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FanGraphs Audio: Eric Longenhagen Has Good Information

Episode 810
Eric Longenhagen was told by a source before publishing his Astros list that right-hander Josh James, a former 34th-round pick and generally obscure prospect, had been recording higher fastball velocities in camp. Given James’ age and modest numbers as a professional, Longenhagen omitted him from the Astros list anyway. In the meantime, however, James has cobbled together one of the best starts in all the minors. Should it have been obvious? Would Longenhagen do anything differently? Those are questions the host of FanGraphs Audio fails to ask explicitly.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 51 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Jay Jaffe’s Inaugural Appearance

Episode 809
Jay Jaffe has served as a contributor both to Sports Illustrated and, before that, to Baseball Prospectus. He’s the progenitor of the very famous JAWS metric and also author of the reasonably famous The Cooperstown Casebook. This represents his inaugural appearance on the program.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 46 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Meg Rowley and the Gauzy Mists

Episode 808
Meg Rowley recently collected and published FanGraphs’ staff predictions for the 2018 season. In this episode, she both (a) examines those predictions and (b) endures the host as he reviews last year’s edition of the same exercise. Also discussed: how Shohei Ohtani is likely of some benefit to the Angels but probably less benefit to the Mariners.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 55 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: What Joey Votto Sees

Episode 807
Travis Sawchik recounts three conversations from his tour of camps this spring: Joey Votto on aging, Chris Archer on four-man rotations, and Eric Hosmer on how Sawchik might very well be an idiot.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 35 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Eric Longenhagen on Three of the Top-10 Draft Prospects

Episode 806
Three of the 2018 draft’s top-10 prospects have played near Eric Longenhagen in Arizona this spring. He shares not only his thoughts regarding those prospects but also his ideas about them. Also: scouting a two-time Cy Young winner. And: the concept of “reverse projection.”

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 52 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Meg Rowley on the Performance of Anger in Baseball

Episode 805
Meg Rowley recently published a twopart taxonomy of baseball ejections, each post populated largely by video of adult men wildly flailing their arms and other appendages. “Is this real anger?” the host asks. Patiently, is how Rowley responds.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 58 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Kiley McDaniel on the 2018 Draft Class

Episode 804
Recently, Eric Longenhagen and guest Kiley McDaniel published a list of the top prospects for the 2018 amateur draft. More recently, McDaniel himself provided an update on many of those prospects a couple weeks into their respective seasons. In this episode, he not only discusses that update but also recounts a recent trip to the Dominican Republic for MLB’s International Showcase.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 2 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Travis Sawchik at Home and Office

Episode 803
At one of his previous places of business, guest Travis Sawchik and the rest of his coworkers were accidentally sent a spreadsheet containing the salary of every employee at the company. The information, according to Sawchik, “created some animosity” around the office. This incident is almost certainly relevant — at least in some way — to the very public manner in which ballplayers are compensated. “How?” is the question nearly addressed in this edition of the program.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 56 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Eric Longenhagen Postviews Prospect Week 2018

Episode 802
Somewhat recently on FanGraphs Audio, Kiley McDaniel previewed Prospect Week 2018. More recently, Prospect Week 2018 itself actually occurred at FanGraphs. Now, Eric Longenhagen dedicates some portion of this episode to reliving Prospect Week 2018.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 3 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Dayn Perry and the Great Geometry Gambit of 1989

Episode 801
Dayn Perry is a contributor to CBS Sports’ Eye on Baseball and the author of three books — one of them not very miserable. He’s also the virulently apathetic guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 53 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Meg Rowley on the Peacetime Consigliere

Episode 800
In her most recent and also first appearance on FanGraphs Audio, guest Meg Rowley revealed that she’d done some scholarly work in the area of political representation before turning to the more important matter of baseball weblogging. Here, she wonders whether a former major-league player is as well suited to deal with ownership’s relentless negotiators than a labor lawyer.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 41 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Kiley McDaniel Previews Prospect Week 2018

Episode 799
Kiley McDaniel is a lead prospect analyst emeritus and a current analyst of all baseball for FanGraphs dot com. On this edition of the program, he introduces and previews Prospect Week 2018, which starts on Monday, February 5th, with a top-100 list authored jointly by McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen. Also discussed: what in baseball is like an owl’s curiously large eyes? And: a status update on the black sheep of the 2015 draft.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 56 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Travis Sawchik Has No Leverage

Episode 798
Guest Travis Sawchik has speculated in multiple pieces about the causes of this winter’s historically slow free-agent market. Here he speculates on those causes with his own human voice. Also on this edition of the program: both guest and host ask very naive questions about the role of agents and then answer those questions poorly.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 11 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Luis Robert and the White Sox’ Covert Hitting Camp

Episode 797
The White Sox recently invited media to attend a hitting camp at their complex in Glendale, at which camp lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen — himself a well-regarded member of the media — observed Jake Burger, Yoan Moncada, and (in particular) Luis Robert all exhibiting impressive power on contact. Longenhagen waxes poetic on Robert’s talents in this edition of the program while also addressing the interesting case of Angels catching prospect Taylor Ward and the ascent of new Pirates prospect Colin Moran.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 18 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Meg Rowley, Newest Employee

Episode 796
Meg Rowley has previously served as a contributor both to Baseball Prospectus and Lookout Landing. More recently, she was named as the new managing editor of The Hardball Times. She’s the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 6 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Fulfills His Obligation to FanGraphs

Episode 795
As he noted on Wednesday in the electronic pages, managing editor Dave Cameron is leaving FanGraphs to join the San Diego Padres. This episode represents his final appearance on the program.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 53 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Reluctantly Indulges a Metaphor

Episode 794
A cafe in downtown Bath, Maine, that’s typically crowded on Saturday mornings was almost entirely empty this past Saturday. The sub-zero temperatures were to blame, almost certainly. But why did almost no one venture into town, as opposed to just slightly fewer people? Dave Cameron has an answer — and thinks it probably informs how we ought to think about the last year or two of a large free-agent contract.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 39 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Dayn Perry, Reputable Dungeon Master

Episode 793
Dayn Perry is a contributor to CBS Sports’ Eye on Baseball and the author of three books — one of them not very miserable. He’s also the role-playing guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 7 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: A Phone Call with Kiley McDaniel

Episode 792
Kiley McDaniel is the former lead prospect analyst for FanGraphs.com and, more recently, a member of the Atlanta Braves’ front office. He’s also a future employee of FanGraphs.com and the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 34 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: The Flotsam and Also Jetsam of the Winter Meetings

Episode 791
Both the guest and host on this edition of FanGraphs Audio attended last week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida. What this episode does is mostly address the biggest deals from that strange event and also other matters, as well.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 48 min play time.)

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