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1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 342: Should Teams Stop Spending?/Industry Theories About the Transaction Spree by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 Transaction Analysis: The Rays Add Bell and Hanigan, Double Down on Catcher Defense by R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh
21 Transaction Analysis: Yankees Add Ellsbury, Overpay Only By Other Teams' Standards by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 341: Hot Stovepocalypse by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 Transaction Analysis: Gentry Landed by Ben Lindbergh and Nick J. Faleris
1 Transaction Analysis: A Medley of Moves by Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre
12 Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski's Puzzling Deal by Ben Lindbergh, Josh Herzenberg and Paul Sporer
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 340: Attempting to Make Sense of the Doug Fister Deal by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 339: Alex Rodriguez, Bud Selig, and Hard-Boiled Baseball by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 Transaction Analysis: Phil Hughes Finds a Friendlier Home by Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 338: Giving Thanks for Your Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 337: Free Agent Spending So Far/The McCann, Molina, and Smith Signings by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 Transaction Analysis: Rays Bring Back Molina, Reaffirm their Belief in Framing by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 336: Paying Peralta, and Punishing PED Users by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
6 Transaction Analysis: Yankees Sign Brian McCann, Get What They Pay For by Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre
3 Transaction Analysis: Dipoto Abandons His Principles, Signs Joe Smith by Ben Lindbergh
24 Transaction Analysis: The Cardinals Pay Peralta's Price by Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 335: Your Questions, Our Answers by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 Transaction Analysis: Four Teams Bet on Bouncebacks by Ben Lindbergh and Craig Goldstein
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 334: The Fielder-Kinsler Trade/Australia's Asia Series Cinderella Story by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 Overthinking It: Baseball's New Kind of Coach by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 333: How Teams Are Bridging the Gap Between Front Office and Field Staff by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 332: Will Jay Z Revolutionize Being a Baseball Agent? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 331: Jason Parks on the Best Farm System in Baseball by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Unfiltered: Things the Hall of Fame is Not the Hall of, According to a Quick Search by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 330: A Lengthy Listener Email Show by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 329: The Debate About Buying a Hall of Fame Vote by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 328: Chris Jaffe on Evaluating Managers and the Latest Trends in Managerial Hiring by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 327: Neil DeMause on the Braves' New Ballpark and Public Financing for Stadiums by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
15 Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 326: The Minor League Free Agent Draft by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 325: The Offseason's First Listener Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 324: Kevin Kerrane on Scouting and Dollar Sign on the Muscle by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 323: Adrian Cardenas on Leaving Major League Baseball Behind by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
11 Overthinking It: Brad Ausmus and Cementing the New Model for Managers by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 322: The Qualifying Offer Analysis Episode by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 321: Should the Yankees Be Big Spenders? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 320: Colin Wyers on Mathematical Modeling for the Astros and the Future of Public-Sector Sabermetrics by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
17 Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Recap (Cardinals Edition) by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 319: Wrapping up the World Series by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 318: Playoff Listener Emails and a Fix for the Draft by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
14 Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Red Sox Edition) by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 317: How World Series Game Five Was Won (and Lost) by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
19 Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Cardinals Edition) by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 316: The Wild Weekend in World Series by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
10 Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap (The Managerial Moves Edition) by Ben Lindbergh
4 Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Red Sox Edition) by Ben Lindbergh
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 315: Discussing World Series Game Two by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
11 Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Cardinals Edition) by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 314: Comparing Perceptions of World Series Game One by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
November 15, 2013 7:48 am
The perfect companion post for your next debate about the Hall.
At some point in the next six weeks, you’ll find yourself arguing about the Hall of Fame with someone whose mind is already made up. (That someone will, at that moment, be having the same experience.) You’ll have a vague sense that this kind of conversation historically hasn’t gone anywhere, and you’ll be tempted to walk away, but you’ll be damned if you’re going to get on the same page about anything with this Lee Smith-loving, Tim Raines-rejecting anti-intellectual, even agreeing to disagree. At this impasse, there’s only one way to win: by reminding them that it’s called the Hall of
Fame, not the Hall of whatever crazy criterion they’re using to decide who deserves to get in. Read the full article...
November 15, 2013 6:01 am
Ben and Sam answer a strong selection of listener emails on award voting, the BBWAA, defensive stats, Phillies analytics, lefty catchers, free agent compensation systems, and more.
November 14, 2013 6:01 am
Ben and Sam discuss Deadspin's offer to purchase a Hall of Fame vote.
November 13, 2013 6:01 am
Ben and Sam talk to Evaluating Baseball's Managers author Chris Jaffe about how to assess managers and what the latest managerial hirings mean.
November 12, 2013 6:01 am
Ben and Sam talk to Field of Schemes author Neil DeMause about the Braves' proposed new park and public financing for sports stadiums.
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November 12, 2013 6:00 am
Assessing John Mozeliak's options as St. Louis attempts to upgrade at short.
It’s not so bad being
. Between his signing bonus, his major- and minor-league salaries, and his Pete Kozma World Series ring, Kozma has already made more than the average American high school graduate earns in a lifetime (and the average American high school graduate is pretty well off, globally speaking). He has his health, his looks and athleticism, and a pretty cool career. We’ve all tweeted or written or said something snarky about Pete Kozma at some point in the last couple years, but the sobering reality is that if everyone in the world were forced to trade lives with either Kozma, you, or me, Kozma would win in a landslide.
Kozma is snarkworthy only in relation to a select group of people: other big league shortstops, just about all of whom are better at baseball than he. The 25-year-old can’t hit, so his overall value depends on his defense. Going by
, he wasn’t that bad, because only WARP and Andrelton Simmons had better Jean Segura figures at shortstop. The location-based defensive metrics weren’t quite as high on him; of the 24 players who appeared in a minimum of 100 games last season, with at least 80 percent of them coming at shortstop, Kozma ranked 22nd by Baseball-Reference WAR, ahead of only FRAA and Starlin Castro . Adeiny Hechavarria
November 11, 2013 6:01 am
Ben and Sam select 20 minor league free agents with decent chances to see big league playing time in 2014.
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about pitcher hitting, the Phillies' new analyst, Scott Boras' use of stats, and more.
Ben and Sam talk to author Kevin Kerrane about the Dollar Sign on the Muscle reprint and the world of scouting.
Ben and Sam talk to former big leaguer Adrian Cardenas about why he decided to walk away from baseball shortly after making his MLB debut.
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November 5, 2013 7:55 am
No prior major-league managerial jobs, no coaching experience, no problem.
Early in the World Series, my girlfriend wondered aloud why FOX was showing so many reaction shots of the same St. Louis player. “Which player?”, I asked. “That one,” she answered, the next time the broadcast cut to the dugout camera. She meant
. Mike Matheny
It was an understandable mistake. Matheny can pass for a player because he’s not that far removed from being one. His playing days were done after 2006, his age-35 season, and he’d been retired officially for only five seasons when he was hired to take over for
. Given 25 years and approximately 20,000 packs of cigarettes, a fresh-faced manager like Matheny could come to look like Jim Leyland. (Okay, maybe not Tony La Russa Leyland, who looked like this at Matheny’s age.) But that’s a long way away, and Matheny doesn’t smoke. The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
Ben and Sam discuss who did and didn't get qualifying offers, which player stands to lose the most money as a result, and why the system doesn't make sense.