Clayton Kershaw was born my sophomore year of high school. For reasons that we need not get into here, I cannot possibly be his father. However, when he takes the… Read more »
During the All-Star Break, BttP compiled a ballot of favorite fictional baseball characters, and readers were asked to select their personal top nine. The top 25 vote-getters are counted down below with the percentage of… Read more »
Below is a sortable list of candidates for our poll of favorite fictional baseball-playing characters (which includes 12 infielders, 12 outfielders, 17 pitchers, and 9 catchers). Apologies for any inevitable snubs. At the link provided,… Read more »
This post originally appeared on UK-based baseball site Bat Flips and Nerds. The podcast referenced here is now also available over at Blog Talk Radio. For more UK-based baseball content, follow @batflips_nerds. It’s the question… Read more »
On Monday it was announced that Fox would not be renewing cult favorite Pitch, following its first-year struggles in the ratings. Its future is uncertain, but Banished to the Pen has managed to acquire a… Read more »
Baseball has long been an important element of the Peanuts franchise. The 1977 tome, Sandlot Peanuts, collected nothing but baseball-related comic strips. Joe Shlabotnik rings true for anyone who’s had an affinity for a lousy… Read more »
Every April, nothing steals hours of my sleep on a work night quite like the latest version of Out of the Park Baseball. For the uninitiated, OOTP 18 gives you total control over almost any… Read more »
Game 7 of the 2017 World Series has been written about ad nauseam. It’s modern baseball’s defining game, a culmination of two long running subplots to each season. It’s perhaps the fault of the phenomenal… Read more »
Three things get me super-hyped for baseball season: Taking the Red Line past Wrigley Field; Buying tickets for a baseball game; Listening to The Baseball Project. I’ve taken the train past Wrigley multiple times this… Read more »
When you’re a kid and you watch a sport, you can develop strong feelings about particular players. Sometimes these feelings can be positive, bordering on the obsessive. Others, almost in the realm of loathing. Often,… Read more »
In the midst of a BttP staff discussion on the merits of Field of Dreams, I found myself on an IMDB list of ‘baseball movies’ (in the traditional sense, not the Sam Miller definition). The… Read more »
I love sports cards. Specifically, hockey and baseball cards. I started my collection in the mid 80s as a 7-year-old, when I taped my cards into photo albums, putting my heroes on display for me… Read more »
Josh Blum, Matt Nekrich, and Scott T Holland join Ryan Sullivan for the latest wrestling episode, this time to discuss NXT Takeover: San Antonio and the 2017 Royal Rumble, and to look ahead to WrestleMania.
Living in New York City, the Mets and the Yankees get all of the headlines as far as baseball is concerned – and rightfully so. However if you’re not as big a baseball fan as… Read more »
Stoicism is defined as the quality or behavior of a person who accepts what happens without complaining or showing emotion. By that definition I was the epitome of the word on the night of November… Read more »
Ryan Sullivan is joined by fellow Effectively Wild fans Eric Ferguson, Eric Hartman, and Josh Blum to discuss the latest in the pro wrestling world. The group briefly critiques the recent return to the ring… Read more »
Episode 4 of “Pitch,” titled “The Break,” begins in Major League Baseball’s New York offices with a group of marketing professional-looking types sitting around a conference table watching a video campaign to propel young Ginny… Read more »
Tim Livingston, Chris Baber, and Tyler Baber talk about the ’80s-horror-homage Netflix series Stranger Things: what made the show so great, some of its many influences, speculations for season two, and the Barb hype.
“Beanball,” the third episode of “Pitch,” is the first written by show runner Kevin Falls and the first that really shines. Falls manages a neat trick in Ep. 3: he deepens the personal conflicts/off-the-field narratives… Read more »
After a pilot episode that ended on the big reveal that Ginny Baker’s father/coach/diabolical mentor Bill Baker had actually died six years before she made her major-league debut with the Padres, the second episode, “The Interim,” seemed… Read more »
Special guest star Russell A Carleton of Baseball Prospectus joins Mike Carlucci and Nick Strangis to look back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s classic baseball show, “Take Me Out to the Holosuite.” The trio… Read more »
“Pitch” debuted Thursday night to some pretty poor ratings, which perhaps isn’t surprising: fictional baseball will always lose to real football. But for those of us 4 million-plus folks who did tune in to the… Read more »
FOX’s “Pitch” debuts tonight and will follow the big-league trials and travails of one fictional Ginny Baker, a “beautiful, tough and gifted athlete (who) is vaulted into instant fame when she’s called up by the… Read more »
I love caps. I love flat-billed caps, loud caps, classic caps, oddly colored caps, throwback caps, caps that teams only wore one time, commemorative caps, snapbacks, strapbacks, fitteds, any. I love ’em. So when I saw via the… Read more »
On the eve of SummerSlam 2016, Effectively Wild group members Eric Ferguson, Eric Hartman, Tim Livingston, and Ryan Sullivan forge an uneasy alliance to talk about what’s currently happening in WWE, NXT, and the indies.
In the final part of our ’94 retrospective, we look at two things from that year that probably have little value in 2016: baseball cards, and Major League II. Also included is a brief anecdote… Read more »
In the gaming portion of our revisit to 1994, we talk about the original 16-bit Griffey title, and break down the references used for the game’s fake player names. Then we take a brief look… Read more »
Previously, Banished to the Pen turned the clock back to 1988 in the first entry of our Throwbacks series. This time, we look back at 1994 — when Matt Williams chased 61, Tony Gwynn chased… Read more »
During the All-Star break, we asked fans to answer two simple questions: “With regard to their favorite MLB team, how locked in are you and what’s your mood?” One hundred and twenty three baseball fans responded… Read more »
The hi-jinks of a loveable mascot can be as much a part of the ballpark experience as the crack of the bat and the smell of hot dogs. So, in tribute, here’s a little mascot quiz*.