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All-Star week is in the books, but there was a lot of action that took place in Seattle that will have a lasting impact. Yahoo Sports MLB writers Hannah Keyser and Zach Crizer recap their biggest takeaways from their trip to the Pacific Northwest and this week’s storylines will shape the rest of baseball’s season.
Keyser and Crizer begin the pod by sharing their behind-the-scenes observations and happenings during All-Star Week before discussing the feverish hysteria surrounding Shohei Ohtani’s impending free agency. Both believe Ohtani’s speculation will dominate all baseball conversation for the rest of the season.
The two then talk about their biggest takeaways from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s press conference, where he defended the current state of the pitch clock. Both believe there will be no change to the pitch clock before the stretch race and playoffs.
The two end the pod by discussing their conversations with older All-Star players about how the game has changed over the years with technology and analytics, and why it’s unfair to compare different eras of baseball.
3:13 – What people don’t see at the All-Star Game
5:58 – Ohtani’s speech dominates All-Star Week (and baseball in general)
13:20 – Strange observations from the home run derby
8:00 p.m. – Rob Manfred presser reactions: Could we see a longer pitch clock in the playoffs?
26:45 – All-Star quiz: who showed up the most?
32:10 – We asked the All-Stars how the game has changed the most in recent years
41:23 – Are we going to lose the ‘diamond in the rough’ superstars with a smaller draft?
50:55 – Our bandwagon of the week: Seattle
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