Tater Tots

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

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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.
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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 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: https://www.mlb.com/video/mathis-2-run-smash/c-2496492383?tid=6479266 Yandy Diaz’s big and scary muscles: https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/qirwaEg1lzZNCH_uitQZz3pBwTc=/0x0:400x400/1200x0/filters:focal(0x0:400x400):no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/10443515/iyRE3Qxz_400x400.jpg Baseball believes in Jeff Mathis and the hidden value of game-calling by catchers: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/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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