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A Swing and a Belt with Dan Shulman

Dan picks an issue, trend, news item or story from around MLB and digs in on it with a guest.

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Episode 20: Height Doesn’t Measure Heart

In this exclusive, Marcus Stroman opens up to Dan about the importance of family, his emotions on and off the field, his nerves before taking the mound, the competitive fire that burns inside him and what he can do to take his game to the next level. Audio Credit: MLB Network, Sportsnet and TBS.

25mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 13: State Of The Game

Dan talks to three of the game’s most respected observers: Jayson Stark of The Athletic, Buster Olney of ESPN and Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network and Fox. They discuss the state of the game, covering everything from shifts and the pace of play to broader issues, including the possibility of expansion, realignment and changes […]

56mins

28 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 4: Don Cherry, Dodgers Prospect

Dan sits down with Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins to discuss his life in the game. Then Don Cherry joins Dan to tell some stories about his baseball-playing days. New radio voice of the Jays, Ben Wagner, explains his unique road to the booth and Ben (Shulman, not Wagner) visits Yankee Stadium as part of […]

1hr 1min

26 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 3: The Road Less Travelled

Dan talks to John Gibbons about his long and winding path to becoming Blue Jays manager, David Cone about the 1992 World Series and Indians play-by-play man Tom Hamilton about the best moment of his career. Then Ben sits down with Toronto assistant GM Joe Sheehan to discuss the rise of analytics in baseball.

52mins

19 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 2: 42

Dan explores Jackie Robinson’s legacy with MLB pitchers CC Sabathia and Chris Archer, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick and ESPN baseball analyst Chris Singleton. Other topics include: Sabathia’s love for Star Wars, Archer’s thoughts on Tampa Bay’s rotation experiment and Kendrick’s story of how Rush frontman Geddy Lee’s passion for the game enriched […]

1hr

13 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 17: Cooperstown

On this week’s episode of A Swing and a Belt, it’s all Cooperstown. Dan chats with first ballot Hall of Famer John Smoltz on his remarkable career, and on him qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open this year. Also, the President of the Hall of Fame, Jeff Idelson, takes us behind the scenes and tells […]

1hr 16mins

26 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 5: Changing It Up, With Marco Estrada

Dan is joined by Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos who discusses his career and players he targeted for the Blue Jays at the 2015 MLB trade deadline but couldn’t acquire, by Basketball Hall of Famer and big baseball fan Dick Vitale, and by Toronto starter Marco Estrada, who goes into detail about how he developed […]

59mins

3 May 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 18: Buck and Tabby

Dan is joined by two men who combine for eight decades of experience playing, managing and analyzing MLB games. Buck Martinez discusses his 50 years in MLB, including his time alongside some of the best players in the sport’s history, how the game has changed over that time and what he’d like to see baseball […]

54mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 16: Baseball Journeys

Dan sits down with Red Sox President and GM Dave Dombrowski to discuss his career in the game. Jack Morris joins the show as he prepares for his Hall of Fame induction. MLB umpire Dan Iassogna tells his story of going from umpiring school as a kid just out of college all the way to […]

54mins

19 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 6: Sitting With Superman, And His Boss

Dan is joined by a couple of Blue Jays: centre-fielder Kevin Pillar, who discusses going from a 32nd-round pick to a Gold Glove candidate; and team president and CEO Mark Shapiro, who talks about building a franchise from the ground up and why he took the top job in Toronto.

46mins

10 May 2018

Rank #10

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Episode 7: The Godfather

Dan sits down with Paul Beeston, the first man ever hired by the Blue Jays and the franchise’s philosophical leader for the better part of three decades. Then Luke Maile offers some insights into life as an MLB catcher. And this week’s Voices of the Game segment features Hall of Fame announcer Eric Nadel of […]

49mins

17 May 2018

Rank #11

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Episode 15: International Pastime

Dan investigates baseball’s impact around the globe with long-time Japanese-league manager Bobby Valentine, Blue Jays interpreter Josue Peley of Venezuela, Australian Detroit Tigers pitcher Warwick Saupold, and Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers Spanish language announcer Jaime Jarrin.

51mins

12 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 10: From The Booth To The Bronx

Dan sits down with Yankees manager Aaron Boone to discuss his family’s long history in the game and his move from the broadcast booth to the dugout. Dan also chats with Blue Jays special assignment scout Russ Bove during baseball’s amateur draft and with Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman of the Cincinnati Reds on […]

56mins

8 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 12: Class of 2018

Dan talks with two of this year’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Pedro Martinez and Lloyd Moseby. Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis joins the show to discuss overcoming two years of serious injuries. And this week’s Voices of the Game segment features one of baseball’s most colourful characters, John Kruk.

56mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 9: Rookie Skippers

Dan sits down with two first-time big league managers, Alex Cora of the Red Sox and Gabe Kapler of the Phillies. Another Phillie, Victoria’s Nick Pivetta, discusses his journey to becoming a starter in the majors. And Dan catches up with ESPN play-by-play man Sean McDonough, who called both Blue Jays World Series for CBS.

43mins

1 Jun 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 11: Diamond Dads

The Sheepdogs lead singer Ewan Currie and his dad, Neil, talk sports and music; Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk remembers little league, and his father’s impact as a coach; and Ben Shulman turns the microphone around on Dan in this week’s Voices of the Game segment. Thanks to The Sheepdogs for providing the music this […]

49mins

14 Jun 2018

Rank #16

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Episode 19: The Bulldog

Orel Hershiser joins Dan to discuss one of baseball’s most impressive records, Hershiser’s 59-inning scoreless streak in 1988. And then, the story of baseball’s first family of broadcasting with Chip Caray, son of Skip and grandson of Harry. Audio Credit: ESPN, FOX, KMOX, MLB Network, NBC, TBS and WGN.

37mins

10 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 8: Mickey Mantle 2.0?

Dan chats with Mike Trout about how he continues to push himself, and with those who watch him on a daily basis about what makes Trout so special. Also, Oakland’s Sean Manaea reflects on his no-hitter against the Red Sox, and Dan talks with two expected 2018 first-round picks, Canadians Tristan Pompey and Noah Naylor. […]

45mins

25 May 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 14: Swingin’ Away

Dan visits with Team Canada and Atlanta Braves slugger Freddie Freeman as well as David Ross, who reminisces about his fairy-tale 2016 season with the Chicago Cubs. Ben finds out what a day at the office is like for a first-base coach, and in the Voices of the Game segment, Ray Fosse discusses 30 years […]

46mins

6 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 26: George

In the Season 1 finale, Dan sits down with his boyhood hero, George Brett. In a wide-ranging interview, they discuss Brett’s career, from breaking-in to almost hitting .400, as well as the attitude he took into every game: “I was going to be the best player on the field every night.” And in a more […]

35mins

28 Sep 2018

Rank #20