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BBM Podcast Re-Air from March 4, 2024: There were plenty of times when Spencer Bivens thought his baseball career could be over, but the right-handed pitcher kept his options -- and his heart -- open to the next opportunity. That determination and drive guided him from Community College to playing overseas, independent baseball, and ultimately sign…
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Justyn-Henry Malloy debuted in the MLB last week with the Detroit Tigers. He got his first hit in his third game, a Home Run. JHen was among the first pro players to appear on the BBM podcast in February 2023. It's a tradition to re-air episodes when BBM players debut (See Samad Taylor and Trey Lipscomb). I'm excited to re-air this episode because …
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As MLB prepares for its highly anticipated Tribute to the Negro Leagues game at the historic Rickwood Field on June 20th, several special events and projects are happening in conjunction to celebrate the occasion. One of the most exciting for card collectors is a special trading card collection from Topps. The Topps collection features hand-drawn a…
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On this episode of the Black Baseball Mixtape Podcast, I am talking with Coach Drew Spencer. Coach Spencer may be the most compelling man in baseball. He is the Complex Coach for the New York Yankees. He is also the Head man for the British National baseball team, a team that played in the 2023 World Baseball Classic and has already qualified for t…
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One opinion I often hear is that MLB teams need more young Black people in their front office. That is true, but the path to getting into a position as an MLB Front Office Executive is tricky. Those future GMs may have grind at levels they didn't even know existed. Brandon Rembert is one of those future GMs currently out on the grind. Brandon is a …
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On this episode of the Black Baseball Mixtape, Cheats talks with TT Bowens of the Bowie Baysox—the Connecticut native- about his journey in baseball and the mental approach that has led to his success. TT was a late bloomer in the game and grew his confidence playing at Central Connecticut State. Now, in pro ball, TT stays focused and grounded on b…
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I know it's Monday, but today's message is not a new podcast; it's a life update. We need a few things from you: Please review the podcast on Apple podcast Please follow BBM on Instagram (@BlackBaseballMixtape) Please message me on IG or email me: BlackBaseballMixtape@gmail.com to join the FREE group chat on Discord. Follow In the Booth with Flobo …
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I spoke with Donta' Williams of the Bowie Baysox on this Black Baseball Mixtape podcast episode. Donta' is a Las Vegas native. He played college baseball at the University of Arizona and was a 4th Round draft pick of the O's in 2021. Donta and I talk about his personal journey to pro ball and the importance of a strong foundation in the game. Donta…
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Daniel "Jet" Johnson is a veteran in the stacked Orioles farm system. The Bay Area native continues a legacy of Black ball players, including Frank Robinson, Joe Morgan, Dave Stewart, Rickey Henderson, Curt Flood, Jimmy Rollins, CC Sabathia, and many more who claim the Oakland area home. In this episode, I chat briefly with DJ about his childhood j…
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Have you ever wondered what it's like to play professional baseball in the Mexican Pro League? This episode of the Black Baseball Mixtape podcast (BBM) answers that question and more with RHP Ronnie Williams. On this episode, you will hear from Ronnie what it's like to be a pro player in Mexico. What it was like being a pro player in Korea. You wil…
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On this episode, Cheats talks with the #14 prospect in the Guardians organization, former 2021 1st-round draft pick Kahlil Watson. Watson is a Virginia native with strong ties to the Commonwealth. He grew up playing in adult leagues all around the Tri-Cities region. He was in Richmond last week with the Akron RubberDucks (AA). It was his first time…
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On this episode of In the Booth with Flobo Boyce, Flobo is joined by Mia from Black Girls Love Baseball. What started as a fun side project has become one of baseball's more engaging social media platforms. Black Girls Love Baseball follows the adventures of Mia and her friends as they show their Atlanta Braves fandom throughout MLB. Flobo and Mia …
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Sherman Johnson, AKA Coach Sherm or Sherm, is a natural leader. He's played at every level of baseball and became a hitting instructor with the Orioles last year. This season, at the age of 33, Sherm accepted the position of Upper-Level Hitting Coordinator. Sherm works with every level within the organization. While he is gaining experience daily, …
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What's good, BBM family! BBM founder Cheats is here to touch on the five things that had him talking in baseball this week. Southern Beats LSU The Oakland A's situation is a mess The LA Dodgers are must-watch (good) The Miami Marlins are must-watch (bad) Are the Norfolk Tides the best minor league team ever? Please subscribe to the podcast. Please …
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On this special episode of "In the Booth" with Flobo Boyce, we return to Dubai. Last year, "In the Booth" host Flobo Boyce traveled to Dubai to cover the first-ever Baseball United All-Star Showcase. Former MLB pitcher Reggie McClain suited up for the East All-Stars. Flobo recorded this episode with Reggie in Dubai during the historic showcase. Enj…
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Trey Lipscomb debuted with the Washington Nationals on March 30, 2024. In that game, he recorded a hit and a stolen base. The next day, Trey recorded his first MLB home run. Trey is a friend of BBM. I sat down with him last season in Richmond while he was playing with the Harrisonburg Senators. He chronicled his journey in baseball and provided gem…
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Award-Winning Journalist Dexter Henry chopped it up with Flobo for the latest edition of "In The Booth." Dexter hosts shows for the NY Post & SNY (Sports Net New York Regional TV Channel). He has also contributed to WFAN - Sports Radio and CBS Sports Radio. Dexter is dedicated to amplifying the voices of underserved and underrepresented communities…
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The gang is all here for the 2024 MLB preview and predictions show. Flobo, April, and Malik join Cheats to preview the upcoming MLB season. We talk MVPs, Cy Youngs, breakout stars, division winners, and World Series participants. This is a fun episode with a lot of information. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast as allowed. If you want …
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What's the best baseball movie of all time? Of course, there is no 100% right answer, so this is what we did at the Black Baseball Mixtape. We asked the BBM community to list their best baseball films and the top 8 were: The Sandlot, Major League, A League of Their Own, Bingo Long, Soul of the Game, Hardball, 42, and Field of Dreams. Your BBM podca…
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The season is right around the corner, so we at BBM thought now is the perfect time to recap the MLB 2024 free agency period. Of course, we're doing this in a way that only BBM can. Flobo, April, and Malik join BBM Founder Cheats to talk about EVERYTHING hot stove: from Shohei to TA. And, of course, "Where in the world is Tommy Pham going to play?"…
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On this episode of the Black Baseball Mixtape podcast, I visit with LaTroy Hawkins. Hawk is a media analyst and Special Assistant for Baseball Ops for the Minnesota Twins. He also co-hosts the Thick Skin Podcast with his former teammate, Jauque Jones. Hawk has indeed seen a lot in the game. He played for over two decades (21 seasons with 11 teams) …
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Detroit Stand Up! We got The D's own Werner Blakely on this Black Baseball Mixtape podcast episode. Werner, 22, has moved to primarily 3rd base this spring. He looks to break camp in AA and bounce back from what he described as a challenging 2023. Werner is the first (and only) High School Under Armor All-American baseball player from Detroit. He w…
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There were plenty of times when Spencer Bivens thought his baseball career could be over, but the right-handed pitcher kept his options -- and his heart -- open to the next opportunity. That determination and drive guided him from Community College to playing overseas, independent baseball, and ultimately signing with the Giants organization. At fi…
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On this episode of In the Booth, Flobo visits with die-hard Rockies fan Naika Grays. Flobo went on a bit of a journey to find a Black Rockies community...and well, community may not be the right term, he found Naika in a Black Colorado Facebook group, and it led to this amazing conversation. As always, please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast…
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On this special bonus episode of the Black Baseball Mixtape podcast, I caught up with one of my very first guests and one of my favorite people in all of MLB, Tyrone Brooks. Tyrone is MLB's Senior Director, Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program at Major League Baseball. That is a very fancy way of saying that his job is to find an…
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Welcome to the inaugural episode of In the Booth with Flobo Boyce! On this debut episode, Flobo is joined by die-hard Mets musician Jordan Simpson (@jrsimpsonmusic). They talk all things Mets - both of their favorite teams. You don't want to miss this conversation. Please rate and review the BBM podcast network. Your 5-star ratings help keep the li…
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KSU is the preseason #24 team in the country. On this episode of the BBM Podcast, I am joined by Associate Head Coach Austin Wates. Wates, 35, has been with the KSU program for six years, but this is his first year as Associate Head Coach. During our lengthy conversation, we talk about what it takes to build a program in a Power 5 conference, we ta…
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This special edition of the Black Baseball Mixtape podcast is an excerpt from a panel discussion on hip-hop's impact on baseball. It is a video presentation produced by the Players Alliance and directed by Andre LaDon. It features Eric Davis, CC Sabathia, Edwin Jackson, Lawrence Butler, Jason Bourgeois, and Michal Bourn. The panel was hosted by Van…
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A.J. Andrews is an absolute star on the field and the mic. The former LSU All-American and current professional Fastpitch pro was the first woman to win the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2016. Andrews, 30, a Flordia native, is a true advocate for Black women in sports, specifically focusing on supporting and mentoring young Black softball players. I…
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What's good BBM Family! This is another quick "red carpet" style interview with one of the more interesting men in baseball, Tommy Pham. Tommy is just coming off playing in a World Series for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The nine-year vet is a professional hitter; the man hits everywhere he plays. He is one of the most authentic players I've ever had …
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There is no way to say this delicately: DEREK JETER IS ON THE BBM PODCAST. That's right; our first guest of 2024 is The Captian - Hall of Famer - #2...#2. It all went down in the Bahamas. I was there for the Players Alliance in support of the Don't Blink Homerun Derby. This is probably the shortest podcast I've ever done, but do you think I care? J…
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Will Benson is one of the most exciting players in baseball. He plays for the exhilarating Cincinnati Reds, a team loaded with young talent - gushing with star potential. In 2023, Benson solidified himself in The Show, playing over 100 games, tallying 287 AB, 11 HRs, and 31 RBIs, with a 275 batting average, 365 on-base, and 498 slugging percentage.…
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We're Back! That's right, the Black Baseball Mixtape (BBM) is back from break, and, man, do we have a lot of new episodes coming your way? Most will be short "red carpet style" interviews from my time in the Bahamas for the Players Alliance and Don't Blink Home Run Derby. On this episode, I pulled Will Benson of the Reds and Jazz Chisholm of the Ma…
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Kash Shaikh is an award-winning storyteller, marketer, brand builder, and entrepreneur. And he had a crazy dream. A dream so large - so grandiose - so monumental that it was hard for even him to grasp the concept truly. The dream was to bring baseball - America's National Pastime - to the epicenter of cricket: the Middle East and South Asia. It is …
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Brooklyn's Own Joshua Palacios is my guest on this episode of the BBM podcast. P-Lo played over 90 games with the Pirates this year — batting 239 with 10 HR, 40 RBIs, and 5 SB. More importantly, this was the year the 28-year-old Brooklyn native got his fill of The Show. I was able to visit with Josh and dig into his journey from growing up in a bas…
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The World Series is set. Flobo is elated about the DBacks. Cheats (and Commissioner Manfred) is crying (even though I'm sure the Commish will say he's happy about this result). We discuss the fall of the Astros and the Phillies and predict the World Series Champs. You don't want to miss this.بقلم Marc Cheatham (Cheats)
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Another amazing live playoff check-in with the BBM crew. Troy Justice, April, and Flobo join Cheats to discuss the playoffs to the minute. We discuss the Dodgers' exit, the Astros' dominance, Bryce Harper's staredown, and whether the Rangers can move the rating needle. It's a hot mess. Please subscribe to the Black Baseball Mixtape on Apple podcast…
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Cheats and Flobo are joined by our resident Dodgers fan April to talk about where we are in the playoffs. The Birds are down 0-2 to the Rangers. The Braves are down 0-1 to the Phils, and the Dodgers are down 0-1 to the D-Backs (Flobo is pumped). Here us talk about what's going right and what's going wrong. Please subscribe to the Black Baseball Mix…
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The MLB Wild Card rounds are in the books, and we had four sweeps. Congrats to the Phils, Twins, Rangers, and D-Backs. Let's face it — there was not a competitive series in the bunch, so that begs the question that I asked the BBM crew: Flobo and TC: Were the MLB Wild Card rounds a complete bust? We also played a little game of: Who would you rathe…
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Cheats and Flobo are talking MLB playoffs live and in full effect. On this premier BBM live look-in, we're joined by Malik Chamber (@Buttamanecane) from the BBM group chat. The Rays looked and felt pathetic (we have to call it like it was), and their attendance was the worst in an MLB playoff game since 1919. The Rangers, while not a juggernaut, to…
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Is travel ball the best route for Black kids to play baseball? It's clearly a very important part of elite youth baseball in 2023. So, what does that really mean? We know travel ball is expensive. Not every working-class family can afford the equipment, the uniforms, the tournament entry fees, the club monthly fees, and the add-on expenses for trav…
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Baseball absolutely needs a Coach Prime. It needs a Deion Sanders to shoot energy directly into its veins. There is no denying the impact that Coach Prime AKA Prime Time AKA Neon Deion has had on the American sports landscape this year at the University of Colorado. It's huge! It's not only the talk of sports, but it's the top of pop culture and th…
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We have another great episode for you. Please rate and review the show on Apple Podcast. 13-year MLB alum Jeffrey Hammonds joins the podcast. Hammonds may not be a true household name, but he was one of my favorite Orioles of all time. He was a hitting machine. The only thing that truly slowed him down was his health. Even with injuries, Hammonds p…
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The Roberto Clemente Award is the most prestigious award in MLB. The Roberto Clemente Award is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Past winners include Willie Mays, Willie Stargel, Rod Crew…
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Kerrick Jackson is a true trailblazer. He made history last year when he was hired as the first Black baseball Head Coach at the University of Memphis. In one season at Memphis, Jackson led the program to their first winning season since 2017, racking up 29 wins. In June, he accepted the head coaching job at the University of Missouri. A hire that …
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Chances are - if you're a boxing fan, you've seen Brandon Watson's face. He is one of THE faces of boxing, along with his brother Marcus and his father Sam. But even though you may have seen his face, you probably don't know his story. Brandon Watson took the long way to achieve his dream of being an MLB player, but he did it. At the age of 23, Bra…
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"The Fair Ball Foundation provides need-based financial support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities for college-bound African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander American, and Native American students. Through scholarships, fellowships, internships, and ambassadorships, Fair Ball provides the funds necess…
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