2) Baseball Podcasts
My metal and post-rock heavy gym playlist has been pushed aside by a growing (and helpeless) addiction to baseball podcasts. Crappy commutes that were once scored by mostly awful local sports talk radio have been made entirely bearable (and kind of enjoyable) by baseball podcasts. They're free. They're informative as hell. And they're portable. It couldn't be any easier to geek out.
a) Up and In: The Baseball Prospectus Podcast
- Hands down, the best baseball podcast available. Kevin Goldstein and Jason Parks take a look at the week in baseball, feature a musical guest, interview a person of interest, share incredibly valuable insight and scouting evaluations on prospects and big leaguers, and manage to keep the two-to-three hour podcast highly entertaining throughout. If you listen to a couple of episodes and don't get hooked, there's probably something wrong with you.
b) ESPN: Baseball Today
& Fantasy Focus Baseball
- Baseball Today is a great way to get objective analysis of important events in baseball on a daily basis. Fantasy Focus (also a daily podcast) is a must-listen for Fantasy Baseball geeks, as Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz keep you up to date on popular adds, drops, players' positional eligibility, sleepers, etc. Both podcasts are in the 30-to-40 minute range, so they're a brief, info-packed listen.
c) The Productive Outs PRODcast
- I'm not one to toot my own horn, but...HONK! This a baseball and music podcast I do with my friend Ian (of Kowloon Walled City
), and while we definitely don't fit into the 'informative" category that my previous two/three suggestions do, we (try to) make up for it by keeping the PRODcast mildly entertaining, slightly music-related, and perpetually absurd.