Touch ‘Em All #123 – Hot Stove Edition

(Recorded on January 4, 2019)

The Hot Stove edition of “Touch ‘Em All” is upon us! Host D.C. Lundberg along with Jason Hernandez and Chico Alexander discuss the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee and the results of their voting. Who got in? Who was snubbed? And why wasn’t Paul Sorrento on the ballot? Manny Machado and Bryce Harper still have yet to find teams willing to pay them the exorbitant amount of money they think they deserve.

The gang discusses where they may land and what has teams hesitant of signing them. Also, what are the Marlins going to do with J.T. Realmuto? The Mariners are in complete fire sale mode. (That is not a typo, for those who thought that should have read “Marlins.”) Who’d they get rid of? Who’d they get in return? And has D.C. fully recovered? Only time can heal certain wounds.

We board the Manager’s Carousel to tell you who got the axe and who replaced them. Which of the new manager’s has the best chance for success? Finally, in more depressing Mariners news, Safeco Field has morphed in to a T-Mobile store, complete with gaudy pink lighting. Could this new motif cause fans to vomit? Could it also cause seizures? Be sure to wear your shades next time you visit the corner of Edgar and Dave. Also, WTF Blake Snell?! Like, OMG!!

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Touch ‘Em All #116

(Recorded on September 4, 2018)

Three cast members in one room? Yes, three cast members in one room. Since Jason Hernandez was visiting the Seattle area, he and area natives D.C. Lundberg & Jon Miller congregated at the Miller house to produce a very special “recorded live” episode. (With that, we apologize for the echo you’ll hear in this episode. The three were sharing one microphone and the audio engineer didn’t realize that it would create such an echo. And by “audio engineer,” I mean “D.C.”)

The gang discussed the two on-field confrontations that took place; the first involving Yasiel Puig (surprise, surprise) & Nick Hundley, the second involving Juiio Ureña and… pretty much the entire Braves roster.

It’s the home stretch, and with that, we look a little more in depth at each division race, as well as both Wild Cards. The National League races are considerably more interesting.

The Dodgers have created a flair for blowout wins and spectacular loses. We discuss one of the latter here. The infamous walk-off balk.

Edwin Diaz is setting the world on fire, so to speak, and made a bet with M’s skipper Scott Servais. The gang talks about the season he’s putting together, as well as digging into his mechanics a bit, and his future.

Safeco Field soon won’t be named “Safeco Field.” What should it be called? The three amigos give their thoughts.

All of this from Jon Miller’s dining table.

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Touch ‘Em All #115

(Recorded on July 15, 2018)

Jason Hernandez hosts this edition of “Touch ’em All” and welcomes D.C. Lundberg, Joe Van Ginkel & Jason Block for the annual All-Star show. However, the gang first goes for a ride on the Manager’s Carousel for the first time this season. They discuss the managerial change in St. Louis, what may have influenced the decision to go in another direction, and also trudge up some of the Cardinals’ recent issues.

The division races are recapped and each one is analyzed. Which team has the edge in each division? How are the Wild Card races shaping up? And just how bad are the Orioles? And where the hell will Manny Machado wind up prior to the trading deadline?

The All-Star rosters have been announced, but did the voters get the starting line ups correct? Which deserving players were left off the All-Star rosters? And who exactly did D.C. and J.D. pick as the starters for each league? And just how weak is the Home Run Derby Field?

Chase Utley has announced his retirement from the game. The crew discuss their thoughts on his career and J.D. recalls one of his favorite stories.

Finally, J.D. brings back a segment from last week wherein he shares his favorite radio call from the past week.

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Touch ‘Em All #114

(Recorded on July 7, 2018)

After Tripp Swinton helps us catch up on the last month and a half from the SpectrumOne News Center, host D.C. Lundberg and panelists Jason Hernandez, Chico Alexander & Jessica Brand discuss the Seattle Mariners bringing back Turn Ahead the Clock Night. Speaking of the Mariners, they’ve been doing pretty well just how have they been able to sustain their hot streak, and how is it that they’ve improved since losing Robinson Canó to the PED suspension?

The gang talk about how which improvements they would make to their home ballparks, and J.D. discusses his opinions about which are the better parks in Major League Baseball and which could use some work. (Or replacing.) They also discuss their thoughts about Major League Baseball deciding to broadcast select day games exclusively on Facebook, and Jennry Mejia’s reinstatement to baseball after being banned for life for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs three times.

Also, why did catcher Mike Marjama decide to retire from baseball at age 28? Find out the answer, as well as playing Call to the Hall and Guess the Scouting Report on this latest episode of “Touch ‘Em All!”

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Touch ‘Em All #113

(Recorded on May 20, 2018)

After the announcer gives host Jason Hernandez a somewhat backhanded introduction, J.D. goes bilingual on us mientras presenta a los panelistas Taylor Blake Ward, Jason Block, y D.C. Lundberg (que esta enfermo con un resfriado) en español. The gang has two no-hitters to discuss, each of which took place in a different country.

First of all, Los Dodgers’ combined no-no againts Los Padres in Monterrey, México. Viva México!! Viva Los Dodgers!! In addition, James Paxton’s dominance of the Blue Jays in his native land, which followed another dominating performance in his prior start [in which he was pulled early and which the bullpen blew sky high]. O, Canada!

After the standings are updated, the crew discusses why the Yankees are so hot at this time and the race between them and the Red Sox in the American League East. Also, where are those two teams going to take their bitter rivalry next season? And are Harry & Megan going to be in attendance? And will they enjoy a spot of tea & a crumpet during the match? Albert Pujols further validates his candidacy for the Hall of Fame by accumulating his 3,000th hit.

The crew discusses this, along with his brilliant career. The gang then talks about someone who has completely invalidated his candidacy for the Hall of Fame in the latest edition of This Week in Suspensions. D.C. pulls no punches and may have set a “bleeps per minute” record for this program (NOTE: The person being bleeped, the person editing the show & doing the bleeping, and the person writing this are the same person.)

Moving on very quickly from the above profanity-laced tirade by a certain overly excited panelist, 19-year-old Juan Soto was called up AA ball to join the Nationals’ Major League roster. After this, the upcoming amateur draft and the prospects therein are discussed. Along with the touching way in which Steven Piscotty and the Oakland Athletics are honoring Piscotty’s late mother, who passed away from ALS a few weeks ago and Steven’s heroics on Mother’s Day. All this, along with a new edition of Call to the Hall.

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Touch ‘Em All #112

(Recorded on May 2 and 4, 2018)

Take three!! After some false starts, D.C. Lundberg and his panel of Jason Hernandez, Ian McLinn & first-time guest Frank Cardoza begin by discussing a baseball resurgence in Oakalnd, topped off by Sean Manaea’s no-hitter against the Red Sox, which J.D. trying to usurp D.C.’s position of host on this program. The Red Sox’s slide is also discussed; what happened to them? Did the league figure them out, or did being no-hit just take all the wind out of their sails? The gang also discusses their biggest surprises and disappointments in each league. Who had done what and how to surprise and disappoint our analysts? Which manager had to hop on the Manger’s Carousel? The answer will not shock you. We discuss his tenure with his team and the team’s prospects for the near future.

Also discussed is the beginning of next season, as it was announced that the 2019 Major League season will begin overseas. Which teams are going to play where? Speaking of Japan, what’s going on with Ichiro? We also have new editions of Guess the Scouting Report & Call to the Hall.

In addition, why was this episode recorded over the course of two days? In any case, Jon Miller does join us for the portion we recorded on Friday.

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Touch ‘Em All #111

(Recorded on April 15, 2018)

Our first brawl of the season took place in Coors Field, followed only a few hours later by our second brawl, this one a good old fashioned Yankees/Red Sox pier sixer in Fenway. Host Jason Hernandez welcomes Jason Block, Jessica Brand and D.C. Lundberg to discuss what lead to each fight, the fights themselves, and the fallout. The M-E-T-S- Mets! Mets! Mets! have been smoking hot as of late and are off to an historic start. How have they managed this? The crew discusses, as well as talking about all the division races two weeks into the regular season.

The Marlins and White Sox have not exactly been off to good starts, in part leading to dismal attendance figures. The gang also does their annual Foodgasm segment, where they discuss the culinary offerings at Major League Ballparks. Also presented are new editions of Guess the Scouting Report, Call to the Hall and the Minute of Minutiae.

Finally, in a “Touch ‘Em All” exclusive, J.D. interviews people at Dodger Stadium who attended Jackie Robinson Day to get their thoughts on the celebration and Robinson’s legacy. The gang also discusses their thoughts on this historic anniversary.

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Touch ‘Em All #110 – Season 7 Premiere!

(Recorded on March 30, 2018)

The seventh season of “Touch ‘Em All” kicks off with our annual Season Preview show. Host D.C. Lundberg welcomes Jason Hernandez, Jason Block and Ian McLinn, later joined by Taylor Blake Ward and Jessica Brand, who Jason Block dubbed “the Human Elias Sports Bureau.” Division races and Wild Cards are discussed, along with a bold prediction from each panelist. And did Commissioner Rob Manfred actually have a good idea? Did he actually have two good ideas? The gang discusses the possibilities of expansion and the reduction of Interleague Play. Also, new versions of Guess the Scouting Report and Call to the Hall.

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Touch ‘Em All #109 – Season 6 Finale!

(Recorded on February 11, 2018)

The sixth season concludes [three and a half months after the World Series ended] with our World Series wrap-up. Just exactly how did the Astros pull it off? And has J.D. recovered? All this is explored by host D.C. Lundberg, Jason Block & Jessica Brand. The crew also discuss a little Hot Stove action, begin to set up the upcoming 2018 season, talk about who are the latest players and commentator to gain entry to the Hall of Fame and Jess hosts her own game of Call to the Hall. And D.C. waits with baited breath for an Olympic curling match to start.

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Touch ‘Em All #104

(Recorded on August 24, 2017)

Smackdown in Motown! We discuss the brouhaha at Comerica Park between the Yankees & Tigers, plus the potential fallout. Also, the Seattle Mariners have finally retired another uniform number. Who’s was it? Clue: It wasn’t Giomar Guevara. The panel discusses the on-field ceremony, plus this player’s chances to enter the Hall of Fame. The gang also discusses potential playoff contenders as we get closer to the home stretch, as well as the vomit-inducing Player’s Weekend. What happened to Rich Hill in Pittsburgh? Much to J.D.’s chagrin, we talk about it, in addition to the Dodgers’ acquisition of the Grandy Man. D.C. Lundberg hosts and welcomes Jason Block, Jon Miller & Jessica Brand, and joined is later in the program by Jason Hernandez.

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Touch ‘Em All #98 – Season 6 Premiere!

(Recorded on April 3, 2017)

As our very own Jason Block likes to say, “All is right with the world,” because baseball is back! And so is “Touch ‘Em All,” as we begin our 6th season. Host D.C. Lundberg, Jason Block, Jessica Brand & Jason Hernandez talk about exactly what the heck they think is going to happen in ’17, lament the state of pitching in Major League Baseball, and reveal what Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher to do — along with giving him a new nickname. We also break out a brand new game of Call to the Hall and talk about the new culinary offerings at the various Major League ballparks. Happy New Year!

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Touch ‘Em All #95 – Jim Williams Tribute Episode

(Recorded on March 11, 2017)

The “Touch ‘Em All” gang remembers the show’s creator and heart & soul, Jim Williams. Jason Hernandez & D.C. Lundberg co-host this touching retrospective and are joined by Jason Block & Jon Miller.

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Touch ‘Em All #89

(Recorded on September 16, 2016)

Cubs win the division! Cubs win the division! They are the first team to clinch their division, which is discussed by guest host D.C. Lundberg and a panel of Jason Block, Jessica Brand, Davin Tackett & Jason Hernandez, along with the other division races as we inch closer to the end of the regular season. And why was the Padres general manager suspended? How does that even happen? And just how cool is it that we used a clip from a Humble Pie song to introduce the segment? Jason Block brings up a very cool story involving a card and confection company honoring a contest entry submitted this year… but which was published nearly 60 years ago.

Also, our nameless New Segment finally has a name, which is very Acceptable. Is he worthy?! Plus, Jess’ Juxtaposition Trivia, the Minute of Minutiae, a Special Report by Tripp Swinton, and J.D. Hernandez discusses the High Desert Mavericks’ final few regular season games, and the beginning of the California League championship, including a special happening in the game taking place during recording.

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Touch ‘Em All #88

(Recorded on September 10, 2016)

You really got me, now. You got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’. Or not… After guest host D.C. Lundberg goes off-script while introducing guests Jason Block, Jessica Brand & Davin Tackett, the gang discusses pennant race baseball. Amid the Mets’ recent hot streak, do they have a chance to advance to postseason play or possibly even take the NL East? Also, we have our first team officially eliminated. (With more to come very soon.) The panel anticipates very boring updates to the NL Central from here on out, if not calling a winner on the next show. On the flip side, the NL West is a good old fashioned Dodgers/Giants race, and Brooklynite Jason Block doesn’t hold back in demonstrating his true feelings toward “Dem Bums.”

Which team will come out ahead? The AL East has become closer since the last show; the same cannot be said of the AL Central or West, however, and the panel also talks about the Wild Card races. In addition, Clayton Kershaw returns from the DL to bolster the Dodgers’ rotation. How did he fare in his first start back? And how badly did the Dodgers do in his absence? Also which Heisman Trophy winning quarterback has signed a minor league baseball contract? And is it merely a publicity stunt or a legitimate shot at playing Major League Baseball one day? The crew discusses four-strikeout innings and other baseball oddities, and discusses umpiring. Again.

We also bring back our nameless New Segment, Guess the Scouting Report returns after a week off, Jess’ Juxtaposition Trivia and the Minute of Minutiae. And D.C. closes with a painfully old reference.

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Touch ‘Em All #87

(Recorded on September 2, 2016)

Getting into September, the Chicago Cubs are clubulating the rest of the National League. Just how hot have they been? And why has that been happening? Other division and Wild Card races are discussed by host D.C. Lundberg, Jess Brand, Jason Hernandez, Jon Miller and first-time guest Davin Tackett. And was Yasiel Puig really claimed off waivers? Well, yes, but why isn’t he changing teams? The gang also talks about our favorite baseball video games, J.D. talks about the High Desert Mavericks’ final home game, a New Segment makes its debut and we have new editions of Jess’ Juxtaposition Trivia & the Minute of Minutiae. In addition, we’re treated to some investigative reporting by SpectrumOne news reporter Tripp Swinton.

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