Effectively Wild Episode 1765: Of Cinnabon and Shifts


Before Game 3 of the World Series, Meg Rowley and guest co-host Emma Baccellieri of Sports Illustrated discuss postseason travel for sportswriters, the forgotten virtues of suburban malls, Emma’s piece on how Atlanta shifted its stance on the shift midseason, and how the front office, Ron Washington, and the players came together to adopt the defensive strategy, as well as the length and pace of postseason games. Then at a listener’s suggestion, they draft replacement players for each World Series team from the clubs those teams have already vanquished before discussing what Bob Melvin’s hiring as the new manager of the San Diego Padres means for the Padres… and the Oakland A’s.

Audio intro: The Decemberists, “On the Bus Mall
Audio outro: Phoebe Bridgers, “Georgia

Link to Five and Dive, Emma’s podcast at Baseball Prospectus
Link to Emma on Atlanta and the shift
Link to Emma on Atlanta’s pitching options
Link to Emma on the Oakland A’s from 2018
Link to Ben Clemens’ piece on Atlanta’s pitching
Link to Dennis Lin on Bob Melvin’s hiring

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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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