On this episode, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Angels catcher Max Stassi (@MaxStassi10) to talk about what goes into his defensive work.

Max talks about his defense origin story (he was born into catching) and what he focuses on when he frames pitches ().

Max also discusses what it’s like to catch Shohei Ohtani and offers a strong take on the potential of robot umpires and how that would change catching forever (imagine catchers working entirely from their knees) ().


Also, we asked Hall-of-Fame inductee and 7-time Gold Glover Larry Walker on his favorite type of defensive play ().


Mark is then joined by former Baseball Info Solutions Video Scout, and singer-songwriter Matt Halvorson (@HalvyHalvorson), whose songs are often about prominent (and lesser-known) baseball players (you’ll hear a brief excerpt from his latest album, which you can find here) ().Thank you for listening. Stay safe and stay well.