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The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast

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The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast

The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast

Yahoo Sports

18
Followers
93
Plays
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Human sports encyclopedia Scott Pianowski is joined friends, pundits and Yahoo Sports' cast of experts for a lively, informative and not-too-serious weekly discussion on fantasy strategy and the major happenings in the world of baseball. The award-winning Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast drops every Monday throughout the baseball season.

Latest Episodes

Ranking Mike Trout, league changes, pitching strategy and bold predictions

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Yahoo’s Andy Behrens and Razzball's B_Don discuss what to do about Mike Trout with the news that he might miss at least a part of a shortened season to be with his wife during the birth of their child, ideas for unconventional fantasy leagues in an unconventional season, how to approach drafting relievers, and a few bold predictions for the 2020 season. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter @YahooFantasy. Follow Andy @AndyBehrens Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54 MIN1 d ago
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Ranking Mike Trout, league changes, pitching strategy and bold predictions

Winners and losers in a short season

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski and Mike Oz, Yahoo Baseball Writer and proud Fresno resident, discuss the winners and losers from a proposed short baseball season, how they're shuffling the top of their starting pitching rankings, Mike's Old Baseball Card series, and more. And with a nod to Mike Oz's radio show, we’ll wrap up the show with a draft of our favorite rap artists in history. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter @YahooFantasy. Follow Scott @Scott_Pianowski Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59 MIN1 w ago
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Winners and losers in a short season

Can baseball be fixed?

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Scott Pianowski and Yahoo's national baseball writer Hannah Keyser discuss the long and winding road to the 2020 MLB season, whether the increased focus on home runs is ruining the sport, why starting extra innings with a runner on second base is a terrible idea and how Sex and the City exemplifies our relationship with baseball. And we’ll wrap up the show with a draft of our favorite condiments. Do not be fooled by ketchup's ubiquity, you can do much better! Note: This podcast was recorded before MLB’s announcement that it would implement a 60-game season. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter @YahooFantasy. Follow Scott @Scott_Pianowski Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

61 MIN2 w ago
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Can baseball be fixed?

Baseball's elephant in the room and greatest letters draft

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski and D.B. Firstman, author of Hall of Name, discuss how they got started in their writing careers and broke into writing about baseball, fantasy baseball alternatives like scoresheet, how baseball can be more inclusive toward people of all genders and whether or not we'll see baseball before the year 2022 at this point. And we’ll wrap up the show with a draft of our favorite letters. We promise it'll be more fun than it sounds. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter @YahooFantasy. Follow Scott @Scott_Pianowski Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

61 MIN3 w ago
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Baseball's elephant in the room and greatest letters draft

Short season debates, what to learn from football and best sports gear

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don have a few debates around the (hopefully upcoming) 2020 MLB season. First up, Dalton and Scott discuss the elephant in the room, what's our confidence level on Major League Baseball settling its labor dispute and starting a season this year? (03:00) And, should we worry about the randomness and small sample size a shorter season will bring? (06:00) Should we focus on pitching or hitting in upcoming drafts? (12:25) Does the volatility of starting pitching mean we should ignore them until later or stock up early and often in drafts? (14:30) How should you draft from a deep shortstop pool? (18:13) Should you focus on younger players or established veterans in fantasy drafts? (23:23) If you've already drafted in your fantasy league, should you press the reset button once the season's schedule is established? (26:07) And finally, is it time to bump Houston Astros players up our draft...

46 MINJUN 9
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Short season debates, what to learn from football and best sports gear

Baseball's labor dispute and retro draft strategy

On this episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Fred Zinkie stops by to discuss baseball's ongoing labor dispute and what they've learned about fantasy baseball strategy from their recent retro season fantasy drafts. Scott and Fred also talk in depth about the current state of affairs and standoff between MLB and its players. Will we have an MLB season? And if so, with a likely season being shortened in some form or fashion, what are some strategies fantasy players can implement? And how should fantasy players prepare for a potential season overlapping with fantasy football draft prep? Next up, Scott and Fred describe the retro seasonal drafts they’ve been taking part in lately. If you're not familiar, you pick a season like 1999 and draft from the player pool like usual. But, since you already know the stat lines you'll be getting during the draft, strategy changes dramatically. Scott and Fred discuss how team composition and positional scarcity come into play. Finally, our...

50 MINJUN 2
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Baseball's labor dispute and retro draft strategy

Dissecting Moneyball's legacy and the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies

As Major League Baseball inches closer to a return to the field, we're taking a quick break from our usual focus on fantasy baseball for a class on sports films and baseball history. Yahoo's Scott Pianowski and Andy Behrens recently watched Moneyball, the Michael Lewis book turned Aaron Sorkin film about the 2002 Oakland Athletics and its General Manager, Billy Beane. It's worth your time if you haven't seen it, but there is a lot the book and film get wrong about the team and the time in baseball. (05:03) Though the season that inspired the book is nearly 20 years old, its legacy can still be seen in current-day baseball, with every shift of the infield, the depreciating value of relievers, and reliance on empirical data to evaluate players. (31:37) And in honor of Moneyball and Art Howe (hope you're feeling better Skip) who gets portrayed unfairly in the film, we wrap up the show with a friendly snake draft of our favorite films starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. (45:53) Please reme...

56 MINMAY 19
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Dissecting Moneyball's legacy and the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies

The 'Greatest League' and the less great siblings

We got a bit of a throwback episode for you baseball history buffs, Yahoo’s Andy Behrens joins Scott Pianowski to talk about their draft with our friends over at Rotoworld for ‘The Greatest League.’ If you haven’t heard about the concept already, the basic idea is that you can draft the best individual seasons of any baseball player since 1980. Any player, any season, but a player can only be drafted once. Once rosters are set, Rotoworld plans on simulating an entire season on WhatIfSports. (02:12) Scott and Andy break down their first round picks, 1994 Frank Thomas and Dwight Gooden from 1985 (03:37), why the shortened seasons of yesteryear provided some of the best seasons in history, and if we can look forward to big stat lines during a potential 80-game season (16:18) And we wrap up the show with a friendly snake draft our favorite, let’s say, less famous siblings of some of the best athletes in history. Ozzie Canseco, this is your time to shine. (45:53) Please remember to ...

60 MINMAY 14
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The 'Greatest League' and the less great siblings

A universal DH, the Rockies outside Coors, and fav fantasy strategies

Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski chats with Elite Fantasy’s Vlad Sedler about the growing optimism around a 2020 MLB season, how rumors of a universal DH could impact the fantasy landscape, and some of the big picture fantasy baseball strategies they’ve relied on over the years. Leading off, Scott and Vlad look at some of the players they might bump up their draft boards if the National League adopts a designated hitter — either for the 2020 season or permanently. (01:17) If baseball adopts a one, two, or three-state plan moving all games to Arizona, Texas, and/or Florida, that means a lot of players who deal with the extreme ends of park effects are going to have their values change. We’ll look at some of the players who usually play in Coors Field in Colorado and San Francisco’s AT&T Park that’ll be moving up and down our draft boards. (09:12) Some fantasy mangers are trade tacticians, others scour the waiver wire for break out players. Scott and Vlad discuss some of their fantasy a...

61 MINMAY 5
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A universal DH, the Rockies outside Coors, and fav fantasy strategies

Guys I like and don't like with Rotowire's Scott Jenstad

Rotowire's Scott Jenstad joins Scott Pianowski to talk over how a baseball season in flux is changing his draft rankings, some of the guys he likes and doesn't like at their current price tags, and debates who are the best coaches in sports since 1990 — apologies to Red Auerbach fans. Scott's standouts include a trifecta of mid-tier third basemen: Matt Chapman, Josh Donaldson and Mike Moustakas (8:00), podcast fav Cavan Biggio (13:10), former fantasy first-rounder Javier Baez (27:39), and of the newest members of the Philadelphia Phillies, Zach Wheeler (25:05). Scott also shares some of the players he won't be targeting in fantasy drafts anytime soon, like Anthony Rizzo (26:48), Adalberto Mondesi (29:22), and Victor Robles (31:17). And we wrap up the show with a friendly snake draft of the best coaches in professional and collegiate sports since 1990. Bobby Valentine, sadly, did not make our draft board (35:09). Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider...

59 MINAPR 28
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Guys I like and don't like with Rotowire's Scott Jenstad

Latest Episodes

Ranking Mike Trout, league changes, pitching strategy and bold predictions

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Yahoo’s Andy Behrens and Razzball's B_Don discuss what to do about Mike Trout with the news that he might miss at least a part of a shortened season to be with his wife during the birth of their child, ideas for unconventional fantasy leagues in an unconventional season, how to approach drafting relievers, and a few bold predictions for the 2020 season. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter @YahooFantasy. Follow Andy @AndyBehrens Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Ranking Mike Trout, league changes, pitching strategy and bold predictions

Winners and losers in a short season

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski and Mike Oz, Yahoo Baseball Writer and proud Fresno resident, discuss the winners and losers from a proposed short baseball season, how they're shuffling the top of their starting pitching rankings, Mike's Old Baseball Card series, and more. And with a nod to Mike Oz's radio show, we’ll wrap up the show with a draft of our favorite rap artists in history. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter @YahooFantasy. Follow Scott @Scott_Pianowski Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Winners and losers in a short season

Can baseball be fixed?

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Scott Pianowski and Yahoo's national baseball writer Hannah Keyser discuss the long and winding road to the 2020 MLB season, whether the increased focus on home runs is ruining the sport, why starting extra innings with a runner on second base is a terrible idea and how Sex and the City exemplifies our relationship with baseball. And we’ll wrap up the show with a draft of our favorite condiments. Do not be fooled by ketchup's ubiquity, you can do much better! Note: This podcast was recorded before MLB’s announcement that it would implement a 60-game season. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter @YahooFantasy. Follow Scott @Scott_Pianowski Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

61 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Can baseball be fixed?

Baseball's elephant in the room and greatest letters draft

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski and D.B. Firstman, author of Hall of Name, discuss how they got started in their writing careers and broke into writing about baseball, fantasy baseball alternatives like scoresheet, how baseball can be more inclusive toward people of all genders and whether or not we'll see baseball before the year 2022 at this point. And we’ll wrap up the show with a draft of our favorite letters. We promise it'll be more fun than it sounds. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter @YahooFantasy. Follow Scott @Scott_Pianowski Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

61 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Baseball's elephant in the room and greatest letters draft

Short season debates, what to learn from football and best sports gear

On this week's episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don have a few debates around the (hopefully upcoming) 2020 MLB season. First up, Dalton and Scott discuss the elephant in the room, what's our confidence level on Major League Baseball settling its labor dispute and starting a season this year? (03:00) And, should we worry about the randomness and small sample size a shorter season will bring? (06:00) Should we focus on pitching or hitting in upcoming drafts? (12:25) Does the volatility of starting pitching mean we should ignore them until later or stock up early and often in drafts? (14:30) How should you draft from a deep shortstop pool? (18:13) Should you focus on younger players or established veterans in fantasy drafts? (23:23) If you've already drafted in your fantasy league, should you press the reset button once the season's schedule is established? (26:07) And finally, is it time to bump Houston Astros players up our draft...

46 MINJUN 9
Comments
Short season debates, what to learn from football and best sports gear

Baseball's labor dispute and retro draft strategy

On this episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Fred Zinkie stops by to discuss baseball's ongoing labor dispute and what they've learned about fantasy baseball strategy from their recent retro season fantasy drafts. Scott and Fred also talk in depth about the current state of affairs and standoff between MLB and its players. Will we have an MLB season? And if so, with a likely season being shortened in some form or fashion, what are some strategies fantasy players can implement? And how should fantasy players prepare for a potential season overlapping with fantasy football draft prep? Next up, Scott and Fred describe the retro seasonal drafts they’ve been taking part in lately. If you're not familiar, you pick a season like 1999 and draft from the player pool like usual. But, since you already know the stat lines you'll be getting during the draft, strategy changes dramatically. Scott and Fred discuss how team composition and positional scarcity come into play. Finally, our...

50 MINJUN 2
Comments
Baseball's labor dispute and retro draft strategy

Dissecting Moneyball's legacy and the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies

As Major League Baseball inches closer to a return to the field, we're taking a quick break from our usual focus on fantasy baseball for a class on sports films and baseball history. Yahoo's Scott Pianowski and Andy Behrens recently watched Moneyball, the Michael Lewis book turned Aaron Sorkin film about the 2002 Oakland Athletics and its General Manager, Billy Beane. It's worth your time if you haven't seen it, but there is a lot the book and film get wrong about the team and the time in baseball. (05:03) Though the season that inspired the book is nearly 20 years old, its legacy can still be seen in current-day baseball, with every shift of the infield, the depreciating value of relievers, and reliance on empirical data to evaluate players. (31:37) And in honor of Moneyball and Art Howe (hope you're feeling better Skip) who gets portrayed unfairly in the film, we wrap up the show with a friendly snake draft of our favorite films starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. (45:53) Please reme...

56 MINMAY 19
Comments
Dissecting Moneyball's legacy and the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies

The 'Greatest League' and the less great siblings

We got a bit of a throwback episode for you baseball history buffs, Yahoo’s Andy Behrens joins Scott Pianowski to talk about their draft with our friends over at Rotoworld for ‘The Greatest League.’ If you haven’t heard about the concept already, the basic idea is that you can draft the best individual seasons of any baseball player since 1980. Any player, any season, but a player can only be drafted once. Once rosters are set, Rotoworld plans on simulating an entire season on WhatIfSports. (02:12) Scott and Andy break down their first round picks, 1994 Frank Thomas and Dwight Gooden from 1985 (03:37), why the shortened seasons of yesteryear provided some of the best seasons in history, and if we can look forward to big stat lines during a potential 80-game season (16:18) And we wrap up the show with a friendly snake draft our favorite, let’s say, less famous siblings of some of the best athletes in history. Ozzie Canseco, this is your time to shine. (45:53) Please remember to ...

60 MINMAY 14
Comments
The 'Greatest League' and the less great siblings

A universal DH, the Rockies outside Coors, and fav fantasy strategies

Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski chats with Elite Fantasy’s Vlad Sedler about the growing optimism around a 2020 MLB season, how rumors of a universal DH could impact the fantasy landscape, and some of the big picture fantasy baseball strategies they’ve relied on over the years. Leading off, Scott and Vlad look at some of the players they might bump up their draft boards if the National League adopts a designated hitter — either for the 2020 season or permanently. (01:17) If baseball adopts a one, two, or three-state plan moving all games to Arizona, Texas, and/or Florida, that means a lot of players who deal with the extreme ends of park effects are going to have their values change. We’ll look at some of the players who usually play in Coors Field in Colorado and San Francisco’s AT&T Park that’ll be moving up and down our draft boards. (09:12) Some fantasy mangers are trade tacticians, others scour the waiver wire for break out players. Scott and Vlad discuss some of their fantasy a...

61 MINMAY 5
Comments
A universal DH, the Rockies outside Coors, and fav fantasy strategies

Guys I like and don't like with Rotowire's Scott Jenstad

Rotowire's Scott Jenstad joins Scott Pianowski to talk over how a baseball season in flux is changing his draft rankings, some of the guys he likes and doesn't like at their current price tags, and debates who are the best coaches in sports since 1990 — apologies to Red Auerbach fans. Scott's standouts include a trifecta of mid-tier third basemen: Matt Chapman, Josh Donaldson and Mike Moustakas (8:00), podcast fav Cavan Biggio (13:10), former fantasy first-rounder Javier Baez (27:39), and of the newest members of the Philadelphia Phillies, Zach Wheeler (25:05). Scott also shares some of the players he won't be targeting in fantasy drafts anytime soon, like Anthony Rizzo (26:48), Adalberto Mondesi (29:22), and Victor Robles (31:17). And we wrap up the show with a friendly snake draft of the best coaches in professional and collegiate sports since 1990. Bobby Valentine, sadly, did not make our draft board (35:09). Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider...

59 MINAPR 28
Comments
Guys I like and don't like with Rotowire's Scott Jenstad
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