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On the anniversary of his Perfect Game, Dallas Braden jumps up on the Top Step with fellow former MLB pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith. We discuss his 'Mothers Day perfecto', as well has his disdain for A-ROD and that time he got the f#*k off his mound. As well as the Oakland A's difficult fan situation, the game today, word of the day…
 
3 x Gold Glove Centerfielder for the Rays joins Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith on the show this week. We discuss his journey from being a 31st-round draft pick out of Junior College to one of the most elite Centerfielders in the game. Why he loves the Rays Organization, and what it's like hitting against this generation of pitching! Please le…
 
Welcome back mates! Baseball is back and so are your favorite Aussie MLB Players Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith. We discuss everything from our human umpire friends, to who we are buying and who we are selling in the first weeks of the 2022 season! Click subscribe and enjoy mates! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-top-step-with-…
 
Mariners starting pitcher Logan Gilbert joins us days before his first start on the 2022 season to discuss his journey, what he experienced as a rookie in 2021 plus, who will be the MVP, who win the CY Young? Former MLB Pitchers Ryan Rowland-Smith, Grant Balfour and Ryan 'The Apprentice' Cohen give their end of year predictions! Make sure you subsc…
 
Aussie MLB players Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith get stuck right into all the new contracts, all the hype and madness of spring training, Aussie Word of the Day, the All In moments sponsored by All In Energy Drink and more! Please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts! Enjoy mates! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-top…
 
The lockout is over and baseball is back in full swing. Former MLB Aussies Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith talk free agency, the CBA, what they like and what they don't. Australian word of the the day and the 'All In Moments! Please add The Top Step top your rotation and click subscribe! Enjoy Mates! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm…
 
The lockout is over and baseball is back! We have former NL Comeback player of the year and Rockies closer Daniel Bard returning to the show to discuss the lockout form a players point of view and of course one of the most epic comeback stories in Major League baseball! Click subscribe and tell your mates! We are back! Enjoy! --- Support this podca…
 
Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith talk the 12 team playoff format we will see in 2022, as well as give their very honest opinion on the smart watches seen all over college pitchers wrists! Will we see these gizmo's in the show soon? We hope not! Please welcome 'Cohey the Apprentice', Ryan Cohen as he makes his way from behind the scenes to infer…
 
Gar Ryness AKA 'The batting Stance Guy' went from doing impressions for buddies of his favorite hitters stance to going viral and ending up as a guest on David Letterman. If you're a baseball fan you have seen him and now you can hear his story and the highs and lows of walking into MLB Clubhouses and impersonating your favorite players! If you hav…
 
The Super Bowl is over and spring training is right around the corner. Well, sort of. Former MLB pitchers Ryan Rowland-Smith and Grant Balfour dive into Rob Manfred's announcements of a universal DH, the new draft rules and the lack of progress to get baseball out of this lockout! As well as trade spring training stories, what goes on inside the cl…
 
The former AL MVP, 4 x All Star and NL Batting Champion, Justin Morneau was easily one of the best first basemen of his generation and even the history of the game. He sits down with Ryan Rowland-Smith and Grant Balfour to discuss his career, his backyard hockey rink, his new career in Broadcasting, the game today and more. Please subscribe to The …
 
Former Aussie MLB Pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith and All Star Grant Balfour give their thoughts on the decision to keep Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens out of the Hall of Fame, as well as give a few David Ortiz stories. We also share 'The List'. Who are are the biggest and most iconic Aussie baseball players and why? Would love to hear your thoughts! Mak…
 
Tyler Matzek was a huge part of the Atlanta Braves World Series Championship last year but his story of how he got there is one of the most epic comeback efforts in the Big Leagues. From a first round draft pick to completely being out of baseball due to the 'yips' to being arrested during the World Series parade it's all happening this week on The…
 
MLB Manager and 12 year veteran Chris Woodward is entering his 4th season at the hem of the Texas Rangers and about to enter into an exciting era in Texas as they signed two of MLB's biggest stars to long term deals. We dive into that, how he got to the top of the coaching pyramid, the interview process and more! If you haven't already make sure yo…
 
MLB Insider Jon Morosi joins us to break down the MLB Lockout, what is the latest, what will all this mean for the 2022 season and what are some of the positives that might come out of this historical time for baseball. Happy new year mates! If you haven't already, make sure you subscribe wherever you get your podcasts we have a massive lineup of g…
 
Callie Bundy is a fitness model, ex Division 1 Athlete who has an absolute cannon and can throw a football further and more accurate than you (and me). We sit down to find out how she created such a massive following on social media which has led to so many opportunities all over the world. As well as put this ex jock to the test in our Australian …
 
Seattle Mariners pitcher Paul Sewald went from a guy trying to survive in the game to one of the most dominant swing and miss pitchers in the Big Leagues. His tells his story of how he found himself and became one of the games toughest guys to hit! We also breakdown the 20 most iconing bands to come out of Australia, word of the day and more! Merry…
 
5 x All Star 4x Gold Glover MLB superstar joins the guys while on vacation in the Maldives. Fresh off 2 years in Japan and a 14 year MLB Career, Adam does not hold back discussing everything with MLB's lack of ability to market their players, the culture differences in Japan and the issue with an analytic driven approach to baseball. Please subscri…
 
MLB is officially Locked out. Former Aussie Major Leaguers Ryan Rowland-Smith & Grant Balfour dive into what does this really mean for baseball. Their thoughts on some of these contracts and the current state of the game. Thanks for subscribing wherever you're listening to the show! Enjoy mates! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-top-s…
 
Lauren Gardner is the host of MLB Network's Quick Pitch as well as all kinds of programming across MLB and the NHL. You would have seen her all throughout the playoffs post game getting the biggest interviews of your favorite players careers! More importantly we put her Aussie knowledge to the test in our Aussie Segment 'Thats Grouse'. Make sure yo…
 
Jesse Chavez has been through it all in a 14 MLB year career including his recent World Series victory with the Atlanta Braves. He joins former Big leaguers Ryan Rowland-Smith and Grant Balfour cover everything from the Braves amazing run in 2021 to where it all started as a 46th rounder. Enjoy the stories, the inspiration and all the laughs! Make …
 
American League Reliever of the Year Liam Hendriks joins fellow Aussie Big Leaguers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith. These mates break down the free agent process, possible rule changes for 2022 and Liam explains Aussie Rules football in 'Thats Grouse'. Big welcome to all the new listeners and thank you for our recent ranking of #30 in Basebal…
 
Seattle Mariners Mitch Haniger discusses his recent 'letter to the fans' article in The Players Tribune. We also break down the World Series Champions Atlanta Braves. Will Freedie Freeman be a Brave for life? Sports Aussie segment laughs , word of the day and more! Make sure you click subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and tell your mates! En…
 
MLB All Star Kirby Yates is our special guest. We dive right into his journey from an undrafted free agent to an MLB All Star. Also, when did Charlie Morton actually break his leg in game 1 of the World Series? Did he pitch with a broken fibula? Your mates dive into what really happened. Be sure to click subscribe and don't miss the amazing lineup …
 
former MLB Pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith talk pending free agents, the Aaron Boone extension, what does 'dead arm' really mean and what happened to Max Scherzer in October! Make sure you subscribe to the best baseball podcast on the planet, enjoy the insight the laughs and the Aussie education! Available wherever you listen to your …
 
Former MLB Players Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith talk about what it's like playing in a snowed out World series, their favorite commentators Australia's Freedom day and much more! Make sure you subscribe to the best Baseball Podcast hosted by players with accents and the most laughs. Enjoy mates! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/t…
 
Former MLB pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith discuss Grants 6 MLB Post Seasons, the moments and the meltdowns on his way to the World Series. We also hear the story of the most not so epic bummer of a speech of Ryan's career. Also the Aussie 'word of the day', growing up playing baseball in Australia in 'That's Grouse' and more! Don't f…
 
Former MLB Pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith discuss everything from flawed Baseball economics to their best and worse travel recommendations when visiting down under! Enjoy the insights, enjoy the laughs! Make sure you subscribe and pass it on to your mates! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-top-step-with-ryan-rowland-smi…
 
MLB Pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith break down the dugout biffo between Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr last week. We also hear the epic RA Dickey swimming the river story, an aussie movie review and much more! Please subscribe and enjoy the episode of The Top Step! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-top-step-with-rya…
 
Ex MLB pitchers dive into the American league MVP race, the guidelines to an epic walk out song and... Is Mad Monday facing extinction? Thanks for joining us on The Top Step. Just subscribe would ya! Tell your mates, have a laugh. Enjoy --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-top-step-with-ryan-rowland-smith--grant-balfour/support…
 
Ex MLB pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith dive into what it's like pitching In Playoff runs, September Call ups and big Aussie Icons, no not Crocodile Dundee, literally BIG Aussie icons along the Pacific Highway. We have baseball news, we have epic stories we have a ton of much needed laughs! Thanks for joining us on The Top Step! Make s…
 
We are back! Please welcome MLB All Star and hello Aussie Grant Balfour. We welcome it back, discuss Miguel Cabrera and his 500 HR's. Justin Verlander? Will he get 300 Wins and does it still mean something?? We need your help! name our all new Aussie segment! It's good to be back! Enjoy mates! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-top-ste…
 
Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy dive into all sorts of topics, the new rule changes in the Minor leagues that we possibly could see in the MLB very soon. Including shift limitations and robo umps and how they will change the art of catching as we know it! Tom as had an amazing journey to be an everyday catcher and I'm so excited to have this ep…
 
Seattle Mariners Joey Gerber and I have a bunch of laughs, dive into analytics, team mates and living with our parents! Making his MLB debut last year after being a walk on in college throwing 86, he gives me an honest assessment of what it takes, whats it like to be in the shoes of a 23 year old rookie! If you enjoy this episode, please share it w…
 
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Nick Margevicius went from being let go from the Padres to being a break out prospect in the middle of the mariners rotation. He is currently competing for a spot in the 6 man rotation in spring training, We dive into the up's and downs in his younger career and everything in between! Please click the subscribe but…
 
Seattle Mariners play by play voice and good buddy Aaron Goldsmith joins me for everything from his journey, what it's really like being behind the mic, his famous childhood hero Bob Costas encounter and what to expect in 2021. One of my favorite conversations! Please subscribe, please leave your review and enjoy this episode as Aaron Goldsmith joi…
 
Seattle Mariners first basemen Evan White was a lot of things in 2020. A rookie, a gold glover winner, the first year of his historic contract extension and dealing with failure for the first time in his career. Was a great opportunity to get to know a big part of the Mariners future as he ran us through the mine set of everything he was and went t…
 
Lauren Nicole Johnson spent the last 4 years as the New York Yankees mental conditioning coordinator where she worked with players up and down the organization. Lauren who is an ex athlete herself works with not only professional athletes but military personnel and business professionals. We dive into some of the elite mindsets and techniques she u…
 
Former MLB All Star and current Fox Sports personality Nick Swisher joins me for a ridiculously uplifting conversation! Happy new year mates, excited to share this episode. Going from a non drafted high school kid to uber prospect with the Oakland A's being traded to a really tough situation to one year later winning a World Series with the Yankees…
 
Texas Rangers color analyst and former MLB pitcher CJ Nitkowski breaks down his thoughts on the current state of Baseball, the 2020 playoffs and his journey. Click subscribe wherever you're listening to this podcast for all past and future episodes. Or visit www.thetopstep.com for more content! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-top-st…
 
The Atlanta Braves closer and 3 time All Star Mark Melancon takes us from that demotion to AAA with the Boston Red Sox in 2012 to becoming one of the most dominant closers in Major League Baseball. If you are enjoying these episodes, please CLICK that subscribe button and leave me a review! I release a new conversation every week so don't miss anot…
 
Atlanta Braves Chris Martin has been through it all. From dropping out of college, quitting baseball and stacking shelves to becoming one of the best relief pitchers of 2020 with the Braves. He has been to Japan and back and is now settled in as an established pitcher in the big leagues. We talk about his journey and his time in the NLCS including …
 
Aussie MLB Pitchers Liam Hendriks, Peter Moylan and Grant Balfour join me for some laughs, epic stories and Aussie trivia. I apologize in advance for the language and if you need to hire a translator to get through this! Enjoy this episode and Liam, Moylo, Balfour join me on The Top Step --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-top-step-with…
 
Happy thanksgiving mates. This is a great time of year to share this conversation and journey with my good friend Jeremy Ryan Slate. If you’re sitting there spending the holidays wondering if the path you’re on is the right one. If this life of yours is fulfilling or maybe you want to take the plunge to follow your real passion! Well that’s exactly…
 
The National League comeback player of the year Daniel Bard took 7 years to return to a major league mound. The Rockies reliever went to some of the darkest places mentally to overcome what we call the 'yips' or in other words all of a sudden going from the future Red Sox closer to no idea where the ball is going once it leaves your hand. Your enti…
 
Mariners pitching coach and I dive into his rise to a MLB pitching coach, what separates him, his relationships with his pitchers, analaystics and most importantly the story behind the new Top Step mascot! For past episodes and more visit www.thetopstep.com/podcast and don't forget to leave a review when you subscribe wherever you listen to The Top…
 
Brandon Morrow is a 12 year MLB veteran starting his career with me in Seattle and then found a whole lot of success with the Toronto Blue Jays. Amazing journey from a 1st round draft pick, taking some time to figure it all out dealing with injuries and then onto the big stage pitching in the playoffs with the LA Dodgers. Make sure you go to www.th…
 
3 time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer kicks off Season 2 of The Top Step. 'Mad Max' is one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation. Hall of Fame bound we talk about it all. The 2020 season, his role with the players union and the conversations that went down in the middle of a pandemic, how he feels about the game today. Going from game…
 
Peter has one of the most fascinating stories in baseball, he was arrested after a year in rookie ball, released and returned to Australia to get on with a life away from professional baseball. 10 years later he reemerges to go onto a 10 PLUS year career in the Major Leagues becoming one of the most reliable relievers in the game. Enjoy some epic s…
 
Seattle Mariners Dave Sims has been the play by play voice of the Mariners since 2007 but came to Seattle with a huge resume doing everything from play by play National game of the week on ESPN to hosting on Radio in the #1 Market in the country. We cover his career. covering baseball during the covid-19 2020 60 game sprint season to the Black live…
 
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