Effectively Wild Episode 1834: Your Moment of Zen

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about their impressions of Opening Day, the “baseball zen” interludes on MLB.TV and Apple’s proposed broadcast innovations, Joey Votto’s in-game interview (and in-game interviews in general), a tasty new MLB sponsorship, PitchCom and pace of play, the fraught relationship between Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman, the Padres-Twins trade involving Chris Paddack and Taylor Rogers, and extensions for José Ramírez, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and J.P. Crawford but not for Aaron Judge (or a pair of Red Sox), plus a Stathead-sponsored Stat Blast (1:11:14) about the “on the money” players whose career production most closely matched their career earnings, and an ode to catcher receiving techniques (followed by a few updates and postscripts).

Audio intro: Spirit, “Life Has Just Begun
Audio outro: Colin Blunstone, “I Wonder if You Know What You’ve Begun

Link to Jeff Passan on the CBA negotiations
Link to article on Witt’s first hit
Link to Ohtani pitching highlights
Link to Tungsten Arm O’Doyle tweet
Link to Beer walkoff homer
Link to MLB/Dairy Queen press release
Link to Votto in-game interview video
Link to Ben on in-game player interviews
Link to Ginny Searle on the Votto interview
Link to Apple broadcast details
Link to Acuña/Freeman story
Link to second Acuña/Freeman story
Link to Ben on “Let the kids play”
Link to Lindsey Adler on Judge
Link to Andy McCullough on Judge
Link to Ken Rosenthal on Judge
Link to Rogers twin pitching video
Link to Ben Clemens on Ramírez
Link to Jay Jaffe on Hayes
Link to Jay on PitchCom
Link to player impression of PitchCom
Link to Stathead
Link to Stat Blast data
Link to Bart framing video
Link to EW wiki on Episode 1523
Link to EW wiki Stat Blast page
Link to Tigers tweet about Paredes
Link to MLB player names guide

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