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Effectively Wild: The Daily Baseball Prospectus Podcast by Ben Lindbergh

Effectively Wild: The Daily Baseball Prospectus Podcast

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Ringer writer Ben Lindbergh and BP editor-in-chief Sam Miller talk about baseball with an analytical bent, covering a mix of topics from the big picture to the pennant race every weekday morning.


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  • Effectively Wild Episode 1177: Season Preview Series: Cubs and Padres
    Sat, Feb 17, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Orioles‚Äô Andrew Cashner signing, recent ‚Äúsuper-teams‚ÄĚ that missed the playoffs, and Marcus Stroman‚Äôs arbitration tweets, then preview the 2018 Cubs (16:27) with The Athletic Chicago‚Äôs Sahadev Sharma, and the 2018 Padres (46:43) with The Athletic San Diego‚Äôs Dennis Lin. Audio¬†intro: The Thrills, "Nothing Changes Around Here" Audio¬†interstitial [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1176: The Best Tape of Our Lives
    Thu, Feb 15, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the installation of a humidor at Chase Field, how peak Ichiro would have hit at Coors Field, and what to make of reports about players in the best shape of their lives, then answer emails about which team performances would qualify as surprising in 2018, projecting players who’ve […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1175: Season Preview Series: Indians and Royals
    Tue, Feb 13, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Esteban Loaiza’s drug bust and the Cubs’ Yu Darvish signing, then preview the 2018 Indians (15:31) with writer/editor Pete Beatty, and the 2018 Royals (44:16) with Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Rustin Dodd. Audio intro: Robyn Hitchcock, "Tell Me About Your Drugs" Audio interstitial 1: Yoko Ono, "Peter the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1174: Season Preview Series: Dodgers and Marlins
    Sat, Feb 10, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the new spring training camp for free agents, return to the topic of why so many high-profile free agents remain unsigned, discuss Todd Frazier‚Äôs contract with the Mets, and talk about whether a proposed ‚ÄúTank Tax‚ÄĚ is a solution in search of a problem. Then they preview the [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1173: Actual Stats vs. Actual Scouts
    Fri, Feb 09, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about two reports citing anonymous sources, Scott Boras‚Äô boat metaphor, ‚ÄúMemento Mori‚ÄĚ as a motivational tool, a John Jaso update, and a Patreon plug, then bring on the FanGraphs prospect team (Kiley McDaniel, Eric Longenhagen, and Chris Mitchell) to talk prospect-ranking philosophies, scouting-the-stat-line successes, how record home run rates [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1172: Season Preview Series: Astros and White Sox
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about February rituals and the start and format of the sixth annual EW season preview series, as well as transaction inactivity and another player trampoline sighting. Then they preview the 2018 Astros (9:43) with The Ringer’s Michael Baumann, and the 2018 White Sox (40:45) with White Sox and ESPN […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1171: Take Me Out With the Crowd
    Fri, Feb 02, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about bullpen-cart feasibility, a listener crowdsourcing project to fill out the Effectively Wild Wiki, and the effect of starting an inning with a runner on second, then follow up on player volatility and knuckleball hits and answer listener emails about the historical significance of the Marlins’ latest firesale, the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1170: Are the Robots Ready?
    Thu, Feb 01, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Nori Aoki’s return to Japan, Vladimir Guerrero’s swing rate, Franchy Cordero’s power/speed skills, spring training for free agents (again), and Melky Cabrera, then bring on Baseball Prospectus Director of Technology Harry Pavlidis to explain BP’s latest pitching-themed analysis, featuring robot umpires’ feasibility, desirability, and potential effects on offense; […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1169: Trout on a Trampoline
    Tue, Jan 30, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Mike Trout’s trampoline encounter, a Matt Albers update, Ryan Braun’s rumored move to second base, the belated demise of Chief Wahoo, and Ben’s article about the 1995 Homestead spring training camp for free agents. Then they talk to Hardball Times author Stephanie Springer about cupping, magnetic chairs, cryotherapy, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1168: Winning is for Losers
    Sat, Jan 27, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk about the Brewers’ trade for Christian Yelich and signing of Lorenzo Cain, how the Brewers stack up in the NL Central, whether they’re the new model for a rebuilding team, how Yelich and Cain could perform in their new park, what the Cain contract says about the slow-moving market, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1167: The Economic Volcano
    Fri, Jan 26, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Padres‚Äô social-media accounts getting hacked, Scott Boras‚Äô ‚Äúvolcano‚ÄĚ comment, Hall of Fame voting results, and Jeff‚Äôs article about batting practice, then answer listener emails about team construction and the wild card, consistency and Carlos Santana, the baseball equivalents of football‚Äôs recent Super Bowl staples, the decline and [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1166: The 2018 Minor League Free Agent Draft
    Mon, Jan 22, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller conduct the fifth annual Effectively Wild Minor League Free Agent Draft, selecting 10 minor league free agents each and competing to see whose roster will accumulate the most combined major league playing time in 2018. Audio intro: Semisonic, "This Will Be My Year" Audio outro: Sloan, "Try to Make […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1165: Jeff Passan Diagnoses Baseballís Broken Market
    Fri, Jan 19, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a few recent trade demands (or non-demands), then bring on Yahoo Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan to talk about what’s behind baseball’s slow-moving labor market, who and/or what is to blame for the sport’s present economic stalemate, and what can be done to avert disaster. Lastly, Ben provides […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1164: The Names of the Game
    Thu, Jan 18, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan answer listener emails about rebuilding teams absorbing bad contracts, bad teams signing good players, an MLB amnesty clause, fans switching team allegiances, pitchers wearing jackets on the bases, how to maximize playing time with a limited number of hits, baseball on an Olympian schedule, how catchers could transition to a […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1163: Engaged in Trade Talks
    Wed, Jan 17, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and a newly engaged Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s absence and return, Willson Contreras and Jon Lester, and the Astros’ and Giants’ ends of the Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen trades, respectively. Then they bring on FanGraphs writer Travis Sawchik to break down the Pirates’ past, present, and future, including their returns in […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1162: Coping and Collecting
    Fri, Jan 12, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh talks to SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee about the Mets’ Jay Bruce signing and finding ways to engage with baseball and keep the content coming during an excruciatingly slow offseason, then brings on Forbes contributor David Seideman to talk about trends in baseball memorabilia collecting, the enduring appeal of historic relics and signatures, and […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1161: Dave Cameronís Goodbye to Blogging
    Wed, Jan 10, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and outgoing FanGraphs Managing Editor Dave Cameron review Dave’s decision to retire from writing to take a job as an analyst in the San Diego Padres’ front office, discussing his personal and professional past and future and the past, present, and future of public and private baseball analysis. Audio intro: Tom Petty and The […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1160: The Podcast of Continuing Education
    Mon, Jan 08, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and his Ringer MLB Show co-host Michael Baumann speculate about how the slow offseason will end, answer listener emails about sabermetrics and salary depression, sumo wrestling and the Hall of Fame, and baseball in winter weather, compare the careers of Omar Vizquel and Nomar Garciaparra, and analyze unorthodox new Padres relief pitcher Kazuhisa […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1159: The Reverse DePodesta
    Sat, Jan 06, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh talks to FanGraphs’ newest hire, Meg Rowley, about her transition to full-time baseball writing, becoming a professional writer after starting out in a very different occupation, and her gravitation toward increasingly less lucrative industries. Then Ben, Meg, and ESPN’s Bill Barnwell talk to Minnesota Twins Director of Baseball Operations Daniel Adler about Adler’s […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1158: Is a Harper in the Hand Worth Two on the 25-Man?
    Wed, Jan 03, 2018

    Ben Lindbergh and former co-host Sam Miller of ESPN discuss what (if anything) future generations will remember about the 2017 season, then answer listener emails about an Albert Pujols hypothetical, preserving and valuing front-office secrets, whether keeping Bryce Harper would be worth carrying his brother, planning the perfect baseball-fan retirement, and whether baseball fields are […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1157: Angels GM Billy Eppler on Winning the Winter
    Mon, Jan 01, 2018

    In the first episode of 2018, Ben Lindbergh talks to Angels GM Billy Eppler about the Angels’ active offseason, touching on Eppler’s blueprint for building a team around Mike Trout, winning the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and his plans for the potential two-way star, the Angels’ elite infield defense and Eppler’s run-prevention philosophy, signing and evaluating […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1156: The Winners and Losers of MLBís Next Five Years
    Sat, Dec 30, 2017

    In the last episode of 2017, Ben Lindbergh and guests Joe Sheehan and Rany Jazayerli analyze the Rockies’ Wade Davis signing and offseason attempt to build a super-bullpen, then reprise an old exercise by picking (and dissecting) the teams they think will win the World Series in the next five years and the teams they […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1155: Hoffman Kluber Meets the MarlinTigers
    Thu, Dec 28, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Steven Goldman answer listener emails about the best and worst times to write about baseball (and the most and least rewarding ways to do it), Nolan Ryan’s Cy Young Award goose egg, Trevor Hoffman vs. Corey Kluber and Hall of Fame standards for relievers, Brandon Belt vs. Eric Hosmer, gaming the luxury-tax […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1154: Orioles Angst and Cooperstown Questions
    Wed, Dec 27, 2017

    With Jeff Sullivan on vacation, Ben Lindbergh brings on The Ringer’s Deputy Editor (and Binge Mode co-host) Mallory Rubin to talk about the Orioles’ bleak, in-between offseason and her wishes concerning Manny Machado. Then Ben talks to The Ringer’s Zach Kram and the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans about BBWAA Hall of Fame voting patterns, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1153: Johnny on the Spot
    Fri, Dec 22, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the perplexing potential end to Manny Machado trade rumors, then bring on former major leaguer and current fun-fact star/national treasure Johnny O’Brien to discuss his life and career with the Pirates, Cardinals, and Braves in the 1950s, becoming a reluctant two-way player (and experiencing immediate, surprising success), his […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1152: The Pod Calling the Ketel
    Thu, Dec 21, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter (and bantler, again) about what they’ve learned about antlers and antler-rubbed bats, the Evan Longoria trade, Derek Jeter’s town-hall event with Marlins fans, and Jeff’s breakout-player pick for 2018 (and breakout player-picking philosophy). Then they debut a new Stat Blast theme song by Jessie Barbour, do a Stat Blast […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1151: Performance-Enhancing Antlers
    Tue, Dec 19, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter (and bantler?) about more Marlins trade requests, the Yankees’ outlook for 2018, antler-rubbing bats vs. bone-rubbing bats, and a scout quote about Shohei Ohtani, then discuss the financial implications of the weekend’s big Braves-Dodgers trade, the effects of the luxury tax, and the latest Manny Machado trade rumors. Audio intro: […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1150: Sighs and Signings
    Sat, Dec 16, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Zack Cozart and Carlos Santana signings and the Matt Moore trade, then answer listener emails about when it makes sense to rebuild and how the second wild card has affected that calculus, Shohei Ohtani’s intel on other teams, the competitive futures of the Cubs, Yankees, and Dodgers, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1149: The Winter Meetings That Were
    Sat, Dec 16, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s Winter Meetings experience and then discuss everything that did and didn’t go down while the baseball world was in Orlando, including the Reds’ published pitch to Shohei Ohtani, Ohtani’s injury status, the Marcell Ozuna, Stephen Piscotty, and Ian Kinsler trades (and the leveled-up Angels), Manny Machado trade […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1148: Iím a Marlins Fan, AMA
    Mon, Dec 11, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the Giancarlo Stanton trade’s impact on the Yankees, whether and why the Marlins are an embarrassment (and where they’ll go from here), the Orioles’ attitude toward international players, and the Hall of Fame admitting Alan Trammell and Jack Morris. Then they bring on listener Lazaro Rodriguez, a certified Marlins […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1147: Ohtani Time at Last
    Sat, Dec 09, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss all the implications of the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani signing, including its impact on the franchise’s short- and long-term outlook, the Ohtani-Trout tag team, the Albert Pujols conundrum at DH, and where Ohtani’s trade value ranks. Then they assess the suffering of the finalists that lost out on Ohtani and […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1146: Unmaking Multiple Myths
    Thu, Dec 07, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a baseball earthquake in Cleveland and the Miles Mikolas and Mike Minor signings, debunk myths about NPB pitchers and Pud Galvin, and answer listener emails about Shohei Ohtani and Chief Wahoo, Ohtani loopholes, Jerry Dipoto trading his way to Ohtani, the DH and Ohtani, free-agent players prioritizing factors […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1145: The Reigning-MVP Podcast
    Tue, Dec 05, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the latest Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani news, speculate about why some teams reportedly didn’t try to sign Ohtani, and discuss the Yankees’ surprising hiring of Aaron Boone. Then they bring on former (and future?) MLB pitcher and current Fukuoka Softbank Hawks closer Dennis Sarfate, the 36-year-old reigning […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1144: The Explosive Edition
    Fri, Dec 01, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo, Shohei Ohtani’s true two-way prospects (look, there’s no other news), MLB’s extraordinarily slow November, and trampoline pitching, then talk to volcanologist Erik Klemetti about how baseball would weather volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and other fascinating but terrifying geologic events. Audio intro: Miniature Tigers, "Tell it to the Volcano" […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1143: Giancarlohtani
    Thu, Nov 30, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter, as always, about Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, as well as the slow start to the offseason and baseball takeaways from news about basketball and football. Then they look for players who performed better in team losses, talk about two twins, and answer listener emails about the most valuable […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1142: The Shohei Ohtani Assignment
    Tue, Nov 28, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a slow week in baseball and the likely effects of MLB’s impending pitch clock, then talk to former front-office executive (and former FanGraphs writer) Tony Blengino about how baseball brain trusts could and should be crafting their responses to the seven questions that Shohei Ohtani’s agent recently sent […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1141: The Overlooked Negro Leagues Legend
    Fri, Nov 24, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan profess their thanks for each other, answer listener emails about the 1890s Orioles’ field manipulations, the importance of Carlos Beltran to the 2017 Astros, and how free-agent auctions would work, then welcome researcher Peter Gorton and director Paul Irmiter to talk about little-known Negro Leagues legend and scouting pioneer John […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1140: Just Another Slow November News Day
    Wed, Nov 22, 2017

    After an abnormally busy baseball news day, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Aaron Judge’s shoulder surgery, Joe Morgan’s letter about steroids and the Hall of Fame, the Shohei Ohtani posting agreement, and MLB’s severe sanctions against the Atlanta Braves, then welcome listener Mike Juntunen to help them answer emails from other listeners about […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1139: The WAR We Want
    Tue, Nov 21, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Shohei Otani ‚Äúdeadline‚ÄĚ and Braves prospect Ronald Acuna, then bring on FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron to discuss a dispute about WAR and valuing players between Bill James and sabermetric stat sites, the evolution of awards (and Hall of Fame) voting, why Dave expects certain teams to [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1138: No Loopholes Here
    Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Gabe Kapler’s prospects as Phillies manager, Aaron Judge’s hard hitting, various end-of-season awards results, MLB’s baseball-studying committee, and Shohei Ohtani’s value to AL and NL teams and the difficulty of gaming the CBA to sign him, then answer listener emails about an Ohtani sign-and-trade, homegrown value vs. free-agent […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1137: How Much is That Slugger in the Window?
    Thu, Nov 16, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about pitcher Luis Perdomo’s unusual triples total, Carlos Beltran’s retirement, and Giancarlo Stanton’s trade value, then answer listener emails about Aaron Judge’s similarities to Ryan Howard, an automatic nine-inning, five-run pitcher, the difficulty of evaluating pitch-calling, and bathroom breaks in baseball. Audio intro: Beastie Boys, "Triple Trouble" Audio outro: The Strokes, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1136: The Double-Draft Edition
    Tue, Nov 14, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Mookie Betts’ bowling exploits and Jeff’s AL Rookie of the Year ballot, then predict and review the results of Jerry Crasnick’s annual insiders survey, draft winter World Series odds movers, and do another draft of free agents’ estimated earnings. Audio intro: Jale, "Double Edge" Audio outro: Camera Obscura, "Double Feature" […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1135: Players Seeking Salaries
    Fri, Nov 10, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the latest Shohei Otani news, the contract requests of free agents J.D. Martinez and Jay Bruce, the Tigers’ MLB-worst World Series odds, and changes in catcher-framing stats, then review the results of Jeff’s survey on 2017 fan satisfaction. Audio intro: Colin Blunstone, "Pay Me Later" Audio outro: The Rolling Stones, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1134: Remembering Roy
    Thu, Nov 09, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan mourn the loss of (and celebrate the greatness of) Roy Halladay, then answer listener emails about Halladay’s career, what Aaron Judge and the Astros teach us about strikeouts, whether better pitchers are also better at hitting, the players with the wildest fluctuations in WAR, Eric Hosmer’s stats-defying Gold Glove, the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1133: Lessons to Learn (and Unlearn) from October
    Tue, Nov 07, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Shohei Otani, the Players Association, and a trio of opt-ins, then discuss whether tanking is bad for baseball and which conclusions can and can’t be drawn from the rebuilds, roster constructions, and in-game tactics of this season’s successful playoff teams. Audio intro: Neuseiland, "When You Get Back from the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1132: Thereís No Hibernating in Baseball
    Fri, Nov 03, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the end of the season and the challenging (if somewhat merciful) transition to offseason mode, the resolution of the World Series and an underwhelming Game 7, the best and worst World Series performers, the significance of the Astros’ victory, the difficulty of repeating as champion, the outlooks for the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1131: This One Goes to Seven
    Wed, Nov 01, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the historic nature of the 2017 World Series and discuss World Series Game 6, including Josh Reddick’s record in clutch situations, David Roberts’ Rich Hill hook, a Justin Verlander decision, and the Astros’ and Dodgers’ different approaches to pitcher usage, then analyze Game 7’s pitching predicaments and the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1130: From Game 5 to Eternity
    Tue, Oct 31, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the madness of World Series Game 5, including slick balls and home runs, Clayton Kershaw and Yuli Gurriel, and the many moments when the game appeared to be over but refused to end. Audio intro: Love, "Five String Serenade" Audio outro: The Jayhawks, "Five Cups of Coffee"  iTunes Feed (Please rate […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1129: The Darvish Dodgers Difference
    Fri, Oct 27, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the all-time leaders in WAR for two teams, what Yu Darvish has done differently with the Dodgers, and whether Carlos Correa or Corey Seager will have the more valuable career, then answer listener emails about home-field advantage in the playoffs, projecting (and learning from) Charlie Morton’s breakout, why […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1128: Two for Game 2
    Fri, Oct 27, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the thrills, surprises, and unlikely heroes of World Series Game 2, the ongoing home-run barrage this October, and where the World Series stands, then discuss the Yankees’ decision not to bring back Joe Girardi and whether we’ve learned anything from this month’s managerial moves before returning one more […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1127: A Whole New World (Series)
    Tue, Oct 24, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s weekend trip and discuss the end of the ALCS and the Astros’ crazy curveball reliance in ALCS Game 7, the Astros’ reluctance to use regular relievers, the Yankees’ outlook for 2018 and beyond, why this World Series isn’t easy to analyze, whether the Dodgers and Astros are […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1126: Homers, Homers, Everywhere
    Sat, Oct 21, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the home run’s postseason supremacy, Clayton Kershaw’s performance in NLCS Game 5 and the Dodgers’ World Series outlook, the Cubs’ upcoming offseason and long-term future, and the significance of the Tigers’ Ron Gardenhire hiring. Audio intro: Pernice Brothers, "Subject Drop" Audio outro: Lurleen Lumpkin, "Bagged Me a Homer"  iTunes Feed (Please […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1125: Effectively Arrieta
    Fri, Oct 20, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jake Arrieta’s effective wildness (and free agency), the Astros’ offensive struggles, and Yu Darvish’s bases-loaded walk, then answer listener emails about sequencing wins in the playoffs, a Dodgers fun fact, postseason managerial specialists, why hitters telegraph taking all the way, whether hitters can read fielders to tell which […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1124: Winging It
    Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s wedding weekend, the outfield-wall padding at Minute Maid Park, the rapid repair of a behind-home-plate sign, and a very long pause between pitches, then discuss the first four games of the championship series, including Joe Maddon’s decision-making in Game 2, the Cubs’ moribund offense, the pivotal plays […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1123: Judgment Calls
    Sat, Oct 14, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Yellowstone-explosion sensationalism and discuss the improbability of the Cubs’ 277-minute NLDS Game 5 victory over the Nationals, the game’s umpiring oddities and errors, the Nationals’ and Cubs’ reputations and legacies in the wake of the series, and what to do about instant replay and slides. Audio intro: Thom Yorke, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1122: Frog in Our Throats
    Thu, Oct 12, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about John Farrell‚Äôs firing and the Nationals‚Äô will-they-or-won‚Äôt-they pregame routine with Stephen Strasburg, then answer listener emails about the definition of ‚Äúveteran,‚ÄĚ projecting a team to win 116 games, looking up players‚Äô stats, a pitcher getting both a blown save and a save in the same game, the career [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1121: Is This Really a Revolution?
    Wed, Oct 11, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the inaccessibility of playoff stats and the average length of this year’s playoff games, then discuss whether we’re really witnessing a revolution in postseason pitcher usage before breaking down each of the division series, analyzing the latest controversial managerial decisions, and bidding farewell to two more eliminated teams. […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1120: Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back Baseball
    Fri, Oct 06, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the larger improbability and significance of Archie Bradley’s triple in the NL wild-card game, how to experience a four-playoff-game day, the first games of both AL division series, Chris Sale’s and Masahiro Tanaka’s semi-struggles and the vexing nature of pitcher home-run allowance, the danger of using home/road splits […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1119: Weíre in the Great Game Now
    Fri, Oct 06, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter one last time about the Glory Hole Recreation Area, as well as fading feelings of fandom, the circumstances that led to Braves GM John Coppolella’s resignation, and poor press-conference questions. Then they discuss their takeaways from the wild-card games and thoughts on the division series matchups before answering playoff-themed […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1118: The Playoff Prep Podcast
    Tue, Oct 03, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about John Jaso’s possibly career-ending comments, the ends of the Dodgers’ and Tigers’ seasons and the teams that have never had a first-overall pick, the selling points of this postseason, the changing consensus about the best team in baseball, how to analyze the playoffs and manage playoff games, the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1117: Pats on the Back and Slaps on the Wrist
    Sat, Sep 30, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s chat with Bill James, a fan who got ejected for giving Gary Sanchez pitch locations, a suggestion for tweaking the wild card game, and Sammy Sosa, then discuss the teams whose organizational stocks have risen or fallen the most this season and wrap up with brief banter […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1116: Sleep on It
    Fri, Sep 29, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about how one’s incentives alter one’s perception of a season, then answer listener emails about FanGraphs’ World Series odds, the mid-1990s Braves pitching staffs, the annual suggestion that a team start a reliever in the wild card game, a comeback for Tony La Russa’s pitching platoon system, Andrew McCutchen’s […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1115: Has The 2017 Season Been Bad?
    Tue, Sep 26, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on their Glory Hole Recreation Area discussion and banter about a Brandon Crawford bunt attempt, an Andrelton Simmons deke, Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell’s decision to kneel during the National Anthem, whether the 2017 season has been bad, and how one would even decide such a thing. Audio intro: The […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1114: Net Gains
    Fri, Sep 22, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Glory Hole Recreation Area, solve the mystery of Bill Doaks, discuss archaic baseball language and how today’s baseball writing will age, and touch on an odd double play and another byproduct of 2017’s record home-run rate, then weigh in on the expansion of netting in ballparks and […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1113: Welcome to the Machine
    Thu, Sep 21, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about another odd end to an American Association game, a recent javelin-baseball crossover, Nick Sinay, the first Tibetan-born player signed by an MLB team, and MLB’s new record single-season home-run total, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout’s defense, multiple aspects of BABIP, the most Alexa’d MLB players, the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1112: The Insulting Infield
    Mon, Sep 18, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Astros’ almost insulting infield alignment against Albert Pujols and minor league hit-by-pitch machine Nick Sinay, then welcome on MIT draftee/new Mariners front-office addition David Hesslink and, later in the episode, YouTube baseball-highlight creator Andrew Vargha, proprietor of the newly anointed official baseball YouTube account of Effectively Wild. […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1111: The World-Series-Winner Draft
    Sat, Sep 16, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter (one last time) about Cleveland’s winning streak, Lenny Harris and an Ichiro record, Jeff’s successful search for the fly-ball revolution, and the increasing difficulty of scouting position players, then draft the World Series contenders that would be the best (and worst) stories. Audio intro: Eagle, "Pinch Hitter" Audio outro: Everclear, "Now […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1110: Pitch-Tipping is Appreciated
    Thu, Sep 14, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Indians (again), the AL Cy Young race, Jacoby Ellsbury‚Äôs new record, the 2018 MLB schedule (and the possibility of a pitch clock), and Shohei Otani‚Äôs impending availability. Then they answer listener emails about Mookie Betts, what constitutes the ‚Äúheart of the order,‚ÄĚ ERA hypotheticals, the hot corner, [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1109: Still Streaking
    Wed, Sep 13, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan revisit their banter about ups and downs and Joe Mauer, then talk about (and talk about talking about) baseball’s long-lasting streaks, their takeaways from the Indians’ and Dodgers’ recent results, who’s actually on the White Sox, which playoff teams are likely to ride their bullpens hardest this October, the pitching […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1108: Always Look on the Bright Side of Baseball
    Sat, Sep 09, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the end of their Hurricane Harvey relief raffle, the Indians’ and Diamondbacks’ winning streaks (and the Dodgers’ losing streak), an ambitious Hector Sanchez framing attempt, the dominance of softball star Monica Abbott, Giants’ fans perceptions of Brandon Belt, and why the prevailing tone of analytical baseball writing seems […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1107: Dropping (and Drawing) a Line
    Thu, Sep 07, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willson Contreras‚Äô Twitter behavior and the Yankees-Red Sox sign-stealing scandal, then answer listener emails about ‚Äúup the line‚ÄĚ vs. ‚Äúdown the line,‚ÄĚ how rebuilding works, whether teams can count on the current home-run rate continuing, Deion Sanders‚Äô career taking place today, the heat of the hot corner, the [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1106: The Sortable Ballpark Leaderboard
    Wed, Sep 06, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about their Hurricane Harvey relief raffle’s status, hot and cold teams, Trevor Bauer’s run-in with Avisail Garcia, and evolving pitch-selection in the major leagues, then talk to EW listener Max Schleicher about his fan-sentiment-based study on the best and worst big-league ballparks (and big-league-ballpark amenities). Audio intro: Mos Def, "Pretty […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1105: We Want a Hit
    Sat, Sep 02, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the strong response to their raffle for Hurricane Harvey relief, the Justin Verlander trade, a new NCAA softball rule, and the Padres relative to the NL’s other worst teams, then bring on FanGraphs writer Eno Sarris and former Red Sox outfielder (and owner of one major league hit) […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1104: Operation Mic Drop
    Fri, Sep 01, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about their raffle for Hurricane Harvey relief, the Justin Upton trade, walk-off hit by pitches, the brief baseball career of Olympic javelin thrower Jan Zelezny, Rich Hill and pitcher bunting, the Pirates placing Juan Nicasio on outright waivers, and infield dirt, then talk to musician and artist Will Johnson […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1103: The Wildest Card
    Wed, Aug 30, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the AL wild card race, whether the Dodgers are doing anything wrong by using the 10-day DL liberally, then answer listener emails about packaging Pujols with Trout, Gio Gonzalez’s league-leading (but also not league-leading) WAR, the pitfalls of Statcast for pitchers, Steven Souza and home-run imbalance by handedness, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1102: The Miami Stantons
    Sat, Aug 26, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the hot start of Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins, the recent improvement of Byron Buxton, the position-player-pitching of White Sox minor leaguer Grant Massey, the Marlins’ Stanton-driven surge to .500 (and beyond), the Tigers-Yankees brawl, picking on umpires, and Michael Conforto’s injury as the latest symptom of the sad state […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1101: Comings and Goins
    Fri, Aug 25, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Rich Hill‚Äôs heartbreaking no-hit bid and the new and not-improved Carter Capps, follow up on Albert Pujols and player nicknames, and answer listener emails about what constitutes a ‚Äújourneyman,‚ÄĚ Ryan Braun and the Hall of Fame, Ryan Goins‚Äô new type of small-sample success, what would happen if teams [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1100: Exploring the Longest Play
    Tue, Aug 22, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and a special guest conduct a nighttime, roundtable discussion (around a rectangular table) in Jeff’s living room about the Effectively Wild eclipse event and Sam Miller’s listener-inspired ESPN article about the longest play in baseball history. Audio intro: The Rolling Stones, "Sing This All Together" Audio outro: Belle and Sebastian, "The Power of […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1099: How a Five-Way (Tie) Would Work
    Sat, Aug 19, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben‚Äôs broken mic and common cold, an almost-record day for home-run hitting (and a juiced-ball update), Arthur ‚ÄúDoc‚ÄĚ Irwin and the Irwin Glove, Joey Votto‚Äôs Hall of Fame case, the increasing difficulty of projecting players, the AL wild card race and the odds (and potential ramifications) of a [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1098: Pham is Fam
    Fri, Aug 18, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about their upcoming eclipse event, Jered Weaver’s retirement, a Tommy Pham tweet, and two recent examples of unorthodox positioning, then follow up on player nicknames, odd fields, two-touch fielding, and Khris Davis’s arm and, finally, answer listener emails about the Indians’ record and run differential, the Giants’ disaster season, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1097: How the Big Mac Was Made
    Mon, Aug 14, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about ‚ÄúBabe Ruth‚Äôs Legs,‚ÄĚ then talk to researcher and statistician David Neft about how he rebuilt baseball‚Äôs historical record to create the Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia, or ‚ÄúBig Mac,‚ÄĚ which provided the most comprehensive and accurate account of the sport‚Äôs statistical past when it was published in 1969, and which [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1096: Pivoting to Pivot Tables
    Sat, Aug 12, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to 17-year-old Jack Dumoulin, the first American winner of the Microsoft Excel World Championship, about how baseball stats helped him get good at spreadsheets, his high-school baseball career, how he won the championship, and his dream of working for an MLB team. Then Ben and Jeff answer listener emails […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1095: Ken Rosenthal on Sticking to Sports and Pivoting to Video
    Thu, Aug 10, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the new-look, less-stuff Carter Capps, then bring on MLB on FOX reporter and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal to discuss how and when Rosenthal relaxes and takes vacations; how baseball news leaks; how the Dodgers’ deep front office works; how he knows when a source has ulterior motives; […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1094: Not-Live Listener Emails
    Thu, Aug 10, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about live shows, bounced throws, the spread of ‚Äúsuch is life,‚ÄĚ stats displayed on baseball broadcasts, more strange fields, a Dan Haren rules question, and the best non-All-Star seasons, then answer more listener emails about the Angels and Albert Pujols, an odd Brian Dozier game, crooked numbers, Chris Tillman‚Äôs [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1093: Live at the Bell House With Fernando Perez
    Tue, Aug 08, 2017

    At the Bell House in Brooklyn for a Pitch Talks event, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to former major leaguer Fernando Perez about Mike Trout’s birthday pranking, the return of Carter Capps, Perez’s injury history, his late conversion to switch-hitting, what makes a pitcher deceptive, the problems with player development and batting practice, the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1092: Live at Saber Seminar (for the Second Time)
    Sun, Aug 06, 2017

    In Effectively Wild’s second annual live recording at Saber Seminar, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to former major league pitcher (and current Red Sox pitching development analyst) Dave Bush about his new job in the Red Sox front office, how he’s using data to develop minor league pitchers, his experience coaching in China, and […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1091: The Deadline Dust Settles
    Wed, Aug 02, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Salina, skateboarding, and Albert Pujols, then break down all the big (and modest) trade-deadline deals and non-deals, paying particular attention to the Dodgers, the Yankees, and the competitive landscape with two months remaining in the regular season. Audio intro: XV, "Boy From Kansas" Audio outro: Fabolous (Feat. Jagged Edge), "Trade […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1090: What a Bummer
    Sat, Jul 29, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about humorless umpires and the on-deck circle, Michael Blazek and disaster starts, the MLB promotion of Aaron Bummer (and the nickname ‚ÄúBummer‚ÄĚ in baseball), the Brewers, Jaime Garcia and the Twins, the latest Mariners-Rays trade, Adrian Beltre‚Äôs book-worthy career, and David Price‚Äôs arm issues. Audio¬†intro: Love, "Bummer in the [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1089: A Very Odd Way of Walking
    Thu, Jul 27, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Shohei Otani, another strange stance, and Eduardo Nunez, then answer listener emails about players owning particular teams, a potential tagging-up loophole, the all-time record for grounding into double plays, the negative interpretation of the White Sox rebuild, trading for players who would have played one’s opponents, switch-hitters with […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1088: Sabermetrics Meets Japan
    Wed, Jul 26, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Royals-Padres trade, Khris Davis’s arm, Keon Broxton’s demotion, Clayton Kershaw’s injury ,and the Dodgers’ degree of need for a starter, then talk to Shingo Murata, baseball strategy group manager for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (the team with the best record in Nippon Professional Baseball), about how […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1087: Survey Says You Suck
    Fri, Jul 21, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Mariners’ and Marlins’ David Phelps trade, Sam Dyson’s bounceback, an eight-strikeout game, the Salina Stockade, Matt Davidson and Jeff Mathis, the first post-All Star Game weeks of Mike Trout and the Cubs, and early trade-deadline activity, then examine the results of a FiveThirtyEight survey about the most- […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1086: A Podcast With Precedent
    Thu, Jul 20, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about why so many moves are being made in advance of the trade deadline, the Yankees-White Sox trade, the J.D. Martinez deal, and Yoan Moncada’s promotion, then follow up on previous topics including All-Star Game revisions, Matt Holliday’s odd slide, the Salina Stockade, strange batting stances, and unusual fields […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1085: Indy Ball is Beautiful
    Tue, Jul 18, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Mike Trout’s return, the Nats-A’s trade, a Matt Holliday play, and a Jon Heyman tweet, then bring on Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press to talk about a borderline unbelievable independent league game and an even more beautifully fake-sounding indy league franchise. Audio intro: Oasis, "Slide Away" Audio interstitial: […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1084: Leaving the Break Behind
    Fri, Jul 14, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Jose Quintana trade, an Aaron Judge anecdote, Dan Uggla’s disastrous 2008 All-Star Game appearance, and the significance of Ken Rosenthal being barred from writing by Fox, then discuss ways to spice up the All-Star Game with a skills competition that could actually work before closing with a […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1083: All-Star Off-Day Emails
    Thu, Jul 13, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the All-Star Game, then answer listener emails about more oddly configured fields, fouling balls straight back, non-standard batting stances, FanGraphs WAR vs. Baseball-Reference WAR, a career-earnings guessing game, All-Star Game accomplishments, knickers vs. pajama pants, stats vs. scouts, a Home Run Derby hypothetical, awarding home-run value based on […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1082: Some of These Arms Are Not Like the Others
    Wed, Jul 12, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Aaron Judge’s Home Run Derby performance, a subtle change in the way Rob Manfred talked about the baseball at the All-Star Game, and the Angels’ stats with and without Mike Trout. Then they make it two consecutive episodes of talking to a Glenn by bringing on UC Irvine […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1081: The Not-Quite-Cold Call
    Sat, Jul 08, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the correct all-time leaderboard of non-qualified offensive seasons, Carlos Correa’s complaint about Roberto Osuna, and the state of the race between the Brewers and Cubs. Then they call former big leaguer Glenn Borgmann, who caught for the Twins and White Sox from 1972-1980, to ask about being behind the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1080: If Baseball Were Beep
    Thu, Jul 06, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s altitude sickness, Matt Albers and Ryan Raburn, an odd-field update, the Rich Hill resurgence, the MLB Battlegrounds event in Hyde Park, Logan Morrison’s comments about Gary Sánchez, Jonathan Lucroy’s comments about framing, and more on the Reds’ pitching staff. Then they take a detour to talk to […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1079: The Most and Least Satisfying First Halves
    Mon, Jul 03, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s latest hiking expedition, then try to determine which teams had the most and least satisfying first halves. Lastly, they talk to Brian Lacusky, who reminisces about about his role in the construction of Coors Field. Audio intro: TUNS, "To Your Satisfaction" Audio interstitial: Frank Sinatra, "There Used to Be […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1078: Bring on the Banter
    Sat, Jul 01, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan do an all-banter episode about Takuya Nakashima, Dustin Fowler, the latest on home runs and the baseball, an Aaron Judge intentional walk, too many Tylers, the significance of baseball’s lowest-ever average Leverage Index, the Reds’ still-disastrous pitching staff, and more. Audio intro: Otis Redding, "Just One More Day" Audio outro: Elliott Smith, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1077: Strangely Slanting Fields
    Thu, Jun 29, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about (and/or follow up on) Miguel Montero’s Cubs demise, philosophical Pirates quotes, Carter Capps, unusual ballpark constructions, jams and rallies, and target-based hitting competitions, then answer listener emails about extra-inning wins by wide margins, Jake Arrieta’s career vs. Brad Radke’s career, David Ortiz’s value, rampant base-stealing in single games, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1076: Undoing the Dodgers
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about high fastballs and the Red Sox, Carter Capps, the Nationals bullpen, the Giants‚Äô clubhouse chemistry with Mark Melancon (and without √Āngel Pag√°n), then discuss the Dodgers‚Äô enviable present and future and whether anything can end their NL West hegemony. After that, they close with some episode-ending banter about [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1075: Baseball Will Be Fine
    Sat, Jun 24, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a non-revelatory tweet, cycles, Bryce Harper vs. Aaron Judge (and also vs. expectations), Jarrod Dyson’s homers and bunts, and Ben Davis’ 2001 bunt against Curt Schilling, then respond to Tom Verducci’s articles about baseball trends and explain why they aren’t worried about rising strikeout or home-run rates. Audio intro: […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1074: Time is a Flat Cycle
    Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan have an only slightly outdated discussion of Freddie Freeman’s potential position change and a Coors Field scoreboard message, then answer listener emails about a ground-rule-double derby, an amateur GM taking over a team, where pitcher mechanics come from, what writers root for, how to tell when a new metric makes […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1073: The Plus-Plus Podcast
    Wed, Jun 21, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the results of Jeff‚Äôs survey about what constitutes a ‚Äújam,‚ÄĚ Justin Verlander‚Äôs comments about the height of baseball seams, and a Mike Chernoff quote about working in baseball, then talk to writer Joe Lemire about his glossary of scouting terminology, the evolution of scouting, and the unbreakable link [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1072: Over the Hill
    Sat, Jun 17, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Diamondbacks’ baserunning, Rich Hill’s struggles, regrets about writing, reading the comments, and the prospect of an automated strike zone. Audio intro: Super Furry Animals, "Some Things Come From Nothing" Audio outro: Guided By Voices, "Gold Star for Robot Boy" Link to Ben’s Diamondbacks piece Link to Jeff’s Rich Hill […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1071: I Wouldíve Felt Silly Saying Boo
    Thu, Jun 15, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about position players pitching, another non-catcher catching, a Zack Cozart quote, and Ben’s latest home-runs research, then answer listener emails about Hunter Pence, better ways to make boundary calls, the number of plays at the plate, managerial aging curves, playing all nine positions in a game, the worst times […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1070: What Winning the Draft Looks Like
    Mon, Jun 12, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Aaron Judge’s latest home runs, Terrance Gore’s first home run, the Angels without Mike Trout, and a Mets precedent for the odd Neifi Perez appearance discussed on the previous episode, then talk to listener Ryan Nelson about his research into which teams have had the most and least […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1069: A Real-Life Left-Handed Catcher
    Fri, Jun 09, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about an odd Neifi Perez appearance, John McCain’s Diamondbacks mention, EW’s August eclipse event, and a questionable fun fact, then talk to Janell Wheaton, a left-handed catcher for the Florida Gators Women’s College World Series team, about why baseball is biased against left-handed catchers (and why it shouldn’t be). […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1068: The Error-Prone Podcast
    Thu, Jun 08, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Scooter Gennett and Cubs infield positioning, follow up on a Nelson Cruz question, and answer listener emails about defining ‚Äúhomegrown,‚ÄĚ home-run league leaders, Liam Hendriks‚Äô charity pledge, an official-scoring decision, the 40/40 club, the Cubs‚Äô reputation, tracking warm-up pitches, the error-prone A‚Äôs, how to allocate extra runs, resting [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1067: Preseason Picks Revisited
    Tue, Jun 06, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about another brawl involving a baseball, the still-sky-high home-run rate, and Jon Lester’s successful pickoff, then revisit their preseason playoff-team picks to decide which ones they would change. Audio intro: Sloan, "If I Could Change Your Mind" Audio outro: Elf Power, "Halloween Out Walking" Link to paperback edition of The Only […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1066: Too Many Mascots
    Sat, Jun 03, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about teams and players of particular interest (including the Astros, Marwin Gonzalez, and Aaron Hicks), Scott Boras vs. Theo Epstein, the brawl battle between Eduardo Jimenez and Jesse Stallings, bat-boy uniforms, Corey Dickerson’s real name, pitcher hitting and Walter Johnson’s unsung skill, many a mascot, and more. Audio intro: Pete […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1065: A Mountain of Emails
    Wed, May 31, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about mountain-climbing, Charlie Blackmon’s RBI barrage, starter-switching, the Reds’ still-lousy pitching, a bat-boning shoutout, and Ryan Raburn, then answer emails about Nolan Arenado, Ervin Santana, and Zack Cozart, Nelson Cruz clones, career longevity, gushing broadcasters, Albert Pujols and home runs, Cody Bellinger’s hot hitting, a Padres promotion, and more. […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1064: Harper Throws Hands, Trout Hurts His
    Tue, May 30, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and a Jeff Sullivan substitute banter about Clayton Kershaw, then discuss all of the fallout from Mike Trout’s surgery and Bryce Harper’s brawl. Audio intro: The Muppets Take Manhattan soundtrack, "Together Again" Audio outro: Paul McCartney, "Seems Like Old Times" Link to paperback edition of The Only Rule Is It Has to Work  iTunes Feed (Please […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1063: Should Fans Pay Attention to Projections?
    Sat, May 27, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Pokémon as a baseball show, Mike Montgomery’s workload, whether the Yankees are preparing to turn heel again, and the AL’s early interleague dominance, then discuss whether baseball fans are better off with or without an awareness of projections and playoff odds. Audio intro: Steely Dan, "Gaslighting Abbie" Audio outro: Harry […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1062: Mumís the Met
    Fri, May 26, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan answer listener emails about performance in interleague games, how rising strikeout rates affect defense, the ‚Äúfoul pole‚ÄĚ vs. the ‚Äúfair pole,‚ÄĚ the worst best player on a major league team, Terry Collins‚Äô injury gag order, the best control pitcher of our era, ‚Äúdoubles up the middle,‚ÄĚ strikeout terminology, the worst [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1061: Losing Lucroy
    Wed, May 24, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the White Sox signing Luis Robert, the Twins’ turnaround, and small-sample successes such as Anthony Swarzak and Chad Pinder, then discuss Jonathan Lucroy’s perplexing defensive decline and the state of catcher framing in 2017. Audio intro: Of Montreal, "Rose Robert" Audio outro: Brian Eno & John Cale, "Empty Frame" Link […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1060: The Other Best-in-Baseball Debate
    Sat, May 20, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on a few topics from their previous episode, including allowing first career hits, defining jams and, naturally, bat-boning, then banter about the Mets and Kenley Jansen and discuss why we’re seeing fewer fastballs and Clayton Kershaw vs. Chris Sale. Audio intro: Robyn Hitchcock, "The Bones in the Ground" Audio outro: […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1059: Is Your Bat Boned?
    Thu, May 18, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a mid-start adjustment by Clayton Kershaw and answer listener emails about what constitutes a ‚Äújam,‚ÄĚ pitchers who‚Äôve allowed the most first career hits, how to analyze player problems and improvements, team abbreviations, hitters who homer and bunt, left-handed infielders, whether bats could be causing the home-run surge, and [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1058: A Better Bullpen Tool
    Tue, May 16, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Jason Vargas, and the evolution of Matt Albers‚Äô save celebration, then talk to writer Sky Kalkman about his new bullpen stat, Win Probability Added Over Replacement, the problems with Win Probability Added as a tool for reliever evaluation, and the ‚Äúright‚ÄĚ way to evaluate [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1057: Tie Goes to the Podcast
    Sat, May 13, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on two topics from the previous episode, announce an upcoming live event, banter about seven winning teams that weren’t supposed to win and Oakland’s monthly ballpark pass, and then discuss whether they’re pro- or anti-ties in baseball.. Audio intro: Beastie Boys, "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" Audio outro: Elvis Presley, "I […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1056: You Only Swing Once
    Thu, May 11, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff‚Äôs day off and Ron Fowler‚Äôs comments about Jered Weaver, then answer listener emails about baseball‚Äôs arbitrary rules, David Ross‚Äôs unexpected cultural cachet, the definition of a ‚Äúslugfest,‚ÄĚ Manny Machado‚Äôs relationship with the Red Sox, the softening of the tone of sabermetric writing over the past two decades, [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1055: A Scorecard, a Save, and a Home-Run Reveal
    Tue, May 09, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to 18-year-old Effectively Wild listener/pitcher Connor Watrous about his heroic accomplishment of keeping score at an 18-inning Cubs-Yankees game, banter about a besieged closer and a Matt Albers milestone, and discuss the implications of a new development in the high-home-run-rate mystery. Audio intro: Alice Cooper, "I’m Eighteen" Audio interstitial: Sloan, "A […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1054: An Aaron Judge Appreciation Podcast
    Sat, May 06, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s preseason predictions, voiding contracts, and Matt Albers’ most recent close calls with his first career save, then discuss the contact-rate improvements of Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo, with an emphasis on Judge’s performance so far and potential for superstardom. Audio intro: Tom Verlaine, "Cry Mercy, Judge" Audio outro: Robyn […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1053: The Baseball God Speaks
    Thu, May 04, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about infield-alignment terminology and walking Bryce Harper, then answer listener emails about proper pitch usage, winning minor league championships, the minimum acceptable velocity given perfect command, improving equipment, taking batting practice seriously, Eric Thames vs. Ivan Nova, making positions be dictated by batting order, the Royals’ awful offensive month, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1052: The State of the Save
    Tue, May 02, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Boog Powell’s debut, Ryan Webb’s and Matt Albers’ ongoing pursuit of history, and the ethics of baseball injuries, then discuss some early-season evidence that the save stat’s grasp on manager’s minds is starting to slip. Audio intro: Sharon Van Etten, "Save Yourself" Audio outro: Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, "Save […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1051: The Mike Trout Challengers
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff Manship, Chris Devenski, the biggest playoff-odds changers, Mets injuries, and Joey Votto’s comments on swing changes, then discuss which players, if any, can challenge Mike Trout for the title of best player in baseball, try to assemble a FrankenTrout, and conduct a brief Bryce Harper debate. Audio intro: […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1050: The Big Leaguer Born at Sea
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Chris Coghlan’s slide and the Pirates’ new international players, then answer listener emails about Korean baseball, fixing slides, the impressive JC Ramirez, baseball and humility, Space Jam and Hey Arnold!-inspired scenarios, Clayton Kershaw’s undoing, Billy Hamilton’s speed vs. on-base ability, a mysterious Seager, a pitching-change clock, Eric Thames-esque […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1049: Throwing Baseballs at Butts
    Tue, Apr 25, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to Grant Brisbee of SB Nation about acceptable ballpark behavior, Madison Bumgarner, the Giants, and baseball’s latest tests of unwritten (and written) rules involving beanball wars between the Tigers and Twins and the Orioles and Red Sox. Audio intro: The Bees, "Chicken Payback" Audio outro: The Spinners, "They Just Can’t Stop […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1048: Such is This Game, and Such is Life
    Sat, Apr 22, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ichiro’s home run in his return to Seattle, the feasibility of intentionally allowing dingers, a John Jaso quote, and manager bobbleheads, then discuss the present and future use, abuse, and presentation of Statcast data. Audio intro: Prince, "Get Yo Groove On" Audio outro: The Jam, "Away from the Numbers"  iTunes […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1047: The Email Answers You Ordered
    Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jason Benetti, Andrew Triggs, Addison Reed and Odubel Herrera, C.B. Bucknor’s bad day, and Starling Marte’s suspension, then answer listener emails about the nature of fandom, dominance against a division rival, a billion-dollar payroll, Eric Thames’s hot start, transplanting an NPB team, catching up to favorite players from […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1046: The Early-Career Contract Quandary
    Tue, Apr 18, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the significance of some teams’ slow starts to the season, the slowest batter in baseball, and a curious coincidence on another show. Then they have a mini baseball econ class with FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron, who discusses the non-news about Carlos Correa’s contract, the surprisingly static price […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1045: Go-Go Gadget Game Times
    Sat, Apr 15, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Mike Trout topping the WAR leaderboard, Stephen Wright’s vulnerability to the elements, and baseball-player social media behavior, then talk about the increase in game times in 2017, the factors slowing pace of play, and the coming of the pitch clock. Audio intro: The New Pornographers, "Clockwise" Audio outro: Jefferson Airplane, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1044: How Many Kemps to a Kiermaier?
    Thu, Apr 13, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan drop the no-Reds rule to banter about Michael Lorenzen and Joey Votto, then answer listener emails about a player who’s always in the rain, stats on baseball broadcasts, a curious scoreboard fun fact, the wave, early closer meltdowns, two framing hypotheticals, how many Kemps equals a Kiermaier, an extended draft […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1043: The More Interesting Tim Tebow Precedent
    Tue, Apr 11, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Mets’ starting rotation, a Keon Broxton sighting, and the five WAR leaders vs. the five WAR trailers, then talk to Rob Neyer about his oral history of Michael Jordan’s baseball career, how good Jordan was and could have been, the ways in which the Jordan experiment is […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1042: Several Premature Pronouncements
    Sat, Apr 08, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Keon Broxton and batting helmets, statistical soothsaying, and the two-way-player attempts of Michael Lorenzen and Christian Bethancourt, then discuss the early results of several preseason players and teams of interest. Audio intro: Son Volt, "Too Early" Audio outro: Parliament, "I Misjudged You"  iTunes Feed (Please rate and review us!)  Sponsor Us on Patreon […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1041: The Fernando Rodney Dinner Date
    Thu, Apr 06, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jake Arrieta’s velocity loss, the league’s artificial velocity gain, and whether the Astros won the winter, then answer listener emails about topspin and the turf, the Mariners’ and Blue Jays’ 40th anniversaries/seasons, disagreeing with projections, intentional-walk predictions, Madison Bumgarner’s batting, the negative value of player mistakes, single-game double-play […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1040: Opening Day and the Post-Trampoline Prospect
    Tue, Apr 04, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the difficulty of keeping perspective on Opening Day events, the lone disagreement between their preseason predictions, and a common reader misconception about prediction ‚Äúgroupthink.‚ÄĚ Then they talk to Astros Double-A catching prospect and trampoline survivor Garrett Stubbs about his childhood trampoline injury and still-crooked finger, his dramatically different [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1039: Is Defense Still Winning the Analysis War?
    Sat, Apr 01, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the end of the offseason, a Canada-only Clayton Kershaw, and Drew Smyly’s health status, then discuss whether the advancement of technology and the latest sabermetric insights still favor defense over offense, or whether hitters have started to even the score. Audio intro: The Mountain Goats, "Balance" Audio outro: Pete Townshend […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1038: The Player With a Permanent Head Start
    Thu, Mar 30, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Carter Capps mimic, several recently released Effectively Wild favorites, a baseball use for trampolines, and Derek Jeter’s prolific publishing career, then answer listener emails about a different kind of fantasy league, a player who can see slightly into the future, speed vs. velocity, a home-run/strikeout pitcher, spring […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1037: Season Preview Series: Pirates and Yankees
    Mon, Mar 27, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Robbie Ray ejection, Tom Hamilton’s Brody Chernoff interview, a quote about Mike Trout, a Takuya Nakashima shift, and a Terry Francona comment about Ryan Raburn, then preview the Pirates’ 2017 season with Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs and the Yankees’ 2017 season with Jared Diamond of the Wall […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1036: Season Preview Series: Tigers and Rays
    Fri, Mar 24, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jered Weaver, David DeJesus, and Dan Duquette’s comments about Jose Bautista, then preview the Tigers’ 2017 season with Jason Beck of MLB.com and the Rays’ 2017 season with David Roth of Vice Sports. Audio intro: Lou Reed, "Average Guy" Audio interstitial: ABBA, "Tiger" Audio interstitial 2: Dillard & Clark, "In the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1035: The Catcherís Crooked Finger
    Thu, Mar 23, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan share responses submitted to a smattering of recent topics and banter about whether old scouting reports have value to teams, then answer listener emails about MVP-vote streaks, Brady Anderson and ex-player executives, predicting pitches perfectly, middle-infield offense, Aroldis Chapman copying Carter Capps, non-traditional starting rotations, and more. Audio intro: Ike & […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1034: Season Preview Series: Rangers and Marlins
    Mon, Mar 20, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about anticipatory player celebrations, then preview the Rangers’ 2017 season with Levi Weaver of WFAA and the Marlins’ 2017 season with Tim Healey of the Sun Sentinel. Audio intro: Kanye West, "Celebration" Audio interstitial: Neil Young, "Texas Rangers" Audio interstitial 2: Laura Marling, "Always This Way" Audio outro: Wilco, "Glad it’s Over"  iTunes […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1033: Season Preview Series: Mets and Orioles
    Fri, Mar 17, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a beautiful Javier Baez tag, then preview the Mets’ 2017 season with Ted Berg of For The Win and the Orioles’ 2017 season with Jake Mintz of Cespedes Family BBQ. Audio intro: Jay Z, "Poppin’ Tags" Audio interstitial: Laura Stevenson and The Cans, "The Healthy One" Audio interstitial 2: Stephen Malkmus […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1032: The Outfield Impostor
    Wed, Mar 15, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about WBC tiebreakers and the efficacy of the infield shift, then answer listener emails about a Mike Trout body snatcher, dropped third strikes, bricks behind home plate, premature rebuilds, your WAR compared to Tim Tebow’s, new Statcast stats, and more. Audio intro: Lenny Randle & Ballplayers, "I’m a Ballplayer" Audio outro: […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1031: Season Preview Series: Mariners and Rockies
    Mon, Mar 13, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about an Ian Desmond quote and a curious Dick Williams managerial motivational tactic, then preview the Mariners’ 2017 season with Meg Rowley of Baseball Prospectus and the Rockies’ 2017 season with Jen Mac Ramos of the Sonoma Stompers. Audio intro: Eliza Doolittle, "Team Player" Audio interstitial: Wings, "Soily" Audio interstitial 2: Teenage […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1030: Season Preview Series: Blue Jays and Athletics
    Sat, Mar 11, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan preview the Blue Jays’ 2017 season with Joshua Howsam of BP Toronto and the Athletics’ 2017 season with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Audio intro: Rod Stewart, "Sonny" Audio interstitial: First Aid Kit, "Blue" Audio interstitial 2: Destroyer, "From Oakland to Warsaw" Audio outro: Billy Joel, "Weekend Song" Link to Bill Hands […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1029: Clayton Kershawís Knuckleball
    Thu, Mar 09, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan answer listener emails about one-pitch innings, trampoline stats, winning in spring training, David Price and pitcher pace, a baseball scene in Chicago Justice, automatic homer hitting, putting hitters away with two strikes, underrated first basemen, banning player mannerisms, signing with an anonymous team, intentionally walking Mike Trout, and a Clayton […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1028: Season Preview Series: Angels and Diamondbacks
    Tue, Mar 07, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Carter Capps, Noah Syndergaard, and salary distributions, then preview the Angels’ 2017 season with Pedro Moura of The LA Times and the Diamondbacks’ 2017 season with Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports. Audio intro: The Super Friendz, "Give the Sign" Audio interstitial: Teenage Fanclub, "It’s a Sign" Audio interstitial 2: The Milk […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1027: Season Preview Series: Cardinals and Royals
    Fri, Mar 03, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a bad highlight, then preview the Cardinals‚Äô 2017 season with Will Leitch of Sports on Earth and the Royals‚Äô 2017 season with Rany Jazayerli of The Ringer. Audio¬†intro: Genesis, "Get ‚ÄėEm Out by Friday" Audio¬†interstitial: The Jackson 5, "Never Can Say Goodbye" Audio¬†interstitial 2: Great Lake Swimmers, "Everything [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1026: The Best Podcast on the Planet
    Thu, Mar 02, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about nets, nicknames, and scouting directors’ comments about international prospect Luis Robert, then answer listener emails about robbing from the Cubs, a division composed of only the worst teams, pitch counts and automatic intentional walks, pitchers pitching to pitchers, trying to win in spring training, Mike Trout batting eighth, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1025: Season Preview Series: Giants and Braves
    Mon, Feb 27, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on an Andrew Miller discussion and banter about Cubs backlash, then preview the Giants’ 2017 season with Grant Brisbee of SB Nation and the Braves’ 2017 season with Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Audio intro: Richard Thompson, "Backlash Love Affair" Audio interstitial: Banks & Steelz, "Giant" Audio interstitial 2: Laura […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1024: Season Preview Series: Nationals and Twins
    Fri, Feb 24, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about an Andrew Miller image and the top-heavy projected standings, then preview the Nationals’ 2017 season with Chelsea Janes of the The Washington Post and the Twins’ 2017 season with Aaron Gleeman of Baseball Prospectus. Audio intro: Blondie, "Picture This" Audio interstitial: The Apples in Stereo, "Stephen, Stephen" Audio interstitial 2: Bon […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1023: Mike Trout, But Backward
    Thu, Feb 23, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Steven Matz tweet, the Reds and Ryan Raburn, and the automatic intentional walk, then answer listener emails about misleading headshots, pitchers who rely on one pitch, the decline of player nicknames, the Yankees’ refusal to lose, Josh Reddick’s lack of clutchness, making Mike Trout run backward, and […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1022: Season Preview Series: Astros and Phillies
    Mon, Feb 20, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Yoan Moncada’s kid and Randy Levine’s comments about Dellin Betances, then preview the Houston Astros’ 2017 season with writer Zachary Levine and the Philadelphia Phillies’ 2017 season with Michael Baumann of The Ringer. Audio intro: Built to Spill, "Randy Described Eternity" Audio interstitial: The White Stripes, "Astro" Audio interstitial 2: Yoneda, […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1021: Season Preview Series: Indians and White Sox
    Fri, Feb 17, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Adam Lind, Matt Albers, bunting to beat the shift, Mike Fiers, and Brandon Guyer, then preview the Cleveland Indians’ 2017 season with writer/editor Pete Beatty and the Chicago White Sox’ 2017 season with Cat Garcia of Baseball Prospectus. Audio intro: Lily & Madeleine, "Midwest Kid" Audio interstitial: Destroyer, "Goddess of […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1020: The First Basemanís Fumarole
    Wed, Feb 15, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Carter Capps’s comeback, Brian Flynn’s barn accident, the Reds’ weights and nicknames, and C.J. Wilson’s retirement town, then answer listener emails about preventing Tommy John surgeries, a Randy Johnson alternate history, Statcast in non-MLB ballparks, a baserunner’s secret skill, whether defense slumps, a Kyle Hendricks hipster, and an […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1019: Season Preview Series: Red Sox and Reds
    Mon, Feb 13, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan preview the Red Sox’ 2017 season with Alex Speier of the The Boston Globe and the Reds’ 2017 season with Zach Buchanan of the The Cincinnati Enquirer. Audio intro: The Jayhawks, "Red’s Song" Audio interstitial: Neko Case, "Red Tide" Audio outro: Neil Young, "Red Sun" Link to Alex’s article about Boston’s pitching-optimization plan […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1018: Season Preview Series: Cubs and Brewers
    Fri, Feb 10, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Matt Wieters and debunk Scott Boras, then preview the Cubs’ 2017 season with Sahadev Sharma of the The Athletic Chicago and the Brewers’ 2017 season with Jack Moore of the The Hardball Times. Audio intro: Courtney Barnett, "Scotty Says" Audio interstitial: Grateful Dead, "Built to Last" Audio interstitial 2: Maritime, "Milwaukee" […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1017: The Ryan Raburn is Due Edition
    Thu, Feb 09, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the anticlimactic approach of spring training and answer listener emails about baseball reductionism, investing in Little League, the Cardinals’ effect on the Cubs, transplanting Trout and Kershaw, and wearing out starters, with a statistical detour to talk about history’s most volatile hitters. Audio intro: Thrush Hermit, "We Are Being […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1016: Season Preview Series: Dodgers and Padres
    Tue, Feb 07, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan introduce the fifth annual Effectively Wild season-preview series and banter about the short life expectancy of front-office secrets. Then they preview the Dodgers’ 2017 season with Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, and the Padres’ 2017 season with Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Audio intro: Spoon, "Take the […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1015: You Need to Know Nakashima
    Sat, Feb 04, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan fixate on their new baseball obsession, NPB shortstop (and offensive outlier) Takuya Nakashima. Then they discuss prospect terminology and the nebulous significance of the ‚Äúceiling.‚ÄĚ Audio¬†intro: Destroyer, "Strike" Audio¬†outro: Wilco, "Taste the Ceiling" Link to Ben‚Äôs Nakashima article ¬†iTunes Feed¬†(Please rate and review us!) ¬†Sponsor Us¬†on¬†Patreon ¬†Get Our¬†Merch! ¬†Facebook Group [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1014: The Astros-Royals Roster Reversal
    Thu, Feb 02, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about how and why the Astros and Royals seem to have exchanged strategies and revisit champagne in the clubhouse and trampolines, then answer listener emails about what to hack if you were hacking, Statcast and baserunning, catcher framing, and Mike Trout. Audio intro: Death Cab for Cutie, "Champagne from a […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1013: Were the Cardinals Punished Appropriately?
    Tue, Jan 31, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and Sports on Earth Senior Writer Will Leitch banter about the accuracy of a Jarrod Dyson declaration and the fairness of the penalty levied against St. Louis in the Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal. Audio intro: White Rabbits, "They Done Wrong / We Done Wrong" Audio outro: The Ramones, "Punishment Fits the Crime"  iTunes Feed (Please […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1012: Rating the Rankings
    Fri, Jan 27, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about baseball’s trampoline problem and the future of Andrelton Simmons, then discuss and critique the crowdsourced organizational rankings produced by FanGraphs readers. Audio intro: Camera Obscura, "I Don’t Do Crowds" Audio outro: Smith Westerns, "Weekend" Link to crowdsourced organizational rankings  iTunes Feed (Please rate and review us!)  Sponsor Us on Patreon  Get Our Merch!  Facebook […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1011: The Up-and-Down Defense Edition
    Wed, Jan 25, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss their EclipseFest sellout and answer listener emails about Jae-gyun Hwang, Daniel Murphy, and power/contact reinventions; the most informative stats; the best way to split up seasons; drastic defensive changes; career cycles for pitchers; protecting the inside of the plate, and more. Audio intro: The Rolling Stones, "All Sold Out" Audio outro: […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1010: The Conditions Causing Baseballís Winter Tragedies
    Mon, Jan 23, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the brisk sales of tickets to their August ‚ÄúEclipseFest‚ÄĚ outing and the strange saga of former major league reliever Jeff Manship. Then, on a much more somber note, they remember the late Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte and talk to Vice Sports editor-in-chief Jorge Arangure about the dangers many [‚Ķ]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1009: The Orioles vs. the World
    Fri, Jan 20, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan begin by bantering about tentative plans for an Effectively Wild event this summer. Then, prompted by Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo signing, they pit the perplexing Orioles against every other organization in a series of head-to-head matchups. Audio intro: The Band, "Volcano" Audio outro: Beck, "Volcano"  iTunes Feed (Please rate and review us!)  Sponsor Us on Patreon […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1008: Tenth Timeís the Charm
    Thu, Jan 19, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan analyze the Hall of Fame voting results and extend their unlikely Lenny Harris discussion streak, then answer listener emails about restructuring the BBWAA ballot, restructuring Mike Trout, unbreakable records, eclipses, parity, and more. Audio intro: The Minus 5, "The Long Hall" Audio outro: Pink Floyd, "Eclipse"  iTunes Feed (Please rate and review us!) […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1007: Baseball News is Back
    Tue, Jan 17, 2017

    Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Lenny Harris and Jerry Dipoto, then celebrate the end of a long baseball news drought by discussing a few recent and imminent transactions, including the Jose Bautista signing and the Danny Duffy and Wil Myers extensions. Audio intro: Josh Ritter, "Harrisburg" Audio outro: Supergrass, "Lenny"  iTunes Feed (Please rate and review […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1006: Sullivanís Travels
    Fri, Jan 13, 2017

    We’d like to welcome Effectively Wild to its new home on FanGraphs! Effectively Wild will continue to be hosted by The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh, who is joined by his new co-host Jeff Sullivan. Fans of our existing podcasts need not worry, as Effectively Wild is an addition to our existing podcast offerings, all of which […]

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1005: Dan Harenís New Job and Old Fear of Hall of Famers
    Thu, Jan 12, 2017

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1004: The Joe and Rany Re-Reunion
    Tue, Jan 10, 2017

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

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1003: Happiness, the Human Condition, and Cracker Jack
    Fri, Jan 06, 2017

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1002: Mike Trout Turns Around
    Thu, Jan 05, 2017

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1001: The One After 1000
    Tue, Jan 03, 2017

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1000: The Old and the New
    Sat, Dec 31, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 999: The One Before 1000
    Fri, Dec 30, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 998: The Podcastís (and Baseballís) Future
    Wed, Dec 28, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 997: The Game Show Show
    Wed, Dec 28, 2016

    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, ‚ÄúName that Oakland A‚Äôs Position Player.‚ÄĚ

  • Effectively Wild Episode 996: The Second Draft of Things About Baseball
    Sat, Dec 24, 2016

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

  • Effectively Wild Episode 995: Manny Machadoís Midriff
    Fri, Dec 23, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 994: The 2017 Minor League Free Agent Draft
    Wed, Dec 21, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 993: A Few Favorite Stories from 2016
    Tue, Dec 20, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 992: Baseballís Most Underpaid Players
    Sun, Dec 18, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 991: In-Shoots, Out-Curves, and Drop Balls
    Sun, Dec 18, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 990: Long Live Pitch
    Tue, Dec 13, 2016

    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).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 989: A Reading from the Bill James Bible
    Mon, Dec 12, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 988: The Real Mike Trout
    Sat, Dec 10, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 987: The Stove Was So Hot
    Fri, Dec 09, 2016

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

  • Effectively Wild Episode 986: The CBA Said What?
    Tue, Dec 06, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 985: Three Topics for Winter-Meetings Week
    Mon, Dec 05, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 984: Advice for Teams With Too Much Money
    Fri, Dec 02, 2016

    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.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 983: The Non-Endless-Lockout Edition
    Fri, Dec 02, 2016

    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

  • Effectively Wild Episode 982: Scouting the Yankees and Signing the Cespedes
    Wed, Nov 30, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a scene from Major League, an Adam Jones tweet, and the return of Nora Morse, then talk to BP’s Jeff Paternostro about the Yankees’ farm system, the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes signing, and the future of international free agency.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 981: The New-GM Job Check
    Tue, Nov 29, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a baseball TV trope and a Roger Angell passage, then discuss how they would have asked and answered interview questions for the Twins and Diamondbacks GM jobs and what they thought of the Mariners’ and Diamondbacks’ Jean Segura-Taijuan Walker trade and the Twins’ Jason Castro signing.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 980: The Baseball-Book Draft
    Wed, Nov 23, 2016

    Ben, Sam, and Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times draft a few of their favorite baseball books.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 979: Mike Trout and the Post-MVP Era
    Fri, Nov 18, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Kyle Gaedele, then share their thoughts on Mike Trout’s second MVP Award and what it does and doesn’t say about both Trout and the BBWAA.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 978: Broken Bones and Broken Records
    Thu, Nov 17, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about four pitchers with a broken bone, then answer listener emails about Ichiro, Bryce Harper, catchers, throwing games, whether players are making the most of their skills, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 977: Indy Outliers
    Thu, Nov 17, 2016

    Ben and Sam reprise their ‚Äúmultiple Andrew Millers‚ÄĚ conversation for the final time, banter about the AL Rookie of the Year Award and the NL Platinum Glove Award, and spotlight some of 2016‚Äôs most eye-catching indy league stat lines.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 976: Which Way Will the World Series Odds Go?
    Tue, Nov 15, 2016

    Ben and Sam revisit their conversations about Cubs-parade attendance and multiple Andrew Millers, banter about Eddie Gaedel, and discuss which teams will see their World Series odds improve or decline by the most before Opening Day.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 975: And Hereís the Pitch from Trout
    Sat, Nov 12, 2016

    Ben and Sam review listener responses to their skepticism about Cubs-celebration attendance figures, then answer emails about the offseason outlook, changes in closer usage, Times on Base, Edwin Jackson, identical Andrew Millers, Mike Trout and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 974: Survey Says
    Wed, Nov 09, 2016

    Ben and Sam review the results from Jerry Crasnick’s 2015 MLB executive survey and discuss the latest installment in his long-running survey series.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 973: The Potential Lasts of 2016
    Mon, Nov 07, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the attendance at the Cubs’ World Series celebration, then discuss several things we may (or may not) have seen for the last time during the 2016 season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 972: The Cubs, Game Seven, and the World Series
    Fri, Nov 04, 2016

    Ben and Sam reflect on what they learned from Game Seven of the World Series and the Chicago Cubs’ first championship since 1908.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 971: Drought Talk
    Wed, Nov 02, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Aroldis Chapman and answer emails about title droughts, the Cubs and consecutive pennants, scoreless streaks, World Series strategy, the recent rarity of Game Sevens, playoff ads, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 970: Managers, Closers, and Copycats
    Mon, Oct 31, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Manny Mota Grip Stick and Smash Mouth’s latest Twitter feud, then discuss the Cubs’ use of Aroldis Chapman in Game 5 and some strategic considerations for the rest of the series.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 969: The Literally Hot Hitter
    Fri, Oct 28, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about mean-spirited nicknames, then answer emails about Kyle Schwarber‚Äôs bat, Jon Lester‚Äôs long con, the neglected White Sox drought, the Nationals‚Äô 2016 ‚Äúsuccess,‚ÄĚ overcoming bad broadcasters, paying to play in the World Series, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 968: So You Suffered a Playoff Loss
    Mon, Oct 24, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the two Indians teams and perceptions of postseason Kershaw, then discuss whether the eight eliminated postseason teams had successful seasons.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 967: The Miraculous Mr. Lester
    Sat, Oct 22, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the origin of the pitcher’s mound, the impact of seeing a starter multiple times in the same series, and the Dodgers’ perplexing approach against Jon Lester, who continues to flourish without ever throwing to first.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 966: Ask, and Ye Shall Receive
    Thu, Oct 20, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Ben’s engagement, then answer listener emails about Andrew Miller, playoff tactics during the regular season, renaming the playoff rounds, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 965: NLCS Update
    Tue, Oct 18, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Zach Britton and Shohei Otani, then discuss Dave Roberts, bullpen management, and the NLCS.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 964: The Return of the Cold Call
    Wed, Oct 12, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Kidz Bop, answer emails about facing MLB pitching, a time-traveling manager, and communicating with catchers, and then cold-call the star of the Play Index segment.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 963: Bumgarner, Wild Cards, and Cooperstown
    Fri, Oct 07, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the Madison Bumgarner-Noah Syndergaard wild-card duel, their favorite types of playoff games, and their favorite playoff rounds, then discuss whether the Dodgers are more dangerous than the Cubs and how to weight postseason performance in Cooperstown candidacies.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 962: Buck, Britton, Bonds and Boredom
    Wed, Oct 05, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about an aged usher, Buck Showalter’s decision not to use Zach Britton in the AL wild-card game, and Barry Bonds, then answer listener emails and talk to Saber Seminar raffle winners Armaan and Ishaan about the Red Sox and whether baseball bores kids.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 961: Multiple Mike Trout Drafts
    Mon, Oct 03, 2016

    Ben and Sam conduct multiple Mike Trout drafts and discuss DJ LeMahieu’s batting title, the AL Cy Young race, Vin Scully’s sign-off, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 960: Theo Sets a New High Score
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a wild night in baseball, the morality of forfeits, and the triples record, then discuss Theo Epstein’s record-setting extension.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 959: Mike Troutís Highest Hurdle
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw, and Shohei Otani, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout, playoff formats, inflated homer totals, their introductions to baseball, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 958: Jose Fernandez and the Hall of Fame
    Mon, Sep 26, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk about whether adding the late Jose Fernandez to the Hall of Fame ballot would be a fitting way to honor his superlative but tragically brief career.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 957: The Man Who Makes Pitch (Almost!) Perfect
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Mike Fisher, the baseball coordinator of Moneyball and the new Fox series Pitch, about how he makes baseball look realistic on screen (and what he might have missed).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 956: Gary and Gore
    Thu, Sep 22, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the Giants’ bullpen problems and Bryce Harper’s shoulder, then answer listener emails about Terrance Gore, Gary Sanchez, calling time, playoff formats, one-pitch baseball, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 955: Pass/Fail Grades for Every Out-of-it Team
    Wed, Sep 21, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Padres GM A.J. Preller’s suspension, then discuss whether each of 2016’s non-playoff teams should consider its season a success or a failure.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 954: Two Inside Looks at Minor League Life
    Fri, Sep 16, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to former Sonoma Stompers pitchers Santos Saldivar and Dylan Stoops about their progress as players, meager earnings, and clubhouse experiences during their rookie seasons in affiliated ball with the Brewers and Padres, respectively.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 953: Banter Goeth Before a Mailbag
    Thu, Sep 15, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Shohei Otani and answer listener emails about Rich Hill, tanking in the season’s last series, interleague play, Jose Bautista’s ballpark ownage, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 952: Dave Roberts Did What?
    Sun, Sep 11, 2016

    Ben, Sam, and Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer Andy McCullough discuss Dave Roberts’ decision to remove Rich Hill after seven perfect innings on Saturday.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 951: THE ONLY RULE Book Club Companion Podcast
    Fri, Sep 09, 2016

    Ben, Sam, and Sonoma Stompers GM Theo Fightmaster answer listener emails about the Stompers’ past two seasons and Ben/Sam’s book, The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 950: The Triple-A Chemistry Edition
    Wed, Sep 07, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Yasiel Puig’s clubhouse qualities, Giancarlo Stanton’s comeback, and Anthony Rizzo vs. Wily Peralta, then answer listener emails about Kershaw and Trout, the Hall of Fame, roster sizes, young cores and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 949: 2016ís Contract Turnarounds
    Tue, Sep 06, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about MLB’s copycat comedians, then discuss players whose big contracts seem much more movable (or unmovable) after perception-altering 2016 seasons.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 948: Is Smart Baseball Boring?
    Fri, Sep 02, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to BP’s Rob Mains about what Billy Hamilton’s career might have looked like in an earlier era, and whether baseball teams’ increasing efficiency has made the sport better or worse as a spectator experience.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 947: Cy Young or Bust
    Wed, Aug 31, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Shohei Otani, then answer listener emails about running the Rockies (with a twist), a Kershaw dilemma, a time-traveling Ubaldo Jimenez, umpire park effects, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 946: Which WAR(P) is Just?
    Mon, Aug 29, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about an In-N-Out Burger baseball promotion gone wrong and the MLB.TV Game Changer, then decide which win-value stat they side with when the available options don’t tell the same stories about certain stars.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 945: Why Did the Dodgers Make Clayton Kershaw Cry?
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016

    Ben, Sam, and BP’s Jonathan Judge discuss the Dodgers’ puzzling decision to trade A.J. Ellis for Carlos Ruiz, breaking down the beloved backstops’ hard-to-see skills and then considering the clubhouse implications.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 944: How Many Barry Bondses?
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Rich Hill and Dylan Stoops, then answer listener emails about Collin McHugh, stacking rosters with clones of Barry Bonds, diving into first base, Dylan Bundy and Ervin Santana, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 943: Debating the Diamondbacks and Dylan Bundy
    Mon, Aug 22, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Mike Trout’s draft-round dominance, then discuss whether the Diamondbacks need a regime change and whether the Orioles are making the right decisions about Dylan Bundy.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 942: Should Baseball Teams Buy Insurance?
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to author, associate professor, and FanGraphs writer Nathaniel Grow about the financial ramifications of Prince Fielder’s retirement and how contract insurance works in baseball.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 941: Pitcher Value and the Zach Britton Debate
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016

    Ben and Sam discuss their definitions of ‚Äúvalue‚ÄĚ and whether they think Orioles closer Zach Britton will be a deserving candidate for end-of-season awards.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 940: Live at Saber Seminar!
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016

    In their first live episode of Effectively Wild, recorded on Saturday at Saber Seminar, Ben and Sam answer listener emails with help from two players, John Baker and David Aardsma.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 939: Death to Dumb Stadium Deals
    Fri, Aug 12, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Georgia State University Assistant Professor Tim Kellison about his initiative to combat misinformation about public stadium funding for sports teams.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 938: Emails, Mejia, and Math
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the longest-lasting plays in baseball, then answer listener emails about the Braves with a man advantage, Francisco Mejia’s hitting streak, dealing with Fenway Park poles, new unwritten rules, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 937: A Requiem for A-Rod
    Mon, Aug 08, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about an odd ad, a Terry Collins quote, Andrew Miller, and more, then discuss the lessons we can learn from the legacy and career of Alex Rodriguez.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 936: Make Bryce Harper Fun Again
    Fri, Aug 05, 2016

    Ben talks to FanGraphs writer Jeff Sullivan and FiveThirtyEight writer Rob Arthur about Bryce Harper’s extended slump and their surprising (and somewhat dismaying) findings about his great 2015.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 935: A Round Podcast with a Round Bat
    Thu, Aug 04, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a hard-to-believe baseball ad, then answer listener emails about the NL Central, GM metadata, Aaron Sanchez, deceptive debuts and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 934: A Few Points of Trade-Deadline Discussion
    Tue, Aug 02, 2016

    Ben and Sam discuss Jonathan Lucroy, Rich Hill, the rebuilding Yankees, the price of relievers and multiple trade-deadline rumors they had trouble believing.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 933: Your Most Elite Emails
    Fri, Jul 29, 2016

    Ben and Sam answer listener emails about player development what-ifs, Aroldis Chapman and elite relievers, a team that could control the weather, Mike Trout and Barry Bonds, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 932: Fixing the Angels Without Trading Trout
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Matt Albers’ heartbreaking blown save, then discuss how much talent the Angels could acquire in a franchise-saving firesale.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 931: Cubs Add Aroldis, Chris Sale Slices Laundry
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the Hall of Fame and Jon Lester, then discuss Chris Sale’s jersey tantrum, Shelby Miller trade rumors, and the Cubs-Yankees Aroldis Chapman deal.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 930: Dave Cameronís Semi-Responsible Trade Speculation
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron about his probably-not-entirely-inaccurate predictions for the upcoming non-waiver trade deadline.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 929: You Want it This Way
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Ben’s new job at The Ringer, a distressing Jose Altuve video, and Clayton Kershaw, then answer listener emails about dugout pranks, contracts and the Hall of Fame, tattoos of players, how to manage managers, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 928: The Evolution of Umpire-Manager Arguments
    Tue, Jul 19, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Joe DiMaggio’s breath and Yan Gomes’s sacrifice, then discuss the latest wrinkle in umpire-manager fights.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 927: The Twins Without Terry Ryan
    Mon, Jul 18, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Rich Hill and the Jonny Gomes White House snub, then discuss the Twins’ firing of GM Terry Ryan.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 926: Dealiní Dombrowski and the State of the Red Sox
    Fri, Jul 15, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to BP’s Ben Carsley about the Drew Pomeranz trade, David Price and David Ortiz, the Bogaerts/Betts debate, and the impact of Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington on Boston’s 2016 team.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 925: Position Players the Projections Missed
    Thu, Jul 14, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the Sonoma Stompers and MLB payroll disparities, then try to outwit PECOTA in projecting hitters’ second halves.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 924: Abducting the All-Stars
    Wed, Jul 13, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about box scores and the All-Star Game, then answer listener emails about alien abductions, odd career arcs, Clayton Kershaw, and being above or below .500.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 923: The Jerry Dipoto Report Card
    Tue, Jul 12, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Meg Rowley about how Jerry Dipoto’s flurry of offseason moves for the Mariners worked out over the first half of the season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 922: Whatís a Wild Card Worth?
    Mon, Jul 11, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Sam’s move, the Waxahachie Swap, and Ryan Webb and Matt Albers, then discuss how much several contenders should be willing to trade to improve their playoff odds.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 921: Bow Before Shohei Otani
    Fri, Jul 08, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Jason Coskrey of The Japan Times about the incredible two-way dominance of Japanese ace/slugger Shohei Otani.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 920: Home Runs Have More Than Bounced Back
    Thu, Jul 07, 2016

    Ben and Sam discuss the causes and ramifications of this season’s dramatic (but easily overlooked) rise in home run rate.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 919: All-Star Emails
    Wed, Jul 06, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about their All-Star selection philosophies, then answer listener emails about the DH, the trade deadline, hidden knuckleball benefits, the virtues of tanking, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 918: One Word: Plastics
    Tue, Jul 05, 2016

    Sam and Craig talk to Russell Carleton and Kate Morrison about their recent series covering the complexion of MLB’s front offices.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 917: State of the Standings: AL East
    Fri, Jul 01, 2016

    Ben talks to Joe Sheehan about the AL East, wrapping up a five-episode series on the state of each division as the regular season’s midpoint approaches.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 916: State of the Standings: AL West
    Thu, Jun 30, 2016

    As the regular season’s midpoint approaches, Ben talks to Joe Sheehan about the state of the AL West.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 915: State of the Standings: NL Central
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016

    As the regular season’s midpoint approaches, Ben talks to Joe Sheehan about the state of the NL Central.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 914: State of the Standings: NL East
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016

    As the regular season’s midpoint approaches, Ben talks to Joe Sheehan and Rany Jazayerli about the state of the NL East.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 913: State of the Standings: NL West and AL Central
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016

    As the regular season’s midpoint approaches, Ben talks to Joe Sheehan and Rany Jazayerli about the state of the NL West and AL Central.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 912: Three Teams on the Buy-or-Sell Bubble
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016

    Ben and Sam discuss their fatalistic feelings concerning Noah Syndergaard, banter about fun facts and Fernando Abad, and talk about impending trade-deadline decisions for the White Sox, Yankees, and Pirates.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 911: Good Knuckleballs, Bad Ballpark Deals
    Thu, Jun 23, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Professor Alan Nathan about the physics of knuckleballs, then talk to WFAA’s Brett Shipp about his reporting on public funding for the Rangers’ new ballpark.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 910: Mike Troutís Identical Twin
    Wed, Jun 22, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Steven Wright and knuckleball physics, then answer listener emails about the least interesting inning, the one-baserunner leash, an all-or-nothing Ichiro, Mike Trout’s hypothetical twin and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 909: Vin Scully Meets Mount Rushmore
    Tue, Jun 21, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Clayton Kershaw and clarify five-man infields, then discuss who would be on a baseball Mount Rushmore and dig through Sports Illustrated’s archives to pinpoint what makes Vin Scully so great.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 908: Remember the Rays?
    Mon, Jun 20, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Santos Saldivar and discuss Tim Lincecum’s comeback, two player demotions, and the decline of the Tampa Bay Rays.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 907: Root for the Home Team (To Lose By 5 or More Runs)
    Fri, Jun 17, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Warren Friss, the founder of GameHedge, a new ticket vendor that promises to issue 50 percent refunds when the home team loses by five or more runs.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 906: Beware the Diamondbacksí Bench
    Thu, Jun 16, 2016

    Ben and Sam discuss the Diamondbacks’ bench (literally), Johnny Cueto’s varied deliveries, Zack Cozart’s incredible power, the demise of David Wright, Ichiro and Rose, and Kershaw’s unjust walks.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 905: The Pitch-Clock Countdown Edition
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Dodgers injuries, home run derbies, and the new TV show Braindead, and answer listener emails about intimidation tactics, scouting trade targets, baseball’s best commercial breaks, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 904: The Big Baseball Grab Bag
    Tue, Jun 14, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a wide range of topics, including Ray Searage and the struggling Pirates pitching staff; the pitcher home run derby; rehabilitating Ben Cherington; the amazing Matt Shoemaker; Clayton Kershaw; crowd chants, and a bad fun fact.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 903: The Not-So-Surprising Standings
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016

    Ben and Sam do an all-banter episode about the standings through the first 40 percent of the season, Yordano Ventura’s suspension, and the unchanging closer role.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 902: The Names to Know from Draft Day One
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Baseball Prospectus draft expert Christopher Crawford about what went down on day one of the amateur draft.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 901: The Best Candidates for Weird Defense
    Thu, Jun 09, 2016

    Ben, Sam and FanGraphs writer August Fagerstrom banter about the allure of Kelly Johnson and the Indians’ plan for winning without Michael Brantley, then talk about big league candidates for untried defensive alignments.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 900: The Salvy Wonít Save You Edition
    Wed, Jun 08, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the brawl between the Orioles and Royals, then answer listener emails about Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester, beating the shift, and how bad they would be at calling balls and strikes.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 899: The Padresí Points for Trying
    Tue, Jun 07, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a Clayton Kershaw mystery and discuss where the depressing Padres should go from here.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 898: The Expendable Ex-Superstars Edition
    Mon, Jun 06, 2016

    Ben and Sam reevaluate the Dodgers’ mega-trade from 2012 and discuss how far Carl Crawford, James Shields, and Ryan Howard have fallen.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 897: Mark Simon on Fun Facts and The Yankees Index
    Fri, Jun 03, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to ESPN Stats & Info’s Mark Simon about fun-fact philosophies, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, and other notable players, and his new book, The Yankees Index.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 896: Beware of Wearables?
    Thu, Jun 02, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Matt Albers’ double and a Stompers success, then discuss the privacy/performance implications of new tracking technology employed by big league teams.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 895: The Chain Letters Edition
    Wed, Jun 01, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about old business, then answer listener emails about deceptive defenders, gold chains, nature vs. nurture, strikeout records and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 894: Lasers in the Outfield
    Tue, May 31, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a play at the plate and a bad fun fact, then discuss the defensive-positioning differences between the Dodgers and Mets.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 893: Hello, Julio Urias
    Fri, May 27, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer Andy McCullough about the arrival of Julio Urias, the struggles of Yasiel Puig, the excellence of Clayton Kershaw and, reluctantly…politics?

  • Effectively Wild Episode 892: Carson Cistulli on Ranking Baseballís Broadcasts
    Thu, May 26, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to FanGraphs writer Carson Cistulli about his recently completed television broadcast rankings for baseball’s local markets.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 891: The Support Saberseminar Edition
    Wed, May 25, 2016

    Ben, Sam, and listener Corey McMahon plug the Saberseminar, then answer listener emails about automated strike zones, Jackie Bradley, Mike Trout, Bill Wambsganss, Willians Astudillo and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 890: Ichiro, Kershaw, and Rich Hillís Contract Comparables
    Tue, May 24, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Ichiro Suzuki’s resurgence, Clayton Kershaw’s continued dominance, and Rich Hill’s free-agent outlook.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 889: Three Aces in Distress
    Mon, May 23, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about burning clubhouse belongings and banning intentional balls, then discuss the shaky starts to the season by Matt Harvey, Sonny Gray, and Dallas Keuchel.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 888: Meet the Minor Leaguesí Latest Recruit
    Fri, May 20, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to former Sonoma Stomper (and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work character) Santos Saldivar, a pitcher they discovered on a spreadsheet last summer who was just signed by the Brewers. (No book spoilers.)

  • Effectively Wild Episode 887: Sabermetrics Meets the Mexican League
    Thu, May 19, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Tadeo Varela, sabermetric analyst for the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League, about the team’s pursuit of a statistical advantage.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 886: Take My Pujols, Please
    Wed, May 18, 2016

    Ben and Sam answer listener emails about trading Mike Trout, David Ortiz’s impending retirement, analyzing scouts, judging batted balls on TV, Clayton Kershaw and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 885: How Weíd Question the Commissioner (Off the Record)
    Tue, May 17, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Joey Votto, then discuss what they’d ask Rob Manfred if they knew he’d answer honestly.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 884: The Rangers-Blue Jays Brawl Draft
    Mon, May 16, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a bad fun fact, David Ortiz, and retirement tours, then draft noteworthy moments from Sunday’s Rangers-Blue Jays brawl.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 883: T.J. Quinn Explains the Latest PED Problems
    Fri, May 13, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn about the string of suspensions in the ongoing battle between baseball and PEDs.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 882: Scherzerís Dominance, Described and Dissected
    Thu, May 12, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to FanGraphs writer August Fagerstrom about the mechanics and significance of Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout start.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 881: The Big Unitís Perplexing Punctuation
    Wed, May 11, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Bartolo Colon’s likeability, then answer listener emails about Colon, Randy Johnson, the Cubs, prescient managers and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 880: Extending Strasburg and Trading Trout
    Tue, May 10, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Stephen Strasburg’s extension, then discuss whether the Angels should trade Mike Trout.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 879: Bartolo, Bryce, and Goodbye Good Wife
    Mon, May 09, 2016

    Ben and Sam discuss Bartolo Colon’s first career home run, the Cubs’ continued success and willingness to walk Bryce Harper, and The Good Wife’s series finale.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 878: Gender Imbalance in Baseball Operations
    Fri, May 06, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Dodgers Baseball Operations Coordinator Emilee Fragapane and Senior R&D Analyst Megan Schroeder about their backgrounds and responsibilities and the gender imbalance in baseball operations departments.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 877: The Cubsí Crazy-Ridiculous Start
    Thu, May 05, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to FiveThirtyEight author Rob Arthur about the Cubs’ historically dominant start to the season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 876: The Thanks for Buying Our Book Edition
    Wed, May 04, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about book events and answer listener emails about baseball’s Leicester City, the batting order, Rich Hill, Manny Machado and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 875: The Pedro-Kershaw Peak Comparison
    Tue, May 03, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about their book release, Dylan Bundy, and juiced baseballs, then revisit the Pedro Martinez-Clayton Kershaw comparison.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 874: The One-Month Winter-Move Mulligans
    Mon, May 02, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the Marlins’ failed Friday no-hitter attempt, then talk about which offseason transactions teams would already take back if they could.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 873: The Braves Are the Best (at Bilking Taxpayers)
    Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Bloomberg’s Kate Smith about how the Braves have talked taxpayers and local councils into funding ballparks at every level of their organization.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 872: The April Prospect Primer
    Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to BP Minor League Editor Craig Goldstein about recent prospect call-ups and prospect call-ups to come.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 871: The Braves Are Bad Edition
    Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the Braves and Rich Hill, then answer listener emails about fun-fact distortion, Adrian Beltre vs. Chipper Jones, assessing broadcaster quality, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 870: Reevaluating the Astros
    Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Matt Albers, Mike Trout, and front-office hiring trends, then discuss whether the Astros have answered the doubts about their rebuild.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 869: Buckle Up, Replay is the Law
    Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a behind-the-scenes Barry Bonds story, then talk to legal consultant Jason Wojciechowski about why it’s both good and bad that replay review is like the law.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 868: Jake Arrieta is Reaganing
    Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about this spring’s Tommy John toll, tanking, Barry Bonds, closer erosion, and a replay wrinkle, then discuss the dominance of Cubs starter Jake Arrieta.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 867: Embracing the Harper-Trout Temptation
    Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Ben and Sam reopen the great debate about who’s better, Bryce Harper or Mike Trout.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 866: Noah Syndergaard, Right Now
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Noah Syndergaard, then answer listener emails about 1-2-3 innings, what David Ortiz could do to replicate Kobe, conservative replay reviewing, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 865: 2016 Trend Watch (Reliever Evolution Edition)
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Walt Weiss and Nolan Arenado, then continue their discussion of potential 2016 trends with multiple investigations into pitcher usage.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 864: A Too-Soon Search for 2016 Trends
    Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Rich Hill, Jon Lester, and the no-longer-winless Braves and Twins, then discuss some possibly premature evidence that the game has changed since last season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 863: The 0-9-Off: A Battle for Baseballís Most Soul-Crushing Start
    Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    With help from Twins fan Aaron Gleeman and Braves fan Alex Remington, Ben and Sam attempt to determine which of MLB’s two winless teams has had the more demoralizing start to the season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 862: Jeff Sullivan on This Seasonís Noteworthy Novelties
    Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Ben, Sam, and FanGraphs writer Jeff Sullivan banter about ballplayer humor, then talk about players (including Garrett Richards, Starlin Castro, and Stephen Strasburg) who are doing something notably different so far this season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 861: Murder, Remorse, and Major League Games
    Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether they would want to play in a major league game, un-fun facts, chyron decisions, GM hypotheticals, robot pitchers, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 860: Week One in Baseball Confirmation Bias
    Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the most popular picks in BP‚Äôs ‚ÄúBeat PECOTA‚ÄĚ game, then discuss Rich Hill, the Cubs‚Äô strong start, Ray Searage‚Äôs promising pupils, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 859: Ross Stripling and Trevor Story
    Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    Ben and Sam discuss two surprise stars of week one, debuting Dodgers starter Ross Stripling and Rockies rookie slugger Trevor Story.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 858: John Thorn on the New Details About Baseballís Origin Story
    Fri, Apr 08, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to MLB’s Official Historian, John Thorn, about a trio of founding documents now up for auction that casts light on the truth behind baseball’s long-disputed origin story.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 857: Joe Sheehan on the Scourge of Big Bullpens
    Thu, Apr 07, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Kenta Maeda’s debut, then talk to Sports Illustrated’s Joe Sheehan about how pitcher-centric roster construction is making baseball more boring (and what might make it better).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 856: The Biggest Baseball-Watchers Edition
    Wed, Apr 06, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Rich Hill, a controversial game-ending call, and bad baseball ads, then answer listener emails about unfun facts, Theo Epstein’s future, and who’s seen the most major league baseball.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 855: Jeff Passan on Righting the Elbow and Writing The Arm
    Tue, Apr 05, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to Yahoo! Sports columnist Jeff Passan about his new book, The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 854: The Opening Day Edition
    Mon, Apr 04, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Opening Day games, the Astros’ closer situation, Albert Pujols, and more, then discuss some of the BP staff’s standout preseason predictions.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 853: 2016 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Dodgers
    Fri, Apr 01, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Dodgers’ season with Vice Sports editor Eric Nusbaum, and Jeff talks to Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer Andy McCullough (at 21:22).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 852: 2016 Season Preview Series: Chicago Cubs
    Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Cubs’ season with authors Mark Armour and Dan Levitt, and Jeff talks to Mountain Goats frontman/Cubs fan John Darnielle (at 21:40).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 851: The Squid is Fried Edition
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a listener-suggested expression, then answer listener emails about Albert Pujols’ impact on the Cardinals, rooting against incentive clauses, what a lack of analytics looks like, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 850: 2016 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Indians’ season with Pete Beatty, and George talks to MLB.com Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian (at 23:44).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 849: 2016 Season Preview Series: New York Mets
    Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Mets’ season with Mike Vorkunov, and Jeff talks Mets prospects with Toby Hyde of BP Mets and SNY.tv (at 22:49).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 848: 2016 Season Preview Series: Tampa Bay Rays
    Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Rays’ season with ESPN Insider’s Tommy Rancel, and George talks to Tampa Bay Times Rays beat writer Marc Topkin (at 24:47).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 847: 2016 Season Preview Series: Boston Red Sox
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview Boston’s season with Providence Journal Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson, and George talks to Brian’s ProJo colleague, Tim Britton (at 28:41).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 846: Nihilistic Trivia Time
    Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a LaRoche-related White Sox conspiracy and update Ryan Webb’s save outlook, then answer emails about Ryan Howard, Trout vs. Goldschmidt, a terrible trivia question, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 845: 2016 Season Preview Series: San Francisco Giants
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Giants’ season with Erik Malinowski, and Jeff talks to Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles (at 24:10).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 844: 2016 Season Preview Series: Washington Nationals
    Mon, Mar 21, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Nationals’ season with Washington Post Nationals beat writer Chelsea Janes, and Jeff talks to Chelsea’s Washington Post colleague, James Wagner (at 23:56).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 843: Cole Figueroa is Your Sabermetric Spirit Animal
    Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    Ben and FiveThirtyEight author Rob Arthur talk to Pittsburgh Pirates multi-position player Cole Figueroa about his use of statistics, why athletes should keep a close eye on what teams are tracking, and how his future depends on a small sample.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 842: 2016 Season Preview Series: Houston Astros
    Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Astros’ season with Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Evan Drellich, and George talks to Evan’s Houston Chronicle colleague, Jesus Ortiz (at 31:38).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 841: 2016 Season Preview Series: Toronto Blue Jays
    Thu, Mar 17, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Blue Jays’ season with Joshua Howsam of Baseball Prospectus Toronto, and George talks to Sportsnet columnist Shi Davidi (at 19:49).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 840: The Underrated Trout Edition
    Wed, Mar 16, 2016

    Ben and Sam announce this year‚Äôs Effectively Wild fantasy game, ‚ÄúBeat PECOTA,‚ÄĚ then answer listener emails about Mike Trout, game theory in the amateur draft, baseball caps, Goose Gossage, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 839: 2016 Season Preview Series: New York Yankees
    Tue, Mar 15, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Yankees’ season with Kenny Ducey of Sports Illustrated and BP Bronx, and George talks to Lohud.com Yankees beat writer Chad Jennings (at 29:32).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 838: 2016 Season Preview Series: Seattle Mariners
    Mon, Mar 14, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Mariners’ season with BP/Lookout Landing writer Meg Rowley, and George talks to Tacoma Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto (at 25:23).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 837: 2016 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates
    Fri, Mar 11, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Pirates’ season with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pirates beat writer Travis Sawchik, and Jeff talks to Pat Lackey of Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke? (at 23:58).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 836: 2016 Season Preview Series: St. Louis Cardinals
    Thu, Mar 10, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Cardinals’ season with Dayn Perry of CBS Sports, and Jeff talks to The Cardinals Way author Howard Megdal (at 22:29).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 835: The River of Banter Edition
    Wed, Mar 09, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a T-Pain tweet, two famous phrases, Ray Searage, and the final results of their contracts draft, then answer listener emails about the Cubs, a baseball broadcast from Better Call Saul, redistributing salaries, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 834: 2016 Season Preview Series: Chicago White Sox
    Tue, Mar 08, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the White Sox’ season with BP author R.J. Anderson, and George talks to CSN Chicago White Sox insider Dan Hayes (at 23:14).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 833: 2016 Season Preview Series: Texas Rangers
    Mon, Mar 07, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Rangers’ season with BP author Kate Morrison, and George talks to Fort Worth Star-Telegram Rangers beat writer Jeff Wilson (at 26:32).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 832: 2016 Season Preview Series: Arizona Diamondbacks
    Fri, Mar 04, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Diamondbacks’ season with BP author Zachary Levine, and Jeff talks to SiriusXM and Diamondbacks pre- and postgame host Mike Ferrin (at 32:10).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 831: 2016 Season Preview Series: Detroit Tigers
    Thu, Mar 03, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Tigers’ season with FiveThirtyEight author Rob Arthur, and George talks to MLB.com Tigers beat writer Jason Beck (at 22:06).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 830: The Longest Listener Email Show
    Wed, Mar 02, 2016

    Ben and Sam play a quick player guessing game, banter about pitching-coach projects and Coors Field fences, and answer listener emails about the Cubs and personal catchers, irrational fan beliefs, Mike Trout, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 829: 2016 Season Preview Series: Minnesota Twins
    Tue, Mar 01, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Twins’ season with BP author Kun Funck, and Jeff talks to Pioneer Press Twins beat writer Mike Berardino (at 23:40).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 828: 2016 Season Preview Series: San Diego Padres
    Mon, Feb 29, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Padres’ season with MLB.com Cut 4 writer Michael Clair, and Jeff talks to MLB.com Padres beat writer Corey Brock (at 23:31).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 827: 2016 Season Preview Series: Milwaukee Brewers
    Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Brewers’ season with BP Milwaukee’s Ryan Romano, and Jeff talks to freelance writer Jack Moore (at 23:16).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 826: 2016 Season Preview Series: Kansas City Royals
    Thu, Feb 25, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Royals’ season with Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger, and George talks to Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Rustin Dodd (at 28:04).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 825: The Airport Angels Edition
    Wed, Feb 24, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Angels at the airport, Ryan Webb, and a home-run-hitting contest, then answer listener emails about winning three-game series, the best radio broadcasts, the baseball equivalent of the San Antonio Spurs, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 824: 2016 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    Tue, Feb 23, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Angels’ season with Vice Sports contributing editor David Roth, and George talks to Los Angeles Times Angels beat writer Pedro Moura (at 27:42).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 823: 2016 Season Preview Series: Miami Marlins
    Mon, Feb 22, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Marlins’ season with BP author Matt Trueblood, and Jeff talks to ESPN/Fox Sports Florida analyst Eduardo Perez (at 28:08).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 822: 2016 Season Preview Series: Oakland Athletics
    Fri, Feb 19, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Athletics’ season with SB Nation’s Claire McNear, and George talks to San Francisco Chronicle A’s beat writer Susan Slusser (at 21:09).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 821: 2016 Season Preview Series: Colorado Rockies
    Thu, Feb 18, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Rockies’ season with Deadspin editor Tom Ley, and Jeff talks to Purple Row prospect writer Jen Mac Ramos (at 19:45).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 820: The Posing Pineda Edition
    Wed, Feb 17, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a picture of Michael Pineda, then answer emails about deferred contracts, players they wish would write books, Michael Jordan the minor leaguer, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 819: 2016 Season Preview Series: Baltimore Orioles
    Tue, Feb 16, 2016

    Ben and Craig preview the Orioles’ season with Jon Bernhardt, and George talks to MASN/MASNSports.com Orioles reporter Roch Kubatko (at 25:52).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 818: 2016 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds
    Mon, Feb 15, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Reds’ season with Russell Carleton, and Jeff talks to Cincinnati Enquirer Reds beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans (at 28:21)

  • Effectively Wild Episode 817: 2016 Season Preview Series: Atlanta Braves
    Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Braves’ season with Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Mark Bradley, and Jeff talks to Talking Chop prospect writer Garrett Spain (at 31:23)

  • Effectively Wild Episode 816: 2016 Season Preview Series: Philadelphia Phillies
    Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview the Phillies’ season with Holly M. Wendt, and Jeff talks to News Journal Phillies beat writer Meghan Montemurro (at 23:50)

  • Effectively Wild Episode 815: The Season-Previews Preview
    Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Ben and Sam preview their fourth annual 30-team season-preview podcast series with preview partners Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell, then answer listener emails about prospect lists, talking to scouts, fantasy drafting, Ian Desmond, and Kenta Maeda.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 814: Why Donít the Best Free Agents Make Even More Money?
    Tue, Feb 09, 2016

    Ben and Sam discuss why teams don’t pay a premium for elite free agents and why players who switch positions might not always do so smoothly.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 813: Changing the Strike Zone Responsibly
    Mon, Feb 08, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about The Good Wife’s Super Bowl spot and discuss some potential unintended consequences of raising/shrinking the strike zone.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 812: Warren Spahn and the Forgotten Flexible Starter
    Fri, Feb 05, 2016

    Ben talks to former Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Steven Goldman and Banished to the Pen’s Darius Austin about how Warren Spahn avoided the 1950s Dodgers and what we can learn from the way managers used their pitchers when rotations weren’t rigid.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 811: 2016 Comeback Player Predictions
    Thu, Feb 04, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Alvaro Espinoza and Kenta Imamiya, then draft candidates for the 2016 Comeback Player of the Year Award(s).

  • Effectively Wild Episode 810: The Empty Average Edition
    Wed, Feb 03, 2016

    Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Howie Kendrick’s contract, Scott Boras and the CBA, how teams hire analysts, young MVPs, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 809: The 2016 Minor League Free Agent Draft
    Tue, Feb 02, 2016

    For the third consecutive year, Ben and Sam draft the 20 minor league free agents they hope will earn the most major league playing time in 2016.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 808: The BP Annual Guessing Game
    Mon, Feb 01, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Billions, the amazing Willie Davis, and a strange Fox Sports article, then conduct a quiz show.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 807: Daren Willman Previews Statcast Season Two
    Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to the new Director of Baseball Research and Development for MLB Advanced Media, Daren Willman, about what’s in store for Statcast in 2016 and beyond.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 806: How Quickly Chemistry Can Change
    Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about a Salvador Perez extension and a strike-zone change, then discuss the rapid reversal of the Athletics’ clubhouse and what it might mean for the Nationals.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 805: How Much is That World Series in the Window?
    Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Yoenis Cespedes’s contract, relievers winning awards, how much it costs to buy a World Series, prospect comparisons, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 804: The Offseason Odds Movers
    Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Mike Trout moonlighting as a weatherman, then discuss which teams have seen their World Series odds fall or rise the most since the beginning of the offseason.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 803: Coin-Flip Friday
    Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Yoenis Cespedes, then revisit the Josh Donaldson deal and answer listener emails about umpire inadequacy, the Ausmus-Matheny paradox, and what it would cost to pay minor leaguers minimum wage.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 802: The Podcast We Put Away Wet
    Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Chris Davis and Target, then answer emails about David Price, Yosemite Tim, requesting trades, true talent, and the most average player.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 801: The Big-Contract Catch-Up
    Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the resolution to a legal case they discussed last week, then discuss the Ian Kennedy, Chris Davis, and Justin Upton signings.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 800: Kieran Powell on Converting from Cricket
    Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to former international cricketer Kieran Powell about his attempt to become a professional baseball player.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 799: Andy McCullough Defends the Fourth Estate
    Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to incoming Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer Andy McCullough about the Players’ Tribune, the Dodgers and Royals and, for some reason, Sublime.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 798: The Baseball Amicus Brief
    Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Ben and Sam talk to FanGraphs legal analyst Nathaniel Grow about a number of baseball-related cases working their way through the courts.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 797: How to Have the Trout Talk
    Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Chris Davis and burning ships, then answer a listener email about how to make Mike Trout matter to non-fans.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 796: Podcasting Under Pressure
    Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Ian Kennedy and their free-agent-contract predictions, then answer listener emails about the Dodgers’ front office, The Players’ Tribune, Coors Field and Gerardo Parra, silent free agents, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 795: The State of the Central Address
    Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about BP’s new catcher-defense stats, then discuss the AL Central’s offseason.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 794: Belated Barry Bonds Banter
    Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Ben and Sam discuss how long Barry Bonds will last as the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 793: The Emergency Mailbag Edition
    Fri, Jan 08, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Kenta Maeda’s physical, then consult an official scorer and answer emails about a market correction, the Dodgers’ spending, the Yankees’ and Cubs’ bullpens, and Dave Stewart.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 792: What We Learned from This Yearís Hall of Fame Voting
    Thu, Jan 07, 2016

    Ben and Sam review the greatness of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza and talk about their other takeaways from the Hall of Fame voting results.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 791: Brewsterís Emails
    Wed, Jan 06, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about Justin Upton and answer listener emails about baseball movies, rap lyrics, restructuring divisions, free-agent demands, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 790: The Non-Hilarious Haren
    Tue, Jan 05, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about dress codes and the recent lack of rumors, then discuss Dan Haren’s revelatory tweets.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 789: Premature Takes on the Kenta Maeda Contract
    Mon, Jan 04, 2016

    Ben and Sam banter about the unusual number of unsigned position players, then share their initial reactions to the Dodgers’ signing of Kenta Maeda.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 788: The Deepest Mailbag Dive
    Mon, Dec 28, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about player privacy concerns, then dig (very) deep into the mailbag for questions that time forgot.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 787: He Knows if Your Hall of Fame Ballot Has Been Bad or Good
    Mon, Dec 21, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to Ryan Thibodaux about what he’s learned from his effort to track Hall of Fame ballots.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 786: The Longest-Awaited Listener Email Answers
    Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about a fictitious player from TV, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout, opt-ops, paying players not to play, persuading a parent to value Barry Bonds, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 785: The Tantalizing 2018 Free Agent Class
    Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss whether the awe-inspiring 2018 free agent class is something MLB teams should be planning for already.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 784: The Cubs Are Kinda Good
    Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss whether signing Jason Heyward makes the Cubs the best team in baseball.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 783: The Astros Get Giles, and a Heyward Hypothetical
    Thu, Dec 10, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Serial and basketball, then discuss the Astros-Phillies trade and Jason Heyward.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 782: Shelby Miller Madness, and a Zobrist-Castro Comparison
    Wed, Dec 09, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss the Shelby Miller trade between the Diamondbacks and Braves, and the Cubs’ Starlin Castro trade and Ben Zobrist signing.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 781: Are Teams Going Overboard in the Bullpen?
    Tue, Dec 08, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Hall of Fame voting and David Price, then talk about the recent trend toward teams acquiring multiple elite late-inning relievers.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 780: Good Pitchers Go West
    Mon, Dec 07, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about David Price and Ryan Madson and discuss the Zack Greinke and Jeff Samardzija signings.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 779: Meet Major League Hittersí Newest Nightmare
    Fri, Dec 04, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to BP author Chris Mosch about the newest innovation in defensive positioning: the outfield shift.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 778: Your Best Emails, with a Special Surprise(d) Guest
    Thu, Dec 03, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about rumors, answer emails about reclamation projects, a free-agent A-Rod, secret contracts, no-trade clauses, and more, and speak to someone who’s not expecting their call.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 777: The Pun-Free David Price Podcast
    Wed, Dec 02, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about the Tony Cruz trade and then discuss a slightly (but only slightly!) more momentous move, the Red Sox signing David Price.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 776: One Manís Winter Meetings Saga
    Tue, Dec 01, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to Andre Archimbaud, whose experience at the 2002 Winter Meetings, just before Moneyball blew up, was chronicled in Josh Lewin’s book, Getting in the Game.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 775: The Happ/Zimmermann Contract Conundrums
    Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss the perplexities of the J.A. Happ and Jordan Zimmermann signings.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 774: The Thanksgiving Emails Episode the World Didnít Want You to Hear
    Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about troublesome software (for some reason), then answer emails about constructing sensible trades, solving moral hazard, subbing for Andrelton Simmons, and what makes free agents happy.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 773: The Aroldis Chapman Trade Discussion
    Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Lloyd McClendon’s new managerial job, then talk about Aroldis Chapman being on the block.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 772: Slide Rules, Innings Limits, and Cano Contracts Revisited
    Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss MLB’s track record with rule changes, Scott Boras’ involvement in Jose Fernandez’ pitching plans, and Robinson Cano’s contract.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 771: Trout-Harper Redux, and the Week in Clubhouse Gossip
    Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss the latest gossip about the Mariners and Marlins, then do another career comparison of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 770: Shooting the Baseball Breeze
    Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about award apathy, Hall of Fame voting, and Francisco Rodriguez, then answer a couple listener emails.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 769: Rich Hill, Jerry Dipoto, and David Ortiz
    Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss the Rich Hill signing and more Mike Trout punctuation, then answer listener emails about Jerry Dipoto and David Ortiz and do a double Play Index.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 768: The Angelsí Simmons Incentives and the Bravesí Odd Rebuild
    Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss why three free agents accepted qualifying offers, then break down both sides of the Andrelton Simmons trade.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 767: The Non-Cookie-Cutter Craig Kimbrel Reaction
    Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss the Craig Kimbrel trade and the way to talk about closers in 2015.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 766: The Second Annual Free-Agent-Contract Over/Under Draft
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Ben and Sam draft the free agents they think will make more or less money than predicted.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 765: MLBís MBA Future
    Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to BP author Jeff Quinton about how baseball teams could benefit from design thinking.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 764: Award Apathy and Splashy Stats
    Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about daily-fantasy ads, then answer listener emails about Barry Bonds and splash hits, end-of-season awards, when to spend on free agents, baseball and the metric system, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 763: Predicting the GM Predictions
    Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Mike Trout and Brian Cashman, then predict and discuss the results of Jerry Crasnick’s annual executive poll.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 762: The Best Barry Bonds Facts
    Mon, Nov 09, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk about the best Barry Bonds facts with Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman of Cespedes Family Barbecue.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 761: An Offseason Friday Gallimaufry
    Fri, Nov 06, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss free agents, qualifying offers, the Rays-Mariners trade, Alex Anthopoulos’ departure from Toronto, and Mike Trout Twitter.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 760: Andy McCullough Reveals Every Royals Offseason Move
    Thu, Nov 05, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough about why the Royals won the World Series and what their offseason might look like.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 759: Your Fantastic Offseason Emails
    Wed, Nov 04, 2015

    Ben and Sam answer listener emails about buying two tickets to games, Derek Jeter jerseys, and the World Series, and Play Index about extra innings.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 758: Welcome Back, Baker
    Tue, Nov 03, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Jeurys Familia’s blown saves in the World Series, then talk about Bud Black, Dusty Baker, and the state of managing.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 757: World Series Lessons Learned
    Mon, Nov 02, 2015

    Ben and Sam say goodbye to Grantland, the World Series, and the 2015 season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 756: The Unwritten Rules of Syndergaard-Escobar
    Sat, Oct 31, 2015

    Ben and Sam do a quick bonus Saturday episode on Mets starter Noah Syndergaard’s first pitch of World Series Game 3.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 755: The Soundtrack to Your World Series Weekend
    Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about the Market Diner, then discuss World Series strategy and answer listener emails.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 754: The Royals Are Reading Your Mind
    Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about the brilliance of Roger Angell, then discuss the latest Ned Yost news, Jacob deGrom’s supposed pitch-tipping, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 753: Takeaways from a Wild Game One
    Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss several aspects of a classic start to the World Series.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 752: Hey, the World Series is Starting
    Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Ben and Sam preview the 2015 World Series.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 751: Between-Series Banter
    Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Ben and Sam follow up on a story from last week and discuss the Royals’ rotation secrecy, Ruben Amaro’s new job, managing for the Marlins, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 750: A Postseason Smorgasbord
    Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss a smattering of postseason topics, including Kyle Schwarber, a playoff-team draft, ALCS Game 6, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 749: Stan Conte on Injury Unknowns and Brett Andersonís 180
    Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to recently resigned Dodgers VP of Medical Services and Head Athletic Trainer Stan Conte about hidden injuries, fighting fatigue, and Brett Anderson’s almost-miraculous season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 748: The Endangered Diner Edition
    Wed, Oct 21, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Ben’s endangered diner and position player pitching, then answer listener emails about shutdown innings, evaluating GMs, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 747: Important Playoff Questions Answered
    Tue, Oct 20, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Johnny Cueto and the differences between the most boring parts of baseball and other sports, then answer playoff-related listener emails.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 746: The Championship Series Check-In
    Mon, Oct 19, 2015

    Ben, Harry Pavlidis, and Jeffrey Paternostro review the weekend’s ALCS and NLCS action and preview the pitching in ALCS Game 3.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 745: The Obligatory Championship Series Preview Episode
    Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    Ben, Craig Goldstein, and Matt Trueblood banter about Mets-Dodgers Game 5, then preview the NLCS and ALCS.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 744: The Texas-Toronto Seventh-Inning Insanity Draft
    Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    Ben and Sam draft their favorite moments from the unbelievable seventh inning of Blue Jays-Rangers Game Five.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 743: The Cubs Clinch and Kershaw Recovers
    Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    Ben and Sam review the Cubs-Cardinals series and Mets-Dodgers Game Four, then return to the David Price puzzle.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 742: Priceís Puzzle, Kershawís Seventh, and the Astros-Royals Reversal
    Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about how this year’s playoffs compare to last year’s, then discuss the postseason performances of Clayton Kershaw and David Price, the crazy Astros-Royals reversal, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 741: All About Utley
    Mon, Oct 12, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about TBS baseball broadcasts, then discuss the Chase Utley slide in Game 2 of the Dodgers-Mets NLDS.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 740: NLDS Deep Thoughts
    Fri, Oct 09, 2015

    Ben and Sam review the first games of the American League Division Series, then discuss the Cubs-Cardinals and Dodgers-Mets matchups.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 739: Wild Cards in Review and All Your ALDS Analysis
    Thu, Oct 08, 2015

    Ben and Sam review the wild-card games and discuss the Rangers-Blue Jays and Astros-Royals Division Series.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 738: The Playoff Draft
    Tue, Oct 06, 2015

    Ben and Sam give an update on ongoing competitions, draft playoff teams, and answer emails about play-in games, Clayton Kershaw, a Tigers scoring mystery, and more.

  • Effectively Wild: Episode 737: Several of the Biggest Surprises from the 2015 Regular Season
    Mon, Oct 05, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about an eventful weekend in baseball, then discuss some of the developments that surprised them most during the 2015 regular season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 736: Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and the Angelsí Attempt to Stay Alive
    Thu, Oct 01, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to OC Register writer Pedro Moura about the odd career paths of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, the Angels’ recent resurgence, and the team’s search for a new GM.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 735: Podcast Court is in Session
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Mike Trout’s punctuation, then answer listener emails about the fastest fastball, pennant-race anxiety, Rich Hil, shortstop studs, and a fantasy-league dilemma.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 734: The Most Important Player on Every Postseason Team
    Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta, and Jerry Dipoto, then pick the player each playoff team would be most screwed without.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 733: The Response to the Playersí Response to the Papelbon-Harper Brawl
    Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about the changing structure of front offices, then discuss what former players are saying about the brawl between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 732: Andy McCullough on A-Rod, the Royals, and Rock
    Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough about Alex Rodriguez, several Royals-related topics, and 1990s music.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 731: The Up to One Swing for the Fences Edition
    Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Ben and Sam answer listener emails about bullpen catchers, past playoff odds, a Nationals Park promotion, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 730: David Stearns, Pete Mackanin, and Troublesome Tags
    Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about the Brewers’ hiring of David Stearns, then talk about why timing is everything when it comes to tags, interim managers and Weezer and Wes Anderson.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 729: How (Not) to Wager on the World Series
    Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about a Sandy Alderson story, then compare what PECOTA and the sportsbooks say about the likely winners of the World Series.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 728: The Mercurial Matt Moore
    Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Matt Albers and baseball cards, then talk to Adam Sobsey about Matt Moore and the dependability of top pitching prospects.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 727: The ALís Outscored Contenders
    Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about one of the worst games of the season, Madison Bumgarner, and an old bet, then talk to Adam J. Morris about the Rangers and Brandon Warne about the Twins.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 726: How Many Fingers is Mike Trout Holding Up?
    Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    Ben and Sam read responses to previous topics, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout, questionable bullpen decisions, what WAR is missing, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 725: Why Donít Bad Teams Tank in September?
    Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss Yoenis Cespedes’ MVP case and contract, then talk about why bad teams don’t try to lose in September.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 724: Debating David Ortiz and Buying Stock in Baseball Players
    Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss David Ortiz’s Hall of Fame candidacy and Angels starter Andrew Heaney’s decision to sell stock in himself.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 723: Outlaw Relievers and New-Model Managers
    Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Chin-hui Tsao, Joey Votto, insect intruders, and the Indians’ defense, then discuss what we’ve learned about Brad Ausmus, Robin Ventura, and other new-model managers.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 722: Cold-Calling Ned Garver
    Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Ben and Sam answer listener emails, come across a baseball mystery, and get answers straight from a primary source.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 721: The Mechanics and Morality of the Metsí Matt Harvey Dilemma
    Tue, Sep 08, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about GM smack talk, then discuss the Mets, Matt Harvey, and innings limits.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 720: The Extra-Long Listener Email Blowout
    Fri, Sep 04, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about the Mets, Matt Harvey, and Scott Boras, then answer listener emails about pitcher stuff, park effects, permanent shifts, a magic Jonny Gomes, playoff seeding, and much more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 719: Jinxing Jacob deGrom
    Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to Amazin’ Avenue’s Jeff Paternostro about Mets player development and the mysterious origins of unexpected ace Jacob deGrom.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 718: Early Awards and Excessive Celebrations
    Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Joc Pederson and answer emails about Madison Bumgarner, on-field celebrations, the Triple Crown, holding runners, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 717: The WTF Washington Nationals
    Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss the Washington Nationals’ seemingly lost season, followed by special appearances from podcast legends Ryan Webb and Matt Albers.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 716: Appreciating Carlos Correa
    Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Ben, Sam, and Erik Malinowski banter about Madison Bumgarner the batter, then discuss Astros rookie Carlos Correa’s early achievements.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 715: Strand Me in St. Louis
    Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about casting news, then discuss the St. Louis Cardinals’ seemingly incredible luck.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 714: The 2015 MLB Debuts Draft
    Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about last week’s banter and the Dodgers’ speed camp, then draft players who made their big league debuts in 2015.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 713: The Mysteries and Strategies Edition
    Thu, Aug 06, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Joe Girardi’s strategy and Dave Stewart’s stories, then answer listener emails about a Martin Prado mystery, deadline trades, Nick Markakis, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 712: Combating Baseballís Beanball Wars
    Tue, Aug 04, 2015

    Ben, Sam, and Zachary Levine banter about hidden streaks, then discuss baseball’s latest self-policing problems and the best ways to discourage beanballs.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 711: The Least Active Team at the Most Active Trade Deadline
    Mon, Aug 03, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Dave Stewart’s violation of front-office unwritten rules and a bad call on Bryce Harper, then discuss the extra-active deadline, the Padres’ inactivity, and the latest top-prospect promotions.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 710: Hamels, Latos, and Gomez, Oh My
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss a wild Wednesday night on the trade market, covering a three-team involving involving the Dodgers, Braves, and Marlins, the Cole Hamels deal, and the Mets’ almost-trade for Carlos Gomez.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 709: Zobrist, Papelbon, and Other Updates from Deadline Week
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about history, etymology, lexicography, and Nolan Arenado, then discuss the Ben Zobrist, Jonathan Papelbon, and Mat Latos trades.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 708: The Cueto and Tulo Trades
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about an Elvis Andrus glove toss, an odd triple play, and A-Rod, then discuss the Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki trades.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 707: Kershaw as a Closer, the Philliesí Pitching Apocalypse, and Other Emails
    Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about analytics and secrecy, then answer listener emails about aces in relief, the Phillies’ terrible rotation, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 706: Go-Go-Gadget Greinke
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about the Astros and then discuss the possible interpretations of Zack Greinke’s scoreless innings streak.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 705: The Anniversary Emails Edition
    Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    On the podcast’s third anniversary, Ben and Sam answer emails about how much baseball players work, whatever happened to offensive shortstops, breaking unwritten rules, projecting prospects, and more, then place an impromptu call.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 704: Mysteries from the Front Office
    Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about former Pirates executive Merrill Hess and then discuss stories about former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti from Molly Knight’s new book.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 703: Oaklandís Trade Deadline Dilemma
    Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about the All-Star Game and then discuss how the Oakland A’s should handle the next phase of their strange season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 1184: When Would You Want Your World Series?
    Wed, Jul 08, 2015

    Ben and Sam discuss the optimal distribution of World Series wins across an average lifespan.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 702: The Significance of Scioscia Deposing Dipoto
    Tue, Jul 07, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about trade arbitrage and Jon Lester, then discuss the Angels’ front-office overthrow.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 701: The All-Banter Backlog Show
    Mon, Jul 06, 2015

    Ben and Sam return from a semi-extended absence to banter about Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, a David Ortiz fun fact, All-Star voting, Cardinals hacking, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 700: Sabermetrics, Australia-Style
    Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to Anthony Rescan about his statistical work with the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 699: Radio Producers, Cycles, and Dave Stewart Donít Make Sense
    Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about baseball crimes, All-Star voting, and Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart, then answer listener emails about perfect games, discuss stats about cycles, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 698: The Diamondbacks Do it Again
    Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about prosecuting the Cardinals and the Royals’ All-Star tally, then talk about the Diamondbacks’ perplexing Bronson Arroyo trade.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 697: The David Price Trade Revisited
    Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Tim Lincecum and a fateful Jose Tabata hit by pitch, then discuss how the 2014 David Price deal looks in retrospect for the Rays.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 696: Listener Emails: The Hacking, Hanley, and Position Player Pitching Edition
    Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about position players pitching and answer emails about the Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal, Hanley Ramirez, defensive positioning, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 695: The Cardinals Face the Feds
    Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Billy Hamilton and discuss the New York Times report about the Cardinals’ involvement in the hacking of the Astros’ internal system.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 694: Adjudicating an All-Royals All-Star Game
    Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about clothing choices, Albert Pujols, and a defensive play, then discuss the threat of a Royals-heavy American League All-Star team.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 693: Dugout Etiquette, Warm-Up WAR, and Other Thrilling Emails
    Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Pat Venditte and Zack Cozart, then answer emails about batter-pitcher matchups, when to congratulate players, double Delino DeShieldses, and more.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 692: The Year of Top Prospects
    Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Bryce Harper and talk about the unusual number of top prospects making the majors early this season.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 691: Chris Long on Analyticsí Role in the Draft Room
    Tue, Jun 09, 2015

    Ben and Sam talk to former Padres Senior Quantitative Analyst Chris Long about how teams can use stats to improve their performance in the amateur draft.

  • Effectively Wild Episode 690: Probably Premature Judgments About Offseason Trades, Part Two
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    Ben and Sam banter about Pat Venditte, then revisit three winter blockbusters involving NL West teams.