bnpodcastimagesmallIt’s the 24th episode of a super awesome podcast featuring me and Sahadev Sharma. You can listen to the podcast there below, or download it for later listening. You can also subscribe via iTunes. Here’s your iTunes link, and you can also find it by searching in the iTunes store. For those of you who use other feed-catching services, here’s the podcast feed. For those of you just tuning in who want to catch up on prior episodes, here’s the whole lot.

As always, you can send questions, comments, etc. to the official podcast email address (podcast AT bleachernation DOT com) if you want your thoughts included on a future show. This episode turned into an email blowout, with a ton of great emails to discuss, prompting theoretically interesting discussions on an Anthony Rizzo extension, where Starlin Castro should be batting, when a gay ballplayer is coming, and how much it would cost to attend every Cubs game in a given season.

We’ve got Carlos Marmol shakiness to discuss, as well as Jeff Samardzija’s dominance. We also have a great deal of fun with small sample size numbers.

Oh: we read some constructive criticism from an iTunes review, and then proceed to live right into that criticism throughout the rest of the episode.




  • Kyle

    The smartest thing a reporter can do is record and save every interview. If someone gets any backlash at all from a quote, their first instinct is to deny saying it. Having it all on tape has squashed a few problems before further along.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      I seem to recall Harry Nilsson showing that this can be good for the interviewee, too!

  • waittilthisyear

    to those who said “booing is nothing but detrimental,” the early returns beg to differ (2 scoreless innings).

    i know neither innings were clean. i know it is a small sample size. most importantly, i know that whatever improvement likely has absolutely zero to do with the booing. ah, the joy of false vindication

  • Kyle

    I do want managers trying to use relievers in the most leverage-suited positions possible, but it is very tricky to do in practice. The problem of having guys warmed up and how that effects their usage. You can’t just put your best reliever in cold when the bases become loaded with one out in the 8th, and you can’t have him warming up in every late-game situation.

    Having designated guys for designated innings isn’t perfect, but it makes getting guys warmed up much simpler and usually ends up approximating leverage-appropriate usage pretty closely.

  • Sandberg

    Ugh… You two and your hive minds. The goal is to get every call right. If there was a way to guarantee 100% accuracy for balls and strikes, it should be put into play immediately.

    Just ask Milt Pappas.

  • Grant

    In your discussion about homegrown talent and that top-tier talent is increasingly rare on the free-agent market, you guys make the point that the Cubs will almost certainly need to trade for a top-of-the-rotation starter.

    Following-up on that, what prospects do you see the Cubs most likely to give up in a trade to bring major-league talent?

    • Brett

      If they’re hoping to pull in a true TOR, that conversation is going to have to start with a Baez/Soler/Almora type. And then a lot more.

      • Grant

        Sorry, my question was a bit unclear…

        I was wondering what prospects you see most likely to be traded in order to help the team compete sooner rather than later. Not necessarily for a TOR starter, but for any major-league talent.

        To put it another way, what players do you feel that other teams might value more than our front office does?

  • Jim

    The engineer in me tackled the “Travel” question, assuming:

    You started this last week on opening day
    You live in chicago, and can walk to the red line.
    You buy the cheapest seats possible at face value with no ticket fees
    You get the cheapest national-brand hotel
    You drive a honda civic, and drive to every game within 250 miles
    You fly the cheapest, red-eyeiest flights elsewhere
    All other costs (food, clothing, parking, etc) are covered

    Sparing you all the math:

    $14281.20 for the away games +
    $1369.40 for the home games

    $15650.60 total