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May 29, 2013

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 212: Doing Away with Errors/Rotating Positions/What Would Retired Players Hit?/Aesthetically Pleasing Players/3-0 Red Lights

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller



Ben and Sam answer listener emails about errors, ancient players, whether hitters should swing more often on 3-0, and more.

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wpmulligan

In 1982, Luke Appling hit a home run at the age of 75. Of course, he did it against a 61-year-old Warren Spahn in an Old Timers' Game.

May 29, 2013 06:06 AM
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BP staff member Russell A. Carleton
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The thing about volleyball positions is that while players technically have to rotate after each side out, once the ball is live, they may move where they choose. You'll often see "real" volleyball teams line up with the front line players in a little clump by the net arranged so that one is technically on the left-center-right of the others, but then re-arrange themselves quickly after the serve goes up so that the player who is a middle hitter (vs. the outside hitters) get into their "natural" positions, rather than the one that is "assigned" to them. Volleyball also has much looser substitution rules than baseball (a player may enter/exit 3 times in a set), which leads to some specialization of backcourt vs. frontcourt-only players. Also, there has been a recent introduction of the "libero" position, who is a defensive specialist who stays int he backcourt and can not approach the net (nor serve, if I remember correctly) and who does not rotate.

May 29, 2013 07:49 AM
 
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