Wed, 13 July 2016
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 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:
- 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.
Tue, 5 July 2016
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 Old School Player of the Week is:
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.
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.