Effectively Wild Episode 1164: The Names of the Game


Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan answer listener emails about rebuilding teams absorbing bad contracts, bad teams signing good players, an MLB amnesty clause, fans switching team allegiances, pitchers wearing jackets on the bases, how to maximize playing time with a limited number of hits, baseball on an Olympian schedule, how catchers could transition to a world with robot umps, and the effect of facing two pitchers simultaneously, plus a trio of Stat Blasts on the most valuable baseball names, “Mickey Mantle’s Legs,” and extreme batted-ball changes.

Audio intro: Johnny Flynn, "The Wrote & The Writ"
Audio outro: Sufjan Stevens, "We Won’t Need Legs to Stand"

Link to baseball-name data

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