FanGraphs Audio: Dave “The Cobra” Parker Shares Stories of Brotherhood


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Episode 940

This week on FanGraphs Audio, we sit down with The Cobra before welcoming back a friend for a prospect chat.

  • At the top of the show, David Laurila is joined by 19-year major league veteran Dave Parker, as well as his co-author Dave Jordan, to talk about their book, Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood. Parker tells a number of tales from the book and shares what it was like to be teammates with players like Dock Ellis, Willie Stargell, Pete Rose, and more. Meanwhile, Jordan explains how he came to help The Cobra write his memoir and how it got its title. The trio also discuss the Dave Parker 39 Foundation and its fight against Parkinson’s disease. [2:54]
  • In our second segment, Eric Longenhagen catches up with The Athletic’s Keith Law on music and social media before diving into the 2021 season. The duo agree that minor league performances have been subpar in general, but also that there are a number of prospects rising up their rankings. Eric and Keith reconsider Anthony Volpe and Nick Yorke, and talk about players such as Elly De La Cruz, who offer a frightening range of potential futures. Finally, they discuss some players they hope to see in the Arizona Fall League this year. [28:37]

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