Effectively Wild Episode 1446: How Not to Behave

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about their playoff livestreams, the Yankees’ ALCS defeat, why pitchers are allowed to demand new baseballs, and pulling a catcher from the game when a team is leading, then discuss Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein’s report about the post-ALCS behavior of Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman, the Astros’ response to that report, the response to that response, and why the Astros’ actions seem so reprehensible and signify pervasive problems. Then they close with ruminations on minimum innings, postseason swing rates, the World Series as a showcase for free agents, the postseason performances of and offseason outlooks for Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, and Stephen Strasburg, and more.

Audio intro: Jenny Lewis, "Bad Man’s World"
Audio outro: Margo Price, "Don’t Say It"

Link to Stephanie Apstein’s story about Taubman
Link to Houston Chronicle story about Taubman
Link to The Athletic story about Taubman
Link to Ben on World Series winners standing pat
Link to Zach Kram on the World Series’ historic starting rotations
Link to Ben on the free agents in the World Series
Link to order The MVP Machine

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Paul Kasiński
Paul Kasiński

And confirmed by multiple witnesses.