Comedian and long-time Vanderbilt fan Nate Bargatze joins the podcast for a memorable episode. Bargatze discusses his comedy career and his Vanderbilt fandom, and in many cases, the intersection of each. This one's hard to put into words; just sit back and enjoy a very entertaining episode of the VandySports podcast!
Between seven losses in football, 27 in baseball, 20 in men's hoops and 24 in women's basketball, plus some administrative apathy, it was a tough school year for Vanderbilt fans. But, the outlook is significantly brighter in baseball, where the Commodores could compete for a national title in 2018, and in hoops, with a stellar recruiting class coming in. Plus, Chris Lee and Seabass debate why football recruiting is struggling, Chris names an all-VU baseball team since 2010, and the two field questions on Vanderbilt football.
Chris Lee and New York Dore go over every position on the diamond for 2019, including where upperclassmen are returning (and could return), as well as discuss potential freshman impact. What's the weekend and weekday rotation look like? Where does Kumar Rocker fit? Can Patrick Raby return to the rotation and pitch well? And might Justin Wilson, who announced he's returning along with catcher Stephen Scott, have value? That, and a whole lot more, in a look a year forward.
Chris Lee and Chip Fridrich hit a ton of topics in a podcast that lasts nearly 1:20. Those include a look back at some key moments in the super regional (and why VU couldn't advance), walking through some of the strategy at the super regional, some thoughts on Mississippi State's pursuit of Tim Corbin, a look at next year's potential lineup in in the field and on the mound, and a guess at where VU may be ranked in next year's preseason polls.
The MLB Draft has passed, and with it, several key juniors either weren't drafted, or were picked low enough that they could return for a senior season. VU will also likely be bringing in a No. 1 freshman class, setting up a scenario much like the 2013 season, when VU went 26-3 in the SEC. That, the great play heading into a super regional, and a brief chat about the disappointing start to the football class of 2019, are topics on today's podcast with Seabass.
Chris Lee and former VU pitcher reflect on the passing of former VU basketball coach C.M. Newton, who died at 88 on Monday. The talk then switches to baseball. Topics include VU's talented relief trio of Gillis, Schaller and Day, Drake Fellows, the lineup's improved hitting, what went into VU getting a super regional, and walking through who should be the No. 2 starter for the coming weekend.
First, Vanderbilt won the Clemson Regional. Then, it got Kumar Rocker through the first night of the draft. Then, the Commodores were awarded a super regional on Tuesday morning. It's been the best two days for Vanderbilt baseball in a while, and Chris Lee and New York Dore break it all down, plus, discuss who'll play second base next year, and more.
Chris Lee and Seabass tackle Vanderbilt baseball, basketball and football. Topics include Jeff Roberson's versatility and NBA fit, VandyBoys in MLB who need a fresh start somewhere else, leadership on the football team, why MLB does its draft the wrong way, whether you have to be a jerk to be an elite football coach, and more.
Chris Lee and New York Dore talk in detail about St. John's and Clemson for VU's upcoming Clemson Regional. The two discuss trade-offs of getting Ty Duvall in the lineup and putting Austin Martin at third, and talk about what to expect in terms of what VU signees may come to school after the dust has settled on the 2018 MLB Draft.
On Monday, the NCAA Baseball Tournament Selection Committee hopped in its DeLorean and gave the Commodores basically the same draw they had in the 2017 Clemson Regional. Chris Lee and Chip Fridrich break down St. John's and Clemson for a few moments, then, talk about some potential changes for the regional. Talk centers around getting Ty Duvall in the lineup, as well as perhaps flipping Patrick Raby and Drake Fellows.
Chris Lee and Seabass discuss the positive aspects to the end of the baseball season. Then, they discuss whether Derek Mason or Woody Widehofer was VU's best defensive coordinator in a discussion that takes an interesting turn. Chris opines on why the SEC should absolutely get 11 teams in the NCAA Baseball Tournament next week, and talk briefly about football's commitment issues. Would you rather watch the NBA or the NHL Playoffs? And what well-known athlete did Chris unexpectedly run into on Thursday? All that, and thoughts about Vandy's next AD, in a podcast lasting just over an hour.
Chris Lee and New York Dore talk about Vanderbilt's sweep of Kentucky and look ahead to the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Chris Lee and Chip Fridrich talk Vanderbilt baseball, including VU's 4-0 week, and what's on the line in the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament in Hoover, Ala., for teams playing on Tuesday.
Chris Lee and Seabass talk about VU's three major men's sports. Topics include some late rays of hope for VU baseball, thoughts on Adidas's "helping" Romeo Langford's father make his college decision, looking back on some of the agonizing coaching decisions in the Woody Widenhofer era, and more. Plus, even Seabass can't guess what Chris saw on the side of the road last week.
ESPN researcher and Southeastern Conference baseball expert Barry Allen joins the podcast to talk Vandy, its shot at the NCAA Tournament, and his take on the Commodores. Does a sweep of Kentucky get Vandy into the NCAAs? What about a series win? Does VU have a chance if it's swept? And what about the other bubble SEC teams? Barry and Chris Lee walk you through what to watch in terms of the postseason, this weekend.
Chris Lee and New York Dore talk about what they've liked lately from VU's lineup, why VU should start getting guys up in the bullpen sooner, and a lot more.
Chris Lee and Chip Fridrich discuss a 2-1 series win in Knoxville. The good news: VU hitters hit the ball hard and struck out less. The bad news: pitchers stayed in too long, and the bullpen helped blow a Sunday lead that led to a loss. Plus, there's a lengthy discussion of sign-stealing, pitch-tipping and predictability, getting help from technology and outside sources in those regards, and the ethics of such things.
Seabass answers questions on baseball and football from the mailbag. Topics include whether the 2016 tragedy continues to hang over the baseball program, whether the SEC should change its baseball tournament format, whether football recruits Brendan Harris and Alston Orji can be immediate impact players, and more.
Chris Lee and New York Dore discuss the issues on the 2018 baseball team. Topics include whether Vanderbilt has to win with offense, whether Reid Schaller is the right guy to start on Tuesday, potential ramifications if VU were to change pitching coaches, and more.
Following an 0-4 week, Chris Lee and Chip Fridrich ask tough questions about Vanderbilt baseball. Coaching decisions and development, mental outlook, injuries and strategy are all topics in what's nearly an hour-long podcast.
Chris Lee and Seabass talk about Vanderbilt players who were picked or signed as free agents by NFL teams last week, discuss basketball briefly, then, talk about how the outlook has changed for baseball in recent weeks.
How did the Commodores' 2018 hoops class come together, and what can fans expect to see from them next year and beyond? From the one who got away (Romeo Langford) to the surprise late transfer addition (Matthew Moyer), Chris Lee, David Sisk and Sean Williams give a thorough explanation of everyone you need to know about Vandy's best class in the Rivals.com era, plus, look at the roster as a whole next year.
Chris Lee and New York Dore talk about how roster construction and personal tragedy has contributed to Vanderbilt's current pitching issues. The two also talk a bit about Jackson Gillis's use, the schedule ahead (and what it would take for VU not to make the NCAA Tournament) and then wrap up the podcast with a discussion of the greatest defensive players ever to play at Vanderbilt.
Chris Lee and Chip Fridrich talk about VU's 2-1 series loss to South Carolina, and with about three-fourth of the regular season gone, define its identity. They discuss the bright spots with the lineup, more bullpen failures and where VU is in terms of NCAA Tournament seeding.
Those are just some of the topics that New York Dore and Chris Lee cover on Wednesday's podcast. Other topics include hitting coach Mike Baxter, how weather changes could affect VU's level of play, and how what we're seeing with strikeouts reflects a greater baseball trend, and not just VU.