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Ben Fred Friday  July 9, 2021

Scoops with Danny Mac

23:21 min | 2 months ago

Ben Fred Friday July 9, 2021

"It is a friday. Unskilled danny mac dot com as we always. Do we visit with ben. Frederickson of the saint louis post dispatch. This is brought to you by the good folks have blue tail medical group. Great alternative to surgery bays wolfing crane the doctors a blue tail medical group and doctors all over. The world are flying to chesterfield to figure out how they're doing this a great alternative prior to surgery. It's blue tail medical group. Find out more. They're going to get you right back in the game and the game of life blue medical group dot com Let's bring in ben frederickson at the saint. Louis post dispatch. Hey ben good morning to you. How are things going. good morning. Dan happy friday doing well here in the just enjoying preparing to enjoy some cardinals cubs baseball and Lending to discuss man going. I'm doing great I think it's a fascinating weekend more so than well. It's always fascinating when the cardinals and cubs go to wrigley. There's no question about that. But i think it's a fascinating weekend because jed hoyer comes out and says okay We were doing okay. Prior to the eleven game losing skid now all bets are off and you know what it could be you know trading some parts off the cardinals perspective. They're not in the same boat. I think it's apples and oranges. Because even though both teams are nine and a half games out cardinals don't have a lot of guys that are on the final year of their deal which the cubs do show two different deal. But i do find it fascinating. How these teams come out of this going into the break by the way. The cardinals have not been ahead of the cubs in. Let me find my notes here. You ready for this. Because i know you love numbers. Yeah hit me. All right The cardinals if they win the series they take the lead over the cubs during the all star. Break something they haven't done since two thousand fifteen so they've been doing a lot of catch up in the second half of seasons here with the chicago cubs so fascinating weekend. It could be here coming up at wrigley field beginning today man. It's been a whirlwind for the cubs. Right i mean it wasn't that long ago that we were talking about how the front office there was gonna be forced into making win now moves for that team as they were leading the division. And and basically have holier admitting yeah we were thinking about it and now we're taking calls about being sellers may just a very blunt analysis and it's kind of hard to dismiss the fact that this kind of what the cubs front office i wanted to do based off of the moves. They made entering this season. And you're right. They are in different places than the cardinals. Look at what the cubs did before they Before they started the season they had traded off. You are stay Cows for john lester. Walk the oh had jumped. Ship of this was a team that was already starting. A repurposing of swords. Compared to the cardinals were they. They brought in nolan auto in accepted the biggest contract team has ever add They they doubled down on bringing back. Ya your molina. An f. rights said one more ride. So i do think the cardinals are in a much different spot. Ironically there in the same place in the standings and you know still the cardinals are kind of. I think they're in a jam. They enemy they. They've got to be feeling more pressure now than ever before to prove team of the deadline. Something they have done in a long time but you can make the case that this is the team that deserves it in terms of where they are in the standings the lease but i think they're gonna try to find a way to do something i think they have to do something that helps them now but also next season especially with the starting pitching they need help for next season two so finding some way to get started who can help you now later would be pretty wise. Yeah that's where i'm at i. I think you have to find somebody to kind of help. You bridge the gap in the immediate to get you to the return of flaherty whether it's in the beginning august or midway in august you're hopeful for carlos martinez you're hopeful for miles mike lynch. There's been a lot of hope all season long. I get it But i think it's about the immediate and about the future. This road trip has been interesting in the fact that the cardinals had been in every game they could have lost all four in colorado could have won all four They dropped three or four. Really realistically probably should split. Then they go to san francisco best team in baseball. Take two of three. And you know. K k pitches wonderfully. Well they the. He's i think one of five or six. This year that the giants have ad that have lasted at least seven innings to starter. That's the the makeup of this team. What they thought going in. Then you you know. Yeah pretty good. Starting pitching you could short and games. So it's there it just hasn't been consistent and now they're starting to get golden are not oh hitting so i. I'm just i'm really fascinated. What kind of momentum they can build off this trip and going into the all star break. It don't look like a team. That's rolling over They looked like a team that a team that we've seen when they get good quality. Starting pitching. I sound like a broken record. They usually wet Cake that was as good as cake as look since he's put on a cardinals uniform including the last season and if he can continue that holy smokes. But you know. I'm with you man i. It looks to me like a team that is starting to near the the point where it's proving that it needs. It can be a team that has a chance to to make the postseason and make some sort of run the second half if it can get some help and what we've seen is only reiterating in underscoring what we said. They need more. Starting pitching with carlos martinez. You can't you can't assume that he's going to be back. May not seeing. The cardinals are gonna leave it open. But they can't assume that he's got. He's got a hand injury halfway through the season. The ligament issue. I mean they should know by now that they can't be banked among guys like that to to return. But i'm with you. There are some positive signs especially in san francisco. I'm seeing a couple of things. The defense is looking good. You nailed it on arnaldo and goldschmidt. We haven't really seen what this lineup can do. Those guys get going together are not always been good at times goldschmidt. Princeton was better at june. But we haven't really seen them one to you know going being the driving forces of this lineup like we thought we would yet which means that it could happen. Still in that's different. It's different dynamic when they are and i'll get you know one more positive and one concern a little bit. I don't know that the concerns that big of a thing because there is a good time for the bullpen the the big guys in the bullpen. Or start to look a little loose which is to be expected. They don't work arts. But i do think they get a chance to rest up over the all star break. Good timing for that if you can get them through this this series against the cubs The other one. And i'll give them credit because i remember saying he's not gonna be the office of catalyst here and he's not but i do think that the return of harrison bater has helped his team his energy his kind of swagger is kind never say die attitude they were looking a little flat for their during the an inability to capitalize against bad teams. And i think that you know since he hit that home run colorado adjust his energy his vibe and he he believes he can do anything and he really truly does and. I think that we're seeing that rub off on the team a little bit. I think that's been a that's been a difference maker for them. I want to get your thoughts on the all star game normally wouldn't really care but i i am curious about this. My interest in the all star game has waned considerably over the years. Even when it was this one counts. I didn't like it when they did that. When you had the all star game should be an exhibition deciding game. Seven of the world series homefield advantage. So i didn't like it when i was a kid. I never missed. It always wanted to see players from the other leagues. That i could never watch well a lot of games. I'm old enough that a lot of games weren't on tv. So i'd get one game a week and guys would come out in their white shoes in. You know where the the uniform that in normally see. And i thought it was really really cool to watch but my interest is waned however my interest is engaged this year with otani number one and the other guys alex. Rae i'm so happy to see alex. Get this this chance. So what do you think. I think i do think the casual fan is going to be intrigued to watch to watch otani. They're hearing everything about them whether they've seen them or not. But man this guy throws a hundred anti hits bombs and he's also one of the fastest guys in the league. If i'm the american league manager i'd start him in batam leadoff and just have a lot of fun with it. Why not building around baseball should and can people stop talking about what otani should not be doing. I'm so tired of an. I saw this going viral on twitter and i totally agree. It's like this is part of what's wrong with baseball is. Mlb network does a segment on otani. A bunch of people sitting around talking about how he shouldn't be pitching. Come on guys. i mean if we're gonna have a conversation about baseball. How the heck did pitchers get to the point where they can't hit period. I'm full blown. Bring on the the designated hitter because i'm tired of watching these guys. Try to hit. But i wouldn't be that way if they all hit like otani. That's for sure. He can pitch so. I mean embrace this. This is true star. We're seeing something that has never been in the modern era of the game so totally build the all star game around him showcase him any any reason to not do that. Any any sign of Mistake and i do think that that he has created more interested in the game. There will be some people who are turned off on the game this year because it moved from from atlanta. I think there is. I've got enough emails from folks who are who are disappointed in that decision. Don't like what they view as the politic politicization of baseball who are gonna maybe not watch. But i think the people who are watching are gonna be tune in to see what this guy does And you nailed it about. I think i'll factors interesting. is an all star back in the academic ver. I love the reception. He got i thought. I thought it was predictable. They love the guy there and for him to be in that cool i personally. I've kind of gold on the home. Run derby i used to think it was coolest thing but you know it does seem like we're seeing more guys choose not to be in it and i think it's my other all start that it's kinda lame. These astros guys are declined. I remember when you got here. Molina went to cincinnati booed. It's gray and loved and he loved it. You know it. And it's a different scenario being yati wasn't accused of You know begging on the trash cans but man go represent your team and go take your booze and and in the astros fans who will be. There will appreciate it. The whole thing about the astros guys need to rest up. I'm not. I'm not buying that. I think you got Party that's part of taking. Your medicine is going to get booed at the all star game if you're fortunate enough to make it so i thought that was kinda lane but you nailed it. Andreas man. i mean golly. I can remember alex rae as win. You know go back to when he was a prospect back when they still you know the top the minor leaguers for for the for the marijuana testing and he had to go through that and just how i remember how impressed i was with his response to that and how he owned it he said gotta learn from it. I got improved from it. He didn't he didn't try to. Didn't try to shrug it off. You try to ignore he. He was up front. I thought man this. This guy is pretty impressive. You learn a lot about what guys do. Who guys are. They have to overcome something. That's not good. I mean it's easy. Hey how do you feel about winning pitcher minor league pitcher of the year. Great okay. they don't that doesn't tell you anything about player. I think the way that he's handled adversity even from when we were just finding out who he is was impressive. And it's no surprise. He's that he's continued to climb a lot of people. Were wondering the cardinals. Give up on him. He to injuring pro. Well all you gotta do is watch him pitch and see that. The cardinals were smart to continue giving him chances. All you have to see how was body has changed Don't think he's even close to as good as he can be is intensity. His desire to compete. This guy's an impressive impressive glare. I just hope that he's not so good at being closer dan that we don't eventually get chances even start because they be a pretty damn good starter too. I bet he goes in that rotation next year that would be my guess but Let's jump around on some other things that are happening you wrote about it in the post dispatch this morning. Vladimir tarasenko He is requested apparently to be dealt. It's not as easy as it's going to you know say. Hey i want to be dealt in. Find me a place. It's not that easy. This is a very complicated situation. So what are your thoughts on this Tarasenko wanting out of saint louis to to kind of lanes of thinking one. I guess my sentimental side and his business. The business kind of side of sports want the sentimental side says this sticks man. I mean this guy was the base of the team for many years. He was the top scorer. One of the top. Three scores hockey for got past decade could have had a chance to be a part of me always roots for guys to be the lifelong saint louis sports And and maybe. That's why i'm in the business i meant. I like those stories right. And i think there was a path for terrassa go to evolve here to maybe one of the goals didn't come easy. And they have it and they probably won't now that he's been through three shoulder surgeries For him to find a different role How many rolls did we see. Alexander steen play over the course of his career with the blues. And how how loved was he. Four that as a as a you know a member of this team and i kinda thought tarasenko might be able to go the same route but i think there's a disconnect between the player that he once was and the player he thinks he is and i think that he doesn't really fit as well this team as it used to when he was leading the way they kind of took on a different identity some of the part while he was out with injury. There seems to be kind of a crossroads. He earned and i get that. There are times when guys got lawn but what. I don't what i think is is low I think it's a low. Blow is kind of allowing his camp to throw the blues medical staff under the bus on the way out. If you wanna trade okay guys. That's for trades. That's that's the business of hockey. I get it but you know it. Must he's gonna come forward with proof that says here's why i'm upset about the way my shoulder was handled that i think it's cheap I think i think it. I think it puts you know unfair criticism of these doctors who are not vladimir tarasenko of the world where. It's easy for always blame the doctors but is that really fair Let's see some. Let's see some evidence. Tarasenko played great and after his first shoulder surgery you played played great after it After the second one not so much but you know what hockey players who have big shoulder injuries multiple times usually that. There's a decline of that joint whether they're getting surgery by by god himself so i think it's a little unfair. I think that could have been handled. Better on the business side you nailed it. And it's hard. He's got fifteen million dollars left on the deal seven and a half average per year. I'm good at math. They they they know team is rushing to take them on. After i always played he's been a minus eighteen. I think over the past two seasons regular postseason He doesn't do you know he's not really much of an all around player. He plays great when he scoring goals. And he's not eat has kinda out there is. It is the past two seasons. He's got a full no trade clause in the contract that he signed that's kicked in so they can just move them. Wherever i think army has to try. I don't think you can leave a guy not happy on your team. I think that's terrible for chemistry. I think he tries to make bucy's got about a little more than a week before they have to decide what they do with the expansion And if you can't find a decent deal form. I don't think army wants to pay him to go away. He doesn't like to do that. maybe they. leave them. Unprotected and hope seattle takes him and just takes the cap. I'll tell you what you go back to. And it's not that long ago we're you know fans are lined up on market street in. That cup was getting taken down there for a massive parade. One of the great postseason braids. We've ever seen and there's alex petra angelo There's jay bo miester. there's alexander steen. There's jake gallon there's vladimir terracing. I mean we're talking. Big names gone pat maroon. Who's now one two more cups. I mean there's some big names that are gone and that happened in a blink of an eye didn't it it did and you know the blues are not look the blizzard completely absolve from this. I mean every they both have roland too. I think they are guilty of kind of making it. Terracing goes world for far too long and then not really that really helping him out when it when it came time to change you kind of had this really. It's i think it's a a point of a star was at the top of his game kind of on the way dow- which happens in sports in a team that was kind of on its rise under brew be who really made his mark on treating everybody the same for the most part and the intersex love. That wasn't handled very well. I don't think. And i think. I wish it could have been better but you know tear. Cinco is for a lot of people. The face of the team still mean he's there. He's the sweater that keeping their claws on the front other video game I think for generation of fans he was the reason part of the reason they fell in love with blue And i do think this is hard for people to see. And i do think there's gonna be some people who are who are upset that the blues could not have handled this situation better but i think i do think tarasenko deserves some of that too because i think that he might have unrealistic expectations for what's left but yeah you're right. I another reason for them to go. Add some more star power Help pull off some sort of low level trade to bring pat route home. He's got a deep a year. Left on his deal with tampa bay might be doing some retooling. Go get go get matthew could shut. Why not because they need some. They're going to need some some sizzle if they're gonna if they're gonna deal away vladimir tarasenko which it sure seems like right. Now they're going to have to. We always jump around on these. Fridays did some digging on the athletic department at mizzou. Doing some good things what what's going on there and then what's also happening with And you know what we're not that far away the The football opener. I mean you think about it. We're what maybe six eight weeks away from the college football season. And we're gonna pack stadium so that all going to unfold man i can't wait for it And i'm excited to go cover mizzou football this fall and i. I think that the the news. Jim jim sturrock had a little bit of a zoom presser with some media members on thursday. I jumped on a couple of interesting things one dan. They're they're going to break the record for donations to that department this fiscal year which is pretty impressive considering the pandemic You know a lot of donors stepped up allow donations made for the practice facility. Eli drink with requested. Going to get Which is a of the football coach. Moving things in the right direction and number two. That is jim struck. Dropped this number. And i went back to make sure it was correct with him and he said it is their new season ticket. Sales are up one hundred fifty percent compared to two thousand nineteen. Which tells you they weren't. Great does nineteen but impressed that drink. Wits has that kind of energy going. And i think those are two really good signs for your football team in addition to the recruiting success. He's made so when the money's flowing in through donations and money stolen in through season ticket sales in the coaches getting recruiting class that is ranked in the top twenty five in the country. Those are all good trend. Lines for your team in stroke made a point of saying there's one concerning trend line. We don't have control over that we have to pay attention to and it's how terrible it would be if missouri and other. Sec programs had to bring back some sort of fan limit on dame's fall. This covert uptick uptick continues to happen. He said the sec. The university side is monitoring this this trend. Line of cogan. As of now they're planning to be fully this fall in. That's the plane. Full classes everything. But if we if the state doesn't get a good grip on what's going on here that could potentially change. And he said it would be a disaster to try to have all this interest around the team and then all of a sudden have to say what we can only allow so many fans again. He said we know how to do it. We had to do it last year but that would be a a nightmare situation for the mizzou football program. So they're they're encouraging. Vaccinations trying to get their student. Athletes up to around eighty eighty five percent for per team. And they're really. You know kind of i think going to be pushing forward is messaging of af. You want a normal fall football season than get those vaccination numbers up or else. There could be danger of adding more limitations. Are you going to the sec. Media day that's going to be around the corner isn't it is. Yeah coming up later this month. So i'll be headed down to. Sec media days with my colleague post-dispatch date matter my one of my favorite parts of the year at first time. I've gone since. I used to live at knoxville setting hilarious. They're hilarious. I love him. I think he let drink might have a few tricks up asleep to go. I remember at one point in time. I i wrote a little blogs digesting ways berry odem could make a splash. Sec media days. He and i got a kick out of that very berries pretty barriers. Pretty straight laced. I don't think eli needs in the suggests. It's until. I think he's probably been planning this out for months cubs and cardinals today. I'll wrap it up with this three-game series what happens in the three games. You got leblanc k. k. ueno going into the games cal hendrix today for the cubs by the way. He's been awesome against the cardinals as we know in his career. So how do you think this unfolds this weekend. Gotta get a series win. Should get a sweep. I know hendrix's obese against these guys but this is a team that's watch the wind go out of its sales in the cubs. You know when the when the front office is open talking about being sellers. They've had a you know. They got crushed last night a They've been all all sorts of out of whack. So the cardinals should very much have the momentum should have the energy you don't get hendrix but you gotta get to in the three. My man always great to catch up good info and we'll do it next friday man. Having a weekend you youtube ben frederickson of the saint louis post dispatch and again we're brought to you by blue tail medical group find out more at blue tail. Medical group dot com.

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Wednesday with Walton  May 19, 2021

Scoops with Danny Mac

14:53 min | 4 months ago

Wednesday with Walton May 19, 2021

"Wednesdays with walton. On scoops with any mac dot com. Brian walton covers the cardinals. From the cardinal nation. Dot com does an amazing job with the minor leagues also major league baseball. So we're going to get into the cardinals win last night. What's happening down in the minor leagues. And he's always were brought to you by blue tail medical group great alternative to surgery. Find out how they're doing it. Blue tail medical group. And they'll keep you in the game right now brian. Good morning how are you good morning. Dan it's nice to see the cardinals. Come back with a win last night after that series in san diego. Isn't it man that was tough to watch that series. Was what exactly. I think we've all talked about that. Baseball needs to get away from. They had twenty six walks in the series the most since nineteen hundred so maybe the the right formula to get back on track is welcome the pittsburgh pirates to town. Yeah there's no doubt about it and let's face. it goes a good team but they were slowed by colin. They missed you know. We're missing a number of their star players and you know it was the first opportunity for the cardinals to get revenge forgetting balanced from the postseason and unfortunately the pitching just couldn't find the confined the strike zone and as much as mike show didn't want the media to continue the narrative. The facts are the facts. And i think a president of baseball ops john was they lack was was much more candid about it Before the game yesterday when he said you know we simply have to throw strikes. Stop the locks absolutely John gant did that last night. Only allowed one walk. That was a john. Gant that we see come out of the bullpen and that might be israel sooner rather than later. We don't know You know. Mike sheltered indicate that they would go to a six man rotation still with a lot of games coming up potentially but in the big picture. I thought john game pitch very well last night. You know. I think it was one of his best stars of the year. And as you mentioned gantt has somehow managed to avoid getting hit with a big innings despite allowing way way too many baserunners and i just always kind of felt like the other shoes. Drop at some point but you know to his credit. What maybe his last gartner rotation for a while Was a very very positive on a win that the cardinals really really needed. And of course what you're referring to is that off. Miles michael is in carlos. Martinez look to be on track to return to the team. Perhaps as soon as this weekend so when they get into this after thursday off they get into this long stretch consecutive games again They could insert both those in the rotation and one would think that john gant might be the one to return to the pen at that time. Correct me if i'm wrong but in terms of a minor league outfielder scott hearst. He is on the injured list. Is that correct. That's why it's got hers was injured. I don't know the nature of his injury. The other day the cardinals brought connor capable backup from springfield. He had gone down to their because of some injuries. Down at that level chase pinder got hurt so the cardinals are a little thin in the outfield. Right now As as of course everybody probably knows tylenol. O.'neil went on the injured list yesterday. So saint louis has only four outfielders on its roster along with of course tommy evan. Who can play anywhere in an giang house back. And there's a possibility that we might see john the gasket play a little left field with o.'neil out of action. Was he doing any of that in the minor leagues when he went back down to rehab. No he was really play. Mostly first base and designated hitter. So i think. I think he's more emergency outfielder type than necessarily A starting option where we saw justin williams got the start last night lane. Thomas is on the roster as well and you know he certainly has shown in the past that he has account even though both in one thousand nine hundred and twenty twenty. Excuse me twenty twenty one. Eight elaine. Thomas hasn't really shown that spark. What have you thought of the cardinals in general read just past the quarter way point of the season just a general assessment of where you think. This team is at well. We need their starting pitching was going to be the strength of the team and they've negotiated through a number of injury. And of course. Kim was was injured for quite a while. Now martinez michael escorts hudson loss for the year. And so we've seen guys like against step in and do a tremendous job in that gaps has really really paid off the cardinals. They've been able to. of course. Andrew miller jordan hicks. So you know. They had a lotta pitching injuries but to their credit. They've been able to to work through it pretty well. I think johan oviedo is one who's been a little bit of a disappointment this year after he came up and and pitched well in his five starts in twenty twenty and he. He hasn't been necessarily that feeling guy. But now if Michael martinez all come back and remain healthy. That's going to be less important for the near term man. You have to be thrilled. Watching nolan are not. Oh he's an mvp candidate. We know we've touted him as being that potentially and he's living up to that isn't he. Yeah it really is and if you look at his numbers here with saint louis so far. They're very comparable to his career numbers as colorado rocky. And that's very very encouraging to those who still worry about the course field effect but arnold's a were close to forty home runs hundred and fifteen hundred and twenty. Rbi and you know. He's exactly what the doctor ordered for the middle of the lineup. Goldsmiths claim as well as well and those two guys are formed over there You know the guys after them in the lineup. they've gotta step up now molina's back of course young is out so you know they're going to have to continue to find ways to score runs that aren't driven by goldschmidt. Nar nado yup. And they're gonna do that dylan. Carlson loves hitting at home. He was on base three times last night. Tommy administered three hit game of the season and harrison. Bater has made an adjustment. There's no doubt he is a better hitter. Currently at the plate now too small sample size not striking out nearly as much. We've seen how he settled down the defense. He's among the league leaders defensively and metrics in center field but that has been a big addition quietly for this club. Yeah i think there is no doubt that any fancy watch games closely over the last forty five years when here baiters uses hope that he doesn't fish at those pitches that are down in a way and he's shown much better discipline this year titled neil as well very much in the same situation you know hitters knew how to get him out and now Bill betas doing a better job against right handed pitching. Which was the key for him. You know coming into this year. He's always had left pitching very well but he had to pitch right be credible enough against right handed pitching that they were comfortable to play every day. And you know again. A tiebreaker is clearly his defense he also very good on the basis. So you know. It's nice to see harrison baiter step up and and have a solid season. That really helps that bottom third of the lineup. Brian lynch jump into the minor leagues will start with memphis. What what's happening right now. With the memphis redbirds. Birds are are playing well in spurts. Pitching has been a little bit behind but we saw both the infielder. The veteran infielder as it were brought in this year. Maximum off and Jose ron don't play well drug and a lot of runs. Hit four home runs. Each was a little bit of a surprise. More i've got the call to come up. But he was much hotter at the time then then rondeau and went. Saint louis had an opening lars. Newt bar who's an outfielder that we haven't talked much about up from aa hitting over three hundred. Opiates over eight hundred winning doing a nice job as well and then counter capable who is also playing. Well so it's nice to see that the the the red birds have some some backup on the offensive side on the pitching side. The scandal clearly has been a matthew. Liberator is made three starts as your as a little bit high but he's been very consistent fourteen strikeouts and seventeen third innings only four walks and that thompson on the other hand has struggled a little bit more Especially with the ox in gave up three long balls already so thompson actually pitched in one game out of the bullpen as they're trying to figure out how to get get right but you know one of the things that we've looked at for saint louis left-handed hasn't been solid this year. In you know. I don't want to say that it's going to happen anytime soon. But if liberty keeps pitching like this you know he could be a guy that the cardinals could call on in the second half to to work out of the pen from the left side versus you going out and picking a picking up a guy scrappy. How are they doing it. Is it a piggyback system primarily with memphis in the rest of the minor leagues. No there must be running five man rotation and it's interesting because as we've talked about before a big change in the minor leagues. This year is a six game series. Every tuesday through sunday. So you know if you go with a regular five man rotation what happens is the same. Starting pitcher pitches game one and then again game six but generally speaking. The cardinals have gone with five man. There's a couple of cases where they're running with piggybacks down in class but overall they're going with more standard rotation now guys aren't pitching in deep into games partially because of the fact that most of them weren't pitching last summer but also as we get more and more information on metrics and all. It's much harder for pitchers pitch that third time through a lineup. And so much more proclivity to bring into parent after the by the fifth or sixth inning. About w what's happening there. A delay springfield having a tough time on the field. There are only two and eleven. And they're they're having trouble with consistency. Frankly the the surprise at springfield is nick plumber. Who folks may remember. It was a first rounder about six years ago. Out of high school Always had shown the ability to walk but like really wasn't much of a hitter and you know he's probably stayed around the system frankly because of his his first round status and he's sitting over three hundred on base percentage about four hundred and then right behind him as nolan gorman course the top hitting prospects system third baseman that. We've talked a lot about. He hasn't played second base yet. But we'll probably see him there in the next few weeks and the good news about gorman is he's now got three extra base hits he's starting to show a little bit of extra base. Hit power early on strikeouts. You're still high over thirty percent. But a very very positive factor in that nolan leads. The springfield team were ten walks. So he on one hand striking out but he's also showing selectivity at the plate so You know gorman is in a good place right. Now is numbers aren't a staggering seven. Seventy eight oh. Ps but certainly Training in the right direction. How about von harare. Much of him as you've been able to watch some of these games. Harare has been You know it's hit all along and everybody knew he was hitter. His batting average is down this year because strikeouts are up but he's been extremely productive at the plate a grand slam in one game and i had elite springfield with ten. Rbi in just twelve games so you know the bat will be the key for harare s. He continues to move up he. He is showing progress. Defensively as well and that will be you know. The measure of how fast herrera moves. Because he's shown at he can handle the aa level at the bat so far and how about the lower levels beyond aa peoria has had some had some good performances. Eric burleson who is Comp compensation round pick last year out of east carolina was leading peoria in rbi tin rbi and eleven gains for home runs a real nice job there and they've already moved him up to aa. So burlington is the first player from last year's draft to to to reach double a They've had some good starting pitching performances from a young man. Jack roulston who came out of ucla. A couple years ago eighteen strikeouts in ten and a third innings of looking real nice for peoria palm beach course story jordan walker. Ghana's first rounder last year player of the week in his league the southeast league is what they call the florida state league now The it has a couple of home runs. Four doubles triple so a lot of extra baeau. Half of his hits are for extra bases which is very encouraging and In opsec almost twelve hundred. But the thing that. I like most about jordan. Walker's performance in the first few weeks of the season is that he has ten walks against nine strikeouts. So we're talking about eight year old showing tremendous plate discipline and great results. I don't know if he'll play at that pace but if he keeps hitting like that for too much longer you know we could join walker up in peoria absolutely and you seen some of the rules being instituted in the minor leagues anything. Stand out about that early on now. It's kinda early you know. I really wish palm beach. You know they have the technology certainly because it's a cardinals spring training park but they don't show their games on tv. And i'm really really anxious to see how the automated strike zone you know works out in practice and we're not sure which games are using it in which they aren't but the technology is there in those spring training park so that's the rule that i most said you know it's kind of hard to tell like you know the base being three inches bigger You know it's hard to assess watching a game how much that matters. But that'll be more for example. A measure to see how not only the rate of stolen basis with the success rate is so rare basis to see if they're they're impacted by that the whole clock speed up the the pitchers in the batter's that's really ball in the background and seems to be working. Well just the fact that they know that there are limits. And that's sort of speed the games up At least it's not obvious that they're dragging absolutely in our wrap it up with this. What's happening right now. At the cardinal nation dot com or cardinal nation. Here's a group of local reporters at each of the games all the ballpark's and wants to complex league gets going a jupiter. We'll have a report on the backfield as well. So we have a daily report a weekly report for each of the teams each day so on on tuesday. We have the report from palm beach. Today will be furious. Springfield on thursday memphis on friday. So in-depth news information from those ballparks. The other thing that. I want to tell folks out there. Those of you who listen to our podcast every week today. I'm going to have a special. On the cardinal nation prospect guy two hundred and fifty nine pages detailed on dozens of cardinals prospects if you anyone who listens today and signs up for the either the pdf version or the printed book version. I will rebate you ten percent off the purchase price. And that's today only wednesday may nineteenth. I'm doing it to celebrate the tax day because monday was the deadline. We all had to Concerns with the s. I like it tax day. Brian walton the car donation dot com. It all ties in it. All ties in uncle sam's gonna get it. You know that you got that right. Brian is always with us every wednesday here on the website. Scoops are danny mac. Dot com does great work at cardinal nation dot com. Make sure you try out Subscribe and you'll find out all the latest news on the minor leagues the preeminent authority on cardinal minor league baseball brian. Thanks so much. We'll catch up on wednesday. 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Joe Pfeiffer with Uplifting Cardinals News

Scoops with Danny Mac

20:08 min | 1 year ago

Joe Pfeiffer with Uplifting Cardinals News

"Hit a home run and get pre-approved for your next refinance or home purchase at the home loan expert Dot Com. Enjoy the PODCAST. Welcome into scoops with Danny MAC DOT COM. There should be my conversation with Joe pfeiffer of the Saint Louis Cardinals. We'll get into some. I think maybe uplifting news we could all use that right about now right and What's up lifting sports baseball? And we'll talk about how David freeze is coming back into the fold for the Saint Louis Cardinals whether it be with the fantasy camps or with various dates out the year to get him involved with the organization also talk about what fantasy camp in what cards kids clinics can do for families that We hope we'll still be on at some point this summer. So I think you're going to enjoy my vigil pfeiffer in particular the information and the news concerning David Freeze WanNA remind you. This is presented by hotshot sports bar and grill. And now in this time you know. 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Moving forward all phone numbers and their full menu can be found at Their website hotshots net dot Com hotshots net dot com support local and Make sure and pick up a lunch or dinner if not both at Hotshot Sports Bar and Grill obviously very very interesting times in the world of sports we'll visit with Joe pfeiffer in some uplifting stories when we come back this is cardinals broadcaster and Chinooks Shopper. Dan McLaughlin Chinooks would like to thank everyone during this difficult time that includes those that are working in the stores as you can imagine. During this time schmucks employees are putting in long hours around the clock to best serve our community so the next time you're in Chinooks tell them thanks and that you appreciate them. Let them know how much we appreciate their efforts because we will all get through this together well. This time. There are well no sports but yet you can still talk about. Sports in the impact is sports and what sports means to all of us. And that's one of the things I want to try to do on. The website is to come up with great stories and inspiring stories. Things that make you feel good in times that are down right now and I have Joe Pfeiffer from the Saint Louis Cardinals with me and Joe has done the kids clinics over the years he's done the fantasy camps cooperstown down in Florida at Busch Stadium. there's so much to talk about. How baseball can bring a community back and Joe is always. I appreciate your time. It's always fun to talk a little baseball even during these times isn't it? It is thanks. Dante appreciate the time and yeah. I've actually heard from a lot of our fantasy campers over the last couple of weeks and they are craving baseball they're throwing in their DVD's of the two thousand eleven world series and they're they're trying to get what they can right now while we all just kind of wait you know. I was thinking about different things to do on the website. Is We all wait and I thought you know one of my favorite things I've done in the last I would say six months is write an article a little piece. I'm not a great writer Joe but I try my best and so the piece though was about Couple of brothers that got together at fantasy camp not that long ago and celebrated the life of their late father and they had a cutout of all things a life sized cutout of their dad at camp. And it's just an emotional story. I will make sure that people can see that on the website if you haven't read it before but tell us a little bit about that because you know that family. Well you know the father I knew about him in the history with the camp and then also his sons coming together and what that what that all meant for them. Just baseball coming together. Encourage anybody to go to your site and read that article from this past January You're talking about the Roseborough family and Dennis says the father who Just recently passed away and Baseball really united that family. Their son Stephen and Andrew and It was really Dennis. Fantasy camp was Dennis's way to really reconnect For lost time with his boys and It was Danny was actually his dying. Wish that Is Boys have this life size cutout of him at fantasy camp literally on his literally? Yeah Yeah Literally. His wish that they go to fantasy camp honor ham remember him in just have a great time playing baseball at the birds on the bat and they did that this. January and it was just a really unique opportunity. Stephen did a great job in one of our morning meetings. Our morning meetings are they're they're very colorful. Should I say entertaining but but it was a moment of just pure authenticity when Stephen sit up and talked about the impact but his dad is had on his life in fact baseball has had on his life that the cardinals. The cardinals families had on their life and to see those two brothers. Play over the course of four days and seven games together and Really you know. Have the cut out of their father with them. Everywhere that they went in and how our alumni we have thirty nine former cardinals at that camp and how those guys embrace that family You know that that's what this is all about The memories that are made through the game of baseball and the connections that are made. That's why everyone's a missing it so much right now so That's what fantasy camp all about is the camaraderie the connection and the family. I kind of think it's an act of God is a talk to the rose boroughs. I was in. There are so many games going on at the time and guys it could be in the clubhouse or on a field or maybe on their phone if they are between games and you know checking in with family or work or whatever the case was and I just happened to be at the game in which one of his sons hits the only home run in camp and I get them rounding third base. I mean how does that happen? Incredible your timing was impeccable. Seem believable left the ballpark in our campus fast January You know with the outfielder ability. Sometimes we have some markers happening. He he ripped it out of the park and those those those guys can play ball. Those Roseborough boys can play ball. Actually Stephen The older brothers in our Kampala Fe and other ballplayers and Yeah your timing was incredible. That was that was on day one day one day one got that home run of of campus. Joe I'm going around is trying to get some guys. You know with the ball going through their legs. Maybe somebody trying to catch a pop up in this guy hits a home run so it's like an act of God pretty special. What is it like you know the fantasy camp not necessarily going down there and getting your uniform and being 'cause I want this to be special for people when they hear It's not just the baseball but it's it's so much. The Lifelong Friendship Centre developed. What are some of the other stories that you've heard and seen developed over the years with these camps? Well I mean I just I just look at data point. As an example days we just celebrated twenty years of camps this January days. Been a part of it for eighteen and he has a such a multitude of relationships and friendships and business partnerships that have come from camp and he coached the same team for the better part of a decade down there And now he plays more roles. A minute assistant commissioner at camp but I mean just just those connections these guys. We've become lifelong friends through this thing. I actually can't imagine my circle of friends at this point in my life without these individuals. And then that's what it's become an and it's not just a camper camper customer to customer thing it's very much Carlos Alumni too camper experience. I mean You know the connection that in two years at Ted Simmons is made with people at this Camp Heartland Coca Cola. Who's our main sponsor? At all of our alumni programming fantasy camps had been their manager the last two years and the connections that in. He knows if he wants to go to a concert in Kansas city he calls Kirchner rush across the state and they hook him up and he's going to that concert. That's kind of the result of this experience so much more. You know a lot of people go into camps thank you. This is my bucket list opportunity. It's a fiftieth birthday gift. It's a father's Day gift Christmas gift and then they keep. They crave it. They come back for more. And it's it's an IT's beyond baseball. It's a result of the relationships in the friendships. I mean you're the connections that people have made with Ozzie. Smith through this camp is he's been a part of the camp now for going on a decade and David Stein in his first two years a camp now with people got to get back with Lance Berkman on a personal level and understand how smart guy he is and he did a hitting instruction session at this camp. That was just unbelievable. Actually Adriaan Chambers video. Flip it on facebook and I think it got thirty thousand views in just lances simplistic approach to heading but you think about that hall of fame. Type Player talking heading for twenty minutes to these guys. you know. Just it's one thing after another And it's the reason people take it off their bucket. Listen I've got to make this an annual thing because it's in very much it's very much same format annually but every year. Everybody comes back and says this was so different. This is better. This is unique. There's more alumni involved now than ever before and that's just GonNa continue continue on. I look forward Danny. The next year are ready to the twenty twenty one year when we celebrate the ten year reunion of our eleven team. And the amount of guys that were engaged with that club including David Freeze Lance Berkman and Jake Westbrook and Chris Carpenter and just to see how those guys are starting to engage on the other side now that they're not current players it's just Especially when it's just a unique way for our fans to connect with our history. I'M GONNA get into that in just a moment. I WANNA go back to the teaching and I am dead serious. I am dead serious when I say this. How does he know Ozzy's coming up on sixty five? I honestly think and I'm dead serious when I say this because I've seen him do it now. Multiple Times with the one on one instruction when he's at shortstop and showing how to feel the ground ball and how he did it in some of the things that maybe you want to do to teach your kids or in this case. Teach the campers and so he starts taking ground balls. I think for one night. You'd be fine with Ozzy in a major league game. As long as it's hit right at him he's GonNa Gobble. That thing up now is the range. They're probably not but it still pretty darn good. I think you get away with it for a game. He's unbelievable I don't disagree with that at all and his arms probably feeling a lot better than nineteen ninety six surgeries. He's incredible and his ability to explain the position illustrate it. It has his hall of fame level and make kind of dumbed down for the rest of us is incredible one of the things that Joe Pfeiffer does my guest is I love this you're tied into the alumni of Saint Louis cardinals not only Doing things like the fantasy camps and whatnot but but JOE is also intimately involved with just about every alumni appearance. And that could be across the street. At ballpark village could be in the cardinals hall of fame and museum. It could be a David freeze night. And that's the guy. WanNa ask you about David. Freeze because I I saw David. I guess it was a bout. I was doing a show at one. Oh One and he popped in because he loves music and all. The stations are kind of clustered in there and we come on the air with us in in so it's been about a month ago. I guess Monday and a half so he hopped on. And I've known David for a long time and I I knew him very well as a player and I absolutely love them and as a person as ballplayer everything he's done for our community that special night in special run that he had in two thousand eleven but the thing that I wanna get into and he's going to have an appearance. Hopefully fingers crossed the ballpark this year. But he has and maybe you can shed some light on this but he really is at peace in my mind with the decision to retire so it's not like he's looking back and going. Oh Man I should have done this or should do this or that. That's number one and number two and most importantly with all the pressure that comes around with being a hometown hero. He seems to be at peace with that and now is embracing it and wants to be more engaged with the cardinals organization. D Get that sense to yeah and I and I I get the sense as accelerated Dan. Because you know in your close friends with record and as as as am I and we've talked about this before from an alumni perspective that it's sometimes it's as much as two year grieving process when a guy leaves the game. Just do it just to that. This was the focal part of your life. Everything revolved around in when David was in town with the dodgers last April I actually went down to say hi to them because I was close with them. Like you were when his current player. We did a lot of cool things together on the on the business side and And I had a request for him that someone had for the off season. He's like he's like Joe whole tight. He's like this is it. This is going to be it for me. So let me know that in April. He's like and I'll connect with the after so I wanted to really honor that space Because I know that not everybody's ready when they when they get out of that uniform. Are they ready to go into some sort of ambassador alumni role so when he announced his retirement officially in October I just sent him attacks and said hey man look forward to connecting with you in your time and I was literally in Florida in Jupiter running our camp in January It was before right for camp started the day before. And he's like I WanNa talk to you today and we had about a thirty or forty five minute call. That was just incredibly refreshing and Just to hear him talk about you know he's like you know. I love my time in La. The dodgers were great to me. I played with for a variety of different teams with Saint Louis as my own. The cardinals are my team. And they're the ones I'm going to engage with on on the alumni side of what you guys do and we've already laid out a lot over the course of the end of this season rolling into twenty twenty one so I'm incredibly excited about his state of mind where he is your point. I think that you know their second child is due in June. So He's Kinda holding tight on anything until they get beyond the birth in and just you know his wife and his children and he just in a great place and honestly I think even accelerated to a place where he is right now this quickly after. He's already announced his retirement. It's just incredibly refreshing and unexcited what it means for cardinals fans in the organization David Moving forward use the McLaughlin here to tell you about the hometown. Automotive family I trust the most the loop US automotive network and you know they are Saint Louis loop. Who's been part of Saint Louis for over seven decades? They're proud to support Saint Louis in the surrounding areas with cars youth. Sports and charitable efforts. Fourteen brands ten locations just visit views dot com. Start shopping today. He just did a podcast. I don't know if you've listened to it with buster Olney and buster now with the game. Shutdown is kinda looking back at the greatest games in in the sport in so he got a hold of David and they did like forty five to fifty minutes with a good. I'd say ninety percent of it on game six and he's going basically Joe Pitch by pitch by pitch get his at bats. Where guys were the bunt plays who is Who's down to the final strike a facing fully? I. I mean it's just it's so cool to listen to them because now you're hearing a guy that's totally at peace and says okay. This not only was life changing for me. But it's been life changing for community and so here's embracing it and I think that's awesome and I can you imagine if there's a night and it will be when it's dedicated to David freeze. What that reception and what that night will be like in Saint Louis. Yeah and I'm hoping it's still August eleven as we planned he's You know coming back for Budweiser Bash and Will be thrown out the first pitch that night and it'd be his first public appearance back it. Busch Stadium in man. I can't even. I can hardly even visualize it as you're even describing game six. You know just emotions and up and down of a baseball game especially with the impact of elimination game. The world series. I mean Dan. The first five innings of that game were atrocious. Remember David Even says that he goes you know I had a ball hit off the top. My head. God's Sakes. Oh Yeah Yeah it. Just shows the beauty of that game that the first five any absolutely terrible and then it ends up in arguably the greatest game in club history. That's just so unique and what other sport can can do that absolutely so with fantasy camps and with the sport right now and sports in general things are on hold. But you do have a camp coming up. I know it's going to be Again at Busch Stadium. You've got one in Cooperstown. Fingers crossed. Might be a little bit tough but then you also think about the things for kids to and I know you're involved with the kids clinics and whatnot but at some point we hope to be talking baseball and getting people back to the ballpark but most importantly getting back to the game general. Yeah definitely looking forward to that In hearing your voice Going cardinals games to bring us back to a sense of normalcy. We'll be a great thing for everyone especially cardinals. Fans and Yeah we're looking forward to delivering on our kids clinic. Scott Terry does an amazing job running our alumni ambassador program and working with all of our alumni the manage our kids clinics were excited Once we can get these underway. Paul Dion is the face of seven of our twelve clinic. Seven our local five or regional. So Paul will be. It's in our local Kids clinics summer is Harrison. Bater was last year so really cool. Unique opportunity for kids aged seven to thirteen there to experience that and then to your point on our Saint Louis Fantasy camp that September. Sixteen to nineteen almost sold out. We've got a handful of spots left bench coach in camper spots for the Saint. Louis Cabinet will be. David freezes first camp is it alumni. So you'll be the face of that camp experience And we play at Saint Louis University for a couple days and then wrap up at Busch Stadium. There's a really cool dinner event at Ballpark village cardinals nation. That'll feature David freeze in a private autograph session. For the campers their special dinner event hearing from David and So I'm really some fun things to look forward to I know it's tough right now. Is We're all of self-isolation in trying to find ways to keep our cells busy and active so but you know on the other side of this thing. We're we've got some fun things to look forward to the alumni side of cardinals baseball. It's well put. Hey Joe thanks be safe to you and your family and we will have baseball before you know it. Thanks so much same Danny best all the cardinals fans out there thank you.

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Baseball in St. Louis  Ed Wheatley

Scoops with Danny Mac

21:36 min | 1 year ago

Baseball in St. Louis Ed Wheatley

"Hit a home run and get pre-approved for your next refinance or home purchase at the home loan expert Dot Com. Enjoy the PODCAST. A great baseball book is now out for you baseball in Saint Louis from little leagues. Two major leagues. It's written by my guest at Wheatley and Ed has done so much tremendous work. That name may ring a bell for sports fans and Cardinal Fans and browns fans. He's done so much work with the Saint Louis Browns and also just keeping the memories of many people and the game of baseball alive here in town. Ed is always good to visit with you. How are things all glad to be with you? Just trying to get through this like everyone else. Hope everybody's safe in their families are in good shape and let's get through it. Go Listen Baseball Memories. You Bet Tell us about the book. What is this book all about really? This book is about the love of the game of baseball. And it's kind of an offshoot of my Brown's book where You just saw this love of the browns team but it's more than that the love of baseball in Saint Louis and you know it really comes to the fact that is so many people say. Saint Louis is the best baseball town in America. And you start looking. Why is that and it really starts with the roots of the love of baseball. We joke at the opening of the bull. Durham statement from Anti Savoy. Susan Sarandon's character where she says. I've tried all the religions I really have but the Church of baseball fills my soul day in and day out and I think that's uh so much for Saint Louis. We joked it opening day is our national holiday and you look at how people are in the summer. You know you'd be standing in a grocery store line people. Don't talk to you but you know you'll be wearing car. No hat or your cardinal shirt and there'll be a great play somebody will say agency that Catch Harrison. Bater made last night. What about you know Wong's double D C. That people talk. It brings people together whether it's just. Chit Chat or even in times of social unrest or even these economic times baseball as something that it brings people together. I wanted to explore what Saint Louis was. And that's when you find there's this tremendous history. It goes all the way back to eighteen sixty. The very first game played under the Alexander. Cartwright's rules of baseball is played at fairgrounds in eighteen sixty. That's a year before the civil war and we then have all this great history how to take from this amateur to professional to the cardinals that we have today but more importantly in there is this mass education of people from playing in High School American Legion College. And you start realizing. Saint Louis had some of the best high school programs in the country. Some of the American Legion championships. The Union Printers National Championships. All this really comes back and I think they've got a tremendously educated fan base it. You know they're the kind of people that come to the game and the other team playing the cardinals. They make a great play. Our fans are known in respected forgiving. That great play at applause boos but applause or when a guy like Albert hosts who abandoned Saint Louis. He comes back. What happens standing ovation after standing ovation is just? Why are we in this making of this this day spa town so if you had to answer that question why has it been so good what do you think the answer is simply the love the game you know it started as a time? The game started back in the late. Nineteen Century in the eighteen hundreds. Because that's all there was was baseball. They don't have TV. They don't have radio movie theaters. They don't have all this baseball. Became embedded it started as an amateur game is clubs farm to do some type of recreation is. All people had was long hours of hard sweat Labor but baseball was a way to relax. And then it became you know factory versus factory community versus community in all build out and people bonded with the game. It was something also. They're almost anybody can play baseball. You know not everybody's going to be a major league or very few but everybody boy girl no matter race religion. Whatever has played baseball in in in in our city and state so And that's the thing to this is not just about Saint Louis City proper. We go across the river into Illinois. Belleville Edwardsville new eight tenths granite city just as much as we go out West into. Saint Charles wants to fill in those areas. It's amazing what you find in the history of baseball. What did you find about little league in particular with Baseball in Saint Louis. We all played little league baseball. So what did you find out about it? Well I started. The thing is where playground Leagues were formed by the Police Department in the thirties and forties but the most amazing thing that few people realise in recognize is the Corey League which is in all fifty states and in other countries across the globe. It was founded here in Saint Louis by George Corey and is still headquartered here in Saint Louis even though the Corey Leagues have been taken over by a lot of these communities running their own programs the basis and the foundation for the Little League is the Corey leaks which is a saint Louis Product. And you know talking to you know the hundreds and hundreds of people I worked with in writing this book and actually the Corey. Leagues opened up and gave me their archives to go through. I think the proudest moment for any young kid from the fifties and early sixties was the be on Corey League all star team in. Have your team picture out in left. Field that Sportsman's park with at big iconic scoreboard in the background. I think for so many people that was one of the first keepsakes. They immediately brought out to tell their story. How about the best players? It came from Saint Saint Louis in the city of Saint. Louis I mean I've got an idea of who they might be but Your research you're the best players that you found. Well I mean that's an interesting thing in in debate where I've gone through all these years of all the great high schools all the great American Legion teams and how many men make the major leagues in. You know the estimate is about six million kids play baseball every year. And they've been doing this for you know many many decades in Albany. How few people as You well know Dan? Probably the last. I looked it was like nineteen thousand. Five hundred men played in the major leagues going back to eighteen seventy six records when the National League farm so making the major leagues is hard. And what I found for a lot of these great amateur ballplayers Saint Louis. You know some of them got hurt. They couldn't go in make. Technology didn't exist to make them better. Many of these players also said I got blocked. I shouldn't assigned with the Yankees in exacerbate example the Yankees in nineteen fifty to hit twenty four minor league teams at six hundred players. You're going to compete with and it was always. I wish I'd assigned with the Phillies are senators. I might have made it to the major race but you know we have quite a few men who made it to the major leagues. We list all those players just like we list all the players in the Saints Amateur Baseball Hall of fame but the best in Saint Louis what I did. I went through all this analysis into to each position. Three right handed starters three left handed starters and put three guys in the bullpen. And you know who were the best of the best and you know immediately? Everybody knows or should resonate Yogi. Berra's the best major league come out of Saint Louis without a question when you look at all his His World Series appearances. You know he was in the World Series Fourteen Times. He was an all star eighteen times and then people will always say well. Joe Garagiola. He's your backup was like no no there's a mandate elston. Howard who actually was Yogi successor with the Yankees and Elston at ten World Series appearances twelve. All Stars won the MVP in nineteen sixty three elston. Howard is probably the greatest African American ballplayer to come out of Saint Louis. But that's just the kind of hot stove debate. That's the beauty of baseball. Is You know who should play this physician or that physician found out? There's a man. Nobody knows about is a pitcher right handed. Starting pitcher the first man to win three hundred games before cy young Pud Galvin. How many people know who Pud Galvin is that he grew up in Saint Louis and he's in the hall of fame but The other thing is we've got great players. You know you have a first Baseman Ryan. Howard Nate Colbert Roy. Sievers played left and he played. I thought we put him Roy. Sievers was the first American league rookie of the year in nineteen forty nine. He's in the outfield With with Lee Thomas Lee Thomas. We we recognize. This is a great ball player with the angels signed originally with the Yankees was traded. The angels in sixty one had a multi years twenty or more home runs than he came back later on and led the front office activities with the cardinals went to be the GM of the Philadelphia. Phillies when they won the pennant. So there's strong people in picking this team and it's a great thing to just sit around and ask people who are the best each position and I will say shortstop was probably the hardest of them all and I was talking with Dell Max who aren't starting shortstop unsal Saint Louis Team and people forget he's got four world series ring he's got another world series appearance In sixty eight when the cardinals didn't win but he he got a ring in sixty four and sixty seven with the cardinals. Anyone out to Oakland is part of their great teams guard but finding a backup on even down when I was talking to him about it. Put your general manager had on and tell me who do you think is the best Shortstop next to you to come out of Saint Louis and he says that's a that's a good good question because so many People have asked him that in. It's hard we didn't have a lot of That's got a lot of great pitchers. I mean you know how many cy youngs. We have by Saint Louis pitchers but in the end of the day we went with the Jerry Bujak who helped the cardinals in their pennant. Years of the Sixty he was McKinley high product. I mean when you look at how many cy youngs in no hitters have been thrown by Saint Louis pitchers in the major leagues. It's it's amazing you find out sometimes. They weren't even the best under high school team. It's just that these players didn't make it up so it's just a great story to sit around. Read the book all these great players in thank who are the best coming out of Saint Louis and we Lee is my guest. The book baseball in Saint Louis From Little League to Major Leagues. We'll talk about the Negro Leagues in Saint Louis when we come back. This is cardinals broadcaster and Chinooks Shopper. Dan McLaughlin Chinooks would like to thank everyone during this difficult time. That includes those that are working in the stores as you can imagine. During this time Sh- NOOKS. Employees are putting in long hours around the clock. Best serve our community so the next time you're in Chinooks tell them thanks and that you appreciate them. Let them know how much we appreciate their efforts because we will all get through this together with the McLaughlin here to tell you about the hometown. Automotive family addressed the most the loop US automotive network and you know they are Saint Louis loop us has been a part of Saint Louis for over seven decades. They're proud to support Saint Louis in the surrounding areas with cars youth. Sports and charitable efforts. Fourteen brands ten locations just visit views dot com to start shopping today at Wheatley. Is My guest baseball in St Louis from Little League to Major Leagues the author of a New Book Head? Chronicles the history baseball in our town from the great players. Literally Corey League American Legion. All the way to the pros. It is in this book and the Photography and the research and the history here is incredible. We often talk about the cardinals or the browns and nets great. But there's also the history of the Negro Leagues here in Saint. Louis what did you find out about the Negro Leagues that as you research this and what it meant to Saint Louis Vice versa. That is a very interesting history that the Negro Leagues in the African American experience in baseball in. Saint Louis has a tremendous history in a tremendous background and Martin Matthews of Nephews dickey boys and Girls Club. He kind of challenged me as we were doing research. And I went to him to open up their archives. That American community is aware of this history. How will you Bring this out in. I think we did really well job. And this may be an expansion of that becomes the next project but you know we hear about the stars and I always tell people as you drive down highway forty to go to a cardinal game and you look over when you come upon chase. It's arena there at Compton in you see Harris Stowe in the field right there. That's where the Star Stadium. Was there at Compton market. It's still a baseball field. As part of Harris still but that is really where the stars made their great name and before the stores there was the giants in the thing the the giants played is the Negro Leagues starting to form and at that time they were just kind of playing games here and there and it's been a hundred years. This is the one hundred anniversary of the creation of the Negro Leagues in Kansas City Missouri. And that's why The Museum of the Negro Baseball League museum is in Kansas City. These that's where it was created a hundred years ago this year but the thing that I thought was really interesting the giants had an owner named Charles Mills and he kept this giants team. Going in the president of the Negro Leagues Name Was Rube Foster and foster in Mills. Did Not get along. There was challenges from both parts. Mill selected the teams weren't getting enough for their fair share. He was trying to do some Things outside the bounds of what foster light and foster really forced Charles Bills Out of the Negro Leagues and that's one another owner came in and bought them and they changed their name to the stars that little scenario right there is just so reminiscent reminiscences. What's going to happen forty years later when they Baseball FORCES BILL BECK OUT OF SAINT LOUIS and forces him to sell the team. So you know it's funny. How BASEBALL REPEATS ITSELF? You know when the Brown stockings I came together as a team that would eventually come. And be the cardinals. It started with a bear in what saved the cardinals Almost seventy eight years later was another Beerman. Augie Bush when you start connecting those stories absolutely but back to the Negro Leagues. I mean there were five men in the hall of fame who were put in From their play in the Negro Leagues from the giants in the stars in. Unfortunately we don't remember we hear about Cool Papa. Bell and we hear about Satchel page you never played in the Negro Leagues here. But he played with the browns and would be here regularly on his barnstorming tour. But we need to remember who are these men and the other thing besides Negro Leagues? There was a a league up in our St Louis. It was called. The tandy league was played at Tandy Park. Which is park located just across the street from some high school in it was the premier semi pro team. It was also like the minor leagues to the to the Negro Leagues and we had many many great ballplayers who would make the major leagues. Who played in the League so that was their experience in the segregated world so we really go into the history of the giants the stars we go into history of this Tandy league in how these men who came in play there because they had no other place because we lived in a segregated world even in baseball it was interesting to go into the book and fine is I spoke a moment ago about stars Park and we all know were sportsman's park was we know where the to Busch Stadium Downtown. Were but you know the giants played up at Clarence and Broadway. Just at the foot of o'fallon park where it makes that big been at highway. Seventy as you come downtown. Are you know you go to where the ruined slater the terriers played in those early professional teams in? Where there's really was such a concentrated grouping stadiums and my favorite story is where Robinson field sometimes called cardinal field where the cardinals When the when they originally came into the National League they came in as the browns and throughout the book. This is the thing I say. The term browns is like a cat with nine lives if the Brown stockings in the American Association of the Brown stocking at first came into the National League in eighteen. Seventy six people don't realize there were three iterations of National League teams from Saint Louis before the team that we call the cardinals joined in eighteen. Ninety two there had been two others that had joined the National League in eighteen. Seventy six for two years in eighteen eighty six in eighty five. They played for two years in finally in eighteen. Ninety two the browns would change your name to perfect those in the cardinals and they would stay to what we have today but they played at Robison field advantage. Enter a natural bridge right across from fairgrounds park in that field was last wooden grandstand in the major leagues in a burned-out and that's how branch rickey. Who had moved from the browns to the cardinals took the cardinals to play tennis in Sportsman's Park for the browns? I I kind of joke in the book. The ashes from the fire must have really worked into the the field where they played ball because Beaumont high school at one time in the late forties and fifties had more men in the major league than any other high school in America so it had to be something from those fires and that site there. Were that all happened but It's those little quirks probably one of my favorite quirks in the whole book. And you're a good southside. Dan Is Cork Ball. How late it all the time. How many people realize clerk ball was the Saint Louis Institution that nobody really knew about around the country and it was really World War Two. That's a minute services. They would go. They would take their tiny cork ball in bats or get a broomstick and teach people out of play court ball all across the country and that's how it became kind of a national thing. I have stories about Yogi. Berra teaching the Yankees. What Cork Ball isn't how to play it for us. Growing UP IN SAINT LOUIS. You know it really started with with. Catholic priests the different parishes had their own openings. And then every bar you would see these batting cages behind the bar downstairs if there was just one of the little oddities. How court ball is the Saint? Louis Institution. I'll wrap it up with this. What's your favorite part of the book? Or what are you most proud of as well with the book? I think the products of the People's saying it brings back so happy memories it touches them especially now in these times. We need something. That's happy memories and good because you could be a regular Joe playing baseball and you have stories of playing against Whitey Herzog in the new AIDS Illinois High School Team are my favorite story is Dow. Maxwell told me is dad work hours in the granite city. Steel Mill in those days only had one car and they couldn't get a manager for their their Corey League team over there in granite city. So mom did it and I said I wish you had a picture of this. But his mom would ride him to the park to have practice. She would be on her bike pedaling. He would be sitting on the handlebars holding to bats in the catcher's equipment so that his team could practice that is just the image of what baseball meant to people in those days and I'm also interested in how people react to as we spoke earlier. They all Saint Louis Teams. Who Do you think were the best in? It's unbelievable history. Everything you pointed. You don't have to be a big ballplayer. You simply were once. Watched are the women we include. You GotTa have women and I've gotten to know through the use of the all American Girls Professional Baseball League enough. The movie of the League of their own I've I've met them in part of the reunions up in Cooperstown and you know we had four ladies were stars in in those leagues. So you know. This isn't just about men this is about even the women so again. The book baseball in Saint Louis. It's available wherever books are sold my guest Ed Wheatley. Ed is always great stuff. Love the research your time that you put in this year love of the game and I know fans are really going to enjoy the book. Thanks so much thanks. Dan Appreciate again.

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Shining On

"Hey it's dan. Patrick here to tell you about the dan patrick school. The sportscasting up teamed up with full sail university to create a sports casting. Bachelor's degree you work both on and behind the cameras and you build skills for the future of sports. You can connect with audiences no matter where they are or how they're tuning in learn more about full sail university. Dan patrick school to sportscasting by going to full sail dot edu slash espn interruption. But i'm mike rowe on ellen degeneres. Chris is ending or talk. Show tony what do you think ours will in sony kornheiser. When that home video of me leaks. It's gotten a little preview video man. Yeah know i know. I know you had those skills by the way. Let me just competition. I always liked ellen degeneres when she did stand up one hundred years ago i was. You're not that old wellness. I'll bet it's twenty five years you live killer or demaim mabley you gotta going back into the. I'm just saying. I'll bet it's twenty five years ago the me. She's been doing this for almost twenty and then she had a series. I thought she was. I mean i still think she's welcome to pti boys and girls in today's episode. The hawks want respect the sixers and meet in miami and the pac twelve as a new commissioner but we begin today with james harden harden came off the bench last night playing for the first time in over a month he looked anything but rusty hardin had eighteen points and eleven assists in twenty six minutes as the nets. Beat the spurs will one. How did hardening the nets look to you. Great great great tony. I expected some risks. We've seen russell other people. You know like anthony davis came back and obviously davis played his way to having a forty two point. Night in the bronx a little bit even though we got a tweet the go back out but i mean great. Players still need some time. James harden didn't need anything tony if the eleven cysts in twenty six minutes. That got me right here. Just just walks back in and immediately facilitates his teammates. I mean that's the part of james harden and even when he was mvp. We didn't necessarily see that he could. He could get pile up assists but it was mostly about scoring mostly about setting himself up. James harden from day one with the nets has accepted this new responsibility. I say new. I know he's not new. Put it in. It is the he is primary playmaker and the best playmaker probably in the league and he just comes back in and does it. That's what you see that that makes you say of the nets. Yeah they can do this okay so you know that i was on it early. That he should be the issue. I understand he's going to be the mvp because he missed a lot of game. So i understand that but what he did. Last night is exactly why i felt. He should be the mvp. He's been transformed as a player and he did it by himself. He was selfish and now he is self less and if he and durant are healthy. I don't think and and i'm not including career. I'm specifically talking about people who are hurt if they are healthy. I don't think anyone can beat them. I think harden is that good and we'll make other people better when you look at that team when harden doesn't play they're five hundred win kyri and durand play their eleven and eleven. I want to get the number right there. Twenty eight and seven. What he plays now. Maybe and i don't know how this works. maybe durant and kyrie have no particular chemistry. Maybe they don't. But but but harden is the x factor harden is the guy that makes that team go and and what he did last night. Just walk right in understand hamstrings tricky and he could be on the bench tonight but what he did last night. You said yourself. Wow he's the most important guy. He's the most important guy which i don't. I know neither one of us would have said when those three put together any guy that prevents it from being the circus that we anticipated a lot of us. But let me say this. This is the only cautionary note has nothing to do with james harden specifically. They're still have to play some defense. You look at their scores and they they're used to putting up one hundred and thirty whatever they want in large part because hard is that great as a playmaker but so they're going to have to defend and you get in the series and you always say because you covered the league for forever guys get a chance on the off day to study you and your tendencies take away something. But it doesn't look. We can take away. James harden does it. Did you see that bounce pass. This ain't the key. When mayor of thomas magic. Johnson jason kidd playbook points eleven assists seven rebounds two steals in twenty six minutes. He shot eight for ten. And it's not what come off the bench because sixth man of the year he said. Here's this is. This is out of james harden's mouth not to brag or anything but i'm like really really good at this game he is. He is no clear out. Meanwhile the atlanta hawks are in the playoffs for the first time since two thousand seventeen. The hawks beat the wizard last night. Another great game entering sole possession of the fourth seed in the east at least for now atlanta started the season. Fourteen and twenty under lloyd pierce but have gone twenty. Five and eleven. Since nate mcmillan took over star guard trae young says he feels like he and his team haven't received the recognition. They deserve all tony. You and normally. I hate when people say that normally. I hate when players say we're disrespected. And where's my sneaker. Deal right them but in this particular case he happens to be right. Trae young is shooting three less shots. A game three less a game. He is enabling other people who they've brought in gallon bogdanovich you a good shooters to get the ball and score a little bit more than they would have say. Last year and trae young he may not ever be luka. Doncic the guy. He was traded for on draft night. Because luka doncic may go on to be a five time. Mvp for all we know but trae young's a lot better than you thought he was when he was in kagi today young. They very good player right now and. I'm glad you mentioned the coaching. Because when loyd pierce we'll have his name right one when he got canned both of us thought he got a raw deal and as it turns out he didn't get a raw deal he did not. That record did nate. Mcmillan has is a second best in the nba. From that point on second only to phoenix they fired the other guy because they were losing all the close games onto mcmillan. They're twelve and five in games. Decided by ten points of fewer. And so i think the essence of what trae young said corrupt. I'm gonna disagree with the essence but let me get to this that roster. Tony didn't know there's no recognition you get recognition for winning in the playoffs whether it's atlanta. I don't care who it is in the play offs. Okay john collins is a terrific young player you mentioned bogdanovich herder. We watch play here in college. Maryland maryland governor. You mentioned clint capella. I mean couldn't capella had ten blocks in a game. This season the andre. Virginia who was hurt a couple of months he wouldn't even in there. They did a hell of a job assembling talent. Let me just say this again about trae. Young who. I didn't think was going to be this good. I was dead wrong. Dead loud stupid wrong. Trae young is terrific. And i'd like to have him on any team. I have but he's wrong about this whole thing about recognition when in the playoffs. I'm not even saying you can't win the whole thing this year. I'm not requiring that. I'm just saying when you play well and win some games and maybe when the series in the plastic that's recognition comes professional. Sports are about the postseason period. I understand. I just wanna come back on one thing what you have anointed tom. Sibito as the coach of the year because he got the knicks into play atlanta. Cold on could be great in a stunk. They stunk for threes half a year. This guy. nate mcmillan is awful for three years. He's got him above the knicks. They're in fourth. The nixon v their thirty nine right thirty nine and thirty one right now and so. If you're gonna talk about tibbs you gotta talk about. I was fired earlier from other gigs. He's still be coaching other places where they were crazy and fired him. So he's he's a terrific coast. Tony but it's half a year. Tim's been near the whole year and the knicks. Just dad for three years. Hundreds of years stopping secretive timpson credit of judaism law sick. that's takeaway coming up to sixers in. The heat played a night in miami. Which teams should we have. More confidence in harrison. Bater made it look hard last night. The milwaukee i mean. They don't have that ramp doing houston but did he actually make a point enough tips. There's not enough tips. you could have predicted. You're mad you didn't get on the bandwagon you should have. And now you're left out in the cold they're gonna finish sixth there behind atlanta now. They're not they're going to finish going to finish fourth fourth. Yeah really yeah. Let's see yeah okay no matter what you want to protect. Nobody has more experience helping. Keep it safe than adt with at you'll get twenty four seven peace of mind from the creators of the home security category. Adt has received the most burglar alarm events in the industry and help save more lives than any other home security provider experience matters. That's why millions of people trust. 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So i'm going to eliminate tonight's game because i don't care about that and i think the question is beyond tonight's game and i would say absolutely i have more confidence in the miami heat absolutely. This team went to the finals in the nba. Last year they came out of a fifth seed where they may finish this year and they went all the way into the funds. What was the last time. The sixers we're in the final. It's two thousand. And one with alan. Iverson and larry brown coaching. Let's look at your boy. Jimmy butler who you love. I love jimmy. Butler was in philadelphia. And simmons was there and embiid was there and jimmy butler said seal. Later i'm going to miam- what does that tell you. I mean my sense of philadelphia is they've got a lot of yet and they've got a lot of talent but i think they went out in the playoffs last year. I flipped they went out swept in the first round. I could be wrong. But i look at miami as a team that is getting this year to where they were last year and i have more confidence in them about two weeks ago. I looked at phil i looked at miami. And they get their guys back in hero and butler and not a bio and duncan robinson and kendrick nunn and their deep. They're talented and they got the experience of going to the finals. And they they like philly. Our damn well coached okay. They both are tony. I think is miami but let me say this about philly. I think they've got a greater upside in that. If you get embiid and simmons and by the way sims may be the defensive player of the year. Maybe i realized stifled tower. Could be that too but those guys playing together like they are you kidding. They're healthy going in. I mean this is a great all time. A hall of fame tossup. Because i don't know again two weeks ago i was ready to say miami but philly just one eight in a row. I think it was tony. And i know they dropped. One doesn't matter at this point phillies playing awfully well and they are confident in themselves. I think they might have. I'm pushing who do you have. I'm pushing hough push fame. Toss up eight hauling in. May yes really. Yeah next does did harrison baiter make a good play or a bad play. Okay i'm gonna move the question a little bit because he made two plays and it's important you cannot put them together on the first play. What happened was lorenzo. Cain is at second base. There's a deep fly ball. House invader goes back when he gets to where the grass meets the warning track he slips mighty goes down to his knees. He scrambles on his knees. He makes the catch. It is a great cat is great play but when he goes to transfer the ball because he knows cain is going to get the third but he wants to get the ball back in the ball goes way behind him cain gets the third dozen stopped running and he scores so at that point. You say it's a bad play so to me. It is to distinct the view. The irony to me. Mike is what would have been the best outcome. The best outcome would have been. If he didn't catch the ball. Kept it in front of them. Let cane go to third. It would have been zero zero. Instead of one. Zero would have gone beyond thir- you watching chain. He's like dion. What are you nuts. You know that analysis is just dead wrong and you pushed so. He made us horrific play. The play could make. It was mud out there. When you see the back of the spike marks and the monday came up you know come on grounds crew. Let's let's let's get going out there. That's what happened to the mud. Stuck his feet in the ground and couldn't transfer the ball. It's a good. Dare you push just so weak. That's it that's it. I didn't actually pushing woman called it. A world class taught wurley lasts me. Let's take one last break still become the pac twelve as a new commission will restore the confidence place in the powers of college football. Actually i called it a hall of fame up all of what should we expect. Alex rodriguez now these officially new owner of minnesota timberwolves. Try out for the team. Jump he can. I don't trial for the team. Basketball shorts doing jimmy butler said goodbye is playing tom and tom to lock. In the final playoff spots it gives teams some place for a defend your position haymakers and upset the order. Anything can happen in a given and begin your run. Only the strong survive make history performance. It's not done yet win to get in into it's nba on espn. Tom the state farm play interning wednesday on. Espn the wnba is on. Its way back playing basketball. Pandemic looks like this. No mask no six feet apart to put yourself in. Harm's way. It was a scary decision. We are dedicating this season to tailor the unity that we were able to experience something that we won't forget and we can lean on as we move forward. I do it all over again because bigger than me bigger than my teammates. Espn films presents. One forty four presented by honda now streaming on espn plus people. Happy seventieth birthday. mike martz. Remember him watts was the hottest offensive guy in the nfl. Twenty years ago it was the offensive coordinator and the saint louis rams when they beat the titans in the super bowl and he was their head coach when they lost the new england in the super bowl. The rams were the greatest show on turf under remarks. Kurt warner and torry holt. Isaac bruce marshall faulk marks last four more years before stepping with health issues. Five games into the two thousand five season then. He bounced around offense coordinator for the lions. The forty niners bears then. The bottom dropped down despite a fifty three and thirty two records head coach. Martin hasn't worked in the nfl. Since two thousand eleven most recently he was head coach of the san diego. Fleet in the late lamented. Never liked marks right. I didn't dislike him as much as you sort of. Make it out. But he couldn't get anything out of jay cutler but neither could anybody else so. I don't wanna blame mike martz for that which i'm happy birthday. Happy not so happy anniversary. Toronto maple leafs on the stay eight years ago. The maple leafs saw their eastern conference quarterfinals playoff series slip from their grasp as they lost game seven to the boston bruins and crushing fashion. Tronto was ahead four to one in the third period but the bruins storm back. They scored two goals in the final two minutes to force overtime. Were they would win. Five to four maple. Leafs have endured the longest playoff drought of the original six teams if not advanced in the playoffs since two thousand four they've pinned to the stanley cup. Final since nineteen sixty seven. The last time they won the cup that is so long ago there were only original six teams. Then in the ensuing years the nhl leonid twenty-five more and many of them have won the cup and not just the first wave of expansion teams like philadelphia and teams from places. It hardly ever snows like tampa bay dallas anaheim and carolina. Tony i feel toronto because that has been your flagship teams. You know what tom two years ago when i spent almost the entire spring in and out of toronto the raptors. And you're not gonna believe this. The raptor seemed to have at least at least pulled even with the maple leafs in terms of popularity of sport in toronto in greater toronto. One of my. I don't know three favorite cities in north america. I'd like to see the maple leafs win. Though i really ding ding ding ding will rating cities in north america. Yeah happy trails to the opening for pat twelve commissioner. The conference announced today that george clear cough. We'll take over. Larry scott cliff cough hope. I pronounce that correctly is currently the president of entertainment and sports for mgm international. That means he knows something about betting and showmanship which is where collared sports seems to be headed. He's a sports and entertainment lawyer who worked for mlb and was instrumental in bringing pac twelve championships. To las vegas. Now some people are saying this is a shocking nontraditional higher. Larry scott was traditional higher. He was president of the women's tennis association and under his stewardship the pac twelve basically disappeared from sight to the point where people are asking to expand the college football playoff to eight or twelve spots. Just saw a pack twelve team can get in. We'll where you on this higher twenty. I think i liked. The high is out of the boxes coloring outside the lines. But i don't want to blame everything that happened in the pac twelve. Didn't happen larry. Scott i mean seriously. They got a lot of programs up there. That have been good long long long before larry scott and they fell off long before he got there so the pac twelve done a lot of work. But maybe this is the guy to get it. Done an bonus happy trails to michael ray will go after tonight. Show wilpon is headed to connecticut where he will be inducted into the basketball hall of fame at a ceremony this weekend at the mohegan sun casino a fitting place from woman while we says gee i don't share with we'll on is headed there tonight. Before any calls for recount of his election can be completed. It has been reported that adam silver will personally dr wilpon to the induction to thank them for the many times. You said out loud. It's a ball boy. Wait for sacramento at orlando fascinating. Playoff implications wilpon is now in something like eighteen halls of fame. My own high school asked me for his contact information so that could induct him into the hewlett high school hall of fame. Take i'm not even in. I'll take on behalf of everyone at pti. And i suspect america large. We congratulate you on your crusader against junk and stupid analytics. And we wish you luck in getting the hall of fame relocated to chicago and seriously. We are thrilled for you. Do you have a speech. You know what you're going to say. I have a speech. You just have to wait for like everybody else. Only to see if you're named in the speech it's a great weekend. I think everybody. I think you you know i. I love covering a lot of things but in the twenty years. Nothing any way more than basketball. It's been a long ride doing it along glorious ride and i'm grateful. Thank you good for you. Let's go to the big finish quickly. To iran's new preached agreement to buy the timber wolves big deal. It is tonia seem to be in need of direction and a dynamic owner and i really hope a rod is indeed that the pelicans were eliminated from the playoffs. You disappointed by that knows ion. I'd like to see zion but you know what if you can't finish tenth. Shut up get out. Come up top prospects. They do tonight for the marriage. Jared kalmyk and logan gilbert. Are you intrigued a little bit. But tom knight it's all night. It's not you know in the playoffs start next week. I'll be intrigued by the. Nhl puck drops. The mets won seven straight. Holly doing not doing it. With jared graham But you know. Here's what the case of what they are doing. I jacob degrom their starters. One point eight. Oh we already. That's fabulous you. Don't i guess they're getting timely. Hits unlike the nazi kim. Free anybody around the last one blazes sons tonight is that significant. Yes tony their fabulous playoff implications and. Yes there are the portland trailblazers trying to stay out of seven. And they can do that by winning. But i don't necessarily know how. I'm rooting for that. Against and devon booker rather time trying to do the next time. I'm tony kornheiser to grop. 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Wednesday with Walton  January 22, 2020

Scoops with Danny Mac

20:00 min | 1 year ago

Wednesday with Walton January 22, 2020

"Hit a home run and get pre-approved for your next refinance or home purchase at the home loan expert Dot Com. Enjoy the PODCAST. It's a Wednesday morning and that means we have the chance to visit with Brian. In Walden of the CARDINAL NATION DOT COM. We do this fifty two weeks out of the year Brian Walton on decartelisation DOT COM has cardinals content every single day of the year particularly at looking at the cardinals. Minor League System Always Fun Division with Brian. Now this visit is really fun because he was is in town with the cardinals. Winter warm up. You'RE GONNA hear us go rapid fire through the organization whether it be from the ownership to John Mosaic. Mike Gersh to the players that are beyond the cardinals major league roster or even those in the minor leagues have a chance to break camp with the cardinals in this upcoming spring. So we're going to do that and go rapid fire and really interesting comments by Brian. Things that he took away that maybe you haven't heard or read that took place this weekend at the cardinals winner. Warm up as always this is presented by Triad Banka Full Service Financial Institution established in two thousand five and their mission to provide a wide range of commercial and personal banking services. Jim Triad is in the lobby when you walk in a Triad Bank in Clayton Missouri. We do our business. It scoops. Danny Mac would try at bank. I think I hope you will as well brought to you and brilliant clarity by Lordos diamonds. See their selection Lordos diamonds dot com with Valentine's Day. Right around the corner when we come back a visit with Brian Walton Abi Cardinal Nation Dot Com saloon for men. You'll receive the perfect haircut complimentary beverage relaxing shampoo. A Hot Towel and amend complimentary shoeshine all just twenty two dollars hair saloon for man one of the great things about the winter warm is the chance to see a lot of our friends. Come together a and B. in person and that's what we get here with. Brian Walton of the CAR DONATION DOT COM joins us every Wednesday on scoops. Danny Mac dot com the cardinal nation DOT COM covering. Everything was saint. Louis Cardinals Baseball. Minor Leagues Major League's player interviews evaluations. And this time of year it's a great place to go because so many the people and so many fans are curious about the stars of tomorrow. Always good to see you. Brian how are you. I'm doing great Dan. Thanks for having me on again. That's Hey It's my pleasure. It's been awesome into have you. We thought this would be kind of fun but we would do like just quick hitters in evaluations from what you took away with the winner. Warm up I'll start with just this in in general winter. Warm up in general. What did you think Well obviously it's a big time for fans to come to Saint Louis and a big part of the weekend is to interact directly with players get their autographs get get photos and done and so from that very very successful since the players are also there then that gives them an opportunity to talk with the media which we took advantage of to ask them questions over the the weekend and of course the baseball writers dinner on on Sunday nights a big event as well so let me start running through some names and what comes to mind. Let's start with the owner. The Chairman Mr Dewitt Bill dewitt. Junior what did you think. Well bill made it very clear that the organization is not actively seeking trades at this time which was deflating into some fans who are hoping to see something happened with known auto but he made it clear that the combination of incremental money to the payroll and the amount of prospects that he would have to give up is not something that he's comfortable with and he noted that giving up prospects is not something the organization is against doing? They did it. The last two years with those Oona and Goldschmidt but to go further and to do what he believed was a win now type of move and potentially sacrifice a future was not something he's comfortable with how How do you think that's GonNa play? I Would Nolan Aeronautic after the comments. That were made a couple apple nights ago that he's frustrated. Disrespected I believe was the word that he used with the management team. How do you think that plays out? Well certainly it's a toxic situation in Colorado and it's of their own making I'm talking about ownership. In general manager Guy signed a contract eleven months ago and promised a competitive team. They lost ninety one games. And now they're star. You know once Outta the town. The problem is at least to this point where all the national reporters have been saying as well as reporters Denver is that the asking price has just been prohibitive. Not just for the cardinals but for any other club like the brace for example who also need third baseman and and unless they're price comes down to a much more reasonable level. There's just not a good fit with the cardinals in or not. It makes thirty five million dollars. There's an year so to save thirty five million dollars off the cardinals current payroll that would mean shedding both Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler for example without covering any any of their salary. And that's just a scenario. I mean we're talking about what are we three weeks away from spring training. I mean it's just it's it's just not going to happen. Let's go right down the line. jambos airlock the President Baseball operations. Yeah John Locke was was very frank about the fact that he hadn't had trade discussions in the last seven to ten days and some folks thought you know he's lying and I you know I've been with MOE enough over the years I've not seen him ever out and out lie about things will not answer but in this case he said hey you know we got nothing hot. He talked about the fact that twenty six man could be a catcher which is interesting thank scenario with the resigning amid leaders and may open up opportunity for Andrew Kisner to to be on the major league roster I also asked him about the closer situation and whether he might bring in another our bud norris type of veteran and he said listen. We're pretty comfortable with the arms. We have so at this point in time. It looks like closer is going to be something. That'll be resolved in camp. Mike Scheldt Mike shelled He talked about the fact that they have thirteen pitchers coming to camp as starters and asked him how. Are you going to get all those guys work. How are you going to be able to evaluate him and he? They said they're going to really focus on back field. Simulated Games to try to evaluate All these pitchers in camp a you also talked about Dylan Carlson and and You know he's very bullish on Dylan Carlson. But he sees him more as a left field rightfielder at this point. He said you know we haven't seen enough of him in center to feel that he could compete for that job at this point the veteran. That's back again. I think this is years sixteen. It's Adam wainwright. Yeah he's certainly He and the Audio Molina. The face of the franchise and wainwright talked about the fact that the second half of two thousand nineteen was important for him because he was the first time that he felt he could pitch without having to worry about his health and his goal. This year is to be better than last year which is a great goal. Even at his age He talked last year about his sort of player that he thought was going to emerge was Dakota Hudson this year. Interestingly his pick to click is miles Michael is he says the guy who throws ninety five with four offerings. You know he's figuring out his issues and he thinks Michael is GonNa have a year much more like two thousand eighteen. Let's go to that. Miles Michael is What are your thoughts on on seeing him at the warm up well he talked? He talked about K. K.. Kim then you know the new Korean and the challenge in coming to a country where you don't no one else speak the same languages which is you and how he's going to try to help with that with that transition. He also mentioned that. The K B O. Where Kim came from is known as a hitters league and that makes Kim's accomplishments it's much more impressive in his mind and he thinks Kim is going to be a great addition to the cardinals went really place? Interesting to hear the comments Yada. You're Molina and wanting to play beyond the contract and and If he does so we only his words was saint. Louis yes and that's a obviously a great thing to hear for a career cardinal and guy who's you know invested so much in the franchise The other thing that I asked him during that time was is there a deadline. Because it's been a lot of talk about this. You know the agent talking with Mohan Spring and Molina said no deadline. So if they don't get anything done in the spring that would give the cardinals more flexibility in terms of how they might structure his deal. Because there's a rule in major league baseball that contracts can only drop twenty percent per a year so if they made a deal early they would have to pay Molina at least twenty million dollars in two thousand twenty one which is a big salary for. He's GonNa be thirty eight year old catcher and it's interesting in something that a lot of fans fans don't think of Matt Carpenter was very open and honest about his struggles of twenty nineteen. Yeah it's very rare. You see in a player player apologize. And he apologized to his coaches. He apologized which is to the front office and through us the media. He apologized to the fans. And he's you know he's really making the changes that he needs to make. He talked about The fact that in the past what he was trying to do is trade off some of his strength training to try to stay healthy to protect his back for example but this year he's gone back to a more traditional routine because he wants to be stronger the other thing he talked about was the fact that he purposely this off season tried to not pull the ball so he got pull happy and and he realized that that was affecting his game so what we hope to see in two thousand twenty s Amac Carpenter hit back hitting ballfields about Colton Long. You wanted to go glove last year. And what did you take away from the winter This year from cold long I saw a new level of maturity He talked about the fact that and he's really better understanding his role as a player He he talked about the fact that he and Harrison Bater a friendly challenged steal thirty bases right. But it's not the first one to get there. It's whoever gets. There is going to challenge and pull the other one along with them. And that contrast to five years ago I remember when Clinton was a young player and his challenge at that time was to hit more home. Runs and Randall Grischuk. And you know that just wasn't who Colton long was but it's taken him time to finally now get the confidence that he attributes to Mike Schill to become more well rounded player and you know he noted the fact that when he and Dexter Fowler will put at the top of the lineup that it was sort of when things started to click for the cardinals offense Harrison baiter big camp coming up for him. What did you take away Harrison Baiter of any of the players that I talked to and listened to over the weekend again? I think impressed me the most of this preparation for the New Year. He went down to Florida. A trained with Tommy Fame and another player can call right now and basically you know every day has worked on getting better. He even went to have mental training mental skills training. And you know he he realizes that That this is his time and he believes the center. Feelers job is his and if confidence is any indication Harrison baiters gonNA come to camp with with a chip on his shoulder to prove he deserves job. How about the camp and what you took away from Tyler? O.`Neil upcoming Tyler O'Neil. He said his goal is to stay on the field. He realizes this is his biggest inhibitor. has been his his body and he also was very candid about. Hey I need to stop swinging at the ball in the dirt which is what every fan who watches watches games realizes his weakness so he knows what he needs to do now. It's a matter of whether he's able to execute Michael Gersh. GM The cardinals. Michael Gerson chocked of course about a number of things but the thing I thought was most interesting being minorly guy. He talked about the major league schedule being so early. Now that the minor league camp the step camp that they used for selected selected minor league is is the way that they feed extra players into the one PM Games but that camp would be so late. It wouldn't help them. They've got split squad games. I think certainly the first week so they instead got rid of step camp this year and are going to bring more players into big league camp in the area sixty eight sixty nine or maybe even seventy seventy players so so there's going to be a lot of players and bigly camp probably more pitchers to help them get through some of those early games but that also is going to give them more time to evaluate those thirteenth thirteen starters. He believes fan joined the party all season long at hotshot sports bar and Grill at one of their eleven area locations rate food and drink specials available during every blues is game. It is your home for Blues Hockey. Remember the blue scored five any game. This season you get hotshots legendary tacos one dollar each the next day find a hotshots near you at hotshots. Net Dot com proud partner of the Saint Louis Blues. I hope you know about this. Sh- nukes rewards out. If for some reason he don't wear have you been the whole city has been downloading this. If you wish nooks rewards member you're going to earn points and the next time you're H nooks. You can use those points for money off digital coupons on the items you want most download those chinooks rewards APP. Get the APP that gets you. There's three minor leaguers at maybe grabbed the attention of fans most importantly and I'll start with Nolan Gorman. What did you take away from Nolan John? Nolan Gorman is a pro I mean you wouldn't you wouldn't recognize that he's a guy you know not yet playing in AA. I mean he you know dealt with the media just like a professional. He talked about the fact that David Wright is a guy that emulates which you think. Hey you know that's other than the injury part of Future Hall of Famer and a guy who had a reputation on and off the field feel. He also disclosed that this is going to be his first big league camp. And he's pretty excited about that both for himself and his friend at the Liberator Matthew Laboratories the my the next question The Big Leftie that they picked up from Tampa Bay tall. He's just looks just looks like a dominating guy on the mound and that's the approach that he's GonNa take and what Matthew Libertadores said you know beyond all the overwhelming excitement and the anticipation that the cardinals fans gave him that he's going to be shadowing wainwright and Jack Flaherty and spring training trying and learn everything he can one of the guys. I'm so excited about and I was on the caravan with them. I I my gut tells me Brian. He can make the team out of spring. And that's excuse me me that. Sell leftfielder centerfielder rightfielder Dylan Carlson. Yeah Dylan Carlson. The first question I asked him about his decision to not go to the Arizona Fall League but but instead focused on strength training he's gained ten pounds. He's gained additional strength over the winter. He's worked his program very hard and you know he's he's a no nonsense guy not a lot of frills He's just wants to come and play baseball. And that's completely what's on his mind. I think the cardinals have purposely. Tried to keep pressure off Dylan. Carlson Not only because of his his relative youth he's only played eighteen games in AAA but also they have a lot of other outfielders that they need to evaluate this spring. Thomas O.`Neil In in just a Williams who we forget about so you know. They've got to give those guys at bats because they're higher on the priority list right now so if Gorman has to go down for a while it won't be the end of the world. But if he comes up and hits the ball like crazy crazy and spring training you know. We saw pools make the team wants. Certainly Nolan government can do to. I'm sorry Dylan. Carlson could do it to Tommy Edmund Tommy Edmund You know he's a pro in every every aspect of of the game and what caught me about what Tommy Edmund said was. Hey I of focus this winter on shortstop I know. They didn't music shortstop last year because I was used at second base and third base most. That's where I tended to get more comfortable. He said I need to be ready to help the team at shortstop when they need to give Paul de younger brother and he intends to play that role and speaking of Paul Dion. Would you take away from Paul Paul. The young talked a lot about his struggles last year. And the common thinking of the people like me maybe people like you to was. He was physically tired. He was worn out also. That wasn't the case at all. He said it was. He was mentally worn out. He got in a situation situation. Where if he was over ten he didn't want that to turn into an over twenty and he let that worry about his at bats affect his play at the plate not in the field course we saw him play almost gold glover quality? Defense Gopher quality defense so you know his intent is he wants to be ready mentally for the grind of the year and he thinks he can be a guy in the middle order. Three four five hitter. Mike Show wouldn't talk about his lineup even though I asked him But the young says. Hey He's ready to step in that void if if if asked it's a big big camp for Austin Gombar really can't for him. Yeah Austin Calmer you know. He had this weird injury last year. Was it his shoulder was it as BICEP. He said that he went for 'em are is. They couldn't find right anything and at what thought they thought was going to be. A few weeks turned into three months and so by the time he was ready to come back into July. He needed a quick get ready but he was starting over. Just like the very beginning of spring training. 'cause he wasn't allowed to pick up a baseball so basically he ran out of runway. None of the cardinals. Minor League teams were in the playoffs. And he's just couldn't get ready and Austin Gombar being a stand up the guy is he said listen. I just wasn't ready. If they would have brought me in in September to pitch in a pennant race Saint Louis. I just wasn't ready. So gombrich coming you know with. He's one of those thirteen starters charters and he has a lot to prove the question back of my mind is they didn't find what the problem is. Will it come back. Expectations for Jordan. Hicks Jordan Hicks has been working out for he. I was in Saint Louis all winter until about the new year. Then he went to Jupiter I saw him last week. He's throwing the ball He's up to sixty feet now but he's also has a good mindset mindset about it he's not trying to rush he understands the schedule Yes to be on. There was some worry. The cardinals sort of elongated his plan B. Thinking that his complications cases from his diabetes might affect his recovery. That hasn't proven to be the case at all. Hick says he's gained ten pounds as well. Good pounds Looks more muscular. Look stronger and so so the plan is still that He'll be back around here. I'm excited about Alex Race. I don't know about you but I'm excited about it. You know Alex Raiatea. He was given a different program. After multiple years of rehabbing having in Jupiter he got to go home to the Dominican and and prepare his way. He's already thrown his first bullpen. So he's on track. John Locke said that again. He's one of the thirteen but realistically realistically given the limited number of innings has thrown over the last few years his ability to handle a full starters workload one hundred fifty hundred eighty innings. It's probably unlikely so more than likely clearly racist GONNA compete for a bullpen spot and finally Carlos Martinez Carlos Martinez the probably the biggest question of all in camp will his shoulder hold up if so he thinks so. He says the shoulders one hundred percent. He's ready to compete for starting role. Interestingly I asked him I said Hey Carlos what you're not gonNA start. Who Do you think I mean? If you're not going to close who do you think would be the the guys who could step up and John Gant was the first name become to his obviously. That's not binding. But I wanted his opinion. He's the guy sitting down and watching these guys throw so The car heart donation never stops. What are you working on right now? Well we've got a number of leftovers. From winter warmup we've posted a wrote synopsis of every player in every manager in every very coach to speak and also have the audio up for the people who want to listen to long form. So there's three days worth of I don't know why thirty five or forty interviews and then there'll also be some follow ups as with An in-depth session with Gary Locke Farm Director and then Randy Flores who. I know you also have an interview with a one on one that you did a rainforest also met with fans and through his presentation and answer some questions as well so those things are all going on at the carnation much more. It's a fun time isn't it. Isn't it really. I mean those thinking. The baseball hasn't begun is not true through Nashville is already underway when you start looking at and for fans that are curious about this. The evaluations of the minor leaguers people go to you at the car donation dot com to get that windy. Really start diving. I mean I know you already are but I mean when you really get in depth with some of those kids well certainly when we're able to see see them again and part of what I did last week and instructional camp was watching number the players workout now. The pitchers weren't throwing a maximum velocity. They weren't throwing all their offerings. I even bother get the radar gun out but once spring in training game start and that's mid March. You know I'll have the gun out and we'll be watching. You know what these guys are doing. You know there's a few guys changing positions haven't Mendoza. Looks like he's moved from third base too short so there'll be some more of that that we'll see spring training as well but the carnation prospect guide is just a few days from being released accepting early orders and in that we go in in depth on about about sixty prospects in the system including where we evaluate them scouting wise where we think that their ultimate potential will be and what work. 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Ben Fred Friday  September 20, 2019

Scoops with Danny Mac

26:26 min | 2 years ago

Ben Fred Friday September 20, 2019

"Ben Fred Fridays on scoops with Danny Mac dot com and it's brought to you exclusively by Henderson and water cutty lawyers available twenty four seven number to call three one four six six four five four thousand four hundred three one four six four five forty four hundred full service criminal defense firm dedicated to helping individuals fight criminal charges in both Missouri and Illinois Federal Municipal Cords and they can handle no matter how big or how small the charge is the water cutty and their their website very easy to navigate. If you have something going on in your life and trying to find out more about what you I need to do just go to the website. Seo Criminal Defense Dot Com S. T. O. Criminal Defense Dot Com ben Frederickson good morning to you good morning Dan. How are you I'm doing. I'm greg cubs cardinals. It comes down to ten games seven meetings between the two. This is exactly what Major League baseball was hoping for weren't they no doubt and it's sweat cardinals. Samson want I mean you've got to lead and you've got. You've got seven against the cubs in the final ten. It's it's the way it should be and it's going to be fun. It's going to be probably probably a lot of digested fingernails but an and it's got a quite a story line too. I mean how about the fact that the cardinals are over six and games played at Wrigley Field you gotta I think they would feel pretty good with getting split in this series and moving it back home with with the lead but I don't know that that's quite the easiest thing to do now. The cubs are not the cubs team that we've seen here in recent seasons and their banged up. They've got some key players out with buyers and Russell and Rizzo and camera trying to work as way back. This is not a group that is that is operating at full strength here at least entering this this series and we'll see if they get guys back because it rolls along but it seems like no matter matter who's out there. There is certainly another level to it when these two teams meet and the cardinals go are going. They're fired up big win against the against the nationals before they left town and a chance to a chance to really you know into this division on the road. They can if they can take the series that they can sweep it. That makes a huge huge statement. I've been but I think they gotta be happy if they can get a split yeah. I think that's the way that you have to approach it. If you can get split you walk away somewhat unscathed the you've obviously watch what's happening with Milwaukee Walkie and then you go into Arizona. Try to take care of business there and then wrap up the season at home at Busch stadium against the cubs. I'm really intrigued with Joel Madden's future now. I might be in the minority here but this guy you know just record wise and winning a championship. I think has done a remarkable job. Bob and I realize it's what have you done for me lately but I think his future is kind of a sidebar to what's going on this weekend. Would you agree with that totally. It's a cloud hanging over the the series in some ways kind of like you know. Mike metheny will like the situation was before he was let go. I mean it was it was a discussion point. This has been been a story of the season for the cubs is is what can madden due to save his job and used to think that winning a world series at the Chicago cubs. It'd be what what you needed to do to save your job forever but you're looking at a front office. That very much felt that its championship window was still wide open. A front office has been aggressive in the moves that have made and when you listen to the comments that Theo Epstein is made. It's not about hey. We made some bad deals. Are we made some things that we signed some contracts that blew up on our face and they have it's about. Hey why why aren't we getting more talent. Out of this team and this team is talented enough to be winning more than it is. Why is that those are usually comments that you hear from a front office that is that is trying to you know pin things on its manager. Whether it's right or wrong it doesn't really matter because they're the boss and if they feel like Joe Man is not gotten the most out of this team and they're going going to be looking for a different manager. I think Madden knows this. I think he is maybe not the type of leader that that does his best leadership under big pressure moments. You know if you look at some of the moves he made in the world series they were not his sharpest moves and you could make a case that some of the pressure was getting a little bit. I think that there has been if you go back and read the comments from that world series even after the win. Some of the moves are made the comments the tones one of the front office toward Joe Madden have been a little bit different. I think I think there were some maybe some some question marks exposed even that championship run and Joe man like some things are upbeat like things are are light and airy and the vibes are good and and he's a great leader in that sense but when things are a little more sinister than I. I think you start to see him. You know succumb to the pressure a little bit now we'll see if that tune can change here because if he makes takes this team on a run then that's impressive considering what they lost but I'll point this out and it's been made the case in Chicago as this debate continues. It wasn't Joe Madden who came a bunch of money to Yu Darvish. She's been better lately but not that good good. It wasn't job mad new signed Kimbrel who went out and got hurt. It wasn't Joe Madden who gave you know some of these deals that have not worked out for the cubs okay so they can pin in an honest. They won but it's not. It's not all on him. We know that yeah you'll be in Chicago today for game. Two of this series that game will be seen on Fox Sports Midwest in West today tomorrow and Sunday. It's a four game series last night. It was buzzing at the ballpark whether you're on the cubs or the cardinal side. It's always that way but there is something about day baseball weekend Wrigley Cardinals in town and then you've got the the matchup of these guys trying to get into post-season season play. I I just think it's going to be a mad house starting today absolutely and it's going to be crazy chaos and craziness at Wrigley and it will be the same here when that when that final series of the season comes here and it won't matter what's decided by then either because of these teams don't like each other very much and the cardinals are headed there with a the cardinals left. You know you heard in the comments that were coming out of the Bush clubhouse before the cardinal left that they were there tact and they want to go there and prove this thing is is is some sort of flu. Can they feel like they can do that now. Whether whether or not they're able to make a bigger statement than just taking this series. We'll we'll see these games progressed but there's some bad blood there still and these are there's a rivalry and and I think this is when you see it really this'll be postseason baseball before the postseason and this is going to be a massive series for a guy like Dexter Fowler whose been at finally playing the way he wants to play headed back to Chicago a chance for him to make an impact. I forgot Colton Wong who has been you know the cardinals catalyst analyst and he he loves the feel of these Games and he hates coming up on the wrong side of he's GonNa say things that fan the flames a little bit and he'll try to back it up with his play. He's done it more more so this season than ever great story lines in this series of the way it should be I have some and then some intrigue I mean the cardinals are sending out Michael Walker Dan who has has been. He's been better than I thought he would be. Since the trade deadline I'll say that straight up but he struggled against the cubs and he's really struggled at Wrigley. I mean this was to start that you had to wonder if the cardinals might try to find a way around and it's going to be his second to the last part of the regular season and they've shown no signs of making any switch there he he is not things have not gone well for Michael Lockup in his last look at his last four starts at Wrigley field since two thousand seventeen. He's got a seven point seven one in twenty anyone innings. The cubs are slugging five twenty four against him during that span he's going if he can go out and pitch well. I don't think they need they. Don't need to Roic seemed to pitch well. They can go out and do that. Then we have to say okay you know we we beat on the cardinals a lot for not getting a a different starter for this rotation but if Michael Walker goes out there and pitch as well on on the cubs win and his start Wrigley Field and I think you have to say okay the cardinals double down on the pitching they add and for the most part it worked out for them. What do you think happens with Marcello soon. I'M GONNA do a couple of big picture things. We'll switch things up but soon as such a hot topic here in town the Guy can mash. You've got Dylan Carlson charging hard. How do you think the cardinals approach at situation with Marcel but I think they I think if they had to decide right now. Today they would probably offer them the cue uh-huh and see if he takes it. I don't think he will I don't think he should and then they'll take the draft. Pick and and move on but I I do think there is a window and Marcel has done it in in his reason game aim where he had probably the most complete game season where he can force the cardinals hand a little bit Marcel had a chance to finish I on this team in pretty much every rebe impact offense of category he's close to Paul Goldschmidt and most of them and he played fewer games because he he had the injury to his hand. I can understand the cardinals hesitancy to give him a long term deal based off though some of their history with them the injury concern the trouble they had getting him the right treatment the way that he shows up to spring training. He's kind of an old school player. He shows up not in the best shape and then works himself into great shape and I don't think he'd probably gets enough credit for the fact that he plays every damn day when he's healthy the and he and he certainly is not out of shape. Now I mean he's kind of an old school guy he. He plays hard as heck when the seasons on I think he likes to take off seasons and treat them like off seasons and it doesn't happen as often these days but guys can still be successful doing that. and I think you point out to our still hasn't made it abundantly clear that he wants to be back accuser now. He hasn't said what kind of deal except but he wants to be here and he's traded his agents around and I think he's made it pretty clear that this is where he would like to play in the future. The cardinals do have talent in the outfield and I think they think Dylan Carlson's ready right now um and could be a starter as soon as next season but when I look at what Marcel has done offensively that's a lot of hope for young player whether it's Carlson or somebody else to just put it on that guy to to hope that that production comes out of left field the cardinals have for the first time in a long time a lineup that could enter the postseason with two guys in it that could lift this team up and go on Ron Paul Goldschmidt and Marcelo soon if they're gonNa let that one of those guys walk. They better do something to prove it to replace that proven production more than just putting it on a young player some of this. It's hard to answering a vacuum acumen because what a big part of this is. What do they do at Third Base Dan if they go out and get a third baseman who is a more proven consistent producer than maybe losing. Marcelo's pillows in left field is not such a scary thing if they let Marcelo's Zuma Walk and head into two thousand twenty saying they're gonNA. Give Matt Carpenter the Dexter Fowler rebound chance. which is clearly worked Fowler then? I think you're looking around that lineup going there back to what they said they didn't have. You know in that you know multiple bats that can can look like a post-season season lineup so a lot of questions. Some of it depends on what they decide to do at Tommy Edmund but I do think Marsha. Louisiana has a chance to really make the cardinals. Sit Up and say hey. We need to take guard look at what this guy looks like for us in the future because it's going to be hard for them to find that kind of production and left field in the other thing and I'm rambling but I I think this is important to mention. It's not as if Centerfield as a locked position forever for the cardinals Harrison Bater has we know what he can do defensively but his is bad has not been this steady drumbeat that the cardinals hope to become and Dylan Carlson can play a lot of different positions. He's not just the left fielder. that's something to point out too. It's not Marcelo or Dylan. Carlson on this outfield could have some multiple changes if the cardinals decide to bring him back and they could still find room for Carlson and other way. I think he got to bring back Adam wainwright if he wants to come back. I think you find a way to to make that happen and ask them to take the same deal. He took this season. I don't know if he would that would be pretty good. I mean remember the cardinals gave him a low paying deal with with that was chock full of incentives and Adam wainwright had the eloquently said and this was a great headquarters time he had to sing for supper and you know it's worked He's singing onto man and especially at home. I'm so happy for him and and the way that he was able to pitch here lately in in and I think the the fans who really appreciate him have been you know thrilled to watch and the season those who rushed to bury him are having to ignore the fact that they're ready to write them off I. I got crushed at times last year when when you when you looked at his performance he say yeah. It's not good but I'm also going to be the last guy to to put the put the you know the the pilot dern on Adam wainwright because he just he proves you wrong and he's doing that now. How he's healthy. He's he's convinced himself that no one thinks he's any good and then goes out there and he and he and he proved everybody wrong and that's what he has to do in his own head and I think if a guy like that wants to come back again and the way he could you know try to go out with you out of your Molina then you absolutely do that. I am proud to add to the website. As an exclusive sponsor a Ben Fred Fridays the Saint Louis based criminal defense firm of Henderson Water Cutty as many of you know I'm proud to be from Saint Louis and and Mick Henderson and Steve Water cutty are from Saint Louis. They call it home. Their firm is the Premier Criminal Defense Firm in Missouri and Illinois so being ain't from Saint Louis. They want to help people from our region and all you have to do is go to their website. St L. Criminal Defense Dot Com that's S. T. L. 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Defense dot com or call them anytime day or night twenty four hours a day the number three one four six four five forty four hundred hundred three one four six four five four four hundred the choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisement well. We've we've got mizzou South Carolina in Columbia tomorrow. What are your thoughts on that football game. It's a massive one for Barry Odem. this is the first game since the Wyoming disaster where something will go wrong Missouri on the field and we are going to get a look at how this team response That's been the Bugaboo for Missouri. It's not that they can't go out there and play well and will they can lead wire-to-wire the they're very good team. But how do they respond. When there's a mistake. How do they respond when there's a costly turnover. How do they get it back on track. How quickly South Carolina's an interesting opponent for that test because these games between these teams have been insane in recent years they come. You know there's last year there was the monsoon soon the Missouri blown lead. There's blown leads across these games and they've been haywire they also tend to with South Carolina winning very odom has not beat well Muss Champ. Am Gyms Turk reminded me this week that he hasn't been the for Missouri Football Win at South Carolina but they are introducing quarterback. That only knows beating South Carolina Kelly Bryant comes from mm-hmm Clemson. He has a win against South Carolina on his resume to actually one that he played more reps in in his last meeting with him. He doesn't know that you're supposed to lose to South Carolina. I think Missouri hoping that his confidence bleeds over but I think to me this is all about Missouri you know limit eliminating and minimizing the self inflicted wounds and if they do that they should win this game the other wildcard and this and there was a backup quarterback at South Carolina who beat the Tigers last season. There's another one Jake Bentley's out for the season. There's a young man young man by the name of Ryan Linski who is just coming off of SEC freshman of the week honors for a really strong performance that he put up and the loss Alabama this is his first sec road game of his career but I have to think that he's more excited about going up against Missouri defense than he was hanging in there against Alabama so he can throw it. They're not afraid to let him throw it. They've got good running backs. They've got good receivers. This is an offense. It's going to score points. It's GONNA come down in my opinion to what the Defense Vince can do to rattle a freshman quarterback on the road. What's been your impression and what are you hearing on the national scene about Kelly Bryant so far a couple of games at Mizzou. Yeah Yeah I think I think he's been good and he he missed a chance in Wyoming to become kind of an instant hero on that last drive but I think he's his accuracy. Chrissy is not talked about enough. I like I would like to see him. Run it more Dan. I think he think he's trying to prove that he's a passer and that's what he feels like. It's going to get them to the NFL oh but hey man if Kelly Bryant catches the snap and looks down the field and he has to force a pass for fifteen but he can run for ten. Maybe more I want him to run every time and I think you might see some more of that as they interesting see play. I want to ask you shift gears here about mls so we know the team they've got the team but they don't have a stadium a lot of talk about the ground where it goes and all that kind of stuff are you hearing anything right now on MLS. I think that they the next big kind of reveal for them. We'll will be specifics on the stadium you know location and and kind of some new pretty pictures for folks say this is really what it's GonNa look like and I tried to warn folks a little bit when talked in the past like don't just assume the first renderings we saw are going to be the final ones. These things change over time so I think we'll have you know their next. I think big reveal will be this is where it's going to be specifically. This is what it's GonNa look like specifically and these are the final details for how that's GONNA work and they're not up against so then time but they're going to break ground on this thing hand so they need to get that out there and they need to get you know things in front of the aldermen and the right politicians to sign off on the financing plan lean and they gotta get you know they got to start moving in dump trucks and getting things rolling here if they're. GonNa WanNa be on their timelines so I look I look to that the other thing too where we're touching on on and this has been discussed the bunch but it's we should hit on it here. Too is is kind of the slow build toward starting the team operation side of this thing. There's really going to be two who tracks. There's GonNa be stadium construction that kind of work and then there's GonNa be this. Hey you gotta go build a team. They're GONNA have to hire people who who work for them and one one name. That's popped up a lot. Is Dan Flynn. He's the retiring high ranking executive. US soccer his retirement has become official this month and a- All signs point to him having some sort of role with the ownership group I've been asked as you know is he is he. you know as the general manager is the president. I don't don't think that they have a specific title yet and I know they haven't hired him in an official capacity yet but he hasn't been around this ownership group for a long time now he's been kind of in a unofficial chill advisory role and now that he's retired. He's from Saint Louis. He's got a history here. I think you'll see him in some way shape or form on that on that group. I don't know what his title will be but I think they're going to try to tap into his experience. especially if it means he can help kind of mold somebody to be an up and coming executive with the team and everything. I've heard with the stadium to is you said this is going to be state of the art. It's going to be unique. It's going to be unique to Saint Louis and that's why you can understand why fans so excited to get. Maybe a sneak peek with it. I think I think there's GonNa be stuff around it to is kind of like a you know I've they. They don't want it to just be the stadium and nothing else they want to kind of. I think take a page from the Ballpark village playbook and have mixed use retail environment around the stadium and I think they're also going to try to find a way to get the practice facility near it so you're not having having a separated practice facility and stadium that requires a long dry between those venues. They kind of want it to be a campus of sorts so there's where they put that in how exactly exactly is GonNa look. I'm eager to see that because there's there's not a ton of room and it's GonNa be some tight quarters and and they've got a plan but we we've yet to see it and the planes cleans change some so I think everybody myself included is ready to say okay. Let's see what you got here. HOUSES GONNA work. I think you would agree though when you're dealing with Caroline kindle bats. Tom strunk DOC in Jim Cavanaugh. It's going to be done right. It's going to be done first class in it's going to be done in a way that that the city will be proud of. I really believe that Caroline said we asked her at the announcement of the stadium. She said they said. Are you sure this is going to be done. You know in time it's pretty quick timeline here and never quote and she is at an enact these kind of one liner. She said she had to get out there with her Amer. Nail it will will be done in time so we'll hold or to that but I do think is GonNa look good yeah. They're not gonNA. They're not gonna you know expire details on this thing. They're going to do it right and I think it's going to be something that a lot of people are fired up to get a better look at soon. No doubt the the blues they have kicked off training camp. They're playing now in preseason games anything stick out with the blues for you in this first week well. I've I've been you know this was to be expected but it was impressive to hear them. Talk at the new practice facility which I think is GonNa be really really nice. when it's all said and done got off to a great start there but hearing the guys talk talk about how they kind of you the Stanley Cup as am I gonNa Call Distraction but they view it as something that you know it's time to put it on the shelf and while this season we'll I have many moments or that's remembered and celebrated from the banners to the rings to everything this team and Craig Ruby have have made a point to tell each other look if we spend this season celebrating last season that we're not maximizing our chances here they they're really viewing this kind of a window of championship contention and and I was said did that and I got mocked for it earlier this off season but when you look at what they bring back and everybody who played in a postseason game returns except for Pat Maroon and they're not a bunch of the old players who are on victory lap. You know reunion tours. They've got young guys. They've got guys who are determined to to get more playing time. They've got older other players who are determined to prove. They deserve to be out there. As much they've got a goalie who showed he can play in the biggest moments and not break a sweat and they've got a coach whose message it doesn't waver depending on how many games they win or lose. Craig Ruby's direct he is bluntly honest and this is what these players say that that they want and and and so far they've seemed to hit it off with him in that style so I don't really see and he you know any weakness now can they. Could there be a hangover effect. Could there be a slow start for sure. I mean some of these guys are fresh off of surgery. Still some of them are probably not going to be playing quite as much to start the season as they will later in the season and there are question marks the guy like robby Fabbri. you know that's he's an interesting character. One guy we should point out because you know he was a part of it last year but not nearly as big of a part a- as he wants to be He's kind of Alex Rae is on ice. you know what can you expect all that talent in the world but can't put it together and stay healthy and he's he's fired hired he doesn't want to be viewed as a as a role guy. He doesn't want to be viewed as a guy. WHO's potentially you know watching from the press box. He wants to be a difference maker for this team and he's kind kind of competing with his body to prove that that he can do that so I think there's a hunger to this team that would probably surprise some folks who just know that the blues won their first Stanley Cup up ever and probably think the ride on the hall. They're they're still pretty hungry. I am proud to add to the website as an exclusive sponsor a Ben Fred Fridays the Saint Louis louis-based criminal defense firm of Henderson Water Cutty as many of you know I'm proud to be from Saint Louis and Mick Henderson and Steve Water cutty are from Saint Louis. They call it home. Their firm is the Premier Criminal Defense Firm in Missouri and Illinois so being from Saint Louis. They WANNA help people from a`region and all you have to do is go to their website. St L. Criminal Defense Dot Com that's S. T. L. Criminal Defense Dot com now on that website you will see the countless testimonials of people who they have helped over the many years that they have been doing work for people pull in the region on the site. 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L. criminal defense dot com or call them anytime any time day or night twenty four hours a day the number three one four six four five four thousand four hundred three one four six four five forty four hundred the choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisement should they bring back Gloria or not no hell well no and I think the players have said that they they want to put that in the time capsule and I don't. I think that's absolutely the right thing to do. You don't WanNA associate that with other teams you let it stand alone and and break it out for the reunion tour but this is not about a reunion tour Ben Great Staff. We'll see at Wrigley field today. Thanks so much Amancio.

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Give Me the Designated Hitter!

Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

43:53 min | 6 months ago

Give Me the Designated Hitter!

"Is baseball tonight. The podcast baseball tonight. Podcast for wednesday march twenty four two thousand and twenty one producing from his home studio in the foothills of connecticut shrank on buster. Only working for my own studio in new york eight days until opening day and it feels like players are dropping like flies from injuries. And this one's a big concern for nanto hattie's junior yesterday one out give list fernando. Looks got his hands on his hips. And he's walking towards the dugout he's being met by jayce tingler and an athletic trainer and fernando is walking off the field with an apparent injury because right hand kind of on his right hip. So that was tony. When junior of course with the o. At the beginning after the game the padres told reporters that he had left shoulder discomfort. They're going to be looking at that some more today. Look left shoulder issue for a right. Handed hitter Someone who throws right handed. It's not as potentially not as serious but we've seen hitters have those front shoulder issues through the years and sometimes those can be really dicey so everybody baseball today will have fingers crossed about fernando tat. Junior kyle freeland was pitching for the rockies lined up to start their second game of the regular season and this happened to bounce it up. There misfired on the breaking ball. Just hurt himself when ball man hopefully. Yeah he's he's clutching his left arm. It's been that kind of day around baseball. And he is writhing in pain. He's reaching behind. i think he's reached behind the back of his throwing shoulder. And after the game the rockies told reporters was that he has a shoulder strain. There's going to be more information later today but obviously not going to be able to start the second game of the season after having been issued the blue jays announced the closure kirby aids is expected to have year ending elbow surgery. That's state for the blue jays. After spending a lot of money on one of the best available relievers diamondbacks announced zach gallon. One of their best pitchers has a hairline fracture in his right forearm. Apparently that took place when he was jammed while taking batting practice hiller why was a pitcher taking batting practice. Wow that's weird. That doesn't sound like it's in their job description. Maybe major league baseball should fix that. Maybe it should fix that. Maybe the universal. Dhec good idea tweeted that out last night come on. Let's get this over with just announced the universal d. h. So that we don't lose pitchers injuries like this. We're going to be talking about that with david. Schoenfield coming up. We need some good stuff after all those injuries. How about francisco indoor yesterday door with a drive down the field line and it's gone plans cisco us to read this spring. Absolutely like he's getting primed up at a time when he and the mat-su having conversations about a long term deal that's four homers in his last five games at sound from s. N y ronald kuni. Junior also wendy down a port myers to see the twins three ot pitchy swings and hits a bomb deep. Left field of this thing is wait on kunia with his fourth home. Run of the spring and he just obliterated at pitch from garrett richards. That was a nice moment. How about this one from. Jt real mutel the phillies catcher returning to game action. He's been playing a lot of be games. Minor league type action As he gets ready for the start of the season coming back from thumb issue. This is what happened. You want to give the call on that one. I'm so perplexed by these these games that don't have calls on them. I understand what you're in the age of covert and budget cuts. But i don't know. I do kind of like when you when you send me a link buster and i'm listening through the sounds and there's no call and i'm like oh you know it's just kind of quiet it's nice it's just it's just baseball. Okay but he also gives you an opportunity to make the home run call. You've been waiting to make go ahead given franscisco and door up to bat. He's been having a killer spring but has not hit one out of the park. I don't know who this picture is. He lines up the rose at right down the middle road. That would be great. Colleagues at the home run was from the phillies catcher mutant. That's got excited. Okay all right. We're gonna be talking to david schoenfield about that. We'll be talking with paul in bikinis about a potential game. Changing rule enforcement for major league. Baseball will continue our national league. Central previews with their goal to the saint. Louis post dispatch. But i wanna tell you. Check out americas catty. Espn plus hosted by michael collins. 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Schoenfield david schoenfield covers baseball for. Espn in man. We got a lot of steps to get to today. A lot of juicy stuff you ready. Let's do it okay. So yesterday we find out. The debt gallon has a stress fracture which was caused when he was taking batting practice for the arizona. Diamondbacks a national league team at a time what everybody knows in two thousand and twenty two forward. They're going to be universal. Be h in one pretty much everybody in baseball once for two thousand and twenty one but it hasn't been implemented yet by major league baseball. What do you think. Dave is makes me disgusted. Buster come on pitchers in two thousand nineteen the last year. They hit one twenty in batting average in two thousand eighteen. One fifteen. I'm done with this. I don't wanna see pitchers hit. We're seeing you know the risk of injuries enough. Give me the designated hitter. Did you have the same reaction every time. now. I see a pitcher's injury and like come odd like. Let's just do this last night. It's cutting off your nose to spite your face you know. They tried to use it as an issue. In leverage with negotiation win the players association player association called their bluff. Why are we persisting in this. They're not going to be able to cash it in. Yeah look. I know all tied into the labor negotiations but just once can. Mlb just do the right thing because it's the right thing to do. You know i was email and a friend of mine you know. We're talking about the chin-ming one injury. That was two thousand eight when his career basically got ended because of an injury. So i think it was running the basis but it is career. You know so. That was thirteen years ago. And we're still dealing with this. I mean i think it was gallant himself. Who said i'm paid the pitch paid hit so enough you know. Let's like. I know it's not going to happen this year. Apparently but it's really a shame so last night joel. Sherman wrote a piece in the new york post. That is a potential game changer. Major league baseball has sent a memo according to jobs report to all teams basically informing them. That mlb could use analytics to try to track pitchers who are using foreign substances. And of course the re the way you do that potentially is if they see a spike in spin rates than that will make those players candidates for being potential a violators of major league. Baseball's foreign substance role. When i saw this. I thought you know what it could be a game changer. But on the other hand. I also i could sit there and you could sit there and players on all teams could sit there. They already know who uses ford substances. Watch the games and you'd see especially during the postseason. Last year we saw pictures going to the forearm of hand and wiped their fingers audit. Because that's where they keep their pine tar and everybody knows this so i don't think baseball necessarily needs it needs enforcement arm because to this point the way they've been forced to. This rule is to ask the managers to go out and challenge and to ask the pictures to be checked and unless that changes unless they basically tell the umpires look. It's on you to enforce the rules kind of i wash. What do you think look we could go on and on because this is one of my head topics first of all. It's against the rules. It's in the rule. Book pitchers cannot use a foreign substance other than the rosin bag buster. I don't know if you agree with this. My feeling is this gotten substantially worse or increased usage over the last decade. I think this is a huge reason why we see some of these ungodly breaking balls. That pitchers throw these days. Combined with their increased velocity is making hitting very very hard and i know hitters will say they don't mind because they don't want the ball you know having a slippery grip and coming towards their head but i think we need to enforce it. Maybe this is the first step. It's very hard difficult thing doing force. But i think this will help bring more balance and cut down on strikeouts. Yeah that's exactly what you'll wrote. That's their that's their goal is to help offenses by taking substances out of the game but again the question is how do you bridge that gap brand. What major league baseball wants and actually Compelling change among the pitchers to not use it and they have to put that in the hands the on. Because if you leave it to the players that old fashioned gentlemen's agreement among teams is going to change. I'll never forget you know. I was at the game. When waco pineda gob of a pine tar on his neck was put there by a teammate. And i remember talking with john that the next day because of course after that happened in our cameras that game is on. Espn our cameras trained on it John farrow went out as the empires to check Michael pineda was kicked out of the game. He was suspended in june after the game. Joe girardi was not at all upset with john farrell. he's feeling was. Oh my god we. We were so obvious about it and john. Farrell said to me the next day. I didn't want to do that. Because that's the gentlemen's agreement. That has been in place for all these years. They have to get the pires to enforce. yeah. I remember around that same era. The guy that rulli keyed in on this and this is why john. Farrell probably didn't say anything klay buckles and remember that year he ended the sub to era. I think he got hurt. So we didn't pitch the whole year. But he he would pitch. he'd have a big shiny. You no substance. On his forearm and his pitches that were just moving like battling. It was like mike. Scott in his prime his pitches removing so much. You know and i think he was using the The sunscreen that a lotta pictures reuse. I think now they moved beyond that into secret. Chemists developed substances right. You know but we gotta figure out a way and it's impossible it's like you can't just leave it in the hands of the empire's though because they have nothing to gain by calling out one pitcher when they know everybody else is doing it as well. Yeah hey it'll be interesting to see what exactly the orders are from major league baseball on the enforcement of this rule that they're trying to they're trying to invoke on on On the games. We'll see how they they handle that Some real salt from seattle mariners. Scott service last night. This was after trevor. Bauer pitched against the mariners on monday night. He gave up three long home. Runs and five runs in his final inning of work and on monday night. Trevor told reporters the fifth inning. There really wasn't any thought of sequencing. Or whatever i was just wrong strikes. That's not really a good frame of frame Mindframe trying to get guys out. But i would just finishing off the night trying to get my pitch count apple that apparently rubs scotch service on way because this was him talking about trevor's out and give a listen. Certainly bauer was on top of this game early and i just wondered by no. Our guys weren't trying. The earth warns we decided to try and Last night and it worked out guy started trying. So i know said maybe he wasn't in the fifth but we're trying. We just didn't take it seriously. The first three and they have both is hitting with one eye. Shut birth warnings in. Turn to read through our eyelids as we're focusing on different things that'll help us throughout the year. That of course. The reverend to aim earlier in spring training with trevor hitched with one eye closed telling reporters afterward. He was trying to challenge himself. Scott service was not happy with what. Trevor bauer said. You know scott service is usually not to be mean here at one of the more boring interviews among mlb manager so for for scott service to strike out at trevor. Bauer like that. That's pretty interesting Let's just say. Trevor bauer probably is the most favorite player among opposing teams in twenty twenty one. So it'll be interesting. How he does react to the in general to the big contract all the is on him a lot more pressure than he's used to by the way that sound courtesy of ryan davis. We took it off his twitter feed and is he noted his story. Scott service is generally understated but definitely is a competitive side to. If you ever talk to them you can feel that right. I wanna to you about Espn's top one hundred. You participated along with myself. Brad doolittle in article that's posted in. Espn dot com today. Basically critiquing our top one hundred. Ask you some questions about it. You know the number one player in all of baseball. Mike trout number two player with pets. Do you have problem with that one and two no no problems with that one of the questions we were asked to answer. Is this the year that mucci passes trout. Trout still has a sizable advantage at the play. More power higher on bass. Mookie certainly has the edge and even base running doesn't steal anymore. But i'm fine. I think the beat out might trout. You gotta really beat out trout. And that's had the great. Mvp year you can. Boost is offense to that level then. We have a debate for now. It's my trotz still okay. They asked one of the questions they also asked. Who in the top twenty five. Do you feel like shouldn't necessarily be there. I was surprised. Trevor bowers ranked sixteenth overall. He was phenomenal last year. He wound up getting a big contract. He's making highest salary any player in baseball history. This year stretch of excellence from him is not as long as a player who's ranked behind him. Like dj lemay hugh. I don't know how i. Trevor bauer could be ranked ahead. Dj lemay who for example. Who in the top twenty five kinda jumped out at you as somebody maybe should have been that high. Yeah actually i'll agree with you. You know another guy. He's drink ahead of his max scherzer. We got yeah you nailed it like bauer great in two thousand eighteen steer in. I think it was eleven starts. But i did a little research on that. He faced too good offensive lineups all year so very easy scheduled. Nobody in the nfl central hit last year and in between two thousand nineteen. He had a force of any er as so. I know max. Scherzer wasn't quite dominant. You know as he's bad last year but are you ready to write off max. Scherzer predict that he's declining. I'm not so. I don't know bauer ahead of scherzer's specifically and clayton kershaw to get clayton's in the back side of his career but at the same time those guys have a great track records in still really good. That surprised me that The where he ranked there We also had a question. Who's not in the top one hundred that surprise you for me. It was reliever liam hendriks last year. Was the number one reliever in baseball. They get fifty four million dollars during the offseason from chicago white sox so for him not to be in the top one hundred one a lot of other relievers were. That was a shocker. For me who was not in the top one hundred. That surprised you. Yeah that was weird because he was on it last year. You know so the way. We did the voting max. Just a weird kind of random thing so i do all underrated team coming out. They're going to run that on thursday. There wasn't anybody the the guy who surprised wasn't in the top hundred zag ranki who i can understand. He's getting there in age but again i'm not ready to bet against them yet. Durable is peripherals last year. We're still great. I gues- the velocities. Dowd but i think he's going to be fine. I think a guide most likely to jump in do the top one hundred and i understand why he's not there yet is bryan hayes whose might pick rookie of the year. He has a very high floor because of his defense. And i know we saw what he did. Last september absolutely torn it up in spring trainees high contact guy and he's got hit for some power. He's learning loft the ball so he's a guy that could hit three hundred fifteen twenty homers. Great defense that's a top one guy for me and give me forty five seconds on this. We were asked about degrom garrett cole and our rankings garrett cole is one spot ahead of jacob degrom that surprised me. There've been times. When i thought garrett cole was the best pitcher in baseball right now. I think it's clear it's graham. Yeah i'm with you. I know you just wrote about him cole. Yeah he was better that last two thirds of two thousand nineteen when he went sixteen to know but the was better two thousand seventeen better in two thousand eighteen. Better do thousand and twenty and like you wrote. He's throwing harder than ever. I'm picking jacob not only to win the cy young buster but nationally as well. I got a feeling that might be a popular pick. But we'll see all right dave. Thank you jumping into the numbers. This hembo knows on baseball tonight. Hembo courts paulin bikinis researcher. Espn who's a haunt showing the show get up but we've heard from mike greenberg news. Just a wild party over there Hembo so last week again. You help me with this article. I wrote on jacob degrom about his increase velocity which is just remarkable how much that's climbed And i i posed a question in the piece about how for years. I think a lot of people in baseball looked at a guy like a nolan ryan. Having like the perfect pitchers body that roger clemens because of how they use their legs and just in watching jacob degrom and senior citizen. And the long levers you know the long arm that he had You know that gumby kebob crane body that he has i kind of look at him now being more that guy what about you yeah right. They can be grandma's the the twenty twenty one prototype if you built a pitcher for today's game in a lab out outward. Spit out jake degrom. Clemens and those guys of of your. They had the sort of traditional drop in. Dr delivery which was held pitching was taught ben. And that's all well and good. But jacob degrom now captures all the energy from his body as well as anybody like you said he's lewis he's limber. He can produce all that leverage his arm so frequent fast. And i think one thing that we often underestimate about jacob degrom. He is an extraordinary athlete. He is athletic. If not more athletic than most position players in baseball we of course know that he played shortstop in college of course and that enables him to repeat. His delivery. Effortlessly enables him to repeat that release point which the numbers indicate is among the best or the amount of lowest variants baseball all. This stuff adds up to a guy right now. Who's literally sitting one hundred. Commanding three pitches buster. We have never seen anything like it. I told david schoenfield. That there have been times when i thought garrett cole especially in two thousand eighteen was the best pitcher in baseball but right now it feels like the grammys climbing into his absolute elite level of starting pitchers in baseball history and again garrett cole i think has a chance to wind up in the hall of fame someday but degrom right now is reminding me of the very small group of guys that you would say went to next level. What do you think. I'd met an inner circle type. It would not surprise me if he's in that class of player. I think he's going to be the best player in baseball season regardless of position. I ransom numbers recently. Bus ride told you asked me that. No pitcher ever from a run. Prevention standpoint just had a better three year stretch the ages of thirty three thirty two and he did. I also can tell you that. On a per inning basis he produces more value than any starting pitcher in the history of baseball and this is again a pitcher with relatively low of volume in wear and tear up until this point. I like to tell people fewer india's right now than babe ruth through in his career. So i think right now he might just be sort of entering his private as crazy as that sounds which is to say we may be looking at a six or seven year. Stretch of jacob degrom. Should he stay healthy. The kind of strengths. That will be the stuff of legend. The kind of stuff that will enable him to someday reach the hall of fame on the first ballot even even though he's probably not going to generate the same kind of counting stats and other guys that have come four him but you know it would. How baseball is played in. Twenty eight twenty one. You know. we're foolish to hold that against her. And i know he has a prominent place in the awards your turned into. Espn dot com. Give me your your big award winners for baseball. And this season so it must not only believe that jacob degrom is going to win the national league cy young award which is of course is no surprise to anybody. I think he's win the national league. mvp award. I think he's going to have that kind of season. An american. i have aaron judge winning my american league. Mvp i think if he can play one hundred fifty games one hundred and fifty games. He's gonna do something really special Nfc garrett cole. Winning the cy young award. I'm sort of all in on the yankees this season. In that regard in historic the rookies of the year are concerned mention. How much. I like christine pasha. Last week on the podcast. He's my national league kid in the american league. It's nick madrigal. what do you think about those threats. I think they're good. I have not gone through my picks. Like the fact that you are i to come through here so all i can do if i want to disagree with you and i have to tell you what might pixar Has been through them. So i want to go through. I want to go through your divisional. Picks in your wildcard picks and of course abc. As of this moment. we're going under the old system of just having five playoff teams in each league who you got in the american league. I got the yankees. I got the white sox. I got the astros. I got the blue jays and they got the athletics. Those five american league teams with the yankees coming out. What say you. I'm not feeling good about the blue jays. And i definitely am starting to by the angels hype okay. I think they've had a really good spring training. You know tani's the difference maker by the way. I think there's more and more of a chance. He's gonna wind up starting that first game of the regular season making his first start in the regular season tonight baseball. But it looks like it could line up that way who you got into nationally and internationally i had the braves. The brewers dodgers padres in the mets with the braves. Coming out of the national league. The brewers one is interesting. Because i still feel like there's no excuse for the cardinals not to make the playoffs under the current circumstance. I think a lot of people feel that way. But the amount of value that added in the mortgage the defense this season the christian yelich bounce back the two headed monster in the rotation plus the bullpen. The brewers have a lot working for them. That makes them the most club in the national league in my judgment. All right you saw the story from joel. Sherman that major league baseball has sent a memo to team saying it could potentially use analytics to police the use of foreign substances. Which i you know as i said today's sean field look. I don't know why they're looking for evidence pitchers using four substances. You and i can watch ballgames. It's not likely it's like saying well we got. We got this radar gun. It's going to show that. Somebody's speeding when we can stand the side of the road and seeing everybody going one hundred and fifty miles per hour if they actually wind up forcing this rule And they have to use the umpires to do that. Who are some based on analytics. Who are some pictures. That you think might get some scrutiny. I'll give you three pitchers muster versus yu darvish. She's really come on lately in large part because of an increased spin right. He's been great the last season and a half or so. He'll be definitely to watch. Twenty twenty one based on this me. No this new reporting the second this lance lynn. Who believe it or not. He's he's been a pitcher who probably generated the best fast. All most productive fastball the facile that has generated the most value the last two seasons. He's been able to spin that thing in the upper half of the zone and generate a lot of swing underseas. Another player to to watch for and of course. He's he's on. The white sox season they made that move and more forthright dominic. He's been throwing that basketball and the third after like. It's almost too obvious. Buster but trevor bowers is is is probably the poster child for all of us here has made analytics sort of his his his darling and has poured his heart and soul into making himself better in large part by using them. And i mean if if we're if we're to just you know all agree that some of these pictures go about doing this somewhat variously. I think he's sort of the poster child for that as well. So those are three guys. I think that have really seen spikes in their spin rates lately that we should watch moving forward with this new reporting well and i i wouldn't even say nefariously because as you know. Everyone knows that it's going. That is there enough in all teams. Thirty teams are doing it. The managers know at the players. All know it. Everybody you and i can watch television. We could tell friends. Look they he see right there when he touched his forearm of his glove hand. Yep that's what he's doing. He's putting pine tar on the ball. Everybody can see it. But my question's gonna be will major league baseball actually enforce its own rule and they can't leave it to the managers to challenge. They actually have to tell the umpires you need to get involved. And that is a big leap. From where the culture's been. Yes yes for sure and decrepit you buster you have been writing about this for like five years and no one else has been thinking about it. It's going to become a big thing. That's you're you're way ahead of the curve in that regards but you're absolutely right in that it needs to be enforced from on high. It's like it's like you know. Putting together a bunch of pace of play roles and expecting the players to abide by them their speed limits. You know a analogize earlier. It's not gonna happen. A major league baseball wants to actually do this. They want to remove the substances from the game. It's going to take a yeoman since yeoman's work from the top down in history says they've not been that willing to do that with with some of the rule changes lately because of the rigidity of the players. I would love to see them. Try but i think if could get of ugly early in the season because you know these pictures are such creatures of habit all right hembo. Good to talk with you. Thanks again to the help with numbers man later boys singing going covers the saint louis cardinals for the saint. Louis post dispatch said often. He's a number one beat writer in baseball derek. Good to talk with you so far. Nolan are nado plan. Third base with the cardinals. What does it look like as advertised With maybe a little bit more buoyancy than expected in the guy is He wants to play in wants to play a lot. We saw a sim game that they were out there. Setting up for jack larry purpose. Must at jack clarity's more backfield's in a controlled setting and of course they gave him about five innings than they lined up relievers to bitch the bottom part of the innings and they asked any batteries. Hey do you wanna bats donate to play the field of a bunch of prospects that you want just a bats you know so they these lineups together so that they could do off every ending. You know. Set up right. It's just basically a constant like all right you. Can you can hit every inning. You can hit it any circumstance under you. Get live at bats against jack clarity. While aren't auto is the guy who went out there to think five at bats but also played in the field in the innings. One of the reasons why. I went out to the field. It seemed from a distance. We watched from about a football field football field away. was because there was a circumstance where the pitcher was gonna drop a gun. Who's just a sacrifice situation and so are not attack tagged into third base to To be part of that to make that play the guy will not turn down any opportunity to go play and to be honest bustard. that's been really infectious around. And this is a team that You know. I'm sure people some people. Listen to really put a lot of pride in in ball talk and it was there gathering every day To talk through strategy awesome. Joe highlights from other teams games and just like either talking about great. The baseball play was the baseball instinct. The baseball owners baseball iq or discuss. How could you better and they really thrived off of this And that was taken from them last year because they couldn't gathering a group for obvious reasons aren't auto is just like living breathing ball talk and he's just. He's really brought that he's brought a lot of Bounce to the team They also just kind of you can tell they wanna watch what he does next constantly. Yeah i would say look any team that has a yacht ear. Molina and adam wainwright you would never say that they you know. They failed to put in full effort. Of course they're trying but are not just brings that adrenalin every day when he plays in the as you were talking. I thought man that that is absolutely perfect for what You know what this team could use. Yeah they need. Some of that charisma. yanni molina. Brings you see that on the world stage when he plays for team or rico. You can also tell you know you've been here for a while and thank you for the compliment but the the notion of good. A cardinals team is is often how How much like electricity you see sparking off of yacht. Air molina's game. I mean he obviously is over gets closer or october arrives You know it's not that he plays hoarder or that he gives more insisted. There's like this Yes the the funny has playing radiates from him. And there's that same sense here To go with the fact that aren't auto has a real charismatic game. Which is something the cardinals could use like. You said they need a dad. That boost They needed boost offensively. Long been a very good defensive team as you know one of us. Wrong prevention teams around. It's really been how they got into the last last few years but what they needed was some kind of lightning strike to to give them. You know just kind of this electricity again. You know something to light up the brand as they say An arnold brought that her. How is the rotation shaping up and specifically what. He's seeing jack clarity because it seems from afar like that might be the biggest question. Oh i think actually this points. Biggest question is like you know they do. They not have as much depth as they thought. They had. Trading austin to the rockies. There were like well. We got seven eight guys who could fill into that well. The the biggest story of spring has been how the rotation has had some erosion You know you got kim dealing with a sore back miles. Mike list unable to throw here for now a month without because of shoulder. Soreness on those two guys. Kim may be able to be ready for the regular season so that i started his will be limited because no be building strength on the go. And how eager to do that. Mike klis will not be ready for opening day and Couple turns in the rotation so all of a sudden. Now that dabs is is less to. And you're not getting some of the performance that they'd hoped for certainly from carlos martinez far as consistency goes they wanted him to compete for a roster spot in all of a sudden two weeks in or i'm sorry not a roster spot rotation spot on two weeks and they're talking about him being a starter for sure just because the other guy's had moved off As far as like kind of went. I think you're touching on there with jack. Is they need him to be a need. That that that ability that everybody saw and that expectation of being in the cy young conversation to arrive He he's poised to lead this rotation and adam wainwright is west to be complementary him on last year out of wainwright led the rotation and a lot of ways was. Mvp of team. The cardinals knee. Jack flare needed to be at his best in that. That's really been. I mean it's become acute here this spring because of the injuries to the other guys that the depth that they thought the strength. They had this. This really Bankable talent they had in their pitching staff on the could go out there and just hide out the quality starts. It's not gonna be there from the beginning because of these injuries and that puts an emphasis on guys like clarity going out there and being just like the the number one guy that they know is the towel to be. We've got about two and a half minutes left. Tell me about the outfield. And how that's looking o.'neil and dylan carlson. The rookie has done everything. They've needed to pin down the jobs out there. They declared right field by trading a dexter fowler. So that dylan. Carlson could have a place to call home. He's gonna see time ear in center fuel however because there are guys that are making a push to overtake yours invader harrison bater has a an elite glove. Ambi- struggled at the plate this year arm in spring and he struggled at the plate in previous seasons last year. did have an uptick that were encouraged by what they saw from him on. Base percentage was hires higher. On at the plate was higher attracted. nation was higher. None they wanted him to build on that he is not in. He struggles quite a bit against right. Handed pitching So you're seeing them somewhat towards those three spots determined by matchup and dylan. Carlson would be the moving piece you might be the opening day center fielder Because you have guys like justin williams. A rookie austin dean. Somebody they've picked up from the marlins a more than a year ago on these guys making of course and then in the coming days you might actually see like john nagorski who has done well off the bench or hose down who the cardinals gods He had several home runs and was utility infielder for chicago white sox you might see him get some time out there as they sort through. Maybe making that unto starters on the outfield and then sort of a flex position to choose to to bias. I really hope major league baseball gets out of its own way at some point Institutes the universe the age for the national league team between now and opening day. If that doesn't happen. What is the role of matt carpenter on this team left handed bat off the bench and part time second baseman and double switch sny to first or third in games where they just want to take a couple of innings from two of the guys who are gonna play mostly innings available to them so on. That's where he's at right now. He had to hit his way into a starting job. Now you know. We talked about the alcohol a little bit. Adleman will be playing some outfield here. This last week too and he can plan the outfield. So there is a way for admin who's partner to appear in the same lineup It's just that carbon or had to overtake to make that happen in. He hasn't this spring and he's pretty candid about that. He has not it his way into the larger role. He imagined if the d. a.'s. Happens than that's an additional opportunity for him to prove it on the go there in the rain season on when the standings count but as of right now you did not use spring to in his words. He said he had to make it so they couldn't ignore him and they wanted him in the lineup on that hasn't been the spring that he's had all right. Derek always great to talk to. You always learn something all right. Thank buster you. Bleacher tweets already buster bleacher tweets for wednesday first up. I want to promote courtside with greenberg and dockage. I don't know if anyone could tell my My mania seeping through the airwaves yesterday as I scrambled to record this podcast. Then record courtside then record jalen jacoby so. Please listen to courtside. We're gonna have a good weekend of tournament action here. They're they're previewing the sweet sixteen. I'm going to record again with them today to To get all those games. They looked back on last. Weekend's action in yesterday's podcast. Evidently i can't speak today. Can't form coherence sentences but please follow rate and review courtside with greenberg. Dockage my friends. Wherever you get your podcast and we will to the tweets here elizabeth hart at e heart tweets. She writes in one would be an rbi. If the s is contained in the are wouldn't the plural be ours b. I. back on yesterday's conversation with taylor mcgregor. What do you think buster. Yeah this is a chicken or the egg argument. That will go down in history. Having it for about twenty five years as i say i when i worked in new york times that was new york times style. Rbi and i. i agree with that style. That's my view elizabeth. You've got a different perspective. That's okay. I saw someone else tweeted in. If you're pirate it would be our biagi. Next up we got kyle benning at kyle underscore benning he rates it's getting down to crunch time for finalising rosters any surprise roster moves or personnel decisions. That you're hearing rumblings on. That may turn some heads. Comeback candidates cutting veterans or top prospects making opening day rosters. I will tell you this. Kyle generally speaking across baseball what. I'm hearing a lot of teams. Have an opportunity to keep depth. They're going to do that so in other words you might have a. Let's say a fringy type prospect. Who probably should be on the opening day roster and there's a veteran who's out of options would have to be just cut altogether. The team absolutely is going to err on. The side is keeping his many bodies under their umbrella as possible. And that's going to be an advantage for those guys who don't have Extra options this year because of all the concerns about trying to make up for innings that We're gonna have with all the pitchers next up from orange sleep locker at oran eighty-three he rates and twenty twenty one and l. mvp soto or kunia versus the field. I tend to agree with what hembo told us about. Jacob degrom i think he's going to be a factor in the mvp this year. He looks unbelievable. This spring watching them throw and seeing what he's capable of and seeing how he just continues to progress. Hembo knows best last one for today. We'll go off topic with erik sorenson At coach sorenson nine here. It's when going on vacation to the ocean. What's both of your orders of fresh seafood. Buster what is it. I feel like you're not really a seafood guy. Am i wrong to say that. No you're not wrong. I mean. I grew up in the middle of You know middle of vermont and we never left the farm. There's no way they're going to import fresh seafood. I love king. Crab absolutely looked can't say that i haven't been up to alaska you know so i can't say necessarily fresh. What about you you know me. I'm in maryland guy so so crabs any kind of i won't really get crab related stuff outside of the dmv but i love waster great Shrimp holly just about anything man. Lobster rolls up here in connecticut. They got great lobster rolls here maine massachusetts. I lot dolls but you know what that that that should have been my answer right there. you go. that doesn't for bleacher tweets. Everyone bleacher tweets on twitter. Please follow reviews podcasts. Wherever you listen to your podcasts for today amac thanks. Dave hammond derek. Taylor have a great day. Everybody thanks for listening. Stay safe remember. Hating inequality bakes skin color. Or something we need to fight against every single bed. Thanks for listening to the baseball tonight. Podcast if you're playing fantasy baseball check out the fantasy. Focus podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. The baseball tonight podcast.

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"From the creators of the murder minute app. Comes your new favourite fix for true crime. Welcome to the murder minute podcast with a Runtime of about a short commute murder. Minute. Is your no nonsense source for true crime? Each episode of the program includes a scripted narrative detailing a crime preceded by true crime headlines. A brief true crime news update. Through meticulously crafted, storytelling and sound design. Murder minute delivers a unique and immersive listening experience. Subscribed today on Himalayas apple podcasts Spotify or wherever you get your podcast. Don't forget to download the murder minute app. Available on the app store and Google play and follow us on Instagram at murder minute for even more true crime headlines murderer minute your daily dose of true crime. Now that I can say Tony Molina. We have the squad brothers. This is the cheap seats. Baseball season is back. We are traditionalist in that we love baseball. I love this time of year so much. We're not by the way, turning our heads away from the tournament super exciting ending to the tournament is on its way about the hockey playoffs coming up there in Emel talk about that. We got John right. That's going to be on the show in the coming weeks as that happens. But I mean today, we gotta talk baseball. Okay. We have to we have our buddy gar Reina's the batting stance guy. Nobody knows it quite like he does when it comes to the players themselves. Not only is he one of the best parts impressionists of all time. He actually has a tremendous. It comes the reason. He's so good. Is it stands on the shoulders of a tremendous baseball knowledge. His knowledge in my opinion rivals that of a rob Neier or I put in the same category. As Jona Carey. He does used. Is in a different way. But his he is fascinated with the statistics of it. And we'll get his take on who he thinks is going to potentially win the World Series this year. And it might surprise surprise you stick around for that. And then later on the show, Nick cage coming up, you got married and then the head an adult. We'll have a voicemail from him. But I we gotta talk about this happened this week the first week of baseball Orioles pitcher had a perfect game going into the sixth inning. And he he was at eighty two pitches. That's it and the and they pulled him as manager pulled him not because he had walked guy not because he had gotten into trouble. Not because he was having control issues. Not because he had an injury. He pulled him at eighty two pitches. Now, we've heard from people any any cost him a chance at a perfect game costs cost him this chance early in the season. Why are you saving guy do count so low? I don't think anyone and you're the Orioles. You're the Orioles. You don't need more reasons for people to be like, wow. Why are we spending money to be here? As Orioles fans. Why not this wasn't a it? Wasn't it Kennedy arts, but still why are we supporting this team? Orioles fans are already have already been taken to the brink by this place. But here's where I disagree with some people's take David Hess had a great I mean, David Hess was an eighty two pitches, and he was lights out and they took him out. Let the guy go to one hundred pitcher no hitter. I don't know if it was no hitter. It was no hitter. But let the guy let the guy goes far as he can go look great le- take it all the way to the end game one hundred fifteen pitches. Like, here's not gonna throw one hundred and fifty pitches like Johann Santino he'll throw he'll throw even if he throws one hundred and ten twenty five years old. He's not on the back end of his career. But here's the thing. A lot of people are saying, oh, this is the Pacific ation of America, which I don't even try to talk the manager out of it. Yes. He really did try to manage. But the manager is a rookie manager. He's a new manager. Okay. He is answering to the front office who the president of baseball operations decides pretty much. Everything nowadays. Yeah. You don't wanna ruin a guy. You don't want to pitch. You don't want to send him out there and have them throw one hundred and twenty bitches every game. No. But this is an opportunity if he gives up one hit poem if he doesn't give up a hit let them keep going me. I say if he gives up one hit you let him stay because a one interest still a big deal to hits you can pull them or head in a walk or whatever you get into trouble you pull them. But what I'm saying is this is not the Pacific ation of America. I think an of sports I think it's the specialization of sports than the reliance on the specialization that is ruining and denying us as fans. Unbelievable, individual performances k the there's too much thought of quickly were like get rid of this guy. And let's get into our specialists. Let's get into our there's a rule that's being proposed by the way. And I'm not sure if you're aware of this role ran that pitchers. Can it's on the table. Can if they're brought into pitch they have to face a minimum of three batters. Have you heard this? So I love that rule is a rule. I was watching game days. Rick Sutcliffe was discussing it. You know, 'cause Francisco Leary honor was brought in okay to phase one guy to face a left handed batter. All right. But there are two right handed batters right after him. So with forces managers to say, hey, we can't just bring in a guy to face one guy, and then outta there or it forces managers and teams to go get left handed pitchers that can pitch to right handed guys or get a right handed pitcher that can pitch to a lefty. That's right, or let's just go with the best pitcher instead of pitching pitching, a mediocre guy. Who's got a really weird motion that's hard to hit for left handers. And then you bring that guy in for one batter. So it it. I think that's an interesting rule that I know they're not trying to stack the deck for batters. But with shifts and with specialized pitching, it's gotten to the point where batters our guys are not going to see three fifty three seventy five so pitchers or developing themselves in such a way and being developed in such a way that they're only designed to get. Lefties out, right? You know, what I mean, like, they're not it's almost like working out, just your left arm. Right. And so like you got to do both. So I think that what was happening in in Baltimore ran had more to do with specialization than Pacific ation. You know what I mean? And I think that's I still think resoundly everywhere that we've looked. I mean, I saw Tom Kelly Shaw on around the horn say that it was a good idea. I don't think it's a good idea at all because baseball needs historical things to happen in order for it to have that relevance. So the guy got pulled out and we're talking about baseball in a bad way. The baseball is not great because it doesn't allow people to to literally go all the way. Russell westbrook. The other night because he was you know, in a tribute to nipsy hustle stayed in the game. Didn't wanna get taken out of the game did not allow cells to get taken out of the game. For one of the first times in history. Twenty twenty twenty twenty points twenty one twenty one rebounds, twenty assists. Whatever was twenty twenty twenty why. And he and as he has said, I was Iran. Nipsy that was right. But he had to do that late in the game. And you didn't want him to stay in. And I'm what I'm saying is that was a great moment in sports and kudos to the coach for leader in there and understanding let yesterday and a playoff run. But it's not like the guys ruining the game by doing this. You leave the pitcher in you, let him see if he can get all the way. And if he doesn't he gets knocked around boom, you're up six nothing anyway and your bullpen blew it. That just makes me mad. This is the sauce boys. Today lose that game. I don't think they lost the game. But they lost the no hitter. Yeah. I mean, it just it sucked because you had a moment. Historical moment that could happen and this kid, and you snatched kid has who went three and ten last year with a four point eight eighty are eight this may be was the chance to get him going and give him the confidence, and it could cost money in the end because people remember a guy through no hitter. Like always capable of that worth it SaaS boys. The diplomats where the Scott brothers Garenne chance. Talk more baseball right after this. And then later stay with. Watching the rugged fanny pets affects the myself. What kind of madness? Shop. Make a phone call. If you love your baseball. And we that's what this episode is all about is baseball. You gotta try our new favorite app. It's draft. I love draft daily fantasy baseball. We weren't fantasy baseball leagues. 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And let them know we sent you go support the show and get a better. Shave with Harry's. Hey, guys. Welcome back to the show as promised one of our favorite people on the planet. This is like eating cake for breakfast. Right. Just eating this is like eating sports cake all the time. This to me is as enjoyable. I can't even begin to tell you the glee with which I push my children out of the house this calm here. And I was going to come here and hang with one of my favorite people the best sports impressionist. I would I would argue maybe the best physical comedian alive. Gar Reina, physical comedian in the sports world. There is not even gone as the batting stance guy. Welcome. My friends so many lining up to be in that category. So many feelings with a well, I'm going to say this. I think Instagram is a wonderful development for what you do. If you're not following batting stance guy on Instagram. That's what the count is. Batting stance guiding stance G is. On Twitter, but Benson's guy on account is like you whipping out impressions, for example. You did a hilarious Zander Bogart's impression the other day that involves some fortnight dances. And I showed it to my son. And he was like I can't believe he can do orange Justice. He's like I want to see it again. I wanna see it again using is. And I'm going to call out are awesome sound woman. Who's doing it today? You got to remind me of your name. Jessica, Jessica, Jessica, the I we just met her this morning. Just let you can just not. And I'll let related the fans are you a huge baseball fan. No. So I mean, and I shouldn't have Sumed. I wanted to ask because you could be just like the biggest baseball fan ever. But I. We're a lot we're in the control control room and guard does for Noah our studio producers, a huge Philly's fan does Jimmy Rollins but in doing Jimmy Rollins. He winds up doing an impression of Ricky Henderson. I understand what Jimmy Rollins was imitating. And then that led to a Ruben Sierra, Jessica who does probably does not know any of these people that we described no clue who likes she thought. Ruben Sierra was like a sandwich with coleslaw and Russian draughts at you have up in the mountains. A high Sierra she was cracking up. And to me that shows me the transcendence of what you do. And then we're done kiss. The the other thing is on my way over here. Gar was across the street and pressing the the walk button and while he was waiting. He was just yeah, he's like gas, and I'm saying on the corner, and he comes out and does like like three long ours things, and I'm like who is that. And he's like Harrison Badir. I got the I did he did a Colton wa- needed a Harrison Bater a might balk. Long. It's all about when the bat comes back after the swing. Yeah. The problem with doing it right in a crosswalk. You have to drop the bat into the crosswalk. She did card Josiah, basically hit the whole long drop that and then how delicately Paul Goldschmidt comes through the strike zone with his bat. Yeah. And he was like there is no bat speed. It's like he's painting. Like, he's like with a paintbrush on a canvas. Yeah. It's like try to take somebody that can bench press five hundred pounds and then limbo, but duck forward backward and swing with their that and Marcelo Zuma's throw throw back in you every see him throw when he doesn't have to throw it back in hard hard. He just when he catches the ball. There's sort chicken wings it. He throws it. Like you literally ask every time. You see him throw that has he ever thrown a baseball before. And it's funny because when he has follow through is. So left handed his right arm. I'm not positive works. It's like the reverse Johnny Damon. Where there's no there's no action throwing arm. It's like in a sling. You are right. Are you injured? Well, Mario's in a puts the oh for foreign owes in. Well, it is it is baseball season. It is opening week. That is the reason we love having you back here every year for that. Because so much has happened. This was a crazy off season for several. I mean, several people you mentioned Goldschmidt signed over one hundred million dollar extensions. It seems like a kunas yesterday. Like seems like the the the thing is like get out ahead of it. If you've got them in trying to tie the guy, right? It's no longer. Like, let's roll the dice after we have this guy for a year. It's like, let's get them. Try. Let's see. And if the if the company is saying, we'll pay you one hundred one hundred million dollars over the next eight years in your young kid, and you're twenty two what are you gonna say? See, I I I look at it the opposite way. Whereas I feel like all these recent big signings. Not the obvious ones where the players are free agent and everybody gets to to bid on it. But like Dallas. Kyko should be a big free agent. And he's still not signed. And so I think because I think people worry like pitchers are like running backs in the NFL, you sort of like, you know, look at Clayton Kershaw. He's thirty one. He's young. Yeah. Thirty one is not. I mean member like Nolan Ryan pitched. So he was like, I'm guessing and this is an outlet. Yes, he's fifty eight which Harley huff was like, yes. Younger Brown or trying to help was like our age still pitching, Charlie. Huff looked like he had needed a came to get out there. But I'm just saying like guys like Russia's oldest pitcher in the in major league baseball history. Oh, satchel pay history. December. In december. He came back like fifty nine for a day. And and we don't know album approvals like as a player, I mean his birth certificate. He could be he's he's thirty nine or fifty one there. So I think it says more about where the finances are headed with these guys signing one hundred million dollar contract as twenty four year old because I think all these signings are saying we don't trust the direction this is going because there's a million like Matt holidays that years ago would have been signed right now. I mean, clearly he's better than like half the outfielders that are on the Orioles the second. But the organiser like we talked about this at the top of the show. You know, the Orioles with pulling the guy in with a with a perfect. Yeah. What do you think about that? I made because he's a perfect game or pitchers. He had a perfect game eighty two pitches in the sixth inning with one out. I mean, what do you? I mean, you let that guy. It's the beginning of the year. I'm the age where I I still. Oh, love the Johan Santana went for even if his career kind of ended after he threw the hundred and fifty pig like no hitter. You have it's like the force of the trees, it seems like he may never get that shot ever. Again, Richhill getting pulled during I think that was a perfect game when Dave Roberts. I know he needed him later in the World Series. But this is the beginning of the year. You sit him for the next start. You know what I'm saying? If I just think history, she let him go. I've seen a game in every stadium, and I can not I haven't even gotten close to a no hitter. Let alone a perfect game. There's been like what two hundred and fifty no hitters like main twenty four four shes. Bob and Ken fortunately have seven just. Just. What was your favorite you've ever been in Wrigley in Fenway or think are the best yet? I think the giants is the most beautiful I love that. So when we went with you playoff game, and we have those great the KARN regime had great seats right below Steve Perry my publicity Perry. And we were learning the press and T Berg. I we're looking out into right field. And from our vantage point where we were like on just on the third day set of home plate literally. Yeah. Just on the third base out of home plate looking directly into right field. It was misty. It had that like San Francisco, MS. And it you just saw a row of what looked like businessmen? Like if there wasn't a fence. I'm like is this one thousand nine ten people like governor like coupla like weird sort of dirty Harry. Yeah. And it's a newspaper. I mean like it looked like it was mystical in a really cool way. Which I believe packbell kind of is on what's weird, even though it's three times since then I think now Borakove public gets boost mobile, I think it's boost mobile you at creek, you know, oddly, it's a it's a better seat. Probably only stadium. I can say this about it's a better seat in the upper deck. I know we had great seeds we waste ball. But then we went up to the upper deck and watched some of it. When you go to the, oh, that's right. When you go to upper deck venue. See the new the bay you see the fences you see the people in their rafts trying to get a home run ball from Brennan belt. There were more guys out there for bonds, Brandon belts. And who's the other Brandon his Brennan Crawford? Randy Crawford like the Brandon Brandon bell brand new car. They should definitely like in my opinion. This is pitched them. Swap lives and have a TV show. My right eye. The Brandon Brandon's what's up with the Brandon also baggy soggily Brennan. Crawford's sister or wife is married to Garrett Cole like there's a confusing. Yeah. No, they they have like a inter-family marriage going on Crawford. Somebody sister is the husband and vice versa. Something in Crawford's hair puts him in contention. If you want to shoot like a can't an iphone shot of him with like a lot of darkness above him. He. Could be like the third the first villain to die in the third die hard movie. Exactly, right. It's definitely wet. It's always what a hair is. Definitely wetland wet. I'm like are you in Dr Pepper ten commercial right now? Yeah. Is you remember when girls would come to high school because we kinda were in high school the same time, and they would have showered but not blow dry. So like, do you go first period, and like a hundred girls in the class would just have like wet Brandon belt, Brandon Crawford hair one because coming to America came out around that era, it there always somebody would sing Sogo? And I thought the actor that played him. I think Eric LaSalle oursel- whom I met him many times with that soul glow. I thought he looked like Andre Dawson. Yeah. Totally like Andrei don't let your. So okay. So back to Crawford. So today, but this for timing. The giants are having me in the locker room for a show for the for the you're you're at dieted dodgers. Yeah. Yeah. I went on. I went on Monday that for our fan, whatever people so dodger so someone from the giants reached you or dare Colin dare, Colin. We're like Twitter slash Instagram four we. Yeah. Let's do you. Please tell him you. And I love him. I was like how how long are you going to be around? And I was like well is this where I live like walking? When is the game tonight? So and he's pitching night touted get tickets for me, can you go we have spots. Exactly. So then. Yeah. So so he so he reach out, and it's like, hey, come come into the locker show. So I never know exactly. What can be like? So for the for the Mariners for the Astros for the Red Sox for all the teams that atop within the last year. There's always some element of I don't know if I'm going to be doing a little show for five people kind of off this if they're gonna grab six buddies and BUSTER Posey in the war. This has been cleared with the team and everybody sitting down in their seats in its last couple times happen both with the the Astro mic. Literally the manager just introduced me put me in the middle of the lines of the whole team in the lock rut was the stance. You did for the Mariners that got everyone dying. I mean, they were laughing so hard. I think you're the the Astros. No, it was it was a good reaction. It was a good reaction of both. There was a there was kind of an obscure player just at home or actually the but voguish it's like Vogel stretch. And and so runs and canot yelled out Volpi. And then it did the vogue e n if I can run in a way that looks heavier than you the players go bracelet so just to run and then do kinda like mauve on kung FU panda Waddell? Meaning like, Joe know what to do with your arm. So they're just out in front almost like curb feelers, exactly know, exactly. And so if you just kinda Waddell. Reacting to that. They fall out of there literally is like someone in a mall seeing up close magic. They just run away. They the Astros. What was the one that? Got you kept spinning around Yuli gurriel to do the the thing that you guys like for Craig counsel the because he's so Swansea. So twisted around when I turn my head around the opposite direction yesterday. It's like a joke that I I couldn't find three people other than you to that. Find it funny. But yet the players find it. So I was at the Michigan game which was worse game over into week with my daughter. It was I mean, the only nice thing was Wagner, eight all of my Georgia's fries, and he was could not have been sat down next to us talk to her like moved up a row and sat with like a row full of German people. And then was like a oh, Georgia. You got another fry jobs. Like, no. But I got chicken fingers like send it out. It was so cool phenomenal. So, but he was the reason I had to move up to the seat is because we were sitting. Next to this moment. Okay. This we're sitting next to a woman who older than me probably like fifty to fifty three years old, and sh I introduced myself and introduced Georgia my daughter, and she said, I said, do you have kids to you know, I've assuming she had kids went to Michigan. But she's sitting like really download because our scenes, we're amazing amazing. And she's like, yeah. I have two daughters. One dollars about to graduate. Another one's incoming freshman. And I just shook the hand of the of the her husband who looked like I couldn't tell if he was an athlete, and I was a bigger guy, and he stands up, and I noticed that his right arm is like Don at the wrist. Okay. So it sounds like he's missing his hand. And this is how like sensitive. I am in this moment. I'm like, I think that's Jim Abbott. You know? I really do because it's an older Jim Abbott is like fifty fifty four maybe fifty three. So I think that's Jim. But if it's not Jim Abbott, and I asked are you Jim avid how much of an asshole of like? Like three one handed guy. All the time. Right. So it was the correct hands. So I knew that. Yeah. And so I asked to just take a picture with him. And I is was my way of like, you know, again, it's like in he and so saw Kleinman from Wisconsin was like, Shirley. So then I said, do you know, my friend Garenne as the batting stance guy? And he's like, oh my God. Yeah. And so in the middle of a thing, I did this. How the reason I bring it up. I was like my favorite batting stance that he does is Craig counsel ever seen him do that. And he meanwhile, there's like people standing cheering and everything going on right now. And he's like wants to focus on like his thing about credit counselors that he'd corkscrew so far around that he'd get a better look at the pitch if he looked over the other shoulder he cracked up. So I got Jim Abbott to laugh at a joke that it's not even mind I was doing oxidation of your joke to get him to laugh, and I was just like God damn it. I love and didn't the and you sent this clip of people mentioning, oh that was amazing. Maybe we can play. That on the show. I'll look for that in my thing, you what you do on ESPN or right, right? Yeah. Yeah. That was unbelievable. So it was a new guy coming in a guy who had just changed his stance. You have did you recognize who the people were? So so as the ESPN Monday night game shoe main announcer. The two main announcers are there was I think as Dave Flemming, and then Edwato Perez and the two guys in the middle were inter Friedman. The GM GM slash president, whatever of the dodgers, right? Then four hundred eighty the now president of the. Of the giant. So they both worked together with the dodgers. And then they were in the boot together since I think they both have the same. I'm gonna play this suggests common a play this right now. So let's get this up here. This is amazing. Screw f- proof that you have sort of broken through design guys. And this is on a broadcast guys. Again, going up now through your four organizational players getting a chance to play at the big league level in a giants uniform for the first time, what do you think of power gel into really hit normal? Exactly what he's doing this stance. Some the bags stance guy was really excited by. Uniform everything so out it's funny because those of us who flashed the giants this year already. We never saw him play in credit. On ESPN broadcast. Even just the mention of the stance guy got laughs crazy as I was at the game. And so people started texting me, it's Bree inter Friedman just mentioned you on and he's like the GM or the because you didn't know why. Right. Yeah. You don't have the you're saying the wrong guy when they sent me. It's just an it's. It shows that you're part of it. So, but I was I was there because of that player they're talking about. Oh, so you know, like thirty percent of the homes in L A, actually, get the dodgers. And so their Time Warner. Yeah. So so I saw this guy Connor Joe popped up. And at this point, God bless all you folks out there because a lot of your Scarborough fans, I have these henchmen out there that if they find a player that's out of this world like a Connor Joe they'll say to me, they'll be like bad. You've got to see this guy. It's like. It's like tell me. Let's let's come up with this right now to just send to you. So to our fans, this is we're going to put out there. If there is a guy, and he is new or he is whatever. Yeah. Any stance that you see that is good take video a show video of it? And Senate tweeted at batting stance G and with the hashtag do this. Yeah. So like last year was Ronnie Rodriguez. There's a guy that came up on the Tigers who was doing all these wild antics. But again, if you're wearing number sixty on the Tigers. I've not seen you in the playoffs. So so Connor Joe basically stands facing the pacer. So Tony Batista to the to the real Mensa crowd out here. And then he's like hundred. Hundred grade actress young told and actually gets the note that you gotta open up open up to the open up to the audit of the crowd open up. So then that should be enough. But then what happens is he does a nineteen eighty-seven Mark Maguire ish bashing the elbows together. Joe Morgan bash the elbows together, I'll Ozzie Smith. Well, having the bat kind of blocking his face like, he's a young jet. I right. So basically, it's a lightsaber, and he's wiring the, oh, and by the way, his name is Connor Joe to in first name to first names. Who sounds like a like Connor Joe if you told me Connor Joe opened up for Bubba sparks? I'd be like, yeah. Every told me Connor Joe open up for Florida Georgia line. I'd be or country Joe and the fish you saw his face. You saw his name and you saw a stance it it looks like a like a computer generated like video game player where they don't have the rights to the real names like now that encounter Joe. All bowl glass. Joe? And then what happens is he's got a good look, and he's bashing is his arms together. And then decides, hey, this is enough. Let's get serious. He then stops bashing turns toward the quote unquote, normal stance and has like VIN puts his foot toward the line. So but he's back to normal. He's cl- close stance on it. Yeah. It's it's pretty straight on. But it is it's almost like he's faking the bunt and pulling back in swinging almost like he's that falling unmask Euler, Brian downing. Where he goes back at the very earn Unswayed. He Gary Matthews senior. Right. And so the the idea and in, you know, for most of these players they have to go through theirs. It's almost like batting stances are like free throws for guys. Yeah. Where you know. A guy gets the free throw line. He's got to take the ball around his back once dribble. It three times. What mine are hitting the air. You know what I mean? Like there's spinning but what they say. And a lot of times, you know, having a kid, and literally what good coaches say, and I'm and I'm watching good coaches, coach my son. They're always like it starts with a breath. They keep saying that starts them breath. So their stance is essentially there breath, right? It is their centering themselves. And then he's looking at being out. He's flapping out the breath. Basically, it's almost like, you know, I'm taking away. Whatever delay you're doing on the on the mound. I'm taking away your power by creating a routine for myself that. Is that is? So it like equals levels the playing field for all pitchers. Then how great is it that? It's there because then we have people like all right here. Here's what here's the problem is that it ends up. Getting blamed as the problem. So Connor Joe is hitless so far this year. So he's more or less started each game in left, and there's been a every single year since Barry Bonds the giants have started at different player in left field on opening that this is the unbelievable stat. And so he has they literally traded yesterday for Kevin pillar. Like, I saw that. I'm so I'm so worried like he's like my son like I need him to get in the need him to stay in the league. I need you know, Kevin Ukwa needs. I need to an and so you need to win MVP award. Are you going to go into? So you're going to go today because dare Colin invited. And it might be in front of the whole team. It might be in front of seven p double what I'm what are you gonna do? Are you going to do Connor Joe as an mine I'm going four Connor Joe to tell Connor Joe you can you can do is. Right. You can do this. You have what it takes you've played on seven different teams the last three years, but don't worry about it. You got it. So and who else are you going to who else? Do you have in your back pocket that you feel like who do you think is going to bring the house down? I think Steve Duggar. So he's a he's a new player who's new leadoff hitter for sure no one's imitated him yet. And so he probably would think what think well, I'm gonna know pose the belt belts neck is really long. And he he does a follow through that stops about chase utley Mike social level stops right here on the issue could not he couldn't swing all the way through. Yeah. The three quarter swing so Duggar. Does the thing where he will stick the bat real high and then low and he kinda sticks his crotch into the strike zone. Bit. I don't think he knows what he's doing so good. God it's gonna just kill it. And it's so funny because if you're going to do an impression of the owner trying to rip the cell phone out of his wife. I have not I hurt so the ground. Okay. My plan is to her. Okay. I think Gerardo par to he's he's got some some Harrison baiter type qualities to where he's he's got a little too much flair. Yeah. And he calls for time. And while wines the bat around at the same time, which sounds fine. But it ends up being more like, oh, wow. He's like almost like he's like he's the crazed magician who is using his won- to wind grandfather clock, pretty pretty nucleus. Can you exactly that in there? That is descriptive you Harris and baiter seems to me like the guy who says he's a personal trainer at the gym. But never actually trains anyone. So he's he's a guy that would come out to dinner in gym clothes like easy. You say are you going front? Did you come from the gym or going to his chest puffs out like he's the guy at the gym? That can get you stuff. If you need. Where those extension bands are banners. I got my. Wait, you Jim? I got him. So we did talk a little bit about like, these huge contracts. And and I'll give my take on. It is that I think it's the owners saying themselves if a kunas predicts a kunia kunia. Yeah. But isn't there an Ronald Coon isn't there another as a Kuna Ronald Acuna junior Ronald Kuna junior. There's no. And then who's the other one the dancing kunas the juggling round the kunia junior? So if a kunia if he does projects and continues to play the way we think he's going to play. I mean, he's phenomenal player that in a few years if they didn't time up for eight years, he would be commanding way more money, and they would you know, they could potentially lose him. And then he so now they're really what they're saying to their fan base is like this is a guy who's excited enough to put butts in the seats. So we are now going to pay for that by locking him up for this order and take the words take the drama. The the angels have two more years of. Angsty rumors about my trial. They're gone now that he's so now these things comfortably being last place in the west, and is that I mean is that the easiest four hundred thirty million dollars than not saying that he's not a great player. He's an amazing player. But there is zero pressure on him because he still puts butts in the seats. They draw three million people every year he's worth his money over the next twelve years. He definitely will be. He's I was looking at stats. He may get to five hundred stolen bases. He's kind of dropped way off in terms of how he may get two three thousand hits. He's only at about eleven hundred right now, he's definitely going to five hundred home runs. He's a first ballot hall of famers one of the best. So he's a guy who will go gloves. You think he'll ten eleven? And again, I mean, he's there's just no question. He will be the guy, you know, they're not gonna win. They're just not gonna win. They're not gonna win in the in the age of the Astros right now. I think Seattle's got a really good team that's up and coming and they're just not gonna win in that. And American lead Boston. And I I think the angels. I think the angel you need a couple more pieces. Yeah. I mean, I some of their players need to develop. They they've had like ten starting pitchers of the last couple of years that could have all been great great. And they're not bad luck. Yeah. I mean. Yeah. The big dollar signings like Josh Hamilton and did not work. Yeah. C J Wilson worked and he's the best of all time. But like it worked. Okay. And then pool halls. I mean, these are huge signing. Now, they got a new manager Osma says more likely to bat poles let's say six or seven whereas I don't think social wanted to move out of the four. All right. And so the idea though, that an awesome. It's you know, didn't do a great job in in Detroit. And so he kinda failed. I wanna save sideways, but I love him because he's a Jew. Can you know, but I get your NGO. During the ju- by the catcher, one of the greatest Holden. Call tales JD Salinger tails. But I mean, I do I do think like there's zero pressure. If you consider the pressure that is on Bryce Harper right now to win in Philly now and Phil Philadelphia's startup season. Really, well, but the pressure on him to win is so great because he's in the same division that he was in Philly fans are not forgiving, and what do you what do you think of the booming where where are you on the the NATs fans last night are correct. Let them have it or why do people total with ownership older players moving around Italy. Correct. Totally correct. Because you know, he could have made slightly less money and stayed in that his entire life to me. There's something special about about style riveta junior jeeter. You know what I'm saying? Yes. Yes. I agree. I'm like, it's almost like an NBA player without tattoos. You say to yourself what I never seen. So raiders them. You know what? I mean. It's like that's to me. There's something really special about staying all the way through because if you are that player and Bryce Harper would've continued to just mash the ball and be great and say, let's make you know, certainly they have bad pitchers. Sure is amazing in Strasberg's amazing. And you know, they have their pitchers and the players. I just would love to have would have loved to have seen him. I'm always the guy who's like stay with your team. So he makes a little less money, but stays the same division. So I I haven't the fan. It's funny because it kind of in a weird way like represents what's happening in the world. Like, you look at like millennials or whatever kids who are out in you know, they graduate. They changed his career and careers by the time, you're thirty five different things that they do by the time thirty which by the way is fine, and it, and I support it because you wanna, you know, wanna be you don't wanna just be stuck somewhere. You don't wanna be? But there's a big. Between. It's not like we said to to Bryce Harper. Hey, man. I know you can play baseball. But you took this job at you know, FedEx. And you gotta do that job. All the time. We're not telling him don't do the thing that you love and your passion. We're saying stay with a fan base that could love you. We felt the same way about pool. So I think, you know, which was like, hey, you could be this generation's STAN Musial, you could be you can did you gain by going? I guess southern California's really nice, but you probably could buy a house there with all the money you hadn't Saint Louis and live there in the off season. It's like what? Yeah. What did he gain from that? When you're in the regular season. How much are you really? Just don't think I don't think people are aware of what the reaction will be now in some cases. I think people don't care. I think every contract Jason were signed. He's like, I don't care. I'm this is what I'm saying. Like, I'm going to be caveman in any what I'm worth with Bryce with rice Harper doing the Philly introduction. And explaining almost let let's go back to FedEx is almost like, hey, I've been working at FedEx. And then at a press conference when he joins ups be like, this is always been my biggest dream to be UPS. Fedex is like, hey where this come on. Wait what? Yeah. So so Philly like, and this and this and this and broad street, and this I can't wait to have the duck boats and even like crossing metaphors with Boston like he was I feel like Philly. I've been almost like I can't believe he's over here Chicago. This is the real family like my neighbors have the real family. I got this junky full. But I mean, he could have said like look I loved my time in Washington. It was unbelievable to play with great teams. You got to make the playoffs of bunch which was incredible gaming great experience. And I got to play on the biggest stage, and I got to sort of really develop as young player in Washington. I'll never forget that time was amazing. You know, what I love about going to place Phillies that there's deep Trudeau. Listen they've won the World Series in the two thousands. They've you know what I mean like the rival. So so it's I think now Bryce Harper does not oh one thing to one person. No in Washington DC on. But do you remember when you were twelve like, so let's say you became a Bryce Harper fan and you live in Vienna Virginia, and you're going and your dad takes you. Yeah. You you're you're going to bunch of games. And then and you love Bryce Harper. And then he goes to the Philly, which is your it's such a Russian he'd gone to the Padres. Will. I mean that was like, okay. Well, thanks for your time. You went to the Padres who care. But the fact he Jason Heyward, even though he was only on the Colonel for one year was like, it'd be why would I stay in Saint Louis with that old group of people? I'm going to go up to Chicago where it's and then he wins. Yeah. You're like, okay. That really hurts Saint Louis. Yeah. It to me it makes him a better villain to. Let's say I had no feelings about Bryce Harper. All right. Yep. Bye him going to the Phillies. I now I've never wanted. The nationals to win the division is ours. I do this. I really do. I I want them to win is your vision restoring I want and Ryan's them. I want them to win the division. In fact, bold claim right now. Yep. I say the nationals finished this year with a higher record than the villain the Phillies. Now say you heard. Here should be. Okay. You said it right now Senate right now. So okay. So let's talk about that. And then we'll take a break, and we'll get some quick hits. But let's talk about what you who you expect to see like at the end of tell you a quick Philly story. So I go to I go this unbelievable spring training trip that some friends of mine go on in Florida. And so mean about he kind of break away from the group to go to a Phillies game. And so the Yankees are playing at Clearwater with affiliates planning, and it breaks our isn't playing yet. But he's a, but I think like two days later he was gonna play. So we go over there. And we're trying to get tickets and somebody walks up to me and somebody walks up to my body. And I say, hey, do you guys need tickets? And so we're about to I mean, we'll buy standing room only tickets and the last time I bought scalped tickets was it massive square on fifteen years ago because Malloy fan they were playing the warriors this is back in the monta Ellis air. And and ensure enough we bought counterfeit tickets and. Then we walked up. I turn around was like one I felt so wrong. I don't think I bought a scalp ticket. So this guy walks something is like, hey, my my wife like I thought we had tickets. But now we have so I don't need these. And then so my buddy was like all right. Are you giving them to us about twenty bucks? And I'm like, oh my gosh. So I kind of awkwardly say what are these going to work? The last time I bought these didn't work are you going to? And I look and the guys wearing sunglasses I can't look likes and he is like a thick New York accent and look down. He has a lanyard like that's weird and Brian Cashman. And I read it, and I think this cannot be happening at Philadelphia gain. It says Sal paolantonio. Oh, yes. Tonio? If Ben Franklin was holding a liberty bell and like. More pats. It would not be more Philadelphia issued in my mind. What that's and he's like like twenty bucks. I was like we are we about to buy scowl whereby twice scalp ticket tickets to a Phillies game from Sal paolantonio and Sal paol. So sure enough I think to the picture with him. No. No, no, not even that. So so I'm like, well now, this is this is actually this point a better story, if they are counter, please dear God, let them be. This is going to be like the Mike Tyson house going down. So so sure enough we walk over we get in by the way. They're unbelievable seats are right line on play in this like out in the shade. So they're probably eighty dollars tickets for twenty bucks. And I sit there, and I'm like, this is so crazy so me, and my buddy you're talking the whole game. And then about the six anything. Oh, it's a Phillies game. I wonder if Jason Starks here because he Jay starts you'll writer and just got elected in the hall of fame. So he's going to the hall of fame. Disney's so I so I texted my say Jason are you are you here at the game. And he says, yeah, I am. And he's like, well, you're not gonna believe this. I we just bought scalped tickets from Sal paolantonio, which I hope this doesn't get him in trouble. Well, of course, of course. And so so then he says you so for his for southbound Tonio sake, you gave him twenty bucks just for being a great reporter. That's true. New Jersey online magazine. So so so so then Jason says, hey, come over to section, you know, once Ecksteen, and so then I walk over there. And Jason, and Sal, and sells like, I do I shouldn't have done it. So then he comes over. And we have this great conversation where longtime Jayson stark says, hey, are you going to be back at the? Are you going to be back at the at the hall of fame? Induction ceremony was like, I can't believe you're going in that so mazing like I'll put your name down for the party for Saturday night. So basically buying tickets from self how is the hallway and for buddy? And then sure enough Sal Powell says, hey, did do you do a Harper and sell Powell's like shaking hands and kissing babies in his unbelievably cool, everyone around him is like taking pictures with them and high five and he's like giving out his number. He's just like his great, dude. So then he grabs. So there's a guy with a Harper jersey 'em like, hey, can I borrow this? And then I'll grab your kids back. And then Sal pal turns around and says, hey, this is Sal pal for ESPN of here with a man that he says guard Joseph, which I don't know what that throw go Justice. And he does the whole intro. It was. It's on your Instagram. Goes Instagram guy. Great, dude. I love it. But real quick who do you think's going to be there in your mind right now, if you look at the in the you can do play offs and then World Series in your brain right now. Let's make the two way too early picks. Dodgers for sure. No, no nationals Indians nationals Indians. Wow. Nationals India, and who wins it all. The nationals win the World Series is your and yours. I'm going on. I'm going on one thing what t- Martin. So Peyton Manning best quarterback ever vol four straight years. Can't beat Florida Tennessee the next year t Martin takes over and they win the national Jimmy John Tiki barber. Oh my gosh. How the giants ever going to replace these a hall of Famer he leaves and trying to move all the next year. So you saying you say addition by subtraction. I'm saying Utah finally made the national championship game when Keith Van horn already left for the president. It makes no sense nationals winning the World Series this year. All right. Let's take a break. This is what am I gonna lose? You. What are they? What are we gonna lose you? We're not gonna lose you this car, right? Has he's with us. The baddies dance guy. Follow him on Instagram at batting stance guy. And then on Twitter at medic stance. Jeez. Got full get this is local natives who back for the cheap seats right after this. 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Does this thing where he will present his helmet? He will kneel down and present his helmet as if. Uh-huh. A burnt offering the offering that is we'll pick it up. It's so good. It's a great gift. It's a great great gift for the sports fan in your light is called the fifty greatest. It's called a love letter to baseball. Love letter baseball heading stance chance guy. Just do it. Dammit support this guy do it Iran. Let's say this before we get started. I think you should. And we on dump people town said this to Dan van Kirk, and he did it and he is now doing it. And he is now headlining doing stand up all over the place. I think Jason I think you should have your own podcast where you sit down with a athletes. I mean, again, look at your access Derek Halden calls you, and you're like you're going there. So you go to a game. And and people come through all the American League teams, come through Anaheim, all the and you can get on a spring training. And knockout a bunch of guys all the people come through nationally teams come through Dodger Stadium. You could get down there and get access you sit down with and it doesn't have to be longer than twenty or thirty minutes with an athlete with. A major league baseball player current or, you know, current player or it could be the CJ Wilson of this world friends of yours who retired and you do a podcast called. What's your stance? And it's your stance on everything from steroids to, you know, collect bargaining to, you know, the time of baseball the fact that it's no longer America's pastime. But is it still America's pastime? Whereas all these like great questions that people that are the most burning questions in the world of baseball. And then they get to if they want through the gauntlet of what you ask them. Then they get to ask you you can do three stances for them including their own including their own. What's your stance? All right. You heard it here trademark I want you to do it. All right. So we happen. Do. Some crickets. All right, Lonzo ball severs ties with his big baller partner. Alan foster, he can use sever ties of your last name. No, no, no. The guy's name is Alan foster. I guess is is I guess the guy is apparently stolen millions of dollars one point five million dollars disappear, which I get this is the point which you say, okay, when we're messing around in our friends could be our business managers. Right. But then once things get real money is there you kinda don't wanna let your like that guy worked for the company, but you can't let them handle. I'm assuming Allen foster does not know how to use QuickBooks is that wrong wrong assumption. Nobody could have seen this coming. So here's the question. I don't know if you saw that he had the big baller. Yeah. Tattoo that he changed into like dice dice, which to me a little dicey. I mean, how do you show like you gotta wear sleeves? Now. Every time you're around your. I mean, it does feel kind of like they're that train. They tried to cash in his heart as they could on of that. And then soon as that train was that this is realized who he was that gravy train is over like LeBron came in and just kind of destroyed all these kids I was in a Bakersfield Ross yesterday. And there was a lot of Lonzo baldur's. I've sure dress for that's not even a joke. That is no joke may have been marshals literally bald on my. Don't lie. I mean, just is what it is. If and by the way, like anything if you throw a ball up in the air. What's it gonna do? Stay up there. Comes comes back down. Again. That's what happened. Speaking of Lenny Dykstra in the news in it's not because he found a cure for her. No. Or he adopted a highway. No one's ever going to be like Lenny Dykstra, planted community garden, like no third house with habitat still any Dykstra solve the Middle East crisis. He came up through with a three state solution. Lenny Dykstra, would like to quote, this New York Post drop, Ron darling after racist. Tirade claim view that and got a new book, and they'd actually is taking swimming swing back in New York. Mets teammate, Ron darling. Who I love by the way, I love him to she loves malls games. Tiger Woods a little bow. Yeah. Yeah. A little bit. And he just is like you get the feeling that. We forget how great of a pitcher was as cardinals fans we knew he was he was the number two guys like him. And he offers like really good looking guy. Oh, yeah. Hawaiian right. Good looking guy. Anyway, he's he was literally immediate are the former Mets and Phillies center fielder lane. Dykstra was a guest on the Michael Keisha, which I'm sure they booked him. And we're like put him on a delay with this guy delay but open it up wide, right? Monday afternoon said he plans on suing darling over claims that the pitches new book that Dykstra spat racial taunts at Red Sox pitcher Dennis oil, can boy I at the start a game three of the eighty six World Series, and Dykstra. This is Dykstra response back on the show. So we start bringing up this kind of stuff. This is crossing the line. So not saying I didn't say it. He's like he's in the wrong for bringing. It's like when athletes get mad when other athletes rat on them for cheating on their wives. You're like you broke the code. I I just think don't cheat on your wife like dying. Mary Dykstra 's like, the ten people in Dykstra here is closest to I can just like they're all rolling their eyes at that. So he says is that as again, it's not acceptable. And it's flat out lies. Okay. Then he does not he added. He wouldn't say anything to darling. If you saw him right now. But instead rob him like a red headed effing stepchild on the air. Of course, he said that which by the way is that what you do with the red headed stepchild. Do you drop them is the best to that? In order to get out of the racist. Taunt charge. And he took the whitest thing. You take new make it about the way the person look ran their status, ripping yarns and the darndest characters from my time in the game, darling. That was named the book darling Clinton died. So it was in the on-deck circle before leading off first game Fenway park shouting every imaginable and unimaginable, insulin expedited in his invoice directions foul racist. Hateful hurtful stuff in experts. Jollies book said that ran in the post. Last week. The now S N Y broadcaster described. The lawns is worse than anything. Jackie Robinson, divert, which you know, Lenny Dykstra. He had a failed magazine just for just for a player as investors he had a failed car wash series of car washes. He tried to invite a woman over to interview her to his and he was completely naked when she showed up like I think he's he's not well he's gotten caught lying a thousand times. And I don't know for on darling. Ever has right right until we got to go. With is Lenny Dykstra is like a low rent, less classy, Pete Rose. Yeah. So I'm going to sue him. And his publisher Dykstra said I wrote a book myself. I had thirty lawyers calling me fact checking everything because you've probably lied about everything everything there was not one person to back this up because you know, why it's not true. It's all yours. Crazy. I read his book. Dallas. I think I was in high school, and I remember. Mall. It was definitely the first book my mom ever lot. Got let me get that had cuss words in it. Now. Now, she you watch a lot of sports. So I know you've been basically been forced to watch a lot of Papa John's commercials saying, yes, John schnatter that guy looks like our buddy matter sounds like what happens if you have explosive diarrhea after eating Papa Johns. I sh- nattered all over the wall was not pretty. She kilo Neil joins Papa John's board as it works to repair its image pub, and if anybody can repair like a pizza company can repair their image. Just as Jason about his Domino's experience. Oh, I can't even though I can't eat Papa John's by Papa John's announced Friday the killing Neal's newest board member in the face of the brand. My question is to you gar- did Shaquille O'Neal need to swoop in and save this this pizza mess right here. Yeah. He. Cruces, the general he's. Oh bomb. He's buick. I just think do you. Remember how much in LA Frank McCord Frank McCord Frank court. And then once magic showed up as being a part of it. I haven't said Frank mccord's name since. So you're saying you gotta be he could say shock. I mean, he's pizza shack. That's we think you should call it. Yeah. Why why can't we call it instead of Pizza Hut? Pizza shack SHA Q instead of Papa John's or daddy John's shack. Daddy, John like if you call the daddy John's, the high by to change oppa foolish Nickens. The fusion. Wasn't. He like Shaq gets it away from John s. I think every commercials should just be a long song by the dance troupe Jabba walk. That's it his entrance to the all star game is the greatest entrance of any sp-. Sima it'd be like reconfigure like what am I doing? Why aren't why don't I have enough pageantry on the way into the room? Garenne batting stance guy at batting stance guy on Instagram at batting stance. G on Twitter go where you are right now. And watch a bunch of his videos follows wash the thing by the book. Do it this perfect as the weather's turning has. It's getting more baseball is back. Feel me flow naughty, by nature. I love this Trach. No one does it better than you, basically assuring that no one could ever do this in karaoke. Okay. He is so fast. When we come back, Nick cage on the show. And I'm serious about that podcast. What's your stance? Gar right now with make it happen. We'll be back. Phillies yourself Nelly. He goes. Back to the show Garenne s just fantastic. I love that dude. Him so much. Go follow him. Please right now as Manchu we got a voicemail from Nick cage about his marriage. She here. Jason Randy skull are what's going on? It's your boy, nNcholas cage and just come bearing tidings of good cheer. And and good times. Because I've got great news. I'm going to be getting married again for I think is the fourth time. It doesn't really matter because love knows no time or age or space because we're all just beings floating through the cosmos on this ship, we call earth in this city that we call loss Vegas and guys. I'm just gonna have the most classiest nuptials you've ever seen or heard I've already talked to. Las Vegas is premier sports team that Golden Knights, and I know what you're thinking. And the answer is most definitely yes, I'm going to be getting married on the ice during a Golden Knights hockey game. Yeah. And I'm talking like through the actual game. Like, I'm not gonna we're not gonna just get married on the ice and rent out, the venue the arena as our venue. I want an actual hockey game to be going on. And then right in the middle of the of the ice, nNcholas cage is getting Mary, I think just just think of how awesome that would be to have, you know, people skating the potential of us being hit killed my wife getting hit in the head with a puck me getting into a fistfight with a goal lead. This could happen at Wooding, and it probably will. And of course, we're going to be charging because I need the money because it's going to cost me a ton of money to actually do this. But I don't care because that's how much I love my wife. Yeah. So guys, look if you want to come to the wedding, you're going to have to pay for tickets. Okay. Invitation list is going to be so Choi there's going to be Vince Neal me my wife all the Golden Knights season ticket holders because I can't get their tickets away from them they've already paid. But just get ready for the wedding of the century. When nNcholas cage gets married for the fourth time. Oh, it's gonna be so awesome. In my son. Kyle is going to be officiating the wedding. I don't know if that's legal, and I don't fucking get a shit. All right, nNcholas cage marriage happening at a Golden Knights gave get your tickets while they're still available because they probably are. Yeah. I would not actually even take a a regular marriage contract of net. Cages and believe it that it's real even wasn't like married to someone for like sixteen years like that. I would have felt like even though we have the contract and even though we've been married for sixty years. This is on shaky ground on shaky ice, and then even have a professional team back, then he protects dinosaurs skulls, more than you. Protect the sanctity goddamn. Right. But maybe maybe his is and the denying of this marriage might inspire the Vegas Golden Knights to deny pucks in towards tonight. What's been happening recently? They're falling down on the season. Yeah. But hey, they made it back to the playoffs. That's exciting. This is paradise John Bryant and guys here. Couple of things we're going to be at MU tower comedy festival really excited about that at the end of April. We'll be there. We're going to be in Bloomington. Indiana on the ninth through the eleventh of may at net comedy attic going. In San Francisco or wise, guys the end of June or excuse me, the end of may on may thirty first and June first and at the end of June were in San Francisco at comedy club. 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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 436: NL Central Prediction and FA with Biggest Impact

GSMC Baseball Podcast

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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 436: NL Central Prediction and FA with Biggest Impact

"Golden concept baseball podcast. We cover everything major league from spring training who the world theory. Got your favorite club cover from new york to elan. Is the golden state media content baseball. Podcast hello everyone and welcome back to. Gmc baseball podcast brought to you. By the gmc podcast network. I'm your host track right now and it'll be another awesome episode today. Hope you all have been hanging in there and staying healthy. I'm looking forward to some nicer weather for sure because we've been getting absolutely pummeled snow here in pittsburgh recently and it's been annoying having to constantly clear my car off snow and whatnot but good thing. I have a car scraper because if not this would be probably an even bigger struggle this winter but anyways let's get into the show today we've got some great segments to get into a lot of news to touch on some free agency moves that i'm a little skeptical of all sorts of other things that i want to dive into but i wanna i get into the latest news. Obviously going around the league and get into any of the typical news filled opening segments that i usually do and then everything else. That's going around the mlb but then after the news. I want to discuss which free agency moves and just offseason moves in general that i am very skeptical of and things that will most likely not work out this year. For whatever reason. But then later on i'll get into another divisional prediction and this time i'll give prediction of the final central share which teams finishing wear in the division. And then be sure as always to stick around for the final few minutes of the show. As i'll get into discussing which re signed free agent will make the biggest impact of season on their new team that there were two or their. I'm sorry they're returning team that they're coming back to so a really really big episode today. We've got a lot of different things going on. But first and foremost i want to get into this. Because we've got some very exciting news for the first time this offseason minus all these wild moves being made and that's the mlb has officially announced the game times for its schedule in this twenty twenty one regular season and we could have baseball sooner than we think in. All honesty opening day is set for april first. So april fools day. Hopefully it's not a joke. But i don't think it will be and it's actually the fourth straight season that all thirty teams have been scheduled at least to play on april first and it is the first time since nineteen sixty eight that every team in the mlb will play their first game of the season on the same day altogether so a very very unique star to probably one of the most if not the most unique seasons that we are going to have in my personal opinion at at least i mean the most unique season that i've ever seen in my lifetime but we've got actually a quadruple header on. Espn on april. First it's going to kick off with blue jason yankees at one zero five dodgers and rockies at four ten mets nationals 709 and then white sox and angels at ten five so some really good match. I mean we'll get to see a lot of new players on new teams like george springer on the blue jays. We'll see bauer on the on the on the dodgers. I don't know if he's going to start or not but at least we'll see this kind of quote unquote new. Look dodgers team will definitely see these new look mets and nationals teams and then some white sox and players that are going to be new on their respective teams as well that we'll get to see so a really exciting first day of baseball. I mean i'm going to be glued to the tv all day taking lots of notes and just digesting everything. So i can come back on the show and discuss but fox is gonna then cover. All the games on april third. So that'll be a saturday as they'll have phillies and braves dodgers in rockies on there so that'll be another kind of two and three days You're gonna have a lot of baseball going on national tv and then the final day of the season is actually scheduled for october. Third and the all star game will be on july thirteenth. The fourth little league classic will be on august twenty second that will feature the angels and the indians in the field of dreams game. That's been kind of a big talk this offseason with the getting the set ready and kind of you know preparing it. It's going to be in iowa. It's going to take place on august twelfth. And it's going to feature the white sox and the yankees. So hopefully barring any sort of weird cancellations due to covid. We're gonna have some really interesting matchups to check out on tv this year. I'm excited for opening day. I really hope personally that the dodgers aren't on tv twenty four seven but they'll most likely be on tv all the time just because of its the dodgers and they've got trevor bauer now. So they're gonna be. I think in the spotlight more than not to mention there. The reigning world series champion. So hopefully you know what i would love for these tv broadcasting stations. Whatever to maybe tap a sometimes getting a new teams. That aren't really watched as much because there are fan bases out there. I know that they might be small. But you give some credit to the to the teams. That aren't really getting many attention. Paid to them because they deserve it. All the more are all the same. I should say so. You know. I mean we'll probably see the same teams over and over again but i'm hoping that we don't but going to the line going into the last show that i did and kind of briefly touching on it. I discussed kind of an issue that i could see a rising with a delayed. Start as of right now. The seasons not delayed. That came out with the schedule. So we're all good to go with with baseball season. But i have You know i kinda threw out some ideas in some possibilities as to what could go wrong and one of them. One of the possibilities was what happens at the season's delayed and they push back. The last day of the season even further into the fall approaching the wintertime and owners don't want to pay a certain point. What are you going to do that. And so the last day of the season is scheduled to be october third. So usually it's like september twenty ninth over one so they might be giving it an extra two days just in case. What is that going to be enough flexibility. And are they going to be flexible on that date. And are the owners going to be flexible. Are they going to fight on wanting to not have to pay players. If it goes back past a certain point we'll have to see but ultimately i'm really excited album full baseball season. I'm sure there will be games that come along that probably will be cancelled. Kind of the evitable at this point with the pandemic but hopefully as the vaccine continues to roll out and get back into the kind of normalcy. We get into the summertime. Things might start easing up a little bit. We'll have to see though but on all really really geared up for some baseball a really less than two months. If you think about it but i wanna get into some other news as the dodgers again. They're back making moves but it wasn't really a a new edition. It was just giving a little extension and really avoiding any arbitration issues as they reached a two year. Eight million dollar deal with walker bueller. Now let's think about it. i. I can walker. Bueller has put up some pretty impressive numbers during his career. I mean he had two hundred and fifteen ks and he was a fourteen and four pitcher with in two thousand nine hundred and he was an all star so he put up really good numbers and he was twenty four years old. Mind you twenty four years old. He's getting four million dollars this year. Trevor bauer is getting forty million and trevor. Bauer didn't have a two hundred plus k season until about a couple of years ago and he's approaching thirty so and his era has never really been below four minus last year and a twenty sixteen. I believe it was so this is a lot of money to give to bauer. Not that much to bueller. And i'm curious what will happen right. The the ins and outs of his contract a little bit like this. He could make three million dollars. If he makes twenty eight starts he also makes extra extra one point two five million if he wins the cy young so there are a lot of incentives in his contract if he meets certain criteria and if he meets certain thresholds and he accomplishes certain things and then not to mention he also is earning at least of of a barrel. Obviously of two million four million dollars this year but he also got a two year two million dollars signing bonus so he's getting a good bit of money in other additives. If you will but not really in in maine salary. They are tied up so much with our for the next few years. And i it kind of allows the dodgers i think to maybe keep bueller around until two thousand twenty to give him financial security and then they kind of figure out once. They crossed that bridge what they want to do. I think bueller is on the verge of becoming a top tier pitcher in this league. I think that he's well on his way and we might not pay much attention to him. I don't know why. But he's never a name that you hear over and over again you do hear it. Sometimes but i think it's overshadowed by guys like clayton kershaw obviously and the also also have cody bellinger. So there's other players on this dodgers team. That are getting much more attention. I will say they've done. The the dodgers ultimately have done a nice job at avoiding any and all arbitration issues. They got bellinger back. They've got cedar back. They've resigned training. They've resigned bueller so they're bringing a lot of guys back and they're making bauer as that one big ad and i think that's wise for the most part but again they need to address the third base corner. What are they gonna do with that. I i don't. I don't know what i mean. Why don't they go after justin turner. If they're not they should then maybe go out into the free agency pool. I mean mike mckell. Franko is still a free agent. And i think that he's probably been one of the more. I don't wanna say under appreciated but under paid attention to kind of undervalued as a third baseman guy can put up big time numbers and i think that you know he would be a nice replacement and he's younger than justin turner as well so he would be a nice replacement but who knows what they're gonna do at third base but back the buehler. His era plus has been one twenty or higher the last three years in twenty twenty. He only made eight starts at forty two ks in thirty six and two thirds innings so he was pretty efficient did not obviously register many starts but this is going to be a really really heavy rotation when you think about it and they're going to be sure to this rotation for at least another two years so this could be another Kind of a dynasty that the dodgers are building right now. And i think it's you know well past that point. I mean if you think about it they were in the world series for three out of the four years and they finally win on the fourth. Try s- pretty. I think now we're starting to see that that progression in that building up and you know i think they're trying to sure things up. Tie up all loose ends for the future so they can at least have some confidence that going into the next few years. They'll have this team still with them but they're not the only team that i've been really making moves race recently because there was a huge three team trade made between the royals the red sox and the mets and involved andrew benintendi of the red sox going to the kansas city royals a lot of different moving pieces. So i'm going to of go step by step in this one all although before we get into it. It's kind of a curious. Move all around very very curious. I think the red sox were wise to get rid of benintendi. I don't see any you know real hope for him anymore. I mean he's been okay. But i hear a lot of things that he did not progress. The way that people in the red sox organization had anticipated him progressing. now the royals. We'll get benintendi and the royals are going to be sending the number eight prospect and the mlb pipeline for the royals calill lead to the mets. And then they are also going to be sending a friend she cordeiro and two others to new york so the royals are getting rid of a lot of prospects and cordeiro from what i hear is a very very very good player and The red sox are gonna be getting josh cousy and then another player to be named from the mets. So they're going to be kind of doing this. Little carousel passing players around. I think that it was smart. That the red sox again got rid of benintendi. But i think the mets might have walked away as the real winners of this. When you think about it. I mean i hear. I read a lot of things about cordeiro. He's got a lot of power he's got a lot of pop in his bat and i mean this could be another secret. Fine for the new york. Mets that kind of that outfielder. I mean they were really good with finding these outfits that are solid all around and they have a lot of power with them to the red sox in addition this trade they sent over two point eight million to the royals to help pay some of benintendi six point six million dollars salary small market team. You know. I mean it's good that big market team helping out a small market team like that but this royals teams made a lot of moves. I mean they've been one of the most active teams in all of the league. I think i mean they've made moves dating back to the beginning of the offseason now benintendi though he hasn't been really good recently. I mean he had an awesome. You know rookie year. Obviously finished second in the rookie of the year voting yet. A to seventy one average. He slugged four twenty four but really since then he hasn't been anything special now getting into the other guys who these other guys are cordeiro. He could be the next. Like i said the next big outfielder for the met. He's only played in seventy nine games from twenty seventeen to twenty nine thousand nine with the padres but but he did have a seven thirty seven. S n ten homers in that stretch of time and a lot of people were very impressed with his power and the power. He generates. So i mean think about they. Keep adding guys in this outfield. Mets team might be onto something that i don't think anybody else on the outsides. Really paying attention to now. He only played in sixteen games and two thousand twenty four kansas city. So he's coming off a little bit of an injury ridden season. I think that if you kinda give him time to work into it. I don't know if he's going to necessarily crack the starting lineup. This there's way too. Many outfielders head of him for the mets. But i think that eventually he will be pretty good all now colle- i think he's also got a lot of potential as well. I think that he could be. You know somebody that is going to be You know again a very good outfielder down the road. He actually had fifty three steals in aa in two thousand nineteen. So a guy that's going to be advancing as much as he possibly can and in baseball. If you've got a guy that gets on base and he can move over on his own you know that's going to set things up and really kind of kick things into high drive if you will in when you can score runs you guys in scoring position like that over and over again and you've got is it can do that. That's going to set you really nicely so i think this might be a deal that people might look back. Look back at in the future. You know we always kind of look back at. At least i personally do when the padres got rid of trai turner you know. There's all kinds of different deals where there was three or four teams. I involved and then two or three of the players emerges superstars and then the other two are kind of like a and it's usually one team the kind of got a little. You know gypped if you will. Because they gave up somebody that they should not have so ultimately. I think that it's going to be a move. That pays off for the mets. the most. we'll have to see how benintendi dozen kansas city. Maybe he'll do better in a small market. Who knows what. I wanna wrap the show up at least this segment. I should say with team. I do not talk a ton about. But how i've made a pretty in oregon state has may have made a pretty decent move recently. And that's the marlins they went out and they grabbed adam devolve former outfielder with the atlanta braves on a one year. Five million dollar deal with a mutual option. Set for two thousand twenty two now with the marlins are getting somebody with a lot of power potential an all star in previous years. He batted thirty three homers and one hundred and three rbi's in twenty sixteen. And then you also have thirty one homers and ninety nine. Rbi's in two thousand seventeen so couple of years ago but still not that far removed and then last year. He had a really really really really good year. I mean it sixteen bombs so he's got a lot of power potential and he's not a terrible defensive player but here's the issue. The marlins are essentially outfield. I mean when you've got dickerson. And you've got sterling marseille and then between lewis brinson mcnamara sierra herald ramirez monte harrison and hazel sanchez. Young young and up and coming prospect. That's a lot of guys to kind of have to cycle through and figure out who starts wear and whatnot but i think that if they went with dickerson duval and marseille. That would be their best bet experienced guys that have been all stars before that would be a pretty solid outfield for the marlins i would say and then not to mention. At least he can hit right. Because between brinson sierra ramirez harrison and sanchez all of them combined batted to have batted to twenty over. Fifteen hundred plate appearances. Now i would say lewis. Brinson is at about sixty to sixty five percent of those fifteen hundred plate appearances. And he's not the greatest hitter but still that's not and if you look at dickerson and marseille and duval. What they've done their career. I think it would be foolish to put any of those other guys in the outfield over duval. Now dickerson is injury prone and sterling morte. His numbers dipped down when he arrived in miami. So you also have to kind of look at that. I think that dickerson is going to be key in this. Because he's been very injury prone over the years and he's had a lot of injury issues so you might see one of these kind of younger up and coming outfielders all of a sudden make their. Mlb debut very similar to what happened with six. Does sanchez sixto. Sanchez went from single-a all the way to the mlb immediately well not to mention. He was obviously pitching very very well but that could be a similar situation. You know who knows with what's going to happen with morte. I've seen lots of things. Where the marlins might want to trade him eventually to try and get some of that payroll off of their salary for this year. some that salary off their payroll. I don't know what they'll do with martin but dickerson does worry me. Because he is injury prone when he's healthy though he can be a really really good outfielder and martin also they both put a pretty solid power numbers. And then you've got now duval duval is just going to add even more to that. He did back to thirty seven last year but in the last two years he's had his career highs in opec had a career high. A eight eighty two in two thousand nineteen and in this past year. It was at eight thirty three. So he's staying above eight hundred. Ps sixteen homers and thirty three rbi's. I mean that's way better than a lot of the guys on the marlins and that i think is going to be a huge thing. That's going to stand out on their roster is this hitting and i think it's gonna come really from the outfield and they can really focus on the field hitting and then go from there go into the infield and kind of see what they need to do next. This marlins team. I think in a couple of years. We'll be good they. They've got. I think a a a a nice consistency For the most part in their team and then their organization and not to mention these outfielders i think are going to be the gap the bridging of the gap between the up and coming franchise guys and the guys that are there now. I think it's going to be a slow kind of progression out with the old and in with the new. I think that these guys are just used right now as fillers in a sense to kind of allow the younger guys to get a little bit more experience get a little bit better mature a little bit more and develop more and then as they start to you know these other dickerson marseille duval. They start to exit out of miami. These other guys like brinson and sierra and ramirez they'll be able to step up and be ready to go immediately so i think that's what the marlins are trying to do right now. I don't wanna read too much into it. But i think that they're onto something. I don't want to say that they're going to be good this year. Because i don't see that happening. I i just really because of how good this is and the moves that have been made by. These teams are world series. Contending moves they are playoff contending moves. The marlins have not done that. And it's very clear so ultimately think it's a really really wise move for the marlins but we'll have to see how it pays off for them down the road i think it. Will you know do more harm than or do more. The it'll it'll do a more service than it will do harm for them so again. We'll have to see. I think people will have a good year though. So they'll do for us in this first segment folks but don't go anywhere because when i get back from the commercial break i'm going to discuss which free agency moves and just offseason moves in general that i was really of skeptical of and don't think we'll actually work out this year folks. It's been a lot of fun so far but stay right there because we'll be right back here on the gmc baseball podcast. Your alternate dopfer. Everything sports the golden state media concept's sports podcast. Should i say more from the nfl. Melby the nba to mma. All in here. The golden state media concept sports podcast. Listen welcome back to the gmc baseball podcast. Jack ridenour with you. All and in our first segment. I drove right into the news segment and shared some of the recent trades and free agency. Signings have been going on and and really mlb announcing that the schedule is out now. So that was a very exciting thing to share as well but make sure you stay right here for the final few minutes of the show today as all get into discussing the free agency re signings that i think could be the biggest ones this year and that can have the biggest impact as well in all honesty. I wanna get into some free agency. Signings that i am a little weary of and i'm really not sure how they will go this year and think that they could do more harm than they than good for some teams in all honesty. I think there was a couple moves that i was a little bit head-scratching up and so i was you know. Skeptical is a little bit of an aggressive term in this regard but there are moves that i have been very skeptical of kind of head scratching that i didn't really understand so i'm going to get into a couple of them. Run through them real quick and share kind of some inside thoughts of as to why i think that they're not gonna really pan out and also you know what this team could. Maybe do in an in kind of in a different direction to maybe counterbalance. These questionable free agency signings. So the first one i want to discuss is michael walker going into the race. I was very very very skeptical of this from right from the beginning i saw that the mets were trying to bring back up they brought back stroman and honestly that was a very wise move for them getting stroman and getting rid of walkup. Why did the raise go after. Walk a beats me because they gave up two of their three best pitchers from last year. Now i know charlie morton i believe he was a free agent so there's nothing they can really do there but then with blake snell trading him getting rid of him now two thirds of that starting pitching that was really the main focus i would say is now gone and not to mention. You gave aaron. Aaron loup left Due to free agency as well so now he's gone so one of your main bullpen guys is not there anymore so they lost their very depleted pitching team and for them to go out and get michael walker. Who yeah he was an all star in two thousand fifteen but for the last five years is iran has been well above four and then two of those years it was above five as well so if you think about it he's not on a great career trend and they go on also get chris archer. He was another kind of head scratcher for me. Just it's like they got rid of snell and they got rid of more in the added archer and they added walk back and i just feel like it kind of it was a big downgrade for in both in both kind of regards and i don't know why they went after walk. He's getting older as well. His strikeout numbers are down one year. He's over one hundred another year. He's well below it and this might be an issue for this raise team. Who came in sixth place last year in team ks as a whole and not to mention his era. It's gonna be all over the place i mean. The race had the third best. Era as a team last season and walk a six point six two areas knocking to mesh well with a team that is i would say they really pride themselves on pitching in all honesty. The reason why they went. So far i think was because of their pitching. I've come on the show and said that many times that it was there pitching. That was the difference. It was the reason why they really were able to stay in it with a of these really i would say powerful offensive teams and now you're getting rid of two of your best pitchers and you're bringing back to subpar pitchers chris archer. I think at one point or another in tampa bay. He was good. There was flashes of it. There were glimmers of it. But like i've said before the guy either gives up a home run or strikes out the side there is no in between. He's not a big just kind of efficient pitcher. That's going to in and out of innings with with ground balls and fly out no not the case and that's kind of frightening. Is that this team. I think is going to really rely on strikeout and yeah. Archers got a high strikeout potential but walker not so much. An archer's been injured the last couple of years so. I'm not a big fan of going to the race. I i really think that if they were smart now what they did do that. I want them to do was go out and resign a lot of their players and they did just that. I think that they could maybe go and get another hitter. They need another hitter somewhere in that lineup to try and bring some sort of power. Some sort of pop. Because there's no real. I would say now a lot of the guys. I think have potential to be kind of power hitting players. But they didn't really show that last year so we'll have to feel like brandao. I think that maybe he could be one. You know. ma- maybe kevin kerr meyer choice. Shore obviously randy arroz arena. But after that you know and who knows how consisted. Those guys are going to be so. I'm not a big fan of walker. Go into the race but the next one another. Al team jameson. Tie on going to the yankees simple. I it's just. I'm not a fan of it because we haven't really seen much of taione over the last two years he's injured for most of the two thousand nine hundred and season he didn't play at all in twenty twenty. And if you ask me. I think that's a pretty big risk. I mean you don't know what you're getting yourself into because you don't know if he's going to be injured or if he's going to be able to play if he is actually productive and it's actually going to perform high on has a great reputation within though that is the think he comes from pittsburgh he had. There was a lot of high praise within the organization about a lot of the people in the city. love thanh. they always thought he was going to be really good but he was out for so long and he was injured for so long. You didn't really get to see. I think a full sample size of him and then yankees. They were right to go in the in the direction of pitching shore. I will give them that. They were wise to go in. That kind of you know area. But i don't know if it was the pitching that they need it. I don't know if it was the pitching personnel. That they personally should have gone after. I think that there was a lot of other guys. They could have gone after. You know. And i think that in all honesty it was a smart of them to get lemay he but i think they spend a lot of time trying to get lemay you back and not really spending any time on the pitching and i just don't know if tyrone it's going to be a guy that does wonders now. He could have this similar former pittsburgh. Pirates effect where you leave the pirates and you become an incredible baseball player. Like we've seen austin meadows. Do and tyler is now in garrett. Cole we might have that effect. Who knows because a lot of people within you know the pirates organization or at least rumblings going around the city. Is that the pitching coaches. They don't really let the pitches con the pictures kind of thing kind of pitched a contact and not pitch for power. And that's again not really what baseball's doing right now. It's not the trend. If you will so. I think that all in all i mean. He's got potential. Yeah i mean as solid twenty eight. One hundred and seventy ks then three point two uranium one hundred and ninety one innings. They were all career highs but then again after that he got injured. And you didn't really see much of him after that. So i think that tyrone is obviously a better move than getting walker for the race but i think that tone still. I don't think. I don't have a lot of faith in him in my personal opinion. So that's one move but another move by the yankees and again another pitcher. Don't coming in coming to new york. Corey kluber i mean. Same situation has when you think about it. This is a pitcher. That's made maybe eight to nine starts over the last two years and that's a lot of time to be away from baseball. I mean he really wasn't active in twenty nine thousand nine hundred. He's experienced numerous shoulder issues. He's only only started one game last year. And i think that is the promise getting up in age so who knows what the recovery might be. You know after that the injuries that he's had in the shoulder problems he's had you know he might not be the same pitcher that he was between twenty fourteen in two thousand eighteen where he wins. You know eighteen or more games in four of the five years. You know he's a three time all star. He's a two time cy young winner. Yeah he was really good then. He put up year after year of two hundred and twenty plus case each and every single season for about four year stretch but now he's getting into his mid thirties. He's thirty five thirty six. he's got shoulder issues. he's you know it's an obvious thing guys that get up in age. They don't recover as well. It's it's just kind of a known fact. And so i don't know if kluber is gonna come back like he was in that twenty sixteen twenty seventeen timeframe. I think he could. Maybe possibly you know. Be all right. I don't know if he's going to be dominant now. Maybe now who knows. I could be way off right. I mean i could be way way way wrong on this because the guy has shown that he can be one of the top pitchers in baseball. Obviously he showed it with being a cy young award winner. But i don't know if it's really hard to tell with kluber. Kluber is kind of a more challenging situation. I think the town because tyrone you can know. At least he's been good. He's he's had you know glimpses of being all right but it hasn't really bubbled all the way to the surface corey kluber has exploded onto the scene. Or he really. Did you know that two thousand fourteen two thousand eighteen kind of range. Probably one of the better four or five year runs in a pitcher can have. I just don't know if he can get back to that point. I don't know if he can get back to that boiling point. I think that he's still simmering. And i don't think that he's going to get any higher than that and i think that they might get a solid year out of him he might strike out one hundred and eighty guys. But he's not going to be churning out two hundred and fifty ks. I don't think he's going to have a three point two era. You might have like maybe three maybe around four. He will be efficient. I think he'll be better than thanh. But i don't think either one of them are going to be blowing the doors off of the competition. I think that they're going to be what what the yankees need. But i don't think it's ultimately going to be what they need to get to that next level getting to the world series. I don't know if these guys are gonna do exactly that. I think it's going to be some other personal that they're going to need what i think again. They spend a lotta time on trying to mayhew back. That might have overcompensated them. Getting solid pitchers we'll have to see. Kluber does have a lot of potential east shown before like i mentioned. They signed him after a workout so they must have seen something or they were comp- or or he they just saw him on a really good day and they don't really know what they're getting into. It's a one year deal so if it doesn't work so be it. Then they move on. They still got me for another six years. So that's a couple moves there. I want to get into now. Mike fulton going to the rangers. There's another guy that. I think that you know he's got way more to prove For this rangers team. I think he's got a lot to prove. And i don't know if the need a guy that that that is in the state and his career i mean he had a really good year in two thousand eighteen. He had a career best two point eight year. A us an all star then but every other season that he's been in the majors his has been well above four and this past year was at sixteen after one start that he absolutely imploded in and that lonelier that he had a really good season was an all star over two hundred k's but that level of play i don't think is really in him anymore. I mean it was kind of sad. He wound up spending a good bit of the summer in the in the training facility. Down in florida for the braves. He will he literally after that one game where he gave up six runs in three innings. He he was said right back down to florida and he did not make another return so a guy that really again very similar to kluber very similar to tyrone didn't really get a whole lot of experience. This past year fulton average. I believe he was injured. Some in two thousand nine hundred kind of going back to two thousand eighteen. You know you're kind of getting further and further back is. He's still that same. Pitcher rangers lost lance lynn. So i see why they wanna go on and get some pitching but he was the only pitcher on that rotation. That was anything special. I mean he was the only one that had at least double digit starts lance lynn at that and to have under five yara they had the twenty third ranked era in the mlb. Every other major started they had between five and seven. Era so adding a guy that had a sixteen era in one start. I know it's just one start but that's and then got right back down to the training facility. So that tells you a lot now. I did hear some rumblings that fulton ever gets very with the braves in the organization. So maybe there was some underlying things going on internally who knows but ultimately i just don't think the fulton average going. The rangers is a wise move. I don't think it's going to really do anything for them. They've made other good moves though. I will give them that. I think it was smart for them to go out and get guys like chris davis because like david doll. That was very wise. But i just don't know if it's going to really pay off the way that they think it will and they really needed to bring back. I think an upgrade to this rotation and fulton. I mean you look at that. Pitching rotation and it was dismal. It was dismal. And bring in somebody like It's just not what you needed to bring in. I'm not a big fan of that. Another move that. I'm not a huge fan of sean doolittle. Going in the reds. I see why they did it. Because again rozelle iglesias. Isn't there anymore. But i just think that there's been a little bit of a digression a digression kind of a stepping back in his career. I mean his numbers. With i mean in the last two years is numbers. Have gone astronomically just way out of you know in the left field if you will. He's been above a four in each of the last two years. Didn't register one single. Save this year. i don't believe now. He has been an all star before he does bring a winning experience to the table. So maybe he could bring that kind of again veteran leadership and bring that into the bullpen. Bring that into the dugout. Because this red steam does have a lot of talent they again earlier on in the off season there was a lot of trade rumors floating around them. What are they gonna do with. You swore what are they gonna do. Sonny gray what are they going to do with louis castio. We still have about a month or so left until the seasons. The you know starts so there could still be a lot of moves made but they haven't done that yet and so i think that because of that them losing bauer. Maybe they want to keep their cards. Keep their cards close to their chest. Keep everybody that they've got for the most part. And then maybe a little does bring some veteran leadership. But i just don't think he's a guy that is going to again blow the doors off of you and impress you wildly. I think that they needed to maybe go out and get other. You know another closer. Somebody else is going to be a little bit more efficient. I know they probably couldn't have gotten somebody like brad hand. That probably would have been a little bit of their price range. But you know i think that. Do little out of all these guys. he's not as bad as i mean. Walk walker going to the race. I thought that was just flat out ridiculous. In my opinion tiogue on the yankees not a huge fan of it fulton to the rangers. Not a fan of it at all. Do little to the red zone. I mean i can maybe see it again. A lot of these moves were made. Because i think some of these teams they needed to fill these voids right. The rangers needed to replace landslide in some capacity the yankees needed to bolster their pitching in some capacity. Losing james paxton to free agency in a losing j. Half the free agency Then you and then not to mention like the the red you you lose rozelle gracia's so you have to fill that void you've got to go out and get somebody that has at least proven themselves before and do a little pitch in high pressure situations. This reds team does have guys that have one world series before. They've gone far into the playoffs so they've got a kind of an experienced team with them more than they probably would have guessed initially and i think that it would have been a very wise move for them to get somebody else. But i don't think do little works. But i'm not a fan of it still. I'm just flat out not a big fan of it but the last move came from the same team and i. I want to get into this. Because i don't to the life of me. I don't know why they did this. I mean i get it. I get it i really really do but at the same time. It's like you've already dug yourself into a hole financially now. Why are you continuing to do that. Yacht air molina and adam wainwright. They're both returning. I believe molina's on a one year. Eight million dollar deal and wainwright's on a one year nine million dollar deal or it's flip flopped either way. They're spending about seventeen million dollars this year in combined money for a guy that's thirty eight who i mean. Yeah he had a good year last year. All give wainwright that but melina. He's on the talent of talent of his career. And i think this'll be kind of a last hurrah right. I mean these guys were kind of the last survivors of that world series team in two thousand eleven and so i feel like you know again. This is kind of their final sendoff before they retire. Molina's still been productive. You know maybe you can get another extra year. Two out of him about it above to sixty last but they simply just need to move on from him. And i think that you know they've they've paid aeronautical so much money and that's the biggest thing is that they were trying initially in this free agency spending. They were not going to go out and spend much they were trying to stay well below budget and now they have completely exceeded that going out and getting aeronautical. I don't know if you know when you go on and get 'aeronautics that's a world series tight move in for the cardinals who were trying to save a couple bucks. I really don't know why you go out. And you make a major splash like that and then that's it and there's nobody else on your team besides goldschmidt that i think would scare me as an opposing team. So you made a world series contending move and you're not you're clearly not a world series contending team. I know it's the cardinals. And i know that they find a way to win. Somehow some way. But is it wainwright and molina. Are they the answer to do that. No you could have used that seventeen million dollars to go on and get somebody else. Possibly you know who knows. I mean i that turner's already you know. He's a free agent. They've already figured out their third base position with air. Nado but i mean you look at a guy like wong. Two years eighteen million eighteen million dollars with the brewers. They could've clearly kept walking around and paid him that much money on a similar contract and then still had aeronautic and you you know you clearly need to move on from matt carpenter. Relief had no problem doing that. And i see why they might want to stick around with wainwright because he did pitch pretty well last year at the age of thirty eight but i just think that this is again kind of a final hurrah like last year sendoff before the two stars walk into the sunset together as retired cardinals. Whatever you know kind of the typical if you will. I just think that they were. They weren't wise and how they went about spending their money and who they went out getting. I think that they went all in with aaron nado and i just don't know if that one loan move is going to be what they need to ultimately make it to the world series. They'll definitely probably contend for the play offs because they're in one of the worst divisions this year i think and i'm going to get into a prediction of it this year or in this next segment here in a moment. But i think that it's going to be more of a playoff caliber team and world series team because aeronautical. Yeah no help them. You know be a division contender but after that. Nope they're not going to be a world series team so we'll have to see how it all plays out. But these are just a couple of moves that wasn't a real big fan of obviously. I've talked a lot about the mood. That i'm a big fan of but these moves not so much but that close things out here for us in our second segment on the gmc baseball podcast as always thank you so much for tuning in but coming up after the commercial i wanna get into yet again another division prediction and this time give a little prediction of the central and who i could see finishing atop the leaderboard in the division folks. It's been a blast so far but we got a lot more to go. So don't change that channel because we'll be right back here on the gmc baseball podcast. Tired of hurting the vast jungle of podcast. Now listen and hear without their the podcast network that covers just about everything that you've been searching the golden state media context podcast narrower is here nothing left podcast blitz with endless hours of podcast cupboards from news. 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I wanna now get into another division prediction in this time dive into the central and get into the picking of which teams could be finishing where amid the division this season now as we all know this will probably be one of the worst divisions this year lot of guys wanna believing in the division a lot of different players and this was also a division that did not make any major free agency moves minus the cardinals getting aeronautica other than that. And the brewers. I guess getting cold one but other than that. Nothing real special happen. I mean the cubs got rid of a lot. The pirates got rid of a lot and the reds didn't really make any major ad and they also lost. Trevor bauer so was more lost than gain in this division. And i think that is you know one telltale sign. That is going to be really. I think showing itself this year when this when this division starts to play and they have to go up against each other. It's going to be a competitive division amongst average team so however competitive you want that to sound like that's going to kind of be the gist of this division. I would say so getting into it. I'm going to start with number five and work all the way up to number one coming in at number five. I think we can all guess who it'll be the pittsburgh pirates and i hate to say that because again i do live in the city. I've lived in the city for quite some time. Some of my best friends are from here. You know my girlfriend's from here. I went to school here so a lot of great great great things that have happened for me in pittsburgh but the pittsburgh pirates are not really think of big highlight for the city. At all i mean. They're clearly in a major reboot. I think phase right now. They don't have trevor williams anymore. They caught him and now he's with the cubs. Joe moscow vs with the padres. Josh bell has been traded. The nationals jamison china. Tyrone is with the The yankees they were all key pieces for them. In previous years. I know i was semi critical of tone in the previous segment but he was a big fixture in that pitching rotation at one point or another before he got injured. They were real. I mean a lot of people were very high up on him but again those injuries kind of the real that potential and kind of really didn't allow him to display what he was capable of doing. At least what people thought he was capable of doing. We have yet to really. i think. See the full potential of it but nonetheless a lot of guys that are not with the team anymore. They do have a lot of up and coming talent guys like ke bryan hayes who he's talking to various people around in the city. A lot of people think that he's going to be one of the best defensive and probably overall third baseman in all of baseball and he could be the face of the third base position in the future. Really for this team brian reynolds. I mean he showed in two thousand nineteen. He can be a dominant force. Had a great great season. Cole tucker is another guy. That is a young up and coming star so they do have a roster that has future potential but right now it's incredibly depleted and this team honestly has not been good for years. I mean they finished under five hundred for four of the last five years. They haven't been in the playoffs since twenty fifteen and they really haven't gone anywhere further than you know the the divisional round in over twenty years. I mean they really have not been anything special of a team in quite some time. And i think the best thing for them though right now is to just keep unloading right. I think this is a big kind of transition period for the pirates. And i think we're witnessing that right. Now they're kind of again in a whole entire rebuild phase. They're in a complete reboot mode. They're really trying to start from scratch again. They're trying to start over. And i think that that's gonna be a big key for them. Moving forward is continuing to do that. Maybe even towards the trade deadline we could see some other guys start to exit out. They did get a lot of prospects. I mean they probably have some of the most prospects in the trade pull that they got from this offseason than any other team really. And they unloaded more stars than any other team did also so. This is a team. That i think maybe down the road. We'll be good but right now. They are nowhere near that. They might be one of the worst teams in baseball. I mean people have already joked. Hey i'll be a fan for about two weeks and then after that probably going to have to find another team to root for because they are not going to be very good so they're coming in at number five for me. I want to get into number four. The chicago cubs and i know that might sound alarming considering they finished in first place last year. But i think that was almost out of luck. They did have very good records against other top tier teams and other above five hundred caliber teams but their team overall if you look at the roster their first six hitters batted below two fifty. They had a string of hitters. That were below two forty to twenty. Jason heyward and ian half. They were the only two that were above two fifty in the entire starting night. You got guys like by as and rizzo hitting career lows. I mean really slumping. They also traded darvish. The non tendered schwimmer. Then all of a sudden you're going to have rizzo and bias being free agent sooner rather than later and i think that honestly when they were good last year i it might have just been again out of lock in just right place right time. But when they get to the play offs they loosen the marlins cleared the hitting was completely exposed. They had no hitting and that was their issue all year long and i had a feeling that they were not going to if they were going to go to the playoffs. They weren't going to go very far because their offense was not good. It was clearly not good. I mean if you got guys. I mean them in. The brewers were two teams. That i felt that usually have much better hitters and they completely underperformed last year and the cubs had a lot of those guys and as a result i think it hindered them towards the end of the season. I think that they were able to come out of the gate strong but and also not to mention the reds. Were very disappointing. The pirates were flat out bad. You know i mean the brewers. They were up and down. They barely got in the playoffs so very similar to last year. We'll probably be this year of very very subpar kind of bla- division if he will and but very competitive because it'll be a lot of teams that are all very average so i think the bottom two are very clear the pirates and the cubs and they're pitching rotations completely depleted. They've got some good guys though. Potentially that could be good in the long run but darvish gone. That's not a good sign. I think really. The beginning of the end was wind. Theo epstein decided to leave the guy that was really responsible for building. this team. the guy that was really responsible for putting together. The world series caliber team that they had in two thousand sixteen that wound up winning and this past season. Maybe it was going to be a last final crack at the world series or the last final major. Try at a playoff run this past year in two thousand twenty but the pandemic thrown off for them right and i think that was kind of a big thing guys didn't perform and i think epsteins what i've had enough of it. I'm outta here. i'm leaving you know. And i don't blame them. I mean i think he did. He did a wonderful job there. He's done a wonderful job in boston. Guy can clearly build teams from nothing into something because the cubs were terrible before he got to chicago so he definitely able to do that wherever he lands. Who probably will build another winning franchise. But i don't see the cubs finishing higher than fourth if the cubs are good this year. I would be surprised because yeah they do have still a lot of good players but they did lose a lot and they didn't really gain much jock peterson and was one kind of main at. I would say but he's just a power hitter right any kind of just replaces college forever. They kind of switched. Switch them out almost essentially. I don't know if this is going to continue to have a bounceback year maybe rizza. We'll have a bounce back year. I don't know but those guys are gonna be free agent sooner rather than later so this might be again a last hurrah before they go into a rebuild phase like the pirates are going through right now so i've got them coming in number four getting into the top three now now. The top three in my personal opinion finish in a variety of ways. It can really finish anyway. So i'm gonna go with. Just what i think is going to happen. But i think it could go in a numerous amount of directions. Coming in at number three. Got the reds. I think that the reason why. I'm not completely sold on them. Is that again. They've lost way more than they've actually gained. This past year was a good year for them. I will give that. This was the first time since two thousand thirteen that they finished above five hundred what they lost their main arm in bauer and they did have one of the top tier pitching rotations. I mean they were second as a whole in strikeouts you know. They were one of the top. Era teams as well but bauer being gone. That's a huge part of that strikeout. He had about six of their total strikeouts just himself in a sixty game season. That's a large chunk of of the strikeouts to have for one soul guy now. There was also other rumors earlier on in the offseason. The luis castillo is going to be on the move sunny gray like You swore as they were all suspected to be on their way out. They haven't left yet. They haven't been moved yet thankfully because if that were the case they might be finishing below the cubs in all honesty. Mike moustakas nick house. They're going to be keys for me this year. For the reds. They've got to step up. They've got to step up there on that contract. Same contracts for years sixty four million or sixty six million one of the two and they were so i will get kosti on us this. He came out very strong but then he really really fizzled out. For the latter part of the season mustafa's was just a nightmare general to deal with and he was also injured so i really don't know if the reds can finish anywhere higher than third if they get good production out of those guys and castillo maybe has a career season. Yeah maybe they. They'll be pretty good. I mean they still got tucker barnhart behind the plate. I mean they had a nice emergence of jesse winkler this past year but he was a d. h. and in previous years when he's played in the field again very similar to china did not really have much success in that situation. He was a d. h. Though this past season as a result he was really good so i don't know if they're going to be that great. I think they'll be okay. I think that they can be competitive within the division but out of that. I really don't see that happening now. If guys like it comes back to. It's twenty nine thousand nine so he's batting over forty home runs and over one hundred. Rbi is and like. I said the pitching's lights out and everybody is doing what they need to do. Then yeah i mean. They've got good guys. They've got potential on their team. It's just a matter of that potential putting it all together and being a good team. So i've got them coming in at three becoming a number to mind. Milwaukee brewers and this is the team. I think that's got a lot of potential. I mean out of all the teams in the division. They've got the potential to be good because what they had. Last year was a couple. Pleasant surprises. corbin burns was a really nice emergency. I mean how to float floated around a to era the entire season. Then you've got a rookie like devin williams who comes in through the point three. Era in a little over twenty five innings and has over fifty ks so basically averaging about two ks every single inning that he appeared in which is pretty staggering. Because pretty much going in for maybe an ending maybe two and so thinking about a two strikeouts per inning. He's just flying through winnie's so they had a nice emergence of those two. And i think that was a real nice surprised the hitting was terrible in weston. Here i thought felt i felt suffered a little bit of a setback. Episode garcia was. Okay orlando arcia. He was all right christian. Yelich was terrible. You know they finally got rid of justin smoak and eric. So guard which i thought was very advisable. They bring in colton wong now. This is what i. I'm i'm expecting them to do. I don't know if they'll do it but we'll have to see. I want them to go out and get a decent third baseman them to get a guy like i've mentioned before mike l. franko or a guy like justin turner. Somebody that i mean you could get turner on a two year deal towards the end of his career is going to thirty six. He's won a world series. He's been successful. He still has a lot left in them. I think more than most thirty six year old physician play baseball players. So i think that if they go out and get somebody like that. That'd be a huge ad. There'd be john. Norma skit and in all honesty infield it could be pretty good. It could be a solid infield if they keep around with. You know obviously are there. I think he's a decent glove. He's an okay bat but they're going to have to move either him or or hero to make room for for wong. Wong is going to be nice piece for them. Hopefully lorenzo cain can come back. I mean he wound up walking out of you know opting out of the season and walking away during i think it was during that cardinal series. They had when there was a big outbreak. And i didn't blame them. I mean i said eight. I mean you know. That's probably why moved to get out of there before it gets real bad. And so i think that if they if they can keep guys on the team for the entire year. That's the other thing that worries me. You saw how. Cain opted out last year in the middle of the season. Anything with kover that happens. That could be a problem. That could again again. And if that's the case they're going to be really scrambling around trying to figure out. What are we going to do with hitting. What are we going to do with you. Know our our outfield going to start getting. You know a very very slim as time goes on because ryan bronze not there anymore. You know. I mean if pain again ops out or if. He's kind of wavering. On if he wants to come back next year. That's two outfielders. Gone and ben gamble has yet to be resigned. So maybe they re sign him and stick him out there. He didn't have a very good year last year. I thought the year before he was a good piece off the bench. I don't know if he's a good starter. But i definitely think that. This brewers team can have the same kind of nice surprise performances from a couple of these players. They've got really good pitching that comes back and if christian yelich can comeback and have a really good season. I think that this brewers team can be a lot better than people might think that they're going to be now. I know a lot of people are saying that the problem with the brewers and cardinals are gonna finish top of division. It's probably going to be a battle between those two teams. And i honestly agree with that. I definitely think that it's going to be a head to head kind of thing. All the way down the stretch each and every single one of those or division matchups. It's going to be critical that either team that wants to find their way on top of the division comes out on top and wins in those again three game home street three game homestand or three game away stands or whatever it might be those back to back you know three game series that they might have to play. Those games are going to be critical. Every single. cardinals brewers game is going to add up towards the end of the season. So that the matchup. I'm looking forward to seeing. But i'm gonna say the brewers finished second they could maybe eat their way in the playoffs on a wildcard but if they wanna make some noise they really got to hope. That yellow has a good year. Cain comes back in full. Swing and wong has a big impact. Because if not another long offseason milwaukee but coming in at number one. I think we can all guess who. It's going to be the saint louis cardinals. I think that the cardinals were wise to go out and get aeronautical because it clearly made separation between them and their other division cohorts world series. Move set in the last segment. And i'll say it again. They made a world series type. Move getting somebody like aeronautical if a team like the white sox had gone out and gotten aaron auto i would say wow that team's going to be in the world series but when i see a team like the cardinals get aaron nado. I kind question that. And say i don't know if i see them in the world series or not. I don't really see them as that caliber player. I think that it was an intriguing thought for them to go after fowler trade fowler and maybe make some room in the outfield because i mean let's face it harrison baiter and tyler o.'neil or very average right and jackie bradley jr. still on the market and personally i think that it was foolish of them to try and bring back wainwright. Try to bring back molina. I mean they should have either just kept one of them not both of them because now you know most of their payrolls being eaten up by aaron auto and they had gone into the offseason saying hey we want to try and save some money and they clearly did not do that. I mean they needed to get a fifty million dollars borrow from the colorado rockies just to help pay off air anonymous salary this year or part of it at least and i think that they could have saved that money and use it on a guy like jackie bradley. Jr. if you're going to trade dexter fowler and you're going to but you're not gonna make any upgrades in the outfield and you've got two guys there. That are yeah. They're young but they did not hit while the last couple of years harrison. Bater a little bit. Better than o.'neil. I would say but both i mean i would say their average and you re sign molina and you resign wainwright both getting older. And you don't and you make a move like it just doesn't make sense what they are doing in the offseason doesn't add up in my opinion now again i'm no baseball. General manager am a journalist and broadcaster. That is what i do. That's my title. I talk about this stuff. And i bring my opinion and i bring the evidence and just looking at it from a distance their moves. Just don't add up. And i'm going to keep saying it over and over again. You make a world series contending move with aeronautica but then you re sign to aging stars and you trade your outfielders when a perfectly capable outfielder in jackie. Bradley jr. is still on the free agency market. So do the life of me. I really don't get that thought process. I also think that they could have made maybe a bigger push for michael brantley there. There were guys that were on the market that they could have gone after that they could have definitely saved a couple bucks. Probably could've added more pieces to their lineup. Just getting aeronautics again that's kind of. That's a huge blanketed move in terms of. It's a huge blanket of move because it covers everybody kind of pays attention to to that. And just that the padres. They've got numerous moves like that. You can't really highlight one. You've got darvish. She got s- now. You know you've got moscow. Have you got so many guys that they've added you know. The dodgers getting bauer. That's kind of their big blanketed. Move the move that kind of covers the entire team and all you really see them doing in the offseason all ever really thought about. Is the cardinals getting air. Nado but then you look deeper and you don't just look at the surface but you look deeper and you're like this isn't a great lineup. This is an okay line at that could have potential. That could may be good. But i don't see it now. I know have kind of ripped the cardinals In half for them being a first place team. I still think they're going to be good because aaron auto does make a big difference. He just doesn't make a world series difference. I think they're pitching is okay. It's not too bad. I mean jack. Flaherty is somebody that i think is going to be good eventually emmy. He's definitely got a little bit of growing to do dakota hudson showed good signs last year as well for the cardinals so i think that they've got there in the right direction. I just don't know if this offseason was the wisest or most sensible off season that they've had i still think they'll finish in first because it's the cardinals are winning ball club and they just know how to win. They just know how to win. It's a good winning culture. And that's what they do so we'll have to see so again coming in one brewers to it three cubs at four and the pittsburgh pirates finishing in the basement in the central. So we'll have to see how that plays out in this season for folks. That's gonna do it for us in this third segments. Thanks for sticking around as always stay right there because we'll be right back after this commercial break for the final segment today. We're all dive into sharing witch resign. Agents will have the biggest impacts on their team this year. Folks don't go anywhere because we've got one last segment here on the gmc baseball podcast. Want to know the latest thing zakar than lengthened to the golden state media concepts soccer podcast from m. l. at the world and the premier league. You cover the latest update as matches and news on the league's top layer at the golden state media concept. Locker podcast them. Hey everyone and welcome back to the final segment here today on the gmc baseball podcast. Jack riding are with you. And in the previous segment. I got into another division prediction sharing which teams in the nfl central. I think are going to be the best in which are going to have a tight race atop the leaderboard. I want to wrap up the show today. Getting into some of the re-sign free agents than sharing which ones i think will have the biggest impact when they come back on their respective teams. There's been a lot of guys. Actually that have gotten resigned. I didn't really realize it but some of them are big time guys. I mean they're. They're huge pieces to their team. So i'm gonna dump jump into right away and getting into the number one guy at least not the number one guy. But what are the top guys. I would say that were there was one of the biggest headlining names and all of free agency and when he resigned arguably one of the biggest resign moves in the entire free agency as well off season. Jt oriole mutual going back to the phillies. I mean what more to say about that right. Jt romantic coming back. Yeah he batted to sixty six which was his lowest batting average. Twenty fifteen but he put up eleven homers. Thirty two rb is his opium was actually at a career. High eight forty and then as opium plus was the second high-seas had in his career after twenty seventeen when he had won. Twenty six in one thousand three plus this past year and again as a catcher. And somebody that is i would say a predominantly actually talking about this with a friend of mine. The other day catchers. I don't get any publicity or any notoriety. Because it's a defensive focused position you're really trying as a catcher. Your main focus is preventing runs from advancing. Making sure that there's good chemistry with you and your pitcher. And that he's hitting all the spots hitting is not really in the forefront. I would say in the description of what a catcher is but. Jt realmuto brings a defensive cyber also brings a really good offensive side. you know two times silver slugger. Two time all star. He's also been a gold glover so he's he can do a little bit of everything and i think that's what makes him so good. I mean not too long ago. I think it was back in two thousand eighteen. Two thousand seventeen. He was actually twenty nine thousand nine. He was number one in the mlb in caught stealing. As catcher throughout forty three guys forty three gut and not to mention imagine how fast he has to get out of a crouched position to get into a stance and throw a guy out at second and adding him back to this team. It's going to do wonders. I mean this was a really good hitting phillies team. Even though they did not play that great and really finish out the season. Well they've added to fifty fifty-seven as a whole which was tied for eighth in the mlb with the padres and with the rockies and not to mention you also look at the the rbi factor right. There were seventh as a team in and he had thirty. Two of those is so. He's i mean again although it's not a huge percentage of it he's still a big piece of this offense and he really brings a lot to the table and not to mention he's a great defensive backstop catcher. And so if you can get a guy that can do a little bit of both. He can be effective in both angles. I think you're sitting pretty so. I really like ramuda going back to the phillies so i would say. That's you know up there as one of the best re-signed moves in the entire offseason. Now the next one. I wanna get into is. Dj lemay hugh. I think this was a big move. I mean the yankees had talked about a brian cashman was quoted by saying that he was very very very focused on getting lemay back. That was the biggest thing is. They were very focused and getting him. They were really wanting to bring him back. They wanted to address the pitching and they wanted to address. Re-signing tj lemay. Mayhew lemay who had a career season last year. So i can see why they would want to address. That right batted three sixty four which is clearly a career high for him. It was also the second time in his career where he's led the entire. Mlb batting average last time he did was in two thousand sixteen and he's been an all star in three of the last five years three in the last six years i mean there's an all star in two thousand fifteen two thousand seventeen and twenty nine thousand nine hundred and his was way above his opium numbers in his career as a career. High one point. Oh one one so right there. I mean that's a big jump from an eight nine three oh. Pm the year before not to mention ten homers point seven. Rb is not not that bad numbers. If you'd ask me. I mean he finished in the top three an. Mvp was a finalist slogger. He's been a gold glove multiple times. He's won a couple of other silver sluggers. He was actually in the. Mvp voting in twenty nineteen as well so back to back top five finishes in the mvp. That's pretty impressive. If you ask me i would. I would want him back all the more and very much so. I was brian cashman so it was a wise move on his part getting into the numbers for the yankees though and why i think it was so crucial that they went after him in the mlb. An rbi is right there. I mean twenty. Seven rb is not really contributing to a whole lot of the rbi numbers but the year before he put up one hundred and two which was way above the four or five previous years that he had where he had sixty or more rbi's and if you look at it you know. His numbers have slowly increased over time. You know you go from twenty twelve. You had twenty two rb. Is you gotta twenty sixteen. Four years later he had sixty six. Rbi's and then in two thousand nine hundred ninety one hundred two rbi's so those are three pre big improvements and jumps in not that many of years. So i think that's what's impressive about the mayhew as that. He's made a lot of ground in not that much time. The one thing is he's getting a little older right. he's thirty two. He'll be thirty three this year so he's getting up in age and that is somewhat of a concern right. I mean you have to kind of be concerned about especially the guys on a contract for the next six years. That's something definitely make note of any kind of pay attention to as a team. The yankees are average. wasn't great. i mean to forty seven. And i think that you know. His average definitely stood out amongst the rest of the yankees guys right but there s numbers i mean they were fifth in and he had probably a ton to do with that and not to mention the on base percentage they were tied for third on base percentage as a team and he had a. Al hi four twenty one. It was actually a career high for him. In on base percentage and he also had career high numbers in batting average on base percentage slugging percentage opium and opiates plus by a mile for the opiates. Plus by the way one seventy seven and in two thousand nine hundred one thirty five in two thousand eighteen eighty eight so you go from eighty eight to one thousand five hundred seventy seven. That's not a gradual build-up that's a skyrocketing each and every single season. So i think lemay coming back to the yankees was a big move for them. They really needed to do that. I think it was very wise of them. And i just worry that the contract is a little too long and that it will tie him up there for too long and he might fizzle out right he might plateau. He might not turn out to be the player that i think everybody is hoping him to be because of just age right. I mean i think that's a simple thing and especially as a position player playing every single day. That's gonna accelerate your. I would say downfall in kind of the down spin of your career. All the more than pitcher right. I mean you're having to play every single day. You're in the field. You're doing offense and defense pitchers has to worry about pitching. That's why you see guys away later into their thirties. And maybe even someone of their forties whereas position guys. I don't feel like you're seeing a whole lot of that again. Maybe around thirty five thirty six they start kind of petering out a little bit and i think that's what's gonna happen mayhew so i think the contract was a little long but it was winds that they went out and got him nonetheless. So getting into the next guy marcelo zona. How could you not say this was a huge resign. Especially when zuma could have clearly gone in the al he about ten teams interested in him and he was arguably one of the best players in baseball last year led the home runs. Let led them. Rbi's batted three thirty career high for him about it's six or a slugging percentage of six thirty six and then a one point six seven oh. Ps that's pretty impressive and again that's all about a mile high. Then you know the rest of his career. Numbers i would say is next high as nine. Twenty four appears in two thousand seventeen but he is. I mean he's somebody that they need to have. And i know i've mentioned it before. He balances out their lineup. More than people suspect. And when you got a team that had the second best average in the mlb and he batted three thirty eight and then they had the second most home runs. They were one of two teams. The dodgers to bat over one hundred home runs as a team and he had eighteen of those home runs. I mean it's contributing to about a fifth of their home runs. That's a what i mean. Imagine that had been a whole season. Imagine how many they would have had imagine how many fifth of that total would have been one hundred sixty two game season so him in the lineup does wonders for them. And i think that they're going to be very very pleasantly will not pleasantly. They're going to be very happy that they were able to bring back ozone because he could have gone to team like the astros he could have gone to a team like the white sox is thought he was going to be going to the white sox because if they had gotten somebody like there's no question in my mind that they would be a world series team no question in my mind. They went out and got pitching. They went out and got hitting the if that were to would have been the case they would have gone out and gotten hitting that would have just completely changed the entire trajectory of their entire team. So that's why. I feel that some of these guys coming back to their team. It's going to maybe not necessarily. It might do even better than what it did for that team a year ago. Because it's going to be on a bigger scale. Larger samples is one hundred sixty two games instead of sixty games so the impact can be greater and it can be for a longer period of time but it could also open possibilities of. Maybe that player just came out really strong last year and you know towards that eighty game ninety game one hundred game mark. They start to get tired. They start adding fatigue sets in so what this really long offseason for some teams. I'm hoping that there are guys are gonna come out and still have that same similar performance. They had a year ago. But we'll have to it. But i think ultimately is in a re-signing with the braves was probably one of the biggest him and That's a tough one Retail who all reciting what their respective teams. I would say those are the three biggest reasons right there. There were three moves that have had to be made by those teams if they wanted to be competitive am i. I mean at least maybe not for the yankees but for the phillies and for the braves. I think that if they wanted to be really like competitive like world series caliber teams. They needed to go out and make those moves and they did so. I think that it's going to be a very interesting season in the baseball kind of landscaping and the mlb. These guys coming back to their respective teams not to mention. You've got in for another four years so it's not too bad of a time period to have them also so last three guys. I want to touch on michael brantley junior him. Recent with the astros. I think was massive. He was about to go to the blue jays. If i'm not mistaken he was going to go somewhere and he might have. Maybe what's going to go to the break. I don't know there was some speculation that he was going to be on. The move and springer was already had been reported being on the move and re-sign era signing with another team but bradley was again kind of up in the air and then it turned out that he was going to resign. What the astros. For two year deal. And i think that's going to do a lot of great things for this team because this team saw one of the biggest downfalls hitting wise i think a year span that any other team has seen they went from in two thousand nine hundred and being the number one team average wise and the number one team. Opiates wise to the twentieth ranked average in all of baseball. And then you look at the. Ps they were not even in the top ten. They were sixteenth and team. Opiates last season. So you go from one to sixteen and then one to twenty a year. that's a big setback. That's a huge setback. And i think they needed to bring back anybody and everybody that they could from these t from this astros team that was going to walk can be a possible free agent. I know josh read. I believe he's still in the free agency market so there could be some holes in that outfield. Maybe they go out and get a guy like jackie bradley. Jr. maybe they go out and resigned or they go up and pick him up and that would be a big move for them. Because they have a hole in the george springer not there but bradley being there. It's going to do a lot of things for them. I mean his numbers were all pretty solid across the board again. He's been very consistent last couple of years. He's actually bad at above three hundred. The last three seasons. It's been above two ninety the last four seasons and then his opium stayed with an eight hundred. Two eight seventy five so talk about a guy that you need to have in your lineup. He's had four straight years of over one hundred Opiates plus and then his home run numbers. They're okay they're kind of up and down but ultimately he does so much for that lineup because he's just another bat that teams have to worry about. Its own. I have to worry about jose. Altuve your alvarez varez and then all of a sudden it's like. Oh i also got a carlos correa and i also have to worry about you know michael brantley and kind of is it builds on itself from that point now. They don't have george springer anymore. So that's one less about that. People have to worry about but still bringing brantley back. I think is an incredible thing for them especially for a team. That's huge huge setback from twenty nine thousand nine just clearly not the same team and i think a lot of it had to do with a lot of the offseason stuff with the ski the cheating scandal and everything people figuring them out they come into the year and i mean they were exploited. I think i think their weaknesses were shown and they were started to kind of bubbled to the surface and as a result you know really affected them. So i think brain li coming back to the astros is a big move in the last two. I want to touch on didi gregorius to the phillies and nelson cruz. Back to the twins reto applies for gregorious the same exact way. Ten homers forty rb is guided above eighty this year. So that's a lot of offense that this phillies team wanted to bring back. Those were two fixtures in the lineup. Last season that i think we're the difference makers a lot of situations you know. Bryce harper came out pretty strong but resource skains. He did not have a very good year. alec barham was again. Another difference guy. But i wouldn't say that you know harper was. He started out really really strong. And then he kind of just plateaued. And you didn't really do a whole lot else after that. So i think that having real mutant in gregorious brings balanced to that lineup. Like zoom brings balance to the braves lineup. And with gregorious back. They don't have to worry about going out. And getting other shortstops pretty galvez. I mean he was going to be possibly a target. I know angela. Simmons was going to be a possible target but nothing panned out with that so they were forced to resign gregorious. But i think it's a wise move. They did do that. I think it was very smart on their part to go out and make that addition and kind of that riyadh but i think that this phillies team is going to be a lot better this year than people are probably making them out to be. I think they're going to be really good. I don't know if they can compete. With like the mets. But i think in the nationals are going to be a fun match to watch all year long because they are very comparable. In my opinion. I think that the the nationals edge them out just ever so slightly with but i think the hittings pretty comparable so regardless of the phillies is big move and then obviously crews going back to the twins. I mean if you look at their lineup right. I mean they needed him to come back. They had nobody. That was anything special hitting wise. You know louis arias. He was the only one that was above three hundred other than nelson cruz. He has sixteen homers and thirty three at the age of thirty nine. He's going he's now. He's turned he's going to be forty this year Any turned forty in the middle of the year last year. So this i mean he's going to be you know he's only one year deal so i don't think he's going to really have that big of an impact in the long run and kind of in the long haul but when you've got a guy that's coming back that built it sixteen homers in an abbreviated season. He had a nine ninety two. Oh p s which is again his. Now i mean from twenty fifteen on he's been above nine hundred and no. Ps except for twenty eighteen. You know in the last seven years or so. He's been an all star five different times and he's had an above one hundred opium plus dating back to two thousand and eight every season since then so. His numbers are astronomical having consecutive years of batting over forty home runs and having over one hundred. Rbi is they needed back in the lineup. There was no question about it. If they had knocked on out and brought him back it probably would have been a detrimental thing to their lineup because they would have had no power there so ultimately all these reasons i think are really wise but i think that some were better than others but i think that the resigns again they were needed. You had to make them if you were these teams because if not you have set yourself further behind than i think he would have a specially with last year but not having some of these guys back on these teams in mind of really i would say sent send things kind of sideways for a couple teams but again we won't have to worry about the the because they've all been resigned but folks. I think that's going to do for us here today as always thank you for listening to the gmc baseball podcast brought to you by the gmc. Podcast network. I would like to ask that you. Please remember to subscribe to the show and write a nice review. That really helps us. 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Effectively Wild Episode 1678: The 2021 Team Fun Draft

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Effectively Wild Episode 1678: The 2021 Team Fun Draft

"Taking when we joe's that's brick. Tim will We play a law staying low. You you try low. An welcome to episode sixteen seventy eight of effectively wild fan grass baseball podcast brought to you by patriot supporters i make rally a fan graphs and joined as always by ben lindberg of the wringer ben. How're you doing well. I'm also joined by. Rg mcdaniel fingertips rj. How are you also doing. Well we are going to do team fund draft today because this is a good annual tradition bended. We do team fund draft last year or did because nothing was decided. That fun was kind of untoward. Given the circumstances while i'm glad to have an opportunity to resurrect team fund drafts but before we get to team fund drafts. We have some chicanery. We have to talk about today. Just not too long before we started recording. The mets game against the marlins ended in controversial fashion. Ben did you watch this. Live not live but i was very quickly alerted to it as everyone else on. The internet was quite controversial quite controversial so to set the stage. Michael conforto one on a walk off hit by pitch. That might not have been a hit by pitch at all. I don't know how else to set this up other ben. Normally you decide. Maybe i should practice this more. Yeah well i think you you pretty much nailed it there. There was a walk off. Hit by pitch. There was contact. He was hit by the pitch but he was also hit by the pitch. Having made little to no effort to get out of the way in fact maybe negative effort to get out of the way and he tried not to get out of the way the pitch also appeared to be in the strike zone so it was far from unavoidable. And so everyone was angry about this naturally but it was not reviewable because of arcane rules that you have looked up because you are to to row book expert. So they're thirty-two relevant considerations here the first of which is the actual rule around hit by pitches in the mlb rule book which is five three beat to Which establishes that a batter becomes. This is in the larger role on one a A batter becomes a runner and he becomes a runner. If he is. And i quote he is touched by a pitch ball which he is not attempting to hit unless a the ball is in the strike zone. When it touches the batter or be the batter makes no attempt to avoid being touched by the ball if the balls in the strike zone when it touches the batter it shall be called the strike whether or not the batter tries to avoid the ball if the ball is outside the strike zone when it touches the battery shall be called a ball if he makes no attempt to avoid being touched. So there's that and use things to yourself. Well that seems like this should've the resulted in a ball and And then you know we should have or a strike in this case because it appeared to also be in the zone in addition to him not getting out of the way and the marlins should have called for a replay and then they should have played on but it. But then we get the rules on replay review which says that hit by pitches. Were reviewable play as we know. 'cause involving whether a pitched ball may have hit a player a piece of his clothing or his bat is reviewable whether the ball was in the strike zone touch the butter and whether the batter made any attempt to avoid being touched by the ball is not to be reviewable. And so i guess the question that i have for both of you is if the strike zone and or the attempts to avoid the ball as it is coming in is instrumental to whether or not the batter is entitled to a free base. Shouldn't that be reviewable. Because it's it's part of whether or not it constitutes a hit by pitch that entitles him to first base an am. I thinking about this the wrong way one would think it would be reviewable based on your logic but i guess at trying to see it. I guess from the rules perspective. I guess it's leaving anything to do with the strike zone. Kind of in the purview of the home plate umpire and so it's like the home plate. Umpires ultimate power over that play but this seems like a blind spot because like the home plate umpire could easily just not see someone leaning into the pitch right well and it's very strange because if you go back and watch this hit by pitch. It appears that the home plate umpire is preparing to call it. Strike three which you know would have been the second out of the inning and you know then they would have had to get some of these guys in you know with an actual base hit or a walk. I suppose or its own. Hit by pitching in the next bader's case but he he stops and thinks better of it and then decides that conforto spent hit and so clearly. He was not confident in his call. Yeah and i just saw. I think since we started recording. The umpire run copa made a comment to a reporter and he admitted that he did not call it correctly. You said the guy was hit by the pitch in the strike zone. I should have called him out so he is already regretting that colin and don mattingly the marlins manager said he asked the empires to get together in change the judgment call and they didn't so that was another missed opportunity. There in the mets broadcast booth which of courses deservedly acclaimed was really giving it to all involved to their credit. They were not being homers about this. I think both the umpires and conforto for making an effort to get out of the way conforto by the way said from my point of view. It was a slider. It felt like it was coming back to me. I turned there may have been a little lift my elbow just out of habit out of reaction and it barely skimmed the edge of my guard. Don't know if you find that possible or not. But he did not come out and say yes. I wind into that sucker. He he said he was just so fooled. That it was just inadvertent. It was just happened. He was protecting himself. Which i don't know i'd probably be making all sorts of defensive movements if i were up there pet michael conforto probably not quite as afraid of the ball as i would be in that situation so i think this is one of those cases where people probably be mad at conforto for doing nat for either trying to induce the hit by pitch or for not getting out of the way. But that's just something that players always done that they're just always going to do if they can and i think it falls to. Mlb to prevent them from doing that by putting some mechanism in place to stop them from doing that. And getting that advantage. So i think maybe there should be a tweak to this role. Perhaps maybe it can be the conforto rule it can be like the buster posey's slider the chase utley slide or whatever we always need one of these edge cases these worst case scenarios to happen to bring these things to the four and then provide the collective will to actually do something about it. So maybe this will change everything. I had liked emma bachelor areas suggestion on twitter. She said i'm loath to introduce more replay review to the game but it seems like it might be good to have a provision that any potentially game winning or tying play in the night. There extras can be reviewed. Let seems like that would be a good of safety valve to have at your disposal. Because i think that were right to worry that if we open too many things up two replay review that we'll just gum up the works in a way that makes baseball impossible to watch because managers will abuse it but it seems like in moments where we are rightly concerned that that there isn't time in the contest to sort of course correct rate like if if a if a hitter endures a bad strike three call. We'll that's a bummer. And you want you want to get stuff right. But if it's the last at bat of the game in theory they might have if not that individual hitter than than the team will have some ability to counter in a meaningful way later even if the the leverage isn't quite as high but in this moment when like it's it couldn't be higher than it is. It seems like we need the ability to be like. It's really important that we get the result of the game right and this directly impacts that and so maybe we need to allow ourselves to go under the hood in a place where we wouldn't earlier in the contests i don't know yet seems to me that with the technology that's available now. You probably could pretty conclusively determine whether the pitch was actually in the strike zone when it hit him. Like we have pitch tracking. Obviously we know the position of the ball and now the hawkeye powered statcast has body tracking and even like lehman tracking so. I don't know if it's perfect. But i bet they could probably determined when exactly the touch him and where it was and where he was so if you wanted to have some sort of appeal to the eye in the sky here i bet that could be done so yeah. I don't know if it's as rj was saying. Maybe there's like a a precedent that you don't want to set here or something. Are we edging ever closer to robo ups if we say that there should be technology that is determining this. I don't know but if it's just about like not reviewing judgment calls or something. I don't know like you. You can have better judgment if you're watching the thing after the fact in slow motion from any ankle you want so. I guess i'm coming at it from a pretty pro replay perspective honestly i like replay for the most part i. I liked being able to tell whether the call was right in. Change it and if it if it wasn't and yes. There are some weird cases where you do get bogged down and everything and of course you know. Football can be a nightmare and everything but for the most part i think it is good to be able to review these things and get the more accurate even if it does end up taking a little more time just because we have the footage like we're all gonna watch it and see if it was right or wrong and then be angry about it if it was wrong so we might as well change it to and get it right if we have the ability to do that. Yeah it definitely seems bizarre that the replay review is readily and willing able to be used for the autumn alliance lake. Did the batter pop off the bag for a millisecond when stealing second but not in the case of this what it actually is determining the outcome of a game freight and it seems strange to say we we care about judgment because we're building it into the rule structure of the game right route leaving things to the empire judgment but that that we view that judgment to be infallible when we have the means to review and determine at least in some circumstances. Just how fallible it is. I understand that you probably don't want to sit there and say we'll did. He really mean to lean in even the here. He kind of seemed like he meant selena. But here you just called him out on the strike zone thing. You didn't even have to talk about what was in his heart. You could have just said that was the strike so tough luck but no yeah. Well at least the mets break right. So maybe they can lean into a few win. Jakob decres pitching. Get him some rensselaer's lanes here's so before we get to the fund draft rj. I wanted to ask you about the tigers star of the first week. Akiba do who came up on our tigers season preview podcast briefly just because he was having a good spring training and you know rule five picking in seemed like an interesting story but didn't necessarily think it was going to continue to be a big story as the season started. But you just wrote about how big story it's been so tell us a little bit about doing his heroic so far. Yeah i mean it's it was really. He was not really somebody that was particularly on my radar. Don't find myself thinking about the tigers. All that often by he always incredible when a player homers on the very first pitch he ever sees as a major leaguer like i. That's when he i really crossed. My mind was what i saw that footage because that's very rare the history of baseball out of all the nearly twenty thousand now players who have made their debut in the major leagues. Only thirty. one have done the exact same thing that he did and he was really cool too because his parents actually got to be in the stands watching him for that particular moment and then the very next day he hit a grand slam. Which is even more incredible. Think and then the next day. He didn't even start. They brought him into pinch hit and he hit the walk off. Hit and so. It's really an incredible beginning to a person's career like the kind of stuff that you don't even let yourself probably as a player think about happening has just happened for him. And the more the more i read about him the more. It seemed like he was a great person for this to have happened to you. Even the eric long higgins right up about like his makeup. That scouts loved like he just seems like somebody who from the very beginning was really had a sound belief in himself in a really stable mature outlook to pursuing professional baseball. Even though he had years of steady improvement that was really sidetracked. By having to have. Tommy john in two thousand nine hundred and then losing the entirety of last season as so many others did so. It's it's a nice thing to have go along with kind of our. Our return to more normal like semi normal. Baseball is to have this person who was one of the people who suffered in the minor leagues from the loss of last season from the pandemic. Have this amazing start to his career that he got to share with his family because there were vaccinated enough as a society. We've decided to have some people in the stands watching baseball. Yeah it's it's one of the nice traditions have Sometimes spring training but also the beginning of the season. Where like all of a sudden. You're paying attention to someone who you never thought about before. And maybe never heard of before it's like you know you're mean mercedes is everywhere these days and aqeel but do is everywhere these days. It's just it's nice when you have a long season and people actually getting to play and who knows if they will sustain obviously not this but how productive they over the course of the season. But it's fun to get to know a bunch of new guys who were doing fun things and it's something that we didn't have quite as much of last season so and always love a good rule. Five pick who makes good as well. I liked the moment where they showed. His parents in the stands in his mom at one point was was doing that thing that that families do with each other where it was like the enthusiastic whack of her of her husband. Being like cdc. And do it did you see it just it. It comes loaded with all of these. you know. we don't know them but what you might imagine. All these other moments in their lives in their son's life and the way that they've experienced their son growing up and then becoming a professional player like you know finally being able to to say like. Yeah we we saw. That was real. That happened on the field. And i was just relieved. It was really very lovely. Because you're right like we. We were denied so many of those moments last year especially for guys like this where it does kinda hit you different. Because they aren't heralded in the way that top prospects are so just really nice and especially so early in the year to be like. Yeah we saw that too and it was great. Yeah especially at team. That probably needs a little bit of a boost in the watch ability department. I guess we'll see where the tigers go the traffic that we're about to do but he has propped them up in week one. So so that's nice so if you can't have a cat on the field or some other kind of creature on the field. Then the next best thing is to have a roof pick who is playing well and i mentioned that because you just wrote about the course field cat as well and i think. Now you've kind of become like the go-to wildlife on the field is rj can get on this. It's like when someone poops or something and everyone tweets it mixed much better than mine after this morning about a possible on the field by. I think i might leave that similar. Obey we have to build the possum narrative. I yeah do you have a theory about where these creatures come from neck brought this up. I think on a recent episode like why are there so many park cats. I mean i guess it makes sense sense. If they're like ak- cats everywhere. Why would there not be ballpark cats. But where do they spend their time when they're not on the field during games are they. Someone's pet to. They just wonder in there. It happens so often. I can understand like a squirrel or something or birds or you know e sir whatever it is that are like migratory but when it's a cat i was wonder where is that cat when it's not on my tv. During these baseball. Game i in cancer pretty resourceful. I have to imagine. They're just kind of following the trail of like rats too. I imagine hanging around the in the bowels of any ballpark there have to be a number of rats so the cats are just kinda there. And they're all kinds of like weird nooks and crannies and like dark cursed looking places deep within ballparks and those are exactly the kind of places that like a feral cat would love to. I am so. I any ballpark. I think could be housing unknown multitudes of cash and it's kind of a glitch in the cat secrecy matrix won't get to see one good content for you and for fan crafts. I guess no real metrics you can bring to it unless like they turn on statcast track the cats or something which i would like to see. There is like a mock video. They did like a mock statcast broadcast with the graphics. And everything. But i wanted to see the actual data. Instead of catch probability they had probability which obviously was one hundred percent but no sprint speed. No distance traveled. I don't know if the cat registers on the system. Maybe it's too small. But i would. I would like to see that streakers to at also like to see some streaker win. That happens at times but of course they would never give that to us because then it would just encourage more streakers. Encourage that all right. We'll shall we get to this draft. Yeah do we want to lay out the rules of the draft. They're very simple rules. Rules are the draft. Our that we're each going to you know we'll go and order and we'll pick teams that were we think are the most fun to watch. That's the those are the rules. That's the yeah. I think we only did this once. Maybe we did it. An episode thirteen sixty in april twenty nineteen and then last year happened and we just didn't do it and so yeah here it is. I guess now we can call it an annual tradition because it will have been done multiple times but we did not really determine in order here so we just a let our guest gophers or yeah okay. Rj you got the topic open. I got the top pick. Well i have to talk for a moment about my extremely scientific system that i came up with for raking the teams which i'm really proud of because i'm not. I am not someone who tends to think systematically. I tend to just be a very vibes based person. I've kind of letting things happen. But i really. I really dug deep for this one for this relief. Serious draft were doing. So i had i had four factors that i was ranking teams. I've i was raking on. Is there a particular player or players who i would like. Change the channel to watch. Who's on his team. Are they on a good trajectory narrative. Wise in terms of winning championships are they. Are they on the down light. What's going on there. I ranked them on the likelihood that they will actually win most of their games and on them having rivals within their division and who will make for interesting series narratives and ultimately the team came out on top in the san diego padres. I just think that they have the number of x factor players like. I'm a huge darvish fan. So he was a big boost. I think snell coming out of the raises. A big boost. They've got they got cronin worth. They've got kim. They got machado. And of course they've got fernando tatis junior currently injured like hopefully. Hopefully he'll be back soon. I try not to let possible injuries. Derail my ranking. But the padres seem incredibly likely to win a whole ton of dams. They've got an interesting rivalry with the dodgers kind of brewing nail with these two powerhouses in the same division. Like the series. They faced each other in the postseason. Last year was one of my favorite to watch. And i just think on the whole team that does not have a history of success in the postseason winning in terms of winning the world series and that puts them to me on a very interesting narrative narrative trajectory in terms of building. The fan base like dig up this energy and having this be a core group that they're hoping to take to a championship so overall number one in my fun ranking san diego padres. I didn't i did not do assist I feel very prepared for this job. So i i but you know what i always prepare really intensely for the minor league free agent draft and then lake. I get scooped one time. And i'm suddenly drafting guys. Who aren't in baseball anymore. So maybe maybe this isn't clay guys. Oh yeah i'm gonna get my ass. Kicked minor league free agent draft. That's a different draft. I think the padres are a fantastic pick. They have the beautiful uniforms. They also like the ballpark is so pretty. And so when you're watching them it's like even when things aren't going well for them on the field you just have a an aesthetically pleasing experience of baseball. Because you're like yeah. It's like beautiful ballpark in san diego very good pick yeah i like the system it's like shades of carson sicily's nerd scores. Yeah back but i feel good about the fact that i have no system and did no preparation and yet my number one pick also would have been the puch. I think that's Yeah that's probably the consensus. I think going into the season and if they don't have tease maybe that changes things. But i think even without tattoos. They're just so many personalities and as you said up and coming team and so many many reasons to root for them so yeah. That's the best pick you could make there. I think you want to go. Oh boy. I didn't do the system so now for paired for my second pick i. I'm conflicted about this pick because there is one big drag for my personal enjoyment. But i think. I'm gonna go with the dodgers for my second pick. You know like. I don't know that we we don't need to belabor the power of all so i won't i will instead focus on the things that make this team very fun. Which is you know when we did our preview episode for the dodgers we struggled we both had a million questions and no questions at all because they are so obviously good and they are so stacked and they have been for such a long time. But i will focus on one thing. I guess which is that. I appreciate that with a an upstart padres team. That is really good and really deepen. Has you know this great farm to draw from a team like the dodgers could could rest on. Its laurels right. They can say we have all of this pitching depth. We have all of these terrific position players and rather than do that. They said we will blow through not one not two but the third competitive balance tax threshold to try to reassert ourselves in the division and while i wish that they maybe pictures different player to do that with initially i applaud the idea of of wanting to stay in it and to not be satisfied. With how amazing you are to to need to push forward. And so i will. I will pick the dodgers. I will pick mookie betts. Who is just you know. When when the tipping pitches guys did their gift draft. I took bets because he is. He is so talented. He has a very expressive face. He's good for highlights. And the dodgers are just lousy with those guys. So i'm picking i'm picking the reigning champs which i feel is playing with house money but here. We are good. Pick fun team. Dustin maze hair. He got the dustin may hair yet. Tony gone someone who might want to be a cat for all that she seems to like them. A dustin made now with strikeouts even potentially ways. I start that was pretty impressive. You got deep thoughts with cody bellinger. Right yeah one of my pet theories is that the dodgers will become villains at some point the season because they will be so dominant and because we will not be rooting for them is hard because they won last year. So we don't feel bad for clayton kershaw or anyone else anymore. They got that off their backs and so now suddenly they will get talked tober and well realize oh the dodgers again with this is like the ninth year in a row. There's there's no narrative here. They're not the underdogs any way that you could possibly present a so. I do wonder whether this is the year. Especially if it's like dodgers versus padres padres the most fun team and so you're going to root for them against the dodgers and so i do wonder whether this will be the year that everyone tires of the dodgers you know other than dodgers fans just like the neutral fans who i think. They really haven't worn out their welcome despite being there every single year but perhaps now they will but that in the fact that they are going to hopefully potentially make a run at some sort of record setting season. They certainly have the talent to do that. So that's another reason to watch as well so for my first pick. I'm going to go away off the board here in the same way that i went westport when we did this the first time and as i recall i took some flak for that and It was deserved. But i i am going to do exactly the same thing for exactly the same reason and that is i'm gonna take the angels as my most fun team. I realized that this was a little bit of an idiosyncratic. Pick that I probably could have waited around or two although i dunno. Rj you might have Sniped me here. If i had not taken the angels because i know that you enjoy them for this in recent as well but look for me the most fun thing about this season is shohei otani and one of the most fun things about every season is mike trout end of them. And that's basically it not that they don't have some other fun and entertaining players too. But those two guys you could put shohei otani and make trout on the orioles or any other team and they would probably be my number one pick. It's like the rare case. You know you say that baseball is like well. People say it's not a team sports individual sport but it's also one where one player doesn't make all the difference. The angels are the best example of that in that. They can't get to the playoffs. You've been they have my trout but for a team fund draft or watch ability draft when you are like me and all of your hopes are hanging on shohei ohtani than they really kind of make or break it. I mean they have in my opinion in a way the two best baseball players. In the world by two different definitions. They have the best one who does a thing that no one else in the world does so shohei ohtani can hit and pitch as well as almost anyone and he is the only person who does those things at that level so in that sense he is the best baseball player in the world. And then if you look at were conventional players who only do one or the other mike. Trout is the best of those as well. So that's basically what it comes down to and they're easy to root for as people to seem like guys to the extent that we can tell enjoyed shohei ohtani the other day standing on second base as a runner and waving at the ball that mike trout had just launched for home run as it left and also it might not be a terrible team this year like the last time when i took them in one. Seventy two games like They're you know with chitimia playoff hopes if far from lock this year. So that's my case. How bad is my rationale. I mean i will say that. The although the angels were ny in in the end near the top of my list where do i have i have. I have some at number ten. So you know. They're in the upper third. But when i was starting to make the list they were the first team i broke down. Not just because they start with the letter a. But because the first player. I can think of when i thought fun. Baseball was otani and like over the past week. The team the team that. I've been like going to my way to watch. Probably the most has been the angels and they've had some really bizarre dramatic finishes over the last week to you. It seems like they could actually build up to be a pretty fun team unless you know everything becomes a disaster which is always possible by. Yeah i i think this is a perfectly defensible pick. I don't know that. I would have gone quite this high. But i think it's fine and exercise. It's about what's the most fun to you. Rest very personal. There's no there aren't any bad pick. I mean i guess there could be bad but this is not one of those. I think that this is fine. Yeah david fletcher spun to. They have some fun supporting cash. There but really. It's the two leads who are driving this for me. And i had to get this team like yeah. I probably could've waited a couple rounds. But if i didn't get the angels in the team fund drafts than i would have lost it in my eyes. Yeah and anthony rundown what we always forget the name random house that that's the thing i don't like if you were ranking players he would be very close to the top. I don't know if he is as costa top and fun like he's he's he's fun in some ways but he's also someone like we forget to mention when talking about good players on the angels which like he's ever close to the top of that list so he's just sort of understated and underrated and so i don't know if he's that fun he's like a defender. He does everything. Well he's just not particularly flashy someone has to stand up for the introverts. Jose iglesias also fun very anyway. I'm just saying okay. Well my next pick. I guess might be the equivalent of my equivalent of ben's angels pig. Because i am going to go with the toronto blue jays like this might be full homer ism like please feel free to flaming if if it does come off that way. But i just think that there's so much to possibly enjoy about this team and for me like a big part of the fun thing and why didn't actually pick the dodgers i is there has to be a level of uncertainty. Thank for for baseball to be really fun to me. It's it has to be like there has to be a level of it. Could either go really really well or it's going to go really badly. But if there's a possibility with a huge difference between the ceiling and the floor that that to me makes fun baseball. And i think that's what could be going on with the blue jays. Al they have all these these players who were such hyped prospects who are now at a point where they should be starting to reach toward their potential like we are. We are waiting. And we are hoping for the vlad junior breakout. We've got bogus got having busy. Oh we've got oscar hernandez in es l. junior in the outfield get hopefully repeat some of the success that they found and they made the addition of george springer which is just huge. Like astros cheating scandal. Aside springer's been player. That i've always really liked and i think that he could ask something like really fantastic this lineup. They went out and got market simeon as well. Who is another really fun. Player has had like a really interesting development in his career and kind of trajectory. He's on and the is even though they don't have the huge playoff drought anymore. They still haven't won the world series in quite a long time during my lifetime. I would like to see them win. The world series and they're in a division with the yankees and the raise and they've got some teams that they can really kind of have interesting battles with they've got him. Engine review on the mound. Who is just like such a delightful pitcher to watch when he's on. I just really feel that. They're also there's this. There's a wholesome vibe around the team because a lot of these players kind of came up in the minor leagues together. They were there for the entire time. They've gone through this kind of ringer of development. And there's a sense of rotary. That i think comes out in the in the way that the interact with each other and so i think like a team. That's that's young that has tons of potential like maybe it won't all fit together. They had just disastrous defense last year. It was painful to watch. But the the idea of seeing something kind of slowly fall into place like all of the pieces kind of coming together is really compelling to me and and also they're they're like whatever canada's team quote unquote. There's a team. I grew up watching the most and that to me all built together for like a very high fundraising. I think that that is like. That's an objectively good list of reasons to like the blue jays even if you hadn't grown up rooting for them. I think that that is defensible. It's you that's a homophobic could pick. Yeah definitely a better. I think for most people pick the my chick. That's for sure. But i think also would have been pretty high on my list like they have a bunch of players who if you could just like give me the answer key to the season and say hey you can look up how anyone did this year like. They're definitely a few players on that team. That i would flip too early just because i want to know you know how big will the breakout be. You know and that sort of thing. That i'm looking forward to and of the like sons of ninety s players etc like. Maybe the pitching will not be as fun as which is fence would hope this year. We shall see but yes i think they check a lot of very conflicted because part of the part of the thing with the draft is like trying to predict what you can sneak into leader rounds. You know. think about what what's going to be there for you later. And what you have to claim now the priority for me in my first pick but being true to yourself as a good thing to do in these exercises also so. I don't think there's any major fault with your process. I'm going to after spending a moment looking up a different team. I'm going to take this team. I'm going to take atlanta. I'm going to take the atlanta franchise because the lineup is so stacked anytime you get to watch ronald's acuna. Junior is a good time. I appreciate very much that this braves team that went through kind of swoon in terms of how competitive they were a few years ago did not send freddie. Freeman away right. He did not get dealt in return for prospects while they were going through. You know the like little mini rebuilder setback or whatever the hell we're calling these things these but they retained him so that when they were ready to come out of that with good young pitching and this really strong position player core that they had freddie install the roster and they've been rewarded for that. I think that the pitching that they have is is pitching really interested in watching. Both the the young guys who we've seen start to come into their own And really assert themselves and then guys like morton where you're wondering you know. How long are you going to be able to be as good as you've been and is a drew smiley reclamation projects really gonna work you know was his year last year indicative of something that you know is really gonna stick and persist for them. They you know. I can never make picks without indulging some amount of mariner sadness so the fact that like alex jackson is gonna be a credible big-league backup. Catcher is wonderful for him but quietly devastating for me so You know. I got a hold. The sadness tight on some level and they have they have guys like posh as who. I can't wait to see over the course of a full season. I want to know if awesome riley figures it out. So i think i'm taking it lanna and i am talking myself into feeling better about taking them here that i felt when i started this little speech. So they're they're already proving themselves to be a fun team for me. Subside could pick to me all right. We'll i will take. Maybe the other team you were wrestling with. I don't know but the white sox no no okay bertha who whatever your pick is. Still on the board. So the red sox. I just called them. Kind of like the al padres. And i think of them in sort of the same way on sort of a similar timeline coming along with a of these really exciting young players and and quite happy to get them here because know the absence of loy jimenez hurts here literally and also in terms of fun but they're still a lot of players. I enjoy watching in this lineup. Whether it's tim anderson. Can he keep hitting for these high averages and being this bap unicorn and andrew van who is new on the scene and seems like he is going to hit really well and others like the holdovers. Yo n moncada. Jose abreu like. I enjoy watching all of these guys. Nick magical is one of my favorite players so i am really excited to see how he does. Luis robert is incredible. I mean i'm just. I'm naming the whole lineup. Here basically yes. Many crandall is a a pitch framing appreciator. Always a fun guy to watch in. Yes then you've got lucas giolito. And you've got like the opposite of lucas giolito in dallas kaikal and lance lynn. Like you've got you know the strikeout monster and then you've got the were pitch to contact. Were course types and softer tassir. It's just sort of a a nice fun. Mix of styles and of course there is a potential for some sort of larussa clubhouse blow up but it doesn't seem like that's happening thus far and no he said some questionable bullpen moves. Ice posed in how people are reacquainting themselves with tony. Russa's bullpen management. But thus far. It seems like this has been like any other baseball team when it comes to manager player relations and hopefully that continues to be the case and you know if they actually did bond and play well for the sky. Who's been out of the game for awhile. Then that may be a fun story to if they all learn from each other and gel and it works out. Well so i like it and i didn't even mentioned the pen but they're a bunch of really fun guys in that bullpen. Whether it's andrex or crochet or michael kopech who's back now and looks great. So there's just a a lot to like your. There's even like you know. Billy hamilton on the bench like even the bench players are pretty fun. So white sox all the way for me. I like how. Tony larussa has the the horse feed bag face masks model. He went liz. Which andy reid had during the nfl season or a liberal horse. Sir gotta masks. It looks like it's a feedback. I think are we back around here. We are oh. My goodness i am going to hate relevant to our previous conversation The new york mets ousmane expecting. Oh really well. I think the mets have played four games so far and i think on display within those four games today in the in the first game has just been a measure of chaos and shenanigans and tomfoolery that i absolutely am fully on board with. They have the best pitcher in the world in jacob degrom and they had him they had absolutely dominate and then they had everything just unravel in in a really comical way and that that to me is kind of vibe on looking for in baseball i wanna see i wanna see people absolately dominated and i want to see people were capable of incredible feats of athleticism and i also just want to see like the foolishness and the chaos that does not really happy to any other sport in the same way that it happens the baseball and i think that the mets now coming through with their their new ownership. They've got francisco door on board. They've got taiwan walker and marcus. Stroman are pitchers who i really always enjoy. Watching may just got a lot going on that. I think could just be really really interesting. In that way. Like they've got that potential for dominance and they've also got the potential for just comical of raveling and. I think that they have a very good chance of doing doing very well. And they also have a very good chance. I guess of of just doing really poorly and it having be b a catastrophe so i think that for me that is enjoyable to watch and we saw it on display today like they have a situation where they're in a position to win the game with the bases loaded and the way that they do so is with the bungled call and a guy sticking his elbow out to get hit by a pitch in the strike zone. Yeah i think that. It's also. I wanna try to express this in a kind way and i worry that i'm not going to. But i've always felt a certain kinship with mets fans as like a version of the sad mariners. Fan right where they are just wildly fatalistic and in some ways with with better reason because the they've had this until now alec just disaster of an ownership situation but also for bus good recent because they were blake recently in the world series. And i kinda wanna as a person who enjoys people watching. I'm excited to watch mets fans watching the season. Oh absolutely and. I hope that they are given more good days than bad. To be clear. I am not wishing to much chicanery on them but i do wanna see how they react to both a good baseball team And then also the potential for a disappointing baseball team. Because i think that it could be amusing in. Its own way kind of like when you go kia and you get to watch other people trying to figure out what mattress they need. So i Gosh places in public with people. So i think this is a good pick for that reason. Also angry in a pretty prosaic is just that the lineup is really stacked like everyone. Yes lineup can hit. It's just it's a lot of fun and yet also most of them can't field. Which i feel like has the potential to be fun also in some ways maybe not permits fence but like you could definitely get some bloopers out of the steam. Elon also just like people hitting bombs so yeah good stylistic mix of like you know you've got your your bat i guys who can't field and you've got franscisco endure. Who can do everything. You've got like pete lonzo who can just launch balls and you've got good on bass guys and maybe you have syndergaard on a comeback trail cresco. Hopefully so yeah. I think this is a fun team. Entity that's like trying to change the narrative about this franchise a whole so. Yeah it should be fun to watch. Okay i'm up. I'm going to take the minnesota twins. I am taking the minnesota twins to poor josh donaldson. Apart from josh donaldson getting hurt themselves like a very fun and deep lineup. They have nelson cruz. Who continues to just hit home runs. They have or hip lago recipe. Shortstop they have byron buxton who might finally be putting together the season that we all hoped for from him the dread i felt when he had to exit the game the other day was was matched only by my relief that he had a non cove illness. Which you know. Speaking of Beats they you have resulted in a lot of mentions because people just assume that i mean he had to pull his pants so That's what they told me on twitter. They're like i bet that byron buxton had to his pants and so he had to leave the game so So they have that i. I think an underrated part of this team for me is the top of their rotation because it was such a joy to watch to just be able to be a starter west year after a couple of years of being of being good but sort of used in long relief in la to watch him be able to just be a starter everyday and flourish in that role. And then you know. I continue to love watching barriers. Pitch and i will always have a soft spot for michael pineda and i hope that he has a full and healthy year that his undisrupted by either injury or suspension. And you know. I don't have to sell rj. How easy it is root for matt shoemaker. Even if you don't quite know what you're going to get there and jay is also on this team which i will just forget for the rest of time. But there he is so you know. And they have a they have a twin in the bullpen. So if if ever they are playing the giants. I can be like. Oh maybe i get a one hundred words out of the possibility of them swapping around. So so yeah i. I hope that johnson comes back and comes back healthy sooner than later but even in his absence. I think that this is a very fun team. And it's nice to you. Know after years of like cleveland being at the top of the ale central sort of defaults to have a real race between minnesota and chicago. I think is just you know just really changes the dynamic of that division in how inclined your to tune into a twins games like this is a team that is competing in his trying to win now and Wants to to finally get the the monkey of not being able to win a postseason series lately off their back so i hope that they're able to accomplish those things this year because it would be great fun if they could. Yeah well you didn't list. Williams studio has a recent talk about it other than that. I totally agree with you and would have taken this team here too. And yeah i mean we surprise is fun nelson. Cruz obviously is very fun. As he showed again. So yes this is a very fun team so could pick so. I guess i will take take the yankees. Were kind of in the place. Now where. I'm feeling a little bit less enthusiastic about these teams. Feel like we just went down a tier after the twins were now. It's like a different grouping of fun or a different degree of fun. But i'll take the yankees because they have a lot of good players. That's why not over thinking this I think i like watching giancarlo. Stanton aaron judge hit baseball's harder than anyone else universe and right now. They are both healthy and doing that at the same time which is great and they have other guys who hit baseballs a long way gary sanchez and i am sort of pulling for him because how divisive he has been think unfairly at times and then there are players like dj Mayhew who are just good and fun to watch and clint frazier. Who's finally getting his chance. And brett gardner. Who's kind of a favorite of mine. Not in a starting role but a always enjoy seeing him and also the rotation like are mentioned. Tau one element of fun is like the lack of certainty and in this rotation i think it has the potential to be one of the best in baseball and also has the potential for everyone to get hurt in for to be some sort of disaster. So i guess that is kind of fun to and garrett cole is pretty fun when he's on his he was this week and i think you know i'm just i'm kind of curious to see if they can fight off the the raisin the blue jays and that they will but it's it's not a certain thing and of course. This is also a team that i can see play in person quite easily. As are the mets. I don't know if that should be a criterion here but it could be if it is then that works in their favor for me. So yeah yankees. Yeah yeah i mean. Parts argued that the yankees have a lot of good players. Interesting to me about the yankees. Even though they do have a lot of good players like you can speak their names out loud. And you're like man that guy's really fun and so is that other guy. Does the weight of expectation of like being the yankees. I think kind of dings them now. The fun factor for me. Especially now that. We've we've gone a full decade without a yankees world series and yet they're still this burden of lake postseason expectation but i kind of like trails behind them wherever they go and as long as they fail to achieve in that respect. It's just kind of be like all the yankees they haven't. They haven't won the world series in a decade. What's going on with these guys. They're underperforming so that that to me is. It's a complicating element. I like it can make it a little less fun. Or i guess from a different perspective it could make it more fun if they end up being like incredibly powerful than either either just barreling their way through the season just falling face. I have cautious. Really been that long since they've won the world series Getting old oh well. Rj what do you have next. My god i was so taken away by my yankees reverie. That was made him. I am going to take the philadelphia. Phillies okay yeah. we're in. We're in that range of the drive. we really are. I think i've just looking at the phil eve lineup. There's just so many players who. I really really enjoy watching gear. We've got obviously. Bryce harper is always a compelling watch andrew mccutchen. They resigned rail. Muto they've got de gregorious. Who's just a delight like. He's he's really one of my favorite players to watch. It's far as fun factor. Goes i think having devi gregorio on your team really bumps you up a notch gene sierra. We've got adam hazlet coming in. Yeah just a lot. A lot to enjoy within that lineup. Maybe having the rotation with chase anderson going on is a little less compelling to me but the narrative of their absolutely disastrous bullpen. last year. Coming into this year. I think has the potential to be interesting to watch so yeah i like i like the phillies here and i think they'll have an interesting rivalry going on with the mets. Have within the division. Now yeah. I think that that's true. You have that pulled. Can't be as bad as it was last year. They had their moments in the early going. Really this is sufficiently fixed. Can we say oh no feel such pressure. I feel like i'm gonna make a bad choice. care about any of the nfl's central teams. This is supposed to be a day about fun. Okay well then. I'm taking the marla. Stay with me. I think the jazz his home is just. He might be enough on his own. He just might be enough all on his own. The thing with the marlins last couple of years has been. They've taken these like very high upside super tools. E kinda risky guys. Where they you know if they can put it all together they're gonna be really spectacular everyday players. They all have some obvious flaws. The athleticism is there and there have been a couple that have fallen into that category. And i think that when you look at jazz like the combination of skills that he has this just in addition to being really compelling on its own as the thing that we're not we don't always see like speed guys as much anymore. We don't see the guys who are looking stretchered double into a triple and he's got the hair. I don't think that blue jazz berry is a good nickname. And i think that maybe i should take myself to prison but is it bad. It's pretty bad right. Shouldn't tweet about it. i have no comment. It's pretty bad it's not even it's not even really the blue raspberry color so it's bad but anyway i'm just i. I am intrigued by him. I'm curious to see how his plate discipline continues to evolve in the majors. I think that he is a compelling guy. And i think that there are a lot of things on this team. That are fun and interesting. Even if i don't expect them to be a postseason team like they were last year because we don't have the expanded format so i i'm curious to see kind of what they do. And what pieces of this club started to emerge as real contributors to the next good marlins team because i think that there are Guys here who are who are gonna be in that mix. We just aren't necessarily gonna see all of them right now. I think that. Miguel row hawse is underrated. -ly fun so we should keep our eyes on that. His are also underrated. -ly fun Some of this pitching is compelling. I wanna of lewis. Brinson can ever really live up to the the prospect. Ip had when he was coming up. So i'm picking the marlins. I don't know if this was a good picker. Not i'm not sure but i think that the marlins as like a franchise are on the upswing even if they have made their ballpark hilariously boring when it used to be superfund icy. I'm already regretting this. Pick in some ways. I'm glad we're in the region of the draft where you can't necessarily predict the next pick and regius way of describing Raising selections of no. It's not. I mean there there. I don't think it's a great team. But are players to watch on it and yet up and coming players and like the seeds of the next great marlins team and a good starting rotation. that should be pretty fun to watch. Especially when six those wants six to eight months back it will be even even more fun We can remain enthralled by his secondary stuff and sort of confounded that his fastball doesn't play better than it does but yeah like is a good skipped. Yeah we'll scud because now there will be some variation with those first few picks. They're so very clear consensus. It's not like. I wish we were more divided on which the fun teams were elected. This is not like food or music or something where it's just so subjective. You say oh. This is my. This is the best band than someone else might hate that band like. No one else is going to say. No the padres are not fun. I think we all agree that the patriots are pretty fun. So i went off the board with the angels but other than that i think that most of our own pixar kind of like the consensus on team. So now. we're in uncharted territory. A little bit. So am i going and going right. Well make you just Made it off comment about the. Nl central not fun. But i'm gonna take an essential team. I'm going to take the brewers i think the brewers actually are pretty fun i think a they have the potential to be a great defensive team and i knew i said that the mets might be fun because they might be terrible defensive team but either end of that spectrum can be fun i think and if you're really slick fielding team and a team that picked up wong and jackie bradley jr. an already had lorenzo cain and other guys who've got good gloves i think that can be a lot of fun to watch. I am curious about christian yelich and whether he will return to close best player in baseball status whether he'll be bounced back from the disappointing year last year. They have a few players in that. Will he bounce back. Will he be great again camp. You know what will happen to renzo. Cain after his long lay-off what is cast in europe and a be as a first baseman and as a hitter. But also i think the top of the rotation and the back of the bullpen are about as good as anyone and i do. Enjoy watching woodrow and burns. And they know. A lot of people like adrian hauser. And then you've got hater and devin williams. So i think just enough standout players here. I know it's probably odd to take an central team or this early in the draft because they are acknowledged as The blandest weakest division. But i think there's a lot to like on the brewers and i also applaud them for just being competitive. They've made the playoffs a number of years in a row here and they've done what they can to make moves to shore up their roster and i thought as a lot of people dead. I think that the cardinals had sort of sealed the central when they acquired arnaud but then bursts mid some late movin in my mind at least edged ahead here so it could be a good race like not in the sense that any of the teams is going to be great. But if the closeness of the race dictates quality to an extent than it could be close because they're a bunch of teams that are just like not that great but also not much better than the other teams that are in the race. I enjoy the brewers based on a lot based a lot on their potential to lake. Run a razor thin run differential into the postseason batting something that i like really fun to be just winning these close games. And that's something that the brewers have the power to do within the way they're constructed. So yeah i. This is pig. Yeah and you know. They have sharp uniform. That always helps And yeah i am. I remember that the fun. It's a nice ballpark even though on liverworts named anymore. So we're back around to here. Yeah well did. Marlins pick throw off your algorithm. It didn't it. didn't it. Made me rethink some things at my only. That's rake on your event. It's very generous. Where do the marlins rank on my own they list. I blacked out. I think they were at number twenty. Two so yeah. It was a worthwhile diversion. I'm putting a lot of faith in. Jazz is power and please continuing to you. Know how long in advance. And that hair. I'm gonna go with another. Nl central pick. That is definitely a little influenced by just recency bias. But i'm gonna go with the reds. Yeah i think the reds have got some very interesting stuff going on right now with. The wave moved around their infield to to accommodate jonathan india. They've got nick casinos. He of the deep drive into left batteries into the deep dive on. Yeah i i don't know they've they've done. They've they're five and one. I didn't realize that that a shocking to me after historic often start which is nice. 'cause like they're making up for their offense of under performance from last season in week which is great. Yeah now they've got. They've got significant power potential in their lineup. And they've got they've got sean doolittle who ranks highly on our collective like baseball online fund players list. They've got amir garrett who's also way up there they've got you know. Classic fund guy starter. Wade miley who we all tune in to watch. Every time he pitches. Yeah there's i. I've i think the reds definitely have the potential to be a team. I would consider watching going out of my way. We're in we're in the middle of the draft lists now so it's not like these are the teams were. I'm feeling really a drive to to divert entire day to watch. But i think the the reds will be a satisfying team on the most part to tune into. That's my take my heartache. I think that's defensible. I hope that they keep. They don't have to keep hitting quite like this. But i hope that they keep hitting reasonably well for the reasons you outlined ban which was it was just such a rough was such a slog for them last year and it had to have been frustrating for them. It was certainly frustrating for their fans. And like the good version of your suarez's so fun and maybe aquino will. I don't know like that might have just been a brief flash of light that we all got to enjoy for a minute put. Maybe it won't be. Maybe it'd be fine. And jesse winker has that long neck so it's very long Amir garrett you do it. My perspective on dudas aquino has been permanently. I think damaged by the mlb flashbacks. I know i'm with you. I'm like i think he's amazing. And i never want to watch him play baseball ever again. Because of these rag. Okay now we're really doing draft It's my turn. I guess. I'll stick in the central. I'm gonna take the cardinals. This is extreme recency. By because while we're talking i i have The the brewers in the cardinals on sort of in my peripheral vision in the office and nolan aeronautic. Who does i from. Run is the saint. Louis cardinal and it is going to remain deeply. Strange that nolan renato place for the cardinals but is being paid by the rockies. So that's its own bit fun. I think the clarity is like firmly. In the starters who i enjoy watching enough where i'm like. Oh yeah. I'll spend an extra inning or two on this game as opposed to hopping around on mlb tv. When i know that he's starting so there's that part of it 'cause he's just he's just a delight so i got that you got you got these you know elise lake versatile little infielder guys who are moving around like tommy edmund. You got paul goldschmidt. I don't know that. I think the tyler o.'neil is a good baseball player but he is certainly like a big leaguer and he's got those arms so we we talk a lot about yanji his arms. We should not forget. Tyler neil's arms because there there. There's bulk there you know. I'm curious to see. Like how jordan hicks does and genesis cabrera's interesting and they got some guys who are gonna come back from being injured. Who are fun to like you know. Harrison bater is a fun fielders to watch and mc losses her. But i think you know he if he can find his way back into the rotation at some point this year like he. He's good time so a lot of this has to do with auto. I won't lie. But i'm picking. I'm picking the cardinals. Austin dean. I know that part of this is because there is a breakfast sausage that has deigned in the title. Business in austin dean. Just sound like the liga breakfast sausage magnate cartoon figure of a man who appears the ads. Yeah exactly with the with a hat and mustache. Probably just offering you a delicious plate of breakfast. Sausages only sausages though. Nothing else on the plate. He's like it's all about meet meet. Meet me meet me. Because that's what america's yep me leaving so the cardinals were getting all of our l. Central teens just to get him out the way buried in the middle of the draft so that no one will remember dylan. Carlson is pretty fun looking forward to seeing him blossom. All right. i'm doing it. I'm taking the astros. Except i wanted to take the astros. Yeah take. I'm not gonna like performance. Wait till number. Thirty two at the astros or anything. I'm taking the astros. Because i guess i'm getting good value here. Maybe it said distressed asset very very. Yeah very jeff. Now esque rationale for drafting the astros here but clearly the best baseball team in terms of wins and losses and talent. I think that is left on our list here and success and skill and being good baseball clearly correlated with fund not perfectly correlated as some of our choices have shown but it is more fun to watch a better team than worst team generally. And if you're an astros hater then you get to watch people mock the astros if you take the astros which Is if you wanna look at it that way. If you wanna see people throw blow up trash cans on the field or have creative Chance or whatever then if you're watching the astros game you get to see that too. So there's a little bonus for you and frankly like there aren't that many astros like who are that important to her even left from the two thousand seventeen banging scheme team at least so there are a lot of astros who are just like not really implicated in that and were just sorta reflexively rooting against them. Because they're astros and then like. I don't care jose altuve a still pretty fun player. I think whatever stain it is on his record now and doesn't seem like he was even as involved in the banging as others. Were in as active away although he was obviously there in new about it. But you have guys like your as who's Pretty fun as a hitter. At least he wasn't there until twenty. Nineteen or kyle tucker. Who wasn't there until twenty eighteen and then even like mile straw. I think has the potential to be fun. Not sure he'll be good but could be fun. And obviously you've got greedy. Who if we were doing a fun players drafts would be like a top ten. Pick probably so any team that has grinky just for the quote ability and also the pitch ability and just watching him as he gets by in northern gets by with the a little less of velocity but just great creativity in command and an array of pitch types. And all of that and you know. I enjoy the mccullers curve as much as anyone. So there's a lot of talent here and obviously it is tainted talent in some cases but even if you hate watch them i think they are still watchable so there you go houston astros and i think we kind of saw this plan a bit last year with the answers postseason run but for a certain type of person i think the astros now being more hated than they were even just for being a juggernaut. That was winning like over. One hundred games a season like for a certain kind of person. I think having this position as like an embattled. Tm everybody hates us can actually be made cheering for them. More fighting and or even being them were find. It kind of is like we saw that. With the way. Carlos correa was kind of talking to the media like the postseason like lay said. We can do it. Look at us now. Your first certain type from. I said yeah i can see that actually being really fun especially since in terms of talent quality they are not at all embattled losers but in terms of i guess fan response and being heckled having trash cans thrown around. Yeah people people are mad at. So if you're the kind of person who likes to you are to position yourself against an army of haters. The astros would be a great team to root for. I was into the inflatable trash. Can i didn't like the actual trash can because it had trashing it. And i was like so. Some poorer club ballpark. Person has so cleaned that up. So that part. I was less than two but the inflatable one. I was like that is. You're committed to the bit like that. That require planning. Where do you get an inflatable trash. Can i didn't understand that really is a concept in. I saw it. Yeah is it just like you go down to party city in there like we got the giant dinosaur and we got the noodle arm guy that you put out in san fran your car wash and then we have these inflatable trash cans that everybody uses for all of your trash. Camping parties leftover stock from when they mass manufactured stuff. That everyone at the ballpark was be using to mock the astros last year and then it just was all on layaway for a year because there were no fence on the ballpark but now everyone is finally getting to use all of that. Rj or up. Yes and i am going to take the tampa bay. Rays the room the raise fund team for kind of the same reasons. The razor always a fun team. The kind of players that they have going on we can see arose. Arena kind of approximates vaguely of what was going on in the postseason last year brandon. Lousy gray joey wendell and willie at thomas. We megs guy. Mike nino and tyler glass now has looked thrilling to watch over the past week and just an all time favorite rich hill now on the tampa bay rays which just seems like a wonderful fit in the current era. We can chris archer bounceback. Let's find out. Watch the tampa bay rays ended up with the weirdest beats man. Like it's just really end up with some weird beats really do. Yeah plus like wander wandered looms yes. He wonders just out of our field of vision but eventually into oriental to visit you bought low on the raised before wonder came up. Yeah when i said that the astros were cruelly the baseball team left. I kind of forgot about his race. Also a good baseball team and yeah they have the potential to do weird strategic tactical stuff. Which is fun at first. At least until maybe realized that the ultimately it will make baseball worse but at least for a while. It's fun to watch them. Try stuff so yeah. I think that's a took a pick. Oh boy well. What am i gonna do here. I guess i'm gonna take the nationals. This is this is a stars peck. This is a stars based pick because there are some scrubs on this team but I think that when you can look to trai. Turner and juan soto. That you're you're doing you're doing pretty alright for yourself and then you know we have. We have sure zor we have strasbourg. And then hopefully when he is able to rejoin the rotation. We will have patrick corbin. And whatever is left of. John lester and they do this thing where they add these kind of fungible fielding bats to their to their club and some of them end up being pretty okay so i don't think that this is a really very good ball club and i think that given the the division they find themselves in that they are unlikely to be much of a presence in the postseason but you know when you when you list off the guys who i wanna watch a start from that guy you know sure sir in strasbourg and to some extent corbin are probably on that list and so there. There's a lot to see there and like once ota will not do quite what he did last season necessarily like i don't think he has a two oh one. Wrc plus over a full campaign in his future but he's just so much fun to watch and is just like one of those bats that we're going to look back on and say like we started being able to watch this guy when he was nineteen. Like we've just. We're gonna spend a lot of juan soto's adult life with him in public and with it's very weird but super cool and so there's that pardon. I think that we saw step forward from turner last year. And then he's he's gotten off to a nice start so i know that we haven't seen much of them yet because of because of their covert outbreak. And so you know. There's there's even less go on in some respects with washington. There is with the other clubs on this list. But i think that the amount of of sheer wattage they have from their stars is enough to make up for some of the more underwhelming spots in their lineup in rotation and then i guess also in the the bullpen but a Brad hands. They've brad hand and josh bell so you know they they get some. They got some guys. They've casual worker. They're still like you poor man. You must continue to play in the outfield. But it was fine. He seems happy about it. So so yeah. I'm i'm picking the nationals really bad farm system but that is not the draft that we're doing this is like really very bad farm system. I don't want to inspire people to write articles that are mostly mean at the site. And i know that people have talked about like if you took vanderbilt and then you took the nationals farm system like which of these better And that just feels like a mean piece of to spend a lot of time thinking about but it is a thing i think about like when i watch vandy so that wasn't a very nice thing to bring up on this podcast. Sorry nationals fans. You won the world series and we were all rooting for you mostly. So that was exciting. You had me at soto. In turner churzur at the end. They have bred hint ready. Who could forget brad hand and his weird unexercised option. All right well. I think i'll take the cubs here. The cubs are one of the lake. Trifecta teams that dislike feel less fun just because they have like either traded a face of the franchise or traded really good player just like haven't really invested in the team lately even though they were pretty good and seemed to be in a place where they should have gotten better. So they're just sort of blanketed by just being a downer lately. But i think looking at the actual players on the team. There's still some fun here. Left to end some talent left in. It could be the last year when you get to see a lot of these guys together so you know the rizzo and bryant and as core is still pretty fun. Thank and jason heyward. I enjoy and in half is pretty fun and jack. Petersen just got waffle iron from his teammates for some reason when he hit first home. Run as a cub and you also have this interesting experiment. They're trying in the rotation with a bunch of like soft tossing command. Guys like kyle hendricks and zack davies. And can i even keep them straight in my head and then the craig kimbrel experience and what is that can appeal like this year. So there's a fair amount here that. I am interested in watching and at this point in the draft. The bars fairly low. So i'm going with the cups. I didn't even mention wilson contrast a good pretty entertaining player to and now is that. Is that our final and al central team off the board. They're still yeah. There still wine they were on the scroll down. I think they sometimes forget about themselves to okay for my next pick. I'm kind of torn between two teams that in the same geographic area by despite despite how poorly they have started and how little fun they have actually been to watch over the past week as the as like just. I think i have some kind of strange as bias embedded in my brain for some reason. These like really i really. It was like you know. The is i have a good feeling about the that good feeling has not exactly panned out so far but there are. There are fun player on the as you know there. Isn't that chapman. There's that olson. There's there's ramon laureano. Elvis andrus is on the as after all this time l. andrews will obviously occupy a place in my heart forever for the whole blue jays rangers situation sharon so that that kind of predisposes need to be interested in watching. What's going on there. But if they got going on in the rotation mnaya if if if always a fun player for me to watch pitching let's see what else is going on here. Lazardo is fun when when lozada's on like that that's a good that's a good time. Yeah a good lazardo time. Yeah i mean in theory. I feel like where are we in the list now. We're we're almost hitting the twenties. And i feel like if the as can kind of pull themselves out of the hole that they've created for themselves by playing to like the bottom of the barrel of their capability. I think they should be a solid team to watch especially in a division that doesn't stand to be super competitive outside of the astros like if the angels can do what we hope they could do with trout and otani and rendell and everybody previously discussed like they could make a run for it but outside of that you kind of need a division with such a clear front runner a team. That's gonna be like a kind of wild card that you know. Probably around the middle of the road but could kind of make things interesting for one of the teams. That is closer to contention. And i think the the as of that team. I think that that is and this is a very as thing to say. But that is very good value for your pick. Thank you excellent value for pick. Okay what am i gonna do here. Scott a lot less fun potentially stirred. I'm gonna take the diamond backs question. Mark i'm final answer. I'm taking the diamond backs the arizona diamond backs. So i hope could tell martinez okay. Because that'll well move some stuff around in in this calculus. But i like watching can tell play baseball quite a bit. He had sort of a down year last year after an mvp caliber season Running at least in two thousand nineteen. I think that his real true talent between those things but he was off to the front start and then he tweets a hamming yesterday. In a way where you know when a guy runs up the line and then he pulls up and you're like oh you just you just messed up your hammy good. That's what you just did us heated. So hopefully he's okay so they have him they have Hopefully at some point in the next little bit here they will get zack. Gallon back who was good. Good fun to watch nick. Ahmed is on the isle cow. Hoon is on the al. This is not a good baseball team but there are some interesting components and then you always have the potential to start seeing some of the exciting prospects that they had because this is very good farm system. I hope that we see dalton for show at some point in the near future because the idea of a guy who can handle both catcher and centerfield is a thing that we should just talk about like every day that should be all we ever talk about Because that profile is funky and very neat and you know perdomo is up so that's exciting or already starting to see some of these dudes because of the injuries which bad reason but good results. I guess they have a human being named pay even on their team. There's a guy named seth beer fun fact. The year that seth beer was in the fall league so this would have been twenty. Nine thousand one. I saw him. You know you go to the press box and they have live lineups for the day and then they give you a pronunciation guide. And i liked that. They gave you pronunciations for like any of the dudes even guys who Lake native english speakers probably didn't struggle with which i think is nice. Because it's like you know you should just make it accessible for everybody. And they had seth beer on there and they said beer like drink and that was their way of telling you what's what it sounded like which i think was probably just some someone having a good time In a busy time of the year for them but i applaud their good time. Because you know some of my good times have beer involved. Also so so. I'm taking the d-backs. Plus you know as a recent transplant like this is most This is my closest team to get to watch which is exciting for me as a person who grew up watching american league baseball as the closest team to have an nfl club that is gonna have other teams cycle through the. When i was living my life i got see less often in person including the dodgers in the padres so at some point in the summer that that might be in my future and as i have dropped many times on this podcast chase field is just the nicest costco you've ever watched a baseball game so that will be a good time. Also we're in a really really rough segment of of this part of the draft. This is rough segmented the draft. But here we are d-box here. We go right well. I will go a little faster here. 'cause these teams are less fund to watch proudly also less fun to talk about and listen to us talk about so less of a rationale here. But i'll go with the red sox. Who as i mentioned. There's still some like hey they would be even more fun with mickey lingering here but i think they have one of the best position player course in the game and not as much surrounding that as you'd like but still they've got bogart's and they've got divers they've got baskets and they've got jd. Martinez alex purdue go like. That's a good half more than half of a lineup that compares to almost every everyone's and then you've got you know a couple of guys who can hit the ball mile but may also just not hit the ball at all in frenchie cordeiro in bobby dalbec so looking forward to seeing what those guys do and the pitching is frankly a lot less fund and they were not drafted earlier. But i think with the players. I've named and if we are factoring in ballparks which i guess we should just Even if you're not going but watching them on tv. I do. Quite enjoy fenway park. So that's enough. I guess at the stage the bar is getting lower. Yeah on a similar on a similar note. A tm who have kind of traded away a franchise player recently and thus sunk. They're fun estimation bit. I will take cleveland. Cleveland believe lend indeed to even now. I still when i think about cleveland baseball team i think oh franscisco indoor and then and that that spark of joy just fades it. Just it just gets enough out like a light if like they traded have but they still have jose ramirez. Yes so that's that's very much something and they very much do still have seen beeper pitching so that is something and so those are those are two somethings that. Add up to make something else and that is why i've taken cleveland. That's that's a good rationale I am going to take to take the royals. i'm gonna take the rules preserve weird team. Who thinks that they're competing. And i don't know that that's true. But i liked that. They think that they are and that. They're trying to get better for that reason. And they have their some of their young pitching up and they went and got benintendi. And so yeah the royals. I don't think they're good. But i think they're interesting and That's feels like great value at this point in the draft so royal yeah royals i think probably the most fun of the bad teams or or i would have said that i guess you took them the marlins before so maybe not and maybe people with the quibble with calling them bed. I know that they would but But i agree. There are some fun players on the team. And the team as a whole is like trying to be wholesome and and we'll see if that continues but That's another reason. I guess you can feel good about picking them here. Two things. i forgot to say in my earlier. Picks a i think when it took the answers. I forgot to mention dusty baker as a factor in their favor dusty baker's pretty fun and when i took the red sox. I didn't mentioned that if you don't look too closely you could convince yourself that mike. Trout is playing outfield for them. And it's actually just hunter renfrow but for a moment you might get that glimmer of fun all right. I think for my next pick boy. We're down to the drags. here are eight. i think i'll take the mariners premature. Maybe maybe premature but definitely but yeah. I mean you're we getting glimmers of the next great mariners team there where people who pick the mariners as like an underdog darkhorse team for twenty twenty one like. I don't think anyone really believed that. But like of the teams that had no chance like the they had the best. No chance of anyone where you could like kind of. Talk yourself into everything going right but you know at some point you're gonna get the service time manipulation guys up there and that will be fun. It is not fun. That james paxton is not going to be pitching for the mariners as learned maybe as we were recording. This james paxton. Having tommy john surgery so that is the opposite of fund and that does bump them down the list here but still you are going to get kelanic at some point you arken get. Julio rodriguez at some point presumably and you're gonna get your justice. Sheffield and kukuchi and marco gonzalez. Some pitchers who were pretty fun. And then you know. Like can kyle lewis spe- good again and ken. Evan white not be a disaster and others so to say other match yet who who those would be but That's that's enough for me and like it's a team that's coming together and like this is more about. I guess like watching the team on the field. But if you're a mariners fan you have hope. I mean i don't know if you're mirrors fan if you have any hope left but just like relative to past years because you do have good farm system in like you really sense that within the next few years they are really almost definitely gonna break that drought. It really looks like so. I'm sorry to even say that but still it. It certainly seems like that. From a fire someone who is not suffered as a mariners fan so even if this team is not great like there is that sense that better things are right around the corner. I was in high school. I i thought i was going to be a lawyer. That's what i thought about my life. The last time the mariners in the postseason. I was like i'm probably be a lawyer. I'm ended up being fun at least yeah to that. Went better for me than a different franchise. I suppose but i will take l. Take the giants here at the san francisco giants owe did i. Did i steal your pick. You did but fair enough. I am not sorry. He shouldn't be the giants you know they're they they've got far hand idea at the at the helm They're they're building backup. They've donovan solano. When i was in the deep dark depths of the second base positional power rankings was probably my favorite blurb that i wrote because what a what a what an interesting career. What a time to become a silver slugger and he has taken not a single walk yet. This season he's hidden. And we've got Mike yastrzemski we've got the return of buster posey after not playing last year. And you know johnny cueto. That's a fun. Pitcher to watch aaron sanchez former blue jay Will he be able to bounce back from his many blister problems. We'll see that that's a mystery that we can impact together watching the san francisco. Giants would have been my. That was where i was going to go. Also so now we're in megs graham will territory and that's bad stuff happens in these. I guess i'm gonna take the tigers taking the tigers. Because they got they got some. They are young pitching they they about you. They play baseball. That's not true. I mean how how well you know. It depends on the day but they do take they do play. I you know. I walk good thanks for like robbie grossman on his new deal. And i'm intrigued by like you know what is what is Willie castro do and Yeah anyway. I'm taking the tigers mostly on the strength of the young pitching that we're likely that we are seeing in are likely to see over the course of the year and to mostly see if A keelboat you can keep it going and Be a interesting piece. That kind of forces them to think about whether he might not be part of their necks. good The tigers team so the tigers. Yup i would've taken the tigers to. But i will instead take the orioles. I think the orioles a you've got trae mincy knee in it's fund that he is there on the team playing baseball at all. And then you know you've got some pretty decent position players on this team is one of them of course but you also have ryan mountcastle and i am looking forward to seeing some of their young pitching. Come up at some point this season. Perhaps we'll get a glimpse of the other. Michael bowman and john means is fun. Rooting for him. At harvey is throwing ninety five again somehow. Seemingly you've got like details stewart. Who is actually pretty good seemingly in. I don't know f- doesn't take much at the stage to pick a team. But i think that's enough and i still hold out hope that maybe we will see nikki janice some day which would bump them up if they had an uncle baller so yeah orioles another team. That seems like better things might be around. The corner certainly can't be worse things and l. k. Were danta were where file route we made a. I'm going to take the texas rangers fun player. i think david dolls a fun player. They play in a new ballpark. That was very full of people a few days ago and also full of shadows. Mysteriously i'm always struck by the darkness of the ballpark. Like in i it. I became clear in the postseason last year. I thought there was something wrong with my tv. Initially but it's actually just very shadowy and so it makes for kind of a traumatic viewing experience. We've got jordan lyles always high on the fun player. Rankings chang out of the rotation and kyle said to and the. That's the texas rangers for us. The rangers okay. Well i'm taking the couldn't quite yourself to do it. Oh no i'm gonna take. There's no good choice here. no but i'm going. Take you know what. I'm changing my mind. I'm going to take the pirates. I'm basing this. Pick entirely on keb ryan hayes. Who is hurt. Who is her now but who we hope gets better real real soon because i think that while i think that the pirates have a plan and that's nice because for a long time they didn't and keb ryan has is a big part of that plan and so while. I think that one could argue that. These are two teams this and the the rockies or two teams driven by like one really good player bryan hayes in the in the pirates case and trevor story in the rockies case in terms of guys who play every day. 'cause obviously the rockies have her marquez billy qisas in pitcher everyday keb ryan hayes is on the pirates for a long long time whereas trevor story will not be on the rockies for a long long time so i m picking hayes and the pirates in the hopes that his mere presence over hopefully the course of much of this season puts them in a better spot then the rockies who could just trade trevor story at the deadline and then what you have you have ramel toppy trying rob home runs and failing and like charlie blackman's beard so i'm taking the pirates. I don't feel good about it. But that's what i'm doing right now. I do. yeah i forgot to say it. I might get at richmond in my orioles. Pick forgot to justify that austin hayes semi fun just trying to avoid officially drafted rockies. But i can't avoid it. I have to do it. So yeah the rockies. I'm not gonna try to sell you all these being fun. We'd no not fun. But someone had to be the thirtieth team. It's fun to read about the rockies. Front office dysfunction. Who maybe more fun than the team itself at this point weird weird organization daniel bard all right. Yeah that's fun in colorado beautiful state. Yeah state beautiful ballpark. Future said of the all star game and talk about that so that that will do it. That's right well off the team fund draft. It was fun. It was fun. And i guess. That's that thanks for us. A thank you for having me. Yes thank you are. jay follow. Rj at rome. Hamlet read rj at faint graphs. Let archie know if there are creatures on the field of any kind. Thank you and We'll do this again next year. All right that will do it for today. Thanks as always for listening as the number of people have pointed out mike. Trout is alone at the top of the fan graphs. Leaderboard as i record this only by a tenth of a win but still the milestone has happened just about a week into the season the stats are meaningful. Maybe not all of the stats. At least trout is in his accustomed. Place i should note that we recorded this episode prior to the news about suspicious balls thrown by trevor. Bauer being sent to mlb for inspection. This was reported by ken. Rosenthal bauer subsequently referred to as a gossip blogger that according to major league sources can wrote the bows head visible markings and we're sticky. Anyway not surprising that balls thrown by trevor. Bauer would have physical markings or be sticky and if this new league. Crackdown on using substances was going to have any teeth. Then power would have to be a test case because his statcast data has made it so obvious strongly suspicious that he appears to be using some sort of spin enhancing sticky substance. It's not really clear whether this was just reported because it was bauer and many pitchers have had ball sent for testing or whether he was singled out but it would be somewhat surprising if there were not foreign substances on those baseballs question really is will anything be done about it. Can you prove that whatever's on them was applied by bauer. Can you make a suspension stick so to speak. There is another report that the mopey a is prepared to protest and appeal. You almost wonder whether there might have to be some sort of team penalty assessed. I don't know how that would work. But that way you wouldn't have to prove that it was the pitcher and then there would be a lot of pressure on the pitcher not to use something but it will establish an interesting precedent and it will also be interesting to see if bauer persists in his use of whatever he is likely using or whether those spin rates miraculously fall back to earth in his upcoming starts. So i'm not really sure if anything will come of this or if will even hear anything more about this. But i do know that the early season strikeout rate is over. Twenty five percent spin rates also seem to be across the league. Maybe because of the new ball so some sort of crackdown is warranted. 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Effectively Wild Episode 1499: Season Preview Series: Angels and Cardinals

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Effectively Wild Episode 1499: Season Preview Series: Angels and Cardinals

"Take Time Low End Welcome to episode fourteen ninety nine effectively wild aid. -ASEBALL podcast for graphs presented by our supporters. I am Berg of the ringer through advice. Say Miller ESPN. Hello Sam Taylor van doing a season preview. Podcast today so in a little while we will be bringing on our dia to talk about the angels and then after that we'll leach to talk about the cardinals and then finally I will be bringing on Craig Edwards from Fan Grass to talk about how much money the retox actually saved from getting under the competitive balance tax threshold via the mookie Betts trade spoiler. It's probably less than you think and will also discuss the rumored new playoff format that MLB floated this week as well as the three batter. Minimum rules that's going into effect the season but before we do. It's been kind of a busy newsy week in baseball and it's been yet another Astros centric week. It just keeps striking me. I think how perfectly constructed the science doing scandal is to sustain the story indefinitely. This story is not going away nor should it go away. It's a big story. But the way that little dribs and drabs of Information. Keep coming out bit by bit. It seems almost like it's calculated in a way to keep it front and center and beyond that now that players are reported to spring training. There's an endless number of people that you can go to for quotes about this. And of course there is the whole. Astra'S APOLOGY FIASCO SEMI FIASCO on Thursday morning. It really goes back to the beginning of this. Because as we said at the time obviously a huge story regardless but the fact that there was this audio components of it in video component of it and the fact that we could go back and hear the banks and it was just undeniable. That really just made it the perfect storm because that confirmed it. It showed what the extent of it it made it possible for people in public to do their own digging and see it for themselves in a way that usually you can't even when we find out about scandal or a science doing scandal so much of this has just been sort of. I guess Moebius worst nightmare in that they don't want this to continue to be the biggest story but it just will be because you know now you can ask everyone who ever played the astros in two thousand seventeen or two thousand eighteen. What they think of it and obviously players have strong opinions about this and then players who are no longer on the Astros people can go to them and ask them to. They feel bad about it. Do they apologize? And then the astros themselves of course it will follow them throughout the season whether they do well or poorly if they do well then people will say see signs doing didn't matter if they do poorly if anyone's slumps it'll be constant up seen not so good without the science dealing now are you. And we just found out that there's going to be at a new podcast and TV series coming out in the summer from the people who made slow-burn and Ben Writer who wrote Astor Ball so whatever that turns up that will bring this back into the news. It's really kind of incredible. Just this is the perpetual motion machine of stores and disastrous beat writer Chandler. Rome tweeted on Thursday many many pieces of content forthcoming. He meant his own content. But I think that applies to all kinds of content. Yeah I hadn't really thought of it that way but you're right I mean normally if in like in real life in like the larger world win a scandal is dropping. There's often talk about like a Friday news dump where you drop it when everybody is about to leave work and when not as many people are paying attention maybe to the newspapers the next day and so on and you would think the equivalent to that would be for. Baseball would be the off season because not as many people are paying attention. And nobody's at work and yet you're right. The fact that this happened in the offseason probably allowed there to be many new cycles about it in multiple waves of new cycles. I mean you can sort of tell that the astros are desperate to get to that point where I mean as anybody in a scandal is desperate to get to that point where you can act like we've passed the new cycle and now everybody should should just move on and so then when someone comes up and ask you about it. You wouldn't say well. We already addressed that or well. The commissioner already issued his report or well. We've already you know whatever the case may be like you say that's been done and now on a new cycle and if this head all broken on April twenty fifth in the middle of season when everybody was around and everybody was at work I wonder whether it would have like been a four day story or something where like everybody got their quotes in all at once. Everybody was accessible. And then the Astros after that would just look at you like you're the jerk for talking about it beyond that. They haven't been able to do that. Because like you say drips and drabs and different waves and information. It's not also just that like more stuff comes out but each thing really does seem to escalate it and get the sense that the full story has never been out and there's a clear trajectory on this stuff that makes you wonder. Whoa what's what's coming next. Yeah exactly and to some extent. It's the Esther's own fault. I mean. Obviously the whole thing his astros felt but the fact that the story keeps going and going is partly esther's fault for how they handled it initially. And then fest. When they sort of didn't say anything and said we'll talk about later and then because of how it came out with fires and the Athletic Story and then there is the MLB investigation which took months and so that whole time it was kind of cooking. And you were hearing little things here and there. And here's what the Commissioner is GonNa do and the penalties are GonNa be harsh than the report came out and I think. Mlb hoped okay. That's it we put these punishments out there. We said what happened. And that's that and that has not happened at all in so MLB. I think shot itself in the foot by seemingly not disclosing everything at new. So that when jared diamond came out with his Wall Street Journal Report About Code Breaker in the dark arts. And all of that. A that was just new grist for the mill. Another news cycle and be. It made the Mobile Report. Look bad and it made. Manfred bad for seemingly trying to sweep that under the router minimize what was happening there and then because that wasn't included in the report than it was only natural to wonder what else wasn't in the MLB report and so it keeps building and building and snowballing and snowballing and on the analytical side are recent guests. Tony Adams did his whole listening project and put up his banging scheme. Data and that kicked off a new round of analytical articles and studies and research about how much it helped or didn't help and I sort of thought that maybe it would go quiet after a while and then ten years down the road. Twenty years down the road all these people would write memoirs and we would know exactly what happened once it was far enough behind them that they felt like they could come clean and instead it's all coming out you know and I don't know who is leaking. These emails that jared has been reporting in the Wall Street Journal in that first story and a subsequent story. I don't know if it's someone who is with the Astros who feels like they didn't get their comeuppance in Utah this out there or someone at Albi who thinks that it should have been included in the report. I don't know what their motivations are but clearly. Someone is leaking these emails correspondence and every little detail is juicy. Especially because the people who were sending those emails are still employed by the team which is just the another thing that keeps this in the news. Because James Click was asked about that and he was kinda noncommittal he said that those people remain employed by the organization. He didn't say that they will continue to although he said that. P. Tila the assistant. Chen will remain assistant. Gm But when you have like this. You know former intern. Who came up with this than is now employed in a different capacity and the director of advanced information and the manager of Scouting Analysis and the hitting coach Alex stone and all these people who were seemingly intimately involved with us and are still with team and showing up at spring training. It just sort of feels like there isn't as much accountability is. There should have been or that there's more forthcoming and I think Jim Crane said that they would be making some more changes in the baseball operations department and I don't know if they're doing that because now this is public and it's come out or whether they would have anyway but that seems to be a theme of just not doing anything until your hand is forced by the public knowing about it. Yeah Yeah I think that the story is also had legs. Because Cora and Beltran had moved onto other managerial jobs and so there was A. There's a way that this scandal became kind of nationwide instead of centered in just one team. I think that the fact that the Astros won the world series that year probably did a lot to strengthen I think the fact that it was the astros and not any other team which maybe that's maybe maybe it would only have been the answers. Maybe that's the whole point but that it was the astros particularly and that it had come after years of this sort of simmering and then finally exploding concern about the astros culture. I think the fact that the red sox then won the next world series with Cora extends it. I think the fact that the Astros didn't get worse. Look I mean not specifically the Astros are still such a threat if they were just another team right now. I don't know that it would be such a big deal. But the fact that or rather than the new cycle would have lasted so long but the fact that the astros are still going into this season as as maybe the favourite lengthens it. And maybe if they had headed downhill shortly after that then people would have seen that as further confirmation that maybe that will arise and it was based on science. Doing nothing seems to doubt that science doing was very involved in in responsible for success. But that's why I changed. That's why I changed the wording from big deal too lengthy news cycle because I think that they had gotten much worse after they quit. Then yeah we would It's it's possible that this would be a bigger deal. But I think that the new cycle might have been contained a little bit more but yeah I mean you've got all these players you've got thousands of players who just showed up to spring training this week for whom the Astros are the main threat or one of the main threat to between them and their goal of winning the world series this year and so they have a probably extra bitterness at them. So yeah all those things and more have made it the perfect case for this to to You know I I mean I think this is a pretty significant thing for a lotteries. But one of the reasons it's significant is because they. I think that the notion that cheating in baseball is part of the game. Is that that you know if you're not cheating. You're not trying in this long history of Shenanigans that that after a couple of decades are are sort of looked back at acutely and various legends of various. You know men in white or with spy spy glasses and scoreboard. You Know Shenanigans. All of that was Kinda hanging unresolved and this really clarified that whatever baseball used to be in the nineteen forties and fifties sixties and may have been in the seventies and eighties and nineties. A hard. No it is not what people want baseball to be going forward that that that is not that we are drawing a line in the sand that says no longer. Is this a cheating? Sport no longer is cheating. Part of trying no longer. Is it just part of the game? Play the competition between teams to win by winning by getting advantageous circumstances for themselves all of that and in order to draw that really CRISP LINE. That says no no more. You need a really clean clear case where there's a lot of emotion and where it doesn't fade quickly and where you don't get the sense that people got away with things and you know you don't have a next generation that looks at the the at what happened and says well. Maybe it's still worth the risk. You just sorta like say you know. This is an unacceptable thing and it will ruin your career or it will ruin your public perception if you do it and so if it again if it had been the Toronto Blue Jays in twenty eighteen and it had been released on May Twenty Fourth of you know twenty nineteen like probably we it would just go into the funnel with all the other cheating scandals and rumors and various examples of teams being caught cheating or maybe being caught cheating but never having a full rigorous accounting of it. But it wasn't it was this and I think now we are clearer than ever just like after you know McGuire and so sent bonds in the Mitchell report and all that we were clearer than ever that. Nobody wanted steroids. That it wasn't something where it was going to be a sixty forty issue or where it was going to be like the old school versus the new school. Or You can do it. But you can't do it too blatantly or anything like that. It's been clarified. No one wants it. Don't do it. Yeah so just this week. I probably lost track of some things. But we had Charlie Morton Marlin Salis Dave Hudson's Max Tassie. Joe Muss Grove Will Harris. They all weighed in. And we're some degree of contrite about their involvement in the hanging scheme or their failure to bring it to anyone's attention and then Mike Bolsinger sued the Astros for what he thinks is their role in the end of his career. That kind of kept things in the news there was that. Aj hinch interview West Week. And then hinch subsequently came out and clarified his non answer about the Buzzer. He denies that there were buzzers. And everyone on the Astros. Pretty adamantly denied on Thursday that there were any buzzers trevor. Bauer wrote a piece for the players. Tribune where he basically said. Gee I wish I weren't so right about the Astros. Knew they were cheaters? All along and then there's also I think increasing condemnation of how Manfred has handled this whole thing both because of what was not included in the report that was subsequently revealed and the revelations that teams had been complaining to mlb about the astor's behavior prior to fires coming forward and that an ob had essentially not done anything or not launched an official investigation. I guess it tightened its regulations related to sign stealing because of that but seemingly was quite content not to make it into a public story and so- Susan's lesser reported that the as lodged some kind of formal official complaint with MLB prior to of this blowing up publicly and again. It just seems very clear that an the did not want to be a story and before a came forward and before reporters reported it. It was just not going to be a story. They were not going to make it a story. And I think that just goes to show that all the people who criticized fires for saying something and breaking the clubhouse code I mean it'd be one thing if he could have gone another route if he could have complained to. Ob I or something but it seems pretty clear that a lot of people were complaining to me about this and it did not become a story until it was publicly reported until there was a public whistleblower so regardless of fires is merit says a person or fires just as an individual. It seems like someone had to say something for this to become the story that it did so and I think that kind of makes people questioned everything so you know obviously there's no actual evidence of buzzers and now the esters denied the buzzers. But no one's really going to leave the Astros because they're not credible witnesses because they were cheating the whole time and they weren't telling anyone about it and so I think part of the price that they have to pay now is that no one will really believe them about anything which I think it's fair and so there are people who are never going to believe that there weren't buzzers. I mean personally. I don't know that buzzers are ethically or morally worse than what they were already doing so to me. It's like they were doing the banging they were trying to steal every pitch seemingly a lot of the time so the method that they were using to do that. I don't know that it actually makes them look even all that much worse except that it allows you to pin it on individual players if they were wearing something and you could establish that but yeah it's just never going to go away and you know everywhere. The Astros go this season. It's just going to be a circus and they're going to be people showing up to Buddha and Chanson where signs are trash can lids or whatever it is. It's just GonNa be kind of a traveling roadshow and it should be. They've brought that upon themselves. But it's just going to kind of keep it front to bind. I think all season long if they hadn't used the trash can if they had not done something that was audible on TV broadcasts. Yeah I I don't think any of this happens knowing it. It just gets thrown into the well. We'll never know Mike. I mean there's tons of cheating scandals or not scandals. They didn't turn into scandals. Rumors accusations suspicions over the course of decades of baseball but because MLB doesn't really want to find out too much and because without that really good audio you kind of have a lot of speculation in a one day story. None of them really took but that trash can was everything Yup Yup. It was just a pretty shameless that they did that. I mean they were so confident that they wouldn't get caught. I just don't understand how nobody noticed it in the moment. How did every team not notice immediately? Would we not have no? I mean I know it's a very different thing. When you're in a ballpark with three hundred and fifty people in it but if someone had been doing that on on Vallejo when we have noticed like immediately I would think so if you heard if you heard a trash can bang four times. I think in the course of a single game. It would be like what is that. We have to figure out what that is. Yeah I well I think that a probably a lot of players did notice that we know that any farquars did but although that was in late September. Yeah well there were players talk about like. There's another story in the Washington Post this week. About how the nationals were warned coming into the world series weirdly like Cora evidently warn them about this. We had already read less postseason. There is a story or after they won the world series about how they took counter measures and precautions and a switched up their signs all the time and they came in prepared. Now there's a new story that sort of more explicitly ties that to the suspicions about the Astros and so players knew it at some point like before the public did and I can only imagine that it was kind of that clubhouse codes that was really helping. Keep it quiet there is even someone I forget. Was IT. It may have been far choir. Who said at some point like I wanted reporters to ask me about it? After that game when he noticed the banging he was hoping that people would come and ask him about it and then he would have said something but he wasn't going to volunteer it. He wasn't going to bring it up. I think that was a big part of it. Just no one wanted to be seen as a snitch or something even if they were convinced that this other team was cheating. Yeah maybe I don't know if I am not totally convinced that there was a much awareness of it before farquars like that was the one example that we heard of it came very late in the season In fact I don't know what happened in the. I don't know what happened in the final week of the season. I don't know if there was a week of the season but according to the database of bangs there were not bangs in the next two games against the angels and so that might have actually stopped the banging. So that my which would be you know which which suggests that. That was the first time that the astros felt caught the banging. I'm just looking here like your if you get caught giving signs from second base or peaking in the batter's box oftentimes the defense will take action against you. They will throw a pitch at your neck for instance so I wonder if I mean it would be impossible to find the signal all of this but like I wonder if the Astros got thrown an more that year than other teams in the majors. I've teams were doing anything at all rather than just silently accepting this if they in fact did no yeah well. They did start switching up their signs. At least the Astros. What is totally pointless thing to say? But they finished fourth in the American league in hit by pitches. I don't know why he brought that up. Well another thing that could keep it in the news this year because anytime and mistress hitter does get plunked. Yeah people will wonder whether it's intentional. Yeah that's true so on Thursday. They had their chance to try to put this behind them. Try to own up to it and placate people and wouldn't say they did a great job of it. I think most of the bad job was done by Jim Crane. I think if Jim Crane had not spoken or had spoken differently. I think people mostly WOULDA shrugged about the rest of it. You know it's a high bar to clear. I think to change anyone's minds about the astros. Because they did what they did and short of renouncing their title and donating their twenty seventeen salaries to charity or something. I'm not sure that anyone would have their feeling significantly affected by anything they could say but all ten players who are still left on the roster from that twenty seventeen team spoke to the press most of them in the clubhouse in a more informal setting although though Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve as spoke at the press conference in their initial statements. Were not received very positively out to vase spoke in a more natural way later on in the clubhouse but their initial statements seemed kind of hand and brief and robotic. They didn't weeper prostrate themselves and I think it can be kind of fruitless to try to judge the sincerity of someone's apology or at least to judge the emotion that they are or aren't displaying and these weren't really brandon. Taubman non apology apologies. They didn't try to deny anything that and try to dodge it. They said they were remorseful. They owned up to it and I think if that had been it it probably wouldn't have been a big disaster and there were some players who spoke at slightly greater length and Carlos Correa spoke and George Springer spoke in the clubhouse and sounded a little less Pr speak and massaged. And I think those statements were received a little bit better. Korea seemed to be responding pretty directly to a report in the athletic this week which was based on anonymous quotes from former astros players who seemed to pin a ton of the blame on Carlos. Beltran not just for coming up with the banging scheme but then intimidating everyone into continuing to do it. These anonymous Astros were saying he was such an exalted figure in the clubhouse that no one felt that they could do anything and we were just kind of cowed because it was Carlos Beltran and maybe there was something to that like. I think this first came out. We talked about the clubhouse dynamics and why Hinch for instance might have been so reluctant to say something but I think it also does kind of exonerate all the younger players. If they just say oh well Carlos Beltran said we had to. We couldn't do anything about it and cars gray as seemed to be both defending Beltran in his statement but then also not letting himself and the other young astros off the hook by just saying that any one of them could have spoken up and objected in. None of them did and that. It wasn't Carlsbad trends fault that everyone was complicit in this but really the damage was done by crane. Who started out. Okay by saying sorry and it was bad and it won't happen again on his watch but then went beyond that and as he was questioned. Just had some lines that were clipped endlessly tweeted. And you know he said that He shouldn't be held accountable and that the players aren't at fault. It was the leaders fault and so the players should be absolved. Which if that's the case. Then what are all the players apologizing for the one that no one liked of course was when he said that it didn't have any impact on the and not only did he said that but then he denied that he had said that like a minute earlier? It was just a mess. I mean on the one hand I wouldn't expect him to come out and say Yeah we won because we cheated because I don't think that that's necessarily true. It's just impossible to convince anyone that signed stealing may not have had a huge impact and he shouldn't have said what he said because it did impact the game. There was an impact. Clearly it must have affected the outcome of certain plate. Appearances and pitches so there had to be an impact. What he meant I suppose was that there was a huge net impact or that they didn't win because of the sign stealing and he just wouldn't concede that it gave the astros an advantage. And there's good research suggesting that that may well be true. But you can't convince anyone of that and you certainly can't if you are the owner of the Astros at a press conference where you're supposed to be apologizing for all this so just don't even try just Either don't appear at all or just say look. We can't know what the impact was. And that's part of the problem with this whole thing. Is that it casts everything into question and we had a good team but it's totally fair for people to doubt that or to question our compliments that that's what he had to say. I think as opposed to protesting so that was not what this occasion was for. Yeah it even seemed like briefly that may be wrapped. Benford was trying to stop the Astra's news cycle by leaking something to Joe Sherman about this Wacky new playoff format. Mlb is supposedly considering for twenty twenty two. Because there's no real reason for that story to come out right now. It's not even close to two thousand twenty two. Why are we talking about potential new playoff formats in February as pitchers and catchers reporting? Seems like the only reason to do that is to try to derail the larger conversation that was going on and that didn't work at all worked for twelve hours or so everyone had their takes about. The new playoff format. Went right back to all the time. Astros after that so nice try. I guess Okay we'll take a quick break and we'll be right back with the Diet to talk about the agents Took so we are kicking things off today by talking about the team whose results rarely lineup wealth with how interested me and then I am and how much I watched. That's the Los Angeles Angels and talk about the angels. We are joined now by the man who covers them for the athletic at the DIA. Who is speaking to us from the roof at Angels Spring Training which is an interesting vantage point half abby. And how are you going in grief you up here though? I gotta say that so you just got out of a press conference that Joe Biden gave and I guess we can start there so this is a new spring training a new team culture? Joe Madness. There is anything noticeably different. So far is he bringing in zoo animals as usual or is it been pretty lucky. So far I've been pretty lucky so far but it does sound like obviously you want to get back in touch with his his spirit. The angels who have a lot of Angels Alumni Marceau lodgements. Here obviously a. He says he has a list of former angels players. That you want. Have out there Gary Anderson Guys like that so it sounds like it's GonNa be a lot more of just sort of embracing that angel's pass I guess and what he calls the angel methods But for now it seems like it's pretty low key The one thing that I think struck me a little bit today when he was He was talking with us about how he's actually having individual meetings who players sort of just trying to integrate himself onto them and then just sort of get to know them a little bit more so I feel like he's embracing at least that aspect of it so far but imagine dowager and do you think there was something specific that the angels were dissatisfied with with Bread Office. Would they have let him go? If Madden had not become available I mean. Was there something specific that they thought Madden could bring to the team or was it just? Well it's Joe Madden so we gotta go get him. I think it was more that Obviously Joe Man is. Track record is pedigree It's something that those type of managers aren't available very often and also. He has a very strong relationship already with ownership the angels already. Moreno with the organization in general having been in three decades here so much about that than anything else that brought off within a fairly obviously the way that the angels finished last season really flying off in August and September Didn't help case at all but I feel like it was more job man being available than anything necessarily Brad Austin physically. What a lousy deal for. Brad Osman's the last time you heard of a manager getting fired after one year Rick Renteria Lot. That's the one face I can really think about. Yeah so I guess. I don't know how much continuity there is between last year and this year but it was kind of significant thing when Mike Socia- retired or left the angels and took over. And you know so. Shas stamp had been on the Organization for basically a whole generation and he was one of the most kind of imposing managers within an organization throughout baseball so when he left and went Osman took over. Was there much of a change in the organization in how the organization kind of behaved on the field or the relationship between the front office in the dugout. Anything that you think would carry over from the office year to the Matenaer or was is it to be like the office years just this little blip and now Joe Madden takes over the social role as being the you know extremely powerful manager. Who in some ways has you know sort of more clout than the front office? Why would say it's probably be a little bit of a Mick Austin and social re drink because I think a office last season you saw a lot more like the way thinking for implementing in Game Strategy. I think the angels went through the Third Time. The order release of any team in baseball They were very sort of especially as some of their young pitchers how they're willing to get games started very analytics. They base the way breath. Explain a lot of those was saying like this is somewhat. The numbers was telling me. That's why I built this lineup like that. Obviously joepat reputation at least in the early days of being in favor of numbers also while still maintaining a lot. Some of those old school mentality that Mike Social ads so feeling it be a little bit of a mix I obviously into a little bit reversion to what social as far as how involves offices in Philly after but still the upper obviously still have not to conversation with a drum and they said that during the season obviously they're gonna meet after Games will JOE IS BASICALLY SAYS INSERTED A. He's open to input from just about anywhere so I feel like it'd be somewhat of a mix socially with JOE coming from a couple organizations raise. Dallies have embraced analytics a little bit further along than most had further time. The angels had a pretty active off season but they almost had a more active offseason. Because there was a trade that was in place in than was scuttled. The angels seems like they were about to acquire Jack Petersen and rest stripling as kind of an offshoot of cookie bets trade and as you reported it seems that owner already Marino basically was the one who called that trade off. Although it's not clear that the dodgers were as motivated to do it as they would have been under the first incarnation of mookie Betts trade but seemed like that would fill some holes for the angels. Maybe make them better. So why was it that Marino decided not to do it? Do you think I feel? You're probably a little bit impatient sort of having to wait around for a week for trade. That wasn't even their trade. The main reason why that makes. Us tray with several beginning was obviously the concerns through star data driver all those medical there. So I feel like maybe a little bit impatient with somehow process was going. You wanted to get the trade down. And if not he's just wanted to move on it's elsewhere try to add itching where it was possible so I feel like he sort of didn't WanNa wait anymore all but as you said And as I wrote it seemed like even if the dodgers games wanted to re engage with the dodgers it didn't seem like the dodgers reds motivated to perhaps those talks again especially considering they have much of a need Sophos salary which would be the main incentive intriguing Jack Pearson and then obviously Ross stripling was made within the reason why the angels were wanting to do that trait he would instantly improve the rotation and Ben Pretty. Valuable started the season if they had acquired a way so this is all very weird because they didn't improve the pitching in the weak sense. It's not like they took advantage of this week long period to go elsewhere and other pitching or are there other. What do you call that thing? Poker's in the fire. What what are you putting the fire? Something in the fire irons in the fire are they are they. Still actively pursuing pitching him ferment. Because it felt like that was all kind of done and then when when Ross stripling sort of fell into their laps it was like. Oh well. That's that seems like a good thing. That's an upgrade where it didn't seem like they were going to be able to make any more upgrades so are they going to make any more upgrades or it. They just decide. Like they're done. Billy up you'll have anything active right now but I can see that where they wouldn't want to potentially improve starting pitching if they can get it done but I think the biggest thing is obviously. There's not a lot of starting pitching left. It doesn't have frequency when the last couple of years are any danger options. Let me the rest options via trade. I think there's anything if this Ross stripling trade shows really hard to make a trade especially where the angels were out farms and some a lot of the most enticing prospects via trade are people that are on the brink of making the major leagues guys like Joe Del Marsh and those guys probably the ages but ideally want to keep and keep as part of the future so they treat a lot from his farm system In his time with the angels and he said he's open to it now. Bobby played about which process will write processing part ways with and what he get appeal marketing. They were active and trying to trade for or Kluber but the Indians asks for something. Those LITTLE MORE STEVE. For that grant marsh might have been involved in negotiations and then all of a sudden the trade him for a reliever in the wind chill saw. It's really complicated. How other teams will view the angels farm system and what they'll be able to get a trip answer your original question. I probably would want to try to acquire starting pitching. It's just better whether it'd happened now. Or whether they try to see if they're competitive make run up on the bed line. I mean obviously a run scored is valuable as a run prevented. And so the angels went into this off season looking to improve and they went out they got Anthony Rendong. Who will add a bunch of of runs scored and is a great player but there was just such an emphasis I think before the offseason on the angels pitching needs in and how aggressively they were going to pursue some of these top pitchers so curious. How much of a? Maybe it wasn't at all so that's a leading question. But how much of a shock was it when it was anthony rundown who is being announced and not you know one of the top two pitchers or or maybe some other top pitcher acquired in trade as the angels. Big Move definitely was surprising whether they don't with this was the angels got anthony but feel like given how the angels Offseason played out. I mean they met with Wheeler Seinfeld's where they met with Stephen Strasburg who resigns national and they met with Gary Cole- and they knew that they wanNA pursue from the very beginning. Obviously the outbid by the Yankees but looking back now it makes some sense considering obviously already. Moreno has long headed affinity for like mentioned run added. Same as run prevented and Philly upper. Explain like there's only so many chances where you get to add a player would be certain he and impact of Anthony. Down and if we're GONNA have a chance to get. That guy might as well try to get him so obviously. This wasn't the off season the ages. I'm imagining envisioned from the very outset. I mean don't they were planning on adding all star third baseman having their only pitching edition themes in Bundy blue? They're on but they were able to still add to the starting pitching I was. Those two guys are upgrade over Iraq conditions last year Matt Harvey and Trevor Kale and also. They were able to add if they were done. They're also able to add Jason Castro to boost their catching. So I feel like on the whole. They certainly approved this winter And conaway do that. Even if it wasn't the original plan yes oh the rotation as it stands now and as it seems likely to stand on opening day is not an encouraging collection of names really. You've got Tehran. You've got enter Haney. You've got Bundy. Gut Griffin canning. You've got Patrick Sandoval. I don't know if anyone else is in the mix there they also acquired matt injury. Sue has made some starts in his career other than Otani who should be back sometime in. May and we'll ask you about him soon. Of course who in that rotation offers the most tope I guess? Is there anyone in there that you can actually envision IGA dependable mid rotation or number two type guy when Otani is not starting? I really am hiring canning. Cross-eyed He really seemed like he last season in the major leagues. He pitched well for the most part. He has a couple of bad one within relief against the orioles. Sixteen in a game. That was really weird. The other one was is. I started immediately after the past skaggs. And someone who's very close with Tyler and few very emotional afterwards but other than that. He pitched particularly well and he really be able to. I miss that second of all wanted to make contact. Good getting soft contact and that's combination. I think the aims early on I know they're trying to be cautious with how optimistic they are about. Considering he is so young he had an elbow issue that ended his season last year. But they're still really optimistic his ability to possibly be a front of the rotation guy maybe not as but one of those Mid rotation number two type guy for their future behind Otani and then the rotation. I'm sure I mean obviously mentioned the guy's all star season they they have. They have some optimism but some of their young starters ZANU all timing Perea pose as far as third. They'll be better this season than they were last year. Mostly because they feel like last year they sort of had to come up and pitch they need somebody at the innings and now they feel like velvet. Why continue accelerating they can possibly learn from experience than it? Mitch Matt Andrews. Yeah he'll he'll be stretched out starter for this spring and they'll see what happens from there and Felix who is probably their best most consistent pitcher last year the book. I often behind an opener. He'll probably be back from opening day after terriers. Acl last year. So they'll have options is maybe not the most citing group options. They'll have options and at least appear to have to start season two. They're not left to a position like they were last year. They really just trying to get any from wherever they can get him. Yes this is A. I think this is going on like five years in a row now where the preseason projections for the angels. Were kind of like a mix of of optimistic and in more realistic in the optimistic notion was always well. If they can manage to get their rotation healthy and through the entire year they could be a pretty good team in in. That has never happened in any of those years. They've just had injuries von injuries. And then when they've brought in some sort of a flyer picks those flyers have have turned fairly disastrous that covers multiple front offices multiple managers multiple regimes. I'm sure that the player development systems have been overturned to varying degrees over those five years. Is there anything that you think is a consistent factor in those failures or is it just a matter of kind of been snake bit and having a lot of things go wrong with a lot of pitchers in ways that you know some teams going to be the unlucky team? I'm sure there are a lot of angels fans and feel like they're club is snake bit and I feel like they may be a little bit argument. There there's a lot of randomness in some of these injuries. Also like it's sort of a product maybe of where the angels payroll for them in recent years. I mean they obviously are have moved past the big contracts or Josh Donaldson. Cj Wilson for. They were often especially early. And Billy up tenure. Our they sort of had to take chances on riskier guide. 'cause those guys like required already the upside that they hope where they could have. And that's something that obviously hasn't worked out well for the angels. They've had a couple of Three glimmers where it's worked I mean Jaycee Ramirez seemed like you'd be a great fine for them off a waiver claim and then all of a sudden he towards the L. Needed Tommy John Surgery and now database flav. They've had a lot of story. That are a lot like that that they've got to rely on. I think this year with how they built rotational some of their additions. At least it seems like what Dylan Bundy and who lives there on and bring to other guys have it in. The past is some former durability and of course there's a chance of Mormon obviously get hurt tomorrow and this is all moot for the fact that both of them have been able to post every day. provide one hundred eighty innings or. So that's something else. That alone would be a big bonus to the angels. Just one hundred fifty one hundred sixty league average innings would be a major boost to not only the rest of the rotation and not call him. Maybe it's always young stars like I mentioned before but also for the bullpen mapping out to eat so many innings so they can improve all I could spend a lot of a domino effect. Some of the starters not be able to be heard bullpen and their offense starts to a wrong. I'll is really fallen off here. So we've shown incredible restraint in not asking about Otani yet. I'm going to stop resisting now. This is the Otani question her or at least the first tiny question so this week we got the official wording and ruling from MLB on the two way player designation and it appears that that ruling was written in such a way that it specifically allows Shohei Otani and no one else to qualify as a two a player this year and in fact it seems like it makes it difficult for anyone but Otani to ever qualify for this. But that's a separate question so Otani can't be to player when he comes back. When should we expect him to be back? What's a realistic expectation for his workload as a pitcher and as a hitter this year and I know that Joe Madden has mentioned on a couple of occasions that he might be open to having him hit on the days? That he pitches. Do you think that will happen? Should it doesn't even make sense as of right now Shohei ohtani timelines from about mid. May and you're talking to show Hey Just the other day. He said that if he knew that they want to wanted him ready for opening day feels like health wise too. I feel like this part of trying to manage his innings from the front end as opposed to maybe the draw for Guay Way maybe at the end shutting down so they wanna be able to manage endings that way. He hasn't thrown more than one hundred innings season since two thousand sixteen. Obviously so. That's what the plan is for right. Now he's probably start throwing bullpens again in mid March and then be able to work through. And there's actually another part of the new rule that billy mentioned is now when Shohei Ohtani Georgia's Rehab and if he's going to make a rehab starts which he probably will. He doesn't have to go on the injured list. Do so basically can be on the major league. Ross for one day go down to a minor league affiliate Rehab Game and come back up the very next day and be back in the lineup. The only thing is the angels are down player for that one game when he's down the Minor League even if the twenty five man roster expanded roster so billy up so that was kind of perfect timing for that rule. That's the plan for Otani. I think the plan for right now. It seems like he'll be on. The same. Pitching schedule was before he got hurt with pitchy about once a week. I wish being maybe six rotation at different points off days where you're five anwr efficient here and there and then I think the plan for right now at least to have him still hit the four times a week. He was doing before having the days off for after he pitches As far as heading pitching on the same day Joe Man. I feel that it's only definitely wants to try to do. And Shohei says he's open to something he's done in the past in Japan on a handful occasions for regular season. Postseason games the biggest hurdle. Obviously we'll be managing his and his workload And that might be the only thing. That's sort of restricting. Otani being able to do that. It's making sure he's not taking on too much especially when he's coming off knee and elbow surgery and has an ankle surgery. The your four. So the biggest thing. Obviously the angels sincere Chinese making sure it gets through it healthy. He's been fairly strictly platoon in his career. In particular my recollection is in twenty eighteen. There was really a sense that he wasn't very good against lefties that he was overmatched. That it wasn't a good idea for him to play against lefties. He did much better against lefties last year and did not look like a player with a large platoons. But it all. Did you get a sense that that was an improvement that he made or just that the two small splits in two thousand eighteen in two thousand nineteen both were somewhat misleading and the truth is just a somewhere in the middle twenty key definitely acknowledges something that was an issue for him like he was working on and it's only confused them obviously because he can't hit left US pretty well in Japan Last year Phillips he felt a little bit more comfortable I think part of it also is just being it and seeing it consistently last when he first came up in two thousand eighteen oh they saw the platoon also as a way to get some extra bat designated hitter so maybe otani limited exposure to left handed pitchers maybe contribute to as fast lagoon. Slip there But last year obviously I love passes saying the full seasons the hitter. I think going forward. I feel like they feel more comfortable with him facing less venture than designated hitter even with Albert pools lab. Because I feel like with our health where it is right now and where they say it is they feel comfortable with him playing I Bay close to wherever he was last year which was about ninety game so I feel like they feel more comfortable with him facing left it but obviously if they argue giving them a day off it will probably come. We get the left-hander so judy searle in her essay about the angels pointed out something that I hadn't realized which is that. The angels have drawn more than three million fans every year since they won the world series back in two thousand and two which is pretty incredible streak given how mediocre of the team has been in a lot of those years and even in two thousand nineteen as angels had their worst season since the ninety S. They still drew more than three million fans they were second in the AL in attendance. And I wonder why you think that is because you know. Angel Stadium is not exactly known. As one of the Great Cathedrals of baseball. I wouldn't say and the team was not doing well for a lot of the season. I think it's one of the more watchable teams in baseball. Just because of trout and Simmons and Otani but is that it is that they have the stars that are actually putting people in the seats or is there something else to it. I think that's part of it. I think signing Shohei Ohtani guaranteed that they'd be locked with the Japanese fan base for as long he's an angel and maybe beyond but I also part of it's like obviously it's southern California. The weather's great The tickets are a lot cheaper than say dodger stadium or even probably a pet apart. So just the acceptability in the stadium and also think Disneyland is not that far away so I feel like the combination of that there especially for road fans wanting to visit. It seemed like just an easy overall experience range of fans and for visiting Chefs Angel Stadium. I feel like also the chance to see trout chance. Theo tiny stem dim in some of the exciting players. Something that obviously is a draw. Yeah that's kind of. It's almost like a control group or something. 'cause we talk all the time about. Why is attendance down? And what are the factors there and some people will say? Well it's tanking and other people will say well it's ticket prices and other people will say. Oh It's just fun to watch games at home now and it's too much trouble to go the Games and so I guess you could say that the angel shows that having some stars and also having low ticket prices maybe goes a long way. You know even if the team is doing all that well and I guess it's also partly that it's not as if the angels have tanked. They have not had the results that they wanted but they have tried. They have spent usually make some sort of offseason splash so even though everything goes wrong every year they do at least make an effort. Yeah definitely I mean. Ownership is always sort of invested in the team. Better or worse when it comes to some of these contracts I feel like they've never really bottomed out their worst record. In twenty years past season they still won seventy two games. I mean they're not being the orioles royals. They still have only picked up the top ten twice in the last few years. Obviously one of those guys was Joe Adele. A BIG PART OF WHY ANGELS FANS? It's okay for future now so I feel like they've managed to do pretty well when it terms in terms of being able to get those big names on the roster at the very least and that I'm sure carry some cachet at least the casual fan. I WANNA probably dwell on this more than the average listener wants to hear about it because I have always been really fascinated by the angels attendance and looking at it. Now I've underrated. How bizarrely consisted Ben so in the last three years their total attendance has been within a one thousand a range of one thousand three million nineteen thousand three million twenty thousand three million nineteen thousand and in the last five years. It is not reigned more than eight thousand. Three million twelve thousand is the low and three million twenty as the high and in the last eight years. It hasn't rained more than about eighty thousand so from three million twelve to three million ninety five. So that's all basically rounding to the same to the same point and that's despite a lot of variation in a lot of key details right so they in that range. In that eight year period they had a year where I think they had the best record in the American league. Maybe even in the major leagues next year. They only missed the playoffs by three games and they had you know the the economy has changed a deal in that time there. Preseason expectations have changed their been years where they were disappointing but they looked good at the beginning and then there have been years like last year where they were essentially out of it for the final three months. They weren't in a race at all and yet somehow stayed really consistent and I don't know if that's because they have managed to just have an entertaining product and a sense that they were like if you look at almost every year in that period they did something in the off season that made you think I will. Last year was bad but this year will be good and of course almost all the years then turned out to be bad but there was always some pretty good signing or acquisition or package of acquisitions like random this year and so I wonder how much of it is just that the season ticket sales are banked. I know that there are a lot of games that I look out and think well that is definitely a smaller attendance in the announced crowd. And so maybe they're just banking a lot of season tickets or if all these different factors are kind of cancelling each other out so that the economy is helping ticket sales go up while the teams fundamentals go down. I don't really know I'm just looking at this. Thinking of how odd it is that they don't seem to be a fluctuating. The way that other teams do and also just to note. It's not like three million. Ninety thousand is the peak. They're not selling out every game. They've drawn three point. Five million in the past and three point four million and three point three. They've just settled into this very steady very steady attendance range. That doesn't fluctuate no matter. How good or how bad they get so I guess okay. I need to ask you a question. If they win the division this year will go up. Oh I'm sure my go up a little bit. I mean like like you mentioned. Go go play three four three five years pat. I. Yeah they do have really strong season ticket base so they can bank on every year. I think that's a big reason why they get the three million especially. I mean there's a lot of times we're in August September last year. There weren't a lot of people in the sense. I didn't blame him but yeah I mean they have a strong core fan base that they rely on at least at more casual fan base. Maybe I wouldn't necessarily categorize themselves die hard fan base for the most part as far as being angels being a baseball real traditional power as far as fan base. Go they have a good fan base? That comes out year after year and season ticket. Holders really help a lot with that. You mentioned Joe Adele and not exactly like he's knocking down the door. He just got to AAA toward the end of last season to set the league on fire but I think a lot of fans are looking forward to seeing him. Because the Jack Petersen trade was not completed it seems like there's a little bit of an opening there in the outfield. So what does he have to do to get the call and show? He's ready and I guess what should fence expectations about how much they're gonNA see him in the Matrix this year. We'll build up with some of the doors open tournament the opening day roster but feel that isn't likely for him to be on the opening day roster phillies did feel comfortable with Brian Giovanelli to start the season the right field. He had a really strongly year last year. Even though he struggled on September he basically took over Luffield when just nothing got hurt start the year and kept hitting from that point on and he probably in good enough at least hold up in right field until Joe adults ready They have some other outfielder broken through the bigly the killer war and Mike order seal who they probably make do with until adults ready. I feel like for now. The concerns with the Dell. Maybe aren't necessarily as much the battery because I know the numbers weren't great and AAA but the way he's gone with progression so far in his career he's always seem to struggle for the first couple of weeks new level and then really start to be underinsured hitting well and that sort of what they feel happen at triple eight this year other other things that they have to worry about is tim defensively. I know they know great athlete. But they're moving over to right field corner outfield spot because my trout extension. So they want to make sure that he's able to handle these angles Basically whenever he was appalled league and also with Twelve Team USA they wanted to incur the one a stipulation with they had was just trying to play him in the corner as much as possible just so he can get those extra rests out there. That's thing that they want from. Its now I get the defense as reason for not being ready for the P league screamed service timing information. I'm not saying that slapping happening with Angel Chair. But it's something that you could see him them waiting until may or so or at least so they also break previous latest For Joel to Mickley. Then that's there. There's GonNa be a little bit of weight but I feel like he'll he'll debut this year than Brandon Marsh. Maybe the year after that. We're not gonNA ask every guest. We talked to WHO's covering team in spring. Training with that team has said about the Astros and their apologies or lack thereof. But you're with the angels and the angels are obviously in the same division as the Astros. There's also a former astro camp next. I see so you can kind of be representative of the team. Response Across baseball. I guess what is the angels booed? What have they said about the Astros? And Howard they feeling about all of that. Oh Max daffy apologize. And he became the second player to do so or DOS and the rest angels Used some colorful language to describe how they feel about the astros basically felt cheated. They felt like they were remorseful. Some of the reactions even when the Astros gave the reformer apology on Thursday morning with was just sort of say like with their apology. That's it 'cause they waited months and months astras and say something and they hadn't and they were upset about that. I know Andrew Heaney was very vocal about it sort of talking about how not understanding how no one could stand up and say this is wrong. Don't do this. We should stop doing the also wondering what could have happened during the game. I feel like they were all in agreement saying like feeling signs and generalist for second base or being able to know what a pitchers tells our tips and being able to discuss. How my teammates and it's completely fair game. But when they as soon as they cross that line with technology that's taking it way too far and that's where they feel cheated and they feel like I don't tell Cole who's a reliever for the angels fee so sincerely on instagram earlier. This week talking about how he feels cheated. He felt like as someone who's up and down the big leagues the Myers a lot. It could have been him that was directly impacted something like that so that so the buzzer allegations. That he felt was completely true. I just all kinds of stuff where they felt like wasn't enough answer. The commission's report from the Astros and they feel like there's still so much more that they need to know. Feel good about. What the astro like the Astros situation moved on. They're they're definitely very Upset urinated right outrageously baseball. And with the Astros handling of this investigation. Answer how they've handled the month? Everything came out and speaking of MLB investigations is the investigation into whether angels team personnel provided opioids to Tyler skaggs or were aware of that opioid use. Is that still ongoing? Is there an expectation of when that might conclude is the fact that that is still kind of hanging over the team something that is weighing on the players or preventing them from moving on from that situation? As far as I know it's still currently ongoing investigation with the VA and what the plan is after. That is the a complete investigation conducted. Its own investigation and the findings then. I'm not sure what time line is running for the DA investigation. But I mean obviously from happening so ongoing. Maybe it's not as openly talked about some of the Astros going on and that's understandable with how that happened but I mean obviously palace guys presence so very much felt throughout the organization so many of his closest friends teams are still obviously with the team injure Haney who is one of his best friend so his old locker here in Saudi. Asha got I memorial tattoo on his right wrist. They have gotten this guy got to as well so I. Obviously it's very much like part of what the hill are going forward and obviously the organization some warning and still trying to figure out the next steps but it was a terrible situation. They still obviously don't know the extent of it until it will be best. Gatien out all right. So let's wrap up as usual with the wind total prediction. We've got a lot of new faces. Kim You've got Anthony. Tony Got Jason Castro. You got the pictures we've talked about. Will it be enough? Where do you think that gets angels? This year I think I said Adri win blasters so I was really off this year I. I don't even know where I'm going to go. I think I think I rolled around. Eighty five wins. That feels about right. I know projection systems meant eighty seven. I saw one like ninety two feel like as far as I want to play it safe. As far as worth rotation it'd be like eighty five eighty six when feel up to eighty five to be on all right and if that's the case and probably they would miss the playoffs again. Is that something like do you think there's ever point where Mike Trout would get visibly upset like? Is he ever going to come out? And I don't know slam the Organization for not getting him to the playoffs or is he just perpetually going to be the good representative face of the organization. I don't think my child ever get the play or being publicly. A that was where the angels were at. I know he is very much someone who believes where this curve for off Russia's going at least he was last year when he signed an extension. That's the interesting part of this. If the if the engine don't make the postseason what that means for billy up we're going forward. He's obviously going for the last time. I think that's when maybe there could be if there is ever be a point where Mike Trout Privately has some doubts about the future that that would be where it's at but I don't think you'd never pay anything publications all right. Well you can follow the Angeles all season long at the athletic and read fabulous writing there. You can also follow him on twitter at his name. Bobby and our DEA. Thank you very much for joining us. And congratulations not falling off the roof. Baker I me I mean okay. Time for another quick break. We'll be back in. Just a moment will leach to discuss the carcass. Stevie as me live we are back in the are joined by reach of an DOT com magazine. Nc read the cardinals podcast and many other outlets. Hello Wealth closer and honor to get on this podcast series. I was one of the ninety nine percent of the people that voted to bring back the series much to the annoyance of both of you so well beyond self serving. I guess. Because you've got yourself the how you have to talk more but I know talking about. The cardinals is not something that you consider. Let's call this work. Your podcast about the cardinals. But I guess they haven't really given you much if not cast about this. Winter has been an extraordinarily inactive cardinals. Offseason their rate up there or down there with the other teams that have made the fewest transactions at least involving major league players. So was this sort of what you expected or what you think. The cardinal set out to do or has it been surprising and not quite the plan that they have ended up doing all that much. Now I think this was the plan all along You know they gave their Indiv- your press conference after the LCS annual every team of course does the as everyone's packing up and leaving the hand MOS air and Bill Dewitt was there and show was show was there and anyway they were all there and the whole vibe of the press conference after the. Remember the cardinals after just not only got swept by the nationals but scored negative for runs in in the in the series. The whole vibe was basically. You're welcome cardinals fans. I hope you enjoy that and it really. They're seeming to end your understand in that. The cardinals had not made the playoffs for a few years. There'd be much frustration. They fired their manager. They're all this frustration and then they made it then. They made the playoffs and they WANNA THEY WANNA series they won the division tomato. Cs In so there was a general. I think that there was a disconnect between the front office and the Fan and the fan base in the front was very much alike there. This is what you wanted. Please congratulate us and that is not the first conference way but they made it very clear dot only were. They happy with their team. They really felt that A lot of their key players underperformed in two thousand nineteen in a way that they're not going to in two thousand twenty so no I wasn't expecting them to make you think they should have. I think they should have brought in some sub particularly in the outfield. But they didn't and I think this it's not a surprise. They've kind of made it pretty clear that They felt like this team should've been better than it was in two thousand nineteen and will be better in two thousand twenty kind of as all right. I have a couple of questions coming out of that one. Did you enjoy it. I mean how I actually am curious because the the the cardinals have have had a four year. Run that we rarely see anymore. Which is a team that is like squarely in contention consistently but not really like moving toward any great shakes beyond that and so they had three years where they were you know in it to the end above average team winning records and they didn't make the playoffs and then they had last year where they made the playoffs. But they were you know pretty clearly the worst playoff team except for maybe the brewers and so as a cardinal's fan. I guess it's different. If you're a cardinal's fan than if you're like brewers fan or a padres fan where you've never seen a world series the cardinals of course given you many world series in your life is a four year. Run LIKE THIS. Kinda like okay and was last year Really awesome or is it sort of just like are. Are you lulled into complacency or or whatever offices I think the fan base I have to tell you. It's probably as upset with the cardinals as I can remember since probably the pre Tony Larussa days and like the the the nineties when they had that horrible manager Joe Torry. They've fired up. Never doing anything after that. The people are really upset. I think there's several reasons for that. One is kind of an off the field thing. Which is you know. They've built ballpark village. Which is this. I think you've seen this alarm baseball. This little area around Busch Stadium where everything is owned by the cardinals and it's all really expensive and it's all like there's like ten dollars bud lights and you can and you'd have really bad. Sushi and just like really like but this whole entertainment complex. That has really kind of dominated downtown. Saint Louis has driven out a lot of local business and has also been a huge huge moneymaker for the cardinals like a massive way along with the new television contract. They got there was an understanding with that that there would be an increase increased expenditures but like a real dedication to try to get the cardinals back on what trying to win world series on a regular basis. You've seen a lot of activity in that regard. I think it's somewhat unfair to call the cardinals cheap. I mean they paid for for. I think it's just. They made a lot of very poor moves. Fowler was a bad contract. Matt Carpenter would contract. Which hasn't actually started yet foolishly. Started this year Looks Bad Brizio famously? Was One of the worst contracts so I think there's been a lot of frustration in that not just. They haven't spent money but they've clearly like from the beginning. We're not doing Harper We're not we're not. We're not in any of these guys. This is just. This is out of our price range for a team that has kind of an almost unparalleled a number of people that go to their games and local obsession. If feels like the fan base has become more obsessed with the cardinals. Then the team is to me one of the most remarkable things I was at one of the ANC us. And I saw some media colleagues around there they just come back from the the the Elsaesser and they could not believe and they could not believe that there were empty seats at a cardinals playoff game and there were. It's really pretty wild and I think it speaks to the frustration that yes. Cardinal fans are absolutely spoiled. There is no question about that and I think the front office would argue. Well you know Sure sure We probably the worst oil spill in the brewers last year. But we've got a chance to make the playoffs again this this year and we'll have another chance next year and we've had we didn't make it last couple years. We've had chances last few years was you looked at team. Like the brewers. The brewers are like okay. We better do this now while we have yellows before we fall off the cliff the pirates had their window. And now it's completely gone. Who knows what the cubs are doing? The cardinals argument is always a we are trying to contend every year but it kind of implicit arguments. We are trying to contend every year. But that's kind of all we're trying to do trying to contend and do just enough to be in that eighty nine ninety two win thing and I think it can be. Frustrating particularly this too has to do with the cubs cubs really went for the reds are now winning for it away. Division rivals are going for the cardinals. Never go for it and I think there's a level of frustration with it so okay so the other thing is if they had. Let's say narrowly missed the playoffs. They'd won eighty eight games instead of ninety one and if they had missed the playoffs by game instead of making them by two games. Do you think that they would have gone into the offseason with totally different plans? The pressure to go do something and if the answer to that is yes. Maybe it won't be an you can disregard this part of the question but if the answer is yes. Is there any part of last season that you wish? They hadn't made the playoffs so that they would feel the pressure to go. Sign the players that you would prefer they signed. Perhaps I am definitely got that. They made the playoffs. And I'm definitely going to happen. I was at game. Five of the braves Cardinal Series and people have always asked you. What is your favorite sports fan experience and they always want to say like what was it seeing the two thousand eleven game six or was it seeing Illinois in the final four and all of these things and I always tell them no because those things are only fun later at the time they're miserable. The cardinals scored ten runs in the first game. We just sat and drank and laughed for the next three hours. Like I will not give up that experience for anything but I do think there is something to the idea that what pressure. They would have felt if they had not made it. And you saw that. You've seen them make adjustments. Frankly I do not think they ever wanted to fire Mike. Metheny built a Whitlam's Mike. Metheny I think the think he really felt like he was gonNA figure it all out and I think that he felt that the public pressure kind of got so much that he kind of couldn't ignore it. I think that you saw that a little with not not so much. The Paul Goldschmidt Trade for the Paul Goldschmidt extension. I think you saw that I think the Dexter Fowler Free Agency is something they probably would have preferred not to do but felt like they had to In a way so yeah. I think if they had not made the playoffs I you might have seen them push more for a random think window and would have been the topic or maybe maybe last year. Maybe they push harder for a potential heir no-trade though. I don't think that was ever something. That was ever probably going to happen but yeah I think he was push harder should they have. I think you would like to see them. Make the big amusement. Personally I would not give up an appearance for for a change in strategy across the board though even sweep it's still. Ns Yes appear is they were they were. They were there. I saw them get at least four. Hits right that was that was about it. Yeah so speaking of that. I guess the offense was kind of the problem when they got to that point last year and that was partly because some of the veteran cardinals didn't really produce Matt Carpenter had a down year. Molina had a down year got hurt a little bit and Goldschmidt was not quite that boon to the lineup that he was expected to be and they're young guys who came along and helped prop things up but is there much optimism in the old guard kind of having one more good year in them or is there a sense that you know. I don't know that we should equate carpenter and Goldschmidt. Let's say but do you think there's a bounce back in some of those guys coming. We'll just be continued declined. I think it's really remarkable. How much they're counting on that carpenter to be himself again this year. Not just not just because they didn't go after some of some of the third baseman but I mean he is that that is the central tenant to what they're saying. They're going to be better. This year is that Matt Carpenter is going to go back to being an all star in three eighty thousand nine the guy on Bass Guy by science or magic. One of those things are going to happen. They're absolutely convinced of it. And the whole offense kind of relies on that on him being able to do that. I think you can. You can squint. A little bit and see bounceback for someone like Fowler like Dexter Fowler. Was really good for a win. The cardinals made that run in August and September that basically won the division for them and coronated in that wonderful series where they beat the cubs five times in Wrigley field in like an hour and a half that that was often fueled by Dexter Fowler batting leadoff in really looking like the old extra fella now. He really struggled in the playoffs. Everyone struggled in the playoffs. Paul Goldschmidt particularly plus. I find myself almost more worried about carpenter. In Goldschmidt Than Fowler which is to say that Fowler Fellers Baseline at this Is that they're not completely relying on. Fowler if he really struggles they have a million other outfielders. That are that they can. They can toss out there. to me Goldschmidt Go ahead taking this. Step a minor setback in carpenter taking a big setback. They're really counting on both of those guys and a particularly carpenter. The whole often seems to rely on Carbonari Molina again. We have gotten back to when Yati Molino was. I came up when toiler said he. Bats one eighty. He'll still be in my line up every day and digital laboratory Larussa I nailed it. But I think we're getting back to the reign of Yada. You're Molina where any offense you get. Feels like a bonus. I think the big difference. Is that the defense is not what it was in two thousand six but nevertheless He's GonNa be my by having met leaders. He was really good for the cardinals last year. And I think having a back helps but yeah. You're counting on a lot of older guys. Who are also counting on Tommy Edmund. To just do what he did. In August and September again. And there's really not a lot of big track record of seeing that in the minor leagues. So they're definitely counting on not just players bounce back but also young player a man you said something about Tummy Edmund. That didn't make me happy. I like Tommy Edmund. Tell me too but like it to me. He's kind of indicative of the problem if you go to the cardinals. Russia resource right now Which I've finally my browsers finally going to fan graphs. I it not to the finally. I finally got to go to that one but I would say that Like he's this as fielder right now and I think that's very possible. He's going to be the left fielder on opening day. That's a bad sign like maybe we can fill in in left field once every couple of weeks. That's the whole point of having a Tommy Edmund. But having him be. You're starting left fielder on opening day. It may be may be tolerant. Neil but it could be. It's definitely probably not gonNA be Carlson but Tommy had a bad sign when you're already kind of counting on that from. He's a fun player. He's exciting player but You saw holes in his swing during the run last year and he tend to have more big hits than more consistent hits I would say but I feel like maybe relying on him a little bit too much too so I don't pay that close of attention to most teams managers in the regular season but I came out of the regular season having positive vibes about Mike Sheltie You know he's he's easy to like comes from a unorthodox background. Seems like everybody has really liked him and he he. If you'd asked me to rank managers Mike Show. You would've done pretty well for for some reason. Who knows what reason I would have had but I would rank them pretty high. The postseason was kind of an odd time to watch him because he was like he was managing in a in a different era and there were moves he made that were really baffling. And then they kinda worked out and then there were moves. He made that were kind of baffling. That didn't work out as well and so. I'm curious to know whether this there were signs that he was that kind of manager in the regular season that I just didn't pick up on because I wasn't watching closely and or whether the experience of watching him in the postseason gives you any concerns about him going into say the next year's postseason if the cardinals make it is definitely worth noting that Mike shelled his still is probably going to have a couple year halo around him just simply because of the person he took over for and and just like. Just base level of competence. I think Which you clearly saw immediately. In the middle of the season two thousand eighteen I think carried over two dozen nineteen just just seems to be on the same page as everybody else in that amazing. How much farther that goes. During the regular season the main thing the the big frustration. I think that people had with with my containing additional the strategic problems in the pigheadedness and the fact all of his players hate them in fact they couldn't talk to the media and you know it's all stop but of all the problems. One of the major problems with him was there was a clear erosion of like basic like base running and defense. And just like like I know we all laugh about the fundamentals but the cardinals had like leading. Were like they were. The defense was becoming a real problem. Basically base running issues all over the place. There's clearly got cleaned up windshield. Got There and that really took them a long way the cartons she doesn't nineteen cardinals. Were not a not really terrific teams like they were under performing particular offense in many ways but all the things that were hurting them in two thousand eighteen in two thousand seven. Seventeen in two thousand sixteen those were cleaned up and I think that made a big difference. I think also the fact that he was willing to bench Matt Carpenter for the last really month and a half of the season and ride with a hot hand like Tommy Edmund and really kind of have the respect of the clubhouse to tell a what of their veterans. You're not hitting walser. You're not playing. It was a really good sign because that was something that Mike metheny famously would just say. It's his spot. I gotTA GET HIM. Right. GotTa get him right. That was the phrase week I will hear that. In my on my deathbed I will here Mike within you say gotta get them right. And so you saw that switch in the postseason. He definitely kind of shifted to a feel manager a little bit particularly when it came to his pitchers that actually speaks to a larger thing that I think is more part of the organization necessarily just Scheldt which is to say. There's a Adam. Wainwright is just going to have a contract to do whatever he wants as long as he wants forever and it paid off in that way it was good. It was good in the playoffs. But I think there is something about the organization that's be on just shalt a Schultz mistakes. Were usually of trusting guys too much rather than just doing completely a radic insane things they were all kind of based in a logic that we understood even when we disagree with it and we would. Cpi So everybody yelling at Sheldon. I totally agree with a lot of it too. But so much was based in something that he had shown. Which was he really. He trusts. Trust the guys that got him there in until he absolutely cannot in a short series. Like that you'd the biggest mistake he made was leaving wainwright in for too long did end up costing him but that was in of character that now if the teamsters playing terrible defensive they start bunting all the time then I will be concerned because that will remind me of the previous manager Generally speaking there were some odd moves but they were of the character. They're still there is still the same guy that made the good moves during the regular seasons. We had you on less timber to talk about the cardinals. Midseason turnaround and how it got so good and that was about. Jack clarity and it was about the defense and defense should still be a great streak to the cardinals at something that when you look at the lineup or the pitching staff it. It's kind of the forgotten thing I guess and so it's a little easier to overlook but if you're cardinals fan and you've been watching Wong and Edman and Baiter all season than I guess that makes you feel pretty good going into a full year of all of those guys again because those gloves are really great. Yeah but it's worth noting. Though that a lot of this comes down again to the offense which is to say. Harrison Bater was a terrible offensive player last year to the point that he eventually got pulled from the line-up even though he is an exquisite brilliant center fielder. The cardinals need met one of the reasons they need Matt Carpenter hit. One of the reasons they need Paul Goldschmidt the bounce back on the Dexter Fowler to to to to to hang onto is if they're performing vacant be okay with Bater being a bad offensive player. The problem comes when the rest of offense is struggling. They start to try to. They start to play a little bit. And you start to put Tyler O.`Neil incident field or you start to you. Put I think baiter played. Obviously Edman played Centerfield a couple of times last year. You Start Dean desperate for offense and it ends up party with Bater now Wong if someone's going to be in the lineup of every day but baiter struggled so much offensively that it's a concern for someone is incredible players he has. He has not locked down center field because it offense is so bad now he can hit. He can be as bad as offensive players was last year. And he'll keep Centerfield if everyone else keeps hitting but if not that's when they start switch around and then you start leaking defense so yeah. The defense is terrific. It's been a huge thing. They would desperately want Harrison. Baiter two a hundred and fifty game player in center field. The rest of the Defense Wong and Baiter and Diong who is a is an excellent shortstop as well. He's great to terrific source up the up the middle. They're so good but like again young really struggled at the end of last year. Offensively indefinitely struggled in the playoffs. They want to keep those guys there. But if if everyone's not hitting that's when they start getting restless and little antic and you end up getting away from the thing that's actually your team strength which the defense this whole episode doesn't have to be about Matt Carpenter but since he's the center of the offense and we're talking about the whole offense and be good in order to hear it for Harrison Baiter to be there. What is the theory for? Why Matt Carpenter is going to bounce back? Two years ago I John Lewis and his head is little state of the of the team thing at the spring training and he did the you know this was a guy that was a top ten. Mvp voting just two years ago and we had incredible home and home run streak in September two thousand eighteen. He really went on this. Incredible run is also worth noting that he started seed ended. The previous season started that that season horribly and then ultimately ended that season horribly carrying over into two thousand nineteen. I think that he's bulked up in the off season guys. He's bulked up so So that's going to be fine but certainly you know they. They gave him a two year contract extension before last season knowing that that he don't in Josh Donaldson. And all of these guys we're GONNA WE'RE GONNA the Third Baseman. We're going to be hitting the market so in a certain way. They're certain costs that they feel like they have like you say they. They have to get him out there and sit in and see what works but the hope is like the thing about carpentry. He's always been kind of a streaky hitter. The theory about carpenter is that because he became such a big home run hitter in two thousand eighteen. These start as career. He was simply an on base guy. He he led the league in runs in two thousand thirteen but had eleven homers. But in two years ago you hit thirty six homers. He had that great run of homers. So what what what he's been always trying to do is to merge that old bay on. Bass Guy with the home run guy. And what the theory. What the team says a carpenter says is last year he got to homerun happy and he got kind of caught in between and now he's going to. He's going to go back to what he was before where he's just into the. I've told you I liked it home. Run that carpenter. I loved eighteen. Pitch at bats. That gets Clayton Kershaw in the playoffs. Matt Carpenter like that to me is like the true carpenter. The idea that he's GonNa be able to become that person that's what they're trying to get back to not the thirty five hundred home run guy but the three eighty three eighty five on base guy. Can they get to that point? I don't know but they they kind of have no choice but to hope and plead for it to happen so flaherty was just unbelievably good in the second half last year or actually maybe I should make that. My question was flaherty. Unbelievably good in the second half last year because I believe he had a point nine one. You'RE A and I think he had a two. Oh six babb. It looks like in the Second. Half so obviously. He's really good. But are the expectations higher than you think. He can't even match after that. Incredible run that I mean. They feel like they have. The number one superstars isn't the day they were have been big on flaherty for a while like I think one of the one of the reasons that this season you talk about making plans for long-term this season was supposed to be. They played for this season to be Jack Flaherty Carlos. Martinez and Alex Rodriguez three number ones atop their rotation and flirty is the only one that landed but they were not surprised at all by this. I think in the way that I think the rest of the baseball was. They've always been high on thirty. Frankly you know. They are high on flair to the way they were hiring. Flaherty coming up the way they're hiring Dylan Carlson now in a way that like you kind of like okay. Well you're really really counting on this guy and not everybody has an is high as you do. And they proven right on clarity. He was in the second half. He had no hits up pretty much every night that he went out and there the thing they think they love the most about him. He's honoree and like an Chris Carpenter short away Carpenters actually adviser with the cardinals and he and flair to have gotten Gotten close in. There are very similar. He's a little bit. He's a little bit irritating a little bit annoying. He's actually a little annoying for the front office in the idea that they would love to get an extension with him and he has become like he tweeted about how angry was Kris. Bryant thing how he got screwed by that flare. He's been very kind of the way that Tommy Fam- was treated by the organization Check thirty was very open about that. He He certainly has a mentality that they love on the field. If sometimes little irritated 'cause they're very button up Off the field but Yeah he they think he thought he was going to be an ace. He's going to be what he wasn't the second half the no human could be but they think he is one of the top five starters in baseball right now and I think they were actually counting on that to happen. And so then. Alex race is technically in the race for the fifth starter. Spot and on the depth chart as a reliever right now but his season last year was a complete disaster briefly in the majors and then in triple a. and then You know rehabbing injuries. Do People still talk about him? Yeah you know. He is the thing about races while he's twenty five. Now I like this is not. This is not a prospect anymore. He's twenty five twenty six in August. He's not a prospect anymore. There at this point you know there have been It's just been one thing. After another most of which have not been his fault I think hardly any of them have been his fault but at a certain he's worked so hard to get back but you can't count on anything from him. He's been surpassed of in rotation and Bullpen. By not just Jordan Hicks who of courses injured but also achieved GEICO's or or Ryan healthily like a lot of like if not just he's not just a phenomenon counting on they actually feel like they have other phen- pheno homes that have actually passed him on that chart they really are whatever they get from him is is is bonus at this point and that's sad but I think that's just kind of what happens when you've had so many setbacks. They've all been different. Setbacks is for the different thing every time it was as writer on the other arm and then it was. He's had all sorts of issues and he's seems to be as healthy as he has been kind of work it up but no one is counting on anything and I think that's the that's a disappointment. But nobody blames him for it and if they get anything from in from him great but I think there's a general understanding that Evidently gets gravy. Now since you mention Gaydos earlier you talked. About how shields managing reflected in the postseason reflected that he was trusting the guys that got him there. But you could also say that he was managing the postseason with very little trust in his bullpen. You could see that. With a lot of the relievers that had been fairly effective in the second half in particular and I had gone into October. Expecting guy goes to maybe. Be a breakout star in the postseason. Instead he was used quite Kinda tentatively short outings he was not used as a bullpen stopper. As I kind of expected that he might be so. Is it not comforting watching? Guy Egos somehow is I mean numbers were more bonkers and he seems to have very good stuff but when you watch him. Is there something about him? That feels kind of fragile or a little bit uncertain. Not I wouldn't say that though I would say it was late in the year last year. He actually had he you know he had that incredible run in June July and August. Where he was. Just just unstoppable and really became became the pitcher frankly they had signed Andrew Miller to be the one that you just put in whenever you needed him to in every big spot and let him manage the way that I think they would've liked the previous manager to manage and And like let let him use him as kind of freelance Bullpen Guy. He actually did clearly start to wear down in September. I think that was the idea of why shall was doing that. Whether we agree with it or not he was used so much For a guy really very early in his career so much a month on that run that began to rely on him a little bit and he started to fade a little bit In September he was still good but he was not the pitcher he was before and I think it made show trust him a little bit less Less than I think he should have. But if there was some context to not wanting to use guy goes that much in the playoffs because he was starting to wear down. He thought a lot of innings. I mean they were using him three. They use dramatic three straight days a couple of times a young pitcher they ever planned on being able to do that. He was just so good and they needed him so bad but yeah he started to wear down September. I think that's why he was. He was wary of him late in the year. But I don't think there's any sort of institutional distrust of him he was. He felt like kind of found money all season. It was it was pretty terrific and definitely made everybody feel a lot better about the luke void trade definitely have a lot better feel better about all watching that happen because I think he's actually now passed. Luke void in war says that trade which has made us all feel a lot better there have not been many maitre moves made by the cardinals as we noted they were able to offload Martinez and get a good prospect back but in terms of additions. It's a very short list and heading. That list is the Pitcher who has seemingly been referred to almost exclusively as K. K. By his own request he is a pitcher from Korea and he has had excellent numbers there. But what do we know about him? Because apparently we don't know how he prefers full name to be pronounced. But what is the expectation for his performance? You know he's a heavy slider kind of known for their and I think it's what they hope. They hope they're getting here. A very heavy dose of slayers. We haven't seen numbers on him. So we don't spin rate a lot of things. But they love his slider. I think that's the thing that they're kind of counting on from him. He's L- currently I would say right now. A lot of whether he's in the rotation of the weather is a swing guy in the bullpen is going to depend on Carlos Martinez. I think the cardinals what Carlos Martinez to be a starter Carlos. Martinez desperately wants to be a starter. He even even when he was a really good closer at times over the last two years every time you asked him he said. Yeah but I don I saved the game but I would much rather started it. Starting is much more fun and Brian and breaks. We're money of course. So he brought that up constantly so they want him to be in the rotation. Mike shelters set early in the spring. Said so far like the Martinez famously is not always on the same page with the cardinals. When it comes to workout regimens off season regiments this year. There has been a change in that. They're very happy and they feel very strongly. I think that Martinez is going to try to It's going to be in the rotation if that happens. I think the Kim's going to be what they want him to be. Which is to be basically a swing man and to be a guy that you can put that. Listen Adam wainwright is in the rotation right now. That is a big risk. And they WANNA take as much pressure off wainwright as they can they? I think they would love to see Martinez. Make the rotation and have him be like a swing guy for wainwright starts and and then And and or Dakota Hudson start starts if he struggles. I one of the reasons that they signed Kim and said this in the press conference was most of the free agent pitcher that they went to one assurance that they would either be a starter or they would be a reliever and they wanted someone that could be either. Get you a guy that can do both. And so they and gave them the K. K. Gave them that assurance so So that that is. I think that's what they imagined I think they'd rather not use him as a starter. They will if they if they have to. But I would guess right now The rotation is flaherty. Michael's Hudson way right and in Martinez and if there's if if there's a spring that goes loose out of the rotation. I actually would suspect it would be pensee Leone. Or Maybe Austin governor who struggled last year it could be him I think more likely it would be one of them getting the rotation spot if they if Kim is a regular every fifth day starter either. He has been absolutely amazing in spring training. And they're blown away by it or something has gone wrong. I think they they imagine him as a swing guy kind of the way that like maybe the way they imagined. Andrew Miller would be able to throw even three or three links at the time. All right well I guess the good news for the cardinals. Is that only one other team in the division really upgraded this offseason and it was the one that finished fourth last year. But how good will the cardinals themselves speed? This is the win. Total prediction question. Thank you in love to see my annual notion that I understand. Why get so upset about this? They are literally on a podcast previewing the season and is their job to give their opinions. Just say the winds and move on. It's not that hard. You'RE NOT SHOT IF YOU'RE WRONG. I'm going with like eighty six. Sounds about right for the cardinals. This year that's higher than their projections. Production but definitely a lot lower than I think what the team is expecting and what the fan base will be will will be the mandate. I think there's there's not only are there. Are there issues but the thing with the cardinals is? There's no obvious. Spot like issues with the outfield. And maybe Dylan Carlson. If Dole's Karlsson with accounting onto eventually take over left field if he comes in and tears the league on fire like they think he's going to. I would push that up to a up a bit but I in the lieu of that. There's a lot of potential issues a lot of a breakdown potential with his team. All split the difference in say eighty six but it would not shock me if the cardinals everything goes right and they win ninety two ninety three games but also not shock me that everything. They're hoping to happen doesn't happen and they have a losing season. Yeah and you could predict eighty-six for every team but the pirates in division and it would be pretty reasonable so someone will probably have things go their way or get lucky and win more than eighty six and that'll be that but it's hard to say which team it will be before hint so all right. Well you can find will's writing at MLB Dot Com New York magazine and many other places you can find him on twitter at William F. Leach you can subscribe to his free newsletter you can even follow just the twitter account devoted to his writing alone which is not all that different from his record. Twitter account button it has at least writings will thank you as always thank you for having me And now for one final break after which I will be back with Craig Edwards talk about the Red Sox savings fourteen playoff for men and the three Batterman And the reason to stand aside. Choose to second-best Gillette Skim the cream of and then gives you the Rams Wagner to let me ride never for our final segment. We're bringing in the closer Craig Edwards of grass and the cardinals and fact you were the guests on our cartons preview a couple years ago. So we have you. How many games do you think the cardinals will win this year? Well they you know they put together a team. Twins Eighty Five. You know sometimes if you more sometimes less so. I'll go with the eighty seven. I'll be slightly optimistic. One win more than will each predicted. So it's pretty narrow range with the cardinals it seems like you're not GonNa have widely varying estimates make sense so we did not bring you on here to talk about that. I wanted to talk to you about a few stories that were somewhat big news this week. Although not as big as rob Manfred probably would've liked. They were kind of lost. A little amid Astra's mania but before we all move on from. Mookie Betts Trade. Wanted to talk to you about something you wrote about this for fan grasp because you really dug into what the red sox actually saved from trading him and David price not just from their salaries but from the competitive balance tax penalties. Because they made a big deal of this. They're not the only team to do that but John. Henry essentially said we need to be under the competitive balance tax. I think every team wants to reset every three years and you kinda tried to add up. Exactly what the differences. How much of an incentive there is for teams to do this. So what did you find this? It's kind of a complicated accounting problems so I'm glad to work. Yeah sure I mean. The biggest savings are whatever your shedding and salary. Almost always you know in this case. You know you've got twenty seven million for for mookie Betts another sixteen for David Price. And that's that's you know. Forty three million. That goes away and Because they were already over the taxes probably another you know. Seventeen to twenty million. So you're talking about somewhere around sixty million dollars just in payroll savings alone. This year I think the problem is is when you get into a discussion of well. We're doing this now so that we can save money for for the future in the problem. Is that those savings aren't very big. I think when you look at what the sox would need to do say next season to get back that whatever you know if you WANNA call it. A forty million dollars saved this year. I mean you'd have to run the payroll that's over three hundred million dollars and the Red Sox. We know aren't going to do that. I think that if they were to go back up to two hundred forty million dollar payroll the their taxes at the lowest level compared to what they would be at the highest level is is still only know ten million dollars or so and when you also consider that you know. You're talking about wanting to reset every three years. What's under the current collective bargaining agreement and in twenty twenty two? There's going to be a new one and we have no idea if there's going to be different levels different. Resetting or no resetting at all so anything beyond twenty. Twenty two is is incredibly speculative. So that almost all of the savings that you're going to get is the savings from cutting payroll. I you know. I don't know how much into the weeds you WANNA get. But there's a certain market disqualification money from the Oakland A.'s. Because basically they say if you're in one of basically the top twelve markets in the country then even if you don't make that much money locally than you're not actually entitled to Revenue Sharing and that revenue sharing money goes back to the teams that play into revenue sharing and most of the time because teens are doing incredibly well all across the sport. It's not a big deal but because Oakland is in one of those biggest markets and they are also a team that is on the lower revenue side because of their stadium situation. This glee baseball said okay. We'll let you take some of the revenue sharing money but we're going to decrease over time and finally in twenty twenty they get no revenue sharing money and I've seen different estimates. But it's about you know forty million dollars or so could be more could be less that that sort of goes back into the pool and then that money gets split up between all of the high revenue teams like the Yankees and the red sox the cubs. And you get less if you've been over the salary cap and even then we're only talking. Maybe ten million dollars over a couple of years something like that for a team like the red sox and the savings just. Aren't there the the money that you get is from cutting payroll right now? And you know if he wanted to compare it to. You know like I think on twitter compared to the cardinals. The cardinals are at you. One Sixty one seventy if somebody said. Hey if you get down to one hundred ten million dollars we're going to give you ten million dollars in each of the next two years. They would be rightfully lambasted for that knife strategy. Because it just doesn't make any sense but I think the the fact that there is this competitive tax than the there's escalating penalties. It creates a lot of confusion and in that confusion. Teams are allowed to create excuses for cutting payroll when you know presumably. They're still making a lot of money in all they're really doing is just increasing their bottom line. So mentioned ten million dollars. I think cram found something similar when he wrote about this for the ringer this week. That's just not a lot especially considering as you noted Forbes estimated that the Red Sox operating prophets were over eighty million in two thousand eighteen granted. That was a world series winning year but then they got a boost from that in attendance. So they're pretty profitable and that's aside from the appreciation of the franchise itself so it would seem like ten million dollars. A year is just not worth trading keep pets and it's kind of hard to figure why teams are making it out to be such a big deal. Do you think that any part of it is teams themselves or ownership? Overrating the impact of it or do you think it's purely just banking on people doing the math that you did and thinking oh these are such onerous penalties taxes these teams have to get out from under them and they can just kinda pull the wool over people's well. I think you know when you call something. A penalty a penalty is something to be avoided. And so you know teams try to avoid them because it is a penalty it. Is You know extra dollars the that go away and when if when John Henry is the Los Angeles dodgers the New York Yankees get under and he probably wonders to himself will. Why can't my team do that? And you know so. Then he goes out and he fires the the guy who spent a lot of money and he. He hires the guy who can get him what he wants. I think that you know when you look at a lot of these types of rebuilds whether it's a big market or a small market if General Manager you know can sell you on. Hey here's what's going to happen in three or four years. We're going to try and be competitive. But in the meantime I can save you about forty or fifty million dollars a year the owners GonNa love that and it buys the general manager a bunch of time to do his or her job. Yeah so I. It's true that the dodgers did this too. They wanted to reset the tax. But the dodgers did that really without costing themselves competitiveness. I mean they were still probably the best team in the League or certainly the best team in the division while they were doing that and the red sox are at a place where they are not and trading. Mookie away really pretty significantly affects their playoff odds for this year and so I guess that's a product of some of the contracts and signings that they made previously that haven't really worked out in their favor and the dodgers kind of avoided that kind of contract so more power to the dodgers. I guess but the fact is that no other team like the dodgers and the Yankees weren't trading. I don't know Aaron Judge or whoever the Buki bets equivalent would be who was getting expensive for them. They didn't get rid of that guy and the red sox did so when you see a team saying that they have to do something. Because of the competitive balance tax just doesn't really hold water because the penalties the overage charges the draft pick penalty which is pretty negligible. It's not even losing a draft pick. It's just moving down a bit. And then the revenue sharing money that you mentioned. He added altogether. And it's really for some of these franchises that are worth billions of dollars. It's kind of around here. And so it seems like an excuse more than anything an excuse to trade good players and not have to pay the good players and save yourself money. I guess but it's odd because like the Red Sox have run high payrolls. They have not been afraid to spend before so I don't know what changed suddenly unless it's just that they didn't think they could win the division this year and they figured swell will save some money while we're not wanting to ish. It's kind of confusing. That they decided to operate this way. Because of course they're a part of this big conglomerate that is worth several billion dollars and so I don't know exactly why they decided to get cheap all of a sudden. Yeah and you only get those savings when you spend. I think that you know a couple of years ago. Like you mentioned the dodgers and the Yankees reset in. They did it for a few different reasons. The dodgers were way over for a long time because when they were trying to sort of rebuild or remain competitive they were taking on huge salaries to get players that were not maybe worth their entire salary but they were able to add decent players At the same time and at the time that the resetting their UCLA will the resetting look next year. There's bryce Harper Manny Machado. Yeah and neither team signed Bryce Harper or Manny Machado and the dodgers didn't even go back over last season. And right now there may be only a little bit over and the Yankees went a little bit over last season and now their way over by signing Garrett Cole but in terms of savings if the Yankees stay over next year they're back in that top that top tax level and so they really only got. You know eight million of savings last year and other ten this year. Meanwhile the dodgers aren't getting any savings at all so when you think about a team that tells you well. We're doing this to save money into the future. The the last two major examples didn't actually do what we're theorising that they might and for the Red Sox the only good free agent next year worth you sort of breaking the bank on is is the guy they just traded away yes right and as Roberta wrote in a piece at baseball prospectus. This week if you look at the history of teams that cut payroll they. Don't actually ten to add it all back and more in the years to come. Even if you look at teams with above average payroll that cut payroll even those teams. Don't add more in the coming years than the League as a whole bus and maybe the Red Sox are a singular case. They will but that really hasn't been a history so when a team says yeah. We've got to do this now so that we can really splurge later. That very often does not ever actually happen. So all right I will link to your piece and people can go through the numbers and see for themselves. Another thing I wanted to ask you about. That briefly became a big story. This week was this supposed- playoff structure that. Mlb is considering implementing for the twenty twenty two season whether they actually are or not. I don't know but Joe Sherman late this out. It would be an expansion from five playoff teams to seven in each league and then the best team in the League would get a by. Wouldn't have to play in the wildcard round and then the other two division winners in the League and the wild card with the next best record would host the three games in a best of three wildcard round and then the bottom. Three wildcards wouldn't even have first round home games and it gets a little complicated beyond that. The Division winner with the second best record gets the first pick of its opponent from the lower three wildcard. So that's the other wrinkle here. Is that teams. Get to pick which teams they want to play and the idea here is basically a keep more fan. Bases Interested throughout the season by having more teams make the playoffs. And then also have this sort of reality TV style showcase. When you get to the postseason where the teams actually get to pick their playoff opponents. And there'd be more playoff games and so more revenue for all involved bigger deals etc so seemed like most of the response was negative to this. And it seems like the response to almost every idea of Red Medford has is negative and so Abp has a lot of pet ideas. But also I think there is sort of a reflexive. Oh no we can't change things kind of thing that baseball fans have but in this case I think the negativity was fairly justified. But what did you think of this plant? Yeah I'll I'll join the chorus I. I think you know the way that the baseball playoff system is set up. I think that in the end you want to crown sort of a deserving champion and there's there's a balance of making sure that the regular season important versus making sure that the post season isn't completely random and doing you know best of three four the second best team in the League against you know the seventh best team in the League creates a very a pretty random situation where even if a team has won say eighty versus ninety five. I don't know what the math is. But it's probably like thirty five percent of the time. The team that only one eighty games still gets to advance to the LDS and you're creating a level of randomness that that takes away from what deserving teens accomplished during the regular season. I you know I like how in hockey half the teams may make it. But there's this massive playoff system so that if you make it through to the Stanley Cup then you know. You've you've achieved like this grueling. Two months basically a playoff hockey really the champion an NBA. A lot of teams make the playoffs but the talent disparity is so big between the number one seed in the number eight seed that over seven games. The number one seed almost always wins but in baseball. The talent level is is a lot closer even among a ninety five an eighty one team. And if you're only playing three games you're really creating the chance that Some really good teams get bumped out after playing just a game or two and you know as far as this reality TV. You know our special. I I don't think there's any sort of opener to get people excited for the playoffs. That's better right now than to win or go home games. That are won the wildcard. Are I think that that builds just as much excitement as anything it just? This just plays office sort of a a weird money grab from from. Mlb that doesn't really solve the problems that that we think actually existed in terms of what teams are doing to try. I think what what teams do in. The offseason matters a lot more than than what they do in July. Yeah I think. The current playoff format is fine. I don't think it's a pressing problem that needs to be addressed. It wouldn't be high on my list of things that baseball needs to fix. And while I'm all for keeping fan bases interested in the season I agree with you. You still need it to mean something when you make the playoffs when you win the world series because if you just have eighty something when teams winning and granted. They'd be pretty disadvantaged so there is still an advantage to being the best team in the league. Although I think it really dramatically devalue say being the second best team in the League and winning it division. If you're not the best team in the League doesn't really give you that much of benefit anymore. But I think you still want the teams that are eligible to win to be good teams. And if you're putting in almost half the teams and some of them are really pretty mediocre than you are going to end up with some pretty mediocre champions and yes we already kind of have to balance. The fluky randomness of the playoffs with the long six months season. But if you do this I think you're really devaluing. The regular season to the extent that it it just would almost feel like a waste of time. It wouldn't really settle or decide very much and that problem I think and also I think you could say that will this will disincentivize tanking. This will give teams a reason to at least be kind of competitive. Because you don't have to be a great team to make the playoffs neatly stabbed shot but your Ben Clements at fat grafts wrote something this week. About how the opposite might be true it. It might actually disincentivize some teams from spending. Could you summarize argument? Yeah basically he looked at the the different playoff odds of where where you were seated in any found. You know if you know because that the second best team still ends up in that three-game series. There's not really a huge advantage from going from anywhere from eighty five wins to ninety five wins and so once you get to the eighty five win range. You're you know. Maybe you're going to be slightly disadvantaged by going on the road but there's not a huge incentive to to do a lot more than that if you know the you're not going to be the one hundred two win team in the League by the same token if you're one of those you know seventy five win teams and you're trying to sort of get up there into that you know what is the wildcard range will. You're only going to get up there. And then it you have to win a three-game series before you even get a home game and so even then your chances of doing something that you know getting to the playoffs is probably worthwhile to your fans. But that home game is sort of like that. You know extra reasoning to get get your fans excited and to get them to you. Know purchased the ticket packages for the playoffs. But if you have to go on the road for three games then you're less likely to get that home game if you look at those those division winners you know their odds of making the lcs go from like sixty five percent to thirty five percent. That's that's an incredible incredible drop to make sort of the the final four win. You know you've you've had a a a great season. Yeah the only part that kind of tempts me or perks me up. A little is choosing your own opponent thing. Which I think we've talked about on this podcast at some point in the past. I think most people probably wouldn't like that. I'm sure the players wouldn't like that. But I kinda like it in the sense that it would be something to analyze rate. You could get some intrigue at of trying to figure out. Which team will this team choose? You get some built in grudges. Essentially because as soon as one team picks which opponent it wants to face then immediately that is going to light some fires under that team. Oh they are not respecting us. We're going to show them that they were wrong. So there's kind of some built in bad blood there. That might be kind of fun as long as it doesn't spill into actual brawls or anything but I kind of like the idea of just trying to figure out which teams match up well with other teams. I guess that might be more fun in other sports. Like basketball or something where you could really look at it on a player level and say oh this guy matches up well with that guy or our style of offense matches up well or poorly with that team style defense that sort of thing whereas in baseball you don't get that much of that you just kinda deploy the teams and lay out the batting orders and off. They go but still like there are teams that maybe they'd have a really good regular season record but they're python would not be so good their underlying stats would not be so good and then it would be a question of. How good is this team? Actually and so you might get some situations where a team that superficially seems to be really good team is picking to not be so good or maybe like a team. That has a great deep rotation or something but in the playoffs. Maybe their top three aren't so intimidating and the team might say well. We're not that scared of this team. Starting rotation in the series. So there'd be some stuff to analyze talk about there and that kind of intrigues me. Yeah I think that you know. If you look say you're choosing and in the ROCKIES are teen and you know that they're not going to get any home games in coors or some other team that has you know some sort of big advantage with their home park with homers or the opposite like San Francisco. Maybe their staff would be prone to homers in your home ballpark but would be given up. It's it's it's intriguing. I don't know that that adding the extra teams is is is worth that. Maybe that's something that they could do without that. I've always wondered. Maybe if like say the the wildcard team if they were five games ahead of one of the division winners if they could get to jump jump a spot basically in good and forced the division winner into the wild card game or something like that might make it slightly more interesting. I don't know if the League expense to thirty two teams than maybe you could talk about adding a playoff team to each league and be okay with that or if you really want more playoff games you could make the divisional series round best seven and you could even do best to three for the wildcards. Even though the Elimination Games are pretty fun so there are some things you could do but this is a pretty drastic and would have some pretty negative side effects so thumbs down from both of us so last thing briefly the rules that were floated around this time last year where announced and codified and so this is the three better minimum and the new active roster limits in most of the regular season and then in September and the two way player designation position players pitching the changes to the option periods and injured list reinstatements and managers. Now have twenty seconds to challenge a play instead of thirty for all the difference that will make but the three better minimum. That's the one that most people are focusing on. We probably talked about it a year ago. I wrote about it back then but now that it is actually happening in its upon us. Do you have any strong opinions on that? I mean I don't love it. I I think that you know I. I am all for upping the pace of the game Where where it can be. You know. I think the biggest things Would be you know keeping batters in the box I wouldn't mind if we just may be eliminated mound visits after the fifth inning. You know I think this whole the manager takes a slow walk to the mound or the pitching coach. Goes out there to talk to a guy I mean I. I think that that type of thing could just be taken away. I mean the manager could just go tell the output's going on and then the pitcher comes out and you don't get those extra mound visits from the pitching coach. I think part of what makes baseball. A you know a great game as their strategy to it. But ultimately it's sort of simple strategy you know like this batter this pitcher etcetera etcetera. And now. You're with two outs. You're thinking about whether or not to bring in a reliever for one out knowing that you'll have to face extra batteries and Honestly that's just not something. I'm looking forward to announce his talking about in games during during the season. I don't think it's going to have that. Big of an effect but That's probably the reason that I'm not like super about it because I don't think it's going to have that big of effect so yeah at first. I was neutral on it really because I found that in twenty eighteen this would have only affected four point. Seven percent of relief. Appearances assumed that was similar in two thousand nine hundred and so it's basically like once a week per team. There was one of these pitching changes that now will not be allowed so the time savings are minimal and you know I guess. I'd rather have some time savings than time savings if there were no downside but cliff Corcoran did some research on this recently. And he pointed out that a most of these changes that would violate. The rule are cases where the pitcher who is being. Polled is getting shelled. So it's not just the frivolous like let's change because we want the handedness advantage and sometimes that can go a little too far and managers fall in love with the platoon advantage. And usually he found it happens because the pitcher who is taken out was really getting hit and they had like a five eighteen on base percentage allowed in the inning before they were pulled. So that's part of it. And then he also found that the leverage index on average when those now banned changes were made was really high like these are typically happening at really important points in the game like for instance. The last one of these changes that was ever made or will ever be made. I guess was will Harris in game seven of the World Series. So yes there are some relief slow innings in the playoffs when this stuff really piles up but on the other hand those are the most tense and important points of the season and so it's a little easier to stomach then when the season is really on the line than it. Is You know in some meaningless game in May or like in the fifth inning or something when there's not much at stake so between those two things I think it's really not so onerous and also the time savings are just so minimal that it seems like there are other things you could do so now. I'm kind of slightly against it although again it's not going to be a dramatic change. It won't totally change baseball so I can't be too up in arms about it. Yes away I feel all right. Cool will thank you for coming on doing this. Rundown with me you can find Craig on twitter at Craig J Edwards and you can find him rating very regularly at Fan Gross. Thank you thank you one more thing to mention a team. That was probably pretty happy that the astros stole the headlines again. This week was the New York mets. Who started something of a firestorm on twitter on Monday? When they're beat writer. Anthony Tacoma tweeted. The most striking part of the mets fifty seven million dollars spring training renovation. Maybe the home clubhouse the mets are only using it for spring training not for the Saint Lucy regular season to give minor leaguers a reminder of the status. They're working to earn then. He tweeted these pictures of the new and improved clubhouse so essentially the mets remodeled their spring training stadium which is where they're Saint. Lucy ball team plays all season spruced up the clubhouse and they're not letting the minor leaguers use it once the majors we leave. Because well you gotTa Know Your Place Rook. I guess it basically boils down to which seems like truly terrible decision. First of all every team should probably be sprucing up. It's minor leaguers clubhouses if you think the improved conditions will help more of your minor leaguers. Make the majors than it will more than pay for itself in the long run but the fact that the mets did spruce up the clubhouse and they're still not GonNa let the minor leaguers in just because well they have to earn. It is just so silly and self defeating and plenty of people piled on the mets for good reason tie Kelly. The former met who is best known for tweeting pimping. Home runs doesn't matter. The Planet is dying. He tweeted tough to forget. Your enable when you're rationing two plates of Spaghetti for twenty five guys after Games but sure leather couches we'll go to their heads and PJ Katelyn another former met tweeted as if having six dudes living in a two bedroom. Apartment isn't enough of a reminder that you're in April that's the most amazing part of this as if minor leaguers would ever stop working toward becoming major leaguers. Because they got this cushy clubhouse come on you make the majors you're immediately making about twenty times as much money on top of all the other perks of being a big leaguer and this is just putative this is just hey. You can't have nice things because you're a minor leager so I'd like to see pictures of the Dingy Minor Leaguer clubhouse that the mets builder left alone in this renovation or are they gonna do just rope off the Nice clubhouse and say no. You can't come in no minor leaguers allowed just such a messy move around all right. Thank you to all our guests today. I await whatever transactions involving the angels and the cardinals come right after we did their previous segments. That always seems to happen. We talked about the diamondbacks last time. 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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 307: Playoff Predictions and Technologies Impact on Baseball

GSMC Baseball Podcast

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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 307: Playoff Predictions and Technologies Impact on Baseball

"Golden Leave Concept Baseball podcast. We cover everything major league from spring training who the world theory got your favorite club cover from New York button to Elan. If the Golden State Media Concept Baseball Pot calf. Poe over one and welcome back to the GMC baseball podcast brought to you by the GMC podcast network. I'm your host Jack Right now and we have another amazing show played out for today. Hope everyone's week was good and everyone is ready to sit back and relax this weekend as we are finally approaching the playoffs in baseball, which will be a big topic of conversation today on the show and like I mentioned, we have a lot going on today some recaps we've got playoff. Preview and a whole lot of other really good stuff. So all dive right into it and I I will get things started with game recaps from Tuesday September. Twenty second some really good games that are potentially going to dictate the end of the season and how certain teams finish out the year. After our first segment I will jump into a little sneak preview at the playoffs this year and with more teams during to punch their ticket, the playoff picture is starting to shirts off up. More each and every day I will take a look at the potential end. The actual match ups that will happen in the first round make some comments on them mentioned which teams I think are sleepers makes them predictions and a lot more in later on I'll share which players I think our players to keep an eye on going into the playoffs which players are going to be difference makers for their squads and whether or not they have. Any momentum riding into the playoffs and to wrap up the show I will discuss the impact that technology has had so far on the game of baseball and the impact that it will continue to have on the sport. In the future, there'll be a lot of changes I feel that know could occur in baseball in the next few years with the impact of technology it'll be intriguing to see if there will be any drastic changes made due. To the role of technology. So be sure to stick around for the file few minutes of the show for that conversation, but I want to get into some recaps from Tuesday September twenty second, a really good slate of games. A lot of things going on some teams actually starting to make more of a case for themselves in the playoffs and some team starting to fall out of the race. So I'll get right into it first game brewers. Reds brewers winning this one, three, two two, and this was a huge needed win for. MILWAUKEE. Especially over the reds them and the reds are going back and forth right now in the wildcard trump jockeying for position actually that win now just kicked the phillies out of the eighth spot of the playoffs and the brewers today of according Wednesday September twenty third, they hold that eight spot in the playoffs. So again, that is very subject to. We've got the final game I believe it's coming up on Sunday. So again, things are going to be you know rapidly approaching for the play offs and this is a huge win for the brewers Cincinnati jumped out ahead. I. Though scoring the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the second and the Milwaukee scored one in the top of the fifth and two in the top seven Erica. Guard had go ahead double in that top seven inning Nick Cassidy. Honest. Oh, lead things off in the first inning for the reds with a two run home run. He's going to be vital for this reds team. I mean they're sitting at an even twenty eight and twenty eight. Burgers or twenty, seven and twenty seven, and right now they're in that seven spot in the playoffs currently and if. They WANNA make any sort of noise which I do believe they could I mean they are arguably one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, if they want to make any sort of a move in the playoffs, you know they're going to really need to rely on the bat of Nick Halcion as Mike Dukakis, Jesse, winker, you hineous Warez, these guys that are usual typical big power hitters. In their line-up, they're going to have to play the best baseball they have played the entire year. Jesse winker average has started to drop significantly but cast Janas has been playing much better as of recently, and it's good that they've gotten Moose back in the lineup after you know having him in and out of the lineup for a good portion of the season because of injuries but again the. Brewers doing a really nice job of winning games that they need to win. So next game, it was actually a double header between the phillies and the nationals I of the two games nationals winning five to one Washington score the first run the bottom of the first, and then tacked on four more in the bottom of the third phillies were only able to put on one run in the top. Of the fourth gene cigarette had a solo home run for the phillies in that top four th ending. So again, really good sign that you know the phillies do have some life you know gene cigarettes still producing jt real mutants been having a very, very good year. They've got guys that are still producing at a high level, but can it? How can they put it together at the right? Time, can they play? You know the the best type of baseball that they've played all year long you know at the most pivotal point of the season. The last week of the season lasts seven games of the season. You know once this comes out on Saturday, you know it'll pretty much be the final weekend of baseball. So it's do or die time right now for the phillies trade had. A huge RBI double for the nationals you know really really good job by Austin ve off. He actually threw a complete game only seven innings, but he threw a complete game for the nationals. He got his first win of the year one in five or six point two, five era while Austin Nola moves to five and four for the phillies three point zero, six era for him he's been. Pitching pretty solid all year long I would have to say I mean again, not lights out like the usual that we've seen in the past but he's still you know right around three era mark right working needs to be then the second of the two games nationals again, winning eight, two seven and a little bit of a closer one actually wound up going into eight innings instead of seven phillies. Scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the second, and then Washington scored four in the bottom of the third in two in the bottom of the fourth. So going into the fifth inning, it's a six to three ball game after the phillies tacked on one run in the top fourth, and then the Philadelphia phillies went on a tear the next couple innings scoring two. In the fifth one of the six and then scoring one really needed run in the eighth. But it was a Jato Hernandez off home run for the Washington nationals that was able to carry them into the sweep of the double header nationals our way out of the playoff picture I mean there are twenty three and thirty to have absolutely no chance right now, they're just one of these teams. That they know that they're not gonNA make it. So they say why not you know let's just spoil some teams playoff hopes and that right there that's what they're doing. I mean to needed wins over the Phillies and you know the brewers winning that is now put the phillies two spots below the eighth wildcard spot right now. So that is really set them back a little bit but. Again the birds need continue to win and the phillies need to keep losing the brewers. WanNa hold onto any sort of playoff. Hope moving into the next game a final in ten innings, White Sox Indians, and this was actually a great game I was watching the dodgers athletics game the other evening, and they splashed over to the White Sox Indians game. They showed the walk off home run huge huge. Come from behind victory for the Indians, really really big hit out of I. Believe is Jose Ramirez hit the yeah Jose. Ramirez hit the walk off home run for the Indians and that actually sent them into the playoffs. So they clinched the playoffs on Tuesday they were able to go in dramatic fashion which is always a great sign and hey, you know people forget this Indians team is Not that far removed from a world series run a couple years ago. So they're still the same very good talented. You Know Indian team of twenty sixteen you know guys like Jose Ramirez who's been hitting unbelievable all year long media leading the team in home runs and RBI's if he can really carry this team into the playoffs as he did on Tuesday with a walk off home run against. The white sox that's going to be really big for the Indians I. Mean they're in the seven spot right now in the playoffs but I would not be shocked I, mean that that's I wouldn't be shocked that they won the first round. I wouldn't be shocked if they upset in the wildcard and honestly they're probably I'm going to get into this I know I'm kind of you know saying. A lot of stuff that I will say very soon here, but I will say there probably one of the most missed seeded teams in baseball mainly because of the division they're in I mean you've got the twins in the white sox to the top five teams in the Al and you know arguably to the top five or six teams in baseball. So when you got them in the same division. and not to mention the Indians. You know had a really tough time against the Chicago cubs this year you know they've they've taken on some very, very tough teams I mean they'd probably arguably had one of the toughest schedules in all of baseball this year and they were still able to have a thirty one and twenty four record after that went on Tuesday but getting into the game on Tuesday the white. The Indian scored the first round the game in the bottom of the first and the white sox were able to attack on one run in the top of the six but then. Things went into the extras one and the white sox were able to put on two runs in the top of the tenth. So that made it three to one going into the bottom of the tenth inning two, run deficit in the bottom half an extra inning. That is always the hardest thing to come back from your home team and the Cleveland Indians show that they are again one of the more formidable opponents in this mlb in all of baseball and they scored four runs in the bottom of the tenth and they were able to win five three, ultimately White Sox, thirty, four and. Twenty one again no worries there for the White Sox because I think they're going to cruise right on into the second round of the playoffs after the wildcard I think that we're gonNA see a white sox team. We haven't seen in many years and this could be a white sox team that makes a ton of noise I mean they might even go further than the after the first round after the second round, they might make it to the championship series I. Don't WanNa get ahead of myself, but I genuinely believe this white sox team is gonNA make a lot of noise in October So next Game Yankees Blue Jays Yankees put on an absolute whooping of the Blue Jays twelve to one was the final there Yankee, scored two runs in the top of the first and then one of the top of the Fourth Toronto scored their lone run in the bottom of the fourth but then four runs in the fifth three and eight and two in the ninth I mean the Yankees were just tacking on insurance runs at the end like it was nobody's Business Garrett Cole struck out seven bluejays. He's again have he's back to his normal self I know a couple of weeks ago. He'd been really struggling pitching wise in terms of getting those strikeout numbers up I mean he's floating around ninety right now if not, he's already surpassed that number. So again, dirt dare coal back to his normal self. He's going to be the front runner of this rotation going into the playoffs and a couple of weeks ago when the Yankees were hit five, hundred, twenty, one and twenty one or whatever. It might have been all of a sudden they're thirty, two and twenty three and a lot of. People were saying you know in the baseball community sports community you know, should the Yankees be worried? The Yankees are five hundred for the first time all year this Yankees team going to make any sort of annoys in the playoffs. So they're going to have any sort of impact in the in the postseason. Well, they've shown why they're going to have that and they've shown why you know people should not discount them thirty two and twenty three. That's an impressive record. Bluejays moved twenty, eight and twenty. Seven Geo yourself also had a really big game. Good to have him back in the lineup for the Yankees for hit game out of Him Gary Cole- picking up the win seven and three on the air two point eight, four era while Tanner roark for the Blue Jays got the loss two and three on the air a seven point one air antenna roark i. mean he he pitched okay. You know I watched bits and pieces of the game I was at a friend's house briefly and watch. Couple innings of the game. You know I mean the he was okay. I, mean he he definitely has all speed stuff was working very well, and then a couple incredible breaking balls that sat right in the zone but he's not the typical tanner roark of a couple of years ago when he was with the nationals which I think was probably some of the better baseball in his entire career but we'll see with him and high. Engine Review and Robbie Ray, you know what? Kind of Performance that pitching rotation will put on in the playoffs. They're going to be an interesting team watch. I mean, they're in eighth seed. I think they could make some noise but again, I just don't know if they have all the firepower that they need to move past the wildcard round next game cubs, pirates, pirates, picking up s surprising surprising walk off win in nine innings I mean again, this is only a nine and a game on the bottom of night they want it three. To beat the cubs, no runs scored in the first inning Pittsburgh put on I run in the bottom of the second and put on another onto the bottom of the fifth but the cubs put onto runs in the top of the eighth, and again for other teams out there that are going to potentially face off against the cubs in the playoffs. That should be a concern right there. If your bullpen cannot hold the cubs there will put on runs they need to put on in. Later innings and they have no problem. They've got guys that are clutch. They've got guys have been. You know in this type of situation before they've got a lot of the same guys from their twenty sixteen world series team. So this team knows how to win this team knows how to play in the postseason they know how to play in October and there that's the sign hey, we need to runs we need a push extras or we need to at least give ourselves A. Chance were capable of doing that Jacob, stalling hitting the walk off home run Stephen. Brown actually pitched a very good game for the pirates but it was rich Richard Rodriguez that picked up the win for the pirates three and two on the year two point eight, two era, a Anthony Rizzo hitting a game tying home run, and again he's one of the guys that if you're playing the cubs in the playoffs at any point of time, you know the wildcard, the NFL ds the. Whenever. He's a guy that you should be very, very frightened of especially at the plate because you never know what's GonNa Happen with Anthony Rizzo and he's a very clutch hitter and he's somebody that can get the job done at the right time and then at the right moment at the most important moment as well I mean he's come up big for them in many many playoff instances in the last couple years really I mean he was instrumental in their world series run and having him and buyers, and if they can get control us hitting how he normally hitting Jason Heyward. Is leading their team and hitting that's Again if he's leading their team and hitting yeah you can look at that thing that's not a great sign of He's the guy leading the team at hitting but you could also say, Hey, if you know that bias is going to produce if you know the controllers is going to produce an original is going to produce you can take the hit of having hayward being your main leader in batting average because again, that's just an added person to have that is going to be productive from the plate and. Could potentially either get on base or score runs, and this goes team I think they're going to be a team that they haven't been talked about much and I think they're gonNA, make a lot of noise in the playoffs. Next game raise mets mets winning five to two over Tampa Bay Peter Lonzo hitting a huge solo homerun both teams scoring one run in the in the second inning, and then the mets tacked on one in the bottom of the fourth one of the bottom in the bottom of the sex. Both teams scored one run in the seventh, and then one more run was scored in the eighth by the mets. You know again, the mets are completely out of it. They're twenty, five and thirty. Well, I, guess, not completely out of it but they would probably have to win out the rest of the year and they would have to need probably about two or three teens to completely collapsed and crumble in the last couple of games which I really don't see that happening robins Robinson Cano also having a Solo Homerun Seth Lugo I mean, he picked up the win. Great Win for him. On the mound for the mets struck out seven and six in the third innings he's three and three on the year with a three point eight, two era Blake Snell picking up the loss he's four to the three point, two, four era. But Hey, you know blake snow again he's one of the top pitchers in the AL when he's at his best and going into this playoffs right now sitting at the one seed, this race team is no joke they should not be messed with. A, really really dominant team and I think that they you know I think they're going to surprise a lot of people I know that there are one seed and I think everybody assumed that this year might be you know the Yankees or whomever but the rays have stepped right into that new role and I think that they're going to really play up to their potential I generally do I have a lot of belief in the in the Tampa. Bay. Rays next game braves and Marlins marlins absolutely getting crushed by the braves eleven to one Atlanta scoring two runs. In the first inning erskine excuse me one run in the first one, the second. So scored the first two runs in the game. Then they tacked onto more on the bottom of the fifth Miami scored one of the top of the six and then Atlanta put up a five run bottom seventh frame to go along with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Again, this high powered offense they clinched the NFL east actually on Tuesday as well is a huge huge thing for them. Marcello Zona had a jain normal game from the play two home runs five RBI's. This guy has been unbelievable all year long for the braves and he's not to mention you know been he's been one of the guys that has benefited greatly from the from the universal d. h. and good I'm really happy for him. You know because I always felt when was with the cardinals in previous years when he was with the Marlins he was. Great with the Marlins he was an all star with the marlins and everybody knew what they were getting when he came to St Louis because he's a power hitter, he's got a great. He's got a great swing. He's just not very good fielder these just he's just not of he's not a great fielder and now that the the D. H. is universal. You know he he could potentially be a guy that you know we see being one of the leaders in hitting here on out moving forward in the MLB. I mean this could really changed the entire trajectory of his career because before this I mean he was hitting. Two fifty to sixty. You know being in the field all the time. Now he can rest. Now he can put his feet up a little bit and and not have to worry about going in the field and just focus on hitting and it's going to amplify how good of a player he is because I generally think that he's a very, very good hitter he showing. It this year you know. So really great a really great win by the Atlanta Braves clinching the east congratulations to them. Another team that has punched their ticket to the bubble this year for the playoffs next Game Orioles Red Sox and this was just a battle of the bottom barrel teams in The al East Orioles have completely fallen by the wayside and I. It kind of you know. Disappoints me. I guess a little bit to say that because I was very, very high on the orioles a couple of weeks ago or so I was very very I was a big believer in them. I said, Hey, you know what? They could actually make a little run. They've got a great team. This might not be this year, but honestly you give them at least two years you know maybe not even two years and they're going to be right back in a in an even better position for the playoffs. Orioles team is going to be making a lot of noise in the coming years but red sox picking up the win eight, two, three Baltimore scoring I run in the first inning and then Boston putting on three runs in the bottom of of the second and one of the bottom of the third they put on four runs in the bottom of six Baltimore tacked onto more on the top of the. Six and that was all she wrote for the Orioles Baltimore more months to twenty three and thirty two while the Red Sox are twenty, one and thirty four. So again to the worst teams in the Al Eastern, really two were teams and probably the entire Al But you know again, just like the Orioles, I think this red sox team is kind of preparing themselves for the years to come and. We might start seeing them back at the top of the Al East in. You know sooner rather than later. So moving into the next game final in ten innings, tigers and twins twins twenty, this one five to four, and again, this was a gain that they needed to win the if they want to keep on, you know that that solid four spot that they're at right. Now in the playoffs, they can't drop games to you know twenty two and thirty one tiger team on the twins again, scoreless or excuse me the Minnesota twins score the first run in the bottom of the first both teams put on a run in the in the fourth, and then Detroit actually went ahead and scored one run in the six one run in the seven. So. It's three to go in the eighth, and then the twins are able to put on a run in the bottom of the eighth and that was able to force it in extra innings. No runs scored in the ninth the tenth though Detroit put on one run. So they put on the pressure a little bit but Minnesota they were able to rally and win in the tenth. inning a huge huge win for them. I will say for the Tigers and he's been a really really nice surprise for them Heimer. Candelaria he has been unbelievable for them all year long hitting above three hundred. He's got about twelve home runs on the year somewhere around there. Thirty plus RBI guy I mean he's going to be a player that I think you know Miguel Cabrera. Starts to phase out and kind of age out of the out of baseball. He's GonNa slide right on in to that role that that Miguel Cabrera I'm not saying that he's going to be go Cabrera I'm not saying that I'm just saying he's going to potentially have that new role of being a big power hitter in this lineup they've got Jonathan Scoop if they can. Keep him around I. Think he's been playing really good and he's picked up the slack with Jones going up. Jones I think when he returns from an injury and you know when he gets back to full health and you know coming next year I think that Jacoby Jones, Jonathan Scoop and Heimer candelaria they're going to be guys that are going to make a lot of noise. In the in the AL central I think they're going to be a team to watch for sure but the twins moving the thirty four in twenty two picking up a really really big win Max Kepler actually hit the game tying home run in the eighth. So Max Kepler? You know he hasn't been hitting great this year, but he's going to be I think could come up. Clutch for the twins at some point or another, and right now I'm going to get into in the next segment but a little bit right. Now, they're sitting at the fourth spot they could potentially play the Yankees who are fifth, and that's a rematch from last year's Al Play. Also, who knows the twins could come into that with you vengeance and they want their revenge they want. They want a fair shake from last year and you know they're gonNA they're going to be coming. You know full steam ahead if they're playing the Yankees really whomever they play next game. Cardinals. Royals, cardinals winning five to nothing again, another team that is right on the fringe of making the playoffs. So these win these games, these winds, they are much needed any. They can't drop these games against a twenty two and thirty three royal royals team just like how the twins can't drop one against the Tigers Right. So the cardinals winning five nothing put up three runs in the top of the second one in the fifth one in the six, and now is a shut out the royals a really really good win doing carson actually had a three hit game. So he was very, very instrumental as well on Harrison. Bater had a really nice play out in the outfield and although his. His bats been struggling mightily this year Harrison baiter Tyler O.`Neil. Great feelers. They're going to be guys that I think are going to do a really really nice job in the field especially BAITER. He's a very, very fast outfielder. He covers a lot of ground and you know if they are able to solidify their spot in the playoffs, you know this Colonels Team I don't WanNa say that they're going to make any sort of, but they're definitely going to be teamed watch potentially Again, I'm going to get into in the next segment, but I think that they could maybe maybe pull off an upset because they they know how to win their a winning ball club there winning organization are historic or historic. PATION So who knows but I think that you know if they are able to Finish out the year that they want to finish out and and have a strong finish. I, think that they can carry that into the playoffs because again, this is a team that again, they don't look super glamorous on paper with the numbers and the hitters that they have although Paul Goldschmidt hitting very well this year. Still. They've got a lot of potential and they know how to win and they proved it in the twenty tens in the two thousands. So this is a very, very good cardinals team nonetheless, next game angels padres angels winning four to padres dropping this one again, a game that you don't WanNa drop if you're the padres, but that's not gonNA really change anything already in the playoffs there. Spots already been solidified but one run scored in the first by San Diego to get things started than the angels tacked on one run in the second then two six, one in the eight Sandiego was only put was able to put up one more in the eighth and that was Ed again angels moved to twenty five and thirty one potter's thirty, four and twenty, twenty one. So again. You know the padres are forced to be reckoned with I mean I. think that they are one of the scariest teams in baseball and I think once we get into the playoffs. Team like the White Sox I think you know. They're the they are the NFL version of the white sox. In my opinion, I think the white sox and the padres are two very comparable teams and honestly I would not be shocked and this would be a very, very interesting world series but I could see them being in the world series I would not I mean again to very evenly matched up teams and unfortunately they are. They aren't in the same league because that would be an incredible incredible series to watch. But hopefully, they're able to find their ways out of their respective leagues, respective playoff brackets, and maybe we'll see an. Interesting, world series this year who knows next game Astros Mariners Astros winning six to one. Again, every single win counts for this Astros team. I mean they're hanging on for dear life. They are still in the playoff they still got a good spot but in terms of moving into the playoffs, they want to go in with as much momentum as possible and if they were to drop two of three or you know get swept obviously they won't. But if they were lose a majority of the remaining games, you know especially when they're playing against the mariners as one of these last series. That's not that won't be a good. You know momentum carrier into the playoffs for this team especially with the season that they've had especially with the off season allegations and it's going to be interesting to see how that whole scandal in the offseason plays. You know any sort of role in their performance in the playoffs this year, and if they're going to be exposed, I mean. They've kind of been exposed this year they're twenty and twenty seven vastly different team from a year ago. So it's clear that there's been some difference in their not only their entire team, but their performance as well with the lack of you know signs dealing that they're able to do now. So it's going to be a very intriguing to see if they're able to have any. Sort of you know revival of themselves in the playoffs but again, Astro's twenty eight and Twenty, seven mariners, twenty, four and thirty one next game rangers d-backs develops winning seven nothing blinking the Rangers. Really. Great. Game Out of the diamondbacks Carson Kelly had a three run homer Nick Ahmed had an RBI triple this diamondbacks team. I mean they're preparing themselves I think for the future not. I don't want to say not too dissimilar from the red sox because the red sox are just a completely different. You know organization as a whole I. Think there are a very winning story team like you know the cardinals are but the diamondbacks not too dissimilar in the sense of what they have to offer. You know again twenty, twenty, one and thirty four right now but. At the same time, they've got pieces that they can build for for the future they get rid of Sterling Morte but if they can keep building around Kotel Morte if they can keep him around for as long as possible I, think that they're gonna be just just fine. They picked up remember his name, but he was a really highly touted pitching prospect in one of those trades. So that could be very crucial for them I think they got him from the Blue Jays when they got rid of Robbie Ray and I actually. Think that really benefited their overall rotation and I'm going to be very curious to see moving forward in the Future House Zach Gallon performs in a diamondbacks uniform. You know what kind of impact he'll have on this team I think he's going to be a very, very good pitcher in the NFL and really the entire league. He might be a name that we hear much more often moving forward, and in the future next two games lost two games with the evening I one dodgers, an athletics dodgers when he's seventy, two battle the. West Division leaders, and right there the dodgers showing there clear separation between them and the athletics. Teams scored one run in the first Oakland tacked on one of the top of the third. But then the daughter scored two in the third to in the fourth one of the fifth and one in the seventh I mean, they really piled on the runs again, athletics moving the thirty three and twenty one while the dodgers are thirty, nine and sixteen. This dodgers team is unbelievable. They will probably get to fifty wins or excuse me forty wins and I do not. Think that many we're going to get to forty wins and we're not gonNA see many but I'm I'm not shocked that the dodgers are one of those teams. They have one of the best if not the best lineups in the entire league, I mean they are from top to bottom one through nine. They've got guys can do damage at some point or another whether it's their you know I three guys there are four, five, six holders or their bottom seventy, nine hitters. They've got a lot of variety throughout the entire line of not to mention they've got great pitching and the last game of the evening rockies giants giants winning five to two giants are trying to do everything they can for those playoffs and really try and hopefully find themselves in the playoffs in some sort of fashion. But again, I just don't think with how breads have been playing with how the brewers have been playing. You know I don't see the giants really fitting into that situation, but we will have to see again when this comes out on Saturday you all will know more and. We will all know more about what is going on with the playoffs as the season continues to wind down. But moving into the playoffs, we're GONNA have some really really good ups so that'll do it for us in this segment but stay right there folks because after the commercial I'm going to keep the ball rolling with this playoff talk and I'm going to dive into a playoff preview for the postseason this fall and discuss some things I think people should keep an eye on some teams to watch and much more folks stay right there. We'll be right back here on the GMC baseball podcast. Bid that you'll ultimately staffer everything sport the Golden State. Media concepts, sports, pod cash should I say more from the NFL beat the NBA to 'em in all in here golden state media concepts sports by. Listen. Now. Welcome back to the GMC baseball podcast Jack Right now, with you all and in our first segment I got into game recaps from Tuesday September twenty second and gave him standing updates as well. Some teens have started to punch their ticket for the playoffs and things are starting to get shirt up for October more and more each and every day be sure to stick around for the final few minutes of the show today as I will dive into the role that technology has had on baseball so far in what the impact will be in the future if more and more technology approaches. Are Utilized by the MLB I WANNA know dive into a playoff preview for this upcoming postseason with being right around the corner and a lot of teams are starting to solidify their spots in the bracket. I WanNa go through each match up and say whether or not it's a series to watch for this upcoming playoffs who might be the winners in the first wildcard rounds of the twenty. Twenty. postseason and a lot more again like I mentioned the first or in the first segment, this is being recorded on Wednesday. September twenty third. So this is all as of Wednesday. So by the time, you all hear this probably going to be a very different maybe there's some Samer soon or some similarities in the playoff matchups, but this is as of right now September twenty third on Wednesday i. One dodgers verse Brewers as of Right now dodgers first with the brewers sitting at eight burr slowly making their way in the playoffs I mean similar to the last two years they you know last year, they had a miraculous late-season turnaround able to push their way into the wild card unfortunately losing in the wildcard around to the nationals within the year before that they forced a game-tying game. One sixty three against the cubs to win the NFL central at Wrigley Field I mean it's a game that I re I remember racing home from class when I was still in college and I and you know I cleared my entire day because I knew that I needed to watch the brewers and see if they were going to actually pull it off and they did that was pretty impressive and. Right now, they're doing the same thing that they did that they've done the last two years. They've caught fire right at the right time and they've had some help with other teams losing having the phillies dropped two straight against the nationals. You know them beat the brewers beating the reds that's always huge as well. However, this is the dodgers that we have to remember and they are still one. Of the best if not the best teams in baseball with the lineup, they possessed it's GonNa be a lot of relying on the pitching for Milwaukee which I don't know if that will add up to them. You know winning games against the dodgers because the hitting is that tremendous I will say Corbin Burns has you know rapidly made his case for being potential cy young winner and you know. At the very minimum a candidate in the he's been pitching a lights out for the brewers. He's pretty much taken the the the reins as the ace of that Milwaukee team over Brandon. Woodruff. He's mean he's still been pitching very well this year but again, I mean after that Josh Lindblom has not been pitching great, and the pitching really starts to die down a little bit. They've got good. Solid relief pitching and they've got. Josh Hater. WHO's they're closer. But again, this dodgers team, I mean it's heavy. It's really heavy with Will Smith I? mean. He's been batting to ninety seven. He's got a five, eighty, two slugging percentage. He's got a four twenty ob p. and he's got a one point zero two PS cory seager doing the same thing batting three eleven he's got a nine fifty two. mookie Betts has been playing unbelievable all year long his first year with the dodgers batting three. Oh three, he's got a nine seventy, three S. Really. Right. Now, those are the three main guys in their lineup. I, mean, they obviously have Muncie who's going to add you know he's going to help out in no question about that. Justin Turner Aj pollock I mean they've all been hitting very well, they've got seven of their nine first batters in their usual lineup that have twenty plus Rbi's and Betson seger are very close to forty. So again right there you don't really need unpack that much because that tells you this team produces runs though doesn't seem you know there hasn't been any slowing down for the dodgers either you know winners of their lack of five of their last six finished with a very easy series against the angels. But this is the scenario that looks all too familiar in sports the one seed going into. The playoffs against the eighth seed no home field advantage really no home crowd to play in front of could this spell and upset for the dodgers could this spell trouble for them? I really could see you know some you know either it's the dodgers of the race being a potential being upset did in the first round mainly because again, there's no crowds we have to we have to remember. that. That plays a big factor in into teams performances with no with no fans how is that going to go also are the brew or the or the dodgers going to go into the playoffs too nonchalant too relaxed. Hey, we know that we're the one seed right now in the NFL, we know that you know everybody talks about us. We've got the best team this that and the other. Can they go into this playoffs with the correct mindset that will not allow them to be upset in the first round that's going to be my biggest thing to see into to really watch how you know how they carry themselves as a team because this burs team i. mean they have no problem taking down. You know this is again kind of David versus Goliath battle and they have no problem taking down the you know the the main leader up on the totem pole I mean they they are the. Dodgers are that good but the brewers are also a sneaky team that could you know take them down if they let their foot off the gas pedal for one moment I mean the hitting has struggled this year for the brewers. Yelich has not gotten anything to go from the plate broadly thirteen and hitting with a two fifty-five average and not to mention to of their you know pickups in the offseason Omar Nevada's and guard both hitting under two hundred, and you know both having under six hundred ups I. Again you have to probably reevaluate something there and try and fix it and you know as as so guard being one of their supporting role guys you know in Middle Infield player shortstop second Baseman, and Nevada's being there or nerve is being there catcher. You can't have that in your life. You can't have those holes in your lineup edge especially if you're taking on the dodgers Ryan Ron Again, he's been hitting better. Second on the team with twenty. Five Rbi's and the you know have one of the lowest strikeout numbers in the lineup and coincidentally enough the you know the second fewest strikeouts in the first nine behind Eric. So guard shockingly enough I can't believe I'm saying that because so guard has been hitting terrible this year but again, rhyme ron the fact that he's kind of the leader of this team he's a veteran he's been around the block a couple times. Yes. He's had a lot of issues in the past so on and so forth. But at the same time, he's been in these positions before he's been on this team for many many years. He's somebody that is very familiar in this situation and could really really help them out in the long run JED JERKO I have to say he has a woken up and he is woken up at the right time. He's hitting to seventy four. He's got some huge hits. The last few games? He's been huge for the brew crew I mean and again and again, not just Jerko but a trade deadline pickup Daniel Vogel Bach he's been China sedition ever since coming Milwaukee he batted four ten and he's collected ten hits in those twelve games. So ten of twelve games he's getting a hit he's getting on base he's batting four ten and he again he's only played with them the not even half the year. So again, this is. This is a team that although you know on paper there, they don't look you know super glamorous. I will say they've got good pieces. They've got the right. You know kind of additions that they've needed to make you know not just in the trade deadline but also in the off season although Justin smoak was eventually dropped by and he was released by the Milwaukee brewers and he was one of their off-season pickups and I mean he played horrendously but. They replaced him with Daniel Vogel Balk and he's been a Jain Norris edition with Jerko and Vogel Balk the providing that needed assistance and really needed help. Especially at the plate, they could be a sneaky team that might get lucky forcing game three and you know who knows maybe they bounce back from their disastrous finished last season in the wildcard and actually beat the dodgers but my prediction. For this one dodgers win maybe a two Oh decider. I wouldn't be shocked at the brewers stolen from La but again, I think that the dodgers GonNa win it ultimately next one in the NL cardinals, padres, cardinals, or the five seed pod of the foreseen as of right now, I honestly don't see a whole lot of hope for the for the cardinals in this one, I really don't which. Is Very unusual to say about them I know I had mentioned that this is a in the first segment that this is a team that is very story they know how to win their well ran organization they're well-managed team and they've got guys that are not only you know young up and coming, but they've got season guys have been like on the brewers with with Ryan Braun they've. got a couple more of those types of players that have been on this team for many years and then have been in these playoff positions in playoff situations. Before padres, they don't have those guys that you know have our have experienced in the playoffs at all. But at the same time, San Diego Scott, some of the best hit or some of the best players in the NFL Fernando Totti's. Right there that tells you a whole lot and then you got Manny Machado. You've got Cronin worth you've got will Myers. Trent Grisham has been a big help and the list goes on. Then you've got the pitching you've got Trevor Rosenthal you've got my clovinger. You've got Zach Davies I mean this team is a loaded and in All honesty you could argue that the team might be the deepest team both pitching and hitting wise both in the entirely, you could make an argument for that against the Yankees against the dodgers I mean the white sox like I mentioned in the first segment they are two very similar teams, the the socks and the padres. So it's going to be very interesting to see how those two teams a fair in this playoffs the hitting said. Absolutely insane on the padres and there are three four, five whole hitters driving in twenty or more runs each year with J. Cronin worth Fernando Totti's and Manny Machado they've all. They've also recently and they've also received the entire year a lot of help from the bottom of their lineup. We'll Myers hitting in that between those seven, eight, seven and nine holes in the lineup to ninety eight on the year, a six, twenty, four, slugging percentage, nine, eighty, nine. When you've got a guy that is driving in that you know that high of a power hitting production from the plate I mean six, twenty, four slugging percentage that's insane and he's your A-hole Hitter, your seven whole hitter I mean again, no pitcher is safe at any point in the lineup no matter where it is no matter. If it's the first guy, the fifth guy or the seventh guy, the all can do the same damage Mitch Moreland also have not been great since they've arrived in in in San. Diego at the same time, the playoffs I mean that's kind of a whole different season, and so they can kind of wipe out the last part of the year maybe start freshen. Mitch Moreland is Great. Great hitter. I mean he's he's proved at this year. He is getting old, but he has proved that he's still got a lot of life in him and Austin. No I think is a huge asset for them too. So I think that they're going to be just fine and again the pitching is just as good to Nelson landed i. Genuinely think that he's going to be one of the top contenders for the CY. Young this series got a two point zero, seven era. He's three and one with eighty nine. KS, Zach. Davies. I mean he's kind of been their number two guy in in the rotation two, point six, nine era he's seven and three fifty, five ks again they're both kind of. The leaders in this rotation drew pomeranz husband lights out in the bullpen and not to mention Trevor Rosenthal I mean again another guy that I mean he's virtually been unhittable. He's not. He has not given up one run since he's come to San Diego and he's appeared in you know eight to ten ending so far for San Diego and the fact that he has yet to surrender any offense at all I. mean. This is a team again that that even win you know the opposing team might put up two or three runs against their starting pitchers if the offense turns things around and then the relief comes in it's GonNa probably not go in favor of the opponent they're probably gonNA have any chance of coming back. I don't want to assume that but with how good this relief pitching is and how they can come. In and get the job done I mean they're very reliable and having a reliable pen in October is always crucial because there's very, I mean, just like this whole entire year, there's a very small room for air and in the playoff, there's even at the smaller margin for error. So having a very productive and reliable bullpen is crucial Saint Louis I mean they'd been in the middle of the road for most. Of the year Paul Goldschmidt has been quietly continuing to show how he's one of the best you know hitting first baseman in the league but outside of him, they don't have a whole lot of help I. Mean Matt Carpenter Tyler O.`Neil are hitting below two hundred called Long Paul Diong have both sub seven hundred pm and for your three and four hitters that have those type of power numbers below seven hundred opium. That's not great. That is not a good sign. The pitching has been fairly good though I have to say it's been pretty solid wainwright the veteran still getting it done. He's five and two with a three point zero, five era like the padres they have quality pitching but the separating factor is the hitting and the padres just have much more of it than the cardinals do I mean there's no question about it. So my prediction for this one cardinals win or excuse me padres when padres when this one cardinals maybe take a game but ultimately, the padres are going to move on I mean it's going to be you know the padres in the dodgers are able to meet up in the LDS that is going be the must watch series for probably the entire playoffs in my opinion next series reds braves reds are the seven. Seed of the two seat read of the hottest team baseball right now mean over the last two weeks they've gone ten and four. They pulled themselves into the playoff picture and they could do a lot of damage I mean this is a dangerous team that's up at the right time and again, just like the brewers they could they could sniff out potential. You know upset against the braves and they might actually move. On out of the wild card I will say though the braves and this is gonNA. This is kind of basing it off of historic trend I. Guess if you will. They won the Ano- east the last two years they wanted again this year but they haven't won a playoff series since two thousand one. So they are very, very due for a series win in my opinion I mean I think this team is. They are. Right, there I mean every year they lose in the first round of the playoffs and they have incredible regular season. It's almost you know it's predictable but I think that this year it's going to be a very different case mainly because of how well the headings been for them I mean Freddy Freeman batting three, forty, he's got a one point eight, four s travis Dr. now who came over from the raise last year, he's been incredible for them behind the plate and at at the plane also he's got a nine fifty six. Of Five fifty nine slugging percentage shooting three, thirty six, and not to mention they both have thirty or more RBI is. Two shy of fifty. He's got forty eight right now and Marcelo soon I know I talked about him in the first segment but I to take you know thirty seconds on Marcello because he has risen the ranks for them batting over three hundred. He's got a one, fifty, eight Oh ps plus which is third on the team. So again. The fact that that is the third highest ups plus on the team that should frighten a lot of teams. Especially, if you're the reds or especially if you're anybody that might potentially take that, take them on in in the further rounds of the playoffs that is a power hitting oriented. I am worried about this team's pitching I will say their rotation does get a little bit. You know expose and has some holes in it Max free being really the main focal point. He's the ace on this team. He's got a one point nine, six era, perfect seven and a record, the only undefeated pitcher in the entire MLB still the only one Mac free he's been playing unbelievable all year long but after that the rotation. Really. Thins out I. Mean. Anderson their twenty two year old righty. He's got the next best area with a two point three, six era. But Tuckey Tucson has been awful. Recently, he's got over an eight era. Their relief pitching hasn't been or has been surprisingly pretty good. Also, I will have to say, but I mean having your third guy or fourth guy and your rotation having an over an eight year A, you can't have that in in. The playoffs, you cannot have that you can't have anybody that is going to allow for that much offensive production against your team in any sort of fashion mark milan-san and he's been playing great in the closing role for the braves. He's got a two point one, eight year array. He's got eleven stays on the Air Shane. Green also another relief guy for them sub three, three era twenty KS in twenty four innings of work I will. Say though I will say I know I keep repeating this but it's something that make note and it's something to pay attention to because a lot of sports most of sports it's all about momentum and it's all about you know who can turn up the dial at the right time and really you know buckle down and focus on the ultimate goal right and the reds done that the reds have woken up in the last two weeks. Like I mentioned ten and four in their last fourteen games, completely turn their season around a matter of weeks they finish out with the twins who are set to make the playoffs and they need to keep playing the strong brand of baseball to carry their momentum in the playoffs. So you know if the and I don't do the twins sitting anybody in my opinion I mean, maybe they will maybe the rest some guys. But you know that's GonNa be a tough series for the reds that's going to be very very. Hard battle for them so and it's also going to show. Can they go up against top tier talent in the playoffs? Can they go up against other very good formidable opponents that are in the playoffs right now they only have four of their nine starters with twenty plus Rbi's and a lot of their starters are batting sub two, fifty with Jesse winker being the only exception there, and again, his average has started to drop also although they don't have the greatest power numbers, they have had considerable help from their pitching staff. And again, they probably have some of the best pitching the NFL. They probably have two of the best one, two punches in the in the with Trevor Bauer Sunny Gray now sunny graves been out on the ten day dl the ten day I'll but Louis Castio has filled in beautifully for the reds. He's got a two point eight, six era. He's got eighty five KS, trevor bowers got eighty, eight KS sunny. Grades got at least fifty, sixty KS. So those are three really strong rotation guys that are high strikeouts and low run guys and that is it leagues exactly what you want going into this place and especially going up against a team like the braves that you know they've got a lot of power. They've got a lot of offense. You want to have this really good pitching. So this'll be a very intriguing pitcher. Pitcher batter if you will I'm excited for this one. It does play out with this because I think the reds could potentially maybe upset the braves. I. Think that out of all the teams in the NFL, they have the highest probability of pulling off an upset I'm taking the braves in the series that's my prediction but again. With the reds at least win one game if not move onto the next round. So last one in the NFL before we get into the AOL Marlins and cubs, and again, not a whole lot to say on this one because I personally think the cubs are going to run away with this one. I think the Marlins you know they're inappropriate six seven C team but in all honesty, I think that this was any other year I don't think the marlins would make the playoffs I. Think they've hung on for dear life. You know for the entire season I think that they started off great kind of one of these typical teams that starts off really good and then they just fizzle out all of a sudden. They didn't really fizzle out they definitely plateaued and I think that they're heading that plateau or right before the playoffs, which is not a great sign Chicago they don't have outstanding hitting. You know they obviously, their team average is very low it's the twenty seventh. Overall team average in the entire MLB. But I will say they are very good against thirty plus teams. They're six and four against the twins this year or excuse me there's they are six. They are a combined six and four against the twins, the Indians and the White Sox, and they have all made the playoffs and they are all thirty one teams so. This could be a great team on not to mention there six four against the reds this season so that definitely you know adds to it against their own division opponents that are also in potentially in the playoffs they've they can play even though their division is very weekday can play with the best of them, and actually at one point they swept the Indians. They went undefeated against Cleveland the entire year. So they can definitely play against some of the top players or excuse me top teams in the MLB they're pitching is going to be vital for them. You Darvish Cal Hendrix really lead the charge for their rotation I. Have to say keep an eye on darvish he's going to a guy that you know I'm going to be really watching because he's not had great playoff appearances and great plow performances the last couple of years and we all know y because you know the last two of them were against the Astros and so those numbers you know who knows how believable they can be but. They need to have a strong pitching performance Miami's batting average of the team fourteenth in the League. So they definitely have the ability to be you know good power hitting team and just good overall hitting team. I will say they're they're leading hitter is Miguel Ross and he hasn't even played in the full slate of games. He's the only three hundred plus hitter and the only one thousand or higher player in their starting lineup. So this is going to be a battle of really The pitching going up against you know the Miami marlins hitting. They've really if they really bring any of it, I mean Brian. Anderson's been good for them also but I think that one thing for Miami that you know if not this year something to look forward to it in the coming years they're pitching I, think they're pitching is pretty solid Sixty Sanchez. He's been awesome for them I mean twenty one year old. He throws really really hard and he's been a lights out. For them this whole entire season you know Sandy. Alcantara. He's also been dealing for them. He's having a really really good year. The bullpen has been exceptional for them with I mean relievers have you know Ah, any reliever that has pitched in seventeen or more games for them have a sub three. So. Everyone of them every single pitcher on their staff and their ballpen that has pitched seventeen or more innings in relief has a sub three era. So again, this is a team. We we saw against the pirates you know this cubs team they can score runs late and this marlins team that's going to really be a big kind of. Their relief pitching and bullpen can come in and get the job done. I'm going to be intrigued to see this pitching battle in the relief against the late hitting in the innings of the cubs. Ultimately, the cubs will win the series. The marlins might get lucky with one win but I think the cubs are going to win it. So, WANNA move into the AL now I'm GonNa get through the know the first couple matchups a couple of things about them, and then also the predictions I one raise and Jay's razor the one seed Jay's or the eighth seed, and again this race team I mean they're unbelievable I think that they are arguably one of the best teams if not the best team in baseball and they don't even have one of the top you know offenses overall. That's how good they are. They've just been able to find ways to win their eighty two or something like that against the Yankees this year. So obviously, they can get it done against other thirty one teams but again. Don't discount the James I? Mean there are only four years removed from going to the AL CS where they lost to the Indians in two thousand sixteen I will say again, the are very dominating but the Jays had a lot of help this year t Oscar Hernandez has come up huge for them and Tampa Bay's hitting is going to be I think the biggest thing the watch in the entire playoffs there the twentieth ranked team batting average and I mean they not great but they've been able to somehow some way figure out how to win ballgames and hopefully they haven't caught the injury bug at the wrong time 'cause he Andy Diaz who's there only you know you know three hundred plus hitter in the lineup at three seven, eight, fourteen ps G. Man Choi and Austin meadows all are making trips to the aisles of this could pose to be an issue for Tampa. Man Choi and those are two very, very crucial pieces to this race success brandon low and Williams have helped tremendously. They're actually the two of them are two of the three players on this team with a one twenty Oh ps plus or higher the other one being andy. So you know they've filled in the void for any injury or any injured players. This entire season they've they've been very consistent I have to give Brandon. Low. Credit I mean obviously his average dropped down significantly 'cause early in the year he was anyone three, thirty, three, twenty. What you know Willie dominance has also been very, very important for them. So I think that they've got the pieces to potentially win they don't have any wild superstars, per se but they've got guys that fill roles they. are able to. Produce when they need to produce. They are a very, very good team and not to mention the pitching Zeman Stellar I, mean, they've got the fifth highest team era in the League second highest win total highest number of saves and fifth highest strikeouts. So it's no wonder this race team has been so good with dominant pitching very good feeling. They actually lead the League in putouts as a team. Also, I think this you know they can really make up for the lack of hitting and they. Went eight and two against the Yankees they're six and four over the Jays. So they obviously are able to play against not only other top tier teams but other top tier teams in their league. I will you know that's going to be interesting to see how if if they can carry that same performance that they've had the entire year over the Jays into the playoffs have been a pleasant surprise though I'm GonNa give them credit. They've struggled as of late dropping six in a row. Against the Yankees and then losing three or four against the phillies. But they're still in the playoff picture, t Hernandez has been unbelievable for them. Thirty two RB is to the team high energy team high sixteen home runs one, sixty four, plus if bogus shot is able to stay healthy, I think that's going to be the biggest difference maker because adding his bat back in the lineup he's the only other three, hundred plus hitter on the team i. mean you can flat out plays got a great bad. He's a huge asset for them but I will say Lord eased Has Been a jain norms edition for their offense also, and he's really honestly picked up the slack with being in and out of the lineup he's got a you know a one thirty are. Higher Than One hundred and thirty Oh ps plus he's one of the four starters in their lineup with a one, thirty opium plus higher. So clearly, they've got heavy hitting in the lineup they just can't afford to go on you know any sort of slide these last few games going into the playoffs because that could really you know hang over their head going into the postseason they. Finished with the Yankees and the Orioles I. Think it's going to play a key part in this because you know they're going to have to really start to you know pick up the momentum here and the orioles they are going to be that team that wants to spoil things. So they're going to try and play their best brand of baseball against the Jays and trying you know. Makes, sure and let it let let it be known that they are going to be a spoiler team. They're going to try and knocked the jays off of that second SPA third spot in the al I think ultimately, let's raise team was going to win their too dominant team and the jays unforced. They'RE GONNA get bounced up but nobody that is a Toronto Blue Jays fans should be upset because moving forward I think they're going. To be just fine next game Yankees twins little rematch of last year's playoffs where the Yankees, actually one and this twins team I mean they're very power oriented team and they've had a lot of help from Nelson Cruz this year across the board I mean nobody know other than Nelson? Cruz. Sticks out as a phenomenal hitter on this team. But Hey, Polanco could be a player that does a lot of damage same thing with Josh Donaldson. Their power numbers have been pretty solid donald power numbers have been phenomenal in this year I mean eight, Ninety Four. A one forty, four P. S plus so this twins team, they've got a lot of pop in their lineup and they're definitely going to want some revenge on the Yankees who beat them last year in the playoffs and like the braves the twins I mean again, we were kind of come I was Kinda compared to the white sox to the padres. Same thing with the brazen the twins I feel like they're very comparable teams in the sense of they've got great regular season performances and then they lose in the first round of the playoffs hopefully that doesn't happen for them this year because I think you know. In all honesty. and. This Yankees team comes into the playoffs with any sort of injuries. It's going to be a problem I mean they've been banged up for most of the year they've had an absolute they've been on absolute tear as of recently though so you guys are starting to come back and starting to get. So they're starting to pick up where they left off in the year right at the right time they won ten in a row earlier in this month with sweeps. Against the Orioles and Toronto and you know having judge and Stanton, back in the lineup hopefully, for this playoffs, I mean that is going to be a scary sight not to mention luke void. I. Mean. He's been incredible for them this year he leads the major leagues in home runs he's the only twenty plus home run hitter in all of baseball. So he's really feel filled that void DJ Lemay I mean he's been is typical self. He's got a one point three two. and. One Eighty, two opiates plus and he's one of five players on the team with an opium plus of one thirty or higher, which again is staggering and frightening number all at the same time the twins pitching I'm going to give them a lot of credit because I think that they could be a difference maker in the series Randolph Neck Kanta Mida and Jose Barrios. They've all been a very big part of this pitching staff and really have been kind of. The driving force I think defensively for the twins I mean the again, the hitting has kind of been hit or miss but I think overall I think that you know the pitching is going to be really the big difference maker. If they can hold this heavy hitting Yankees team to minimal runs on I will say the pitching for the Yankees has also been there too. They've got three of their five rotation guys with a three point five or lower erase this season. In Garrett Cole I mean he's been back to his usual self. He's got almost ninety ks now if not over ninety ks and so that is designed for this team that you know things could get. You know potentially better moving forward I mean Garrett Cole has only gotten better as season has progressed forward stanton same thing judge same thing starting to get better guys. Starting to get healthy back in the lineup and things are starting to improve them. I'm going to say in this one, the Yankees will win because they've been on a tear recently, but I also see the series going to the third game because the twins I think will make New York work for everything alternately I think that we're going to have a really good you. Know Four five matchup in the AL wildcard next to that last series, and then we'll get over into my next segment a. you know talking about which players to to watch in the playoffs this one number six astros against the number three white sox I mean astros have found themselves in a very unusual spot they're usually one of the top seeds in the Al.. Playoffs this year not so much. They've definitely been exposed. The White Sox have come to play this year though they've been playing very very well, we can't forget though the astros have been to the last few world series. So we have to give them. We have to give them the respect even though they might have cheated we give them a little bit of respect and I think the white socks though they're looking to dethrone the astros they're looking to knock down the astros and say, Hey, we're going to make sure you guys don't move on and advance further. You know we're the new sheriff in town move on out of our out of our way because we're going to keep on chugging along the power hitting for. Chicago has been one of the best in the League Jose Abreu you Tim Anderson. Andy Low Jimenez have been on be believable ill Jimenez has forty. One RB is while Jose Abreu has fifty five not to mention Tim Anderson has been hitting wall above three hundred for the last you know half of the season knick magical and an atom angle have been. In pieces for them also both hitting three hundred or higher, and they're kind of more of a reserve role off the bench. Pitching wise, the rotations been solid across the board for the socks and again like the Padres, they've got perfect balance of hitting and pitching G Alito he's been lights out this year Dallas. Cycle I mean he's the they've really led the staff Dane donning though has been very efficient in his starts. He's been a really nice piece for them kind of a nice third. Option to go to in that rotation, the hitting is going to be the main piece of their success. But I think that it's going to be the pitching that is really the difference maker for the White Sox if they really want to advance forward and move forward that astras I mean they've been up and down all year long and it's kind of hard to really. Follow along with them. You know what is going on I mean Brantley it's been up and down Carlos Correa has been up and down I mean they live their entire team has bounced around the all season long their bullpen is a big savior for them Ryan Presley I mean he's been accused closing piece for them twelve save three point six era, which is again the higher end of this bullpen, which is I mean that's A. Good thing if that's the higher end of the R. as in their bullpen and they're consistent bullpen guys, that's a really good sign Blake Taylor in in only Peritas and Andre. Scrub they all have sub three E. R. as the team that if they get out to an early lead, they are able to hold their opponents with a strong starting pitching. You know they they've got the relief guys that can come and get it done. But my big thing for the Astros, the inconsistency I mean what team's GONNA show up? What Astros team's going to be there who knows prediction though white sox all day not much to say here on this because I think that the Astros are old news and I think the the white sox are kind of the new top dogs in the AL last series Indians athletics Indians Seventeen as of right now athletics the second seed, and again like I mentioned earlier the Indians might be one of the most two teams in all of baseball and again I know they can't really do anything about that. You can't you know change that per se nobody pick the seeds but. They've had some of the hardest schedules in all of baseball I mean they obviously were swept by the comes, but they took five of seven against the White Sox who I just got finished talking about being the top dogs in the Al. so you never know what this team is capable of doing. They definitely can play against other thirty plus thirty plus win teams. They are capable of that. The as have not had a have the as have not had as tough. Of A road as Indians had, they have not played up against the talent that the Indians have had. So you know is that going to be a factor will that potentially play into this battle but the Indians I mean. They've got a lot of power in their line of Jose Ramirez huge walk off hit against The White Sox ascend them the playoffs he's got sixteen seventeen homers. He's got forty plus RBI clear power hitter of the team and the off the also. Had the fifth highest amount of team in the MLB. So they have played guys who can drive those runs in with five of their starting nine having twenty or more. RBI's they have seen their fair share of struggles against like I. said the top tier teams they went three seven against the twins they were own four against the cubs they were five and two against the White Sox, but it'll be interesting to. See. How they do against another thirty plus when team that they have not faced off against all this year they finished out with a three game series against the pirates, which is going to be a pivotal for them that they don't lose two of three or get swept because they do not want to have that hanging over their head going into the playoffs at all that would be a major major problem but. I will say they're pitching has been unbelievable that has been the main attraction. This entire year, they're second in the League in both team Yarra with three point three era ending case with five, hundred, sixty, two strikeouts. So quite frankly this might be one of the best if not the best rotations in all of baseball between Zach Zach. Shane. Bieber who I think could you he will win the Al Cy Young Carlos Carrasco and savell. They can make up for the lack of power hitting on this team. That's four very solid, very dependable starting pitchers. That's going to be the driving force Ken. Jose Ramirez Ken Francis Score. Francisco. Lindor. You know carry the weight offensively and are able to kind of pick things up for them. The as have been one of the most consistent teams all year though I mean they've been very consistent and like I mentioned about the Indians, they've been a little bit up and down. So are we going to see you know the as be continuous consistent team or are we? GonNa see this Indian team ratchet it up a little bit higher than they have this entire season to a point where there was steamrolling right through the as Liam. Hendriks has been a big big time piece for their bullpen for the Oakland. Athletics I, mean literally been untouchable. He's got thirty two. KS. In twenty, two innings of pitching thirteen days a one point three era they've got gbi Wendell Ken and they also have use morrow petite both with sub to. In eighteen plus innings of pitching this as team I mean they can be dominant in late innings. They only lost eight games also in. September. So they are writing a big time a minimum wave also into this playoffs, but I will say they just recently lost one on Tuesday to the dodgers and who knows how series will will play out the hitting. Kind of my biggest concern and I think that is going to get exposed drastically I mean Stephen Piscotty is currently leading their team batting average to forty. One is the only one with a two forty plus average in not one single player has a nine hundred, which is very uncharacteristic for this team that has. They've got Marcus semi-in they've got Matt Olsen they've got Matt Chapman three very formidable power hitting players in this league that are not getting it done this year. So is that going to be exposed or are they going to turn that around at the right time? Because the pitching is their pitching his definitely there I'm not GonNa lie in this one. This has some upset to IT I. Think that the Indians could definitely win and I think that they could potentially take this one from the athletics I think ultimately a, it'll be a good series but I I'm going to pick the Indians in this one I think my one upset pick welby the Indians in this one, they are going to be insane come in October I mean the wildcard rounds are already having some very good. Potential matchups for them. I'm very, very curious to see you know how this is going to play out especially with fans with the bubble like setup for the playoffs. 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So stop alerted around and go straight out to the golden state media concepts podcast network guaranteed to build that podcast is. Whatever it may be. Visit US at www dot g MC podcast, Dot com follow us on facebook and twitter and download on itunes doubt cloud and Google play. Welcome back to the GMC baseball podcast. Great to have you all here. Still with me today Jack Right now again, and we just finished up talking about playoff preview through the different matchups of the postseason that would happen if the season were to end today again, not completely solidified yet but a hypothetical situation that could play out if those teams continue playing the way that they've been playing lately i. Want to share my players to watch come playoff time in which players I could see being huge pieces for their respective teams and there are a lot of players. I think that could benefit from their benefit, their teams and benefit themselves. Greatly, the first player I want to talk about Marcelo's in, he's having the best year in his career. He's got a career high in average, three, twenty, seven and. With four, two slugging at six, thirty and. At one point, four two, he's one of he's been one of the best hitters all year long and the NFL and are arguably in the entire league. He's got fifty three RBI got seventeen homers I mean he's going to be a central piece for them especially with you know Freeman in past years having to carry most of the load in the playoffs hitting wise having Marcello Zoo now in kind of. As another added asset to their team along with a Kunia and Albee's, and then the you know bringing in another major power hitter Lycos unit that's going to be a big difference maker for them now. Osuna. He's been in the playoffs before with the cardinals I mean he's had some experience, but it's going to be interesting to see you know how you know he's able to perform for a team. That's. You know one of the top teams in baseball I mean I mean he hasn't really been in a position like that all that much in his in his career. So will the will the lack of experience have anything to do with it? I really don't think. So because he's really the secret to this powerful hitting lineup and he's got, he's one of three players that boasts over a one thousand opn. And four with over a nine hundred in their lineup. So he's not the only one that's been doing a lot of damage and he's been one of the biggest biggest benefactors of this universal d. h. and I think that again I've said this many times in this episode. But if he's able to benefit from this and if he's able to if they're able to keep us around in this rule sticks around. I mean he's going to be a player that we're gonNA hear so much more about and honestly. One. Of the many that will probably hear much more about mainly because of you know the the the the allowance that that rule has of taking guys out of the field and just allowing them to hit strictly and that's it and you know having him in the lineup the moving forward in the playoffs that's going to be huge for this team especially if they want to move. Past the first round for the first time and win their first playoff series. Since two thousand one he's only been hitless in three games so far in the month of September. So clearly, very consistent all year long he's been a problem for pitchers from the beginning of the season two now and the fact that he's continued on and he hasn't fizzled out because you know we hear. A lot of these guys early on the season they start off hot, and then all of a sudden again, they plateau they fizzle out kind of like how I mentioned the last segment about the marlins and how they're. They were kind of a team that I felt that you know if there was a normal season, they would not have made the playoffs because they would have fizzled out by now but I will say more. So Uzun, he is not one of these players that plateaued or fizzled out. He's just continued to you know ride this wave out the entire season, and if he has a huge postseason, this could be a bracing that really revives itself as a you know a little bit as an organization and could potentially add to this already career year he's having this could really be a big factor for him next players and I'm bunching these. Two guys together because they're equally as important for their team nick custody honest and Mike. DACAS I mean they've got a lot of importance together. CASTANOS has the highest opiates on the team of any qualifying hitter with an eight fourteen ps he's got fourteen homers to go along with thirty two rb is his his average though has dropped significantly I mean it really he came out swinging in the first couple of weeks I mean swinging. He was batting three, twenty, seven hit a well over a thousand ps he playing great baseball and now it's dropped to two thirty and the last time that it was really above three hundred was mid-september. Middle. August mid August into now he's dropped from three fifteen to two thirty. So he's not been hitting great and I will say he's been getting hits in six of his last seven games. Couple homeworks. He's been a you know. A, very vile piece for this team as we can see. So his his his playing I think is going to really propel this team into the playoff conversation even more as season winds down and you know it's going to be kind of the difference I think if Nick House Johnson. Mike. Was Docs can pick up the bath and be the leaders for this team. He's got a negative war on the year, which is never good. Sign for one of your better power hairs going into the postseason. But if he can try and continue the solid level of play in the postseason, they've got sleeper team written all over them. Now, stock on the other hand, he's also struggled. He's probably struggled a little bit more than Castanos has struggled honestly, but I will say what he's got and that a lot of other players in this in this postseason I don't think they have. Is. He's got experience winning with market teams in very small windows, and that is exactly what this team is trying to do. He won a world series with A. Kansas City, he went to two straight world series with them. He went to the playoffs two years in our with the brewers, the US in two, thousand eighteen and the wildcard and twenty nineteen. So he knows how to win on very lacklustre star oriented teams. He knows how to win on middle market middle of the road teams he's been hitting the best. He's hit all year long as of recently and like House Dino's picking up the slack when the team needs in the most career. Wise. Not a great header in the plows, which is not a great sign, but he has the history of winning with a team like Cincinnati. Again, another mid market team, you know low payroll team that you know doesn't ever get major superstars. So it's going he's going to be a huge part of this of this team's success and both players are must watch for them. You know if this red team is able to find themselves in the playoffs and continue on. The trend of making it into the postseason. Mike Talk, nick downs are both evenly weighted players I mean they're on literally the same kind of contract. So they're viewed in the same light essentially by this by this Red Steve, they're going to be very, very pivotal for their team's success if they make the playoffs next player Fernando, Totti's. FORTY-ONE RBI's fifteen homers nine thirty one, ps. He's twenty one years old. There's not many players in this world that are putting up those types of numbers. He's got a two point four war and he's been the main piece to this. This padres power hitting team I, mean he's really been the driving force behind. He's the heart and soul of this team and he has started this struggle lately he's hitting one seventy nine in his last seven games and that can't afford to H-. He can't afford to have that happen at this point of the season I mean that. You cannot have that right I mean, that is just the last thing that you need as. A as somebody like Totti's who is such a vital part of their team in such, a crucial member of their team can't have a one, seventy, nine average as the season is starting to wind down get into the playoffs he can't start fizzling out, can't start plateauing. It would be a letdown if if todd fizzled out and I will say I will say he only played in half the season line I. mean he did not play in many games last year he only played about half the season. So this is really his first full legitimate season that. He's played in the MLB is not gonNA play a factor, is he physically and mentally going to be prepared to make a world series runner? WHO KNOWS WE? He's never been position before but I will say that he's got the abilities and the capabilities of of being you know a top tier player in the entire League for many years to come, and this is going to be really what puts them up on that you know stage if you will more so than it already has this year it, his team is able to have a successful playoff run this. is going to rise up and hit the limelight have really going to be shown on him because you know if they come to the NFC S or even the world series, he's going to be really the main focal point of that. His September average as a whole is like night and day from his August average he's hitting one, ninety, four and September as opposed to three thirteen and August. So very, very different and if he's able to. You know pick that up this padres team I mean, I keep saying I keep sounding like a broken record, but they are frightening and if you can get them up against a righty watch out because he could have a field day against righties lefties he tends to struggle against. So I mean he's still able to hit pretty well against them for the most part. You know there wasn't a huge know drastic change, but I will say if he's going up against a righty I mean. In. That's all she wrote really, and even with the war being down from four point one last year to right under a very solid two point five he's still been a huge part of his team and he's still going to be a crucial member of his team and I think he's going to be one of the most you know we talked about players in this that he's definitely going to be a player to watch come October next guy luke void I mean he's bursted onto the scene he shown through the You know the in and out absence of Stanton and judge that he can be a legitimate piece for this team and he can carry the weight with Stanton and judge being out he can carry the load for them and he can be not only a great power hitter but a greatest overall hitter I mean he's hitting two eighty. He's got twenty one home runs. So for someone like void I mean that's he's clearly got power, but he's also got a pretty solid average for somebody that's a mainly power oriented hitter. I mean, that speaks to his overall ability as a hitter as a general whole he's got to. He's the only player with twenty plus a home runs right now in the in the league and he's Got Forty Nine Rbi's so at twenty and fifty guy going into the playoffs on, you know one of the top baseball teams and all of 'EM. Is frightening the slugging percentage percentages. What really sticks out to me he's you know one of the best fourteen headers to have slicks hundred slugging percentage or higher. So being one of the top fourteen guys in all of baseball, the have that statistic it shows predominant. His predominant ability as a hitter is this power game but again, he can still hit for an average normally clearly a career for him. He's you know he's hit a a third of the. Career home runs this season alone he's got about sixty or so career home runs he's they don't twenty of them. So literally, his coming out party this season, he definitely does a better job against righties, but he still has the ability to drive in runs against lefties and I'm going to be watching how he handles the responsibility of being one of the main drivers to this very deep line especially if there's any injury where he. Was Standing Judge and as we all know, there are definitely is a concern of that really any point of time I think it could be a huge impact guy I mean he has suffered a little bit of a setback this month he's only hitting two forty four as opposed to three, twenty, six in August but void could be a difference maker for the Yankees team making a world series run you obviously have or show up. You obviously have stanton. You obviously have judge and you obviously have a mayhew. Gary Sanchez really struggling voight slides right on and kind of fills that voice. So if this Yankees team wants to make a push in the playoffs and we'll make a run for the world series keep an eye on luke point because he's going to be a vital piece to that next Guy Mac freed the only and I mean only star Pitcher for the brays his his role is so so pivotal for this team success, I can't even explain it. He's got the fees fourth in the League. In era freed has yet to lose a game this year, he's the only pitcher that's still undefeated. If he keeps playing like this, I mean he could make a major case for the CY young if he already haven't, he's not a huge out guy though so that is something that I, definitely looking at, will he be a guy that is moving through innings efficiently striking guys out and again he can probably do it in other ways. Ground outs fly out, he's getting out and other ways but. How is he going to handle the strike out loud and his era has dropped considerably throughout the season I mean it's gone from three. You know at the beginning of the year to all the way to sub two right now. So again, he's just gotten better getting better at the right time, and it's all about these guys heading these trends and hitting their stride at the opportune moment for them to forty four area plus it's clear. Limits teams to too little to no runs really, and with a team that has already very thinning pitching. It's going to be critical that he doesn't have a bad outing in the playoffs because that could really make or break their playoff opportunity that could be the difference in them. You know winning a series or you know going game ahead on a team, his performance is going to be so so important to this team has I mean. He might be the most important player on his team more. So than Freeman and more. So than SUNA because of the lack of pitching they have, it's a lot of this weight is GonNa fall on his shoulders pitching wise on the mound because they don't have the the added pieces surrounding him his track record does not bode well for him in the playoffs. so He's got a nine era in four games last year in the annals, he only pitched in four endings, but again knocked. Around in each appearance so that is not a great sign. He's yet to give a home run this year also. So he's only walk nineteen batters out of two, hundred, eighteen. He's faced a very efficient, very, very low offensive run production against other teams I mean his production is going to be key. So He's definitely going to be someone that you know to keep an eye on until to look at moving forward into this playoffs. Next Guy, another pitcher Yu Darvish Darvish is going to be. You know like freed one of the most important pieces to his team's success. I mean I think you know. He's been one of the biggest prizes in the entire. Ano- I mean he he's coming off a really rough year last year and he was able to bounce back. He gave up an ano hi. Last year thirty, three home runs. He's only given up five this year a massive turnaround for the cubs ace he's got Ada case in eleven games. It's clear that Darvish is doing a lot of damage from the Mount I. Mean you're averaging eight K. per outing that's a lot of strikeouts at the that and that's great average to have an his last six starts. He struck out eight or more in five of the appearances with two games being double digit. strikeout evenings. So he clearly again clearly is a high strikeout guy and he's really done a nice job at moving through innings. Another guy that can make a case for the CY young and he's six in the in the in the. Er A, he's tied for fourth. In case he's tied for first and wins, and he's got the sixth highest whip in the NFL as well. He's going to be a part of this really really good one, two punch for the cubs with him and Hendrix and I mean with the poor heading this pitching going to really have to take you know a brunt of the load. If you will because I mean the heading again, hitting can come and go in Flash, but the pitching is going have to be the constant factor here. He's been injury prone and he hasn't pitched well in the last few playoff. Again pitched the last two against the Astros. So we don't know you know how believable those stats are, how skewed those statistics are, because they cheated rightful and obviously You know that's GonNa probably throw some things off for his numbers rightfully. So but I think that you has reinvented himself and that this postseason could be where darvish revitalized and his career takes a turn for the better. My last player to watch in this post-season Nelson Cruz and how could I not mention Nelson Cruz at forty he's doing things that guys at twenty five to thirty couldn't even imagine doing sixteen bombs thirty two RB is a one point zero, two, six s I mean he's only gone Hitless in four games this month he's going to be a joy to watch come October because he's Showing, no of slowing down the season he's a solid solid playoff hitter. His team is going to be you know they're going to really need him and I mean really need him. He's clearly been their best hitter and if guys like any Rosario Miguel, Sano Max Kepler continued to struggle from the plate although Max, couple did come in the clutch for them the other night on Tuesday. It's GonNa add to the load of crews and you know obviously his age has to be a factor and has to be mentioned, but he's handled it. So well, this year and really being again kind of like You Know Totti's not the driving force now obviously, he does not have the help that todd teeth has, but he's really been the driving force behind this team all year long it's going to be interesting in I'm very curious to see how he handles that load, and if there's other guys that will step up and help him out in any way or fashion crews, hits way more homers off. But overall hitting against lefties is much higher. His average is much higher against lefties, but he drives in many more runs against righty. So I mean he can get it done from both sides of the or. Against both kinds of pitchers and with him being the centerpiece of this hitting, and if other guys can you know try and feed off of his ability from the plate this is a scary team I mean this is a team that I think could make a lot of noise in the playoffs and really make a serious run in the postseason. So those are my players to watch. Those are just a couple of guys I mean obviously, there are a lot of other players to watch in this postseason that I'm very excited to see you know for the Padres j Cronin worth you know Jose Abreu. Just rattling off a couple of names right there. Guys that are going to have a very important and pivotal role in their team's success, and you know whether or not that they can come out on top and move forward in the postseason and you know some of these teams that are you know they're they're. Coming in with a really really. High Motor coming off a great regular season. How are they going to continue this into the postseason is fatigue GONNA set in our is content gonNA set in our our team is going to be all right with him to seat I don't need to worry about anything. 'cause you know in two games your season can be over right now. So again, there is no room for air and there's no time to let your foot off the gas. If you're any of these teams especially, if you're you know I threw three seeded team. In either league, you cannot allow yourself to take your foot off the gas. So that'll do it for this segment folks thanks for sticking around as always stay right there though because we'll be right back after this commercial break for the final segment today where I will get into the conversation of what kind of impact technology has had so far in baseball and what the impact could be moving forward and what that could mean for the sport. Don't go anywhere everyone because we have a one last segment here on the GMC baseball podcast. One another the latest than knocker than listened to the golden state media concepts, Thakur. Pie Cat from M. L. at the world and the Premier League we've got you covered the latest update the hottest matches and news on the League's top layer at the golden state media concept docker podcast. Got Blown. Them now. Everyone and welcome back for the final segment here on the GS MC baseball podcast Jack Right. Now are still with you, and in the last segment, I jumped into which players to watch come playoff time. A lot of guys who can have huge impacts for their respective teams wants the postseason hits and I want to close out today's episode discussing the impact that technology has had on baseball and what it will do you know moving forward and as we know in recent memory within the last twenty years or so baseball has had a lot of additions to it especially with technology I mean technology in my opinion. I've talked to a lot of friends about this because I've got friends that do various things in sports and one of my friends he's actually a baseball coach for a division two school and he talks to me a lot about how instrumental you know film and and cutting clips and all these setting up cameras and different angles and different points of the field how you know breaking that down and dissecting that all through technology again is able to fine tune something or tweak something for a pitcher or header or field or whatever it might be, and again, the technology is able to pull out the most miniscule. Things ever in the most minute details the you would never ever ever ever think of and just by a fraction of a change, you're able to all of a sudden have a completely a completely different result. You can have a guy that's hitting you know to fifty you tell them to tweak his batting stance just a little bit because you've watched enough film on Him and you've you've seen how pitches come in at him at a at a certain angle and you see how you know his his swing kind of carries him through in a certain way when a certain pitch comes through and you tell them. Hey stand up a little bit more or you know crouch down a little bit more or bring your hands back about a half an inch and all of a sudden it's gone the the hitters heading to fifty, and he's now all of a sudden hitting three fifty one, hundred point increase. So you know it's got a lot to do with technology technology has had a lot to do with the advancement of baseball I mean look at what you know a replay has done I, mean think of all the all the questionable controversial calls that were called back in the eighties and the seventies and the nineties. That don't have that never had technology and we can't go back and change the outcome of those games through technology and nowadays a totally different ballgame literally, totally different game because you can go back and say, okay that that home run hit seem to hook foul it looked like it might have state fair but I can't really tell and they signal a home run. And the team goes to their you know monitor and they look at the replay and say, Hey, we don't like that we need to challenge that and then all of a sudden now, you can challenge plays through replay replays able to replay has really dictated the outcome to a lot of games in recent memory especially in the last couple of years I mean they've they've. The amount of challenges that there are with you know whether it's a strike or a ball whether it's a fair ball or a foul I think that it's most important in fair or foul balls. I think that if it's a very close hit down the line. and. You can't tell in the end. The Umpire didn't get out of the way and enough time couldn't tell you know the dirt didn't kick up and didn't leave a mark as to where it was fair or foul. You know I mean that's the that's very important at is very, very important. The same thing with whether or not as a home run or not. Now I think that what? It kinda gets convoluted a little bit and kind of gets muddled is wo- is a ball or a strike is this know a guy? Now? I think that next to whether or not it's a fair foul I think somebody being safe at the plate or safe at a base is very important and there's been many instances especially this season in previous seasons where calls have been overturned because of. Because of instant replay and go back to I can't remember the pitcher's name and I can't remember the Umpires name but this was years ago and it was the Detroit Tigers pitcher that was about to pitch a perfect game and he ran over at first base covered the bag got him out and he was called safe and the perfect game was completely ended all because of that one call. I'll never forget the backlash that empire received in the coming days. I'm pretty sure he received death threats actually It was a really terrible outcome for the empire but more more. So I mean the pitcher was completely robbed and there was no replace back. Then imagine if replay had been a thing, you could go and look at that play would have totally changed the outcome of that game. How the game is viewed in the history books, it would have been another perfect game one of the few in baseball history and because there was no replay back then that guy was robbed unfortunately and it's and again, it replays a good thing replays a great thing. Now, this is where I think technology is starting to I think starting to kind of. Mesh too much with baseball is this whole idea of robotic umpires you see a lot in the news nowadays about the MLB wanting to experiment with potential computerized balls and strikes you see on TV, you watch a game and you see the strike zone, the Kaysone, and that would kind of be the the the main essence of whether or not it's a ball. Or a strike and you'd have a computer that would just spit out whether or not baller strike. I personally don't like that and I've talked to a lot of people in baseball who've agreed they're not a big fan of that I. think that what that does is it completely throws off the strategic element of pitching. You can't paint an outside corner and hope. and. Pray that an umpire is going to give you that call. You don't have the luxury of going back and looking at film through replay and seeing what kind of calls and empire makes. Okay. He really likes calling it low and outside or he really likes calling it high and tight. You know whatever it might be and you as a pitcher can now. Pitch according to that, and if you know that you're that that umpires going to be one of your umpires for that game or if you are looking back at a hitter and you see you know his his his. Barrel percentage you know where it's at where he makes the most contact in the zone where he makes the least amount of contact in the zone you can look at that and then pitch accordingly and pitch around those numbers to configure into a way that strategic. You you can't do that. Anymore you have to throw strikes you have to throw ball, and that is literally it's going to be very cut and dry and instead of oh well, that might have been a ball where that might have been a strike. These close calls you know the strategic pitching would be thrown out of the window and you would not have that anymore and I personally and again I think that that would really mess with the game of baseball because you know. Like in a lot of these other sports, there's got to be some sort of human presence in it in my opinion mainly because. If not everything is too perfect and runs. You know almost too smoothly and then there's Games become very again. Robotic things. You know the the the the. The outcome and the motion and the movement of it and the you know carrying out of games it becomes very. Almost, like tunnel vision, you know just very narrow and it's just there's There's no creativity to it. There's no strategy to it. All of that kind of falls by the wayside when you've got robotic Umpires, robotic referees that are calling it how it is in the rulebook, and that's final because every umpire has his own strike zone, every empire calling it high and outside or low inside they have certain tendencies, and if a pitcher knows those tendencies and a pitcher knows the hitting tendencies, it's a walk in the park for the pitcher but if they don't know that and if they are unable to. Pitch strategically because if it's not in the zone strike. They can only hope and pray for a high swing and miss ratio and really try and go after a guy that's got a high swing and miss percentage as a hitter. But I think that overall I don't think that'll happen I really hope it doesn't because I think that could just mess with baseball and what would baseball look like baseball again, it would be very. Just cut and dry. It would just be okay that's the ball or that's a strike in. That's it. There's no that was a close call or. You know any sort of you know maybe looking back at a replay, any of that and I will say though. Although that is kind of a negative thing that technology could bring in baseball. There's a lot of positives I mean look at all the statistics that we know about nowadays because of Technology were able to look at power number's much differently were able to look at exit velocity much differently. Launch Angle. Spin rate on a on a on a pitchers breaking on pitchers to seem or whatever it might be were able to see that. Now there's been a couple inventions in baseball that have been really huge. I mean the K. Vest it's been away that teams can track players hitting and gathered heading efficiency. Basically, they put these little points and these little like you know electronic electrodes or you know whatever you WanNa call them and they put them on I. Believe it was the hitter's hands chest their hips in somewhere else in basically generates kind of an algorithm kind of thing saying, okay, this is A. I hitters efficiency at this point of his own at this point of the zone, where do they make contact on the barrel here whatever and then they also have rhapsody wraps kind of like this camera that is in the ground that is basically in between home and the mound and attracts pitcher spin on the ball and the speed and velocity. They're able to go back and look at that kind of dissect that break it down and then give it back to the pitcher. I mean a lot of these advancements are helping with scouting of teams you know now. MLB Scouts they're going in watching a high school kid and that is potentially you know really good pitcher really good hitter and just at first glance back twenty five years ago if somebody performed well okay. Well, he seems to be really good. I'm you know I'm not saying anything differently now scouts are probably bringing you know cameras two games they're probably bringing trackers two games and they're now able to go back look at that and then somehow someway punch numbers into a system and figure out. Okay this. Guy Does well in this situation, but he won't do well in this situation in our team really revolves around that aspect of the game. We're not gonNA, go after him or vice versa hey, we really like what this kid can bring you know his number show that he's got the potential for a lot of power a lot of pop we're very power oriented. We're trying to add more power to our lineup. We're going to go after this kid so it's make or break for some of these prospects. And not to mention how we scout teams how do these other MLB teams go into a three game series? Let's say at the nationals in the MARLINS and the nationals are able to now gather a bunch of game clips a bunch of game film and sit down and dissect it and look at it and say, okay, this is where guys are hitting. Well, this is where guys are not heading. Well, we need to pitch accordingly also the shift the shift has been one of the newest additions to baseball defense in the last ten years hands down no question about it and shifting has also played a huge role in how hitters. Or hitters are now having to really focus on driving the ball the opposite way of field or if a guy is good at hitting field now he's got start pulling the ball and you see some of these wild wild wild shifts I was when I was watching the dodgers athletics game on Tuesday I. Remember they had a shift that was completely leaving the entire left side of the field open the entire from the base path from second to third was completely completely wide open like you could have literally roll the ball down the third base line and you would probably walked over to second base. There was that little of people so. It goes to show you right there. What that you know what that all entails in terms of you know the the the technology y you can look at what you can't look at I mean, it is really you know played a huge role in in a lot of games, a lot of players development and a lot of teams and I go back to it. Again I, mean imagine in this upcoming playoffs. Imagine if we didn't have the instant replay, we didn't have the ability to go look back at at plays that are close. Those play at the plate in play the plate that could have gone either way the umpire called him out, but he was safe and you look at the replay and you see okay. Well, yeah. Now we see that he was actually safe. We messed that up we you know we dropped the ball and I remember when the Tigers Pitcher had that perfect game the umpire came out and said, yes, I got that call wrong. I was really really wrong into him I'm so sorry that I did that too I ruined your moment and Pretty Short, the umpire actually received a lot of i. don't I don't I don't I, don't know if it was sanctions or fines or if he was punished by the MLB in some sort of fashion, but there were some sort of ramifications for him because he ultimately made a poor call, there was no way of going back and looking at it and fixing there was no way of fixing the air and fixing the mistake and now all of a sudden. You know we don't have that perfect game in the history books and I think that know technology. It's crucial for how we look at stats, how the game is played, how scouts look at Games and how scouts look at talent, and you know I'm curious to see what the future holds for baseball and technology. Where is it going to continue on? Where's IT GONNA go from here but also what point is it going to stop because I? Feel like there will be a time that statistics on just a general playing field are going to become so specific and find detailed that people are going to say what is that statistic? You know a guy that hits really well on a spin rate of a fastball at whatever mile an hours against the righty on a cool evening in September you know at home and it's like well, how are you? What are you gonna you go on stat. Stat cast but you go on baseball reference dot. com. And if you look over at all the statistics, they have that all in part because of technology in baseball, it is insane. I. Mean the the. Equations they come up with for some of these statistics you know hits, minus. First base or a singles hits mine a second era. Doubles hits minus. Triples, hits, minus home runs you know hits minus overall hits herb. POWER EXTRA-BASE HITS over you know overall whatever it might be. There is so many different things about this that can go in so many different ways and so many different directions. So I'm really curious and I'm also very excited to see where baseball goes with it but I hope that they don't start implementing it so much that they can't play baseball without in the sense of bringing in a robotic Umpires I think that is where we're going to start having issues and I think that's where you're going to start seeing people very upset with that and probably not liking the idea of. Computer generated ball in strike counter that you know. They don't mess up they don't miss but it makes things a little bit more challenging for pitchers, but will it make things challenge or easy for hitters? That's my question we'll. We'll. We'll hit or have an easier way and as the idea of the robotic umpires trying to go and more of a direction of offense driven, trying to force pitchers to throw strikes and ultimately allowing hitters to get hits and drive in runs, and you have these massive offensive production games. Who knows but I really don't think that a robotic umpires if they do become thing I, don't think they'll stick around because at the end of the day, you just need no human being umpires calling those games sitting behind the plate and having that kind of input of. Human error human error and human opinion and certain empires like the call certain strikes and other stone. But if that's taken out I, think you know pitching we'll be very different from that point moving forward and I think any will to but overall baseball is completely changed because technology and I'm very excited to see you know more technological advancements that happened in baseball that could potentially advanced the sport. 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