The Show Before the Show: Episode 196

Jays' Smith calls from Dunedin to talk spring, breakout 2018

By Sam Dykstra / | February 14, 2019 12:25 PM

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "The Show Before the Show" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via the Stitcher app and Google Play. Send your questions and feedback to You can follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun) and Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) on Twitter.

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Three Strikes (5:39)

  • •'s Farm System Rankings series began this week with a breakdown of each club's young position-player talent. Tyler and Sam open the show by discussing the organizations that made the top 10.
  • • For Strike Two, the cohosts discuss Kyler Murray's decision to commit to football and put baseball on hold after the A's took him in the first round last year.
  • • Finally, Spring Training officially began this week with pitchers and catchers reporting to camps across Arizona and Florida. Tyler and Sam present a prospect with a great deal on the line before Opening Day.

Kevin Smith interview (27:28)

  • • The Blue Jays shortstop prospect calls into the show from Dunedin, Florida, to talk about Spring Training, how he's broken out at the plate early in his pro career and his favorite (favourite?) Canadian phrases.

Ben's Biz Banter (48:05)

  • •'s Benjamin Hill offers additional details on Hartford's plans to ban peanuts from the ballpark this season. He also discusses Bowling Green's fun one-day name change to the Sinkholes on Aug. 30.

Wrapping up (1:11:04)

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