I am a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA), and with that membership comes some responsibility and some ballots for the IBWAA’s mock/unofficial elections. I was able to vote on every single award in both leagues, and my biases are made clear in some of the award categories. I believe the sample size for relief pitchers is so tiny that it is difficult to distinguish who is the best of the “good” relievers. For that reason, I decided to give Bryan Shaw and Scott Atchison some love. In the NL, I felt that Clayton Kershaw was in fact that good as he was my runaway MVP and Cy Young winner. For NL Rookie of the Year, I gave Billy Hamilton the edge because of the sample size, rather than the results; had Jacob deGrom made another few starts, he would have surpassed Hamilton on my ballot. If you have any other thoughts on my votes, feel free to comment below and/or tweet me. Below is an “image” version of my full ballot.
Steven and I opened the show by recapping the busy Big Red Weekend, including a dramatic last-second win for DU football. Then we talked with our guests, Yahoo! Tech (formerly New York Times) writer David Pogue and Romeo Travis, who is currently playing in Russia and is most famous for playing alongside LeBron James while in high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary high school in Akron. Steven and I also made our NFL picks, discussed the suspension that ESPN handed down to Bill Simmons, and made sure to wish Derek Jeter well as he transitions into a post-baseball life. Listen on the player below and be sure to subscribe!
This is NOT an episode of Big Red Sports Talk, but a rare non-sports show from Alex Kaufman. After BRST ended, Alex played some of his favorite musical theatre music for a couple hours. If you like Broadway and musicals, then this show is for you! If you like sports talk, listen to Big Red Sports Talk instead. Don’t forget to subscribe on both iTunes and Stitcher!
Steven and Alex recap the week in Big Red athletics before back-to-back interviews, first with EA Sports Madden NFL Producer Ben Haumiller and then with Jeff Potter, president of the NBA Development League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Afterward, we made our weekly NFL picks and closed out the show. Listen live every Saturday night from 7:30-9:30 on 91.1 WDUB and at 911wdub.com!
On last night’s Big Red Sports Talk, I opened the show with a serious monologue about domestic violence in the NFL. Afterward, Steven and I discussed the week that was in Big Red athletics and made our week 2 NFL picks against the spread. Amidst all of that discussion, we talked with former Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Jensen Lewis (@JLewFifty) about his baseball and post-baseball careers, the 2007 and 2014 Cleveland Indians, and even the reason behind his unusual number, 50. Listen on the player below!
Steven took the week off from the show, so my friend Benson stepped in to host with me and he did an admirable job. We talked DU athletics before angrily conversing on the Indians and the possibility that they might make the playoffs. Afterward, we replayed last week’s interview with OOTP’s Brad Cook about their 1994 quick start before diving into our Cleveland Browns preview. Benson and I both gave our Browns predictions, with mine clocking in as extremely bold. Listen to the podcast to learn why my prediction is bold and why I believe I am right.