Sam Miller is the editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus. He has written for two Baseball Prospectus annuals and co-edited the 2014 and 2015 editions. He also co-hosts, with Ben Lindbergh, the Effectively Wild podcast, and is a contributor to ESPN the Magazine.
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0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 700: Sabermetrics, Australia-Style by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 699: Radio Producers, Cycles, and Dave Stewart Don't Make Sense by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 698: The Diamondbacks Do it Again by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 697: The David Price Trade Revisited by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
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1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 694: Adjudicating an All-Royals All-Star Game by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
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6 The BP Wayback Machine: What It Means to Have the Best Farm System in Baseball by Sam Miller
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30 BP Unfiltered: Every Team's Emergency Catcher by Sam Miller
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Just growing a list of every team's emergency catcher.
Help us crowd-source this. If you know one, leave it in the comments, email me by clicking the button at the bottom of this post, or tweet me @sammillerbp. Citations preferred, but not necessary. Current emergency catchers only, please.
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Ben and Sam banter about Salvador Perez, Erik Kratz, and emergency catchers and then discuss Josh Hamilton's return to Texas.
Ben and Sam banter about the NL DH and then discuss A-Rod's newfound patience and oldfound power. Would Yordano Ventura act this way if he pitched in the NL?
As many a pundit has pointed out this week, might not have so much fightin' spirit if he pitched in the NL and knew he had to bat. But does retaliation against pitchers really exist? Two years ago we looked at that question. This piece originally ran on March 15, 2013. Yordano Ventura
An accepted piece of baseball wisdom that I understood growing up is that a pitcher is less likely to go headhunting if he has to step into the box himself. As J.C. Bradbury and Douglas J. Drinen wrote in
the 2007 article “Crime and punishment in Major League Baseball: the case of the designated hitter and hit batters,” Read the full article... In 2000, when Alex Rodriguez was a free agent, Scott Boras did something amazing that we just don't appreciate enough.
Darren Rovell tweeted a handful of pages from the free agent binder that put together for a 25-year-old Scott Boras . As most of us around here tend to be projections junkies, surely you’ll find this page particularly interesting: Alex Rodriguez Read the full article...
Ben, Sam, and Will Woods talk about the Royals' latest dust-up, the Mets' 11-game winning streak, and Giancarlo Stanton's almost physics-defying home runs.
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about defining team success, four-man outfields, pitcher offensive futility, baseball's Star Wars trailer moments, and more.
On the 10th anniversary of Fire Joe Morgan's first post, Ben and Sam talk to Michael Schur about FJM, sports-media sins in the age of Twitter and, oddly enough, The O.C.
Ben and Sam banter about batting around and Bryan Price's media meltdown, then check in on early-season statistical trends.
Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Mike Benjamin, and a handful of tables that connect them all and allow us to point and gloat at A.J. Pierzynski.
Ben and Sam banter about Alex Rodriguez and discuss the three-day dispute about unwritten rules between the A's and the Royals.
Ben and Sam talk to Mark Armour and Dan Levitt, the authors of In Pursuit of Pennants, about whether good GMs have to break rules, how long competitive advantages last, and how good teams go bad.