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Killer B’s Podcast 11: Wants, Needs, and Doubts on the South Side of Chicago

Tommy Barbee and Keelin Billue hold a retrospective on the 2021 Chicago White Sox season and discuss the trade deadline, mental health in baseball, the sticky substances ban, and a brief history of analytics

The Killer B’s regroup in Episode 11 to reflect on the weird and wild first half of the season and what the Chicago White Sox need, but — let’s be real — probably will not get, at the trade deadline.

Join Tommy Barbee and Keelin Billue to catch up on the latest news, and check in on old news.

TOMMYstradamus Tommy made some pretty spot-on calls early in the season. The Bs recap on what came true (Micker Adolfo dominance and the arrival of Brian Goodwin) and check in with early-season doubts (depth).

Some Pessimistic Trade Predictions What do the White Sox need? A FEW THINGS. Will they get it? EVERY DAY THAT GOES BY KIND OF MAKES IT SEEM LIKE MAYBE NOT. The Bs discuss relief pitching, infield, and catching needs while riding this flaming car into the future.

Mercedes Recap Yermín Mercedes recently expressed very public frustration with his career, when he announced his retirement before rejoining the White Sox organization the following day. The Bs talk mental health and support for sports professionals.

Checking in with Sticky Stuff It has been a month since the sticky substances ban has been in effect. Check in with why the ban is still happening, and how the MLB has changed game play and standards over time.

To read more about the Spider Tack experiment by Danny Hacker that Keelin mentions, visit the tweet posted below.

The Story of Analytics The discussion around baseball statistics and analytics continue to confuse folks. The Bs discuss how the purpose of analytics, the importance of context, and why they will be important for the future of the game.

Listen on the Megaphone player above, or check out this and the entire family of SSS podcasts on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. You may also watch the Killer B’s podcast and other SSS podcasts at the South Side Hit Pen YouTube channel.

In this show, we briefly mention our friend Pat Ellington. You can follow Pat at @tangible_uno on Twitter. Additionally follow the the Killer B’s on Twitter @KillerBPod, Tommy @KindaBleu, and Keelin @Keelin_Billue.

And please leave comments, questions, or thoughts about what we might talk about in our upcoming episodes.