Irish Baseball Podcast
Notre Dame Baseball and Moneyball: An Interview with Steve Stanley | Episode 36

Notre Dame Baseball and Moneyball: An Interview with Steve Stanley | Episode 36

May 23, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast, we're talking with Steve Stanley, on the 20th anniversary of Notre Dame's improbable run to the College Baseball World Series.

As the team’s co-captain, Stanley was well aware of the expectations for his club.  “We were not well known.  We were not supposed to go to the World Series.”

Stanley also found himself immortalized in the classic baseball book by Michael Lewis, “Moneyball.”  The Oakland Athletics took Stanley in the second round of the MLB First Year Player Draft the same year that book was being written.  Despite having a ton of speed, A’s general manager Billy Beane wanted Stanley for a different reason.

“They felt like it was my on-base that was really going to drive me having success in professional baseball.”  He adds, “That was why they drafted me, and I was very thankful that was one of the things that I was able to have success with, even through Minor League Baseball, was getting on base.”

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Baseball’s Early Irish Influence and Irish GAA Games with Mike Cronin | Episode 35

Baseball’s Early Irish Influence and Irish GAA Games with Mike Cronin | Episode 35

May 9, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast, Rick Becker speaks with Mike Cronin, w ho is the Academic Director for Boston College Ireland, about baseball's early Irish influence and the GAA. 

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Going Deep with Rays Radio Voice Dave Wills | Episode 34

Going Deep with Rays Radio Voice Dave Wills | Episode 34

April 25, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast, we're going deep with a conversation from the "Craic and the Bat" show on Irish Baseball TV! In this conversation, host Shaun Clancy talks baseball, broadcasting, St. Patrick's Day and more with Tampa Bay Rays radio voice Dave Wills! 

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Shane Barclay From Japan Ball Talks International Baseball | Episode 33

Shane Barclay From Japan Ball Talks International Baseball | Episode 33

April 11, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast, host Rick Becker talks with Shane Barclay of JapanBall.com.

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Baseball’s Heart is in the Minor Leagues: Part 2 | Episode 32

Baseball’s Heart is in the Minor Leagues: Part 2 | Episode 32

March 30, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast, host Rick Becker continues the conversation with James Christopher of the "Lets Get Two" podcast. James, an Astros fan who is also a member of the Irish American Baseball Society, travels to minor league ballparks around the country.

We're also joined by Irish American Baseball Society founder John Fitzgerald to discuss April's Irish Baseball Birthdays.

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The Surprisingly American Roots of Modern Saint Patrick’s Day | Episode 31

The Surprisingly American Roots of Modern Saint Patrick’s Day | Episode 31

March 14, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast, host Rick Becker is joined by Mike Cronin to discuss the history of the holiday.  Cronin is the Academic Director for Boston College Ireland. 

In the second segment, John Fitzgerald joins Rick to about Baseball United's newest youth baseball program in Ireland.

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Baseball’s Heart is in the Minor Leagues | Episode 30

Baseball’s Heart is in the Minor Leagues | Episode 30

February 28, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast, host Rick Becker talks with James Christopher of the "Lets Get Two" podcast. James, an Astros fan who is also a member of the Irish American Baseball Society, travels to minor league ballparks around the country.

James believes the soul of baseball can be found in the minors:

“I will go to way more Minor League games than I will go to Minute Maid Park this year, and I think it is because I think that the heart of the game exists in all these other communities.  I don’t think the heart of the game exists in the thirty Major League cities anymore.”

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Former Scout Phil Riccobono and Baseball United News | Episode 29

Former Scout Phil Riccobono and Baseball United News | Episode 29

February 14, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast:

  • Author and former Phillies scout Phil Riccobono continues his conversation with host Rick Becker.
  • IABS Founder John Fitzgerald discusses news from the Baseball United Foundation.

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Author and Former Phillies Scout Phil Riccobono and February’s Irish Baseball Birthdays | Episode 28

Author and Former Phillies Scout Phil Riccobono and February’s Irish Baseball Birthdays | Episode 28

January 31, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast:

  • Phil Riccobono talks about his new book, "Baseball English," scouting in Japan, and Shohei Ohtani.
  • IABS Founder John Fitzgerald runs down the list of Irish Baseball Birthdays for February.

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Artist Sean Kane (Part 2) and Baseball in Ireland | Episode 27

Artist Sean Kane (Part 2) and Baseball in Ireland | Episode 27

January 17, 2022

On this episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast:

  • Artist Sean Kane gives us an in-depth look at the creative process behind his painted baseball glove art.
  • IABS Founder John Fitzgerald discusses how the Baseball United Foundation is introducing baseball to kids in Northern Ireland.

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