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Sam Miller 

Sam Miller

Sam Miller is the editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus. He has written for three Baseball Prospectus annuals and co-edited the 2014 edition. He also co-hosts, with Ben Lindbergh, the Effectively Wild podcast, and is a contributor to ESPN the Magazine.

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10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Angels vs. Royals
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10-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 546: The Wildest Wild Card Game
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-01

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Pebble Hunting: The '80' Pitches In This Year's Postseason
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09-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 545: The AL Play-In Game Preview Show
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 544: Cole, Altuve, and Other Season-Ending Excitement
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-29

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Pebble Hunting: The Padres' Sad Team Leaders
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Sam Miller

09-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 543: The GM-for-Top-Prospect Trade
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 542: Our Biggest Mistakes of the Season (So Far)
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 541: The Invisible Shift, Chipper vs. Jeter, and Other Listener Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-24

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Pebble Hunting: Spoiler: Spoiling Spoiled
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Sam Miller

09-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 540: The Braves Fire Frank Wren
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 539: Instant Replay and the Pennant Race
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 538: Nate Silver, By Popular Demand
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-19

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Pebble Hunting: Cueto's Quirks
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Sam Miller

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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 535: Reassessing the Retirement Tour
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-12

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BP Unfiltered: Michael Jordan, September 1994 (Week 2)
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Sam Miller

09-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 533: Life in an Indy League
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-12

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of August
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Sam Miller

09-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 532: Marc Carig on the Mystifying Mets
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-11

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Pebble Hunting: Pitchers Live For the Applause-plause
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Sam Miller

09-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 531: Emails and Talk About Tanking
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 530: Predicting the Comeback Players of 2015
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-05

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BP Unfiltered: Michael Jordan, September 1994 (Part 1)
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Sam Miller

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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-05

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Pebble Hunting: The Nearby Faraway
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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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 527: The Roster Expansion Email Show
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-03

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Transaction Analysis: The ReCall-Ups
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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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-29

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Pebble Hunting: This Article Mentions Fehlandt Lentini
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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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 523: The Bo and Baez Email Show
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 522: The Season's Best Unsung Transactions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 521: The Rusney Castillo Contract
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-21

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Pebble Hunting: You Lie!
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Sam Miller

08-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 518: Your Emails Mean Business
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 517: The MVP Conversation Conversation
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 516: What You Missed at Saber Seminar
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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Pebble Hunting: Arizona's Pitching Problems
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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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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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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

08-12

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Pebble Hunting: The Unlikeliest Part of the Rangers' Collapse
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08-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 512: TV Blackouts Will Rot Your Brain
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Sam Miller and Craig Goldstein

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

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October 1, 2014 2:19 pm

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Angels vs. Royals

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The best team in the AL takes on the Wild Card champ Royals in a matchup of aggressive managers, lopsided team rosters, and teams who have employed Raul Ibanez this year.

Here’s something I learned about the Angels’ fanbase while covering the team five years ago: They hated Rob Neyer. Not for the usual reasons that everybody hates everybody else these days, but because, in the late 1970 and the 1980s, the Angels and Royals were legit rivals. In 1978 and 1979, each team won the AL West once—and finished second once. 1982, the Angels won and the Royals finished second; in 1984 and 1985, the Royals took the crown, and the Angels were in both years the runner-up. In 1986, the Angels took it, and the Royals were third. They hated each other, so much so that Angels fans still hold it against Neyer that he was a Royals fan at the time and, to their view of the world, must hate them. Of course, since then Kansas City and Anaheim have moved farther from each other on the map; the former is now in the Midwest, if you can believe it, so there is no division rivalry, but this week will surely revive some of the old feuds.

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Ben and Sam discuss the thrilling AL wild card game.

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October 1, 2014 12:24 am

Pebble Hunting: The '80' Pitches In This Year's Postseason

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What to watch for in this postseason? Things three standard deviations away from the mean, obviously.

There’s a toy over at Brooks Baseball—well, he probably wouldn’t call it a toy, but I use it as a toy—that I just love. For each pitch thrown by each pitcher, it assigns a “scouting scale” number for certain characteristics and results: velocity, movement, release point, whiff rate, groundball rate, etc. As you know, on the 20-80 scouting scale, 50 is average and each standard deviation represents 10 points up or down the scale. For instance, Aroldis Chapman’s average fastball velocity is a bit more than three standard deviations from the average left-hander's, so, per Brooks, his fastball velocity is assigned an 84 (lol) on the scouting scale. Dallas Keuchel’s groundball rate on his sinker is nearly three standard deviations higher than the typical lefty sinkerl in that specific aspect, it gets a 79. It’s a toy, of course, because that’s not to say Keuchel’s sinker is an 80 pitch, or that a scout would put an 80 on it, or that you should put an 80 on it; it’s just that, statistically, in this one aspect of it, compared to other pitchers, in the period of time surveyed, his was that far from normal.

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Ben and Sam discuss the AL wild-card showdown between the A's and the Royals.

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Ben and Sam discuss the Pirates' decision to start Gerrit Cole, the Astros' decision to sit (and then start) Jose Altuve, and other news from the weekend.

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Padres' Sad Team Leaders

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What the back of the Padres' team leader card will tell us about the Padres, baseball, and team leader cards.

I remember the 1987 Cardinals team-leader card, where on the back it said the most home runs hit by any Cardinal the previous season was 13, by Andy Van Slyke. That was absurd, and it was so absurd that I had to explore further, and upon further exploration I learned my first lesson in team building: The Cardinals, with that artificial turf, were built for speed. They stole 262 bases. They didn't need to hit home runs, except inasmuch as they finished with the fewest runs scored in the National League and a .600 OPS. That was a fun team-leader card. It was an educational team-leader card.

Next year's Padres team-leader card is not going to be as fun. It'll be dispiriting, it'll be disorienting, and if it teaches you anything it'll be how to spell "Gyorko." But there is fun to be had with it, and this is the Fun Fact portion of this post:

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Ben and Sam banter about the most famous players, then talk about the relative value of top prospects and elite executives.

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Ben and Sam banter about Matt Kemp, Phil Hughes, and the wild card races, then talk about their most memorable errors of 2014.

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Ben and Sam discuss the shift and answer listener emails about instant replay, wild cards, prospect promotions, Chipper vs. Jeter, and more.

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September 24, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Spoiler: Spoiling Spoiled

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Do out-of-it-teams play better or worse than you'd expect based on their talent level? Spoiler: You'll have to read the article to find out.

It’s been a pretty exciting pennant race for a handful of lucky baseball teams. The Red Sox got to play spoiler. The Astros got to play spoiler. The Marlins got to play spoiler. The Reds got to play spoiler. The Rays got to play spoiler. The Diamondbacks got to play spoiler. The Phillies got to play spoiler. The Rangers got to play spoiler. The Rockies got to play spoiler. The Cubs got to play spoiler. The Braves got to play spoiler. The White Sox got to play spoiler. The Padres got to play spoiler. The Twins got to play spoiler. The Mets got to play spoiler. Last night, the Blue Jays got to play spoiler.

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Ben and Sam discuss the Braves' decision to dismiss GM Frank Wren.

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Ben and Sam banter about Kolten Wong and the scout who signed Mike Trout, then talk about a controversial call with playoff implications.

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