The Productive Outs PRODcast

HELLO, WORLD WIDE WEB

This is your show, ya filthy animals. Enjoy it, or don't. We don't give a hoot.

 

HOUSEKEEPING

 

MUSICAL GUEST: Mitski - Be the Cowboy

Buy it and/or stream it. It's wicked good!

 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • Season ends in 17 days! That’s crazy! NOOOO. Can we extend the season to February so we don’t have to hear about handegg?
  • Standings updates
  • Manaea out for a year and a half
  • Ohtani is broken, but mashing … how does this affect a Trout signing
  • David Wright is coming back for one game apparently for some reason?

MINOR LEAGUE NAMES TEAM OF THE WEEK: FORT MYERS MIRACLE

  1. Edwar Colina
  2. Andro Cutura
  3. Brusdar Graterol
  4. Colton Davis
  5. Griffin Jax
  6. Jovani Moran
  7. Taylor Grzelakowski
  8. Caleb Hamilton
  9. Ernie De La Trinidad
  10. Ben Rortvedt

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eric Soderholm

Direct download: ep144.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 5:55pm PDT

HELLO, NERDS

We're back after a hiatus! We apologize for the radio silence. Here is some garbage for your ears. 

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: JESUS PIECE

Only Self is out now. 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • We’re in the home stretch! I think? What year is it?
  • The only good races are in West
  • Let’s stop pretending the AL East is competitive 
  • Orioles futility watch 
  • Trades? Cutch, Gio, Dosh Johnaldson,
  • SAY IT AIN'T SHO! :'(

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Florida Fire Frogs

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Division

  • Tanner Allison
  • Tucker Davidson
  • Connor Johnstone
  • Chase Johnson-Mullins
  • Connor Simmons
  • Tyler Watson
  • Braxton Davidson
  • Greyson Jenista
  • Garrison Schwartz

Scrabble Fails Division

  • Daysbel Hernandez
  • Dilmer Mejia
  • Filyer Sanchez
  • Albinson Volquez
  • Huascar Ynoa

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: George Theodore

 

 

Direct download: ep143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm PDT

HELLO, NERDS

We had a killer interview with Jason Wojciechowski but it got eaten by the void and we feel sad for you because it was really good and funny. Anyway, sorry. We're gonna try it again sometime. 

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: FOXING

Nearer My God is out now. 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • New news …
    • Ureña v. Acuña!
    • Puig v. Hundley!
    • The Dodgers are a dumpster fire
    • The Red Sox have a pretty decent shot at the M’s single-season W record
    • Mets score a week's worth of runs in one game 
  • Catching up on old news …
    • Jayson Werth is mashing rec league dingers and being a vocal, grumpy, old baseballer dude on the internet

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Bowie Baysox

  1. Keegan Akin
  2. Tanner Chleborad
  3. Jay Flaa
  4. Jonatan Isenia
  5. Dean Kremer
  6. Reid Love
  7. Zach Muckenhirn
  8. Zach Pop
  9. Ryan Mountcastle
  10. D'Arby Myers

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bud Anderson

Our large adult son, Karl Adam “Bud” Anderson, appeared in 64 games over two seasons with the Cleveland Indians (82 & 83), and posted a record of 4-10, with a 3.68 ERA, and a 114 ERA+. And that’s not all that bad (or not as bad as most of the players we feature in this segment), which is why it’s a little odd that he just up and vanished after two seasons. Surely there has to have been a market for burly, walrus-faced, ball-throwing relief mammals at that time. Alas, Bud retired and became an assistant baseball coach at WT Clarke High School in East Meadow, NY. While it’s not the destiny we’d hoped our glazed, mustachioed ham in a baseball uniform would reach, it is a perfect place for that 80-grade DADHAT to end up.

 

 

Direct download: ep142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05pm PDT

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: LLNN

Buy it on iTunes

Buy it on Bandcamp.

Stream it on Spotify.

 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • ON PACE! The Red Sox are seriously on one right now, and so are the Orioles … but in a different way
  • TRAAAAAAAAAAADES!!! 
  • What the shit are the A’s doing? 17 over .500, 14-5 in July, 6.5 games back
  • The Mets are Metting so hard – Syndergaard, Cespedes, Familia trade
  • Eric Byrnes Is Out of His Goddamn Mind! He's doing a Triathlon Across America benefitting the Let Them Play Foundation.

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: SALEM-KEIZER VOLCANOES

  1. Hector Borg
  2. Matt Frisbee
  3. Sydney Dupree 
  4. Greg Jacknewitz
  5. Norwith Gudino
  6. Mack Meyer
  7. JJ Santa Cruz 
  8. Nico Giarratano
  9. Dalton Combs 
  10. Jose Layer 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Frank Tepedino

Direct download: ep141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:38pm PDT

HELLO, BASEDBALL FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: VEIN

“Errorzone” is out now.

Buy it on Bandcamp.

Stream it on Spotify.

 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • ASG, HRD recap
  • Josh Hader had a rough one
  • Manny Machado to the Dodgers! 
  • Hand to the Clevelands
  • Mike Trout & The Angels vs. MLB – #BRAND #MARKETING
  • Ohtani cleared to throw
  • Second half outlook

 

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS

  1. Francis Del Orbe
  2. Michael Flynn
  3. Zach Susi
  4. Raul Siri
  5. Edison Lantigua
  6. Travis Swaggerty
  7. Connor Kaiser 
  8. Zack Kone 
  9. Robbie Glendinning 
  10. Paul Brands 

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BRICK SMITH

Brick Dudley Smith was NOT A COP, but was rather a first baseman for the Seattle Mariners for about all of 15 minutes in 1987 and 88.

Direct download: ep140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm PDT

HELLO, BASEDBALL FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: THE ARMED

"Only Love" is out now. 

Buy it on Bandcamp

Stream it on Spotify.

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • The Machado sweepstakes
  • Meanwhile, the best team in the NL is … checks notes … The Brewers?
  • All Star Game: I have no idea what’s going on and I don’t care. 
  • Astros and Red Sox are on a collision course for … something 
  • Maximum Muncy
  • Baseball is bad. Please watch it

BAD BALLPARK FOOD OF THE WEEK:

The Erie SeaWolves released a new food creation: The cotton candy hot dog. It is fucking gross and I hate it. 

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Spokane Indians

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Don Stanhouse

Direct download: ep139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am PDT

HELLO, BASEDBALL FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

 

MUSICAL GUEST: BRIGID MAE POWER

The Two Worlds is out now. 

 

YOUR DUMB EMAILS


THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • Miek Truot. Still good.
  • Which is handy, because Albert is roughly replacement level.
  • ASG voting is whatever
  • Mets fire sale about to open up
  • HOU won 12 straight...
  • But the M’s are still hanging in!

MINOR LEAGUE NAMES TEAM OF THE WEEK: THE ABERDEEN IRONBIRDS

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Biff Pocoroba

Direct download: ep138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46am PDT

HELLO, BASEDBALL FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

 

MUSICAL GUEST: THE FORMS

Check them out on Bandcamp or Spotify

 

HUMAN GUEST: Dave Lozo of Vice Sports and the Puck Soup Podcast! 

THE BASEBALL THINGS 

  • The MLB Draft happened
  • Has there ever been a “JR Smith in Game 1 of the NBA Finals” in baseball?
  • Kole Calhoun is broken, very much so
  • Clayton Kershaw is also broken, in a different way
  • But Matt Kemp isn’t?
  • All-Star ballots are out … do you care?
  • The Mariners are in first place?

 

BAD BALLPARK FOOD OF THE WEEK: Norfolk Tides “Oriole Dog”

 

Thanks to our buddy and Patreon supporter Neil for letting us know about this abomination that is available at Harbor Park. It’s a hotdog with mac & cheese and crabmeat for some reason. He called it the best worst stadium food and actually said it was delicious. Please discuss.

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: CHARLESTON RIVER DOGS

  • Braden Bristo
  • Dalton Higgins
  • Janson Junk 
  • Dalton Lehnen
  • Yoiber Marquina
  • Nestor Oronel
  • Jio Orozco
  • Miguel Flames 
  • Griffin Garabito
  • Dermis Garcia 
  • Wilkerman Garcia
  • Danienger Perez

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MIKE CUBBAGE

Direct download: ep137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm PDT

HELLO, SPROTS FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: WAND. "PERFUME" is out now. 


HUMAN GUEST: Matt Kory of the Athletic Boston

THE BASEBALL THINGS 

VLAD JR.

Mike Trout

Five teams on pace to lose 100 games

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Cedar Rapids Kernels

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MARVIS FOLEY

Marvis Edwin Foley, was a backup catcher who played in part of five seasons with the White Sox and Rangers in the early 80s. He was mostly unremarkable, aside from his name (which sounds more like he should be one of Aretha Franklin’s backup singers than a baseball playist). His glorious caucasian afro was markable, however. Over his illustrious career, he was worth -1 win, mashed 12 taters, had an OPS+ of 72 (not good), and racked up frequent flier miles shuttling between his big league club and the minors. After reading his name, I was stunned to find out that he was actually a burly, hairy, white dude from Kentucky. See: Reggie Willits, Reggie Cleveland, etc.

Marv is currently the roving catching instructor for the Colorado Rockies, and was previously a very successful MiLB coach, as he is the only manager to win titles in all three AAA leagues.

 

 

 

Direct download: ep136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm PDT

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
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:44pm PDT

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

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Direct download: ep132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm PDT

 

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01pm PDT

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