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January 13, 2017

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1006: Sullivan's Travels

by Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan

Ben and Jeff talk about the Mariners' moves while Jeff was away, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout, Barry Bonds, the home run spike, taking pitches, fans on the field, and more.

January 12, 2017

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1005: Dan Haren's New Job and Old Fear of Hall of Famers

by Ben Lindbergh

Ben talks to former major league pitcher (and newly hired Diamondbacks Pitching Strategist) Dan Haren about his new job, how players handle the media, his struggles and success against Hall of Fame-caliber hitters, his own hitting skills, PEDs, trades and free agency, baseball's salary structure, and more.

January 10, 2017

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1004: The Joe and Rany Re-Reunion

by Ben Lindbergh

Ben talks to Joe Sheehan and Rany Jazayerli about unsigned free agents, baseball economics, trends to watch in 2017, and the perplexing Royals.

January 6, 2017

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1003: Happiness, the Human Condition, and Cracker Jack

by Ben Lindbergh

Ben and Slate's Mike Pesca banter about incentive clauses, happiness, analogies, injuries, and the Mets, then discuss sabermetric thinking about non-baseball subjects, optimism, podcasting, and preparation.

January 5, 2017

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1002: Mike Trout Turns Around

by Ben Lindbergh

Ben, Carson Cistulli, and Eric Longenhagen scrutinize an unearthed video of Mike Trout taking batting practice in high school from both sides of the plate. Then Ben and Carson discuss podcasting, umpiring, Jeff Sullivan and more.

January 3, 2017

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1001: The One After 1000

by Ben Lindbergh

Ben and SB Nation's Grant Brisbee banter about baseball ads, then talk about last season's forgettable baseball stories, Grant's favorite writing of 2016, covering the playoffs in person, and Barry Bonds and the BBWAA.

December 31, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1000: The Old and the New

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

In Sam's last show as co-host, he and Ben talk to Astros pro scouting director Kevin Goldstein. Then, Ben talks to incoming co-host Jeff Sullivan before Jeff leaves on a fantastically timed vacation.

December 30, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 999: The One Before 1000

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

In their penultimate show as co-hosts, Ben and Sam answer listener emails about baseball amnesia, iconic photos, Mike Trout hitting lefty, designing ballparks, and more before reminiscing about how they almost didn't do email episodes.

December 28, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 998: The Podcast's (and Baseball's) Future

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam announce Sam's upcoming departure from the podcast and Effectively Wild's future at FanGraphs with Ben and Jeff Sullivan, and then discuss several big questions about baseball's next 50 years.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 997: The Game Show Show

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the seemingly aimless Oakland Athletics and bring on two unwitting contestants (Eric Roseberry and Steve Givarz) to play the first Effectively Wild game show, "Name that Oakland A's Position Player."

December 24, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 996: The Second Draft of Things About Baseball

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben, Sam, Grant Brisbee, and Jeff Sullivan produce a sequel to Episode 500 by drafting 12 more things about baseball.

December 22, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 995: Manny Machado's Midriff

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Ivan Nova, early Hall of Fame voting, and a potential fat player, then answer listener emails about Mark Melancon and strikeouts, splitting the Rookie of the Year award, a renegade league, two-way players, CBA loopholes, changing the schedule, and the best possible highlights.

December 21, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 994: The 2017 Minor League Free Agent Draft

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

For the fourth consecutive year, Ben and Sam draft the 20 minor league free agents they hope will earn the most major league playing time next season.

December 20, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 993: A Few Favorite Stories from 2016

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about good deeds by two podcast listeners, then discuss several topics inspired by a selection of baseball writers' self-selected favorite stories from 2016, including pitcher abuse, fans running on the field, and the home run spike.

December 18, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 992: Baseball's Most Underpaid Players

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to The Ringer's Michael Baumann about his ranking of the 25 most underpaid players and how front-office salaries limit diversity.

December 17, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 991: In-Shoots, Out-Curves, and Drop Balls

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Josh Harrison and old-timey pitch names, then answer listener emails about sabermetrics and fandom, baseball and birthdates, players' phone numbers, managing bullpens, and more.

December 13, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 990: Long Live Pitch

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to BP's Meg Rowley about the downs and (mostly) ups of the recently finished first season of Fox drama Pitch (includes some spoilers).

December 12, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 989: A Reading from the Bill James Bible

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam read a passage from The New Bill James New Historical Abstract and discuss whether contemporary observations of baseball players still have something to add to today's closer-to-comprehensive statistical record.

December 10, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 988: The Real Mike Trout

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Veeck As in Wreck and front offices hiring stat-savvy former players, then answer listener emails about the real Mike Trout, likeable teams, unwatchable players, and more.

December 9, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 987: The Stove Was So Hot

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Veeck As in Wreck, Willie Mays, and the term "hot stove league," then discuss some of the Winter Meetings' major moves, including big closer contracts and the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades.

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