Chin Music, Episode 49: The Hunky Hall

It’s another episode of Chin Music, the number one baseball podcast in Ecuador and Hungary! This week’s episode features the return Eric Longenhagen for plenty of prospect talk and other stuff. We begin by discussing this week’s mess of a Hall of Fame vote, which leads us into the mess of the labor negotiations, including why using public-facing statistics to calculate player compensation is a bad idea. From there we move into the meat of the show as we dive into the recently published prospect rankings of the Yankees, Phillies and Diamondbacks systems. Then it’s your emails on the inner workings of the CBA negotiations and arbitration, as well as players with weird first names, followed by some high-brow Moments Of Culture from the world of television and sports. As always, we hope you enjoy, and thank you for listening.

Music by Weakened Friends.

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Warning One: While ostensibly a podcast about baseball, these conversations often veer into other subjects.

Warning Two: There is explicit language.

Run Time: 2:08:49.

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You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes/Apple Podcasts or Spotify.





Kevin Goldstein is a National Writer at FanGraphs.

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JPinPhillymember
1 year ago

I’m confused by the somewhat dismissive “He can’t hit” from KG when discussing Alek Thomas. I know that the PCL has historically been a very hitter friendly league but I don’t see any really high strikeout rates or anything on his slash line that would raise a red flag. Is this the opinion of a number of scouts or something to do with exit velocity/launch angle data?

If you’re saying, “Yeah, his minor league stats are fine but I don’t believe in the bat enough to project him to be a MLB regular in left field” I kinda get it. But the “he can’t hit” just felt a bit abrupt for a guy who you just ranked as the #2 prospect in the Diamondbacks system with a future 60 hit tool.