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Hosted by The Sports Hub's Matt McCarthy, Hardcore Baseball is an in-depth, informative look into the Red Sox and the wider sport of baseball.

Hardcore Baseball: The future of Red Sox ownership and the state of the playoffs

Hardcore Baseball: October Edition returns as Tim McKone joins Matt McCarthy to discuss the MLB playoffs. Plus, are the Red Sox going public? Matt and Tim react to the Wall Street Journal's reports on John Henry's plans to add to his portfolio of sports teams overseas. Is Billy Beane going to run Henry's soccer clubs…

Jason Mastrodonato on the Red Sox losing culture

The 2020 Red Sox season is mercifully coming to an end, but has the organization done significant damage to this team's future by building a culture of losing? Jason Mastrodonato returns to the podcast to share his thoughts on that, Tanner Houck's debut, and the future of the organization.

Hardcore Baseball: Triston Casas opens eyes in Pawtucket, reflecting on Tom Seaver's legacy

Matt McCarthy shares his thoughts on the trading deadline. PawSox broadcaster Mike Antonellis joins the show (6:15) to discuss the Red Sox player pool games, including Triston Casas' eye-opening performance since being added to the roster, how close Jarren Duran is to the big leagues, and why Jay Groome may be ahead of Bryan Mata…

Hardcore Baseball returns with guest Jimmy Stewart

Hardcore Baseball returns! Matt McCarthy breaks down the disaster that is the 2020 Red Sox. Is this the worst Red Sox team of our lifetimes? History tells us it may be the worst Red Sox team in nearly a century. Jimmy Stewart joins the show (11:11) to discuss what the next steps are ahead of…

Hardcore Baseball: Red Sox report to the Fort

Season 3 of Hardcore Baseball kicks off as the Red Sox report to Fort Myers following a disastrous offseason. Jason Mastrodonato joins Matt McCarthy from Sox camp to discuss the circus that was the Mookie Betts trade, Ron Roenicke's elevation to interim manager, and the questions facing the 2020 team (6:45).

Hardcore Baseball: Tony Mazz on the 2020 Hall of Fame class

Tony Massarotti joins Matt McCarthy to talk everything Hall of Fame after the 2020 class was announced (8:40). Is Cooperstown getting watered down by the number of fringe candidates elected in recent years? Should Derek Jeter have been unanimous? Will Bonds and Clemens get in?

Hardcore Baseball: sign-stealing scandal rocks Red Sox

Alex Cora is gone as the Red Sox await MLB's sanctions amid the sign-stealing scandal. Tim McKone joins Matt McCarthy to talk about what this means for the Red Sox, how they should react, and whether baseball got it right by slamming the Astros with unprecedented punishments. 

Hardcore Baseball: Jimmy Stewart on sign-stealing and the offseason

Jimmy Stewart joins Matt McCarthy to talk about the Red Sox sign-stealing scandal and what should happen to Alex Cora and the organization. Plus: why haven't the Red Sox done anything of substance this offseason? Arbitration numbers are in, how on God's green earth is Jackie Bradley Jr. an $11 million player?

Hardcore Baseball: analytics cost the Astros the World Series

The Houston Astros had the World Series in their grasp before the decision to pull Zack Greinke changed everything. Matt McCarthy examines how an over-reliance on numbers cost the Astros. Jason Mastrodonato from the Boston Herald joins the show to recap the World Series and discuss the Chaim Bloom hiring (9:15).

Hardcore Baseball: Tony Mazz on the World Series

Tony Massarotti joins Matt McCarthy to talk everything World Series (9:20). Which pitching staff has the edge? How many pitchers in this series will end up in Cooperstown? Plus a recap of the epic Yankees-Astros ALCS and an update on the Red Sox GM search (spoiler alert: there is no update, nobody wants the job).

Hardcore Baseball: 2019 LCS edition

Matt McCarthy recaps the LDS and previews the LCS. Clayton Kershaw fails again, Dave Roberts gets exposed again, and the Minnesota Twins were a disaster...again. Nick Karski from ESPN Ithaca drops by to talk Yankees-Astros (15:30). Chris Rongey of 101 ESPN Radio in St. Louis shares his thoughts on Cardinals-Nationals (31:30).

Hardcore Baseball: Sad Mike Felger (2019 LDS Preview)

Hardcore Baseball October Edition returns with the 2019 LDS episode. The Brewers ripped Mike Felger's heart out in the NL Wild Card game and he joins Matt McCarthy to talk about it (3:30). Plus: a recap of the AL Wild Card game and previews of the Yankees-Twins series with Nick Karski of ESPN Ithaca (15:10),…

Hardcore Baseball: Tony Mazz on the future of the Red Sox

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Tony Massarotti joins Matt McCarthy to talk about the future of the Red Sox. Will 2020 be a bridge year? Ian Cundall from SoxProspects.com stops by to talk about the state of the Red Sox farm system. The Brewers are red hot, Mike Trout is done for the…

Hardcore Baseball: Red Sox fire Dave Dombrowski

The Red Sox fired Dave Dombrowski in the middle of the night. Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald joins Matt McCarthy to discuss whether or not the Red Sox made the right decision and what the future holds. Could Ben Cherington be a candidate to replace Dombrowski? And was the timing of John Henry's decision…

Hardcore Baseball: Chris Sale's health

Chris Sale is done for 2019. Is Tommy John still a possibility? Dr. Chris Geary, Chief of Sports Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, joins Matt McCarthy to talk PRP shots, elbows, and what could be in store for the Red Sox ace in the coming weeks (9:15). Plus, Twitter questions from listeners. 

Hardcore Baseball: Mookie Betts' future, Steve Perrault, Indians update

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball: Matt McCarthy touches on the Mookie Betts trade rumors. Should the Red Sox move the reigning AL MVP this offseason? Steve Perrault from the Section 10 podcast drops by to talk everything Sox (9:00). Cleveland talk host Mark "Munch" Bishop stops by to talk Indians. What got the…

Hardcore Baseball: Red Sox free fall, farm update, Field of Dreams game

The Red Sox have all but fallen out of the playoff race. Matt McCarthy hits on what led them to this point and what the future holds. Mike Antonellis from the Portland Sea Dogs checks in with an update from down on the farm. The Mets of all teams are the hottest team in baseball…

Hardcore Baseball: Trade Deadline Special

Matt McCarthy hits on the Red Sox failure to bolster their bullpen and whether the decision to eliminate the waiver deadline helped or hurt the July 31 deadline. Sean Pendergast from Sportsradio 610 in Houston talks Zack Greinke (8:15). Nick Karski from ESPN Ithaca on the Yankees standing pat (21:10). What were the Reds doing…