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Ben Lindbergh 

Ben Lindbergh

Ben Lindbergh was the Editor-in-Chief of Baseball Prospectus from 2012 to 2014. He now writes for Grantland, has written for four BP annuals and Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers, and served as assistant editor of Baseball Prospectus 2011 and editor of the two-volume Best of Baseball Prospectus collection. He formerly worked as a baseball analyst for Bloomberg Sports, and has interned for multiple MLB teams. He was inducted into the Baseball Writers' Association of America in December of 2011.

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07-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 498: The Astros' Draft Postmortem
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 497: The Trade Deadline Desperation Index
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 496: The Q&A Episode
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 495: What We Would Put in Our Player Manuals
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 494: Evan Drellich on the Astros' Aiken Pains
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

07-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 493: Listener Emails for Your Off-Day
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 492: Revisiting April Aberrations
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 491: Improving All-Star Week
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-11

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Overthinking It: Forever Changes
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07-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 490: Announcements and Aces
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 489: Statcast's Impact on Player Evaluation
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 488: Only the Finest Listener Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 487: Ballplayers Say the Darndest Things
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 486: Jason Parks on the Top 50 Prospects in Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 485: Trading Within the Division
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Ben Lindbergh and Russell A. Carleton

07-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 484: Kiley McDaniel Explains the International Signing Period
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Ben Lindbergh and Russell A. Carleton

07-02

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Overthinking It: June in Catcher Framing
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07-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 483: Made Possible By Listeners Like You
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-01

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Overthinking It: The Nationals' Non-Problem
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07-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 482: The Astros' Leaked Trade Talks
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 481: The Next Unwritten Rules
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-27

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/27
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-27

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Overthinking It: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade for, David Price
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Ben Lindbergh and Baseball Prospectus

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 480: The David Price Trading Game
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 479: A Move Each Contender Should Make
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-25

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BP Unfiltered: Ross Detwiler and the All-Fastball All-Stars
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Ben Lindbergh

06-25

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Overthinking It: Does Bill James' Game Score Still Work?
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06-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 478: All the Questions of a Thousand Dreams
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-24

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BP Unfiltered: BP at Fox Sports: How Do These Players Still Have Roster Spots?
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06-24

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BP Unfiltered: Bartolo on the Bases
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06-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 477: When Does a GM Deserve to Be Fired?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-23

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Overthinking It: Josh Byrnes Breaks Streak; Padres Face Uncertain Future
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06-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 476: How Far Should MLB Go to Protect Players?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-20

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/20
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 475: What Baseball Could Borrow from Soccer's Structure
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-19

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Overthinking It: The Players PECOTA Has Missed
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06-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 474: The Rest-of-Season Projections Test
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 473: Never Stop Asking Questions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-17

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BP Unfiltered: Glen Perkins Dislikes Losing Strikes
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Ben Lindbergh

06-17

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Overthinking It: Why That Stanton Homer Broke Your Brain
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Ben Lindbergh

06-17

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BP Unfiltered: When Tony Gwynn Had a Below-Average Hit Tool
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Ben Lindbergh

06-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 472: The Greatness of Gwynn
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 471: The All-MLB.TV Team
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-13

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/13
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-13

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Overthinking It: The Season of Super-Parity
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Ben Lindbergh

06-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 470: The Unprecedented Parity of 2014
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 469: Preserving Sabermetrics for Posterity
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-11

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Overthinking It: The OTHER Way We Could Move the Mound
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06-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 468: Questions of a Questionable Nature
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 467: What's Next for the Tampa Bay Rays?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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Ben and and Sam banter about Bronson Arroyo and Sean Doolittle, then discuss comments by John Lackey and Jose Bautista.

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Ben and and Sam talk to Jason Parks about the BP Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects List.

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Ben and Russell discuss whether trading David Price (or anyone else) to another team in the same division makes sense.

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Ben and Russell talk to Scout.com National Baseball Analyst Kiley McDaniel about the strategic approach to the international free agent market and why the Yankees are spending so much.

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The best and worst receptions, with glorious GIFs and graphs.

At the end of April, I brought back my weekly catcher framing series from 2013 in a new, monthly form (and came back for more after May). I mentioned this then, but as a refresher, here's where you can find catcher receiving stats at Baseball Prospectus:

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about meaningless splits, data leaks, exploiting unwritten rules, and more.

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July 1, 2014 7:45 am

Overthinking It: The Nationals' Non-Problem

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Time heals all wounds, but in Washington's case, it will also inflict them.

You’d think Bryce Harper’s comeback from his latest long-term injury would be cause for unbridled celebration, and in some contexts, it has been (see the standing ovation Harper received from the fans at Nationals Park before his first plate appearance on Monday). However, the 21-year-old outfielder’s return also been cause for consternation. Harper’s presence, coupled with Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing problems from third, have given the Nats more qualified position players than they have open positions, which has made everyone around the team wonder: Where will they put their surplus player(s)?

Most teams suffer from the opposite issue—too few productive players—so the Nationals’ quandary is an example of the proverbial “good problem to have.” Still, it seems as though there’s no easy answer, and so the discussion has staying power. Twice last month, two weeks apart, I appeared on MLB Network’s MLB Now; both times, Washington’s positional logjam was a featured topic, and both times, the panel was split over what manager Matt Williams should do. The discourse in print hasn’t been much more decisive.

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Ben and Sam discuss the significance of the Astros' leaked internal trade notes.

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Ben and Sam talk about three things that could inspire new unwritten rules (as if there weren't enough unwritten rules already).

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This week's bunts (including the first attempt by a right-hander), plus a look at aggressive counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.

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Let the no. 1 starter sweepstakes begin.

Judging by research Baseball Prospectus published in January, we know what internet commenters are willing to trade for David Price: not much, because that’s what many of them think it would take to get a deal done. Of course, it’s much easier to mock the uninformed, biased evaluations that lead to proposals like “Price for Ivan Nova and Zoilo Almonte” than it is to put together a package that might make professional trade partners perk up. As BP commenter mblthd quite reasonably observed at the time:

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Ben and Sam banter about the Astros, then discuss what a realistic return would be in a package for David Price.

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