Jeff Paternostro (Baseball Prospectus lead prospect writer) returns to look forward to the day baseball returns by looking at the best power prospects in the minors, the Orioles’ no. 1 draft pick from last June, and more. Plus, tales of serious baseball played at unserious times in 1914 and 1941, Germany Schaefer stealing first base, and the obscure record held by a forgotten third baseman.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
They Were All Just Ordinary Days in Baseball*Tony Boeckel’s Unbreakable Record*Jeff Paternostro: Reluctant Social Distancing (With Dogs) and Picky Eaters*Sleeper Prospects for 2020*Cavan Biggio: Player Out of Time*Who is the Best Power Prospect in the Game?*How Projectable Is an Already-Mature Body Anyway?*Adley Rutchsman, Matt Wieters, Robo-Umps and Bad Pitch-Framers*First-Base-to-Catcher-Conversions*A Bobby Bonilla Digression*The Minor League Shutdown*The Value on In-Person Scouting in an Age of Video*A Momentary Haruki Murakami Digression*Where to Go Once We’re Free/Heliot Ramos/Mike Yastrzemski*One Last Prospect: Dylan Carlson*Goodbyes.
The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?
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