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0 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
22 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
Ben and Sam talk about pitchers, catchers, and PECOTA projections reporting for spring training. So that you don't have to.
Hello nobody! Hello nothingness! Hello void! Hello, chaos of the old cosmogonies! And welcome, to Astros baseball.
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Ben and Sam draft teams based on their projected gains (and losses) in the standings this season.
Ben, Sam, and special guest Ryan Sullivan answer listener emails about instant replay, roster changes, shortening the lineup, Seinfeld, and more.
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January 31, 2014 6:00 am
Do opt-out clauses favor the player or the team?
There are certain things that seem so obvious that I can’t even conceive of a counterargument. Then somebody presents a counterargument! This is why places like BP exist, to provide the counterargument to the obvious, and expose the nuance, and remind us of how often we only see one part of something. Nothing is ever so obvious as you think.
I’ve been horrified by player opt-out clauses
for five years. They have always seemed to be terrible for the club, unless they come with some significant discount that the player takes to have that clause in his contract. (We’ll never know whether this discount is there, because each player’s maximum price is difference; eyeballing such deals—like ’s, for instance—I’d argue that there’s no clear evidence of such a discount.) Masahiro Tanaka
Ben and Sam talk to Jack Moore about the history of Orioles physicals and Peter Angelos' time with the team.
Ben and Sam discuss Tom Verducci's suggested ways to make baseball better.
Ben and Sam talk to Dan Brooks about why the expanded replay review system should motivate managers to challenge early and often.
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January 28, 2014 6:00 am
An attempt to solve the age-old mystery.
is fast, and Mike Trout is fast, but that was never enough for us. Peter Bourjos
The hottest debate among the Angels' minor-league staff: Who is faster, Trout or new Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos?” “My guess is Trout is more explosive in the first 20 to 30 yards, but Bourjos would catch him and nip him at the wire at 100 yards. Everyone would like to see them race.” “We’ll probably never get to see the Bourjos vs Mike Trout race even though I think people would pay to see it.” “Alas, the Angels said Sunday that such a race will almost certainly never happen. ‘We talked about it in the spring,’ said manager Mike Scioscia. ‘But we don't want four blown hamstrings.’” “The Angels will not hold a match race to determine who is faster, but if home-to-first base times are the measure, Trout gets the nod.” “(Trout’s) response: ‘Oh I don’t know. We don’t race. You’ll never know. … No one will ever know.’” The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
Baseball Prospectus 2014, out and about.
Ben and Sam discuss Jon Lester and whether the Rays and Red Sox have figured out how to make players reluctant to leave.
Ben and Sam discuss Baseball Prospectus 2014 and Mariachi A-Rod, then answer listener emails about quality of competition, contract clauses, PED placebos, and more.