March 31, 2023

Ben Lindbergh, Meg Rowley, and FanGraphs writer Ben Clemens banter about Game 6 of the World Series, the Series and the playoffs as a whole, Phillies manager Rob Thomson’s decision to pull Zack Wheeler in favor of José Alvarado, Yordan Alvarez’s titanic dinger, the Astros’ bullpen performance, and Kyle Schwarber’s bunt attempt, before discussing the Astros’ legacy, the 2022 team vs. the 2017 team, and the “dynasty” debate. Then (45:29) they cover Edwin Díaz’s extension with the Mets, what the Phillies have to teach teams about spending, and Other Ben’s ranking of the best free agents (1:01:15), touching on the strengths of the class, their expectations for the pace of the offseason, the contracts Aaron Judge and Jacob deGrom could get, the premium shortstops available, the best and worst values on the market, and more, plus a Past Blast (1:30:33) from 1926.

Audio intro: Frazey Ford, “Season After Season
Audio outro: Ben Gibbard, “Star Sign

Link to Justin Choi on the Astros
Link to Ben Lindbergh on the Astros
Link to Zach Kram on the Astros
Link to Jayson Stark on the Astros
Link to The Onion on the Astros
Link to Alvarez homer video
Link to story about Alvarez’s hands
Link to reliever familiarity research
Link to Wheeler fatigue article
Link to Eno on Cash and Snell
Link to Devan Fink on Cash and Snell
Link to story about Schwarber’s bunt
Link to tweet about Astros’ bullpen
Link to Baker’s Cosby comment
Link to Dan Szymborski on Díaz
Link to Ben C.’s free-agent ranking
Link to Hamm’s Turner video
Link to 1926 story source
Link to SABR on the Grier game
Link to SABR on Negro Leagues no-nos
Link to Jacob Pomrenke’s website
Link to Jacob Pomrenke on Twitter
Link to Minasian’s comments

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