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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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09-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 539: Instant Replay and the Pennant Race
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09-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 538: Nate Silver, By Popular Demand
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09-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 537: Sean McIndoe on the NHL's Analytics Awakening
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09-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 536: Manager Challenges, MVP Pitchers, and Other Exciting Emails
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09-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 535: Reassessing the Retirement Tour
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09-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 534: Ned Yost, Clayton Kershaw, and Russell Martin's Most Shape
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09-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 533: Life in an Indy League
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09-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 532: Marc Carig on the Mystifying Mets
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09-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 531: Emails and Talk About Tanking
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09-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 530: Predicting the Comeback Players of 2015
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09-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 529: Do Fans Know Better Than Major League Baseball?
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09-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 528: David Epstein on Nature, Nurture, and Baseball
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09-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 527: The Roster Expansion Email Show
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09-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 526: The Most Predictable Lineups of 2014
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08-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 525: Oakland's Swoon and the AL West Race
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08-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 524: Deep Thoughts About Beating the Shift
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08-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 523: The Bo and Baez Email Show
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08-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 522: The Season's Best Unsung Transactions
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08-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 521: The Rusney Castillo Contract
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08-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 520: Garrett Richards and the Most Pivotal Pain of 2014
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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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08-14

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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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08-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 511: Diagnosing the Rangers' Downfall
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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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08-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 508: Emails Wicked This Way Come
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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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08-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 506: Are Prospects Depreciating?
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08-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 505: Dissecting Trade Deadline Day
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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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07-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 503: Listener Emails of Future Past
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07-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 502: Andrelton, Astros, and Independent Leagues
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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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07-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 498: The Astros' Draft Postmortem
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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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07-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 496: The Q&A Episode
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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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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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07-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 492: Revisiting April Aberrations
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07-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 491: Improving All-Star Week
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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'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.

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Ben and and Sam discuss Billy Beane's Wall Street Journal op-ed and how Statcast will affect scouting and player evaluation.

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Ben and and Sam banter about records they'd like to see broken and answer listener emails about the Yankees' facial hair policy, trying not to hit homers, and more.

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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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