The Winter Meetings began this week just outside of Washington, D.C., and the one team everyone will be watching is the Chicago White Sox, as it seems as though the market is waiting for the South Siders to move Chris Sale before anything else big can happen. I decided to take matters into my own hands by… Read more »
The Chicago Cubs’ decision to decline Jason Hammel’s 2017 club option is about many things. It’s about what the Cubs want to do with the starting rotation moving forward. By declining Hammel’s option the Cubs have expressed a level of confidence in Mike Montgomery or Rob Zastryzny moving into a permanent starting rotation slot when… Read more »
On this episode of On Baseball Writing, Eric interviewed Ben Lindbergh. Ben writes for The Ringer, and he is the co-author of The Only Rule Is It Has To Work.
Ryan Sullivan is joined by fellow Effectively Wild fans Eric Ferguson, Eric Hartman, and Josh Blum to discuss the latest in the pro wrestling world. The group briefly critiques the recent return to the ring by our colleague Eric Roseberry (aka Buck Boulder), then looks ahead to the Survivor Series (6:00) and NXT TakeOver (27:30)… Read more »
This episode features a conversation with R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports. Topics included: What is it like to write for Sam Miller? How was the transition from Baseball Prospectus to CBS Sports? Why do you want to go ghost hunting with Jon Gray? What’s it like being the second most popular R.J. Anderson on the… Read more »
In the latest episode of An NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, Brandon Lee, and Brandon’s dog Gus bark about the World Champion Chicago Cubs, mostly discussing Brandon’s thoughts on game 7, while also covering which memes do/do not apply to the series.
You may have heard Jon Lester doesn’t have a great pickoff move. Francisco Lindor exploited this fact in the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series, stealing second base and eventually scoring the first run of the Series, leading to a Cleveland victory. At the time, it seemed almost unfair to pit Lester… Read more »
The On Baseball Writing podcast features conversations with writers who cover the game we know and love. This episode features a conversation with Rob Mains of Baseball Prospectus. Music by Tha Silent Partner.
Episode 4 of “Pitch,” titled “The Break,” begins in Major League Baseball’s New York offices with a group of marketing professional-looking types sitting around a conference table watching a video campaign to propel young Ginny Baker into the 2016 All-Star game at Petco Park, her home field. The video features the requisite adorable kids, mostly… Read more »
Tim Livingston, Chris Baber, and Tyler Baber talk about the ’80s-horror-homage Netflix series Stranger Things: what made the show so great, some of its many influences, speculations for season two, and the Barb hype.
Ross Bukouricz and Mike Carlucci join Ryan Sullivan to talk League Championship Series and World Series, Rich Hill’s next contract, whether a Cubs win would be good or bad for baseball, Theo Epstein’s legacy, favorite baseball movies, and more drone thoughts.
Ah, the Midwest, my long-lost home, and the exclusive locale for the 2016 World Series. Ken Burns is buying a map as we speak. I missed the mark in last year’s World Series preview by picking the Mets in 5 and I regret the error. Still, the piece garnered Banished to the Pen thirteen SABR awards so overall it… Read more »
Alex Crisafulli of Viva El Birdos and our NL Central Podcast joins Ryan Sullivan to talk about the four division series, the remaining postseason, attending Game 5 in DC, and evolving bullpen usage, and, in between, wonder about the appeal of drones
Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee check in after an exciting National League Division Series game 5 between the Nationals and the Dodgers. LA will go on to play the Cubs in the NLCS. In this episode, the guys talks about the game, how to get home without the Metro, locker room celebrations, reading… Read more »
“Beanball,” the third episode of “Pitch,” is the first written by show runner Kevin Falls and the first that really shines. Falls manages a neat trick in Ep. 3: he deepens the personal conflicts/off-the-field narratives built in the first two episodes without depriving us of baseball. It was the most successful balance between the soapy side-stories… Read more »
Eric Roseberry and Darius Austin talk about the 2016 season predictions review, early playoff action, attending the Boston-Cleveland ALDS opener, and following sports in the UK vs the US.
With the regular season over, it’s time for our second annual review of the preseason predictions and projections that we pitted against each other back in April. Last season, the Effectively Wild podcast preview guests came away with a surprising victory; could they retain their crown? Let’s take a look at the final standings, for… Read more »
After a pilot episode that ended on the big reveal that Ginny Baker’s father/coach/diabolical mentor Bill Baker had actually died six years before she made her major-league debut with the Padres, the second episode, “The Interim,” seemed poised to provide a peek into whether “Pitch” was going to reset its format or find non-father/daughter dynamics to plumb for… Read more »
Voting for MVP, Cy Young Award, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year will be the big story in baseball once the postseason’s over. However, a lot of fans don’t know that the voting takes place a month earlier. Two members of the Baseball Writers Association of America in each team’s market–that’s 30… Read more »
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Sunday, October 2. Comment of the week: Kansas City’s Terrance Gore finished the season with 11 stolen bases and three plate appearances. I wondered whether that’s the… Read more »
Alec Denton joins Ryan Sullivan to look at the division winners and remaining contenders as the regular season comes to a close. Darius Austin joins in later as the group briefly dicusses Jose Fernandez. You can read Alec’s other work at ALDLAND, and Darius at Bat Flips & Nerds and Friends with Fantasy Benefits…. Read more »
On Effectively Wild episode 948, Banished to the Pen contributor and Baseball Prospectus author Rob Mains discussed, among many other things, the importance of the batting title back in the 1930s and 1940s: “The batting title was absolutely the biggest story in terms of individual races…in terms of the individual race that the newspapers covered… Read more »
Special guest star Russell A Carleton of Baseball Prospectus joins Mike Carlucci and Nick Strangis to look back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s classic baseball show, “Take Me Out to the Holosuite.” The trio rounds out the show with a quick, irreverent draft of favorite Trek things. Baseball Prospectus’ defensive breakdown by Larry… Read more »
On the latest episode of an NL Central show, Alex Crisafulli, Eric Roseberry, and Brandon Lee talk about Pitch Talks Chicago, the Cardinals’ Wild Card chances, Vin Scully, Pitch, and the all time single-season WAR list. They also draft Jose Fernandez GIFs, guess “hipster” NBA seasons, and then devolve into a discussion of Harambe and… Read more »
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Sunday, September 25. Comment of the week: Freddie Freeman‘s batting average over the past 30 days is better than the two worst OPSs over the past 30… Read more »
“Pitch” debuted Thursday night to some pretty poor ratings, which perhaps isn’t surprising: fictional baseball will always lose to real football. But for those of us 4 million-plus folks who did tune in to the debut of trailblazing female pitcher Ginny Baker, what did we see? A lot of good material and some predictably predictable… Read more »
FOX’s “Pitch” debuts tonight and will follow the big-league trials and travails of one fictional Ginny Baker, a “beautiful, tough and gifted athlete (who) is vaulted into instant fame when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres to make her Major League debut,” as FOX’s PR arm puts it. First off, kudos to FOX’s crack… Read more »
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Sunday, September 18. Comment of the week: First, I apologize for missing last week. I was with a friend who’d had a knee replacement. In the healthcare… Read more »
After an 11-year professional career including pitching 41 games in the Major Leagues, Paul Menhart transitioned to the coaching ranks. He spent nine seasons in the Washington Nationals’ organization as a pitching coach at all levels of the minors before being named as the Minor League Pitching Coordinator in 2015. In that role, the 47-year-old… Read more »
Nick Strangis and Tim Livingston join Brandon Lee to talk about making it to independent league baseball, signature player moves in MLB, and alternate ways to change up the Wild Card format.