You know, maybe this thing was just meant to be two hours long, and based on the responses we've receive via email and twitter, it doesn't seem to be an issue with our wonderful listeners. This week's episode has an international feel and contains a long and downright fascinating talk with Tom Gillespie of MLB International on the progress that has been made when it comes to growing baseball in Europe, and the equally tough challenge of scouting players over there that are still relatively new to the game. It was as interesting to listen back to during the editing process as it was when we recorded it, and we think you will really enjoy it. On a lighter note, we talk to Jesse Spector of the New York Daily News about Copa Mundial, our own Tommy Bennett comes in to talk about the National League East, and before the guests show up, there's a long discussion about minor leaguers with 70+ tools. As always, we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy doing it, and thanks for listening.
Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Up And In Episode 5: "Projection and Dreaming"
Table Of Contents
0:00 Intro: Agenda review; Mexico's big win
3:30 Housekeeping: We love people; Jason's handsome degree
4:30 Email: A lack of evolution; Not a hipster (a Texan); John Cusack vs. Wes Anderson; Best Texas cities
14:31 Actually talking about baseball: Stephen Strasburg's second start (we learned more)
18:54 70+ Tools in the minors: Philosophical talk; different bell curves, a pro scout chimes in
29:23 Getting away from the philosophy and naming prospects with 70+ tools
46:40 Special Guest Tom Gillespie of MLB International joins us from Germany
- How difficult is it to scout a 16-year-old from the Czech Repubic
- Twins OF Max Kepler and the lack of crazy athletes playing baseball in Europe
- The goals of MLB in Europe
- Alex Liddi and players who just look the part
- Things European players don't see, like 85 mph fastballs
- The style of baseball being played in Europe (The Czechs and French play small ball)
- How few players throw hard
- Baseball and sociology: Is a Yao Ming situation possible?
- Does a seven-figure player from Europe exist yet?
- Which big league teams are most involved in Europe
- How to get enough traction in Europe to gets kids to select baseball over soccer
- What's next for MLB in Europe
- He's in Germany, we have to talk World Cup
84:28 Pop Culture Moment: Jesse Spector of the New York Daily News on the World Cup and North Korean sitcoms
116:52: Wrapping up: No Not Jim, Revisiting the Big Issue by discussing Jurickson Profar
Music is Kraftwerk from the album The Mix copyright 1991 – Elektra Records.