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Date Edit

December 31, 2016

Summary Edit

In Sam’s last show as co-host, he and Ben talk to Astros pro scouting director Kevin Goldstein. Then, Ben talks to incoming co-host Jeff Sullivan before Jeff leaves on a fantastically timed vacation.

Topics Edit

  • Kevin's work with the Houston Astros
  • How to judge job performance
  • Front office nicknames
  • How Kevin watches baseball compared to previous jobs
  • Information imbalance and trading prospects
  • Day to day of working for a MLB team
  • Working from home
  • Why is Nori Aoki available?
  • Lineup balance
  • Signing minor league free agents
  • Introducing Jeff Sullivan

Intro Edit

The Muppets Take Manhattan Soundtrack, "Saying Goodbye"

Interstitial Edit

Crickets sound clip

Outro Edit

Heart, "Say Hello"

Episode outtake sound clip

Banter Edit

  • This is Sam's final episode as a regular co-host.
  • Kevin Goldstein's first appearance on the podcast was in Episode 100. In that episode Sam suggested that Kevin join again for Episode 1000.
  • Sam discusses the frequent callbacks to past episodes and jokes that they should have reprised their topic from Episode 1 and chatted about whether Aroldis Chapman should be a starter.

Notes Edit

  • Kevin says that internally he sometimes refers to Jeff Luhnow as El Jefe.
  • Kevin says that for most free agents the money they are offered will be the overwhelming key decision factor in what team they sign with. In some cases they will also consider comfort level, location, recent team performance, etc.
  • Ben notes that he and Sam are ending the week (and Sam's tenure) on a multiple of five.
  • Jeff is calling in from the airport where he is leaving for a trip to Chile.
  • Episode 999: Mike Trout reportedly won a home run derby in high school while batting left handed.

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