Ben, Sam, Grant Brisbee, and Jeff Sullivan draft their favorite things about baseball.
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about front-loaded contracts, qualifying offers, scouting umpires, pitcher command, and more.
Ben and Sam banter about banning the shift, then discuss the way the Astros' draft deadline went down.
Ben and Sam banter about Andrelton Simmons' defense and stars playing through injuries, then assess how willing each contender should be to make a major move.
Ben and Sam banter about unwritten rules, then discuss the Angels-Padres trade, Oakland's ingeniousness, and a few other subjects.
On the podcast's second anniversary, Ben and Sam banter about several subjects, then talk about what they would include in a team's instructional manual.
Ben and Zachary talk to Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Evan Drellich about the Astros' contentious negotiations with no. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken.
Ben and Sam banter about the All-Star Game and answer listener emails about All-Stars vs. Snubs, overly long-term contracts, teaming up on Trout, and more.
Ben and Sam revisit their discussion of early-season statistics to see whether potential trends held up.
Ben and Sam talk to Zachary Levine about ways that Major League Baseball could make All-Star week better.
Ben's time as a BP author and editor comes to a close.
I know where I was when I got the email: sitting in the Georgetown cafeteria between classes, eating lunch alone. It wasn’t the only time I soloed the delicious cuisine at Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall in the middle of the day during my senior year—not because I was bad company, but because I was the only one of my friends who was still paying for a meal plan (food preparation isn’t my strong suit). To pass the time (and to try to look less forlorn), I’d usually bury my face in a book, glancing up only occasionally to stare at the cafeteria worker who went by “Bone” and sometimes stormed around the room with a football helmet held under his arm, looking as if he was dodging invisible linemen. Lately, however, I’d had something besides books and Bone to distract me: a direct pipeline to Baseball Prospectus.
I’d been a BP research assistant the previous summer and had transitioned to intern when I went back to school, at which point I was added to “Chatter”—a now-defunct listserv that pinged everyone at BP, as well as some alumni and outsiders with ties to the staff. In late October of 2008, where our scene is set, I hadn’t been back at school long, and I still hadn’t acclimated to the idea that messages from writers I’d read and admired for years were ending up in my inbox, as if by some behind-the-scenes screw-up at the local NSA surveillance station. This was just before BP became BBWAA-certified, when the staff was still widely regarded as an assortment of “outsiders.” Still, I’d never felt closer to baseball’s beating heart. An email from work was a source of excitement. I willed my phone to flash.
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Ben and Sam discuss their new jobs and the future of the podcast, then talk about how ace starters are defined.