Effectively Wild Episode 1270: A Cup of Their Own

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo going viral again, a Shohei Ohtani fun fact, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, and how to gauge a player’s value to his teammates, the emergence of A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano, the impending ends to the careers of David Wright and Joe Mauer, a Kyle Freeland update, the surprising NL West race and AL wild card race, and the overlooked excellence of Jeremy Jeffress. Then (34:42) they bring on Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri to talk about her feature on the Women’s Baseball World Cup, the origins and progression of the tournament, baseball vs. softball, the slow growth of women’s baseball in the United States, why the game has grown in Japan, why women’s baseball players don’t all aspire to be big leaguers, MLB’s involvement in promoting women’s baseball, and more.

Audio intro: Jukebox the Ghost, "The Popular Thing"
Audio interstitial: Steely Dan, "Change of the Guard"
Audio outro: Jenny Lewis, "Sing a Song for Them"

Link to Ken Rosenthal on Martinez and Betts
Link to Emma’s article
Link to Christina Cauterucci on co-ed youth sports

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Speaking of women’s baseball, I recently discovered a baseball simulation game in japan about a (fictional) women’s version of the Koshien tournaments. It’s even got “flyball revolution” and exit velo etc mechanics. Hachinai is the name for the interested, https://hachinai.com/

They are currently running some sort of collaboration event with the Pacific League of NPB.

The metagame seems to be not so bunting and steals dominated, but the manager can gain access to those self destructive tactics further into the game. The highest rated players are ace pitchers and catchers that buff up pitchers’ control, sort of a catcher framing analog. The highest velocity pitcher tops out at 135 kph/83mph, but the top exit velos with what sounds like aluminium bats are around 130kph.