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The Infinite Inning 54 | Strangers in the Ballpark

Steven Goldman



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Steve is joined by Meg Rowley (Fangraphs, The Hardball Times) to discuss some unlikely Mariners success, including James Paxton’s no-hitter, defense-first first base prospects, and the batting-out-of-order rule. Plus SteveStories of the Singing Umpire and a continuation of last week’s discussion about Ty Cobb.

WARNING: Late in the show, there is a cussword uttered in regards to Chuck Knoblauch. It is a quote. More seriously, a racial epithet from a newspaper article printed in 1892 is spoken at approximately 30:07.

TRIGGER WARNING: During this discussion of historic racism, there is some mention of sexual assault.



Lord Byron’s Umpire Follies • Cucumbers • Ty Cobb II • The James Paxton no-hitter/no-hitter ennui • Excitement is a positive • People who boo and people who don’t • The batting-out-of-order rule • Can the Mariners continue to contend? • Evan White, Keith Hernandez, and Ichiro’s decline • Rachael McDaniel’s “In the Sun” • Failing to extend the baseball bridge • Osuna-Schneiderman • Favorite spy movies • Goodbyes.

A professional writer for over 20 years, Steven Goldman is a columnist for Vice Sports and Today’s Knuckleball. The author of Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel (Potomac Books, 2004), Steven was also the editor and co-writer of the books Mind Game, It Ain’t Over, and Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers, and also edited seven editions of the New York Times-bestselling Baseball Prospectus annual. Working closely with MLB Advanced Media and the YES Network, he helped pioneer the team blog format with his long-running Pinstriped Bible. His work has appeared in such diverse places as Commentary, American History Illustrated, and other magazines, and recently he’s written extensively on baseball history for The National Pastime Museum and on film history for Oscilloscope Laboratories’ Musings. The former editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus, managing editor of baseball for SB Nation, and newspaper columnist for the New York Sun, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

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