In the first episode of the Stokke On Podcast, Tommy Stokke talks to Jon Heyman about his latest Inside Baseball column, which is released every Thursday on Today’s Knuckleball.
This week’s big topic was managers, both on and off the hot seat. The three biggest names to watch are New York Mets manager Terry Collins, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chip Hale and Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura.
Can Collins survive if the Mets don’t make the playoffs? Will Hale get a shot at managing a full-strength D-backs team? What message does it send if the White Sox keep Ventura?
One name not on the list? Mike Matheny, who is the subject of criticism from some St. Louis Cardinals fans. Does he have anything to worry about?
A scout told Heyman that it looks like the Astros are missing a veteran presence. What can Houston learn from this season and has their perception changed from their problems early on? They have young talent, but have struggled on the trade market and attracting big free agents (Andrew Miller) or players with no-trade clauses (Cole Hamels).
The New York Yankees rebuild won’t take very long, as the team figures to be major players in the 2018 free agent class. But what about their young guys now? Heyman urges patience, as it has only been a week with Aaron Judge, and explains why he’d move Judge and Gary Sanchez for to the White Sox for Chris Sale.
Yasiel Puig appears on his way out of the Dodgers organization either this year or in the offseason. The San Diego Padres make a lot of sense for the outfielder, who has ties to the San Diego front office.
The first episode ends with the two going around the horn on topics such as benching Jason Heyward in the playoffs, the Rockies trading a veteran outfielder, Zach Britton and Cy Young votes, Joakim Soria, Eric O’Flaherty and Carlos Gomez fits.