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.
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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 »
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 »
In this episode of an NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Ross Bukouricz, and Brandon Lee discuss a variety of topics including but not limited to Ryan Braun wearing Ed Hardy shirts, the difference between J.J…. Read more »
Barry Gilpin and Mick Reinhard join Ryan Sullivan to talk about shortstops, the Reds, the life of a minor league announcer, and Lucas Giolito.
Anthony Lorenzo and Scott Kushner join Alex Crisafulli for a 3-round draft of favorite “Seinfeld” minor characters, and conclude with discussion on a memorable episodes.
An NL Central Podcast strikes back for episode 5: Eric Roseberry is joined by Alex Crisafulli and Rob Mains, discussing Tony LaRussa in the booth, how high the Cubs could go, and Carson Cistulli’s TV broadcaster rankings.
Tim Livingston joins Darius Austin and Ryan Sullivan to offer his behind-the-scenes perspective on the Sonoma Stompers and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.
Scott Kushner and Alec Denton join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Scott’s past season coaching Centenary University baseball, Alec’s recent post on the shift and switch-hitters, and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.
Nick Koss and Rob Mains join Ryan Sullivan to talk about surprise teams, David Ortiz’s upcoming retirement, Stephen Strasburg’s extension, Max Scherzer’s 20 Ks, and MLB.tv’s MLB Plus feature.
Nick Strangis and Tyler Baber join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Rich Hill, Adam Conley, Dee Gordon, tanking teams, and early surprises (recorded Sunday afternoon).
Darius Austin and Ross Bukouricz join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Darius’ opening week trip to Oakland and San Francisco, and Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter.
Julien Assouline and Tim Livingston join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Stompers, MLB announcers, AJ Pollock, Pablo Sandoval, and 2016 predictions.
Congratulations to Ned Garver on winning the 2nd annual Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic! The pride of Ney, Ohio got the best of Ryan Webb (pride of Clearwater FL) and Matt Albers (pride of Houston TX), receiving 67% of the final 124 votes.
We’re down to the championship round of the 2016 Effectively Wild Tournament. In the semi-finals, #1 Ned Garver defeated #1 Gonny Jomes 70%-30%, and #1 Webb-Albers defeated #2 “If Baseball Were Different” 59%-41%.
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.
We’re down to the Wild Four of the 2016 Effectively Wild Tournament. #1 Ned Garver (78%) continues to be the force of the tournament, defeating Drafts of Everything. #1 Gonny Jomes (51%) continued his winning ways as he rallied past Sam’s Morbid Moments by just 2 votes.
Corey Smith and Rob Mains join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the upcoming Rays game in Cuba, the Nationals, the SABR Analytics Conference, and Adam LaRoche.
We move on to the Effective Eight in Round 3 of the 2016 Effectively Wild Tournament. The #1 and #2 seeds have all advanced; here’s how it happened: #1 Ned Garver (78%) rolled past the Burritos…
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.
It’s down to the Sweep Sixteen in Round 2 of the 2016 Effectively Wild Tournament. First, the decisive results of the second half of Round 1:
Welcome to the second half of the first round of the 2nd Annual 2015 Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic. The results from the first opening eight matchups: