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 »
Chase Headley has been the best player on the Yankees through the first three games of 2017. It’s hard to ask for a better start than 7-12 with a homerun and a walk. This is… Read more »
Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey continue their trek across the majors; this time they evaluate USA Today’s predictions for the NL East, and they each decide between the over and under for every team. … 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 »
The baseball roller coaster has completed its long, slow off-season climb and the fun is just beginning. All of the standings and leaderboards are reset to zero when the teams head north. Of course, they… 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 »
It’s finally here. Real baseball. Major League Baseball. Baseball that counts. Baseball that we can count. And so, naturally we begin to think about great Opening Day performances. In 2013, Bryce Harper delighted the baseball… Read more »
After months of ill-advised attempts to predict the future, the 2017 season is already here. We can soon get on with the business of actual baseball, and all those reluctant predictions by prognosticators – such… Read more »
Welcome to the final round of the 2017 Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic, where it all comes down to motivation vs nihilism.
Bryant Snyder and Kyle McCarthy collaborated on this preview. The Yankees are spoiled. They’re brats. The team made the postseason every year from 1995-2007 (and had the best record in 1994 until the strike… Read more »
For Pirates fans, 2016 was an unwelcome reminder of the franchise’s post-Barry Bonds past. For the first time since breaking the 20-year streak of losing seasons, Pittsburgh finished under .500. This was particularly unwelcome since… Read more »
It’s the Semi-Finals of the 2017 Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic.
Everyone, I assume, is well aware that Jerry Dipoto shuffled the Mariners roster this offseason like a man possessed. But few of the moves really stand out as blockbusters, with most of them being smaller… Read more »
AD and Mark Sands collaborated on this preview. Despite extended absences from the team’s two young sluggers, J.D. Martinez and Nick Nicholas Castellanos, deciding to allow Mike Pelfrey to pitch 119 innings, using Mike Aviles… Read more »
The 2016 Rays were a disaster, even by the measure of the franchise’s boom or bust track record. After being picked by PECOTA to be the projected division winner, they finished last in the AL… Read more »
The World Baseball Classic is already ridiculous. That’s not to say it isn’t fantastic. We’ve had the glorious flair of the Javier Baez tag. There was the social media fury over Eric Hosmer pinch hitting… Read more »
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.
By now, the consensus on the 2016 Texas Rangers is out there: they overachieved. Last year, the Rangers “Orioled” their way to the best record in the American League. The Pythagorean standings said they were… Read more »
What the Marlins represent to Major League Baseball heading into 2017 seemed clear until last week. The story of a team attempting to recover from the loss of a true franchise talent writes itself. Jose… Read more »
We all know how the 2016 season ended for the Orioles. I don’t want to write about it. So, I won’t. I have forgiven Buck Showalter. I love him. I understand that long term relationships… Read more »
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.
A few weeks ago, Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey started reviewing USA Today’s 2017 MLB projected win totals and discussing over/unders for each team. Today, they tackle the American League West. Astros (90 wins) Jim Turvey:… Read more »
Another year, another set of major question marks for the New York Mets. Just two years after a miracle run that ended with a classic Mets blowup in the 2015 World Series (they led in… Read more »
Who is the greatest defensive right fielder of all time? One could make the case for a lot of people. Roberto Clemente is the all time leader in Total Zone Runs by quite a bit,… Read more »
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.
Coming off a run to the ALCS that marked their first playoff appearance in 22 years, the Blue Jays faced questions relating to a repeat of their success. Would regression and the nearly inevitable loss… Read more »
JJ Keller is a true-blue Seattleite and Mariners fan; Louie Opatz has recently arrived to Seattle and is a depressed Twins fan. The duo began an email correspondence in late January — picture that Keanu… Read more »
“Mr Beck looked around with a wild light in his eye for somebody to hit. He couldn’t see any specific target so he threw perhaps the best fast ball he had thrown this season up… Read more »
One of my favorite pieces of writing about writing is Marxist cultural critic Raymond Williams’ article on science fiction (I searched “Raymond Williams baseball” on Google to see if Banished to the Pen could rightly… Read more »
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.