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It’s with heavy hearts that we bid adieu to the dynamic duo of Halph. That’s right, it is with great sadness that I inform our listening public that Michael Halpern has moved on to the high stakes world of Bird Law. Our once loyal podcast host is needed by our feathered friends. Remember loyal listeners, bird law in this country is not governed by reason. With that said, the one the only Lance Brozdowski will be joining me as my permanent co-host until, he too grows up. I’m Peter Pan y’all, not to worry, old Ralphie ain’t going nowhere. Unfortunately Lance is unavailable until after Thanksgiving, so you got me for at least an episode. In today’s show I touch on Peoria’s stacked Arizona Fall League team. As well as my thoughts on Luis Urias, Mitch Keller, Kyle Lewis, and Eric Filia. It’s sure to be more Endorphin Ralph than you can handle. It’s the latest episode of the Razzball Prospect Podcast.

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  1. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Best of luck Halp! Law has a way of unfortunately keeping our fantasy baseball obsessions in check (I can relate)!

  2. goodfold2 says:
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    damn, hope this wasn’t a guru-type story. here with halp. and i’ve seen more current pictures of halp (either that or i have a false memory of it) and he’s balder than that. that’s the pre-injuries picture (both teeth/jaw and otherwise). back when he maybe trusted doctors. and yes, often aging counts as “injuries”. hope halp’s ok. did he quit his brick wall posts as well? (being hockey/football season i’m behind on nearly all baseball, starting to catch up now)

    what would be awesome if you asked yourself questions/discussion points in a 2nd voice and then answered them (like a vetriloquist but we don’t get to see the puppet of course)

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @goodfold2: haha … You have a false memory of that! I have no idea what you are saying, hahah. Brick Wall isn’t going anywhere (hope to have that my entire life) but updates on it might be sporadic in the near future.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Halp: ok, not so much as a hospital story as a job promotion time suck (or maybe woman time suck increase in name of love type deal often leading to breeding situation) situation. miss ya either way.

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @goodfold2: Thanks, goodfold2. I was starting to think you were from the future or something! I kept looking in the mirror to make sure I still had my hair and teeth!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Halp: Ahhhh yes a “breeding situation”

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: and not the gambling potential breeding situation we all (most heteros anyway) seek to engage in but the actual somebody got pregnant and it’s being kept by the mother situation. no small part of males find themselves in the latter (from population stats anyway), that book fear and trembling could’ve easily been written by me had i found myself in that situation. kidding mostly on the title being relevant there, i’m more of the e.m. cioran or d.stanhope mind on my relation to siring anybody.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @goodfold2: Hahaha! Yeah, I know all to well about breeding. My wife keeps keeping them.

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: i thought you got fixed (smart man). although IF you got fixed AND she still keeps having them, no wonder even though yr having sex 12 times in 14 days (bravo there) yr having no fun. if you weren’t the guy who got fixed then how many damn podcasts do i in fact listen to (it makes me wonder)

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @goodfold2: scratch that last part, see the ray allen GF reference below.

  3. inferiorhippo says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    II posted this a little too late on your last post, so here it is again.

    What are your thoughts on Josh Hader? He is still rookie eligible obviously. I’m in a league where we can keep 15 players and 5 minor leaguers. None of the 15 can be minors, so i only get to keep 5 of these players.

    I have:

    Josh Hader
    Walker Buehler
    Dylan Cease
    Ryan McMahon
    Bobby Bradley
    Scott Kingery
    Ronald Acuna
    Austin Meadows

    My thoughts are Acuna, Hader, Buehler, McMahon and Meadows (real in between Meadows and Kingery.)

    Any thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @inferiorhippo: Acuna, McMahon, Kingery, Buehler, and Meadows. If you went Hader or Bradley over Meadows I could dig it.

  4. Halp

    Halp says:
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    I’m gonna miss ya, Ralph! Thanks for the send off. And killer job on the solo pod! Good luck to Lance, as well. He is an excellent choice and you guys are going to make a great team too

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Halp: Halp, I miss you everyday. I haven’t enjoyed anything in nearly two weeks, and I’ve had sex 12 times!

      • Halp

        Halp says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: hahah … I hope your wife doesn’t read Razzball

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Halp: Are you assuming she’s my sex partner? I’ve been sleeping with Ray Allen’s online GF.

          • Halp

            Halp says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: haha, I was leaving it open ended.

  5. Slappy Jack says:
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    Wait , so Halp isn’t secretly Jerry Ferrara (aka Turtle from Entourage) ?!?!?
    The voice is so similar tho…
    I’ll miss you Halp, Good Luck with all the things!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Slappy Jack: haha … nice. Growing up in New York will do that to you. And thanks, Slappy Jack. Appreciate it

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Halp: All New Yorkers sound like Turtle! El-oh-El

  6. Paste says:
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    Best of luck Halp, definitely going to miss the “halph” prospect musings!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Paste: Much appreciated, Paste!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Paste: The Broshitz ill try and carry on tradition.

  7. Zwibi says:
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    First time commenting on Razzball but felt it was appropriate.

    Best of luck to you Halp. I really enjoyed the podcasts you and Ralph put together and will miss you two working together. Its the only content on the site that I never miss. Perfect blend of being funny and informative while also bringing your own content. All to often “prospectors” regurgitate the same mainsteam opinions.

    Best of luck to you in your future and please make a guest appearance from time to time.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Zwibi: That means a lot to me Zwibi. Thank you.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I haven’t listened yet, but I’m hoping during each pause you took Ralph, you poured out some of your beer for Halp…

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Grey: hahah … if by “poured out some of your beer” you mean “took a sip of your coffee,” then yes, yes he did

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Halp: Sips are way more of a disruption than the should be.

      • Gordon Shumwhey says:
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        @Halp: doh! Does this mean you’re off the regular podcast as well? You really straightened out that ship from the getgo! Best of luck in whatever you’re doing next!

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @Gordon Shumwhey: Thanks, Gordon. And yup, moving on from both.

  9. Jose says:
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    Good luck, Hap!!!

    Ralph: What is your opinion of 3B Rylan Bannon? I had never heard his name until I read a Dodgers minor league All-Star list recently. I liked his numbers, I realize he was old for his level, but his numbers are very similar to his colleged numbers and they are also gloating about his great defense at 3B.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Jose: Thanks, Jose!

      • Jose says:
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        @Halp: SORRY on the misspelling of your name.

        Can you give your two cents on Rylan Bannon? as well.

        Thanks.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Jose: Interesting player. Xavier had a couple of under the radar ballers in Bannon and Lowther.

          I like Rylan, good approach, there’s some pop, the D will push him. The white nationalist rhetoric I could do without, but it’s part of the package.

          Why does he always wear two shirts?

          • Jose says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: what is “The white nationalist rhetoric”? Like I said, I had never heard of him.

            After I saw his name on that list, I saw some highlights videos from Xavier and I noticed little bit of Pedroia (with more pop ) on him.

            He seem to be under the radar , I am going to wait a little bit and I think I am going to gamble on him later on the draft.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Jose: It was a Steve Bannon joke…

              He looks like a very nice sleeper.

  10. Another Dan says:
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    Prospect Podcasts won’t be the same !! But I am certain they will be equally funny and informative.

    Again some interesting stuff on the pod. That Braves system is loaded – will be fun to watch in the next few years. Also given me a couple of name I was less familiar with to try and do a bit of research on.

    Ralph, I am going to have a read around and try and figure out what the Cubs preview will look like before you write it. Can pair it with some research for my 30 team dynasty.

    On the subject of butchering names. My English interpretation of some of the players names and how you pronounce them are miles apart. For instance the first time I heard you say Max Fried I thought the Braves had another pitcher name Max.

    Best of luck Halp, hope the career is what you want it to be.

    Another Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: The system is loaded. My Cubs post will be out Sunday me thinks.

      Max Fried is funny I want to say his name like Fried Chicken, but it’s Freed.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Watching CL now.

        If you get chance either a) switch Liverpool on now or b) watch highlights (obviously don’t know how it finishes).

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Another Dan: Thanks, Dan. Appreciate it

  11. Jack Deth says:
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    This feels like Halp showing up for his own funeral. That plaque pic was kinda weird.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jack Deth: I like to make things as awkward and illogical as possible. Allows me to assess everyone’s fight or flight skills.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Jack Deth: haha … a little bit.

  12. Raoul Duke says:
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    Good luck Halp! Thanks for the work you’ve put in with Ralph on Razzball.com, and individually on imaginarybrickwall.com.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Raoul Duke: Appreciate that, Raoul Duke. Thank you

  13. Raoul Duke says:
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    Hey Ralph, what are your thoughts on Luis Castillo (Reds) vs Forrest Whitley? Higher upside? Higher floor? Your personal preference?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Raoul Duke: I think the higher upside is with Whitley, but with Castillo in the majors and some nice upside himself, I’d reason his floor is higher at the moment. IMO Whitley is a much better prospect than Castillo ever was. Then again, no one makes the All-Star Game cause of their BA rankIng.

  14. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Best of luck Halpster! Your gonna be missed. You made podcast’s fun again!

    Cheers,
    MP

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