Fake Teams Podcast Episode 45: It’s not goodbye


Despite my insistence on doing so for so long, I won't bury the lede here -- this post and corresponding podcast will be last at Fake Teams, at least for the foreseeable future.  That does not mean that the show is going away. Rather, it means that Zack and the rest of the crew here are going to take some time to figure out the best format for the podcast going forward, and more than likely you'll end up with a product that is even better than the current version. 

As for my reason for leaving, well we get into on the show, and I'll just say it's an opportunity that was just far too good for me to pass up. While I have never considered myself much of a writer, it's still bittersweet leaving Fake Teams (and Beyond the Box Score for those of you that couldn't get enough of me here) because I really enjoyed working with everyone at the site and the interactions with the great community that we have.

This post is about Episode 45 and not about me (plus we talk about my departure on the show) so I'll make this super brief, but I do want to thank Ray Guilfoyle for giving me a platform to write and podcast about fantasy baseball as well as Jason Hunt for everything on the prospect side of things. Those two guys are two of the best fantasy writers in the industry and they're even better people to work with. There are a few more thanks yous below, but to wrap this up I just want to thank everyone that ever took the time to read something I wrote or listen to one of our podcasts. You guys have been great, and the fact that Zack and I were able to record 45 (okay, 44) shows that people listened to is something I'm truly proud of. Now, on to the show!

On this episode we discuss

  • Shin-Soo Choo's relocation to Texas
  • The scarcity of quality speed players in the big leagues
  • Draft strategies for different league types
  • George Springer and Kris Bryant
  • Brandon Moss, the best in all the land?
  • And much, much more!
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Fake Teams Podcast Episode 44: We really can’t count


Between the Winter Meetings and the holidays, Zack and I have been really busy. So busy, in fact, that we scheduled a time to record podcast episode 43, but it never happened. And apparently we both forgot and continued right on to the 44th episode so just go with it. To make up for our mistake, however, we did record an extra-long show that covers nearly every transaction from the last few weeks. If you've got a long drive coming up this week, think of it as our gift to you.

On this show we discuss:

  • The Yankees spending like the New York Yankees once again
  • Robinson Cano's new home
  • Whether or not "The Baby Giraffe" is in fact the worst nickname in baseball
  • A slew of other transactions and their fantasy impact
  • Blue Yeti microphones
  • And much, much more!
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Fake Teams Podcast Episode 42: Knowing how to pitch


Because of the holidays (specifically Black Friday), Zack and I weren't able to record last week. To make it up to you, we'll bring you two podcasts this week, starting with numero uno this morning. To work out some of our technical difficulties lately, we recorded in person, spending around 50 minutes on the latest moves and some American League West prospects.

On this show we discuss:

  • Brian McCann: the newest New York Yankee
  • The Angels-Cardinals swap of David Freese and Peter Borjous
  • New deals for Ricky Nolasco and Dan Haren
  • Addison Russell and Taijuan Walker
  • Other prospects in the Mariners and A's systems
  • And much, much more!
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Fake Teams Podcast Episode 41: What is going on?


To be honest, we planned on doing a shorter, intimate show this week, but Major League Baseball was hearing none of that. So instead, we present you with an action-packed episode covering all of the major moves, prospects in the Astros and Angels' systems, two reader questions, and a ton more sprinkled throughout.

On this show we discuss:

  • The Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder blockbuster and the fantasy fallout
  • Carlos Ruiz, David Murphy, Josh Johnson, Tim Hudson, and LaTroy Hawkins
  • Prospects in Houston and Los Angeles
  • The best players that debuted last year
  • And much, much more!
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Fake Teams Podcast Episode 40: I feel like we’ve been here before


Being that his is our 40th show (that's still weird), Zack and I decided to give you everything you wanted without even knowing it. We've got news. We've got answers to reader questions. We've got a guest to help us go through the Royals and Twins minor league systems. We've got a Zack Smith rant on the American League MVP award. And we've even got some of our very own awards to give out. Strap in, because it's a good one this week.

On this show, we discuss:

  • Marlon Byrd's two-year, $16 million deal with the Phillies
  • The BBWAA Awards
  • Some of our own fantasy baseball awards
  • Prospects in the Royals and Twins systems
  • Instant replay in the AFL
  • And much, much more!
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Fake Teams Podcast Episode 39: Don’t sugarcoat it


As the hot stove begins to simmer, Zack and I are bringing you all the latest analysis and commentary with a brand new edition of the Fake Teams podcast! We've got a long, action packed show this week, covering everything from managerial hires to silver sluggers, with some prospect talk sprinkled in at the end.

On this show we discuss:

  • Martin Perez's new extension and his outlook
  • The trade market for Brandon Phillips and the Rangers' middle infielders
  • Silver sluggers - who got them and who got snubbed
  • Some free agent predictions
  • Prospects from the Indians and Tigers
  • And much, much more!
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Fake Teams Podcast Episode 38: Snap back to reality


After a three-show absence, Zack Smith makes his return to the podcast with a special Halloween edition of the show. The ensuing discussion was a lot of fun and covered the World Series, prospects, and some "girly" drinks.

On this show we discuss:

  • The 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox
  • Koji Uehara and Trevor Rosenthal in 2014
  • Free-agent closers
  • Prospects in the Jays and White Sox systems
  • And much, much more!
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Fake Teams Podcast Episode 37: How did it get so bad?


Try to contain your excitement, but today we bring you the first of two Fake Teams podcasts this week. On this show, Zack is still out so Brian Creagh filled in once again to talk about the World Series and the Rays and Yankees farm systems.

On this show we discuss:

  • Alexander Guerrero's deal with the Dodgers
  • Jim Leyland's departure from Detroit
  • The World Series
  • Prospects from the Yankees and Rays
  • And much, much more!
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Fake Teams Podcast Episode 36: The epitome of projection


If you enjoyed the Fake Teams Prospect team's articles on the O's and Red Sox, you're in luck today.  Zack is still out, citing his "honeymoon" as some sort of excuse for missing the podcast. Never fear, Brian Creagh and Jason Hunt stepped up to join me in his absence and what ensued was a really fun conversation about the top prospects in the Orioles and Red Sox systems.

On this show we discuss

  • The ongoing American and National League Championship series
  • The outstanding trifecta of pitching for the O's
  • Xander Bogaerts - 2014 and beyond
  • The pronunciation of Garin Cecchini's name
  • And much, much more!
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Fake Teams Podcast Episode 35: Groom Duties


It's a rainy Friday here in the northeast, so to brighten the day we bring you the latest edition of the Fake Teams podcast. With Zack peparing for his wedding tomorrow, Brian Creagh stepped in to cover the results of the division series and preview some exciting offseason coverage coming to the site next week.

On this show we discuss:

  • Gerrit Cole and Sonny Gray: Emerging fantasy aces?
  • The Braves decision not to go to Craig Kimbrel
  • Possible trades for Max Scherzer and David Price
  • The upcoming Minor League Keeper Thoughts series on Fake Teams
  • And much, much more!
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