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CURIOUS ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF ELLEN'S

"UNHEALTHY LOVE OF BASEBALL"?

 

As a taste, in an article about Ellen on Baseball Prospectus, she is quoted as saying, "the sound of a baseball game is like the sound of my mother's heartbeat." Predictably, Ellen had so much to opine about baseball that author Scott Orgera decided to make it into a two-part article.

Part I of the Baseball Prospectus Article:

Ellen Adair on Baseball, Pace of Play and Empathy

Part II of the Baseball Prospectus Article:

Ellen Adair on Sabermetrics, Homers, and Sportswriting

A few of Ellen's nerdy baseball signs displayed on MLB Network's Sky Box

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Ellen Adair

ACTOR | WRITER | BASEBALL NERD

 

Ellen Adair is an actor, best known for her recurring roles on shows like USA's "The Sinner," Showtime's "Homeland" and "Billions" and NBC's "The Slap,"along with other television credits such as "Veep," "The Good Fight," "Bull," "Chicago Fire," and more.

But. Ellen's business cards also read "unhealthy love of baseball"because she's got more than standard fandom: it's unhealthy. Which is why you can also find Ellen talking about baseball on MLB Network, on podcasts, in articles on Baseball Prospectus, in her own writing, or as a special guest speaker at the BoSox Club. And, of course, on #baseballtwitter.

ON MLB NETWORK
 

Ellen discusses the Marcus Stroman trade to the Mets

Ellen discusses Trevor Bauer's long toss to the batters' eye

ON PODCASTS
 
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EFFECTIVELY WILD

Somehow, even without being part of a Make-a-Wish Foundation for grown adults, Ellen joined her hero Ben Lindbergh as a co-host on Episode 1392: All the Phils.

THE POSCAST WITH JOE POSNANSKI

When Ellen and the superlatively delightful Joe Pos. start talking about baseball, it's hard for them to stop. But eventually they get to the Poscast trademark, drafting inanimate objects.

Drafting Shakespearean Lines

Drafting Baseball Stats

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THE SLEEPER AND THE BUST

Hosts and heroes Paul Sporer, Justin Mason and Jason Collette welcomed Ellen on their pod despite the fact that she is poor-man's Ian Kahn.

Episode 638: Congressman, Reliever or Prospect

Episode 652: Harper to Philly

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THE GOOD FIGHT: HITTIN' SEASON

Ellen calls the Phillies her "life partner," and loves nothing more than to discuss them on her favorite Phillies podcast with the smart and affable John Stolnis.

Episode 278: Phillies Spank the Mets

Episode 310: Cholly's Back

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FIGHTING CHANCE FANTASY

Ryan Hallam has Ellen on to talk about fanstasy baseball, she ends up talking about things like xERA, SwStr%, BB/9, HR/FB, and then he justifiably teases her for being a nerd.

Fighting Chance 4/11/2019

Fantasy Baseball Finale

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FANRAG FANTASY BASEBALL WITH AL MELCHIOR

Hero and extremely nice human being Al Melchior invites Ellen on her very first baseball podcast in 2017, to discuss Fantasy Baseball New Years Resolutions!

Offseason Signings and Fantasy Baseball Resolutions

PODCAST REEL

A reel of some of Ellen's early appearances on baseball podcasts, also including appearances on Sirius XM Fantasy's "Colton and the Wolfman" with Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf, not available as a podcast. The Reel also includes selections from "Hittin' Season," "The Sleeper and the Bust," "The Poscast" and "Fighting Chance Fantasy."

BASEBALL WRITING

A few selections

 
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THE PHILLIES NEXT MANAGER: MY OPINION IN VENN DIAGRAM

Opinions were as mixed on Gabe Kapler’s stint as the manager of the Phillies as they are on single-payer healthcare, Taylor Swift, and Hawaiian pizza. But with the divided citizens of Philadelphia uniting in curiosity about what comes next, I examine the Phillies' possible candidates. With some visual representation.

THE PHILLIES AND THE 2019 HOME RUN BALL

With the home run threatening to become a devalued currency from too much over-printing, I look at the relationship between the Phillies and the home run ball. Be warned: if it were a human relationship, everyone would be gently holding the Phillies, telling them to find someone who will treat them with more respect.

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JASON VARGAS TRADE REVIEW, AND PHILLIES PITCHING AT THE DEADLINE

I got to give my photo review of the Jason Vargas trade live on MLB Network, but I dive into some of the numbers behind the success that Vargas enjoyed (or at least, I hope he enjoyed it; sometimes it's hard to tell), and look at the Phillies' other deadline pitching acquisitions.

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ODUBEL HERRERA AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN MLB

With an alleged domestic abuser on "my team," I consider both the fan response and the organizational response of Major League Baseball. In both cases, I make a proposal, which I call a "Forgive, Don't Forget Policy" that I think would be a slight improvement in dealing with this very complicated issue.

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BRYCE HARPER ON THE PHILLIES IS GOOD FOR MOST OF US

Before Harper signed, I made this partisan plea for the sake of the most competitive NL East possible, and on behalf of all reasonable baseball fans. For anyone who loves MLB to be the equivalent of a 21-3 blowout, fine; they can go do whatever else they enjoy doing, like untangling earbud cords or eating an onion like an apple.

BASEBALL TWITTER
 
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THE PHILLIES NEXT MANAGER: MY OPINION IN VENN DIAGRAM

Opinions were as mixed on Gabe Kapler’s stint as the manager of the Phillies as they are on single-payer healthcare, Taylor Swift, and Hawaiian pizza. But with the divided citizens of Philadelphia uniting in curiosity about what comes next, I examine the Phillies' possible candidates. With some visual representation.

THE PHILLIES AND THE 2019 HOME RUN BALL

With the home run threatening to become a devalued currency from too much over-printing, I look at the relationship between the Phillies and the home run ball. Be warned: if it were a human relationship, everyone would be gently holding the Phillies, telling them to find someone who will treat them with more respect.

baseball deconstructed.jpg
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JASON VARGAS TRADE REVIEW, AND PHILLIES PITCHING AT THE DEADLINE

I got to give my photo review of the Jason Vargas trade live on MLB Network, but I dive into some of the numbers behind the success that Vargas enjoyed (or at least, I hope he enjoyed it; sometimes it's hard to tell), and look at the Phillies' other deadline pitching acquisitions.

herrera02.jpg

ODUBEL HERRERA AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN MLB

With an alleged domestic abuser on "my team," I consider both the fan response and the organizational response of Major League Baseball. In both cases, I make a proposal, which I call a "Forgive, Don't Forget Policy" that I think would be a slight improvement in dealing with this very complicated issue.

harperstory.jpg

BRYCE HARPER ON THE PHILLIES IS GOOD FOR MOST OF US

Before Harper signed, I made this partisan plea for the sake of the most competitive NL East possible, and on behalf of all reasonable baseball fans. For anyone who loves MLB to be the equivalent of a 21-3 blowout, fine; they can go do whatever else they enjoy doing, like untangling earbud cords or eating an onion like an apple.

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ELLEN ADAIR'S RULES FOR CHEERING PART III: HOW TO CHEER LIKE A STAT GEEK

I don't mean to pick favorites in my four part series on how to improve the dismal state of cheering at baseball games--  (overheard: "Hey, Scherzer! You suck!" which lacks both creativity and factual accuracy) -- but this is it.  Complete with videos of me cheering, at actual baseball games, in the manner I describe.

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