Episode 12 – The Seats Are Made For Dolls

It’s been a while, yes, but the Tarp Talk gang is back. A little late but the guys talk about possible winners of the closer spot (now Balfour, phew) , and what the rest of the roster should look like, and how small the plane seats are for Wishinsky.

We, actually I Spencer, apologize for this getting to you guys so late. I’ve had to deal with some family stuff, which as I hope you will understand, took some precedence over this. We have in no way abandoned this. We all love doing this very much. Stay tuned as the season gets under way, we have some very unique and fun things planned. As well as some kick ass guests for you guys. All designed to bring you the A’s in a way that will not only entertain, but inform you. Again, my apologies, and I, and we, look forward to sharing this season with you. Go A’s!

(Who’s staying up all night for the game? Raise your hand! /raises both hands)

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Time: 49:05

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Episode 11 – R.I.P. Wiers

Finally! After two weeks and countless problems with technology (even a power outage!) the Tarp Talk gang is back with Episode 11 (or 11A, but in reality 13 … hence the problems?). Of course we have to talk about Scott Sizemore and the possible replacements and the storylines we are following during Spring Training. This week we are joined by Dan Szymborski of Baseball Think Factory ( @DSzymborski ). Dan comes on and talks about the ZiPS projections for the Athletics this season. Who he sees as a possible over/under achievers. He also lends his opinion on what that thing is in Miami. After that we do the DTOTW and say our goodbyes.

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Time: 49:08

  • Introduction
  • Sizemore is injured. What now?
  • Adam Rosales or Eric Sogard – who is the better third baseman?
  • What key spring training story lines are we all following?
  • Does Yoenis Cespedes start right away?
  • Dan Szymborski talks A’s and ZiPS
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week
  • Future writing plans for the Tarp Talk Crew

Links
How will Mariners replace injured center field Franklin Gutierrez? by Geoff Baker
The ZiPS Projections for the Oakland A’s

Episode 10 – Does He Know About Microclimates?

The gang is back! After a week off where there was no real news Tarp Talk returns this week. Of course we had to talk about the Yoenis Cespedes signing. What does this do for the outfield depth chart? Is another trade imminent? What kind of player is he going to be? And of course, we also had to talk about Coco Crisp, and we probably talked about him way too much. And there is a little Manny Ramirez talk in there as well. After that it’s the Dumb Tweet of The Week, as always, and a preview of what to expect from each of us in the upcoming week.

If you wish to send us a question or just want to say hello, the podcast can be found on Twitter (@TarpTalk) and via e-mail tarptalkpodcast@gmail.com. As always thank you for listening.

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  • Introduction
  • A’s sign Yoenis Cespedes
  • What is the outfield set up with the addition of Cespedes?
  • Can we flip and outfielder to get something of value?
  • What is Crisp’s value – both on the field and on the trade market?
  • Do we want Manny on the A’s?
  • How much of a role will options play in roster decisions?
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week
  • Future writing plans for the Tarp Talk crew

Links
A’s ‘Likely’ to Sign Manny Ramirez by Grant Brisbee

Episode 9 – Alan’s Cat Agrees

The Tarp Talk gang goes to the farm in this episode (literally and figuratively)! This week we are joined by Jason Parks ( @ProfessorParks ) to talk about the Rangers. Of course now when you talk about the Rangers you have to talk about Yu Darvish, which is what Jason so kindly does. What kind of pitcher can he be? How does the NPB stack up to MLB? Does he really have 12 pitches? All of these plus questions about the starting rotation, moving guys from bullpen to the starting rotation, and Mike Olt are talked about.

You can find Jason more at Baseball Prospectus, the Up And In Podcast, as well as Texas Farm Review.

The guys delve into what went on at Fan Fest this weekend, Gomes and Manny Ramirez, and Wishinsky gets unusally worked up about Edwin Jackson.

If you have any questions feel free to send them to us at tarptalkpodcast(at)gmail(dot)com. The hosts of the show can be found on Twitter at @davidwiers (self-explanatory), @cuppingmaster (Alan), @oakfaninva (Spencer), and @tvprcretireplan (Wishinsky)

As always, thank you for listening!

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  • Introduction
  • A’s FanFest, how was it, what happened?
  • Jonny Gomes comes to Oakland, Adrian Cardenas is DFA’d which we provide big time analysis on
  • Is Manny being Manny something we could tolerate in Oakland?
  • Edwin Jackson: Is he a fit for the A’s?
  • Jason Parks comes on to talk Texas Rangers baseball
  • How good is Darvish? Is Colby Lewis really a #1? Rangers offensively are there any problems?
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week

Episode 4 – All I Want For Christmas Is Runs

The Tarp Talk gang is back for Episode 4. We originally were going to put together what we thought was going to be the best lineup for the A’s, but then realized that we all had the same thing. So instead we talked about trades. With Gio Gonzalez being the prized possession of most teams now that Yu Darvish is presumably off the table we talk about what we would like to get back for Gio. Seeing as the two big teams in the hunt for him are seemingly the Nationals and the Blue Jays, we keep our suggestions to those two teams. After that we talk about the possibility of a Andrew Bailey to the Red Sox trade and who we would like to get back in that trade as well. Before the break we do a very early pre-season prognostication as to what record we see the team finishing. We come back, as always, and finish with the Dumb Tweet of The Week, and David Wishinsky wins this week.

If you listen/download us on iTunes we ask that you rate and review us. If you are on Twitter you can follow the Offical Tarp Talk Twitter account, @TarpTalk. Our hosts @DavidWiers (self-explanatory), @cuppingmaster (Alan Torres), @tvprcretireplan (David Wishinsky), and @oakfaninva (David Spencer).

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 Time: 56:22
  • Introduction
  • Who do we want back from the Toronto Blue Jays or Washington Nationals for Gio Gonzalez?
  • Go over the myriad of options available between those two teams.
  • Who do we want back from the Boston Red Sox for Andrew Bailey?
  • Are Will Middlebrooks and Jose Iglesias guys we even like?
  • What will the A’s 2012 record be?
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week

Episode 2 – WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!1!!111!!1

We’re back with Episode 2! Now named, we talk about the Winter Meetings after they have wrapped up. With no one expecting much on the last day the Angels swoop in (ha, that’s punny!) and change the face of the AL West and most of baseball with the signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. We get into how that changes the way the A’s will go about the next couple seasons and how it affects trades this offseason. We then, as always, finish up with the Dumb Tweet of The Week. Hope you enjoy!

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Time: 46:56

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This Episode:

  • Introduction
  • Winter meetings are done Angels made some big moves
  • No moves for Oakland – what should happen? Who should move?
  • Is Gio Gonzalez the most valuable trade piece?
  • Do the Angels new additions allow them to match up with the A’s?
  • Have the A’s waited too long on some trades or is the market still wide open?
  • Should the new look Angels scare A’s fans?
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week