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Chin Music, Episode 13: I Would Never Have A Human Child

Chin Music returns, whether you like it or not. The traveling co-host chair finally leaves New York and arrives in Tempe, Arizona. And with the great Eric Longenhagen becoming the first repeat co-host of the show, most of the discussion revolves around baseball below the big league level. We begin by trying to set realistic expectations for Seattle’s rookie crop before delving into what is becoming a very complicated 2021 amateur draft. Then we are joined by special guest Alex Coffey of The Athletic, who explains what is actually going on with the Oakland Athletics’ ballpark situation, and boy is it complicated. Then it’s emails on TV broadcasts, housing for minor league players, and some cultural moments before we depart. As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening.

Music by Couch Flambeau.

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Chin Music, Episode 12: Can You Do That Without Being Shot On Sight?

Chin Music is back on schedule. The traveling co-host chair stays put in New York as the sole proprietor of the Joe Sheehan Newsletter (that would be Joe Sheehan) joins me for a rousing discussion of baseball and, of course, other things. We begin by discussing the breaking news of Albert Pujols‘ release, John Means‘ no-no, parity in the standings and whether the San Francisco Giants are real. Sadly, we had a guest, an interview took place, and it was wonderful, but I regret to inform you that technical issues took it all away from us. The internet can be cruel sometimes. All is explained before the show starts. We finish up with emails on minor league assignments, the perks of working for a team, and how to get into baseball media, before delving into Joe’s career path and the wonderfully relaxing Pokemon Snap. As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening. Note: We had some audio issues with Joe, especially in the first segment; we did our best with it.

Music by Nice Ghost.

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Chin Music, Episode 11: Fascinated by This Stupid Baseball Team

Chin Music comes a day early this week due to a scheduled COVID-19 vaccine dose. The co-host chair is considering claiming permanent residency in New York as Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Stephanie Apstein joins me to babble about baseball. We begin by discussing the Dodgers/Padres rivalry, the upside-down AL Central standings, using a home run derby as a tie breaker, and as happens on most shows, a quick check-in on the CBA situation. Then we are joined by Nick Groke, Rockies beat writer for The Athletic, who provides a frank and entertaining discussion of what’s going on in Colorado, from the resignation of GM Jeff Bridich to where we go from here. We finish up with emails on Zack Greinke and how the Astros scandal effects players’ Hall of Fame chances, before delving into Stephanie’s upcoming trip (maybe, probably) to Tokyo to cover the Olympic Games. As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening.

Music by Mint Mile.

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Chin Music, Episode 10: Smells Like Burning Pet Food

This week, the co-host chair heads back to New York as Jake Mintz of Cespedes Family BBQ steps away from his obsession with obscure professional cycling to spend an afternoon talking about baseball. We begin by discussing hot teams (that’s Oakland), hot players (that’s Corbin Burnes), bad bullpens (that’s the Phillies — again), and the first baby steps in the CBA talks. Then we are joined by Charles Star, one of my favorite podcasters and the most entertaining legal analyst in the world, who explains baseball’s nearly century old anti-trust exemption. From there, it’s the final segment, where we go through emails, think about cricket, and delve into Jake’s remarkable path in baseball. As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening.

Music by Event Horizon Jazz Quartet.

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Chin Music, Episode 9: Counting With Jay Jaffe

Let’s do it again, folks. This week, the co-host chair lands back in Brooklyn as Jay Jaffe makes time to yammer with me for two-plus hours. We start by figuring out how many games the Dodgers will win before discussing how today’s game creates a good environment for no-hitters and watching Jay count to 20. Then we are joined by special guest J.J. Cooper, the executive editor of Baseball America, who gives his reasons for being open-minded about baseball’s experimental rule changes in the minor and independent leagues. From there, it’s the final segment, where we dream about a few injury-free careers and consider an offer to become multi-millionaires before finishing off with British dramas and Fellini films. As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening. Read the rest of this entry »


Chin Music, Episode 8: Embarrassing and Semi-Disgusting

On this episode, I’m joined by the eminently intelligent and charming Steven Goldman, who serves as my co-host for the week. We start with some hot takes on hot starts and socially gross restaurants. From there, we are joined by special guest Bradford William Davis of the New York Daily News to discuss the complicated political and economic issues behind MLB’s decision to move the All-Star game from Georgia to Colorado. As a bonuses, Bradford also attended the Rangers’ fan-packed home opener, so we spend some time on that as well. From there, it’s onto emails and all sorts of tangents. As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for putting up with how damn long this thing has gotten.

Music by Interesting Time Gang.

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Chin Music, Episode 7: He Had That Haircut In The Third Grade

Things are a little different this week, as we present a special 2021 season preview edition of the podcast. No listener emails (but keep ’em coming!), no special guest, no Moment of Culture, just me and the wonderful Ben Clemens walking you through every division and every team. Does it take nearly three and half hours? Of course it does. Is that a problem? Of course not! It’s a podcast, there are no limitations.

Music by late 70s/early 80s Boston-based cult art-punk legends Vitamin.

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Chin Music, Episode 6: The Funny Looking Guy Is Good

This week, the revolving co-host chair heads to the Bronx as I’m joined by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Randy Wilkins. We discuss Yankees fandom, our mutual feeling about 2017, and how the 2021 season might end up being defined by injuries. Then it’s more creative talk as we discuss how we view our audiences, the current state of film, Spike Lee stories and more. As always, we hope you enjoy.

Music by Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends.

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Chin Music, Episode 5: You Missed The Window For Gravy

Hi there. It’s me again. This week, I’m joined by my dear friend Jorge Arangure, former sports writer turned New York Times Metro editor covering the pandemic. In our first segment, we talk about the new rules in the minors, extension season, and some teams’ plans to fill their parks with fans. Then we are joined by Russell Dorsey, the Cubs beat writer forThe Chicago Sun Times, who talks about an offseason of mixed messages on the North Side, and the numerous questions about the team heading into the 2021 season. Then it’s listener emails and a long discussion about transitioning from sports to real media, as well as covering COVID while also getting it. We hope you enjoy!

Music by Anna Fox Rochinski.

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Chin Music, Episode 4: Am I Loose Enough?

Here we go again. This week, I dip into the deep FanGraphs talent pool and welcome Eric Longenhagen as the co-host. It’s a baseball-heavy discussion, as we talk about MLB’s scouting plans this season, what the hell the Rangers are doing by planning to fill their ballpark on Opening Day, and the early weirdness of the 2021 draft board. Later, we are joined by The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, who talks about the vibes in Tampa, the Yankees, and how you can now return to camp just a few days after having a pacemaker installed. Then it’s lots of listener emails and a bit of culture before we depart after realizing that this thing is already more than two-and-a-half hours long. Now go put it in your ears.

Music by Nathan Bernaix.

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