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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about why MLB reportedly isn’t interested in short-term expansion and an observation about Tyler Glasnow, Martin Shkreli, and Cillian Murphy, then review the accuracy of last year’s annual ESPN MLB insiders survey, predict and assess the responses to the just-released, latest edition of the survey, answer a listener email about the cutoff for “young” players, and share a Stat Blast about Byron Buxton and the lowest on-base percentages by league-average hitters (plus an addendum on the longest baseball player Wikipedia pages).


  • Recapping the 2019 ESPN MLB insiders survey
  • Reviewing the 2020 ESPN MLB insiders survey
  • The New York Mets and the biggest offseason splash
  • Predicting Trevor Bauer's contract
  • Where will George Springer end up?
  • Likelihood of Kris Bryan or Francisco Lindor being traded
  • Players perceived to sign overpaid contracts
  • Predicting 2021 spring training and season length
  • Will the universal DH stay?
  • At what age is a player considered young?
  • Episode 1631 follow-up: Wade Boggs' Hall of Fame cap
  • Byron Buxton
  • League average hitters with a low OBP
  • Episode 1632 follow-up: Players with long Wikipedia pages


  • Ben and Meg review Dave Dombroski's comments about why he took the job with the Phillies and why MLB expansion to Nashville (or other cities) seems unlikely to happen in the short term.
  • Reasons for MLB not wanting to expand soon
  • Jeff Passan reported that Tyler Glasnow looked at a picture of Martin Shkreli to get angry and motivated before games
  • Meg says that Cilian Murphy in Batman Begins is simultaneously the less attractive version of Tyler Glasnow and the more attractive version of Martin Shkreli.

Email Questions[]

  • Daron: This morning Jon Heyman tweeted to following: “Luis Castillo as well as Sonny Gray is being discussed in trades. Asks are appropriately high for young frontline starters. The #Reds went for it last winter (and were rewarded with a playoff spot) but the belt tightening this winter is clear.” Sonny Gray is 31 years old and Luis Castillo just turned 28 years old this off-season. At a time when teams appear to be skewing younger overall I was wondering what ages we should currently consider “young” by baseball standards? Where is the present day cutoff for being referred to as “young” in the baseball sense, and is it different than what was considered to be “young” throughout baseball’s past? As I thought about this more, I guess it’s possible the term “young” could be used differently for pitchers versus hitters? I assume the average and median age of starting pitchers (or all pitchers) is a bit different than position players?
  • Benjamin: So I'm a twins fan and after homering again tonight Buxton is up to a 99 WRC+ despite only having an OBP of .247.  What's the lowest OBP anyone has carried over a full season while still being a league average hitter?

Stat Blast[]

  • Ben's Stat Blast segment examines players in MLB history that had low OBPs while managing to still be a league average hitter or better.
  • In 1917 the Giants' Dave Robertson hit .259/.276/.391 with a 106 wRC+.


  • For the last two years Jesse Rogers has overseen the ESPN MLB insiders survey. Previously it had been done by Jerry Crasnick. In previous years Sam was always amazed at how many team executives would pass on answering questions anonymously.
  • Reviewing the results from the 2019 survey, none of the insiders polled though that the Red Sox would trade Mookie Betts.
  • Ben concludes that age 26 is the upper bound for being considered young in MLB. Meg says 27.
  • Stephen Vogt's Wikipedia page is over 8,000 words long.