LISTEN: The Great British Pod-Off, Part Two!

15
Apr
2021

Chris Knoblock

Read Part One of The Great British Pod-Off here, updated for 2021

We're fortunate that the British baseball community is chock full of podcasts about the game - both domestic and international! In this post, BSUK's Chris Knoblock rounds up more of the UK's best baseball and softball pods and how you can find them, in no particular order. Missing/incorrect information or not listed? Email Chris .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Halfway Around the Halo

Hosts: Nick Wright; Dave Evans
Podcast Home Page: https://anchor.fm/laangelsuk
Editor's Episode Pick: Electric Angels

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In their own words: “We give a British perspective on Angels baseball - discussing all things Angels including the many sleepless nights after 3am starts. This podcast, brought to you by the home of Angels baseball in the UK since 2017, has attracted the attention of the Angels with Joe Maddon appearing on the show this off season. The show is a great opportunity for us to interact with UK, US and worldwide fans as well as many people associated with the club from reporters to former players."
Editor's note: A very in-depth look at one of baseball's most exciting teams, with Nick and Dave discussing all elements of Angels games - plus some great interviews sprinkled in-between! A great way to catch up on the Halos, Ohtani, Trout and more! 


The Highland Bullpen

Hosts: Richard, Dave Jnr, Yorkshire Dave and The Highlander Alan
Podcast Home Page: https://highlandbullpen.podbean.com/
Host’s Episode PickUnwritten Rules of Sport & Chadwick Boseman Tribute



Following Fernando Tatis swinging on 3-0, hitting a home run, and causing some controversy, the Bullpen Bros discuss the unwritten rules of baseball and compare it with such rules across the sporting world.

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In their own words: “Four Scottish (well one Yorkshireman) football and groundhopping fans get into baseball, probably having picked the wrong teams, and do their bit to understand the Great American Pastime through the lens of around 200 years of watching "soccer". We've looked to help others get into the game, talked about our baseball watching experiences and delved into topics that haven't always made sense to us! Off season we started some podcasting on the other sports we watch, linking those to our new found love of the old ball game too. And in 2021 we'll focus on how well our four teams do as we continue on our learning journey...and importantly we hope to podcast on our return to our sports travels, nationally and internationally. Thanks for listening!"
Editor's note: The UK's northernmost baseball podcast*, Highland Bullpen is more than a baseball podcast with a Scottish accent - it's an in-depth look around MLB through a Scottish lens. These chaps have regular segments, bold opinions, and Hamish the Highland Cow as a mascot - what more could you need?

*probably


Birds with Balls

Hosts: Jo Lenton, Molly Willcox, Tracey Wilks
Podcast Home Page: www.anchor.fm/birdswithballs
Editors's Episode PickEpisode 11 - Ewoks, Dames and Spirit Animals

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In their own words: “3 ladies that share their love of sports in a light-hearted, relatable way"
Editor's note: You better be ready for some attitude with these three ladies - there are no subtle opinions to be found here! One of the few all-female baseball podcasts in the world, Jo, Molly and Tracey take you through both women's and men's baseball, with a keen eye on women making waves in the sport!


Dodging Sleep - A UK Dodgers Podcast

Hosts: Leon Boyne, Ian Blease, Ian Carlson, Adam Legg, Scott Machin
Podcast Home Page: https://linktr.ee/DodgingSleep
Host's Episode PickAndrew Friedman's on the Phone!


 

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In their own words: "5 UK-based LA Dodgers fans talking about the team and sport they love, with a time-difference induced bleary-eyed perspective. Whether you’re a lifelong Dodgers fan or someone completely new to baseball, they’ll be something here for you."
Editor's note: Dodgers fans, rejoice - these guys stay up late so you don't have to. Join them as they break down every detail of Dodger's games, the roster, free agency, and hot takes for the reigned and defending World Series champions.


Beantown Brits

Hosts: Jonny, Barry, Drew and Sam
Podcast Home Page: https://anchor.fm/uk-red-sox-fans
Editor's Episode Pick: Episode 2 - Started from the bottom

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In their own words: “A podcast where a group of British Red Sox fans and their friends catch up regularly to chat all things about their favourite team. Moving forward we hope to have interviews with people associated with the Red Sox as well as fellow UK Fan Groups in the run up to series against each other’s team"
Editor's note: As the editor is originally from Boston, there will be a clear bias towards this pod - the newest in the UK, in fact. Listen in for a unique UK perspective on the Sox, one of the UK's favourite teams!


Splash Hits

Hosts: Ben, David, Charlie, Ash
Podcast Home Page: http://anchor.fm/SplashHits 
Editor's Episode Pick: The Relaunch - Episode 003 - The Splash Hits 2021 San Francisco Giants Prediction Show

Editor's note: It's a long way to McCovey Cove, but these gents home that their hot takes can make a splash! An in-depth look at the San Francisco Giants from a UK perspective, this is your go-to for all baseball by the Golden Gate Bridge!


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About Chris Knoblock

Chris Knoblock

Chris Knoblock joined BSUK in March 2019 on a contract basis, before moving to the UK and becoming a full-time member of staff in 2020. A graduate of the University of Maine and a native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Knoblock previously worked for several professional sports teams in North America, including the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. An avid baseball fan, Knoblock’s role with BSUK spans social media, broadcasting, commercial partnerships and outreach.

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