In the second episode of The 5-Tool Podcast, hosts Nick Hamelin and Jeff Snider had two guests who are so far ahead of the curve they celebrated Thanksgiving about six weeks ago. Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Corey Koskie and Canadian sports logo expert Chris Creamer joined us on an entertaining episode.
We start with some quick hit news around baseball, discussing the report from Baseball Essential’s Robert Murray that David Price would prefer to stay in Toronto and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ hiring of Dave Roberts as their new manager.
At about the 3:50 mark, we jump into the interview with longtime major leaguer Corey Koskie, who was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Among the topics discussed:
- Koskie’s experience with being elected to the CBHoF along with Carlos Delgado, Felipe Alou, Matt Stairs, and reporter Bob Elliott.
- His experience as young teammates with David Ortiz when he was “Big O,” before he was “Big Papi.”
- The fantastic Minnesota Twins outfield of Jacque Jones, Torii Hunter, Matt Lawton, and Shannon Stewart.
- Corey’s desire (or lack thereof) to get into coaching in the big leagues.
- The concussion that eventually ended his career, and how teams deal with concussions.
- His attempted comeback with the Chicago Cubs in 2009.
- How playing for his childhood favorite team (the Toronto Blue Jays) wasn’t everything he dreamed it would be.
- The one pitcher he had the worst luck against.
- Helicopter parents.
- And a lot more…
At about 37:45, we move into a discussion with Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.net. We discussed each of our favorite and least-favorite baseball uniforms, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ secret new uniforms for next year, and why anyone would buy a team hat in the colors of that team’s rival, among a variety of other topics.
We greatly appreciate you turning into the first ever episode of the 5TP. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow the podcast @5ToolPodcast, Nick at @NickHamelin, Jeff at @snidog. If you’d like any questions answered please tweet them at us. Once again a special thanks to Corey Koskie (@ckone47) and Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet).