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21 October 2019

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  • How to Make it Stick- Learning that Lasts. Part 1
    21 October 2019
  • Baseball Under the Palms
    20 October 2019
  • Fantasy Baseball 2020 Sleepers & Targets + Fantasy Award Winners (Ep. 256)
    19 October 2019
    The fantasy season may have ended weeks ago, but we're wrapping up the year alongside the playoffs to name our fantasy award winners and more importantly, give a look ahead to who our favorite sleepers and targets are in 2020. Dan Harris, host of the Leading Off Podcast is teaming up with Bobby for the final show of the year. We start off with all the award winners beginning with our Mike Trout award (0:44) before we move onto the 2020 preview (34:56).
  • Inside MLBs Proposal To Dramatically Change Minor League Baseball
    19 October 2019

    It's a bombshell news day at Baseball America. J.J. Cooper joins Carlos Collazo on the podcast to discuss his story, which details MLBs proposal -- and we stress its still a proposal -- to dramatically change Minor League Baseball as we know it. The proposal includes eliminating more than 40 teams, reclassifying many others, moving the draft to August, increasing the salary of remaining players in the league, and so much more. J.J. explains it all and discusses what challenges await both MLB and MiLB as contentious PBA negotiations continue.

  • The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 746 – 2020 AFL Drafts
    17 October 2019


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  • Carney Lansford Batting Title Dedication
    17 October 2019
    Carney Lansford played third base for the California Angels (1978–80), Boston Red Sox (1981–82) and Oakland Athletics (1983–92). He batted and threw right-handed. He was also a hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies.
    Originally drafted by the California Angels in the 3rd round of the 1975 Major League Baseball draft, Lansford was the Angels' most successful rookie in 1978 and finished third in the overall AL Rookie of the Year vote. The Angels dealt Lansford to the Red Sox after the 1980 season. In 1981, he won the American League batting title in the strike-shortened season, becoming the league's first right-handed hitter to do so in 11 years. However, the emergence of Wade Boggs resulted in the Red Sox sending Lansford to Oakland in a trade involving Tony Armas during the 1982 off-season. Lansford became the A's regular third baseman and was there for their 1988 through 1992 dynasty, typically hitting second behind Rickey Henderson. Lansford narrowly missed winning his second batting title in 1989 with a .336 average (Minnesota's Kirby Puckett finished with a .339 average). Although his power numbers dropped off during those years, and he missed almost all the 1991 season with an injury, Lansford's speed and solid hitting made him a significant contributor to the A's dynasty. He played in three World Series with the A's, losing in 1988 and 1990 and winning in 1989.

    In his 15-year career, Lansford was a .290 hitter with 151 home runs, 874 RBI, and 224 stolen bases in 1862 games. In five American League Championship Series and three World Series covering 33 games, he hit .305 (39-for-128) with two home runs and 18 RBI.
  • Pee Wee Reese Got His Nickname from His Prowess Playing Marbles
    17 October 2019
    Harold Peter Henry "Pee Wee" Reese is a baseball legend. He played in the Major Leagues as a shortstop for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1940 to 1958. A ten-time All Star, Reese contributed to seven National League championships for the Dodgers and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. Reese is also famous for his support of his teammate Jackie Robinson, the first modern African American player in the major leagues, especially in Robinson's difficult first years.
  • Larry Day- MiLB Manager, Cleveland Indians
    17 October 2019





    During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Larry Day, Manager of the Arizona League Indians Red for the Cleveland Indians. Larry shares a wealth of information regarding how he goes about balancing the development of players with winning, how he establishes the team culture with players that are from all over and may not speak English as their first language. Larry Day also provides advice from mentors like Coach Tim Corbin from Vanderbilt University that has been very beneficial to him. 

    Episode Highlights: 

    • How did Larry Day get involved in baseball and as a coach?   
    • What set’s Coach Tim Corbin apart as a coach? 
    • What is the reason for the fist bump touches among the players?  
    • What did his process look like when he began his position? 
    • Larry discusses the importance of communication. 
    • What does the process look like for balancing the development of players with winning? 
    • What does a typical day of training look like? 
    • How do they go about culture-building and transitioning players from all over to be ready to be a professional baseball player?  
    • What are some different things that Larry helps grow the coaches he is around every day? 
    • What are some things Larry does to build relationships with his players from different backgrounds?  
    • What are some of the latest things that Larry has learned that he is excited about? 
    • How do we relay complicated details with data for players that don’t naturally speak English?
    • What is something that he does in practice that his players love? 
    • Is there anything that Larry Day believes that other coaches might disagree with?  
    • What are some of his favorite books and resources? 


    3 Key Points:

    1. Embracing the diversity of different races, cultures, and ages of players helps to establish culture-building.  
    2. Dan Coyle, the author of the book “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” works with Larry Day’s players. 
    3. Players don’t care what you know until they know that you care. 


    Tweetable Quotes:

    • (Coach Tim Corbin) “He certainly is elite as it comes to coaching and teaching and that is what he truly is. He is a teacher.” – Larry Day (03:45)
    • “Everything that is executed within that program (Vanderbilt) is 100% intentional. Planned, thought out. prepared.” – Larry Day (06:51)
    • “It comes down to having the ability to pre-plan and pre-communicate.” – Larry Day (10:04)
    • “You have anywhere between 4 to 6 fields with games on potentially 4 to 6 fields. You have morning workouts, and you know how baseball workouts go.There is the defense component, there is the throwing component.” – Larry Day (11:12)
    • “You put that time in 8 days out of a 7-day week to be able to run a clean, productive workout.” – Larry Day (20:29)
    • “The last thing that we want our players to do is be confused, or our coaches to be confused on what the objective is, what we are trying to accomplish, what the objective is for the day or the drill.” – Larry Day (20:42)
    • “We have a learning and development component of our organization that solely targets the continued development of staff.” – Larry Day (25:39)
    • “The smile is international. The ability to non-verbally connect and to have a sense of where your players are at from an emotional, mental, standpoint. You can see the physical.” – Larry Day (30:04)

    Resources Mentioned: 

    • Ahead of the Curve Podcast
    • Twitter: @AOTC_podcast
    • Larry Day’s Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Book: “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle 
    • Book: “Legacy” by James Kerr
  • 2019 Minicast – High Heat
    17 October 2019
  • 10/15: 2020 Shortstop Preview (Fantasy Baseball Podcast)
    16 October 2019

    Lindor, Bregman and Story lead the pack, but how far back is Trea Turner? Scott and Chris debate that spot for Turner, look at one shortstop who will go in the top eight at the position that fell deep in Scott's rankings, the best values, the young and up-and-coming bats and more.

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