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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 take listeners’ questions in a special spring call-in show. Topics include how the worst baseball players in history would do against a team of all-time greats, the next great corporate stadium names, the proper time to buy championship apparel, and the panel’s favorite sports books.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Boston University’s Jack Eichel will likely be picked second in the NHL draft but he could go back to school.
- An explanation of Major League Baseball’s “draft and follow” system.
- Brian Cook of MGoBlog says the NBA should implement draft and follow.
- Mike recommends the following sports books: Instant Replay, A Fan’s Notes, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and anthologies of the work of Red Smith of W.C. Heinz
- Stefan recommends: Friday Night Lights, Heaven Is a Playground, Lords of the Realm, In These Girls Hope Is a Muscle, Brilliant Orange, Among the Thugs, Ball Four, A False Spring, Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, Catcher With a Glass Arm, Touchdown for Tommy, Slow Getting Up
- Josh recommends: The Great American Novel, Semi-Tough, The Glory of Their Times, A Few Seconds of Panic
- Al Travers could be the worst player in major-league history.
- A team of replacement-level players would accrue somewhere around 47 wins over a 162-game season.
- In Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh looks for the “iconic replacement player.”
- A series in Fusion on whether we’ll see promotion and relegation in Major League Soccer.
- Jürgen Klinsmann is a big believer in promotion and relegation.
- The amazing names of college football bowl games.
- Pete Rose will be a baseball commentator for Fox Sports.
- New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has promised to give Rose’s case a “full and fresh look.”
- Pablo Sandoval is Kung Fu Panda.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss whether baseball players are overweight and Josh’s relationship with the Manning family. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
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