Ben Lindbergh is the co-host of the Effectively Wild podcast and a writer for The Ringer.
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about viral particles, Mike Trout’s self-identified best at-bat, Carney Lansford’s possible link to Sir Francis Drake, sports card “breakers,” a perplexing story involving Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, Wilbert Robinson’s five birthdays, why a love of playing baseball often translates to a love of anything connected to baseball, the serendipitous discoveries that come from browsing newspaper archives, and a mysterious 1989 Cy Young vote. Audio intro: Darlingside, "Best of the Best of Times" Audio outro: The Birthday Crew, "Happy Birthday Wilbert" Link to COVID-19 guide Link to Trout video Link to BP bobbleheads piece Link to Emma on “breakers” Link to order The MVP Machine  iTunes Feed (Please rate and review us!)  Sponsor Us on Patreon  Facebook Group  Effectively Wild Wiki  Twitter Account  Get Our Merch!  Email Us: podcast@fangraphs.com var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});
Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about a mystifying comment on the back of track star and Oakland A’s designated runner Herb Washington’s 1975 Topps card, the phenomenon of wildly inaccurate appraisals of player value, and the utility of pinch-running specialists. Then (21:48) they talk to ESPN broadcaster Jon “Boog” Sciambi about calling KBO games from home, learning a new league, the perils and pitfalls of remote baseball broadcasting, how calling games in a different time zone has affected his sleep schedule, making international baseball accessible to American fans, how the pandemic may impact the future of broadcasting, and more. Audio intro: Phish, "Fast Enough for You" Audio interstitial: Richard Thompson, "Johnny’s Far Away" Audio outro: James Taylor, "As Easy As Rolling Off a Log" Link to Washington’s 1975 Topps card Link to Andrew’s book about baseball in Taiwan Link to Cardboard Gods entry on Washington’s card Link to video of Washington pickoff Link to 12/1/74 article on Washington Link to 12/27/74 article on Washington Link to Sam on Hamilton’s value Link to Travis on Hamilton’s value Link to Sam on Washington, Hamilton, and Bolt Link to Ben on Lords of the Realm Link to KBO on ESPN schedule Link to photo of Boog’s backdrop Link to Boog on building a better broadcast Link to Bryan Curtis on remote broadcasts Link to info on Project Main St. Link to donate to Project Main St. Link to order The MVP Machine  iTunes Feed (Please rate and review us!)  Sponsor Us on Patreon  Facebook Group  Effectively Wild Wiki  Twitter Account  Get Our Merch!  Email Us: podcast@fangraphs.com var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about the reliability of betting on baseball using the Grays Sports Almanac from Back to the Future Part II, then answer listener emails about a baseball broadcaster reality show, awarding bonuses for success in specific batter-pitcher matchups, and whether there’s any way to make pitchers into less terrible hitters, plus Stat Blasts about how a bandbox ballpark with a ton of foul territory would play and the least valuable World Series MVPs. Audio intro: Ten Years After, "I’d Love to Change the World" Audio outro: Sharon Van Etten, "Nothing Will Change" Link to video of ESPN’s Dream Job Link to Stat Blast song covers thread Link to Garrett Krohn’s Stat Blast song cover Link to World Series MVPs data Link to Sam on Bumgarner Link to post on pitchers pitching to Bumgarner Link to article on Bucky Harris and pitcher hitting Link to Ben on the DH Link to Russell Carleton on the DH Link to Glavine on the player PR problem Link to order The MVP Machine  iTunes Feed (Please rate and review us!)  Sponsor Us on Patreon  Facebook Group  Effectively Wild Wiki  Twitter Account  Get Our Merch!  Email Us: podcast@fangraphs.com var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});
Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, and Meg Rowley banter about MLB’s proposed in-game distancing measures and what degree of difference from the norm would prevent the game from still looking like baseball, then draft and discuss their favorite highly specific ways in which to follow a baseball game, whether in person or from afar. Audio intro: Sloan, "Listen to the Radio" Audio outro: Ezra Furman, "Watch You Go By" Link to ESPN report about safety protocols Link to The Athletic report about safety protocols Link to Yates Twitter thread Link to Ben Clemens on socially distanced baseball Link to AP report on MLB’s financial claims Link to Baseball Prospectus analysis of MLB’s financial claims Link to FanGraphs analysis of MLB’s financial claims Link to order The MVP Machine  iTunes Feed (Please rate and review us!)  Sponsor Us on Patreon  Facebook Group  Effectively Wild Wiki  Twitter Account  Get Our Merch!  Email Us: podcast@fangraphs.com var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});
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Location
New York, NY, USA
Episode Count
1735
Podcast Count
5
Total Airtime
3 weeks, 3 days