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Effectively Wild Episode 1852: Roger, Over and Out

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley pay tribute (for the umpteenth time) to the great Roger Angell, who died at 101 on Friday, then banter about which underperforming hitters are most in need of the kind of breakout game that slow-starting Trevor Story had this week. After that (21:41), they bring on listener and top-tier Patreon supporter Aaron Hartman to discuss his Effectively Wild, baseball, and betting origin stories, answer listener emails about umpire punch-out calls in the robo-umps era, quantifying clutchness at lower levels, and the most tortured fan bases in MLB, then (1:00:09) do a “How can you not be pedantic about baseball?” segment on ground-rule doubles, the infield “corners,” “scoreless” games, postseason stats, and walk-offs, and Stat Blast (1:26:10) about Mike Clevinger and pitchers facing players they were traded for, the longest strings of identical plate appearances for back-to-back batters, and the pitchers most helped or hurt by their bullpen support.

Audio intro: Neil Young, “Roger and Out
Audio outro: Band of Horses, “Heartbreak on the 101

Link to New Yorker Angell obit
Link to NYT Angell obit
Link to Angell SABR bio
Link to Tom Verducci Angell profile
Link to EW episode on Angell’s centennial
Link to centennial episode transcript
Link to Angell book interview episode
Link to Angell mentions on the EW wiki
Link to Patrick Dubuque on Story
Link to MLB.com on Story
Link to Robert Orr on Semien
Link to MLB.com on Gorman and Liberatore
Link to news about the Cardinals’ callups
Link to BP on Gorman
Link to BP on Liberatore
Link to article on debut dates for HoFers
Link to ground-rule double info
Link to MLB ground rules
Link to William Safire on walk-offs
Link to etymology of walk-off homers
Link to 2021 MLB walk-off montage
Link to EW email questions database
Link to Stathead
Link to player pairs with same 4 on-base events
Link to Duck Soup mirror scene
Link to rate of multi-player trades by decade
Link to Ben on pitchers vs. ex-catchers
Link to Stat Blast data on inherited runners
Link to Aaron’s Instagram
Link to Ryan Nelson’s Twitter
Link to article on trendiest names
Link to baby-name comparison tool

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Effectively Wild Episode 1851: You Say Tyler, I Say Taylor

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the rabidity of opossums and Eugenio Suárez‘s keepie-uppie skills, then discuss the White Sox offense and Tony La Russa’s rationale for batting Andrew Vaughn ninth, Max Scherzer’s oblique injury, and the possibility of a Juan Soto trade, before meeting major leaguers (53:30) Logan Gillaspie (Orioles) and Brandon Hughes (Cubs), and Stat Blasting (1:06:26) about the rapid Tyler/Taylor takeover of MLB player names.

Audio intro: We Are Scientists, “I Don’t Bite
Audio outro: Kiwi Jr., “Tyler

Link to the Human Society on opossums
Link to Wildlife Habitat Council on opossums
Link to Opossum Society FAQ
Link to press-box opossum pic
Link to story about press-box opossum
Link to possum vs. opossum definitions
Link to Reddit thread on Suárez
Link to La Russa comment on Vaughn
Link to Tango’s response
Link to Ben on batting pitchers eighth
Link to Jeremy Frank on Garcia
Link to Frank on Garcia again
Link to Scherzer news
Link to deGrom update
Link to Olney on Soto
Link to report on Soto extension offer
Link to Mark Feinsand on trade candidates
Link to video of Gillaspie’s debut
Link to MASN on Gillaspie’s debut
Link to Camden Chat on Gillaspie
Link to 2018 Gillaspie signing story
Link to FB group thread on Gillaspie
Link to Ben on the Salina Stockade
Link to The Only Rule Is it Has to Work
Link to story on Hughes’s debut
Link to video of Hughes’s debut
Link to Hughes fun fact
Link to Longenhagen on Hughes
Link to Tyler Holton story
Link to Stat Blast data on player names
Link to SSA baby names site
Link to The Bob Emergency, Part 1
Link to The Bob Emergency, Part II
Link to Tyler Kepner on Tylers
Link to Stathead on worst second-half tOPS+
Link to Stathead on second-half ERA rises
Link to 1995 article on Green, P. 1
Link to 1995 article on Green, P. 2

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Effectively Wild Episode 1850: Don’t Squat So Close to Me

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about two of the worst defensive plays of the season, which came courtesy of the Tigers and Nationals, Albert Pujols pitching and walking, the Pirates winning without a hit (but with one correct prediction), and the breakout of Taylor Ward; answer listener emails about banning gray uniforms, baseball jugglers, listing pitchers’ batting handedness in the universal-DH era, vetoing shifts and pitching changes, and catchers squatting too close to hitters; then Stat Blast (1:08:55) about the most consecutive trades made by one team, the best one-day home and road records, and the most back-to-back homers in a season by teams and players, before reflecting on how the (o)possums in the press box in Oakland may get along with their feral-cat neighbors (plus a few postscript updates).

Audio intro: The Society of Rockets, “Error Era
Audio outro: Chip Taylor, “The Possum Hunter

Link to video of Twins-Tigers play
Link to video of Nats-Marlins play
Link to WaPo on the Nats’ defense
Link to team Defensive Efficiency
Link to Tigers’ dropped popup
Link to Nationals’ botched rundown
Link to xWOBA leaderboard
Link to Sam Blum on Ward
Link to Dan Szymborski on Ward
Link to Tyler Kepner on Tylers
Link to Jay Jaffe on the hitless win
Link to García’s prediction
Link to story on VanMeter’s prediction
Link to tweet about VanMeter’s prediction
Link to story about Pujols and Gonzalez
Link to Sam on Pujols not walking
Link to Allen juggling on SI cover
Link to video of Peña juggling
Link to video of Guillorme juggling
Link to video of Dietrich juggling
Link to other video of Dietrich juggling
Link to article about Olympic juggling
Link to Jeff on catcher’s interference rates
Link to EW email questions database
Link to Stathead
Link to Stat Blast data on back-to-back HR
Link to MLBTR on Ford trades
Link to story about Schwarber as bench coach
Link to tweet about Wilson as coach
Link to press-box possum pic
Link to Opossum Society FAQ
Link to possum vs. opossum definitions
Link to tweet about Morel’s called shot
Link to video of Nats’ latest misplay(s)

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Effectively Wild Episode 1849: When the Whiff Hits the Fan

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about a wave of baseball ads for cryptocurrencies and NFTs coinciding with crashes in the crypto and NFT markets, injuries to Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw, the dominance of the Dodgers, Yankees, and (especially of late) Astros, the early NL West race, Robinson Canó getting a job as Jarred Kelenic loses one, the Mariners’ player development and the franchise’s future, the managerial line of succession and an unlikely player-manager scenario, and Devin Williams and the limits of effective wildness, plus three “How can you not be pedantic about baseball?” terminology questions about describing scoring and strikeouts and recalling players, and a few closing followups.

Audio intro: Joan Armatrading, “Down to Zero
Audio outro: The Byrds, “Take a Whiff on Me

Link to story about crypto sell-off
Link to story about crypto/NFT crash
Link to more on the crypto/NFT crash
Link to luna crash explainer
Link to Nationals tweet
Link to Ad Age story about Nats tweet
Link to Marlins NFT press release
Link to MLB/MLBPA NFT press release
Link to MLB’s Gehrig NFT
Link to Ohtani crypto press release
Link to Harper injury news
Link to Kershaw injury news
Link to fun fact about Astros
Link to Jay Jaffe on Yankees homers
Link to BaseRuns records/run differential
Link to Jay on the Canó signing
Link to Kelenic news
Link to Mariners prospect list
Link to EW email questions database
Link to effectively wild pitchers spreadsheet
Link to 2018 story about emergency goalie
Link to 2018 episode about emergency goalie
Link to FanGraphs on emergency catcher rules
Link to SI on emergency catcher rules
Link to Ohtani prankster story

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Effectively Wild Episode 1848: Shantz Encounter

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about which is more impressive, Reid Detmers throwing a two-strikeout no-hitter or right-handed hitter Anthony Rendon homering from the left side against a position-player pitcher, recount (11:50) the surprisingly long, largely forgotten history of the 20-seconds-between-pitches rule and the pitch clock in pro ball and the big leagues, and assess whether the upcoming introduction of the pitch clock to MLB will work better than a short-lived attempt in 1969, then Stat Blast (58:12) about the hitters and pitchers who performed best against future Hall of Famers, and (1:21:42) cold call 96-year-old Yankees/Athletics legend Bobby Shantz to discuss his incredible life and career.

Audio intro: Genesis, “Counting Out Time
Audio outro: ABBA, “Me and Bobby and Bobby’s Brother

Link to article on Detmers and strikeouts
Link to stats on CGs with fewer than 3 Ks
Link to MLB.com article on Rendon
Link to Ben Clemens on Rendon and Detmers
Link to Manfred’s pitch clock comments
Link to John Thorn on speeding up play
Link to doc with collected pitch clock sources
Link to average pace by season
Link to SI on Charlie Finley’s clock
Link to Ben on Bill Veeck
Link to The Hustler’s Handbook
Link to The Hustler’s Handbook excerpt 1
Link to The Hustler’s Handbook excerpt 2
Link to 1975 story on Veeck’s Pitchometer
Link to Ben on pace and defense
Link to Orioles program page
Link to Stathead
Link to Stat Blast vs. HoFers data
Link to Rob Arthur on pitchers vs. hitters
Link to Mike Fast on pitchers vs. hitters
Link to Jim Albert on pitchers vs. hitters
Link to Cyril Morong on pitchers vs. hitters
Link to list of oldest living players
Link to Shantz’s SABR bio
Link to John Hiller EW episode
Link to Shantz vs. HoFers data
Link to MLB-average heights by year
Link to Stathead short-pitchers leaderboard
Link to Stathead light-pitchers leaderboard
Link to Stathead P/CF games
Link to 1957 WS G2 broadcast
Link to 1960 WS G7 video
Link to Colt 45s opener video
Link to Shantz stem-cell-treatment video
Link to SABRCast Kaat episode
Link to MLB.com story on Kaat and Shantz
Link to pics of Shantz on Shantz Day
Link to more pics of Shantz on Shantz Day
Link to even more pics of Shantz on Shantz Day
Link to photo of Shantz and Bender
Link to story on Shantz’s CF appearance
Link to SABR on Shantz’s no-hit relief game
Link to 14-inning-game article
Link to info on estimated pitch counts
Link to Shantz vs. Maxwell results
Link to Stathead pitcher-hitting leaders
Link to article about Shantz and Dykes
Link to retrospective on Shantz’s career
Link to info on Shantz-Gibson almost-trade
Link to list of EW cold call episodes

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Effectively Wild Episode 1847: We Want a Catcher, Not a Belly-Scratcher

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Josh Naylor’s record eight RBI after the eighth inning and the hot-hitting Guardians, José Ramírez taking a hometown discount to stay in Cleveland, Rangers manager Chris Woodward’s seemingly misinterpreted joke about Yankee Stadium, the perils of interpreting text-only quotes, Mets hitting coach Eric Chávez’s theory about MLB selectively juicing the ball, another way in which life is getting harder for hitters, Josh VanMeter’s nightmare inning as an emergency catcher for the Pirates, and Rays pitcher Calvin Faucher’s rude welcome in the majors, plus a Stat Blast (1:14:26) about Sean Hjelle, Tyler Rogers, and the greatest disparities in consecutive pitchers’ release points, a note about a Bill Veeck plan to sign a “giant” hitter, and a few followups.

Audio intro: The Pooh Sticks, “Jelly on a Plate
Audio outro: The Mother Hips, “Emergency Exit

Link to Naylor highlights video
Link to story on Ramírez’s contract
Link to Ben Clemens on Ramírez’s extension
Link to Dan Szymborski on the Albies extension
Link to Craig Edwards on the Albies extension
Link to Sheryl Ring on the Albies extension
Link to RosterResource payroll page
Link to video of Torres’s homer
Link to video of White’s homer
Link to video of Woodward’s comment
Link to Levi on Woodward’s comment
Link to video of Boone’s response
Link to Yankees’ 30/30 tweet
Link to @NoContextEWPod
Link to article about Chávez’s theory
Link to article about Alonso’s theory
Link to FanGraphs on the ball’s behavior
Link to article about VanMeter
Link to VanMeter interview
Link to Knapp ejection video
Link to Russell on emergency catchers
Link to Shelley Duncan interview
Link to Ben on second-guessing
Link to EW episode on Shamsky
Link to Michael Baumann on Shamsky
Link to Stathead query on Shamsky/Naylor
Link to Stathead
Link to info on Hjelle
Link to video of Hjelle’s debut
Link to Hjelle/Rogers release points
Link to Stat Blast release-point data
Link to release-point height leaderboard
Link to league-average release point height
Link to Bill Veeck “giant” idea

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Effectively Wild Episode 1846: One-Night Standings

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the joys of a pitcher’s duel between Shohei Ohtani and Rich Hill, have a spoiler-free discussion about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness being a baseball movie, examine whether the historically hapless Reds are truly tanking or are just a case of Nutting gone wrong, and talk about the state of the standings (including which teams have seen their playoff odds rise or fall the most in the first month of the season), followed by an update on league leaders and Manny Machado vs. Nolan Arenado, a suggested definition for “modern baseball,” listener-submitted examples of baseball skeumorphs, four pedantic questions about baseball, Ben’s confession of an Olaf-from-Frozen phobia, and an attempt to quantify the Cardinals’ varied sprint speeds.

Audio intro: T. Rex, “Universe
Audio outro: Dent May (Feat. Frankie Cosmos), “Across the Multiverse

Link to Ohtani highlights video
Link to Ohtani’s 29 whiffs
Link to article about Ohtani’s game
Link to combined WAR leaderboard
Link to article on Doctor Strange joke
Link to EW episode on the multiverse
Link to article on the Mets in Endgame
Link to other article on the Mets in Endgame
Link to EW on the Mets in Endgame
Link to EW again on the Mets in Endgame
Link to Jayson Stark on the Reds
Link to Passan’s tweets about the Reds
Link to Baseball Prospectus IL Ledger
Link to changes in playoff odds
Link to preseason playoff odds
Link to Dan Szymborski on the White Sox
Link to Jay Jaffe on the Mets
Link to news about Correa’s finger
Link to news about Lewis callup
Link to news about Yankees vaccinations
Link to Ben on Machado vs. Arenado
Link to MLB tiebreaking procedure
Link to sprint speed leaderboard
Link to sprint speed SD by team
Link to Riley O’Brien EW episode

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Effectively Wild Episode 1845: Bang Bang, Maxwell’s Sunday Homers

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about a Madison Bumgarner ejection, players having to be held back, and sensual sticky-stuff inspections, the historically slow start of the Reds and Joey Votto’s response to a FanGraphs article about his season-opening slump, and a study on which teams improve pitchers. Then (24:10) they discuss how John T. Brush of the 1889 Indianapolis Hoosiers discovered the “times through the order” penalty, implemented midgame pitching changes, and was forced to abandon the tactic, as an object lesson in how change happens (or doesn’t happen) in MLB and beyond. Finally (53:10) they provide a potpourri of Stat Blasts on pitchers with a higher ERA+ than sum of batters faced, Kyle Schwarber and the best offensive performance by a player on the losing end of a no-hitter, Juan Soto and players who drive only themselves in, the highest-scoring game where every run scored on an out, the winning streak of Max Scherzer’s teams, “hitting your weight,” and home-run rates by day of the week, capped off by a cold call (1:11:10) to 95-year-old former major leaguer (and Stat Blast subject) Charlie Maxwell, who discusses learning from, throwing batting practice to, and being blocked by Ted Williams, hitting a pinch-hit grand slam off of Satchel Paige, helping the Tigers win more often when he was in the lineup, being clutch, hitting homers on Sundays, his many nicknames, how baseball has evolved since his playing days, and more.

Audio intro: AC/DC, “Hold Me Back
Audio outro: Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Charlie

Link to Bumgarner check video
Link to another Bumgarner video
Link to Bumgarner’s postgame comments
Link to Dan Szymborski on Votto
Link to Votto’s tweet
Link to Cameron Grove’s pitcher dev tweet
Link to Ben on pitcher limits
Link to John T. Brush’s SABR bio
Link to Brush’s B-Ref Bullpen page
Link to articles about Brush’s experiment
Link to 1889 Hoosiers schedule
Link to The Only Rule Is It Has to Work
Link to Ben on La Russa and the opener
Link to Hershberger’s SABR author page
Link to Hershberger’s book, Strike Four
Link to John Thorn’s foreword to Strike Four
Link to Stathead
Link to Stathead webinar info
Link to Tim Burke Stathead query
Link to story on Mets combined no-no
Link to Charlie’s SABR bio
Link to no-hit leverage-adjusted RE24 leaders
Link to no-hit RE24 leaders
Link to no-hit WPA leaders
Link to pitcher team win streaks
Link to highest-scoring “runs on outs” game
Link to “hitting your weight” data
Link to data on dingers and days of the week
Link to “with or without you” Stat Blast data
Link to “with or without you” Stat Blast episode
Link to story about Charlie’s 4-homer day
Link to story about Charlie’s Sunday slugging
Link to Charlie’s w/RISP split ranking
Link to story about Charlie’s Opening Day visit
Link to video about Charlie and Paw Paw
Link to average game time by year
Link to oldest living former major leaguers
Link to Ann’s obit
Link to EW wiki page on cold calls
Link to Cease prediction video

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Effectively Wild Episode 1844: Grill the Umpire

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about April’s low offensive numbers and Zack Greinke’s deadball-style success, then (7:11) talk to 32-year MLB umpire Dale Scott and SABRcast host Rob Neyer, co-authors of Scott’s new memoir The Umpire is Out: Calling the Game and Living My True Self, touching on the definition of “nutcutter,” how Dale and Rob teamed up, whether Dale’s memories were accurate, the art of the umpire memoir, whether the book is a tell-all, umpire mechanics, the 7th inning of 2015 ALDS Game 5, whether players and managers know the rules, what makes someone want to umpire, replay review, the automated strike zone, why the zone expands and shrinks depending on the count, how pitch-tracking tech has improved umpires’ calls, how umps get graded and whether deserving umps are promoted and demoted, whether some umps disapprove of other umps, how Scott lived as a gay man while umpiring in MLB, and how he came out.

Audio intro: Nick Lowe, “Blue on Blue
Audio outro: The Moon, “Come Out Tonight

Link to Ben on pitcher roster limits
Link to Taylor HR robbery video
Link to Canó DFA news
Link to Ben’s “oral history” of ALDS G5
Link to ALDS G5 highlights video
Link to EW episode on ALDS G5
Link to Passan on umpire grading
Link to Ben on robo umps in 2021
Link to Ben on robo umps in 2013
Link to BP on robo umps in 2018
Link to article on compassionate umpires
Link to article on Bayesian umpires
Link to article on umpire improvements
Link to The Umpire is Out
Link to Dale’s first EW appearance
Link to Dale’s website
Link to SABRcast
Link to Ben on pitcher deception

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Effectively Wild Episode 1843: I Think You Should Leave

EWFI
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley react to MLB’s decision to suspend Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer for an unprecedented 324 games, then (22:25) discuss Justin Verlander and Ronald Acuña Jr. looking like their old selves and pitcher Tucker Davidson’s critiques of the minor league pitch clock before answering listener emails about the Cardinals and how to evaluate teams whose pitching approaches seem out of step with the times, skeuomorphs and baseball terminology of uncertain origin, whether batters should be able to decline intentional walks (and whether they would even if they could), when “modern baseball” begins, and more.

Audio intro: Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Go Away, Stay Away
Audio outro: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, “Modern Mystery

Link to ESPN’s news story about Bauer
CW // Link to latest WaPo report about Bauer
Link to MLB DV and sexual assault policy
Link to video of Acuña’s return
Link to Davidson thread
Link to Ben on pitch clocks
Link to Baseball America on new pitch clock
Link to Jeff Passan on new pitch clock
Link to MLB.com story on baseball terms
Link to “in the hole” explainer
Link to “around the horn” explainer
Link to Joe Posnanski on declining IBBs
Link to Lindsey Adler on IKF
Link to Matthews bat flip video
Link to Posnanski on new HoF changes
Link to Jay Jaffe on new HoF changes
Link to Marvel’s sliding timescale
Link to Rob Mains on Mets HBPs
Link to golf story about DECADE

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