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Keith opens up the mailbag for several baseball questions before discussing some of the top books of 2020 with Ron Charles of The Washington Post. Rundown 1:05 Baseball Mailbag! 10:17 Interview w/Ron Charles 11:34 "Parnesi" by Susanna Clarke 14:56 "Utopia Avenue" by David Mitchell 18:03 "Jack" by Marilynne Robinson 20:26 "Here We Are" by Graham Swi…
 
Keith is joined by Tony Paul of The Detroit News to discuss the Tigers -- including what it's like to cover a bad team, how the franchise missed its window to trade Matthew Boyd, and the struggle to develop position players in recent years -- diversity in baseball, and sushi. Rundown 2:40 The Unique Challenge of Covering a Bad Team 8:45 Showing Mor…
 
Keith is joined by Red Sox VP of Scouting Mike Rikard to discuss the development of Jarren Duran, Jay Groome's return to health, the unique challenges in Boston's recent draft classes, big changes in scouting and player development around baseball, and more. Rundown 4:01 Jarren Duran’s Development & Recent Swing Changes 6:46 Jay Groome is Healthy &…
 
Keith is joined by Bill Baer, author of the Baer in Mind newsletter, to discuss Drew Smyly's quick move to Atlanta, the unusual position of fans taking the side of MLB owners over the players, and the Phillies' current GM vacancy and near-future direction. Rundown 3:10 Drew Smyly to Atlanta & Pillow Deals 4:40 Marcus Stroman Accepts the Qualifying …
 
Keith is joined by Meg Rowley, Managing Editor of FanGraphs and a co-co-host of the Effectively Wild podcast, to discuss expectations for free agency, big cuts in baseball operations, and MLB’s need for revamped hiring processes in the wake of Tony La Russa’s move to the White Sox. Topics 2:53 Free Agency Expectations 8:24 The Impact of Future Non-…
 
Keith is joined by Sarah Langs of MLB to discuss this winter's free agent class. Rundown 2:09 Overall Assessment of This Year’s Free Agent Class 4:09 J.T. Realmuto & Catcher Aging Profiles 7:58 The Market for Marcell Ozuna 12:33 Jackie Bradley’s Foray Into the Open Market 15:51 Andrelton Simmons & The Value of Defense 20:50 Trevor Bauer vs. Marcus …
 
Keith is joined by Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell to discuss baseball's need for change to attract and retain Black players -- including necessary adjustments at the youth levels and to college scholarships -- and the importance of representation. Rundown 1:35 Where is Baseball Failing to Get Black Players On the Field? 7:10 How Limited Schola…
 
Keith is joined by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle to discuss the opportunity that might lead to the end of Billy Beane's time with the A's, the future of the franchise in Oakland, the evolution of Liam Hendriks, the chances of a reunion with pending free agent Marcus Semien, and more. Rundown 3:17 The Opportunity that May Lead Billy B…
 
Keith is joined by Eric Karabell of ESPN to discuss the "real" portion of the MLB playoffs, vulnerabilities in the Atlanta rotation, the adjustments the Phillies should make after a disappointing 2020, and whether teams should pursue A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora to fill current managerial vacancies. Rundown 3:02 The Real Playoffs Have Begun 5:15 Is It …
 
Keith is joined by LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune to discuss the Twins' early exit from the postseason, Byron Buxton's 2020 power surge, and the decisions facing the front office during the offseason. Rundown 3:27 Why Can’t These Twins Win in the Postseason? 8:07 Did the Twins Go to the Bullpen Too Quickly in the Wild Card Round? 11:2…
 
Keith is joined by Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic to discuss the unanswered development questions for prospects in 2020, the impressive rise of the Padres, the Dodgers' status as favorites to win the World Series, and what wrong for the D-backs in a disappointing season. Rundown 2:44 Unanswered Player Development Questions in 2020 5:02 Genera…
 
Keith is joined by The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath, who is covering the Blue Jays from Toronto while the team spends the 2020 season temporarily relocated in Buffalo. They discuss the challenges of remote team coverage, the surprising promotion of Alejandro Kirk, the Jays' decision to add players at the trade deadline, and the lack of progress from …
 
Keith is joined by Adnan Virk from MLB Network, DAZN & Host of the Cinephile Podcast to discuss the 2020 playoff races, the most exciting plays in baseball, and films to look forward to in the months ahead. Rundown 5:50 What Have You Been Watching the Most This Season? 11:26 Feelings About 2020 Rules Changes & Playoff Format 15:19 The Most Exciting…
 
Keith is joined by Will Leitch, Founder of Deadspin, Columnist at MLB, Contributing Editor at New York Magazine and co-host of the Grierson & Leitch podcast about the unusual 2020 baseball season, the Cardinals, and going back to a movie theater in a pandemic. Rundown 4:42 Things Seem to Be Going Pretty Well This Baseball Season 9:46 MLB’s Success …
 
Keith is joined by Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson, authors of the book ‘Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back’, to discuss increased athlete activism, how teams, leagues and unions can better handle cases of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment, misogyny, and signs of progress in younger generations. Rundown 2:57 Can Increase…
 
Keith is joined by Orioles pitcher Dillon Tate to discuss his experience growing up playing baseball, the choice of going to college vs. going pro after high school, adjustments he’s made along the way, and more! Rundown 4:21 Experiences with Direct or Structural Racism in Baseball? 7:11 Pressure to Focus on Pitching at Young Age? 9:43 Learning & P…
 
Keith is joined by Craig Calcaterra to discuss his new baseball newsletter ‘Cup of Coffee’, Cleveland’s handling of Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac, the Tigers’ promotion of Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, and A-Rod’s attempt to buy the Mets. Rundown 3:54 Craig’s Baseball Newsletter ‘Cup of Coffee’ 5:23 Cleveland’s Handling of Mike Clevinger & Zach Ple…
 
Keith is joined by Dr. Angela Duckworth to discuss grit, failure and the malleability of talent. Rundown 4:24 Defining & Measuring 'Grit' 6:58 How Should Teams Assess Grit & Intangibles? 11:10 Intangibles as Coded Language in Baseball 18:10 Failure & 'The Fragile Perfects' 20:41 Select for Talent or Select for Grit? 22:52 The Malleability of Talent…
 
Keith is joined by Joe Sheehan, author of the Joe Sheehan Newsletter, to discuss how long this 2020 will last, the importance of the playoffs in MLB's plans, the problem with low strikes, early season standouts, and more! Rundown 4:58 How Long Will This Season Last? 6:47 It's All About the Playoffs 12:01 The Shape of the Game in 2020 16:07 The Prob…
 
Rundown 1:27 Thoughts on the Marlins' COVID-19 Outbreak 4:23 Cultural Diversity & Team Creativity 7:28 The Relationship Between Diversity & Performance 9:26 Task Relevance & Applications in Baseball 14:02 Idea Quantity vs. Idea Quality 17:30 Purists in Sports & Polarization 21:03 'Good Climate' & Cohesion Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Get 40% …
 
Rundown 2:45 Should We Even Be Having a Major League Baseball Season? 8:28 The Difficulty of Evaluating Intrasquad Games 13:19 How Will Teams Build Up Pitchers For Future Seasons? 17:18 Minor League Contraction (and Realignment) 22:38 Rebuilding Without Minor League Games 28:43 One Big Prediction for 2020 Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow T…
 
Rundown 2:55 How Humans Are Profligate Causal Theorists 4:44 Unconscious Influences 9:28 Reasoning By Schemas 11:20 Can Schemas Be Helpful & Unhelpful? 14:10 The Thinkability Heuristic 16:51 When Is Cost-Benefit Analysis Appropriate? 19:53 When Cost-Benefit Analysis Runs Into Moral Considerations Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Get 40% off of a …
 
Rundown 3:57 Dr. Carter-Francique’s Background, Experience & Research 6:26 Major Obstacles for Black Athletes 9:48 What MLB Can Do to Increase Black Youth Participation in Baseball 15:22 The Future Role of HBCUs in Sports with Declining Representation 21:40 Barriers Preventing Black Athletes From Pursuing Coaching Roles 26:12 How MLB & Other League…
 
Rundown Interview with Shane Farrell 3:04 The Surprise of Austin Martin at No. 5 Overall 6:44 Did the Jays Draft Five College Players By Design? 8:58 CJ Van Eyk Outlook 10:29 Trent Palmer & Long-Term Role 13:01 How Did Jays Approach Unique Nature of 2020 Draft? 15:57 Preparing for Limited Amateur Season This Summer Mailbag Questions 21:03 Biggest S…
 
Rundown Interview w/Marc Tramuta 4:18 How Did the Mets Approach This Spring? 6:34 Going All-In on High Ceiling Early Picks 8:01 Drafting J.T. Ginn Following Tommy John Surgery 9:42 Pete Crow-Armstrong Scouting Report 12:17 Expectations For Isaiah Greene 14:23 The Process Behind Selecting Brett Baty as 2019 First Rounder 16:13 Matt Allan & Signabili…
 
Rundown 5:55 First Night Draft Predictions 8:21 High School Pitching Prospects 13:46 Expecting O’s to Be Aggressive 16:00 Top of the Board 23:02 Biggest Potential Surprises Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @JonathanMayo Get 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/klaw Learn more about your ad choices. V…
 
Rundown 3:59 MLBPA Recent Counterproposal 6:00 Why Players Are Pushing for Larger Schedule 8:13 PR Angles in Negotiations 12:06 Will Owners Actually Lose More Money if Games Are Played? 15:15 Spring Training 2.0 16:47 Potential for 2020 Taxi Squads 19:10 Postseason Plans 22:40 What Led to the 2020 Five-Round Draft? Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithla…
 
Rundown 4:54 What is Stereotype Threat? 6:50 Effects of Stereotype Threat 10:27 Stereotypes Within Player Evaluations 15:40 Protecting Yourself Against the Sense of Stereotype Threat 18:10 Remedies to Stereotype Threat in Evaluation 24:32 The Impact of Language on Stereotypes Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Get 40% off a subscription to The Athl…
 
Rundown Interview 4:15 A New Partnership 7:20 Preferred Coffee Prep Method 11:39 Seeking New Favorites on the Road 16:15 Coffee-Loving Teammates? Mailbag 21:29 MLB Scholarship Money 23:10 Zac Veen vs. Emerson Hancock 25:19 Concerns with Cole Wilcox's Fastball? 26:57 International Drafts in the Future? Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Check out Ia…
 
Rundown 3:32 Greatness Without Drama 6:27 Embracing a Leadership Role 10:39 Mays & The Civil Rights Movement 18:54 A Uniting Figure 23:47 The Perfect Five-Tool Player 30:30 Matters of Height Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow John on Twitter: @johnsheahey Get 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/klaw Learn more about your …
 
Rundown 3:39 Why Phillies Classics Have Been Limited 6:28 Is Alec Bohm Ready to Contribute in Philly? 10:56 Spencer Howard's Chances of Opening 2020 in the Majors 14:01 Is a J.T. Realmuto Extension On Tap? 17:10 Meghan's Experience as GM of the Phillies in TAAU 23:40 Mailbag Q's: Pitching Experience, Zac Veen & Favorite Quarantine Reads Follow Keit…
 
Rundown 2:36 Background as a Jays Fan 6:08 'Canada's Biggest Baseball Fan' 8:28 Games to Play Over Zoom 10:33 Sagrada & A New Legacy Version 14:48 The Design Process, In Isolation 17:14 New Games on Tap 25:16 Final Thoughts Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Daryl on Twitter: @darylmandrews Get a free 90-day trial to The Athletic: theathleti…
 
Rundown 3:38 Are We Going to Have Baseball This Year? 5:00 Safety Challenges Even Without Fans 6:40 What Needs to Happen Before Public Gatherings Resume? 9:51 The Contrast Between the Pace of Scientific Discovery & Public Response 11:18 Could Sports Return Without a Vaccine? 14:00 Likelihood of Developing Medicines to Treat COVID-19 15:49 What Prot…
 
Rundown 3:11 Finding & Drafting Mike Trout 5:48 The Angels' Impressive 2009 Draft Class 9:26 A Big Miss: Bill Bene (Not Billy Beane) 12:56 Kiki Jones: 'The Best High School Pitcher I Ever Saw Perform' 16:40 Paul Konerko as a Prospect 22:44 Chris Sale and Rapid Adjustments Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Get a free 90-day trial to The Athletic: h…
 
Rundown 4:28 2020 Impact Prospects 7:46 Risk with Jesus Luzardo & Nate Pearson 9:43 Expectations for Dustin May 12:41 Prospects Less Likely to Debut with Shortened Season 16:22 Movies: Best (& Worst) of 2019 22:33 Overlooked Films From 2019 31:58 Supporting Local Businesses Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Christopher on Twitter: @Crawford…
 
Rundown Interview with Doug Mapson 2:43 Scouting Greg Maddux in High School 9:31 Finding Mark Grace in the 24th Round 14:21 The Transformation of Brandon Belt 19:06 Building the Foundation of the Giants' 2010-2014 Success Mailbag Q's 25:49 What Makes An 80-Grade Pitch? 27:04 Advantage for Teams w/Extra Picks in Truncated 2020 Draft? 29:51 What Happ…
 
Rundown Interview with Lindsey Adler 2:51 Organizational Reaction to a Player Testing Positive for COVID-19 5:01 Players' Varying Need For Spring Training 8:15 The Grassroots Effort to Help Minor Leaguers 14:22 Baking Bread As a Distraction 18:09 A Shared Appreciation for Oasis Mailbag Q's 25:37 Why Does Keith Hate the Reds? 25:53 Keith's Ideal Org…
 
Rundown 2:03 Interview with Jeff Lantz 4:01 Impact of Reduced Season on Minor League Owners 6:06 Behind the Scenes: Logistics 10:00 Where Are Minor League Players Headed Now? 14:38 Changes for 2020 MLB Draft Class Mailbag Q's 19:11 MLB Players on The Great British Baking Show 20:55 Potential Season Cancellation Point 22:37 Contractual Challenges of…
 
Rundown 4:25 Chris Sale's Injury & Boston's SP Depth Problem 9:34 Rationalizing the Decision to Trade Mookie Betts 14:07 Expectations for David Price in Los Angeles 21:45 Early Strengths of Chaim Bloom as GM 26:20 Media Access to the Clubhouse Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Alex on Twitter: @alexspeier Get 40% off a subscription to The A…
 
Rundown 2:35 The Process of Signing Wander Franco 5:55 Vidal Brujan’s Growth in the Rays’ System 8:08 Joe Ryan & Non-Traditional Development 10:17 When to Bring International Prospects Stateside 12:28 Do the Rays Have a “Type”? 14:40 On Trading Matthew Liberatore 16:34 Talking Coffee with Carlos Mailbag Qs 21:52 2020 Workload Expectations for Hunte…
 
Rundown 1:46 Julio Rodriguez vs. Jarred Kelenic 6:25 Why Teams Are Pushing Young Prospects More Aggressively 10:22 The Evolution of Pitching Evaluations 21:06 Comparing Witt, Abrams and Luciano 24:52 Incorporating Injury Info Into Rankings 28:31 Nick Madrigal Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Eric on Twitter: @longenhagen Get 40% off a subs…
 
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