The Productive Outs PRODcast
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 PDT

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 77: Reggie Willits, White Male

Good stuff this week (as opposed to what we normally offer you). Let's get right to it. 

- Open (0:00-4:40)

- Emails (5:25-28:35)

- Musical guest: THOU. Buy Heathen here. (29:20-34:43)

- Human guest: Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Info and ESPNNY.com  (34:43-49:12)

- Baseball talk (49:50-1:21:55)

  • Gerrit Cole is not a fan of Carlos Gomez’s triple-pimping

  • Bartolo Colon “hitting” is the best thing that’s happened to baseball in a while

  • The “transfer” "rule"

  • The Bryce Harper benching 

  • Dbacks Status: Astros; Astros Status: #CUBES

  • Chris Sale is broken

  • Albert joins the 500 club

- Riley is going to run a half-marathon, like a moron. Please consider supporting him! (1:22:43-1:28:52)

- Goodbye!

Direct download: PRODcast_77_-_Reggie_Willets_-_White_Male.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22pm PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

PRODcast 73: Ricardo Rincon (Dick Corner) & The Death of the UCL

We're back after yet another li'l break. Sometimes life just happens, y'know? 

- The open feat. Dick Talk (0:00-6:40)

- Canada-free emails (7:15-30:00)

- Musical guest: DEAD RIDER (30:45-34:35)

- Baseball talk! (34:35-1:02:20)

  • TJ surgery for everyone!
  • Aroldis Chapman, ugh.
  • Australian ballbase?
  • Ian's Cactus League recap!
  • Holy shit, Mike Trout.

- Musical advice (1:03:05-1:26:05)

- See you next time! Thank you! 

Direct download: PRODcast_73_-_Ricardo_Rincon_AKA_Dick_Corner_and_the_Death_of_the_UCL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

PRODcast 70: George Kontos has the worst birthdays

Clever intro goes here.

- Open (0:30-3:30)

- Emails (4:00-28:00)

- Musical guest: DAUGHTERS (28:30-33:00)

- Human guest: Sarah Colonna (33:00-1:03:00)

- Baseball talk! (1:03:25-1:19:10)

  • Pitchers and catchers are about to report (to play golf) 
  • 2014 PECOTA projections
  • Lingering free agents 
  • Freedie Freeman extension

- Musical advice: re. artists you follow and trailblazers who don't get the credit they deserve (1:20:00-1:33:30)

- What's coming up: BP Annual and Puig Destroyer (1:33:30-1:37:00)

- If you made it this far, thanks!

BUY A DAUGHTERS RECORD.

Direct download: PRODcast_70_-_George_Kontos_has_the_worst_birthdays.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT