THE NatsGM Show has returned for Episode #121 and we are proud to welcome Co-Owner of Evolve and VP of Talent Relations, Creative & Marketing, Gabe Sapolsky!
Mere hours before Evolve 100 & 101, Gabe joins the show to discuss the upcoming card Sunday in Joppa, MD, the current state of Evolve and the future of the company. In addition, he discusses several young emerging talents and the recent development of Club WWN. Thanks to Gabe for graciously sharing a few moments ahead of a busy week for Evolve Wrestling!
Back for Round 2, THE Joshua Kusnick Experience Episode #24 continues on the theme of last week’s episode on Collusion, Labor & The Lack of Free Agent Activity.
Josh begins our conversation by describing his recent tweet that went viral, his thoughts on fans acting pro-owner rather than pro-player and the coincidental end of the CBA in 2021 and corresponding end of Donald Trump’s Presidency in late 2020. Next Josh describes his recent appearance on MLB Network Radio with Jim Bowden & Jim Duquette, the combative nature of the interview and passive-aggressively arguing with “Ralph”. Finally, I ask Josh about how Yu Darvish’s contract may, or may not, bolster the stagnant free agent market, along with the ramifications of MLBPA Spring Training occurring for unsigned players.
Thanks to Josh for his incredible candor and to you for downloading! Please follow the show @JoshKusnickPod and on Instagram @KusnickPodcast.
Late Monday, after several weeks of relative inactivity, the Washington Nationals acquired Matt Reynolds from division foe the New York Mets for cash considerations. The Mets designated him for assignment last week in order to create a roster spot for free agent signee Todd Frazier. Reynolds immediately finds himself on Washington’s 40-man roster, occupying the recently vacated spot by Raudy Read, who will serve an 80-game suspension for performance enhancing drug use.
The 27-year-old Reynolds was the Mets’ 2012 2nd round pick from the University of Arkansas who has split the past two seasons between AAA and the majors. The right-handed hitting and throwing Reynolds is a career .279/.346/.396 hitter over 508 minor league games, with 26 home runs and 58 stolen bases. In the majors he has struggled, hitting .228/.300/.351 over only 202 at-bats, along with an alarming 54.6% ground ball rate and a paltry 28.5% fly ball ratio. He works the count, will take a walk and scouts believe there is some thump in his bat, but the predominance of ground balls limits his offensive potential.
Defensively Reynolds is extremely versatile, as he has played each defensive position besides catcher in the past two seasons. He has decent speed and athleticism, along with a solid throwing arm and plenty of #Want, allowing him to outplay his physical tools. He is a below-average defender at the up-the-middle positions (shortstop, second base and center field) and passable at the corner infield and outfield positions. In this era of 12 and 13 man pitching staffs, Reynolds’ defensive flexibility make him a quality 25th man on a National League team.
Obviously it is difficult to quibble with any acquisition that costs only cash considerations, but I do find the trade slightly intriguing – Washington’s offense seems relatively spoken for and the presence of similarly versatile Wilmer Difo, Howie Kendrick and Adrian Sanchez already on the 40-man roster make Reynolds feel somewhat redundant. Reynolds has a minor league option remaining, so the organization is likely targeting him for Triple-A and to act as insurance for the major league roster. In addition, do not be surprised if Washington tries to sneak Reynolds through waivers prior to Opening Day to clear a roster spot while keeping him in the organization.
Overall there is a bit of potential upside with Matt Reynolds if he can learn to consistently lift the ball. Perhaps a change of scenery and a fresh opportunity with a new team, the first of his career, will allow him to blossom offensively. I do not expect this to happen, but understand Washington’s front office gambling that the Mets’ underestimated Reynolds’ long-term potential. Considering the minimal cost, I like this wager for the Nationals.
NatsGM Grade -> B
THE NatsGM Show proudly publishes our 120th episode and we are happy to welcome Co-Host of Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard & What Happened When With Tony Schiavone, Conrad Thompson!
Our conversation begins with Conrad talking about his personal life, background as a wrestling fan and how he started a Podcast with the Nature Boy Ric Flair. Then he discusses starting the Podcast with Bruce, the incredible success they have achieved and how this allowed him to start the show with Tony. Finally Conrad talks about the preparation involved in hosting multi-hour Podcasts, the similarities and differences of each show, and his coolest piece of memorabilia.
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