Nothing Personal with David Samson

Nothing Personal with David Samson is a daily sports podcast hosted by David Samson. No guests. No callers. No BS. 45 minutes per day, Monday-Friday. David is dedicated to decoding the endless musings of players, owners and others in a concise, articulate and entertaining manner. Samson was in charge of a Major League Baseball team for 18 years, with winning a World Series ring, building a new ballpark, hosting an All-Star game, and buying and selling a franchise, among his many experiences and accomplishments. His breadth of knowledge covers all aspects of sport. This podcast will be the destination for fans of sports and entertainment who want to hear the truth about real situations as they occur each day. Every segment will give his audience a unique perspective, not found anywhere else. His voice is strong and unwavering, his brand is honesty and his reach is extraordinary. And remember, it's just business...It's nothing personal!


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Nothing Personal with David Samson

Nothing Personal with David Samson is a daily sports podcast hosted by David Samson. No guests. No callers. No BS. 45 minutes per day, Monday-Friday. David is dedicated to decoding the endless musings of players, owners and others in a concise, articulate and entertaining manner. Samson was in charge of a Major League Baseball team for 18 years, with winning a World Series ring, building a new ballpark, hosting an All-Star game, and buying and selling a franchise, among his many experiences and accomplishments. His breadth of knowledge covers all aspects of sport. This podcast will be the destination for fans of sports and entertainment who want to hear the truth about real situations as they occur each day. Every segment will give his audience a unique perspective, not found anywhere else. His voice is strong and unwavering, his brand is honesty and his reach is extraordinary. And remember, it's just business...It's nothing personal!


Subscribe to Nothing Personal on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nothingpersonalwithdavidsamson

Most Recent Episode

  • ALCS, NLCS: Giving us the sports drama we want! Ben Simmons: Giving the 76ers the dram they DO NOT want! (10/20)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘5 outs’ as in the Atlanta Braves were 5 outs away from burying the Los Angeles Dodgers as in one pitch changed the game and may change the series. Cody Bellinger hit a 3-run shot. The rest is history. (7:55) The Houston Astros stole a game! From close to being down 3-1 in the series to the Boston Red Sox, the Astros got an Altuve game-tying home run in the 8th and then 7 in the top of the 9th. Boston fans are furious with the umps — should they be? (17:10) Ben Simmons is a problem. The 76ers allowed this problem to get to this point. The players on the team don’t deserve this and Embiid has had enough. (28:20) Review: Only Murders in the Building. (31:10) NPPOD. (36:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me what I thought about Scott Boras’ recent comments on roster expansion in the playoffs.

Episodes of This Show

  • Red Sox CRUSH Astros, Yankees bringing Aaron Boone back, Fernando Tatis Jr says no to surgery -- Did we miss anything!? (10/19)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘crushing’ as in the Boston Red Sox have crushed the Houston Astros souls over the past two games. You want a grand slam? Well, order up. Grand Slam Schwarber. The Astros have no pitching. The Red Sox are hanging on with big runs. (17:55) A report came out yesterday that Fernando Tatis Jr won’t be getting shoulder surgery. What an absolute mess. The San Diego Padres were supposed to be THAT team and they were a MASSIVE letdown. Why is this happening? (23:55) Aaron Boone is getting an extension. 3 year deal. Not the most surprising move, unless you’re a Yankees fan. (30:55) Review: Imperfect - The Roy Halladay Story (35:45) The NBA is back, but Kyrie Irving still isn’t. Commissioner Adam Silver made comments about the Irving/Nets situation, and they were perfect. LeBron James is trying to win ring No. 5. Giannis is trying to go back-to-back. (44:55) Washington State has fired its head coach Nick Rolovich for not getting vaccinated. See ya.

  • MLB Postseason: Dead arms, long games, any other problems?; MLB's historic Minor League Baseball housing announcement (10/18)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘final four’ as in there are only four teams left in Major League Baseball as in the Dodgers are down two games to none against the Braves, the Astros and Red Sox are tied at one game apiece. What’s the problem though? The games are too long. Pitchers have pitched so much these past two seasons that their arms are just what Max Scherzer said… dead. (14:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the release that MLB would begin paying for Minor League Baseball players housing. They wanted to know if this was something MLB did because of the upcoming CBA negotiations. (31:40) Review: Goliath Season 5. (35:25) NFL says it found no other current personnel have sent bad emails. Do you believe them? (39:45) NPPOD. (44:25) The Washington Football Team held its jersey retirement on Sunday for Sean Taylor. Gave fans 3 days to get ready. Let VIPs stand on the painted sideline logo. Owner of the team wore a hoodie and baggy khakis. Just another day for WFT. 

  • Dodgers-Giants postgame, NLCS preview, ALCS preview, YouTube Live Q+A (10/15)

    Welcome in to the special edition of Nothing Personal with David Samson! We have you covered with everything you need to know about the MLB postseason! This is from our YouTube Live postgame show following Game 5 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants! (12:15) When will Max Scherzer pitch again? He came in and got his first save of his career to send the Dodgers to the NLCS! (14:55) Lance McCullers is likely to miss the rest of the postseason with a forearm injury. How can this happen? (17:20) We take questions from you! Talking Cardinals firing Mike Shildt, will Trevor Bauer get a ring, TV revenue splits, why there are still local blackouts.

  • Raiders owner Mark Davis speaks. Nets star Kyrie Irving speaks. But neither really said anything. (10/14)

    HAPPY TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO NOTHING PERSONAL!


    Today’s word of the day is ‘Dench’ as in Dame Judi Dench as in it’s too late, too late as in Mark Davis spoke and he aid absolutely nothing. But also, everything. The NFL right now is trying to figure out how to get the public away from this email scandal. What are they going to do? What did Mark David and the Raiders do? (6:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the Schefter response to the email leaks. They wanted to know if Schefter went too far. (16:45) 2-year anniversary of Nothing Personal! (18:30) Review: Justin Bieber - Our World. (22:35) Kyrie Irving has finally spoken. What did he say that was so profound? He won’t retire. He won’t get vaccinated. He knows he’ll lose money. But what is he saying? What is his point? Who is this voiceless? (31:56) The Giants and Dodgers are playing in an elimination game tonight. Winner takes on the Atlanta Braves. How will this play out? (35:40) NPPOD: Weekend Picks. (42:20) Wait to see updates!

  • NFL LEAKS: What else is in those emails!?; ALCS is set! Astros-Red Sox is just what MLB needed (10/13)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘avalanche’ as in it starts with a little bit and then, WOOSH! The whole mountain is coming down. This is what’s happening with the Washington Football Team and the NFL. John Gruden lost his job. Jay Gruden lost his job. Bruce Allen lost his job. But, Daniel Snyder still remains. 650,000 emails, but only a handful have been leaked. Interesting. Wonder what Roger Goodell is doing in New York? (18:55) The Houston Astros took down the Chicago White Sox. Easy money. Dusty Baker gets the edge over Tony LaRussa. 5th consecutive ALCS for the Astros. (25:10) Review: Scenes From a Marriage. (27:20) The Atlanta Braves are headed to the NLCS. Pretty great run as Freddie Freeman does the unthinkable… homers off Josh Hader. (33:35) The Los Angeles Dodgers tied up the series against the San Francisco Giants. Did Gabe Kapler over-manage this game? The Giants used 8 different pitchers! (37:20) What is going on with Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets? Brooklyn told Kyrie that he can’t play or practice unless he’s vaccinated. Kyrie Irving reportedly won’t get vaccinated because he’s against mandates. It’s a fun mess. 

  • Jon Gruden's swift downfall with Raiders was his own fault; How wrong I was about the Red Sox-Rays series (10/12)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘IT’ as in information technology as in Jon Gruden was caught sending racist, homophobic, sexist emails to then Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen. Washington was being investigated by the NFL for a completely different incident and in discovery of over 650K emails, Allen used his work email to communicate with Gruden. Are you keeping up with this? Did the Raiders handle this right? Did the NFL leak this? (16:20) The Boston Red Sox have defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in 4 games. I cannot believe it. Boston’s bats were alive. Tampa’s pitching let them down. Should we talk about Game 3? (24:00) The Houston Astros are looking to close things out against the Chicago White Sox. The Astros were accused by White Sox players of sign-stealing again. This is a bad look for the players. (29:55) Review: Ted Lasso Season 2. (32:45) The San Francisco Giants had 3 hits and struck out 14 times and won the game 1-0 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unbelievable. (37:30) The Milwaukee Brewers cannot score. The Atlanta Braves can score. That’s the series, folks. (38:20) NPPOD. (40:55) Kyrie Irving is still unvaccinated and will still miss all home games for the Brooklyn Nets. Not great! Ben Simmons showed up at the Sixers practice facility and no one knew he was coming! What is happening?!

  • Mailbag: Wild Card celebrations, Postseason payout shares, Yankees decisions, MLB TV schedule (10/11)

    Mailbag! It’s a mailbag day for Nothing Personal! We know it’s MLB postseason time, but we had to take our talents to the Boston Marathon. Let’s start this off with someone asking me about Wild Card celebrations. They wanted to know why champagne celebrations happen prior to the World Series. (20:55) Someone asked me if Devin Williams would still be getting his postseason shares now that he has been sent away by the Milwaukee Brewers for a self-inflicted injury. (33:25) Someone asked me about the Yankees clubhouse over the next few weeks. How are decisions made about Boone and Cashman? Is Steinbrenner consulting with outside experts or just himself? Let’s discuss. (42:40) Someone asked about how MLB postseason games get the time slot they are in and whether or not this is impacted by event scheduling at arenas. 

  • What makes the Rays SO GOOD? More postseason MLB talk; Why this NBA healthcare fraud story matters to you (10/8)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘Mark Harmon’ as in stealing home as in Randy Arozarena became the first player in MLB history to hit a home run and steal home in the same game. How about Rays? Do you know any of those pitchers? Do you know any of those batters? All they do is win games. (13:20) Did you watch the other game? The Houston Astros are a great team. The Chicago White Sox couldn’t get to Lance McCullers, and Lance Lynn got beat up early. Not a great combo for the White Sox. The one thing you should look out for is that Dusty Baker let McCullers throw 104 pitches…. That’s not good. (19:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Jack Eichel and what happens when a player’s medical staff and a team’s medical staff have different opinions on injury treatment. (27:30) NPPOD. (33:30) Review: Billions Season 5. (36:20) 18 former NBA players were charged with healthcare fraud. This is a big story. This happens too often and it’s hurting your pockets. (41:55) The Washington Football Team had its facility raided by the FBI and arrested the team’s head trainer! What!? This team just can’t stop making headlines. 

  • MLB divisional rounds are set!; Padres fire Tinglers; Mets and Theo Epstein "not right fit" (10/7)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘lights’ as in journey as in when the lights go down in the city and the sun shines on the bay as in Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to San Francisco to take on the Giants. Two teams that won more than 105 regular season games. Two teams that have been unbelievable all year. Chris Taylor with a walk-off 2-run homer and we’ve got ourselves a series. Let’s talk about how each team got here. (12:15) Someone asked me about a comment from our YouTube live show last night. This person wanted me to explain my comments on the Dodgers being bullies and disliked by all other teams. (17:20) The San Diego Padres fired Jayce Tingler after two seasons. Expectations through the roof. Team was supposed to challenge the Dodgers and they finished under .500! (26:25) Review: Come From Away. (29:55) Theo Epstein is not going to join the New York Mets front office. Reports, sources, the streets; all said that Theo and Cohen had a nice talk, but it wasn’t the right fit. Okay. (35:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the Houston Astros and the offer they previously made to Carlos Correa. They wanted to know how the front office decides on why to move on or keep a player like Carlos Correa. (41:40) Let’s do our ALDS preview and picks. Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays. 

  • Red Sox run Gerrit Cole out early, beat Yankees in AL Wild Card; Do the Cardinals have a shot against Dodgers!? #waittosee (10/6)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘sweet Caroline’ as in the Boston Red Sox did it as in your AL Wild Card winners took down Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees. What happened in the game? Just a $300M man only lasting 2 innings as the Yanks starting pitcher. Xander and Schwarber went deep for the Red Sox. Now Boston will travel to Tampa and face the Rays. (11:00) What goes on during a postseason game in the clubhouse? Let’s talk about the behind-the-scenes with the front office while the game is going on. (15:30) Dodgers take on the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card. One of the hottest teams all year vs the hottest team to end the regular season. Dodgers bring money. Cardinals bring hustle. What are the big storylines from this game? (26:55) WTH is wrong with Trevor Bauer? Obviously something. He posted a video on Twitter that he wants to do content during the postseason… I mean… (30:40) Review: Welcome to Collinwood. (32:40) Devin Williams has been sent to Arizona for rehab. The Milwaukee Brewers are not playing in Arizona. He was been banished! (34:40) Urban Meyer update! Urban Meyer update! He talked with his team and reports are the players laughed. The owner released a statement. Urban apologized again to his team. It’s too much! (39:55) Jon Gruden hates SoFi Stadium. Hates the locker room. Hates the design. Uhm, does he remember the Oakland Coliseum!? 

  • Urban Meyer getting down on the dance floor! Wild Card preview: Yankees-Red Sox and the bullpen battle (10/5)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘dance floor’ as it get your booty on the dance floor as in Urban Meyer was having a little fun at his own restaurant and he was caught in HD with women dancing on him… his excuse was all time! His press conference was a disaster. The Jaguars have been a disaster. (14:20) It’s Wild Card time! New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox! Let’s break it down. (28:50) Review: Queenpins. (31:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me what I thought about the Baltimore Ravens going for a record on the final play of a game. Broncos coach Vic Fangio was furious. Harbaugh fired back. Who was right?! (40:45) The New York Mets have fired Luis Rojas. The New York Mets have no real GM, no real team president. What is the plan? What are GMs and presidents doing? What do they even do? (43:30) The Los Angeles Angels need starting pitching. So does every team in baseball. Get a real plan!

  • No need for tiebreakers! MLB postseason baseball is set! Biggest surprises and disappointments (10/4)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘tiebreaker’ as in Game 163 as in inputing the formulas as in MLB media was going nuts telling us about all these scenarios… None of it was needed. The Yankees and Red Sox both won and they were in. Nothing else mattered and it didn’t. Let’s talk about the Wild Card. So it’s set. We’re getting the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants, Astros, Cardinals, Rays, Braves, Brewers, and White Sox. Beautiful. (14:50) What are the top 3 surprising teams of 2021? Giants, Rays, Astros. Easy. (15:20) Top 4 disappointments? Mets, Phillies, Twins… and the best team in baseball for a week, the San Diego Padres. (24:55) Review: Free Guy. (27:00) Update on the NWSL fallout; commissioner Lisa Baird stepped down on Friday; games were canceled for the weekend… a mess. (30:55) NPPOD. (31:50) The Ben Simmons saga with the Philadelphia 76ers has gotten crazier. The Sixers are withholding his money and every day he doesn’t show up he is fined, which the team is taking out of money owed. Uh oh. (38:20) Wait to see updates from the MLB season; NL west, Kluber, HR rate, divisional winners — accountability in this industry is important! 

  • Samson Sit-Down: Mardy Fish | Former #1 US men's tennis player on mental health, Naomi Osaka, and more (10/2)

    Former #1 US men's tennis player Mardy Fish joins David for a Samson Sit-Down. Fish joins to talk about his new documentary Untold: Breaking Point on Netflix. The two discuss mental health, Naomi Osaka & Simone Biles, how social media has changed sports, the dominance of Novak, Federer, and Nadal, and much more!

    You can follow Mardy Fish on Twitter @MardyFish

  • NWSL leadership failed the women they were supposed to protect; Embiid sounds off on Simmons (10/1)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘courage’ as in the North Carolina Courage as in having the courage as in two women (Mana Shim, Sinead Farrelly) came forward and had to go scorched earth on the leadership of the league. History of abuse, coercion, cover ups — all by manager Paul Riley. He was fired by Portland for allegations then hired by North Carolina, now fired again. All while NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird knew about these allegations. Wow. (17:55) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if the Sixers organization told Joel Embiid what to say about Ben Simmons. Hmmm. Simmons wants out of Philadelphia, Embiid said the team has done enough for Simmons. (26:50) Review: The Card Counter. (29:59) The president of the University of Miami, Julio Frenk, sent a letter because of the negative attention the Hurricanes have gotten. The football team hasn’t been good for years. The fans aren’t happy. Let’s discuss what Frenk said. (37:45) NPPOD. (42:30) Wait to see: Get ready for a Game 163. (43:59) Sandy Alderson had some comment about the Mets future. He talked about the team, the manager, the president, the GM — comments Cohen must not like to hear.

  • Brewers should be FURIOUS with Devin Williams; NBA makes it clear: you don't play, you don't get pay (9/30)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘gaviscon’ as it’s basically TUMS as in something I had to take when I ran a Major League Baseball team as in what David Stearns of the Milwaukee Brewers is chugging right now. Why? Because Devin Williams, the number one setup man in baseball, is out for the season after breaking his pitching hand punching a wall. WHAT!? HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN!? (19:35) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me a question about locker room celebrations. They asked what the protocol was, does everything get replaced, even the rugs. Let me explain. (30:05) Review: Respect. (32:55) The NBA announced if players don’t play games because they are not vaccinated… they will not get paid. This will be fun. (37:55) NPPOD. (48:10) Richard Sherman is back in the NFL. Should he be? Let’s discuss this situation.

  • Wild wild wild card races are just what MLB needed; Chicago Bears found a new home, Chicago mayor not happy (9/29)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘wild world’ as in Cat Stevens as in ooo baby it’s a wild world as in the Wild Card race is here and it is great! Let’s start with the St. Louis Cardinals and the 17-game run they are on right now. 17 wins. Locked up the 2nd wild card spot. (5:20) The Seattle Mariners are on the rise! Only a half game back in the Wild Card. 20 years without playoffs. Is this the year? (12:59) You cannot pitch to Stanton and Judge anymore. You just can’t do it. (16:35) NPPOD: Phillies stink. Dodgers vs Padres tonight. (19:15) The Tampa Bay Rays announced its new sign is no more. The Ex-Rays were back and now they are not. (25:55) Review: The Protege. (28:35) Steve Cohen has big plans for the Mets. He has hired a marketing company to help change the Mets image. This company… is basically his company! Good work if you can get it. (35:55) Noah Syndergaard pitched in the big leagues for the first time in two years. Tommy John surgery. He answered some questions after the game about his future. (41:00) Chicago Bears could be on the move outside of the city of Chicago. The team announced the purchase of new land in Arlington Heights. The mayor of Chicago was not happy. The Bears were happy. Are fans going to be happy? 

  • NBA Media Days: Welcome to the vaccine Twilight Zone; Would Robot umps and refs make the game better? (9/28)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘twilight’ as in we are now entering the Twilight Zone as in vaccines came up at NBA Media Days and here we go again. Bradley Beal and Andrew Wiggins have some things to say, but not a lot to say. Damian Lillard spoke up about getting the vaccine. Steph Curry had to answer for Wiggins. The NBA has an issue and it’s one they created. (20:25) Giannis spoke about wanting more titles. Repeating is hard to do. Harder than you think. The team, the health, the edge, the controversies, everything. (24:00) Look at Kawhi Leonard. Left the Raptors and goes to the Clippers and can’t get back to the Finals. He tore his ACL and he chose a long-term deal to return. (30:00) Review: The Starling. (33:20) Are robot umps and refs coming to professional sports? What about just better technology to make the calls correct and fast? This was my experience in meetings with MLB about this. (39:20) Brandon Belt broke his hand after getting hit by a pitch. The San Francisco Giants have to be frustrated big time. Postseason races are in the final week and this is the LAST thing a team wants. (45:55) NPPOD

  • Tampa Bay Rays need to stop the two-city madness; Wild weekend in baseball makes me happy I'm out of it (9/27)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘next level’ as in next-level trolling as in the Tampa Bay Rays are trolling its fans by using signs to further their two city solution. What does that mean? The Rays are saying Tampa and Montreal are going to be the future for the team. Ha! (11:30) People ask me all the time if I want to get back into baseball — this is a case for the reason why I don’t — a 40-year old woman and her 2-year old child fell from the third floor and died. The police have not released much details, but to some it appears to be suspicious. (20:10) La’el Collins tried to bribe a urine collector trying to avoid taking a drug test. He was suspended 5 games, it was talked down to 2 games, but Collins wanted to take this to arbitration and it was found out about the bribery. (28:15) Review: Nine Perfect Strangers. (31:50) The Chicago Cubs are ready to spend money. What? After trading their whole team away. After breaking the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere. After breaking the trust with Bryant and Rizzo. But Jed Hoyer says they are ready to spend. (38:58) NPPOD.

  • Remembering José Fernández five years later; Why MLB is testing new sticky baseballs in the minors isn't smart (9/24)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘Jose’ as in it’ll be five years since the tragic death of Jose Fernandez. I want to talk about this; about that day. (5:55) MLB will be experimenting with a new sticky ball in MiLB. How does this work? Why are they doing this in the minors? (16:55) Adam Schefter is investing in a gambling company and has partnered with Robert Kraft. This seems like a very real issue. Is it though? (26:45) Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland. (29:45) NPPOD. (33:35) Joe Maddon is not happy with the Los Angeles Angels. Another season of no Mike Trout in the postseason. Another season of no Shohei Ohtani in the postseason. (41:10) The Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks are bad. Very bad. Very, very, very bad. Both teams will bring back its manager. Why aren’t changes being made?

  • Timberwolves chaotic workplace under Gersson Rosas; MLB v. MLBPA fight ramping up (9/23)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘chaos’ as in out of control as in the Minnesota Timberwolves are in a bad place and only Alex Rodriguez can save them. Team president Gersson Rosas was fired 4 days before media day. Less than a month before the season starts. Why now? Work culture, ineptitude, office scandals… oh boy. (13:40) MLB and MLBPA are going to fight again. A lot sooner than everyone thought they would, especially me. How are grievances filed and why is this one a big one? (18:30) Minor League players for the Phillies and Mets wore wrist bands. Each wrist band had “fair ball” on them — what was this about? What did Dave Dombrowski have to say? (28:45) Review: Pig. (33:50) Golden State Warriors issues are mounting as the season approaches. Andrew Wiggins doesn’t want to get vaccinate. Cool, his problem. Wait! Wiggins can’t play if he’s not vaccinated per San Francisco mandates. Uh oh. Owner Joe Jacob was fined $50K for his comments on Ben Simmons for tampering. Big money… not. (39:40) Kevin Kiermaier was plunked in the numbers after Card-Gate against the Blue Jays. (43:55) NPPOD: Texans/Panthers and Reds/Nationals. 

  • Ben Simmons and 76ers headed for ugly divorce; What the Rays did to the Blue Jays was shameful! (9/22)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘nanananana’ as in whining as in singing as in hey, hey goodbye as in Ben Simmons says he is DONE with Sixers and will not show up anymore. Ben Simmons who is owed around $140M over the next four years by Philadelphia. Ben Simmons hasn’t one anything for or with the Sixers. What the heck in going on there? Just another day in the NBA. (16:30) NPPOD: The Rays and Blue Jays are not happy with each other. Postseason races are on. The AL East is a battle. Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier grabbed Blue Jays’ Alejandro Kirk’s cheat sheet after a play at the plate. The Blue Jays were furious. The Rays wouldn’t give it back. What happened here? (32:10) Review: Trauma. (38:30) The San Diego Padres have done it. AJ Preller has done it. Another firing, another scapegoat. This time its the Farm Director who gets canned. The Padres fell apart. The Padres were never the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis said sorry. But the season is over. 

  • Why 500 women athletes are asking for the Supreme Court's help; Explaining UCLA v. Under Armour (9/21)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘Supreme Court’ as in 6-3 conservative majority is dealing with overturning Roe v Wade. 500 athletes have gotten involved to fight against this. So what is happening here? What is happening in Mississippi? First Texas and its laws against abortion, and now Mississippi is coming after abortion. Let’s present the facts here. (15:20) What happens when a company says they want out of its sponsorship deal with your team or school or athletes? Someone asked me about Under Armour and UCLA, and how this is handled. (28:10) Review: Kate. (31:40) Aaron Rodgers said it’s time for the trolls to eat his shorts. The Packers bounced back with a big win over the Detroit Lions. Dan Campbell has had to settle for knee cap eating, but no wins so far. (36:10) NPPOD. (37:20) Salvador Perez is now the new HR king of catchers. 46 home runs. (41:20) Houston Texans head coach David Culley is in an awkward spot. Star QB is out facing allegations of sexual assault, back up is now out with a hamstring injury, what is the team going to do? Let’s talk about the inexperience of answering questions.

  • Padres problems WAY BIGGER than Machado, Tatis argument; NFL taunting rules are all about money (9/20)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘boiling point’ as in when it’s almost time to make the pasta as in the point when s*** is about to hit the fan as in the San Diego Padres have crumbled. Fernando Tatis and Manny Machado got into a verbal altercation in the dugout that was caught on camera. Jayce Tingler was thrown out for arguing calls. The Padres are 3.5 game back in the Wild Card race. What happened to this team? We told you. (11:20) NFL taunting penalties have been the talk of the town. You get 15 yards for yelling! You get 15 yards for dancing! You get 15 yards for spinning the ball! Why did NFL owners okay this? Let me explain. (20:55) Review: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. (25:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me what is going on with Cody Bellinger. 2 years ago Bellinger won the MVP, this season he’s batting .159. Woof. (32:30) The New York Mets have a Noah Syndergaard issue going on. Thor has been out a long time now after getting TJ. He hasn’t pitched this year. He’s a free agent after this season. Uh oh. (39:00) Wait to see update: Syndergaard, Ohtani, MLB Managers. (45:00) NPPOD.

  • Mets owner Steve Cohen needs better sources and a new hobby; St. Louis v. NFL is a battle worth watching (9/17)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘deep throat’ as in Watergate as in sources source sources as in on Thursday morning was a funny day. Mets owner Steve Cohen accused us of being a source in a story in the New York Post. LOL. We don’t do sources. If we say it, we put our name on it. (7:20) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the lawsuit agains the NFL and Stan Kroenke a big deal. Could Roger Goodell be grilled by questions in open court? Let me explain. (17:15) Shohei Ohtani has arm soreness. Shohei Ohtani needs to stop pitching. Shohei Ohtani is an electric player, but he needs to be protected. (24:00) Review: The Voyeurs. (28:25) Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols all spoke on Capitol Hill about how disturbing the treatment was from the FBI. The FBI let these women down. The US Olympic Committee let these women down. These people should be in jail for how much they let these women down. (33:35) NPPOD (37:30) John Wall is still owed $91M over the next two seasons. The Houston Rockets are going to trade him. They said it, not me. Why do front offices always spin it like they’re helping the player? (44:20) Feel good story time: Christian Yelich bought 10,000 tickets for fans to attend a Milwaukee Brewers game. There still are good people in sports and Yelich is one of them.

  • Should we honor the careers of MLB steroid users?; Why Yankees moved Torres to 2nd base now (9/15)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘technicality’ as Ryan Braun and Manny Ramirez careers are up for debate. Braun announced his retirement from baseball. Steroid user. (14:20) Manny Ramirez is back in the news talking about the Hall of Fame. Steroid user. What is their legacy? What should the legacy be for people who cheated the game? (24:05) Review: No Man of God. (27:00) The New Orleans Saints have a slight outbreak. The coaches are positive, a player, but they made it known everyone was vaccinated. The Buffalo Bills are making fans prove vaccination. The NBA is making things very strict for non-vaccinated players. Testing regularly; negative on practice days; negative on travel days; two negative tests on Game Day. Woof. (30:40) Gavin Newsom recall vote in California. (33:10) NPPOD. (38:50) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me why the New York Yankees would move Gleyber Torres to 2nd base this late in the season. Torres committed 18 errors at shortstop. How many times does this work?

  • Shohei or Vlad Jr?; Lamar Jackson needs an agent; Jeff Bezos vs Jay-z: Battle for the Denver Broncos (9/14)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘violation’ as in athletes should not be representing themselves — if you’re ever in trouble, call a lawyer — if you’re buying a house, call a lawyer — if you’re getting married, call a lawyer. Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson does not have an agent. Lamar Jackson does not have a new contract. (10:55) The Denver Broncos are the ugliest ownership drama in sports. Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z might be bidding against one another for the team. Bezos is going into football. If he wants an NFL team — he will get an NFL team. (23:10) Review: Cinderella. (28:35) Shohei Ohtani or Vlad Guerrero Jr: who win AL MVP? (34:45) NPPOD. (37:30) The NBA is doing everything that they can to get more money, get more views, get more everything. An in-season tournament and shortened season are on the docket. Is this the right move? 

  • Aaron Rodgers CANNNOT tell us to relax!; Bauer season is over as he watches Scherzer steal the Dodgers show (9/13)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘badly’ as in we played bad, you played bad, everyone is playing bad! As in the Green Bay Packers got smoked the New Orleans Saints and new starter Jameis Winston — So what happened? Matt LaFleur said the team was embarrassed — Aaron Rodgers said they all played bad. Uh oh. — A quick talk about the WFT sewage water disaster in Washington, that wasn’t sewage water — back to the Packers. (9:30) Trevor Bauer’s season is over. Trevor Bauer’s postseason is over. Is Trevor Bauer’s career over? (18:55) Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray got into a verbal altercation after Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was caught on camera cursing at him. This happens way more than you notice. What should be done? (27:20) Review: Epicenter (32:20) NPPOD - Lindor accuses Yankees, but doesn’t accuse Yankees of stealing signs. (35:34) Urban Meyer is a nightmare for Jacksonville. A report came pregame that said Meyer has been a disaster for coaches and players. (39:20) Max Scherzer becomes Mr. 3K. 3,000 career strikeouts. He has been lights out for the Dodgers.

  • Remembering 9-11-2001, 20 years later...; Red Sox player takes on MLB (9/10)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘9/11’ as in remember September 11, 2001. It’s been 20 years. We’ve told this story before, but it’s good mentally to continue sharing these stories. Working in baseball during this time — let me explain how MLB acted when Commissioner Bud Selig heard the news. (23:10) Review: Untold - Crime and Penalties. (27:55) Red Sox player Hunter Renfroe went on a radio show yesterday and spoke out against MLB. He alleged that Major League Baseball told the Red Sox to stop testing for Covid. This during an outbreak where 9 players are on the Covid list. MLB denied this. The Boston Red Sox are pissed. What happens now? (35:30) Marcel Ozuna will be suspended. It’s going to happen. He was facing felony charges for physically assaulting his wife. We all need to be better. (39:30) NPPOD. (45:40) NPDS Survivor Pool

  • Derek Jeter's Hall of Fame day; FOOTBALL !!! Steelers vs TJ Watt; The Washington Football circus continues (9/9)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘Otesaga’ as in the biggest place to be one day out of the year as in the hotel in Cooperstown, NY where all the baseball Hall of Fame players and people stay. Let’s talk about the enshrinements yesterday and give some good HOF stories. (15:20) Review: Vacation Friends. (19:20) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Ben Roethlisberger speaking out demanding the Steelers pay TJ Watt. Watt is on the final year of his rookie deal, and he wants to get paid. (28:20) Tonya Snyder finally spoke. She is the new acting head of the Washington Football Team. Daniel Snyder is focusing on other things. (37:45) The NFL season kicks off tonight with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys. Tom Brady vs Dak Prescott. (45:20) NPPOD: Mets/Marlins

  • Jacob deGrom, Fernando Tatis Jr., and why MLB teams aren't honest about injuries (9/8)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘resolved itself’ as in the injury has been fixed as in no surgery needed as in Mets prez Sandy Alderson said don’t worry about Jacob deGrom’s elbow because the UCL issue ‘resolved itself’. Interesting. Where was this news months ago? Let’s talk about why organizations hide injury news so much. (12:15) Fernando Tatis Jr says he might get surgery, playing in the outfield is temporary, he’ll return back to shortstop — he will get surgery. He has to. (19:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Houston Astros pitcher Jake Odorizzi sounding off about how Dusty Baker is using him. This person wanted to know how I would handle this. (28:45) Review: Worth. (35:20) There’s a small town in Minnesota called Caledonia and there’s a problem. Miken/Rawlings is moving its production of MLB helmets, bats, and other various baseball products out of Caledonia, and outsourcing it. This company is owned by the Seidler family… who own the San Diego Padres… and in part by Major League Baseball. (42:30) NPPOD. (43:40) Former NFL player Clinton Portis plead guilty to healthcare fraud. It was a giant scheme involving close to 20 people. Portis now faces 10 years in prison for his actions. 

  • Why hasn't NFL suspended Deshaun Watson?; Shelby Rogers, Sloane Stephens, and the BS online abuse they deal with (9/7)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘heart’ as in deep in the heart of Texas as in the Houston Texans have named a starter as in Tyrod Taylor, not Deshaun Watson. What? How? Why? Let’s talk about why the NFL has yet to put Deshaun Watson on the Commissioner’s List and why Watson is on the roster, but not playing. (12:30) Shelby Rogers and Sloane Stephens opened up about the amount of online abuse and bullying they received after US Open losses. (25:20) Review: Joe Bell. (30:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me why the Atlanta Braves signed Charlie Morton to a 1-year, $20M deal. Okay. (38:50) NPPOD: Gerrit Cole needs to be great for the Yankees. Happy New Year! 

  • Happy Labor Day! Argentina-Brazil WC madness; San Francisco Giants employees vote to strike (9/6)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘stop’ as in stop in the name of COVID. One of the craziest events in sports happened in Brazil. Federal police and health officials ran onto field and tried to arrest four players from Argentina over failed covid protocols. The players were supposed to be deported, weren’t, tried to played, and madness ensued. (11:45) The San Francisco Giants are in trouble. Not on the field. On the field the team just took 2 of 3 from the Dodgers and are back in first. Off the field? Concession workers at Oracle Park have voted to strike. Uh oh. (26:20) Review: Stillwater. (33:10) A listener gave me a correction about making the World Series. (36:00) NPPOD. (40:10) Let’s talk about motivation versus meddling versus fandom versus incompetence. Steve Cohen has been vocal on Twitter about his team, but when is it too much. 

  • Samson Sit-Down: Rob Nelson | Founder of Big League Chew (9/4)

    You ever have some Big League Chew? The bubble gum choice of every baseball player ever? Well, Rob Nelson was the guy who invented the gum! He joins us for a Samson Sit-Down and talks Big League Chew origin stories, his one professional game, traveling the world, and more fun!

  • Carson Wentz, Darius Leonard and the Colts vaccine problem; Who is running the New York Mets? (9/3)


    Today’s word of the day is ‘100 percent’ as in completed as in done as in work is finished as in the vaccine. We know, we know. You’re tired of hearing about the vaccine, but stick with us. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at 100% vaccinated. The Atlanta Falcons are at 100% vaccinated. What about the Indianapolis Colts? Let’s just ask Carson Wentz and Darius Leonard. (14:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if the Seattle Mariners are doing the right thing. They asked if extending Dipoto and Servais was the right move. (26:35) Review: Anette. (31:00) The New York Mets put acting GM Zack Scott on administrative leave. President of baseball ops Sandy Alderson will take over as GM…. He’s always been GM! (37:10) NPPOD. (42:10) More CBA rumors: Arbitration. Salary floor. Free agency. 

  • DEJA VU: Another Mets thing happened to the Mets this week! What will happen next? (9/2)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘snoring’ as in sleep as in passed out as in Mets acting GM Zack Scott was arrested for drunk driving after falling asleep at a red light. Just another awful situation for the Mets. The GM was fired for being a creep, the players were booed for giving thumbs down, the star studded rotation has all been hurt, and now this. Just more nonsense under Sandy Alderson and Steve Cohen’s watch. (9:45) The Washington Nationals made it mandatory for staff to get vaccinated. Nats VP Bob Boone, father of Yankees manager Aaron Boone, has stepped down. Cool. (15:20) NBA teams are going to be in a bit of a situation in some major cities because of COVID restrictions. New York and San Francisco have rules in place that say anyone who enters the arena must be vaccinated. That means Knicks, Nets, and Warriors either have to be vaccinated or they can’t enter the building. Whoa. (26:35) Review: Walk of Shame. (31:35) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about running a business and how I dealt with lower level employees. They asked if those employees were easily expendable. Interesting. (38:20) NPPOD. (39:20) Nick Castellanos had two home runs through 2 innings against the Cardinals yesterday. Unimportant. What was important was that the Cardinals had his bats checked. Why? 

  • DEJA VU: Another Mets thing happened to the Mets this week! (9/2)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘snoring’ as in sleep as in passed out as in Mets acting GM Zack Scott was arrested for drunk driving after falling asleep at a red light. Just another awful situation for the Mets. The GM was fired for being a creep, the players were booed for giving thumbs down, the star studded rotation has all been hurt, and now this. Just more nonsense under Sandy Alderson and Steve Cohen’s watch. (9:45) The Washington Nationals made it mandatory for staff to get vaccinated. Nats VP Bob Boone, father of Yankees manager Aaron Boone, has stepped down. Cool. (15:20) NBA teams are going to be in a bit of a situation in some major cities because of COVID restrictions. New York and San Francisco have rules in place that say anyone who enters the arena must be vaccinated. That means Knicks, Nets, and Warriors either have to be vaccinated or they can’t enter the building. Whoa. (26:35) Review: Walk of Shame. (31:35) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about running a business and how I dealt with lower level employees. They asked if those employees were easily expendable. Interesting. (38:20) NPPOD. (39:20) Nick Castellanos had two home runs through 2 innings against the Cardinals yesterday. Unimportant. What was important was that the Cardinals had his bats checked. Why? 

  • Javy Baez learns a lesson: Just win, baby!; Should the 76ers trade Ben Simmons? (9/1)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘sorry’ as in sorry for messing up as in we apologize for what we did as in Javy Baez and Francisco Lindor said sorry for the thumbs down fiasco. Why is this necessary? Stop tweeting and just win, baby! Mets fans booed Baez… he scores on a play to walk it off and the crowd goes crazy! That’s it! (7:55) Al Leiter and John Smoltz won’t get vaccinated so MLB Network is sending them home, but letting them work. Is this the right way to handle this? (14:00) Urban Meyer had a slip-up. He said not being vaccinated was part of his roster cut decisions. Uh oh. (22:20) Review: Fantastic Fungi. (24:50) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if I would trade Ben Simmons no matter what. (31:40) NPPOD. (34:30) Wait to see update: Xander Bogaerts pulled from game over positive test. (39:20) Brad Hand was away on bereavement leave and when he came back the Toronto Blue Jays DFA’d him. The Blue Jays traded for him a month ago. No big deal. What the big deal is they did it on August 31! Meaning it would take 72 hours to clear waivers and he misses deadline to be signed and make a postseason roster.

  • Should anyone trade for Deshaun Watson?; Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, and the Angels losing ways (8/31)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘high character’ as in being a positive role model as in the best of the best as in the Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores says he’s not interested in Deshaun Watson because he’s not a good fit for the team. All reports say the Dolphins are in on a Watson trade, if possible. What’s happening here? (13:15) The Los Angeles Angels are tragic. The team is wasting not one, but two, generation talents. Mike Trout is possibly done for the year. He hasn’t played since May 17. He’s played one postseason game in a year. Shohei Ohtani is one of the most unique players of all time. Ohtani has 42 HR and he’s a top pitcher. What does it all mean if the team can’t win? (23:10) Review: Val. (27:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me an interesting question about cutting a player. NFL did roster cuts on Monday and let me explain what these conversations are like. (37:55) NPPOD. (39:25) A ‘fake’ online-only high school football team duped ESPN into getting a national television game against the best high school team in the country. How in the world did this happen? When you peel back some layers you can see how corrupt, how wrong, and how irresponsible the leader at Bishop Sycamore is.

  • Javy Baez, Steve Cohen, and the embarrassing August for the New York Mets (8/30)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘boo’ as in booing as in the NPDS sound of the day as in players getting booed, executives getting booed, ghost saying boo, all of the boos! Javy Baez said he’s giving thumbs down to fans for booing. The Mets say this is unacceptable. Steve Cohen continues to tweet through it. The Mets are an embarrassment. (14:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if owners meetings ever talked about preventing teams from tanking. Is there anyway a team like the Baltimore Orioles can be stopped? (24:35) Review: Bob Ross - Happy Accidents, Betrayal, and Greed. (29:20) I had to drop my youngest child off at college. Let’s get a touch personal for a second. (32:00) NPPOD. (34:10) The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros announced mandatory vaccines. Not for players or stadium workers. So who does it matter for? (40:20) Justin Verlander is going to need a new deal. Are the Houston Astros going to pay him?

  • Samson Sit-Down: Julius Erving (8/27)

    Julius Erving joins Nothing Personal for a Samson Sit-Down. Dr. J talks Big 3, his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, his history in the ABA/NBA, differences between today’s game and when he played, and who would be on his All-time Big 3 team.

  • Samson Sit-Down: Gary Payton (8/27)

    Gary Payton joins Nothing Personal for a Samson Sit-Down. Payton talks Big 3 playoffs, what got him into coaching, becoming the coach at Lincoln University, his time with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, and what it was like to win an NBA title with the Miami Heat.

  • Trey Lance or Jimmy Garoppolo as Week 1 starter? The money says Jimmy G; Phillies blaming wrong people for losing (8/26)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘suspense’ as in on the edge of your seat as in anticipation as in Kyle Shanahan has yet to name a starting QB for the San Francisco 49ers. It’s either overpaid Jimmy Garolopolo or 3rd overall pick Trey Lance. Shanahan said sorry, but not sorry! He knows who the starter is, but won’t be telling anyone soon. (10:45) The Philadelphia Phillies are in bad shape so Davilas Dombrowski did what he does best… fired people. Why were these moves made? Removing assistant general managers? Really? (27:00) Review: White Lotus. (29:55) The ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 have formed an alliance! A what?! The commissioners got together and said they would work with one another to try and block the SEC. But this is just a gentlemen’s agreement because we all know how much those work! (36:00) NPPOD. (37:48) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the Harry Kane/Tottenham transfer saga. Kane wants out of Tottenham, Spurs didn’t want him to leave. Kane is not leaving. Now what?

  • Roger Goodell is WRONG for banning reporters from locker rooms; Nerlens Noel suing LeBron James' buddy Rich Paul (8/25)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘megalomaniac’ as in the NFL as in new rules were released via a memo from the league that will prevent the media from entering the locker room. Team-affiliated media members are allowed in. All other media members, sorry. Why would Roger Goodell allow this? (12:55) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Nerlens Noel suing agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Uh oh. Paul is the agent and best friend of LeBron James. Klutch runs the league. (28:20) Review: Malice at the Palace. (37:45) NPPOD. (40:50) The St. Louis Cardinals made some news yesterday. Ace Jack Flaherty left the game with injury and it looks like it’s a shoulder problem. The team also signed Yadier Molina to another 1-year, $10M deal. A farewell tour.

  • Season saved! San Diego Padres fire pitching coach!; Will MLB be getting a salary floor? (8/24)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘relieved’ as in you’re fired as in please hand in your clubhouse key and ID as fans must be relived because the season has been saved! What are we talking about? The San Diego Padres have fired pitching coach Larry Rothchild. Why? (12:25) More news has been filtering out about what really happened to Tyler Skaggs. The LA Times released unsealed documents about just how horrible former Angels employee Eric Kay acted in this case. Kay is alleged to have been getting drugs for at least five Angels players. What can MLB do now? (27:20) Review: Reminisce. (30:20) Steve Cohen responded to our story yesterday when we were critical of his tweets. HORSE HOCKEY! (32:55) NPPOD. (37:55) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the proposed MLB salary floor. Is this something that would be in the new CBA?

  • We're back! New York Mets falling apart, New York Yankees on fire! Explaining the Fanatics trading card takeover (8/23)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘together’ as in it was the first time since March 16, 2020 that Coca and I were in the same room. Let’s talk quickly about my trip to Iceland then we’ll get to the goods. (3:00) We start things off with Steve Cohen and the New York Mets. The team can’t hit. The team can’t pitch. The team can’t win. Steve Cohen’s Twitter account has been critical. His locker room rah-rah speech didn’t work. Now what? (14:10) The New York Yankees are on fire. The team is 16-3 since a black cat ran onto the field in their loss to the Baltimore Orioles. How did this happen? Luke Voit publicly came out and said he needs to play more than Anthony Rizzo, he deserves to play more than Anthony Rizzo… was this a mistake? (22:20) Review: Coda. (27:15) Fanatics has taken over the trading card business. Deals have been struck with NBA, NFL, and MLB. The fall of Topps and Panini was swift and painful for these companies. Why would leagues do this? (37:30) NPPOD. (40:05) Time to update our Trevor Bauer talking points. He released a statement. It’s the first time he has spoken since this investigation started. The restraining order filed against him was denied. Does this mean he’s in the clear? (46:45) Miguel Cabrera hit his 500th home run of his career on Sunday. He became the 28th player to ever do that. Let’s end today by giving Miggy his flowers. Keep going. 

  • Mailbag: Career advice - how to get hired, nepotism, retaining great employees (8/20)

    Mailbag! It’s a mailbag! It’s time for some mail!

    • Canceled internship, lost position — how to handle this situation and increase my chance to get hired? 
    • How do you convince colleagues to support your management style? (10:40)
    • Impact of nepotism and how it impacted me (19:30)
    • Hiring and retaining great people (30:40)
    • Powerful people surrounding themselves with weak people who won’t threaten their power (40:00)
  • Mailbag: George Bush Baseball; Distance running advice; Movies and Broadway (8/19)

    Mailbag! It’s a mailbag! It’s time for some mail! 

    • Joining social media and answering your questions
    • How good of a baseball exec was George Bush? (6:50)
    • How to enjoy distance running and properly breathe while doing it? (14:50)
    • Advice for first time runners or funny marathon stories (23:45)
    • Do you need to like running to run? (29:15)
    • Top 5 Jaw Drop Movie Moments (33:15)
    • Top 10 Broadway shows I’ve attended (39:00)
  • Mailbag: Cancel a trade; Creating the best lineup in baseball; Why pros don't play the Olympics (8/17)

    Mailbag! It’s a mailbag! It’s time for some mail! 

    • If you could go back time and cancel any trades in MLB history, what would they be?
    • If you had $800M to spend on a lineup, who would be in it? (12:20)
    • Would you ever purchase a minor league team and would it ever be profitable? (20:20)
    • Contracts for minor league players who play in Olympics (26:20)
    • How did execs feel about the World Baseball Classic? ((33:28)
    • Why don’t teams cut players they traded $1 for that got hurt? (42:00)
  • Mailbag: Challenges between MLB and MLBPA; Expansion cities; Winning windows (8/16)

    Mailbag! It’s a mailbag! It’s time for some mail! 

    • 3-5 biggest issues facing MLB and MLBPA 
    • 2 or 3 wait to see’s on new CBA (21:05)
    • What cities outside Las Vegas would be in the market for a new team? (31:45)
    • How do low revenue teams create a winning window? (36:30)
  • Samson Sit-Down: Billy Corben | Director of Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami (8/13)

    Billy Corben joins the show! We talk directing, documentaries, Cocaine Cowboys! How did he get his start in film making? When did he become an activist? BECAUSE MIAMI! We talk Florida, A-Rod, and everything that makes Billy Corben, Billy Corben. 

    Go watch Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami on Netflix!

  • Mailbag: Massive contracts; negotiating styles; getting back into baseball (8/12)

    Mailbag! It’s a mailbag! It’s time for some mail! 

    • Why do teams offer massive contracts that rarely pan out?
    • What are your negotiating styles and techniques you use in life (12:30)
    • Did you want to be more than a President of a team? (21:35)
    • Would ever consider leading the MLBPA? (30:00)
    • Would you get back into baseball? (37:40)
  • CBS Sports Presents - The 'Fantasy Football Today DFS' Podcast

    *Fantasy Football Today DFS is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and wherever else podcasts are found*

    Want to dominate DFS this year? The Fantasy Football Today DFS crew will get you ready to crush Daily Fantasy Football. Join host Frank Stampfl alongside DFS analysts Mike McClure and Sia Nejad twice a week for the most well-rounded analysis in the industry. On Tuesdays the crew will focus on optimized lineups, pricing, stacks and more. On Thursdays they’ll deep-dive each game, focusing on perceived ownership, leverage plays, matchups, and updated lineups.

  • Rockies investigation finds no racial slur said; Barstool Sports and MLB looking to strike groundbreaking deal (8/10)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘dinger’ as in a home run as in the name of the Colorado Rockies mascot. We spoke yesterday about the investigation the Rockies conducted to get to the bottom of an alleged racial incident against Marlins player Lewis Brinson. The team confirmed it was dinger that was used. Let’s discuss this whole situation. (14:35) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me the role an agent has when they represent two competing free agents. Interesting. (24:45) Review: She’s In Portland. (28:40) Carmelo Anthony opened up about joining LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. He said not having a ring keeps him up at night. (34:40) NPPOD. (37:40) Barstool Sports is reportedly working with MLB on a deal. Some people are mad. Some people are happy. Why would baseball be doing this? 

  • What happened at the Marlins and Rockies game? It's time to investigate! (8/9)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘zero tolerance’ as in we have zero tolerance for this situation as in an incident happened in the Colorado Rockies game that we need to discuss. In the 9th inning vs the Marlins it sounded as if a fan screamed out a racial slur at Lewis Brinson. Some fans thought someone was yelling to the Rockies mascot. We’re not going to get into what was said — we’re going to discuss how this investigation is handled by the team. (14:50) Jed Hoyer spoke about the Cubs not being able to sign Bryant, Rizzo, or Baez to new deals before trading them away. Kris Bryant has responded to this. (22:50) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the San Diego Padres possibly moving Fernando Tatis Jr to the outfield. Would I consider doing this? (33:00) Review: The Suicide Squad. (35:40) Wait to see updates — NBA investigating tampering. (41:10) NPPOD. (43:40) Xavien Howard gets more money from the Dolphins. This is a bad precedent to set if you’re Miami.

  • What went wrong with Messi and Barcelona? Is it La Liga's fault?; Deshaun Watson trade!? No chance... (8/6)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘adios’ as in goodbye as in Messi is out of Barcelona as in hasta la vista, baby as in La Liga Fair Play will not allow Barcelona to re-sign Lionel Messi to a new contract. What in the world is happening here!? How problematic is this Barcelona team? Whose fault is it that one of the best players in the history of the sport is out at Barcelona? (15:20) Deshaun Watson could be traded to the Eagles? Interesting. Why would a team trade for him right now? Why would a franchise risk trading first round picks and taking on BIG salary for a player who might be suspended? (19:30) Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave was extended another 7 days. Why not longer? The union has to protect a player even if it doesn’t want to. (24:58) Review: American Animals. (31:35) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if I could build a sportsbook at a stadium would I do it…. OF COURSE! (36:50) NPPOD. (43:00) Former President Trump released a statement about the USWNT. The women brought home a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Something we should be proud of. What are we doing here?

  • MLB 2022 Schedule release: How Major League Baseball makes the schedule (8/5)

    Thank you. Thank you to everyone who reached out. Thank you to everyone who had kind things to say. And thank you to everyone who had something cruel to say — for showing your true colors. (6:30)


    Today’s word of the day is ‘Wait til next year’ as in the slogan of the long-suffering Cubs fans when the ‘curse’ was still a thing as in MLB released the schedule for 2022. Let’s talk about how these games are made, who makes these decisions, and why it’s released now. (20:10) Aaron Rodgers says his relationship with the Packers GM is a ‘work in progress’. Yes, we can all agree that that’s HORSE HOCKEY! (28:10) Review: Jolt. (32:55) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about stadium security, fan behavior, and what the HELL is going on in the world! (40:35) NPPOD. (41:35) Urban Meyer coaching style is odd. His tenure as the Jaguars coach is going to be odd. Will he turn things around with the Jaguars?

  • Today's show is dedicated to my sister Nancy (8/4)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘sibling’ — this show is dedicated to my sister Nancy. She died last night after a three year battle with cancer. Thank you for being the best big sister. (9:55) The New York Giants had a brawl at camp yesterday. Joe Judge made the team run laps and pushups. Was this the right movie? (18:00) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? 33-year old Steph Curry has a new contract with the Golden State Warriors. It’s a 4-year extension that will pay him $59M in the last year of the deal! What!? How will this end up? (22:30) The Los Angeles Lakers made more signings — Carmelo Anthony has joined the team. Is LeBron James collecting friends going to result in a ring? (24:10) Review: Woodstock 99. (27:45) NCAA released findings from an outside investigation in gender equality between the Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments. Will any change come from this? Let’s take a look at the report. (39:55) NPPOD. (42:40) Marcell Ozuna update. 

  • NBA Free Agency: Chris Paul got HOW MUCH MONEY from the Suns!?; Should Red Sox or Cubs fans be mad at management? (8/3)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘irrational exuberance’ as in investor enthusiasm that drives asset prices higher than those assets justify as in NBA free agency is a frenzy! Teams are throwing around money at players that just don’t make sense. 36-year old Chris Paul got $120M from the Phoenix Suns. There’s no way that contract will come back to bite them. Lonzo Ball got $85M, Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry got big money from the Miami Heat. Why is this happening? (14:50) Olympics update! Simone Biles returned to competition and earned a Bronze medal in the Balance Beam. Team USA Men’s basketball beat Spain. Kevin Durant led the way. (19:00) The Boston Red Sox have a little issue. Why didn’t the Red Sox make any moves? Was it a mistake? They’re now 4 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays. (24:00) Jed Hoyer had to explain to his team why he traded away Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez, and Kris Bryant. He was not happy with how negotiations went. Was it all horse hockey? (31:45) Review: Love Is Blind: After The Altar. (36:35) The Las Vegas Raiders have a John Gruden problem. He signed a huge deal and he hasn’t done anything. The team is now in Vegas and reportedly owner Mark Davis says Gruden is not in a “win now” situation. WHAT? (38:45) NPPOD: The New York Yankees are not good. What was I thinking? (42:05) Let’s update a wait to see on Tyler Glasnow. 

  • Mets plus Rocker plus Boras equals disaster; MLB Trade Deadline: Cubs and Nationals hit reset button (8/2)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘investment’ as in the Mets made one in Kumar Rocker by selecting him 10th overall in the 2021 MLB Draft as in the Mets not signing Rocker and losing the pick. What the hell happened? Why did the Mets promise so much money and not follow through? Did the Mets know about his elbow? Did Scott Boras mess this up? (19:10) Let’s talk about the MLB Trade Deadline. It was a busy, busy deadline! (24:25) Did the Cubs and Nationals have a fire sale? No! They traded away players with one year left on their deals. They made the smart move. Does it suck? Yes! But these teams needed to think about the future. (28:20) The Yankees swept the Marlins after the trade deadline. Does it mean the Yankees made all the right moves? (29:10) What about the Mets? (30:20) Fernando Tatis Jr left the Padres game again with his shoulder injury. This is more unfortunate news for a team that’s battling it out with the Giants and Dodgers in the NL West. (35:35) Review: My Blind Brother. (37:35) NPPOD. (40:55) Wait to see update. (42:20) Starling Castro has been suspended for 30 days. The Nationals say he’s not playing for them anymore. So what is MLB doing with Trevor Bauer? Will he play again for the Dodgers?