February 17, 2019

Show #429: Our Interview with Craig Calcaterra

We talk to Craig about the lack of moves this offseason, the Anthopolous and McGuirk interview in the Athletic and Braves potential in 2019.



9 Responses to “Show #429: Our Interview with Craig Calcaterra”

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    Podcast Listener Says:

    I’d stray away from corporate media sources regarding the Braves if you’re looking for anything that resembles the truth. Anyway, this is a solid podcast, without question.

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    Podcast Listener Says:

    The truth is…there really is no pressure on any of Atlanta’s pro sports teams to win… Atlanta is a great place for making a profit on pro sports teams, without question. That could change in the future, it’s always possible.

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    William A Says:

    Calcaterra was amazing in his knowledge of the Braves, particularly so since as he stated his job has him following and monitoring all 30 MLB teams. He came off as a Braves beat writer and had hard comments about the team that are, to me, undeniable so good show and interview this time.
    As to the Braves who seem to mailing in this off-season, there are times in the cycle of life or baseball franchises when you have to step up, push in all the chips to the center of the table and go for it. Not so with this leadership group that looks to have a yellow streak up their backs. That yellow could be ‘caution yellow’ or ‘coward yellow’. Your choice of which is which but it’s one of the two in my opinion.

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    Steve Says:

    Podcast listener – thanks for the feedback. I thought that Craig was great. He’s a good dude, too.

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    Steve Says:

    William – thanks for the comments. Craig’s been a Braves fan all his life, so he’s the perfect blend of national guy + Braves fan.

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    William A Says:

    Steve, you’re an excellent interviewer. The information you pulled out of Craig was and is more profound than any other media source I’ve seen, read or heard. When it’s all said and done, the Braves’ future has to be uncertain, I think, with cold bottom line oriented corporate ownership.

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    Steve Says:

    Willam – thanks! I really appreciate that.

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    Podcast Listener Says:

    Ideally, you would have MLB as a league where every team has to spend a set amount per year (they can’t go over or under this set amount from the given starting point where everyone starts at 0/previous contracts are zero’d out). Basically, every team must spend, for example, $75 million per year (starting anew in 2020, for example with previous contracts zero’d out/annulled).

    With the system as it is, I could see some kind of internet streaming/TV broadcast output of a virtual/video game form of MLB (like MLB The Show 2019) where every team must spend a set amount from a given starting point at nothing above or under this set amount (with past contracts annulled and zero’d out). I could see this kind of virtual/video game simulation being more popular than the reality of MLB (where things have become too predictable for the more hardcore fans AND casual fans are more educated on the realities of the reality version of the MLB product).

    Anyway, just my thoughts. Perhaps a virtual reality/video game like MLB The Show 2019 has more truth to it than anyone had previously envisioned?

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    William A Says:

    Quick look-in on the first two ST games that were on the satellite:
    I know, small sample, early and not worthy of comment but it’s slow going so here are my first look impressions:
    Guys you’d know: Camargo, Albies, Riley, Acuna ..all ok. Duvall: Looks the same as last year which is troubling.
    Pitchers: Saboka (sp), not bad. Wilson, ok but his velo looks average. Muller, good but his command is similar to Newcomb. Wentz? Command and stuff looked excellent. Luke Jackson? Flush the toilet. Folty: Same old, same old—high pitch counts and labors with command.
    Unheard of rooks: Two hit HRs but little else. The rest? Fillers for ST.

    Obviously, an uninspiring first two games but it’s ST so who cares? Still, I was hoping for a little more. Wentz impressed me.

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