Effectively Wild Episode 1435: What We Love About Baseball

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about the diminishing roles (and salaries) of MLB managers, then answer listener emails about whether it’s better for teams to be balanced than unbalanced and how to decide whether to upgrade on offense or defense, how consistently good a player has to be to make the Hall of Fame without ever leading the league, and what they love most about baseball, plus a Stat Blast about steroids and the league-wide distribution of dingers in the 2000s and today.

Audio intro: Bright Eyes, "From a Balance Beam"
Audio outro: Dr. Dog, "Mystery to Me"

Link to Rosenthal article about managers
Link to FiveThirtyEight on balanced rosters
Link to Ben on runs scored vs. runs saved
Link to BP on runs scored vs. runs saved
Link to Ben on Baines
Link to Rob Arthur on steroids and the home run surge
Link to Ben on the steroid era
Link to Craig Edwards on the lack of 60-homer hitters
Link to Rich Hill highlights
Link to order The MVP Machine

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