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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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08-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 519: The Crack of the Bat and Other Research
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08-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 518: Your Emails Mean Business
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08-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 517: The MVP Conversation Conversation
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08-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 516: What You Missed at Saber Seminar
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08-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 515: Jeff Passan on How the Commissioner Got Made
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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 514: A Podcast for Your Thoughts
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08-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 513: The 1994 Strike Season Revisited
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 511: Diagnosing the Rangers' Downfall
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 510: Playoff Pitching and the Pace of Play
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08-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 509: How to Hire a GM
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 508: Emails Wicked This Way Come
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 507: Javier Baez's Call-Up and What's to Come for the Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 506: Are Prospects Depreciating?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 505: Dissecting Trade Deadline Day
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 504: Lester, Lackey, and the Red Sox as Sellers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 503: Listener Emails of Future Past
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 502: Andrelton, Astros, and Independent Leagues
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 501: News from the Hall of Fame Front
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07-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 500: The Somewhat Special 500th Episode
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07-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 499: Yesterday, All Your Emails Were So Far Away
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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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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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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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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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Ben and Sam banter about seeing no-hitters and team philosophies, then discuss potential solutions for each contender's biggest need.

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Ross Detwiler threw 42 straight four-seamers or sinkers on Tuesday. Where does that put him on the consecutive fastball pantheon?

On Tuesday night, the Nationals and Brewers played baseball for well over five hours, calling it quits only after Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the 16th inning to put Milwaukee away. Zimmerman, who had two other hits and this diving catch, claimed the headlines, but the game had another hero, albeit one slightly less sung: deposed starter Ross Detwiler, who held the Brewers scoreless from the 10th through the 14th.

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June 25, 2014 9:36 am

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

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Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter had the second-highest Game Score ever. Is that as significant as it sounds?

In the wake of 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw’s dazzling no-hitter last Wednesday, a 26-year-old statistic got its own moment in the sun. When Bill James introduced Game Score in the 1988 Baseball Abstract, he called it “a kind of garbage stat that I present not because it helps us understand anything in particular but because it is fun to play around with.” Unlike Micro Machines and Dolly Surprise, Game Score remains one of our favorite toys in 2014, so it’s safe to say that James undersold it. Despite (or maybe because of) its lack of sophistication, it’s still one of the most intuitive methods we have to convey how effective a given outing is. Thus, it wasn’t long after Kershaw sealed the deal with his 15th strikeout that the internet noticed that his Game Score of 102 was the second-highest ever for an outing of no more than nine innings, behind only Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout start in 1998, which got a Game Score of 105. (Remove the innings restriction, and Vern Law’s 18-inning effort in 1955 takes the cake.)

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Ben and Sam banter about the Diamondbacks, then answer listener emails about David Price's peripherals, favorite batter-pitcher matchups, evaluating defense, and more.

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