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Draft preview, Jim Callis of Baseball America and a call for an expert in the field of thermodynamics. What else can we really do at this point?

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 52: "You're Defying Physics Now"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Let's talk about what's going to happen

2:35: Housekeeping (Jason loves it) and we explode up the iTunes rankings

6:41 Emails!

  • Why having a draft philosophy might not be a good idea
  • The occasional peculiarities of the 1-1 pick
  • Tales of a PCL clubbie
  • Does the Twins love of command guys hurt them in the post-season?
  • Jose Altuve sightings (probably not, really)
  • Steve Albini knows you are listening in Beijing
  • The concept of beer holding a chill

29:40 The Arizona Diamondbacks: How is this happening?

36:37 Prospects on the horizon: Lawrie, Ackley, Moustakas, Montero

51:12 The difficulty of being a catcher

59:05 Special Guest: Jim Callis (@jimcallisba) of Baseball Amierca: 2011 Draft Preview

  • No, we still don't know what's happening at the top
  • Is this still a great draft?
  • The last draft under the current CBA
  • Why does MLB care so much about draft spending (AKA: We're baffled)
  • Touch signings (Bubba Starling and others)
  • Thoughts on Scott Boras
  • Trying to figure out where the Pirates are in their decision process
  • Who's your guy? Who's not your guy?
  • Forcing Jim to go out on a limb
  • Wild card players: Josh Bell and Matt Purke

1:44:00 Musical Guest: System And Station

1:45:47 What Are You Drinking?

1:50:07 Cooking With The Professor: Easy Pork Marsala

1:51:34 The Week Ahead: Draft and Improv 

Music is by System and Station, courtesy Latest Flame records.