Effectively Wild Episode 1613: The Need for Steve

Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Steven Goldman of Baseball Prospectus banter about MLB’s Friday news dump, covering the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora, the Mets cleaning house in the front office and the potential for new owner Steve Cohen to be baseball’s offseason spending savior, and the league announcing that it wouldn’t discipline the Dodgers’ Justin Turner for his behavior after World Series Game 6. Then (27:56) they talk to pitching coach and journalist Brian Vikander, a co-author of the new biography Dalko: The Untold Story of Baseball’s Fastest Pitcher, about the fact and fiction surrounding Steve Dalkowski, the reputed hardest thrower in history, who never made the majors but left a confounding and fascinating legacy.

Audio intro: The Who, "Break the News"
Audio interstitial: Shoes, "Nowhere So Fast"
Audio outro: The Lemonheads, "Steve’s Boy"

Link to MLB’s Red Sox sign-stealing decision
Link to Jay Jaffe on the Cora hiring
Link to Craig Edwards on advice for Steve Cohen
Link to Ben Clemens on the Mets’ offense
Link to official statements about Turner
Link to L.A. Times story on Dodgers’ COVID cases
Link to Dalko website
Link to Steve Goldman on Dalkowski
Link to Craig Wright on Dalkowski
Link to Joe Posnanski on Dalkowski
Link to John Eisenberg on Dalkowski
Link to Dom Amore on Dalkowski
Link to The Infinite Inning podcast
Link to study on the southpaw advantage
Link to article on the physics of rising fastballs

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