Effectively Wild Episode 1885: The Pit Clock

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Clayton Kershaw’s back, balky backs in general, some of the players traded at the deadline who made immediate impacts in their debuts, and the perhaps surprisingly small impacts that deadline moves make on playoff and World Series odds. Then (15:09) they answer listener emails about intentionally scuttling a trade for leverage in a future negotiation, what would have to happen to convince them that the Rockies were a well-run organization, penalizing slow-paced pitchers by gradually lowering the mound, how to design the perfect pitching hand, convincing MLB to cut ties with gambling sponsors by paying players to throw games, Gold Gloves for utility players, an ethical conundrum involving Shohei Ohtani, and why we call them “triple-slash stats” when there are only two slashes, plus a Past Blast from 1885 (1:30:15) and followups.

Audio intro: The Smiths, “Stretch Out and Wait
Audio outro: Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello, “Twenty Fine Fingers

Link to article on Kershaw’s back
Link to article on stretching research
Link to article on the shortest day
Link to Dan on deadline improvements
Link to Merrifield article
Link to post on Rockies pizza party
Link to Sam Miller on the pit
Link to Driveline post on generating spin
Link to Driveline on finger/grip strength
Link to Fielding Bible utility awards
Link to Richard Hershberger’s Strike Four
Link to 1885 story source
Link to Angels tweet
Link to Timber Rattlers mascot
Link to Philadelphia Zoo mascot
Link to high-scoring-game box score
Link to 2014 Tigers rotation story
Link to 1880s baseball story source
Link to submarine softball story
Link to North Pole baseball story

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