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Good Night Sweet Prince: Oscar Taveras 1992-2014

October 27, 2014
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Sometimes, events transpire that make the hits & outs we imbue with such significance seem trivial by comparison.  Oscar Taveras & his girlfriend Edilia Arvelo died today in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.  A tragedy in both human & baseball terms.  Rest in peace Oscar & Edilia.  

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Episode 85: BBQ Garlic Fries?

October 21, 2014
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In Episode 85, Brock & Ben really tighten their focus.  Gone are the extraneous (if always interesting) news items you’re used to hearing on an episode of The Baseball Diaspora.  Instead, the guys limit themselves to a single  non-playoff topic – Andrew Friedman’s hiring as President of Baseball Operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers – before digging back in on the playoffs.  After a brief recap of the American League Championship Series, Brock & Ben do a postmortem on the series closest to their hearts, the National League Championship Series.  To Ben’s delight & Brock’s dismay, the guys painstakingly revisit the series in detail.  The guys then turn their attention to the upcoming World Series, previewing each team’s strengths & vulnerabilities before making their picks.  You’ll never guess who Ben took to come out on top.

Episode 84, Part 2: Royals-Orioles & Whatever the Other Matchup Is

October 11, 2014
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In Part 2 of Episode 84, Brock & Ben dive in to discuss the ongoing playoffs.  After assessing the departed LDS participants in light of the outcome of the first round, the guys turn their attention to the in progress Kansas City-Baltimore American League Championship Series.  The guys discuss the matchup & make their picks, then try to find something to say about the National League Championship Series between old what’s their name & who’s their butt.  As longtime listeners might expect, Brock & Ben have plenty of insight into the matchup between their St. Louis Cardinals & San Francisco Giants.  The guys go back & forth assessing both the strengths & flaws of their own teams & each others.  You’ll never guess who each picks to win the series.

Episode 84, Part 1: Multitasking Orioles & Sabermetric Broadcasts

October 11, 2014
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In Episode 84, Brock & Ben return to preview the League Championship Series & look back at the lessons of the Division Series.  In Part 1, the guys do the Numbers Game & the news of the week.  Topics include J.J. Hardy’s extension with the Balitmore Orioles, player reaction to the new pace rules MLB plans to test at the Arizona Fall League, John Rocker’s flameout on Survivor & the exciting news of a parallel sabermetric broadcast being offered for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.  Please join us for Part 2, where Brock & Ben really dig into the ALCS & NLCS.

Episode 83: This Episode Made It…Unlike the Tigers

October 6, 2014
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In Episode 83, Brock & Ben make their votive offerings, incant their supplications & the recording goes through!  Picking up where they left off in the Lost Episode, the guys spend the bulk of the podcast checking back in on the (mostly) still ongoing division series.  After the Numbers Game & a discussion of MLB’s beta testing of rules designed to improve game pace at this year’s Arizona Fall League, the guys launch back into the playoffs.  Starting with the recently advanced Baltimore Orioles & eliminated Detroit Tigers, moving to the soon-to-be (at the time) advancing Kansas City Royals & eliminated Los Angeles Angels, jumping to the on-the-brink San Francisco Giants & Washington Nationals & finishing with the even St. Louis Cardinals & Los Angeles Dodgers, Brock & Ben discuss what we’ve seen thus far in each series & what to look for going forward, both in the rest of the Division Series round & the upcoming League Championship Series.

Episode Almost-82: The Episode That Almost But Never Was

October 2, 2014
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Episode 82.  It was the best comeback episode The Baseball Diaspora could’ve imagined.  It had flow, it had topics, it had laughs, it had Bob in Taiwan!  Unfortunately, our recording software froze right as we were saving the file.  By the time the dust had settled, the recording was nowhere to be found.  We’ve been working with technical support to try to figure out how to recover the file, but so far it’s borne no fruit.  So let us all mourn the loss of Episode 82.  Brock & Ben return early next week to check in on the ongoing Division Series & look ahead to potential matchups in future rounds.  The guys will undoubtedly find time to discuss other interesting baseball news, including the exciting reports that MLB is beginning beta testing of new pace rules in the Arizona Fall League this year.  Episode 83 should be waiting for you early next week!

NOTE: In true Technical Difficulties fashion, the original version of Episode Almost 82 was the incorrect file, 10 odd minutes of silence.  The correct file has been uploaded in its place, so you can now actually listen!  A real winner of a week for our technical department.

Episode 81: Strikes & Stretches

August 14, 2014
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In Episode 81, Ben rejoins Brock after an extended hiatus & the guys have plenty to discuss.  After following the Numbers Game to the 1981 strike, the guys acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the 1994 strike & wonder about the future of labor peace given the controversy surrounding the election of Bud Selig’s successor as MLB commissioner.  Brock & Ben check in on the latest officiating controversy – catcher interference on plays at the plate – the most exciting recent call-up – Javier Baez – & the most disappointing (if far from unexpected) season-ending injury – Troy Tulowitzki’s hip.  The guys then turn their focus to the stretch picture in the American League, with surprising teams  making noise in the AL Central – Kansas City – the AL East – Baltimore – & the AL West/Wild Card – Seattle.  Brock & Ben pay particular attention to the AL Central, doing their best to determine just how legitimate Kansas City’s playoff chances are & in just how much trouble Detroit finds itself.