Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Japan’s Babe Ruth Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Shohei Otani, J.R. Smith, and marketing football to kids. 

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan to discuss how Major League Baseball became the sport of labor peace and to talk about Japanese hitting and pitching superstar Shohei Otani. They also assess the most interesting man in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith. Finally, George Dohrmann joins the show to discuss whether it’s a scandal that the NFL is marketing itself to children.

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Real Tahirys:

Mike’s Real Tahiry: Former Philadelphia 76ers exec Sam Hinkie listens to audiobooks at three times the speed. What does that sound like?

Stefan’s Real Tahiry: On a D.C.-area youth football team’s quest to play in something called the American Youth Football National Championships.

Josh’s Real Tahiry: Enough with columnists and commentators getting angry about college football coaching searches.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh and Mike quiz Stefan about the secrets he’s learned as an award-winning girls’ soccer coach. Should the courts get involved? Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mickey Capper.

Our intern is Shane Monaghan.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.