Why MLB has struck gold; Plus, entertaining college coach Tracy Smith (ep. 3)

On this episode of Hardball Society, Phil Mackey and Justin Musil discuss what MLB can learn from its current playoff format and welcome a special guest.

Why does MLB’s new playoff format work? Why could it could help jolt baseball? And Phil explains the biggest misconception some fans and industry people have about baseball and sports playoff systems.

Also, the boys visit Arizona State University for a chat with one of the most entertaining and knowledgeable baseball coaches in the country, Tracy Smith. Tracy tells a great ejection story, tells us about Kyle Schwarber, pre-MLB, the characteristics needed to be a great player, and much more!

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Hardball Society is hosted by 1500 ESPN’s Phil Mackey and pro baseball scout Justin Musil, who sit down with industry insiders — from MLB players, scouts and executives to authors and umpires — for wide-ranging conversations and story-telling sessions.

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