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Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (audio) 8th Inning

The start of Spring Training has Mick and Gary both excited about getting to camp. The two will leave next Tuesday, although Gary will tackle the Grapefruit League while Mick heads to the Cactus League. Last week, Gary’s long time friend and High School classmate Jim Fergosi passed away at 71 years old. Jim was […]

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Gary helped build the 1994 Expos.

Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (audio) Inning 7

The Hot Stove Baseball Podcast starts with Gary and Mick talking about the official start of spring training. Pitchers and catchers have reported and Gary talks about the worries and concerns management faces with players before they get into shape. The Red Sox and Yankees are gearing up for another AL East battle. Mick asks […]

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Bill King and Ken Korach stand together in 2004 behind home plate before an A's game. (Photo Courtesy of Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A’s voice Ken Korach joins the Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (Audio)

Since 1996 Oakland A’s fans have heard the play-by-play voice of Ken Korach fill the radio airwaves in the Bay Area. Korach is known for his professionalism on-air and overall broadcast organization. He is great at giving his audience an excellent description and maintaining the excitement of the game.  In January the National Sportscasters and […]

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Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (Audio) Inning 4

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 […]

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Cubs Convention Day One

I always enjoy the annual Chicago Cubs Convention and a big reason is because it is the first baseball related event I attend in the new year. This one marks my fourth year in a row  and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store. The convention in is Downtown Chicago at the Sheraton Riverfront […]

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Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (Audio) 3rd Inning

Broadcaster Mick Gillispie and veteran Major League Baseball Scout Gary Hughes discuss an array of topics. This show kicks off with a reaction to the three former players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gary gives his analysis of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and  Frank Thomas. Then turn to the players that didn’t make […]

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Satchel Paige is one of the greatest players in baseball history.

Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (Audio) 2nd Inning

Smokies broadcaster Mick Gillispie and veteran Major League Baseball Scout Gary Hughes discuss an array of topics. This show starts with a breakdown of the latest developments concerning Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Gary explains the changes in MLB/Japan posting rules. Then sites his experience scouting players in Japan and how they transitioned to Major League […]

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Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (Audio)

Smokies radio broadcaster Mick Gillispie and veteran MLB scout Gary Hughes host the 2013-2014 Hot Stove Baseball Podcast.

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Special Assistant to President/GM Tim Wilken with Mick Gillispie

Cubs Special Assistant Tim Wilken Talks Roy Halladay (Audio)

Tim Wilken has built a reputation as one of the best scouts of amateur talent in baseball. He is currently Special Assistant to the President/General Manager of the Chicago Cubs. His career started with Toronto in 1977 when hired as an amateur scout. The Bluejays would eventually promote Wilken to Vice President of Baseball Operations […]

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Mick in Orlando: Rule 5 Draft, Two New Cubs, Looking Forward

Rule 5 draft Thursday was the Rule 5 Draft. That is where teams can take players from other organizations who are not protected on the 40 man roster. If a player is selected in the MLB phase of the draft, they must remain on that teams 25 man roster for the entirety of the following […]

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