Effectively Wild Episode 1501: Season Preview Series: Braves and Phillies

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the latest developments in the escalating player war of words over the Astros sign-stealing scandal, José Altuve‘s alleged unfinished tattoo, Rob Manfred’s roundly criticized comments, Shohei Ohtani’s new driver’s license, and a modest pay hike for minor leaguers. Then they preview the 2020 Braves (34:29) with From the Diamond host Grant McAuley, and the 2020 Phillies (1:13:37) with The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro.

Audio intro: The Who, "Tattoo"
Audio interstitial 1: The Replacements, "Someone Take the Wheel"
Audio interstitial 2: Cayetana, "South Philly"
Audio outro: Bud Light, "Mr. Fake Tattoo Inventor"

Link to story about Correa, Altuve, and Bellinger
Link to story about minor league pay hike
Link to possible Altuve tattoo sighting
Link to Darvish tweet
Link to Ben on the Braves rebuild
Link to post about Ozuna
Link to Grant’s Braves positional previews
Link to story on the Phillies’ spending
Link to story on the Phillies’ bullpen usage
Link to story on the Phillies’ sports science department
Link to Ben on the Phillies’ framing turnarounds
Link to Roger Angell interview
Link to order The MVP Machine

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2 years ago

Really wish this podcast could’ve just focused on the baseball instead of going into the Chop. This is a really good baseball team with a lot of interesting, exciting players. I don’t how many listeners were interested in that topic from a site that is supposed to be all about baseball and statistics. I certainly could’ve done without it.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ben Lindbergh

So because the outrage machine pumped this out it has to be discussed anytime Atlanta baseball is mentioned? How “outraged”are people about the Chiefs? They just chopped and chanted their way to a Super Bowl victory. Where’s all the outrage there? Do they chop in a less offensive manner? Ben, I could record 3 hours of Braves content and not even think to mention this topic once. Its very easy to separate from the baseball because it really doesn’t have anything to do with baseball. Do you feel the urge to talk about “Sweet Caroline” anytime the Red Sox come up in conversation?