Effectively Wild Episode 2129: Season Preview Series: Twins and Tigers

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Boras Four behind the scenes, Hyun Jin Ryu’s salary-cap-skirting KBO contract, and a study on the effectiveness of complaining about umps, plus a Stat Blast (22:51) about an inaccurate, unkillable Greg Maddux fun fact and more musings (34:52) on transparent pants. Then they preview the 2024 Minnesota Twins (41:02) with The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman, and the 2024 Detroit Tigers (1:12:50) with The Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen.

Audio intro: Beatwriter, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Davy Andrews, “Edouard Julien, Are You Gonna Rule Again?
Audio interstitial 2: The Gagnés, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Nate Emerson, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to MLBTR on the Boras Four
Link to article about Boras
Link to Boras facilities
Link to Ryu tweet
Link to Ryu article
Link to MLBTR on Judge offer
Link to Harper offer report
Link to Kovalchuk veto
Link to Yoo’s EW appearance
Link to umpire study
Link to EW on ump decision fatigue
Link to Boone EW hypothetical
Link to Ryan’s Maddux fact thread
Link to Maddux’s count splits
Link to Maddux Stat Blast data
Link to Maddux scouting reports
Link to Maddux 93 mph claim
Link to MLB pants statement
Link to Twins offseason tracker
Link to Diamondbacks depth chart
Link to Pohlad comments
Link to Aaron’s Athletic archive
Link to Gleeman and the Geek
Link to Tigers offseason tracker
Link to Tigers depth chart
Link to Cody on engagements
Link to Cody’s Athletic archive
Link to Skubal fWAR leaderboard
Link to article on MLB exec fashion
Link to Turning the Corner

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2 months ago

“Wallner, Julien and Lewis were, production-wise, probably the best rookie hitting trio in the history of the Minnesota Twins”. Aaron Gleeman obviously doesn’t remember the 1982 Twins with Kent Hrbek (2nd in Rookie of the Year voting, Gary Gaetti (5th) and Tom Brunansky (actually more Baseball-Reference WAR than the other two combined, thanks to very strong defensive stats).

I will have to pull out my Abstracts, I thought Bill James had written an article about the strength of that rookie Crop (Ripken and Boggs were 1st and 3rd).