The Effectively Wild podcast spends hours discussing the nuances of professional baseball players, causing them to become living memes in the eyes of the show’s listeners. I thought to myself: what if reality reflected fantasy?… Read more »
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.
On a recent listener e-mail episode of Effectively Wild (number 983 to be exact), Ben and Sam responded to a question from a listener named Jeff on the rights to Clayton Kershaw’s newborn son, Charley:… Read more »
Effectively Wild listeners probably don’t need anyone to tell them that if you spend long enough with the Baseball-Reference Play Index (coupon code BP), you’re virtually guaranteed to uncover some kind of statistical curiosity or fun fact that you’d never been aware of.
With the regular season over, it’s time for our second annual review of the preseason predictions and projections that we pitted against each other back in April. Last season, the Effectively Wild podcast preview guests… Read more »
On Episode 910 of Effectively Wild, Ben and Sam fielded a listener question about which is the least interesting inning in baseball. The discussion naturally also turned to which was the most interesting inning, and… Read more »
Prediction season is over, and the regular season has begun, which means it’s time for the second instalment of our win total prediction analysis. Last year, I gathered all of the win predictions from Effectively Wild… Read more »
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, by now you should already know that Baseball Prospectus has unleashed their new game “Beat PECOTA.” You can find the game, and all… Read more »
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%.
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.
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…
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:
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.
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 Royals have won the World Series, but there’s still a much more important matter to settle: who emerged victorious in our Sky Kalkman-inspired World Series prediction contest. Ten pairs of statistical categories were presented to Effectively Wild Facebook group members, who simply had to pick one in each case, plus the average time of game and the series outcome. Here’s how they got on.
Earlier this week, Banished to the Pen asked Effectively Wild listeners to take part in a World Series prediction poll, doubling as a contest for those so inclined, based on Sky Kalkman’s annual ’32 Predictions’… Read more »
When I finished the 2015 season preview prediction analysis in April, I promised to come back at the end of the season and find out just how wrong everyone was. For those of you who were really, really wrong, time to look away. Everyone else can laugh at how bad we still are at trying to predict baseball.
Presented here is a guide to some of the more memorable segments and episodes of Effectively Wild, the (semi-)daily podcast from Baseball Prospectus.
In a development that shocked and delighted baseball fans everywhere – or at least those frequenting a very small section of the internet – Effectively Wild icons Ryan Webb and Matt Albers actually appeared on both the podcast and in a Ben Lindbergh Grantland article this week to talk about the record which they have so unrelentingly (and largely unwittingly) broken: total games finished without ever recording a save.
Who is starting this year’s entirely hypothetical Effectively Wild Listener All-Star game? Find out now.