The RAB Radio Show – February 26, 2009 – Episode 16


Baseball is back, baby! After live blogging Hughes’s innings, Mike and I recorded this week’s RAB Radio Show. You’ll notice that we’re not as focused as we are most weeks. Blame it on us watching the game at the same time as we try to record the show. Oh well. It was beyond great to see some game action.

We start off by going over Phil’s performance. There’s not much you can ascertain from his very first start of the spring, but all in all it went well. He let a few pitches fly which grazed a couple of jerseys, but all in all he did a solid job. His only four-ball walk of the day came in an at bat where he threw all six or seven pitches to the outside edge. His fastball sat 91-92. I wonder if this means he’ll ramp it up as we get deeper into the spring.

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  1. pat says:

    The real victim of today’s radio show?

  2. “We start off by going over Phil’s performance. There’s not much you can ascertain from his very first start of the spring…”

    … except for the entirety of the rest of his baseball life, that is. It all adds up to one irrefutable truth:

    Massive bust.

  3. Mike Pop says:

    Joe had quite an outburst there around 28:10.

    • pat says:

      Haha yea I was thinking that. I wonder how joe feels about jeff maier?

    • Haha totally. I snarfed a little beer on myself. I also love the brief silence and then Mike is like “oh.”

      Mike – Were you unsure, for a moment there, if Joe was calling YOU an idiot?

    • Joseph P. says:

      Yeah, well, the game’s there for you to watch, not interfere with. Keep your damn hands out of the field of play.

      • Look, as an American, I have a God given right to do the following five things:
        1.) Drink beer
        2.) Boo things I don’t like without explaining myself
        3.) Interfere with a baseball game for my own personal whimsy, selfish benefit, and self-aggrandizement
        4.) Watch porn
        5.) Hate Arabs

        If you don’t like that, Joe, I suggest you go back to Russia.

        • Matt says:

          You forgot to add: “Drive a Hummer even though I have no family to fit in it.”

          • Hummers are for French fairy-boys. I drive an International CXT, the largest street-legal vehicle in the nation.


          • Steve H says:

            Or “Drive a hybrid as a status symbol and snark at others killing the environment even though said hybrid does more damage than said Hummer.”

            • Matt says:

              My 1996 Honda Accord with 24K+ miles on it will do fine, thank you very much.

            • …even though said hybrid does more damage than said Hummer.

              I know we’re kinda joking around here, but where do you get the idea that a hybrid car does more damage to the environment than a Hummer?

              I’m legitimately curious, not snarky.

              • jsbrendog says:

                ive heard that the environmental effect of creating said hybrid is equal to or worse than the emissions of a hummer.

                of course i have no factual analysis to back this up. but i hoid it.

              • Steve H says:


                Had to do it.

                But seriously, it’s due to production and transportation required of nickel to create the batteries. For the end user, of course the Prius is much more environment friendly, but counting in the production, studies show hybrids are worse.

                I have no idea if it’s really true, one scientist says something, the other refutes it, who the hell knows which one is right.

                • jsbrendog says:

                  let me just say, in my defense that this time i did go to googl to check.ut that most sites not rab or cnn are blocked at my job…and i hate it. although b-r isnt, im just too lazy to look up stats…still trying to embrace my stat-geek-hood (dont tell my spreadsheets)

                • jsbrendog says:

                  oh, yes, you rplied to him. YEAH TAKE THAT TJSC!

                • Although…


                  Some wonderful urban legends have sprung up about the Prius and its battery, the most colorful being this claim about the hybrid being less ecofriendly than a Hummer. Some of the more thrilling chapters originated in one study done by a marketing company that was not peer-reviewed but, unfortunately, was widely quoted in the media…

                  In any case, the study indicting the Prius has been discredited by a number of reliable sources since its appearance early this year. As David Friedman, the research director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles program, put it: “This study has been completely contradicted by studies from MIT, Argonne National Laboratory, and Carnegie Mellon’s Lifecycle Assessment Group. The reality is hybrids can significantly cut global-warming pollution, reduce energy use, and save drivers thousands at the pump.” …

                  Getting back to the Prius’s nickel metal hydride battery, laments about its other environmental iniquities were largely based on reports of environmental devastation from nickel mining in Sudbury, Ontario, where 10 percent of the world’s nickel is mined. The problem is that these reports described Sudbury 30 years ago, not today. Yes, nickel mining is a nasty business, but in the 1970s, Sudburians started to clean up the mining mess and make huge strides in rehabilitating their environment. As Canadian Geographic declared recently in giving one Sudbury group an award for restoration, “Once derided for its barren landscape, Sudbury, Ontario, has experienced an environmental makeover since the 1970s. Today, the former industry-blighted moonscape has been transformed.”

                  In any case, Prius batteries, which contain 32 pounds of nickel each, require only a fraction of the world’s supply. More than 94 percent of the 1.55 million tons of nickel mined each year is used for stainless steel, alloys, and electroplating. So the batteries for the one million hybrids Toyota has sold so far have required only one percent of the world’s annual nickel-mining production. Since the estimates on nickel recycling indicate about 80 percent is being reused, a million Priuses’ share of newly mined nickel would really only be about two-tenths of one percent.

                • oh, yes, you replied to him. YEAH TAKE THAT TJSC!

                  Revengance is mine.

      • Chris says:

        He wasn’t in the field of play. He was catching a ball hit in the stands.

        It’s not like he pulled a Jeffrey Meier.

  4. Teddy says:

    Hughes is very average. We r going to regret not trading him

  5. Matt says:

    Thanks for the distraction from my paper on irony in “Songs of Innocence” by William Blake.

  6. ChaseK says:

    I love Shelley “Slam” Duncan… nice to see him. That was a BOMB!

  7. David says:

    Just because YES had his fastball at 91-92, doesn’t mean that’s where it was. Their gun is very slow. And Kenny said he was in the mid-90s.

    • Tom Zig says:

      I don’t think Hughes can throw in the mid 90s. I’ve read frequently (here at RAB and elsewhere) that his FB sits at 91-92 and it touches 93. If anything the radar gun at YES would have it in the 94-95 range when it was actually 91-92.

      • David says:

        The YES gun is notoriously slow. He sits in the low 90s but can touch in the mid 90s.

        • Reggie C. says:

          Really? I swear there are a TON of velocity readings from ’08 that have Hughes at 89-90. If he stays healthy then maybe your right. Hughes hasn’t shown that he could even keep his velocity in later innings.

          • David says:

            His velocity was constant in the minors and in that Texas game where he hurt himself. He hasn’t been fully healthy since that game.

  8. Reggie C. says:

    Just read the Johan Santana soreness blurb on Rotoworld. Should Mets fans be worried? Yeah. Will he win 15 more games than Phil Hughes in ’08? Yeah.

    • Reggie C. says:

      MEANT to write:

      Will he win 15 more games than Phil Hughes in ’09? Yeah.

      • whozat says:

        Unless, you know, he’s on and off the DL. Or on it all season because he needs elbow surgery.

        • Reggie C. says:

          I’m more inclined to believe that its simply soreness from training as he’s never had surgery before nor spent much time if ANY on the DL. I’m drafting Johan as my first pitcher in my fantasy league.

          • whozat says:

            Um…his fastball velocity has been declining for a couple years and he started throwing his slider less over a year and a half ago to put less strain on his elbow. And he’s a 5’11″ pitcher who throws 93-94.

            And now he’s shut down due to elbow soreness and you think it’s because of training?

            • Reggie C. says:

              Except he’s got a sick changeup for an out-pitch. That hasn’t changed. The FB velo is down. True. But that’s a harbinger of age, not injury. Santana truly sits in the low 90s and that’s fine. Yankee fans would love to see this guy go down, and that’s ridiculous. Face it. The Mets landed a guy who’s still a Cy candidate.

              • Steve H says:

                I bet less than 10% of Yankee fans would want to see him get hurt. I think that’s an bad broad brushed accusation there.

          • Mike A. says:

            Um, Johan Santana has had elbow surgery before. Torn flexor something (muscle or tendon, I forget) with the Twins, 2002 I think.

            I know it was a long time ago, but AJ Burnett hasn’t been under the knife since 2003 and people act like his elbow is a time bomb.

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