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43 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Cameron Ginger: Beyond the Swing
On this episode of Spotlight, Josh sits down with Cameron Ginger, founder of Propel Hitting. Cameron details some of the very first things he does when he first meets a player, how he communicates with them, and how he educates them beyond the swing.
42 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Allison Honkofsky and Taber Klinglesmith: Top Tier Coaching Practices
On this episode of Spotlight, Josh sits down with Allison Honkofsky and Taber Klinglesmith to talk about their past softball and baseball careers, their coaching styles, and their opinions on the recent technological advancements in both sports.Allison both played and coached softball at the Division I level, and Taber played college ball as well. Throughout their journeys, they’ve found their favorite drills, the drills that get the ‘most bang for your buck,’ and have tailored their coaching styles to fit many different ages.
38 minutes | May 31, 2021
Chris Vasami- Make Your Non- Negotiables
On this episode, hitting coach Chris Vasami opens up about how his personal battles have shaped his coaching techniques, and having the unique understanding of when its time to push a kid to work harder, or to take a minute and talk with them.
53 minutes | May 17, 2021
Matt Lopes: The Science Behind Hitting
On this episode of Spotlight, Josh sits down to interview Matt Lopes, of Matt Lopes Hitting! Matt details the highs and lows of his personal baseball career, how he got into coaching, and how he has drastically changed his coaching philosophy over the past two years.
30 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Bat Club USA: Making Baseball Accessible
Bat Club USA founder Erik Rico explains that today’s game is getting more and more expensive- whether that be league fees, tournament travel, equipment prices- specifically bats- it all adds up. Unfortunately, this limits some kids from playing the game of baseball. Erik was determined to make sure baseball was accessible to everyone, so he developed a bat subscription company to help alleviate some of the financial stress that can come with buying bats and other baseball equipment.
46 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
CleanFuego: Unicorn Fastballs, UFO Change-ups and So Much More
On this episode of Spotlight, Josh talks with the CleanFuego founders, who also happen to be brothers, Mike and Connor McGuiness. Connor’s extensive pitching knowledge as the big league assistant pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike’s expertise in marketing allowed the company to thrive in their first year, despite launching two weeks before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. www.cleanfuego.com
52 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Julie Alexandria: Baseball, Journalism and Entrepreneurship
On this episode of Spotlight, Josh sits down and talks with Julie Alexandria, a multi-faceted female icon in the baseball world and beyond. Julie discusses how her lifelong dream of being a Broadway star led her to her career with the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals, the San Diego Padres- which led to her hosting LA Vida Baseball, and then she even furthered her reach by starting her own company, Hume Supernatural.https://humesupernatural.com
47 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Randall Thompson - The Dugout Mug Story
On this episode of Spotlight, Plate Crate founder Josh Band sits down with Randall Thompson. Randall is the founder and president of Dugout Mugs, a bat mug company that stemmed from a simple idea to a flourishing million dollar company. www.dugoutmugs.com
41 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Trading Cards, Collectibles & More: Topps Communication Manager, Emily Kless
On this episode of Spotlight, Josh Band sits down with Emily Kless, the Communications Manager of Topps, one of the world’s most famous memorabilia companies. She takes us through the brief history of Topps- how it started as a family gum company in 1938, and transformed into the trading card powerhouse that it is today.
55 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
It's More Than A Game: An Interview with BL101 Founder, Josh Shapiro
This episode of Spotlight showcases the founder of one of the biggest brands in baseball - Josh Shapiro Baseball Lifestyle 101. Whether you know them from their 550,000+ follower Instagram account, or any of their apparel options, it’s no secret that Baseball Lifestyle has exploded these past few years.
66 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Stay Crispy: An Interview with Coach Ferber
This episode of Spotlight is packed with both personality and wisdom. Coach Jason Ferber gives insight into how he fell in love with the game, why he started coaching, and how his ‘art’ has allowed him to gain over 138,000 Instagram followers.
30 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Baseball Craftsmanship: An Interview with JAW Bats Founder Jacob Walters
In episode 1 of season 2 of SpotLight, Josh sits down to interview Jacob Walters. Jacob is the founder & CEO of JAW Bats, a wood bat company that's taking the baseball world by storm.Some episode highlights include:How Jacob got started making bats when he was in high schoolHow to pick the right bat for youWhat makes a quality wood bat & how to telland so much more
67 minutes | May 10, 2020
Brad Marcelino is the coach you’ve been looking for
Brad Marcelino (Marcy), has coached over 65 MLB draft picks, been a recruiting coordinator at San Diego State, played in the World Baseball Classic, and in 12 different countries, yet somehow still continues to be as humble as ever. Coach Marcelino is the coach you want to learn from and emulate. This episode Josh and Coach Marcelino dive into how to become a good coach. They also dig into Manny Ramirez’s insanely humble approach to hitting, and so many other tools and tactics that will have you looking at the game from a completely different perspective. Learn more about Coach Marcelino on Instagram @marcelinobaseball Want to learn more about Plate Crate? Get started at www.platecrate.com Baseball, delivered. @platecrate
63 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
The renaissance man of baseball, CJ Beatty
CJ Beatty started as a baseball player and morphed his career into so much more. CJ is a pro scout, a recording artist, a motivational speaker, and an author. He’s taken his skill set and extended it to more than just baseball. He inspires and motivates baseball and softball players all over the world. Learn more about CJ at www.cjbeatty.com and follow on Instagram @cjbeatty44 Learn more about Plate Crate at www.platecrate.com and follow us on Instagram @platecrate
38 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
15 year old entrepreneur is changing the game
Hailey Cox had an idea, but unlike most people followed through completely. Hailey and her father Tim co-founded Firsty Athlete and launched their first game-changing product, the Align 8. In this episode we talk about how to go from an idea to a business, all while putting aside some time for homework. Want to learn more about Hailey and the Align 8? Go to www.firstyathlete.com. Align 8 will be featured in the April Plate Crate. Use code “blueprint” for $15 off your first Plate Crate order. Get started at www.platecrate.com
66 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
Gloves that change the world with Jay McEvoy
Jay McEvoy’s gloves change the world. Baseball gloves are Jay’s medium to spread his philosophy that through love and courage each glove he sends can really change the world. We dig into how Jay attaches story’s, and creates them, with each glove. In this episode Jay tells us what sparked his mission and some stories he’s been a part of along the way. He’s helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for charity, brought families together, and spread love through his random acts of kindness. Jays story of giving is just the beginning. Jay is also one of the worlds premiere glove experts. He is more than a simple glove hobbyist. Jay has been flown around the country to consult on gloves, patterns, designs, and distribution. If you’re a glove nut this episode is for you. If you’re a person this episode is for you.
71 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
Get to know Chase Darnaud, big leaguer, dad, musician, and so much more
This episode Josh chats with Chase Darnaud. Chase was an 11 year pro, much of which was spent in the big leagues. In addition to being a big leaguer he's also an accomplished musician. Chase talks about touring with his band at some major venues in his offseason. Chase also shares his struggles to the big leagues, advice he's received along the way, and so much more. This episode is sponsered by Plate Crate, a monthly box of baseball gear.You can learn more about Chase on instagram @journeymanseries and @chasedarnaud.You can learn more about Plate Crate at www.platecrate.com.Oh yeah before we forget... review us! We need your help spreading the word and it would mean the world to us if you give us a 5 star review! Thanks so much for listening!
57 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Get to know The Baseballogist, the first professional baseball fan
This podcast is with the Baseballogist. He is the 1st professional baseball fan, he aims to spread love and positivity and continue to get 1% better everyday. We go into detail about The Baseballogist's history and how he became the 1st professional baseball fan.Learn how he used failure to get better.How he carved his own path in the baseball world and how he continues to inspire baseball fans of all ages every day.Follow The Baseballogist on IG @Baseballogist and tiktok @BaseballogistNew to Plate Crate? Grab your 1st Crate today at https://www.platecrate.com/pages/plate-crate-subscription and use code Baseballogist for $20 off!
84 minutes | Sep 14, 2019
Casey Smith deep dives into swing mechanics and all things hitting
Casey Smith is more than a hitting coach. He's kind of a hitting therapist/guru/learner all mashed into one. Casey was a 9th round pick by the Padres in 2005 and has been studying the art of hitting ever since. He's coached everything from high school to big league players like Nick Castellanos, DJ Lemahieu, and Micahel Chavis to name a few. His philosophy on coaching players is ultra specific, and well thought out. His approach to hitting mechanics, working with high level athletes, and life in general will have you being a fan of Casey and his business Out Front Hitting. Learn more about Casey at outfronthitting.com and follow him on Instagram @outfronthitting This episode is brought to you by Plate Crate, a monthly box of baseball gear. Every month with Plate Crate features a new theme that is aimed at a specific part of your game. Learn more at www.platecrate.com!
88 minutes | Sep 5, 2019
Cameron Monger: How to work out for 1700 days in a row
Josh interviews Cameron Monger (@cameronmonger). Cam is a 10 years minor league veteran and has played on over 13 teams. He's also worked out for over 1700 days in a row! No that is not a typo. He talks about how to form habits that stick, the mindset of a "pro" how to be a good teammate and so much more. This episode is brought to you by Plate Crate, a monthly box of baseball gear. Get $20 off your first box with code: Spotlight20 at checkout. Go to www.platecrate.com to get started today.
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