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"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

The MLB Show

01:49 min | 1 year ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

"Welcome to the ringer podcast network to get you to the holiday week check out the ringer dot com for are july streaming recommendations analysis on the uss women's national team during the world cup and take away from an exciting start danby agency also will be sticking to a regular podcast sketch also makes should have junin cheer favorite shows throughout the week as usual blow an welcome to the ringer mlb show my name is michael bellman i'm a staff writer at the ringer we've got a lot of talk about this week so let's dive right into with a staff writer zach cram it is my pleasure to welcome back to the podcast after a one week absence a soccer blogger extraordinary zach cram zach hello how you doing i i was doing better yesterday before we heard this tragic news so yeah let's just dive dive right in yesterday the loss angeles los angeles angels announced that a left handed pitcher tyler skaggs had been found dead in his tax his hotel room 'em he's twenty seven years old a batch turned twenty eight and a couple of weeks this is not the first time we've had to contend with the death of a player at the ringer coverage or or even podcast about it 'em and it's never easy and that's just one of was a very tough as they all are in their own way and i don't really think it makes sense to necessarily compare any of them but yeah it's like certainly we've had to deal with one season there was you're down open tara and jose fernandez and oscar tobias harris and it just seems like every year there's at least one.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The NBA Show

The NBA Show

03:28 min | 1 year ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The NBA Show

"And I like I get it hasn't been that way in Orlando for a while. So like, this has got to be a really fun exciting season for you. They have the citizens to make though because like at some point like this year worked out for them like the whole like simultaneous player development and try to make the playoffs thing. But then they've got decisions to make about like you mentioned Moba who they took. I think six overall now what do you do with tariffs Ross? Yeah. Terrence ross. Yeah. I mean, what would you do? I don't know. I mean, I think that I was talking to some folks down there during the season, and they were saying that votes becoming an all star. While a good thing. Certainly a good thing. We're provost becoming an all star. That was not in that was not in the plant didn't expect us sort development. So you draft him Obama you have that front court there with Jonathan Isaac. Obviously, you're planning on building around Aaron Gordon he's under contract now. And so it's very strange. I don't know what you do. I still like mogambo certainly life Jonathan Isaac. I guess you see a foods wants to sort of stay home on a very manageable contract. If not you start looking at other things, I wouldn't be I wouldn't be opposed to letting him walk, and the reason is because he's the focal point and has been the focal point of kind of a bad team. He is our most efficient player. I think he was for a long time. You know, he led our team ineffective field goal percentage and all that stuff. But I don't think you're exactly going to be a top four team futures. Your best player. And I think there's ways forward that don't involve him. So I trust the front office. I haven't said that. Oh my God. What was the last time? I said I trust the office. I don't even know 'cause you Hannigan, obviously, not well, they haven't written down a bunch of stuff on a whiteboard, and expose it to the world and in months Otis Smith, certainly not John wise broad certainly not. So I don't know. I cannot tell you the last time I trust magic front office. And I again don't know how to react I'm very happy for your transformation here. I am however going to try to pit you against your two favorite organizations before I get to your confidence level and the rest of the series. Here's what I have a question for. So the the magic obviously they were on a heater towards the end of the season. Got them into the playoffs. Got on the seven seed. I didn't think they were gonna leave. We had the same record as the raptors in the last thirty games. They were really really good. They won twenty two of their last thirty one games. And Steve Clifford. Your guy was asked about this and said, hey, you know, like you guys were hot towards the end of the regular season. And then you. Come in. And you beat the wraps on their floor. And do you see any connection there? And he said, I think it helps we've been playing games that we had to win and were meaningful games for awhile, except the ringers Zach cram wrote a piece where he did a disaster. Cram bet and he looked at the numbers and he found no connection between playing well late in the regular season and advancing in the playoffs and playing well in the playoffs. He said that that's just sort of apocryphal. So now, I'm gonna make you pick sides which side are you on? Are you saying my two favorite organizations are the magic Zach cram? The ringer shirt Zach crams some specifically is that Kramer's institution onto him set loves Zak. Yes. My guy. Let's do that you have to pick between Stevens Zach, and you can only have. I think game one speaks for itself. I love Zach Graham but game one speaks for itself. So first of all I need to sort of rectify. So I I like mogambo but Ken Birch fit better in the second half of the season. I mobile bows going into being a better player than Kimber. She's a better prospect all that stuff. But Birch brought something to the magic that they didn't have. I also want to say that there's a toughness it's developed with this team..

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"zach cram" Discussed on The NBA Show

The NBA Show

03:06 min | 1 year ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The NBA Show

"You know, this guy seemed like good dudes, and it's fun to watch them in around the to the playoffs. But I think I'm alone in the I don't know Paul Allen passing. And like the question will ownership situation. Does like if it is time to fire all shea. Why are you not buying team? You are a famous garrison has established you have multiple jobs, right? Super rich and successful. And you have your start at your about to get a starter yacht. I'm about I'm working on my friend's yacht. Yeah. Maybe maybe you you allocate some of those funded by the team. My money's all tied up and gummy bears. Right. Yeah. I'm not like what? Conversa- file your portfolio? Yeah. Some gummy worms. Yeah. And I'm looking will try to buy the blazes within the next twenty s before we move onto all entertainment team between the two of you forgot. Between the two of you. Should we have a little wagers? They're going to be a wager. If you guys play each other. Yes. Absolutely. I mean, what should we maybe dinner at this wonderful restaurant talking about going to spoon by h wearing wearing jerseys of whichever John the first round series. Oh, that's good. That's good. Whoever whoever wins on whoever loses. We'll pick up the check ever loses. Picks up the check. Yeah. And the good part is I am not involved in either of this. So you'll just pay either one of you will pick up from him come along to where the jerseys. I want the free meal, and this is a no undershirt jersey situation. This is arms out. Yeah. All right. So we're in agreement on this. No, undershirt jersey. Yeah. Pick up the check the check Isaac you're on board. Yeah. Here's here's our audio. Handshake right here. All right. Is it makes a lot of money to ring her pay some big box pockets over enemy. Excellent. He's actually part of the team of investors. I'm putting together by the trailblazers him minority on Carrie brownstein me an art Alexakis from ever clear. I think you're there. I mean, I think you're already the top bid I Portugal. The man puts out one more single. They could probably they could probably scoop up the blazes is this is fantastic. Let's say the all entertainment team. So we're doing about this. This is a theme that I write about a lot for the ringer. There are some people like Zach cram and charts and Kevin O'Connor who really get super into the numbers. Right. I don't have a conversational writing style. They are very smart and understand numbers. I am where that numbers exist. I try to pepper them throughout my pieces. But mostly I see the NBA is entertain me. Yeah. Right. Like, I'm the exact same way. I want you to games I want to. But like I like the whole world. I like all of the things that are involved, including the basketball. But the things that are swirling around the extended NBA cinematic universe. Yes, please. Yeah. So let's put together are all entertainment team. And we'll do it as a collaboration could be anything. I don't even know feel the full team or if it'll just be fans. Yeah. Go fifteen deep with the D league to exactly we have a lot of G league. Is that we want to get onto those Geely my bad. My best wits been updated. But it's the same. You start your the guests you pick somebody I for our all entertainment team from this season. Alright. Well for an entertainment team, you need a coach. And I think the coach and all of NBA who's qualified to heavy all entertainment team. It's maybe the funniest man in the NBA coach Gregg Popovich. I you know, what this is a good point. Yeah. Is the funniest man because some people get a little upset about this style..

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"zach cram" Discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

04:02 min | 1 year ago

"zach cram" Discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

"She would've been really rusty. You know, so I don't think she dropped the ball on Turkis. And so, you know, funny when I asked Lori petty about it. She was like I knew you're going to ask that everybody asks me that and she Lori petty. I think is protective of the kit. Character was like, no, I kicked her off shouldn't drop it on purpose. And then similarly the man whose mother, you know, the management reading the document original documentary, he almost gets like offended because, you know, his mother in some ways is the inspiration for the dotty character. And you know, he's like my mother would never betray her teammates. But obviously, it's less purposely. You know, kind of guess what happened? I don't know. I changed my mind all the time. I I used to just assume that she dropped it on purpose. And now, I having read some of the very, you know, the Steph epic forensic analyses of, you know, Dadis rest level, and you know, and kind of an and the and the difficulty of making play and holding onto the ball. I sometimes do you like to think that, you know, she she's just you know, karma's coming back to her. She she left the team in the middle of the playoffs. And that's what happens. Yeah. Is one way or another more satisfying in a narrative censor character. Since I I mean one way more resident emotionally satisfying. I think when you ask it that way. I I kinda think it more satisfying to me if she didn't mean to drop the ball because it you know, it kinda shows that kit that it on her own. And so I don't know. I mean what what's your what's your enough? I'm kind of with the two I think it might keep an almost if there was an element of intention to it. I mean, it would be touching. I guess the gesture that you do that for family member. But on the other hand, I'd rather think that she fully earned it. You know, I'm glad that she wants to help her sister. But like how can you do that to row and male, you know, and all your team? It's like there's a we've spent the whole movie loving this team. And then, you know, which by the way is something that I always liked about the movie is how they they don't win. And it does have I think that's the other thing that makes it kind of just different sports movie. It's not like the the perfect happy ending. It's you know, it's kind of a a real world ending or you know, they got on the bus afterwards and Racine belles are cited. And then they're all pretty well. I will link to your piece and britney's piece in in courage. Everyone to go read Kim. Retrospective. And everything she writes, I know that our boss Bill Simmons is really ramping up the rewatch Ables podcasts for next year. I think they're supposed to be a new episode every week. So just saying if he's looking for material, I think this has been a pilot episode for for rewatch -able of their own. I know well, it's funny. 'cause I tweet a lot of them. Are you know are from men who are like we need a league of their own watchable? Yeah. I agree. They'll if you're listening they can happen. All right. We'll thanks, Katie. This has been front. Thanks so much. Appreciate it. Okay. Let's take one more quick break. And then I will be back with a second ringer colleague Zach cram who's favorite baseball movie as it happened this league of their own. But we're not gonna talk about that. You're gonna talk about dodgers read straight, and the Mariners trade and trading prospects. Right. So we were about to put this podcast bed. Everything was sealed done to.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The NBA Show

The NBA Show

03:29 min | 1 year ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The NBA Show

"Oklahoma City they played and they won last night. And then they got into a fight or a kerfuffle as it were with the bulls. But the big story about Oklahoma City is that they extended Billy Donovan and his contract. And so I'm interested in your point of view on this. They have been very very good. This year have the Oklahoma City thunder and once upon a time it looked like Billy Donovan would not be a long-term coach for them. But you know, them picking up his extension at this point in the season does at least put some security for Billy Donovan, and I do think people's opinions. They changed quite a bit on Donovan, given whatever, you know, the Oklahoma City thunder are doing at the time and they've been very good right now. But what do you think about Donovan getting extension from Oklahoma? City. It's great. I think Billy Donovan a good coach. And I think we're starting to see that the season more than ever in part of it is what's burqas tweaked his play a little bit for years you, and I have talked about it. I've written about on the ringer about. Like, I think one of the first things I wrote on the ringer. Russell Westbrook roadmap. Abou- love to see him play more off ball. And that's happened. A little bit more of the season, which is nice. And I think part of that has loud Billy done on the coach offense a little bit more. But also, I think forget about offense for a minute. Now. This defense is kick ass, right? The thunder have an unbelievable team defense and a lot of that has to do to the front office with the guys that they're bringing in a lot of smart defensive players who play hard who are willing to play hard. But it also has to do with billing ended his coaching staff. Putting those guys within a system in the right situations with right game plans on a game to game basis. And I think he has right to be reward. I think it's great for the Oklahoma City thunder. If for no other reason, you know, we were talking about how it's so hard to know given week to week if a team loses three in a row, it's like what's wrong with them. And if a team wins three in a row, it's like, hey, watch out for them. They are one of the very few teams that I am one hundred percent confident in like, I do think they're very good team. I do believe in that defense, especially when they're throwing Westbrook. Always plays hord, and you've got Steven Adams as a back line and Paul George can be fantastic perimeter defender when called upon you mentioned they've kind of put together a roster where some of their young guys have clearly gotten better. But I'm sure of them. My guy thing go Goma city. They are one that I would tell you. They are a hundred percent going to be a playoff team. So in the midst of all of these teams being kind of wedged together, record wise. I do feel rather confident that they're going to be a good team playoff team. Probably homecourt advantage. Team. Don't you know, I don't I definitely don't feel that way. Now for the same reasons we talked about the kind of near the top of the show, the Western Conference is just the lesson conferences so packed closely. Together, could miss Russell Westbrook of Hebrews five games could swing the difference between the three seat in the eight cedar. Maybe even the nine that's just the nature of the west right now. And not only that Zach cram on the ring dot com wrote a really nice article last week that looked at what the NBA schedule tell us about who's real in the NBA, right and Oklahoma City at.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

The MLB Show

03:55 min | 1 year ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

"I wanted to point your attention to two of my favorite ringer writers have gone long on college basketball coaches this week have made Schuster on the consistently. Excellent Lindsay Whalen of the university of Minnesota and Katie Baker on the consistently shirtless. Eric muscleman of the university of Nevada Reno. Both of those articles are worth your time to go. Check those out. But now without further delay. It's back to baseball with Zach cram and Ben limber. I'm joined today by my colleagues, and I hope friends, I actually don't know how much you guys like me, whether whether you guys come on here out of your own free will or out of obligation, but anyway, bed Lindbergh, Ben high up again to be here. But I also enjoy being here. Okay. You always sound kind of obligate and fat. Cram who always sounds a little bit more Free Willy. Hey, you're okay. Okay. All right. So last week we recorded about this time on Tuesday. And then all the interesting baseball news happened in the next about eighteen hours after we after we hit stop. So I hope the rest of this week will be a little bit slower and will be a little bit more up-to-date, but we add a breaking news last night or sort of yesterday afternoon in the last night and a strange situation out of Seattle and not the kind of strangeness that that we're used to a doctor Lorraine a- Martin has accused the Mariners of accused general manager Jerry DiPoto manager, Scott service, and director of player development anti. Ak of gender and racial discrimination. She was one year into a three year contract to to work on the teams mental skills development and was let go after the season. There's all sorts of details in the story by TJ cultural of the news Tribune of Tacoma, Washington. She spoke to him and laid out a couple instances of actually several instances of service and DiPoto. And McKay she quotes Jerry DiPoto is as calling her a cocky Latina in a meeting earlier early in the air says she says service may disparaging remarks about the intelligence of Latin American ballplayers, particularly Dominicans. This is disturbing shocking. I think is the the adjective I would use describe it. Yeah. I was going to go with astonishing. But I'm with you on those too. So I think that first of all, you know, she is an incredibly accomplished person. If you haven't looked at her. Resume and the rundown. She has every degree under the sun. She's held impressive positions at cannot vouch for her performance with the Mariners. But when she was hired a year ago Jerry DiPoto described her as a unicorn because she just seemed so uniquely well-qualified for this position. So it is very surprising that things have gone way way south here one way or another. And if what she is alleging is true. And if these remarks were made, it really would be astonishing, and I don't mean to cast out on her claims because I have no knowledge of whether they're true or not. I just mean that if they are true, we're talking about Al Campinas, Ted Koppel in one thousand nine hundred seventy sorta stuff or worse than that. And this is coming from a GM and a manager and player development director, it straightens belief in the sense that you would not want to think that this sort of thing could happen in baseball today. And these are to some extent. Public figures, and that would be even more disturbing. If it were true by shock at this. I mean, it's it's an incredible that somebody would somebody that high up to a baseball organization would say stuff like that. But I think part of that is just I don't I don't want to believe that somebody that high up in a baseball organization would would talk that way, particularly to an employee particular like imagine somebody thinking or feeling that strongly about the intelligence of Dominican ballplayers strongly enough to to say it out loud..

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"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

The MLB Show

02:55 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

"In the waters of baseball to write about Robinson canot and his contract. But today we've got a jam packed show for you leading off as always Zach cram. So let's get to Zach without any further delay. All right. We're leading off as always with Zach, cram of the ringer, Zach, how you doing Hello? Good to be back. Well, it's it's weird to be back at today's topic because I sort of thought that when the when the dodgers traded for Manny Machado and and John accident at the deadline, they were sort of rounding into form. They would sorta take control of the National League West in that his very emphatically not happened. So I am calling upon you to untangle this weird web of of nonsense that's that's going on out west. Yeah, the same thought struck me. I know you're talking to Ben later about the AL Wes, and we've been talking about that division basically all season because it's been changing so much, but the analysts, I know we talked about the dodgers early in the season when they were struggling, but then they seem to right the ship with max Muncie and Ross stripling and Matt Kemp, and then they traded for Machado and like you. I kind of assumed the division race was over, but since. Traded for Machado at the all-star break, the dodgers have a losing record. They are now in, I guess, technically third place basically tied for second with Colorado, a game back of the Diamondbacks. And I guess the first thing I'll say about this is just too team. Races are exciting in baseball, but they're not that uncommon. A real true three team race is really rare, and so much more fun. I think just because there are so many different permutations and you have those three teams playing each other so much. I'll get into the schedule a bit later, but each of these teams has two series against the other one still. So there's this a lot of baseball to be played specifically between these teams the rest of the way. And I think it will make for the most fun division race threats to the season. So the big question with the dodgers and we'll get to the the Diamondbacks in the Rockies. And I guess like if you Ben and are going to talk about the Seattle Mariners who are only a half game closer to the division lead than the giants. So I. I guess you could talk yourself this or talk yourself into this being a four team race. If you really wanted to the bullpen, it's it seems like no matter how much they spend on in terms of prospects or or money how much they spend on relief pitching and how much they how many surplus starting pitchers. They have it at a given time. There's never enough somehow. Pedro is always winds up being in the most crucial situations and always winds up blowing them. So you know, kenley Jansen is had his his heart scare after going to Colorado. Obviously that's got bigger implications in baseball and he's out for the next month. But who do you trust in that bullpen right now?.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The Ringer MLB Show

The Ringer MLB Show

04:06 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The Ringer MLB Show

"So that's you and Danny Kelly? Yeah. So we're on the main ringer NFL show feed at invite you on, but we're only having people named Danny on, so Danny Chalmers get an invite, but that's rough. You're not. You're not allowed to come, but thanks for having me. Yeah. So we're, I'm asking you to stretch your fantasy sports tentacles which apparently you've just told me or covered in maple syrup. The dodgers got weird food at games, man, they got that fried chicken, waffle, bacon sandwich. Yeah, I was pressured, I guess, into eating this by Maui, Rubin who has the at least I'm under the impression that she has the capacity to to fire me if she so chooses. So I walked around a hundred five degree World Series game with maple syrup all over my hands. It's most degrading thing I've ever done for for hashtag content, but you've enjoyed the experience. I did it of my own volition and I have zero regrets, although that's arteries had a stern conversation afterward to be young again. All right. So let's talk about fantasy baseball, which we're both losing spectacularly to Zach cram, of course in in the the office league. But you've got some insights into players who might make appealing Bilo trade targets. Are free agent pickups down the stretch. So we're looking at at mostly guys who who are call ups or recovering from injury or recovering from slumps who are owned in less than fifty percent of ESPN leagues. That's that's our main focus for today. So who do you got who you know? Who should we pick up? Well, first of off, Zach cram in our fantasy league. It's like when he messages you about a trade, it's like Bill Belichick like you should just hang up the phone because if they're calling, it's a bad thing. But I mean, that's that's what I do whenever Zach calls me for any reason unrelated this podcast, but yes, so for fantasy this year, I mean, I'm, I'm like a roster tinker. I. Kinda get ADHD with my roster of, I don't really like the guys at the tail end of my bench. I'm like, kind of always looking for the way to maximize that. And especially when you're in a more competitive league and you're trying to get an advantage, I think that just looking at the the waiver pools, always like one of the best ways you can kind of fill out the margins of your Oster and I liked to kind of target to constitutes if I have a spot that's really been affected by injuries in a certain position, I kind of just looking for like really just boring, dependable, consistent kind of guys. And then on the tail end of that, I kind of looking for guys that for whatever reason could just get like a torrid pace going and could have an unbelievable tail end. And I think looking for those guys for whatever reason that they're available and trying to defy who that could become. That's kind of of my favorite hobbies in August kind of sad, but. Yeah. I mean, it's not sad at it. Sounds a little sad what you put it like that. So you wanna talk about e Jimenez, White Sox, outfield prospect. So it's so I mean, this is an unbelievable prospect. It seems that his call up his imminent. It could actually happen any minute. It sounds like he's only owned in fourteen and a half percent of ESPN leagues, but he he should be on your roster like already. And if not like the moment he gets called up, he was Keith law's. Number six prospect entering twenty baseball perspectives had him at number four in the minors at their midseason update. He sitting in twenty nine games at AAA. This year he's hitting three seventy six, the four twenty-five OB p he's got like, all right. This is that is that I came count that high, but he's got like eighty row power. But I mean it's not rocket science, right? He's twenty one years old. He could be really good. He could suck when he goes up. You know, we don't. You don't know what happens with twenty one year olds, but this is just more of Taliban for me. That bet on. Elite players and prospects like you don't know how they're gonna come up, but you want to find out when they're on your bench..

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"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

The MLB Show

04:06 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

"So that's you and Danny Kelly? Yeah. So we're on the main ringer NFL show feed at invite you on, but we're only having people named Danny on, so Danny Chalmers get an invite, but that's rough. You're not. You're not allowed to come, but thanks for having me. Yeah. So we're, I'm asking you to stretch your fantasy sports tentacles which apparently you've just told me or covered in maple syrup. The dodgers got weird food at games, man, they got that fried chicken, waffle, bacon sandwich. Yeah, I was pressured, I guess, into eating this by Maui, Rubin who has the at least I'm under the impression that she has the capacity to to fire me if she so chooses. So I walked around a hundred five degree World Series game with maple syrup all over my hands. It's most degrading thing I've ever done for for hashtag content, but you've enjoyed the experience. I did it of my own volition and I have zero regrets, although that's arteries had a stern conversation afterward to be young again. All right. So let's talk about fantasy baseball, which we're both losing spectacularly to Zach cram, of course in in the the office league. But you've got some insights into players who might make appealing Bilo trade targets. Are free agent pickups down the stretch. So we're looking at at mostly guys who who are call ups or recovering from injury or recovering from slumps who are owned in less than fifty percent of ESPN leagues. That's that's our main focus for today. So who do you got who you know? Who should we pick up? Well, first of off, Zach cram in our fantasy league. It's like when he messages you about a trade, it's like Bill Belichick like you should just hang up the phone because if they're calling, it's a bad thing. But I mean, that's that's what I do whenever Zach calls me for any reason unrelated this podcast, but yes, so for fantasy this year, I mean, I'm, I'm like a roster tinker. I. Kinda get ADHD with my roster of, I don't really like the guys at the tail end of my bench. I'm like, kind of always looking for the way to maximize that. And especially when you're in a more competitive league and you're trying to get an advantage, I think that just looking at the the waiver pools, always like one of the best ways you can kind of fill out the margins of your Oster and I liked to kind of target to constitutes if I have a spot that's really been affected by injuries in a certain position, I kind of just looking for like really just boring, dependable, consistent kind of guys. And then on the tail end of that, I kind of looking for guys that for whatever reason could just get like a torrid pace going and could have an unbelievable tail end. And I think looking for those guys for whatever reason that they're available and trying to defy who that could become. That's kind of of my favorite hobbies in August kind of sad, but. Yeah. I mean, it's not sad at it. Sounds a little sad what you put it like that. So you wanna talk about e Jimenez, White Sox, outfield prospect. So it's so I mean, this is an unbelievable prospect. It seems that his call up his imminent. It could actually happen any minute. It sounds like he's only owned in fourteen and a half percent of ESPN leagues, but he he should be on your roster like already. And if not like the moment he gets called up, he was Keith law's. Number six prospect entering twenty baseball perspectives had him at number four in the minors at their midseason update. He sitting in twenty nine games at AAA. This year he's hitting three seventy six, the four twenty-five OB p he's got like, all right. This is that is that I came count that high, but he's got like eighty row power. But I mean it's not rocket science, right? He's twenty one years old. He could be really good. He could suck when he goes up. You know, we don't. You don't know what happens with twenty one year olds, but this is just more of Taliban for me. That bet on. Elite players and prospects like you don't know how they're gonna come up, but you want to find out when they're on your bench..

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"zach cram" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast

The Bill Simmons Podcast

03:59 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast

"And it's not at all. It's a little bit like me rasmin sabermetrics came in. Yeah, we all kind of looked at each other. Oh, yeah. Do we? How do we talk about that sounding like an idiot and it turned out you didn't have to know that much you could view could fake a lot of you could fake. Well, you just incorporate a lot of it, right? You incorporate some fake some other stuff like there's this whole next level baseball language. That I just don't care. So you know, like Zach cram is Ben is an excellent writer for us and your when he writes about baseball is doing this era plus and stuff like that. I kind of remember what that stuff is, but I'm not versed in it and I would never say the abusing Chris sales era plus. So I think I think it's very similar the gambling and with sabermetrics in the different things where it has its own language and like me and sow. Obviously, we speak the language and we've been doing it for twelve years on my podcast is pen in this one. And you know, same thing with me with writing and I just get the language. I think I'm in the minority though, and it's going to be really interesting to see if the language can go mainstream, I'm doubtful. I think it's gonna be a primitive version of it where it's just like the titans are favored by three and a half the Jaguars, but we're not going to be talking about, you know, the MVP odds are out and it's not just who's the favourite, but who's the best. Value. Right. And that's the part that you really have to study in understand like there's a difference between a good bet and a good value bay and all that stuff, whether the mainstream media is going to really step into that, I don't know, but just getting the rudimentary stuff would be a big thing you has. If you look at like pre game shows to go back to that model, not any, you know anybody, we know actually watches us, but they make picks, but they don't make picks against the line typically, no, or they don't do my, they, they say, the titans are going to win, but they came in, they can't. Yeah. But it was always like Berman would keep his record though, and it was really against the spread, but they would never overtly say that. Exactly. And so why are you going to say? So just putting the rudimentary language into mainstream media is something right, and it's been your column for twenty years, but it hasn't been in other places not not daily, not Jason time. What's your reaction going to be when you're watching NBA countdown on a Saturday night and beetle tells Jalen. Okay. Sees favored by eight and a half against the Spurs. Why do you think. Line is so high because I will never get used to seeing that on a studio show. Right? Yeah. I, I wonder about how that programming will present itself. I mean, we have at least somewhat of a version of what these fantasy football programs. And quite honestly, like I can't watch one of those wanting to jump out of an airplane. I mean, just really, really hard to bear. I do wanna point that we're forgetting one important pioneer in the sports betting media landscape which was forever there or those car dealer spreads and the backs of sports pages where nineteen guys or the car dealership or picking their NFL pets or the week, and I was always a kid fascinated by those those guys were picking spread or or using spark to make their determination. So. Like who member Stu finer and the air of the sports advisors. And those shows in the early nineties where you just said these four CD guys, two of them had to pay and they're just, Yep, strung Furlan lines around. And I love those shows and act fell MAC somewhat early on. Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, for sure. My thing I always was fascinated by gambling and always liked it, but never really acted on it till I was in college after the patriots went one in fifteen. That was like I need a football team and I just don't have on. But the two people that really had an influence on me, Pete axioms inside sports com where the first two years of inside sports, the late great inside sports, he just made gambling seem so cool and CD and fun. And I was like, what is this?.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast

The Bill Simmons Podcast

03:59 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast

"And it's not at all. It's a little bit like me rasmin sabermetrics came in. Yeah, we all kind of looked at each other. Oh, yeah. Do we? How do we talk about that sounding like an idiot and it turned out you didn't have to know that much you could view could fake a lot of you could fake. Well, you just incorporate a lot of it, right? You incorporate some fake some other stuff like there's this whole next level baseball language. That I just don't care. So you know, like Zach cram is Ben is an excellent writer for us and your when he writes about baseball is doing this era plus and stuff like that. I kind of remember what that stuff is, but I'm not versed in it and I would never say the abusing Chris sales era plus. So I think I think it's very similar the gambling and with sabermetrics in the different things where it has its own language and like me and sow. Obviously, we speak the language and we've been doing it for twelve years on my podcast is pen in this one. And you know, same thing with me with writing and I just get the language. I think I'm in the minority though, and it's going to be really interesting to see if the language can go mainstream, I'm doubtful. I think it's gonna be a primitive version of it where it's just like the titans are favored by three and a half the Jaguars, but we're not going to be talking about, you know, the MVP odds are out and it's not just who's the favourite, but who's the best. Value. Right. And that's the part that you really have to study in understand like there's a difference between a good bet and a good value bay and all that stuff, whether the mainstream media is going to really step into that, I don't know, but just getting the rudimentary stuff would be a big thing you has. If you look at like pre game shows to go back to that model, not any, you know anybody, we know actually watches us, but they make picks, but they don't make picks against the line typically, no, or they don't do my, they, they say, the titans are going to win, but they came in, they can't. Yeah. But it was always like Berman would keep his record though, and it was really against the spread, but they would never overtly say that. Exactly. And so why are you going to say? So just putting the rudimentary language into mainstream media is something right, and it's been your column for twenty years, but it hasn't been in other places not not daily, not Jason time. What's your reaction going to be when you're watching NBA countdown on a Saturday night and beetle tells Jalen. Okay. Sees favored by eight and a half against the Spurs. Why do you think. Line is so high because I will never get used to seeing that on a studio show. Right? Yeah. I, I wonder about how that programming will present itself. I mean, we have at least somewhat of a version of what these fantasy football programs. And quite honestly, like I can't watch one of those wanting to jump out of an airplane. I mean, just really, really hard to bear. I do wanna point that we're forgetting one important pioneer in the sports betting media landscape which was forever there or those car dealer spreads and the backs of sports pages where nineteen guys or the car dealership or picking their NFL pets or the week, and I was always a kid fascinated by those those guys were picking spread or or using spark to make their determination. So. Like who member Stu finer and the air of the sports advisors. And those shows in the early nineties where you just said these four CD guys, two of them had to pay and they're just, Yep, strung Furlan lines around. And I love those shows and act fell MAC somewhat early on. Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, for sure. My thing I always was fascinated by gambling and always liked it, but never really acted on it till I was in college after the patriots went one in fifteen. That was like I need a football team and I just don't have on. But the two people that really had an influence on me, Pete axioms inside sports com where the first two years of inside sports, the late great inside sports, he just made gambling seem so cool and CD and fun. And I was like, what is this?.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

The MLB Show

02:57 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

"All right time to bring in our closer ben lindbergh ben you did not wanna talk about the home run derby as i talked about with zach cram and robert mays earlier so congratulations you're off the hook i think it turned out to be better than i expected we're talking about it yeah it was great they've i mean we've talked about this already but like i love the bracket format it's it's great and bryce harper obviously we talked about on slack that may be like there is talk that bryce harper looked like a look so much happier after winning the homerun derby than than before and maybe this'll break him out of his slump and stuff so we can i guess done slick i hope that this will be a reverse of the perceived curse in that there's this persistent idea that the derby screws up hitters which has been shown time and time again not really to be true it's just that if you get into the homerun derby it's because you had a great first half and so there's probably some regression in store probably true in the other direction for harper because he had such a low bab in the first half that he'll probably be better from now on and maybe people will tribute that to the derby so it'll be the opposite of what we usually hear i'm looking forward to it i can't wait for her like i won't joey gap it might be dangerous to put joey gallo in the in the homerun derby i guess they had aaron judge in it last year nobody died so maybe it just goes to show that the field doesn't matter that much because a lot of the best homerun hitters and some of the most exciting homerun hitters pulled out of the derby and so there was i think less excitement going into this and yet it was still really exciting because it came down to the competition more so than the hitters themselves and what with hyperion shorter there were still plenty of massive dogs so it was fun all right well i'm going to leave that as it lies one man who is not the homerun derby and his indeed not a major league baseball anymore is mike metheny late of the saint louis cardinals was fired over the weekend after i described it before the event as like moscow nineteen ninety one there is a real last day last days of rome kind of feeling around the cardinals over last week if you'll allow me to my metaphors yeah although even i didn't expect them to make this move when they did it was just losing those games to the reds was the less straw i guess and seeing how well they've played under their own interim manager but obviously it's been more than twenty years since the cardinals actually fired manager so yeah well that's what happens when you have tony larussa for a big chunk of that but still they value loyalty and consistency and mathie really tested that and it's somewhat surprising that he lasted as long as he did i don't think he would have with many other organizations but as someone who doesn't root for a team that was managed by mike mathie almost miss having him around because in baseball today there aren't that many managers or general managers or even players that.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The Ringer MLB Show

The Ringer MLB Show

02:57 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The Ringer MLB Show

"All right time to bring in our closer ben lindbergh ben you did not wanna talk about the home run derby as i talked about with zach cram and robert mays earlier so congratulations you're off the hook i think it turned out to be better than i expected we're talking about it yeah it was great they've i mean we've talked about this already but like i love the bracket format it's it's great and bryce harper obviously we talked about on slack that may be like there is talk that bryce harper looked like a look so much happier after winning the homerun derby than than before and maybe this'll break him out of his slump and stuff so we can i guess done slick i hope that this will be a reverse of the perceived curse in that there's this persistent idea that the derby screws up hitters which has been shown time and time again not really to be true it's just that if you get into the homerun derby it's because you had a great first half and so there's probably some regression in store probably true in the other direction for harper because he had such a low bab in the first half that he'll probably be better from now on and maybe people will tribute that to the derby so it'll be the opposite of what we usually hear i'm looking forward to it i can't wait for her like i won't joey gap it might be dangerous to put joey gallo in the in the homerun derby i guess they had aaron judge in it last year nobody died so maybe it just goes to show that the field doesn't matter that much because a lot of the best homerun hitters and some of the most exciting homerun hitters pulled out of the derby and so there was i think less excitement going into this and yet it was still really exciting because it came down to the competition more so than the hitters themselves and what with hyperion shorter there were still plenty of massive dogs so it was fun all right well i'm going to leave that as it lies one man who is not the homerun derby and his indeed not a major league baseball anymore is mike metheny late of the saint louis cardinals was fired over the weekend after i described it before the event as like moscow nineteen ninety one there is a real last day last days of rome kind of feeling around the cardinals over last week if you'll allow me to my metaphors yeah although even i didn't expect them to make this move when they did it was just losing those games to the reds was the less straw i guess and seeing how well they've played under their own interim manager but obviously it's been more than twenty years since the cardinals actually fired manager so yeah well that's what happens when you have tony larussa for a big chunk of that but still they value loyalty and consistency and mathie really tested that and it's somewhat surprising that he lasted as long as he did i don't think he would have with many other organizations but as someone who doesn't root for a team that was managed by mike mathie almost miss having him around because in baseball today there aren't that many managers or general managers or even players that.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

The MLB Show

04:00 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

"And so as zach cram has chronicled the orioles may be one of the worst defenses of all time just everything has gone wrong and if you look at some of the wonky stats that tell us how good team should be based on their underlying performance both of these teams are under performing their base runs record by four or five wins now even if you gave them those tattoo great i've this up the sixty minutes underperformed their pie by ten wins so cool there's only so much difference it would make but that's what i'm saying and the other thing is that these two teams i think there's maybe a tendency to kind of lump them in with some other teams that are tanking end or rebuilding or tearing down whatever you wanna call it these teams are kind of old school sucking like just ended while yeah under their cycle and it all came crashing down exactly yeah over the past four seasons the orioles and the royals in probably were tied for the sixth most wins in the majors and the second most wins behind the indians is yes like three fourteen four years ago so these teams were good and now they're bad and that's what happens the royals lost a lot of free agents and the orioles just really haven't acquired young talent and just haven't made the moves that they should make but this is something that teams have historically gone through this isn't like the white sox being bad because they traded everyone this is just kind of the natural last gasp of formerly good teams and they you said old school and there is something you know what i think there is something admirable about the about the royal sort of seeing this coming and say while we're just gonna take our one last remote shot instead of trading hawes moore and kane and mushtaq has last year and they're sort of a weird developmental program that you know there is no weirder scouting developmental pergram out there than the orioles said oh this is just what happens when you don't develop a pitcher for twenty years yes i'm one international free h hit baby has talked to us but the i didn't see this coming with the with the oils i thought they were just sort of a run of the mill sixty five seventy when team coming into the season with the rules i think i saw this this potential just because there's this they're they're players a lot of players come news season didn't have a lot of upside and i think we mistake not having upside for also not having a low floor and they they're experiencing the the side effects of this the other thing is they're kind of being floated by a really shit ass division and his should ask has has been like this they have a winning record against the tigers or five hundred against the against minnesota twins new you've been interested in the trajectory of the ale central as a whole i think back to two thousand three orioles who were surprising wildcard contender because they beat up on the was the hundred how many games the tigers loose at your hundred nineteen was that close to over the a forty eight win team something that the one they lost somewhere in the the high one teens and the royals went sixteen and three against them and almost made the playoffs as a result and this is sort of the opposite of that word the low quality of division is well no it's not the opposite they're just at the other end of the standards that's no low quality of of some of their competition sort of keeping them for really challenging that that sixty two metric and if they in the west might be talking about this yeah i over rated those two and three tigers by the way forty three and one nineteen say i remember mike merav and jeremy bonderman there's a there's a an alternate universe where that season doesn't just completely jeremy bonderman becomes a multiple all start jerry be undermined alternate history did we would be talking about that we talk about every yet you're right i wrote a couple of weeks ago about how this essential might be the worst division ever and obviously.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The Ringer MLB Show

The Ringer MLB Show

04:00 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The Ringer MLB Show

"And so as zach cram has chronicled the orioles may be one of the worst defenses of all time just everything has gone wrong and if you look at some of the wonky stats that tell us how good team should be based on their underlying performance both of these teams are under performing their base runs record by four or five wins now even if you gave them those tattoo great i've this up the sixty minutes underperformed their pie by ten wins so cool there's only so much difference it would make but that's what i'm saying and the other thing is that these two teams i think there's maybe a tendency to kind of lump them in with some other teams that are tanking end or rebuilding or tearing down whatever you wanna call it these teams are kind of old school sucking like just ended while yeah under their cycle and it all came crashing down exactly yeah over the past four seasons the orioles and the royals in probably were tied for the sixth most wins in the majors and the second most wins behind the indians is yes like three fourteen four years ago so these teams were good and now they're bad and that's what happens the royals lost a lot of free agents and the orioles just really haven't acquired young talent and just haven't made the moves that they should make but this is something that teams have historically gone through this isn't like the white sox being bad because they traded everyone this is just kind of the natural last gasp of formerly good teams and they you said old school and there is something you know what i think there is something admirable about the about the royal sort of seeing this coming and say while we're just gonna take our one last remote shot instead of trading hawes moore and kane and mushtaq has last year and they're sort of a weird developmental program that you know there is no weirder scouting developmental pergram out there than the orioles said oh this is just what happens when you don't develop a pitcher for twenty years yes i'm one international free h hit baby has talked to us but the i didn't see this coming with the with the oils i thought they were just sort of a run of the mill sixty five seventy when team coming into the season with the rules i think i saw this this potential just because there's this they're they're players a lot of players come news season didn't have a lot of upside and i think we mistake not having upside for also not having a low floor and they they're experiencing the the side effects of this the other thing is they're kind of being floated by a really shit ass division and his should ask has has been like this they have a winning record against the tigers or five hundred against the against minnesota twins new you've been interested in the trajectory of the ale central as a whole i think back to two thousand three orioles who were surprising wildcard contender because they beat up on the was the hundred how many games the tigers loose at your hundred nineteen was that close to over the a forty eight win team something that the one they lost somewhere in the the high one teens and the royals went sixteen and three against them and almost made the playoffs as a result and this is sort of the opposite of that word the low quality of division is well no it's not the opposite they're just at the other end of the standards that's no low quality of of some of their competition sort of keeping them for really challenging that that sixty two metric and if they in the west might be talking about this yeah i over rated those two and three tigers by the way forty three and one nineteen say i remember mike merav and jeremy bonderman there's a there's a an alternate universe where that season doesn't just completely jeremy bonderman becomes a multiple all start jerry be undermined alternate history did we would be talking about that we talk about every yet you're right i wrote a couple of weeks ago about how this essential might be the worst division ever and obviously.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

The MLB Show

04:09 min | 2 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The MLB Show

"Sir earlier in the show i talked to zach cram about the first place team in the american league west now i'm expanding the focus of this show to the top two teams the al west standings and bring on a man who just recently wrote about the shocking seattle mariners spent lindbergh high mariner magic i know sodo mojo the people in seattle still say that i don't know if they should be saying that again if they aren't so we're we've got a serious you know set of serious questions to to ask about the mariners but i'll give you ten bucks if you can tell me what wade leblanc did to turn into two thousand or i i call them lefty twenty twelve kris medlen the other day yeah i recently read an article that attempted to figure out what wade leblanc did it i think the conclusion was just that we all know nothing about baseball because that's that's basically it i've been i think he is maybe justified his pitch mix and that sort of thing but it's not as if he is suddenly throwing an entirely new pitcher throwing way harder he's still kind of looks like wade leblanc except for all of his numbers so at every team in baseball seemingly has had him and given up on him at some point including the astros so whatever we missed everyone else missed so i guess that's some comfort so the title of your story sorta it's i think it it fits nicely with the way i feel about the mariners which is the mariners are first place flus and they deserve it and like this team's been really good but you can see all the obvious ways where as opposed to the astros just not to belabor that comparison but they are in direct competition for the division lead you could see the astros with their outstanding starting pitching one through five there the depth of their lineup which is just now waking up in the mariners you could see the seams and it's still happening and and they're fluky and all the familiar ways that the twenty was at the twenty fifteen rangers were flutie i think twenty twelve orioles jazz every few years there's one of these teams in reignites the debate about whether it's luck or timing or skill but yes they are the latest in that lineage so what you know what is how do they fit into that lineage because it's not you know it's not twenty twelve orioles bullpen it's not a i guess james paxson versus brandon webb might be a decent comparison but what are what are they doing that is is allowing them to keep pace with the with the astros yeah i mean they are a solid team i think putting all the luck in chance aside this isn't the two thousand seven diamondbacks who were outscored on the season and still somehow won ninety games and made the playoffs mariners are a pretty good team but they look like a great team because of all of the amazing mariner stats that i will rely right now so they're twenty three and ten in one run game so i think everyone knows that but they are thirty one and twelve in one or two run games that's a seven twenty one winning percentage that would be the best record in such games of all time so i don't wanna get into a debate about the definition of games over five hundred because that's a separate podcast but you'll know what i mean the mariners are nineteen games over five hundred in one or two run games and one game over five hundred in all other games the hair fourth in winning percentage in the majors this year and twelfth in run differential they've actually had a inferior run differential to the angels who are trailing them by eight games as we speak so none of this really make sense every way of accounting that we have for looking at teams and judging their record should be the parents are about a hundred points of winning percentage ahead of that so we know from those past examples that we just mentioned this isn't something that stays consistent that teams do season after season so it is largely luck and timing and clutch nece there's a fan graphs that called clutch that the mariners are leading on the offensive side and second overall on the pitching side so basically they've just been good in high leverage moments when.

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"zach cram" Discussed on The Ringer MLB Show

The Ringer MLB Show

02:07 min | 3 years ago

"zach cram" Discussed on The Ringer MLB Show

"Can just let zach cram or one of our la colleagues okay we're looking forward to debris giving what zach says is a very high auxiliary press box dodger stadium together has the forecast for tomorrow looking is it still like trimmer hundred seventy five degrees like i la wonderful place yeah when i told now when we were talking about going out there i looked at the weather and i was like is this a joke like it's just barely starting to get to the point right where long pants at home and now yeah it's i might not get to a point where i i wish for the cold of last year's world series were grant brisby saved my life by giving you hand warmers before game five at wrigley but i'm still forever and his dead over that but you know we might get to a point where i'm wishing for return to those conditions all right so we're gonna talk about the world series not solely the weather forecast although maybe that will come up again but we have to talk about astra's dodgers and that's going to be a lot of fun we'll get to that moment but we should close the book on the champion chip series in if i did not know better if i did not know that you were at a wedding on saturday night being forced to dance or at least pressured to i would have thought that was you behind home plate in your bryant mcken mass calling curveball after curveball bulb because correct me if i'm wrong but i believe the lens mccullers curve ball is if not your favorite pitch in baseball it's on the very short there i i love lance mccullers and we saw in the in the championship series my two favorite attributes of lance mccullers one is his era gance he had sat like this is just this is not something that people who came into baseball the way you and i did or supposed to like think is really awesome about a pitcher but like he's got that i want the ball but in a really convincing way like he truly believes that he's the the best pitcher on the planet so it was and because of that like he's had three postseason appearances that weren't in in a mop up role and.

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