Podcast: The Book of Joe with Joe Maddon & Tom Verducci

October 12, 2022

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Introducing the Book of Joe Podcast with Joe Maddon & Tom Verducci

 

Borrowing the podcast title from their forthcoming book, three-time Manager of the Year Joe Maddon and three-time Sportswriter of the Year Tom Verducci provide exclusive insight, commentary and discussion on the MLB postseason, from the stars to the strategy. As manager of the 2016 Cubs team that broke a 108-year championship drought, Maddon knows what it takes to navigate October pressure. Part Phil Jackson, part Yogi Berra, Maddon brings unique and entertaining takes on not just on dugout strategy but also life lessons and leadership – not to mention classic cars and rock and roll. A five-time Emmy winner with Fox and MLB Network, Verducci has behind-the-scenes access to the players and managers throughout the postseason. “The Book of Joe” is your home to learn – and laugh – about the real stories behind how postseason games are won and lost. To purchase a copy or for more information on “The Book of Joe,” please click here.

 

Introducing: The Book of Joe with Joe Maddon & Tom Verducci

 

Episode 1: MLB Playoffs are underway, Showalter substance check, Recipe for Winning Rosters, and Station Wagons

The Book of Joe Podcast begins with the opening weekend of the MLB Playoffs. Hosts Tom Verducci and World Series Champion Joe Maddon dive into Mets’ manager Buck Showalter asking for a substance check on Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove. Tom explores the change in pitching strategy in the playoffs where 1 out of every 3 balls is a breaking pitch and how managers are handling their top arms. There was ONE at bat this weekend that really impressed Joe and could’ve changed an entire series. We put the ‘rest vs rust’ debate to bed as the Divisional series are about to get underway. Joe explains how he prepared his lineups and tried to take advantage of using his best arms as often as possible. Plus, Tom tells us the most underrated car and how today’s generation is being robbed of enjoying it.

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Episode 2: Padres win, Darvish velocity change, Ray relieving, Strategic managing, and a Dick Ellsworth memory

The Book of Joe Podcast begins with the Padres 5-3 win over the Dodgers. Hosts Tom Verducci and World Series Champion Joe Maddon were both impressed with the managing job of Bob Melvin. The ability of Yu Darvish to change velocity is amazing and Joe thinks the gameplan included not throwing the same pitch twice during an at-bat. Over to the Astros win, Joe explores Seattle bringing starter Robbie Ray to the mound as a reliever. Tom asks Joe about walking a batter with the bases loaded and the strategy that goes into facing a player like Aaron Judge. With the passing of former MLB pitcher Dick Ellsworth, Tom offers up an amazing memory of just how many innings he pitched. How does the Cleveland fishing scandal relate to athletes always looking for an edge? Plus, we wrap up with Tom revisiting his Jefferson Starship collection and asking Joe for some classic rock recommendations.

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Episode 3: Difficulty in Repeating, NLCS Exciting, Pitching strategies, Catcher protocols, and Classic car hood ornaments

The Book of Joe Podcast begins with how difficult it is to repeat a championship season. Hosts Tom Verducci and World Series Champion Joe Maddon discuss the Dodgers exit and the need for some strategy changes moving forward. Tom is excited to see the NLCS while Joe loves the managing matchup between the Phillies Rob Thomson and the Padres Bob Brenly. There’s one play that Tom wants to ask Joe about and how it’s still happening at the Major League level. We wrap up with Joe’s thoughts on postseason managing and some talk about the lack of cool car hood ornaments on today’s vehicles.

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Episode 4: Postseason pitching, Astros dominating, Disciplining Players, Padres Comeback, and first car memories

The Book of Joe Podcast begins with the power of postseason pitching. Hosts Tom Verducci and World Series Champion Joe Maddon discuss batters hitting just .211 at the plate. The Astros right handed pitching staff controlled the Yankees lineup and the breaking ball has been the star. Joe doesn’t want to hear any revisionist history talk about the Astros roof being open or not, both teams are playing on the same field and this series is far from over. We explore how players are disciplined in the postseason and Joe recalls his experiences as manager. Plus, which manager eats a root beer barrel before the start of every 9th inning? The Padres are back in their series with the Phillies and Joe loved the matchup between the Nola brothers. We wrap up with first car memories and how that car is always cool and you’ll never forget what you paid for it.

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Episode 5: World Series Matchup, Kyle Schwarber Impact, Yankees swept, Managing styles, and The Boss.

The Book of Joe Podcast begins with the Phillies and Astros in the World Series. Hosts Tom Verducci and World Series Champion Joe Maddon discuss the mentality of both teams and how different they are. Joe likes the Philly ‘vibe’ right now and Tom thinks they’re a club that’s playing with very little pressure after making the postseason. Bryce Harper’s home run was a historic moment for him and Tom walks us through how it happened. Joe explains why manager needs to ‘play’ through the game before it even happens to know what he’s doing in every situation. Looking back at the Yankees season, it’s easy to say what needs to be different but you can’t just change a team’s identity in one series. Find out what Joe says isn’t just ‘nearly impossible’ but just impossible for a team to do. Now we’re ready for the games, Joe recalls managing Kyle Schwarber and reveals the impact the outfielder can have on a team and even a teammate like Bryce Harper. Bruce Bochy is back in the game and Tom wonders what it would take for Joe to return to the dugout. We wrap up with Bruce Springsteen and Tom’s favorite selection from The Boss.

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Episode 6: Phillies win Game 1, Managing moves, Levels of Players, Game 2 Preview, and Guilty pleasure bands

The Book of Joe Podcast begins with the amazing start to the World Series. Hosts Tom Verducci and World Series Champion Joe Maddon discuss the Phillies giving up 5 runs and then rebounding on Justin Verlander. Tom notes the managing job being done by Rob Thomson and how he’s taken such an aggressive approach through the playoffs. Find out which tendencies Thomson has gone against and still had his moves pay off. Joe gives us insight around Nick Castellanos and explains his ‘levels’ of players. We try to figure out what happened with Verlander and how his pitching approach changed during the game. Now the Astros try to rebound in Game 2 with Framber Valdez. We wrap up with Tom’s choice of music for the World Series and Joe recommends a band that some consider a guilty pleasure.

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Episode 7: World Series in Philly, Syndergaard pitching, Valdez questions, and ‘Cousin Eddie’ RV

The Book of Joe Podcast begins with the World Series headed to Philadelphia. Hosts Tom Verducci and World Series Champion Joe Maddon discuss the environment for the game and both hope things don’t get out of control. Over the last few years, the Astros are used to hearing it from crowds on the road so Joe doesn’t think it will affect them much. Find out how teams communicate during the game and how it could affect some key moments. Onto Game 3, which is often the swing game in the series. Joe knows Noah Syndergaard and explains which pitches he’ll use and how long you can expect to see him in the game. We explore how Twitter exploded around Framber Valdez in Game 2 and how Rob Thomson addressed the issue. We learn the only reason that Joe would ever ask an ump to check a player’s equipment. Wrapping up, Joe recalls an RV he used to have named ‘Cousin Eddie’ and the many roadtrips it took.

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