Welcome to the first half of the first round of the 2nd Annual 2015 Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic.
2016-wild-four-card-garverIn yet another take on March Madness, Banished to the Pen has again compiled 32 of the Effectively Wild podcast’s classic topics, favorite players, and most enduring/endearing running jokes.
Ben Suissa and Mark Sands join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Dexter Fowler, Ian Desmond, and baseball Steph Curry.
Tyler Baber and Chris Baber talk to special guest Ben Lindbergh (of Effectively Wild and FiveThirtyEight) about the highs and lows of the recent “X-Files” mini-series, and the show’s legacy. You can hear Ben talk… Read more »
Alec Denton and Nick Koss join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the nominees for the SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, and the Red Sox and Braves.
Guests Scott Holland and Tim Livingston join Alex Crisafulli and Eric Roseberry to hold a 3-round draft of some of their favorite ’90s sitcoms. Along the way, they play “Name That Show.”
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.
Last week, we ran Banished to the Pen’s first yearly award polls to select the best of MLB and Effectively Wild in 2015, as voted on by BttP readers and members of the EW Facebook… Read more »
Barry Gilpin and Darius Austin join Ryan Sullivan to count down the results of our Best of 2015 polls for MLB/Effectively Wild, then talk about the state of the Reds, and an upcoming stateside baseball tour.
Voting is complete. Visit our results page for the final tallies. Welcome to Banished to the Pen’s Best of 2015 Awards! It was a terrific year of corner-turning, cooler-punching, switch-pitching and the most psychologically… Read more »
The following is the result of a “flash” draft of favorite TV Christmas specials, as conducted by Banished to the Pen staff and contributors. The picks were based solely on personal preference, and no thought… Read more »
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.
Ben Lindbergh (of Effectively Wild and FiveThirtyEight) joins BttP editor Ken Maeda to talk about all things Star Wars, including his take on The Force Awakens, and growing up a fan of the series. After some talk about his sportswriting, spoilers start at about 12 minutes in.
“Saint” Nick Strangis and “Frosty” Ross Bukouricz join “Reindeer” Ryan Sullivan to talk about Jason Heyward and the remaining big name free agents, then discuss Out of the Park Baseball and saddest offseason moments, and end by exchanging baseball gift stories.
Effectively Wild fan shirts and mugs are now on sale at our team shop at Spreadshirt.com. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the Jimmy Fund. For more Effectively Wild, check out our list of… Read more »
Andrew Patrick, Eric Hartman, Mike Carlucci, and Brandon Lee hold a 5-round draft of their all-time favorite Simpsons episodes.
We start wrapping up the site’s first year with Alex Crisafulli, Eric Roseberry, Ryan Sullivan, and Ken Maeda, discussing the big pitcher signings, Dusty Baker, and Coach Bonds. Then they get into their fan origin stories, an encounter with Ben Lindbergh, and the biggest post of the Banished era thus far. (Recorded on Saturday.)
Writers Mick Reinhard and Mike Carlucci join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Craig Kimbrel trade, David Ortiz’s final season, and free agents.
We go off-topic to pass the off-season: Effectively Wild group members Eric Ferguson and Eric Hartman join BttP regulars Eric Roseberry and Ryan Sullivan for a 3-round draft of their all-time favorite wrestlers.
Writers Mark Sands & Stephen Shaw join guest host Brandon Lee to talk about the World Series, hold a free agent prediction draft, discuss offseason diversions. and look back on memorable offseason moments.
Matt Jackson, Beyond the Box Score writer and Royals fan, joins Brandon Lee to look back at the World Series, and Matt’s trip to the victory parade. (35 MB, 38m) | RSS feed… Read more »
The following is the result of a “flash” draft of leftover Halloween candies, as conducted by Banished to the Pen staff and contributors. Select scouting notes are also included. The picks were based solely on… Read more »
Royals fan Matt Jackson and Mets fan Seth Rubin join Ryan Sullivan to discuss their teams’ seasons so far, and look ahead to the World Series matchup.
Writers Ben Suissa and Tyler Baber join host Ryan Sullivan to talk about the present and future of the remaining playoff teams: Blue Jays, Mets, Royals, and Cubs.
Writers Julien Assouline & Rob Mains join Ryan Sullivan to recap the Wild Card games and look ahead to each of the four Division Series matchups: Chi/StL, Tex/Tor, Hou/KC, and NY/LA.
Writers Nick Koss and Scott Kushner join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Papelbon-Harper, the AL West and Wild Card races, and an emergency bullpen catcher story.
Banished to the Pen turns the clock back to 1988, as we take a look at some classic baseball video games and collectibles.
In this series, Banished to the Pen turns the clock back to a particular year in baseball from the ’80s and ’90s. Our first entry starts with 1988, the year of one of the most… Read more »
Special guest Tim Livingston joins Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Sonoma Stompers, working with Ben & Sam, getting into the announcing business, and local independent wrestling.
Writers Alex Crisafulli and Andrew Patrick join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the A’s, Cardinals, Nationals, and Curt Schilling.
Site editors Brandon Lee, Darius Austin, and Ken Maeda convene for a random fandom banter episode. After summing up the Cubs and Giants’ seasons, the trio discuss Webb-Albers, consuming baseball, ballpark tours, triple-short-of-cycle leaders, and BRef player sponsor rates.