Ben Lindbergh

Ben Lindbergh


Writer/podcaster @ringer. @EWPod co-host and co-author of The MVP Machine and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work. Ex-@Grantland33, @FiveThirtyEight, @baseballpro.

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why say it out loud to no one when you could be saying it out loud to thousands of perplexed podcast listeners

On the new @EWPod , @megrowler  and I discuss testing results, Posey and Kopech opting out, and Vlad Jr.'s position switch, followed by @curlyfro  on Black baseball history, @buckweaver  on the 1919 flu mask game, and @jerryblevins  on the 3-batter-minimum rule.

You can catch me on @MLBNetwork 's MLB Now from 4-5 ET today. I'll be talking about the Betts extension, the wandering Blue Jays, the statistical strangeness of a 60-game season, and more with @JonHeyman , @Al_Leiter22 , Brian Kenny, and whoever this guy is.

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Wrote @ringer  about NASA's Office of Planetary Protection, which tries to keep spacecraft and rovers like @NasaPersevere  from spreading Earth germs to other potentially habitable worlds or bringing nasty bugs back with them. We have enough of those already.

On top of the COVID clusters that have jeopardized its season, MLB is also reeling from an unprecedented pitcher injury epidemic that has sidelined some of the sport's top arms. I wrote @ringer  about why it's happening and whether it will continue.

About to hop on @MLBNetwork 's #MLBNow  to talk about pitcher injuries. (There have been a bunch of them.)

@FFAaroneous  @RazzballO  @MLBModelrigin  @mikemiz23al  reporting, I guess! I hadn't heard about it either until I talked to team people for that article. MLB confirmed it for me, though.

Re: humidors being installed at Fenway, Citi Field, and T-Mobile Park this season: The Red Sox, Mets, and Mariners applied to use them, and MLB inspected them and confirmed they'd be set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 55% relative humidity, like the ones in Coors and Chase Fields.

As @pobguy  has pointed out, without knowing the conditions under which the balls were stored in those three additional parks previously (which may or may not be the same as their atmospheric conditions), we can't predict whether exit velocity or scoring will increase or decrease.

The MLB-commissioned report on HR rates published last December concluded that "MLB should study the viability of employing humidors in all 30 parks to reduce the variability in storage conditions across the league," so it's likely that more will be installed in coming seasons.

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Giving away 3 signed copies of The Only Rule to randomly selected people who retweet this by the end of the day. Go!

To celebrate the launch of The MVP Machine, @Sawchik_Trib  and I are giving away three copies of the book, autographed by both of us, via random drawing. Retweet this by the end of today to enter. We'll notify the winners after midnight PST.

Great shot, questionable shot selection: the J.R. Smith of White Walkers

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Tired: Playoff races Wired: Khris Davis going for a record fourth consecutive season with the same batting average Needs to finish with one hit in 3/4/5 at-bats, or two hits in 7/8/9 at-bats.

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