Lake and is using his on-the-field performance to help deal with two personal tragedies.

Mark Grudzielanek interview (26:35)

  • There was a lot to talk about with Triple-A Charlotte manager Mark Grudzielanek in this week's podcast. The former All-Star and Gold Glove winner gave his early observations on top White Sox prospects Yoan Moncada, Carson Fulmer, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez and also talked about claims that he's a champion Skee ball player and his quick cameo on Saturday Night Live back in 1997.

Ben's Biz Banter (47:20)

  •'s Benjamin Hill previews his two-day trip to Double-A Frisco and discusses Akron's upcoming promotion featuring a bobblehead of an 82-year-old former usher and Charleston's attempts to "legalize" marinara sauce on April 20.

Wrapping up (1:03:30)

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