Effectively Wild Episode 2130: The Incomparably Comparable Catchers

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Cubs signing Cody Bellinger, Scott Boras’s offseason, and what Bryce Harper’s walk year could portend for Juan Soto’s. Then (33:27) Ben and Meg talk to Ben Kramer and Robert Toner of the Anchorage Sports Association about the Fur Rendezvous Festival snowshoe softball tournament and the finer points of playing softball in several feet of Alaskan snow. Finally (1:00:16), Ben talks to former teammates, rivals, and big league backup-catching journeymen Ryan Lavarnway and Tim Federowicz about their uncannily parallel playing careers and the evolution and future of catching.

Audio intro: Josh Busman, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 1: Ian Phillips, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial 2: El Warren, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Ted O., “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Jaffe on Bellinger
Link to over/under draft results
Link to Nightengale on Boras
Link to FG playoff odds
Link to quotes about Bellinger
Link to Boras study
Link to Boras on EW
Link to Soto play
Link to Ben on Harper
Link to Anchorage Sports Association
Link to Fur Rendezvous wiki
Link to snowshoe softball rules
Link to snowshoe baseball article
Link to clone post
Link to Lavarnway Stat Blast
Link to Federowicz highlight
Link to Lavarnway highlight
Link to Federowicz book
Link to Lavarnway book
Link to Lavarnway podcast
Link to Tanner Swanson on EW
Link to Maness interview

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