Here’s my conversation with Barry Svrluga, national baseball writer for the Washington Post, about his book, “The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season.” I asked him how players stay focused and in shape over the course of 162 games (not to mention spring training and post-season), including those — like the Phillies — who have no chance of making the playoffs. We also talked about how relief pitchers deal with not knowing whether they’ll get into a game on certain days, the impact of the schedule on players’ wives and kids, and how everything would fall apart if it weren’t for each team’s equipment guy.

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