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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: Jim Murray, Sean Sylver, Chris Sale's 17 K's

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Jim Murray joins Matt McCarthy to talk Red Sox (2:40). Is the Wheel of Gutless Bums retired? Chris Sale flirted with the MLB single-game strikeout record, should the Red Sox have let him try for 21 K's? Sean Sylver checks in to discuss whether that record still means…

Hardcore Baseball: Steve Perrault, Red Sox pitching depth

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Steve Perrault from the Section 10 podcast checks in to talk Red Sox. Matt McCarthy goes around the majors. Are the Rays for real? Do the Red Sox have enough pitching depth? Mike Monaco from the Pawtucket Red Sox has the latest from down on the farm.

Hardcore Baseball: Marshall Hook, Chris Hatfield

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Marshall Hook joins Matt McCarthy to talk about the Red Sox slow start. Have they dug themselves too big a hole in the AL East? Why is Tyler Thornburg still on the team? And Chris Hatfield from SoxProspects.com checks in with a farm update (24:05). There's a new…

Hardcore Baseball: Marc Bertrand

In the latest episode of Hardcore Baseball, Marc Bertrand joins Matt McCarthy to talk Red Sox and the state of baseball in the Rob Manfred era. Vlad Jr. is finally hitting the big leagues, former Red Sox top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza isn't, and will OF Marcus Wilson prove to be a good return in…

Hardcore Baseball: Mazz on the Red Sox lousy start

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Tony Massarotti joins the show to talk about the Red Sox struggles in 2019 (10:25). Can they turn it around? Could the Red Sox seriously trade Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez if things continue to go south? Matt McCarthy also hits on Dustin Pedroia's latest setback and the…

Hardcore Baseball: Mike Felger, Ian Cundall

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy runs down the Red Sox struggles in the first week of the season, Chris Sale's velocity problems, and the Xander Bogaerts extension. Mike Felger goes fanboy over the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers (8:20). Ian Cundall of SoxProspects.com checks in as the minor league season opens this week…

Hardcore Baseball: Sean McAdam, RoboUmps, Red Sox bullpen

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy covers the uncertainty surrounding the Red Sox bullpen entering 2019. Sean McAdam checks in from Fort Myers and has the latest on the catching situation and whether Mookie Betts could sign an extension before free agency (7:10). J.J. Cooper of Baseball America joins the show to talk…

Hardcore Baseball: Bryce Harper finally signs

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy talks about what the Bryce Harper signing means for Mookie Betts' market. Andrew Salciunas from 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia joins the show (5:00). Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald checks in with an update on Red Sox camp and shares his stories about the late Nick Cafardo…

Hardcore Baseball: what the Machado/Arenado contracts mean for Mookie Betts

Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado have signed record contracts, what does that mean for the Red Sox and Mookie Betts? Tim Hagerty from the Padres organization joins Matt McCarthy to talk about Machado's impact in San Diego (14:20), are the Padres going to follow the Cubs and Astros footsteps? The Red Sox need a closer,…

Hardcore Baseball: Red Sox report, Jimmy Stewart, Chris Hatfield

Hardcore Baseball returns for Season 2. Matt McCarthy talks about the health of the sport entering 2019 - should baseball implement a pitch clock and a universal DH? Jimmy Stewart from Felger & Mazz joins the program (11:00). Chris Hatfield from SoxProspects.com stops by to preview the Red Sox minor league system (29:00)

Hardcore Baseball: 2019 Hall of Fame (Feat. Shaughnessy, Mazz, Hook)

In the 2019 Hall of Fame edition of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy talks with Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe (8:35) and Tony Mazz (18:35) about their ballots and whether the Hall is being hurt by some of the voters, and Marshall Hook is very upset about Mike Mussina's election (30:50). 

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…