From The Diamond

Grant McAuley

Grant McAuley hosts "From The Diamond." New episodes weekly! Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and FromTheDiamond.com. read less
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Marcell Ozuna pacing Braves, Dale Murphy talks classic posters and Ben Lindbergh on pitcher injuries
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Marcell Ozuna pacing Braves, Dale Murphy talks classic posters and Ben Lindbergh on pitcher injuries
With two weeks worth of games under their collective belts, the Atlanta Braves are sitting atop the NL East. Their biggest offensive contributor? None other that designated hitter Marcell Ozuna. Grant McAuley covered the big stories for this week in Braves baseball, including Ozuna's red-hot start and clutch hitting down in Miami, the loss of Spencer Strider, who underwent season-ending elbow surgery, how Atlanta will approach filling the void in rotation, and what the rest of the rotation needs to do in order to stabilize the pitching staff. You'll also hear from several Braves who'll share their thoughts on Travis d'Arnaud's value to the team and impact on their winning ways. Former Braves great Dale Murphy joins the show to tell the story of two iconic Nike posters from the 1980s -- Power Alley and Stickball. You'll hear the backstory of the creative process, the photo shoots, the tricks that made the posters an unforgettable part of Braves nostalgia, and even some abandoned plans for a baseball apparel line that would've predated today's crowded marketplace. On our trip around the big leagues, Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer joins the show to discuss the rash of elbow injuries facing MLB and what the league can do to curtail the troubling trend. From The Diamond will air live on 92-9 The Game in Atlanta on Sundays from 5-7 pm ET. You can also subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Every episode of the show and more great Braves coverage is available at FromTheDiamond.com.
Atlanta Braves open 2024 with series win in Philadelphia
Apr 1 2024
Atlanta Braves open 2024 with series win in Philadelphia
The Atlanta Braves got the 2024 season started by taking 2-of-3 from the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Grant McAuley covers the events of Opening Weekend as the Braves offense come to life and help secure the series, which could be an indication of more to come from the deepest lineup in MLB. Also discussed, the injury status of Sean Murphy, the important work by the bullpen -including the ageless Jesse Chavez coming to the rescue in Game 2, some ups and downs for Atlanta's top three starting pitchers, why Michael Harris II is primed for greatness, and some encouraging contributions from Jarred Kelenic and Adam Duvall. Maria Martin of 11 Alive in Atlanta stops by to discuss the state of the Braves and their championship goals, reflect on the magic that was October of 2021, and why Ronald Acuña Jr.'s article for The Players Tribune is just another way he's demonstrating his star power. For our trip around the big leagues, we'll delve into a rather heated debate on sliding etiquette between the Brewers and Mets, some offensive history for the Diamondbacks, Scott Boras' thoughts on why his big free agents had trouble finding the right deals, and a visit with Mike Ferrin of MLB Network Radio. From The Diamond will air live on 92-9 The Game in Atlanta on Sundays from 5-7 pm ET. You can also subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Every episode of the show and more great Braves coverage is available at FromTheDiamond.com.
Braves set Sale into 2024 on this year-end spectacular episode
Dec 31 2023
Braves set Sale into 2024 on this year-end spectacular episode
We are taking out 2023 and preparing for a brand new year of From The Diamond with a super-sized finale. Grant McAuley reacts to the Atlanta Braves' latest trade of the winter, a deal that brings over left-hander Chris Sale in exchange for Vaughn Grissom. You'll hear how Sale fits into the club's plans as well as Alex Anthopoulos' comments on the deal. With that trade covered, then it's time to look back at some of the biggest stories and guests on From The Diamond from the 2023 season. You'll hear from a great lineup of guests as we reflect on the best stories and moments from the year in Braves baseball. We're covering it all, from new uniforms to new rules, from an MVP and a record number of All-Stars to a retired number and much more. Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Jeff Francoeur discussed the Bally Sports players' only broadcast. Dale Murphy share his All-Star memories and the all-around greatness of Ronald Acuña Jr. Ron Gant recounts the night in 1993 when Atlanta Fulton County Stadium caught fire and Fred McGriff's long-awaited induction in the Hall of Fame. Chip Caray opened up about his move to the St. Louis broadcast booth while new Braves voice Brandon Gaudin reflected on his first season in the TV booth for Atlanta. Braves Creative Director Insung Kim tells the story of creating the City Connect uniforms. Travis d'Arnaud, Matt Olson, Austin Riley and Tyler Matzek shared their thoughts on the winning culture the Braves have created in recent years. And manager Brian Snitker discussed the team's offseason at the Winter Meetings. All of that comes your way on this year-end edition of the show! Be sure to subscribe to From The Diamond wherever you get your podcasts. Please leave a rating and a review to help the show grow and find more information at FromTheDiamond.com.
Ronald Acuña Jr. making history as Atlanta Braves face pitching injury issues
Sep 24 2023
Ronald Acuña Jr. making history as Atlanta Braves face pitching injury issues
Ronald Acuña Jr. is putting together one of the greatest seasons in MLB history, one that should remove all doubt about who the rightful NL MVP should be. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves may have clinched early but now they have some question marks surrounding the health of their rotation heading into the postseason. Grant McAuley sizes up the week that was for the Braves, including Acuña's greatness and some stats that underscore the historic campaign, some other offensive numbers and notes, as well as a look under the hood for the Atlanta rotation as it deals with injury issues for both Max Fried and Charlie Morton. Jason Foster, who publishes the brand new "Total Braves" newsletter on Substack, joins to discuss the Braves uneven month of September and whether or not their inconsistent results after clinching have any bearing whatsoever on the playoff games to come. That and a discussion about Atlanta's bullpen, rotation and a little more on Acuña's season. Matt Snyder of CBS Sports stops by to do a deep dive on the intriguing playoff possibilities in the NL and AL Wild Card races and whether or not there could be a big surprise or two awaiting us in the season's final week. All of that and a trip around the big leagues! Make sure to connect with From The Diamond on social media. Hear the show live every weekend on 92-9 The Game in Atlanta. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and connect with the show at FromTheDiamond.com.
Atlanta Braves clinch NL East yet again, prepare for October
Sep 17 2023
Atlanta Braves clinch NL East yet again, prepare for October
The Atlanta Braves extended their reign atop the National League East, clinching the division for the sixth consecutive year this week. Now the real work begins. Grant McAuley runs through the headlines and highlights for the week that was for Atlanta. The division clincher was earlier than usual and gives the club some time to sort out a few things for the pitching staff, rest some key players, and recharge for the NLDS. How will the Braves handle the roster decisions and manage innings down the stretch? Meanwhile, Matt Olson and the Braves are making home run history. Olson broke the Braves' single-season home run record -- now 52 and counting -- as the Braves take aim at the MLB record. How much time will MVP-hopeful Ronald Acuña Jr. miss after tweaking his calf on Friday? He is absent from the lineup this weekend, but the star outfielder and the club did not seem overly concerned, but neither want to chance it wither bigger aspirations awaiting them next month. Kris Willis of Battery Power joins the show to size up the Atlanta pitching staff while Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com checks in to size up the Wild Card races, big pitching injuries for several clubs, and the NL MVP race between Acuña and Mookie Betts of the Dodgers. Make sure to connect with From The Diamond on social media. Hear the show live every weekend on 92-9 The Game in Atlanta. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and connect with the show at FromTheDiamond.com.
Atlanta Braves closing in on NL East crown, Andruw Jones honored
Sep 10 2023
Atlanta Braves closing in on NL East crown, Andruw Jones honored
The Atlanta Braves' magic number to clinch the NL East has reached single-digits as we approach mid-September. Grant McAuley covers the biggest Braves headlines from the week that was, including the continued greatness from Ronald Acuña Jr. that defines a historic season for the young superstar, Matt Olson and the club's chase of home run history, Atlanta's series victory in a potential postseason preview with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a look ahead to the coming week. Longtime Braves broadcaster Chip Caray joins the show to discuss his family's broadcast legacy, his latest chapter in St. Louis and much more. Special guest Alden Gonzalez of ESPN stops by to talk about Shohei Ohtani's injury and the ramifications on his impending free-agency as well as the Braves and Dodgers, MVP showdown between Acuña and Mookie Betts and the troubling news for Julio Urias. And as the Braves honor Andruw Jones by retiring his number over the weekend, I reflected on Andruw's defensive prowess, Hall of Fame case, and hear from a couple of former teammates. Nick Green and Eddie Perez share their memories of playing alongside Jones and his unparalleled greatness with the glove. All of that and a trip around the big leagues! Make sure to connect with From The Diamond on social media. Hear the show live every weekend on 92-9 The Game in Atlanta. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and connect with the show at FromTheDiamond.com.
Atlanta Braves send a message with successful road trip
Sep 3 2023
Atlanta Braves send a message with successful road trip
The Atlanta Braves enjoyed one of their best road trips of the season, capped by taking a four-game series from the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers. Grant McAuley is back to discuss all the big stories for Atlanta in the week that was and look ahead for the week to come. After winning their first series in Dodger Stadium in just over a decade, the Braves return home to host the Cardinals and Pirates. Just how good has Ronald Acuña Jr. been? He sent his own message in the MVP race with some mammoth home runs against Los Angeles. Marcell Ozuna has also been sending some balls out of the yard and making a statement with his bat of late. But what is going on with Matt Olson? Is this home run drought cause for alarm? The Atlanta Braves offense is certainly not in a home run drought, setting a franchise record for most homers in a single-season during the trip and taking aim at the MLB single-season record. Meanwhile, Spencer Strider is on a date with strikeout history if he keeps up his current pace. We'll take a deep dive into those numbers and his Cy Young candidacy and a dark horse candidate in the Braves rotation to keep an eye on. Grant also caught up with the play-by-play voice of the Dodgers this week. Joe Davis checks in for a chat about the big weekend series, the rivalry between the Braves and Dodgers, the MVP race between Acuña and Mookie Betts, as well as what other NL clubs we should keep an eye on come October. All of that and a trip around the big leagues! Make sure to connect with From The Diamond on social media. Hear the show live every weekend on 92-9 The Game in Atlanta. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and connect with the show at FromTheDiamond.com.