Effectively Wild Episode 1258: Slow-Pitch Baseball

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s introduction to climbing, a Mets-Phillies blowout, Scott Kingery‘s slow pitches, Jacob deGrom‘s run support, Jose UreƱa‘s suspension and how to punish hit by pitches, the Rangers’ odd triple play and the 2002 debut of Ron Wright, Matt Kemp‘s slump, and an umpire’s rapid reaction, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout’s value if he couldn’t slide, the ethics of using strategy in Little League, Kevin Gausman and the decline of pitching from the stretch, making rental-trade returns contingent on what happens after the trade, how to trade up from nothing to something (Dwight Schrute-style), and the job security of established GMs like Brian Cashman, plus a Stat Blast about the humidor-equipped Chase Field and teams that hit the ball harder at home or on the road.

Audio intro: Aretha Franklin, "Think"
Audio outro: Aretha Franklin, "Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"

Link to Andrew McCutchen’s brawl recap
Link to Scott Kingery’s slow pitch
Link to Andrew Dominijanni’s slowest-possible-pitch trajectories
Link to Mike Fast on the slowest possible pitch
Link to Levi Weaver on the Rangers’ triple play
Link to umpire bat-flip GIF
Link to Jeff on the new Chase Field
Link to Mike Petriello on Minute Maid Park
Link to Jeff on the disappearing windup
Link to Marc Carig on the Yankees’ clubhouse culture
Link to Dan Szymborski on the decline of Kemp

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