College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking Mississippi State Baseball with Brett Hudson

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by Brett Hudson of the Commercial Dispatch to talk Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball. With the resignation of their coach one weekend into the 2018 season, a slow start to the season, a torrid second-half run to a regional bid, a magical postseason with walk-offs galore, and a coaching hire all in a four-month period, there might not be a baseball program that had more going on in 2018, and that’s precisely what Joe and Brett try to distill down into one podcast. 

Among the topics discussed on this episode are:

  • The early reaction to the hiring of Chris Lemonis and the impact of holding on to Jake Gautreau in the perception of the hire
  • How pivotal the hiring of a pitching coach is for success in 2019 and beyond
  • What Gary Henderson brought to the team that got them all the way to the College World Series
  • Without a big bopper like a Brent Rooker in the middle of the order and without a frontline ace like the ones you saw at Auburn and Florida, what this MSU team hung their hat on for success
  • The importance of Jake Mangum to the program and his (somewhat) joking push to become the mayor of Starkville
  • How the draft affected the MSU program
  • Expectations for the 2019 season
  • Food recommendations for Starkville

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.