Tater Tots

Episode #13 - Brandon Barnes and Taylor Motter (The Big Uniform Extravaganza)

An episode of Tater Tots

By Tater Tots
A tater tot is a player who hits exactly one home run in a given season, no more and no fewer. Here we endeavor to discuss those players and their impacts on the 2018 MLB season and beyond.
Episode #28 - Ted Williams
On April 30th, 1952, Ted Williams hit a home run in the final plate appearance of his final game before being drafted into the Marines to fight in Korea. Most thought this would be the culmination of an already historic career, already cut short by a previous stint in World War II. The story behind that historic home run is fascinating, historic, and largely sidelined by our digressions into Herbie Hancock, the demographics of Boston in 1950, and the economics of cryonic freezing. Aw well. Links:   Ian Kinsler's hypocritical thoughts on passion,  Ian Kinsler's previous racism,  One of the all-time worst pictures of Mike Trout,  Tommy LaStella's swing change and career renaissance,  ESPN's retrospective on Ted Williams Day,  The story of this home run from the Baseball Hall of Fame,  The original game story from the Boston Globe,  A photo of Ted Williams with his Jersey from the game,  A photo of Williams's speech before the game. Our music this week: Herbie Hancock - Rockit,  Guided By Voices - The Littlest League Possible. Artwork by Shelby Criswell Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
50:51
May 22, 2019
Episode #27 - Thairo Estrada (The Jazz Boys Podcast)
What's swinging, hep cats? This week, we're taking a stroll down Bourbon Street to treat you to some of the hottest jazz you've heard on a baseball podcast. We take another opportunity to rebrand and identify a new mascot: bees. We also admire Derek Dietrich's sartorial excellence, discuss who deserves Albert Pujols's 2000th RBI ball, consider the case of Gio Urshela, reflect on Travis D'arnaud's topsy-turvy week, admire Yandy Díaz afresh, and consider the implications of Thairo Estrada's gunshot wound. Our music this week: Buddy DeFranco Quartet - Now's The Time, Triple Distilled - The Girl from Ipanema, Guide By Voices - The Littlest League Possible Artwork by Shelby Criswell Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
39:25
May 13, 2019
Episode #26 - Kelvin Gutierrez, Erik Kratz, Bryan Reynolds
Welcome back to the pumpkin patch, my little chickadees. As summertime peeks around the corner, so too are we peeking ahead into the future of Tater Tots, starting with some new business: We talk out some branding ideas in light of our new mascot: Toasty, the Rocky Mountain Vibe. Then, we preside over the fate of the entire Atlantic League over their miserable adjudication of some experimental new rules. Then, Tim issues a mea culpa about his horrible Melky Cabrera-related prediction, and we check in on Rosell Hererra.  We visit with Tot Watch candidates Kelvin Gutierrez and Erik Kratz and Tot of the Week, Bryan Reynolds. Then, a brief detour into a discussion about alt-baseball rules and Detective Pikachu, followed by the outro music. Until next time, catch you cats on the flip. DONATE to Baseball For All TWEET FAIZE-BUK ËMÅĪŁ
57:00
May 11, 2019
Episode #25 - Greg Bird, Garrett Hampson, Buster Posey
Hold on to your hats because this episode we are coming to steal your hat right off your head! We also establish the Canadian National Stickball League, consider how bad it would be to to hurt your hip, and try to name every fruit. Links: Bryan Reynolds and Cole Tucker Greg Bird's home run Garrett Hampson's home run Buster Posey's home run Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices  Our outro music this week is from Natekings10 on Youtube. Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
44:14
April 30, 2019
Episode #24 - Melky Cabrera, Mallex Smith, Chris Davis
We’re back, baby and we are a lil’ rusty baby sorry about that baby we are wee babies still figuring our our new format. This week, we declare the Pirates the best team in baseball, bid a frustrated farewell to Alex Verdugo, and feel pretty sorry for Chris Davis. Links: Tim Anderson suspended for attempting to have fun Rays tribute video to Mallex Smith Chris Davis breaks hitless streak record Chris Davis's hit breaks 0-54 streak Chris Davis swats a nice donger Tim's screamshot of those mad fans!   Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices  Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
48:49
April 24, 2019
Episode #23 - The Good Guys
Welcome to the bonus content! We wanted to give you a season preview, Tater Tots-style*, as well as a preview of our multimedia empire. Also included in this bonus baby is a discussion of Frankenstein's monster, a breakdown of the Fairmount Little League parade, and Hamilton-style Tater Tots raps. See ya real soon! * - One full week late, unfocused, and based on stuff we think is cool and not any real baseball analysis. DONATE to Baseball For All FOLLOW us on Twitter LIKE us on Facebook Send us ELECTRONIC MAIL Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices
1:02:21
April 8, 2019
Episode #22 - Chase Utley
Listen, listen…listen! We’re real sorry this episode took so long to come out. If it’s any consolation, we’ve saved the best for last.* We examine the career of Chase Utley (Ottley from the Phillies), look each other in the eyes and reminisce on the power of Andrew McCutchen. *We're still doing episodes after this, but this is our last scheduled Tot 🙀 Links:  Utley takes out Jedd Gyorko on dirty play Ruben Tejada injured by Chase Utley Andrew McCutchen’s incredible walk-off home run Don’t seek out the video of Steven Souza’s knee injury DONATE to Baseball For All Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme song is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Twitter Facebook E-mail
1:04:26
April 4, 2019
Episode #21 - Luis Sardiñas and Dixon Machado
We're less than a week away from a full-blown case of baseball fever!! Hope you're up to date on all your vaccines. This week we're breaking down a double tot, with Luis Sardiñas and Dixon Machado. We also talk about the Milwaukee Brewers' Hollywood dreams, Mike Trout's Hollywood dreams, and Fortnite baby!!!!  Luis Sardiñas' game-tying home run Dixon Machado's game-untying home run Brewers' spoofs: Mean Girls and The Sandlot (plus bonus Dumb and Dumber content that we didn't know about until it was too late. Arguably Brent Suter's best work to date.) BaseballSavant.com RosterResource.com DONATE to Baseball For All Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme song is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Twitter Facebook E-mail
1:13:17
March 24, 2019
Episode #20 - Trevor Plouffe
Wow, 20 years of Tater Tots...how the time flies! You know what also flies is the baseball off the bat of this week's Tater Tot Trevor Plouffe! In this weeks episode we lay down our rulings on MLB's new rule changes, discuss how big catchers ought to be, and Tim watches a 6-hour baseball game in its entirety. Links: The Ringer MLB show rewatches the 2011 World Series game 6, Jordan Schusterman on Martin Maldonado’s elite throwing arm, Gushing article on Michael Perez’s abilities, $1 million is not enough for Aaron Judge to participate in the HR derby. DONATE to Baseball For All Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme song is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Twitter Facebook E-mail
1:01:05
March 18, 2019
Episode #19 - Brandon Phillips
Hi there, it's great to see you. We've got a new episode of Tater Tots out. And with it, we've brought a new Boras metaphor, tot takes on proposed rule changes, and discussion of James Jordan, Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U.S. Army. There will be a test. Brandon Phillip's Dinger Scott Boras' extended metaphor Jose Canseco doinks the ball right over the wall. Fastball the Movie DONATE to Baseball For All Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme song is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Twitter Facebook E-mail
1:15:55
March 11, 2019
Episode #18 - David Freitas
Hey tater babies! Welcome back to the neighborhood. There is less than ONE MONTH until opening day and we are jumping out of our seats. The Philadelphia Phil-Harp-monic has finally completed its ensemble, as Bryce joins the boys in South Philly. We're buzzing about the plague of injuries that has rocked the Tater Tots class of 2018 across spring training, Philadelphia sports talk radio, and our Discovery Channel special television event, Trout v. Freitas. Come get it! Freitas' big fly Delino DeShields' great catch The foul-ballin'-est freeswinger in all of Japan Jaime Barría's record-setting showdown with Brandon Belt DONATE to Baseball For All Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme song is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Twitter Facebook E-mail
57:41
March 5, 2019
Episode #17 - Jett Bandy (mini episode)
On another miniature (or "bite-sized") episode of the podcast (or "pod,") we discuss the exploits of Rangers catcher Jett Bandy, notable across the world for having a funny name. We also consider the low-quality of biographic pictures (or "biopics,") whether American sports should hold events in other countries (or "overseas,") and the efficacy of lemonade water-features (or "rivers of lemonade in your front yard.") Links: Bandy's Bomb The Red Sox are not in the best shape of their life. The Most Egregiously George Lucas-Ass Names in Baseball Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices  Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
47:04
February 28, 2019
Episode #16 - David Fletcher
Baseball's back! Well, spring training is anyhow. Nevertheless, we are effervescent. That, paired with the Manny Machado signing, lifts a weight off our shoulders as we shoot the breeze about Kaleb Cowart (who was reclaimed by the Angels shortly after we recorded), whether the Padres and the pitch clock have overstayed their welcome, Albert Pujols' ascendence to the highest home run heights, and the glut of David Fletchers (including the Angels' second baseman, who went 0-2, K in his first spring training appearance) that have flooded our inbox. David Fletcher's big fly DONATE to Baseball For All Twitter Facebook Email Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices
1:05:57
February 25, 2019
Episode #15 - Ryan Schimpf (Mini episode)
Welcome to our miniature edition of Tater Tots. A totlet, if you will. We need to squeeze in a few home runs before Opening Day, and we're passing the savings on to you! In this episode, we talk work woes, improv games, Manny Machado, and why the launch angle revolution hasn't been working out for this week's Tater Tot, Ryan Schimpf. Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our sped-up theme music is still "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Donate to Baseball For All Twitter Facebook Email
35:28
February 20, 2019
Episode #14 - Lonnie Chisenhall
On a wet and wild episode 14, we consider starting a Kenny/Ken themed podcast, forget the existence of AJ Burnett, and compare Ben Revere to a binary star. Links: Chisenhall’s dinger, Early signs positive as Kaleb Cowart tries to pitch for Tigers, Chisenhall making amends in a big way, Lonnie Chisenhall living an active life even in offseason from MLB (video) Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices  Donate to Baseball For All: https://www.baseballforall.com/donation Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
1:06:35
February 19, 2019
Episode #13 - Brandon Barnes and Taylor Motter (The Big Uniform Extravaganza)
This episode was conceived at a time when we had a legitimate concern that there wouldn't be enough to talk about on this podcast. How wrong we were. This week we go long on the designated hitter, the scourge of red and blue in major league baseball uniforms, and implore Cleveland, Atlanta, and Derek Jeter to get their acts together. Links Brandon Barnes' home run Taylor Motter's home run Eric Newhouse (who is from Nebraska, not Iowa!) on Cleveland's trademark woes The Marlins' golf outing unis The Reds' throwbacks MLB Pantone codes Miami Vice style Heat Jersey Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
1:17:00
February 11, 2019
Episode #12 - Colby Rasmus
Bad sound warning: this episode has bad sound. Duncan just moved across the country so we're still working on a new setup. We'll get it sorted soon. :/ Nevertheless, on this episode we discuss players who look like Pokémon, what you do when you don't enjoy the thing you're supposed to love, and we take our first ever mid-podcast break. Links Colby's Dinger Shanna Shi's Thread on Pokémon that have the same hair as major league players Colby Rasmus on why he left baseball — and why he’s back   Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices  Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
43:27
February 5, 2019
Episode #11 - Nate Orf
Finally, the moment all you Orf-heads have been waiting for. This week we're covering Brewers' utilityman Nate Orf and his unexpected moment in the spotlight on the game's biggest stage. We'll also present you with some radical ideas for fixing the Hall of Fame, struggle with the grammar of Nate Orf's Twitter bio, and check in with notable Philadelphia Eagles fan, Mike Trout. Come on in, the water's fine! Nate Orf's moment in the sun His Twitter Mike Trout's Twitter Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
59:01
January 28, 2019
Episode #10 - Germán Márquez
Crack open a hefeweizen and throw a bratwurst on the skillet! It's time for our episode dedicated to the Rockies' Venezuelan pitcher Germán Márquez. This week we consider Bill Nye's influence on pop culture, the cost of prescription sunglasses, and whether Kyler Murray will choose football over baseball.  Links:  Márquez's sweet dinger  Michael Lorenzen's 3 home runs in one week  Márquez's immaculate inning ($)  Video of said inning  Alex Blandino's e-waste adventure Artwork by Shelby Criswell  Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices  Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
59:42
January 22, 2019
Episode #9 - Jake Arrieta
Episode #9 is here and we're talking about the most flexible man in baseball - it's Jake Arrieta! Other topics discussed include Willians Astudillo's home run celebration heard 'round the world, Trevor Bauer's unforgivable online habits, Francisco Cervelli's offseason workout regimen, and the man himself - Jake Arrieta - as an elder statesman in Philadelphia and a right-wing nut job. Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
53:42
January 14, 2019
Episode #8 - Nick Martini
Another year, another dollar, another week of Tater Tots. This week we celebrate Nick “The Dirty Martini” Martini in his futile effort to finally wash. We also examine the minimalist wisdom of Marie Kondo and consider unilaterally seizing control of Major League Baseball. Links Nick Martini’s First Career Home Run,  Francisco Liriano refusing to run to first base Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
1:00:41
January 7, 2019
Episode #7 - Alex Blandino
This episode is like showing up to the office in the few days between Christmas and New Year's - we're not going to get anything important done, but you're here and we're here, so why not have a podcast? Link Dump! Alex Blandino's home run The interview Alex Blandino gave in Nicaragua Alex Blandino's walk-off double in the World Baseball Classic Alex Blandino's season-ending injury Alex Blandino's devastating knuckleball Rosell Herrera's first career base hit R.I.P. Norman Gimbel Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
43:19
December 31, 2018
Episode #6 - Adam Rosales
God rest ye Adam Rosalesmen cause it's the Tater Tots Christmas special! In honor of the holiday, episode 6 is all about making speedy exits. Enter Adam Rosales, the man who keeps the "run" in "home run." Today we discuss the woes of bus travel, propose a new means for tracking the unwritten rules, and whether home runs should count for a run. The titular dinger: https://www.mlb.com/video/statcast-rosales-fast-hr-trot/c-2503425183?tid=6479266 The chest-hair Christmas sweater: https://twitter.com/cannonjw/status/1076444494046801920?s=12 Adam Rosales’ first career home run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXSCIuXXsgQ Alfredo Despaigne taking his sweet time rounding the bases: https://media0.giphy.com/media/Mr5i5716YjxKM/200.gif?cid=3640f6095c008b0c6c78772f51763ab4 Artwork by Shelby Criswell, Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
1:00:52
December 23, 2018
Episode #5 - Jeff Mathis
Shh...keep your voice down! You can only speak as loud as a pitcher-whisper here. In this episode of Tater Tots, we discuss The Pitcher Whisperer himself: Jeff Mathis. We also critique Scott Boras' use of metaphors and consider the Hall of Fame case of Harold Baines.  The dinger   Yandy Diaz’s big and scary muscles Baseball believes in Jeff Mathis and the hidden value of game-calling by catchers Artwork by Shelby Criswell,  Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices  Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod  Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
58:31
December 17, 2018
Episode #4 - Rosell Herrera
Episode 4...already?? Yep. Herein we discuss our grave mistake from episode 3, accelerated podcast listening, the documentary Pelotero, and The King of Baseball. Links: Tzu-Wei Lin and Sam Travis, oh my god they were roommates: https://t.co/dqeiXNwBOw The King of Baseball: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F-2JuSNXnj3bKhs6umr2V2qCerE0IfZN/view?usp=sharing "What if every MLB team made the playoffs?" by Sam Miller: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23244608/radical-ideas-series-every-mlb-team-made-playoffs Rosell Herrera’s hero-making ballgame: https://theathletic.com/404874/2018/06/23/who-is-rosell-herrera-a-crash-course-on-the-royals-unlikely-hero-in-houston/ David Robertson, noted jerk: https://nypost.com/2018/11/15/david-robertsons-yankees-return-threatened-by-behind-the-scenes-vote/ Artwork by Shelby Criswell, Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod  Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
1:03:57
December 9, 2018
Episode #3 - Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin
Here we are, it's week three of Tater Tots: The Tater Tots Hanukkah Spectacular! In this overstuffed installment, we discuss the groundbreaking Tommy LaStella trade, the new advanced hitting statistic that’s taking the world by storm, hangover lineups, the Taiwanese professional baseball league, and whether Sam Travis will ever hit a home run. Tzu-Wei Lin’s Home Run: https://www.mlb.com/video/lins-first-big-league-home-run/c-2498711483?tid=6479266 Sam Travis’ Home Run: https://www.mlb.com/video/travis-first-mlb-home-run/c-2497904183?tid=6479266 “Why DRC+” from Baseball Prospectus: https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/45432/why-drc/ “Will Sam Travis Ever Hit a Home Run?” from Over the Monster https://www.overthemonster.com/2018/6/5/17425734/boston-red-sox-news-will-sam-travis-ever-hit-a-mlb-home-run-al-east-standings-triston-casas Artwork by Shelby Criswell, Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod  Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
1:16:39
December 6, 2018
Episode #2 - A.J. Ellis
We made it past the episode 1 hurdle! Now there are only several more hurdles left to clear. In this episode, we fire up the tot stove, chat about why camo unis are a scam, what makes A.J. Ellis so likeable, and how the Dodgers blew it with him. Footage of the tater tot here: https://www.mlb.com/video/ellis-1st-home-run-for-padres/c-2087720783?tid=6479266 The interview Ellis gave after being traded from the Dodgers: https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/video/aj-ellis-very-very-sad-day-being-traded-phillies The video the Dodgers made to honor Ellis: https://twitter.com/dodgers/status/865393722661285888?s=21 The trade breakdown from Fangraphs: https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/why-did-the-dodgers-trade-a-j-ellis/ Artwork by Shelby Criswell, Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email: tatertotspod@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/tatertotspod Twitter: twitter.com/tatertotspod
49:23
November 29, 2018
Episode #1 - Brandon Woodruff
In this debut episode of Tater Tots, we examine the marquee 2018 season of Brandon Woodruff, going all out with by far our most famous name in the first episode. (Adrián Beltré retired 2 days after we recorded this podcast, which is about as bad as an omen can get.) Donate to Baseball For All here! https://www.baseballforall.com/shop Production assistance by Thomas Geiser and Jonathan Rooke Artwork by Shelby Criswell Our theme music is "The Littlest League Possible" by Guided By Voices Email us at tatertotspod@gmail.com
45:53
November 22, 2018
Episode 0 - Introduction
I recorded this at 6 in the morning which, when you really think about it, just proves how dedicated I am to this podcast. Also I have sleepy voice. You're welcome, America.
04:09
November 21, 2018
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