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Ben Lindbergh has been the co-host of the Effectively Wild podcast since its inception.

Other positions[]

Ben is currently a writer for The Ringer.

Ben was formerly editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus, and a writer for Grantland and FiveThirtyEight. He also served as co-host of the Ringer's MLB Show and Achievement Oriented podcasts.

He previously interned for the New York Yankees and for the Wall Street investment bank Bear Stearns, and is a lifelong New Yorker. He is a member of the New York Chapter of Baseball Writers' Association of America.


Ben is co-author of the 2016 book, The Only Rule Is It Has to Work, with EW co-host Sam Miller.

Ben co-authored the New York Times bestseller The MVP Machine: How Baseball's Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players with Travis Sawchik.

Appearances elsewhere[]

Ben appears occasionally on MLB Network's MLB Now.

Ben often appears as a guest on the Slate podcast Hang Up and Listen when baseball is a topic.


Ben usually records the podcast from his apartment in New York City.

Some of Ben's hobbies and interests that have been revealed over the course of EW include music (particularly the Beatles and Sloan), video games, astronomy, and Star Wars. Favorite television series include Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, and The Wire.

Ben does not travel much, having been burnt out as a child by his travel-loving mother who took multiple yearly family vacations all over the world. (Ironically, Ben's mother loves to travel because she did not get to travel as a child. The pendulum swings back and forth.)

Ben's education consists entirely of Catholic schools, including Regis High School and Georgetown University, although Ben does not consider himself a religious person. Ben's mother is Catholic; his father is Jewish.

Ben is married to musician Jessie Barbour, who also performs the Stat Blast and Meet a Major Leaguer theme songs. They have a daughter Sloan.

Effectively Wild episodes without Ben[]

In the entire history of Effectively Wild, Ben has missed only 20 episodes:

Running jokes[]