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Week 24, 2019: Tip Your Server
September 09, 2019 06:39 AM PDT
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It's the final pod of 2019, and we're handing out awards and looking ahead to 2020: Dunedin's Jim Tarabocchia leads off (1:52), followed by Vancouver's Rob Fai (11:35), Bluefield's Zach Helton (16:58), Lansing's Adam Jaksa (21:46), New Hampshire's Tyler Murray (28:52), and Buffalo's Pat Malacaro (45:44). Then we wrap up the season with interviews with two of the top performers of the summer, pitcher Jackson Rees (41:35) and slugger Griffin Conine (51:19). Thank you for support of Around the Nest all season... and enjoy the baseball.

Week 23, 2019: Here Comes the Story of the Hurricane
September 05, 2019 01:36 PM PDT
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We begin with Hurricane Dorian prematurely ending the Dunedin Blue Jays' season (and Jim Tarabocchia has opinions on this) (2:05), before talking Buffalo and Hockey Night (12:58) with Pat Malacaro, Vancouver in progress with pinch-hitter Jordy Cunningham (20:32), Bluefield's personalities with Zach Helton (24:32), Lansing's players to watch with host Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (34:38), an interview with Jays fifth-rounder Jose Espada (40:54) -- and then fit in Tyler Murray to talk New Hampshire (50:14) at the very end!

Week 22, 2019: Yesterday is Not Far Enough Away
August 23, 2019 02:48 PM PDT
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Yesterday the Buffalo Bisons lost 20-3. You know what else has happened recently? In Double-A New Hampshire, Tyler Murray talks Kevin Smith's recent 2-HR game and unexpected sources of production (0:38); Buffalo's Pat Malacaro on TJ Zeuch's no-hitter and Nate Pearson's Triple-A debut (8:43); Vancouver's Rob Fai offers observations of Alex Nolan's and Adam Kloffenstein's recent gems (16:20); Bluefield's Zach Helton exults in a Mercer Cup win even as the Blue Jays' playoff chances dwindle (24:35); Lansing's Adam Jaksa weighs on Griffin Conine's and Cre Finfrock's landing on the Midwest League Post-Season All-Star Team (33:49); Jesse Goldberg-Strassler interviews Lugnuts hitting machine Yorman Rodriguez (43:43); and Dunedin's Jim Tarabocchia closes the show with thoughts on Demi Orimoloye and Kacy Clemens (53:00).

Week 21, 2019: Zero Hour
August 17, 2019 08:29 AM PDT
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We're talking bagels on the scoreboard, future Major League relievers in the pen, and free lemonade in the stands! First, Jim Tarabocchia joins from Dunedin (0:24) to talk Maximo Castillo's latest gem. Then Tyler Zickel from New Hampshire (7:07), on Cullen Large, Yennsy Diaz and more. Rob Fai has the lowdown on Mount Manoah and King Kloff in Vancouver (14:26). Zach Helton talks about Austin Havekost and Bluefield's amazing city-wide free lemonade policy (21:51). Adam Jaksa shares how Yorman Rodriguez has bolstered Lansing (30:22), which almost threw a perfect game, and then interviews Will McAffer (38:47) on winning the silver medal at the Pan-Am Games. Lastly, Pat Malacaro delivers the latest from Buffalo (48:42)!

Week 20, 2019: Below Bo
August 12, 2019 01:41 PM PDT
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Come on down! Gameshow Night approaches in New Hampshire, as we discuss all of the goings-on below Bo Bichette's record-breaking achievements in Toronto. Jim Tarabocchia (0:29) has the latest on Chavez Young and Dunedin's renovation; Buffalo's Pat Malacaro (8:32) checks in from the road; New Hampshire's Tyler Murray (15:00) welcomes Yennsy Diaz back from the Majors; Bluefield's Zach Helton (22:08) talks DJ Daniels; Lansing's Adam Jaksa (28:14) offers thoughts on Cobi Johnson's hitless gem; and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler interviews Nicaraguan lefty Randy Pondler to conclude the show.

Week 19, 2019: Meet the New Guys!
August 04, 2019 03:34 PM PDT
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There are NINE different segments on this week's show, focusing on the Blue Jays at the Trade Deadline: Potomac's Erik Bremer tells about new acquisition Kyle Johnston (0:45), Rob Fai talks Vancouver All-Stars (6:00), Syracuse's Michael Tricarico on Anthony Kay (11:52), Jim Tarabocchia on losing Cal Stevenson/Dunedin (18:25), Zach Helton on Justin Ammons/Bluefield (24:16), Bob Lipman on Nate Pearson/New Hampshire (30:24), Adam Jaksa on Lansing's wiffle ball game! (35:31), Mick Gillispie on Thomas Hatch (41:14), and Kevin Fitzgerald on Simeon Woods Richardson (46:45). Whew!

Week 18, 2019: Bambi on Ice
July 30, 2019 11:53 AM PDT
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As Jesse Goldberg-Strassler hosts from the Lansing Lugnuts' team bus en route to the ballpark, we discuss the highest ceilings and floors in the Blue Jays' organization, plus: Jim Tarabocchia talks Dunedin's rain-affected schedule (0:31), Zach Helton looks at some better pitching in Bluefield (13:15), Tyler Murray offers observations of Nate Pearson's latest dominating effort in New Hampshire (22:34), plus Pat Malacaro from Buffalo (30:42), Rob Fai in Vancouver (37:50), and Jesse on an epically long 8th inning for Lansing (45:00), before we wrap up with an interview with Gabriel Moreno (54:16).

Week 17, 2019: Having a Heat Wave
July 23, 2019 02:09 PM PDT
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Things are heating up, around the planet and more specifically in the cities where the Blue Jays' MiLB affiliates play ball, with the Dunedin Blue Jays pushing through a recent dry spell smiley30), Kevin Smith's bat blazing for New Hampshire (8:40), the Buffalo Bisons preparing for Blue Jays Weekend (16:27), Zach Helton breaking down the Bluefield Blue Jays' pitching tools), Vancouver heating up behind manager Casey Candaele's cool approach (27:54), and Johnny Aiello's ongoing on-base streak for Lansing (34:37).

Week 16, 2019: Only You Can Prevent Dugout Fires
July 16, 2019 11:42 AM PDT
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On the newest Around the Nest, Jay-talking around the Blue Jays' system, Jim Tarabocchia smiley21) talks about the ending of Dunedin's winning streak and Cal Stevenson's hitting streak; Bob Lipman (10:03) makes his debut to talk New Hampshire's enigmatic, talented staff; Rob Fai (14:53) breaks down Philip Clarke and a resurgent Vancouver squad; Zach Helton (21:53) evaluates Bluefield's best hitting tools; host Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (32:50) talks about Eric Pardinho and Lansing's successful road trip; and the pod finishes with a pair of interviews, with Jacob Waguespack (38:00) and VP of High Performance Angus Mugford (45:01).

Week 15: Sunshine and Roses
July 10, 2019 08:48 AM PDT
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On this week's Around the Nest, Jim Tarabocchia raves about the red hot Dunedin Blue Jays (1:05) while Rob Fai has the opposite to share about the Vancouver Canadians (10:50); Tyler Murray talks Nate Pearson, Logan Warmoth and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (18:38); Zach Helton's Bluefield Blue Jays are scoring touchdowns (28:34); Adam Jaksa talks Eric Pardinho and the Lansing Lugnuts (34:04); Pat Malacaro wraps things up with a check with the Buffalo Bisons; and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler interviews Blue Jays special advisor to the GM Jason Bere (50:47).

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