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6 BP Unfiltered: Blind BABIP Results: You Suck by Sam Miller
4 Pebble Hunting: Every Manager's Face, Part 2 by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 227: Julio Urias and Young Pitchers/Prospects Switching Positions/Jose Iglesias and High BABIPs/Goodbye Base Coaches by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
39 Pebble Hunting: Blind BABIP Test, Part 2 by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 226: Predictions About Zack Wheeler/The Story of Signing Puig by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 225: Missing Out on Mariano Rivera/Scouting Scouts by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Yoenis Cespedes by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 224: The Evolution of On-Field Celebrations/The Home Run Derby Draft by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 223: Should College Pitchers Shut it Down After Being Drafted?/The Red Sox and Advance Scouting by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
46 Pebble Hunting: How Beanballs and Brawls Could Be Avoided by Sam Miller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 222: Bloodlines and the Draft/Giving Up in Extras/Managers Telling the Truth/Moore, Molina, and Calling Pitches by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
7 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 221: Astros Pro Scouting Coordinator Kevin Goldstein on the Amateur Draft by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
17 Pebble Hunting: The Worst a Team Ever Did in the Draft by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 220: Sick Starters, The Value of Hitting Coaches, and The Most Disappointing Team of 2013 by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 Pebble Hunting: Baseball's Best Comp by Sam Miller
12 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 219: The Mock Draft Mystery/Joey Votto's Future/Scouts and Espionage/The New-Look Royals Lineup by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 218: Paralysis by Biogenesis by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
10 Pebble Hunting: The Batting Order Evolution by Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 217: Umpires, Catchers, and Home Field Advantage/Forming a Wall/The Anti-DH Movement/Lengthening Games by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 216: Whither the White Sox?/Dissecting Yasiel Puig's Debut by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 215: Does Money Still Make Teams Better?/Taking our Temperatures on Tim Lincecum and Chris Davis by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
20 Pebble Hunting: A Riddle in a Minor-League Baseball Game by Sam Miller
5 BP Unfiltered: Stats vs. The Will To Win on the Family Feud by Sam Miller
6 Daily Hit List: Friday, May 31 by Sam Miller
13 Pebble Hunting: Every Manager's Face, Part 1 by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 214: B.J. Upton and Fixing Mechanical Flaws/Scouting and the International Draft by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 213: The Royals and Not Hitting Homers/The Physical Signs of Scouting by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
23 Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Eric Hosmer by Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 212: Doing Away with Errors/Rotating Positions/What Would Retired Players Hit?/Aesthetically Pleasing Players/3-0 Red Lights by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 211: The Phillies, the Blue Jays, and Selling/The Scary Side of Jose Canseco by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 210: Revisiting the Montero-Pineda Trade/Your Ticket Refund/Giveaway Ideas by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 Pebble Hunting: How Pitchers Age at the Plate by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 209: Veterans vs. Young Players/The Dodgers and Grit by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 208: Refunds for Losses/More Catching Questions/DHs and Defensive Positioning/Most Pitchers in an Inning by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 BP Unfiltered: The Worst Thing The Dodgers Have Done This Year by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 207: Reevaluating Patrick Corbin/Baseball and Redheads by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Unfiltered: The Week In Albert Pujols Playing Through Pain, May 13-May 19 by Sam Miller
1 Pebble Hunting: Extreme Strikeout Matchups by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 206: When Does it Make Sense to Fire Managers?/What We Think about Hot Streaks by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 205: Catcher Framing Questions/A Hypothetical Pitching Problem/Post-Start MRIs by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 204: The Yankees and Luck/How We Watch Baseball/Consuming Scouting Reports by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 Pebble Hunting: The Starts That Defied FIP by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 203: Strikeouts and Defense/Shortest Pitching Careers/Novelty All-Star Games/World Series of Worst/Rooting Against No-Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Unfiltered: A Broken Bat That Did Not Seriously Injure Any Catchers by Sam Miller
2 BP Unfiltered: Mark Reynolds Gets Close To A Pop-Up by Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 202: Bryce Harper Hits the Wall/Albert Pujols' Pain by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Unfiltered: The Week In Albert Pujols Playing Through Pain, May 6-May 12 by Sam Miller
16 Pebble Hunting: The Strike Zone Solution by Sam Miller
7 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 201: Drafting Age-25-and-Under Starters/Still No No-Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Unfiltered: Mark Reynolds and a Very Suspicious Break by Sam Miller
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Like Mike Scioscia Face, but for managers not named Mike Scioscia.
On every major-league team, in every major-league dugout, you will find the same thing: A manager, with a face. This is important to remember if you ever find yourself filming a baseball game for a regional sports network, because the manager's face is the spine of your narrative. Every manager's face is different, but every manager's face is important, and every manager's face can be counted on to do some sort of Manager Face thingy when the manager's team screws up.
We now embark on a tour of the Manager's Faces in Major League Baseball today. The exact context of these faces isn't terribly important, but know that every face is motivated by chagrin, caused by either a team miscue (usually a bases-loaded walk, a fielding error, or bad baserunning), an umpire's call, or some sort of bad luck. We will start with our first set of 10. Others to follow at some point soon.
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Ben and Sam discuss B.J. Upton's slump and mechanical flaws, then talk about the impact an international draft would have on scouting.
Ben and Sam discuss the Royals' power outage and the comments made by their hitting coach, then talk about surprising physical signs that scouts study.
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May 29, 2013 5:00 am
Is the Royals' first baseman coming out of his slump, or still struggling?
On Sunday, a baseball broadcaster informed me (and you and everyone we know) that a player on the
entered the game 10 for his previous 28. “That’s a .357 average, so he’s coming,” I was told. Kansas City Royals
hasn’t done much this year, and his inability to take the great leap forward is a big reason why Kansas City’s go-for-it plan has disappointed thus far. But a .357 average, that’s pretty high, and if he’s coming, maybe the Royals would have something. It’s easy to buy into Eric Hosmer’s .357 average. It’s just easy to buy into Eric Hosmer, all the time, despite how long it’s been since he was good. He used to be so good, after all. And .357! Maybe that .357 means something. Eric Hosmer
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about errors, ancient players, whether hitters should swing more often on 3-0, and more.
Ben and Sam discuss the Phillies, Blue Jays, and being a buyer or seller in the multi-Wild Card era, then talk about the significance of Jose Canseco's internet notoriety.
Ben and Sam discuss how the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda trade has turned out so far, then talk about your ticket refund/giveaway ideas.
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May 24, 2013 5:00 am
When do pitchers reach their offensive peak?
You’ll notice that
isn’t very good these days. He’s actually quite bad. It’s hard to watch him sometimes, especially when he’s matched up against a good opponent, knowing he’s become so likely to lose the battle. That’s what happens, I suppose: pitchers get older, they get worse. Tim Lincecum
Not his pitching, though. I’m talking about his hitting. Lincecum has one measly hit this season, a little groundball single through the hole between shortstop and third base. He has struck out 12 times in 16 official at-bats. Just six players—five pitchers, and
, who R.J. brilliantly describes as “ Khris Davis with more K”—have a lower contact rate on pitches in the strike zone. Chris Davis The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
Ben and Sam talk about some recent conflicts between veterans and young players, then discuss Don Mattingly's comments about the Dodgers' lack of grit.
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about refunds for team losses, catcher receiving, defensive positioning, and more. Copyright, not copywritten.
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Ben and Sam discuss whether they've underrated Patrick Corbin, then talk about whether there's a bias against redheads in baseball.