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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: 2018 Winter Meetings

In the Winter Meetings edition of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy talks with Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald about the Red Sox offseason and the Nathan Eovaldi contract. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com checks in on the Harper and Machado sweepstakes and activity around the rest of the league. Chris Hatfield from Sox Prospects previews the Rule V draft. 

Hardcore Baseball: Red Sox 2018 World Series Champions

In this week’s episode of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy celebrates the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Sean Sylver joins the show (7:25) to recap October and talk about what made the Red Sox so successful in the postseason. Team historian Gordon Edes drops by (26:50) to discuss where the 2018 Red Sox rank…

Hardcore Baseball: World Series Edition (feat. Tony Mazz)

Matt McCarthy and Tony Massarotti preview the 2018 World Series (8:15 mark). Will the Red Sox bring home their fourth title since 2004? Just how good are the Dodgers? Should the Red Sox play Mookie Betts at 2B in LA? Portland Sea Dogs broadcaster Mike Antonellis watched Betts play there in the minors and says…

Hardcore Baseball LCS Edition (Jared Carrabis, Mike Felger, Sean Pendergast)

In the LCS Episode of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy sits down with Jared Carrabis to relive how their faith was tested by Game 4 of Red Sox-Yankees (2:00 mark). Sean Pendergast of Sports Radio 610 in Houston gives his perspective on Sox-Astros (19:15). Milwaukee Mike Felger doesn't hold back, he thinks his Brewers have a…

Hardcore Baseball: LDS Edition (With Felger)

In the LDS episode of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy previews the first Red Sox-Yankees playoff series in 14 years. Mike Felger talks Brewers-Rockes (8:20). Cleveland sports talk host Mark "Munch" Bishop previews the Indians-Astros series, while Braves and Dodgers reporters Grant McAuley and Mark Whicker check in on the second NLDS.

Hardcore Baseball Episode 29: Sean McAdam

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal joins Matt McCarthy to preview the Red Sox roster decisions for October (15:10). Is Chris Sale ready for a playoff workload? What does a 30-30 season for Mookie Betts mean? The NL playoff race heats up entering the final weekend of…

Hardcore Baseball Episode 28: Mike Felger

Milwaukee's own Mike Felger joins Matt McCarthy on this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball to talk the red-hot Brewers and the Red Sox heading into October (6:00 mark). Could David Price start Game 1 for the Sox? The NL playoff races continue to deliver. Tim Britton of The Athletic stops by to talk about the…

Hardcore Baseball: Sale's October Readiness, Bob Socci

Episode 27: Will Chris Sale be ready to go for October? Matt McCarthy says it's no guarantee. Patriots voice Bob Socci stops by (12:30) to talk about his time calling baseball and his new podcast, The Gridiron and Beyond. Will the Red Sox starters save the bullpen in October? Will the A's catch the Yankees for the…

Hardcore Baseball: Projecting the Postseason Roster, Recapping the Minor League Season

Episode 26: With a number of postseason jobs on the line, Matt McCarthy explores who needs a strong September to make the Red Sox postseason roster. Chris Hatfield of Sox Prospects joins the show to put a wrap on the 2018 minor league season (13:50). Theo Epstein keeps delivering in Chicago and Shohei Ohtani is…

Hardcore Baseball: Red Sox Bullpen Meltdowns Continue, MLB Playoff Races, Farm Update

Episode 25: The Red Sox bullpen continues to struggle and Matt McCarthy's seen enough. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince drops by to talk about the playoff races around baseball (8:10). PawSox broadcaster Mike Monaco gives an update on Michael Chavis and who could get a September call-up (26:00).

Hardcore Baseball: Jason Mastrodonato, Red Sox Pitching Concerns, And PawSox on the Move

Episode 24: How concerned should Red Sox fans be about the bullpen and Chris Sale's health? Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald checks in (7:40). The Nationals have thrown in the towel, the A's are on fire, and the PawSox are moving to Worcester. 98.5's Tim McKone stops by to talk about what it means for…

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).