A day late, a dollar short, and still no professor. We delayed the show by one day to see if Jason could get healthy, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Luckily, we have Steven Goldman, who does an outstanding job filling in as we talk about our favorite announcers, how Bud Selig could learn from the past and who to value closers. Special guest number one is Alex Hinshaw of the San Francisco Giants, who is refreshingly frank about his career, getting to the big leagues, and trying to get back. Following that, independent filmmaker (and BP subscriber) Lucas McNelly comes on to talk about his latest project, A Year without rent. Then it’s time for the goofy stuff and Steven’s tales of working on the big book every year.
Marc reviews his 2010 shortstop rankings.
The Cubs didn’t necessarily need to empty their farm to acquire another starter.
A thin crust of blue chips don’t hide the mass of mediocrity below.
The Twins’ middle-infield makeover, Ozzie’s new bullpen, plus Kyle Farnsworth and Brad Penny do the Inka Dinka Do by signing deals.
Mike Petriello looks at two seemingly unimportant moves that may pay off down the line.
The current career saves leader has left the building and ought to head to Cooperstown, but who else deserves to join him?
Though five ranked free agents are still looking for homes, teams are still wary of giving up compensation picks.