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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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07-22

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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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Ben Lindbergh

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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Ben Lindbergh

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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Ben Lindbergh

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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Ben Lindbergh

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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Ben Lindbergh

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

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Overthinking It: The OTHER Way We Could Move the Mound
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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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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 466: The Battle for Bay Area Supremacy
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Ben and Sam answer listener email questions about players who take pitches, catcher defense, spotting terrible teams a run, tool grades, and more.

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Twins pitchers pay a price for rostering poor receivers.

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Giancarlo Stanton finds a new way to impress us with his power.

On Monday’s episode of Effectively Wild, I named Giancarlo Stanton to my All-MLB.TV team—a short list of players so compelling that I’d change channels solely to see them do their thing. Stanton’s thing is hitting homers, which he’s done more often than any other National Leaguer in 2014. His brand of dinger is particularly pleasing to the eye, consisting mostly of majestic shots that we have plenty of time to admire before they finally touch down in some remote part of the park where we didn’t know gravity would allow a baseball to trespass. The Marlins’ right fielder is responsible for the longest homer hit this season, as well as the longest launched since 2009, and he also owns 2014’s highest average home run distance. If I switch games to see Stanton, I’m tuning in on the off chance that he’ll hit one out of the stadium or at least destroy the scoreboard.

On Monday, Stanton hit a home run as awe-inspiring as any of the 135 that preceded it, but it wasn’t breath-taking because it took down a light tower or broke the 500-foot barrier. In fact, it brought down his 2014 home run distance by a few feet. In ESPN Home Run Tracker terminology, Stanton hit it “Just Enough,” which means that it “cleared the fence by less than 10 vertical feet, OR that it landed less than one fence height past the fence.”

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What did scouts say about Gwynn as an amateur?

On today’s episode of Effectively Wild, Sam Miller and I responded to Tony Gwynn’s untimely passing by discussing some of our favorite statistical fun facts from the Hall of Famer’s one-of-a-kind career. One of Sam’s was Gwynn’s 1981 batting average in 99 plate appearances at Double-A Amarillo: .462 (42-for-91). Yes, that’s a small sample, but consider the kicker that makes it even more impressive: The 21-year-old Gwynn was in his first professional season. Drafted in June, he’d hit .331/.406/.612 in 42 games for Walla Walla in the Low-A Northwest League before being bumped up to the Texas League.

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Ben and Sam talk about the legacy of the late, great, Tony Gwynn.

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Ben and Sam discuss the players they drop everything to watch on MLB.TV.

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This week's bunts (including two big debuts), plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.

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In his final season, Bud Selig gets his wish: a year in which almost no one is out of the race early.

On Thursday morning, MLB.com writer Richard Justice noted that all but a handful of teams were within hailing distance of the closest playoff spot.

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Ben and Sam discuss the significance of the large number of teams still in contention.

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Ben and Sam talk to Matt Dennewitz about his efforts to archive sabermetric research.

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Why bringing an end to the strikeout scourge might require some three-dimensional thinking.

Even if you’ve missed Rob Neyer’s midnight ride to warn the world about the Strikeout Scourge—one if by land, two if by sea, three strikes you’re out—you can’t help but have noticed how many plate appearances are ending in punchouts. Baseball’s strikeout rate is up this season (from an old-record 19.9 percent last year to a new-record 20.4 percent in 2014), and batting average is at its lowest ebb in the DH era. As a result, action seems scarce, unless you prefer seeing swings-and-misses to watching balls in play.

Everyone has a pet fix for this state of affairs, or at least a way to prevent it from growing worse. Although recent research by Russell Carleton revealed that educating hitters might help turn the tide, most proposed solutions suggest hamstringing hurlers. Tighten the strike zone. Limit the number of permissible pitching changes. Politely ask Stephen Strasburg to retire for the good of the game.

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Ben and Sam banter about unpredictability, then answer listener emails about Google Glass, split seasons, time travel, Austin Hedges, and more.

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