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Ben Lindbergh

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Baseball’s Unicorn All-Rounder with Ben Lindbergh

Red Inker With Jarrod Kimber

This week we talk about cricket and baseball, to discuss pitchers who can't hit, number elevens who can't bat and how baseball produced their first great all-rounder in 100 years. I brought on one of baseball’s greatest writers to chat about it, Ben Lindbergh. We discuss soft tossers, Babe Ruth, number 11s, Imran Khan, designated hitters and the two-way all-round unicorn that is Shohei Ohtani. - To support the podcast please go to our Patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=32090121. If you like this podcast, you may enjoy other things I create, check them all out at https://linktr.ee/jarrodkimber. You can find Ben Lindbergh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/benlindbergh. You can read Ben Lindbergh’s piece here: [Baseball’s Great Debate: Who’s Worse, Pitchers Who Hit, or Hitters Who Pitch?] (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2021/8/6/22612375/pitching-position-players-pitchers-hitting-universal-dh). Ben’s book is here: [The MVP Machine] (https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/ben-lindbergh/the-mvp-machine/9781541698956/). This podcast is edited, mixed and produced by Nick McCorriston, he's at https://www.nickamc.com and https://www.twitter.com/nickamc. The theme tune is by Red Crickets: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Red_Crickets/Red_Crickets.


1 Sep 2021

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#173: Finding (Baseball) Diamonds in the Analytical Rough with Ben Lindbergh

The Analytics Power Hour

Have you ever thought, "you know, it would be interesting to take my analytical knowledge and just totally run an organization based on what the data says?" Yeah. Us, either. That's terrifying! But, that's exactly what our guest on this episode did. Ben Lindbergh, along with his stathead-in-crime (aka, co-author) Sam Miller, took over the management of a minor league baseball team in 2015, and the result was The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team. How does that apply to analytics in the business world? In a surprising number of ways, it turns out! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.

1hr 15mins

10 Aug 2021

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Ben Lindbergh Joins the Podcast!!!

Side Retired Podcast

Dylan, Henry & Ryan are joined by The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh! Like Dylan & Ryan, Ben is both a Regis H.S. & St. David's School graduate and also hosts a podcast: Effectively Wild.  On this episode, the guys break down 2 main concepts around the league: analytics and sticky stuff. After starting with a discussion about Ben's 2 analytic driven books, DHR & Ben talk about to what extent analytics should be used in comparison to emotion, the eyeball test, old school scouting, and clubhouse camaraderie.  Then they get to the league's big issue. Topics include Max Scherzer v. Joe Girardi, Sergio Romo's pants, Clayton Kershaw's theory, Mickey Jannis' knuckleball and Tylor Megill's MLB Debut.  Finally, with an official BBWAA writer on the pod, Henry gives his best effort to convince Ben why Coco Crisp deserves a Hall of Fame Vote!  To join the fun, interact with the guys, and be featured in a future episode, contact us on twitter @SideRetiredPod, DM's are always open! 


26 Jun 2021

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Willians Astudillo Puts the Ball In Play (with Ben Lindbergh)

The Opener

Willians studiously avoids the three true outcomes, the Phillies have a very valuable injured list, and the Atlantic League debuts the “double hook” rule, with full-on mound-moving coming soon.


27 May 2021

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Ben Lindbergh - Baseball Writer

10 Year Reunion

After initially pursuing baseball operations with the Yankees, Ben Lindbergh switched to writing and uses his interest in analytics to write about baseball as well as other topics for The Ringer. He has published two books and has written for Baseball Prospectus, Grantland, and FiveThirtyEight. On this episode, Ben talks about his switch from Publications to Baseball Operations and then back to writing, finding enjoyment in the topics he writes about, and spending a summer running a baseball team.


1 Jul 2020

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The Alonso Bet Podcast Ep. 11: Data Driven Baseball w/ Ben Lindbergh

The Alonso Bet Podcast

In a very exciting and informative interview, the guys get a chance to sit down with prominent sabermetric writer, Ben Lindbergh. After a quick introduction (1:35), Ben took us through some incredible stories from the time he was given a chance to run an Independent League baseball team (Sonoma Stompers), as is detailed in his book The Only Rule is it Has to Work (7:25). Ben then talks about some of the details of his book The MVP Machine (26:07). He provides insight into the post-Moneyball era, how players are using cutting-edge science and technology to influence how they train, the role of analysts in decision making, and how teams are using data-driven approaches in crafting their player development pipelines. Intro music courtesy of The Baseball Project Transition music courtesy of Yung Kartz


20 May 2020

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Effectively Wild Episode 1509: To All Hosts Other Than Ben Lindbergh

Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

With Ben Lindbergh on vacation, Meg Rowley and Sam Miller answer a few very special listener emails on Shohei Ohtani, what they want to know about the 2020 season (complete with a twist), and how we treat umpires. Plus, a Statblast! Audio intro: The Police, “Message In A Bottle” Audio outro: Letters to Cleo, “Cruel to be […]


5 Mar 2020

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Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik, authors of 'The MVP Machine'

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

It's baseball week here at Bullseye and best-selling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik are stepping up to the plate. They're the writers behind the book, The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players. The book looks at how previously cast aside players are transforming themselves into All-Stars. And, they'll talk to us about how players aren't the only ones changing the game. And even if you're not into baseball, we promise there are some lessons to take away!


23 Jul 2019

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Episode 125 - Ben Lindbergh on The MVP Machine

Bat Flips And Nerds

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh joins Tom and Darius to talk about his new book, The MVP Machine, plus Effectively Wild approaching its seventh anniversary, and how he consumes baseball.


11 Jul 2019

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SIS Founder John Dewan & The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh

Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast

On the SIS Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays), senior research analyst for Sports Info Solutions, shows us how baseball analytics are cool, interesting, and fun. SIS develops analytics and provides them to MLB teams, media, and fantasy baseball outlets. On the podcast, we’ll give you a peek into our world, talk to important people around the industry about analytic storylines, and share what we find to be cool, interesting and fun. In this episode, Mark begins with an interview of the founder of Sports Info Solutions, John Dewan (@FieldingBible), where they discuss everything from the history of baseball analytics to advice on how to create new stats today. Then, Mark is joined by writer/podcaster Ben Lindbergh (@BenLindbergh), whose new book The MVP Machine explores the forward-thinking use of analytics in player development. Finally, Mark sits down with Andrew Kyne (@Andrew_Kyne) to go around the horn on the midseason advanced stat leaderboards. John Dewan is the founder of both STATS and Sports Info Solutions. Along with Bill James, he has played a major role in the baseball analytics revolution. John is the inventor of Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), and he is the author of The Fielding Bible. For the most in-depth defensive analytics, including leaderboards and player pages, check out the recently relaunched FieldingBible.com. Ben Lindbergh is the author (along with Travis Sawchik) of The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players. He currently writes for The Ringer (@ringer) after previous stints with Baseball Prospectus, Five Thirty Eight, and Grantland. He is also the cohost of the FanGraphs baseball podcast “Effectively Wild” (@EWPod). This episode is brought to you by SISbets.com, the website that can help you beat the Prop Betting odds. Click here to create a free SISbets.com trial account.


11 Jul 2019