The Productive Outs PRODcast (baseball)

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 PST

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 PST

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
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:08pm PST

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
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 9:02am PST

PRODcast 93: When Being Good Wasn't Good Enough

103 wins and no postesedason berth. That hardly seems fair. 

- Open (0:00-7:15)

- Emails (7:47-27:20)

- Musical guest: GAME THEORY. Buy "Blaze of Glory" here. (27:50-33:30)

-  Baseball things: 

  • RE2PECT: Derek Jeter Day at The House That Scott Brosius Built, and Derek Jeter's selfishness?

  • Has PitchTrax ruined baseball? (spoiler: no)

  • Halos & Orioles have the two best records in baseball, but their starting pitching "is not built for the postseason." Significant?

  • The A's continue to Brewer.

  • Kevin Towers gets the axe in AZ. But why now?

  • Ron Washington steps down in TEX. (See above)

- Musical advice: Where does the "palying it live" consideration come in the writing process?

Puig Destroyer updates

- Au revoir

Direct download: PRODcast_93_-_When_Being_Good_Wasnt_Good_Enough.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:29pm PST

PRODcast 92: Dennis Eckersley's Feathered Hair Helmet

GAZE AT ITS LUSTROUS GLORY

 

Here's the show:

- Open (0:00-7:05)

- Emails (7:45-24:45)

- Musical Guest: THE LIFE AND TIMES. Buy "Lost Bees "(and other stuff) here. (26:20-31:10)

- Human guest: Film historian and Dodgers fan Karina Longworth. Listen to "You Must Remember This" here. (31:10-53:04)

- The baseball things! (53:38-1:19:26)

  • Halos sweep A’s, and Shat Moomaker is having one hell of a season.

  • Royals survived a near Royalsing, and the Brewers have finally Brewered

  • Bo Porter gets the axe in Houston, people argue about Houston (again)

  • Jose Altuve is a goddamn warlock.

  • Clayton Kershaw is also p. good.

  • Can/should a pitcher be the MVP?

- Puig Destroyer news and a quick wrap-up. (1:20:11-1:23:43)

Thanks for listenin'!

Direct download: PRODcast_92_-_Dennis_Eckersleys_Feathered_Hair_Helmet.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:32pm PST

PRODcast 91: Minor League Guy

 

There he is, our Lord and Savior: Minor League Guy! Everything we do -- including this episode -- we do in his name. 

Here's what we've got:

-  The open (0:00-3:15)

- Your crazy emails (3:55-25:30)

- The musical guest: DAMA/LIBRA. Buy "Claw" here. (25:50-29:30)

- The baseball talk! (29:30-51:52)

  • MadBum is good. Big-Time Timmy Jim is not. 
  • The Orioles are the least-bad team in the AL West
  • Same with the Royals in the Central (at least at the time we recorded this)
  • Halos are in first, and the AL West is gonna be a barn-burner!
  • Nationals look to have the NL East locked up...
  • ... and the Pirates are pretty much done
  • Meanwhile Chris Carter is making a stealth run at the home run title

- Musical advice x 2: (52:45-1:05:10)

  • We discuss our best and worst decisions in our music careers, and 
  • Can you enjoy your own records after they're finished?

- The week(s) in review: Puig Destroyer stuff and Ian's vacation rundown. We won't be hurt if you skip this part. (1:05:10-1:13:20)

THANKS FOR LISTENING! 

Direct download: PRODcast_91_-_Minor_League_Guy.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 5:44pm PST

PRODcast 90: There's A Base At The End Of This

Quick show before both of us take off for vacation and/or work. Please consume and enjoy!

- Open: Managing expectations (0:00-4:04)

- Emails: Short, sweet, and very good. (You guys, not us.) (4:51-20:33)

- Musical guest: 68. Buy "In Humor and Sadness" here. (21:15-27:10)

- Baseball talk: (27:10-49:26)

  • Trade deadline recap

  • The Angels need a starter

  • Everyone hates the Dbacks

  • Matt Cain is toast

  • Javier Baez and the impending rise of the Cubes

- Music and baseball question: "having a" vs. "playing" catch and what goes into sequencing an album? (50:15-1:02:25)

- Puig Destroyer non-updates and TTFN! (1:02:25-1:09:40)

Direct download: PRODcast_90_-_Theres_a_Base_at_the_End_of_This.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:59pm PST

PRODcast 88: Hello, We Ordered A Frank Thomas & Got A Kyle Blanks Instead

Ice is back with a brand-new invention: PRODcast 88! 

- Open (0:00-3:30)

- Emails (4:05-28:50)

- Musical guest: AEGES. Buy THE BRIDGE here. Listen to "Fault" here. (29:30-34:10)

- Baseball things (34:10-1:04:10)

- Musical advice but not really: Gilead Fest/tour recap, and Bob Uecker: An Appreciation (1:04:50-1:17:30)

- Bye!


PRODcast 87: Dan Otero Was Just Claimed Off Waivers

Dan Otero was literally just claimed off waivers and then released. Oh, look -- it happened again! Whoops, the A's just claimed and released him. Look it up. It's true! 

Here is our show for the week of 7/7/2014. We hope you enjoy it!

- Open. If we all wish real hard, Dan Otero will become a real boy! (0:00-5:37)

- Emails. Crazy people, the lot of you. (6:20-25:38)

- Combination musical and baseballish guest: Josh Kantor (26:22-46:26)

- Baseball things (46:48-1:16:12)

  • The Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade: officially crizzazle
  • Halos are rolling but it doesn’t matter because so are the A’s 
  • B. McCarthy for V. Nuno trade 
  • The Astros are having a rough week 
  • All-Star rosters were announced – who cares?
  • When does the Phillies fire sale begin? 
  • Joey Votto out for the season?!?

- What's next: a brief KWC tour and a fond farewell (for now) (1:16:12-1:20:00)

 

 EPISODE ERRATA, Ruben Rivera edition

Ruben's Run by Justin Bopp

 

Direct download: PRODcast_87_-_Dan_Otero_Was_Just_Claimed_Off_Waivers.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:56pm PST

PRODcast 86: Not a single baseball player has ever worn this number

Hello! A short, sweet, guest-free episode for you this week, with baseball, musical advice, and #TRASHDICK for everyone!

- Open (0:00-3:20)

- Emails (4:00-23:50)

- Musical guest: CONVERGE (24:35-32:25)

- Baseball talk: (32:25-58:25)

  • The Giants are crumbling and the Dodgers are rolling

  • Sergio Romo done lost his job

  • Is Jose Altuve a warlock?

  • Are the Mariners actually pretty good?

  • OH NOEZ, GROUND CONTROL

  • Bryce Harper is talking shit again

  • RauLOL Ibanez and the RoyLOLs

  • Giancarlo Stanton is gonna be in the HR Derby and HOLY SHIT

  • Our picks for the HR Derby 

- Musical advice: What do you think about, and how do you approach/interpret your recorded performances? (59:10-1:08:08)

- Puig Destroyer update and KWC tour (1:08:08-1:11:00)

- Goodnight!

Direct download: PRODcast_86_-_Not_a_single_baseball_player_has_ever_worn_this_number.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:56pm PST

PRODcast 84: Prince Fielder, Swathed in Zubaz

Short and sweet this week, kids. Bing bang boom. Still no shortage of great #content, with our unique based ball inight accompanied by the mellifluous strains of ILLUSTRATIONS.

- The open: memories of a young, portly Prince, enveloped in Zubazity. (0:00-4:05)

- The emails. Y'all crazy. (4:40-22:55)

- The musical guest: ILLUSTRATIONS. Buy "In Vain" here. (23:40-26:26)

- The baseball things: (26:26-50:20)

  • R.I.P. Tony Gwynn
  •  More baseballers fall to the curse of Tommy John, including Chad Billingsley
  • Where goeth the Shark? 
  • Royals are rolling
  • Giants free-falling
  • Please get well, Justin Verlander
  • Cardinals are coming for what's theirs
  • The All-Star Game continues to be stupid

- Musical advice: what the hell is Ian's problem with Guided by Voices, and the fine line of fidelity (51:00-1:00:00)

- Puig Destroyer updates and TTFN (1:00:00-1:03:02)

Direct download: PRODcast_84_-_Prince_Fielder_Swathed_in_Zubaz.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:04pm PST

PRODcast 83: What was Eric Gagne's deal, anyway?

Super excited for this one, which is basically just Riley and Ian talking for almost 2 hours about how great Eric Gagne was. 

Nah, just kidding, the was a giant tool! But we do have other great stuff for you, including:

- The open (0:00-5:23)

- The emails (5:51-29:31)

- The musical guest: FUCKED UP.  (30:10-33:45)

- The human guest: Justin Halpern (33:45-1:04:13)

- The baseball stuff: (1:04:47-1:38:52)

  • Manny Machado is a dumbass

  • Josh Lueke got DFA (finally) and the Rays will be sellers... but when? 

  • The Giants are running away with the NL West

  • Are the Blue Jays for real?

  • The Twines signed one or more Kendrys Moraleses

  • Tony Sipp played right field

  • Trevor Cahill was D'd for A

  • Gregory Polanco is finally up and the Super 2 thing sucks

  • Lonald Chisenhall had a big night

  • MLB DARFT

  • CWS stuff. Go 'Eaters!

- The li'l KWC tour report (1:39:30-1:47:36)

See you next week! 

Direct download: PRODcast_83_-_What_was_Eric_Gagnes_deal_anyway.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:58pm PST

PRODcast 79: Jose Abreu Is A BEAST

How lucky are we that one of the few 79s to ever play the game is absolutely destroying Major League Baseball right now? Answer: very. 

Jose Abreu, you guys. He's reeeeeeallllllll good. 

And here is the show that bears his number and name!

- The open. We welcome you to the show and wax poetical on Abreu briefly. (0:00-5:00)

- The emails. You people all need psychiatric help. (5:44-29:11)

- The musical guest: WOVENHAND. Buy 'Refractory Obdurate' here. (30:00-34:00)

- The human guest: Matt Sussman of Baseball Prospectus, SB Nation, and elsewhere. I still don't know what curling is. (34:00-52:45)

- Baseball things! (53:24-1:15:25)

  • It's an even year, so the Giants are good
  • AL East: parity or parody?
  • Are the Marlins for real? (Nah.)
  • Nolan Arenado and the under-25 All-Star team
  • Tulo os out of his goddamn mind, and Charlie Blackmon isn't far behind him 
  • Oh, Yasiel. Please don't try and run through any more walls, K? 
  • Uhhh.. K-Rod? You know this is 2014 and not 2004, right? 

- The outro. Bye, y'all! (1:15:25-1:23:08)

Direct download: PRODcast_79_-_Jose_Abreu_Is_a_Beast.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:27pm PST

PRODcast 78: Blaine Boyer, Guillermo Rodriguez & Justin Thomas Walk Into A Bar ...

… and the bartender says, “Here’s your DFA. See ya.”

(It's funny because it's true.) 

Some items of business:

- We ask that you please rate and review the show on iTunes, whether or not you listen to it via iTunes. Please. 

- You can follow Riley on twitter @rileybreck and Ian @teen_archer. You probably already follow @ProductiveOuts, but if not, you can! Because this is America. 

Now, on to the show!

- First comes the open, where we babble. (0:00-5:01)

- Then come the emails, where you babble. (5:39-30:26)

- Next up is the musical guest, which is FLOORBuy "Oblation" here. (31:12-36:13)

- After that are the baseball things! (36:13-1:10:36)

  • Michael Pineda is not smart
  • The BARVES backed their way into a ridiculous pitching staff (and are very good)
  • Also, what the hell, Brewers?!?
  • Speaking of: you should never swing your bat in the dugout: Braun vs. Segura
  • Bryce Harper’s thumb
  • Ben & Sam’s “Hustle” Questionaire on today’s Effectively Wild
  • Sonny Gray is good
  • So are Collin McHugh and Garrett Richards
  • Christopher Russo is a thing

- The musical advice happens here, but it's less an advice request and more of, y'know, just a question. What are the first and last albums listed alphabetically in your iTunes? (1:11:21-1:25:33)

- And then the farewell. Bye!

 

 


PRODcast 76: Mike Koplove's Olympic Bronze Medal Is Probably for Sale

We made a thing and put it inside a cat and shot it out onto the internet! 

 

 

Also, this (via The Big Lead):

 

But the show! 

- Open (0:00-3:37)

-Emails (4:25-43:15)

-Musical guest: LA DISPUTE. Buy "Rooms of the House" here.  (43:45-48:40)

-Baseball stuff: (48:40-1:14:55)

  • Early season mirages? Gordon, Gome, Upton, Utley
  • Jeff Francoeur and the best baseball prank ever
  • Giancarlo Stanton: officially ridiculous
  • Dbacks, Angels, and Royals are complete tire-fires right now
  • Baseball! Get into it. 

- Musical advice question: The necessary evil of band names (1:15:30-

- KWC show debrief and other stuff (1:23:30-1:29:00)

-See ya!

Direct download: PRODcast_76_-_Mike_Koploves_Olympic_Bronze_Medal_Is_Probably_for_Sale.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

PRODcast 75: Metallica ft. Barry Zito

We're back to a weekly schedule because baseball is back! The Lord giveth and then she taketh away, or something. 


But we're here to celebrate the mediocrity that is Barry Zito X late-period Metallica:

 Ugh.

 

In other, less painful (we hope) audio news, here is a prawncats!

 

- The open (0:00-7:35)

- The emails. Weird, as usual. (8:15-29:45)

- The music: feat. Get Pure, the new album from MOUNT CARMEL. (30:30-32:30)

- The baseball talk (32:30-1:02:20)

  • Coffee is for closers and closers be blowin’ it: Nathan, Holland, Parnell, etc.

  • PuigGate 2014

  • Emilio Bonifiacio es bonafide?

  • Ryan Braun done lost his mind
  • MLB.tv/AtBat commercials

  • Replay review: Can you dig it?

  • Seven-inning baseball games?

  • Angels are bad, Giants are not

- The musical advice: the vagaries of record-label contracts, sales, reissues, and the like. (1:03:05-1:13:40)

- The self-promotion (1:13:40-1:17:55)

- The farewell

Direct download: PRODcast_75_-_Metallica_ft_Barry_Zito_.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:05pm PST

PRODcast 74: Kenley Jansen's One-Pitch Filth

Yeah, this podcast is dedicated to all the teachers that told us we'd never get past episode fitty. It's all good, baby baby.

- It was all a dream: Not Jose Mota welcomes back the baseall season (0:00-7:12)

- We used to read your crazy-ass emails (7:45-28:45)

- Salt and Pepa and Animals as Leaders up in the limousine (29:2-34:15)

- Every Wednesday night, Evan Funk Davies, not Marley Marl (34:15-53:55)

- Baseball talk til my tape popped (54:42-1:20:11)

  • BASEDBALL IS BACK
  • Mike Trout is rich (and very good at baseball)
  • Miguel Cabrera is also rich (and good at baseball) and the Tigers are dumb
  • DICKSTAND
  • Our respective divisional picks, wild card teams, NL & AL champs & WS champ

- Peace to Puig D, Cult Leader, KWC (1:21:05-1:27:55)

And if you don't know, now you know...

Direct download: PRODcast_74_-_Kenley_Jansens_One-Pitch_Filth.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:59pm PST

PRODcast 72: Carlton Fisk, Captain of the Fun Police

In honor of Carlton Fisk, we bring you what may be our shortest episode ever! We hope you enjoy it. 

Also, we love Hunter Harvey now

- The open (:27-5:00)

- The emails. (5:40-39:38) Wanna email us?? productiveouts@gmail.com!

- The musical guest: BEARCUBBIN' (41:00-44:48)

- The baseball talk (44:48-1:02:40)

  • Mike Trout’s $1 million deal (he’s still really good at baseball)
  • Expanded replay and the new home plate collision rule
  • Jake Peavy hurt himself fishing
  • That horrendous Cleveland Indians lid #hatchat

- Spring training, Puig Destroyer, book proposals, and fares well (1:03:10-1:14:00)

Direct download: PRODcast_72_-_Carlton_Fisk_Captain_of_the_Fun_Police.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:08pm PST

PRODcast 71: Gonzalez German Germen's Germane Germing

YOU GUYS. IT'S ALMOST BASEBALL. So we made a show for you. Here's how it went. 

-Open (0:00- 3:45)

-Emails from Canadians (4:15-23:25)

-Musical Guest: VULGAR TRADE (24:15-25:50)

-Human Guest: Will Sharp, pro scout with the Houston Astros (25:50-1:09:00)

-Baseball Things! (1:09:55)

  • Baseball Is Back! (sort of)
  • A Mike Trout Extension?
  • Braves Be Spendin’ (Freeman, Kimbrel, Heyward, Teheran, Simmons, you, me … )
  • The Face of MLB
  • Mark Mulder’s Improbable Comeback Is Over (Achilles)
  • Gratuitous Jeff Karstens Discussion

-Musical Advice:  How does someone who's never played an instrument start in adulthood? (1:25:30-1:30:20)

-What’s Next? BP annual, Puig Destroyer write about baseball for Decibel, spring training trips... (1:30:20-1:37:20)

-We out 

Direct download: PRODcast_71_-_Gonzalez_German_Germens_Germane_Germing.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:58pm PST

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