Hello, this is the new and (hopefully) improved PRODcast – an easy-to-digest nugget of baseball and music that should pass through your system without causing bloating, headaches and/or abdominal discomfort. It’s like the All-Bran of podcasts. PLEASE HAVE SOME.
Musical Guest: WHITE DENIM. Buy it here.
Email from an Internet Superhero: @OmarUnited
BASEBALL IS BACK! (Have you heard of it?)
Our picks to win each division + wild card teams
Things we’re excited about/not excited about seeing this season …
A full season of Correa, Bryant, Buxton,
The Mets rotation
If Jered Weaver can crack 80MPH
More Mike Trout, gimme all of the Mike Trout
Hot dog Twitter, Wrestling twitter, Twitter in general
MLB.tv and MLB Network ads
This season’s installation of Unwritten Rules enforcement
This is it! The last show of 2015. Thanks for hanging out with us this season. Y'all made it fun. And weird.
(0:00-3:21) The Open
(3:21-7:30) The Musical Guest: LOMA PRIETA. Buy “Self-Portrait” here.
(8:03-25:27) Emails from the Internet’s True Heroes
(26:07-1:03:44) The Human Guest: Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star talks Gordo, Locain, Yost, and indie rock (?)
(1:04:17-1:19:49) Some baseball things that happened today. WHO CARES?
(1:20:30-1:27:25) The final Old School Player of the Week of 2015 is…
Ken Reitz, who was nicknamed “Zamboni” because he scooped up grounders on Busch Stadium’s artificial turf, spent 11 years in the bigs (he gets a MLB pension!) as a third baseman with the Cards (twice), Cubes, Giants and Pirates. In those 11 years, while playing a position dominated by quality offensive player, he hit .260, with an abysmal .290 OBP, and .359 slugging. (That’s a .649 OPS if you’re keeping score at home and aren’t good at maths.) Reitz won a gold glove in 1975, and was an All-Star in 1980 despite posting a -0.7 bWAR that year. WAR was not a friend of Ken’s, as he finished his career with whopping -3.2 wins above replacement.
A #FUNFACT from Wikipedia: Reitz was not known for his base running speed. This is reflected in one dubious Major League record. Reitz holds the record for most career plate appearances (5079) among non-catchers who finished their careers with fewer walks than times he grounded into a double play.
That explains that anemic OBP, I suppose.
Reitz belongs in the DADHAT Hall of Fame, despite evading everyone’s DADHAT radar up to this point. His mustache is pure 70s porn, and his hairdo is best described as a man sitting in a barber’s chair holding a picture of a mushroom and telling his barber, “Make me look like that.”
Mueller was a brutish 6’4”, 220 lb. reliever who pitched in two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers (1978 & 1981). In those two seasons, he pitched in six games, logged 14 ⅔ innings, posted a 6.14 ERA and a 1.773 WHIP. He spent 10 years toiling in the minors before hanging up his spectacles after the 1983 season at age 26.
Mueller’s claim to fame is that he played the Duke, a menacing Yankees reliever, in the movie Major League. He’s now the pitching coach at Concordia University of Wisconsin. So there’s that.