Effectively Wild Episode 1565: Three Arms, You’re Out

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about 2020 season predictions, picking (and pricing) blueberries, and a cardboard cutout of Meg at T-Mobile Park, then open up the pre-pandemic mailbag and answer old but evergreen listener emails about the best type of game for a first-time baseball viewer to attend, whether the Cubs’ 2016 title came too soon, whether hitters should have to finish plate appearances with broken bats, how managers should handle players who are having good or bad days, which players would benefit most from a third arm, where to place a boost zone on the field, comparing the careers of Carlos Peña and Paul Konerko, whether Mike Trout could make the Hall of Fame twice, a parable about rooting for personal success versus rooting for a rival’s failure, and more.

Audio intro: Louis Prima, "Three-Handed Woman"
Audio outro: The Everly Brothers, "Three-Armed Poker-Playin’ River Rat"

Link to Meg’s blueberries tweet
Link to purchase a cardboard cutout
Link to the game the family from New Zealand saw
Link to article about reducing broken bats
Link to analysis of managers pulling pitchers
Link to analysis of game-to-game spin-rate variability
Link to FiveThirtyEight hot hand analysis
Link to article about Formula E attack mode
Link to video explainer of Formula E attack mode
Link to Formula E attack mode highlights video
Link to listener email archive
Link to stream Stove League

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