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0 Rumor Roundup: Hunting Starters by Demetrius Bell
0 Players Prefer Presentation: placeholder by Meg Rowley
2 Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Pitchers' Plate Discipline by Rob Mains
1 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 115: Animal Crackers by George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre
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8 Baseball Therapy: What Does Batter/Pitcher Matchup Data Tell Us? by Russell A. Carleton
2 Rumor Roundup: Ain't Settling for Anything Less Than Everything by Ashley Varela
9 Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Hitters' Plate Discipline by Rob Mains
5 Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Longest and Shortest Games by Meg Rowley
1 Rumor Roundup: Trumbo Tumbles by Demetrius Bell
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1006: Sullivan's Travels by Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan
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10 Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers by Bret Sayre
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10 Baseball Therapy: Grinding On Grounders by Russell A. Carleton
2 Rumor Roundup: Dozier Dead, Bruce Bets, and Atlanta Aces by Emma Baccellieri
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1004: The Joe and Rany Re-Reunion by Ben Lindbergh
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0 Prospectus Feature: Passed Balls and Wild Pitches (Again) by Jonathan Judge
3 Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year’s Resolutions: Ground-ball Hitters by Rob Mains
0 Cold Takes: Murray Chass' Hall of Fame Ballot by Patrick Dubuque
14 Cold Takes: Murray Chass' Hall of Fame Ballot by Patrick Dubuque
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1003: Happiness, the Human Condition, and Cracker Jack by Ben Lindbergh
7 Players Prefer Presentation: Who We Are When We're At Our Worst by Meg Rowley
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0 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 113: Statcast and Prospects by George Bissell, Tim Finnegan and Jeffrey Paternostro
26 Dynasty Prospect Rankings by Bret Sayre
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26 Baseball Therapy: The Bullpen of My Dreams by Russell A. Carleton
7 Liner Notes: The McEwing Score by Bryan Grosnick
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1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 999: The One Before 1000 by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
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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. The worst, Jerry. The worst.
holiday break, Jeff Sullivan and Grant Brisbee appeared on Effectively Wild and joined Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh to reprise their draft of baseball things.
With his second pick, Jeff drafted
; his person, persona, his tipped cap. Rodney appears to be an engaging, interesting person. I’m sure he’s an excellent brunch companion. Jeff called him delightful. Except that—and this is what made him draft-worthy—his job is sufficiently high leverage and his results so inconsistent that watching him pitch when you have any sort of vested interest in the outcome is unpleasant. Fernando Rodney Read the full article... Tyson Ross has suitors, Oakland likes Mark Trumbo, and the White Sox are asking a lot for Jose Quintana.
Teams are showing interest in Ross
missed nearly the entire 2016 season due to injury and was released by the Padres last month, but that hasn’t kept teams from pursuing him as a free agent. There are reports that the Nationals, Mariners, Pirates, Twins, and Giants have shown varying degrees of interest in the 30-year-old right-hander, and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports Tyson Ross tweeted out that the Cubs and Rangers are currently the favorites to sign him. Read the full article...
George Bissell, Tim Finnegan and Jeffrey Paternostro of Baseball Prospectus take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics. A list of names you should be familiar with for your first-year dynasty drafts this winter.
As we peel out from the holiday season and into draft season, it’s a good time to reflect on what we got. Maybe you got that PS4 you really wanted. Maybe you got a really nice bottle of wine. Maybe you got clothes. There’s nothing inherently wrong with getting clothes as a present. You need clothes. They literally prevent you from being arrested when you leave your house. Yet they are also extremely fickle. Sure, that sweater is looks really nice but it gets a little bunchy in the shoulders and it just doesn’t look right. Or worse yet, it does look great but then it shrinks in the dryer after the second time you wear it. It could always be worse; you could have gotten socks. You know you’d never actually spend $15 on a pair of socks, but the level of comfort over the 5/$20 pairs you already own is still noticeable—even if you can’t really figure out what makes socks comfortable.
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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. Minnesota asked for "final offers" on Brian Dozier, Washington wants to keep Dusty Baker around, and Arizona is fighting about a ballpark.
All quiet on the Dozier front
The past three weeks have been filled with “will they or won’t they?” trade gossip on
and the Dodgers, but the past few days have been fairly silent on the rumor mill (which is perhaps its own form of a rumor). Last Friday, the Brian Dozier Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins were telling teams to submit their final offers for Dozier over the coming days. Since then, there’s been precious little in terms of rumors and nothing at all in terms of concrete action, which hints that those final offers might not have been what the Twins wanted. Read the full article...
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Are modern managers misusing their bullpens or is there actually a good reason why leverage doesn't determine reliever usage?
“Doc, I had that dream again.”
Putting the "super" in super-utility man since 2010.
Every baseball fan has some pet thing they enjoy more than seems sane–a player, a play, a stadium, an event–and every baseball writer worth their salt has several idiosyncratic “beats” that they cover. On
a recent episode of Effectively Wild, Sam Miller mentioned one of his: players who make their big-league debut with unadjusted stats that are better than any of their previous minor-league seasons. (The player in question was A’s third baseman , but I see you, Ryon Healy .) For Robert Gsellman Jonah Keri, that beat might be ’ Hall of Fame candidacy or the Expos, and hey, Tim Raines sometimes you create a book out of your beat.
One of my beats–and one I share
with plenty of other writers–results from my love of players playing “out of position.” I’m fascinated with utility players, those guys often marginalized to the back of the bench or the fringes of the 40-man roster. As part of my exploration of sabermetrics, I’ve tinkered on and off with how best to quantify the value brought to the table by a player capable of playing multiple positions ... and playing them well. And as part of that process, an intermediate step was my quest to turn positional flexibility into a number that represents a player’s use at multiple positions. Thus, the McEwing Score. Read the full article... The 1982 All-Star game, fairness in ground balls, and the death of the Baltimore chop.
Please enjoy, perhaps not in its entirety, video footage of the 1982 All-Star game.
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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 1:15 am
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.