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"
Table Of Contents
0:00 Welcome and agenda review
3:20 Housekeeping: We love your emails
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.