Episode 89: Joey Rickard!

Welcome to Barbecast 89! We apologize for the lengthy delay since our last Barbecast, but it’s great to be back. Before our special guest, we had a tremendous e-mail segment featuring the triumphant return of NAPOLEAN BOOKBINDERY (Note: Napolean last appeared on Episode 40, back in June 2014). Our special guest this week (at 29:00) is Jon Meoli, Orioles beat writer for the Baltimore Sun. After reminiscing about Jon’s appearance on Barbecast 3 (!!!!), we asked him a bunch of O’s-related questions about what’s most surprising about the team’s hot start, Dylan Bundy, the incredible Joey Rickard, the less-incredible Matt Wieters, and more. After Jon (at 57:30), another B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference commenced. It was short and sweet. We concluded (at 1:07:10) with an amusing Varsity Baseball Update about Jake’s unfortunate relief appearance and a shout-out to my freshman-year roommate for setting a D-III record. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Musical guest: Oooo, o, o, o, oooo, o

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Episode 88: Confessions of a Pseudo-Canadian

Welcome to Barbecast 88! Our special guest this week (at 17:00) is former major leaguer Mark Teahen! Mark came on to reflect on his career, including…

  • getting drafted by the Moneyball A’s
  • getting traded as a prospect
  • playing for the hapless late 2000’s Royals
  • the brutal honesty of a young Zack Greinke
  • seeing that same organization be World Series champions now
  • the secret to hitting Justin Verlander
  • his two remarkable inside the park home runs (here and here)
  • pitchers that owned him/pitchers that he owned
  • playing for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic
  • …and more!

After Mark (at 1:05:00), another B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference commenced. We concluded (at 1:15:20) with a painful Varsity Baseball Update from a hurting Jake after he had a rough time catching a bullpen. I also talked a bit about the start to Wooster’s season before saying goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Musical guest: Jimmy Fallon having no respect for IMDABES

Link to Mark’s fantastic charity

Link to Mark’s fantastic wine bar

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Episode 87: White Sox Scenario

Welcome to Barbecast 87! Our special guest this week (at 18:42) is White Sox insider Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. The Sox made some news recently with the supremely strange Adam LaRoche retirement saga, so we asked Dan to give us some COLD HARD FACTS on the story before transitioning into some more substantive White Sox talk. After Dan (at 44:38), we participated in a Purim-themed B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference. We concluded (at 50:35) with a lengthy Varsity Baseball Update from Jake and the WashU Bears and then said goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Music: Scenario (and other ATCQ) – RIP Phife Dawg

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Episode 86: The One With The Guy Who Put Us On TV

Welcome to Barbecast 86! We return after several weeks with special guest Jesse Agler (at 21:08), Padres broadcaster and the brilliant idiot who thought it was a good idea to put us on television for a few minutes. We talked to Jesse about the origins of Padres Social Hour, his favorite baseball thing to broadcast, the challenges of broadcasting Spring Training games, the arrival of Don Orsillo, and of course, Yangervis Solarte. After Jesse (at 53:15), the B-Ref Battle presented by Baseball-Reference ensued, with two more wonderful baseball names brought to the Barbecast table. We concluded (at 1:03:15) with a frustrating Varsity Baseball Update (Jake is hurtin’) and then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Music: Spring Is Here

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Episode 85: What These Pitchers Want

Welcome to Barbecast 85! Our special guest this week (at 29:05) is Keith Law of ESPN! We’ve wanted to have Keith on for a while, so we let our conversation run a little long so we could cover as much as possible. Topics include…

  • the problem with pay-to-play showcase events for high school prospects
  • the geographical “holes” for scouts
  • how Keith adjusts his evaluations after a player proves him wrong
  • Keith’s recently released Top 100 prospect list
  • why Pirates SS Kevin Newman is a damn good prospect
  • happy thoughts about Jurickson Profar (!!!!)
  • …and more!

After Keith (at 1:27:25), a brief B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference commenced, featuring a guy who played on a team called the Nadjys (!?!?) and one of our most Jewish names ever, albeit subtly. We concluded (at 1:35:50) with a long-awaited Varsity Baseball Update about Jake’s opening weekend and his IP and ERA projections for his upcoming season. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Music: Dark Man X

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Episode 84: Like Clayton Kershaw But Jewish

Welcome to Barbecast 84! While we rarely mention any specifics from our pre-guest e-mail segment, this week contained an exception, as we presented our all-time Jewish baseball starting lineup, with pump-up music and everything. It was wonderful. Our special guests this week (at 20:15) are Ryan Spaeder and Kevin Reavy, the co-authors of the upcoming book, “Incredible Baseball Stats” (info below). You probably know Ryan as Ace of MLB Stats on Twitter. We talked about…

  • how Ryan got into the whole tweeting amazing baseball fun facts business
  • how he turned it into a book
  • how Kevin got involved
  • how they got Wade Boggs (yes, that Wade Boggs) to write the forward
  • how Ryan keeps track of all of his fun facts
  • HOW?!
  • …and more!

After Ryan and Kevin (at 47:05), another B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference commenced. Funny names are still funny! After B-Ref (at 57:50), Lana Ber—OH WAIT, THAT’S OVER NOW (we still love Lana, though). We concluded with one of the dumbest things we’ve ever recorded on the podcast (link below). Hopefully you find it 1/100th as funny as we found it. Thanks for listening <3

Music: We Didn’t Start the Fire!

Y’all Ready for This Music Video featuring the best YouTube description ever

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BBQ Best Name Bracket Champion: Shadrack McHooveter

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>>> CLICK HERE FOR THE FINAL BRACKET <<<

After roughly two weeks of grueling competition between 64 of our favorite names from ancient baseball history, we have reached a triumphant conclusion. After three days of championship voting, a winner has been crowned.

2. Shadrack McHooveter (56.7%) vs. 3. Pretzels Getzien (43.3%)

To recap our champion’s historic run, I’ll seek to answer three simple questions.

How did Shadrack McHooveter get to this point?

In Round 1, the #2 seed Shadrack was matched up against what we thought to be the toughest #15 seed: Cliff Doom. Shad and his supporters were hardly intimidated, handing doom a defeat of biblical proportions: 76% of the vote — the highest % he would ultimately receive all tournament.

Round 2 presented Shadrack with the first of three consecutive juvenile competitors, this being one of the two Dick Jokes in the tournament: #10 seed Dick Powers. The Dick Jokes proved to be a tough test for anyone unfortunate enough to have to face them, but McHooveter McHooved by Powers with just under 51% of the vote to advance to the Sweet 16.

After surviving the Dick, Shadrack was now faced with the butts; underdog #14 seed Clovis Butts, to be exact. Early support for Butts eventually faded, as Shadrack surged ahead and advanced with a solid yet unspectacular 54% of the vote.

The Elite Eight presented Shadrack with another Cinderella story that tickled a lot of voters’ fancies in the form of #13 seed Dizzy Nutter. After countless cries against the under-seeding of Mr. Nutter, his strongest supporters seemed to fall silent for this crucial stage in the tournament, only mustering 42% any of the vote to Shadrack’s 58%. McHooveter moved on.

The Final Four was undoubtedly Shadrack’s most difficult challenge: the #1 overall seed and perennial powerhouse, Ten Million. Those crying Real Names Over Nicknames had no argument against Million’s genuine moniker, and yet, Shadrack managed to edge out an incredible victory by a mere nine votes against the Ten Million Dollar Man. Many argued that this deserved to the be the championship match-up — I can’t say I disagree. Regardless, Shadrack advanced to the final stage.

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Episode 83: #GotYoBack and the JV Red Auerbach

Welcome to Barbecast 83! Two special guests comin’ at ya. Our first special guest this week (at 20:00) is Marc Carig, Mets beat writer for Newsday and lucky guy who gets to cover Yoenis Cespedes on a daily basis for at least another year. We talked to Marc about how shocking Yo’s return was to him, to the Mets, and to the crazed Mets fans tweeting firestorms of vulgarities at the @Mets account. After Marc (at 39:10), we brought on our second special guest, Andrew Moore! Andrew was the Mariners’ 2nd round pick last year out of Oregon State and had a stellar professional debut. More interestingly, he’s spent much of his off-season coaching JV basketball at his high school alma mater. So we mostly talked about that! After Andrew (at 1:03:45), another B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference commenced, featuring a family member and a guy whose tremendously long surname probably rhymes with Becky. Next (at 1:12:10), we brought on Lana Berry for her final Tales from Logdog after 75 grueling episodes of mediocre contribution. Lana is the best, but she doesn’t have to be on this silly podcast every week. We concluded with an unfortunate appearance from Jake’s roommates each saying something about baseball. We’re so sorry about that. Thanks for listening <3

Music: Mike Jones!

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BBQ Best Name Bracket Final Four Results

CHAMPIONSHIP VOTING IS NOW OPEN

>>> CLICK HERE FOR THE BRACKET <<<

>>> CLICK HERE FOR ROUND 1 RESULTS <<<

>>> CLICK HERE FOR ROUND 2 RESULTS <<<

>>> CLICK HERE FOR SWEET 16 RESULTS <<<

>>> CLICK HERE FOR ELITE EIGHT RESULTS <<<

We have reached the agonizing final stages of this bracket, with each region’s winner ascending to the Final Four to compete for a spot in the Best Name Championship. Our four remaining competitors:

Ten Million AKA 10,000,000 AKA The Original North West entered the tourney as the #1 overall seed and the favorite to take home the trophy. He cruised through the first few rounds of his region, but his 55% showing in the Elite Eight against Van Lingle Mungo did seem to cast some doubt on his pedigree.

Shadrack McHooveter, a valiant #2 seed who crushed Dizzy Nutter’s Cinderella story in the previous round to punch his ticket to the Final Four. “Shad”, as his friends know him, garnered immense support once matched up against Ten Million, with many citing the popular Beastie Boys song as his official anthem.

Pretzels Getzien, the OG Best Name and the god damn inspiration for this entire tournament and innovator of the curveball, has earned hundreds of votes from Barbecast listeners and snack enthusiasts alike. His remarkable run to the latter stages of this tournament will never be forgotten, no matter the end result.

And of course, Orlando Zgraggen, the other remaining #1 seed alongside Mr. Million, fought through what we considered to be the toughest region in the tournament on his way to the Final Four. He took down crowd favorites Yank Deas and Lil Stoner with no remorse, and appeared locked and loaded heading into his match-up against Pretzels.

Four names entered. Only two remain. The results:

Final Four

1. Ten Million (49.6%) vs. 2. Shadrack McHooveter (50.4%)

This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable Shadrack. McHooveter holds on by a mere nine votes to advance to the title match.

3. Pretzels Getzien (54.6%) vs. 1. Orlando Zgraggen (45.4%)

The support for our German hero stayed strong, as the Zgraggen was sent home Zpacking.

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CHAMPIONSHIP VOTING IS NOW OPEN

>>> CLICK HERE FOR THE BRACKET <<<

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BBQ Best Name Bracket Elite Eight Results

>>> FINAL FOUR VOTING IS NOW OPEN <<<

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>>> CLICK HERE FOR SWEET 16 RESULTS <<<

We’ve come a long way since the BBQ Best Name Bracket opened about a week ago with 64 tremendous baseball names from the distant past. Over 50,000 individual votes have been cast since the first 32 match-ups were opened, and after a smattering of upsets and dominant performances from higher seeds alike, America has narrowed the field down to four. The results:

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REGION 1

1. Ten Million (55%) vs. 3. Van Lingle Mungo (45%)

The pre-tourney favorite to win it all had his first real test in Mungo, and his % dropped another 7 points from the previous round. It was still more than enough to defeat VLM and punch his ticket to the Final Four.

REGION 2

13. Dizzy Nutter (42%) vs. 2. Shadrack McHooveter (58%)

The fan favorite Nutter’s miracle run comes to an end, as Shadrack moves on with the highest % of votes among the four winning teams this round.

REGION 3

9. Boots Poffenberger (48%) vs. 3. Pretzels Getzien (52%)

The #9 seed had one hell of a run to this point, but his amusing belligerent alcoholism detailed so eloquently in his description could only take him so far. Pretzels > Poff.

REGION 4

1. Orlando Zgraggen (54%) vs. 11. Lil Stoner (46%)

Enter the Zgraggen, Lil Stoner did, and eliminated he was.

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>>> FINAL FOUR VOTING IS NOW OPEN <<<

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>>> CLICK HERE FOR SWEET 16 RESULTS <<<