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I know we say this often, but in listening back through the editing process, this might be my favorite episode ever — it just had that vibe.  Our special guest is Jim Callis, the Executive Editor of Baseball America, who gives us nearly an hour to discuss what happened on Monday's draft signing deadline, as well as speculating on the future of the draft.  It's a fascinating discussion filled with insight and information that you may not of heard before.  Before than, Jason and I talk about the concept of being over-matched, as well as what minor league numbers can and can not mean when projecting future performance.  Of course, we end with hijinks, including a discussion of my morning television adventures and we actually prepared a recipe sent in by a listener.  As always, we hope you enjoy, and we've been absolutely flattered by all the great emails we get, so keep 'em coming.

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 13: "Until Small Wonder Shows Up"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Welcome and agenda review

3:20 Housekeeping: We love your emails

4:55 Emails: The inverted W; Jason's silence; Pavement; Is Martin Perez overmatched?

22:40 The Big Issue: Looking at minor league numbers: what matters, and when they matter

35:00 Special Guest Jim Callis, Executive Editor of Baseball America on the draft signing deadline

  • Knowing each other long enough to talk Arnie Gooch and Arquimedez Pozo
  • Mixing gecko food
  • Why Karsten Whitson (Padres) and Dylan Covey (Brewers) didn't sign
  • The strange case of Barret Loux – did MLB create a new loophole?
  • How more and more signings are going down to the deadline
  • The process of going over slot and getting deals approved
  • Why does Major League Baseball care so much about these relatively small amounts of money?
  • How a hard slot system would be bad for baseball
  • What the 2012 draft might look like under a new CBA
  • The concept of a World Draft and how it creates more problems than it solves
  • The surprise signing of Zach Lee by the Dodgers
  • What surprised Jim the most on Monday
  • What kind of player Bryce Harper can be down the road
  • Is it right to criticize picks that seem like a surprise on the surface?

90:32 Not Jim Tracy on the use of statistics

92:12 What are you drinking?

96:45 Pop Culture Moment: How the hell did Kevin end up hosting a morning television show in Chicago?

115:02 Cooking with the Professor: Making Robert's chili

117:20 Update on Jason's mental state

119:04 What's coming up next week

Music is by Cake Like from the album Bruiser Queen, Copyright 1997 Vapor Records.

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mwhite6
8/19
I have no scale of knowing what Jason might be going through in his personal life right now, nor are the details of any one's business but whoever he chooses to confide with, but I'm pulling for him; we all are.
rawagman
8/19
For overall entertainment, this may have been the best podcast yet. Well done gentlemen....and to ape the other comment, keep your chin up, Professer.
dpratola
8/20
This podcast, which I first discovered around episode 9, has already become my favorite weekly stop on the internet. Sadly, the logical conclusion of the foregoing statement is that I must be in far dire straights than Jason. But seriously, keep up the fine work, boys... you're like a weekly My Dinner with Andre... only far more Everyman. You'd have an Aaron Copeland soundtrack instead of Erik Satie.
kgoldstein
8/22
I can't think of a nicer review.