A goodbye and thanks to all of you, with special guests Steve Berthiaume of ESPN and one last visit from not Jim Tracy. Thanks for listening everyone. We remain shocked and humbled by what this turned into. It was a great ride.
0:00 Maybe you like smaller stuff
36:23 Call-Ups: Vitters, Jackson, Machado
44:22 Taking a stand on prospects
55:34 The Curious Case of Austin Wood
1:03:09 What's Mike Trout worth?
1:12:21 Let's scout little league baseball!
1:19:08 Special Guest: Andy McCullough, Newark Star-Ledger on the future of the Mets
1:46:57 Listener of the week: Craig Robinson: the British artist in Mexico
2:06:18 Musical Guest: The Revivalists
2:07:31 What Are You Drinking? (with special tribune to Juan Deli)
2:14:05: In the 'hood: #WeirdNeighbors - The Mattress People
2:32:45: The Week ahead
0:00 A creepy beginning
31:16 Special Guest: The return of my Mom
54:40 Trade deadline recap
1:13:03 KG's Midseason Top 50
1:23:46 Jason's Top 10 with bonus Mike Olt talk
1:38:35 Special Guest: Rick Giolito, on being the father of a first-round draft pick
2:34:55 Special Guest: Artie Lange, with tales of being a Yankee fan
2:55:12 The importance of music on the show
2:57:58 Worst celebration of What Are You Drinking possible
3:09:36 Listener of the week: Carl, the man with the '80 Want' tattoo
3:23:18 100 episodes, folks
3:29:27 The Week Ahead
3:35:00 Inspirational Words
41:39 The Dodgers sign Puig and what this all means
46:15 Trade deadline previews - Greinke and Hamels mania
54:46 What could go wrong, Smoak and Teheran editions
1:08:04 Futures Game preview: Players we want to see
1:33:06 Special Guest: Jeff Luhnow, GM, Houston Astros
1:55:07 Musical guest: Black Wine
1:56:22 A special edition of What Are You Drinking?
2:03:24 Tales from out trip to Texas
2:10:21 The Week Ahead - KC preview
41:39 The Dodgers sign Puig and what this all means
46:15 Trade deadline previews - Greinke and Hamels mania
54:46 What could go wrong, Smoak and Teheran editions
1:08:04 Futures Game preview: Players we want to see
1:33:06 Special Guest: Jeff Luhnow, GM, Houston Astros
1:55:07 Musical guest: Black Wine
1:56:22 A special edition of What Are You Drinking?
2:03:24 Tales from out trip to Texas
2:10:21 The Week Ahead - KC preview
0:00 Circle of Life
41:56 Joe Maddon vs. Davey Johnson
45:23 R.A. Dickey: WTF?
51:08 Revisiting the prototype (the gap)
1:01:45 Midwest League All-Star game fun
1:17:15 The curious case of Martin Perez
1:29:53 Special Guest: Eric Kubota, Scouting Director, Oakland Athletics
1:52:56 Listener Of The Week: Bryon, the infectious disease epidemiologist
2:21:25 Musical Guest: Wild Cub
2:24:45 What Are You Drinking?
2:28:42 That Just Happened: Texans really ARE superior
2:30:27 The week ahead
0:00 What episode are we on?
29:35 Pick a pitcher, any pitcher
35:16 The myth of the raw high-ceiling player
44:42 Why do people hate Starlin Castro?
49:47 New Rules: Asking about ceilings and making up trades
56:39 Special Guest: Kendall Rogers, Perfect Game, CWS Preview
1:21:18 Musical Guest: Dimesland
1:23:38 What Are You Drinking?
1:24:58 Pop Culture Moment: Boogie Nights
1:32:11 The week ahead
0:00 Congrats, graduates!
27:39 Jorge Soler is a free agent, so go crazy!
34:10 Judging picks before they play and the path of Stetson Allie
39:09 Javier Baez is really good but shouldn't swing 3-0 in a blowout
47:31 What Could Go Wrong: San Francisco Giants
55:07 What Could Go Wrong: St. Louis Cardinals
1:10:50 Special Guest: Jim Callis, Baseball America on the 2012 draft.
1:50:27 Musical Guest: The Ready Stance
1:52:27 What Are You Drinking?
1:54:04 That Just Happened: Calling Nick in St. Louis
1:59:24 Jason's mental state
2:07:41 The week ahead
31:47 So, um the Orioles?
35:34 Talking to Boras about the 2012 draft
49:19 Going through the Dodgers system
1:05:45 Tales from Wilmington
1:19:06 Special Guest: Shi Davidi (@shidavidi), baseball columnist and journalism instructor
1:44:14 Musical guest: Measure (@measuremusic)
1:46:10 What Are You Drinking?
1:50:04 Pop culture moment: Baseball for baseball's sake
1:55:17 The Week Ahead w/ bonus interrupting phone call
0:00 Thank you for your patience
2:31 Housekeeping/New Podcast!
35:48 Holy Crap Josh Hamilton
43:32 Seeing Mark Appel in person
51:15 We need more Powah!
56:53 Talking about the Diamondbacks system
1:03:08 Talking about the Rockies system
1:10:04 Special Guest: Doug Glanville on baseball and race
1:34:02 That Just Happened: Brett Lawrie is angry!
1:36:16 Musical guest: LA Font
1:37:37 What Are You Drinking?
1:40:09 Pop culture moment: Tales From Oakland
1:49:23 The Week Ahead
32:55 Harper and Trout are up
37:53 No. 1 pitchers revisited
44:09 Talking to folks about Rays prospects
50:04 Talking to folks about Padres prospects
58:28 Scout thoughts on Billy Hamilton and Danny Hultzen
1:08:41 Special Guest: Adam Kilgore, Nationals Beat Writer, Washington Post
1:33:19 Musical guest: Van Hunt
1:34:31 What Are You Drinking?
1:38:33 Pop culture moment: Manchester Derby
1:51:58 The Week Ahead
0:00 It's Been A Strange Day
38:12 Where did that Yu Darvish come from?
44:25 What's a No. 1 starter, and why a No. 3 is not an insult
52:19 What could go wrong with the Orioles prospects?
1:02:37 Tales from Kane County (Focusing on Lindor)
1:14:51 Special Guest: Alex Speier, Red Sox beat guy, WEEI
1:49:41 Musical guest: Deskhop
1:51:12 What Are You Drinking?
1:58:38 The Week Ahead
0:00 We didn't book a guest
31:41 Pudge retires
37:05 Is it real? Orioles, White Sox, Mets, Nationals, Dodgers
47:44 How crazy great is the 2011 draft when it comes to pitching?
58:45 Tales from Wilmington
1:22:49 Musical guest: Screaming Females
1:25:53 What Are You Drinking?
1:28:56 Pop culture moment: Disagea
1:34:30 The Week Ahead
0:00 But, back to that
33:28 Getting to the first minor league game (lots of Miguel Sano talk)
41:54 First starts from Yu Darvish and Neftali Feliz
54:28 Yeonis Cespedes: must see TV.
59:17 When Is Player X coming up?
1:05:57 Some thoughts on evaluating defense
1:15:53 Listener of the week: ESPN Baseball Tonight host Steve Berthiaume
1:59:49 Not Jim Tracy on lifetime contracts and Ubaldo throwing at Tulo
2:02:44 Music Guest: Trampled By Turtles
2:05:05 What Are You Drinking?
2:09:10 The Week Ahead
0:00: How'd You Pull That Off?
29:45: We owe people Yankees Top 11 talk
39:25: We owe people Phillies Top 11 talk
45:16: Minor League preview: Our guys - 10 players to watch
1:16:53: Special Guest: Pitcher Steve Palazzolo on bouncing around
1:36:51: Listener of the week: The hawk trap guy doesn't trap hawks anymore
1:56:25: Music Guest: Justin Townes Earle
2:00:33: What Are You Drinking?
2:02:57: Here's what's happening this year
0:00: Kind Of Different
22:52: MLB Preview AL East: featuring special guest Jay Jaffe
34:56: MLB Preview AL Central: featuring special guest Robert Ford
49:54: MLB Preview AL West: featuring special guest Sam Miller
1:04:39: MLB Preview NL East: featuring special guest Andy McCullough
1:16:46: MLB Preview NL Central: featuring special guest C. Trent Rosencrans
1:35:14: MLB Preview NL West: featuring special guest Nick Piecoro
1:48:29: MLB Preview World Series Pick: featuring special guest Mom
2:07:25: Jason and Kevin make their predictions
2:18:30: Musical Guests: Prussia
2:19:47: What Are You Drinking?
2:23:02: Mental State updates/Getting out of Arizona
0:00 Here's what we're going to do
30:00 Special Guest: Jorge Arangure on the Jairo Beras situation and what's going on in the Dominican
54:47 Musical Guests: Isotopes
57:28 What Are You Drinking?
1:00:36 By the time I get to Arizona
0:00 I'm sorry I'm yawning
31:05 Reviewing the Brewers Top Prospects
40:04 Reviewing the Rangers Top Prospects
54:20 The curious case of Jairo Beras, and the more curious reaction
1:04:34 Jason's spring training diary, and dealing with the haters
1:13:24 Special Guest: Oakland A's outfield prospect Jeremy Barfield
1:41:57 Musical Guests: Yellow Ostrich
1:44:34 What Are You Drinking?
1:47:26 Tales from Arizona and Korean Television
1:55:08 The Week Ahead
0:00 We're off to a horrible start
37:01 Spring Training has begun and now we need something to happen
38:29 The Ryan Bruan reaction: A rant
41:44 Boston Red Sox prospects - include Jason's list
56:34 Tampa Bay Rays prospects
1:04:26 Arizona Diamondbacks prospects
1:11:53 Detroit Tigers prospects - include Jason's list
1:20:22 What could go wrong with the Twins
1:24:15 What could go wrong with the Yankees
1:30:16 Special Guests: Top 100 Roundtable with Jim Callis (@jimcallisba) of Baseball America and Keith Law (@keithlaw) of ESPN
2:16:17 Special Guest: Mark Fainaru-Wada (@markfwespn) on breaking the Ryan Braun story
2:28:20 Musical Guests: Water and Bodies (@waterandbodies)
2:30:04 What Are You Drinking?
2:33:09 End This Shit
0:00 Don't Scare The Listeners
34:13 Special Guest: Korean baseball writer Daniel Kim (@DanielKimW) on Baltimore scouting
57:51 Listener of the week: Death metal legend Stevo
1:42:31 Musical Guests: Tombstones
1:45:12 What Are You Drinking?
1:47:54 The Week Ahead
0:00 The worst person in the world
42:12 Atlanta Braves Top 11 Prospects
54:51 St. Louis Cardinals Top 11 Prospects
1:06:58 What could go wrong with the Indians
1:16:15 Special Guest: Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose) on his new book, Out Of My League
1:43:47 Musical Guest: The Bye Bye Blackbirds
1:44:49 What Are You Drinking?
1:48:55 Pop Culture Moment: Real Genius
1:56:42 The week ahead
0:00 Is that a hot spot?
49:54 The Gerardo Concepcion signing and how this affects the market
55:16 The Hamilton relapse
58:21 Reviewing the Dodgers Top 11
1:03:25 Reviewing the Angels Top 11 and what could go wrong
1:12:37 Reviewing The Giants Top 11
1:21:30 What could go wrong with the Mariners prospects
1:25:27 What could go wrong with the Royals prospects
1:33:46 Musical Guests: The Juniper Tar
1:35:10 What Are You Drinking?
1:38:10 Pop culture moment: Hausu
1:44:13 The week ahead
0:00 It's good to be back
33:59 Prince Fielder: the mystery team strikes again
41:02 Yoenis Cespedes is ready to go
46:14 Let's talk about Chicago White Sox prospects
50:44 Let's talk about Cincinnati Reds prospects
57:00 Let's talk about Cleveland Indians prospects
1:07:56 Let's talk about Washington Nationals prospects
1:15:50 Let's talk about Toronto Blue Jays prospects
1:28:07 Special Guest: Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) of Sports Illustrated on baseball coverage in the new media age
2:09:48 Special Guest: Tim Dierkes (@timdierkes) of MLB Trade Rumors on being the gatekeeper of breaking news
2:29:25 Musical Guests: Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes
2:30:51 What Are You Drinking?
2:36:50 The Week Ahead (and Behind)
38:42 Yu Darvish signing and the Japanese media contingent
49:21 The uniqueness of the Yankees/Mariners deal
1:05:36 Yeonis Cespedes playing in, and hopefully getting out of the DR
1:21:11 Special Guest: Ike Barinholtz on his role on the new season of Eastbound And Down
1:51:16 Musical Guest: Vampire Watching Television
1:53:34 What Are You Drinking?
2:01:19 Cooking with the Professor: Pollo Guisado and home favorites
2:04:51 The week ahead with bonus soccer talk
0:00 Welcome, I'm not in Chicago
38:34 Reviewing the Marlins Top 11
45:50 Reviewing the Rockies Top 11
55:58 Reviewing the A's Top 11
1:09:36 Reviewing the Mets Top 11
1:18:34 What could go wrong with the Rangers
1:28:32 4A hitters: man or myth?
1:33:39 Special Guest: Jay Jaffe on Hall of Fame voting and what lies ahead
2:00:21 Musical Guest: The Asteroid Shop
2:01:52 What Are You Drinking?
2:13:27 Cooking With The Professor: When Things Go Wrong
2:16:02 Interviewing yourself and the week ahead
0:00 The mice are back
4:22 Emails/dating advice
25:13 Monday's Darvish mania
30:52 A not-so-quick rant on breaking stories and sourcing
41:03 What Darvish means to the Rangers and how good he can be
55:22 Reviewing the Pirates Top 11 Prospects
1:04:27 Why It's important to talk about what can go wrong
1:10:45 Special Guest, Mike Plugh of Akita University on the cultural adjustment of Yu Darvish
1:35:14 Musical Guest: Zoe Muth
1:36:50 What Are You Drinking?
1:40:10 Pop Culture Moment: Talking To Artie Lange
1:45:20 Cookies from Mom
1:48:25 The week ahead
0:00 A return to normality
30:29 The Angels go wacky
35:49 A new world in Miami
39:52 Still some big names out there
42:02 Where is Yu Darvish going?
49:02 Let's talk about Padres prospects
52:32 Let's talk about Cubs prospects
1:00:23 Jason becomes a little more famous
1:05:53 Special Guest: Bobby Keppel, former big league pitcher and Yu Darvish rotation mate.
1:27:36 Musical Guest: Phantom Works
1:29:29 What Are You Drinking? (back to stink)
1:32:58 Quick tales from Dallas
1:43:15 The week ahead . . .
0:00 The security guard won't talk to us
2:09 Nothing happened today
3:50 Update on sexy
5:25 Drinking early
8:20 Special Guest: Rob Neyer, Baseball Nation
15:46 Special Guest: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
0:00 Breaker! This is Country Mouse
- Why aren't contracts front-loaded
- Why some tools guys are just tools guys
- Converting position players to pitchers
- The potential of having a scout on the show
- Josh Leuke and the philosophy of redemption
- Getting a job doing what we do
- The use of the term 'sexy' to describe prospects
- Guilty pleasures
- Being in one band, one place, one time
- Taking the show into the bedroom
48:29 Impromptu That Just Happened
51:13 Plans for Dallas
0:00 We're back, and it's OK
2:24 Housekeeping: There are many way to get a hold of us
3:18 So many emails
36:00 Baseball! But first, a word from Jorge
42:39 Orioles and Royals Top 11 review
1:02:41 Why are we going through the awards?
1:06:06 Let's talk about Neftali Feliz again
1:16:45 Special Guest Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports on the new CBA
1:57:24 A very special That Just Happened featuring my mom
2:19:31 Musical Guest: Union Street Preservation Society
2:21:53 What Are You Drinking
2:25:33 It's Thanksgiving, so we're going to talk about food
5:13 Getting the housekeeping out of the way
25:27 Reviewing the Mariners Top 11
34:54 Let's talk about Cubs prospects
43:30 Let's talk about Red Sox prospects
49:51 Let's talk about Orioles prospects
53:58 Let's talk about Braves prospects
58:41 Let's talk about Diamondbacks prospects
1:04:37 Yoenis Cespedes: The legend of the video, and what he really is
1:25:52 Special Guest Kevin Cabral (@kevcabral), the voice of the Aguilas and the voice of the Cespedes video
1:51:31 The Wilson Ramos kidnapping
2:04:09 Special Guest Scott Drucker (@ScottyD30), RHP, Tigres de Aragua on playing this winter in Venezuela
2:22:39 Musical guest: PJ Winter (@pjwintermusic)
2:24:01 What Are You Drinking?
2:26:40 That Just Happened: Jason knows Ron Swanson
2:32:29 Some food stuff and the week ahead
0:00 Howdy, Sarge
35:22 Quick World Series Wrap and the end of the LaRussa era
41:09 Do the GM shuffle
43:22 Focusing on free agents (lots of C.J. Wilson/Yu Darvish talk)
49:15 Let's talk about Tigers prospects
52:34 Let's talk about Rockies prospects
56:28 Let's talk about Indians prospects
59:46 Let's talk about Reds prospects
1:04:47 Let's talk about White Sox prospects (because we have to)
1:09:40 Reviewing the Astros Top 11
1:15:30 Reviewing the Twins Top 11
1:26:35 Musical Guest: Waxahatchee
1:28:09 What Are You Drinking?
1:31:26 Halloween tales of clowns, blood and possums
1:41:04 Winter recipe update
1:42:07 The Week Ahead
0:00 My name is, his name is
35:05 Agents and porn stars
38:18 Theo is in Chicago
40:00 What happened to our CBA announcement?
45:42 Let's talk about Dodgers prospects
51:48 Let's talk about Angels prospects
55:00 Let's talk about Royals prospects
1:00:31 Let's talk about Astros prospects
1:03:48 Let's talk about Marlins prospects
1:09:47 Special Guest: Andy McCullough (@Ledger_NYMets) on covering the 2011 World Series
1:38:34 Musical Guest: Ella Minnow (@ellaminnowmusic)
1:40:04 What Are You Drinking?
1:42:02 That Just Happened: Soccer, Mexico and 100,000 people
1:52:48 That Just Happened: There's a satellite truck at my house
2:03:55 Cooking With The Professor: Send us your winter recipes
2:06:03 The Week Ahead
0:00 Hello everyone, we are back, and appreciate your patience
5:15 Let's check the mailbag!
27:24 Quick playoff wrap
33:56 The Cubs and Red Sox create some awfully fun drama
47:44 Rangers World Series Preview w/ Anthony Andro (@aandro), Fox Sports SouthWest
56:19 Cardinals World Series Preview w/ Will Leitch (@williamflietch), New York Magazine and Deadspin founder
1:12:21 Our World Series picks (like it matters)
1:13:51 Let's talk about Athletics prospects
1:21:20 Let's talk about Yankees prospects
1:26:18 Let's talk about Mets prospects
1:30:02 Let's talk about Twins prospects
1:34:23 Let's talk about Brewers prospects
1:40:15 Special Guest Rafael Rojas (@rafaelrojasc) on the good and the bad of baseball in Venezuela under the Chavez regime
2:09:55 Listener Of The Week: Riley Breckenridge (@rileybreck), professional rock star
2:33:38 Not Jim Leyland and Not Nolan Ryan on the ALCS and World Series
2:35:45 Musical Guest: The Scrams (@thescrams)
2:36:50 What Are You Drinking?
2:39:41 Pop Culture Moment: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and loving Werner Herzog
2:51:28 The Week Ahead
0:00 Welcome to the real Episode 68
26:04 The Playoffs (so far)
37:59 Jason's Arizona adventures and how instructs work
49:58 Let's Talk About Giants Prospects
53:59 Let's Talk About Padres Prospects
57:26 Let's Talk About Cardinals Prospects
1:00:38 Let's Talk About Pirates Prospects
1:04:05 Let's Talk About Phillies Prospects
1:09:00 Special Guest: Phil Rogers (@ChiTribRogers) of the Chicago Tribune on the Cubs GM search
1:22:22 Music Guest Thrice (@OfficialThrice)
1:34:01 I Saw Moneyball, Jason saw the poster
1:39:01 The Week Ahead
0:00 My name is . . .
21:47 We have races! (kind of)
24:37 Let's talk about Nationals prospects
30:56 Let's talk about Blue Jays prospects
36:50 Let's talk about Rangers prospects
41:32 Let's talk about Rays prospects
46:10 Let's talk about Mariners prospects
53:48 Special Guest: Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe), Boston Globe, on Panic in the streets of Boston
1:10:42 Musical Guest: Screaming Females (@Screamales)
1:12:00 What Are You Drinking
1:16:31 A quick rant on Moneyball and discourse
1:18:36 The Week Ahead
0:00 Try again
23:30 Did the Rays screw up the 2011 season?
32:56 Out last minor league games of the season
41:26 Minor League Awards, kind of
52:22 Are you going to see Moneyball?
1:00:13 Special Guest: Sam Miller (@SamMillerOCR), Orange County Register
1:22:09 Special Guest: My mother takes your questions via Facebook
1:50:31 Musical Guest: Lydia Loveless
1:52:52 What Are You Drinking (special hat edition)
1:54:06 Pop Culture Moment: They Came Back
1:57:00 The Week Ahead
0:00 Defending the Internet in Mexico
22:51 No pennant races? At least we have Montero and Strasburg
28:34 A quick digression on the Dodgers
32:44 Baseball in the Dominican Republic: Crime, money and shenanigans
47:44 Special Guest: Josh Boyd, Texas Rangers Director of Professional Scouting
1:17:08 Listener of the Week: Peter Grossman, Photo Editor, Us Weekly
1:50:45 Musical Guest: Big Black
1:53:25 What Are You Drinking
1:56:53 Pop Culture Moment: Kickety Flip
2:12:28 The Week Ahead
0:00 Two to the sixth power
35:23 September is potentially very boring
37:34 What makes an MVP?
47:12 Get excited about the Arizona Fall League (but not too much)
52:47 Special Guest: Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel on the Marlins and the future of baseball in south Florida.
1:13:53 Music Guest: Big Eyes
1:15:49 Not What Are You Drinking and tales from Mexico
1:21:44 The Week Ahead
0:00 We can do shows with Jason in Mexico . . . kind of
4:11 Mail bag
32:37 Who wants the Cubs GM job? Everyone.
47:23 Is Toronto the new Flavor Of The Month?
54:14 The best prospects at every position
1:12:14 Special Guest Rany Jazayerli not on baseball, but on Syria
1:39:33 Musical Guest: Orpheum Bell
1:41:12 What Are You Drinking (morning edition)?
1:44:10 Adventures in NYC
1:49:02 The week ahead
0:00: Jason's back
2:00: Housekeeping (come drink with us on Friday)
33:25 Logan Morrison's demotion was not a crime against humanity
39:24 Is Jim Thome basesball's Gandhi?
46:14 Let's talk about outfield prospects
1:02:47 Special Guest: Jim Callis of Baseball America on Monday's signing deadline shenanigans
1:39:50 Musical Guest: Dex Romweber Duo
1:41:19 What Are You Drinking?
1:43:50 Culture Moment: Tales of Juan Deli
1:55:52 The Week Ahead (includes bonus Trevor Bauer talk)
0:00 He's not Jason, but he is in Brooklyn
31:42 Co-Hosting Options
32:33 Signing deadline (Don't Panic!)
38:55 A realistic discussion on what to do about A.J. Burnett
52:59 Do the Blue Jays = CH33TORZ?
1:01:09 Special Guest: MLB.com Cardinals beat writer Matthew Leach on the soap opera of the Cardinals
1:26:50 Listener Of The Week: Philosophy Grad Student/Semi-professional poker player Nate Meyvis
1:47:44 Musical Guest: Radiant Republic Of Texas
1:48:59 What Are You Drinking?
1:55:23 Jay's life with a credential
0:00 Let's Do This
3:08 Jason's favorite part of the show
3:48 Fan mail from flounders
38:24 Man, there sure were a lot of trades
1:04:14 What it's like to cover a trade deadline
1:10:11 Let's talk about left field prospects
1:17:12 Special Guest: Dan Evans, baseball agent and former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers
1:39:16 Pop Culture Moment: Brendan McFadden (producer) and Aaron Katz (director) of Cold Weather
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2:08:26 Musical Guest: Transmontane
2:09:29 What Are You Drinking?
2:15:28 Cooking with The Professor: Call for recipes redux
2:17:54 The week ahead and goodbyes
0:00 We say hello
3:20 This is how you get a hold of us, and there are many ways, indeed.
5:08 Emails! Trade deadline scouting, Ranking philosophies, a sub-.500 Yankees team
40:35 Do teams over-value their prospects come trade deadline?
54:30 Pirates: Go for it or stick to the plan?
59:52 Predictions: Who goes where
1:12:47 Trade Deadline Special Guest: Buster Olney of ESPN
1:34:56 Debt Crisis Special: Official news correspondent Lincoln Mitchell with a primer
1:52:58 Listener Of The Week: Astrophysicist Dr. Million with a call to action
2:23:34 Musical Guest: Martha's Vinyard Ferries
2:25:02 What Are You Drinking? (We're fixing this!)
2:27:04 Newberg Night Wrap-Up
2:36:29 The Week Ahead
5:05 Housekeeping: This is how to stalk us via email, Twitter and various other things
7:23 Emails: Mexican League, hating Michael Vick, and much more
39:05 The politics of ranking prospects
50:32 Watching very young players in Arizona
1:04:05 Checking out the Staten Island Yankees
1:13:02 Special Guest: Rocco Baldelli on his playing career and transitioning into scouting
1:42:04 Special Guest: Qamar Zaman, former play-by-play voice of the Lake County Fielders
2:10:13 Musical Guest: Sybris
2:12:11 What Are You Drinking? (Warning: worst WAYD segment ever)
2:13:50 Pop Culture Moment: The brilliance of turntable.fm
2.17.17 The Week Ahead/In Review
0:00 It's glorious
5:28 Houskeeping - we're are nothing if not accessible
7:32 Somehow, they gave me a national radio show
9:46 Emails, Part I
40:00 Standings at the break: who is going to win
50:13 Let's talk about the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby for less than two minutes
51:50 The best of The Futures Game
1:04:42 Trout v. Harper
1:11:32 Email Redux
1:22:37 Jason's Arizona: Dust storms, press passes and meeting Boras
1:50:32 Wrapping up the Kansas City event
1:55:12 Musical Guest: Victory And Associates
1:57:10 What Are You Drinking
2:00:29 Cooking With The Professor: How to make ribs
2:05:55 The Week Ahead
0:00 Done fixing your mic there?
26:58 Defining the term "ace"
35:37 What the hell is a "legit prospect"?
40:30 Talking about the best shortstop prospects
56:46 Special Guest: Josh Fisher of DodgerDivorce.com
1:22:27 Special Guest: Mark Frost; novelist, screenwriter, co-creator of Twin Peaks
1:45:36 Not Jim Tracy on the success of the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates
1:47:33 Musical Guest: Maynard (includes bonus looky-loo discussion)
1:50:03 Worst What Are You Drinking EVER
1:52:12 The Week Ahead
0:00 My name is . . .
3:16 Houskeeping: There are a variety of ways to get in touch with us
40:07 A response to Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulus (I like you, really)
52:52 A trip to Daveport, Iowa and the Midwest League All-Star game
1:03:02 Ranking first and second base prospects
1:25:27 Special Guest: Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels
1:51:30 Listener Of The Week: Professor Matt Sienkiewicz on The Middle East, Media and First Blood
2:21:34 Musical Guest: Ha Ha Tonka
2:23:53 What Are You Drinking? (bonus you are being watched info)
2:30:45 Metal State update
0:00 Let's Do This
3:32 Housekeeping: How to stay in touch with us in various ways
4:34 Proof the we love email by reading email
29:50 Super-Twos: A problem with no good solution
36:35 Ranking relief prospects
50:44 Ranking catching prospects
1:05:19 Special Guest: Will Kimmey, ESPN on the College World Series
1:31:39 Listener Of The Week: Juan, on life in Monterrey
1:51:44 Music Guest: The Bear Coat
1:57:37 What Are You Drinking (aka We Just Can't Let It Go)
2:00:21 That Just Happened!
2:09:16 The Week Ahead
0:00 Yup, It's Us Again
32:10 Special Guest: Keith Law on the 2011 Draft
1:18:50 Kissing Bryce Harper
1:31:34 Rushing to judgment
1:44:56 Ranking the best left-handed and right-handed pitching prospects
2:04:11 Listener Of The Week: Juan, The Food Science Guy
2:22:11 Musical Guest: Black Wine
2:23:35 What Are You Drinking?
2:27:19 Improve and a night of crime
2:34:00 The week ahead
0:00 Let's talk about what's going to happen
2:35: Housekeeping (Jason loves it) and we explode up the iTunes rankings
29:40 The Arizona Diamondbacks: How is this happening?
36:37 Prospects on the horizon: Lawrie, Ackley, Moustakas, Montero
51:12 The difficulty of being a catcher
59:05 Special Guest: Jim Callis of Baseball Amierca: 2011 Draft Preview
1:44:00 Musical Guest: System And Station
1:45:47 What Are You Drinking?
1:50:07 Cooking With The Professor: Easy Pork Marsala
1:51:34 The Week Ahead: Draft and Improv
0:00 And Welcome . . .
2:33 Housekeeping: Jason's favorite part of the show
42:28 Jason's adventures in Wilmington (Royals And Rangers prospects)
57:13 Breaking down Superman: How good can Bryce Harper be?
1:14:06 Last weekend's Saber Seminar
1:22:34 Musical Guest: Capilary Action
1:24:32 What Are You Drinking?
1:27:45 Pop Culture Moment: Martin Amis and Rimbaud
1:34:01 The Week Ahead
0:00: Here's what's going down today
3:29: Here's the housekeeping
4:41: Here's the emails
35:42 Jose Bautista: how did this happen?
53:43 Saturday's Posada-gate with special guest Jay Jaffe
1:08:15 Special Guest: Scott Boras
1:29:27 Special Guest No. 2: Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve
1:33:40 How the sausage is made: getting Altuve and Boras
1:38:31 Musical Guest: Thrice
1:40:33 What Are You Drinking?
1:41:51 Cooking With The Professor: Chicken-Fried Steak and Cincinnati Chili
1:47:51 Let's Get Emotional: Has it really been one year?
1:53:26 What's going on this week?
1:59:11 A massive note of thanks to our listeners
0:00 Let's talk about what we are going to talk about
4:37 Housekeeping: Emails us, follow us on Twitter, join us on Facebook
37:16 Julio Teheran's major league debut
43:36 This is where Jason and I argue about calling up Eric Hosmer
55:31 Seeing Taijuan Walker and Hayden Simpson in person
1:04:05: Scouting pitchers: secondary stuff
1:14:58: Special Guest: Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle
1:42:04 Musical Guest: Police Teeth
1:44:00 What Are You Drinking
1:47:20 The KG Summer Tour
1:51:43 The week ahead and how we are horrible at fantasy advice
0:00 Welcome to the show, here's what we're talking about today
4:19 Housekeeping: Email, Twitter, Facebook, that kind of crap
47:47 Prospects off to weird, but good starts: Montero, Hosmer, Altuve
58:34 The Cleveland Indians . . . really?
1:07:49 More Pitching Talk: Fastballs are more than just velocity
1:22:43 Listener Of The Week: Kent, the FBI guy
2:11:25 The return of Not Jim Tracy on the first month of the 2011 season
2:13:31 Music Guest: Jon Langford
2:15:52 What Are You Drinking?
2:17:44 Pop Culture Moment: Portal 2
2:22:33 That Just Happened: Theater, Improve, and Immigration
2:27:35 The week ahead, and wrapping this up, bonus Matt Szczur argument
0:00 The part where we go over the agenda
3:19 The part where we tell you how to email us, follow us on Twitter, stuff like that
4:55 The part where we read your emails
33:31 Flavors of the month and why we like guys that haven't failed yet
43:18 Revisiting the starter/reliever debate with Aroldis Chapman and Alexei Ogando
53:58 Workload, long tossing and Trevor Bauer
1:11:36 Special Guest Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times on the modern Dodgers
1:54:24 Special Guest: My mom
2:24:21 Musical Guest: Laura Stevenson And The Cans
2:30:00 What Are You Drinking?
2:32:02 Cooking With The Professor: Birthday Cake and more Chicken Fried Steak
2:38:33 The week ahead and Jason gets passive aggressive
0:00 Welcome, let's review the agenda!
3:52 Housekeeping: Email, twitter, Facebook, all that jazz
34:46 Draft update and Matt Purke's bad week
46:55 I don't know when your favorite prospect is coming to the big leagues
56:03 Mike Leake's petty crime as an entry point to a makeup discussion
1:05:51 Lets talk about the Dodgers even though we don't know anything
1:07:45 Special Guest: Clayton Hamilton, RHP, Yokahoma BayStars
2:03:47 Music Guest: WAXEATER
2:05:19 What Are You Drinking?
2:08:22 Mental Status Updates: Fullbright scholarships and writer's block
2:20:57 That Just Happened: I might be on stage
2:24:23 The Week Ahead and dealing with commenters
0:00 Intro and Agenda Review
4:10 Housekeeping: Email us! Follow us on Twitter! We got a Facebook Group!
5:36 Email Time!
33:34 Hot and cold starts: Can we get excited yet?
39:26 Josh Hamilton's shoulder and the post-injury blame game
46:57 Sam Fuld is a totally awesome dude so enjoy it while you can
52:51 Early impressions on some big prospect performances
1:10:34 Special Guest: Mike Curto, broadcast voice of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers
1:41:16 Listener Of The Week: Derek . . . The Hawk Trap Guy
2:00:49 Musical Guest: Cartographer
2:02:05 What Are You Drinking (includes live tasting)
2:07:59 Pop Culture Moment: Taxi Driver on Blu-Ray (includes more drinking talk)
2:14:40 Wrapping up and the week ahead
0:00 Let's go over today's agenda
4:21 Housekeeping: Email us, do the Twitter thing, and some updates on past guest
37:58 Major League baseball has started and nothing means nothing yet
39:12 Adventures in Kansas City: The Royals Futures Game
53:59 Minor League Preview: debuts to watch
1:00:45 Minor League Preview: Picking breakout players
1:16:09 Minor League Preview: Plans for the year
1:20:35 Special Guest: Oakland Athletics farm director Keith Lieppman
1:47:11 Musical Guest: Shellac
1:49:27 What Are You Drinking?
1:50:39 Pop Culture Moment: The Parking Lot Movie and Exit Through The Gift Shop
2:03:06 Cooking With The Professor: Oklahoma Joe's
2:07:28 The week ahead and wrapping things up
0:00 Jason's sick and we review the agenda
3:34 Housekeeping: Keep the emails coming, follow us on Twitter, you know the drill
4:26 Fund raising update: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/UpandIn/up-and-in-for-doctors-without-borders
7:10 Email Time
38:25 Predicting the 2011 season: Division by division
1:09:36 Listener Of The Week: Diane Firstman (@dianagram) on the world of competitive Scrabble
1:26:02 Musical Guest: Exene Cervenka
1:27:45 Lamest What Are You Drinking EVER
1:29:30 A new segment called This Just Happened: Cats, scripts and Jeff Juden
1:34:55 The week ahead: Jason escapes Arizona; Kevin gets ready for TV stuff and Kansas City
0:00 Welcome, here's what we're going to do
3:29 Housekeeping, here's how you get a hold of us
5:07 Listener of the week, Tim Carvin on our Predict The Season fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders
15:00 Email, here's where we answer your questions
50:52 Does anyone play defense anymore?
1:02:13 What Jason's seeing in Arizona (Royals, Indians, and Mariners, oh my!)
1:21:45 Special Guest: Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game
1:43:07 Musical Guest: The Customary Silence
1:43:58 What are you drinking? (Worst WAYD segment ever?)
1:46:07 Pop Culture Moment: Public Enemy, Sonic Youth, and the riot that never was?
1:53:48 Cooking With The Professor: Italian Gravy and Bacon Sundaes
1:57:57 The Week Ahead and good-bye
0:00 Intro, Agenda Review (We're Back)
3:20 Housekeeping: Email, Twitter, Facebook and all that stuff
29:27 Chuck Greenberg and the Rangers
36:21 Early 2011 Draft talk and Jason's look at Gerrit Cole
57:00 The Yankees, Manny Banuelos, and hype vs. logic
1:07:53 Special Guest Adam Rubin of ESPN NY on the mess that is the Mets
1:25:20 A modest proposal on how your fantasy league can help Japan
1:27:00 Musical Guest: IfIHadAHiFi
1:28:15 What Are You Drinking with bonus iPad and Walmart tales
1:35:08 The week ahead, but also more beverages
0:00 Welcome, agenda review
2:52 Housekeeping: Email us, follow us on twitter, all that jazz
31:38 Not fun times in St. Louis
35:05 Breaking down the final Top 11: The Philadelphia Phillies
39:25 The Top 101 Prospects and Organizational Rankings
45:13 Jason's tales from Arizona
56:29 Special Guest Keith Law of ESPN on our respective Top prospect lists
1:38:14: Listener Of The Week: Aaron Tassano, International Scout, Chicago Cubs
1:58:38 Musical Guest: The Gary
2:00:18 What Are You Drinking? (includes bonus house hunting and video game stories)
2:12:29 The Week Ahead (includes bonus Skype-bomb of Steven Goldman)
0:00 Intro, Agenda Review, Weather Report
3:57 Housekeeping: Email, Twitter, Facebook, Books, Websites, It's busy!
47:58 Baseball has started, so there's nothing to talk about
52:53 Breaking down the New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects
1:07:17 Breaking down the Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
1:25:16 Special Guest Cory Schwartz (@schwartzstops), Director of Stats, MLBAM
1:52:29 Listener Of The Week: Lincoln Mitchell (@LincolnMitchell), Associate at Columbia University's Harriman Institute
2:12:04 How YOU can be our listener of the week
2:12:54 Musical Guest: Phantom Works
2:14:55 What are you drinking?
2:18:46 The writing, and the traveling ahead
0:00 Intro, Agenda Review, Weather Report
3:24 Housekeeping: Email us, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook group, all that stuff
47:43 Pitchers and catchers report: what can you learn in spring training
55:34 Soap opera of the week: The complexity of the Albert Pujols situation
1:13:21 Breaking down the Giants Top 11 prospects
1:21:58 Breaking down the Twins Top 11 prospects
1:31:45 A brief preview of the Yankees list
1:33:53 Special Guest Emma Span on the grimy little corner of baseball that is fan fiction
1:45:58 Pop Culture Moment with special guest Brad Shoemaker of Giant Bomb
2:16:31 Musical Guest: Fast Product
2:17:34 What are you drinking? (includes bonus car purchase)
2:25:21 The week ahead, secret documents and more Dee Gordon talk
0:00 Intro, agenda review
4:14 Housekeeping: email, twitter, facebook, teasing the book tour
42:52 Michael Young is not happy (so what do we do about it?)
1:05:30 Breaking down the Reds Top 11 prospect list
1:16:25 Breaking down the Braves Top 11 prospect list
1:28:50 Breaking down Jason's breaking down of Rangers prospects
1:42:30 Pop Culture Moment with ultra-special guest Steve Albini
2:17:31 Kevin gets emotional about the Chicago punk scene
2:21:17 Music Guest: Steve Albini's three-headed monster of bands
2:25:28 What are you drinking? (includes tales of Four Loko)
2:36:20 The week to come
0:00 Intro, agenda review, snow update
3:22 Email, Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, all that crazy stuff
41:34 Ramirez and Damon in Tampa
44:30 Crazy Chuck Greenberg takes on the Yankees (act like you've been there before)
49:12 Breaking down the Boston Red Sox Top 11 prospects
56:50 Breaking down the San Diego Padres Top 11 prospects
1:05:26 Let's talk about Rangers prospects even though the list isn't out yet
1:19:37 Jason's first BP article
1:25:55 Special Guest: Carlos Lujo (ESPN Deportes) previewing the Serie del Caribe
1:42:55 Pop Culture Moment with Brendan McFadden (producer) and Aaron Katz (director) 2:10:54 Music Guest: My Canadian Girlfriend
2:12:29 What Are You Drinking? (includes bonus blizzard update!)
2:16:20 SABR Day wrap-up (our listeners are the best humans ever)
2:27:58 The week ahead (Jason's court appearance)
0:00 Intro, Agenda Review, how to drink with us on Saturday night
5:14 Housekeeping: Email us, follow us on Twitter, all that kind of stuff
47:37 Trying to understand what the Angels did this week (and failing)
54:58 What Mike Napoli in Texas means for the Rangers
1:06:14 St. Louis Cardinals Top 11 Prospects rundown
1:12:17 Chicago White Sox Top 11 Prospects rundown
1:24:39 Special Guest John Coppolella, Director of Baseball Administration, Atlanta Braves
2:02:23 Special Guest Joe Hamrahi on Saturday's SABR day in NYC
2:11:34 Musical Guest: Village
2:14:14 What Are You Drinking
2:19:11 The week ahead
0:00 Intro: Jason's back
2:50 Housekeeping: Email, twitter, Facebook group, iTunes, all that jazz
45:10 Arbitration fun with Josh Hamilton
55:03 The curious case of the Rafael Soriano deal
1:01:33 Oakland Athletics Top 11 in Review
1:11:12 Detroit Tigers Top 11 in Review
1:15:21 Colorado Rockies Top 11 in Review
1:22:22 Toronto Blue Jays Top 11 in Review
1:33:11 Preview of upcoming Top 11s
1:35:55 Musical Guest: The Uncertain Sea
1:36:51 What Are You Drinking
1:41:31 Jason's brush with death
1:48:27 Researching StarCraft in Korea
0:00 Intro, intro of Steve, Jason has SARS, intro of agenda
5:58 Housekeeping: Email, twitter, Facebook group, iTunes, all that jazz
6:58 Steven's moral quandary and tales of ruined interviews
50:02 Details on the Christina Taylor Green memorial fund
51:09 HOF voting, steroids, and how cheating was treated nearly 100 years ago
58:21 A rant about the reaction to the Kyle Farnsworth signing
1:06:03 Adventures in getting a press pass
1:07:54 The uniqueness of Trevor Hoffman (and what are closers really worth?)
1:20:44 Special Guest: Alex Hinshaw, LHP, San Francisco Giants
1:42:50 Special Pop Culture Guest: Independent filmmaker Lucas McNelly
1:59:36 Musical Guest: Byrds of Paradise
2:00:49 What are you drinking?
2:07:28 Steven's mental state and wrapping up Baseball Prospectus 2011
0:00 Intro, Agenda Review, scripted jokes
3:30 Housekeeping: Email us, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook group
5:24 Emails and communications
37:12 Dodgers Top Prospects Review
47:28 Angels Top Prospects Review
1:04:47 What the Adrian Beltre signing means for the Rangers and the Angels
1:19:12 Special Guest Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame
1:59:44 Special Guest Mike Ferrin from MLB Network Radio on XM/Sirius
2:18:40 Musical guest: Kowloon Walled City
2:20:26 What Are You Drinking?
2:22:50 Mental state issues
2:23:40 What we did for New Year's (or what we cooked)
2:25:51 Tales of sticky drinks
0:00 Intro, Agenda Review and Oney Guillen's tweets
3:33 Housekeeping: Email us, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook group
4:23 Listener Mail!
47:04 Big names still on the free agent market
1:02:18 The process of compiling the Top 101 prospects list
1:12:16 Bert Blyleven and the HOF: A Rant
1:26:42 Special Guest: Rocco DeMaro on the ruthless world of baseball on the radio
1:48:38 Music Guest: Girlfriends
1:50:10 What Are You Drinking and tales of Mimosa Joseph
1:55:01 Holiday revue and blizzard update
After breaking down the trade on a baseball level, we go to the source as we are joined by Jim Breen of Bernie's Crew, who broke the story of the Greike trade, about his wild weekend. Later, we are joined by all-around Dominican media guy Rafael Bello, who helps us respond to a listener email about traveling to the Dominican to watch baseball, and of course, we also talk about the mambo. From there, more goofy stuff with concept albums about yetis, holiday plans and a special announcement at the end.
Back from Orlando, it's time to wrap up the winter meetings as after going through some widely varying email, Jason and I spend more than half an hour dissecting the utter insanity that was a Monday night that ended with Cliff Lee's shocking signing with the Phillies. From flight trackers to mystery teams to where the Yankees and Rangers go from here, we cover every angle. After a quick diversion into prospects, and a debate on if a tiny second baseman can get to the big leagues, Amanda Rykoff of espnW joins us to talk about her first winter meetings experience, as well as her involvement with the lastest venture from those folks in Bristol. Then it's the usual wackiness, same tales from our trip and the best closing song in the history of the podcast, as The Bismark delivers their tribute to the words of Curt Flood.
Kevin and Jason bring a mini-podcast with a post-midnight recap of their first day of the winter meetings from Orlando, Florida. Details include all the news from over the weekend (not much happened today), all the chatter in the lobby, tales from Jason's hotel and some, but not all of the usual goofiness.
It's a very special episode (but aren't they all?) as we preview the upcoming winter meetings. After making our own predictions for some of the most interesting free agency cases, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated and MLB Network joins us to discuss all the latest rumors, as well as how Twitter has affected his job as well as the life of a rumor guy. From there, we talk to Robert Ford, host of the pre- and post-games shows on the Royals flagship about the winter meetings where he got his entry into broadcasting. From there, things get goofy as we discuss the documentary Cropsey, as well as our own urban legends.
It's a special Thanksgiving episode as Jason and I take plenty of listener email and then talk about award voting and the intrigue of the Derek Jeter negotiations with the Yankees. Then we get prospect heavy with a discussion of the recently released Royals and Nationals Top 11s and a side argument on Strasburg vs. Harper. Then we stay Royals-heavy with special guest Rany Jazayerli on the future of the team and the rumors surrounding a potential Zack Greinke deal. Then, what's a holiday without family, so my mother makes a special return to discuss Thanksgiving while doling out advice on how to cook turkey to go with an extended discussion on Jason's social calendar. Then it's the usual with what we are drinking, more cooking, and Jason's mental state. Happy holidays everyone.
Why just rage about the Rookie of the Year vote when you can go to the source? In this episode, Dejan Kovacevic, who submitted a National League ballot sans Jason Heyward, joins us to discuss his ballot, his way of seeing things, and accusations of homer-ism. Then, we continue our tour of the off-season leagues with Marcos Grunfeld in Caracas, who talks about the league there and how major league baseball is followed in Venezuela. When just myself and a very ill Jason are talking, we ready plenty of your email, talk about some recent trades, trade rumors and trade reactions, and finish up with an in-depth discussion of Sumo, my new second favorite sport.
Not much going on in the baseball world, but that doesn't mean we can't talk for two hours anyway. In this episode, we delve deeper into our mailbag for talking points before discussing the American League Gold Glove awards (and the reaction) and the recently posted Top 11 Prospects lists for the Pirates and Mariners. Then minor league veteran Scot Drucker becomes the first professional baseball player to guest on the podcast, joining us from Santo Domingo to discuss playing winter ball and being a minor league free agent. Yet another new Not Manager makes his debut with Not Clint Hurdle, we make a couple of book recommendations, and then we say goodbye for the week.
The World Series ends, yet the podcast just keeps on chugging along. In this episode, Jason and I discuss the World Series, and more importantly, talk about the potential futures of the two participants, with a special eye on what the next few years might hold for Josh Hamilton. Then we talk about baseball that's still being played, with an eye towards the Arizona Fall League and in-depth discussions of six of our favorite (for one reason or another) players there. After a two week hiatus, our Not manager returns as Not Ron Washington talks about the World Series and then in the first time in podcast history, our musical guest actually joins the podcast with a special appearance by Rob Warmowski of The Defoliants, who amongst things, now blogs about baseball over at Can't Stop The Bleeding. Then it's the usual end-game stuff with what we're drinking and an update on our mental states. As always, we hope you enjoy.
You want a World Series preview? You got it. After going through our email and getting into a serious, heavy discussion on Josh Hamilton and how we choose our heroes, Jason and I break down the Rangers/Giants matchup by position while making our series picks and MVP predictions. Then Jon Morosi, national writer with Fox Sports joins us for his take while also making his own predictions and getting into a fascination talk about the future of the beat writer. Following that, it's the best eight minutes in the history of the podcast, as my mother joins us to make her picks and talk about cookies and tornadoes. Irony of all ironies? My mother is her basement as opposed to vice versa. Then it's the usual wackiness with Roy Blakely of kotowari.org joining us to talk Fallout: New Vegas, so cooking talk, and Jason's new cat.
Here's what happened. As we warned you, this episode would be a couple of days late, and with a big World Series Preview coming in just four days, we decided to go light, with a guest free episode that would just feature some playoff talk and a quick film discussion. Of course, it ended up being two hours anyway, as we get in-depth on the playoffs, share some tales from New York and get into an intense argument about Elvis Andrus' ability to become a media star. Lesson learned: With Jason and I, nothing is quick.
It's playoff time, so Jason and I discuss when going with your ace on three days rest is a good thing, Saturday night's pitching match-up, and a change in the way we watch baseball. Then special guest Rob Neyer of ESPN stops by to chime on the playoffs with some interesting tangents here and there on how teams have gotten smarter. For Pop Culture Moment, writer Joel Stein (Time Magazine) comes on to talk about the book he's working on and how part of the research involved getting a baseball lesson from former All-Star Shawn Green. Then it's the usual goofiness as Jason pilfers a beverage.
It's our special Post-Season Podcast. After last week's nearly three-hour rock opera, we got down to a more reasonable length despite a podcast record six guests. Following a brief dissertation on the would of baseball broadcasting, a slew of fine folks from the Baseball Prospectus family join us to preview each of the four first-round playoff series, and then Jason and I make our own picks for winner and players to watch out for. After well over an hour of hardcore baseball talks, the funny begins as actor/comedian/write Ike Barinholtz (you might know him best from Mad TV) joins us for Pop Culture Moment to talk about, well a lot of things, from growing up a Cubs fan to the new hipster trend of retro NBA jerseys. It's damn funny stuff. Then the usual goofiness continues with what are you drinking and an 'almost' story from Jason's wedding that can not be missed.
We just got away from ourselves and the next thing you know, it's almost three hours long. That said, it's a baseball-heavy episode as we talk about the race for the final playoff spots, pick our 2011 breakout prospects, and then argue with an emotional Jonah Keri (listen for him banging on his desk) about the future of baseball in Tampa and David Price's twitter habits. As if that's not enough, our special guest is Mark Newman, Senior VP of Baseball Operations for the New York Yankees. Mark goes into detail about several Yankee prospects, tells a joke about Boing! And even breaks out a few George Steinbrenner stories in what is a must-listen interview. From there, the wackiness finally begins as Jason and I have a long discussion about the art work of Henry Darger, cook several recipes sent in by listeners, and even find the time to debate Benny Agbayani's hat size.
C. Trent Rosencrans of CBS Sports joins us to discuss the 2010 Cincinnati Reds, Jay Jaffe joins us to talk about the 40th anniversary of Ball Four, and when we are guest-free, we talk about potential managerial changes, prospect disappointments, along with plenty of tangents revolving around El Topo, teenage Rangers shortstops, Conner Crumbliss and the sounds vehicles make .
In this weeks episode, Jason and I talk about why nobody should care about players buying Halo Reach at midnight, how the Mariners have hurt King Felix' Cy Young chances, while also starting our minor league wrap-up with our selection of this year's breakout prospects. Our special guest this week is Jorge Arangure of ESPN who joins us to talk about the book his writing about Latin American baseball as well as what is wrong (and what might not be so wrong) with the signing processes of various countries. It's a fascinating discussion that we're sure you'll enjoy. Of course at the end, all the usual wackiness you expect with Not Jim Tracy, What Are You Drinking and lots of food talk. As always, we hope you enjoy.
In this weeks episode, Jason and I talk about struggling first place teams, what the Reds should do with Aroldis Chapman, and the pickle the Mariners have put themselves in by acquiring relieve Josh Lueke. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch then joins us for a fascinating, in-depth discussion of the Tony LaRussa/Colby Rasmus situation and the general state of the struggling Cardinals. For Pop Culture Moment, we are joined by Henry Owings of Chunklet to discuss their new book and how you can help, plus all the usual wackiness you've come to expect .
In this weeks episode, we have two special guests, as Joe Sheehan joins us to talk about Jose Bautista and the deeper issue of the media and how they react to breakout seasons, while our own Shawn Hoffman comes on later to explain last week's financial statements leak. Plus, the usual shenanigans with talk about Stephen Strasburg's elbow, Aroldis Chapman's velocity, the long-running reality show COPS, more Mexican beverage talk, and all your favorite features.
Ken Davidoff of Newsday then joins us to discuss the Roger Clemensindictment and his nightly record predictions. Then we wrap it all up with recipes, Bob Uecker, and the usually wackiness. As usual, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do in putting it together.
Jim Callis of Baseball America joins us to talk about Monday's draft signing deadline and the future of the draft itself. Also, what minor league numbers do and do not mean, Kevin's adventures in morning television, and we cook a recipe from a listener.
Oakland Athletics Asst. GM David Forst joins us for a candid talk about making trades, helping Latin American players acclimate, and how he got into the business. Plus, Arcade Fire ruining music, why people hate A-Rod and much, much more.
Jason and Kevin return from a slight delay and talk about All-Star week (weak), Special guest Steven Goldman discusses the legacy of the late George Steinbrenner, plus recent trades, recipe corner and Jason is getting a PS3..
Two guests from Baseball Prospectus join us as Marc Normandin explains the Padres to us, while Colin Wyers talks about what is wrong with the new defensive statistics. Plus, a look at post-modern fiction and Not Jim Tracy on big comebacks.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN joins us to talk about the dynamic of the trade deadline in the modern age. Plus: Ediwn Jackson's no-no, Top prospects still in the minors, this week's dugout blowups and a long discussion on film.