Effectively Wild Episode 1919: The Dog Ate My Homer

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley follow up on their 2022 minor league free agent draft results, banter about ALDS Game 2, teams “not making excuses,” the Rangers hiring Bruce Bochy, and other news, and answer listener emails about a suggestion for changing the number of games per playoff round, how an average person would do in the field if they knew where the ball was going to go, a 75-foot-tall batter, the most embarrassing kind of whiff, multiple “first” pitches, the phrase “a whole new ballgame,” and a ballpark named after the podcast, plus a Past Blast from 1919.

Audio intro: Sloan, “You Don’t Need Excuses to Be Good
Audio outro: Billy Corgan, “Black Sox

Link to 2022 draft results
Link to Raymond’s EW wiki post
Link to Boone comments
Link to Severino comments
Link to data on Bregman HR
Link to data on Judge flyout
Link to FG post on ALDS G2
Link to postseason ZiPS
Link to story on McCullers/champagne
Link to Jay on postseason SP
Link to Bochy news
Link to Dusty report
Link to Profar’s swing
Link to story on Veeck’s “giant”
Link to EW emails database
Link to 1919 story source
Link to SABR’s Eight Myths Out
Link to SABR on the Black Sox scandal
Link to SABR on Speaker’s columns
Link to Jacob Pomrenke’s website
Link to Jacob Pomrenke on Twitter
Link to Patreon/Discord instructions

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1 year ago

Random variation and unpredictability is what makes baseball addicting

Statcast search of Judge’s fly out and similar events

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That’s baseball, Suzyn