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FanGraphs Audio: Craig Goldstein Eschews Financial Flexibility

Episode 862

Baseball Prospectus’ managing editor Craig Goldstein joins the program to discuss his new job, his cats, and then, in a far more serious turn, the state of baseball dissembling, including what teams promise, but perhaps really mean, when they prize “financial flexibility,” how we talk about the changes we’ve seen to the baseball, and how the Cubs have talked about Addison Russell. We got a little spicy at times, and forced Dylan Higgins to edit out several swears.

Craig’s piece on financial flexibility can be found here.

Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @megrowler on Twitter.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 1 hour and 1 min play time.)


Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 5/14/19

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Meg Rowley: Hello, and welcome to the chat!

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Meg Rowley: It is rainy in Seattle today, and I have some sad tunes on. Let’s see if a little chat can’t shift the mood.

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Confused Dodger Fan: Struggling with the Julio Urias news. I want to be able to like the players who play for my favorite team.

2:02
Meg Rowley: Drat. It’s really a bummer. It is very hard for the continued existence of cases like this to not alter one’s appreciation for the sport in a meaningful way. Or at least, it is difficult for me. This stuff care ware you out.

2:02
Professor Hulk: Is all hope lost of Keuchel and Kimbrel playing this season?

2:02
Meg Rowley: I don’t think so.

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FanGraphs Audio: Craig Edwards Lowers and Raises the Alarm

Episode 861

FanGraphs writer Craig Edwards joins the program to discuss various causes of potential baseball panic. For instance, ought we to panic over Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s slow start given the early-career performances of other former top prospects? No! Should we shift uncomfortably in our seats over Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s recent acquisition of 21 regional sports networks given how it may impact the pricing and availability of baseball broadcasts? Maybe! We also discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, for Craig is a Cardinals fan.

Craig’s piece on Vlad Jr. can be found here. His most recent piece on Sinclair can be found here.

Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @megrowler on Twitter.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 38 min play time.)


Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 5/7/19

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Meg Rowley: Hello all!

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Meg Rowley: Welcome to the chat.

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BEES: BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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bob:

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Big League Choo: Which weighs more: 10 pounds of baseballs or 10 pounds of bees?

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Meg Rowley: On my soul? The bees for sure. Much harder to dodge.

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FanGraphs Audio: Ben Clemens, Live from a San Francisco Airbnb

Episode 860

I welcome FanGraphs contributing writer Ben Clemens (@_Ben_Clemens) to the program to offer our listeners a chance to get to know one of the site’s new writers. We discuss Ben’s former life in finance, his cross-country move, his love of the St. Louis Cardinals, and his approach to baseball writing and watching. Plus, we marvel at Jackie Bradley Jr.’s very poor start, and Cody Bellinger’s very good start.

Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @megrowler on Twitter.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 56 min play time.)


Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 4/30/19

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cavebird: Do you think they should allow Carter Kieboom to get the Boxburger exception to the no emojis rule for player’s weekend?  And if he does, what if his brother is also up that weekend?  Of course, they would have the same name on the back of their uniforms in normal games, too.

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Meg Rowley: I really can’t imagine caring what a player puts on his players’ weekend jersey so long as it wasn’t a slur?

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Greg: The top 5 teams in defensive runs above average are the Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, and Rockies. Is this a weird coincidence? https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=0…

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Meg Rowley: Given some of the individual guys those teams have, it isn’t super surprising, but also, I would warn against looking at a month’s worth of defensive data and thinking it’s anything so meaningful.

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The Chop is for Chumps: Meg, what do you make of all the young, superhyped, Atlanta arms flopping at the big stage i.e. Kyle Wright, Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson, Luiz Ghohara, and Sean Newcomb?

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Meg Rowley: That pitching is really hard and that there is a reason that we were all a little nervous about a pitching-forward approach to building the farm?

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 4/23/19

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Meg Rowley: Hello all, and welcome to the chat. We’ll get started in just a second here.

2:02
Gene: I’m very bored in Economics. Will the Mets pitching be fine?

2:02
Meg Rowley: Hmmm maybe?

2:03
henryv: Best former Seattle baseball team name: Pilots, Hustlers, Yannigans, Clamdiggers, Siwashes, Chinooks, or Turks?

2:03
Meg Rowley: Clamdiggers or Chinooks imo.

2:03
CamdenWarehouse: I was happy to hear you are on the right side of the almond/soy/etc milk vs. juice debate

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FanGraphs Audio: Kiley McDaniel Welcomes the Night King

Episode 859

FanGraphs Audio welcomes back Kiley McDaniel, prospect analyst, to discuss all things scouting, including Kiley’s recent trip to Florida to see potential draftees in the 2019 draft class and the biggest risers and fallers on the draft section of The BOARD. We also engage in a little bit of contract extension talk, particularly as it pertains to Ozzie Albies, and the concept of bummers. And finally, we indulge a little non-baseball talk, offering our spoiler-laden assessments of the new season of Game of Thrones.

Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @megrowler on Twitter.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 59 min play time.)


Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 4/16/19

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Meg Rowley: Hello all, and welcome to the chat. Allow me a moment to schedule a post, and then we’ll get started.

2:09
Meg Rowley: Alright

2:09
Meg Rowley: I am here

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Meg Rowley: Thank you for your patience!

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dmitry: I get the Yanks, they’ve been killed with injuries.. but why are the Sox so bad so far?

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Meg Rowley: Turns out that when your pitching is shaky it can be tricky to win baseball games.

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FanGraphs Audio: Dylan Higgins Allows Exactly One Swear

Episode 858

FanGraphs Audio returns to welcome Dylan Higgins, FanGraphs editor and important podcast person, to the program for the very first time. Dylan and I engage in a little bit of editor talk, and also recount some of Dylan’s experiences as a baseball intern in Australia, and with the Pacific Coast League. We also discuss the matter of minor league fandom, and the proper etiquette for those who attend baseball meetups.

Warning: this episode contains exactly one unbleeped swear, which appears around the 8 minute 38 second mark, and is well telegraphed in advance, but which will scar and alter young listeners.

Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @megrowler on Twitter.

You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things.

Audio after the jump. (Approximate 46 min play time.)