Stephen Strasburg innings limit: Hang Up and Listen on the Nationals’ shutdown plans, Melky Cabrera’s suspension, and incredibly shrinking NFL behemoths.
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Aug. 20 2012 5:59 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The No Fat League Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Stephen Strasburg shutdown, Melky Cabrera’s suspension, and incredibly shrinking NFL behemoths.


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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Nationals’ plan to shut down Stephen Strasburg and whether teams should protect the long-term health of their players at the expense of winning. They also discuss San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera’s drug suspension and speak with former NFL defensive lineman Trevor Pryce about whether pro football players are getting skinnier.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic and is a panelist on Hang Up and Listen.

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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