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Effectively Wild Episode 2145: Opening Daze and the 2024 Team Fun Draft

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Opening Day naps, a Bryce Harper pandering update, Nelson Cruz’s Mariners retirement and the one-day-contract tradition, and Yusei Kikuchi’s latest intriguing revelation, then (21:16) share some highlights and lowlights of Opening Day action, report the results of listener voting on the preseason predictions game, analyze Will Smith’s extension, marvel at this season’s compressed projections, and (1:05:27) conduct the fourth annual Team Fun Draft, in which they draft all 30 teams in order of how fun they are to follow in 2024.

Audio intro: Alex Glossman and Ali Breneman, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Liz Panella, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to FG staff predictions
Link to Ringer staff predictions
Link to Ramírez Opening Day quote
Link to Harper jacket
Link to Cruz Mariners tweet
Link to Levine on one-day contracts
Link to one-day-contracts thread
Link to Kikuchi on sleeping
Link to Kikuchi on reading
Link to Soto throw
Link to Ichiro throw
Link to Cespedes throw
Link to Mays catch
Link to Mariners salmon run
Link to salmon run video
Link to preseason predictions pod
Link to listener voting results
Link to MLBTR on Lewin Díaz
Link to MLBTR on Smith
Link to Jaffe on Smith
Link to FG playoff odds
Link to payroll disparities
Link to Paine on net WAR
Link to load management info
Link to Ben on Arraez
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form

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Effectively Wild Episode 2144: Season Preview Series: Dodgers and Rockies

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley remind people to vote in their preseason predictions game, discuss the completion of the season preview series, and then (10:15) analyze Shohei Ohtani’s remarks from Monday and preview the rest of the 2024 Los Angeles Dodgers season with The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya, followed (1:15:31) by a 2024 Colorado Rockies preview with The Denver Gazette’s Luke Zahlmann, plus a postscript on the Diamondbacks signing Jordan Montgomery (1:55:50) and a recap of preview guests’ goals for each team this year (2:01:25).

Audio intro: El Warren, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Tom Rhoads, “What Did Shohei Ohtani Know?
Audio interstitial 2: Justin Peters, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Daniel Leckie, “Effectively Wild Theme

LINK TO VOTE ON PREDICTIONS
Link to Capistrano swallows story
Link to swallows story 2
Link to swallows story 3
Link to Ohtani video
Link to Ohtani transcript
Link to other Ohtani translation
Link to Kim tweet
Link to Kojima video
Link to Ben on Ohtani
Link to Blum on Ippei’s bio
Link to NBA betting scandal
Link to Haberstroh on Porter
Link to Dodgers offseason tracker
Link to Dodgers depth chart
Link to Fabian on the Seoul series
Link to more on Seoul
Link to ESPN Friedman report
Link to Ben on the Dodgers
Link to Friedman on failure
Link to Dodgers TV deal
Link to Ben on the Dodgers
Link to Fabian’s Athletic archive
Link to Rockies offseason tracker
Link to Rockies depth chart
Link to SP projections
Link to RP projections
Link to FG playoff odds
Link to FG on Tovar’s extension
Link to Baumann on Straw
Link to Blum on Bryant
Link to Statcast defense projections
Link to Rockies pitching lab
Link to Rockies player projections
Link to Coors hangover effect
Link to Rockies R&D story
Link to MLB attendance ranks
Link to P GB% leaderboard
Link to P K% leaderboard
Link to Andrew’s Gazette archive
Link to MLBTR on Montgomery
Link to MLBTR on the QO
Link to Operation Market Garden
Link to over/under draft results
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form
LINK TO VOTE ON PREDICTIONS

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Effectively Wild Episode 2143: The 2024 Preseason Predictions Game

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Ben Lindbergh, Meg Rowley, and FanGraphs authors Michael Baumann and Ben Clemens play “Character Who Appears in Shōgun the Novel (but Not the TV Series) or International Amateur Baseball Player” (3:13), banter about an MLBPA power struggle (8:37) and the life of late Orioles owner Peter Angelos (16:51), and then explain the second annual preseason predictions game (22:38) and make 10 bold predictions apiece (29:00) about baseball in 2024, to be voted on by listeners.

Audio intro: Luke Lillard, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Benny and a Million Shetland Ponies, “Effectively Wild Theme (Horny)

LINK TO VOTE ON PREDICTIONS
Link to Sasaki article
Link to Jarvis singing video
Link to Passan on the MLBPA
Link to Drellich on Flaherty
Link to latest on the MLBPA
Link to Drellich on McHugh
Link to Meyer letter
Link to MLBTR on Angelos
Link to Angelos wiki
Link to Rubenstein story
Link to last year’s predictions pod
Link to predictions recap pod
Link to last year’s results
Link to wiki on last year
Link to combined WAR leaderboard
Link to Ben on 2022 Pujols
Link to jacked players list
Link to slim Stanton video
Link to FG top 100
Link to 2024 oldest players
Link to 40+ PA by year
Link to batter age by year
Link to multi-year RoY vote-getters
Link to tiebreaker rules
Link to FG playoff odds
Link to Bananas cruise
Link to total SB by year
Link to Sam on SB
Link to Russell on pickoffs
Link to obstruction enforcement
Link to enforcement explainer
Link to obstruction call video
Link to Lindor play piece 1
Link to Lindor play piece 2
Link to MiLB FA draft projections
Link to Thames GIF
Link to Ben on Shohei
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form
LINK TO VOTE ON PREDICTIONS

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Effectively Wild Episode 2142: Season Preview Series: Yankees and Nationals

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the J.D. Martinez and Michael Lorenzen signings, Eury Pérez‘s elbow, Jackson Holliday not making the O’s Opening Day roster, and MLB’s crowded, mediocre middle, then preview the 2024 New York Yankees (16:49) with The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner, and the 2024 Washington Nationals (1:14:13) with The Washington Post’s Andrew Golden.

Audio intro: Philip Bergman, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Philip Bergman, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: Xavier LeBlanc, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Jimmy Kramer, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to FG post on JDM
Link to JDM deferral info
Link to FG post on Lorenzen
Link to MLBTR on Pérez
Link to MLBTR on O’s roster
Link to prospect promotion incentive
Link to FG playoff odds
Link to Yankees offseason tracker
Link to Yankees depth chart
Link to Chris on Volpe
Link to Chris on Verdugo
Link to Yankees wifi story
Link to Stro/Cash story
Link to SP projections
Link to RP projections
Link to Cashman on Stanton
Link to Leanhardt article
Link to 2019 Judge comment
Link to Judge toe story
Link to Cole option story
Link to Bellinger on Seinfeld
Link to Chris’s sitcoms tweet
Link to Chris’s Athletic archive
Link to Nationals offseason tracker
Link to Nationals depth chart
Link to Rizzo offseason quote
Link to Andrew’s viral photo
Link to Mintz on the photo
Link to FG post on the photo
Link to Stuff+ rankings
Link to scouting changes
Link to Orr on Abrams
Link to Andrew on Abrams
Link to SB leaders after 7/6
Link to Andrew on García Jr.
Link to Andrew on Robles
Link to Strasburg story
Link to Lerner sale story
Link to BP catcher defense
Link to Andrew’s WaPo archive
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form

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Effectively Wild Episode 2141: What Did Sho Know?

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In an in-depth discussion that became a bonus episode, Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley explore the state of the sports-betting scandal surrounding Shohei Ohtani and his former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, breaking down the stakes, the most pressing sources of uncertainty, and the many possible outcomes and consequences.

Audio intro: The Shirey Brothers, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Ian Phillips, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to MLB statement
Link to Wednesday ESPN report
Link to Thursday ESPN report
Link to Friday ESPN report
Link to T.J. Quinn report
Link to MLB Rule 21
Link to rules explainer
Link to other leagues’ rules
Link to NFL gambling policy
Link to Rosenthal/McCullough
Link to IRS report
Link to Fletcher tweet
Link to LeBron story
Link to Jaguars employee story
Link to Jaguars story 2
Link to Calcaterra newsletter
Link to Ben on Shohei
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form

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Effectively Wild Episode 2140: Don’t Bet on It

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After a brief preamble about the betting scandal surrounding Shohei Ohtani and interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the first game of the regular season, whether gloves have gotten more permeable, the odds of a DH-only Ohtani MVP season, Ohtani’s lucrative endorsements, whether the addition of in-app gambling info to NBA League Pass portends a similar future for MLB.TV, the pitfalls of pervasive sports-betting ads, the implications of Eury Pérez’s elbow injury, the chances that Pérez will win multiple Cy Young awards, and the decimated Marlins rotation. Then (34:39) they answer listener emails about what makes pitchers aesthetically pleasing, whether Blake Snell is effectively wild, whether coaches spend more time on stars or scrubs, moving the bullpen beneath the mound, whether MLB has too many multi-team markets, and joint broadcast booths, plus Stat Blasts (1:12:04) on the Dodgers’ daunting top of the order and the Padres’ profusion of shortstops, followed by (1:37:49) a real-time reaction to the Ohtani-Mizuhara news and a postscript with additional details and thoughts.

Audio intro: Liz Panella, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Ian H., “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to shortstop PPR
Link to Gromit GIF
Link to Cronenworth play
Link to opener box score
Link to Duffy glove fail
Link to Vlad glove fail
Link to The Atlantic on flying
Link to Ohtani MVP odds
Link to DH MVP article
Link to NL WAR projections
Link to 2023 AL WAR leaders
Link to endorsement leaders
Link to MLBTR on Eury
Link to Baumann on Marlins SP
Link to article on Sixto
Link to Cy Youngs quote
Link to non-Cy winners
Link to Stuff+ ranking
Link to League Pass article
Link to Manfred-Silver story
Link to Hefner article
Link to moving mound EW episode
Link to Emma on bullpen brawlers
Link to two-team cities wiki
Link to MLB Sunday Leadoff wiki
Link to MASN booth article
Link to Sterling-Castiglione swap
Link to 1953 Scully story
Link to listener emails database
Link to Cory Brent’s Stat Blast cover
Link to Ben’s Dodgers-Padres article
Link to highest leadoff OPS
Link to leadoff power article
Link to Stat Blast sheet 1
Link to Stat Blast image 1
Link to Stat Blast image 2
Link to Ryan Nelson’s Twitter
Link to Cooper on the Padres
Link to Stat Blast sheet 2
Link to Kenny Jackelen’s Twitter
Link to Ron Swanson clip
Link to Shohei couples photo
Link to L.A. Times Ohtani report
Link to ESPN Ohtani report
Link to The Athletic Ohtani report
Link to Jaguars story
Link to Jaguars story 2
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form

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Effectively Wild Episode 2139: Season Preview Series: Braves and White Sox

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Giants signing Blake Snell, whether Snell is now underrated, San Francisco’s offseason, Scott Boras’s offseason, leaguewide spending, an MLBPA power struggle, and (39:03) a 150-year-old message about baseball players in spring, then preview the 2024 Atlanta Braves (45:42) with 92.9 The Game’s Grant McAuley, and the 2024 Chicago White Sox (1:24:54) with Sox Machine’s James Fegan.

Audio intro: Ted O., “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Grant Brisbee, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: The Gagnés, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Guy Russo, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to positional power rankings
Link to Baumann on Snell
Link to MLBTR on Snell
Link to Anderson on Snell
Link to Nightengale on Snell
Link to Feinsand on Snell
Link to Snell sim game
Link to Farhan tweet
Link to Giants PR problems
Link to Grant on Brooks-Moon
Link to MLBTR on Felipe
Link to Rosenthal on Boras
Link to Dan S. thread
Link to Drellich on MLBPA
Link to MLBTR on MLBPA
Link to Giamatti essay
Link to Harwell recording
Link to 1874 column 1
Link to 1874 column 2
Link to reading soundtrack
Link to November trade
Link to Braves offseason tracker
Link to Braves depth chart
Link to Strider curve article
Link to AA extension article
Link to Ryan Nelson tweet
Link to SP projections
Link to RP projections
Link to From the Diamond site
Link to From the Diamond podcast
Link to White Sox offseason tracker
Link to White Sox depth chart
Link to Crochet precursors
Link to Ben on ex-player GMs
Link to November Getz quote
Link to February Getz quote
Link to Battlestar quote
Link to Sox ballpark coverage
Link to team defense projections
Link to James’s Sox Machine archive
Link to Sox Machine Patreon
Link to Sox Machine podcast
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form

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Effectively Wild Episode 2138: Our Favorite Offseason Moves

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Dylan Cease trade, the post-trade outlooks for the Padres and White Sox, and the incomparably chaotic Padres POBO A.J. Preller, then (31:22) discuss who the best pitcher in baseball is with Gerrit Cole on the shelf, Shohei Ohtani’s wife reveal (41:33), and (49:34) ESPN’s planned on-screen win probability graphic on Sunday Night Baseball. Finally (1:01:58), they draft (or at least list) their favorite trades and signings of the winter.

Audio intro: Nate Emerson, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Gabriel-Ernest, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Clemens on Cease
Link to Rosenthal on Cease
Link to Getz quote about Cease
Link to DotF on the Cease trade
Link to BA on Preller’s prospect trades
Link to Padres farm rankings
Link to Kram on trading prospects
Link to Eric on Sox prospects
Link to team SP projections
Link to MLBTR on Kopech
Link to payrolls page
Link to Langs tweet
Link to Sam on best pitchers
Link to Ben on innings eaters
Link to non-pitcher projections
Link to pitcher projections
Link to Strider’s curve
Link to Shohei photo
Link to ESPN win probability tweet
Link to “calculating win probability”
Link to EW nVenue episode
Link to story on Toles
Link to story on Blooper
Link to Blooper wiki
Link to Longenhagen on Fedde
Link to MLBTR’s Cole update
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form

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Effectively Wild Episode 2137: Season Preview Series: Astros and Athletics

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the latest on Gerrit Cole’s elbow and how his uncertain status might affect free agents Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, then preview the 2024 Houston Astros (23:42) with The Athletic’s Chandler Rome, and the 2024 Oakland (for now?) Athletics (1:12:15) with The Athletic’s Melissa Lockard.

Audio intro: Ian Phillips, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Justin Peters, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: Dave Armstrong and Mike Murray, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Josh Busman, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Post report on Cole
Link to MLBTR on Cole
Link to MLBTR on Cease
Link to Astros offseason tracker
Link to Astros depth chart
Link to Dusty’s comments
Link to Ruby’s website
Link to BP on Framber
Link to Chandler on McCormick
Link to Chandler’s Athletic archive
Link to A’s offseason tracker
Link to A’s depth chart
Link to Gelof leaderboard
Link to Miller’s velo
Link to BA farm rankings
Link to BP farm rankings
Link to KLaw farm rankings
Link to A’s ballpark coverage
Link to Rooker EW episode
Link to Ballers EW episode
Link to Melissa’s Athletic archive
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form

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Effectively Wild Episode 2136: Season Preview Series: Mariners and Royals

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the uncertain state of Gerrit Cole’s elbow (and the larger UCL scourge), the Giants controversially releasing J.D. Davis, and the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts/Gavin Lux infield switcheroo, then preview the 2024 Seattle Mariners (29:12) with The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, and the 2024 Kansas City Royals (1:08:53) with The Kansas City Star’s Jaylon Thompson.

Audio intro: Jonathan Crymes 2, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Michael Baumann, “What Would Jerry Dipoto Do?
Audio interstitial 2: Benny and a Million Shetland Ponies, “Effectively Wild Theme (Pedantic)
Audio outro: Beatwriter, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to MLBTR on Cole
Link to MLBTR on Cease
Link to Ben on roster limits
Link to Bill James pitcher study
Link to EW Episode 2055
Link to max-effort-injuries article
Link to The Athletic on injuries
Link to Ben on spring TJs
Link to Russell on roster shuffling
Link to Ben on pitching prospects
Link to IP since 2018
Link to Baggarly on Davis
Link to MLBTR on Davis
Link to Ardaya on Mookie’s move
Link to Petriello on Mookie at SS
Link to Mariners offseason tracker
Link to Mariners depth chart
Link to Divish on the offseason
Link to Divish on Julio
Link to Kirby’s knuckleball
Link to MLBTR on M’s injuries
Link to Ryan’s Times archive
Link to Royals offseason tracker
Link to Royals depth chart
Link to Ragans breakout feature
Link to Ben C. on Ragans
Link to Ragans leaderboard
Link to “Raid the Zone”
Link to “Reign the Zone”
Link to Jaylon on the slogan
Link to Jaylon on Royals P dev
Link to Jaylon on Melendez
Link to Jaylon on Salvy’s goal
Link to Salvy deadline story
Link to Royals lettering story
Link to “Jr.” jersey story
Link to Royals stadium coverage
Link to FG Top 100 prospects
Link to Jaylon’s Star archive
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form

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