The Voice of the Turtle is back to its usual makeup this week, as Rob returns from his one-week vacation on Podcastellanos Island. Your co-hosts break down the last few games of Tigers baseball -- ok, it was mostly just sighs of disappointment -- and look ahead at what the offseason holds. Rob and Hookslide also offer their picks for this postseason, and wonder just what in the world Buck Showalter was doing in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game.
Of course, it wouldn't be an offseason episode of The Voice of the Turtle if some big news didn't break the day of recording. Earlier on Wednesday, the Tigers announced that Brad Ausmus would be back for 2017. We examine that decision, offer a swear or two, and break down why or why not it was the right decision for the Tigers. There's even some positivity to be found! Rob and Hookslide also look back at Al Avila's first year on the job as general manager, and re-evaluate our own preseason picks (spoiler: they're not all awful!).
Topics in this week's episode include:
- Rob's real plans for the offseason
- A bunch of "welp" in place of real analysis of the final series of the year
- The good, the bad, and the ugly of 2016
- Zach Britton has thrown as many AL Wild Card pitches as we have
- Postseason predictions!
- Brad Ausmus is back, and we're [redacted] about it
- Listener questions!
- What are we drinking this offseason?
- Al Avila's report card
2:08 - Rounding the Bases: exit interviews
29:16 - Warming in the Pen: there’s still some baseball to be played
40:58 - High and Tight: have another dose of Ausmus
1:03:43 - Into the Mob Scene: what to drink in the offseason
1:31:33 - 7th Inning Kvetch: grading Al Avila