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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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10-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 560: Grant Brisbee Still Isn't Sick of the World Series
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-21

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Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium
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Sam Miller

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals
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Sam Miller

10-20

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Teams Should Make The World Series; A Defense of Bud Selig
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Sam Miller

10-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 559: Andy McCullough is Too Busy To Bask
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 558: Mike Matheny Ruins a Perfectly Good Podcast
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 557: Ned Yost's Mid-October Evolution
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-15

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Pebble Hunting: The Rich Get Smarter
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Sam Miller

10-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 556: Andrew Friedman Makes His Move, and the Royals Roll On
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3
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Sam Miller

10-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 555: Doug Thorburn on Postseason Pitchers with Problems
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 554: Observations from Another Wild Weekend
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday Previews
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Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

10-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 553: Rob Neyer on Sabermetric Broadcasts and October Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Series Preview: Royals vs. Orioles
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Sam Miller

10-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 552: Your Playoff-Related Emails, Answered
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 551: Debating Postseason Unpredictability and Decisive Game Fours
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 550: An NLDS Progress Report
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 549: ALDS Postmortems and the Rest of Baseball's Big Weekend
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews
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R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: 20 Bad Josh Hamilton Swings: ALDS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 548: How Game Ones Were Won, Plus NLDS Discussion
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Royals 3, Angels 2
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Sam Miller

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Angels vs. Royals
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Sam Miller

10-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 547: The ALDS Discussion Show
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Recap
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Sam Miller

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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Sam Miller

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

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Ben and Sam talk to McCovey Chronicles author Grant Brisbee about the World Series and the Giants' recent run.

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Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands for the first two games of the World Series.

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The Royals have the speed, the Giants have the skipper, and both teams have momentum in an unlikely World Series matchup.

On July 28th, the Giants were four games behind the Dodgers, the Royals were five behind the Tigers, and PECOTA put their combined odds of winning the World Series at 4 percent. Neither was a preseason favorite to win the division, neither won the division, neither won 90 games, neither has an MVP candidate or a Cy Young candidate. Neither team's manager will win manager of the year, and neither will be the favorite to win a division going into next year's season. They are a combined 16-2 against the postseason gantlet, and PECOTA puts their combined odds of winning the World Series at 100 percent.

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The commissioner's lasting legacy isn't randomness and meaningless. It's a more fair world.

For all the excitement of this postseason’s individual games, there is a fairly common sentiment out there that something sucks about a system so random that sub-par teams get to fluke their way to the World Series, thus stripping the season of its power to make sure the best teams are rewarded. Why play a long season and then reduce the championship to coin flips? Why continually expand postseason until every champ resembles Chris Moneymaker? Zachary Levine foretold this postseason in his epitaph for Bud Selig, written in August:

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Ben and Sam talk to Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough about the World Series and covering the Royals.

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Ben and Sam discuss NLCS Game Five and respond to Mike Matheny's post-game comments in real time.

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Ben and Sam discuss Ned Yost's evolving tactics and Wednesday's Game Fours.

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October 15, 2014 4:02 pm

Pebble Hunting: The Rich Get Smarter

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Andrew Friedman might be the most revered executive in the game--Billy Beane included--and the richest team in baseball just hired him.

On the one hand, Andrew Friedman is one of the only executives with a book written about him—or, at least, a book read by more than the author’s closest friends and relatives. On that hand, he runs a team that, when it succeeds, is largely credited to his genius (and the genius of his front office). On that hand, his Rays have been experimental and at the vanguard of various “trends”—at various times shifting, locking up pre-arb players ever earlier, building around defense, resisting multi-year contracts to relievers, or giving what figuratively seem like literally millions of at-bats to Jose Molina—that have become routine, even over-fished, around the league years later. We tend to see his Rays as the first clinical trial for the strategies that will soon be ubiquitous, so we pay a ton of attention to him. Because of all this, we know a lot about Andrew Friedman, who the Dodgers just poached to be president of baseball operations.

On the other, he has run perhaps the most opaque organization in the game. I once heard about a former Rays intern who was applying for another job. Standard industry practice in this situation is to pump the applicant for information about what his old team was doing, the research, the secrets. Heck, some of the time this fact-finding might be the only reason the interview is even taking place. But this intern wouldn’t budge. Again and again, he told the team that he was interviewing with, the team he was trying to impress, that, well, shoot, he’d love to, but he just couldn’t, not with his non-disclosure agreement, not when we’re talking about the Rays. The Rays were a black box. Their local media, for the most part, never got the Rays, and the Rays never gave them much to get. We know, in some ways, very little about Andrew Friedman.

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Ben and Sam discuss the Dodgers' hiring of Andrew Friedman and the Royals' latest postseason victory.

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October 15, 2014 2:03 am

Playoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3

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A look at one game in the life of the Royals' supposed weak spot.

Recap: The Orioles jumped ahead but only by a run, Jeremy Guthrie was better than expected, the Royals erased the lead in the middle innings, jumped out ahead in the sixth, their defense and bullpen shut things down from the seventh on, and the Royals are up three games to none. In a postgame press conference, Guthrie took to wearing a taunting shirt based on the worst, I mean really the worst pop song of the year. He can get away with it because the Royals are about to go to the World Series and everybody except the Orioles and a few Angels fans is happy about it. Considering it was a 2-1 game in an LCS, it wasn’t all that interesting of a game. Lorenzo Cain made a nice catch. Mike Moustakas made a nice catch. Some more people on Twitter made Wil Myers jokes. Home sweep home, how sweep it is, ain't glove the sweepest thing, from the outhouse to the penthouse sweep. That’s the recap. Forgive me if I’m not inspired to do more, strict-recapwise.

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Ben and Sam talk to BP pitching mechanics expert Doug Thorburn about Adam Wainwright, Danny Duffy, and other postseason pitchers.

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The Royals jump way ahead of the Orioles in the ALCS. It'll take much more than regression to cost them the pennant now.

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