Effectively Wild Episode 1080: If Baseball Were Beep


Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s altitude sickness, Matt Albers and Ryan Raburn, an odd-field update, the Rich Hill resurgence, the MLB Battlegrounds event in Hyde Park, Logan Morrison’s comments about Gary Sánchez, Jonathan Lucroy’s comments about framing, and more on the Reds’ pitching staff. Then they take a detour to talk to listener Max Goder-Reiser about Beep Baseball and the Boston Renegades before answering listener emails about team wins, team WAR, and chemistry, the worst records for playoff teams, David Ortiz’s tire-changing, reaching-on-error records, pitching after long breaks on the bench, the best non-qualified seasons, Aaron Judge’s BABIP, multi-level single-season home-run records, a hypothetical closer, grand-slam oddities, and more.

Audio intro: Stevie Wonder, "Too High"
Audio interstitial: R. Kelly, "Ignition (Remix)"
Audio interstitial 2: Arcade Fire, "Ready to Start"
Audio outro: Eleanor Friedberger, "A Long Walk"

Link to Darius’s MLB Battlegrounds recap
Link to Aidan’s MLB Battlegrounds recap
Link to photo of Max with half of the Renegades
Link to Max Marchi’s research about pitcher breaks between innings

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