New York Yankees Podcast Review: Dani’s Dugout

There’s still a month and a half before pitchers and catchers report, so New York Yankees fans may need a fix to help them deal till Spring Training begins in earnest. There are plenty of Yankees fans who turned their passion into something constructive, more so than just ranting on social media. One such Yankees fan is Dani Cipolla, the mastermind of the podcast Dani’s Dugout.

A Podcast for Yankees Fans, by a Yankee Fan

Ms. Cipolla has made no secret about disdain for modern, analytics-based baseball in several episodes. And, you know what? She’s got a point. The Yankees have been an analytics-based team for the better part of the last 15 years, and it’s starting to pay off… during the REGULAR season. The team has won about 300 games in the last 3 years, (17-19), but the best they got was game 7 of the 2017 ALCS. And let’s also look at the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’re also heavily analytics-based, and they lost the World Series in back to back seasons.

How many professionals in the sports reporting community is talking about how analytics are great for a long haul regular season, but are a detriment to short postseason series? Little IF ANY!

So, much of her takes are based on what many would call “Old school baseball.” As a result, she’s made many calls that I disagree with. She’s in love with and celebrates Gio Urshela as the future third baseman of the Yankees for the next 10 years. I’ve documented how the old school metrics, AND new school metrics show that Urshela (both offensively and defensively) wasn’t that much of an improvement in 2019 compared to Miguel Andujar’s 2018. She even thought, and voiced her opinion, that the Yankees should have traded Gleyber Torres during the 2019 season because Torres is a better hitter against bad pitching (citing specifically the Orioles) than he is against good pitching. The best pitching comes in October, and it was Torres and DJ carrying the team in the ALDS/ALCS this season. But, it’s her podcast, her opinion, and I still enjoy the product she turns out. So, I cope. No one is going to agree with you 100% of the time, so don’t try to make them.

So if you’re a numbers/analytics wonk, her podcast isn’t for you. But it doesn’t mean she doesn’t know her stuff. At the end of the day, while analytics is a great way to evaluate talent, we are still talking about human beings playing a game. Part of what made the 2018 Red Sox season so remarkable was manager, Alex Cora, trusting that his HUMAN players were going to excel at the moment he saw unfolding, not what the paper from the analytics department tells him.

This is a knowledgable person, who knows and gets the game better than most who report on the game in the more traditional professional settings (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and the like).

Her Fandom is Her Biggest Weakness

She is a prototypical diehard New York Yankees fan. If you heard the expression “Fan is short for fanatic”, this is Ms. Cipolla to a T. While I tend to agree with her takes more often than not, her rationale behind her opinions is still viewed through the rose-tinted glasses of total fandom. That aspect of her broadcast style is what I find the most frustrating about her show.

Baseball has the distinct advantage of being the longest regular season in professional sports. It almost doubles the typical NBA season. If she got what she wanted 100% of the time, we’d be back in the Bronx Zoo era of the franchise, where we went from 1982 to 1993 without even a Wild Card berth (94 was the strike year). Remember, the Yankees more than any other team are vocal about “World Series or bust”. If you want to make the World Series, it’s going to mean sticking with players you would want to see benched or traded. It’ll mean letting go of guys who brought a level of magic no one expected to the position. And in today’s baseball, it’ll mean LISTENING to the analytics department from time to time.

It’s Still a Great Listen

Dani’s Dugout can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube. You can find Dani’s Dugout on social media, or through the podcast’s main site. You can also get custom Yankees merchandise through Dani’s Dugout on Etsy. We are within 6 weeks till pitchers and catchers report. Get your New York Yankees to fix by listening to Dani’s Dugout.

Disclaimer

Some of her episodes feature profane language. So, if you’re turned off by profanity, be warned. She’s the Yankee podcaster who’d follow John Oliver on HBO.

New York Giants: Is there a position battle at quarterback? (PODCAST)

New York Giants

Is it possible that the New York Giants have created a position battle at the quarterback position between Eli Manning and Daniel Jones? It’s highly unlikely Jones manages to overtake Eli for the starting job, considering he’s expected to sit quietly and soak up as much knowledge as humanly possible over the course of the next year.

However, head coach Pat Shurmur stated that Eli must win games to keep Jones off the field, so there’s a chance the rookie passer could feature at some point this season.

I believe that the Giants need to stick with logic on this specific decision – allowing Jones to develop and learn how to prepare at the NFL level is essential. Sitting behind a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback should get the job done. Daniel is already showing great progress, throwing accurately and keeping far away from the New York media.

In fact, that might be the more valuable lesson he learns from Eli — how to stay out of troubles and not draw unnecessary attention to yourself. Minus the selling of fake game-work memorabilia, Manning has been a saint for the Giants. Now, he must teach the young Jones how to succeed in the art of magic.

The podcast below will walk you through the process of his development and if there’s any form of position battle present on the Giants at the quarterback position. In addition, we take a look at undrafted tight end CJ Conrad and DeAndre Baker. We wrap up with a bit of Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard.

You can listen to analysis and a breakdown of the Giants’ OTAs and essential debates from Empire Sports Media Giants beat reporters Alexander WilsonAnthony Rivardo, and Christian Morell below, in the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Gmen!