Effectively Wild Episode 1981: An Arrow in the Knee at the WBC

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Edwin Díaz’s season-ending injury at the WBC and the anti-WBC sentiment it engendered, then (20:39) bring on top-tier Patreon supporter Michael Eisen to discuss his history with Effectively Wild and baseball and how his scientific research is analogous to baseball research, before answering listener emails (31:29) about the best way to use an ambidextrous pitcher, reenacting a specific baseball game, what it would be like if baseball players were worse than they used to be, mutual pitch-calling, a league with only hitters or pitchers, a possible upside of cheating, the pitch clock and the hidden-ball trick, whether MLB games used to be closer, ending the Yankees’ facial-hair policy, a “pitch jingle,” and even bigger bases, plus a Past Blast (1:48:06) from 1981.

Audio intro: Andy Ellison, “Accident Waiting to Happen
Audio outro: Jeff Eliassen, “Michael

Link to “arrow in the knee” wiki
Link to Baumann on Díaz
Link to Jon Tayler on the Díaz game
Link to Díaz injury video
Link to MLBTR on Díaz injury
Link to Mets spring celebration video
Link to Olbermann comments
Link to Ohtani throwing 102
Link to story on upcoming WBCs
Link to Michael’s UC Berkeley page
Link to Michael’s blog
Link to Michael’s wiki
Link to “The Impossible Dream” video
Link to FG pitcher stuff stats
Link to Cijntje story
Link to Cijntje video
Link to Ben on baseball talent
Link to EW about baseball talent
Link to Ben on hitters and pitchers
Link to so-called hidden ball trick
Link to Sam on close games
Link to Rob Mains on comebacks
Link to Rob Arthur on mismatches
Link to 1999 story on Vaughn and Reds
Link to retrospective on Vaughn
Link to Yankees policy history
Link to Rodón shaving story
Link to story about policy’s legality
Link to more on policy’s legality
Link to more on the legality
Link to Wilson story
Link to McCutchen’s comments
Link to just-noticeable difference wiki
Link to Dick Trueman episode
Link to listener emails database
Link to 1981 Past Blast source
Link to 2019 Visalia article
Link to 1995 Harrisburg article
Link to Harrisburg Senators wiki
Link to fan-owned baseball teams
Link to David Lewis’s Twitter
Link to David Lewis’s Substack
Link to Saber Seminar scholarships
Link to Saber Seminar submissions
Link to Andy Ellison’s website

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