July 26, 2021

Effectively Wild Episode 1547: The Hitless King (FanGraphs)

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about MLB’s ongoing labor negotiations, the team-to-team differences in minor-league pay and front-office furloughs, and the perils of believing that baseball is purely for profit, follow up on the previous episode’s discussions of Carney Lansford’s claim to be a descendant of Sir Francis Drake and a forward-thinking 1989 Cy Young voter, and answer listener emails about bringing hockey’s three stars system to baseball and redoing the 2012 AL MVP vote with a 2020 awareness of WAR, plus Stat Blasts about an offensively futile game and the most hitless PA any batter has ever had against a single pitcher (featuring former major leaguer and Cardinals farm director Mike Jorgensen on his historic struggles against Dock Ellis, the first time he saw Albert Pujols, and how he helped avert a disastrous Pujols trade).

Audio intro: Townes Van Zandt, “No Deal
Audio outro: Jerry Lee Lewis, “Thirty-Nine and Holding

Link to Forst’s letter to minor leaguers
Link to unemployment info for minor leaguers
Link to Mack Longpré and Sophie Welsman’s Stat Blast song cover
Link to Mack Longpré’s website
Link to info on the three stars in hockey

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