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 »
Posts by Brandon Lee
Banished to the Pen’s full NL Central Podcast team got together to preview the 2017 National League Central. Alex Crisafulli, Eric Roseberry, Rob Mains, Ross Bukouricz, and Brandon Lee went around the horn to give their takes and answer questions about the Cardinals, Reds, Pirates, Brewers, and Cubs.
This year’s White Sox preview is a joint effort between Brandon Lee and Eric Oliver. For the last 26 years, the Chicago White Sox have been operating with a single mantra: “be pretty okay, and… Read more »
The first part of our daily series of season previews. Brandon Lee and Darius Austin collaborated on this edition. What can we ask about the Padres? We know the rotation might be one of… Read more »
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… 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.
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…. 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… 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… 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.
This week on an NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee magically/conveniently/unintentionally scheduled a recording time to coincide with the ending of Kyle Hendricks’s ultimately failed no-hit bid, which, upon its breakup,… Read more »
On the latest episode of an NL Central Podcast, Alex Crisafulli, Ross Bukouricz, and Brandon Lee discuss the current state of their teams (Cardinals, Brewers, and Cubs respectively) and revisit the concept of the Brewers’ “Timeless Ticket.” The guys also talk about season tickets (including some non-NL Central and non-MLB teams), and reveal their favorite September baseball memories. The episode closes with an NL Cy Young trivia question.
I love caps. I love flat-billed caps, loud caps, classic caps, oddly colored caps, throwback caps, caps that teams only wore one time, commemorative caps, snapbacks, strapbacks, fitteds, any. I love ’em. So when I saw via the… Read more »
Previously, Banished to the Pen turned the clock back to 1988 in the first entry of our Throwbacks series. This time, we look back at 1994 — when Matt Williams chased 61, Tony Gwynn chased… Read more »
On the latest NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee talk about the plural forms of breakfast foods, cross-country roadtrips, music festival fashion, hats, and baseball. Baseball topics include but are not… Read more »
On episode 7 of An NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee talk about the (currently) ongoing Cubs/Cardinals series, including Trevor Rosenthal, the Cubs stream of prospects, and what exactly is “Nuveen.”… Read more »
On the latest episode of An NL Central Podcast (#6), Alex Crisafulli (@alexcards79), Eric Roseberry (@ericdroseberry), and Brandon Lee (@bleeinternets) discuss division roster moves, Rany Jazayerli’s piece on the Cubs for the Ringer, the Cubs… Read more »
In this episode of an NL Central Podcast (episode 4), Eric Roseberry and Alex Crisafulli put Ross Bukouricz on the spot to judge a 6-year-old bench-clearing fight between the Reds and Cardinals (Cardinals and Reds?). The… Read more »
On episode 3 of An NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry (@ericdroseberry), Ross Bukouricz (@rossbukouricz), and Brandon Lee (@bleeinternets) talk Brewers, Reds bullpen, and Jake Arrieta, with considerable Brewers trivia throughout the recording. The Cubs are… Read more »
On episode 2 of An NL Central Podcast, Rob Mains, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee discuss the happenings in the division over the past month, including an assessment of the Pittsburgh Pirates so far, how… Read more »
In the first episode of An NL Central Podcast, Alex Crisafulli, Eric Roseberry, and Brandon Lee discuss the virtues of a divisional podcast in 2016, your current WAR leaderboards, how this year’s Reds aren’t at all like the 1996 Bulls, why Cardinals fans should consider booing Jason Heyward, and “Christian EDM.”
There are dozens of Cubs previews out there, but as far as I can google, none that are set to a soundtrack of Mountain Goats songs. John Darnielle was on Effectively Wild’s Cubs preview this… Read more »
The Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate their 20th season in 2017, and for much of that history they’ve been defined by their off-field actors: original team owner Vince Naimoli oversaw some very poor teams and alienated any potential fans in the first several years of ownership before being bought out by Stuart Sternberg.
Alex Crisafulli and Eric Roseberry join Brandon Lee (not in a car due to scheduling conflicts), talking about cubs, Cubs, Cards, Reds, Roseberry Twitter, John Lackey, winning a World Series, and the Effectively Wild Tournament finals.
For the Houston Astros, the 2015 season represented some sort of near-redemption, an almost-coronation that brought them back into the good graces of fans across Houston. They finished 86-76, won the Wild Card game against… Read more »
Andrew Patrick and Mike Carlucci join Brandon Lee to talk about Harper-Bautista-Gossage, break down our Wild Four tournament, preview the Angels/A’s/Giants/Dodgers, and play “Guess the ’06 BP Player Comment.”
Brandon Lee, Mike Carlucci, Nick Strangis, and Ken Maeda banter about Force Awakens rewatches and then resume their draft of favorite Star Wars things with three more rounds.
Matt Trueblood and Scott Kushner join Brandon Lee to talk about Yoenis Cespedes and other free agent news, Scott’s coaching at Centenary College, and Matt’s contribution to the 2016 Baseball Prospectus Annual. Then they play a BP ’96 player comments guessing game, and list what changes they’d make to MLB.
Not long after their initial viewings of Star Wars Episode VII, Brandon Lee, Ken Maeda, Mick Carlucci, and Nick Strangis just had to convene to compare their ratings, theater experience, and likes/dislikes. Spoilers throughout.
Andrew Patrick, Eric Hartman, Mike Carlucci, and Brandon Lee hold a 5-round draft of their all-time favorite Simpsons episodes.