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Day Games with Dr. Mike Sonne
22 minutes | Mar 27, 2017
Conversation with Ben Hansen
Ben Hansen is the vice-president and Chief Technology officer at Motus Global Company. Motus is a biomechanics company focusing on injury prevention and performance analysis. Ben speaks to Day Games about the recently developed Motus Baseball System – a wearable sleeve technology that aims to reduce pitcher injuries and improve hitter’s effectiveness. As of spring 2016, the playing rules committee approved Motus’ wearable sleeve technology for use in major league games. Mike Sonne speaks to Ben about what it’s like to work in one of baseball’s fastest growing fields, how he found himself there and what it's like to help Andrew McCutchen with his swing.
34 minutes | Mar 13, 2017
Episode 7 - Conversation with Andrew Stoakley
Andrew Stoakley is a Production Sound Mixer who delivers live, in-game audio for Toronto Blue Jays’ television broadcasts. Andrew speaks to Day Games host Mike Sonne about his journey from radio host to audio mixer, and what it takes to make sure everyone watching at home hears what they need to while eliminating some of the more colorful audio that is reserved for more mature audiences. Day Games also learns what makes mixing audio for live sporting events more interesting than more traditional audio recording projects.
28 minutes | Mar 6, 2017
Episode 6 - Conversation with Ashley Stephenson
Ashley Stephenson is the third baseman for the reigning world silver medalists - the Canadian National Women’s Baseball Team. Day Games host Dr. Mike Sonne asks Ashley what it’s like to compete at the highest level in a rapidly growing sport, while balancing the responsibilities of being a full time high school teacher. Ashley discusses what it’s like to go from being the rookie to the veteran, and what kind of trash talker she is when competing at the world championships.
32 minutes | Feb 27, 2017
Episode 5 - Conversation with Writer Eno Sarris
Eno Sarris is one of the baseball world’s busiest men. In addition to his writing for FanGraphs, and role (at the time) as editor in chief for RotoGraphs, Eno finds time to manage BeerGraphs - an analytics website for beer, and launch a new beer related venture called “October”. Eno is one of the few who marries pure statistical analysis with traditional baseball player interviews, and provides Day Games with stories about his winding road to fantasy baseball royalty.
27 minutes | Feb 20, 2017
Episode 4 - Sam Bats - The Original Maple Bat Corporation
Sam Bats is not only one of the most popular bat manufacturers in professional baseball, but were the pioneers of crafting bats out of maple wood. Day Games speaks to Sam Bat’s President, Arlene Anderson, and Director of Pro Production, Alfred Mione about the different challenges and requests that come with making bats for everyone from sluggers like Barry Bonds to MLB pitchers like David Price. We also learn how bat makers themselves feel about the growing trend bat flips in pro ball.
44 minutes | Feb 13, 2017
Episode 3 - Conversation with Driveline Baseball's Kyle Boddy
Dr. Mike Sonne may have considered trading in his work in ergonomics to do what Kyle Boddy does. The Director of Research and Development and Founder of Driveline Baseball specializes in improving professional and top prospect pitchers and hitters with data-driven training and super cool baseball technology. If you listen closely you can hear Dr. Mike squealing from Boddy's technical explanations in the background. There is no doubt that talking numbers and baseball is a dream come true for both parties. Check out Driveline Baseball and Kyle Boddy and Dr. Mike on Twitter. Executive Produced by Dr. Mike Sonne, Nick Dicka, Kevin Kennedy. Technical production by Natalie Stoberman.
28 minutes | Feb 6, 2017
Episode 2 - Conversation with translator Josue Peley
Before the 2016 season, Major League Baseball mandated that every team hire a full-time spanish language translator. Josue Peley works as the translator for MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays. Josue speaks to Mike Sonne about the different tasks that are involved with his position - from acting as an intermediary in interviews to throwing fourth group batting practice on the field. He also tells Day Games the story of how he came to work for a Major League team and what makes him different from most of the other translators working around the league.
23 minutes | Jan 26, 2017
Episode 1 - Conversation with relief pitcher Jon Fitzsimmons
Jon Fitzsimmons is a relief pitcher with the Arizona Diamondbacks; recently selected from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 draft. Jon tells Day Games about his journey from London, Ontario, through the minor league baseball system, independent baseball in Quebec, and the trip back to the road to the show. Jon provides some great insight into the life of a minor league baseball player - from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to sharing a room with his teammates.
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