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Former MLB Players Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith talk about what it's like playing in a snowed out World series, their favorite commentators Australia's Freedom day and much more! Make sure you subscribe to the best Baseball Podcast hosted by players with accents and the most laughs. Enjoy mates!…
 
Former MLB pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith discuss Grants 6 MLB Post Seasons, the moments and the meltdowns on his way to the World Series. We also hear the story of the most not so epic bummer of a speech of Ryan's career. Also the Aussie 'word of the day', growing up playing baseball in Australia in 'That's Grouse' and more! Don't f…
 
Former MLB Pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith discuss everything from flawed Baseball economics to their best and worse travel recommendations when visiting down under! Enjoy the insights, enjoy the laughs! Make sure you subscribe and pass it on to your mates!By Ryan Rowland-Smith
 
MLB Pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith break down the dugout biffo between Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr last week. We also hear the epic RA Dickey swimming the river story, an aussie movie review and much more! Please subscribe and enjoy the episode of The Top Step!By Ryan Rowland-Smith
 
Ex MLB pitchers Grant Balfour and Ryan Rowland-Smith dive into what it's like pitching In Playoff runs, September Call ups and big Aussie Icons, no not Crocodile Dundee, literally BIG Aussie icons along the Pacific Highway. We have baseball news, we have epic stories we have a ton of much needed laughs! Thanks for joining us on The Top Step! Make s…
 
We are back! Please welcome MLB All Star and hello Aussie Grant Balfour. We welcome it back, discuss Miguel Cabrera and his 500 HR's. Justin Verlander? Will he get 300 Wins and does it still mean something?? We need your help! name our all new Aussie segment! It's good to be back! Enjoy mates!By Ryan Rowland-Smith
 
Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy dive into all sorts of topics, the new rule changes in the Minor leagues that we possibly could see in the MLB very soon. Including shift limitations and robo umps and how they will change the art of catching as we know it! Tom as had an amazing journey to be an everyday catcher and I'm so excited to have this ep…
 
Seattle Mariners Joey Gerber and I have a bunch of laughs, dive into analytics, team mates and living with our parents! Making his MLB debut last year after being a walk on in college throwing 86, he gives me an honest assessment of what it takes, whats it like to be in the shoes of a 23 year old rookie! If you enjoy this episode, please share it w…
 
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Nick Margevicius went from being let go from the Padres to being a break out prospect in the middle of the mariners rotation. He is currently competing for a spot in the 6 man rotation in spring training, We dive into the up's and downs in his younger career and everything in between! Please click the subscribe but…
 
Seattle Mariners play by play voice and good buddy Aaron Goldsmith joins me for everything from his journey, what it's really like being behind the mic, his famous childhood hero Bob Costas encounter and what to expect in 2021. One of my favorite conversations! Please subscribe, please leave your review and enjoy this episode as Aaron Goldsmith joi…
 
Seattle Mariners first basemen Evan White was a lot of things in 2020. A rookie, a gold glover winner, the first year of his historic contract extension and dealing with failure for the first time in his career. Was a great opportunity to get to know a big part of the Mariners future as he ran us through the mine set of everything he was and went t…
 
Lauren Nicole Johnson spent the last 4 years as the New York Yankees mental conditioning coordinator where she worked with players up and down the organization. Lauren who is an ex athlete herself works with not only professional athletes but military personnel and business professionals. We dive into some of the elite mindsets and techniques she u…
 
Former MLB All Star and current Fox Sports personality Nick Swisher joins me for a ridiculously uplifting conversation! Happy new year mates, excited to share this episode. Going from a non drafted high school kid to uber prospect with the Oakland A's being traded to a really tough situation to one year later winning a World Series with the Yankees…
 
Texas Rangers color analyst and former MLB pitcher CJ Nitkowski breaks down his thoughts on the current state of Baseball, the 2020 playoffs and his journey. Click subscribe wherever you're listening to this podcast for all past and future episodes. Or visit www.thetopstep.com for more content!By Ryan Rowland-Smith
 
The Atlanta Braves closer and 3 time All Star Mark Melancon takes us from that demotion to AAA with the Boston Red Sox in 2012 to becoming one of the most dominant closers in Major League Baseball. If you are enjoying these episodes, please CLICK that subscribe button and leave me a review! I release a new conversation every week so don't miss anot…
 
Atlanta Braves Chris Martin has been through it all. From dropping out of college, quitting baseball and stacking shelves to becoming one of the best relief pitchers of 2020 with the Braves. He has been to Japan and back and is now settled in as an established pitcher in the big leagues. We talk about his journey and his time in the NLCS including …
 
Aussie MLB Pitchers Liam Hendriks, Peter Moylan and Grant Balfour join me for some laughs, epic stories and Aussie trivia. I apologize in advance for the language and if you need to hire a translator to get through this! Enjoy this episode and Liam, Moylo, Balfour join me on The Top StepBy Ryan Rowland-Smith
 
Happy thanksgiving mates. This is a great time of year to share this conversation and journey with my good friend Jeremy Ryan Slate. If you’re sitting there spending the holidays wondering if the path you’re on is the right one. If this life of yours is fulfilling or maybe you want to take the plunge to follow your real passion! Well that’s exactly…
 
The National League comeback player of the year Daniel Bard took 7 years to return to a major league mound. The Rockies reliever went to some of the darkest places mentally to overcome what we call the 'yips' or in other words all of a sudden going from the future Red Sox closer to no idea where the ball is going once it leaves your hand. Your enti…
 
Mariners pitching coach and I dive into his rise to a MLB pitching coach, what separates him, his relationships with his pitchers, analaystics and most importantly the story behind the new Top Step mascot! For past episodes and more visit www.thetopstep.com/podcast and don't forget to leave a review when you subscribe wherever you listen to The Top…
 
Brandon Morrow is a 12 year MLB veteran starting his career with me in Seattle and then found a whole lot of success with the Toronto Blue Jays. Amazing journey from a 1st round draft pick, taking some time to figure it all out dealing with injuries and then onto the big stage pitching in the playoffs with the LA Dodgers. Make sure you go to www.th…
 
3 time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer kicks off Season 2 of The Top Step. 'Mad Max' is one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation. Hall of Fame bound we talk about it all. The 2020 season, his role with the players union and the conversations that went down in the middle of a pandemic, how he feels about the game today. Going from game…
 
Peter has one of the most fascinating stories in baseball, he was arrested after a year in rookie ball, released and returned to Australia to get on with a life away from professional baseball. 10 years later he reemerges to go onto a 10 PLUS year career in the Major Leagues becoming one of the most reliable relievers in the game. Enjoy some epic s…
 
Seattle Mariners Dave Sims has been the play by play voice of the Mariners since 2007 but came to Seattle with a huge resume doing everything from play by play National game of the week on ESPN to hosting on Radio in the #1 Market in the country. We cover his career. covering baseball during the covid-19 2020 60 game sprint season to the Black live…
 
Former NFL line backer and current Seattle Seahawks color analyst Dave Wyman joins me as we cover everything from COVID 19, kids returning to school, how he met his former cheerleader wife and what it's like to be a 'Bogan' (google it). Make sure you click subscribe wherever your laughing along on your workout, drive to work or monster truck rally …
 
Charlie Furbush was one fo the most colorful characters on the field before constant shoulder issues cut his career short. We discuss everything from making that post career transition, how it's ok to be yourself inside a clubhouse, what really goes on when you have to deal with constant injuries, how he met his fiancée oh and how COVID shut down t…
 
Seattle Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop is big part of the M's rebuild. He is also the driving force behind some ground work battling ALzeimers diseases. The diagnosis of Suzy Bishop (his mom) with Early Onset Alzheimer's prompted Braden to start the 4MOM Charity. We discuss his charity, how to break into the big leagues and how todays player is …
 
Tyler Maun has worked literally every international baseball competition there has been the last 3-5 years. If you want to get into broadcasting you need to tune in. Extremely talented and will be calling MLB games in the near future We me in Japan at the Olympic Qualifiers back in November and straight away hit it off. One of my favorite times to …
 
Seattle born and raised Matthew Boyd is the ace of the Detroit Tigers and also has one of the nastiest breaking balls on the planet. We discuss how the players are feeling about this current negotiation to get back onto the field as well as my favorite, the mental side of pitching and what he has overcome on his way to becoming n established front …
 
Former MLB Outfielder and current broadcaster for the Colorado Rockies Ryan Spilborghs is one of the most charismatic likable guys in the game and honestly someone I look up to as a fellow broadcaster. After an up an down career in the Major Leagues that included a National League Championship with the Rockies he transitioned into his new role as a…
 
Jon Ryan punted 11 years in the NFL mostly known for his time with the Seattle Seahawks becoming a Super Bowl Champion. But it wasn't all glory days for Jon, coming from the CFL and living in a motel 6 in Phoenix to get a crack with an NFL team. From there he has literally done it all, 11 years in the NFL as a fan favorite, American Ninja warrior, …
 
Grant Balfour is an MLB All Star, 10+ years in the big leagues as one of the most dominant closers but more importantly, one of my best mates! He has been through a ton n his career and has meant a ton to me as a friend and a mentor. On this episode we talk about what separates him, we also relive some of those battle with him and and Orlando Cabre…
 
The Big Maple and New York Yankee's starting pitcher James Paxton is one of the most dominating pitchers in the Major Leagues, the canadian rushes it up there in the upper 90's but before the Pin Stripes and the domination, there was some serious adjustments Pax had to make! We dive into everything from his mental skills training, adjusting to life…
 
Justin Dunn is a big part of the Seattle Mariners rebuild and after this conversation it's easy to see why the organization is so high on Justin. We discuss everything from his sneaker obsession to where that chip on his shoulder came from! For past episodes with MLB players, comedians and MMA fighters and to be inspired by their journey and enjoy …
 
A little include from the usual Monday morning guest on the Top Step, my good mate Jessamyn Mcintyre and I exchange all the wonders of quarantine from ZOOM mishaps to the 3 images that you'll always remember when thinking back to this isolation! We all need some laughs so slip in those headphones, relax and enjoy this episode as Jess joins me on th…
 
Jon Morosi is an MLB insider who I guaranteed has popped up on your TV multiple times either on MLB Network or Fox Sports. On this episode we discuss possible plans for MLB to return in 2020 as well as the international game and the culture inside the clubhouse in today's game. If you're enjoying this podcast please subscribe and PLEASE leave a rev…
 
Comedian Adam Ray joins me on the Top Step My mate Adam was born and raised in Seattle, is a huge Mariners fan and now becoming a household name in Hollywood and in Stand up comedy. You can check out his podcast, video’s, tour dates and more at adamraycomedy.com Please visit thetopstep.com to view this episode and check out more episodes with MLB p…
 
6 x UFC Champion and MMA Legend Randy Couture has had arguably the most successful MMA career of all time. From his days as a college drop out with no idea what was next and his first son on the way to his meteoric rise to the 6 UFC world titles and onto Hollywood Action roles. We take a dive into his journey as well as find out his mind set before…
 
Seattle Mariners pitcher Justus Sheffield is a huge part of the organizations 'rebuilding' project and this exciting young core of players they hope will change the trajectory of the organization. The first rounder ou of high school has already been a part of two high profile trades, a demotion to AA before finally finding some success! We also tal…
 
James Clifford has been with the Seattle Mariners for over 25 years and is an integral part of the performance of every player who steps on the field. A two sport athlete at the University of Washington and a year away from the NFL draft a knee injury changed his life forever. We discuss mental toughness, how the game has changed, how he has influe…
 
Former MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes is one of the most polarizing figures to cover Baseball on MLB Network. His energy and drive to challenge himself is next to impossible to keep up with.Most athletes struggle to find their identity once they retire from professional sport, Byrnsey was just getting started. He has completed ultra marathons broken an…
 
The Australian native went from being a guy who could not stay on a roster to becoming one of the best closers in the game in 2019. This is a fun episode for me as my fellow Aussie and I go back and forth on our journey to the US as young players, the Australianisms and dive into what it was that turned him into an establish Major League closer!…
 
Due to this historic time in all of our lives and the need for a few laughs, I have added, along with the interviews the all new isolation session of the Top Step. Jessamyn McIntyre is the executive producer of the Danny and Gallant morning show on 710ESPN Seattle. She is also a sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Seawolves and Wash…
 
Dan Altavilla is a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners with some of the nastiest stuff in the big leagues. He made his debut back in 2016 only taking him 2 years to reach the highest level. The roller coaster sped up from that point on dealing with injures, doubt and everything in between. Join Dan and I on the Top Step as we discuss his rise from bar…
 
Rick Rizzs is the 'voice' of the Seattle Mariners. He got his start back in 1983 after 8 years of grinding it out in the minor leagues where he doubles as a clubbie to get his 3 innings in the booth! We talk about where the journey began as a 12 year old in his mothers basement as he would pretend he was the play by play announcer for the Chicago C…
 
Marco Gonzales is the number one starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners and is fresh off a 4 year $30m contract extension. He went from being an under the radar mediocre high school player to a first rounder. Was traded away after injury and is now one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball!…
 
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