April 27th, 2015
PRODcast 108: Cool Your Jets
Productive Outs
The PRODcast

Unlike our usual shows, this one is actually good! We encourage you to listen.

(0:00-3:48) The open

(4:20-8:15) The musical guest: SQUAREPUSHER. Buy “Damogen Furies” here.

(8:15-22:57) Email from around North America

(23:24-49:44) A discussion with Jess Spector of The Sporting News

(50:20-1:20:10) The baseball topics

  • #FirstPlaceAstros
  • The Royals want to fight everyone
  • Josh Hamilton goes back to TEX, the AngLOLs are a joke
  • Wainwright’s achilles, Scherzer’s thumb - THE DH ARGUMENT IS BACK! Pick a side. Or don’t.
  • The Brewers are hot garbage
  • Orioles and MLB making the right descisions in the face of some heavy real-life shit

(1:20:37- 1:30:05) The Old School Player of the Week: CRAIG KUSICK


Kusick, who looks like he won an invite to baseball fantasy camp, was an honest to goodness MLB player from 1973-79 with the Blue Jays and Twins. A 1B/DH, he posted a career average of .235, 105 OPS+, and 3.8 WAR. He also pitched in a game for the Blue Jays in 1980, a 24-2 loss to the California Angels, and went 3 ⅔ innings and giving up 2 ER on three hits (one of which was a bomb). If you were to see a photo of him at any point in his career, “professional athlete” would be about the 278th occupation you’d peg him as having.

Kusick is now deceased, but will remain awesome forever.


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.


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