Effectively Wild Episode 1764: Decrying the Sliderization of Baseball


In a crossover event Marvel would envy, Meg Rowley and guest co-host Michael Baumann of The Ringer discuss Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, what the loss of Charlie Morton means for Atlanta, the narrative role of the starter, how to navigate the moral conundrum that is fandom, the ever-growing length of postseason games, the conveyor-belt nature of Houston’s offense, Luis Garcia’s delivery, and what we might expect from both teams as the series shifts to Atlanta. Then they turn their attention to Rob Manfred’s comments on the chop before considering the CBA negotiations, the likelihood of a lockout (and a work stoppage), what will motivate both parties at the bargaining table, and the virtues of the pitch clock.

Audio intro: Paul Simon, “Slip Sliddin’ Away
Audio outro: Jim Croce, “Time In a Bottle

Link to The Ringer MLB Show podcast
Link to Michael’s piece on the areas that could decide the World Series
Link to Ben Clemens’ piece on Atlanta’s pitching
Link to Jay Jaffe’s piece on Eddie Rosario
Link to Luke Hooper’s World Series Game 2 recap
Link to Kevin Goldstein’s World Series Game 1 recap
Link to Luke’s piece on Yordan Alvarez
Link to Evan Drellich’s piece on Rob Manfred’s and Tony Clark’s remarks on the chop, the CBA negotiations, and pitch clocks
Link to the National Congress of American Indians statement on Manfred’s remarks
Link to Clinton Yates’ piece on the chop and Manfred’s remarks
Link to Steven Goldman’s piece on the chop
Link to Arnold Hano’s obituary
Link to Episode 1536 with Hano
Link to A Day In The Bleachers

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Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs and the co-host of Effectively Wild. Prior to joining FanGraphs, her work appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside. You can follow her on twitter @megrowler.

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9 months ago

Appreciate the discussion on the chop. Turned the sound off WS games. Moronic even for Georgians.