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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."

Best of BP 2016: A Sense Of Where You Are

by Sam Miller

A night with baseball's newest prospect.

December 27, 2016

Premium Article Best of BP 2016: I Read the Entire Collective Bargaining Agreement and Here's What I Learned

by Sam Miller

Finding the soul of the modern game in legalese.

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.

December 6, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 986: The CBA Said What?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about pitch limits, an MLB.com headline, and news about Rich Hill and Shohei Otani, then discuss the implications of several of the new CBA's most noteworthy changes.

December 5, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 985: Three Topics for Winter-Meetings Week

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about the possibly unprecedented complete lack of luddite teams, then discuss the Royals as sellers, the reliever market, and Braves trade rumors.

December 2, 2016

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 984: Advice for Teams With Too Much Money

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben, Sam, and BP's Russell Carleton banter about Nolan Ryan as a reliever, the possibility of a strike in 2021, and how teams should use the money the new CBA prevents them from spending.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 983: The Non-Endless-Lockout Edition

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about an endless lockout and an A.J. Ellis rumor, then answer listener emails about odd MVP votes in Japan, peak Pedro vs. peak Koufax, what they would bid for Charley Kershaw's baseball career, and mo

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