Effectively Wild Episode 1895: Buggin’ Out

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Julio Rodríguez‘s complex, long-term extension with the Mariners, which wild card contenders Meg is most worried about as a Mariners fan, George Kirby’s game-starting strike streak and the nature of a strike, the new CBA’s impact on midseason callups, and Bryce Harper’s return, follow up on MLB players playing KBO players, “defended” vs. “defensed,” Munetaka Murakami’s homers, and Yankee Stadium’s design, share a Past Blast (43:17) from 1895, and reflect on the 20th anniversary of the first MLB game stream. Then (54:40) they talk to listener and broadcast designer/director Chris Hanel about his research into the pitch-speed flames and score bugs on baseball broadcasts, the biggest score bug mistakes and disputes, how score bugs have evolved, the best and worst score bugs, the future of score bugs, and more.

Audio intro: The Apples in Stereo, “Stream Running Over
Audio interstitial: Bobbie Gentry, “Bugs
Audio outro: Popsicle, “Join My Stream

Link to Passan’s extension article
Link to Passan’s Twitter thread
Link to MLBTR on the extension
Link to Dan S. on the extension
Link to Stathead on 20/20 players
Link to Kirby strike-record data
Link to Stowers walk-off video
Link to Elias fact tweet
Link to CBA incentive details
Link to BP on the Cavalli callup
Link to tweet about Henderson
Link to info on the “Korea Series”
Link to Mark Simon on Walker
Link to Zach Buchanan on Walker
Link to Murakami tweet
Link to defended/defensed discussion
Link to story about streaming anniversary
Link to 2002 streaming screenshot
Link to Richard Hershberger’s Strike Four
Link to 1895 story source
Link to Sam on the flames
Link to Chris’s flames grid
Link to Chris’s graphics sheet
Link to NPB graphics screenshot
Link to NPB graphics screenshot 2
Link to story on ESPN NFL graphics change
Link to MLB survey screenshot thread
Link to Chris’s score bug account
Link to Chris’s thread with more info
Link to Chris’s baseball account
Link to Chris’s company

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Homegrown Tomatoesmember
3 months ago

such a shame how meg rowley replaced sam miller. it’s like replacing justin verlander with chi chi gonzalez…. can’t they at least find someone replacement level?