Effectively Wild Episode 2042: Pure Happenstance

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Robin Ventura truthers defending Ventura on the 30th anniversary of his brawl with Nolan Ryan, Shohei Ohtani‘s 2023 WAR matching his full-season 2021 WAR and whether this Ohtani season would’ve won him an MVP award in 2022, the Yankees’ handling of Anthony Rizzo’s belatedly diagnosed post-concussion syndrome, whether this year’s shift restrictions are leading to more pitchers being hit by baseballs, and what winning or losing the trade deadline is actually worth, then (52:44) Stat Blast about players with the highest and lowest percentages of pulled homers (and the longest streaks of pulled homers), players who bat righty and throw lefty, the most matching pitch counts and speeds in one game, a record date for MLB birthdays, and the players traded the most times at the trade deadline, followed by (1:11:54) a conversation with former major leaguer J.A. Happ (and FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen) about what it’s like to be dealt at the deadline, Happ’s extensive trade history, the retirement of Cole Hamels, and more, plus (1:51:26) a Future Blast from 2042.

Audio intro: Andy Ellison, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Xavier LeBlanc, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Ventura/Ryan video
Link to Ventura/Ryan story
Link to Drellich’s Ventura tweet
Link to Langs on Ohtani’s game
Link to FG WAR leaderboard
Link to B-Ref WAR leaderboard
Link to Fletcher’s EW interview
Link to Ben on Ohtani and Judge
Link to The Athletic on Rizzo
Link to Rosenthal on Rizzo
Link to Lindsey on Germán
Link to Jay on Rizzo and Germán
Link to Rizzo fatigue quote
Link to other Rizzo quote
Link to MLB.com story on Rizzo
Link to SIS comebackers tweet
Link to Pudge cheek story 1
Link to Pudge cheek story 2
Link to Down on the Farm post
Link to Dan S. on the 2023 deadline
Link to Dan S. on the 2022 deadline
Link to Dan S. on the 2021 deadline
Link to career pulled HR rates
Link to pulled HR streaks
Link to Russell Carleton’s Twitter
Link to weird-ass starter record
Link to weird-ass starter record (no P)
Link to weird-ass player record
Link to weird-ass player record (no P)
Link to all AL/NL weird-ass hitters
Link to pitch speed/count sheet
Link to Lucas Apostoleris’s Twitter
Link to MLB birthdays bar chart
Link to MLB birthdays heat map
Link to MLB relative age effect
Link to relative age effect wiki
Link to listener emails database
Link to trades on deadline day
Link to trades within 3 days
Link to trades within 1 week
Link to trades within 2 weeks
Link to Ryan Nelson’s Twitter
Link to Happ’s wiki
Link to “J Day” story
Link to Happ’s transactions
Link to Hamels retirement info
Link to IronPigs wiki
Link to Rick Wilber’s website
Link to Future Blast wiki

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