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45 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 41: Closeoutbats.com Rachel Balkovec Interview
Mad Max is joined by Rachel Balkovec Hitting coach for the New York Yankees. Rachel is the first female hitting coach in professional baseball. The two discuss Rachel's Softball career and how she transitioned to a career in baseball. Rachel talks about how she started in strength and conditioning and the struggles of entering a male dominated industry. Rachel talks about when she finally got a job and how that felt. Max and Rachel discuss how she became a hitting coach and what the future holds.
41 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 40: Closeoutbats.com Jairo Labrador Interview
Mad Max is joined by Jairo Labrador. Jairo was the head coach for the Elziabeth New Jersey team that made it to the LLWS in 2019. Jairo and Max discuss their history together. Jairo talks about the summer grind it took for the boys to get to Williamsport. They talk about the experience in Williamsport and what the kids get from Easton. Jairo talks about how he feels for all the kids that won't get a Little League season this year.
32 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 39: Closeoutbats.com Russell Hartford USA Baseball Interview
Mad Max is joined by Russell Hartford with USA Baseball. Russell is Director of USABat Program. He talks about what USA Baseball does. He talks about the facility in North Carolina. Max and Russell talk about the famous USA bat change and how much work that took. They discuss if they think the USA bats are better in year three than year one. Russell talks about the future plans for USA Baseball.
43 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 38: Closeoutbats.com Natasha Watley Interview
Mad Max is joined by another softball Legend Natasha Watley. Natasha talks about what softball meant to her at an early age. She talks a lot about how her parents learned the game with her. She talks about how she always wanted to go to UCLA and winning a national championship. She talks about her pro career in the states and overseas. Natasha also talks about her Olympic Career and if there was any thoughts to come back for the 2020 olympics. She also talks about how she is training young softball girls.
35 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 37: Closeoutbats.com Monica Abbott Interview
Mad Max is joined by softball legend Monica Abbott. The two talk about what softball meant to her growing up. Her decision to play at University of Tennessee. Monica also talks about her professional career. The two also talk about her Wilson Glove and if its an honor to have her own glove. Max also asks her if their is a rivalry between her and Cat Osterman. They also talk about Monica's Pro career in the states and overseas.
35 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 36: Closeoutbats.com Baseball Notes W/ Clint McGill Interview
Mad Max is joined on Instagram live by Clint McGill. Clint talks about what baseball meant to him growing up. He also talks about his college and professional career. He talks about when he started Baseball Notes. Baseball notes helps with the mental aspect of hitting and deals with the fear of failure. Max and Clint talk about the next step for baseball notes from a business standpoint. A great feel good episode you don't want to miss.
41 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 35: Closeoutbats.com Morgan Stuart Interview
Max is joined by former softball player Morgan Stuart. Morgan played at the University of Washington and won the 2009 National Championship. She talks about her experience playing on that team and her willingness to move over to third base for the greater of the team. She talks about why she loves defense so much and talks about her time playing for the Philippines women's national softball team. Morgan also talks about being a co founder in The Packaged Deal.
52 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 34: Closeoutbats.com Wilson's Ryan Smith Interview
Mad Max is joined by Wilson's Ryan Smith on instagram Live. Ryan has been with Wilson for a little over 8 years and is Ball Glove Product Manager and Glove Designer. Ryan talks about his days working retail and how it has helped him know what people want in a ball glove. He talks about new models coming out with new technology called spin control. Max ask Ryan where he gets his creative ideas from. Ryan also talks about dealing with MLB guys and what they like.
41 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 33: Closeoutbats.com Keilani Ricketts Interview
Mad Max is joined by softball superstar Keilani Ricketts. Keilani talks about her college days at the University of Oklahoma. They talk about her Pro Career in the USA and Japan. Keilani talks about the honor it is to be part of Team USA. Max and Keilani also talk about how she has been the face of Rawlings softball for a decade. She also says if a Movie is made who would play her.
40 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 32: Closeoutbats.com Amanda Scarborough Interview
Mad Max is Joined by Legendary Texas AM softball player Amanda Scarborough. He is also joined by a co host for the first time. The threes discuss Amanda's beginning softball years. What the recruitment process was like. Amanda talks about some Highs in college and some lows like her career ending injury. The three discuss how she has climbed the ranks at ESPN. Amanda is also co founder of The Packaged Deal. They discuss how and when The Packaged Deal got started.
27 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 31: Closeoutbats.com Kelsey Stewart Interview
Mad Max is joined by softball superstar Kelsey Stewart. Kelsey talks about her college days where she was able to help Florida win two National Championships. They talk about her Pro Career. Kelsey talks about the honor it is to be part of Team USA. Max and Kelsey also talk about her Wilson Game model and the Louisville bat she prefers. She also says if a Movie is made who would play her.
43 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 30: Closeoutbats.com PIFBS Interview
Mad Max is joined by Pitch in for Baseball/Softball. Did you know that PIFBS has donated more than 10 million dollars of equipment to 900,000 kids in all 50 states and 100 countries internationally. Meredith and Steve from PIFBS join Max and discuss what PIFBS does. They talk about how people can send them gear and who uses it. Meredith talks about her favorite memory that they have accomplished. They talk about what the future might hold for them.
42 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 29: Closeoutbats.com Tim Dillard Interview
Mad Max does a Zoom interview with Legendary Pitcher Tim Dillard. Tim was entering his 18th year in professional baseball. Tim talks about his baseball career. He talks about his Wilson A2000 and how much he misses baseball. Dillard tells Mad Max the main difference between the MLB and the Minor Leagues. Tim also talks about his new podcast venture. Sit back and get ready for some laughs!
40 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 28: Closeoutbats.com Coachhp
Mad Max is joined by Rawlings Sports Brand Ambassador Hector Penate. He talks about growing up in Miami and struggling to get along with his dad. Hector talks about moving to Las Vegas and how his life changed at 31. He then discusses moving back to Miami and becoming a baseball instructor and helping kids and parents. CoachHP talks about future plans and how to have a great attitude in life. A real feel-good interview.
48 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 27: Closeoutbats.com Ryan Fitzgerald
Mad Max is joined by Red Sox Minor League player Ryan Fitzgerald. Ryan talks about growing up playing Baseball and hockey. He talks about his college experience at Creighton University. Ryan talks about not getting drafted and playing independent ball. He talks about how his independent ball coach helps him get signed by the Red Sox. They talk about how minor league players are paid under minion wage. Ryan talks about his Goat Clothing brand.
32 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 26: Closeoutbats.com John W. Miller
Mad Max is joined by Writer and Filmmaker John W. Miller. John wrote an article called Keeping baseball alive in the time of coronavirus. John talks about growing up in Brussels Germany and playing baseball. John now back in the US lives in Pittsburgh and coach's baseball. They talk about how John has been coaching his kids and what to expect for this summer. Miller also has a new film coming out where baseball plays a big part of.
49 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 25: Closeoutbats.com Jen Schroeder Interview
Mad Max welcomes former UCLA Bruin catcher Jen Schroeder. Jen talks about growing up in California. She talks about the highs and lows of playing softball. Jen tells Max why she came up with the Packaged Deal and about her Catching retreats. They also discuss the game changing Catching Gear that Easton and Jen came out with. Jen tells Max about some future projects that are coming. One of the best interviews yet!
38 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 24: Closeoutbats.com Jennette Rauch from Wilson Ball Gloves Interview
Jennette Rauch from Wilson joins Mad Max. Her exact job title is Global Marketing Director at Wilson Sporting Goods. Her sweet spot is definitely gloves. They talk about her 8-plus years of working at Wilson and the arrival of the custom glove builder and how it has changed. She also talks about the famous "Glove Day," where Wilson will deliver gloves to pro baseball players. Jennette shares some of her favorite MLB players and discusses a National treasure ASO.
32 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 23: Closeoutbats.com Chase D'arnaud Interview
Mad Max is joined by former MLB baseball player Chase d'Arnaud. Chase talks about his childhood growing up in Long Beach, California, and his best and worst moments as a pro. He also discusses why he decided to step away from the game he loves. Mad Max asks Chase about the Journeyman Series he's created and streams on YouTube. Chase also talks about his future projects.
29 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 22: Closeoutbats.com Danielle Lawrie Interview
Mad Max is joined by legendary softball player Danielle Lawrie. Danielle talks about what she is doing to stay in shape as she trains for the postponed Olympics. They discuss her collegiate career where she won the 2009 national championship with Washington. Danielle also answers questions from fans. Does she think pro baseball/softball players should be connected more and how does one get into the broadcast career. Download for a jam-packed interview!
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