Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast podcast

Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

Daily baseball statistical analysis and commentary

Daily baseball statistical analysis and commentary

 

#2182

Effectively Wild Episode 2181: No Ifs, Ands, or Pancake Butts

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the highlights of the MLB at Rickwood Field game and broadcast, [Mike Trout’] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/mike-trout/10155/stats) s unsurprisingly slow return from knee surgery, [Matt Waldron’] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/matt-waldron/25550/stats) s sustained success, the incredible [Royce Lewis] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/royce-lewis/20437/stats) , the challenge system’s continued ascendance over full ABS, [Barry Bonds] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/barry-bonds/1109/stats) as a baseball ambassador, [Elly De La Cruz] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/elly-de-la-cruz/26668/stats) ’s stolen-base slump, the Yankees-Orioles AL East race, Michael Jordan and subjective stats, Buck Showalter’s scouting criteria at the MLB Draft Combine, and [Shohei Ohtani] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/shohei-ohtani/19755/stats) and [Aaron Judge] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/aaron-judge/15640/stats) as MVP candidates. Audiointro: The Gagnés, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jVOMAuZop-4BhxnZ1JQaULw7FlW2XJD_/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Luke Lillard, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IdOM-zb7R8ln39HiJsfTKpQCOdvTF7fd/view?usp=drive_link) ” [Link to Jackson clip] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHmtoe3wUpc) [Link to full Jackson appearance] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMH2z4lFvZw) [Link to retro broadcast clip] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVGG8wz6eH8) [Link to Smoltz-Alexander trade] (https://baseballhall.org/discover-more/stories/inside-pitch/tigers-trade-john-smoltz-to-braves) [Link to Trout update] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/latest-on-mike-trout-2.html) [Link to EW 2158 Trout intro] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2158-small-sausage-size/) [Link to BP IL Ledger] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/baseball-prospectus-injured-list-ledger/) [Link to Waldron leaderboard] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/major-league?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&type=8&season=2024&month=1000&season1=2024&ind=0&startdate=2024-05-11&enddate=2024-06-20&team=0&qual=0) [Link to Lewis leaderboard] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/major-league?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&type=8&month=0&ind=0&startdate=&enddate=&season1=2023&season=2024&qual=300&sortcol=17&sortdir=default&pagenum=1) [Link to Lewis WAR/600] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XOO7HDeMfTe8z9RD6-gL-iYO-zyTgC3qXuZhRqNwSh4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to ABS/challenge story] (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/40377474/abs-challenge-system-set-used-triple-starting-june-25) [Link to Bonds/Griffey clip] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p3CJ-M1hXM) [Link to Bonds allegations] (https://www.peanutgallerybanter.com/post/barry-bonds-hof-case-domestic-violence) [Link to EW 2165 on Elly] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2165-the-bunt-stops-here/) [Link to Sam on Elly] (https://pebblehunting.substack.com/p/is-elly-de-la-cruz-going-for-100) [Link to Trueblood on Elly] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/91723/flyover-country-reds-light-elly-de-la-cruz-stolen-base-rate-100-bases/) [Link to Becker on the Reds] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/top-of-the-order-the-reds-inconsistency-belies-their-talent/) [Link to Becker on Yanks-Orioles] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/top-of-the-order-yankees-orioles-race-heats-up-as-deadline-looms/) [Link to FG playoff odds] (https://www.fangraphs.com/standings/playoff-odds) [Link to team SP projections] (https://www.fangraphs.com/depthcharts.aspx?position=SP) [Link to Haberstroh on Jordan] (https://sports.yahoo.com/a-closer-look-at-michael-jordans-1988-dpoy-award-raises-questions-about-its-validity-has-lebron-james-been-chasing-a-ghost-140452567.html) [Link to DiMaggio streak scoring] (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/70117f7e29064e68418377637/files/16054_Fifty_Six.01.pdf) [Link to HR rules changes] (https://sabr.org/journal/article/how-rules-changes-in-1920-affected-home-runs/) [Link to book on Babe’s HR] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Year_Babe_Ruth_Hit_104_Home_Runs) [Link to errors/scoring Stat Blast] (https://effectivelywild.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_2030:_Deadline_Dilemmas_and_Needs) [Link to Draft Combine page] (https://www.mlb.com/prospect-development-pipeline/events/mlb-draft-combine) [Link to Showalter clip] (https://x.com/MLBNetwork/status/1803160253615276142) [Link to Jim’s Dwight impression] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaaANll8h18) [Link to FG WAR leaders] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/war?season=&wartype=&lg=&team=) [Link to Petriello on Judge] (https://www.mlb.com/news/aaron-judge-hot-streak-2024-historic) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E2nLa2270_fA-MFwxK_ey_8YD9A0mcSGs799YQsh-A4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to meetup organizer form] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCKtVON5rZz20oZgyjUm9EJjcziWQNpap6AVloW-k8WIKzeA/viewform) [ ![image] (https://i.imgur.com/hT2AX6G.jpg)Sponsor UsonPatreon] (http://www.patreon.com/effectivelywild) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170117023846im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/images/facebook_icon_18x18.png)Facebook Group] (https://www.facebook.com/groups/effectivelywild/) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/DAtijEo.jpg)Twitter Account] (https://twitter.com/ewpod) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/I4hfhMi.png)EW Subreddit] (https://www.reddit.com/r/effectivelywild/) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/28HuIsx.png)Effectively Wild Wiki] (http://effectivelywild.wikia.com/wiki/Effectively_Wild_Wiki) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170120151139im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/include_new12/newsletter/images/itunes_icon.jpg)iTunes Feed] (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/effectively-wild-daily-baseball/id545919715) (Please rate and review us!) 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22 Jun 2024

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22 Jun 2024


#2181

Effectively Wild Episode 2180: Passing the Greatest-Living-Player Torch

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh, [Rany Jazayerli] (https://twitter.com/jazayerli) , and [Neil Paine] (https://x.com/neil_paine) discuss the death of [Willie Mays] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/willie-mays/1008315/stats) , Mays as the last legendary link to an earlier era, the statistical cases for Mays as the greatest all-around player and greatest player, period in major league history, and (36:45) baseball’s new greatest living player, plus (46:02) banter about Kansas courting the Royals with public funding and (50:38) the competitive trajectories of the Royals and Mets. Then (1:01:08) Ben brings on frequent Stat Blast correspondent [Ryan Nelson] (https://twitter.com/rsnelson23) for Blasts about teams that hover near .500, pitchers replacing same-surnamed pitchers, prolific umpire-player ejection combos, the most players with the same first name in the same game, and [Alex Verdugo] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/alex-verdugo/17027/stats) ’s grounders. Audiointro: Jonathan Crymes, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u9uMDVhB3JbuuT3HQYDzXcl4cXc-mY4Z/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Jimmy Kramer, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OsA2tZMe8hrgFONo1iYv7od0ZFea8mpx/view?usp=drive_link) ” [Link to Rany’s Mays article] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2024/6/19/24181679/willie-mays-obituary-life-legacy-statistics) [Link to Neil’s Mays article] (https://neilpaine.substack.com/p/willie-mays-was-baseballs-greatest) [Link to FG’s Mays obit] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/saying-goodbye-to-the-say-hey-kid-willie-mays-1931-2024/) [Link to Mays statement] (https://www.mlb.com/news/willie-mays-will-not-attend-2024-mlb-rickwood-field-game) [Link to Manfred statement on Mays] (https://www.mlb.com/press-release/press-release-major-league-baseball-remembers-the-life-of-hall-of-famer-willie-mays-a-true-giant-of-our-national-pastime-was-93) [Link to Carig on Mays] (https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5575890/2024/06/19/willie-mays-death-modern-ballplayer/) [Link to Mays fielding slump] (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/70117f7e29064e68418377637/files/8411ea12-71b5-4f00-bcb8-41f09bc7b48c/17058_Mays_Fielding_Slump.01.pdf) [Link to EW 1927 on Mays] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1927-the-living-legend-of-willie-mays/) [Link to Mays stumble story 1] (https://nypost.com/2013/09/10/why-jeter-has-to-fear-following-in-mays-footsteps/) [Link to Mays stumble story 2] (https://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/october-14-1973-willie-mays-helps-mets-prevail-over-as-in-12-innings-in-game-two/) [Link to B-Ref career WAR leaders] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/WAR_pitch_career.shtml) [Link to Ben on quality of competition] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2019/3/29/18286389/best-players-ever-woba-adam-ottavino-babe-ruth) [Link to Posnanski on the GLP] (https://joeblogs.joeposnanski.com/p/my-choice-for-greatest-living-ballplayer) [Link to EW 2161 on public funding] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2161-the-state-of-stadium-funding/) [Link to Kansas funding details] (https://www.kcur.org/politics-elections-and-government/2024-06-18/kansas-lawmakers-approve-massive-incentives-to-attract-the-kansas-city-chiefs-and-royals) [Link to deMause on Kansas funding] (https://www.fieldofschemes.com/2024/06/19/21586/kansas-approves-blank-check-bill-for-royals-and-chiefs-stadiums-leaves-final-spending-decision-up-to-handful-of-politicians/) [Link to race to the bottom wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_to_the_bottom) [Link to FG playoff odds] (https://www.fangraphs.com/standings/playoff-odds) [Link to BP playoff odds] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/standings/) [Link to BaseRuns standings] (https://www.fangraphs.com/depthcharts.aspx?position=BaseRuns) [Link to Grimace explainer] (https://www.today.com/news/sports/grimace-mets-winning-streak-rcna157515) [Link to Neil on team true talent] (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-the-diamondbacks-rough-start-says-about-mlb-and-the-nfl-and-nba/) [Link to Neil on Witt and Brett] (https://neilpaine.substack.com/p/bobby-witt-jr-is-playing-like-the) [Link to Neil’s Substack] (https://neilpaine.substack.com/) [Link to Podracing podcast] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podracing/id1688432847) [Link to Kauffman Corner podcast] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kauffman-corner/id1621122528) [Link to Mike Conte’s Stat Blast cover] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tM1f3Zknrj_sM8V6WcS-i7TQFfuJYHT8/view?usp=sharing) [Link to Wolf of Wall Street quote] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CES1OIkFhg4) [Link to Langs on .500 teams] (https://www.mlb.com/news/true-500-teams-baseball-history) [Link to Ben on .500 teams] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2019/6/21/18700398/mike-trout-los-angeles-angels-playoffs-war-mediocrity-500-record) [Link to .500 teams/Ryne Stat Blast] (https://effectivelywild.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_1391:_Down_Goes_Frazier#Stat_Blast) [Link to Kelly/Alexander game] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA202405300.shtml) [Link to Retrosheet ejections data] (https://www.retrosheet.org/eject.htm) [Link to ejections Stat Blast data] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jOPPViBFR3tO5gd4aPnmYlhcUQ_nJoctpnllTl2hDIo/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to ejections-per-G graph] (https://imgur.com/jJYfnss) [Link to SABR on ejections] (https://sabr.org/journal/article/youre-out-of-here-a-history-of-umpire-ejections/) [Link to Evers wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Evers) [Link to “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon”] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball%27s_Sad_Lexicon) [Link to “Luis” game] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ANA/ANA202406040.shtml) [Link to The Bob Emergency] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvh6NLqKRfs) [Link to same-names data] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16TEwJwx57ARHAg3wMRxQnrpXiURY_wH3bGX-TssyKL0/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to swimmer David Young] (https://www.worldaquatics.com/athletes/1633369/david-young) [Link to 2024 grounder leaders] (https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/statcast_search?hfPT=&hfAB=field%5C.%5C.out%7Cstrikeout%7Cstrikeout%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Cdouble%5C.%5C.play%7Cgrounded%5C.%5C.into%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Cfielders%5C.%5C.choice%7Cfielders%5C.%5C.choice%5C.%5C.out%7Cforce%5C.%5C.out%7Csac%5C.%5C.bunt%7Csac%5C.%5C.bunt%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Csac%5C.%5C.fly%7Csac%5C.%5C.fly%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Ctriple%5C.%5C.play%7C&hfGT=R%7C&hfPR=&hfZ=&hfStadium=&hfBBL=3%7C4%7C&hfNewZones=&hfPull=&hfC=&hfSea=2024%7C&hfSit=&player_type=batter&hfOuts=&hfOpponent=&pitcher_throws=&batter_stands=&hfSA=&game_date_gt=&game_date_lt=2024-06-18&hfMo=&hfTeam=&home_road=&hfRO=&position=&hfInfield=&hfOutfield=&hfInn=&hfBBT=ground%5C.%5C.ball%7C&hfFlag=&metric_1=&group_by=name&min_pitches=0&min_results=0&min_pas=0&sort_col=pitches&player_event_sort=api_p_release_speed&sort_order=desc#results) [Link to 2021-4 grounder leaders] (https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/statcast_search?hfPT=&hfAB=field%5C.%5C.out%7Cstrikeout%7Cstrikeout%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Cdouble%5C.%5C.play%7Cgrounded%5C.%5C.into%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Cfielders%5C.%5C.choice%7Cfielders%5C.%5C.choice%5C.%5C.out%7Cforce%5C.%5C.out%7Csac%5C.%5C.bunt%7Csac%5C.%5C.bunt%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Csac%5C.%5C.fly%7Csac%5C.%5C.fly%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Ctriple%5C.%5C.play%7C&hfGT=R%7C&hfPR=&hfZ=&hfStadium=&hfBBL=3%7C4%7C&hfNewZones=&hfPull=&hfC=&hfSea=2024%7C2023%7C2022%7C2021%7C&hfSit=&player_type=batter&hfOuts=&hfOpponent=&pitcher_throws=&batter_stands=&hfSA=&game_date_gt=&game_date_lt=2024-06-18&hfMo=&hfTeam=&home_road=&hfRO=&position=&hfInfield=&hfOutfield=&hfInn=&hfBBT=ground%5C.%5C.ball%7C&hfFlag=&metric_1=&group_by=name&min_pitches=0&min_results=0&min_pas=0&sort_col=pitches&player_event_sort=api_p_release_speed&sort_order=desc#results) [Link to 2019-24 grounder leaders] (https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/statcast_search?hfPT=&hfAB=field%5C.%5C.out%7Cstrikeout%7Cstrikeout%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Cdouble%5C.%5C.play%7Cgrounded%5C.%5C.into%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Cfielders%5C.%5C.choice%7Cfielders%5C.%5C.choice%5C.%5C.out%7Cforce%5C.%5C.out%7Csac%5C.%5C.bunt%7Csac%5C.%5C.bunt%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Csac%5C.%5C.fly%7Csac%5C.%5C.fly%5C.%5C.double%5C.%5C.play%7Ctriple%5C.%5C.play%7C&hfGT=R%7C&hfPR=&hfZ=&hfStadium=&hfBBL=3%7C4%7C&hfNewZones=&hfPull=&hfC=&hfSea=2024%7C2023%7C2022%7C2021%7C2020%7C2019%7C&hfSit=&player_type=batter&hfOuts=&hfOpponent=&pitcher_throws=&batter_stands=&hfSA=&game_date_gt=&game_date_lt=2024-06-18&hfMo=&hfTeam=&home_road=&hfRO=&position=&hfInfield=&hfOutfield=&hfInn=&hfBBT=ground%5C.%5C.ball%7C&hfFlag=&metric_1=&group_by=name&min_pitches=0&min_results=0&min_pas=0&sort_col=pitches&player_event_sort=api_p_release_speed&sort_order=desc#results) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E2nLa2270_fA-MFwxK_ey_8YD9A0mcSGs799YQsh-A4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to meetup organizer form] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCKtVON5rZz20oZgyjUm9EJjcziWQNpap6AVloW-k8WIKzeA/viewform) [ ![image] (https://i.imgur.com/hT2AX6G.jpg)Sponsor UsonPatreon] (http://www.patreon.com/effectivelywild) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170117023846im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/images/facebook_icon_18x18.png)Facebook Group] (https://www.facebook.com/groups/effectivelywild/) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/DAtijEo.jpg)Twitter Account] (https://twitter.com/ewpod) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/I4hfhMi.png)EW Subreddit] (https://www.reddit.com/r/effectivelywild/) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/28HuIsx.png)Effectively Wild Wiki] (http://effectivelywild.wikia.com/wiki/Effectively_Wild_Wiki) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170120151139im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/include_new12/newsletter/images/itunes_icon.jpg)iTunes Feed] 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20 Jun 2024


#2180

Effectively Wild Episode 2179: Missed Connections

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about whether Nike’s City Connect uniforms have run their course, the Dodgers’ double whammy of injuries to [Mookie Betts] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/mookie-betts/13611/stats) and [Yoshinobu Yamamoto] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/yoshinobu-yamamoto/33825/stats) (and [Kyle Bradish] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kyle-bradish/24586/stats) going back on the IL), the approaching returns of [Gerrit Cole] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/gerrit-cole/13125/stats) , [Max Scherzer] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/max-scherzer/3137/stats) , and [Clayton Kershaw] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/clayton-kershaw/2036/stats) , [Carlos Correa’] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/carlos-correa/14162/stats) s hot streak, [Elly De La Cruz] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/elly-de-la-cruz/26668/stats) and the excitement of scoring unexpectedly, a better way to handle a hypothetical hitter who only hits grand slams, [David Fletcher’] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/david-fletcher/17992/stats) s strange season and transition to true two-way play, the potential fallout from umpire Pat Hoberg’s gambling scandal, a dead ball in NPB, and how pitching phenom [Roki Sasaki] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=sasaki000rok) ’s lack of durability could affect his future free agency. Audiointro: The Shirey Brothers, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lGyXnWwEoa3G1mWIJfdeNs8HHFLR8Ml7/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Ian Phillips, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WrPfzMAqjbs7sudd3ufBF9DQ6CUJQBgI/view?usp=drive_link) ” [Link to Meg’s tweet] (https://x.com/megrowler/status/1802747177107947626) [Link to Facebook post] (https://www.facebook.com/groups/effectivelywild/posts/7717418151711636) [Link to Dodgers uni] (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/40365507/los-angeles-dodgers-mlb-2024-city-connect-uniforms) [Link to Mets uni explainer] (https://sny.tv/articles/unveiling-mets-city-connect-uniforms-story-behind-designs) [Link to City Connect wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Connect) [Link to new FG player pages] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/weve-updated-our-player-pages/) [Link to FG post on the Dodgers] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/dodgers-double-whammy-as-yamamoto-and-betts-land-on-injured-list) [Link to MLBTR on Mookie] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/roberts-dodgers-expect-betts-to-miss-6-8-weeks.html) [Link to combined WAR leaders] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/war?season=&wartype=&lg=&team=) [Link to hamate study 1] (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28714783/) [Link to hamate study 2] (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32833497/) [Link to MLBTR on Yamamoto] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/dodgers-place-yoshinobu-yamamoto-michael-grove-on-15-day-il.html) [Link to Passan on Yamamoto] (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/39112266/yoshinobu-yamamoto-mlb-free-agency-contract) [Link to MLBTR on Bradish] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/kyle-bradish-to-undergo-testing-on-sore-elbow.html) [Link to MLBTR on Cole] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/yankees-to-reinstate-gerrit-cole-on-wednesday.html) [Link to MLBTR on Scherzer] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/max-scherzer-nearing-return-degrom-throwing-off-mound.html) [Link to MLBTR on Miller/Kershaw] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/dodgers-to-reinstate-bobby-miller-next-week.html) [Link to EW on Kershaw book] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2162-the-kershaw-narrative/) [Link to Elly play] (https://www.mlb.com/video/pickoff-attempt-2b-rdnbsf) [Link to slams hypothetical] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2178-the-man-who-only-hit-slams/) [Link to Vieira intentional balk] (https://www.mlb.com/news/thyago-vieira-balks-on-purpose-in-d-backs-loss-to-white-sox) [Link to Jansen intentional balk] (https://www.mlb.com/news/kenley-jansen-executes-intentional-balk) [Link to Sam on balks] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/21515/pebble-hunting-the-balk-the-black-sheep-of-the-baseball-rulebook/) [Link to Bois on balks] (https://www.sbnation.com/2012/1/4/2679318/gifs-20-16) [Link to EW episode on Hoberg] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1923-the-umpire-perfect-game/) [Link to WaPo on Fletcher] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2024/06/10/david-fletcher-angels-pitcher-betting/) [Link to Fletcher batting game log] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=fletch002dav&type=bgl&year=2024) [Link to Fletcher pitching game log] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=fletch002dav&type=pgl&year=2024) [Link to Cosart fine info] (https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2015/04/03/mlb-fines-marlins-pitcher-jarred-cosart-for-illegal-bets/25259495/) [Link to MLBTR on Waldrep] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/braves-place-hurston-waldrep-on-injured-list.html) [Link to MLBTR on Hoberg] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/mlb-disciplines-umpire-pat-hoberg-for-gambling-violation.html) [Link to EW episode on Hoberg] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1923-the-umpire-perfect-game/) [Link to NPB ball scandal] (https://jballallen.com/japans-dead-ball-is-likely-a-mistake/) [Link to Allen on old ball scandal] (https://archive.ph/3xfZc) [Link to Allen on Sasaki] (https://jballallen.com/npb-news-june-13-2024/) [Link to Allen’s tweet] (https://x.com/JballAllen/status/1801471601424429260) [Link to Ben on NPB pitchers] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2017/12/5/16737454/shohei-ohtani-history-of-japanese-pitchers-in-mlb) [Link to WaPo on Sasaki] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2024/05/26/roki-sasaki-mlb-posting/) [Link to MLBTR on Sasaki] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/report-mlb-teams-planning-for-roki-sasaki-posting-this-offseason.html) [Link to JPPL offense] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/league.cgi?id=5677b62d) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E2nLa2270_fA-MFwxK_ey_8YD9A0mcSGs799YQsh-A4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to meetup organizer form] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCKtVON5rZz20oZgyjUm9EJjcziWQNpap6AVloW-k8WIKzeA/viewform) [ ![image] (https://i.imgur.com/hT2AX6G.jpg)Sponsor UsonPatreon] 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18 Jun 2024


#2179

Effectively Wild Episode 2178: The Man Who Only Hit Slams

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley answer listener emails about [Kyle Schwarber] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kyle-schwarber/16478/stats) batting leadoff, teams paying their players not to do in-game, on-field interviews, the phrase “potential World Series preview,” a team purchasing and privatizing a valuable public baseball website, a player who can’t hit anything except grand slams, a player who homers in every game he plays but is usually injured, [Justin Verlander] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/justin-verlander/8700/stats) ’s Hall of Fame plaque cap, and what constitutes a “teammate” (plus a real-time reaction to the Astros releasing [José Abreu] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jose-abreu/15676/stats) ). Then (1:06:33) Ben meets major leaguers [Daniel Schneemann] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/daniel-schneemann/25180/stats) and [Jamie Westbrook] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jamie-westbrook/15504/stats) and (1:17:58) briefly reacts to news about MLB disciplining “perfect” umpire Pat Hoberg for gambling. Audiointro: Nate Emerson, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EquxhP2rk11C79uLJ6UGylakDUOcbvzY/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Ian H., “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x3QzhMjO6frLGXRoKk-h4I9dkWw16wff/view?usp=drive_link) ” [Link to Jake on Schwarber] (https://www.foxsports.com/stories/mlb/kyle-schwarber-is-not-your-typical-leadoff-hitter-and-thats-fine-by-the-phillies) [Link to MLB.com on Schwarber] (https://www.mlb.com/news/kyle-schwarber-a-leadoff-hitter-like-no-other) [Link to NBCS on Schwarber] (https://www.nbcsportsphiladelphia.com/mlb/philadelphia-phillies/phillies-news/kyle-schwarber-leadoff-phillies-trea-turner-bryson-stott/571888/) [Link to Inquirer on Schwarber] (https://www.inquirer.com/sports/phillies-bryce-harper-kyle-schwarber-leadoff-20240324.html) [Link to Reddit on Schwarber] (https://www.reddit.com/r/phillies/comments/14tlzth/why_does_schwarber_hit_leadoff/) [Link to Phillies batting orders] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PHI/2024-batting-orders.shtml) [Link to Schwarber splits] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.fcgi?id=schwaky01&year=Career&t=b#all_lineu) [Link to most HR since 2022] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/major-league?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&type=8&month=0&ind=0&startdate=&enddate=&season1=2022&season=2024&sortcol=4&sortdir=default&qual=0) [Link to 2023 P/PA leaderboard] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/majors/2023-pitches-batting.shtml) [Link to 2024 P/PA leaderboard] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/majors/2024-pitches-batting.shtml) [Link to Ben on interviews] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2020/10/2/21498591/espn-in-game-interviews-playoffs-ramon-laureano) [Link to mic’d-up Maldonado] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls1lqM-rIH4) [Link to FG WS odds] (https://www.fangraphs.com/standings/playoff-odds/fg/mlb) [Link to MLBTR on Ramírez] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/rays-release-harold-ramirez.html) [Link to CapFriendly] (https://www.capfriendly.com/) [Link to Sportico on CapFriendly] (https://www.sportico.com/business/media/2024/washington-capitals-capfriendly-deal-leonsis-1234783510/) [Link to RMNB on CapFriendly] (https://russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2024/06/11/nhls-relationship-with-capfriendly-was-icy-before-capitals-purchase-sale-has-left-teams-without-internal-infrastructure-scrambling/) [Link to Athletic on CapFriendly] (https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5552408/2024/06/09/washington-capitals-purchase-capfriendly/) [Link to ESPN on CapFriendly] (https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/40337498/capitals-announce-deal-buy-nhl-salary-data-site-capfriendly) [Link to THN on CapFriendly] (https://thehockeynews.com/nhl/carolina-hurricanes/latest-news/blow-to-the-public-washington-capitals-to-purchase-capfriendly-website-site-to-go-dark-following-draft) [Link to PuckPedia] (https://puckpedia.com/) [Link to Texas Leaguers] (https://texasleaguers.com/) [Link to Hit Tracker] (https://web.archive.org/web/20080820005019/http://hittrackeronline.com/) [Link to Chamberlain’s stats] (https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/chamb117/viz/PitchLeaderboardv6/Dashboard) [Link to Orr’s stats] (https://therealestmuto.shinyapps.io/Damage/) [Link to Christopher book] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kid_Who_Only_Hit_Homers) [Link to Posnanski on Christopher] (https://archive.ph/Gnddn) [Link to bases-loaded splits] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/tools/split_stats_lg.cgi?full=1&params=bases%7C111%7CML%7C2023%7Cbat%7CAB%7C) [Link to Tabler Stathead] (https://stathead.com/sharing/Yd3fE) [Link to SI on Tabler] (https://vault.si.com/vault/1989/04/24/mr-bases-loaded) [Link to NYT on Tabler] (https://www.nytimes.com/1985/08/15/sports/baseball-with-bases-loaded-tabler-is-the-best.html) [Link to Tabler blog post] (https://bluejayhunter.com/2018/11/flashback-friday-pat-tablers-long-standing-bases-loaded-record.html) [Link to McCartney clip] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a8j_LEryAs&t=0m28s) [Link to MLBTR on Abreu] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/astros-release-jose-abreu.html) [Link to Verlander option info] (https://www.chron.com/sports/astros/article/justin-verlander-injury-contract-18707760.php) [Link to A-Rod/Judge post] (https://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/1ddh4s8/alex_rodriguez_retired_august_12th_2016_while/) [Link to listener emails database] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-8lpspHQuR5GK7S_nNtGunLGrx60QnSa8XLG_wvRb4Q/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to B-Ref new debuts] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/majors/2024-debuts.shtml) [Link to MLBTR on Schneemann] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/guardians-select-daniel-schneemann.html) [Link to Forbes on Schneemann] (https://www.forbes.com/sites/berniepleskoff/2024/03/21/cleveland-guardians-prospects-martinez-and-schneemann-open-eyes-this-spring-training/?sh=7f4abaae4fd2) [Link to MLB.com on Schneemann] (https://www.mlb.com/news/daniel-schneemann-showing-power-in-guardians-system) [Link to Deseret on Schneemann] (https://www.deseret.com/sports/2024/03/26/daniel-schneemann-cleveland-guardians-byu-baseball/) [Link to Triple-A wRC+ leadersr] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/minor-league?pos=all&level=1&lg=&stats=bat&qual=y&type=1&team=&season=2024&seasonEnd=2024&org=&ind=0&splitTeam=false&players=&sort=19,1) [Link to Triple-A xWOBA leaders] (https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/statcast-search-minors?hfPT=&hfAB=&hfGT=R%7C&hfPR=&hfZ=&hfStadium=&hfBBL=&hfNewZones=&hfPull=&hfC=&hfSea=2024%7C&hfSit=&player_type=batter&hfOuts=&hfOpponent=&pitcher_throws=&batter_stands=&hfSA=&game_date_gt=&game_date_lt=2024-06-13&hfMo=&hfTeam=&home_road=&hfRO=&position=&hfInn=&hfBBT=&hfFlag=is%5C.%5C.tracked%7C&hfLevel=AAA%7C&metric_1=&hfTeamAffiliate=&hfOpponentAffiliate=&group_by=name&min_pitches=500&min_results=0&min_pas=0&sort_col=xwoba&player_event_sort=api_p_release_speed&sort_order=desc&chk_is..tracked=on&chk_stats_abs=on&chk_stats_hits=on&chk_stats_xwoba=on#results) [Link to Guardians prospects list] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/cleveland-guardian-top-42-prospects-2024/) [Link to Elias stat] (https://x.com/BYUstatsMAN/status/1800000908144803934) [Link to MLBTR on Westbrook] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/red-sox-select-jamie-westbrook.html) [Link to MLB.com on Westbrook] (https://www.mlb.com/news/jamie-westbrook-debuts-for-red-sox) [Link to MLB.com on Westbrook 2] (https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/jamie-westbrook-on-getting-first-major-league-hit) [Link to Westbrook’s Insta] (https://www.instagram.com/jwesunderscore4/) [Link to Constellation Energy League] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constellation_Energy_League) [Link to Athletic on Hoberg] (https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5565735/2024/06/14/mlb-umpire-pat-hoberg-disciplined-gambling/) [Link to ESPN on Hoberg] (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/40351784/mlb-disciplines-umpire-pat-hoberg-violating-gambling-rules-sources-say) [Link to MLBTR on Hoberg] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/mlb-disciplines-umpire-pat-hoberg-for-gambling-violation.html) [Link to EW episode on Hoberg] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1923-the-umpire-perfect-game/) [Link to Ump Scorecards ranking] (https://umpscorecards.com/umpires/) [Link to perfect game tweet] (https://x.com/UmpScorecards/status/1586735374985854976) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] 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#2178

Effectively Wild Episode 2177: Remembering Rickwood

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about this season’s giant cluster of wild card contenders, the potential for an inactive trade deadline, the role the White Sox will play, whether the compression of the standings is good or bad for baseball, and expanded-playoffs incentives. Then (33:46) they talk to NPR producer [Alana Schreiber] (https://x.com/ayyschreib) , creator and executive producer of the NPR/MLB podcast Road to Rickwood, about the history of the park that’s hosting its first MLB game this month, plus a postscript (1:17:48) about a postseason mid-PA pitching change. Audiointro: Cory Brent, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pt4d-z71jiJ_H4Zb23Kos4vuP__tzf8t/view) ” Audiointerstitial: Tom Rhoads, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K07EyCA31NglTFT3h8Rdiiu0lpDyz9u_/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Guy Russo, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ypilLuC54vxaDVVNtUuHSx9gP2ZcLug/view?usp=drive_link) ” [Link to MLBTR on the Biggio trade] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/blue-jays-trade-cavan-biggio-dodgers.html) [Link to Ben on preseason projections] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2024/3/28/24114438/2024-mlb-preseason-predictions-world-series-mvp-cy-young-breakout-player) [Link to Sheehan on parity] (https://www.joesheehan.com/2024/06/newsletter-excerpt-june-12-2024-parity.html) [Link to FG playoff odds] (https://www.fangraphs.com/standings/playoff-odds/fg/mlb) [Link to MLB standings] (https://www.mlb.com/standings/wild-card/league) [Link to Road to Rickwood] (https://open.spotify.com/show/6pFPkuOT8SQ3KWddsCJc9j) [Link to Road to Rickwood site] (https://www.wwno.org/roadtorickwood) [Link to MLB on RtR] (https://www.mlb.com/news/road-to-rickwood-podcast-on-npr) [Link to NPR on RtR] (https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510382/the-road-to-rickwood) [Link to HoF on Rickwood] (https://baseballhall.org/discover/rickwood-field-features-baseballs-past-and-present) [Link to Wickwood wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickwood_Field) [Link to MLB at Rickwood wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MLB_at_Rickwood_Field) [Link to MLB’s Rickwood page] (https://www.mlb.com/events/rickwood) [Link to Bull Durham anecdote] (https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article263642678.html) [Link to Shelton on EW] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1956-jock-and-bull-stories/) [Link to EW Episode 1887] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1887-there-used-to-be-a-ballpark-and-its-still-there/) [Link to 1991 ALCS game] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVBtV7Kx-0g&t=4748s) [Link to ALCS game log] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TOR/TOR199110110.shtml) [Link to 1991 article page 1] (https://www.newspapers.com/article/star-tribune/149315372/) [Link to 1991 article page 2] (https://www.newspapers.com/article/star-tribune/149315403/) [Link to Ben on mid-PA changes] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2019/7/26/8931272/mid-plate-appearance-pitcher-change-john-cohen-mississippi-state-kentucky) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E2nLa2270_fA-MFwxK_ey_8YD9A0mcSGs799YQsh-A4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to meetup organizer form] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCKtVON5rZz20oZgyjUm9EJjcziWQNpap6AVloW-k8WIKzeA/viewform) [ ![image] (https://i.imgur.com/hT2AX6G.jpg)Sponsor UsonPatreon] (http://www.patreon.com/effectivelywild) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170117023846im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/images/facebook_icon_18x18.png)Facebook Group] (https://www.facebook.com/groups/effectivelywild/) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/DAtijEo.jpg)Twitter Account] (https://twitter.com/ewpod) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/I4hfhMi.png)EW Subreddit] (https://www.reddit.com/r/effectivelywild/) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/28HuIsx.png)Effectively Wild Wiki] (http://effectivelywild.wikia.com/wiki/Effectively_Wild_Wiki) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170120151139im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/include_new12/newsletter/images/itunes_icon.jpg)iTunes Feed] (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/effectively-wild-daily-baseball/id545919715) (Please rate and review us!) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/YXW4kOd.png)Get OurMerch!] (https://breakingt.com/collections/fangraphs) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170117023846im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/include_new12/newsletter/images/email_icon.jpg)] (mailto:podcast@baseballprospectus.com) Email Us: [podcast@fangraphs.com] (mailto:podcast@fangraphs.com) [Source] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2177-remembering-rickwood/) ... Read more

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14 Jun 2024


#2177

Effectively Wild Episode 2176: (Don’t) Do it Live!

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about [Bryce Harper] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/bryce-harper/11579/stats) pandering to Londoners, [Kiké Hernández] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/enrique-hernandez/10472/stats) booting a ball during an in-game interview, banning player scouting cards to lower BABIP, the effect on home runs of widening the foul lines, [Yusei Kikuchi] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/yusei-kikuchi/20633/stats) , [Tyler Soderstrom] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-soderstrom/27467/stats) , and a foul-territory hypothetical, crediting managers for sacrificial ejections, [Aaron Judge] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/aaron-judge/15640/stats) ’s scalding hot streak, [Luis Gil] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/luis-gil/21052/stats) performing like [Gerrit Cole] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/gerrit-cole/13125/stats) , the Yankees’ candlelit clubhouse, [Matt Waldron] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/matt-waldron/25550/stats) as the small-sample best pitcher in baseball, the dynamic duo of [Tarik Skubal] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tarik-skubal/22267/stats) and [Cole Ragans] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/cole-ragans/21846/stats) , follow-ups about non-hated dynasties, the Angels’ resilient attendance, a mid-PA pitching change, and pterodactyls and dinosaurs, plus closing banter about Buster Olney’s hacked-Twitter [Luis Robert Jr.] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/luis-robert/20043/stats) trade rumors. Audiointro: Kite Person, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ShNIfvqdt84DII-pVYvCp32cIpVIP2V5/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Gabriel-Ernest, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RRfThaYTS3pNyN08OEGLJLdhXRb-wIUZ/view?usp=drive_link) ” [Link to Harper pandering article] (https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/snyders-soapbox-in-defense-of-bryce-harpers-unabashed-philadelphia-sports-pandering/) [Link to Harper’s slide] (https://x.com/MLBONFOX/status/1799502590608023975) [Link to Harper’s bat] (https://x.com/MLB/status/1799473970158395864) [Link to AP on Kiké’s interview] (https://apnews.com/article/kike-hernandez-microphone-error-57132e75a2a0927e4f371e5269836495) [Link to Roberts on the error] (https://apnews.com/article/kike-hernandez-error-dodgers-roberts-962c36f0e59e6f66ad94f4a9d7efbfba) [Link to video of error] (https://x.com/YankeeWRLD/status/1799225745610285108) [Link to Ben on in-game interviews] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2020/10/2/21498591/espn-in-game-interviews-playoffs-ramon-laureano) [Link to Kikuchi collision] (https://www.mlb.com/news/yusei-kikuchi-collides-with-tyler-soderstrom-at-oakland-coliseum) [Link to Servais ejection] (https://www.mlb.com/video/scott-servais-gets-ejected-x4815) [Link to Raley’s bunt] (https://www.mlb.com/mariners/video/michael-kopech-in-play-run-s-to-luke-raley) [Link to Raleigh’s slam] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqFLSBOnS3k) [Link to Episode 2033 Stat Blast] (https://effectivelywild.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_2033:_Need-to-Know_Bases#Stat_Blast) [Link to Judge leaderboard] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/major-league?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=8&season=2024&month=1000&season1=2024&ind=0&startdate=2024-05-01&enddate=2024-06-10&team=0&sortcol=17&sortdir=default) [Link to rained-out stats] (https://mcusercontent.com/70117f7e29064e68418377637/files/f4e1c4ff-fbe3-83f2-3c94-15260c9ce5ea/2447_Rain_Rain_Go_Away.pdf) [Link to BP on Gil] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/91410/in-the-dirt-how-luis-became-king-of-the-gil/) [Link to Apstein on candles] (https://www.si.com/mlb/the-yankees-candlelit-clubhouse-may-be-their-secret-weapon) [Link to Waldron leaderboard] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/major-league?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&type=8&season=2024&month=1000&season1=2024&ind=0&qual=0&startdate=2024-05-11&enddate=2024-06-10&team=0) [Link to pitching fWAR leaders] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/war?sortcol=5&sortdir=desc) [Link to tweet about Boone mixup] (https://x.com/jorgecastillo/status/1799640594580660402) [Link to Ben on mid-PA changes] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2019/7/26/8931272/mid-plate-appearance-pitcher-change-john-cohen-mississippi-state-kentucky) [Link to pterosaur wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pterosaur) [Link to pterodacytl wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pterodactylus) [Link to quetzalcoatlus wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatlus) [Link to grackle wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grackle) [Link to cassowary wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassowary) [Link to Olney article 1] (https://awfulannouncing.com/espn/buster-olney-x-account-hack-fake-news.html) [Link to Olney article 2] (https://www.inquirer.com/phillies/buster-olney-hack-luis-robert-jr-twitter-francisco-lindor-20240610.html) [Link to Olney article 3] (https://www.si.com/fannation/mlb/fastball/news/espn-mlb-insider-buster-olney-hacked-as-false-reports-circulate-on-social-media-shohei-ohtani-suspension-luis-robert-jr-francisco-lindor-trades-las-vegas-athletics-orioles-relocation-01j0229cm9ew) [Link to OF leaderboard] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/major-league?lg=all&qual=0&season=2024&season1=2024&ind=0&team=0%2Cts&rost=&filter=&players=0&sortcol=21&sortdir=default&type=8&month=43) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E2nLa2270_fA-MFwxK_ey_8YD9A0mcSGs799YQsh-A4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to meetup organizer form] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCKtVON5rZz20oZgyjUm9EJjcziWQNpap6AVloW-k8WIKzeA/viewform) [ ![image] (https://i.imgur.com/hT2AX6G.jpg)Sponsor UsonPatreon] (http://www.patreon.com/effectivelywild) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170117023846im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/images/facebook_icon_18x18.png)Facebook Group] (https://www.facebook.com/groups/effectivelywild/) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/DAtijEo.jpg)Twitter Account] (https://twitter.com/ewpod) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/I4hfhMi.png)EW Subreddit] (https://www.reddit.com/r/effectivelywild/) [![image] (https://i.imgur.com/28HuIsx.png)Effectively Wild Wiki] (http://effectivelywild.wikia.com/wiki/Effectively_Wild_Wiki) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170120151139im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/include_new12/newsletter/images/itunes_icon.jpg)iTunes Feed] (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/effectively-wild-daily-baseball/id545919715) (Please rate and review us!) 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12 Jun 2024

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12 Jun 2024


#2176

Effectively Wild Episode 2175: Whose Foul Line is it Anyway?

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about [Vladimir Guerrero Jr.] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/vladimir-guerrero-jr/19611/stats) ’s recent resurgence, then answer listener emails about what a dynastic team could do to avoid being widely hated, a mid-plate-appearance batting change, widening the foul lines to increase offense, whether reducing pitcher injuries would be worth bringing back pitcher hitting, the popularity of a perfect ump, the fairness of unintentional foul tips, and which Mario Kart power-up would be best in baseball, plus additional banter about the Angels’ surprisingly small post-Ohtani attendance drop and ((1:09:51) a Stat Blast (with [Michael Mountain] (https://x.com/mountm729) ) about championship win probability MVPs, combining regular-season and postseason stats, and more. Audiointro: Harold Walker, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_u1OHC8kumMkTfl2QWSo4FRlkFWvOcHB/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Josh Busman, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SggB_cBRUvlpFnxY6mZRh4wXQ4AHj91K/view?usp=drive_link) ” [Link to Vlad leaderboard] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/major-league?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=8&season=2024&month=1000&season1=2024&ind=0&startdate=2024-05-08&enddate=2024-06-06&team=0&sortcol=17&sortdir=default) [Link to Ben on the Dodgers] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2020/10/27/21536109/los-angeles-dodgers-are-due-for-a-championship) [Link to Paine on the Giants] (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-strange-dynasty-of-the-san-francisco-giants-is-over-yes-it-was-a-dynasty/) [Link to Ben on mid-PA changes] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2019/7/26/8931272/mid-plate-appearance-pitcher-change-john-cohen-mississippi-state-kentucky) [Link to PH penalty post] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/updating-the-pinch-hit-penalty-with-a-few-rules-of-thumb/) [Link to foul lines article 1] (https://www.newspapers.com/article/sioux-city-journal/121802862/) [Link to foul lines article 2] (https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-journal-times/148926774/) [Link to foul lines article 3] (https://www.nytimes.com/1970/02/08/archives/minor-leagues-to-bend-foul-lines-in-baseball-trial-move-would.html) [Link to foul lines article 4] (https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-bradenton-herald/148948726/) [Link to foul lines article 5] (https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-spokesman-review/101243447/) [Link to foul lines article 6] (https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-pocono-record/148926792/) [Link to foul lines article 7] (https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-bradenton-herald/148948858/) [Link to Ben on pitcher hitting 1] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2018/6/7/17437016/national-league-pitcher-hitting-dh) [Link to Ben on pitcher hitting 2] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2021/8/6/22612375/pitching-position-players-pitchers-hitting-universal-dh) [Link to Hoberg EW segment] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1923-the-umpire-perfect-game/) [Link to Mario Kart items] (https://mariokart.fandom.com/wiki/Item) [Link to previous Mario question] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2160-mail-call/) [Link to Caldwell article 1] (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/32061845/the-incredible-story-mlb-pitcher-survived-lightning-strike-finish-game) [Link to Caldwell article 2] (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/70117f7e29064e68418377637/files/81fb1c7d-b85f-4fa5-8d5c-6eb0de45581b/18031_The_Lightning_Game.01.pdf) [Link to listener emails database] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-8lpspHQuR5GK7S_nNtGunLGrx60QnSa8XLG_wvRb4Q/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to Sam’s Angels tweets] (https://x.com/SamMillerBB/status/1785786823228457184) [Link to team attendance changes] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/majors/2024-misc.shtml) [Link to ESPN strength of schedule] (https://www.espn.com/mlb/stats/rpi/_/sort/sos) [Link to Michael’s Stat Blast cover] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oapd9k8epvIj4O33g1zDNgSIqiFrhkoQ/view?usp=drive_link) [Link to Sam on postseason stats] (https://pebblehunting.substack.com/p/theres-at-least-one-stat-left-to) [Link to Michael’s cWPA spreadsheet] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1o9scoSIGF6O67kObWGCbvvfeUkdSYyF6BvnQyXMlNQw/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to yearly cWPA leaders] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/cwpa_bat_top_ten.shtml) [Link to Kiner and Rickey article] (https://sabr.org/journal/article/ralph-kiner-and-branch-rickey-not-a-happy-marriage/) [Link to Ben on Britton] (https://www.theringer.com/2016/8/16/16036842/zach-britton-mvp-best-case-2ec119a992ad) [Link to Ben on pitch-clock history] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2023/3/29/23661015/the-forgotten-history-of-the-pitch-clock-in-baseball) [Link to 1970 GCL batting] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/league.cgi?id=ef2c51a2) [Link to 1970 GCL Pirates] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?id=88979ded) [Link to Andino headshots] (https://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/s3jw8/the_tragic_tale_of_robert_andino/) [Link to Curse of the Andino] (https://www.camdenchat.com/2021/9/28/22696832/orioles-news-links) [Link to Sam on single-play WAR] (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28210701/how-war-calculated-really-breaking-single-play-find-out) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E2nLa2270_fA-MFwxK_ey_8YD9A0mcSGs799YQsh-A4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to meetup organizer form] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCKtVON5rZz20oZgyjUm9EJjcziWQNpap6AVloW-k8WIKzeA/viewform) [ ![image] (https://i.imgur.com/hT2AX6G.jpg)Sponsor UsonPatreon] (http://www.patreon.com/effectivelywild) [![image] 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08 Jun 2024

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08 Jun 2024


#2175

Effectively Wild Episode 2174: Angles in the Outfield

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the showdowns between [Paul Skenes] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/paul-skenes/33677/stats) and [Shohei Ohtani] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/shohei-ohtani/19755/stats) , Skenes’s strengths and weaknesses as a pitcher and an entertainer, the least and most exciting types of strikes, and more. They then discuss the improbable longevity of [Aroldis Chapman’] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/aroldis-chapman/10233/stats) s triple-digit pitch speeds, whether the risk of losing the most games ever should stop the White Sox from selling, whether outfield positioning is suppressing offense more than the shift ever did, the less lively but far-from-dead ball, the end of Atlanta’s shutout streak, [Adam Duvall] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/adam-duvall/10950/stats) ’s beer-cup throw as proof of concept for a skills competition, MLB’s latest curious sponsor, an unsightly London Series shirt, and a potential [Kyle Tucker] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kyle-tucker/18345/stats) nickname. They also assess bears, sharks, pterodactyls, and other natural predators. Audiointro: Guy Russo, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ypilLuC54vxaDVVNtUuHSx9gP2ZcLug/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Andy Ellison, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-zryFrA5vGf46iu7jSvWSrkrDXTfJ3zY/view?usp=drive_link) ” [Link to Ohtani-Skenes video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2dSaXzowlw) [Link to “Paulk” Skenes video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi3Tn_Dh668) [Link to Sam on Skenes] (https://pebblehunting.substack.com/p/may-happened-and-we-are-all-the-witnesses) [Link to Bonds vs. Gagne] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1QfffRvWjM) [Link to R.J. on Skenes] (https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/where-paul-skenes-ranks-among-pitchers-through-pirates-flamethrowers-first-three-mlb-starts/) [Link to Skenes postgame interview] (https://www.mlb.com/pirates/video/paul-skenes-on-his-outing-against-the-dodgers) [Link to Skenes HR reaction] (https://x.com/shoheisaveus/status/1798582511259484247?s=46) [Link to Ohtani-Skenes-Chapman game] (https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/gamefeed?date=6/5/2024&gamePk=745494&chartType=pitch&legendType=pitchName&playerType=pitcher&inning=&count=&pitchHand=&batSide=&descFilter=&ptFilter=&resultFilter=&hf=pitchVelocity&sportId=1#745494) [Link to Skenes Baseball Savant page] (https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/savant-player/paul-skenes-694973?stats=statcast-r-pitching-mlb) [Link to Heart zone data] (https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/statcast_search?hfPT=&hfAB=&hfGT=R%7C&hfPR=foul%7Cfoul%5C.%5C.bunt%7Cbunt%5C.%5C.foul%5C.%5C.tip%7Cfoul%5C.%5C.pitchout%7Chit%5C.%5C.into%5C.%5C.play%7Cmissed%5C.%5C.bunt%7Cfoul%5C.%5C.tip%7Cswinging%5C.%5C.strike%7Cswinging%5C.%5C.strike%5C.%5C.blocked%7C&hfZ=&hfStadium=&hfBBL=&hfNewZones=1%7C2%7C3%7C4%7C5%7C6%7C7%7C8%7C9%7C&hfPull=&hfC=&hfSea=2024%7C&hfSit=&player_type=pitcher&hfOuts=&hfOpponent=&pitcher_throws=&batter_stands=&hfSA=&game_date_gt=&game_date_lt=2024-06-05&hfMo=&hfTeam=&home_road=&hfRO=&position=&hfInfield=&hfOutfield=&hfInn=&hfBBT=&hfFlag=&metric_1=&group_by=name&min_pitches=100&min_results=0&min_pas=0&sort_col=pitch_percent&player_event_sort=api_p_release_speed&sort_order=desc&chk_detailed_zone=on#results) [Link to Chase zone data] (https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/statcast_search?hfPT=&hfAB=&hfGT=R%7C&hfPR=foul%7Cfoul%5C.%5C.bunt%7Cbunt%5C.%5C.foul%5C.%5C.tip%7Cfoul%5C.%5C.pitchout%7Chit%5C.%5C.into%5C.%5C.play%7Cmissed%5C.%5C.bunt%7Cfoul%5C.%5C.tip%7Cswinging%5C.%5C.strike%7Cswinging%5C.%5C.strike%5C.%5C.blocked%7C&hfZ=&hfStadium=&hfBBL=&hfNewZones=21%7C22%7C23%7C24%7C26%7C27%7C28%7C29%7C&hfPull=&hfC=&hfSea=2024%7C&hfSit=&player_type=pitcher&hfOuts=&hfOpponent=&pitcher_throws=&batter_stands=&hfSA=&game_date_gt=&game_date_lt=2024-06-05&hfMo=&hfTeam=&home_road=&hfRO=&position=&hfInfield=&hfOutfield=&hfInn=&hfBBT=&hfFlag=&metric_1=&group_by=name&min_pitches=90&min_results=0&min_pas=0&sort_col=pitch_percent&player_event_sort=api_p_release_speed&sort_order=desc&chk_detailed_zone=on#results) [Link to article on Skenes fastball] (https://basetunnel.substack.com/p/paul-skenes-and-the-blueprint-for) [Link to info on foul-ball rates] (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/foul-balls-are-the-pace-of-play-problem-nobodys-talking-about/) [Link to Longenhagen on Skenes] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/behind-the-skenes-breaking-down-the-games-best-pitching-prospect/) [Link to Woodward on Skenes] (https://theadvancescout.substack.com/p/5-takes-skenes-evolution-and-the#%C2%A7skenes-splinker) [Link to Chapman max speeds] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/aroldis-chapman/10233/pitch-type-splits?position=P) [Link to Cooper on Chapman] (https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/aroldis-chapmans-arm-stands-alone/) [Link to Chapman Instagram story] (https://nypost.com/2024/03/13/sports/aroldis-chapman-appears-to-grope-older-woman-in-disturbing-video/) [Link to EW Episode 1] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1-gong/) [Link to MLBTR on the Sox] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/white-sox-trade-rumors-luis-robert-garrett-crochet.html) [Link to Passan on the Sox] (https://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/40270451/mlb-2024-early-trade-deadline-preview-all-30-teams-randy-arozarena-pete-alonso-vlad-guerrero-jr) [Link to FG playoff odds] (https://www.fangraphs.com/standings/playoff-odds/fg/mlb) [Link to BaseRuns standings] (https://www.fangraphs.com/depthcharts.aspx?position=BaseRuns) [Link to Russell on OF defense] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/91106/doubling-down/) [Link to Rob on playing deeper] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/67237/moonshot-the-leagues-defensive-positioning-has-changed/) [Link to Rob on OF defense] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/67362/moonshot-better-defense-is-costing-mlb-thousands-of-hits/) [Link to Episode 1907 wiki] (https://effectivelywild.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_1907:_Where%27s_There_a_Wills%3F) [Link to 1907 Unglaub arc article] (https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-brooklyn-citizen/109465726/) [Link to Ben on moving the mound] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2021/3/15/22331075/pitching-mound-move-distance) [Link to EW on time-traveling GM] (https://effectivelywild.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_846:_Nihilistic_Trivia_Time?so=search) [Link to Teoscar batted ball tweet] (https://x.com/JoeOrrico99/status/1798209956245856528) [Link to Chapman reaction] (https://x.com/TalkinBaseball_/status/1798154733561188542) [Link to longest no-shutout streaks] (https://x.com/baseball_ref/status/1798712786240864433) [Link to Duvall video] (https://ftw.usatoday.com/2024/06/adam-duvall-braves-beer-cup-pyramid-throw-video) [Link to Paine on Duvall] (https://neilpaine.substack.com/p/in-case-of-emergency-break-the-glass) [Link to buildsubmarines.com] (https://www.buildsubmarines.com/) [Link to buildsubmarines.com release] (https://www.mlb.com/press-release/press-release-blueforge-alliance-announces-mlb-and-milb-partnership-topromote-buildsubmarines-com-and-recruit-skilled-workers) [Link to Good Sam Club release] (https://www.goodsam.com/article/default.aspx?articleid=3112309) [Link to Camping World release] (https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-camping-world-announce-partnership-c254857086) [Link to Doosan release] (https://www.mlb.com/press-release/doosan-announces-multi-year-mlb-partnership-presenting-sponsorship-of--256387604) [Link to EW on beer/cerveza] (https://effectivelywild.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_1829:_2022_Division_Preview_Series:_NL_Central) [Link to beer/cerveza follow-up] (https://effectivelywild.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_1831:_Where_the_Rubber_Meets_the_Mound) [Link to London shirt tweet] (https://x.com/MetsJr69/status/1798047552912425406) [Link to London shirt tweet 2] (https://x.com/MetsJr69/status/1798329824873975990) [Link to Reed tweet] (https://x.com/MetsJr69/status/1798315313035165777) [Link to split scarves tweet] (https://x.com/KillaHills10307/status/1798172295443484749) [Link to Reed/shirt post] (https://risingapple.com/posts/ny-mets-london-series-phillies-hawaiian-shirt-jake-reed) [Link to Dan Flashes meme] (https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/dan-flashes) [Link to mother is mothering meme] (https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/mother-is-mothering) [Link to shark-punching article] (https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article231162853.html) [Link to lowest team OBPs] (https://stathead.com/sharing/oa2S3) [Link to lowest team wRC+] (https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/major-league?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=al&lg=nl&qual=0&type=8&month=0&ind=1&team=0%2Cts&rost=&age=&filter=&players=0&sortcol=18&sortdir=asc&startdate=&enddate=&season1=1900&season=2024&pagenum=1) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E2nLa2270_fA-MFwxK_ey_8YD9A0mcSGs799YQsh-A4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to meetup organizer form] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCKtVON5rZz20oZgyjUm9EJjcziWQNpap6AVloW-k8WIKzeA/viewform) [ ![image] (https://i.imgur.com/hT2AX6G.jpg)Sponsor UsonPatreon] 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07 Jun 2024

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#2174

Effectively Wild Episode 2173: Five Men Out

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley discuss MLB’s clearing of [Shohei Ohtani] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/shohei-ohtani/19755/stats) and banning of five other players for betting on baseball (including [Tucupita Marcano’] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tucupita-marcano/22871/stats) s permaban), touching on MLB’s culpability (or lack thereof), gambling ads, the future, and more. Then (39:32) they banter about the latest instance of [Tommy Pham] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tommy-pham/2967/stats) going aggro, which demotion is more surprising, [Spencer Torkelson’] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/spencer-torkelson/27465/stats) s or [Edouard Julien] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/edouard-julien/27534/stats) ’s, leaguewide parity and a purported lack of good teams, a [Garrett Crochet] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/garrett-crochet/27463/stats) trade rumor, a memorable Brewers-Phillies game, a skills competition at the Futures Game, the Rangers’ resistance to Pride Night (1:16:18), a suggested [Kyle Tucker] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kyle-tucker/18345/stats) nickname, a [Reed Garrett] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/reed-garrett/16866/stats) update, a decrease in position-player pitching, why mid-PA pitching changes haven’t caught on, and SABR’s new determination about which Negro Leagues were major-league quality. Audiointro: Luke Lillard, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IdOM-zb7R8ln39HiJsfTKpQCOdvTF7fd/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Davy Andrews, “ [Edouard Julien, Are You Gonna Rule Again?] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrSZ7AV0cLY) ” [Link to MLBTR on Ohtani] (https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-announces-sports-betting-violation-suspensions) [Link to MLB bans press release] (https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-announces-sports-betting-violation-suspensions) [Link to Marcano MaML] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1725-jerry-built/) [Link to Baumann on the ban] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/this-is-how-it-has-to-work/) [Link to 2015 Cosart story] (https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2015/04/03/mlb-fines-marlins-pitcher-jarred-cosart-for-illegal-bets/25259495/) [Link to naming rights story] (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-06-03/fanduel-nears-deal-for-naming-rights-to-diamond-sports-channels) [Link to regulation article 1] (https://news.northeastern.edu/2024/03/19/federal-sports-betting-bill/) [Link to regulation article 2] (https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/03/sport/sports-betting-usa-impact-on-lives-spt-intl/index.html) [Link to regulation article 3] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/03/05/sports-betting-gambling-addiction/) [Link to regulation article 4] (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/apr/22/us-sports-gambling-far-from-progressive) [Link to regulation article 5] (https://www.covers.com/industry/uk-gambling-commission-introduces-stricter-regulations-may-5-2024) [Link to Weaver on Pham] (https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5537190/2024/06/03/tommy-pham-white-sox-college-baseball-birmingham-southern-the-windup/) [Link to latest Pham play] (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/40264442/tommy-pham-fighting-words-brewers-play-plate) [Link to Statcast on the send] (https://x.com/tangotiger/status/1797627572802740351) [Link to 2022 Pham play] (https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/i-get-down-tommy-pham-says-hed-fight-luke-voit-over-plate-collision-during-padres-reds-game/2925548/) [Link to Pham-Pederson dispute] (https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10067382-tommy-pham-on-origin-of-joc-pederson-feud-i-said-id-pimp-slap-the-s--t-out-of-him) [Link to Pham wiki] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Pham) [Link to Pham tweet] (https://x.com/TphamLV/status/1797763369480642940) [Link to Pham on the Mets] (https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/4854008/2023/09/21/mets-mlb-season-record-trajectory-performance/) [Link to Pham in AZ info 1] (https://www.foxsports.com/stories/mlb/how-tommy-pham-has-provided-d-backs-with-many-hits-zero-room-for-nonsense) [Link to Pham in AZ info 2] (https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2023-10-29/tommy-pham-arizona-diamondbacks-teammate-dodgers) [Link to Dan S. on Tork/Julien] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/spencer-torkelson-and-edouard-julien-optioned-to-triple-a/) [Link to preseason Julien post] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/edouard-julien-are-you-gonna-rule-again/) [Link to preseason projections] (https://www.fangraphs.com/projections?pos=all&stats=pit&type=fangraphsdc) [Link to MLBTR on Suwinski] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/pirates-option-jack-suwinski.html) [Link to Sam tweet] (https://x.com/SamMillerBB/status/1796229534158831853) [Link to Sheehan on the ALC] (https://www.joesheehan.com/2024/06/newsletter-excerpt-june-4-2024-clutch.html) [Link to end of Pac-12 baseball] (https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/40220682/arizona-wins-pac-12-baseball-title-conference-final-event) [Link to indy Oregon team] (https://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/2024/01/oregon-state-baseball-to-play-independent-schedule-giving-beavers-chance-to-create-our-own-identity-and-do-something-special-amid-conference-realignment.html) [Link to Ben on team mediocrity] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2024/3/28/24114438/2024-mlb-preseason-predictions-world-series-mvp-cy-young-breakout-player) [Link to EW on team mediocrity] (https://effectivelywild.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_2143:_The_2024_Preseason_Predictions_Game) [Link to Ben on Morgan quotes] (https://grantland.com/the-triangle/explaining-2015-mlb-parity-projected-standings/#:~:text=Before%20this%20century%E2%80%99s,for%20a%20bit.%E2%80%9D) [Link to FJM] (http://www.firejoemorgan.com/) [Link to Crochet rumor] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/06/padres-showing-strong-interest-in-garrett-crochet.html) [Link to Hoskins/Dahl game] (https://apnews.com/article/phillies-brewers-score-hoskins-dahl-fecc4e32bf11942c156c95864d2cc9bc) [Link to skills comp info] (https://www.mlb.com/press-release/release-brand-new-mlb-futures-skills-showcase-on-all-star-saturday) [Link to KBO bunt derby clip] (https://x.com/MyKBO/status/754312383128932354) [Link to Levi on the website slogan] (https://x.com/ThreeTwoEephus/status/1797760662489440614) [Link to Levi on Pride Night] (https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/2905710/2021/10/22/weaver-the-rangers-persistent-refusal-to-acknowledge-lgbtq-fans-and-community-is-unacceptable/) [Link to Ghiroli on Pride Night] (https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/4621032/2023/06/19/texas-rangers-pride-night/) [Link to AP on Pride Night] (https://apnews.com/article/rangers-pride-mlb-lgbtq-e3caa6ad3011bfae841b4fe9b4ce6c30) [Link to LAT on Pride Night] (https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2023-06-16/texas-rangers-pride-night-major-league-baseball) [Link to Rob Mains on PPP] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/91044/the-month-that-was-may/) [Link to article on Tucker] (https://www.si.com/fannation/mlb/fastball/news/los-angeles-angels-position-player-cole-tucker-spotless-in-first-career-pitching-appearance-vs-seattle-mariners-01hzcmczhjtd) [Link to Clemens on mid-PA changes] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/getting-to-two-vs-closing-the-deal/) [Link to Ben L. on mid-PA changes] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2019/7/26/8931272/mid-plate-appearance-pitcher-change-john-cohen-mississippi-state-kentucky) [Link to SABR on the Negro Leagues] (https://sabr.org/latest/sabr-special-committee-acknowledges-1949-50-negro-american-league-independent-black-baseball-teams-as-major-league-caliber/) [Link to Lester/Thorn on EW] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2170-making-it-official/) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E2nLa2270_fA-MFwxK_ey_8YD9A0mcSGs799YQsh-A4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to meetup organizer form] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCKtVON5rZz20oZgyjUm9EJjcziWQNpap6AVloW-k8WIKzeA/viewform) [ ![image] (https://i.imgur.com/hT2AX6G.jpg)Sponsor UsonPatreon] (http://www.patreon.com/effectivelywild) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170117023846im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/images/facebook_icon_18x18.png)Facebook Group] (https://www.facebook.com/groups/effectivelywild/) [![image] 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05 Jun 2024

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#2173

Effectively Wild Episode 2172: No LOLMetsing Matter

![EWFI] (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ewlogofi.png) Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley bring on FanGraphs associate editor [Matt Martell] (https://twitter.com/bymattmartell) to discuss the scenes at Citi Field that kicked off the Mets’ [Jorge López] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jorge-lopez/14527/stats) saga, the resulting DFA and fallout, and what this silly/sad sequence of events suggests about the potential for player intent to be lost in translation, how off-the-field issues can manifest on the field, and the line between LOLMets and more serious situations. Then (42:00) Ben and Meg are joined by Trout-tier Patreon supporter Andrew Simard to explore the podcast as a sleep aid and answer listener emails about a jack-of-all-trades team vs. a specialist team, learning baseball lingo and the “double out,” the need for a nickname for [Kyle Tucker] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kyle-tucker/18345/stats) , [Anthony Rizzo] (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/anthony-rizzo/3473/stats) and batter’s-box mobility, strike-zone multipliers, and spending surplus wins on playoff power-ups. Audiointro: Alex Glossman and Ali Breneman, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LwE1yLYIymQe16tQBjqWkF9Tx8DNlZez/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiointerstitial: The Gagnés, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jVOMAuZop-4BhxnZ1JQaULw7FlW2XJD_/view?usp=drive_link) ” Audiooutro: Xavier LeBlanc, “ [Effectively Wild Theme] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/14GwETbHV9icxS2-FKQXWPNtoJKy1U55L/view?usp=drive_link) ” [Link to López comments] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT_Cqv_Y0Gg) [Link to López glove throw] (https://x.com/SNYtv/status/1795953930406343118) [Link to Matt’s thread] (https://x.com/ByMattMartell/status/1796000051019255866) [Link to DiComo tweet] (https://x.com/AnthonyDiComo/status/1795988254333780219) [Link to DiComo thread] (https://x.com/AnthonyDiComo/status/1796197251057877369) [Link to Beverley ball throw] (https://x.com/sportingnews/status/1786199806760587400) [Link to Beverley pod incident] (https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/40075205/patrick-beverley-vows-better-fan-media-spats) [Link to Mintz López column] (https://sports.yahoo.com/reliever-jorge-lopez-embarrassed-mets-and-himself-but-his-situation-deserves-empathy-not-scorn-180609849.html) [Link to López Insta Story] (https://imgur.com/RcFDJnu) [Link to López Insta post] (https://www.instagram.com/p/C7m8qYpuC82/) [Link to MLBTR on López] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/mets-designate-jorge-lopez-for-assignment.html) [Link to MLBTR on Díaz] (https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/mets-place-edwin-diaz-on-injured-list-with-shoulder-impingement.html) [Link to 2023 López IL stint] (https://www.mlb.com/news/jorge-lopez-returns-from-injured-list-after-mental-health-break) [Link to Mets Reddit thread] (https://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/pelizk/whats_your_favorite_ridiculous_mets_story_in/) [Link to Mrs. Met story] (https://www.si.com/fannation/mlb/fastball/news/mrs-met-is-being-silenced-on-x-and-will-have-joint-account-with-mr-met-and-fans-are-mad) [Link to Hechavarría video] (https://x.com/Trenciarte/status/1620197145566650369) [Link to Hechavarría story] (https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/09/braves-adeiny-hechavarria-thanked-god-mets-mlb) [Link to Becker on the Mets] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/top-of-the-order-heres-what-a-mets-teardown-could-look-like/) [Link to Baseball Sleep Radio] (https://www.sleepbaseball.com/) [Link to Sleep Baseball host on EW] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-1860-start-them-young/) [Link to lineup makeup research] (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/89733/baseball-therapy-what-are-lineups-made-of/) [Link to Ben on Trial By Content] (https://www.theringer.com/2024/4/25/24139986/trial-royale-best-baseball-movie-round-2-minor-leagues) [Link to Ben on House of R] (https://www.theringer.com/2024/5/7/24151605/the-acolyte-trailer-breakdown-baseball-x-fandom-crossover-doubleheader) [Link to Tucker HR robbery] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlRHLLMJojE&t=773s) [Link to King Tuck’s Court video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L-g62_FE_M) [Link to King Tuck’s Court Twitter] (https://x.com/kingtuckscourt) [Link to King Felix’s Court] (https://grantland.com/features/the-king-court/) [Link to recent EW on Tucker] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2167-all-tuckered-out/) [Link to darts “double out”] (https://www.shotdarts.com/blog/darts-doubles-practice-games) [Link to B-Ref career WAR leaders] (https://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/WAR_career.shtml) [Link to new Rizzo adjustment] (https://x.com/Jomboy_/status/1794557857054011558) [Link to previous Rizzo adjustment] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peS2Pt756EI) [Link to Ben on moving the mound] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2021/3/15/22331075/pitching-mound-move-distance) [Link to HBP penalty email] (https://effectivelywild.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_1689:_Take_Artists) [Link to Golden Batter rule] (https://x.com/TheSavBananas/status/1712845649111400499) [Link to Cosmic Baseball story] (https://www.mlb.com/news/cosmic-baseball-black-lights-tri-city-chili-peppers-2024) [Link to listener emails database] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-8lpspHQuR5GK7S_nNtGunLGrx60QnSa8XLG_wvRb4Q/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to Ben on Button Mash] (https://www.theringer.com/button-mash) [Link to ballpark meetup forms] (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E2nLa2270_fA-MFwxK_ey_8YD9A0mcSGs799YQsh-A4/edit?usp=sharing) [Link to meetup organizer form] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCKtVON5rZz20oZgyjUm9EJjcziWQNpap6AVloW-k8WIKzeA/viewform) [ ![image] (https://i.imgur.com/hT2AX6G.jpg)Sponsor UsonPatreon] (http://www.patreon.com/effectivelywild) [![image] 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[![image] (https://i.imgur.com/YXW4kOd.png)Get OurMerch!] (https://breakingt.com/collections/fangraphs) [![image] (https://web.archive.org/web/20170117023846im_/http://www.baseballprospectus.com/include_new12/newsletter/images/email_icon.jpg)] (mailto:podcast@baseballprospectus.com) Email Us: [podcast@fangraphs.com] (mailto:podcast@fangraphs.com) [Source] (https://blogs.fangraphs.com/effectively-wild-episode-2172-no-lolmetsing-matter/) ... Read more

01 Jun 2024

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#2172

Effectively Wild Episode 2171: The Tipping Point

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Simeon Woods Richardson’s podcast-approved use of written notes, whether David Fry or Jurickson Profar has the most delightfully surprising stats, Kevin Pillar’s post-White Sox hot streak, MLB’s offensive outage in May, Blake Snell and other slow-starting late-starting starters, Matt Waldron’s knuckleball usage and Jeremiah Estrada’s strikeout streak, and […] ... Read more

30 May 2024

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30 May 2024


#2171

Effectively Wild Episode 2170: Making it Official

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the career and competitive implications of Ronald Acuña Jr.’s latest season-ending injury, the retirement of infamous ump Angel Hernandez, the aesthetics of umps issuing warnings, the Brewers’ success sans Craig Counsell and David Stearns, a new unwritten rule against any(?) bunting, White Sox players vs. White Sox skipper […] ... Read more

29 May 2024

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29 May 2024


#2170

Effectively Wild Episode 2169: Play Big, Windbigler

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about which slow-starting 2023 pennant winner (Diamondbacks or Rangers) is more likely to get back on track to return to October, explain (9:37) the saga of Dick Windbigler, the rare pitcher who actually hurt himself by pausing mid-delivery (featuring an appearance by Dick’s widow, Melba Windbigler), then (30:04) answer […] ... Read more

25 May 2024

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25 May 2024


#2169

Effectively Wild Episode 2168: The National (TV) Pastime

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the end of the Orioles’ sweep-less streak, Oneil Cruz’s mismatch between top-tier tools and pedestrian production, the Phillies’ strength of schedule, Steven Okert and the etiquette of tipping one’s bullpen-cart driver, Kyle Hendricks and the decline of the 2016 Cubs’ core, and some Shohei Ohtani real-estate news. Then […] ... Read more

24 May 2024

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24 May 2024


#2168

Effectively Wild Episode 2167: All Tuckered Out

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the hype surrounding Paul Skenes starts and how Skenes has leveled up since he was drafted, whether Kyle Tucker could finally shed his “most underrated player” label, Gunnar Henderson vs. Bobby Witt Jr. (and the Orioles’ infield/outfield future), the resurgent Royals, Jo Adell’s (maybe?) breakout, Joey Gallo’s ever-stranger […] ... Read more

22 May 2024

1 HR 35 MINS

1:35:21

22 May 2024


#2167

Effectively Wild Episode 2166: Delayed Gratifi-K-tion

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Rays running out of mound visits and various visit-related hypotheticals, then (21:00) answer listener emails about “due up” vs. “on deck,” strikes vs. pitches in the strike zone, whether focusing on wins instead of runs makes WAR less intuitive, Quinn Priester and FIP-based pitcher WAR, Ronald Acuña […] ... Read more

18 May 2024

1 HR 31 MINS

1:31:58

18 May 2024


#2166

Effectively Wild Episode 2165: The Bunt Stops Here

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about a fake Ronel Blanco tweet about a fake Ronel Blanco quote, Meryl Streep’s sports apps, how four expected-to-contend teams’ injury-depleted rotations are faring so far, Josh Hader’s multi-inning outings, fêting Erick Fedde, Elly De La Cruz’s pursuit of 100 stolen bases, an Austin Hedges bruise, a possible benefit […] ... Read more

17 May 2024

1 HR 41 MINS

1:41:28

17 May 2024


#2165

Effectively Wild Episode 2164: The Batcast Era

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the “effectively wild” debut of Paul Skenes and the Pirates’ bases-loaded walkathon, an in-development TV series about Ippei Mizuhara, the demotion of Craig Kimbrel and possible trade dangling of Mason Miller, the continued success of Davis Schneider, the impact of replay review on the increase in catcher’s interference […] ... Read more

15 May 2024

1 HR 35 MINS

1:35:21

15 May 2024


#2164

Effectively Wild Episode 2163: Littell Big League

Ben Lindbergh talks to Rays pitcher Zack Littell (4:33) about his expectation-surpassing conversion from relieving to starting and his affinity for cruise ships. Then (23:33) Ben brings on author and film critic Noah Gittell to discuss his new book about baseball movies and American culture, Baseball: The Movie, followed by six Stat Blasts with frequent […] ... Read more

11 May 2024

2 HR 02 MINS

2:02:29

11 May 2024


#2163

Effectively Wild Episode 2162: The Kershaw Narrative

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Pirates calling up top pitching prospect Paul Skenes, Mookie Betts’s shortstop defense, Willson Contreras, the causes of increasingly common catcher’s interference calls, and catcher technique in an ABS world, rampant reliever shuffling, Chase Anderson as a Phiten necklace “endling,” two ways in which amateur prospects are possibly […] ... Read more

09 May 2024

2 HR 08 MINS

2:08:48

09 May 2024


#2162

Effectively Wild Episode 2161: The State of Stadium Funding

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Riley Greene’s latest pants-related wardrobe malfunction, the Padres-Marlins Luis Arraez trade, the continued scuffling of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., a C.B. Bucknor bit, and more. Then (52:30) they’re joined by Neil deMause, author of Field of Schemes, and J.C. Bradbury, author, stadium-funding researcher, and professor of economics, finance, and […] ... Read more

08 May 2024

1 HR 36 MINS

1:36:17

08 May 2024


#2161

Effectively Wild Episode 2160: Mail Call

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about a recent uptick in base stealing and why Mike Trout’s loyalty to the Angels is criticized more than it’s celebrated. Then (16:39) they’re joined by Patreon supporter Alex Levy to discuss Alex’s background as a podcast listener, baseball fan, and mail carrier and answer emails (43:49) about a […] ... Read more

04 May 2024

1 HR 43 MINS

1:43:16

04 May 2024