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Chin Music, Episode 31: Like That Girl in Heathers

Friday is Chin Music day, so here we are. My co-host this week is the always entertaining Joe Sheehan, who takes a break from the tables to join us from Las Vegas, Nevada of all places. We begin with the Wild Card races and a discussion of why the Blue Jays seem to be getting far more buzz than the similarly surging Cardinals, complete with a tangent about a playoff structure that would be better than the current system. Then it’s time to talk about front office movement, indulge a rant about getting worked up over awards voting in September, and admit to some begrudging respect for the Rays and their 300 or so good pitchers.

We’re then joined by special guest Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times to discuss the 2021 Dodgers. We consider the team both on and off the field, as well as its path to remaining a dominant franchise. From there, it’s some wedding talk, plus your emails on rebuilding, an international draft, and medical situations, then catching up with Joe, and a plug for some books and podcasts to help you get through the day.

As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening.

Music by Circus Trees.

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Chin Music, Episode 30: Surely You Know Gritty

It’s Friday, so end your week the right way with another episode of Chin Music. I’m joined this week by the always affable Eric Longenhagen in the co-host chair. We begin by considering the very fun races for the NL West division crown and the AL’s Wild Card spots before discussing some movement at the major league executive level and the numerous hot starts of various 2021 draftees.

We’re then joined by special guest Liz Roscher of Yahoo Sports to discuss the 2021 Philadelphia Phillies and the years-long frustrations felt by both the team and their fans. From there it’s black metal talk, plus e-mails on scouting grades and the best minor league towns, catching up with Eric, and a plug for a way to watch better movies than what’s available in the mainstream.

As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening.

Music by Skaldr.

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Chin Music, Episode 29: A Town That’s Permanently On Fire

It’s been a rough week, my friends, so at least end it well with another episode of Chin Music. I’m joined by our very own Jon Tayler in the co-host chair. We begin by discussing the never-ending tragedy that is the Mets and some COVID-19 news with the Nationals and MLB Network before settling into some actual baseball talk about September races and whether or not Mike Trout and Jacob deGrom should just call it a day, or at least a season.

We’re then joined by special guest Julian McWilliams, who covers the Red Sox forĀ The Boston Globe, to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak on the team and how it affects both Boston’s chances and his ability to do his job. From there, it’s your e-mails on agents, lineup construction, and the amateur showcase circuit, plus more than a bit of music discussion and a pair of escapist TV show recommendations to help get you through these troubled times.

As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening.

Music by Helen Money.

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Chin Music, Episode 28: Awful In So Many Ways

End your week with another episode of Chin Music, as I’m joined by co-host Kyle Glaser of Baseball America. We begin by discussing Wednesday night’s insanity in San Diego, legal rumblings with the Angels and opioids, and a discussion of which minor league rule changes might graduate to the big leagues. Then we are joined by special guest Dennis Lin of The Athletic, who discusses what has gone wrong with the Padres in the second half of the season. From there it’s your emails, discussions about Shohei Ohtani and Bryce Harper, and the disappointment that was the new movie Annette.

As always, we hope you enjoy and thank you for listening.

Music by Rid Of Me.

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Chin Music, Episode 27: They’re My Lunatic Children

This episode, I’m joined by return co-host Eric Longenhagen as we ramble for nearly three hours. Hey, sometimes it happens, folks. We begin by discussing MLB’s non-starter of a proposal in the CBA talks, the return of sticky stuff headlines after Wednesday night’s games, Chris Bassitt’s horrifying injury, and the sad legal story of Diamondbacks prospect Kristian Robinson. Then we are joined by special guest Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, who gives us an update on Yankees vibes and takes us behind the scenes of her now famous picture of Joey Gallo. From there it’s your emails, including plenty of prospect talk, before ending on a deep dive into funny cake. That’s right, funny cake.

As always, we hope you enjoy and thank you for listening.

Music by Heave.

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Chin Music, Episode 26: That’s a Cat Going Crazy

I’m back from vacation and so is co-host Ben Clemens, so let’s podcast again, shall we? We begin by talking about the good and the bad from the Field Of Dreams game, some silly comments from Mets management about player injuries, and why MLB (and everyone else for that matter) should avoid partnering with Barstool Sports. Then we are joined by special guest Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle, who helps explain how and why the Giants are the most interesting team in baseball. From there it’s your emails, vacation talk, and the rare triple-dose of culture.

As always, we hope you enjoy and thank you for listening.

Music by Laura Stevenson.

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Chin Music, Episode 25: Let’s Not Test the Star Player

The podcast returns a day earlier than normal, as I am joined by special guest co-host Jorge Arangure of The New York Times. We begin by wrapping up a busy trade deadline, then discuss how Kumar Rocker is a victim of an anti-player rule set, before getting into all of the latest COVID news (while bemoaning the fact that there is always COVID news). Then we are joined by special guest Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post, who takes us through the Nationals tearing things down last week. She also happens to be in Los Angeles for the Dodgers/Astros series, so vibes are discussed. From there it’s your emails and a check-in on Jorge’s mental state as somebody who can’t walk away from the pandemic. Plus, seeing how The Wire holds up after nearly two decades.

As always, we hope you enjoy and thank you for listening.

Music by No Lights.

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Chin Music, Episode 24: Fastball, Curveball, Right Hook

In the midst of staring at Twitter to stay appraised of the latest trade news, the podcast returns, as I am joined by special guest co-host Steven Goldman of Baseball Prospectus. We begin by reviewing all of the deadline moves, or at least those done by Thursday at lunchtime, while also taking about how COVID continues to rear its very ugly head throughout the game. Then we are joined by a very special guest, our Listener Of The Week, Maine-based independent filmmaker Lucas McNelly. We discuss the fundraising for his upcoming film, Maine Noir, as well as the process of making movies on a shoestring budget. From there it’s your emails, a discussion on how Major League Baseball dealt with a pandemic over a century ago, and the surprisingly good HBO Max series, The White Lotus.

As always, we hope you enjoy and thank you for listening.

Music by Izzy True.

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Chin Music, Episode 23: Funky Sources In Funky Places

It’s Friday, so the podcast returns as I am joined by special guest host and national writer for Fox Sports, Pedro Moura. We begin by discussing the looming trade deadline, how COVID has been the early story of the second half, and Shohei Ohtani’s footprint in southern California. We also try to understand what is going on with the Oakland A’s stadium situation. Then we are joined by a very special guest, as we welcome up-and-coming baseball journalist Ken Rosenthal for a discussion about what it’s like to cover the trade deadline, the value of breaking news, and just how many texts Ken will send on July 30. From there, it’s your emails, Pedro’s upcoming book and recent job change, and the spectacularly trashy (but impossible to stop watching) garbage that is Love Island UK.

As always, we hope you enjoy and thank you for listening.

Music by Sarin.

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Chin Music, Episode 22.1: Feel Your Body

You asked for it and you got it. It’s a special bonus episode of Chin Music, as Eric Longenhagen and I break down the draft by walking through all 30 teams. We discuss who each team took with their first pick, their overall draft strategies, and plenty of the lesser-known names from Days Two and Three. No guests, no emails, just over two-and-a-half hours of deep draft discussion.

As always, we hope you enjoy and thank you for listening.

Music by Izzy True.

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