July 29th, 2015
Productive Outs
The PRODcast

Your favorite player probably got traded this week.

(0:00-4:30) The open.

(5:15-7:45) The musical guest: Ryley Walker. Buy “Primrose Green” here.

(7:45-17:30) Emails from people named Chris.

(18:15-40:45) Baseball things:

  • Literally everyone was traded today. No one’s uniforms fit, and spelling errors abound. What are we going to do with all these leftover bobbleheads??
  • Cueto & Zobrist to the Royals, Kazmir to the Astros, Tulo to the Blooj A’s, Latos & Morse to the Dodgers, Papelboner to the Nats, Hamels to Rangers, Gomez to Mets (OR NOT), LAD/ATL/MIA three-way

(41:17-46:40) Musical advice: If you choose to sit down at a show, have you given up on life?

(46:40-53:40) This week’s Old School Player of the Week is:


I discovered this gem last week and couldn’t resist the urge to flood our Twitter feed with pics and things Mike Proly did. Some of my favorites …

  1. Mike Proly wishes he didn’t have to wear that dumb [White Sox] uniform, amirite?
  2. Mike Proly went a little overboard at the bar last night.
  3. From Drew Fairservice: “Mike Proly drives a Trans Am. Mike Proly is the physical embodiment of despair on on a baseball card.”
  4. Mike Proly locked himself out of his apartment and thinks he proly left the stove on.
  5. Mike Proly thought his girlfriend Crystal was being honest when she said she was quitting stripping so she could go back to school.
  6. Mike Proly thought he’d have more time to work on the 1983 Pontiac Firebird that’s been on blocks in his front yard for 17 years.
  7. Mike Proly wishes he were “anywhere but here” ALL OF THE TIME.

Mike Proly could very easily pass for one of Will Forte’s SNL characters, and he is truly one of the saddest, mouselike humans to ever grace a baseball card. He’s got a 60 DADHAT, a plus plustache, 70 70s hair and 80 chest hair. Proly pitched in the bigs for seven seasons (from 1976 to 1983) with the Cards, White Sox, Phillies and Cubes, primarily as a reliever. He walked 195 batters and struck out 185 in 545 ⅔ innings, and had a career WHIP of 1.330. Proly is quoted extensively in a 1985 article from the Chicago Tribune on spitballs, Vaseline balls and ball-scuffing. Apparently he did all of those things to no avail. He now sells insurance.

December 13th, 2012

Some Very Brief Thoughts On The Josh Hamilton Deal


Just look at him. He’s gazing towards the Lord, wondering where his next $125 million dollars will come from. Answer: Arte Moreno. Thank ye, baby Jeebus. And also: TV contracts or billboards or something.

I’ve been letting this marinate for several hours, and while I’m not sure I’ve fully wrapped my head around the Los Angeles Angels signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million deal Thursday afternoon, I’ve had enough people hit me up via Twitter and text to feel like I should write something … anything, really … on the signing.

So, this is that.

I like it. Kinda.

I like that the Angels are going to get a guy who has averaged 33 home runs and 107 RBI and an OPS+ of 146 over the past three seasons.

I like that the Angels are getting a player who is worth roughly five wins per season, via bWAR.

I like that an outfield of Hamilton, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo is pretty ridiculous, offensively. (Meaning: “Offensively” as BASEBALL TERM, not “offensively” as “something that elicits disgust and might make me barf into any one of my several Angels hats”.

I like that it means that the Angels could probably move Peter Bourjos or Kendrys Morales and more for another starting pitcher (R.A. Dickey, perhaps [for a year, at $5 million]).

I like that I won’t have to watch him post a .903 career OPS with 14 home runs and 55 RBI against the Angels (even though that wasn’t incredible, it sucked on many occasions).

I like that his middle name is Holt. Because WHAT.

But there are some things that I don’t like.

I don’t like that an injury-riddled (and declining) Josh Hamilton (at age 34, 35 & 36) is going to be paid $25 million per year from a team that already has a s***load of money tied up in not-so-many players.

I don’t like that his mettle, moxie or whatever is questionable (according to SOURCE).

I don’t like that his defense makes the Angels outfield weaker than it would have been with Trout, Bourjos and Trumbo.

I don’t like that Josh Hamilton has hit .260 at Angel Stadium over his career, with five home runs, 19 RBI and a tOPS+ of 70.

I don’t like that Vernon Wells is going to be paid $4 million less than Josh Hamilton to watch Josh Hamilton play baseball next year.

And that’s that … for now. Still processing this. Still worried about the rotation.


August 1st, 2012
PRODcast 13: Omar Vizquel's DADHAT Extravaganza
Productive Outs

We’ve got a delicious family-size show for you this week! 

It includes:

  • A precocious amuse-bouche intro
  • A nutritious email segment
  • A hearty interview with Ricardo Marquez and Ashley Chavez
  • A lovingly prepared analysis of every trade in baseball history
  • A sweet and satisfying musical segment with BARONESS, and
  • A visit from your chef, Jose Mota

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