How can we not focus this week's Around The Nest podcast on the way the Eastern League All-Star Game ended? Bob Lipman, who called the game and the derby, will be joining host Jesse Goldberg-Strassler along with Danny Nokes from Bluefield, Ben Wagner from Buffalo, Marshall Kelner from Dunedin, and David Fine from Lansing today at 5 pm.
The whole show won't be on the Eastern League but how about those New Hampshire Fisher Cats? They have gone 10-3 in July and are right back in the playoff chase, just 3.5 games back of Trenton. They just lost their best hitter in Dalton Pompey to the Buffalo Bisons, but on Saturday they will get their first peak at Blue Jays first-round draft pick Jeff Hoffman in an event that should be hashtagged #Hoffmanchester.
Here's this week's show description from Jesse:
Major League Baseball wasn't the only circuit to put on an All-Star Game this week; both the Double-A and Triple-A levels showcased their standouts, with a sudden-death home run derby ending the Eastern League midsummer classic. New Hampshire Fisher Cats voice Bob Lipman was on the scene in Portland; a day later, Buffalo voice Ben Wagner took over the airwaves in Toronto with the call of an Aaron Sanchez rehab start at Coca-Cola Field. In Dunedin, Marshall Kelner reports on the streaking Anthony Alford and the D-Jays, while in Lansing, David Fine relates the latest exploits of the near-record-setting Ryan McBroom. Vancouver goes a week without a nooner, allowing Rob Fai to drop by; and Bluefield's Danny Nokes offers his observations of the breakout performances turned in by pitching prospects Nick Wells and Angel Perdomo.
Sounds like a great show. If you have any questions about the Blue Jays minor league system, ask them below and Jesse and his crew will try to answer on the show!