While the playoffs rage on, the FanGraphs crew sadly must again turn their attention to former greats. This episode includes reflections on the past, reflections on ourselves, the 1968 Detroit Tigers theme song, and more.
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While the playoff field continues to narrow, the FanGraphs crew invites a number of guests to join the show. This week they honor a Hall of Famer, talk to a major league pitcher, discuss what is going on with fall instructional league this year, and evaluate an encouraging rebuild.
The FanGraphs crew has made it through the Wild Card Series, and they have plenty to discuss. The American League has settled into a pair of intense rivalries, while the National League includes a juggernaut and a true underdog.
The latest episode of FanGraphs Audio is here in time to preview the 16-team playoff bracket. The Astros continue to receive a closer look as they enter the playoffs (they’re far from the favorites this time around), while the staff prepares for predictions — as well as some impressive callbacks.
FanGraphs Audio returns just in time for the last weekend of the 2020 season. With a wild playoff schedule looming, the FanGraphs crew discusses topics including young arms that could help in a deep postseason run, the fate of Justin Verlander, and of course, the future of the podcast.
I welcome FanGraphs writer Craig Edwards to the program. Craig and I discuss the growing tension between team owners and players, MLB’s claim that a season of fanless games will result in $4 billion in losses, the move to shorten the amateur draft, and the discourse surrounding it all. Plus, Craig briefly puts his lawyer hat back on to assess the so-called smoking gun email, and we recall the 2011 World Series.
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On this edition of FanGraphs Audio, I welcome FanGraphs senior writer Jay Jaffe to the program. Jay and I discuss his impressions of the first week of KBO action, the teams he finds the most compelling, and the differences between the KBO and MLB that he has appreciated most. We also discuss his recent piece on the impact that the cancellation of Induction Weekend has had on the Hall of Fame, as well as the people and small businesses of Cooperstown.
Jay’s KBO Coverage: A Thumbnail Guide to the KBO’s 2020 Season; Nothing Lost in Translation: Meet Dan Kurtz, the KBO’s Top Ambassador Part 1, Part 2; Half a World Away, the Korea Baseball Organization Looks to Play.
Shakeia Taylor: Is Baseball Ready to Love Dick Allen?
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On this edition of FanGraphs Audio, I welcome FanGraphs writer Ben Clemens to the program. Ben and I discuss the upcoming KBO season, his series on whacky World Series tactics, and the form we’d like baseball to take when it returns in the US. Plus, Ben reveals a shocking predilection for drinking plain, hot water, and a not-so-shocking affinity for board games.
Ben’s primers on the KBO: Part One and Part Two
Ben’s Wild World Series Tactics series: 1990-1993, 1995-1997, 1998-2000, 2001-2003
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On this edition of FanGraphs Audio, I welcome Jeff Sullivan, erstwhile FanGraphs writer and current Rays baseball person, back to the program. We discuss, among other things, the moment when we each realized just how much life was about to change in the face of COVID-19, Jeff’s quarantine hobbies, including birding, the scourge known as cruise ships, and the 2000 cheerleading film Bring It On. Plus, we contemplate what baseball might and should look like if it returns in 2020.
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Lindsey Adler, Yankees beat writer for The Athletic, joins the program to discuss what life is like on the beat right now, how she’s approaching writing during this delay, the anticipated state of the Yankees roster should baseball return later this summer, and what form she’d like the game to take when it does. Plus, Lindsey shares what it was like on the ground in the final days of Yankees spring training, and offers her advice for those who have taken up baking as a pandemic activity.
To read Lindsey’s piece on how the 1981 Yankees stayed ready through the strike, click here.
To read her piece on how Yankees minor leaguers coped with quarantine, click here.
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