Writers Ben Suissa & Scott Kushner join host Ryan Sullivan. Scott recaps his Centenary College baseball team’s season, then the group discusses fan safety, the designated hitter, signal systems, and whether the Astros are for real.
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Staff writers Nick Strangis and Tyler Baber join host Ryan Sullivan to talk Up & In and Sonoma Stompers.
Thanks for visiting Banished to the Pen. For those of you new to the site, we hope you enjoy checking out what we have to offer — ranging from heavy-duty statistical analysis to lighter offbeat features…. Read more »
On this edition of Mop-Up Duty: It’s Star Wars. Brandon Lee, Ken Maeda, and Mike Carlucci hold a 5-round “space fantasy mock draft” of their favorite Star Wars things, reminiscing, learning fun facts, and looking to the future of the franchise. Recommended only to those with excessive levels of geekness.
Mike Ferrin, formerly of Fringe Average and currently of MLB Network Radio, joins Ryan Sullivan to talk about the legacy of the Up and In podcast, and weighs in on the Mets, Yankees. Nationals, and Orioles.
Staff writers Darius Austin and Paul Cline talk to Brandon Lee about Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Tim Lincecum, shortening the season, and baseball memories. The guys also discuss Effectively Wild’s Webb-Albers Championship Fantasy League, and play a round of “Guess the B-Ref Player Sponsorship Price.”
Matt Jackson, currently of Beyond the Box Score, and our Nick Koss join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Alex Rodriguez, the Astros, Royals, and the weirdness of 2015 so far.
Writers Alec “AD” Denton and Stephen Shaw join guest host Brandon Lee to talk about Statcast, the Cubs, the Tigers, the rough & tumble AL Central, Joe Nathan, and the DH.
Staff writer Andrew Patrick and Baseball Prospectus writer Matt Trueblood join Ryan Sullivan to talk all the baseball: the red-hot Mets, the A’s-Royals feud, and Carter Capps’ special delivery. Also discussed are Matt’s experiences as a new writer for Baseball Prospectus, and each guest’s favorite baseball memories.
Discussed briefly but repeatedly on Effectively Wild, the sci-fi cult film Snowpiercer is the second topic of our semi-regular spin-off podcast. Brandon Lee, Mikey Poley, and Tyler Baber got together to talk about what they liked about the movie, discuss some of the bigger points of confusion, and suggest Snowpiercer comps.
Wisconsinite Ross Bukouricz & Montanan George Kimmet join host Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Milwaukee Brewers, and life as an official scorer in the minor leagues. Plus, an important BttP ottoneu League update for week 1.
On this special episode, editor Brandon Lee interviews Susan Petrone, author of the new novel, Throw Like a Woman. Look for a regular episode with Ryan Sullivan and two of our writers later this week.
Writer & Cardinals fan Alex Crisafulli, writer & Reds fan Eric Roseberry, and editor & Cubs fan Brandon Lee met up in Chicago, Illinois, to record our first live, in-person episode. Within the friendly confines of Brandon’s car, the three chat about opening day/night, fanbase geography, and 2015 MLB storylines. Also discussed were rock bands and observations of passersby.
As the 2015 MLB season commences, the first annual Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic comes to a close. After two weeks, six rounds of voting, and 31 matchups, there is one winner: The D-Backs Headline Contest.
Voting ends Saturday night at 1 am edt — After four rounds, it all comes down to the final vote. Which finalist will be crowned Greatest Thing About Effectively Wild in 2015? You decide!
It’s down to the Wild Four of the Effectively Wild Tournament! Who advances to the championship? You decide!
The brain drain hit Tampa Bay this offseason, and it hit them hard. General Manager Andrew Friedman fell victim to the old “Dumptruck Full Of Money” gag and left to become President of Baseball Operations… Read more »
Staff writers Chris Baber and Simon Gutierrez join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Rangers, Orioles, and Banished to the Pen’s Ottoneu Fantasy League.
Voting ends Monday night at 1 am edt — Now it’s on to the Effective Eight. Can our favorite relievers get the final 3 outs? Will Smash Mouth get back to the top of the charts? Wobbly Wobbly Gone? You decide!
Now it’s on to the round of 16. Will “Ben Isn’t Here” take Drafts off the board? Can the Fit knock over the Wobbly Chair? Will Snowpiercer slice up some Venomous Snakes? You decide!
Now it’s on to the second half of the opening matchups. Is The Squeaky Laugh a serious contender for the title? Can D-Backs Headlines win this meaningless game? Will the Fit and the Snowpiercer each win a checkered flag? You decide!
Welcome to the first round of the 2015 Effectively Wild Tournament Classic. In yet another take on March Madness brackets, Banished to the Pen has compiled 32 of Effectively Wild’s classic topics, favorite players, and most enduring/endearing running jokes.
On this episode, editor Brandon Lee and writer Mike Carlucci join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Padres, Pirates, pitcher injuries, and Will Ferrell taking the field.
A special Friday edition of the podcast, and the audio portion of Matt Trueblood’s farewell tour. Our senior writer will be departing the pen to join the starting rotation at Baseball Prospectus. On this episode, he joins Mikey Poley and Ryan Sullivan as they also talk about Cleveland, Cuba, surveying analytics use around MLB, and what to look for in the 2015 season. Congratulations to Matt from all of us at Banished to the Pen.
The first episode of Banished to the Pen’s semi-regular spin-off podcast. Pro wrestling is a secondary pastime for many Effectively Wild fans, so the series starts with Eric Roseberry, Ryan Sullivan, and Ken Maeda chatting about their fandom, baseball Randy Savage, the lingo, live shows, and bloopers. Plus, Eric discusses his brief first-hand experience as a wrestler at the indie level. We hope there’s something for fans and non-fans alike.
Staff writers Julien Assouline (in Montreal) and Seth Rubin (in NYC) join Ryan Sullivan to discuss the Red Sox, Mets, the evolving strike zone, and the possibility of baseball returning to Montreal.
Staff writers Ben Suissa (in Toronto) and Mark Sands (in Michigan) join Ryan Sullivan to discuss the Astros, Tigers, and Blue Jays, as well as the new pace of game rules.
Staff writers Nick Strangis & Scott Kushner join Ryan Sullivan to talk about coaching college baseball, the Braves’ off-season and stadium move, and pace of game.
Spring 2015 marks the third set of the Effectively Wild podcast’s daily team previews, and our first year of written companion pieces. The order of EW’s previews is determined by PECOTA’s win-loss projection for the… Read more »
Staff writers Mick Reinhard and Stephen Shaw join Ryan Sullivan to talk about covering a minor league team, the basics of StatCast, and the Yankees.