On Glenn Burke's third claim to fame.
On Effectively Wild the other day, I attempted to find the worst pinch-runner of all-time. This is not to be confused with Michael Baumann’s search for the worst runners who made pinch-running appearances. Rather, I sought the worst pinch-runner of the subset of players who pinch-ran often enough that we’d consider pinch-running to be part of their value to a team, one of the skills listed on their resumes. Specifically, players in the top 500 all-time in pinch-running appearances.
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Finding the soul of the modern game in legalese.
It’s easy to underestimate how important baseball’s collective bargaining agreement is. I know how easy, because I’ve been doing it for years without even trying. The CBA has been mostly defined in my mind as “not a strike, yay.”
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Ben and Sam preview the Braves' season with Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Mark Bradley, and Jeff talks to Talking Chop prospect writer Garrett Spain (at 31:23)
Ben and Sam preview the Phillies' season with Holly M. Wendt, and Jeff talks to News Journal Phillies beat writer Meghan Montemurro (at 23:50)
Ben and Sam preview their fourth annual 30-team season-preview podcast series with preview partners Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell, then answer listener emails about prospect lists, talking to scouts, fantasy drafting, Ian Desmond, and Kenta Maeda.
Ben and Sam discuss why teams don't pay a premium for elite free agents and why players who switch positions might not always do so smoothly.
Ben and Sam banter about The Good Wife's Super Bowl spot and discuss some potential unintended consequences of raising/shrinking the strike zone.
Ben and Sam banter about Alvaro Espinoza and Kenta Imamiya, then draft candidates for the 2016 Comeback Player of the Year Award(s).
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Howie Kendrick's contract, Scott Boras and the CBA, how teams hire analysts, young MVPs, and more.
For the third consecutive year, Ben and Sam draft the 20 minor league free agents they hope will earn the most major league playing time in 2016.
Ben and Sam banter about Billions, the amazing Willie Davis, and a strange Fox Sports article, then conduct a quiz show.
Ben and Sam talk to the new Director of Baseball Research and Development for MLB Advanced Media, Daren Willman, about what's in store for Statcast in 2016 and beyond.