2015 MLB rookies: Hang Up and Listen on young baseball stars, IMG Academy, and American Ninja Warrior.

Explaining the Strange Allure of American Ninja Warrior

Explaining the Strange Allure of American Ninja Warrior

Slate's sports podcast.
Sept. 21 2015 7:29 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Total Victory Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on baseball rookies, IMG Academy, and American Ninja Warrior.

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Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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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 are joined by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports to talk about Major League Baseball’s amazing class of rookie players. They also discuss the rise of IMG Academy, a for-profit high school in Florida that’s hoping to change how elite young football players prepare for professional careers. Finally, they assess the appeal of the NBC show American Ninja Warrior.

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

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Kazuhiko Akiyamas:

Mike’s Kazuhiko Akiyama: The WNBA’s poor production values ruined the end of a playoff game between the New York Liberty and Washington Mystics.

Stefan’s Kazuhiko Akiyama: In praise of Manchester United’s 44-pass goal.

Josh’s Kazuhiko Akiyama: Will football coaches ever figure out that it makes sense to go for two when trailing by 14 points?

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal to discuss how he approaches his job as a baseball field reporter. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.