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Meg Rowley is a co-host of the Effectively Wild podcast and the managing editor of FanGraphs, where she also writes.

Baseball writing career[]

Meg joined the staff of Seattle Mariners fan site Lookout Landing in June 2015. Later that summer, she freelanced at the now-defunct FOX Sports site Just A Bit Outside (JABO).

Meg was a writer at Baseball Prospectus from November 2015 to January 2018. She then joined FanGraphs as a writer and the managing editor of The Hardball Times. In November 2018, she became the managing editor of FanGraphs and host of FanGraphs Audio, taking over for Carson Cistulli when he left to work for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Meg's unofficial "beat" is players in what we might delicately call "gastrointestinal distress" (less delicately: puking or pooping themselves). She has tried to distance herself from the subject, but people nevertheless call her attention to incidents of a player exhibiting symptoms on the field.

Outside baseball[]

Meg grew up in the Seattle area. After receiving a degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, she worked for Goldman Sachs in downtown Seattle, conveniently within walking distance of Mariners games. Meg occasionally draws upon her experience in finance when discussing the business side of baseball. (Her mother, a labor attorney, strongly discouraged her from pursuing a career in in law.)

Meg became disillusioned with helping people worth hundreds of millions of dollars make their next hundred million, and she enrolled in the political theory PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a masters degree before realizing that the scarcity of academic jobs (particularly in political theory) would mean that she would have little control over where she lived.

She has resided in Arizona since 2021.

"The great Meg Rowley" was thanked as a Patreon supporter in Episode 972. She maintained her membership until Episode 1829, when she realized, after three years co-hosting the podcast, that she was still a Patreon supporter. Her reason for cancellation: "Am literally Meg Rowley."