The Productive Outs PRODcast (general)
PRODcast 113: Dennis Lamp Would Like to Sell You Some Cod

(0:00-6:06) The open

(6:40-30:06) The non-Canadian emails. Stream "Opposite Field" here

( 30:40-50:57) The baseball things. 

  • ASG recap: Mike Trout is good, and so is the new HR Derby format

 

  • The stove’s getting hot: Cueto, Hamels, Samardzija, Bruce, and more

(50:57-1:12:42) The human guest: Eric Stephen of True Blue LA

(1:13:17-1:19:50) The Old School Player of the Week:

DENNIS LAMP

55 (70 ceiling) DADHAT, 70 DADGLASSES, PLUS-PLUSTACHE, and apparently he cloned his mustache and replaced his eyebrows with it.

Dennis Lamp played 16 MLB seasons with the Cubes, White Sox, Blue Jays, A’s, Red Sox and Pirates. His peak years (1978-1980) were spent as a middling starter, but he spent the remainder of his career as a mediocre arm out of the pen. He is responsible for surrendering Lou Brock’s 3000th hit, as well as Cal Ripken Jr.’s first MLB hit.


Mind blown: He has worked behind the seafood counter at Bristol Farms in Newport Beach since 2004.

Direct download: PRODcast_113_-_Dennis_Lamp_Would_Like_to_Sell_You_Some_Cod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm PDT

PRODcast 112: Failure Is Not An Option, Unless You Want To Listen To Them

Don't get it twisted: Failure is ALWAYS an option. 

 

(0:00-4:23) The open

(4:55-12:20) The musical guest: FAILURE. Buy "The Heart Is a Monster" here

(12:20-31:45) Electronic mail from weirdos

(32:15-59:30) Pipin'-hot baseball takes

  • RIP Alex Gordon, RIP Miggy
  • Matz’ latz
  • #FirstPlaceAstros lead is dwindling; Evan Gattis’ absurd tomahawk chop
  • Mike Trout is beasting (again). Fun w/ arbitrary end points … last 11 games, .368/.510/.868/1.378 OPS, 6 HR, 10 RBI
  • Halos have won 5 in a row, 9 of last 10
  • Huston Street angered the baseball gods and is suffering their wrath
  • All-Stars announced, final votes
  • HR Derby field announced, who u got?

(1:00:08-1:05:10) Musical advice: What next for a new band, play shows or record?

(1:05:10) This week's OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS...

CARMEN FANZONE

An 80-grade name. A 60 - 70 mustache. 50 DADHAT. And a 70 horn player. Fanzone played five years as a utility player and pinch hitter in the bigs with the Red Sox and Cubes. Traded to the Cubes in 1971 for Phil Gagliano, which is the most Italian trade. Never played in more than 86 games in a season, has 20 career bombs, -0.8 WAR. Fanzone became a jazz flugelhorn player after his baseball career ended.


PRODcast 111: The LOLZ AngeLOLZ AngLOLZ

Man, those Angels. What a shitshow, amirite? Anyway. Here's the show. 

(0:00-4:20) The open

(5:00-9:45) Musical guest: MUTOID MAN. Buy "Bleeder" here

(9:45-20:20) The emails

(21:00-50:40) The baseball things

  • GODDAMNIT ANGELS
  • Stanton’s hand :(

  • #FirstPlaceAstros - CORREA and LOLberholtzer

  • The best fans in baseball root for the best team in baseball, the CRADNALZ

  • It’s an odd year and the GAINTS are in the mix

  • The DOGDERS are good because -- or in spite -- of Puig? 

  • Haha, the All Star Game though 

  • They changed some of the HR Derby rules, but not the one that mattered: banishing Chris Berman to the depths of the Marianna Trench 

  • Pete Rose is still a dipshit

(51:10-1:00:20) Musical advice: touring vs. fests, pro's and cons

(1:00:20-1:05:52) This week's The Old School Player of the Week is ...

 

VICENTE ROMO

This potato-headed, windbreaker-under-the-jersey, plus-DADHAT-sporting weirdo is a true gem. I’m guessing his hat is a size 8 ¾. And that pose he’s fond of striking … it’s like a half pre-creepy hug, half creepy uncle-pretends-to-be-the-boogeyman kinda thing. 100% NOT a baseball move. 100% weird.

His nickname was “Huevo”, which one can only assume must be a nod to his giant dome, rather than his one gigantic testicle. (Not true.) Huevo played seven years (for six different teams) as a long reliever/spot starter in the majors before heading to Mexico for seven years. He returned to the bigs with the Dodgers at age 39 and appeared in 15 games.

Career totals: 32-33, 3.36 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 1.315 WHIP, and 1 HR on May 30, 1980 vs. the White Sox.

 

Direct download: PRODcast_111_-_The_LOLZ_AngeLOLZ_AngLOLZ.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm PDT

PRODcast 110: We Are Currently Occupying The Space Between Derrel Thomas' Front Teeth

Hey, y'all! We're back from turrrr and ready to talk about baseball. Have some!

 

(0:00-2:40) The open

(3:20-8:30) The musical guest: YAUTJA. Buy "Songs of Descent" here

(8:30-27:20) The emails

(28:00-59:30) The baseball things

  • We thought we’d cursed the Astros with our last PROD, but we guess we didn’t
  • The TWINT are good?
  • The Royals are telling PECOTA to eat it
  • The A’s are a garbage fire
  • Bryce Harper is a golden god … finally
  • Pitchers be goopin’ their forearms
  • Dan Jennings is General Manager Manager
  • When will TRAID season heat up?

(1:00:00-1:09:05) Musical advice: Balancing creative endeavors and "real life" -- can it be done? 

(1:09:05-1:12:05) The Old School Player of the Week:

DERREL THOMAS

70 grade DADGLASSES, 70 grade DADHAT, 80 grade DADLAP, 80 grade TOOTHGAP

Can we be certain that this isn’t an alias for Ron Washington? A Dave Chapelle character? A figment of our imagination?

Thomas played 15 seasons for the Astros, Padres, Giants, Dodgers, Expos, Angels and Phillies as a 2B, SS and OF. He had a career average of .249, OPS of .649, OPS+ of 84, a career WAR of 6.6. Thomas was a part of the Dodgers’ WS championship team in ‘81, holds the unique distinction of playing every position (except pitcher) in the bigs, and currently coaches at the Adrenaline Athletic Training Center in Riverside, CA.


PRODcast 109: #FirstPlaceAstros

As the title suggests, this week's show is all about the Phillies. 

 

(:40-2:33) The open, wherein we lay out our thesis statement

(3:06-7:20) The Musical Guest: COLISUEM. Buy "Anxiety's Kiss" from Deathwish (physical and digital) or from Bandcamp (digital only). 

(7:20-19:18) Your emails get read

(19:48-47:00) Our Human Guest: James Yasko of Astros County

(47:32-1:01:40) The Baseball Topics:

  • #FirstPlaceAstros
  • Roen Ronicke got douched
  • R.I.P. Jeff Karstens, True Face of MLB

(1:02:22-1:08:20) The Old School Player of the Week:

 

 80 DADHAT, 70 CREEPSTACHE, 70 DADLAP

10 years in the bigs as a MIF with the Pirates, Indians, Mariners and Cubes. Career WAR of 1.8, OPS of .608.

That time the Yankees almost traded Mariano for Felix Fermin.

Goodbye!

Direct download: PRODcast_109_-_FirstPlaceAstros.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35pm PDT

PRODcast 108: Cool Your Jets

Unlike our usual shows, this one is actually good! We encourage you to listen. 

(0:00-3:48) The open

(4:20-8:15) The musical guest: SQUAREPUSHER. Buy "Damogen Furies" here. 

(8:15-22:57) Email from around North America

(23:24-49:44) A discussion with Jess Spector of The Sporting News

(50:20-1:20:10) The baseball topics

  • #FirstPlaceAstros
  • The Royals want to fight everyone
  • Josh Hamilton goes back to TEX, the AngLOLs are a joke
  • Wainwright’s achilles, Scherzer’s thumb - THE DH ARGUMENT IS BACK! Pick a side. Or don't.
  • The Brewers are hot garbage
  • Orioles and MLB making the right descisions in the face of some heavy real-life shit

(1:20:37- 1:30:05) The Old School Player of the Week:

CRAIG KUSICK

 

70 DADGLASSES, 70 DADHAT, 70 DADLAP, 60 STACHE

Kusick, who looks like he won an invite to baseball fantasy camp, was an honest to goodness MLB player from 1973-79 with the Blue Jays and Twins. A 1B/DH, he posted a career average of .235, 105 OPS+, and 3.8 WAR. He also pitched in a game for the Blue Jays in 1980, a 24-2 loss to the California Angels, and went 3 ⅔ innings and giving up 2 ER on three hits (one of which was a bomb). If you were to see a photo of him at any point in his career, “professional athlete” would be about the 278th occupation you’d peg him as having.

Kusick is now deceased, but will remain awesome forever.

 

Bye!

Direct download: PRODcast_108_-_Cool_Your_Jets.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm PDT

PRODcast 107: Dirty Slidin' Into Your DMs Like Whoa

We did that thing again!

(0:00-3:11) The open

(3:39-9:30) The musical guest: SUFJAN STEVENS. Buy "Carrie and Lowell" here.

(9:30- 31:25) Emails from Mostly Canadians

(31:53-1:01:58) The baseball blather

 

  •  ROYALS VS. A's: Dirty slides and general chippiness

  • Tossing dudes w/o a warning: Good? Bad?

  • Kris Bryant’s debut: much ado about nothing, and the dawn of the new #Cubes?

  • Adrian Gonzalez was out of his mind (until yesterday). and so is Nellie Cruz

  • A-Rod is too, milestone clauses in his contract, ‘roids, and that 471 ft. bomb

  • Mike Trout is Mike Trout - fastest to 100 HR and 100 SB. Can the best player in baseball actually be underrated?

  • The Tigers are good, The Marlins are a Small Sample Size dumpster fire

(1:02:24-1:16:41) Ask Two Idiots about Music. Bennett asks about the mechanics of reunions and times we've almost died at shows. 

(1:17:11-1:24:23) THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

PAT SHERIDAN

60 DADHAT, 70 CREEPSTACHE, 70 DADGLASSES, 80 TOOTHGAP, 50 70’s HAIR

Sheridan was a beanpole (6’3”, 175 lbs) and played nine seasons for the Royals, Tigers and Giants as an OF with the rare “bats left, throws right” combo. He was a career .253 hitter, hit 51 HR, drove in 257 runs, and posted a 5.5 bWAR in those nine seasons. He looks like he could just as easily be a part of an Amber Alert as he could fit on the pre-Sogard evolution chart. He could also be Paul Sporer’s dad.

Direct download: PRODcast_107_-_Dirty_Slidin_into_Your_DMs_Like_Whoa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm PDT

PRODcast 106: Build Me Up Buttercup

Good job guys, good effort. 

1. The Open

2. The Musical Guest: ROMAN CITIES. Buy "The Sharksleep Sessions" here.

3. The Emails

4. The Human Guest: Christopher Crawford of Baseball ProspectusCheck out The Draft to the Show kickstarter here

5. The Baseball Things!

  • Ugh, the Josh Hamilton fiasco.
  • Small-Sample-Size Theater! Who's hot. Who's not. None of it matters!
  • But the bottom 10 producers by fWAR are stull amusing. 
  • Mookie Betts and George Springer: HOTT. "World Champion" Giants: NOTT.
  • Diamondbacks are being bush-league... again.
  • And Ian's new favorite prospect (name).

6. YE OLDE OLDE SCHOOLE PLAYER of the WEEKE: ROSS GRIMSLEY

80-grade merm, 60 DADHAT, 60 mustache, dead grey eyes, and he looks like he should be in Jethro Tull.

Nicknamed “Scuz” or “Crazy Eyes”, Grimsley played 11 seasons with the Reds, Orioles, Expos and Indians as a LHP (mostly a starter). He was an All-Star in ‘78. Won 124 games, had a 3.81 career ERA, and a 1.306 WHIP. Comps are Tom Browning, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Bud Black and Frank Viola.

He’s been a minor league pitching coach for the Giants for several years and is currently the pitching coach for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Direct download: PRODcast_106_-_Build_Me_Up_Buttercup.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39am PDT

PRODcast 105: Professional Gnostication, our 2015 MLB Preview Episode

One hour, in and out like a goddamn surgical strike. BAM. 

(0:00-5:40) The Open, with Musical Guest John Fogerty

(7:00-26:40) Electronic Mail from Weirdos

(27:35-49:20) 2015 MLB Previews and Predictions

(50:05-57:40) The Old School Player of the Week: 

SIXTO LEZCANO

*only has five toes (per foot)

60-grade DADHAT, 60-grade ‘do, 20-grade facial hair, eyes that are either wonky as hell or kinda dreamy (depending on the pic you’re looking at), and MAJOR props for rocking the windbreaker underneath the jersey … because “outerwear” is merely a suggestion. I’d like to think that dudes who have total disregard for layering frequently wear their underwear on the outside of their pants.

 

Twelve-year career with the Brewers, Cardinals, Padres, Phillies and Pirates.

 

Career numbers: .271, 124 OPS+, averaged 2.3 WAR a year, won a GG in 1979 and finished 15th in the NL MVP voting, from 1976-1979 he was a 4-win player in his age 22-25 seasons, had a bizarre year in 1977 in which he hit 21 bombs but only drove in 49 runs.

 


PRODcast 103: Tommy John Gone Done Did It Again

Quick and dirty episode for you this week. Here it go:

 

- The open (0:00-2:12)

- The musical guest: TORCHE. Buy RESTARTER here.  (2:50-5:35)

- EMAILS (5:35-20:10)

- A belated HOT TAKE (20:10-24:10)

- Baseball stuff! (24:50-43:55)

  • Riley's return to the diamond!
  • Yu Darvish goes down :(
  • Hunter Pence too :((
  • And the Josh Hamilton situation, ugh :(((
  • Ned Yost's favorite Radiohead album is ___________. 
  • Baseball Prospectus under new ownership

- Musical advice: Band names that evoke their music? Bonus baseball question: Acceptable jersey/shirsey wearing? (44:35-55:20)

- Old school player of the week: LEE MOTHERFUCKIN’ TUNNELL (55:20-1:03:20)

80 DADHAT, 80 DADGLASSES, 55 BEARD, 30 CHIN, 70 DORKBUILD

Quite possibly the beta version of Eric Sogard

Pitched six years in the bigs with the Pirates, Cards & Twins as a starter and reliever. 22-28, 4.23 ERA, 1.477 WHIP. He was also busted for soliciting an internet prostitute, and being an outspoken advocate for Christianity. WHOOPS.

Comps are nobody you’ve ever heard of, but some plus-plus-names including …

Yank Terry (977)

Dutch Levsen (973)

Doyle Lade (973)

Bert Husting (971)

Al Santorini (971)

Direct download: PRODcast_103_-_Tommy_John_Gone_Done_Did_It_Again.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm PDT