Effectively Wild Episode 1419: Benetti’s Booth

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller bring on White Sox play-by-play broadcaster Jason Benetti to banter about sharing the broadcast booth with Bill Walton, Mike Schur, and Mike O’Brien over the weekend and what the success of the experiment says about the future of broadcasting. Then Ben and Sam mull a one-of-a-kind dropped third strike on Scooter Gennett, MLB’s homer rate reaching an even higher level and the inflationary effect on fun facts, and what the ongoing MLB youth movement tells us about when Mike Trout will no longer be the best player in baseball.

Audio intro: Stephen Stills, "Change Partners"
Audio outro: Math and Physics Club, "Broadcasting Waves"

Link to article on Walton’s TV commentary
Link to GIF of Gennett play
Link to Baumann on Galvis in 2016
Link to Ben on the ball and the steroid era
Link to Ben on young hitters
Link to story on aging curves for phenoms
Link to story on offensive variance by era
Link to Ben on baseball’s caliber of play
Link to article about Kershaw being deposed as best pitcher
Link to article about Bellinger’s swing change
Link to order The MVP Machine

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I’m 15 minutes into the pod, and I’ve heard Mike Schur mentioned a dozen times yet not a single mention of FireJoeMorgan or Ken Tremendous – I’m going to be crushed if this opportunity to discuss the funniest website in the history of the internet goes undiscussed.