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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.

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delorean
6/01
I want that .9er T-shirt. Now.
holgado
6/01
Possible explanation for rise in the podcast rankings: the post Jose Altuve interview bump. Can work in both directions, can't it?
SaberTJ
6/02
Thanks for answering my interview about the Twins pitching KG. Made my day.
SaberTJ
6/02
Should say answering my question*
rawagman
6/02
Same as SaberTJ - I usually listen to the first half of the podcast on the drive into work in the morning - had to stop the podcast and call my wife to tell her that she got a mention on the podcast - made both of our mornings! Thank you. To elaborate on my question, I don;t think that marginal bats will be bumped up, but rather that the elite bats will be valued that much higher than they are because of the shifting sands of context.
SaberTJ
6/09
Will there be a podcast this week or did the draft push it back until next?