September 26, 2016 4:39 pm
Ben and Sam talk about whether adding the late Jose Fernandez to the Hall of Fame ballot would be a fitting way to honor his superlative but tragically brief career.
September 23, 2016 3:07 pm
Ben and Sam talk to Mike Fisher, the baseball coordinator of Moneyball and the new Fox series Pitch, about how he makes baseball look realistic on screen (and what he might have missed).
September 23, 2016 6:00 am
A story about Sam Miller and Ervin Santana.
Ben Lindbergh is a staff writer for The Ringer, a former editor in chief of Baseball Prospectus, and a frequent collaborator of Sam Miller’s. Hiring Sam was the best move he made at BP.
Sam Miller is amazing because he’s produced classic pieces in so many styles. Longform features; funny GIFs and screencaps; sabermetric stat dives; soulful observations about human nature, life, and death, masquerading as articles about baseball; actual sketches based on bad puns. Very few writers are as good at one of those things. Sam is as good as anyone at all of them. Reading his work makes other writers feel like hitters who just struck out looking because Rich Hill decided to drop down sidearm. He’s talented enough not to need another look, but because he can, he’ll break it out anyway. (Sam, if you haven’t heard, really likes Rich Hill.)
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September 22, 2016 5:09 pm
Ben and Sam banter about the Giants' bullpen problems and Bryce Harper's shoulder, then answer listener emails about Terrance Gore, Gary Sanchez, calling time, playoff formats, one-pitch baseball, and more.
September 20, 2016 7:16 pm
Ben and Sam banter about Padres GM A.J. Preller's suspension, then discuss whether each of 2016's non-playoff teams should consider its season a success or a failure.
September 16, 2016 5:56 am
Ben and Sam talk to former Sonoma Stompers pitchers Santos Saldivar and Dylan Stoops about their progress as players, meager earnings, and clubhouse experiences during their rookie seasons in affiliated ball with the Brewers and Padres, respectively.
September 14, 2016 7:11 pm
Ben and Sam banter about Shohei Otani and answer listener emails about Rich Hill, tanking in the season's last series, interleague play, Jose Bautista's ballpark ownage, and more.
September 11, 2016 6:01 am
Ben, Sam, and Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer Andy McCullough discuss Dave Roberts' decision to remove Rich Hill after seven perfect innings on Saturday.
September 9, 2016 6:01 am
Ben, Sam, and Sonoma Stompers GM Theo Fightmaster answer listener emails about the Stompers' past two seasons and Ben/Sam's book, The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.
September 7, 2016 4:59 pm
Ben and Sam banter about Yasiel Puig's clubhouse qualities, Giancarlo Stanton's comeback, and Anthony Rizzo vs. Wily Peralta, then answer listener emails about Kershaw and Trout, the Hall of Fame, roster sizes, young cores and more.
September 6, 2016 4:00 pm
Ben and Sam banter about MLB's copycat comedians, then discuss players whose big contracts seem much more movable (or unmovable) after perception-altering 2016 seasons.
September 2, 2016 5:01 am
Ben and Sam talk to BP's Rob Mains about what Billy Hamilton's career might have looked like in an earlier era, and whether baseball teams' increasing efficiency has made the sport better or worse as a spectator experience.