Effectively Wild Episode 1525: Hey All You Cool Sacks and Chickens

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about a possible banter shortage, a mysterious sack of flour from 1971, the kinds of baseball stories being published in the absence of baseball, the greatness (and eye-popping pitcher usage) of the 2001 World Series, the October travails of Charlie Leibrandt, and how MLB should approach planning for the start of the season, then answer listener emails about how to reward true talent in a shortened season, whether the Mendoza Line needs a new name, whether the White Sox are the most cursed team, and whether rules changes should be agreed to far in advance, plus a Stat Blast about the most lopsided WAR league leaders, a team of unlikely MVP vote-getters, and the odd diet of Ski Melillo.

Audio intro: I Was a King, "Bubble"
Audio outro: Pulp, "Help the Aged"

Link to Pedro’s sack of flour story
Link to Sam on the most meme-worthy moments
Link to Zach Kram on the Arizona plan
Link to Ben Clemens on the Arizona plan
Link to Stat Blast song covers thread
Link to order The MVP Machine

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