The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about All-Star selection philosophies (1:10) and then tee up Ben’s conversation with Braves catcher Tyler Flowers, an elite pitch framer who’s transformed himself offensively and has, by one measure, been one of the most valuable players in baseball this season (10:25). Then they discuss whether Flowers’s framing skill is good or bad for baseball (36:55), the obstacles that still stand in the way of a computerized strike zone (42:35), and whether they’re pro-robot umps (45:00).
Tyler Flowers, Framing, and the Robot Umps Debate
Braves catcher Tyler Flowers joins 'The Ringer MLB Show' to talk about his offensive transformation and whether his framing skill is good or bad for baseball
Plus, answering listener questions about the Bears’ front-office vacancy and Jim Harbaugh’s next move
Yahoo Sportsbook’s Ariel Epstein gives his best NFL prop bets for the weekend
Plus, Million-Dollar Picks with NFL Network’s Peter Schrager
Plus, Mike and Jesse discuss some breaking news in the sports cards world