Fringe Average: Baseball Prospectus Podcast
By Mike Ferrin
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Mike Ferrin of MLB Network Radio and Baseball Prospectus prospect guru Jason Parks bring you expert insights about the latest baseball action and news from both MLB and the minor leagues.
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Could be better
The podcast spends way too much time on emails and not enough on talking about particular topics. I have no problem with the first 20 minutes of the podcast being devoted to a few emails, but it seems like 3/4 of it is just one long email segment.
It also be nice if there were interviews every now and then for a change of pace.
It is a good podcast, but I hope a couple changes are made.
Appropriately irreverent baseball show
I was devastated when the "Up and In Podcast" came to an end, but i've found a strong alternative in "Fringe Average." Jason Parks (previously of "Up and In") brings his usual intelligent, honest and appropriately irreverent voice to the game of baseball, while Mike Ferrin (Co-host Power Alley MLB Network Radio) guides the show through an assortment of major and minor league topics — all while providing strong takes and opinions of his own. Glad to have Parks back in my life, and excited to see what Ferrin brings to the table after a promising start. — Andrew Nemec
Great Baseball Podcast
When Kevin Goldstein left to take a job inside baseball, I figured that Up and In would have to have to go on hiatus, since it seemed that KG bore most of the production burden. I was wondering about/hoping that Jason Parks would come back with a podcast in some form or fashion and speculated on who might co-host with him. I figured it would be Jorge.
I didn't really have any exposure to Mike McFerrin (not a XM subscriber), but I knew that he and KG did a show on XM. I assumed that he would be a great pairing with Parks, and really their chemistry has exceeded my expectations.
This podcast is more MLB-centric than Up and In, which is fine with me. So far (through 4 episodes) the main differences between the two podcasts is Fringe Average has yet to feature any interviews of third parties nor any pop culture moments; however, the new podcast has maintained Up and In's featured musical guests. This results in a shorter but still substantial baseball focused conversational podcast, which is great, Keep it up!