Effectively Wild Episode 1589: The Home Run Retriever

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the extraordinary stat lines of Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes, the role of randomness in baseball, the latest two-team half no-hitter, the Rays’ historic all-lefty lineup, the horrors of Red Sox pitching, the approaching end of the regular season, the states of the standings and playoff odds, the underperforming Reds, deceptive doubleheaders, why writers tend to lose their childhood fandom, the Phillies’ bad bullpen, and more. Then (51:32) they talk to Seattle Mariners souvenir manager Sean Guiney about fetching home run balls in empty ballparks, how MLB’s memorabilia authentication process works, what it’s like to attend an MLB game in 2020, how fake crowd noise sounds in person, and how the cardboard cutouts in the stands are holding up to the barrage of baseballs.

Audio intro: Rilo Kiley, "Smoke Detector"
Audio interstitial: Neil Finn, "Souvenir"
Audio outro: Boygenius, "Souvenir"

Link to Tony Wolfe on Burnes
Link to Ben on Keller’s bad luck
Link to story on the all-lefty lineup
Link to FanGraphs playoff odds page
Link to FanGraphs BaseRuns standings page
Link to Gallo home run ball
Link to Mariners auction site

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