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Cooper Surles was sitting in his company’s break room when it happened. A couple guys started talking about the biggest sports topic in town: Joe Kelly dissing the Astros. The moment was so cliché and yet so improbable, Surles could hardly believe it.“Literally at the water cooler,” he said. “This was the manifestation of corporate America.”Surles didn’t interject to remark that it was he and his podcast co-host, Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling, who conducted the notorious Kelly interview. He didn’t have the heart. He works in Houston, selling steel pipes in the oil and gas domain. He has endured awkward moments among Astros fans in the past, and he’ll probably endure some more before his podcasting career is over.The most famous episode of the Big Swing Podcast – in which Kelly called the Astros “cheaters,” “snitches,” and other words unsuitable for print – went live Aug. 13. It garnered about 40,000 downloads in a week, Surles said, plus another 20,000 for back episodes in the “Big Swing” catalogue. Kelly temporarily vaulted his teammate’s podcast up to number-1 among all baseball podcasts and sixth among all sports podcasts. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “We didn’t want to hurt his cause,” Surles said. “We knew it was going to be a national story.”Not every baseball player has the time or the temperament to start a podcast. Stripling said he’d be in trouble without Surles’ help on the production side. Happ said he’s been able to make time to do his own editing. They’ve provided a template for aspiring players-turned-podcasters going forward.Of course, it remains to be seen how the rules of player-reporter engagement will look beyond this year.“What makes our podcast, and podcasts specifically successful, is the ability to kind of kick back. I still feel like I’m on right now, watching what I’m saying,” Stripling said in a recent telephone interview. “On a podcast, a player feels like they can kick back because we’ll edit anything out.” “Typical 2020 weirdness” only partly explains why Stripling and Surles, friends since their time at Texas A&M, are the unlikely rulers of a small media empire.The idea was hatched while the pair was attending a Houston Rockets NBA game in the winter of 2019. Surles is the sports podcast junkie. He mentioned some of his favorites. Stripling had never listened to any of them.“I think it was Ross who said ‘we should start one,’ as a joke,” Surles said. “A couple hours later, we were with our wives. We started talking about it again. An hour later, we were pretty serious.”“We had a name within 24 hours and recorded within the first 48 hours,” said Stripling.Their first episode went live in January 2019. Surles did the editing, mixing, and uploading for the first 70 episodes. Then in June, Stripling and Surles were approached by a podcast production startup, Jam Street Media. Jam Street has handled the back-end work since. “Strip and Coop” handle the interviews, and Stripling has an obvious hand in landing most of the guests. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Walker Buehler returns to dominant form in Dodgers’ win over Rockies Scott Alexander, Alex Wood, Kyle Farmer, Walker Buehler, Kiké Hernandez, Cody Bellinger, Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, Max Muncy, David Price and Orel Hershiser are among the current or former Dodgers who guested prior to Kelly. Non-Dodgers Cavan Biggio, Trevor Bauer, Jameson Taillon, Jackie Bradley Jr., Jack Flaherty, Ian Happ, Anthony Rendon and Michael Wacha have also hopped on. So have Danny Green, Harrison Barnes, C.J. McCollum and Pat Connaughton (NBA), and Mike Evans and Josh Reynolds (NFL).The podcast occasionally breaks from sports for the occasional actor or businessman; Surles and Stripling both studied finance in college. They’ve also done a fine job inspiring others.Turner’s wife, Kourtney, started a podcast after her “Big Swing” appearance. So did Happ. Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis stopped by; he and Hershiser began their podcast less than a year later. The list of folks looking to create water cooler moments of their own is long.“I didn’t expect to get rich, get famous,” said Stripling, who is 3-1 in six starts this summer with the Dodgers. “I didn’t expect it to be this thing that would vault my career as a broadcaster. Maybe if I wanted to get into an Orel Hershiser-type role after I’m done playing, this would be good practice.”The novel coronavirus pandemic created an obvious void for sports content. Stripling and Surles happened to be ahead of the game when the 2020 season was suspended in March. So was Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh, who launched The Twelve Six Podcast in December 2018.Happ was a relative latecomer, but he recognized the content void and wanted to take advantage. His podcast – The Compound – is a collaboration with teammates/spring roommates Dakota Mekkes and Zack Short. While McHugh and Stripling lean into the Q-and-A format with their guests, Happ and his teammates can fill entire episodes with banter. Their guests (teammate Kyle Schwarber, and actors Jeremy Piven, Jake Johnson and Jeff Garlin among others) feel like famous neighbors randomly dropping into The Compound for conversation.“I’m very careful with my words, with my co hosts’ words,” Happ said. “Nothing gets put out there that I don’t think should be consumed. It’s important for us to make sure our guests feel safe.”Happ and McHugh are exceptionally articulate, and conversational enough to make a wide range of guests feel comfortable in short order. So is Stripling. Therein lies an advantage that made the Kelly interview possible.Many unique wrinkles to the 2020 season are lying in plain sight: cardboard fans, shortened schedules, masks in the dugouts. Others are not. Since reporters have had no clubhouse access since March, and even team-employed broadcasters have been banned from the field prior to games, the relationship between the traditional media and players has never been more distant. Now more than ever, teammates only have each other, and their coaches, and their training staffs, from the time they clock in at the field until they clock out.Only recently have some of those teammates had their own media platforms.“For an in-depth story, yeah, podcasts, I can see us directly in competition” with traditional reporters, Stripling said. “As far as being able to relay something quickly, podcasts will never be in competition because of editing … if you’re worried about your audio, your quality, the ability to get stuff instantly.”Major League Baseball initially suspended Kelly eight games for “throwing a pitch in the area of the head” of two Astros hitters on July 29. Kelly’s “Big Swing” episode dropped two weeks later, long after it had been recorded. Kelly did no interviews in the meantime, while he waited on the league to hear his appeal.Once Kelly’s suspension was reduced to five games, the podcast episode went live.Related Articles