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Three Up Three Down is our irregular interview series with the thought leaders, media, celebrities, bloggers, fans or just about anyone who will answer our questions about baseball. 

Friday
Jun172011

Pete Sheppard - The Meat Locker

1. If you were the Commissioner of Major League Baseball what would you be known for?

Speeding up the freaking game, and really enforcing it!!

2. If you could pay Texas Hold 'Em with any seven players in the history of Major League Baseball who would you choose? Who would win?

Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Micky Mantle, Ozzie Smith, George Brett, Pedro Martinez and Willie Mays....In the end, heads up, me vs the Mick...I win for two reasons, I am a better player, and Micky passes out..LOL

3. Do you think Major League Baseball teams should issue credentials to bloggers?

I would issue credentials to certain bloggers...They would have to show me proof of their number of readers otherwise there would be total chaos....

Pete Sheppard is the host of "The Meat Locker" on HurricaneRadio.Net. The Meat Locker airs Monday-Friday from noon-2pm.

Thursday
Jun162011

Lou Merloni - Former Major Leaguer

1. We often focus on the analysis of on field performance, but how important is a player's makeup and mental approach when evaluating talent?

There are a lot of talented players in the big leagues but mental approach and makeup can be the difference between a player that we say has "potential" and a player that actually shows it on the field. Unfortunately for a lot of talent evaluators, its part of the analysis that you can't foresee until you have the player is in your system for some time. At the big league level, it is all about having a plan, whether its on the mound or at the plate. The tough part is executing that plan. As a hitter, if you go to the plate looking for a pitch in a certain zone, you have to have the discipline to lay off everything else. That's where your approach comes into play. An above average big league player is extremely consistent. They have short term memories and even when they aren't on top of there games, they are still able to help there team win in other areas. There are a lot of players who don't understand that concept. They don't have the focus it takes to go out night in and night out and play the game at a high level. You may see flashes of what they can be, but those moments are too far too in between.

2. When did you realize you actually had what it took to wear a big league uniform?

It was 1998. I was coming off of my best year in the minor leagues the year before where I split time between AA and AAA. Something just clicked that season where my approach every night was extremely consistent both offensively and defensively. I felt like my game was complete on both sides of the ball. As a minor leaguer we all look at offensive numbers, but it isn't until you have that all around game that you're ready to play in the big leagues. Defensively, I was playing at a higher level than I ever had previously. Offensively, I was doing the little things that I knew I would be called upon once I got called up. As a player, you just know when you are ready. I knew after the first month of the season

3. If you could take a blue pill that made you the most successful sports talk host in the world, would you take it (their might be a few side affects)?

I think that I would have to know the side affects first. I always want to be the best I can no matter what it is in life, but I would rather take a pill that makes me the best husband and father in the world. Talk radio is a ton of fun, but not as much as hanging with my son.

Lou Merloni is the co-host of Mut & Merloni on Sports Radio WEEI in Boston. You can keep up with Lou on Twitter (@LouMerloni).  

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Wednesday
Jun152011

A.J. Daulerio - Deadspin.com

1. Do you think that MLB clubs should provide bloggers with credentials and if so, what should the criteria be for selecting eligible bloggers?

I think MLB clubs (and, frankly, all professional sports teams) should provide access to everyone. Not just bloggers, but anyone who really, really, really wants to go watch a game from a press box and jot little observations about what they see instead of actually enjoying the game. It's a tough trade-off for some, but that'll also thin out the herd a bit. And just to add some Reality TV-level drama, each team should let a bunch of gassed-up sports talk radio callers stumble into the locker room armed with tape recorders and beer muscles just for the sake of nightly chaos.

But seriously, it should be a meritocracy based on interest and talent alone. I think there are plenty of bloggers out there who cover MLB teams more enthusiastically and critically than some professional newspaper knobs, so why not let them have a whack at it.

2. You're credited with exposing the indiscretions of Brett Favre and his inappropriate pursuit of Jenn Sterger. Due to the nature of the story, do you feel you have let the American public down by not breaking the Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal?

I do. And I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to America for letting them down. But, seriously -- my email was hacked by Andrew Breitbart, that thieving bastard.

3. BarstoolSports.com is the most influential sports and entertainment blog in the Boston market and Barstool has started to expand to additional cities. How would you compare Barstool Sports to Deadspin? What blogs (besides Deadspin) do you read on a daily basis?

I don't think there's much overlap in the sites at all content-wise. Sometimes there will be some random viral video that both sites will take a shine to but other than that the only thing we have in common is a mutual friend from Swampscott, Massachusetts. But I do read Barstool very frequently. Then I'll hit a few of the 900 gazillion Philly sports blogs(Fightins, 700level are usually first). Then I'll take a spin around the Big Lead and SBB and SB Nation's home page and Yahoo's blogs, etc. After that, I just give up because it's usually time to go home and do something other than stare at a computer monitor all day. Like, watch TV or something.

You can keep up with A.J. Daulerio on Deadspin.com or you can follow him on Twitter (@AJDaulerio).

Three Up Three Down: A.J. Daulerio

Monday
Jun132011

Rob Corddry - Actor and Comedian

1. What's your favorite memory on the baseball diamond?

When I was about 12, playing for my local farm league, I hit a home run on my dad's birthday. It was an "inside the park" affair and probably on an error, but I still dine out on that one.

2. If you were the Commissioner of Major League Baseball what would you be known for?

Probably biting. Or kicking.

3. It’s time to play “Which and Why”...  Which would you rather win and why?

a. The Oscar for Best Actor

I already won best actor in 2004 for my portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray"

b. MVP of the World Series

This is not so far fetched, I have a baseball player's ass.

c. Dancing with the Stars Champion

I think I have the best shot at this one. There but for the grace of god...

The Daily Show, Hot Tub Time Machine and Children's Hospital - the hits keep coming... Keep up with Rob on Twitter (@robcorddry).  

Monday
Jun132011

Jamie Mottram - Yahoo!

1. What is your favorite statistic / metric to use when evaluating the effectiveness of a pitcher?

WHIP. It's advanced enough to tell you a bit more about a pitcher than ERA, yet simple enough to put on the back of a baseball card (which Topps actually does these days).

2. How do you think you think members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) should approach Hall of Fame voting when considering players who have been associated with steroid use?

If there's actual evidence that rules were broken, then keep 'em out. That seems to be the precedent set with Joe Jackson and Pete Rose, albeit for different offenses. Otherwise, let 'em in. (Then again, I think Jackson and Rose should be in too.)

3. Please provide a hashtag that best describes the following:

a. Real Housewives of ... #shitmywifewatches

b. Dancing with the Stars #shitmymomwatches

c. Any Keenan Cahill YouTube Video #seemslikeachillkid

d. The NBA Playoffs #h8ulebron

E. The MLB Amateur Draft #luvumlbnetwork

Jamie is the Editorial Director of Blogs, Social & SEO for Yahoo. To keep up with Jamie Mottram you can follow him on Twitter @JamieMottram

Three Up Three Down - Jamie Mottram