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Effectively Wild Episode 2132: Season Preview Series: Blue Jays and Reds

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley talk to FanGraphs writer Ben Clemens about the site’s ongoing efforts to model team depth and factor it into projections, then preview the 2024 Toronto Blue Jays (30:46) with The Athletic’s Kaitlyn McGrath, and the 2024 Cincinnati Reds (1:16:31) with The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans.

Audio intro: Gabriel-Ernest, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Cory Brent, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: Xavier LeBlanc, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: MulderBatFlip, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Other Ben’s blog about depth
Link to Ben’s depth tables
Link to bullpen chaining explainer
Link to projection limitations
Link to Ben on odds calibration
Link to Ben on odds calibration 2
Link to “model talk” pods
Link to Jays offseason tracker
Link to Jays depth chart
Link to Stark on Ohtani’s flight
Link to Sheehan on Rogers Centre
Link to Kaitlyn on Varsho
Link to Statcast park factors
Link to OF OAA leaderboard
Link to OF DRS leaderboard
Link to Kaitlyn on Berríos
Link to 2019 FG cutter post
Link to cutter tweet
Link to Ben on new pitches
Link to Kaitlyn’s fan survey
Link to Mattingly beard
Link to Kaitlyn’s Athletic archive
Link to Reds offseason tracker
Link to Reds depth chart
Link to FG payrolls leaderboard
Link to 2023 Senzel article
Link to team SP projections
Link to team RP projections
Link to story about Reds bunting
Link to 2023 bunt hit leaders
Link to BP on Friedl
Link to bunting Stat Blast
Link to story about bench coaches
Link to Reds bench coach story
Link to conservation of matter
Link to C. Trent’s Athletic archive

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Effectively Wild Episode 2131: Season Preview Series: Phillies and Angels

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Shohei Ohtani’s surprise marriage announcement (5:15), and Portia of Ohtani fan account @shoheisaveus returns (18:13) to tell Ben how the news was received by the Shobae community. Then Ben and Meg Stat Blast (36:49) about the biggest year-to-year changes in WAR produced by different players who wore the same uniform number for the same team, preview the 2024 Philadelphia Phillies (44:20) with The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, and preview the 2024 Los Angeles Angels (1:21:51) with The Athletic’s Sam Blum.

Audio intro: Dave Armstrong and Mike Murray, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Benny and a Million Shetland Ponies, “Effectively Wild Theme (Horny Version)
Audio interstitial 2: The Shirey Brothers, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Tom Rhoads, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to thread on Cal’s stats
Link to anti-Streak take
Link to owner Cal article
Link to Ohtani’s Insta post
Link to Portia’s first appearance
Link to Ohtani comments
Link to Ichiro dog secrecy
Link to Matsui marriage
Link to Matsui wife drawing
Link to “Ohtani loss” tweet
Link to other Ohtani tweet
Link to John on Ed Sullivan
Link to Dozier tweet
Link to Stat Blast data
Link to Stat Blast song cover
Link to Kenny Jackelen’s Twitter
Link to Phillies offseason tracker
Link to Phillies depth chart
Link to Matt’s Athletic archive
Link to himbo article 1
Link to himbo article 2
Link to Harper offer report
Link to Harper extension article
Link to Matt on Realmuto
Link to Tango on Realmuto’s framing
Link to Eno on Dombrowski pens
Link to Laurila on Dombrowski pens
Link to Sam on Bryant
Link to Moreno report
Link to Angels offseason tracker
Link to Angels depth chart
Link to Sam on Percival
Link to Sam on Rendon
Link to EW on Rendon
Link to Sam’s Athletic archive
Link to Sam on broadcasts
Link to Sam on Schanuel
Link to FG top 100
Link to MLB top 100
Link to BP farm rankings
Link to Soto/Bradley report

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Effectively Wild Episode 2130: The Incomparably Comparable Catchers

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Cubs signing Cody Bellinger, Scott Boras’s offseason, and what Bryce Harper’s walk year could portend for Juan Soto’s. Then (33:27) Ben and Meg talk to Ben Kramer and Robert Toner of the Anchorage Sports Association about the Fur Rendezvous Festival snowshoe softball tournament and the finer points of playing softball in several feet of Alaskan snow. Finally (1:00:16), Ben talks to former teammates, rivals, and big league backup-catching journeymen Ryan Lavarnway and Tim Federowicz about their uncannily parallel playing careers and the evolution and future of catching.

Audio intro: Josh Busman, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Ian Phillips, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: El Warren, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Ted O., “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Jaffe on Bellinger
Link to over/under draft results
Link to Nightengale on Boras
Link to FG playoff odds
Link to quotes about Bellinger
Link to Boras study
Link to Boras on EW
Link to Soto play
Link to Ben on Harper
Link to Anchorage Sports Association
Link to Fur Rendezvous wiki
Link to snowshoe softball rules
Link to snowshoe baseball article
Link to clone post
Link to Lavarnway Stat Blast
Link to Federowicz highlight
Link to Lavarnway highlight
Link to Federowicz book
Link to Lavarnway book
Link to Lavarnway podcast
Link to Tanner Swanson on EW
Link to Maness interview

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Effectively Wild Episode 2129: Season Preview Series: Twins and Tigers

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Boras Four behind the scenes, Hyun Jin Ryu’s salary-cap-skirting KBO contract, and a study on the effectiveness of complaining about umps, plus a Stat Blast (22:51) about an inaccurate, unkillable Greg Maddux fun fact and more musings (34:52) on transparent pants. Then they preview the 2024 Minnesota Twins (41:02) with The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman, and the 2024 Detroit Tigers (1:12:50) with The Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen.

Audio intro: Beatwriter, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Davy Andrews, “Edouard Julien, Are You Gonna Rule Again?
Audio interstitial 2: The Gagnés, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Nate Emerson, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to MLBTR on the Boras Four
Link to article about Boras
Link to Boras facilities
Link to Ryu tweet
Link to Ryu article
Link to MLBTR on Judge offer
Link to Harper offer report
Link to Kovalchuk veto
Link to Yoo’s EW appearance
Link to umpire study
Link to EW on ump decision fatigue
Link to Boone EW hypothetical
Link to Ryan’s Maddux fact thread
Link to Maddux’s count splits
Link to Maddux Stat Blast data
Link to Maddux scouting reports
Link to Maddux 93 mph claim
Link to MLB pants statement
Link to Twins offseason tracker
Link to Diamondbacks depth chart
Link to Pohlad comments
Link to Aaron’s Athletic archive
Link to Gleeman and the Geek
Link to Tigers offseason tracker
Link to Tigers depth chart
Link to Cody on engagements
Link to Cody’s Athletic archive
Link to Skubal fWAR leaderboard
Link to article on MLB exec fashion
Link to Turning the Corner

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Effectively Wild Episode 2128: Season Preview Series: Diamondbacks and Brewers

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about MLB’s semi-transparent-pants problem and the Nike/Fanatics uniform mess that’s swallowed spring training, a “down the dick” etymology follow-up, Kodai Senga’s injury, Mitch Keller’s extension, the Marlins signing Tim Anderson, and a minor league free agent draft update. Then they preview the 2024 Arizona Diamondbacks (38:13) with The Arizona Republic‘s Nick Piecoro and the 2024 Milwaukee Brewers (1:10:18) with The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Curt Hogg.

Audio intro: Benny and a Million Shetland Ponies, “Effectively Wild Theme (Horny)
Audio interstitial 1: Jonathan Crymes, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: Dave Armstrong and Mike Murray, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Jimmy Kramer, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Lukas unis FAQ
Link to Lukas on the pants
Link to Lukas’s letter to Nike
Link to player comments
Link to Kepner on the unis
Link to Clark’s comments
Link to The Atlantic on the unis
Link to ESPN on the pants
Link to Zimmer’s WSJ archive
Link to MLBTR on Senga
Link to Sheehan on Senga
Link to MLBTR on Keller
Link to FG on Keller
Link to The Athletic on Nutting
Link to MLBTR on Anderson
Link to MLBTR on Urshela
Link to draft results
Link to Diamondbacks offseason tracker
Link to Diamondbacks depth chart
Link to Kendrick/Hall comments
Link to Nick’s azcentral.com archive
Link to Brewers offseason tracker
Link to Brewers depth chart
Link to Brewers renovation details
Link to Curt’s MJS archive
Link to quiet NBA game

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Effectively Wild Episode 2127: Right Down the Dickson

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about recent headline-generating comments by Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, a Padres position change, and the possibility of another Ronald Acuña Jr. extension. Then (34:11) they bring on Patreon supporter Sean Saxe and answer listener emails (40:13) about the best substitute for Babe Ruth in a remake of The Sandlot, the expression “right down the dick,” elevated decibel levels at games, F1-style advance free-agent commitments for MLB players, and a leaguewide conspiracy to inflate one player’s performance, and then Stat Blast (1:17:14) about baseball teams in Midwestern cities, Corey Kluber and Opening Day starts in a pitcher’s final season, and whether switch-hitters and players who bat and throw from opposite sides age better than others.

Audio intro: Alex Glossman and Ali Breneman, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Ian Phillips, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Trout comments
Link to MLBTR on Trout
Link to Rendon comments
Link to previous Rendon pod
Link to Padres switch
Link to Merrill position article
Link to Acuña article
Link to FG on Sal Perez extension
Link to article on Austin loyalties
Link to Dickson definition
Link to Google Trends data
Link to NYT on loudness
Link to more on loudness
Link to Clair on walk-up songs
Link to Lewis Hamilton news
Link to listener emails database
Link to Middle West survey 1
Link to Middle West survey 2
Link to WSJ article
Link to Midwest map graphic
Link to Tex’s GitHub
Link to Tex’s Google Sheet
Link to article on Midwest Colorado
Link to Nevada pronunciation article
Link to article on Kluber’s start
Link to Opening Day starts data
Link to Ryan Nelson’s Twitter
Link to 2018 Ohtani article
Link to Stroman workout article
Link to Judge on aging curves
Link to Judge on Twitter
Link to aging curve 1
Link to aging curve 2

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Effectively Wild Episode 2126: Season Preview Series: Cardinals and Guardians

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Rob Manfred’s announcement that he’ll step down as commissioner after his current term. Then they preview the 2024 St. Louis Cardinals (26:01) with The Athletic’s Katie Woo and the 2024 Cleveland Guardians (1:09:24) with MLB.com’s Mandy Bell, plus a postscript (1:44:43).

Audio intro: Alex Ferrin, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Andy Ellison, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: Justin Peters, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Ian H., “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Drellich on Manfred 1
Link to Drellich on Manfred 2
Link to Drellich on Manfred 3
Link to Cardinals offseason tracker
Link to Cardinals depth chart
Link to Mozeliak on Ks
Link to Katie’s Athletic archive
Link to Guardians offseason tracker
Link to Guardians depth chart
Link to eclipse opener news
Link to Mandy on the eclipse
Link to Ben on the 2017 eclipse
Link to Langs on Vogt
Link to payrolls page
Link to Mandy’s MLB.com archive
Link to article on Cavnar
Link to Ben on ex-player GMs
Link to Toronto Fogo page
Link to Toronto Fogo article
Link to article on Escobar

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Effectively Wild Episode 2125: Baseball 101

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about injuries at spring training (specifically the Orioles’) and Jorge Soler and the Giants’ offseason, Stat Blast (21:04) about Kenley Jansen and the age of active career leaders in pitching appearances and recording five or six hits in a game against five or six different pitchers, and then talk to FanGraphs lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen about his ranking of the top 100 (or 101) prospects in baseball.

Audio intro: Xavier LeBlanc, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial: Liz Panella, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Harold Walker, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to tweet about O’s injuries
Link to Ben on spring injuries
Link to FG post on Soler
Link to Stat Blast sheet 1
Link to Stat Blast sheet 2
Link to Alou game
Link to Oliver game
Link to Johnson game
Link to guest appearances sheet
Link to 2024 top 100
Link to ZiPS top 100
Link to “how’s my driving?” post
Link to Ben on prospect promotion
Link to Ben on pitching prospects

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Effectively Wild Episode 2124: Season Preview Series: Rangers and Cubs

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about a difference between baseball and football (as illustrated by the Super Bowl), the lowering of the limit on players per organization, and umpire Jen Pawol’s ascent toward the majors (and history). Then they preview the 2024 Texas Rangers (22:28) with MLB.com’s Kennedi Landry and the 2024 Chicago Cubs (56:31) with The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma.

Audio intro: Tom Rhoads, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Gabriel-Ernest, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: El Warren, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Guy Russo, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Ben’s podcast on trailers
Link to baseball exceptionalism wiki
Link to Cooper on roster rules
Link to Pawol article 1
Link to Pawol article 2
Link to Rangers offseason tracker
Link to Rangers depth chart
Link to Kennedi’s MLB.com archive
Link to Cubs offseason tracker
Link to Cubs depth chart
Link to Sahadev on Kanzler
Link to Sahadev’s The Athletic archive
Link to Pham tweet

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Effectively Wild Episode 2123: Season Preview Series: Red Sox and Padres

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about former Mets GM Billy Eppler’s suspension for fabricating injuries, then Stat Blast (15:25) about players who amassed the most WAR for their secondary, tertiary, quaternary (etc.) teams, Hall of Famers who played with their hometown teams, and uniform numbers assigned to different players with the same surname on the same team. Then they preview the 2024 Boston Red Sox (33:13) with The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier and the 2024 San Diego Padres (1:16:44) with MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.

Audio intro: The Gagnés, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: The Shirey Brothers, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: Alex Ferrin, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Daniel Leckie, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Eppler press release
Link to The Athletic on Eppler
Link to Stat Blast sheet 1
Link to Stat Blast sheet 2
Link to Stat Blast sheet 3
Link to Ryan Nelson’s Twitter
Link to Kenny Jackelen’s Twitter
Link to Red Sox offseason tracker
Link to Red Sox depth chart
Link to Alex’s Boston Globe archive
Link to Padres offseason tracker
Link to Padres depth chart
Link to AJ’s MLB.com archive
Link to Opening Day boycott

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