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After our big celebration for Episode 100, we’re back to normality, or at least as normal as the show gets. We talk about the Manny Machado call-up, some prospects that we are higher or lower than most on, and also just what to make of Austin Wood. Then we try to gauge Mike Trout’s value (good luck) and talk about scouting little league games. Our special guest is a good friend of the show in Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger who talks about the future of the Mets, and then our listener of the week is the amazing Craig Robinson, better known to many of you as the Flip Flop Flyin’ guy. From there it’s the goofy stuff with a tribute to the late, great Juan Deli, and some talk about weird neighbors . . . and mattresses. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Before traveling to Houston for the next ballpark event, Jason and Paul squeezed in a 2-hour podcast
The massive breakout of Pirates OF Gregory Polanco and notes from around the day in the minors.
Sometimes starters get sick, and they start a game anyway. After that, things often get ugly. We should celebrate their sacrifice.
Jered Weaver has turned himself into a lefty-killer. Dan looks at how he has changed his approach.
Are the Mariners the next Orioles or are the Orioles the next Mariners?
Ben and Sam discuss two players exceeding all expectations in 2012: R.A. Dickey and Eric Chavez.
How do left-handed specialists make the most of their platoon advantage, and at what cost does their approach come?