Effectively Wild Episode 1587: The Live-Ball Eraon September 5, 2020 at 3:12 am

Effectively Wild Episode 1587: The Live-Ball Era

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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley follow up on an earlier Clayton Kershaw commercial conversation and banter about Tom Seaver and the benefits of being a late bloomer, then answer listener emails about catchers sharing secrets about their old teams, the value of game-calling, Manny Ramirez signing with the Sydney Blue Sox and the experience of watching old players in lower-level leagues, how stadiums designed for games without fans would be different, whether a pitcher could tattoo his hand to look like a baseball, whether a person from the past could infer the occurrence of a pandemic from MLB’s schedule alone, and what would happen if it were revealed that baseballs are alive, plus Stat Blasts about teams with the most one-run games and batters who always hit in the same spot in the lineup.

Audio intro: Jenny Lewis, “Late Bloomer
Audio outro: Superchunk, “What a Time to Be Alive

Link to Kershaw commercial
Link to Benetti and Stone clip
Link to Seaver newsletter
Link to Pages from Baseball’s Past
Link to Ben on catcher intangibles
Link to Ben on Yadi’s game-calling
Link to Harry Pavlidis on game-calling
Link to interview episode with Harry
Link to article on Mathis’s game-calling
Link to Dan Szymborski on the decline of Pujols
Link to story on MLB Network “speed cam”
Link to story about Mariners broadcast innovations
Link to story about Clevinger’s tattoos
Link to Sean Rudman’s Stat Blast Song cover
Link to teams with the most one-run games
Link to spreadsheet on batting in the same spot in the order
Link to Rob Arthur on the baseball’s inconsistency
Link to Star Trek episode of The Ringer MLB Show
Link to Russell Carleton’s update on the shift

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