2,000 episodes

Ben Lindbergh (The Ringer), Meg Rowley (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.

Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast Ben Lindbergh, Meg Rowley

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    • 4.7 • 2.5K Ratings

Ben Lindbergh (The Ringer), Meg Rowley (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.

    Effectively Wild Episode 2169: Play Big, Windbigler

    Effectively Wild Episode 2169: Play Big, Windbigler

    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about which slow-starting 2023 pennant winner (Diamondbacks or Rangers) is more likely to get back on track to return to October, explain (9:37) the saga of Dick Windbigler, the rare pitcher who actually hurt himself by pausing mid-delivery (featuring an appearance by Dick’s widow, Melba Windbigler), then (30:04) answer […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 2168: The National (TV) Pastime

    Effectively Wild Episode 2168: The National (TV) Pastime

    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the end of the Orioles’ sweep-less streak, Oneil Cruz’s mismatch between top-tier tools and pedestrian production, the Phillies’ strength of schedule, Steven Okert and the etiquette of tipping one’s bullpen-cart driver, Kyle Hendricks and the decline of the 2016 Cubs’ core, and some Shohei Ohtani real-estate news. Then […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 2167: All Tuckered Out

    Effectively Wild Episode 2167: All Tuckered Out

    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the hype surrounding Paul Skenes starts and how Skenes has leveled up since he was drafted, whether Kyle Tucker could finally shed his “most underrated player” label, Gunnar Henderson vs. Bobby Witt Jr. (and the Orioles’ infield/outfield future), the resurgent Royals, Jo Adell’s (maybe?) breakout, Joey Gallo’s ever-stranger […]

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Effectively Wild Episode 2166: Delayed Gratifi-K-tion

    Effectively Wild Episode 2166: Delayed Gratifi-K-tion

    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Rays running out of mound visits and various visit-related hypotheticals, then (21:00) answer listener emails about “due up” vs. “on deck,” strikes vs. pitches in the strike zone, whether focusing on wins instead of runs makes WAR less intuitive, Quinn Priester and FIP-based pitcher WAR, Ronald Acuña […]

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Effectively Wild Episode 2165: The Bunt Stops Here

    Effectively Wild Episode 2165: The Bunt Stops Here

    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about a fake Ronel Blanco tweet about a fake Ronel Blanco quote, Meryl Streep’s sports apps, how four expected-to-contend teams’ injury-depleted rotations are faring so far, Josh Hader’s multi-inning outings, fêting Erick Fedde, Elly De La Cruz’s pursuit of 100 stolen bases, an Austin Hedges bruise, a possible benefit […]

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Effectively Wild Episode 2164: The Batcast Era

    Effectively Wild Episode 2164: The Batcast Era

    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the “effectively wild” debut of Paul Skenes and the Pirates’ bases-loaded walkathon, an in-development TV series about Ippei Mizuhara, the demotion of Craig Kimbrel and possible trade dangling of Mason Miller, the continued success of Davis Schneider, the impact of replay review on the increase in catcher’s interference […]

    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

apmurphygogo ,

New listener and love the constant updates

Great work team, love the chatter!

dube9 ,

The monarch of baseball podcasts

Or at least the enlightened despot…maybe the elected benevolent ombuds-person.

The only flaw, it needs more Longenhagen, Bauman , and Clemens. Love Meg and Ben; just want to hear more from the others two. Spin-off podcast anyone?

4LokoOno ,

Great but rambling

I love Ben and Meg's insights, two great baseball brains. However I find my self turning off the episodes once they begin to talk themselves in long repetitive circles about one topic without making much progress. I'm all for a free flowing natural conversation but sometimes they make a point and continue to make the same point four or five times before moving on. These circling conversations and sometimes oddly defensive tip-toeing language just turn me off from the show. Not sure if its the pacing, editing, or just my personal preference. They aren't as funny as they think they are.

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