Effectively Wild Episode 1333: Season Preview Series: Rockies and Pirates

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a bunch of proposed rules changes, FanGraphs readers’ responses to them, and the general desirability of change of some sort, then preview the 2019 Colorado Rockies (19:57) with former Rockies outfielder and current AT&T SportsNet Rockies analyst Cory Sullivan, and the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates (46:20) with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Stephen J. Nesbitt, plus a closing note on J.T. Realmuto.

Audio intro: The Bevis Frond, "Time to Change"
Audio interstitial 1: Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby, "Rocky Mountain Moon"
Audio interstitial 2: Oasis, "The Importance of Being Idle"
Audio outro: Guster, "Two at a Time"

Link to rules change survey responses
Link to Sam on Marlins trades
Link to SABR Award voting
Link to preorder The MVP Machine

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Is it frustrating on your end when the teams beat writer just recycles a lot of known items about the team? Nesbitt brought nothing and you can tell the front office gives their beat guys absolutely nothing. It’s frustrating as a Pirates fan that national guys consistently scoop our local beat guys on almost everything. Also local fans weren’t upset that they traded McCutchen. We have been living with that dynamic since 1992. They were upset that they got a middle reliever and non Top 10 prospect and then didn’t reuse the 12m in saved payroll. They were also upset that the process dragged like it did.