The Worst FanGraphs Audio Review – A Composite

As the producer and host of an upstart, scrappy radio/podcast thing, I’ve started paying attention to certain information. Things like download stats are probably important. Another thing that is probably important is how people feel about what you’re making. iTunes reviews are a good way to check in on the latter.

This led me to wonder how people reviewed FanGraphs Audio, a show I enjoy a great deal and of which I have been a past guest. Most were good. Some weren’t. Since I never turn down an opportunity to stick it to Cistulli, I decided to take the best of the worst and make a composite of terrible (totally embiggenable) reviews. It’s the Voltron of unhappy listeners, if you will.


Props to Cameron for getting some good notes.

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David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.

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  1. Seitz says:

    I really think it’s a bit of a conflict of interest for Cameron to be reviewing his own site’s podcasts.

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  2. VC says:

    Reminiscent to reading the Amazon customer reviews of Winners: How Good Baseball Teams Become Great Ones (And It’s Not the Way You Think). The review section has more complaints than Notes from Underground.

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  3. MSpitz says:

    In case there was ever any doubt, now we can say for certain:
    Carson Cistulli is not funny.

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  4. jesse says:

    While the reviewer has a point that the Cameron and Fantasy ‘casts are always worth it, the Dayn Perry are really a waste of a podcast and I can clearly see why someone who subscribes to the podcast as a baseball podcast would be disappointed and confused by why they were getting it.

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    • thirteenthirteen says:

      Yeah, I actually delete the Dayn Perry podcasts without listening to them. I’m sure they have a good time making them, but they’re not particularly interesting or funny to me. But the podcasts that are actually about baseball are usually enjoyable.

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    • tylersnotes says:

      as a fan of the dayn perry podcasts, i have to say there is a 5 minute margin of error on the statement “maybe 5 minutes of good content”.

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  5. AlexandertheMeh says:

    C’mon, the Dayn podcasts are the best. I appreciate how the podcasts aren’t limited to baseball, regardless of who the guest is. Example; Last week I learned a ton about the Caribbean series, as well as the fact that Craig Robinson had overly imbibed the night before. By the mere fact that we come to this site it is already presupposed that the listener is probably spending a fair amount of time adjusting their fantasy rosters and talking wrc+. So it’s nice to splice in comments on blinking, the Godlikeness of Rob Neyer, and, yes, listening to Dayn so we can feel better about our own crummy lives.

    And, David, you might receive comments similar to this if you released a podcast more than fortnightly.

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    • Tobias says:

      The Dayn Perry podcasts a gem. Anyone who says otherwise is a traitor to this nation and should be put on trial for treason.

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  6. John says:

    The beauty of the Dayn Perry podcasts is that every now and again he says something totally tasteless (especially about Carson’s wife), and I can feel Carson cringing at the lowbrow-ness of it all the same way I do. That Carson manages to be pretentious and long for approval at the same time is endearing. Also, I almost died laughing during the Question Time podcast. Those two produce gold on an increasingly less regular basis, and the other podcasts have phenomenal baseball content.

    …Sorry, I wasn’t funny. Just had an urge to defend my guys.

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      The first “Question Time” had me rolling too. That’s the only time FanGraphs Audio has approached the humour level of an actual comedy podcast.

      I do listen, and with pleasure, to podcasts featuring Dave Cameron, Marc Hulet, Mike Newman (fantastic guest), and other baseballing sorts. Fantasy items I ignore.

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  7. tylersnotes says:

    i would say that carson cistulli has exactly the amount of wit and charm one should expect from a new englander

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  8. yaboynate says:

    Maybe if he listened to the beginning of the Dayn and Cistulli podcasts rather than just those “5 minutes of good content”, he’d hear Cistulli laboring the point that you won’t find the same “crack analysis” in this podcast as you’d find within the electronic pages of fangraphs.

    I’ll admit, those podcasts aren’t for everyone. Communists and terrorists alike do not enjoy the Dayn Perry/Carson Cistulli tete-a-tete. North Koreans, Al-Qaeda, Somalian pirates, and Bobby Flay all agree that this type of humor is not for them.

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  9. Nils says:

    But, how round is the table?

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  10. Duke says:

    If you hate the Dayn Perry podcasts or Carson Cistulli, you’re the son of a thousand fathers.

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  11. Tommen says:

    Carson Cistulli: the very definition of forced meme.

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