In Part 2 of the Hall of Fame episode, Greg and Josh are joined first by Sam Mellinger of the KC Star to discuss the pressure of being a first time voter and the differences between filling out a theoretical one and one that will actually count towards the final tally. They also speak to Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer and the Effecitvely Wild podcast about the reasons behind the surge in voting for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, whether the final ballot effect is the reason for Tim Raines’ push, and challenges created by the current Hall of Fame voting system.
In Part 1 of the two-part Hall of Fame episode of Artificial Turf Wars, Greg and Josh speak to Jay Jaffe about his JAWS metric, how many writers use the stat in determining their own ballots, players he feels are under-served by Hall of Fame voting, and the best players on this year’s ballot. They also discuss Jay’s upcoming book, The Cooperstown Casebook. Greg and Josh also briefly discuss Jays news concerning Edwin’s departure to Cleveland, Jose Bautista rumours, and Aaron Sanchez’ new representation before answering listener questions.
Part 2 will be released on Thursday morning.
Greg and Josh discuss the latest news surrounding Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, the extremely slow offseason, and the apparently Blue Jays strategies to fill their remaining roster holes. They also give out a Do Over, take a trip down memory lane to visit a man temporarily called Ralph, and answer a bunch of listener questions.
Greg, Josh, and Nick break down the happenings (and not) from the Winter Meetings in Washington, D.C. They start by discussing the value of recent Blue Jays signing Steve Pearce, then look at the fallout from the Chris Sale trade, Edwin Encarnacion’s market crash, Dexter Fowler rumours, Ian Desmond’s bizarre contract from the Rockies, and a minor league signing. Finally, the trio gives out a Do-Over and tackle the Cliché of the Week, “Won the Winter.”
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet stops by to discuss the upcoming Winter Meetings, the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the Jays offseason plans as they relate to budget and potential free agent targets. Greg and Josh also discuss Brett Cecil’s departure, Edwin Encarnacion rumours, and then run down the numerous players to whom the Jays have been connected this offseason. Finally, they discuss some of the new CBA’s ramifications and answer listener questions.
Greg and Josh break down the recent signings of Kendrys Morales and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., then they go over the Bautista/Encarnacion qualifying offer decisions and their ramifications, the reported offer to Brett Cecil, and some of the goofiness that came along with the Cy Young voting results. They also answer some listener questions and wish a speedy recovery to Jerry Howarth in his fight with prostate cancer.
MLBPA Certified Player Agent, Joshua Kusnick stops by to discuss the agent role in CBA talks, planning stages for arbitration hearings, the relationship between player and agent, and how an agent must distance themself from their fandom. He also shares a fun story about how he signed one of his current clients. Greg, Josh, and Nick then tee up the offseason with a look at Blue Jays qualifying offers, the markets for Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and potential free agent fits for the club. They also answer listener questions, discuss Kevin Pillar’s Gold Glove loss, and decided to have some fun with a new game.
Nick Dika joins Greg and Josh to recap the ups and downs of the 2016 season. They go over a bunch of categories ranging from the best moments of the year and top hitters and pitchers on the team, to the most surreal moment and when it really felt like rock bottom. There are plenty of highs to discuss, plenty of lows, and a couple of straight up confusing moments. Finally, they top it all off by awarding the Do-Over of the year and then sharing their final overall thoughts on the season that was.
Greg and Josh react to a tough ALCS loss to Cleveland in five games, with a specific look at what went wrong with the offense – other than a select few players – the solid starting and incredible relief pitching, the futures of Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and the overall insanity of the postseason. They also give out a Do-Over to yet further inaccuracy from the TBS broadcast and then answer a whole slate of listener questions.
Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs stops by to preview the upcoming ALCS with a focus on the liberal use of platoons, the deep Andrew Miller-led bullpen and its effect on the depleted Cleveland rotation, and specific matchups between the two clubs. Greg and Josh then go back over the ALDS against Texas game by game, highlighting specific things that stood out from the series and what they could mean going forward. They also address the health of Devon Travis and Francisco Liriano, answer listener questions, and give out a couple of Do-Overs.