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And another Jason and Kevin gabfest is here. Why do we love email so much? Because we'd never come up with the idea to talk about Jason Neighborgall on our own, but here we are. After all the fun correspondence, we get down to business and talk about all of the big name prospects who reached the big leagues last week and then get in an argument about whether the Royals did the right thing by calling up Eric Hosmer in early May. Our special guest is Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, who talks about the not-so-happy state of baseball in Houston, and then we do the goofy stuff. As always, we hope you enjoy.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language and subject matter. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Up And In Episode 49: "It's Hot And I Have A Cake In The Oven"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Let's talk about what we are going to talk about

4:37 Housekeeping: Emails us, follow us on Twitter, join us on Facebook

6:46 Emails!

  • The A-Ball starter most likely to be in the majors
  • Are baseball players jerks? (with bonus internet crap-out!)
  • Tell a tale of Jason Neighborgall
  • Brief video game interlude
  • What happened to all of the shortstops?
  • Scouts are better at evaluating talent than you or I
  • Big leaguers with 20 tools

37:16 Julio Teheran's major league debut

43:36 This is where Jason and I argue about calling up Eric Hosmer

55:31 Seeing Taijuan Walker and Hayden Simpson in person

1:04:05: Scouting pitchers: secondary stuff

1:14:58: Special Guest: Zachary Levine (@zacharylevine) of the Houston Chronicle

  • The potential for new ownership in Houston
  • What do we know about Jim Crane?
  • The sliding scale of Astros prospects
  • How the Astros have lost ground with fans in Texas
  • Does mediocrity and losing wear on the players?
  • Adjusting to life as a Texan and shooting guns
  • Life of the beat writer and the future of the role
  • A team in limbo

1:42:04 Musical Guest: Police Teeth

1:44:00 What Are You Drinking

1:47:20 The KG Summer Tour

1:51:43 The week ahead and how we are horrible at fantasy advice

Music is by Police Teeth, all rights reserved.

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jivas21
5/11
delorean
5/11
Episode 50.
jivas21
5/12
Just saw KG's tweet. Great news.
crperry13
5/12
An episode that features the Astros? Kevin your gift to our sad city is much appreciated.
SaberTJ
5/13
Loved the discussion on whether Hosmer should have been called up. How did the Cake turn out?
kgoldstein
5/13
It was good!
dianagramr
5/13
KG .... I'm totally serious about this. I'd love you guys to have an "Up and In" t-shirt design contest, and the winner gets their design printed on t-shirts sold by BP (through CafePress or similar). BP could keep the profit, or you could donate the profits to "Doctors Without Borders" or similar organization. How about it?