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Sportsnaut Unfiltered with TC
33 minutes | 7 years ago
The Future of Bryce Harper
TC loves to run his theories by our podcast guests. Everything from off the wall predictions to longshot comparisons. Today TC is running his thoughts about Bryce Harper by Matthew Kory. There are many high hopes for Harper to be the next Mike Trout but that is a lot to live up to. Matt is quick to point out that the comparison to Trout is really not going to be a fair deal for anyone. Instead the guys decide to compare Harper to Ken Phelps. And while the game played in 2014 is not exactly the same as it was in 1986, the comparison is a fairer one. When making any comparison with someone as young as Bryce Harper (who is only 21) we must take into account that he should only get better with age. He has five or six years to be developed into the perfect player. There is sadly always the potential for destruction with players like this. He is already facing his first round of injuries. These aren't injuries that are career ending, but small injuries can lead to bigger problems along the way for young players. He will need to listen to his coaches, doctors and team to make sure he gets back better than before. However, looking at his track record it seems that he may not be one to listen very well. Back on April 19th he was benched for what we were told was "not hustling" on a play. We reviewed the highlights for this game and saw no real reason for him to be benched for that, and wonder what example was being set here. Was he just being knocked down a peg? TC and Matt also discuss the possible surprise teams of 2014 which includes the Toronto Blue Jays. This gives us a nice look at what the Blue Jays need to do to make this season come full circle and bring home a World Series Title.
26 minutes | 7 years ago
Boston Red Sox Early Season Evaluation
TC and Joon have found some common ground in their favorite baseball teams. Last year the Red Sox became the first team since the '91 Minnesota Twins to win the World Series a year after finishing in last place! The guys are taking a look at what it is going to take for the Red Sox to make a repeat trip to the series. Joon tells TC about some problems he sees going on in the bullpen, with the pitch rotation. TC asks for some insight as to what the team is doing about the crowded outfield now that Shane Victorino has made his return to the team. With a look at the current roster it appears that they need to get rid of more than a few of those outfielders, because as TC puts it... they all suck! Joon and TC talk about how trades, and the denial there of by the MLB commission have effected the Red Sox over the last few years. They look at the possibility of the extension of Xander Bogaerts come the end of the season. Since they are talking about the end of the season we get Joon's predictions for who is going to go all the way for the American League East this year. We also get a prediction for a possible recipient of a golden glove award this year! Don't miss a minute of the action as the season heats up!
32 minutes | 7 years ago
Is The Detroit Tigers Bullpen Management Revolutionary?
TC and Neil are not pulling any punches when it comes to talking about the Tigers bullpen in this podcast. While the guys are quick to point out the four-man rotation is something we don't frequently see from teams in major league baseball these days, is it truly the revolution to the bullpen that Ausmus is supposed to bring to the team? It seems that the best approach to being in charge of the bullpen might just be using common sense. Putting the best players in when they are needed, when they might just make a difference, not waiting until they are slated for specific innings. We also get some information about sabermetrics. When we had on Bryan Grosnick a few weeks ago we got a bit of information about what WAR was (Wins Above Replacement), today we learn a little bit about FIP. FIP is Fielding Independent Pitching, and is proving to be a great predictor of future ERA for a player. In addition to looking at the ERA versus the FIP of a few current players TC and Neil take a look at who will be leading the charge toward the American League Central title this season. Before the guys call the game, Neil presents us with his favorite baseball player names. It's a great list for sure!
26 minutes | 7 years ago
What's Wrong With The Chicago Cubs
TC and Al Yellon start out by digging into Theo Epstein's third year with the Cubs. Without a doubt there is a significant amount of frustration being felt by Cubs fans as the season gets off to another disappointing start with the losses stacking up. TC questions if there is going to be an end of the prospect production and a switch to actual players being made. Al points out a few things about the mis-management of the team including things like too many players being signed that are not meant to play are just meant to flip and this creating a bigger problem. TC and Al find common ground reminiscing about baseball memories of the great Harry Caray on WGN out of Chicago back in the summer of 1986. Caray had no idea who this Davis guy was, but could tell his star years were not being spent with the Cubs. Al shares with us a great story of just how Davis landed with the Cubs that many fans of the Twins, and Cubs only knew part of. They also discuss the uncertainty the future of Free Agency will hold for the Cubs with this looking shaping up to be their 5th straight 100+ loss season. Tough questions are asked about who would be willing to sign to a team with such a record, and what strategies could be applied to keep the better players around. The expansion to Wrigley Field is also a hot button issue facing the Cubs that Al and TC get to talking about. Apparently thanks to all of the rooftop seating on private buildings looking into the stadium Wrigley Field has had to start and stop their plans several times. Listen in to find out exactly what the holdup is! It truly is a crying shame! The good news is Al tells us the best way to get to the game if you are planning on taking a trip to visit Wrigley for it's birthday this year! Sounds like a lot of fun! (If you go send us a photo!)
31 minutes | 7 years ago
Vintage Baseball in the Summer of Beer and Whiskey
TC and Edward have a great time talking about how baseball used to be. Not that either of these gentlemen are old enough to have been alive back in the 19th century when the Beer and Whisky league formed. The fact remains that even back in the 1800's baseball was already being called America's pastime. The problem with this was that the National League had banned play on Sunday in addition to banning the sale of alcohol and was charging an astronomical $.50 for admission. This new league which would come to be known as the American Association aimed to change all that and be more for the working man. This league started small, but by reaching out to other regions that were unrepresented they grew. Teams such as the LA Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates started out from the Beer and Whiskey league! These games were fierce, there was no players union back then. So if you were injured you played hurt or you didn't play. If you didn't play, you didn't get a paycheck. There were no baseball gloves used in these games, and the ball has a rubber core. The games moved so much faster back then as well! There were no breaks in the game for television stations to air commercials, batters were not stepping out of the box, and if you were hit by a pitch, it was a ball! Aside from all of that, you better keep an eye on that ball, because you only get one! That's right one ball per game as opposed to the 104 or so that is the average that gets used in a typical MLB game these days. I don't know about you but I would certainly like to go back and watch one of these games, but even with the Vintage Baseball leagues they don't follow the 1883 rules because they are deemed too dangerous! Games where the cheating was right out in the open. Tripping and violence happened and they weren't underhanded or sneaky about it. The game was played start to finish by the same guys. Old Hoss Radborn for example pitched 73 out of 73 games start to finish... When was the last time you saw one of the guys in the Major Leagues do that? Join TC and Edward to find out even more about baseball in the 1880's and for a quick look at his prediction for his favorite team the Red Sox this year!
37 minutes | 7 years ago
2014 NFL Draft Picks By Lottery
With time ticking away as many prepare for the Houston Texans to go on the clock with the first selection tonight kicking off the NFL draft there is a calm that has settled in. One can only assume this calm is like ducks on a pond, steady on the surface and kicking like crazy underneath with last minute ideas and trade proposals. Teams are looking to trade up for better positions in the draft, others looking to move down for better potential next year. This leads us to the Brownie Bin Draft. TC has this crazy idea that he can predict the draft as accurately as Vincent Frank, Mel Kiper, or Todd McShay by simply pulling names out of his golden brownie bucket. We are so pleased that Vincent Frank has agreed to join TC for this special podcast to weigh in with his expert opinions as we conduct our very first Brownie Bin NFL draft. There are bound to be some surprises, as TC and Vincent move through the top 24 draft picks. We are almost afraid to see how many of these come true! When TC's random picks start to line up with the names that Vincent has thoroughly researched we can't help but wonder if the NFL should just move to this system instead of the current system. Especially when we learn that Vincent starts scouting for the draft all the way back in November.
29 minutes | 7 years ago
Inside Cardinals Baseball and the Pitch Clock
TC and Joe Schwarz are talking about the Cardinals today! The Cards are one of the most competitive teams in the National League, and TC wants to know how it is they have maintained such a strong team. Perhaps it has something to do with their development of talent that no one has heard of like Oscar Taveras. Taveras has been in the minors for somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 years, however according to Joe this might just be his year to finally shine! Don't worry if you aren't a Cardinals fan there is something for everyone in this podcast! Don't tune out before you hear the discussion about the need for a pitch clock in MLB. Games are getting longer these days and while the die-hard fans may love it there still remain only so many hours in a day. Television networks are forced to bump programming, fans get restless and eventually will end up rebelling and leave before the game is over.
26 minutes | 7 years ago
Down to the Last Pitch- The 1991 World Series
Last time TC and Tim sat down they talked at length about why the 1991 world series was the greatest of all time. Today Tim and TC are together again talking about how Atlanta fans are feeling playing second fiddle to Kirby Puckett. Looking at the big picture of the Atlanta Braves team it would seem that this World Series was a turning point for the Braves. They became a consistent post-season team with 13 appearances after this game! Their manager Bobby Cox has been a consistently good regular season manager according to Tim. However like many managers Cox tends to not know how to handle the post season. TC pushes Tim for his thoughts on the Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire. If you are new to the show you may find it helpful to know the Twins are TC's team, even if they are dead to him right now... and he really isn't a Gardy fan. Believe it or not Tim thinks that Gardenhire is a good manager. He has built a team around Joe Mauer and while Mauer is no Kirby Puckett, Gardenhire is doing a good job with the team. We haven't had a year of managerial layoffs like the famed 1991 season where 14 managers were let go as the Twins and Braves rose from worst to first. Perhaps people are looking for someone to wake up one of the diamonds in the rough and be the famous sleeper team of the year? We find out just who that team might be in Tim's opinion. After all if only 4 of the 43 picks at ESPN got it right last year, why not throw your hat in the ring and make a pick this year!
31 minutes | 7 years ago
Tampa Bay Rays Sabermetrics to the Rescue
TC and Bryan Grosnick are talking baseball by the numbers today. Don't worry though, we aren't doing any math and won't be rattling off stats and numbers. What they will be talking about is how the Tampa Bay Rays are using sabermetrics to change the game in their favor. So many people have seen the movie or read the book and know about Billy Beane and the amazing "Moneyball" team he made for the Oakland A's. That was a team built largely by a sabermetric system. You can't win on this alone. The Rays are using what appears to be a 70/30 method between metrics and scouting and it is working very well for their team. TC and Bryan talk a bit about some of the top picks that Tampa has made. They also note that many of Tampa's picks are sourced from fringe players and are used to round out the team. TC and Bryan talk about some of the big names out there in baseball right now that you may be worried about carrying on your fantasy roster right now. TC is in his first fantasy baseball league in years, and is asking about Joe Mauer possibly being in a decline! We also touch on Albert Pujols low walk rate percentage this season. Not to be missed is the fantasy advice on Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera! Hang tight until the end of the podcast and see how accurate the 2013 predictions were from Bryan and hear what he has to say about TC's 2014 predictions!
27 minutes | 7 years ago
The Cuban Crusher in the White Sox Uniform
TC welcomes Anthony Joshi-Pawlowic on the show today to talk about Jose Abreu of the White Sox and his amazing talent when it comes to being at bat! When it comes to power it seems like Abreu has a never ending supply of power. Managers of teams like the Twins have started intentionally walking him to keep him from powering in too many runs! TC and Anthony discuss the few things Jose could focus on to bring his batting stats to a higher level, but everyone agrees that he is a player to keep an eye on. Anthony lets us know about one of the reasons we don't see more Japanese players on the White Sox, or any other teams in MLB. Then before the show wraps up the guys check in on TC's MLB predictions for the Cy Young Award and the MVP of the National League.
25 minutes | 7 years ago
The Fight of Their Lives; A Look at Marichal & Roseboro's Brawl
TC and John Rosengren sit down and talk about the famous brawl between Juan Marichal and John Roseboro. If you think it was a rivalry of the Giants and the Dodgers that spurred Marichal to pick up the bat and head toward Roseboro or was it something more? It was a dark day in Candlestick Park, and one that left a rift between the two men. This story is simply riveting and is something that many baseball fans seem to not know! John tells us about how this fight leg to forgiveness and redemption. TC then lightens things up a bit asking what exactly happens at a baseball fantasy camp? It sounds like every grown man's dream come true! So join us for a great story about forgiveness and redemption!
33 minutes | 7 years ago
Baseball Changeup and the NBA Finals on Sportsnaut Unfiltered
TC is dropping a bombshell on listeners today that the daily podcasts you have come to love covering the wide world of sports is changing! So listen up! Sportsnaut Unfiltered Podcasts are changing to twice a week! We will be releasing shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays focusing on the great sport of baseball! Don't fret sports fans! We plan on bringing you more podcasts, geared towards the NBA and NFL on the other days. We are changing based on listener feedback. The people have spoken and we want to make sure you are getting more of what you want! So instead of shows about baseball and hockey mixed together we are going to let you pick and choose what you want to hear! Like it all listen to it all! We sure would appreciate it if you kept listening but we know many sports fans don't enjoy all sports. So other than that shakeup today TC talks about the top matchups in the NBA finals. Top picks for the finals include the Thunder, the Spurs, the Pacers and the Heat, and TC tells us why! Do you know what Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, and Lou Gehrig have in common? If you said they are all part of Monument Park, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame you are correct! TC lets us in on a few of the other surprising, and not so surprising people in the hall of fame. TC gets us psyched up for the new show format with a recap of the famous double play from the 1948 game.
23 minutes | 7 years ago
Montreal Expos the Unforgettable Expansion Team
TC and Jonah spend some time today talking about one of the most promising teams of the 1980's, the Montreal Expos. A team full of super talented players with a lot of promise. The Expos were expected to make several postseason appearances during the 1980's. This sadly was not the case. They only made it into postseason games in the 1981 split season as many recall, and it didn't end well. The problem seemed to be with so many great players on the team in the 80's and 90's they were never cohesive enough to be a great team. Jonah shares a statistic he uncovered while doing some research for his book, from 1978-1983 the primary second base man hit ZERO homeruns. This is a HUGE problem! Jonah points out that the teams bullpen was just lacking adequate players for key positions. You can see this strategy working for many teams today as they play "Moneyball" to pickup utility players and keep the teams moving forward. From the sounds of things the 1994 strike took a very hard toll of the Expos team. Johan tells us about all of the players that had to leave in 1995 due to the payroll restrictions that went into place. Including some players walking right into the hands of the teams biggest rivals! TC and Jonah go on to talk about the "new" team taking the place of the Expos which seems to be the Tampa Bay Rays. However baseball has a different climate today than it did in the 80's and early 90's. The guys also discuss how this is now Washington's 3rd attempt at a franchise, but maybe this is the charm right? There is all this, and more, listen in and feel the love! Baseball season is here ladies and gents!
29 minutes | 7 years ago
Greatest Home Run in Baseball History
There is some debate among baseball fans out there as to who hit the greatest home run of all time. There are so many great moment is baseball history. Things like Bobby Thompson's shot heard round the world and Maseroski's homerun to win the world series all rank in the top in so many memories. Today's guest Ed Sherman tells TC about another great moment in history, possibly the best in his mind, which is when Babe Ruth called his shot. The guys talk a little bit about the controversy that has surrounded the calling of the shot in recent years. Rumor has it that Babe was actually yelling at the opposing teams players to get off the field back into the dugout. Whether he did or didn't call the shot the hit was still powerful enough to travel somewhere near 440 feet for a home run. His at bat was followed by Lou Gehrig who popped another homer for the team bringing a victory to the Yankees. The next game the Yankees slaughtered the Cubs sweeping the World Series. TC and Ed talk about just what it would have been like to be at the game that fateful day. Ed had the chance to interview US Supreme Court Justice Paul Stevens who was at that game. As for whether or not he thinks Ruth called the shot or not, well it's not our job to judge this. The guys also chat about how the Bambino would do in todays crazy social media world. Apparently back in the 1930's athletes and reporters got along. Go Figure?! Check out the podcast and get a deeper look into Babe Ruth and the Called Shot! You can also check out Ed's book.
30 minutes | 7 years ago
1991 World Series- Down to the Last Pitch
Minneapolis and Atlanta are two of the smaller market teams in baseball. Yes they are in the top 15, however they are both in what is often referred to as flyover country. Tim is here with TC today talking about the often overlooked yet amazing 1991 world series that was played between Atlanta and Minnesota. This series went for seven games, 4 of which came down to the last pitch and 3 went into extra innings! Talk about intense gameplay. The guys dig a bit deeper into what was going on during the world series, including who talked Kirby Puckett out of bunting for a crucial play! TC and Tim also share their memories of May 1st, 1991 a day that is very clear in two ball players minds. Do you remember what happened with Ricky Henderson and Nolan Ryan that day? Tim drops some extra Nolan Ryan info on us. We get to hear the story of Brien Taylor, the top draft pick in 1991 drafted by the Yankees, and some surprising information about who had the highest payroll in 1991. The answer might just surprise you!
35 minutes | 7 years ago
Stars and Strikes Baseball in the Summer of '76
TC and Dan Epstein sit back and discuss America's favorite national pastime Baseball! Back in 1976 there was a lot of celebrating going on with the bicentennial of America. Some people didn't know that it was a big year in baseball as well. Our guest today tells us about some of the big name players like Reggie Jackson, Bake McBride, and Mark Fidryoh. We find out where they were and what they were doing other than loving what they were doing out on the field. We also talk about the fact that December of 1975 was the first time they started allowing free agency in the MLB, which meant the 1976 season was the first year to feel the effect of this change. This meant players like Reggie Jackson became even more of a commodity and they needed to become strategic about getting to where they wanted to play. Listen in as Dan tells us what Reggie did to ensure he wasn't going to end up stuck somewhere he would be miserable. Do you remember that 1976 was also the year of possibly the most Patriotic play in baseball made by none other than Rick Monday. Listen in as Dan tells us the story of Rick's famous snatch and grab that restored the stadiums faith in humanity. If all that weren't enough, TC gets put to the test. Each of the chapters in Dan's book are song titles! Chuckle along as TC's brain is tested for musical knowledge! I wonder if he will make it out alive!
25 minutes | 7 years ago
2014 Quarterback Draft Prospects
TC and Eric tackle the upcoming draft in this edition of the Sportsnaut Unfiltered podcast. With the Pro day workouts well underway and the NFL draft looming just under a month away there are lots of rumors swirling about who will be taken as a first round pick this year. Brett Smith, out of Wyoming, has only recently been brought onto a lot of radar screens. From the buzz around him it sounds as though he may very well become the best quarterback in the league in the next five years. Eric talks a little bit about what makes him a good choice for a team to draft him, but why he may not be worthy of a number one pick. What "Clown" does Eric see as the number one pick? I bet you can figure it out! TC talks to Eric about the Mock draft that he is conducting right now. They discuss who may unexpectedly fall to later rounds in the draft. TC also wants to know who is on the top and bottom of the NFC north division this year. Did we really need to ask where the Vikings were...?
28 minutes | 7 years ago
2014 Masters Predictions, Insight On Augusta Players
TC and Greg get right to it today kicking off Spring with talk about the Masters. Greg fills us in on how difficult it can be getting inside an athletes mind trying to figure out what is going on especially when they hit a downward spiral. The guys dive deeper into why the guys that have played well in the past at the Masters continue to play well. Even though the Masters is just underway today we are already looking forward in the calendar to when there could be a big tournament here in the Twin Cities since both TC and Greg are Twin Cities guys. Greg lets us in on when we can expect to see some golf action here. It sounds like the Ryder Cup may just be in our future! With all that being said we just can't let the opportunity pass to pay tribute to Harold Ramis. You won't want to miss out as TC and Greg recast the classic movie Caddyshack! Listen in to find out who Greg would pick to fill such iconic roles as Ty Webb, Al Czervik, and Judge Elihu Smails!
24 minutes | 7 years ago
Best Batting Stances of All Time with Gar Ryness
When TC and Gar sat down last week the guys were talking about learning how to perfect a stance. Some of the hardest ones to learn are the players out there that are too smooth. There is no doubt about it that there are a few big name players out there who have very distinctive batting stances. These should be unmistakable! Gar counts these down for us from 50 to one. Does anyone come to mind for you right away? We were excited to see if some of our picks made the list and where they fell. There are some big names on the list! Does Johnny Damon make the list? How about the man with the biggest bat in baseball, Alfonso Soriano? Which of Cal Ripkin Jr's 645 different stances makes the list? Can you identify the player if we give you a description of his stance? This guy looks like his chin is making out with his shoulder... you'll have to listen to TC and Gar for these answers and more!
26 minutes | 7 years ago
2014 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with Taylor Blake Ward
TC and Taylor keep it real honest as they talk about the future of the Anaheim Angels after a devastating opening series against the dark horse of the league that is the Mariners. Cano led a heavy charge against the Angels for their home opener this season. With the older roster that the Angels are carrying some are wondering if they can really go the distance to win the pennant this year. TC asks Taylor if Americas pastime, baseball, is becoming a young mans game. With the big names in baseball right now being players like Felix Hernandez, Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw will the Angels keep up with young gun Mike Trout on their side? Taylor and TC both agree it is going to be a tough year for the Angels after what happened with the much beloved Don Baylor on opening day. The good news is it sounds like some fan favorites will keep the teams spirits high this season including Hector Santiago with his amazing screwball.
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