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1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 401: Listen to Your Heart, and Also to These Listener Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
17 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
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 370: Musings on Masahiro Tanaka by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 369: Clearing the Listener Email Backlog by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
February 14, 2014 6:01 am
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Mike Trout, Masahiro Tanaka, Javier Baez, and more, and Ben talks to Ricky Smith about being Jetered (at 44:17).
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February 14, 2014 6:00 am
Which player is most likely to experience a run of sustained sub-replacement seasons?
The year was 2007, and America’s outlook had never been brighter. A young Arkansas governor named Bill J. Clinton had just been elected president with promises of universal hearth care for everybody’s hearths. An inventor named Steve Jobs was tinkering in his garage on a machine that would one day be called the Splash-Proof Thermapen Thermometer. And a shortstop in Seattle named was doing amazing things that we would never see again: Topping replacement level. Yuniesky Betancourt
February 13, 2014 6:01 am
Ben and Sam preview the Orioles' season with Paul Sporer, and Nick talks to MLB.com Orioles beat writer Brittany Ghiroli (at 22:07).
February 12, 2014 6:01 am
Ben and Sam preview the Mets' season with Will Woods, and Nick talks to Newsday Mets beat writer Marc Carig (at 20:54).
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February 12, 2014 6:00 am
Does a big drop in a top prospect's ranking presage a disappointing career to come?
If you’re the sort of fan with only enough mental storage space to keep track of the top 101 or so prospects, you may officially quit paying attention to
, Mike Olt , Trevor Story , Rymer Liriano , Kaleb Cowart , Taylor Guerrieri , Bubba Starling , Danny Hultzen , Mason Williams , Luis Heredia , Arodys Vizcaino , J.R. Graham , Alen Hanson , Allen Webster , Jake Marisnick , Justin Nicolino , Hak-Ju Lee , Casey Kelly , Tyrell Jenkins , Clayton Blackburn , Dorssys Paulino , Sean Nolin , Michael Fulmer , Lewis Brinson . All were top 101 prospects last year, but things happen to prospects ( Delino DeShields they break your heart) and none is this year. You can just rewrite over those brain cells.
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February 11, 2014 6:01 am
Ben and Sam preview the Cubs' season with Ken Funck, and Nick talks to Daily Herald Cubs beat writer Bruce Miles (at 20:53).
February 10, 2014 6:01 am
Ben and Sam preview the Twins' season with Aaron Gleeman, and Nick talks to Star Tribune Twins beat writer Phil Miller (at 23:22).
February 10, 2014 6:00 am
On Puig's performance against fastballs, and young hitters' performance in general.
When you think of a young hitter, you probably imagine a kid who can catch up to a fastball but struggles to lay off breaking balls and off-speed stuff outside the zone. There’s no “used to be a thrower but now he’s a pitcher” equivalent for hitters, but if there was it would likely be used to describe a batter who learned how to lay off tough sliders. When
came up last year and couldn’t lay off sliders, and teams responded by throwing him sliders, it surprised nobody. Yasiel Puig
There’s some confirmation bias at work here. Try as we might not to, there’s a tendency to create cultural profiles for players, and also to create age profiles for players, and probably also to create behavioral profiles for players. So Puig—young, by appearances a bit out of control, Latin—seems to the prejudiced mind to be a guy who would be a free-swinger, and perhaps a guy who would swing and miss at sliders out of the zone. And he is, and he does! Just don’t throw that guy a fastball and you’ll be fine.
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Ben and Sam answer emails about an auction for playing time, Mike Trout's plate approach, a contract that could kill baseball, and more.
Ben and Sam preview the Marlins' season with David Roth, and Nick talks to Sun-Sentinel Marlins beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez (at 29:09).
Ben and Sam preview the Astros' season with Zachary Levine, and Nick talks to Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Evan Drellich (at 23:12).
Ben and Sam talk about pitchers, catchers, and PECOTA projections reporting for spring training.