Welcome to Barbecast 77! We have two extremely different but equally special guests this week. First (at 25:30), we talked to Arthur Lenk. Who is Arthur Lenk, you may ask? Arthur is a Mets fan! Arthur is also the Israeli ambassador to South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Mauritius! Naturally, we connected with him and invited him on the podcast for a fascinating discussion about…
the state of Israeli baseball
helping organize the Israel team for the World Baseball Classic
recruiting Jewish pro players to play for Team Israel
being a baseball fan in a country/occupation that doesn’t have a lot of baseball’
following the Mets playoff run while living in South Africa and having to wake up and do important stuff the next day
getting traded while playing in the Arizona Fall League
the mindset difference between starting and relieving
not giving up any dingers
playing Magic the Gathering
the need for an enormous professional baseball Clash of Clans tournament
We followed our two interviews with a relatively brief B-Ref Battle (at 1:38:45) before calling Lana (at 1:51:45) to talk about Peyton Manning for Tales from Logdog. We concluded (at 2:00:00) with some thoughts on the recent Hot Stove action/inaction, a brief Varsity Baseball Update, and a quick highlight from my trip to Prague. Thanks for listening <3
So we were totally planning on making all these rumors up, but it looks like the first piece of news on the Free Agent Tracker is actually real?!? As first reported by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s new President of Baseball Ops, went for a run this morning. The distance, pace, and incline of Mr. Dombrowski’s jog have not yet been confirmed. Also yet to be confirmed are the contents of Dombrowski’s so-called “Running Jamz” playlist.
We’ll update you on this situation as we hear more, but it’s good to know that an aging roster, bloated contracts, and a frustrated owner aren’t the only things Dombrowski is running from.
Free agency is upon us, which means it’s time to get out your frying pan, take off your clothes, and throw those ramen noodles in the trash because the Hot Stove is heating up.
Many of the internet’s top baseball websites have put together some type of “Free Agent Tracker.” The ones over at ESPN, MLB Trade Rumors, and CBS Sports are all pretty good, but we think they’re missing something.
We’re taking the concept of a Free Agent Tracker to the next level. Think of it as a combination of your traditional Free Agent Tracker, that Canadian show Mantracker, and George Orwell’s 1984. Even though we’re in Europe right now, we’re gonna let you know what it is baseball’s top free agents are up to.
If Daniel Murphy goes to the supermarket, if Darren O’Day stubs his toe, or if Jason Heyward makes a Spotify account, you’ll find that information right here. If you’re looking for rumors about where David Price might sign, sorry! We can’t help you! But if you want to know about Antonio Bastardo’s new cat, you’ve come to the right place.
Welcome to Barbecast 76! Our special guest this week is Sam Miller (at 18:07), he of 1,000 Pitch Bullpen Barbecast fame, as well as the EIC at Baseball Prospectus. As the co-host of Effectively Wild, Sam is accustomed to drafting things on podcasts, so we invited him on to our podcast to draft the best moments of the 2015 season with us. Of course, Sam has been busy running a professional baseball team, so he shared two fantastic stories about that experience, as well as a couple favorite things from the 2015 MLB season. Sam also managed to derail the draft a number of times throughout to discuss things such as ethics in baseball journalism. We also drafted five things each, covering everything from Bautista’s bat flip to Bryan Price’s epic f-bomb tirade (remember that?). It was a fun conversation, excessive length be damned. After Sam (at 1:50:15), another one-name-each B-Ref Battle commenced featuring a kind gesture and a famous war figure. Tales from Logdog with Lana Berry (at 2:01:25) was messy as always. Sorry ’bout that. We concluded (at 2:07:55) with some thoughts on the World Series and the disappointing end to Yo’s season, and look ahead to the Potentially Super Hot Hot Stove. Thanks for listening <3
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