Effectively Wild Episode 1616: MLB’s Other Cheating Problem

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Marlins hiring Kim Ng and the significance of Ng becoming MLB’s first woman GM, the Angels hiring Perry Minasian and the team’s ownership issues, Kyuji Fujikawa and an NPB unwritten rule, Ryan Tepera’s accidental MVP vote, and how FanGraphs readers feel about 2020’s new rules, plus a Stat Blast about Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and the most prolific putout tandems in MLB history. Then (43:30) they talk to The Athletic’s Eno Sarris and former MLB pitcher David Aardsma about MLB’s problem with pitchers using banned foreign substances, touching on how foreign substances help, how prevalent they are, Aardsma’s personal experience with foreign substances, how players learn to use them, whether getting a better grip really helps hitters’ safety, Trevor Bauer’s possibly substance-enhanced Cy Young award, whether sticky stuff will be baseball’s next big scandal, what MLB can do to address its widespread rule-breaking behavior, the future of player development, and more.

Audio intro: Imperial Teen, "The First"
Audio interstitial: Della Mae, "It’s About Time"
Audio outro: Courtney Barnett, "Kim’s Caravan"

Link to Lindsey Adler on Kim Ng
Link to Christina Kahrl on the first woman GM
Link to Christina Kahrl interview episode
Link to Rosenthal’s report on Minasian
Link to Bill Shaikin on Moreno’s ownership
Link to Fujikawa unwritten rules story
Link to video of Saito’s last batter
Link to story about Mantle and McLain
Link to Tepera explanation
Link to Tepera tweet
Link to Jay Jaffe’s rules survey results
Link to putout tandems data
Link to Ben on foreign substances
Link to Eno on foreign substances
Link to Rob Arthur on foreign substances
Link to Eno on Bauer’s 2018 experiment
Link to Defector on Bauer’s 2020
Link to Pineda ejection video
Link to Angels foreign substance lawsuit story
Link to article about Blue Jays layoffs

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