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1838 Ratings
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68
28
19
21

Staple in the podcast rotation

By meeeeeeeeeesssshhh - Aug 02 2019
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Baseball fix all year long... in sometimes odd and unexpected ways.

Consistently great

By mentos15 - Jul 21 2019
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Best podcast for those that love Baseball

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Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

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Effectively Wild Episode 1324: The Salary Trap

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s final winter league stats, the retirement of Ricky Romero, the upside of a slow market, and the anticlimax of a big free-agent signing, then (11:25) bring on Baseball Prospectus director of editorial content Patrick Dubuque to talk about why we know how much players make, how […]

Jan 19 2019

56mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1122: Frog in Our Throats

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about John Farrell’s firing and the Nationals’ will-they-or-won’t-they pregame routine with Stephen Strasburg, then answer listener emails about the definition of “veteran,” projecting a team to win 116 games, looking up players’ stats, a pitcher getting both a blown save and a save in the same game, the career […]

Oct 12 2017

1hr 9mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1123: Judgment Calls

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Yellowstone-explosion sensationalism and discuss the improbability of the Cubs’ 277-minute NLDS Game 5 victory over the Nationals, the game’s umpiring oddities and errors, the Nationals’ and Cubs’ reputations and legacies in the wake of the series, and what to do about instant replay and slides. Audio intro: Thom Yorke, […]

Oct 14 2017

55mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1285: October Gets in Gear

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a wild week of playoff baseball, including all the action from Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS and Games 4 and 5 of the NLCS, Joe West’s infamous fan-interference call against the Astros, Andrew Benintendi‘s game-saving catch, Craig Counsell‘s Curly Ogden gambit with Wade Miley, Clayton Kershaw‘s […]

Oct 19 2018

1hr 20mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1230: Our Cast is in the Jackpot

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the end of Steven Brault‘s strikeout streak, Brandon Nimmo‘s non-HBP, Jacob deGrom‘s and Mike Trout’s latest futile heroics, the Mariners’ luck, leaked umpire audio, Hank Aaron on bottle boning, the new-and-improved Jordan Hicks, Miguel Cabrera being done for the year, post-substitution ejections, and a clever college play, then […]

Jun 14 2018

1hr 15mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1124: Winging It

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s wedding weekend, the outfield-wall padding at Minute Maid Park, the rapid repair of a behind-home-plate sign, and a very long pause between pitches, then discuss the first four games of the championship series, including Joe Maddon’s decision-making in Game 2, the Cubs’ moribund offense, the pivotal plays […]

Oct 17 2017

56mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1177: Season Preview Series: Cubs and Padres

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Orioles’ Andrew Cashner signing, recent “super-teams” that missed the playoffs, and Marcus Stroman’s arbitration tweets, then preview the 2018 Cubs (16:27) with The Athletic Chicago’s Sahadev Sharma, and the 2018 Padres (46:43) with The Athletic San Diego’s Dennis Lin. Audio intro: The Thrills, "Nothing Changes Around Here" Audio interstitial […]

Feb 17 2018

1hr 17mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1223: Expansion Strategies and a Defense of Casey

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On the day the Stanley Cup finals start, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to Baseball Prospectus writer Zach Crizer about how future MLB expansion clubs could construct baseball’s equivalent of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s sensational expansion team. Then (29:51) Ben and Effectively Wild listener Dom Guido reexamine the legendary 1888 poem […]

May 28 2018

59mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1174: Season Preview Series: Dodgers and Marlins

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the new spring training camp for free agents, return to the topic of why so many high-profile free agents remain unsigned, discuss Todd Frazier’s contract with the Mets, and talk about whether a proposed “Tank Tax” is a solution in search of a problem. Then they preview the […]

Feb 10 2018

1hr 25mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1232: The Ump Show

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Juan Soto‘s timeline-rearranging home run, Adrian Houser throwing up mid-game, Nick Markakis and Braves all-star voting, a Mets official’s donut metaphor, and Mike Trout’s continued excellence, then (17:35) talk to longtime MLB umpire and crew chief Dale Scott about miking up umpires, manager-umpire arguments, the Tom Hallion/Terry Collins […]

Jun 19 2018

1hr 21mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1233: Baby Powder and Baby Cakes

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Steven Brault‘s national-anthem performance, Brandon Morrow‘s ignoble injury, the Kelvin Herrera trade, banana ambivalence, a suspicious baby-powder puff, Vinny Castilla‘s bat-boning, an interleague-play update, Jose Urena‘s control, the New Orleans Baby Cakes and minor-league team names, the senseless Giants-Marlins beanball war, the debut of Jonathan Loaisiga, and a […]

Jun 21 2018

1hr 23mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1225: Such is This Game, and Such is John Jaso

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Clayton Kershaw‘s latest back injury, the “opener” strategy spreading to L.A., and the unexpected sources of production that have helped keep the Dodgers in the race, as well as Kole Calhoun‘s historically slow offensive start to the season, Jaime Barria and record-setting pitch counts within innings, Indians rookie […]

Jun 02 2018

1hr 18mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1188: Season Preview Series: Diamondbacks and Brewers

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the odd odds of Jason Heyward opting out, the Mike Moustakas and Carlos Gonzalez contracts, the origins of shifting, the always-all-out Noah Syndergaard, Shohei Ohtani, and a non-throwing outfielder follow-up, then preview the 2018 Diamondbacks (38:46) with AZCentral Sports’ Nick Piecoro, and the 2018 Brewers (1:14:14) with The […]

Mar 10 2018

1hr 46mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1135: Players Seeking Salaries

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the latest Shohei Otani news, the contract requests of free agents J.D. Martinez and Jay Bruce, the Tigers’ MLB-worst World Series odds, and changes in catcher-framing stats, then review the results of Jeff’s survey on 2017 fan satisfaction. Audio intro: Colin Blunstone, "Pay Me Later" Audio outro: The Rolling Stones, […]

Nov 10 2017

54mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1227: The Draft is Done

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jonny Venters, Max Scherzer and immaculate innings, the futility of pitcher hitting in 2018, the NL’s encouraging interleague record, MLB buying Rawlings, the home-run rate, Ichiro throwing BP, Derek Dietrich’s dangerous juggling, and a world where Jerry Dipoto can trade draft picks. Then they bring on FanGraphs’ Kiley […]

Jun 07 2018

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Effectively Wild Episode 1362: An Inelegant Blooper for a More Civilized Age

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Mariners’ fun, surprising, and unsustainable start (and how it might affect the franchise), Austin Hedges’ chest protector, the extraordinary nature of Ozzie Albies’ extension, why he might have signed it, what it says about baseball’s economic market, and why we should care, the frustrating MLB/MiLB crackdown on […]

Apr 13 2019

1hr 6mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1357: Bryce and Brockmire

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In a bonus episode of EW, Ben Lindbergh and The Ringer’s Michael Baumann banter about Bryce Harper’s transparently but nonetheless almost endearingly calculated campaign to win over Philly fans, why it’s working for him, and whether he could take it too far, then (14:26) talk to actor Hank Azaria, the star of IFC baseball TV […]

Apr 02 2019

49mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1129: The Darvish Dodgers Difference

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the all-time leaders in WAR for two teams, what Yu Darvish has done differently with the Dodgers, and whether Carlos Correa or Corey Seager will have the more valuable career, then answer listener emails about home-field advantage in the playoffs, projecting (and learning from) Charlie Morton’s breakout, why […]

Oct 27 2017

55mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1168: Winning is for Losers

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk about the Brewers’ trade for Christian Yelich and signing of Lorenzo Cain, how the Brewers stack up in the NL Central, whether they’re the new model for a rebuilding team, how Yelich and Cain could perform in their new park, what the Cain contract says about the slow-moving market, […]

Jan 27 2018

52mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1219: The Opener Arrives

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about baffling flamethrower Jordan Hicks, Rich Hill‘s latest blister problem, the Orioles’ unlikely 13-hit, zero-run game, Albert Pujols‘ prospects, Ryan Zimmerman’s slow spring training and slower start, and more. Then they bring on writer Joe Sheehan (23:23) to discuss the Rays’ “starting Sergio Romo” strategy, whether it will catch […]

May 22 2018

1hr 5mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1466: Slapdick Podcast

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about covering transactions past and present, the latest eye-catching comments by Scott Boras, the Tommy Pham trade and Blake Snell’s candid real-time reaction to it, and what the busy signing season so far augurs for the future of free agency and labor relations, then answer listener emails about players with more times caught stealing than strikeouts and team TV networks airing classic losses, with additional discussion of the weird and wonderful Nick Madrigal, the forecast for a fun White Sox team in 2020, an increasingly intriguing crop of two-way players, and the evolving look of baseball broadcasts.

Audio intro: The Move, "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited"
Audio outro: XTC, "Harvest Festival"

Link to Boras story
Link to Boras Corporation website
Link to Snell story
Link to Ben Clemens on the Pham trade
Link to Ben on free agency
Link to Jen Ramos fundraiser
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Dec 07 2019

1hr 16mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1465: Free Agency’s Second Wind

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discuss a crowdsourced effort to help baseball writer Jen Ramos, then banter about hot stove terminology and why free-agent activity seems to be picking up, analyzing the implications of a busy non-tender deadline day and the expectations-exceeding signings of Drew Pomeranz, Mike Moustakas, Cole Hamels, Zack Wheeler, José Abreu, and others, as well as changes in how teams evaluate players and the benefits of playing possum. Then they answer listener emails about an ownership spending conspiracy and how good Mike Trout would be if baseball were the world’s only sport, plus a Stat Blast about the Mets’ extreme 9th-inning woes and an observation about Dylan Bundy and Jurickson Profar.

Audio intro: The Hold Steady, "The Stove & the Toaster"
Audio outro: The Mountain Goats, "Whole Wide World"

Link to Jen Ramos fundraiser
Link to Ben Clemens on Wheeler
Link to Dan Szymborski on the Wheeler signing
Link to Craig Edwards on the Moustakas signing
Link to Ginny Searle on the Moustakas signing and the free-agent market
Link to Edwards on non-tender takeaways
Link to Edwards on the state of team payrolls
Link to Tyler Kepner on free agency
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Dec 05 2019

1hr 16mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1464: The New Hot Stove Survey

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter anew about José Abreu’s perplexing RBI total, then predict and discuss the answers in the sequel to “the Crasnicks,” a survey of front-office executives on hot-button offseason questions conducted by ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. Along the way, they touch on the four-player Padres-Brewers trade involving Luis Urías and Trent Grisham, the Orioles placing Jonathan Villar on outright waivers, the definition of a “splash,” and more, plus post-discussion banter on the baseball as an object to hold in one’s hand and Ichiro Suzuki as a post-retirement two-way player, and a remembrance of the late Seymour Siwoff.

Audio intro: Courtney Barnett, "Anonymous Club"
Audio outro: Sleater-Kinney, "Anonymous"

Link to Rogers survey
Link to last Crasnick hot stove survey
Link to Sam’s first analysis of Crasnick survey responses
Link to Sam’s second analysis of Crasnick survey responses
Link to FanGraphs breakdown of Padres-Brewers trade
Link to Ichiro story
Link to The Numbers Game
Link to Siwoff obituary
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Dec 02 2019

1hr 23mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1463: The Hall of Fame’s 2020 Hindsight

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the artifacts from the 2019 season that will be preserved by the Hall of Fame, and then (32:25) Ben talks to FanGraphs’ Jay Jaffe about the 2020 Hall of Fame induction cycle, including the shrinking of the ballot backlog, first-timers Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu, whether Jeter will be elected unanimously, Larry Walker’s chances in his last year of eligibility, which other holdovers on the ballot may benefit from the weak crop of debuts, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, relievers vs. position players, the most compelling candidates on the Modern Baseball ballot, Marvin Miller, the Harold Baines effect, catcher framing and the Hall of Fame, and Paul Konerko and reputation vs. WAR.

Audio intro: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, "Keepsake"
Audio interstitial: The Only Ones, "The Immortal Story"
Audio outro: Rudi Richardson, "Fool’s Hall of Fame"

Link to list of 2019 World Series artifacts
Link to list of 2018 artifacts
Link to image of Kendrick’s Game 7 home run ball
Link to Hall of Fame ballot tracker
Link to intro to Jay’s 2020 ballot breakdowns
Link to intro to Jay’s Modern Baseball ballot breakdowns
Link to Jay on Walker
Link to Matt Trueblood on Walker’s context as a candidate
Link to Trueblood on Walker’s other home park
Link to Trueblood on Walker’s unfortunate timing
Link to Jay on Miller
Link to Ben on catcher framing and the Hall of Fame
Link to Ben on the ever-changing nature of WAR
Link to Zach Kram on recent voting trends
Link to Passan on Bonds and Clemens
Link to Ben on Baines
Link to story on the music lost in the 2008 Universal Studios fire
Link to order The Cooperstown Casebook
Link to order The MVP Machine

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Nov 27 2019

1hr 24mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1462: Bring Back Little Blowhard

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about Charlie Finley’s dual “innovations,” Harvey and Little Blowhard, then answer listener emails about Chris Davis and why some veteran players may be unwilling to change, whether Gerrit Cole could regress away from Houston, the purpose of punishing the Astros for sign-stealing and how many years of draft picks a team would give up in exchange for a championship, and whether baseball players will ever take in-season vacations, plus Stat Blasts about players with more hit by pitches than walks and the Mariners’ record lack of intentional walks drawn.

Audio intro: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Blow Hard"
Audio outro: The Microphones, "I Want Wind to Blow"

Link to SI article on Charlie Finley
Link to article about Finley’s orange baseballs
Link to image of Finley’s K.C. Pennant Porch
Link to early 2019 article about Davis
Link to late 2019 article about Davis
Link to 2018 article about Trumbo
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Nov 26 2019

1hr 12mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1461: Hot Stove Stirrings

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about what the Padres’ 2017 Rule 5 trio is up to now, the Mariners’ aggressive Evan White extension, how teams would distribute their spending if every player (amateur or pro) were a free agent but spending were capped at a percentage of MLB revenue, the just-announced All-MLB Team, the White Sox signing Yasmani Grandal, whether the early action on the free-agent market has been at all surprising or encouraging, and the results of Sam’s surveys about a “Baseball Genie” who grants fans of each team’s wishes, with a catch.

Audio intro: The Jayhawks, "You Look So Young"
Audio outro: The Claypool Lennon Delirium, "Cricket and the Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)"

Link to Ben on the Padres’ Rule 5 experiment in 2017
Link to Sam on the Padres’ Rule 5 experiment in 2017
Link to Sam in 2013 on the future of extensions
Link to Kiley on the White extension
Link to Passan’s All-MLB Team
Link to All-MLB Team voting
Link to Ben on the historically slow November 2017
Link to Sam on Grandal in 2016
Link to Sam on the MLB genie
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Nov 26 2019

1hr 14mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1460: Live from New York, it’s Effectively Wild!

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley host a FanGraphs Live! event and EW taping at Subculture in Manhattan, featuring three panels comprising seven guests: “Major League Update” (current events and New York baseball) with FanGraphs’ Jay Jaffe and The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler and Mark Carig; “Baseball By the Numbers” (sabermetrics and Statcast) with FanGraphs’ Craig Edwards and MLB.com’s Mike Petriello (45:54); and “UMP: The Untitled McDongenhagen Panel” (scouting and player evaluation) with FanGraphs’ Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen (1:27:18), including questions from the audience after each discussion.

Audio intro: The Who, "Join Together"
Audio outro: Slade, "See Us Here"

Link to FanGraphs event listing
Link to preorder Future Value (coupon code FV20)
Link to EW Secret Santa sign-up
Link to order The MVP Machine

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Nov 22 2019

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Effectively Wild Episode 1459: The History of Sign-Stealing

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller talk to Paul Dickson, author of The Hidden Language of Baseball: How Signs and Sign-Stealing Have Influenced the Course of Our National Pastime, about, well, what the book’s subtitle says, including the origins of sign-sending, the earliest allegations of sign-stealing, historical precedents for the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme, the effects of sign-stealing, why so many players say they prefer not to know which pitch is coming, the frequent disagreements surrounding which types of sign-stealing are acceptable, the reluctance of the league to get involved in stopping or punishing sign-stealing, the future of policing sign-stealing, and more.

Audio intro: Damon Albarn, "The History of a Cheating Heart"
Audio outro: Brittany Howard, "History Repeats"

Link to Paul’s book about sign-stealing
Link to list of all of Paul’s books
Link to EW Secret Santa sign-up
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Nov 20 2019

55mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1458: The Overlooked League Leaders

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about “sinister right-handers” and scientific songs, then discuss the latest revelations about the Astros sign-stealing saga before reviewing the overlooked accomplishments of some of 2019’s league leaders and discussing the role of bold ink in the era of sabermetric saturation.

Audio intro: Liam Gallagher, "Bold"
Audio outro: Sloan, "Follow the Leader"

Link to image of Astros tunnel
Link to The Athletic report about email to Astros scouts
Link to ESPN report about email to Astros scouts
Link to article about MLB video monitors
Link to EW Secret Santa sign-up
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Nov 19 2019

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Effectively Wild Episode 1457: The Sign-Stealing Spiral

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the first stirrings on the free-agent market, the latest developments in the Astros sign-stealing scandal, where MLB investigation’s might lead, what the appropriate punishments would be, the psychology of sign-stealing, whether pitchers should call pitches, fighting technology with technology, Mike Trout’s MVP award win, a fixable flaw in the BBWAA’s awards voting, the hirings of Ben Cherington and Gabe Kapler, and EW Secret Santa sign-ups, plus a postscript about still more aspects of the sign-stealing story.

Audio intro: Spiritualized, "You Lie You Cheat"
Audio outro: Doug & The Beets, "Bangin’ on a Trash Can"

Link to story on teams’ sign-stealing paranoia
Link to Rob’s sign-stealing audio footprint story
Link to article about crime deterrence
Link to FanGraphs post on Trout’s third MVP win
Link to Andrew Baggarly on Kapler
Link to Grant Brisbee on Kapler
Link to video of Darvish and Yelich
Link to Jeff’s 2017 post about the Astros’ projected strikeout rate
Link to EW Secret Santa sign-up
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Nov 16 2019

1hr 16mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1456: Sign Language

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about the latest linguistic crimes by Scott Boras, then discuss the Astros sign-sealing scandal, touching on Mike Fiers’ role in the revelations, whether sign-stealing actually benefited the Astros, the immorality of sign-stealing, what the Astros’ punishment should be, the history of sign-stealing, whether the Astros sign-stealers acted alone, whether […]

Nov 14 2019

1hr 14mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1455: The Fifth Free-Agent Contracts Draft

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about the baffling trade rumors swirling around Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, and Kris Bryant, try to discern why they would be on the block, discuss how the likelihood of the top-rated team winning the World Series compares to the likelihood of the best team taking the title in other […]

Nov 12 2019

1hr 24mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1454: Where Have You Gone, Mr. Robinson?

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Ben’s return from vacation and Meg and Sam’s episodes in his absence, former Angels minor leaguer Mike Fish (not to be confused with Mike Trout), and a roundup of recent news, including Stephen Strasburg opting out, J.D. Martinez not opting out, Mookie Betts trade rumors, robot umps coming […]

Nov 09 2019

1hr 29mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1453: Time Is on Our Side

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Sam Miller and Meg Rowley revisit a fast-moving 1916 afternoon tilt between the Asheville Tourists and the Winston-Salem Twins with some historic significance, and engage in an Effectively Wild experiment. Audio intro: Ben Gibbard and Feist “Train Song” Interstitial: Muddy Waters “Train Fare Home Blues” Audio outro: Oscar Peterson Trio “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be“ […]

Nov 07 2019

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Effectively Wild Episode 1452: Play It Again, Sam

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Meg Rowley and Sam Miller banter about Ben Lindbergh’s vacation-induced absence, an unusual umpire Wikipedia entry, and the acceptability of failure, before turning their attention to a few listener emails answered during the Jeff Sullivan era, including what would happen if Giancarlo Stanton only tried to hit home runs, how they would prefer to consume […]

Nov 05 2019

1hr 9mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1451: A World Series Worth Waiting For

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Nationals’ well-earned World Series victory, the Nationals players they’re happiest for, the a strange, all-road-wins series, the brilliance of Zack Greinke, the decisions of A.J. Hinch (including a bad bunt, pulling Greinke, using Will Harris, and not using Gerrit Cole), Max Scherzer’s high-wire act, the futures of […]

Oct 31 2019

1hr 43mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1450: Play Loud and Don’t Carry a Big Stick

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about a wild World Series Game 6, including a controversial interference call on Trea Turner, a strange conference call with New York, the ejection of Dave Martinez, the greatness of Stephen Strasburg, George Springer, Anthony Rendon, and Juan Soto, bat-carrying briefly becoming the new bat-flipping, a Max Scherzer sighting, […]

Oct 30 2019

1hr 1min

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Effectively Wild Episode 1449: The Nationals’ Lost Weekend

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about audible umpires, Lance Barksdale’s ball/strike calls in World Series Game 5, the Nationals’ offensive outage in Games 3-5, Max Scherzer’s neck spasms, Dave Martinez’s moves, why the series has been somewhat unexciting, the Nationals’ and Astros’ outlooks going into Game 6, the Astros’ retraction of their statement about […]

Oct 29 2019

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Effectively Wild Episode 1448: The 21-Soto Salute

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley discuss the latest on the Astros and the benefits and limitations of front-office diversity, Rob Manfred’s new comments about the baseball, Kris Bryant’s grievance against the Cubs, umpire Rob Drake’s apology for a bad tweet, and Yu Darvish’s good tweets, then answer listener emails about Juan Soto’s age and clubhouse […]

Oct 25 2019

1hr 13mins

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Effectively Wild Episode 1447: The Astros Stay Losing

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After an update from Ben Lindbergh on the Astros’ firing of Brandon Taubman and inadequate apology, Ben and Sam Miller follow up on a discussion of postseason chase rate, talk more about Taubman, and break down the first two games of the World Series, focusing on what went right for the Nationals, what went wrong […]

Oct 24 2019

1hr 20mins

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