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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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"?
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.
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.

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?