Effectively Wild Episode 1492: The Hidden Hall of Famer

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about umpire crew chiefs getting microphones for the 2020 season, the Reds signing Nick Castellanos and the small gaps between the top four teams in the NL Central, the Diamondbacks trading for Starling Marte and whether the Dodgers can be beaten in the NL West, and MLB getting sued over sign stealing, and then Sam makes the case for Andy Pettitte as a deserving Hall of Famer, prompting a discussion of the most challenging era in which to develop pitchers and how we assess players’ Cooperstown qualifications.

Audio intro: Soul Position, "Mic Control"
Audio outro: The Cranberries, "Desperate Andy"

Link to Sam on balks
Link to Craig Edwards on the Castellanos signing
Link to story about sign stealing and fantasy baseball
Link to SI story on sign-stealing lawsuits
Link to Ben on Reds scouting reports
Link to Jay Jaffe’s latest breakdown of Pettitte’s Hall of Fame case
Link to Sam on Colon and the Hall of Fame
Link to order The MVP Machine

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Lets have some more fun discussions about cheaters in baseball. No predicting how that will go.