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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 03/31/2020

2:01
Meg Rowley: Hi all, and welcome to the chat.

2:02
Meg Rowley: Before I get going, I wanted to take a second to thank everyone who signed up for a membership yesterday, visited the site sans ad blocker, or purchased merch.

2:03
Meg Rowley: We know this is a difficult time for many, and so appreciate everyone’s support of FanGraphs.

2:03
Meg Rowley: This community is really very wonderful, and we’re incredibly lucky to be a part of it.

2:03
JWDC: Will Fangraphs add more merch or other things members can buy to support your work?

2:05
Meg Rowley: Yes! We’ll have more info on this in the coming days. Plans are currently in the works for more merch (we know there are a bunch of sizes sold out), ways to pre-pay for future subs and also gift subs to others, and ways for existing members who wanna help out to do so.

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 3/25/2020

12:03
Meg Rowley: Hi everyone, and welcome to the chat

12:04
Meg Rowley: Apologies for being a little late – had to brush my teeth. You know, how we still observe the trappings of a civilization?

12:06
I miss baseball: If there is a 2020 season, would you personally put an * next to the winner?

12:08
Meg Rowley: I think we’ll have to be aware of the statistical oddity, but in terms of it having an asterisks because it feels less valid somehow, not really – we’re going to be so happy to have baseball back

12:08
Adam: I’m sure I’m only about the 67th person to ask this, but can we please make the Carson/Dayn podcasts a regular thing again?

12:09
Meg Rowley: Regular? Likely not – I’m not sure how much we can impose on the Blue Jays generosity. But they have a standing invite.

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Saturday, in the Park

Moms are scattered throughout the bleachers, using umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun; the rains that had flooded the outfields of Corona Del Sol High School and caused the cancellation of the first three days of the Boras Classic have passed, leaving the umbrellas free to resume their usual Arizona purpose. It’s almost just another March Saturday.

A few feet from the home plate stands, a group of teen girls huddle in short denim shorts and yoga pants, pony tails perched high on their heads, the day’s light reflecting back from sunglasses. Their grouping doesn’t seem especially concerned with the next pitch. Instead, they chitter about school gossip that is about to meet its own disruption.

On an adjacent soccer field, a group of boys, all of whom occupy that odd time in life when it is hard to tell exactly how old they are, goof around with a Wiffle bat and ball. One of those assembled comes set and pitches in; the batter he’s facing mimics charging the mound, but peels off a few feet before he reaches his friend. After all, their game isn’t serious.

Hand shakes pervade the scene, but they carry with them the air of habit, or good manners, rather than one of defiance. A few offer an elbow or a fist — “No one knows what to do” is uttered in an amused tone by one scout — but submit to an open hand offered by less bothered compatriots moments later.

The usual bad pop country pumps over the PA system. “Make ya wanna slide on in, like girl, what’s up. Yeah, tonight is bottoms up” intermingles with the announcement of the next batter. Read the rest of this entry »


Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 3/17/2020

2:00
Meg Rowley: Hi everyone – going to give the queue a bit more time to fill up. Will get started in a few minutes!

2:05
JR: Given the Marlins much improved farm system, how many seasons (assuming this one happens) do you think before Miami is a viable postseason contender? Or at least playing meaningful games after June?

2:06
Meg Rowley: Heck, they might be playing meaningful games this June (please let’s be playing baseball in June!) – a shortened season can make things pretttty weird. But realistically, I’d say two more. And a lot depends on them being willing to spend money, which…

2:06
Josh: I know there are more important issues than baseball, but how do you think shortened seasons will look similar to the strike-shortened seasons of the past?

2:07
Meg Rowley: I think we might end up with some real funky playoff teams if things keep dwindling, though that likely manifests more as surprising Wild Card teams, or a few of the more coin flippy divisions going to the opposite side of the coin than we expected.

2:08
Meg Rowley: The Yankees are still good. The Brave are still good. And the longer they’re on break, the more dudes they get back.

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Effectively Wild Episode 1510: Season Preview Series: Red Sox and Giants

EWFI
Meg Rowley and Sam Miller briefly banter about the state of Chris Sale’s arm and appreciating one’s friends when they are on vacation, then preview the 2020 Boston Red Sox (4:40) with the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, and the 2020 San Francisco Giants (38:40) with The Athletic’s Grant Brisbee.

Audio intro: David Bowie, “Under Pressure”
Audio interstitial 1: David Bowie, “Changes”
Audio interstitial 2: Dan Bern, “The Sun Shines on McCovey Cove”
Audio outro: David Bowie, “Heroes”

Link to order Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up
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Effectively Wild Episode 1509: To All Hosts Other Than Ben Lindbergh


With Ben Lindbergh on vacation, Meg Rowley and Sam Miller answer a few very special listener emails on Shohei Ohtani, what they want to know about the 2020 season (complete with a twist), and how we treat umpires. Plus, a Statblast!

Audio intro: The Police, “Message In A Bottle
Audio outro: Letters to Cleo, “Cruel to be Kind”

Link to Meg’s piece “Time Has Come Today
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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 3/3/2020

2:00
Meg Rowley: Hello all, and welcome to the chat

2:01
Meg Rowley: Hope everyone is having a good week amongst all the stressful Real World things – a few baseball-related distractions:

2:01
Meg Rowley: Jay wrote about Cole Hamels and the Braves rotation: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/cole-hamels-cranky-shoulder-will-test-brav…

2:02
Meg Rowley: Craig has a double feature. First, on the Mets’ outfield situation: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-cardinals-messy-outfield-situation/

2:02
Meg Rowley: then on the injuries befalling the AL East: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/injuries-are-throwing-the-al-east-for-a-lo…

2:03
Meg Rowley: Also, yesterday Ben Clemens took a look at the dramatic spin spike Trevor Bauer saw last September: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/trevor-bauer-might-have-conducted-another-…

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FanGraphs Audio: Jon Tayler’s Phone Makes Noises

Episode 880

FanGraphs’ tweeter in residence Jon Tayler joins the program to discuss mascots, his Red Sox fandom, Boston’s decision to trade Mookie Betts, and to remember some guys who played baseball in the AL East in the mid-90s. He also encourages you, the listener, to say hello at FanGraphs’ Spring Training meetup on Friday, March 13, and to please wash your hands regularly.

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.)


FanGraphs Audio: A Dispatch from Prospect Week 2020

Episode 879

FanGraphs’ lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen joins the program to discuss Prospect Week, the process of assembling the Top 100, how players move up and down in the rankings, his 2021 Picks to Click, and the upcoming college baseball season. He also signs the Ballad of Oneil Cruz and Tahnaj Thomas, two players you ought to know.

Eric’s book Future Value, co-written with erstwhile FanGraphs prospect analyst Kiley McDaniel, is available for pre-order now.

All of our Prospect Week coverage can found in the handy navigation widget below, and be sure to follow the FanGraphs Prospects twitter account for prospect news throughout the season.

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

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 1 hour and 3 min play time.)


FanGraphs Audio: Rachael McDaniel Would Prefer You Didn’t Cheat

Episode 878

Rachael McDaniel, managing editor of The Hardball Times, joins the program. We discuss the Houston Astros, the ethics of cheating, our disappointment in the game’s recent scandals, and our somehow still persistent excitement for the season to come. 

To vote for Rachael’s SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards nominated piece “The Meaning of Ichiro,” click here.

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 44 min play time.)