Strike Zone podcast: Bryce Harper, Goose Gossage and baseball culture
It's one of the longest-running conversations in baseball: Is there a right way to play the game? Last week, it came to the forefront after comments from Bryce Harper and Goose Gossage about the sport's culture and style dominated the news cycle. Now, Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella weigh in on the latest debate about baseball's unwritten rules.
On this week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast, Ted and Steve dive into the war of words being waged by Harper and Gossage over baseball's culture. Over the course of the conversation, Ted and Steve discuss Harper's description of baseball as "tired" and why the Nationals' superstar slugger feels so disenchanted, and dig into the history of celebrations and enforcement in MLB and why baseball players feel the need to act as the sport's morality and fun police. The two also get into Gossage's attack on young players as they wonder whether baseball would be better off embracing a more youth-friendly style and demeanor.
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