Effectively Wild Episode 1931: Big Batters Don’t Cry

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about redefining the MVP award, FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s unearthed baseball blogs, Billy Beane’s new role with the A’s, and the Braves’ spinoff from Liberty Media, plus a Past Blast from 1931. Then (30:27) they bring on listener and top-tier Patreon supporter Peter Bonney to discuss his baseball background and answer listener emails about baseball economics and the leaguewide effects of low-spending owners, an open-ended player to be named later, batters weeping intentionally, the art of arbitrary endpoints, PitchCom voice actors, how many MLB games are available via video, a team award for the regular season, how to order umpires by accuracy in the World Series, holistic Hall of Famers, and having to win three straight games to win the World Series.

Audio intro: Night Beats, “Crypt
Audio interstitial: The Claudettes, “Dozing in the Crypt
Audio outro: The Mother Hips, “Payroll Peter

Link to AL MVP results
Link to NL MVP results
Link to The Ringer FTX explainer
Link to Bloomberg on FTX
Link to Milky Eggs on FTX
Link to SBF’s baseball blog posts
Link to SBF’s first post
Link to SBF’s first pitcher-roles post
Link to SBF’s second pitcher-roles post
Link to SBF on fetishization of the old
Link to Dave Cameron’s pitching post
Link to SBF’s 2021 Twitter thread
Link to story on FTX lawsuit
Link to Ohtani/FTX press release
Link to Manfred on FTX
Link to MLBTR on Beane
Link to Liberty Media announcement
Link to Travis Sawchik on the Braves
Link to 1931 story source
Link to SABR on night baseball
Link to Jacob Pomrenke’s website
Link to Jacob Pomrenke on Twitter
Link to Peter’s THT articles
Link to Peter’s umpire presentation
Link to Peter’s Fenway presentation
Link to Peter’s company
Link to Kwan on strikeouts
Link to The Gist on polarization
Link to Sawchik on PitchCom
Link to Pujols homer reel
Link to Dayn on a team award
Link to the Stat Blast song
Link to the EW emails database
Link to Ryan Nelson’s MVP tweet
Link to MLBTR on Bellinger

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