Effectively Wild Episode 1361: A Generous Tip

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about Willians Astudillo’s first strikeout of the season (and whether strike three should have been a foul ball), then answer listener emails about Alex Verdugo and whether it’s better to play full-time in Triple-A or part-time in the majors, what baseball would be like if players had a finite number of career or seasonal plate appearances, Ichiro Suzuki with different hitting mechanics, the optimal way to distribute WAR across a roster, and whether pitchers have uneven arms, plus a Stat Blast about an ill-advised managerial move with the bases loaded.

Audio intro: The Impressions, “You Must Believe Me
Audio outro: The Nields, “I Still Believe in My Friends

Link to video of Astudillo strikeout
Link to poll about Astudillo strikeout
Link to Ben on Ichiro hitting homers
Link to Russell on neurological development
Link to Hang Up and Listen
Link to preorder The MVP Machine

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