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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Fernando Tatis Jr. coining a term for his contract, a Bill James tweet about analytics, and Shin-Soo Choo leaving MLB to make his belated KBO debut, share Stat Blasts about all-over-30 lineups and players who’ve dominated one position in their franchise’s history, and then (32:39) bring on FanGraphs author RJ McDaniel to talk about the recently unearthed comments by Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather that led to Mather’s resignation, how Mather’s comments may reflect more pervasive problems with attitudes toward players, how the Mariners and their fans will try to move on, how minor league contraction has affected baseball in Vancouver (and beyond), the Blue Jays’ active offseason, why Blue Jays broadcasts aren’t easily accessible, and more.


  • Kevin Mather's comments and resignation
  • Comments on Julio Rodriguez and players learning English as a second language
  • Past Mather incidents
  • Comments on service time and representing the rest of baseball
  • John Stanton's statement and where the Mariners go from here
  • Free agency and player response
  • Northwest League and baseball in Vancouver
  • Review of the Blue Jays offseason
  • Broadcast blackouts in Canada
  • Torao Ooka


Cotton Mather, "The End of the Line"


  • Fernando Tatis Jr. referred to his recently signed contract as a 'statue contract'.
  • Ben and Meg discuss the move of Shin-Soo Choo to the KBO. This will be his KBO debut and the first time his parents have been able to watch him play in-person as a professional player.
  • Bill James responded to a Will Middlebrooks tweet and referred to himself "as the person who created analytics".

Stat Blast[]

  • Ben presents data on team lineups where every player is over 30, something the San Francisco Giants could in theory do this year. The last time this happened was with the Giants in 2018. The 2013, 14 and 15 Yankees also did this.
  • In 1982 the California Angels had 102 games where their lineup was made up of players over the age of 30.
  • Considering players with career longevity, Ben also discusses players who are responsible for the majority of the WAR total at a position in that franchise's history. There are 13 players who have accomplished that when considering the 30 current franchises.


  • RJ was astonished that even when Mather tried to compliment a player, he ended up insulting them.
  • RJ and Meg both note that Mather's comments on Julio Rodriguez and his English skills were completely unprompted. After being asked the biggest meatball of a question ('Tell us about Julio Rodriguez'), Mather chose that direction.
  • RJ is frustrated by the statement from John Stanton and team statements in general with similar wording. The statement frames Stanton as one of the parties offended but does not actually specify what in Mather's comments, leaving the reader to fill in how they felt.