Effectively Wild Episode 1786: The Rosin for the Season

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the United States of Shohei Ohtani and Baseball-Reference player page popularity, a perplexing fact about fielding percentage, time-shifted baseball (and watching only wins), learning to love a sport later in life, whether pruney fingers would be a performance-enhancer for pitchers, the great rosin bag battle of the 1920s and ’30s, sketching Mike Trout, and more.

Audio intro: Sparks, “Popularity
Audio outro: The Electric Prunes, “It’s Not Fair

Link to Baseball-Reference year-end stats
Link to Trueblood tweet about fielding percentage
Link to EW email questions database
Link to pruney skin explainer
Link to historical life expectancy story
Link to Craig R. Wright on rosin bags
Link to Wright’s subscription story series
Link to Rob Arthur on the spin rate resurgence
Link to Alex Speier on testing tacky baseballs
Link to Trout sketches on Reddit
Link to Patreon trivia contest
Link to stream Stove League via Viki

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