Thank you for checking out Banished to the Pen’s 2019 Season Preview Series! In our fifth edition, we’re pairing shorter essays with some assorted miscellany to bring you a fun snapshot of every team heading… Read more »
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On the heels of last year’s wildly successful (and chaotic) Cubs preview, Brandon Lee, Dan Epstein, and Darius Austin brought back the Facebook chat preview to discuss the 2018 Seattle Mariners. Darius: I think the… Read more »
See the schedule of our published and upcoming team-by-team previews.
Brandon Lee and Alex Crisafulli talk about Mike Dunn, Mike Dunne, Stephen Piscotty, Yu Darvish, Cubs vs Rays, “this season” vs “last season,” favorite 2017 moments, and SNES sports games, then cap things off.
Presented here is a virtual baseball card series that aims to serve as an introduction to sabermetrics: Why is on base percentage better than batting average? What’s a good OPS? What does wRC+ mean? Our… Read more »
Sometimes it’s an exit you see coming as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Other times, the news comes out of nowhere in the middle of the off-season. During this calm before the storm of… Read more »
Brandon Lee, Mike Carlucci, and Nick Strangis talk about Mike’s visit to Saber Seminar 2017 (and seeing Effectively Wild live), a look back at a 2006 trade, Nick’s visits to SunTrust Park in Atlanta, and a draft of jersey names for Players Weekend.
The podcast returns from a hiatus as Darius Austin, Daniel Epstein, and Brandon Lee discuss FiveThirtyEight’s fan survey and Statcast’s Sprint Speed metric, hold a draft of trade candidates, and review the Jeff Sullivan era… Read more »
During the All-Star Break, BttP compiled a ballot of favorite fictional baseball characters, and readers were asked to select their personal top nine. The top 25 vote-getters are counted down below with the percentage of… Read more »
Below is a sortable list of candidates for our poll of favorite fictional baseball-playing characters (which includes 12 infielders, 12 outfielders, 17 pitchers, and 9 catchers). Apologies for any inevitable snubs. At the link provided,… Read more »
The White Sox have agreed to terms with 19-year-old Cuban amateur free agent Luis Robert. Many consider the 19-year-old outfielder to be the best international prospect not named Shohei Otani.
In this issue: Albers closes again… Ben & Jeff live show upcoming… News & previews… Mario Kart baseball
In this issue: Albers saves… News & previews… Eyewitness account of 18-inning affair… Post-Star Wars Day blowout
In this first issue: Upcoming Matchups… Webb-Albers Championship League Update… Local Dog Eats for Cycle
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 »
Welcome to the final round of the 2017 Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic, where it all comes down to motivation vs nihilism.
It’s the Semi-Finals of the 2017 Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic.
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.
Welcome to the Round of 16 of the 3rd Annual Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic. Here are the results of the opening round’s second half. Trampolines upset Watching Videos, and Smash Mouth traded leads with Baseball Movies/Shows before winning by nine votes.
Welcome to the second half of the opening round of the 3rd Annual Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic. Before the next set of matchups, here are the results of the first half, in which all the top seeds advanced.
Welcome to the first half of the first round of the 3rd Annual Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic. Banished to the Pen has compiled 32 of the Effectively Wild podcast’s classic topics, favorite players, and most enduring/endearing running jokes.
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.
Get the full list of our 2017 team previews.
Inspired by FiveThirtyEight’s regular Slack chats, Brandon Lee, Nick Strangis, Ross Bukouricz and Darius Austin got together to do a different kind of 2017 Cubs preview through the medium of Facebook.
Josh Blum, Matt Nekrich, and Scott T Holland join Ryan Sullivan for the latest wrestling episode, this time to discuss NXT Takeover: San Antonio and the 2017 Royal Rumble, and to look ahead to WrestleMania.
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.
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.
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… Read more »
In the final part of our ’94 retrospective, we look at two things from that year that probably have little value in 2016: baseball cards, and Major League II. Also included is a brief anecdote… Read more »
In the gaming portion of our revisit to 1994, we talk about the original 16-bit Griffey title, and break down the references used for the game’s fake player names. Then we take a brief look… Read more »