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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

10-20

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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

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals
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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

09-05

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

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Ben and Sam discuss the NL wild card game, Adam Dunn, and the suffering of Oakland fans, then preview the ALDS.

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October 2, 2014 1:05 am

Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Recap

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When you have the chance to go to Edinson Volquez in a do-or-die game, you have to... well, you have to wonder how you got there.

Guess the MLB.com headline!

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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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