The Cespedes Family Barbecast

Welcome to Barbecast 96! Our special guest this week (at 22:00) is Adam McCalvy, Brewers beat writer for MLB dot com. The Brewers made some interesting moves at the deadline and are at an odd place as an organization, so we checked in on their psyche with a guy that knows them well. It was mostly just us fawning over David Stearns for 25 minutes, but whatever. After Adam (at 49:45), we participated in another fierce B-Ref Battle presented by Baseball-Reference. Baseball names are funny, in case you hadn't heard. We concluded (at 1:00:45) with a recap of Jake's Men's League championship victory and then we said goodbye. Simple as that. Thanks for listening <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

Welcome to Barbecast 95! After last week's guestless Carbecast on which we reminisced about the favorite parts of our roadtrip, we're back this week with two special guests. First up (at 17:55) is The Athletic Chicago's Sahadev Sharma, former Barbecast guest and relative expert on all things Aroldis Chapman trade and all things Chris Sale jersey-slicing saga. So we talked about those two things because both of them made us go "WOW!" for totally different reasons. After Sahadev (at 57:10), we brought on this year's #1 overall pick, Mickey Moniak, to discuss his first month or so of professional baseball in the glamorous Gulf Coast League, his favorite Disney shows growing up, and what his backup plan was if baseball didn't work out. Next, the B-Ref Battle of super old baseball names returned with a vengeance, celebrating two more heroes of baseball's yesteryears. We concluded with a preview of the biggest start of Jake's Men's League season, before saying goodbye until next week. Thanks for listening <3   

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

Oh golly. A wild barbecast appeared! No, we're not playing Pokemon Go, but we did manage to scrounge up a podcast for you fine folks. 

For those of you that don't know we've been on the road writing for MLB.com for the last 3 weeks or so. Our trip is nearing its conclusion we thought that we'd kill some time driving thru Kansas (holy crap Kansas is enormous and flat) reminiscing about the best moments of the trip thus far. We each drafted five of our favorite moments from our time on the road, but we discussed some other stuff beyond that as well. Some of what we talked about has been posted/tweeted about, while some of the other draft picks can definitely be classified as #EXCLUSIVECONTENT. 

Hear us talk about...

-Interviewing Dansby Swanson

-The Ty Cobb Museum

-Getting dunked on by Jeff Hoffman

-Yoan Moncada in a virtual reality headset

-AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!

You can find all of our trip entries on Cut4 right here: http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2016/06/24/185916752/the-cut4-minor-league-road-trip-your-day-to-day-guide

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Welcome to Barbecast 93! This is not a normal Barbecast -- it's shorter, there are no e-mails or B-Ref Battle, and OH MY GOD LANA BERRY IS BACK?!?! We wanted to record a quick podcast this week for two reasons: First, it's been a while. And second, we leave this week for our fourth annual insane baseball summer roadtrip. This time we'll be documenting our adventures for the good people over at MLB's Cut4 site. We spent the first part of the show discussing our trip. You can read about it and see our itinerary by clicking here. After roadtrip talk, we brought back on our good friend Lana Berry, 10 episodes and several months after mercilessly killing her off the show for no good reason. We checked in with her about her two favorite baseball teams, her LeBron hot takes, and her general life status. Yay Lana! We concluded the show with an exciting update from Jake about his recent dominance on the mound in his summer Men's League. Like, he's actually pitching really well. Then we say goodbye!

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 7:44pm EDT

Welcome to Barbecast 92! Our special guest this week (at 17:20) is Mike Lananna, college baseball writer for Baseball America, and noted #1 fan of the Coastal Plain League's Savannah Bananas baseball team. Mike joined the show to talk about his inherent passion for the Bananas franchise before getting us hyped for this weekend's D-I baseball regionals. Topics include:

  • what makes college baseball more exciting to both watch and cover than pro ball (or other college sports)
  • why all 16 regionals this year are east of Lubbock and south of Louisville
  • what the hell is wrong with west coast college baseball programs
  • the most intriguing regionals to watch
  • ...and more!

After Mike (at 42:45), we engaged in another B-Ref Battle, brought to you by baseball-reference, featuring two players who had curiously short careers for very different reasons. We concluded (at 53:40) with a Men's League update about Jake's first start of the year (8 innings!!!!!), a shoutout to last week's guest Daniel Palka for USING PABLO SANCHEZ'S MUSIC AS HIS WALKUP SONG OMG, and gave a little tease as to what we've got planned for the summer. Hint: it's a ridiculous amount of driving. Thanks for listening <3

Musical Guest: ring ring ring ring ring ring

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

Welcome to Barbecast 91! After a guestless episode last week, we've returned with TWO special guests for this week's pod, both currently inhabiting the Southern League. First (at 18:15 ), we talked to Twins minor league outfielder Daniel Palka. Daniel comes on the pod a little under a year after we first saw him in the Diamondbacks organization with the Visalia Rawhide and commended him on his walk-up song. After being traded to the Twins in the off-season, Daniel's had a good start to the 2016 season with Double-A Chattanooga. We asked him about a bunch of stuff, including...

  • his experience as an aerospace engineer
  • his favorite BESR bats
  • suddenly stealing 24 bases last year
  • the process of choosing a walk-up song
  • his Backyard Baseball lineup
  • ...and more!

After Daniel (at 56:40), we brought on Brandon Liebhaber, the voice of the Jackson Generals, to discuss things related to being the voice of the Jackson Generals, such as...

  • How a Los Angeles native ends up in Jackson, Tennessee by age 23
  • What a broadcaster can learn/take from Vin Scully
  • Tyler O'Neill and Guillermo Heredia
  • Jerry Dipoto's magic
  • being overrun on the radio by Rush Limbaugh (?!?!)
  • ...and more!

After Brandon (at 1:33:45), another B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference went down. Names were shared. Laughs were had. And then we moved on. We concluded (at 1:41:20) with a Varsity Baseball Update about the end of our respective D-III schools' baseball seasons with similarly crushing losses in regionals, before looking ahead to the excitement of men's league baseball. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Music: 2Pac/Biggie (Daniel's walk-up song)

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

Welcome to Barbecast 90! There's no special guest this week, because we just wanted to record a full damn Barbecast and didn't have time to arrange a guest. So here we are! Instead of a guest, we did perhaps the longest e-mail segment in Barbecast history, on topic such as...

  • Trading Mike Trout (Mike Trout is a Lunchable)
  • Bartolo's dinger
  • Bartolo's dinger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Craziest thing we've done for baseball
  • Rougned Odor punching Jose Bautista
  • Rougned Odor punching other things
  • Getting punched in the face (please e-mail us at cespedesfb@gmail.com if you've been punched in the face)
  • Jake's baseball brawl story
  • How to pack bobbleheads and hats
  • An epic tale from Big Poop about Jeff Francoeur 

After our lengthy e-mail segment (at 51:50), the B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference returned with a name inspiring the #FreeTheB movement, and another one that is just downright strange. We concluded with a very exciting Varsity Baseball Update (at 1:00:49) from BOTH of us, as both the WashU Bears and the Wooster Fighting Scots are both heading to the D-III Regionals this week. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Music: Chance the Rapper

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Welcome to Barbecast 89.5! This not your average Barbecast. There's not even Jake Mintz on this Barbecast :( But hey, it's still 45+ minutes of unadulterated audio content for your enjoyment. Finals week has made the recording of a full Barbecast entirely impossible for both of us, but we really wanted to get something up ASAP, and so I brought Chris Crawford of Baseball Prospectus on to talk about the upcoming MLB Draft! Chris indulged me on several draft-related curiosities and answered a couple e-mail questions on topics including...

  • Jason Groome vs. Brady Aiken
  • The Mysterious Delvin Perez vs. the terrible shortstop class
  • Where In The World Is Alec Hansen's Command?
  • Buddy Reed vs. Corey Ray 
  • Matt Krook
  • How the Tigers draft strategy may change now that Dombrowski is gone
  • How teams treat pitchers throwing insane amounts of pitchers in high school/college, featuring a plus-plus rant from Chris
  • ...and more!

After answering my silly questions, Chris talks about his MLB Draft Guide, available for just $4.99 (!!!) on iTunes. If you have any questions about this year's draft class that weren't addressed on this podcast, the guide is the way to go. It's a fantastic amount of information for the price of a meh Subway sandwich. Seems like an obvious purchase now, huh? 

Anyway, thanks for listening! We'll hopefully be back next week with a full Barbecast, episode 90, likely spending three hours discussing Bartolo's home run <3

(Note: Sorry if my audio is a bit quiet compared to Chris'; I don't usually record these things and am even worse at producing them than Jake)

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 10:03am EDT

Welcome to Barbecast 89! We apologize for the lengthy delay since our last Barbecast, but it's great to be back. Before our special guest, we had a tremendous e-mail segment featuring the triumphant return of NAPOLEAN BOOKBINDERY (Note: Napolean last appeared on Episode 40, back in June 2014). Our special guest this week (at 29:00) is Jon Meoli, Orioles beat writer for the Baltimore Sun. After reminiscing about Jon's appearance on Barbecast 3 (!!!!), we asked him a bunch of O's-related questions about what's most surprising about the team's hot start, Dylan Bundy, the incredible Joey Rickard, the less-incredible Matt Wieters, and more. After Jon (at 57:30), another B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference commenced. It was short and sweet. We concluded (at 1:07:10) with an amusing Varsity Baseball Update about Jake's unfortunate relief appearance and a shout-out to my freshman-year roommate for setting a D-III record. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Musical guest: Oooo, o, o, o, oooo, o

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 1:41pm EDT

Welcome to Barbecast 88! Our special guest this week (at 17:00) is former major leaguer Mark Teahen! Mark came on to reflect on his career, including...

  • getting drafted by the Moneyball A's
  • getting traded as a prospect
  • playing for the hapless late 2000's Royals
  • the brutal honesty of a young Zack Greinke
  • seeing that same organization be World Series champions now
  • the secret to hitting Justin Verlander
  • his two remarkable inside the park home runs (here and here)
  • pitchers that owned him/pitchers that he owned
  • playing for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic
  • ...and more!

After Mark (at 1:05:00), another B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference commenced. We concluded (at 1:15:20) with a painful Varsity Baseball Update from a hurting Jake after he had a rough time catching a bullpen. I also talked a bit about the start to Wooster's season before saying goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Musical guest: Jimmy Fallon having no respect for IMDABES

Link to Mark's fantastic charity

Link to Mark's fantastic wine bar

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 1:21am EDT