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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.
Baseball is missing from the Olympics this summer, but the sport has a longer, richer history at the Olympic Games than you remember.
It’s a jam-packed week for two-start pitchers in this week’s Planner.
How do left-handed specialists make the most of their platoon advantage, and at what cost does their approach come?
The desire to participate in the intellectual aspects of baseball has never been stronger. This raises questions.
David Murphy gets full-time at-bats and Andy Dirks returns from the DL in this week’s VP.
Jered Weaver is way better than he used to be, but all his improvement has come against left-handed hitters. This is how he’s done it.
Brett Lawrie and Travis Hafner head back to the DL.
Since losing Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez has stepped in admirably for the Yankees.