In a bonus episode of EW, Ben Lindbergh talks to SABR’s Jacob Pomrenke about the centennial of the notorious 1919 White Sox, SABR’s new “Eight Myths Out” project, the persistent misconceptions about why the Black Sox threw the 1919 World Series, whether the scandal could have stayed secret, the complicated legacy of Eight Men Out, what Jacob wishes he knew about the Black Sox, the future of gambling and baseball, and more. Then (34:57) Ben brings on FanGraphs’ Paul Sporer to discuss Paul’s history with baseball video games, digital baseball versus digital versions of other sports, and why Paul’s face is in MLB The Show 19, and Ben and Paul discuss the evolution of The Show and the latest installment in the franchise (45:56) with Sony community manager and game designer Ramone Russell.
Link to SABR’s “Eight Myths Out”
Link to Scandal on the South Side
Link to Episode 589 on Super Mega Baseball
Link to Paul and Chris Sale in MLB The Show 19
Link to Paul’s Twitch channel
Link to Ben’s 2018 article on The Show mirroring the majors
Link to preorder The MVP Machine