The Productive Outs PRODcast

HELLO, SPROTS FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

 

MUSICAL GUEST: Beach House - 7

HUMAN GUEST: C Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • Robertson Canoe got popped for PEDs
  • Quick hits n' crazy shit: Hader’s Ks, Hicks’ 105 MPH cheddar, Rich Hill’s GD blister, Mookie Betts & Mike Trout are good?
  • The Rays are making people mad with “The Opener”
  • Juan Soto 
  • Lenny Dykstra

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK

Down East Wood Ducks (A - TEX)

 

 

  • Jacob Shortslef
  • Cole Wiper
  • Steven Bruce 
  • Kyle Cody 
  • Kaleb Fontenot 
  • CD Pelham 
  • Walter Weickel
  • Andretty Cordero 
  • Blaine Prescott 

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: PAUL REUSCHEL

Direct download: ep135.mp3
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HELLO.

Let's talk to it. 

MUSICAL GUEST: This Is the Kit. Moonshine Freeze is out now on Rough Trade. 

HUMAN GUEST: Andy McCullough (again). It worked this time!!

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • The Yanks & Red Sox are good, but is that good? 
  • Matt Harvey is a Red and the Wilpons are petty af 
  • Is Ohtani the best player in baseball? He has to be, right? 
  • We’re only 8 or 9 starts into the season, but there are some ungodly pitching stats this season - Scherzer, Verlander, Cole, Severino, … uh … Bart?
  • The White Sox won their 10th game yesterday, which fuckin' sucks

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Buies Creek Astros


OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Wee Harry Chappas ... and a twist. 

Direct download: ep134.mp3
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HELLO.

We were really excited to talk to Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times, but sadly the interview was not recorded. Apologies to Andy and also to you, because Andy was great and funny and oh god i want to crawl into a hole. Technology is the worst!!

HOUSEKEEPING

  • The Bad Broadcaster Bracket is over, and to absolutely nobody’s surprise, Hawk won easily. Send us you ideas for the Good Broadcaster Bracket!

MUSICAL GUEST: Pianos Become The Teeth.

“Wait For Love” came out on February 16th and it's excellent. Stream it on Spotify or buy it on Bandcamp.

BASEBALL THINGS

  • James Paxton had a decent week
  • Ichiro “retired”. All hail Ichiro.
  • Pujols got his 3000 hits, and now what? 
  • The BARVES are good and the O's are ...  not.
  • TANK-WATCH: Reds, Whysoggs, Orioles are all competing for the first overall pick.

Minor League Names Team of the Week - Lansing Lugnuts

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mario Mendoza

Mendoza was monumentally shitty, and we salute him.

Direct download: ep133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm PDT

HELLO

HOUSEKEEPING

BAD BROADCASTER BRACKET UPDATES


MUSICAL GUEST: Theo Katzman. "Heartbreak Hits" was one of Ian's favorite records of 2017. 

Stream it on Spotify.

Buy it on Bandcamp.

GUEST: Keith Law, ESPN

BASEBALL THINGS

  • PANDA PITCHED
  • Nick Kingham had a pretty good debut
  • Dave Roberts benched Cody Bellinger for lack of hustle. 

Minor League Names Team of the Week: Akron Rubber Ducks

  1. Argenis Angulo 
  2. Shane Bieber 
  3. Shao-Ching Chiang 
  4. Dace Kime 
  5. Leandro Linares 
  6. Matt Whitehouse
  7. Michael Peoples 
  8. Sicnarf Loopstok 
  9. Dorssys Paulino
  10. Ka'ai Tom 

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LOWELL PALMER

 Support us on Patreon! Tell a friend! Or don't!

Direct download: ep132.mp3
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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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:04pm PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:08pm PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:07pm PDT

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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