This coming February my wife and I will have been married 51 years. Actually, the years have flown and our lives have been filled with joy.
Our first ocean cruise took place in our first year of marriage. I had won a brief trip to Florida. While there, we saw a sign for a 4-day cruise to the Bahamas. We put our English poodle, Mr. Souffle, in a pet motel and boarded a cruise ship. We haven’t stopped cruising since. We usually enjoy one or two cruises every year. Sometimes more. Over the years that’s lots and lots of cruises. But they are a wonderful way to see the world.
I write this today as we float between Brazil and Trinidad/Tobago, our next stop on a 21 day venture through the Amazon River. Frankly, beyond being eye-opening and enlightening, it once again made us grateful for all we have seen and all we have in this world.
Now, we prepare to return home. That comes with some true excitement. While the love of travel will constantly burn within me, my love of baseball somehow bubbles to the surface wherever I go.
Arriving home means the Short Hops podcast is only days away from returning.
I invite each and every one of you and your friends and family to tune in to Short Hops-a podcast dedicated to all things baseball with emphasis on opinion and fantasy baseball.
We will be back this coming week-at a time that will be announced on Twitter @BerniePleskoff, @ShortHops and at ClubhouseCorner.com.
Short Hops had been powered by RotoWire Fantasy Sports for years. My co-host on the original editions of Short Hops was Derek VanRiper. Derek is a staff member of RotoWire and he produced the podcast in the RotoWire studios. Derek’s responsibilities have changed, making co-hosting and producing Short Hops impossible.
I spent a bit of time thinking about how to continue Short Hops and move forward. Doug Hall, my editor and the founder of Clubhouse Corner stepped up. Doug suggested that he would like to power Short Hops with his company and that he would like to be my co-host. I jumped at that offer.
I could not ask for a more credible resource/co-host to assist me in keeping Short Hops alive. Doug is an excellent source of baseball knowledge in addition to being technically savvy-something I am not. I am thrilled that Doug will be with me as we re-boot Short Hops in the coming days.
You can hear Short Hops at these media outlets: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and also here on this website.
There is no charge for Short Hops. The podcast is totally free. We hope our former Short Hops listeners will invite friends and relatives to listen to the podcast as well. We want Short Hops to be a home for baseball discussion and baseball communication.
Hopefully one or more of you out there know a potential sponsor or sponsors to help us defray costs. Just let us know. Brief sponsorship promotions would be welcome during the podcast.
As many of you know, I have spent time as a professional baseball scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. I have been following baseball avidly since the age of 8. I have outstanding sources within the game who I trust to share the truth with me. I don’t like dealing in gossip. I do, however, like examining issues, providing options and alternatives and I never shy from an opinion. That’s what you will get from Short Hops. Lots of opinion based upon what I have seen and what Doug has seen with our own eyes.
You will not hear me offer an opinion on a player I have not seen personally or on several occasions on video. However, I trust my visual evaluation of a player more than I trust what I see only on video.
My opinions are based on watching baseball being played in front of me in the Arizona Fall League, spring training in both Arizona and Florida, and from watching baseball games during the regular season and postseason. Living in Arizona I am surrounded by baseball.
I have written about prospects for “Indians Ink,” rotowire.com, MLB.com (as a member of their pipeline staff), FanRag Sports and currently for ClubhouseCorner.com. I appear on national and local radio frequently to discuss baseball in general and baseball prospects in particular.
I share information on Twitter @BerniePleskoff and my followers can count on a response to their questions or engage in conversation with me.
In short, I will bring the best information and opinion to Short Hops on a weekly basis.
If you have questions you would like me to answer on a weekly edition of Short Hops, be sure to tag our podcast on Twitter @ShortHops and use the hashtag #QuestionforBernie. I will answer as many as possible each week on the podcast.
As an avid fantasy baseball player with a very solid track record of success, I will share lots of ideas and player suggestions with you on the podcast. Once the Short Hops podcast begins, I will no longer share fantasy baseball opinions on twitter. The podcast will be my only source for answering fantasy related questions.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Doug, he’s been covering and writing about prospects and unique stories in the minor leagues since 2014.
He’s appeared on ESPN Radio, as well as NBC Sports Radio. His writing has appeared on numerous sites, including, Pinstriped Alley, YES Network affiliated-Pinstriped Prospects and others. His work is now exclusively at ClubhouseCorner.com, where he’s also the editor-in-chief. You can follow him on Twitter @DougHall_NY where he looks forward to interacting with everyone.
Doug’s thoughts and opinions are based on the simple rules of seeing players live and speaking with them. Living in the Northeast, he’s able to watch action from Rookie through Triple-A ball and of course, keeps up with all of the news and action in the majors.
So watch Twitter in the week ahead and you will discover when the first new edition of Short Hops has been posted.
Doug Hall and I share the same goal: We wish to make Short Hops the best and most widely respected baseball and fantasy baseball podcast available.
The cruise was wonderful. But soon I will return to Phoenix to begin the re-boot of Short Hops.
Doug and I will welcome you as listeners.
Follow me on Twitter @BerniePleskoff