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November 13, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 81: The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the Reds' and Angels' approaches to bullpen-building, how Cincinnati's philosophy affects Aroldis Chapman's future, and which way the wind is blowing where the closer role is concerned.

November 12, 2012

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: How Many MVP Votes Will Ryan Braun Lose?

by Sam Miller

If the BBWAA doesn't select Ryan Braun as NL MVP, should we blame PED payback?

November 9, 2012

Pebble Hunting: 17 Teams That Would Have Won the World Series if Not for Jason Bay

by Sam Miller

Jason Bay could have easily accepted the Red Sox' offer back in 2009. What would have happened if he had?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 80: Could Josh Hamilton Be a Bargain?/Are the Financially Responsible Yankees for Real?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether Josh Hamilton could end up signing a reasonable contract after all and talk about whether the Yankees can commit to and compete despite their goal to get under the luxury tax threshold by 2014.

November 8, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 79: Are Teams Becoming More Willing to Trade Their Young Players?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether recent events and rumors portend more young players on the move, and why.

November 7, 2012

Pebble Hunting: Are GMs Smart or Not Smart?

by Sam Miller

You can't predict baseball, no matter how high-ranking you are.

BP Unfiltered: Jason Bay and Evaluating This Offseason's Deals

by Sam Miller

The math of free-agent analysis is simple enough, but gets overwhelmed by the reality.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 78: Quantifying Coaches/Why Some Fielders Look Better Than They Are/How Do We Know What Pitchers Should Weigh?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the importance of coaches, defensive stats, and how we know whether pitchers should gain or lose weight, with guest appearances by Colin Wyers and Doug Thorburn.

November 6, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 77: The Teams in the Winter Spending Sweet Spot

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss which teams might benefit most from adding a few wins this winter.

November 5, 2012

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Balls That Look Like Strikes

by Sam Miller

As Jared Hughes and others have shown, not all who wander are wild.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 76: The Free Agents the Internet Can't Agree On

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the discrepancies between lists of the top free agents this offseason.

November 2, 2012

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Why Darren Oliver Might Really Retire This Time

by Sam Miller

Just when Darren Oliver is out, he pulls himself back in. And he keeps getting better.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 75: The David Ortiz Decision and the Offseason Outlook for the Red Sox

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam welcome Matthew Kory to the podcast to discuss the David Ortiz contract negotiations and the outlook for the Red Sox this winter.

November 1, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 74: The Ervin Santana Trade, the Royals' Rotation, and the Pitching Market/Rick Hahn and the Future of Front Offices

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss what the Ervin Santana trade says about the Royals' rotation and the pitching market, then talk about what Rick Hahn's ascension to the GM role in Chicago means for the future of front offices.

October 31, 2012

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Tying Up October Loose Ends

by Sam Miller

Postseason stats, things commentators wanted to tell you, the best postseason party, the unpredictability of October, and the best MLB.com headlines.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 73: Did the Dodgers Overpay for Brandon League?/Are Gold Glove Voters and Defensive Stats Learning to get Along?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the three-year deal the Dodgers gave Brandon League and reliever salaries in general, then talk about whether Gold Glove voters and advanced defensive stats agree more often than they used to.

October 30, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 72: How Many Members of the Angels' Rotation Will Be Back?/Predicting the First- and Last-Place Teams of 2013

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the decisions the Angels are about to make concerning Dan Haren and Ervin Santana and talk about what their 2013 rotation will look like, then predict 2013's division/World Series winners and last-place teams.

October 29, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: World Series (and Postseason) Recap

by Sam Miller

A review of all 37 games we just watched.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 71: The Giants Win the World Series/Assessing Brian Sabean

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the start of the offseason and what the Giants' second World Series win in three seasons says about GM Brian Sabean.

October 26, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 70: World Series Game Two/Protective Gear for Pitchers

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss all the notable events from World Series Game Two, including Madison Bumgarner's impressive outing, the line drive off of Doug Fister's head, and Jim Leyland's decision to play the infield back in the seventh, then assess the odds of a comeback by the Tigers.

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