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.
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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.
Champion Edition: Staff writers Darius Austin (UK-based Giants fan) and Eric Roseberry (Indy Reds fan and one-time indie wrestler) join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Effectively Wild, their teams’ moves and expectations, and life as a baseball/Giants fan in Wales.
The Wild Card episode: Staff writers Matt Jackson (Toronto-based Royals fan) and Andrew Patrick (video game-testing A’s fan) join Ryan Sullivan to talk about their teams’ playoffs and off-seasons, Max Scherzer, and James Shields.
Writer Alex Crisafulli talks cards with senior staffer Ken Maeda (content to take on a sidekick role here) and host Ryan Sullivan (not yet ecstatic from hearing of Scherzer’s signing). Then the trio talks Cards, as well as Angels, playoff disappointment, and Effectively Wild.
Two lefties get in some work on the podcast, as senior staffers Mikey Poley and Matthew Trueblood join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Zobrist trade, and catch up on the hot stove.
The Banished to the Pen podcast is hosted by Ryan Sullivan. Each week, Ryan will chat with various site contributors to talk all things baseball.
In the conclusion of our 7-part series, Matt Jackson and Darius Austin recap the Royals and Giants’ 2014 playoff series and 7-game World Series matchup.
“It’s been a great holiday season for all of us here at Banished to the Pen! Our Secret Santa exchange resulted in only minor injuries that, at worst, will leave a few staffers day-to-day. And the Party Planning Committee’s appeal of their suspension has a very good chance of being reduced! So as this time of giving comes to a close, here’s some kind words you gave to us (although, again, it often involved trying to sell us things…).”
“But without you, the reader, there is no blog. So we thought it was only fair that we give you a share of the spotlight, and present some of what you had to say (although, it often involves trying to sell us things…).”