In a preseason edition of Expanding The Grid, David Kahn previews the 2020 coaching staff, led by a familiar face, Eric Farris, who was the team's hitting coach in 2019 and also played for the Power in 2008. Later on in the show, Farris answers questions from the media during a conference call leading up to the 2020 season about becoming the manager, the rest of his staff and his expectations for this year.
Welcome to Expanding The Grid, a brand new West Virginia Power podcast. Join David Kahn and Kyle Youmans as they chat with various players, coaches and other guests to discuss all things West Virginia Power baseball, as well as get into some antics around Appalachian Power Park.
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Hosts David Kahn and Kyle Youmans are joined by Power outfielder Charlie McConnell (2:30), who discusses how he developed into such a great defensive outfielder (5:20), how he's worked through some of his slow offensive starts the last few years, his relationship with Bobby Honeyman, Ryan Ramiz and Ryne Ogren (14:55), getting drafted and how being at Northeastern and playing summer ball helped him rediscover his love of baseball (22:30). He also recounts a marathon 18-inning game (26:20) against the school he almost went to, delves into his love of community service and reveals how much he's really broken down his swing since his sophomore year of college (33:10). Lastly, he also tries to remember every time he's sleep talked with Bryan Pall.
Hosts David Kahn and Kyle Youmans are joined by Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez (2:45), who delves into his rehab process from his wrist injury (4:48), his adjusted hitting approach in the South Atlantic League, his relationship with his family (9:43) and Jarred Kelenic (13:11), how much he loves robbing home runs (17:47), as well as the first time he played baseball [and got hit by a pitch] (24:37). Julio also unveils the story of how he realized baseball could be a future for him, when he found out the Mariners were going to sign him (29:36), his love of the English language and when he first came to the United States (34:50), his interesting pregame rituals (41:15) and the origin of "The J-Rod Show" (46:17). Finally, David and Kyle break down the slew of 2019 draft picks and free agent signees that have made their way to West Virginia this season (53:00).
Hosts David Kahn and Kyle Youmans break down the end of the first half (2:20) and the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, discuss the clutch gene of Jake Anchia (6:35) and how good it is to have Julio Rodriguez back and in the lineup. Bryan Pall joins the podcast (9:45) and delves into his thoughts on his first pro season, as well as his relationship with Power pitching coach Alon Leichman (12:25), Michigan's run through the College World Series (23:40), the worries he had during his bout with Tommy John (31:00), the influence his family has had on him (40:40) and so much more. Lastly, David and Kyle test their knowledge of boy bands (44:30) to pay homage to Bryan Pall's iconic Backstreet Boys warmup music.
Hosts David Kahn and Kyle Youmans dissect the team's struggles in the month of May (2:04), detail Jarred Kelenic's torrid first half and look at Deivy Florido's emergence as a possible future Mariners prospect. Also, Power catcher Jake Anchia joins the podcast (9:30) and discusses how he creates such durable relationships with pitching staff, his work with Mariners catching coordinator Dan Wilson (15:20) and MLB All-Star J.D. Martinez (28:32), his bond with Dean Nevarez (16:45) and his thoughts on Nick Rodriguez the pitcher (19:30), how to play Fortnite and who the best player on the Power is (40:00), and so much more. Finally, Jake answers a multitude of fan questions submitted over social media (43:50).
Hosts David Kahn and Kyle Youmans break down the team's red-hot start at home (1:30), dissecting the incredible starting pitching, Jarred Kelenic's remarkable turnaround and a special story around Dean Nevarez's walk-off homer against Asheville (5:15). Also, Power reliever Devin Sweet joins the podcast (9:20) and delves into where he learned his change up (11:00), the Mariners' players he idolized growing up, playing with current teammate Cesar Trejo in Greensboro (22:45) and his love of chocolate. Finally, David, Devin and Kyle help choose which Power players are suited to be The Avengers (32:45).
Hosts David Kahn and Kyle Youmans break down the Power's 5-1 homestand and 8-5 start to the year (1:55). Then, Power infielder Bobby Honeyman joins the program (8:40) and delves into his time at Stony Brook (14:00), his family life (15:20), how he models himself after Derek Jeter (21:20) and so much more. Finally, David and Kyle try their hand at saying and spelling some of the most iconic names in baseball with honey in their mouths (30:45).
Hosts David Kahn and Kyle Youmans introduce this brand new Power podcast, as well as welcome their first guest, Rod Blackstone (6:40), to chat all things Toastman, his new role in the Power front office (40:50), and so much more! Plus, David and Kyle do a toast taste test (46:15).