Veteran Major League Baseball Scout Gary Hughes and Broadcaster Mick Gillispie discuss an array of off season topics. The show starts with the guys talking about Spring Training. It was announced earlier this week that Mick would again work with Len Kasper on the Cubs Cactus League broadcast. This includes 23 games and the opening of the brand new Cubs Park.
The Yankees signed Masahiro Tanaka from Japan for seven years/$155 million dollars. Mick asks Gary to explain the pressure on the front office for paying that type of salary for an unproven player. The impact it has on the player and realistic expectations. Gary worked for both the Yankees and Redsox and gives his account of the rivalry.
Alex Rodriguez was suspended from baseball by the commissioner last year. He appealed the 211 game penalty and it was reduced to 162 or the entire 2014 season. Gary and Mick both talk about the effect steroids have on the game of baseball and the Hall of Fame.
The guys then preview a couple of guests that will join this years podcast, Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel and A’s voice Ken Korack. Nadel is the 2014 Ford Frick winner which is the broadcasters Hall of Fame award in Cooperstown. Then Korack wrote about his former A’s broadcast partner Bill King.
Mick asks Gary about Tracy Ringolsby’s story on MLB.com “Hughes has a keen eye for multisport talents”. The two discuss John Elway, Delino DeShields and John Lynch along with how they were drafted for baseball and football. Then a final note about The Former La Tech Quarterback Sam Hughes who also went from football to baseball. Sam is Gary’s son and a scout for the Chicago Cubs. He was awarded ‘Scout of the Year’ honors but the organization.