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 »
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 »
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 thrice-weekly podcast from FanGraphs and formerly of 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.
Complete audio of select 2015 Sonoma Stompers games can be found at Banished to the Pen.
Welcome back to Banished to the Pen’s preview of the 2015 season for The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. So far, we have posted previews for the Sonoma Stompers, Pittsburg Diamonds, and Vallejo Admirals…. Read more »
Welcome back to Banished to the Pen’s preview of the 2015 season for The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. So far, we have posted previews for the Sonoma Stompers and Pittsburg Diamonds. The opening… Read more »
Welcome to Banished to the Pen’s preview of the 2015 season for The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. Yesterday, we posted the preview for the Sonoma Stompers. Now entering its third season of play,… Read more »
Welcome to Banished to the Pen’s preview of the 2015 season for The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. Now entering its third season of play, the Pacific Association appears to have moved its way… Read more »
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 »
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.
On a recent Effectively Wild email show, Ben and Sam explored the question of whether all 24 base-out states had ever occurred in a single game.
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.
The Effectively Wild Season Preview Series for 2015 is in the books, and with it came 30 predicted win totals, ruthlessly extracted from each podcast guest by Ben and Sam. Alongside it, Banished to the… Read more »
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!
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.
Episode 87: “Baseball and the BCS/Halladay vs. Lee/Does the ‘Success Cycle’ Still Exist?” – November 22, 2012.
Episode 25 – The Secretly Successful White Sox System?/Starlin Castro’s Makeup Concerns – August 21, 2012.
EW Episode 26 – The Return of Brett Anderson, Oakland’s Playoff Rotation, and the Financial Future of Stephen Drew – August 22, 2012.
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 »
Episode 23: Benching Bryce Harper/Why We Were Wrong About the White Sox – August 17th, 2012.
Episode 24: The Rays Are Rolling/Assessing the Angels’ Strange Season – August 20th, 2012.
It’s hard to describe, the experience, really. Like meeting a person you already know all over again. It was almost like the blind baby who saw her mom for the first time. OK, not quite that. But close. The man, quite suddenly and unannounced, now has a face. After spending a good amount of time over the past two plus years railing against Major League Baseball’s talking heads and hot takes, Baseball Prospectus’ Editor-in-Chief Sam Miller loaned his own versions of both to MLB Network a couple days ago.
Astros vs. Marlins in 2013/The Next Farewell Tour/Yasmani Grandal’s Suspension/Mark Trumbo, Center Fielder (Nov 15, 2012)