Ryan Rowland-Smith Ryan Rowland-Smith on Short and to the Point

Host Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews retired pitcher, host of The Top Step podcast, owner of NxtGen Baseball, and Seattle Mariners/MLB Network analyst, Ryan Rowland-Smith. Jessica and Ryan discuss a wide range of topics including the rise of arm injuries among pitchers, being a Rule 5 player, experiencing weird and sometimes phony injuries, getting in at MLB Network, and more.

Here’s the full breakdown.

  • 1:52: Welcome Ryan to Short and to the Point
  • 2:25: Off the record conversations
  • 5:36: Embracing social media to transition into broadcasting
  • 9:17: Insecurities when just talking to the camera
  • 11:48: Balancing working various forms of media
  • 14:38: Defense mechanisms
  • 16:07: Impostor syndrome
  • 21:53: Bullpen on the field
  • 22:59: Having a “shove it up their ass” mentality
  • 27:42: Discussing biomechanics and analytics in broadcasting
  • 31:12: Dealing with adversity
  • 35:42: Retiring
  • 39:19: Things Ryan doesn’t miss about not playing
  • 42:09: Experience as a Rule 5 player
  • 48:11: Arm injuries
  • 57:22: Do kids feel like they have to throw 100 mph?
  • 58:18: Pitch clock
  • 1:00:15: Weird injuries
  • 1:06:53: Australian baseball players
  • 1:11:21: NxtGen Baseball
  • 1:16:21: MLB Network

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About Phillip Bupp

Producer/editor of the Awful Announcing Podcast and Short and to the Point. News editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. Highlight consultant for Major League Soccer as well as a freelance writer for hire. Opinions are my own but feel free to agree with them.

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