Effectively Wild Episode 1232: The Ump Show

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Juan Soto‘s timeline-rearranging home run, Adrian Houser throwing up mid-game, Nick Markakis and Braves all-star voting, a Mets official’s donut metaphor, and Mike Trout’s continued excellence, then (17:35) talk to longtime MLB umpire and crew chief Dale Scott about miking up umpires, manager-umpire arguments, the Tom Hallion/Terry Collins clip and the expression “ass in the jackpot,” automated strike-calling, catcher framing, other factors that affect the strike zone, coming out as the first publicly gay MLB ump (and the possibility of a player coming out), replay reviews on slides, pace of play and time between pitches, how umps develop their punchouts, why balks are confusing, whether strikes have a sound, his history with concussions, and more, plus (1:12:59) follow-ups on the stumble play and other topics and closing banter about a bad baseball scene on Netflix and a Pablo Sandoval patience secret.

Audio intro: The Delgados, "Hate is All You Need"
Audio interstitial: The Posies, "I May Hate You Sometimes"
Audio outro: Porcupine Tree, "Don’t Hate Me"

Link to Adrian Houser throwing up
Link to Mike Trout fun-fact-a-thon
Link to article about Dale Scott coming out
Link to Dale Scott’s punchout
Link to Ben’s ALDS Game 5 oral history
Link to list of players who appeared in a suspended game “before” their MLB debut
Link to article about Steven Brault’s national-anthem debut
Link to baseball scene from Set it Up

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