FanGraphs Audio: Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout

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Episode Seven
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The Sorrow and the Pity
The Garrett Jones Sitch
Flawless Radio Transition
On Composition
… and other timeless classics!

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Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout

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12 Responses to “FanGraphs Audio: Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout”

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  1. Herb Alpert says:

    Dear FanGraphs,
    Please stop using my song. Even I hate it now.

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  2. The Real Herb Albert says:

    Never! The song is a classic and you… Mr. Cistulli, are honoring a classic by playing it and for that I TIP MY HAT TO YOU!

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  3. Dave says:

    Any reason you need to include a jump? Seems rather pointless

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  4. Steve Slow says:

    Love the podcasts! They’re great for when I’m driving around and/or working out, so please keep them up Carson. Really high-quality stuff.

    As a music fan as well, I loved the emphasis on music at the end of this podcast, but I think you missed a great opportunity to tie everything back in to baseball and take the show to a whole other level. When you were talking about appreciating music and the difference between liking a composer viscerally versus conceptually, I felt like that entire sequence could have been pulled out and would have made sense even if you’d replaced “music” with “baseball”. You were expressing being a little bit put off by the PhD types that like certain composers for conceptual reasons, but who’s work is really impossible to listen to. Isn’t that a similar critique that casual baseball fans have against sabermetrics? That we are too academic and abstract baseball from the visceral? I mean, what’s wrong with just enjoying a game? Similarly, what’s wrong with just enjoying a piece of music? That said, I think Charlie did a great job of expressing how there are composers out there that you can appreciate on both a visceral and conceptual plane; it doesn’t have to be one or the other, which is something that we need to be better about stressing as it applies to baseball. You can appreciate the game on a variety of levels, but the conceptual doesn’t necessarily have to remove the visceral from it.

    Anyway, I’m probably biased because I wrote about this connection between baseball and music recently on DRB, but I think it was a cool potential tie-in and would have led to a fun discussion. Keep up the great work on the podcasts!

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  5. Charlie says:

    Steve, that’s a great point. I’m honestly not nearly as deep into sabermetrics as some fans are, so that’s probably why I didn’t make the connection myself, but it’s puzzled me every time I hear someone say that people who use numbers to make arguments don’t watch the games–as if you can’t appreciate WAR *and* be thrilled by a big-breaking curveball. And you’re right that people say a lot of the same things about music. I would say there *is* some classical music that’s pretty disinterested in creating a visceral experience–like a lot of Milton Babbitt’s music, and in general a lot of the post-serialist stuff that was made in the 1950s–but I’m just not terribly interested in that kind of thing, and I think a lot of modern classical music gets a bad rap for being that way when it just isn’t. For example, Iannis Xenakis, who I talked about on the podcast, did the sorts of math stuff in his music that probably just make a lot of people roll their eyes, but his music is really forceful and full of personality.

    Where can I find your article on the subject?

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  6. Damn, awesome website. I actually came across this on Bing, and I am really happy I did. I will definately be returning here more often. Wish I could add to the post and bring a bit more to the table, but am just absorbing as much info as I can at the moment.

    Thank You

    Houses for Sale in Drogheda

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  7. Moses Margo says:

    Hey, very nice website. I actually came across this on Bing, and I am happy I did. I will definately be returning here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just absorbing as much info as I can at the moment.

    Thank You

    Property For Sale Ireland

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  8. Elmer Slinsky says:

    Carson,
    Though you did an admirable job, this interview with Mr. Wilmoth is ridiculous.
    Who does this guy think he is?
    He comes across snobbish, elite, and frankly uninformed when it comes to the Pirates.
    Contracting the Pirates was never a realistic thought during the Dave Littlefield regime.
    That’s an absurd statement (As you called him on).
    Who was going to contract a team that had just received a brand new stadium in Pittsburgh?!
    Anytime you want to interview someone that sees the “other side” of the Pirate situation, let me know.
    It’s never good to only get opinions about a business from people that have ties to the ownership.

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  9. JosePagan says:

    This guy is kidding, right? It sounds like he has essentially read all of Neal Huntington’s chats and then restated them.

    I think it is wonderful that the PBC hired a guy who is doing everything exactly the way Charlie Wilmouth would do it.

    The results are pretty awesome so far.

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  10. Kirk Doel says:

    Carson,

    Best bit of comedy I’ve heard in some time.

    No baseball fan with even an ounce of knowledge could really be as inane as this “Charlie Wilmouth” character you’ve invented.

    Good stuff. – I got quite a chuckle.

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