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1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 403: 2014 Season Preview Series: Texas Rangers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 402: 2014 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 401: Listen to Your Heart, and Also to These Listener Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
22 Pebble Hunting: Billy Hamilton, Usain Bolt, and Whether 90 Feet is Still Enough by Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 400: 2014 Season Preview Series: New York Yankees by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 399: 2014 Season Preview Series: Seattle Mariners by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
29 Pebble Hunting: The Best GIFs of the 2014 Baseball Season by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 398: 2014 Season Preview Series: Milwaukee Brewers by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
6 Pebble Hunting: Mike Trout and the Meaning of $140 Million by Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 397: 2014 Season Preview Series: San Diego Padres by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 396: Your Emails, Answered by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
8 Pebble Hunting: The Pitchers Who Changed PECOTA's Mind by Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 395: 2014 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
11 Pebble Hunting: Introducing the Attackability Score by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 394: 2014 Season Preview Series: Arizona Diamondbacks by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 393: 2014 Season Preview Series: Kansas City Royals by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 392: 2014 Season Preview Series: Toronto Blue Jays by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
18 Pebble Hunting: The Position Players Who Changed PECOTA's Mind by Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 391: The Best Listener Email Show Since Last Week's by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
11 Transaction Analysis: Simmons' Rights by Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 390: 2014 Season Preview Series: Colorado Rockies by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 389: 2014 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
9 Transaction Analysis: Orioles Embrace Ubaldo's Upside by Sam Miller and Mike Gianella
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 388: 2014 Season Preview Series: Philadelphia Phillies by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
11 Transaction Analysis: What We Would Say About a Homer Bailey Extension by Sam Miller
5 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 387: 2014 Season Preview Series: Chicago White Sox by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 386: Listener Emails/Ricky Smith on Losing His Date to Derek Jeter by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
21 Pebble Hunting: The Search for Yuni's Successor by Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 385: 2014 Season Preview Series: Baltimore Orioles by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 384: 2014 Season Preview Series: New York Mets by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
15 Pebble Hunting: The Importance of Top Prospect Trajectories by Sam Miller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 383: 2014 Season Preview Series: Chicago Cubs by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 382: 2014 Season Preview Series: Minnesota Twins by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
7 Pebble Hunting: Yasiel Puig and the Prototypical Young Hitter by Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 381: Email Answers for Your Friday by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 380: 2014 Season Preview Series: Miami Marlins by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 379: 2014 Season Preview Series: Houston Astros by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 378: The PECOTA Day Podcast by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
20 Pebble Hunting: Watching the Worst Game of 2013 by Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 377: The 2014 Standings Draft by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 376: Listener-Selected Listener Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
13 Pebble Hunting: The Opt-Out Hater's Case for Opt-Outs by Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 375: Peter Angelos and the Orioles' Fearsome Physicals by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 374: Baseball's State of the Union: The BP Rebuttal by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 373: Why the Manager Challenge System Might Be Broken by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
8 Pebble Hunting: Who's Faster, Mike Trout or Peter Bourjos? by Sam Miller
26 BP Unfiltered: The 2014 Annual is Out; Ebook Is Coming by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 372: The Rays, The Red Sox, and Getting Hometown Discounts by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 371: Listener Emails: The Mariachi A-Rod Edition by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 Transaction Analysis: The Scars of Garza by Sam Miller and Alex Kantecki
Ben and Sam preview the Rangers' season with Lana Berry, and Nick talks to Fort Worth Star-Telegram Rangers beat writer Jeff Wilson (at 26:14).
Ben and Sam preview the Reds' season with Craig Fehrman, and Nick talks to Cincinnati Enquirer Reds beat writer John Fay (at 24:50).
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about MLBAM's new tracking technology and the future of scouting, nine-man rosters, baseball spoilers, and more. Is it time to bring back the Herb Washington-style dedicated pinch-sprinter?
We all have radical ideas that we’d like to see implemented: the all-reliever pitching staff, the perfectly optimized lineup, the corner outfielders swapping based on batter handedness, etc. Until somebody puts them into play, they’re just ideas. What Charlie Finley did, then, was a favor to us all: He took one of those ideas and put it in play. And when it failed, we got to move on. We never had to talk about it again. For once, a crazy idea tried, tested, and settled.
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Ben and Sam preview the Yankees' season with Emma Span, and Nick talks to Wall Street Journal Yankees beat writer Daniel Barbarisi (at 22:15).
Ben and Sam preview the Mariners' season with Mike Curto, and Nick talks to Seattle Times Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish (at 26:49).
A sneak preview of the coming year's highlight for each team.
Ben and Sam preview the Milwaukee Brewers' season with Jack Moore.
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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm
What the terms of Mike Trout's rumored extension tell us about Mike Trout.
Back in the summer of 2012, when it became clear that was doing something we had never seen from a player his age, the word of the day was “adjustments.” Yes, Trout was accomplishing amazing things, and there was little doubt that he would be a phenomenal player, probably a Hall of Famer. But his legacy—would he be a Hall of Famer like Mike Trout , or a Hall of Famer like Willie Mays ?—would come down to adjustments. Andre Dawson
Ben and Sam preview the Padres' season with Geoff Young, and Nick talks to MLB.com Padres beat writer Corey Brock (at 22:23).
February 28, 2014 6:01 am
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about scouting based on one swing, how much GMs know, paying young players, psyching out opponents, and more.
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February 28, 2014 6:00 am
The biggest gaps between 2013 and 2014 pitcher projections.
It’s a feeling we’ve brought up a lot this winter: Pitchers seem like they are capable of changing our minds much more quickly than hitters can. A bump in velocity (like Ubaldo Jimenez) or a move to the bullpen (Kazmir ) or a return after years away (Scott Will Smith ) can radically reshape how we assess a pitcher's future.
Which suggests we should be open to radically different projections for a pitcher from year to year, and yet! There’s a case to be made that this unpredictability should actually make a projection system even more conservative when evaluating pitchers. As quickly as a pitcher can change our minds about him, he can unchange our minds, lose the velocity or move back to the rotation or undergo a surgery that fixes him. So, when in doubt, regress. The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.