Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

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Ben Lindbergh (The Ringer), Jeff Sullivan (FanGraphs), and an array of guests talk about baseball with an analytical bent, covering a mix of timely topics from the serious to the absurd a few times per week.

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https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs
Description
Daily baseball statistical analysis and commentary
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-03-20 17:46
last episode published
2019-03-20 12:56
publication frequency
1.81 days
Contributors
davidappelman@gmail.com (Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan) managing editor  
Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan author   owner  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
1350
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Episodes

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20.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1350: Season Preview Series: Astros and Tigers

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter at length about Mike Trout’s extension, why he may have wanted to stay with the Angels, what makes him different from other players, and why he’s underpaid despite his record contract, then preview the 2019 Houston A...
Ben Lindbergh author
18.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1349: Wonder Hamster

Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, and Effectively Wild listener and Mike Trout Tier Patreon supporter Anthony Scheff banter about the Blue Jays raising salaries for minor leaguers, the team’s motivations for doing so, and whether other teams will follow suit,...
Ben Lindbergh author
16.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1348: Season Preview Series: Indians and White Sox

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Meg witnessing actual baseball being played, her plans for watching the Mariners’ and Athletics’ international Opening Day matchup, Willians Astudillo’s spring training, the long list of 2019 and 2020 rules cha...
Ben Lindbergh author
14.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1347: Season Preview Series: Dodgers and Royals

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about parity in the NL and imbalance in the AL, then preview the 2019 Dodgers (7:08) with Los Angeles Times national baseball writer Andy McCullough, and the 2019 Kansas City Royals (1:02:45) with The Athletic’s Roya...
Ben Lindbergh author
12.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1346: Baseball and Eight American Pies

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about the fallout from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s oblique injury and the signings of Adam Jones and Martin Maldonado as referenda on free agency, then answer listener emails about whether the Indians and Astros could ha...
Ben Lindbergh author
9.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1345: Season Preview Series: Nationals and Mariners

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about Max Scherzer’s supremacy and the changes coming to the Atlantic League in 2019 as part of its partnership with MLB, include an altered base size, mound distance, strike zone, and more, then preview the 2019 Nat...
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7.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1344: Something Old, Something New

Ben Lindbergh (re)introduces new co-hosts Sam Miller of ESPN and Meg Rowley of FanGraphs. Together, they explain the show’s new format and schedule, pay tribute to departed co-host Jeff Sullivan, and answer listener emails about a team made of clones o...
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6.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1343: Season Preview Series: Cubs and Rangers

Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Steven Goldman of The Infinite Inning banter about Luis Severino’s injury and the perils of spring training, Sonny Gray’s slider problem and the perils of player development, and Ben’s series at The Ringer about scouting...
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3.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1342: Take Me Out With the Crowdfunding

Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Emily Waldon of The Athletic banter about how Emily got into covering the minor leagues, the perils and rewards of minor-league coverage, the progress of player development, the benefits of speaking Spanish, prospects of...
Ben Lindbergh author
1.03.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1341: Jesse Thorn, Bryce Harper, and Cardinals and Giants Previews

Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Jesse Thorn of Maximum Fun banter about Bryce Harper signing with the Phillies and the intriguing NL East, Jesse’s Giants fandom, being an ambassador of baseball to non-fans, and Jesse’s beliefs about baseball fashion, t...
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27.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1340: Season Preview Series: Rays and Padres

Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Zach Kram of The Ringer banter about Clayton Kershaw’s bum arm, a rash of semi-suspiciously-timed signings, the Atlantic League as a testing ground for MLB rules changes, the latest Bryce Harper rumors, extensions for No...
Ben Lindbergh author
22.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1339: Jeff Got a Job

In Jeff Sullivan’s final episode as the co-host of Effectively Wild (but not the podcast’s final episode), he and Ben Lindbergh discuss his new job as an analyst for the Tampa Bay Rays, what it was like to be courted by teams, why he decided to depart ...
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21.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1338: Season Preview Series: Mets and Blue Jays

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about whether contract extensions are actually on the rise, the increasingly curious career of Rinku Singh, and Pirates owner Bob Nutting’s confusing comments about payroll, then preview the 2019 New York Mets (14...
Ben Lindbergh author
20.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1337: Season Preview Series: Angels and Brewers

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Manny Machado signing with the Padres and what the news means for the free-agent market and the futures of the NL West, the Phillies, and Bryce Harper, then preview the 2019 Los Angeles Angels (31:34) with T...
Ben Lindbergh author
16.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1336: Season Preview Series: Twins and Phillies

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about differently shaped players being in the best shape of their lives, the Luis Severino extension, and three trends: the disappearance of highly ranked pitching prospects, the plateauing of league-wide fastball...
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14.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1335: Horsed Retirement

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s visa problem, Doug Fister’s retirement and CC Sabathia’s retirement tour, Johnny Cueto’s late horses, the current size of Yoenis Cespedes, players’ newly coordinated messaging about base...
Ben Lindbergh author
12.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1334: Season Preview Series: Braves and Diamondbacks

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the return of Brett Lawrie and two-way draftee Kyler Murray’s decision to pursue playing football over baseball, then preview the 2019 Atlanta Braves (8:45) with From the Diamond host Grant McAuley, and the ...
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9.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1333: Season Preview Series: Rockies and Pirates

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a bunch of proposed rules changes, FanGraphs readers’ responses to them, and the general desirability of change of some sort, then preview the 2019 Colorado Rockies (19:57) with former Rockies outfielder and...
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8.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1332: The Life of Riley

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan dissect the trade that sent catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins to the Phillies for Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, and Will Stewart, honor the legacy of Frank Robinson, and then (22:28) bring back 88-year-old 1950s two-...
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5.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1331: Season Preview Series: Reds and Athletics

In the first installment of the seventh annual Effectively Wild season preview series, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Bryce Harper, Scott Boras, team meetings with free agents, the season preview series, the Super Bowl, and mortality, the...
Ben Lindbergh author
2.02.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1330: Rough Drafts

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about rumors and the offseason, then answer listener emails about forming a team from remaining free agents, the definition of “Baseball IQ,” small-market teams banding together, the best thing for a team to be ba...
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31.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1329: Statheaded Elsewhere

Ben Lindbergh and ESPN’s Sam Miller banter about offseason content-creation strategies, recurring columns, and an alternate history in which Orlando Cepeda could have prevented writers from citing stats in stories, then (21:45) talk to longtime Basebal...
Ben Lindbergh author
31.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1328: National Past Time

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about players playing for their lives, Bryce Harper rumors, Harper’s fame vs. Mike Trout’s, feeling less intense anticipation than they used to, the Red Sox signing the previously permabanned Jenrry Mejia, and unc...
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25.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1327: Marginal Wince

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about good and bad news for much-traveled pitcher Oliver Drake, the Dodgers’ signing of A.J. Pollock and the team’s perplexing offseason plan and lack of NL West competition, the Cubs’ signing of Brad Brach, and a...
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24.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1326: Hall of Flames

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the Hall of Fame results, including why (and whether) the Hall matters, Mariano Rivera’s unanimous election, the greatness of Mike Mussina, the stagnation of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, the perplexing case of ...
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22.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1325: Book Learning

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo and the Sonny Gray trade, then (19:11) bring on Padres podcaster David Marver to talk about the Padres supposedly opening their books, what information the team actually revealed, the ways...
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19.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1324: The Salary Trap

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s final winter league stats, the retirement of Ricky Romero, the upside of a slow market, and the anticlimax of a big free-agent signing, then (11:25) bring on Baseball Prospectus director...
Ben Lindbergh author
19.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1323: Bed God

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Yankees signing Adam Ottavino and the Angels signing Cody Allen, super-pens vs. improvised pens, and Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Trout, then (15:19) bring on Baseball Prospectus writer Sung Min ...
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17.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1322: Read All About It

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben and Travis Sawchik finishing their new book, The MVP Machine, Willians Astudillo’s MVP voting results, the Kyler Murray baseball/football decision and why it’s unusual for players in his situation to hav...
Ben Lindbergh author
12.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1321: You Are the Boss of Me

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo being plunked in reprisal for his home-run pimp, the surprisingly small contract of Yasmani Grandal and the state of the Brewers and the NL Central, Jed Lowrie and the Mets’ positional log...
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10.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1320: Mets Are From Mars

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo going viral yet again, his iconic winter-league home-run pose and the state of celebration in baseball, the improbable personality of an improbable player, Astudillo’s future in Minnesota,...
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9.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1319: Scott, Bore Us

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Oliver Drake’s new (and also old) team, the Mets, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Keon Broxton, the Yankees signing Zach Britton, how data and technology have helped some free agents and hurt others, the state of fr...
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4.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1318: The Keeper of the Game

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about New York Met Rymer Liriano and the minor league free agent draft, David Robertson signing with the Phillies, Robertson’s underrated record, and a Sabermetrics Mount Rushmore, then (14:43) talk to Retrosheet ...
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3.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1317: Alphabatical Order

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Yankees signing Troy Tulowitzki, Whit Merrifield’s vaguely worded optimism about the Royals, and the necessity of unrealistic expectations, then answer listener emails about holiday sports conversations ...
Ben Lindbergh author
2.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1316: Oh Say Can Yusei

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Mariners signing Yusei Kikuchi, Willians Astudillo’s last 10 days, and Oliver Drake’s latest designation for assignment, and then grade the Hall of Fame’s many choices of in-game artifacts from the 2018 ...
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28.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1315: The 2019 Minor League Free Agent Draft

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller review the top candidates for the most enduring baseball memory of 2018, then conduct the sixth annual Effectively Wild Minor League Free Agent Draft, selecting 11 minor league free agents each and co...
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27.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1314: What We Missed in 2018 (NL Edition)

In the second of two themed episodes, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan review one aspect of each National League team’s year that they overlooked on earlier episodes, touching on stories involving the Baby Braves, Charlie Culberson, and Dansby Swanson, ...
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24.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1313: What We Missed in 2018 (AL Edition)

In the first of two themed episodes, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan review one aspect of each American League team’s year that they overlooked on earlier episodes, touching on stories involving Mike Scioscia, Myles Straw, Stephen Piscotty, Rowdy Telle...
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22.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1312: A Puig of Their Own

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Daniel Murphy, Trevor Cahill, Anibal Sanchez, and Andrew Miller signings, react in real time to the three-team Jurickson Profar trade, and answer listener emails about signing Bryce Harper for one year, ...
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20.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1311: Rickrolled

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Royals signing Terrance Gore and turning themselves into a bad-but-entertaining team of stolen-base threats, the Angels signing Matt Harvey and how they stack up, the renaming of Safeco Field, and the ne...
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19.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1310: Pool Party

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Astros’ signing of Michael Brantley, the curious cases of blocked prospects Kyle Tucker and Alex Verdugo, the Mets’ signing of Wilson Ramos, and the unique career of globe-trotting Trey Hillman. Then (20...
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15.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1309: Manager Overboard

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about why there have been so many Noah Syndergaard trade rumors, then answer listener emails about whether Giancarlo Stanton would be better if he raised his launch angle, how and when a manager who kept intention...
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14.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1308: What Happened in Vegas

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s sartorial choice during his MLB Network appearance at the Winter Meetings, Willians Astudillo striking out twice against the same pitcher in a pro game for (possibly) the first time, Scott Boras and B...
Ben Lindbergh author
10.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1307: The Baines of Our Existence

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about expected activity at the Winter Meetings, the pointlessness of the Winter Meetings, and the Hall of Fame elections of Lee Smith and Harold Baines (yes, that Harold Baines). Then (23:04) they talk to FanGraph...
Ben Lindbergh author
7.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1306: Terrance Gore is Going

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo and discuss Nathan Eovaldi re-signing with the Red Sox, the Cardinals-Diamondbacks trade involving Paul Goldschmidt, Luke Weaver, and Carson Kelly, and the significance of good teams tradi...
Ben Lindbergh author
6.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1305: Corbin McCarthy

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s Venezuelan Winter League MVP chances, the latest scuttlebutt about banning the shift (and why it reflects the right impulse but the wrong solution), and the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin sig...
Ben Lindbergh author
4.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1304: The Roving Righty

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the nomadic Andy Wilkins, revisit the Mariners-Mets trade and Robinson Cano’s graceful decline so far, discuss the Mariners-Phillies trade, the career of Jean Segura, the Mariners’ rebuild, Jerry Dipoto’s fl...
Ben Lindbergh author
1.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1303: Who Says Cano

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a busy week in rumored (and completed) transactions, touching on the Mets-Mariners blockbuster revolving around Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, the Indians trading Yan Gomes to the Nationals (a rare trade betw...
Ben Lindbergh author
28.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1302: No True Outcomes

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Robinson Cano, Madison Bumgarner, and Paul Goldschmidt trade rumors, what makes for a slow or exciting offseason, and the cooling effect that superteams can have on the hot stove, then (16:14) bring on Super...
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27.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1301: Twilight Doubleheader

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Oliver Drake’s new/old home, the Braves signing Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann and converting Johan Camargo, the Pirates signing Lonnie Chisenhall, and the Twins claiming C.J. Cron, then (11:20) talk to Bil...
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