The Productive Outs PRODcast
 

PODCAST BUSINESS

MUSICAL GUEST

THE EMAILS

BASEBALL THINGS

  • The Reds shitcanned Bryan Price … he just needed more time
  • Brandon Belt’s crazy AB lasted 13 minutes!! Meanwhile Johnny Cueto has a .35 ERA
  • Sean Manaea no-hit the best lineup in baseball
  • Giancarlo Stanton slash line update: .185/.283/.395
  • What the hell is wrong with the Angels (excluding Mike Trout)?
  • There’s a new addition of The Effort Police – Justin Verlander

Minor League Names Team of the Week - Dayton Dragons

  1. Wendolyn Bautista
  2. Packy Naughton
  3. Sarkis Otanian
  4. Ryan Nutof
  5. Mac Sceroler
  6. Hendrik Clementina
  7. Mark Kolozsvary
  8. Morgan Lofstrom
  9. Jeter Downs
  10. Narciso Crook

THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS:

Alan Knicely

Separated at birth?

Direct download: ep131.mp3
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PODCAST BUSINESS

MUSICAL GUEST

  • Wye Oak. “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs,” came out on April 6 on Merge.
  • Stream it on Spotify
  • Purchase it from Bandcamp or Merge Records

HUMAN GUEST

Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, founder of McCovey Chronicles. Read Grant Land every Monday.

BASEBALL THINGS

  • Baseball games getting snowed out in mid-April. Seems fine.
  • Basebrawls! Donnybrooks! Fisticuffs!
  • Our large adult sons are marvelous and we celebrate them: Bart & Vogey
  • Ohtani still good. That’s all.
  • What in the fresh hell are the Mets doing and when will they Mets?
  • The standings, in general, are wild! Enjoy the small sample size weirdness while you may. 
  • Puerto Rico series starts tomorrow: much of the island still doesn’t have functional infrastructure, but we’re sending them the Clevelands and the Twins? What the hell?
  • How the shit does Chris Russo still have a job?

Minor League Names Team of the Week: Lancaster JetHawks 

Strong SEC names on this team, plus a famous rock star guitarist (sort of). 

THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS:

Johnnie LeMaster!

 

Direct download: ep130.mp3
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Hellos & Housekeepings

Hi! 

The Music

This episode is dedicated to the memory of our friend Caleb Scofield. He made amazing music and we were lucky to have him in our lives. 

If you can, please give something is his memory at https://www.youcaring.com/jenscofield-1149130

The bumper music from this episode is:

Rest easy, Caleb. 

Emails!

From Canada and elsewhere.

The Baseball Things

  • We introduce the BAD BROADCASTER BRACKET! Email or tweet us feedback. 
  • We attempt to name the Marlins starting and the Padres starting rotation. It does not go well
  • Shohei: the best.
  • Stanton’s rough start in NY.
  • Let us take a moment to celebrate our new hero, Kazuhisa Makita
  • Minor League names team of the week: The San Jose Giants

The Old School Player of the Week Is...

Dwight Vern Bernard

Direct download: ep129.mp3
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After a completely unplanned and unnecessary two-year hiatus we have returned to fill your ears with our special brand of baseball and music-related audio garbage. You’re very welcome.

BIG NEWZ: WE HAVE A PATREON NOW

Please check it out and donate if you are able! Thanks and we love you. 

https://www.patreon.com/productiveouts

Now... on to the show!

HELLO. 

Wherein we attempt to update you on what happened over the last two years and make sense of the crazy new hell world in which we find ourselves. Baseball helps. 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

This is a bit self-serving, but we're really proud of "Strangled Light," the Less Art album. Listen to and purchase the record on Bandcamp, or wherever you consume your music. 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

 

We've got:

  • Terrible predictions!
  • Weirdest off-season signings!
  • Ohtani Mania!
  • (Oh god I can't believe we're still talking about) Brian Dozier!
  • The Astros 4-man outfield! 

and...

  • Gabe Kapler the musclebound manager

A BRIEF CHAT WITH:

David J. Roth, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest living coin magicians.

and finally...

THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Doug Gwosdz, Padres

Direct download: ep128.mp3
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PRODcast 127: We'll Figure Out a Title Later

Hello! It is we, the based ball mens. We made sound thing for you! It unfold like this:

- The Open, where we are a total mess.

- The Musical Guest: PUP. Buy "The Dream Is Over" here; stream in on Spotify here.

- The Email o’ the Week: Ritchie (@ritchieage) wonders if we actually need to be told that dinged dongs are going "back" before they are "gone." 

- The Baseball Things:

  • We discuss the HR Derby at painstaking length
  • We discuss the All-Star Game a little 
  • We also inveigh about destroying young pitchers' arms and laud the new high-school pitch count rules  
  • Game time: Riley & Ian attempt to name the starting 9 for the BARVES & TWINT (respectfully borrowed from Andy & Pedro’s podcast, Sportswriter’s Blues)

- The Old School Player o’ the Week is:

 

RANDY "JUNKMAN" JONES

“Junkman” earned the nickname because of his filthy sinker, not his literal junk. He’s the proud owner of some plus #DADLAP, plus #DADHAT (when he actually wore one) and some elite locks that fall somewhere between Richard Simmons merm and Phil Spector’s beehive.

Jones was born in Fullerton and went to Chapman University, was a 5th round selection of the Padres in 1972, made his big league debut in 1973, was a 20-game winner and All-Star in 1975, a 22-game winner, All-Star and CY Young Award winner in 1976, and fell off a cliff (not literally) quickly thereafter. That was due in large part to the Padres being exceedingly shitty from 1976 to 1980 (and beyond). He had a 2.24 ERA (3.23 FIP) in ‘75, and won 22 games and pitched 25 complete games in ‘76. Jones was traded to the Mets in 1981 and no longer a MLB player by 1983.

After his playing career he coached young players (Barry Zito being the most prominent), opened a couple restaurants, started a catering company – Randy Jones Buckboard Catering – and has his own BBQ sauce.

Direct download: PRODcast_127.mp3
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PRODcast 126: One Every Three Months, Whether You Need It or Not

Whoa, we're back! For now. Here's what happen(s)(ed):

- The show open, with Not Jose Mota!

- The Musical Guest: The Drones. Buy "Feelin' Kinda Free" here

- The Email of the Week: Which players should have dreadlocks? 

- The Baseball Things:

  • The All-Star Game rosters
  • Midseason review
  • Zack Hample and Marlins Man shold both delete their accounts
  • Bring back Gorilla Ball
  • Big Papi can't actually retire now
  • Stop beating up and sexually assaulting women, goddammit. 

- The Old School Player of the Week is:

HENRY CRUZ.

Henry Acosta Cruz was outfielder and pinch hitter for the Dodgers and White Sox from 1975 to 1978. In 310 career ABs, Cruz hit .229 w/ 8 HR and 34 RBI, which explains why his MLB career was so short lived. Following his glory days, he spent 4 years in the Mexican league, 10 years and a scout for the Indians, and (according to Wikipedia) he is currently the director of the Dodgers’ baseball academy in the Dominican.


During his playing days, Cruz looked like he was a part of the witness protection program, donning a thick mustache, 70-grade lambchop sideburns, 70-grade tinted #dadglasses, and a 60-grade #dadhat.

 

Direct download: PRODcast_126.mp3
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PRODcast 125: How Hard Is It to Slide into a Base?

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 Open. 

The Musical Guest: Close the Hatch. Buy "Death & Resistance" here

The Email o' the Week: Zak writes in to discuss baseball and music. 

The Baseball Things. 

  • How hard is it to slide into a base? How much harder than that is it to stay on said base? Come on, guys. 
  • Who the fuck is Trevor Story?
  • Robertson Canoe’s hot stort
  • Halos be shifting like crazy – a not-so subtle fuck you to Jerry Dipoto?
  • O’s off to a hot start, TWINT & BARVES not so much

The Old School Player of the Week is:

STEVE SHARTS. 

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). 

Direct download: PRODcast_125.mp3
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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 Things

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

  • A full season of Correa, Bryant, Buxton,
  • The Mets rotation
  • If Jered Weaver can crack 80MPH
  • More Mike Trout
  • Hot dog Twitter, Wrestling twitter, Twitter in general
  • MLB.tv ads
  • This season’s installation of Unwritten Rules enforcement

 

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.

Direct download: PRODcast_124.mp3
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PRODcast 123: The Year-End Episode

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

(3:21-7:30) The Musical Guest: LOMA PRIETA. Buy "Self-Portrait" here.

(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

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.


Reitz belongs in the DADHAT Hall of Fame, despite evading everyone’s DADHAT radar up to this point. His mustache is pure 70s porn, and his hairdo is best described as a man sitting in a barber’s chair holding a picture of a mushroom and telling his barber, “Make me look like that.”

Direct download: PRODcast_123_-_The_Year-End_Episode.mp3
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PRODcast 122: The Whirled Serious

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. 

(4:53-9:15) The musical guest: HEAT DUST. Buy "Heat Dust" here

(9:15-27:49) Emails from Canada’s best inbox-stuffers

(28:25-45:12) The baseball things

  • The World Series is upon us, and the Royals are rolling
  • Ruben Amaro is now … a first base coach?
  • Scott Servais is now an MLB manager but has no experience
  • Bud Black is one again and has lots

(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:

Lynn Jones

 

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).

He also looks like Chris Freeman from Manchester Orchestra, and Thorny from Super Troopers.

Direct download: PRODcast_122_-_The_Whirled_Serious.mp3
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