Ep. 29: Describing the moment when the Angels secured Shohei OhtaniExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand chats with Angels Assistant GM Jonathan Strangio to discuss the increasing influence of Ivy Leaguers in MLB front offices, appreciating the talents of Mike Trout on a daily basis, and the Angels' intense (and successful) pursuit of Shohei Ohtani last offseason.
Ep. 28: Building a small-market team into a consistent winnerExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand sits down with Pirates president Frank Coonelly to discuss why he's confident teams with smaller payrolls can compete for World Series titles, the difficulty of trading franchise icon Andrew McCutchen and how Pittsburgh has locked up key players like Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco to long-term contracts.
Ep. 27: What the Yankees' front office saw in Didi Gregorius in 2014Executive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand chats with Yankees VP of baseball operations Tim Naehring to discuss his tenure with Cincinnati, overseeing the development of players, including Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Johnny Cueto, why it's important for analytics-minded front offices to also include former players and what he saw in Didi Gregorius as a potential successor to Derek Jeter.
Ep. 26: Two seconds to spare, how the Astros landed Verlander in 2017Executive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand looks back on the franchise-altering trade for the Astros as they acquired Justin Verlander from the Tigers just before the August 31 Waiver Trade Deadline. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel revisits the frustration in the Astros' clubhouse after the front office declined to make a splash acquisition in July. General manager Jeff Luhnow recounts the minute-by-minute negotiations of a complicated transaction that nearly fell through several times. Finally, Verlander himself explains his decision to accept a move to Houston with only minutes to spare.
Ep. 25: How a local Boston kid grew up to run the Red SoxExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand chats with Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy to discuss growing up in the shadows of Fenway Park with Theo Epstein, the unique challenges and opportunities of running a team in Boston, Fenway Sports Management's work with LeBron James and much more.
Ep. 24: Handing out the Largest Contract in Franchise HistoryExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand sits down with D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall to discuss his tenure as a morning talk show host in Los Angeles, explain why he always keeps a box of D-backs hats in his car and describe the thought process behind handing Zack Greinke the largest contract in franchise history.
Ep. 23: The Royals' Golden GenerationExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand chats with Royals VP/assistant general manager J.J. Picollo to share his memories of the Royals' golden generation from their time in the Minor Leagues, how a championship makes it easier to teach baseball's fundamentals and much more.
Ep. 22: How a GM approaches the Trade DeadlineExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand is joined by former Mets and Orioles executive Jim Duquette, who explains why some negotiations succeed when others fail and to tell a few stories from his own wheeling and dealing days - including the tale of a proposed three-team swap that would have sent Roy Oswalt to Texas, Miguel Tejada to Houston and Brandon McCarthy to Baltimore.
Ep. 21: Lessons from being a Georgetown Basketball Student ManagerExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand chats with Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti on what he learned as a student manager for John Thompson's Georgetown basketball team, why he once turned down a job with the Miami Heat and how far the use of analytics has come during his tenure.
Ep. 20: Starting in Minor League Baseball Before Earning a College DegreeExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand sits down with Nationals assistant GM and vice president Bob Miller to describe the unique Trea Turner trade, shed some light on his time building contenders with the D-backs and Reds and explain how he got his start in Minor League Baseball a full decade before earning his college degree.
Ep. 19: Drafting Kershaw, Bellinger and SeagerExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand chats with Padres senior advisor to the GM Logan White, who oversaw the Dodgers' amateur scouting when Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager were drafted as well as LA's international scouting when the team signed Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu. White, who left the Dodgers' front office to become the Padres' director of player personnel in 2014, discusses how the Dodgers acquired those stars and his view of the Padres' path to contention.
Ep. 18: Why Young Executives Should Work in the Commissioner's OfficeExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand sits down with Mets senior vice president, baseball operations & assistant general manager John Ricco to discuss why he encourages all young executives to work in the commissioner's office, how he's made a career out of handling the unglamorous side of front-office work and what he sees as the next advancements in player scouting and development.
Ep. 17: The First Player OptionExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand talks with Phillies president Andy MacPhail to explain how he created the first-ever player option to sign Jack Morris, why he still regrets trading Tom Brunansky for Tom Herr and what Philadelphia fans can expect in the years to come.
Ep. 16: How Analytics Impacts All Aspects of the GameExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand talks with Astros senior director of baseball operations, research and innovation Brandon Taubman about how the use of analytics has impacted all aspects of the game. Also, why he challenges himself to interact more with players and on-field staff, and how his journey from business to baseball started at a bowling alley.
Ep. 15: Transition from Finance to BaseballExecutive Access add
On Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand chats with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman about transitioning from finance to baseball, the unique challenges of working in one of baseball's biggest markets and whether he's gotten over Game 7 of last year's World Series.
Ep. 14: How does a team prepare for the MLB Draft?Executive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand is joined by former Mets GM Jim Duquette and MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo to help understand how a team narrows down their Draft board as well as how much a team's current Major League roster dictates its strategy.
Ep. 13: Being Classmates with Tiger WoodsExecutive Access add
On the latest Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand sits down with A's president Dave Kaval to discuss his time in the office of the President of the United States, being classmates with Tiger Woods at Stanford and why keeping the A's in Oakland is crucial for the Bay Area as well as the success of the organization.
Ep. 12: Overseeing a Pro Scouting StaffExecutive Access add
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand sits down with Reds vice president of baseball operations and GM Nick Krall during Spring Training to discuss his tenure overseeing Cincinnati's pro scouting staff that acquired players like Luis Castillo and Adam Duvall, the lesson he learned when Walt Jocketty acquired Scott Rolen and much more.
Ep. 11: What is Super Two status and why does it matter?Executive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand and Jim Duquette explore the meaning of the term Super Two status and the process that a GM uses to determine when to bring a touted young player to the big leagues, including the player's MLB readiness and the team's roster needs, and much more.
Ep. 10: Analytics vs. Scouting DebateExecutive Access add
On the Executive Access podcast, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand chats with Brewers assistant general manager Matt Arnold to discuss his career, the analytics vs. scouting debate, his memories of Tampa Bay's famous Game 162 and much more.