Effectively Wild Episode 1572: Baseball on Borrowed Timeon August 1, 2020 at 1:24 am

Effectively Wild Episode 1572: Baseball on Borrowed Time

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley discuss the coronavirus spreading to the NL Central, the difficulties MLB faces compared to other sports leagues, the dramatic changes that the pandemic has imposed on the sport, why robot umps aren’t part of the pandemic makeover, the jarring visuals of virtual fans, the promotion of Nick Madrigal and the overlap of good and bad baseball news, the latest vexing comments by Astros owner Jim Crane, the power of pitcher deception and the potential to quantify it, and reports that the season could soon cease if conditions don’t improve, plus a follow-up addendum about why the automatic-runner rule shortens games.

Audio intro: John Lennon, “Borrowed Time
Audio outro: Dr. Feelgood, “One Weekend

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