Effectively Wild Episode 1145: The Reigning-MVP Podcast

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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the latest Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani news, speculate about why some teams reportedly didn’t try to sign Ohtani, and discuss the Yankees’ surprising hiring of Aaron Boone. Then they bring on former (and future?) MLB pitcher and current Fukuoka Softbank Hawks closer Dennis Sarfate, the 36-year-old reigning MVP of Japan’s Pacific League, to talk about his transition from marginal major leaguer to record-setting NPB star, how he adapted to a relief role and learned to blow away batters, his heroics in the Japan Series, Japan’s participatory fan experience, having his request to be posted rejected by his team, pitching to Ohtani and Takuya Nakashima, and more (plus a closing fun fact from Ben).

Audio intro: Janis Joplin, "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)"
Audio interstitial: Badfinger, "Dennis"
Audio outro: Yo La Tengo, "I Feel Like Going Home"

Link to Jeff’s Dennis Sarfate post

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How cool was that? Attend Japanese Baseball game now on bucket list.