February 16, 2010

Show #93: Our Interview with Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus

Kevin talks all things farm system.  Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Mike Minor, Jordan Schafer, and much more.



193 Responses to “Show #93: Our Interview with Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus”

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  1. 151
    Princess Leah Says:

    A little help? Guy hit foul ball down right field line then took first base. What’d I miss?

  2. 152
    Bubdylan Says:

    Sounds like me on a date.

  3. 153
    Bubdylan Says:

    Not that I would like it one bit, but if Frank really wants to spend 4.5 and get Damon for a year, why doesn’t he just trade Melky for beans in a salary dump? Voila: 7.6 million dollars.

    Heck, he could pay a million of Melky’s salary and still offer about 7 to Damon. Some team wouldn’t take Cabrera for 2.1 million?

  4. 154
    Bubdylan Says:

    Johnny D to Tigers is all but done, according to Tim Brown at Yahoo. Looks like he’s taking the one year version, Stevie. Combination of money-talks and build-my-value-and-then-get-the-heck-outta-Dodge?

    Five dollars says his value plummets in that ballpark. Of course, he could run a long way on a gapper, so maybe not?

  5. 155
    Bubdylan Says:

    Billy Wags says so much “lively” stuff to reporters. It’ll be a good thing if we have a good year. If not, his sound-offs are gonna get tiring. Here’s hoping the chuckles outnumber the winces.

  6. 156
    Bubdylan Says:

    Holy Toledo. Tim Brown reporting EIGHT MILLION on Damon’s deal. That is a bad, bad way to spend 8 million dollars.

  7. 157
    Princess Leah Says:

    I wouldn’t have wanted the Braves to pay more than 4, 5 at the most. Still a little bummed.

  8. 158
    Curt Says:

    Jim Edmonds – still available

  9. 159
    Bubdylan Says:

    From another message board:

    “Nobody throws a curve ball to Matt Diaz. It’s just that some of the fast balls see where they’re headed and kind of freak out.”

  10. 160
    Bubdylan Says:

    A mini report on our potential new pick up:

    Salcedo is a FA SS with a 6’3”, 190 lb. frame from La Vega, Dominican
    Republic. Big League body, strong and athletic. Smooth, easy defensive
    actions, easy plus arm, can really play SS. Aggressive swing, power
    projection, deep load from wide base, good bat speed, geared to drive
    fastballs, timing will be an issue. All the tools to be a top player.
    Potential 1st round type if in draft.

    (from “CSG” at Talking Chop)

  11. 161
    Bub was right Says:


  12. 162
    Princess Leah Says:

    Wow…that must suck.

  13. 163
    Bubdylan Says:

    LMAO at Mark Bowman’s story title!! AAAAHAHAHAHAHA! This is the funniest thing ever in the DOB/Bowman “wars.”


    Steve, you’re a good man. You can go ahead and change it back. Truth be told, I was just about to waffle anyway.

  14. 164
    Steve Says:

    Thanks, Bub. You’re a gracious winner. I’m not expecting as much from Curt on that front.

    The DOB/Bowman thing is pretty interesting. Not just this Damon stuff, but their relationship in general. I’d love to get the skinny on it one day. They seem to be kinda/sorta friends (DOB told a story about Bowman helping him get his car out of some lot last year in ST), but how much professional competition is there, really? And is Bowman crazy jealous about how much traffic DOBs blog gets vs his own? Bub – have you noticed other example of the “war” in the past?

  15. 165
    Princess Leah Says:

    Look at us all gettin along. The short track speed skating is stressing me out.

  16. 166
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeah, I’m totally uninformed on the DOBowman War (see what I did there?). I would say “I’m sure it’s a friendly war,” but DOB’s conflicts have been real enough on other fronts, so…

    The Bowman jealousy angle seems pretty likely. They’re both writers, and O’Brien’s certainly the better craftsman. And he’s got the music/BBQ/baseball shtick working pretty well.

    But I like to see Bowman win this one. [And here I erased a long paragraph loaded with antiDOBian pathos].

    But to answer your question, this thing with Damon is the most clearly I’ve ever seen the battle lines drawn. I dunno if it’s ever been this defined before. We need another defector to come give us the scoop.

  17. 167
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, I don’t remember that amp comment in the version I saw. I’m sure I’ll run across it, though.

  18. 168
    Bubdylan Says:

    Have you guys considered that we had four black holes in our offense the first half of last season? Kelly, Schafer, Frenchy, and Kotchman.

    My optimism for our offense comes from replacing those guys with Prado, McLouth, Heyward, and Glaus. The power numbers might not explode, but turning the line-up over is huge. We were so anemic first half of last year. I don’t know if we’ve properly reflected on how much better this is going to be.

    Did you know Kelly and Frenchy sported identical .286 OBPs in the first half? TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SIX for an OBP. Schafer was at .313 OBP. Pretty sickly.

    This line up won’t be anything like the first half of last year. Those black holes just tear a team up. Pitchers work towards them, so McCann and Chipper don’t get good pitches. I think the consistency of our 2010 line up will create runs. I think we’re going to the play offs.

  19. 169
    Princess Leah Says:

    Bub, that post got me so fired up I galloped around the house on my pretend horse. The sad thing is no one seemed to notice or find it at all odd.

    BTW, I know you are all wondering about the batter I saw yesterday take first after hitting a foul ball. I missed a very speedy balk by the pitcher.

  20. 170
    Steve Says:

    Leah – what baseball are you watching and referring to?

  21. 171
    Princess Leah Says:

    UNC v. GW. Go Heels!

  22. 172
    Tcc Says:

    ..an odd time of year for Tarheel fans to be focused on the Baseball program! My sympathies, Princess Leah. As a lifelong Clemson fan..”been there”.

    Go Braves!

  23. 173
    Princess Leah Says:

    It’s ok Cledus. I’m not so much a Tar Heel fan as a baseball fan. I care nothing about basketball but I try to keep that fact to myself.

  24. 174
    4 Bub Says:

    There was a person who sent ten different puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would get a laugh. No pun in ten did.

  25. 175
    Mario Says:

    Really? Wow!

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