On this episode, we chat about the AL West-leading Astros before getting help from an astrophysicist as we try to understand why the baseball continues to act so strangely.
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On this week’s FanGraphs Audio, David Laurila talks to a major league general manager before introducing one of the game’s new radio voices.
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On this episode, Eric Longenhagen welcomes old friend Keith Law of The Athletic back to the show to chat about the draft landscape.
Eric recently returned from a trip to Florida, and the duo discuss how challenging travel logistics continue to be while trying to see amateur players. We hear about impressive prospects like Jordan Beck, Drew Gilbert, Trey Lipscomb, and Sonny DiChiara, as well as how strong Tennessee looks and how Vanderbilt has been a surprising disappointment. Keith also talks about working on his Draft Top 100 list and reaching episode No. 100 of his own podcast.
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This week on the show, we check in on the always-interesting Colorado Rockies, who have been exceeding expectations in the early going, before getting into recent beanball drama and more.
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On this week’s show, we welcome a club’s president of baseball operations to talk about his team’s inner workings before we react to the exciting first few weeks of the season.
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This week we meet a player development coach before reuniting with an old friend who has plenty of thoughts on developing players.
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FanGraphs Audio is here a day early this week in celebration of Opening Day, and we have a pair of great interviews to ring in the season.
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This week on the podcast, Dan Szymborski and Ben Clemens go over their work on the 2022 positional power rankings.
Dan wrote about the league’s catchers, so the duo discuss Will Smith’s sneaky stardom, Yasmani Grandal’s wild 2021 stat line, and how the importance of framing makes Salvador Perez a controversial backstop. Meanwhile, Ben covered second and third base, so we also hear about where Luis Arraez fits in for the Twins (and their curious situation at third), the career arc of Gleyber Torres, and whether Ben thinks he would give Jose Altuve a Hall of Fame vote when the time comes. Finally, Ben shares his favorite video game of the year so far, and it probably isn’t the one you think.
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On this week’s show, David Laurila welcomes Alex Coffey, a sportswriter for The Philadelphia Inquirer covering the Philadelphia Phillies.
David and Alex both attended Nick Castellanos’ signing press conference in Florida, and discuss how the outfielder is going to fit on a team that may already struggle defensively. Alex also shares what it’s like to watch Bryce Harper take batting practice and lead a team, and how great it has been to interview Phillies like Rhys Hoskins and Kyle Gibson now that clubhouse access has been restored. We also hear about the team’s center field position battle and how Matt Vierling could potentially impress in the role.
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On this edition of FanGraphs Audio, our own Eric Longenhagen and Ben Clemens discuss some of the numerous signings and trades of the past week.
Eric and Ben talk about the first sunburn of the season, Cristian Pache’s upside, Sean Murphy’s hamates and trade value, and the arrival of Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa on the Yankees — and how weird the latter’s defensive metrics can be. The pair also discuss Oakland and Cincinnati seemingly tearing it all down, and how important it is to consider which choices are made by the front office and which are dictated by ownership. Eric and Ben also react to the reactions to the Rockies signing Kris Bryant with some thoughts about how and why we root for players to get paid.