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Ben and Sam discuss the Hall of Fame and answer listener emails about brawls with Brian McCann, catcher framing, park effects, and more.

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walrus0909
11/27
Wait, I just listened to the podcast. Are you suggesting McCann put up "walk-year leadership"?! That maybe his agent said, "If you look more like a fiery veteran leader, teams will pay you for that"?
lyricalkiller
11/27
I personally was suggesting that his leadership was a response to the needs of the team, and that, separately, it would (profitably for him) be noted by the marketplace.
walrus0909
11/30
No, I'm being serious. People have suggested that the contract year effect is real in other sports; here's an award-winning paper from the Sloan conference that talks about the effect in basketball. http://www.sloansportsconference.com/?p=655

If you believe that it's possible to improve on-the-field performance, why not off-the-field performance? And if you don't believe that it's possible to improve on-the-field performance (which I personally don't), shouldn't it at least be possible to change this type of thing, which is mostly attitude?

It might be cynical, but I really think a smart player coming up to the end of his contract could consciously try to take on a more vocal leadership role, *especially* if he expects that "it would (profitably for him) be noted by the marketplace". You guys are working with an agent these days -- would he ever advise a client to try that?