The Show Before the Show: Episode 197

Nationals' Sharp talks life as a sinkerballer, dunk contest dreams

By Staff | February 21, 2019 11:50 AM

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 (2:05)

  • • The baseball world received big news when it broke that All-Star infielder Manny Machado will sign a 10-year deal with the Padres. Tyler and Sam open the show with a discussion on how the free-agent deal will affect prospects in the San Diego system.
  • •'s Farm System Rankings series continued this week with a look at pitching strength. Sam goes over the top 10 organizations and talks about how close the top two teams were.
  • • With the Oscars coming Sunday, the guys pitch movies they'd like to see about Minor League players.

Sterling Sharp interview (28:43)

  • • The Nationals' No. 9 prospect calls in from Spring Training in Florida to talk about his development as a sinkerballer, the use of video to improve his pitching, his wish list for a Minor League dunk contest and his road through three colleges before going pro in 2016.

Ben's Biz Banter (46:20)

  • •'s Benjamin Hill talks about changes in Minor League attendance, his own hopes for a Minor League movie and a connection between Chattanooga and the K-pop band BTS that went viral this past week.

Wrapping up (1:04:26)

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