FanGraphs Audio: On the Phone With David Cone

Episode 988

On this episode of FanGraphs Audio, we have a conversation with a pitching great before discussing our disappointment in a current face of baseball.

  • To begin the show, David Laurila welcomes David Cone, five-time All-Star pitcher, podcaster, and current broadcaster for the Yankees and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. We hear about how Cone modeled his game and style off Luis Tiant, as well as which current players may have been inspired a bit by Cone. The duo also discuss the impact of seam-shifted wake and pitching science and how the Yankees have deployed both so effectively. Finally, Cone shares stories about players like John Smoltz, Dennis Eckersley, and David Wells, as well as the magical 1998 Yankees season. [4:06]
  • After that, Dan Szymborski chats with Jay Jaffe, who is calling in from his vacation in San Diego. As a parent himself, Jay understands the frustrated Padres, who again find themselves disappointed following the news of Fernando Tatis Jr.’s PED suspension. The pair discuss how this affects San Diego’s playoff chances and Tatis’ potential Hall of Fame case many years from now. We also hear about how this compares to Ryan Braun’s suspension and tarnished legacy, the Dodgers not getting Walker Buehler back this season, and the Rockies once again doing something a little encouraging. [20:59]

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