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Sam Miller 

Sam Miller

Sam Miller is the editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus. He has written for two Baseball Prospectus annuals and co-edited the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions. He also co-hosts, with Ben Lindbergh, the Effectively Wild podcast, and is the co-author of The Only Rule Is It Has To Work, about his experience running baseball operations for an independent minor-league team.

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12-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 984: Advice for Teams With Too Much Money
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 983: The Non-Endless-Lockout Edition
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11-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 982: Scouting the Yankees and Signing the Cespedes
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 981: The New-GM Job Check
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11-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 980: The Baseball-Book Draft
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11-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 979: Mike Trout and the Post-MVP Era
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11-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 978: Broken Bones and Broken Records
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11-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 977: Indy Outliers
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11-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 976: Which Way Will the World Series Odds Go?
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11-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 975: And Here's the Pitch from Trout
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11-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 974: Survey Says
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11-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 973: The Potential Lasts of 2016
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11-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 972: The Cubs, Game Seven, and the World Series
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11-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 971: Drought Talk
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10-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 970: Managers, Closers, and Copycats
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10-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 969: The Literally Hot Hitter
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10-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 968: So You Suffered a Playoff Loss
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10-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 967: The Miraculous Mr. Lester
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10-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 966: Ask, and Ye Shall Receive
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10-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 965: NLCS Update
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10-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 964: The Return of the Cold Call
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10-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 963: Bumgarner, Wild Cards, and Cooperstown
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10-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 962: Buck, Britton, Bonds and Boredom
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10-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 961: Multiple Mike Trout Drafts
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09-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 960: Theo Sets a New High Score
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09-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 959: Mike Trout's Highest Hurdle
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09-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 958: Jose Fernandez and the Hall of Fame
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09-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 957: The Man Who Makes Pitch (Almost!) Perfect
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09-23

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09-23

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09-23

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09-23

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Pebble Hunting: That's The Way I Like It And I'll Never Get Bored
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09-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 956: Gary and Gore
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09-22

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Pebble Hunting: The Great Big 'Beat PECOTA' Wrap
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09-22

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09-22

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09-22

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09-21

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09-21

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09-21

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09-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 955: Pass/Fail Grades for Every Out-of-it Team
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09-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 954: Two Inside Looks at Minor League Life
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09-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 953: Banter Goeth Before a Mailbag
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09-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 952: Dave Roberts Did What?
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09-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 951: THE ONLY RULE Book Club Companion Podcast
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09-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 950: The Triple-A Chemistry Edition
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09-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 949: 2016's Contract Turnarounds
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09-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 948: Is Smart Baseball Boring?
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08-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 947: Cy Young or Bust
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08-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 946: Which WAR(P) is Just?
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Ben and Sam banter about a wild night in baseball, the morality of forfeits, and the triples record, then discuss Theo Epstein's record-setting extension.

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Ben and Sam banter about Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw, and Shohei Otani, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout, playoff formats, inflated homer totals, their introductions to baseball, and more.

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Ben and Sam talk about whether adding the late Jose Fernandez to the Hall of Fame ballot would be a fitting way to honor his superlative but tragically brief career.

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Ben and Sam talk to Mike Fisher, the baseball coordinator of Moneyball and the new Fox series Pitch, about how he makes baseball look realistic on screen (and what he might have missed).

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September 23, 2016 6:00 am

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Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands at the World Series this weekend.

With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on October 30, 2015.

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September 23, 2016 6:00 am

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Throwing paper airplanes is big at ballparks. Where did the planes come from, and what do they signify?

With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on July 22, 2013.

Game story template: Clever juxtaposition, personal detail, pun, or fun fact; summary of what happened in the game (winner, key performance); nut graf putting larger significance of win/loss into context; quote from manager; transition into chronological description, over course of a few paragraphs, of game’s action, perhaps interspersed with quotes from relevant players; quote from pitcher/offensive hero/Torii Hunter; description of the paper airplanes in the stadium; conclusion.

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September 23, 2016 6:00 am

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Someday, somebody will suggest fixing baseball by putting a pit on the field, and we will be prepared.

With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on July 27, 2012.

It’s not a question of if Major League Baseball is going to add a pit to the field, but a question of where they should add a pit to the field. For maximum LOLs and so on. That’s what this is about. It’s about where the funniest place to put a pit would be, were you to decide to put a pit on the baseball field.

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On being grateful for surprises.

Baseball Prospectus’ playoff odds have traditionally been based on 50,000 simulations of the season, but this year we wanted to say we did one million, so we did one million. Out of those one million simulations, we pretty much had the whole world of possibilities covered: We had a simulation where the A’s won 107 games, and one where the Cubs won 58. We had a simulation where the Phillies, Reds, Rockies, Padres, and Nationals are repping the NL in the playoffs. We had simulations where your favorite team won 100 games, where they lost 100 games, where they won the division by one, where they lost the division by one, where they’re playing a Game 163 to break a tie, where the manager got fired in mid-May, where the manager is the Manager of the Year, where they got the first pick in the draft and where they got to ride through your favorite team’s city’s downtown wearing t-shirts that refer to whatever obnoxious inside-meme carried them through a magical October run. We had seasons where that obnoxious meme was the nonsensical slogan Call The Cows Home, and where that obnoxious meme was a viral Vine of a breakdancing rabbit, and where that obnoxious meme was the team’s shared affection for The Great British Bake Off, and where that obnoxious meme was a fat suit that the catcher would wear during post-game interviews. We had seasons where they didn’t wear meme-displaying t-shirts in the parade, but meme-displaying coveralls. We had seasons where the parade was interrupted by a plague of locusts, and seasons where the parade was interrupted by a plague of cicadas. We had a lot of seasons.

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Ben and Sam banter about the Giants' bullpen problems and Bryce Harper's shoulder, then answer listener emails about Terrance Gore, Gary Sanchez, calling time, playoff formats, one-pitch baseball, and more.

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The results of our preseason experiment in expectations and perception.

Earlier this year, we released PECOTA projections for every major-league baseball player, and then I asked you to beat those projections. The instructions were simple: Find players you thought PECOTA was too optimistic on, and bet the under; find players you thought PECOTA was too pessimistic on, and bet the over. We called it a game and I promised to learn something from it. Here we are nearing the end of the season, so I’ll fulfill my obligation presently.

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September 22, 2016 6:00 am

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As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.

With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on May 16, 2016.

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September 22, 2016 6:00 am

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Exactly what the headline says.

With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on December 24, 2013.

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