Slate’s Sports Podcast on the Inhumanity of College Baseball Coaches

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June 24 2013 6:49 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Unnecessary and Frivolous Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the College World Series, the NBA draft, and the value of mercy rules.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin and Mike Pesca are joined by special guest Keith Law, senior baseball writer for ESPN.com, to discuss the College World Series and whether college baseball should be a model for other NCAA sports. They also look at the upcoming NBA draft and compare scouting and player development in basketball and baseball. Finally, they talk about huge mismatches in sports and when (if ever) a mercy rule should be applied.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly bastard sliders:

Mike’s bastard slider: Are those who hate LeBron James robbing the NBA’s best player of his humanity?

Keith’s bastard slider: Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across a gorge near the Grand Canyon Sunday night was an irresponsible act for a family man.

Josh’s bastard slider: Why do we say that long-range shots in basketball are “from way downtown”?

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Michael Gerber.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

Keith Law is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com and the host of the Behind the Dish podcast. Follow him on Twitter.

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.