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8 Pebble Hunting: Every Manager's Face: The New Guys by Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 427: Owen Good on the Past, Present, and Future of Baseball Video Games by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Unfiltered: This Week's New Pitching Lines, 4/11 by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 426: A Conversation with Cuba's Sabermetric Splinter Group by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 Pebble Hunting: Your Five Favorite Players of 2014 by Sam Miller
7 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 425: The Costliest Injuries Suffered So Far by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 424: Bonds vs. Trout and Other Listener Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
15 Pebble Hunting: Max Scherzer and the Sabermetric Approach to Pitching to the Count by Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 423: Analyzing Early April Trends by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
7 Pebble Hunting: It's Been One Week by Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 422: Is Oakland's Ballpark an Embarrassment to Baseball? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Unfiltered: This Week's New Pitching Lines by Sam Miller
13 Pebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This Week by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 421: How Much Money Should Players Make? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 420: Yost, Replay, Porter, and PEDs by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 419: The Return of the Mid-Week Email Show by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
11 Pebble Hunting: Bonds vs. Pedro, and More Fun with Batter-Pitcher Matchups by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 418: Jonah Keri on the Beginning, End, and Importance of the Expos by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 417: Baseball Banter for Opening Day by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 Pebble Hunting: Mike Trout vs. Felix Hernandez by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 416: Listener Emails: One Miguel Cabrera, Many Mike Trouts by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: The 2014 Team Preview Podcast Compendium by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
30 Pebble Hunting: BOOM! HERE COMES THE BOOM! READY OR NOT! HERE COMES THE BOYS FROM THE TIGERS! by Sam Miller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 415: 2014 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Dodgers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 414: 2014 Season Preview Series: Tampa Bay Rays by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
2 Pebble Hunting: What We Can Learn from the Expos by Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 413: 2014 Season Preview Series: Washington Nationals by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 412: 2014 Season Preview Series: Detroit Tigers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
27 Prospectus Preview: NL East 2014 Preseason Preview by Sam Miller and Will Woods
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 411: The Too Many Excellent Emails Edition by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
37 Pebble Hunting: The Simulated Seasons Where the Astros Make the Playoffs by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 410: 2014 Season Preview Series: Boston Red Sox by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 409: 2014 Season Preview Series: San Francisco Giants by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 408: 2014 Season Preview Series: Oakland Athletics by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
31 Baseball's Seven Wonders by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 407: 2014 Season Preview Series: St. Louis Cardinals by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 406: The Answers You Seek by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
24 Pebble Hunting: Sounding the Depths of Each Team's Rotation by Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 405: 2014 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 404: 2014 Season Preview Series: Atlanta Braves by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
13 Pebble Hunting: The Complicated Decline of Brandon Phillips by Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 403: 2014 Season Preview Series: Texas Rangers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 402: 2014 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 401: Listen to Your Heart, and Also to These Listener Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
23 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
30 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
7 Pebble Hunting: Mike Trout and the Meaning of $140 Million by Sam Miller
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Andrelton Simmons, finishers who can't close, pitcher injuries, and more.
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March 14, 2014 6:00 am
How bad will things get for your team when two starters go down?
The problem is, people get hurt. People get hurt, you’re going to expose your lack of depth. There just is no depth. There is no number six. If pitches an inning this year it will be just a catastrophe for the Angels and I don’t know Joe Blanton — Shoemaker? Is that number six? Even in my ideal world I’m trying to figure out who is number six. — Matt Welch, author of the Angels chapter in this year’s annual, on Effectively Wild.
Ben and Sam preview the Angels' season with Matt Welch, and Nick talks to Los Angeles Times Angels beat writer Mike DiGiovanna (at 30:05).
Ben and Sam preview the Braves' season with Mark Smith, and Nick talks to Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Mark Bradley (at 24:34).
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March 12, 2014 6:00 am
Why it's problematic to point out that a player isn't as good as he once was.
is declining. Around 13 years ago, his lung capacity began decreasing, and in another couple decades it will be half what it was when he was 20. He's losing neurons in his brain—up to 10,000 per day. Around the age of 30, his major organs began to lose function, and his muscles began to lose mass. His maximum attainable heart rate is Brandon Phillips dropping by a beat per year, and his capacity to pump blood is shrinking, too. The first symptoms of mild-moderate cognitive impairment often start around this time, slowing his brain's processing speed and affecting memory and attention.
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Ben and Sam preview the Rangers' season with Lana Berry, and Nick talks to Fort Worth Star-Telegram Rangers beat writer Jeff Wilson (at 26:14).
Ben and Sam preview the Reds' season with Craig Fehrman, and Nick talks to Cincinnati Enquirer Reds beat writer John Fay (at 24:50).
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about MLBAM's new tracking technology and the future of scouting, nine-man rosters, baseball spoilers, and more. Is it time to bring back the Herb Washington-style dedicated pinch-sprinter?
We all have radical ideas that we’d like to see implemented: the all-reliever pitching staff, the perfectly optimized lineup, the corner outfielders swapping based on batter handedness, etc. Until somebody puts them into play, they’re just ideas. What Charlie Finley did, then, was a favor to us all: He took one of those ideas and put it in play. And when it failed, we got to move on. We never had to talk about it again. For once, a crazy idea tried, tested, and settled.
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Ben and Sam preview the Yankees' season with Emma Span, and Nick talks to Wall Street Journal Yankees beat writer Daniel Barbarisi (at 22:15).
Ben and Sam preview the Mariners' season with Mike Curto, and Nick talks to Seattle Times Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish (at 26:49).
A sneak preview of the coming year's highlight for each team.