Effectively Wild Episode 2024: The Old College Try

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley are joined by FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen and Michael Baumann to banter about the Phillies’ outlier legal name, Dave Martinez and the dying art of the theatrical managerial ejection, the benching of Wander Franco, whether the Diamondbacks’, Reds’, and Orioles’ surprising seasons are attributable to MLB’s new rules, and whether bad bullpens are good for baseball, then (59:48) discuss a classic College World Series pitcher’s duel, the College World Series final, whether the Shohei Ohtani comps for Florida’s Jac Caglianone are warranted, college pitch-count controversies, Eric and Michael’s takeaways from the MLB Draft Combine, whether there are indications of a baseball bounceback among young Black athletes, whether the scouts suing MLB over age discrimination are likely to succeed (1:40:57), and more, plus (1:54:05) a Future Blast from 2024.

Audio intro: Guy Russo, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Jonathan Crymes, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Cuda tweet
Link to latest Martinez ejection
Link to Martinez photo printout
Link to Martinez World Series ejection
Link to Wellman ejection
Link to NYT on ejections
Link to article on Nevin ejections
Link to article on Boone ejection
Link to article on Franco benching
Link to Freeman/Acuña comments
Link to story on Franco’s safe
Link to Stark on surprise teams
Link to FG BsR data
Link to BP BRR data
Link to BP BRR allowed data
Link to Patrick on bad bullpens
Link to Sam on the Royals’ pen
Link to BP on the Mariners’ pen
Link to Paine on payroll and standings
Link to Paine’s MANFRED scores
Link to pre-Skenes/Lowder story
Link to post-Skenes/Lowder story
Link to Betteridge’s law
Link to more on Skenes/Lowder
Link to Passan on Caglianone
Link to WSJ pitch-counts article
Link to Eric’s latest draft rankings
Link to ESPN on Black amateur players
Link to Eric’s Draft Combine footage
Link to scout lawsuit article
Link to other scout lawsuit article
Link to Regan lawsuit article
Link to squatting article
Link to stretching article
Link to other stretching article
Link to Rick Wilber’s website
Link to article on Elly’s cycle
Link to MLBTR on Waldron
Link to article on qualified catchers

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