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  1. Ben Lindbergh



    Ben Lindbergh is the editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus. He has interned for multiple MLB teams and is a member of the BBWAA.

  2. Dear Clayton; Love, Pedro

    Ben Lindbergh

    Dear Clayton, Pedro Martinez's 2000 season here. I heard you were having a pretty good year, so I took a look at the stats, and wow: We have so much in common. We're almost identical ERA brothers! Me at 1.74, you at 1.70. Both...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  3. It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: The Pseudo-Endlessness ...

    Ben Lindbergh

    For as long as they've ostensibly given us the ability to go anywhere and do anything, video games have slapped our wrists or tugged our reins to prevent us from accessing areas we aren't allowed to see. In some cases, th...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  4. Iron Men: Quantifying the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Remarkable In...

    Ben Lindbergh

    At the age when most players, and particularly most catchers, have begun to decline, 31-year-old Pirates backstop Russell Martin is peaking. As usual, Martin has excelled on defense this season, posting strong pitch-framing stats, a stellar pop time,...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  5. No Steals for You: How Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura Became...

    Ben Lindbergh

    "I consider it a fifth pitch," Kansas City Royals starter James Shields says of controlling the running game. His old team, the Tampa Bay Rays, considered it "one of the biggest things we did all season long."...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  6. We Went There: The Yankees' Definitive Derek Jeter Day

    Ben Lindbergh

    On the days at Yankee Stadium that feature only a moderate amount of brand-building pageantry, pennants representing each team hang from the building's famous frieze, their placement corresponding to each club's spot in the standi...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  7. The Second Season of Telltale’s ‘The Walking Dead,&rs...

    Ben Lindbergh

    Season 1 of The Walking Dead, Telltale Games' multiplatform episodic adaptation of Robert Kirkman's endlessly recyclable series, ended with an emotional mic drop. After 10-plus hours of playtime, the five-part 2012 title culminate...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  8. Who Are Those Guys? Five September Call-Ups MLB Fans Need to Know...

    Ben Lindbergh

    "Who's That Guy" is an ongoing Grantland series and an orientation tool to use in the vast sports landscape. This week, that landscape expanded along with MLB's active rosters to include several high-profile prospects who are ma...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  9. Decoding the Astros' Bo Porter Firing, and Figuring Out the ...

    Ben Lindbergh

    In an alternate timeline in which the stories we told about sports teams were shaped solely by how they fared on the field, the Astros' 2014 season might be considered a modest success. Coming off three consecutive years as the worst team i...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  10. Where Nobody Knows Your Name: ‘The Swapper,’ ‘H...

    Ben Lindbergh

    Many hours into the ambitious story of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games' technically proficient but narratively unfulfilling tripartite-protagonist blockbuster from 2013, it hit me: I missed Claude, the totally unambitious avatar from GTA...

    Blog | August 29, 2014
  11. Pity the Pull Hitter

    Ben Lindbergh

    With the Mets up 4-1 in the eighth inning of a game against the Cardinals on April 24, New York first baseman Lucas Duda led off against right-handed reliever Eric Fornataro. The left-handed Duda is an extreme pull hitter: As his spray chart from the...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  12. What the Red Sox's Rusney Castillo Signing Means for the Pla...

    Ben Lindbergh

    On Saturday, the Red Sox signed Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, the largest ever awarded to an amateur player. Castillo, the latest free-agent position player to come out of Cuba, will likely be Boston's starting ce...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  13. The Top Prospect Progress Poll

    Ben Lindbergh

    At last weekend's Saber Seminar, Red Sox senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett displayed this cryptic image of an undisclosed player's performance, as measured by an undisclosed metric, through the first 30 games of the 201...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  14. Sabermetrics Gets Soft

    Ben Lindbergh

    Last Saturday, on the first morning of the fourth annual "Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball" seminar in Boston ("Saber Seminar" for short), Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow strode onto the a...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  15. The Managerial Meddling Index

    Ben Lindbergh

    In the Opening Day entry of The Long Season, the late Jim Brosnan's diary of his 1959 campaign, the then Cardinals pitcher expressed surprise that St. Louis manager Solly Hemus seemed as anxious as his players prior to first pitch. &ldq...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  16. How a BayStar Is Born

    Ben Lindbergh

    To most baseball fans following last offseason's constipated pitching market, the will-he-or-won't-he Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes seemed to take forever to resolve. To the Yankees, who eventually inked Tanaka to a $155 million dea...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  17. The Super-Rotation Rivalry

    Ben Lindbergh

    There's a new rivalry brewing in baseball. Unlike most cases of animus or intense competition between teams, it's not based on being in the same division or geographical region. It's built, instead, on strong starting ro...

    Blog | August 07, 2014