Mon, 11 April 2016
Welcome to the second episode of the new leaner, meaner, and more in-betweener Productive Outs PRODcast. Here's what's in store for ye:
The Email o' the Week: Zak writes in to discuss baseball and music.
The Baseball Things.
The Old School Player of the Week is:
This is a deeeeep cut. Sharts, whose name is a sentence, never played in the big leagues, but spent six years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization as a middling left-handed reliever between 1985 and 1990. He spent two years at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre, and posted decent numbers, but never got the call … which is probably a good thing because and announcer saying “Steve Sharts on the mound for the Phillies” would have broken the Internet before the Internet even existed.
He also looks an awful lot like Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley and Tom Kenny from Mr. Show (and Spongebob).
Tue, 5 April 2016
Hello, this is the new and (hopefully) improved PRODcast – an easy-to-digest nugget of baseball and music that should pass through your system without causing bloating, headaches and/or abdominal discomfort. It’s like the All-Bran of podcasts.
Musical Guest: WHITE DENIM. Buy it here.
Email from an Internet Superhero
BASEBALL IS BACK! (Have you heard of it?)
Our picks to win each division + wild card teams
Things we’re excited about/not excited about seeing this season
Old School Player of the Week: Tito Fuentes
Fuentes spent 13 seasons in the bigs as a 2B, SS, 3B with the Giants, Padres, Tigers and A’s, and posted a career OPS+ of 82 and batting average of .268. And while his sub-replacement level play is a fine reason to pick him as the OSPOTW, it’s not the real reason we picked him. We picked him because he is both a card carrying member of the “windbreaker underneath the uniform” club, and the founder of the why the fuck are you wearing a headband?” Club. Sometimes he wears the headband under his hat, sometimes it’s over the hat, sometimes it’s just a solid color band, sometimes he writes TITO in sharpie on the headband. It’s curious, confusing, and mostly dumb.
Thu, 12 November 2015
This is it! The last show of 2015. Thanks for hanging out with us this season. Y'all made it fun. And weird.
(0:00-3:21) The Open
(8:03-25:27) Emails from the Internet's True Heroes
(26:07-1:03:44) The Human Guest: Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star talks Gordo, Locain, Yost, and indie rock (?)
(1:04:17-1:19:49) Some baseball things that happened today, who cares
(1:20:30-1:27:25) The final Old School Player of the Week of 2015 is...
Ken Reitz, who was nicknamed “Zamboni” because he scooped up grounders on Busch Stadium’s artificial turf, spent 11 years in the bigs (he gets a MLB pension!) as a third baseman with the Cards (twice), Cubes, Giants and Pirates. In those 11 years, while playing a position dominated by quality offensive player, he hit .260, with an abysmal .290 OBP, and .359 slugging. (That’s a .649 OPS if you’re keeping score at home and aren’t good at maths.) Reitz won a gold glove in 1975, and was an All-Star in 1980 despite posting a -0.7 bWAR that year. WAR was not a friend of Ken’s, as he finished his career with whopping -3.2 wins above replacement.
A #FUNFACT from Wikipedia: Reitz was not known for his base running speed. This is reflected in one dubious Major League record. Reitz holds the record for most career plate appearances (5079) among non-catchers who finished their careers with fewer walks than times he grounded into a double play.
That explains that anemic OBP, I suppose.
Wed, 28 October 2015
This is the last show of the actual season, as we'll take next week off to mourn the profound loss of baseball and play some rock shows. Back in 2 weeks though!
(0:00-4:21) The open, where we tell you what's in store and commiserate about our intern situation.
(9:15-27:49) Emails from Canada’s best inbox-stuffers
(28:25-45:12) The baseball things
(45:45-51:05 ) Musical advice: How do you practice playing the drums when you ain't got no drums?
(51:05-56:34) This week's Old School Player of the Week is:
I had to go with a Royals player this week, and while Buddy Biancalana, Steve Balboni or Pete LaCock would have been a better (and more obvious) choice, I decided to go with the lesser-known Lynn Jones. Jones spent eight years in the bigs between 1979 and 1986, and won a ring with the Royals in ‘85 as a 32-year-old extremely shitty outfielder. (He had a 44 OPS+ that season.) In those eight years and almost 1000 ABs, Jones hit seven bombs, drove in 91 runs, slugged .321, and posted a -2.2 bWAR. Looking at his pics, you’d have to think that they kept him around solely because of his 80-grade DADGLASSES. (He might be crosseyed, which would explain a lot.)
After his playing career ended, Jones went on to coach in both the minors and majors, most recently in 2004 & 2005 with the Red Sox (dude’s got two rings!), and is now a coach at his alma mater, Thiel College (which may or may not be a real school).
Thu, 22 October 2015
It's almost the Whirled Serious and we are MURPHING so hard rn.
(0:00-6:00) The open, where we give you the show rundown and the latest on the OLiver saga.
(10:18-21:50) Emails from the Internet’s Best Typists
(22:24-48:33) The human guest: David Roth of Vice Sports
(49:20-1:18:35) The baseball things
(1:19:07-1:25:31) This week's Old School Player of the Week is:
Rick Sweet, who was taken in the 3rd round of the 1975 MLB draft, spent three years in the bigs as a catcher for the Padres, Mets and Mariners. In 272 career games, he hit .234 with 6 HR and 57 RBI, a .584 OPS and a 63 OPS, which was good for a -0.1 bWAR. He’s been a minor league manager for many years, most recently as the skipper for the Nashville Sounds in 2014 & 2015 (the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers).
Direct download: PRODcast_121_-_WE_ARE_MURPHING_SO_HARD_RIGHT_NOW.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm PDT
Wed, 14 October 2015
Can you even after today's Jays-Rangers game? We can't! But we try. Because we must.
(0:00-7:08) The Open
(11:00-29:10) The Emails
(29:38-46:18) The Human Guest: Mauricio Rubio of Baseball Prospectus and BPWrigleyville
(46:50-1:02:40) The Baseball Things:
(1:02:40-1:08:21) The Old School Player of the Week is:
a suggestion of Erick B - @ebenSF on Twitter, I went with Rafael Ramirez. He has a 60 FRO, 60 CREEPSTACHE, 60-65 DADHAT, a 70 DADLAP, and looks either completely terrified or totally confused in most photos I’ve found of him.
Ramirez spent 13 years in the bigs with the BARVES and Astros primarily as a SS, finished with negative WAR in six of those 13 seasons, and somehow finished 16th in the NL MVP vote after posting a 7 HR, 58 RBI season with a .705 OPS and 2.1 WAR. And he was an All-Star in 1984 even though he finished that season with 2 HR, 48 RBI and a .621 OPS. His Wikipedia page notes that he lead the league in double plays for four straight years (which is great because that’s not a stat that matters at all). He was basically a worse Neifi Perez with better hair and a much more interesting face.
Thu, 8 October 2015
(0:00-3:00) The open!
(13:20-29:00) Emails from the Internet
(29:35-52:00) The Baseballs: Playoffs, Personnel Changes, and Other Sundries
(53:00-1:0:00) Old School Player of the Week:
Not to be confused with the country singer and actor of the same name.
80 Creepstache, 70 Deathgaze, 60 Merm/Mullet, 60 DADHAT (during the Phillies years, it looks like he kept his hat in the trunk of his car or stuffed between the cushions on his sofa)
If you stare into Jerry Reed’s dead eyes for long enough you will begin to feel your soul crater. Early in his career, he had a strong “Creepy Uncle” vibe, but developed a strong 80s cop/extra on the show “CHiPs” look towards the end of it.
Reed pitched in parts of nine seasons with the Phillies, Indians, Mariners and Red Sox from 1981 to 1990, appeared in 238 games (all but 12 in relief), and posted a 20-19 record with a 3.94 ERA, 4.15 FIP and a 1.354 WHIP and 18 saves.
Via Diamond Mines scouting report from 1988, he was described as a journeyman pitcher with mostly average stuff: 5 FB, 5 SL, 5 CH, 4 control. The perfect replacement-level arm.
Thu, 1 October 2015
Hello! We can no longer SPROTS. Can you too?
(0:00-4:55) The open, featuring our first ever sponsor: fandrool.com!
(4:55-7:05) Musical Guest: Chvrches. Buy Every Open Eye here.
(7:45- 24:15) Emails From The Internet
(25:00-52:52) The Baseballs - Playoffs, Unwritten Rules & Stuff
(53:32-1:00:40) Musical Advice From These Guys
Do I go down the route of just getting a guitar and teaching myself via YouTube videos, websites and books or do I get lessons?
I found a guy who sucked. Craig Skok.
Craig Skok has an 80 Name, 80 DADHAT, and 60 DADLAP, and is a card-carrying member of the windbreaker-under-the-uniform club. He spent a portion of four seasons in the major leagues as a left-handed reliever with the Red Sox, Rangers and Barves. Craig Skok was not very big, weighing in at 190, but his length appealed to scouts. Craig Skok is hard to accurately describe given his short time in majors. Craig Skok disappeared in 1977, when he was released didn’t play baseball at all. In 150 career innings, he went 4-7 with a 4.86 ERA.
And his middle name is Richard.
Wed, 9 September 2015
This week's episode is a short sharp shock to your Matt Harvey-fatigued brain. Get in, get out, get back to work.
(0:00-5:50) The open, and our musical guest: MICHAEL FREAKING McDONALD
(6:30-24:44) The emails
(25:13-42:48) The baseball things:
(42:35-49:27) THe old School Player of the Week Is:
This is the only known photo of Bob and his 70-grade DADHAT, DADGLASSES, STORKNECK, and PORNSTACHE. Bob was a lanky OF who played in 20 games for the Royals in 1980. In 26 career ABs he posted a .308 BA w/ two doubles, a bomb, seven RBI and a stolen base. And that was it. After spending 8 seasons in the minors, he sniffed the bigs for 20 games, played one more season at AAA Omaha in 1981 and hung ‘em up at age 26.
Wed, 12 August 2015
Welcome to the almost-all-email edition. If this show sucks, you have only yourselves to blame!
We'll probably take a haitus after this one, as real life is inflicting itself upon us. We hope to be back soon!
(0:00-3:15) The open
(7:10-27:20) Email segment 1
(28:05-57:36) Emails segment 2
(58:10-1:07:47) The baseball things:
(1:08:24-1:21:10) Musical advice
(1:21:10-1:27:20) And the Old School Player of the Week is:
Al Cowens grades out as follows: DADHAT, 70 AFRO, 60 DADLAP, 70 DADGLASSES
Born in Compton, he could pass for Humpty Hump from Digital Underground in a baseball uniform. He looks confused as hell in most photos which is probably due in large part to this …
Cowens was drafted in the 75th round of the 1969 MLB draft, but managed to play 13 seasons in the bigs with the Royals, Angels, Tigers and Mariners as a right fielder. He peaked with the Royals in 1977 at age 25, posting an .885 OPS, w/ 23 HR & 112 RBI, a bWAR of 5.3, a second place finish in the AL MVP voting and a Gold Glove. He never sniffed that kind of production again and died of a heart attack at age 50. Baseball and life are weird things.
A notable feud started between Cowens and Texas Rangers reliever Ed Farmer early in the 1979 season. In the May 8 game at Arlington Stadium, a Farmer pitch thrown in the top of the 5th inning fractured Cowens' jaw and broke several teeth; Cowens would miss 21 games. Farmer also hit Cowens' teammate Frank White in the same game and broke his wrist and caused him to miss 33 contests. The following year, in a game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on June 20‚ 1980‚ Cowens (now a Detroit Tiger) hit an infield grounder against Farmer (pitching for the White Sox). While Farmer watched his infielder make the play, Cowens ran to mound and tackled the pitcher from behind, instead of running to first base; getting in several punches before the benches cleared and the two were separated. Cowens was suspended for 7 games and a warrant was issued for his arrest in Illinois‚ forcing him to skip the remainder of the series. Later Farmer agreed to drop the charges in exchange for a handshake‚ and the 2 players brought out the lineup cards before the game on September 1. However, future appearances for Cowens in Chicago were greeted with a "Coward Cowens" banner.
Related: Ed Farmer seems like a dick.