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Hosted by Sports Hub producer and headlines guy, Matthew McCarthy, Hardcore Baseball is an in-depth, informative look into the Red Sox and the wider sport of baseball.

Hardcore Baseball: Big Jim Murray, Mike Antonellis, Who's the Number 2 Starter?

Episode 23: Matt McCarthy examines whether David Price or Rick Porcello should get the nod as the second starter in the playoffs. Big Jim Murray joins the show (11:00) to talk about why he's buying in on the Red Sox and how Roger Clemens left him jaded for life. Mike Antonellis from the Portland Sea…

Hardcore Baseball: Trade Deadline Special

Why didn't the Red Sox bolster their bullpen? Matt McCarthy is joined by Tony Massarotti for the Hardcore Baseball Trade Deadline Special to discuss that question. How much did the Yankees improve? Mike Monaco of the Pawtucket Red Sox stops by to talk about the Eovaldi-Beeks trade. California League broadcaster Vinnie Longo discusses the prospect…

Hardcore Baseball: Eovaldi Trade, HOF Induction, Prospect Updates

Episode 20: Matt McCarthy breaks down the Nathan Eovaldi trade. Mike "Sarge" Riley drops by to talk about the 2018 Hall of Fame induction (4:30). The midseason update on the Red Sox top 10 prospects list is out, what type of shape is Boston's farm system in ahead of the trade deadline? Teddy Cahill from Baseball America joins…

Hardcore Baseball: '99 ASG Watch-Along, Jason Mastrodonato

For the All-Star week edition of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy is joined by Billy Lanni from Felger & Mazz to re-watch Pedro Martinez's 1999 All-Star Game performance. Jason Mastrodonato from the Boston Herald checks in to talk about where the Sox stand at the break and the impending MLB trading deadline (20:30). Watch along with…

Hardcore Baseball Episode 18: Is MLB in Trouble?

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy examines if baseball is in trouble nationwide and what needs to be done to improve the game. What should the Red Sox do about Dustin Pedroia? ESPN Radio Ithaca's Nick Karski joins the show to talk about the Manny Machado to the Yankees rumors (18:30). Over/Under…

Hardcore Baseball: The Curse of Jon Lester, Marshall Hook Talks Clutch and David Price

Episode 17: Matt McCarthy examines where the decision to let Jon Lester walk and sign David Price ranks among the worst moves in Red Sox history. Marshall Hook joins the show (14:00) to talk why clutch doesn't exist and whether or not David Price can finally deliver when it counts. And there's more bad news…

Hardcore Baseball: Sox and Yanks at the Halfway Point, Sean McAdam on the Trading Deadline

Episode 16: Matt McCarthy examines how the Red Sox and the Yankees compared to each other halfway through the season. Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal joins the show (12:30) to preview the MLB trading deadline. With Jackie Bradley Jr. struggling, should the Sox give Rusney Castillo another look?

Hardcore Baseball: MLB Expansion, Trade Season Begins

Episode 15: Matt McCarthy is joined by Sean Sylver to talk about what expansion and realignment could look like in MLB and how baseball should approach the proposed major changes in the near future. With the first major trade domino falling, can the Red Sox seriously expect to compete on the market this July? Portland…

Hardcore Baseball: Red Sox' Bats Cool Off, A Draft Recap, and Miguel Cabrera Injured

Episode 14 of Hardcore Baseball: With the Red Sox bats scuffling a little bit, Matt McCarthy examines if we should be concerned about the lineup moving forward. Chris Hatfield from Sox Prospects checks in to recap the MLB Draft and the Red Sox' top picks (11:00).