FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron on the Art of Mediocrity

Episode 627
Dave Cameron is both (a) the managing editor of FanGraphs and (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio, during which edition he explores the non-issue of tanking in baseball, the prolonged mediocrity of the Colorado Rockies, and also the prolonged mediocrity of everything else, probably.

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I hope there is another guest appearance by Liberty with the squeaky toy. That was so hilarious last week. Dave kept talking over it and you could tell that Carson (and probably the listeners) stopped listening to Dave and focused on Liberty.


I was trying to listen in the car and indeed I stopped listening, not because it was hilarious, but because it became unlistenable. The levels seemed to swing wildly when Dave was speaking — I had to turn up the volume to catch some parts (as well as Carson’s frequent mumbling) and then stab my hand at the volume knob to mute things when his voice boomed painfully due to (I assume) him speaking more directly into the mic. The squeaky toy was just the final straw. I love listening to Dave & Carson, but I’m certainly not going to do it in the car (or with headphones elsewhere) anymore.

Carson, it you’re reading this: you need to invest in some compression gear (as in audio level compression, not data compression). There are software tools to do that, but even an old compressor pedal from my rock guitar days would help.