Guests Craig Charney and Jon Pessah join host Lincoln Mitchell for a discussion of how this could end for Donald Trump, the Hall of Fame and suspected PED use, and what international crises may confront President Trump. Jon tells many stories about Yogi Berra both and and off the field, while Craig explains that demagogues fall, but not quickly and urges push back against democratic rollback in the US.
Jay Goldberg of Bergino Baseball Clubhouse and Tim Frye of Columbia University join host Lincoln Mitchell for a discussion of the nature of being a baseball fan, the importance of understanding the domestic politics and economics of Russia and American perceptions of Russia. Jay also talks about his encounter with the father of a future big leaguer and Tim recounts his experiences chatting with Soviet citizens about the USA in the late 1980s.
Basil Tarasko and Andrij Dobriansky join host Lincoln Mitchell for a discussion of the building Little League Baseball and a post-Soviet State in Ukraine as well as the additional problems cause by the Russian incursion into Ukraine. We also discuss how Ukrainian Americans are reacting to a new US administration that is not not committed to supporting ideas of Ukrainian sovereignty and independence and the diversity of opinion and experience amongst Ukrainian Americans.
Former Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania discuses how he sees the Georgia-US relationship evolving during a Trump administration. Joe Sheehan discusses the economic impetus behind expanding big league rosters to 26 players. Lincoln and Joe explore the differences between process and outcomes in managerial decisions and Irakli invites Joe to Georgia.
Professor Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria and Professor Carlos Vargas Ramos join host Lincoln Mitchell for a discussion of 150 years of Cuban baseball from the Sugarmill Leagues to Aroldis Chapman and Yoenis Cespedes with some additional focus on Cuban literature, history and Cuba-US relations. We also analyze the voting behavior of Latino voters in the recent presidential election.
Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Price and Daniel Gibbons, a left handed pitcher and cadet at West Point, discuss playing baseball for Army, strategies for fighting terrorism, major national security questions facing the US and the use of baseball in public diplomacy with host Lincoln Mitchell. We also indulge in some Houston Astros talk and ask the question of whether or not playing Glory Days before a high school baseball game is passive aggressive.
Manu Bhagavan explains why Donald Trump is part of a disturbing global trend. David Jordan discusses the career and journey of John D'Acquisto. Manu and Dave, along with host Lincoln Mitchell, discuss the role of nostalgia in politics and baseball and ask whether, even if Hillary Clinton wins, the authoritarianism of the Donald Trump movement is here to stay.
Jeremy Lehrman and host Lincoln Mitchell discuss long ago MVP votes as Jeremy explains the history and background of the award. Katya Soldak weighs in with her views on the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Soldak and Lehman discuss the politics of MVP award and how the next American President should work with Ukraine after the election.
Subway Squawker Jon Lewin discusses what might be next for the Mets. Roland Rich outlines the challenges of democracy and democratization in the 21st Century and the rise of demagoguery in the west, and some general reflection by Jon, Roland and Lincoln on the meaning of Donald Trump's candidacy.
Lincoln Mitchell chats with Marty Appel about the new young Yankees, media strategies for ballplayers in the digital age and how fans follow baseball differently today. John Calvelli weighs in on how we can save the elephants and combat the illegal ivory trade. John and Marty swap stories about the Bronx and some of its most famous institutions.
Scholar practitioner Tanya Domi and writer Steven Goldman join host Lincoln Mitchell to discuss Russia's role in the Balkans, the global fight for LGBT rights, Big Papi's Hall of Fame chances, the Tiger teams of the 1980s and Pete Rose.
Veteran Georgian diplomat Tedo Japaridze can explain the Russia-Georgia conflict and the Georgian election, but remains puzzled by baseball. San Francisco baseball lifer Frank Cassinelli can tell stories about baseball in San Francisco since the Seals, but remains puzzled by the Giants' second half collapse.
Jerry Weinstein, the manager of the Israeli national baseball team, discusses the development of baseball in Israel and his team's preparations for the World Baseball Classic.
Guests Alexander Cooley from Columbia University and Lisa Swan from Subway Squawkers discuss the Yankees and the 25th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union.