South Side Hit Pen Podcast: Episode 1

Hey now people, the South Side Hit Pen podcast is on the air! 

It’s truly an Episode 0, giving hosts Clinton Cole and Brett Ballantini a little bit of time to explore the full studio space. (Conclusion: More cowbell!)

Anyhow, with this episode recorded on Sunday and finally getting the go-ahead to publish from our new Soundcloud account today, try not to shed a tiny tear as we talk about “No. 1 free agent target” Zack Wheeler. We also pump up the volume on Yasiel Puig, take a victory lap with Yasmani Grandal, and work the mailbag.



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Actor (final credit: murdered by Albert Einstein in "Carnage Hall"), musician (Ethnocentric Republicans), and Nerf hoops champion, Wiffleball aficionado and onetime bilingual kindergarten teacher, Brett Ballantini also writes about baseball, basketball and sometimes hockey, publishing at the NBA, MLB, NHL, and for Slam, Hoop, Sporting News, the Athletic, and others. He was CSN Chicago’s Blackhawks beat writer for their first Stanley Cup season of 2009-10, and took over the White Sox beat after that. He currently is the editor-in-chief of South Side Hit Pen and managing editor of SB Nation's South Side Sox. He also wrote a book about Ozzie Guillén but is running out of space, so follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and he'll probably tell you even more about himself than you ever wanted to know.

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Mike Coffeey
7 months ago

You guys have this on a feed so people can subscribe via a podcast app?

6 months ago

Yay!! Thanks for the shout out. I’m happy about Grandal. It’s just a thought experiment. By BP stats, Grandal’s blocking and running game management are … non-elite, tho still good. If you take away his one elite skill, how does a 34 year old Grandal look in the last year of this contract? I don’t really subscribe to the popular belief that a baseball player changes back into a pumpkin on his 29th birthday. Grandal’s strike zone judgement won’t erode with time. His BABIP is fairly average, I believe, so he’s not chasing a lucky year to maintain a .250… Read more »

6 months ago
Reply to  fancyhughyancy

Oh, and you nailed the pronunciation, Brett.