Takoma Baseball Today: The Official T-Bolts Podcast


Episode #7 Data and Baseball

Takoma Baseball Today Host Rick Stack talks with Social Media and Data Analyst Jason Mollica about what data can tell us, particularly in baseball. As more and more teams use analytics, especially heading into the playoffs, Rick and Jason explore how data is changing the game for better or worse.

Takoma Baseball Today’s Neal Lavon and Thunderbolts Founder Dick O’Connor discuss the Thunderbolts 2019 season including the regular campaign in which the team finished in second place two games over .500 and secured a bye in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League Baseball Playoffs; the Semi-Final series against the DC Grays, and the Championship Series against the Bethesda Big Train. They also look ahead to 2020 and the process to bring that team to the field.

Episode #5: The T-Bolts at Mid-Season

Thunderbolts Founder and Vice President Dick O’Connor and T-Bolts Play by Play Broadcaster Julian Baron join host Neal Lavon for a look at the T-Bolts at mid-season. They discuss individual efforts and team performance at this point in the Cal Ripken League seaon.

Episode #4: A Deep Dive Into the Roster

Thunderbolts Founder Dick O’Connor, Tbolts General Manager, Brian Brewer, and Tbolts Head Coach Doug Remer discuss the team’s current roster, the challenges and philosophy of running a summer collegiate wooden bat team, how players are recruited, and the changes to the Cal Ripken League with host Neal Lavon.

Episode #3: The Psychology of Baseball

Psychologist Dr. Dan Griffin of Takoma Park discusses some of the psychological issues rampant in the Nation's Pastime. He shows how the fear of failure affects a player's performance and he offers some tips for parents on how to help their kids better enjoy youth baseball. Rick Stack hosts.


Episode #2: Equipment Risks And Safety

Join host Rick Stack as he discusses equipment, risks, and new developments in the National Pastime, from kid leagues to the pros, with Tom Cove, President and CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.


Episode #1: Calm Before The Storm: 2019 Season

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts offer the first podcast of the 2019 season. The team will produce several podcasts throughout the season focusing on the team and all things baseball—local, regional, and national. Join host Neal Lavon as he talks baseball with Thunderbolts founder and president Dick O’Connor and some occasional special guests. This season, the podcasts welcome a new member to the team, Rick Stack, who will host shows and examine all things baseball both on and off the field. Look for new podcasts to be added in the coming weeks and months. Follow the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and local baseball by listening to these podcasts throughout the summer! Welcome aboard and make www.tbolts.org your summer home for the National Pasttime played right in the neighborhood. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts—major league dreams, small town charm!