Effectively Wild Episode 1088: Sabermetrics Meets Japan


Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Royals-Padres trade, Khris Davis’s arm, Keon Broxton’s demotion, Clayton Kershaw’s injury ,and the Dodgers’ degree of need for a starter, then talk to Shingo Murata, baseball strategy group manager for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (the team with the best record in Nippon Professional Baseball), about how he got a job in Japanese baseball, the resistance to sabermetrics in Japan, and Rakuten’s cutting-edge analytical efforts to optimize their in-game tactics and evaluate players both at home and abroad.

Audio intro: Graham Parker, "Discovering Japan"
Audio outro: The Spinto Band, "Japan is an Island"

Link to Ben’s article about sabermetrics in Japan

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Kudos for not using the obvious Vapors song in either the intro or the outro. (Or the Alphaville one either, though I have a soft spot for it and there are some amazing covers of it)