Effectively Wild Episode 1406: Taking a Stand

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the podcast’s seventh birthday, the end of an impressive streak by the Twins, what to think of Aaron Boone‘s tirade against rookie umpire Brennan Miller (and Brett Gardner’s odd dugout anger), Mike Trout and the FanGraphs Trade Value series, an Atlantic League player revolt, and five trends taking over the game, including the shift, relievers, and fewer fastballs.

Audio intro: Destroyer, "Savage Night at the Opera"
Audio outro: John Mellencamp, "I’m Not Running Anymore"

Link to Boone/Gardner video
Link to Lindsey Adler on the players’ reaction to Boone
Link to Marc Carig on Boone’s reputation
Link to Trade Value top 10
Link to Meg/Kiley Trade Value podcast
Link to Atlantic League video
Link to Ben’s trends piece
Link to Ben’s bullpenning piece
Link to Sam’s flames piece
Link to Sam’s piece on the first pitches of games
Link to order The MVP Machine

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shouldnt look at league wide babip for shift effect, look at league wide ba on groundballs.

infield shifts are designed by groundball spray while of shifts are by flyball spray. they can be different.