Effectively Wild Episode 1330: Rough Drafts

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about rumors and the offseason, then answer listener emails about forming a team from remaining free agents, the definition of “Baseball IQ,” small-market teams banding together, the best thing for a team to be bad at, incentivizing teams to win, and whether front offices are planning for a work stoppage, plus Stat Blasts about the worst drafts ever, Johnnie LeMaster, and Ketel Marte and closing banter about a dream and the upcoming season preview series. Then (53:49), Ben talks to listener Anne Marie Chua Lee about anime as a rich, overlooked source of baseball entertainment, touching on series including Gurazeni: Money Pitch, Major 2nd, Ace of the Diamond, and Princess Nine.

Audio intro: Foo Fighters, "February Stars"
Audio interstitial: Tom Waits, "Big in Japan"
Audio outro: The Move, "Vote for Me"

Link to free-agent depth chart
Link to team draft data
Link to Anne Marie’s store
Link to Gurazeni
Link to Major 2nd
Link to Ace of the Diamond
Link to Princess Nine
Link to SABR Award voting
Link to Jeff’s nominated piece
Link to Ben’s nominated piece
Link to preorder The MVP Machine

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She misses out on things like One Outs, Battery, Cross Game, Ookiku Furikabutte, and even Moshidora.