May 30, 2023

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the percentage of MLB fans who are paying close attention to the World Series, discuss the White Sox filling MLB’s last managerial vacancy by hiring Pedro Grifol (along with Charlie Montoyo as bench coach), and then reflect on a few aspects of Game 3 of the World Series, including Dusty Baker’s decision-making, the surprising postseason defensive success of Nick Castellanos, a pitch-tipping uproar, and more. After that (47:32), they mull over an Atlantic article about the impact of “Moneyballism” on baseball and American culture, note the record average fastball velocity and strikeout rate this postseason, Stat Blast (1:09:55) about how umpire accuracy affects offense (and what that might mean for a robo-ump-infused future), and close with a Past Blast from 1924 (1:24:35), plus a postscript about the Astros’ combined no-hitter in Game 4.

Audio intro: Jack White, “A Tip From You to Me
Audio outro: Aimee Mann, “Momentum

Link to MLBTR on the Grifol hiring
Link to MLBTR on the Montoyo hiring
Link to Shakeia Taylor EW episode
Link to study on manager demographics
Link to Shakeia on manager demographics
Link to Rob on manager demographics
Link to James Wagner managers thread
Link to Baumann on Game 3
Link to story about Baker and McCullers
Link to story about Castellanos’s defense
Link to clip of Harper and Bohm
Link to Pedro on pitch-tipping
Link to Rosenthal on pitch-tipping
Link to The Atlantic article
Link to Rany’s thread on the article
Link to FG on postseason velo
Link to BA on postseason velo
Link to Passan on postseason velo
Link to Ben Clemens on postseason Ks
Link to umpire Stat Blast data
Link to Lucas Apostoleris on Twitter
Link to 1924 story source
Link to story about Bohm comments
Link to story about booing Santa
Link to tweet about cheering Santa
Link to Jacob Pomrenke’s website
Link to Jacob Pomrenke on Twitter
Link to Russell on momentum
Link to Russell on momentum again
Link to FG World Series odds

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