Sunday, March 27, 2011

Purple Row Radio - 3/28/11

Welcome to Purple Row Radio. On this edition, we are joined by fellow Purple Row staff writer Andrew T. Fisher for a segment on Spring Training, as we prepare for official Major League Baseball this Friday.

Listen in as Andrew(s) and I discuss the following topics, and more:

- Esmil Rogers' response to winning the fifth starter position.
- Chris Iannetta's late-Spring surge.
- Will Jordan Pacheco end up playing for the Sky Sox to start the season?
- Andrew Fisher joins us to discuss his week long trip to Scottsdale earlier in the month, sharing much insight on the facility, the players, and the experience in general.
- How did ATF manage to get a free seat in a Salt River Fields suite?
- ATF shares experiences with some of the minor leaguers, including Kyle Parker and Josh Muecke.
- What do Andrew Martin and I think about the variety of positional depth in the infield, and how will it effect players making regular consistent starts at the same position?
- Ty Wigginton in right field or at second base; will we see him at either?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Purple Row Radio - 3/23/11

Welcome to this special midweek episode of Purple Row Radio!

On this edition, Andrew and I discuss:
- Matt Reynolds, Franklin Morales, Rex Brothers and the state of lefty relief depth in the organization.
- Reminiscence of Garrett Atkins in the late 2000s.
- More thoughts on the fifth starter battle, as Andrew explains why he's more impressed with Greg Reynolds this Spring than Esmil Rogers.
- The amusing trivia behind the Clay Mortensen acquisition.
- The effect the amassing of mid-upper tier pitching talent at the AAA level of the Rockies organization will have over the next couple of years.
- Why Rogers and Reynolds are both lucky this starter battle won't mean the end of a Rockies career for the loser due to rules regarding free option years.

We'll be back on our regular schedule this Monday 3/28 with our end of the Spring show. The following week, on 4/4, we'll begin our discussion of the regular season. As always, please post anything you'd like to see us talk about in the future.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Purple Row Radio - 3/14/11

Welcome to Purple Row Radio! On this edition, Andrew and I welcome our first official PRR guest, Matthew Muzia of SB Nation Denver.

During the show, we discuss the (nice) following topics and more:

- How very nice it is to see a first base prospect on the radar again in Ben Paulsen.
- How very nice it is to see Greg Reynolds of some significance in the organization's plans again (even if it will be only for a short time)
- How very nice it is to see Todd Helton quelling worry once again regarding his health this Spring.
- How very nice it would be to see Helton play well for another few seasons and make a serious run for the Hall of Fame.
- How very nice it would be if Jonathan Herrera or Eric Young Jr.'s talents could translate into big league production.

And most importantly...

- Does Greg really like Bronson Arroyo? REALLY? Or is this contrarian nonsense? You decide.

How very nice. I feel like I've been repeating myself.

Check out Matt's writing at SB Nation Denver, and keep an eye out for him in the comments section at Purple Row under the tag Muzia.

As always, please drop your comments and questions into the comments section and we will address them on our next show, time permitting.

Important Scheduling Note: Andrew will be out of town this weekend, so the podcast will be delayed 1-2 days next week, meaning the show will be up on either Tuesday 3/22 or Wednesday 3/23. We'll see you then.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Purple Row Radio - March 7, 2011

On this edition of Purple Row Radio, Andrew and I discuss the following topics:

- How Jonathan Herrera
, Jordan Pacheco, and Greg Smith have seen their career paths changes over the past season.
- Advantages and disadvantages to Felipe Paulino or Esmil Rogers potentially replacing Aaron Cook in the rotation.
- Why Andrew is upset with Jon Heyman's tweets during Sunday's game.
- How safe are Seth Smith, Chris Iannetta and Ian Stewart's positions with the team, and will any of them be considered for long term contracts with a breakout season?
- The differences between Baseball Reference's and Fangraphs' versions of Wins Above Replacement, and what each one means in regards to Jason Hammel.

Production Notes:
- Andrew's mic was hyper-sensitive during the recording, I edited out as much background noise as I could with standard filters, but this is far from our smoothest audio.

As always, please post questions for our next show in the comments here or on the website.
Someone last week asked if we could put the podcast onto Stitcher. We'll look into it, but no promises, as least not yet.