Effectively Wild Episode 2154: Sliding Doors and Sliding Home

Amid a wave of pitcher injuries, Ben Lindbergh talks to Dr. Rich Nye (4:20), a former major leaguer whose career-ending injury became a career-beginning injury when he decided to become an exotic-animal veterinarian (among other occupations). Then (1:07:09) Ben talks to prolific TV creators/writers/producers Tom Fontana and Julie Martin about what might have been for Baseball Wives, a long-lost HBO baseball drama that was canceled after its pilot episode was produced in 2002. Lastly (1:43:25), Ben brings on Frequent Stat Blast Correspondent Ryan Nelson to deliver eight Stat Blasts, plus (2:23:13) follow-ups.

Audio intro: Daniel Leckie, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Alex Ferrin, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to MLB.com on Freeland
Link to Freeland on EW
Link to Rockies airline story
Link to Meulens video
Link to The Athletic on McKenzie
Link to MLBTR on Stephenson
Link to MLBTR on Hurt
Link to MLBTR on Tiedemann
Link to The Athletic on Suárez
Link to 1969 Cubs-Giants broadcast
Link to Nye’s SABR bio
Link to 1967 rookie pitcher WAR
Link to Nye’s vet bio
Link to Nye wiki
Link to Nye’s debut game
Link to Nye’s 1970 game
Link to 1976 Nye Tribune article
Link to Seinfeld squirrel clip
Link to Nye’s woodturning site
Link to Kessinger on EW
Link to Hands on EW
Link to Ben’s Olerud interview
Link to The Wire Triandos clips
Link to SatC Yankee Stadium clip
Link to Ben on media exclusivity
Link to 2002 HBO AP article
Link to Race for the Pennant promo
Link to Fontana on IMDb
Link to Martin on IMDb
Link to Fontana WaPo profile
Link to Fontana Buffalo archive
Link to Baseball Wives wiki
Link to Baseball Wives article 1
Link to Baseball Wives article 2
Link to Baseball Wives article 3
Link to Baseball Wives article 4
Link to Baseball Wives article 5
Link to more info on Baseball Wives
Link to 2011 Baseball Wives
Link to Footballers’ Wives
Link to Ben on unaired pilots
Link to Stat Blast song cover
Link to Ryan’s previous appearance
Link to Stat Blast wiki
Link to article on Day no-no
Link to HoF on Feller no-no
Link to team BA spreadsheet
Link to lineup names sheet
Link to outs on bases sheet
Link to SABR on Tippy’s pickoffs
Link to Tippy pickoffs video
Link to lefty-starters sheet
Link to Russell on SP order
Link to Rockies lefties record
Link to “Darvishes” spreadsheet
Link to first BF screenshot
Link to first BF spreadsheet
Link to games played spreadsheet
Link to Calcaterra quote
Link to McCutchen steal
Link to Craig Wright on stealing home
Link to stealing home sheet
Link to listener emails database
Link to Bellinger on Boras
Link to Boras facility brag
Link to Sterling HR call ranking
Link to Yakkertech tweet
Link to Neil Paine on the White Sox
Link to ballpark meetup forms
Link to meetup organizer form

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1 month ago

Absolutely loved the Nye portion of the podcast.