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Albert Pujols is going to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. He is the active leader in WAR, SLG, 2B, HR, BB, and several other counting statistics. He is not, however, the all-time… Read more »
Picture the scene: a massive ice and snowstorm hits the Southeast. Road are frozen, cars are trapped. This includes the car of Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. If you’re Freddie Freeman, trapped in your car… Read more »
To say that I am a fan of baseball would be an understatement. If you’re reading this article not only do you know that statement is true, but you know that statement applies to you… Read more »
Every April, nothing steals hours of my sleep on a work night quite like the latest version of Out of the Park Baseball. For the uninitiated, OOTP 18 gives you total control over almost any… Read more »
Aaron Loup pitched 14.1 MLB innings in 2016; they were not any good. In fact, they were astoundingly not good. Yes, there was an elbow injury. Yes, there were 20 pretty fantastic AAA innings. But… Read more »
Giancarlo Stanton is big and buff and gets paid a lot of bucks to destroy baseballs. His power is legendary, but for the fact there’s no legend to it. According to MLB.com’s record book of… Read more »
It is generally accepted in modern baseball that versatility is a valued asset for bench players to have. Most teams carry 12 or 13 pitchers on their 25-man roster, so the few position players on… Read more »
In the bandbox of Citizen’s Bank Park on Wednesday, Mets reliever Hansel Robles entered a Mets-Phillies tilt in a precarious situation. The hard-throwing righty came in to bail out starter Zack Wheeler in the sixth… Read more »
Game 7 of the 2017 World Series has been written about ad nauseam. It’s modern baseball’s defining game, a culmination of two long running subplots to each season. It’s perhaps the fault of the phenomenal… Read more »
January, 2020 – Luxury sedans slowly depart a long driveway lined with palm trees. A calm evening has fallen on West Palm Beach, Florida, but the temperate weather does little to lift the spirits of… Read more »
The Effectively Wild podcast spends hours discussing the nuances of professional baseball players, causing them to become living memes in the eyes of the show’s listeners. I thought to myself: what if reality reflected fantasy?… Read more »
Chase Headley has been the best player on the Yankees through the first three games of 2017. It’s hard to ask for a better start than 7-12 with a homerun and a walk. This is… Read more »
Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey continue their trek across the majors; this time they evaluate USA Today’s predictions for the NL East, and they each decide between the over and under for every team. … Read more »
Three things get me super-hyped for baseball season: Taking the Red Line past Wrigley Field; Buying tickets for a baseball game; Listening to The Baseball Project. I’ve taken the train past Wrigley multiple times this… Read more »
The baseball roller coaster has completed its long, slow off-season climb and the fun is just beginning. All of the standings and leaderboards are reset to zero when the teams head north. Of course, they… Read more »
As the 2017 MLB season begins, another Effectively Wild Tournament ends. Outlasting 31 other EW favorites was Sam’s Morbid Moments, which came away with an easy finals victory. In our 3rd place matchup, Drafts of Everything… Read more »
It’s finally here. Real baseball. Major League Baseball. Baseball that counts. Baseball that we can count. And so, naturally we begin to think about great Opening Day performances. In 2013, Bryce Harper delighted the baseball… Read more »
After months of ill-advised attempts to predict the future, the 2017 season is already here. We can soon get on with the business of actual baseball, and all those reluctant predictions by prognosticators – such… Read more »
Welcome to the final round of the 2017 Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic, where it all comes down to motivation vs nihilism.
Bryant Snyder and Kyle McCarthy collaborated on this preview. The Yankees are spoiled. They’re brats. The team made the postseason every year from 1995-2007 (and had the best record in 1994 until the strike… Read more »
For Pirates fans, 2016 was an unwelcome reminder of the franchise’s post-Barry Bonds past. For the first time since breaking the 20-year streak of losing seasons, Pittsburgh finished under .500. This was particularly unwelcome since… Read more »
It’s the Semi-Finals of the 2017 Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic.
Everyone, I assume, is well aware that Jerry Dipoto shuffled the Mariners roster this offseason like a man possessed. But few of the moves really stand out as blockbusters, with most of them being smaller… Read more »
AD and Mark Sands collaborated on this preview. Despite extended absences from the team’s two young sluggers, J.D. Martinez and Nick Nicholas Castellanos, deciding to allow Mike Pelfrey to pitch 119 innings, using Mike Aviles… Read more »
The 2016 Rays were a disaster, even by the measure of the franchise’s boom or bust track record. After being picked by PECOTA to be the projected division winner, they finished last in the AL… Read more »
The World Baseball Classic is already ridiculous. That’s not to say it isn’t fantastic. We’ve had the glorious flair of the Javier Baez tag. There was the social media fury over Eric Hosmer pinch hitting… Read more »
Welcome to the Round of 8 of the 2017 Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic, where we bid farewell to the Burrito Method, Gonny Jomes, and Rich Hill.
By now, the consensus on the 2016 Texas Rangers is out there: they overachieved. Last year, the Rangers “Orioled” their way to the best record in the American League. The Pythagorean standings said they were… Read more »
What the Marlins represent to Major League Baseball heading into 2017 seemed clear until last week. The story of a team attempting to recover from the loss of a true franchise talent writes itself. Jose… Read more »
We all know how the 2016 season ended for the Orioles. I don’t want to write about it. So, I won’t. I have forgiven Buck Showalter. I love him. I understand that long term relationships… Read more »