Our latest podcast of the new year recaps where we’ve been, how teams are preparing now and what they envision for the upcoming spring season.
Also a discussion of variables that could arise and mention of some things most people have not thought about
The panel joining DP's Austin Alexander was Bo Charpia (Summerville HS), Dale Nelson (Hillcrest HS) and Tim Perry from (Airport HS)
High-decorated prep star turned Clemson Freshman All-American LHP Geoffrey Gilbert joined the dp desk to discuss the following:
What are you up to during down time?
Now - Covid2020 - Next?
Work habits, inner-drive, advice...
Bishop England & High School vs College
Goals at Clemson, future?
Starter vs Bullpen
How was Clemson the best fit for you?
July 28, 2020 - Season I, Chat #19 (1:01): On this Tuesday, DP had an awesome discussion with the President of the SCBCA & skipper at Dorman Jack Jolly, head coach/Asst. AD at River Bluff Mark Bonnette along with the skipper/AD at Cheraw HS David Byrd...
Covid19 & how this became a topic/podcast
The SC coaches Association stance
Info for HS coaches, parents, players - Valuable!
Probably some bloopers too?
At the first of July, dp's Austin Alexander & Cory Welch discussed the status of where we have been, where we are & where we are going!
Summer Showcase (CIU) & players who stood out
Coaching demands by dp staff in last month-green light to play!
Player Rankings - Always a difficult thing to publish!
Palmetto Games - How it began plus site & date change (Players, video)
Fall League update...
dp's Austin Alexander spent some time on Friday chatting it up with Wednesday night 1st Rounder Carmen Mlodzinski, the conversation went so well that it turned into our next podcast. During the time with the South Carolina RHP & Hilton Head HS product, we covered the following topics:
How you got the word that you would be a millionaire, emotions
Oldest brother of three pitchers, growing up in your home, competition
Injuries & dp experiences, what led you to USC?
USC, life there & word to recruits
Different pronunciations of your last name?
No social media, in 2020, really?
What is next for you, your goals?
After a ton of calls and work to create Plan B-Z, here is what we have arrived at for our Summer Showcase:
June 10-11, Columbia International University, Government Guidelines
FREE options for participants
Waiver NEEDED, print + bring
New deadline, May 31
Dedication to HS players in our state
Info going forward on DP & social media
North Greenville skipper Landon Powell joined dp's Austin Alexander recently to take us down memory lane, which was a long enjoyable ride with someone who has done so much in his life before the age of of 40. Some of the topics covered:
Family at beach during virus, his health & update on current team
From Little League to Big Leagues, CWS, injuries, etc
Draft loopholes, Scott Boras & Landon's draft experience
The Perfect Game - a Mother's Day treat for the ages
North Greenville baseball, transfer U
Best baseball memories
Crystal ball for future
MLB agent Lee Long of The Ballengee Group & DP’s Austin Alexander recently Zoomed to cover an array of topics ranging from:
Easter to Mother’s Day with family
Background & different hats worn
Spring Training pre + post Covid 19
MLB now, the future & upcoming draft
Role & differences between advisor + agent
Baseball stories & relationships over the years
dp’s Austin Alexander & Will Cheatham had an awesome chat with San Diego closer Emilio Pagan in May regarding a myriad of topics, among those:
EP with fam during downtime
Cheat & AA history with Emilio
Rise to MLB & Puerto Rico in World Baseball Classic, plus throwing to Yadier
What motivated, still drive him
Philosophy on mentality ie toiling in the minors vs succeeding in The Show with various roles
DP's Austin Alexander spent some time recently with Coastal Carolina Associate Head Coach Kevin Schnall to cover a lot of ground ranging from:
Downtime during Covid19
Childhood to Coaching
Son of NFL Coach
Update on skipper Gary Gilmore
National Championship & family tragedy + triumphs
Greatest memories in the game
Austin Alexander & Cory Welch discussed a number of topics with Student Assistant Coach at The University of South Carolina, Sawyer Bridges.
The final week of college/exams
Reflecting on roles/responsibilities of a student coach
How Bridges' became a Gamecock
Memories at Summerville HS & 2016 Title
Various Roles in college career
Mentors in Sawyer’s career
DP's Austin Alexander & Barry Mabry had an awesome discussion with the 'Godfather of South Carolina Travel Baseball' himself John Rhodes, aka The Head Devil!
Info about what got him into baseball & how travel ball abounded from his vision
Impact he made on the two people interviewing him, plus countless others
The Diamond Devil Way, expectations then memories too
Closure with a blooper or two!
DP's Austin Alexander sat down with his mentor Hall of Fame skipper Tim Wallace at Spartanburg Methodist College. An array of topics spanned from:
Tim's childhood & baseball background as a player
How coaching career began
What's going on now vision forward
Best memories & stories in baseball on & off the field, including Bo Jackson
Plus legit locker room pranks...
Jason Gross - South Carolina Director of USSSA Baseball: In less than an hour with DP's Austin Alexander Gross covered topics spanning from- Family & Covid19 / His team 11U team and what is NOW for them + others / Love of baseball & relationships that stem from it / USSSA Outlook, what is the NEXT no one can answer...
Austin Alexander & Cory Welch discussed the “All-Decade Bracket Challenge” with members of the 2018 Dorman HS team: HC Jack Jolly, Tanner McCallister & Jack Hennessy.
16,000 total votes
Key moments of the 2018 season
Memories from Jolly, McCallister & Hennessy
Recognition of the Dorman roster
Closing thought from Coach Jack Jolly
Coach Monte Lee at Clemson University covers ground with DP's Austin Alexander.
NCAA rulings on eligibility
35 man roster
Staff & Next / Summer Camps / Relationships on campus
Dabo / Can't Miss
Impersonations / DP Wrap
DP's Austin Alexander goes through a poll revisit of something that no HS game had seen in our lifetime!
We spoke to HC’s Brian Hucks & Barry Mizzell plus a guy who has spent a little time in both dugouts, Banks Faulkner.
That Iconic 2013 Series
DP’s first guest of the “podcast” era is Assistant Commissioner of the South Carolina High School League, Charlie Wentzky. Austin Alexander and Cory Welch spent some time with Charlie discussing where the high school league is now and also touched on the pitch count rules and how they affect today’s high school game.
1. Path of Charlie Wentzky to where he is now
2. Current situation of high school baseball in South Carolina
3. Charlie and Cory’s hot take on pitch count
4. Wentzky discusses adjusting to quarantine
In DP’s first podcast, Austin Alexander, Barry Mabry and Cory Welch cover a variety of topics regarding “what now” for today’s baseball player, touch on the “All-Decade Team Tourney” and hit some top performances from the preseason tournaments in Columbia..
Welcome to the new DP podcast
How to stay "ready" during the quarantine
All Decade Tournament Brackets
Preseason Hot Takes
Daniel Crenshaw - Thoughts for family