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 6 – Sam Miller

Tarp Talk is back for Episode 6, joined this week by Sam Miller of the Orange County Register (@SamMillerOCR).

Keep your questions coming! We answer how each of us became A’s fans and try to project what new A’s prospect Raul Alcantara will turn into. We also talk about the Jonah Keri Grantland article written about whether or not there actually are windows of contention.

Sam Miller comes on and talks about the upcoming season for the Angels. We talk about what’s going to happen between Bobby AbreuMark Trumbo, and Kendrys Morales. How Hank Conger will most likely end up in AAA to start the year, the last time he felt the A’s threatened the Angels, was Andrew Bailey-for-Trumbo a real rumor, and how many wins he thinks the Angels will end up at.

As always we thank you for listening. You can follow the podcast on twitter @TarpTalk. You can also follow the hosts; @oakfaninva (Spencer), @cuppingmaster (Alan), @davidwiers (Wiers), and @tvprcretireplan (Wishinsky). If you have questions you can send them to tarptalkpodcast(at)gmail(dot)com, yours just might get answered!

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Time: 1:06:35

  • Introduction
  • How did we become A’s fans?
  • What do we expect out of Raul Alcantara?
  • Jonah Keri says that Beane and A’s are using windows of contention as an excuse for poor management
  • Is the draft a crapshoot? Or is it possible to consistently perform well?
  • Sam Miller of the Orange County Register talks Angels, A’s and AL West
  • 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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  • 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