Effectively Wild Episode 1881: Antitrust Us

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about a convoluted fun fact, the Cardinals’ anti-vaccination contingent, a historic Red Sox slump, an injury to top draftee Druw Jones, and a Willians Astudillo double-play pitch, Stat Blast (16:00) about Bryan Shaw and late-starting starters (plus an update on zero-RBI cleanup hitters), and share a Past Blast from 1881. Then (30:48) they talk to The Athletic senior writer Evan Drellich about what the end (for now) of negotiations over an international draft portends for the future of the concept and relations between MLB and the MLBPA, the latest legislative challenge to MLB’s antitrust exemption, a settlement in a class-action lawsuit over minor league pay, Rob Manfred’s comment about living wages for minor leaguers, MLB’s broadcasting and blackout plans, and more.

Audio intro: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, “First to Finish, Last to Start
Audio interstitial: Television Personalities, “Evan Doesn’t Ring Me Anymore
Audio outro: The New Pornographers, “Chump Change

Link to fun fact tweet
Link to Goldschmidt/Arenado comments
Link to Mikolas comments
Link to Red Sox slump story
Link to Stathead
Link to Ryan Nelson’s Twitter
Link to first-start data
Link to updated zero-RBI records
Link to story about Shaw
Link to Shaw game box score
Link to Richard Hershberger’s Strike Four
Link to 1881 story source 1
Link to 1881 story source 2
Link to story on Astudillo double play
Link to Jones injury report
Link to Evan on the international draft
Link to Ken and Maria on the draft
Link to James Wagner on the draft
Link to Evan on the antitrust exemption
Link to Evan on extended spring pay
Link to Forbes on the lawsuit settlement
Link to Hannah Keyser on MiLB pay
Link to Facebook post about the EW wiki
Link to “How to Help” wiki page

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