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Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – ESPN’s Kyle Peterson

May 31, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

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With the NCAA baseball tournament getting started this weekend, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I thought it a good time to bring in an expert on the college game. ESPN’s Kyle Peterson, a studio analyst for the network, called in as a guest to talk the title chances of both Maryland and Virginia. Peterson was great on a lot of subjects involving college baseball, including which players to watch with the future of Major League Baseball in mind.

Our second guest was Andrew Simon of MLB.com. Simon covers the Nationals and had great insight on their struggling starting rotation.

Before bringing in our guests, Tim and I talked about Ryan Zimmerman playing left field, whether the Nationals should make a trade and which MLB team we think is the best in the game right now.

You can also listen to the show on ESPN 980’s website or download it on iTunes.

  1. mmoose95 - May 31, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Hey Chase! Per my earlier tweet to you, I love the podcast, but in order for someone with an Android phone to listen to it as a podcast (not streaming from the website), we have to download the file from the 980 site and then manually move the file onto our phone via computer. It is kind of a pain. I love the show, so I have been doing that the last few months (until the download broke this week), but it would be great to have a regular “RSS” feed so people without iPhones can listen to it as a podcast (being able to pause & start where you left off, etc).

    It looks like someone set up a feed once at libsyn.com, but it only had the first episode. I really like the podcast and want to ensure it is as popular as possible so you keep doing it, and I think adding an RSS feed would double your potential audience by adding Android users. It would be great if you can do it. Thanks! – Bob

  2. therealjohnc - May 31, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Podcast overtaken by events in terms of offense – 19 runs in two games. Stuff happens.

    One correction about the 2012 team – it was not a defensively challenged offensive juggernaut. The 2012 team was very good, borderline excellent defensively. Don’t get caught up in error totals or fielding percentage, because they don’t take range or official scorers into account. The 2012 Nationals converted 71.8% of balls in play into outs, the basic function of defense. With a “sample size” of every defensive play over 162 games, that’s pretty reliable as an indicator – and it was #5 of the 30 MLB teams, and the best in the National League (the Angels, Rays, A’s and Mariners ranked higher).

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