The Backup Catcher, Offseason Episode 5


Are you tired of not listening to the Backup Catcher Podcast? Do you fear for your life when you don’t hear the soothing voices of one Brian Lee Vaughan and Van Lee Shipley? Do you put the petal to the metal there, guy? Then click here and listen to some savory goodness! This week’s episode brings to your attention the goings-on in MLB, including the Brett Lawrie trade (hey, it’s a weekly show, bear with us), Yankees moves, Nelson Cruz, and Brian and Van scratch their heads (their own, not one another’s) about what it is Billy Beane is doing.

Also more North Dakota talk!

Offseason Episode 5

The Backup Catcher, Offseason Episode 4

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This episode marks the triumphant return of Brian Vaughan to the Backup Catcher podcast. This also happens to mean that the amount of Northern accent that you will hear is far below the National quota of 14. Host Brian decides to force Van to talk about the Red Sox at length, and to discuss free agent contracts, fantasy baseball, and even pockets full of sunshine (you’re welcome).

Offseason Episode 4

Red Sox Add Pablo Sandoval to Pre-Black Friday Spree

Within hours of officially bringing Hanley Ramirez on board, the Red Sox have also decided to pluck Pablo Sandoval from the ranks of the free agents, which isn’t easy given the strength it takes to pluck a man of his physical stature. Sandoval is expected to get a deal somewhere in the five-year/$100 million range, although specifics are not available at this time. Despite the details not being within our reach at the moment (and we’ve often heard dramatically that the devil in fact resides in the details!), the general framework for the money and years doled out to everyone’s favorite/least-favorite panda seem to be fairly concrete. Continue reading

The Backup Catcher, Offseason Episode 3


Nothing has ever been more epic in the history of the Backup Catcher podcast than the things contained in this episode. There are explosions, Triple Slash, Giancarlo Stanton, dynasty league rankings, Megan Fox, and aliens. This is basically Michael Bay’s wet dream all condensed into two hours of the greatest podcasting the Earth has ever seen.

Surprise special co-host Nathan Dokken joins Van for a non-stop thrill ride sure to leave you clamoring for more!

Offseason Episode 3

Around the Horn: 11-23-14

We ask the greatest minds in baseball about hot topics from around the league.


“I actually suffer from a debilitating condition which causes patches of fat to grow on my body, so I have to eat to balance them out. Mmmmphh, grmmph, oh god yes, mmmph.”

-Pablo Sandoval, on his weight issues, and then eating a mouthful of canned cheese

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Shelby Miller, The Cardinal

Shelby Miller is an Atlanta Brave. This has been a turbulent roller coaster of a half-year for Cardinal fans ever so used to the same young nucleus guiding the team to postseason play each and every year, as a number of key members find themselves elsewhere. It’s almost too much to take, and in one case it just is too much to take. Now it’s Shelby Miller, Shelby Miller with the Big Fastball, who finds himself on another roster months in advance of the 2015 season. Continue reading


Billy Beane Signs Billy Butler

So much Billy! After a particularly dreadful 2014, designated hitter and pancake-downer extraordinaire Billy Butler found himself without a real extension offer from his lifelong team, the now-fancy Kansas City Royals. Butler wound up testing the open market, and the result is Butler taking a three-year, $30 million deal from Billy Beane‘s Oakland A’s. As a result of moving to a more regular contender, Butler has asked the media to change his official nickname from “Country Breakfast” to the more stately “Ante-meridian Consumption Period.” Catchy, no?! Continue reading


Blue Jays Add Russell Martin, Are From Canada

It’s been well-documented in the hours following his contract signing, but Russell Martin wasn’t a guy anyone felt good about going to a fifth year on. Toronto’s front office, I imagine, looked around at one another, shrugged, and pulled the trigger on a half-decade of Mr. Martin for $82 million. The contract seems inflated based on the incarnation of Martin we’d all become used to seeing, but his new approach emphasizes contact and selectivity (.290/.402/.430 in ’14), which for this player is absolutely a good thing. Hiis receiving skills have also only improved over time, so kiddos like Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez should reap the benefits in the coming years.. Martin turns 32 just prior to the 2015 season, so the last couple of agreed-upon years represent legitimate question marks, but the deal seems a reasonable one so long as it was made by a team with serious motivations, and the Blue Jays seem to have them now. Continue reading