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09-25

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Closer Report: Week 26
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Matt Collins

09-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 25, 2017
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Ben Carsley

09-25

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BP En Espanol: Los menores records de jonrones
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Rob Mains

09-25

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Our Favorite Prospects of 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

09-25

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What You Need to Know: The Necessity of Not Sticking to Sports
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Ashley Varela

09-25

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Lesser Home Run Records
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Rob Mains

09-25

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BP Bronx
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Martin Nolan

09-25

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BP Milwaukee
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Dylan Svoboda

09-25

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BP En Espanol: Confesiones de un falso manager: Abril
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Russell A. Carleton

09-25

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Rubbing Mud: Can a Team Be Too Reliant on Home Runs?
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Matthew Trueblood

09-25

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Short Relief: The Earthly and the Celestial
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James Fegan, Meg Rowley and Holly Wendt

09-25

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Baseball Prospectus News: Subscription Price Change
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BP Staff

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Few of My Favorite Dynasty League Targets
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Wilson Karaman

09-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Russell Dorsey

09-22

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Rubbing Mud: Half-Truths and Collision Courses
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Matthew Trueblood

09-22

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Short Relief: Our Large Retired Sons
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Zack Moser and Matt Sussman

09-22

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BP Toronto
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Rachael McDaniel

09-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
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Mark Barry

09-22

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What You Need to Know: Best of the Best
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Demetrius Bell

09-22

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BP En Espanol: Confesiones de un falso manager: el inicio
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Russell A. Carleton

09-21

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 21, 2017
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Ben Carsley

09-21

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BP En Espanol: Los lanzadores calificados para el titulo de ERA estan en extincion
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Rob Mains

09-21

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Short Relief: Home Runs and Runs Home
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Rachael McDaniel, Patrick Dubuque and Mary Craig

09-21

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Vanishing ERA Qualifier
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Rob Mains

09-21

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BP South Side
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Ryan Schultz

09-21

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BP Wrigleyville
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Zack Moser

09-21

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Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: May
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Russell A. Carleton

09-21

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What You Need to Know: Judge Rules Against Twins
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Ben Diamond

09-20

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

09-20

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

09-20

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BP En Espanol: La politica de Big Sexy
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Patrick Dubuque

09-20

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What You Need to Know: Dingers For Everyone
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Nicolas Stellini

09-20

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Banjo Hitter: Randy, Rickey, and Teams on the Rise
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Aaron Gleeman

09-20

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Cold Takes: The Politics of Big Sexy
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Patrick Dubuque

09-20

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Short Relief: Noise
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Matt Ellis, Nathan Bishop and Emma Baccellieri

09-20

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Deep League Report: Week 25
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Scooter Hotz

09-19

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BP Bronx
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Martin Nolan

09-19

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What You Need to Know: A Tale of Two Teams in One City
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Stacey Gotsulias

09-19

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Rubbing Mud: The Sinker Doesn't Play Well With Others
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Matthew Trueblood

09-19

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Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: April
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Russell A. Carleton

09-19

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BP En Espanol: Tuneles y secuencias: aplicaciones en el campo
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Kate Morrison and Jeff Long

09-19

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Short Relief: A Long September
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Kate Preusser and Trevor Strunk

09-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 25
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Mike Gianella

09-18

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Closer Report: Week 25
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Matt Collins

09-18

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose (Sometimes You Win Again)
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Ashley Varela

09-18

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Prospectus Feature: Tunnels and Sequencing: Applications on the Field
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Kate Morrison and Jeff Long

09-18

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Short Relief: The Cracks in Our Stars
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Holly Wendt, Meg Rowley and James Fegan

09-18

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Walk-Off Winners
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Rob Mains

09-18

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Minor League Update: Games of September 15th-17th
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Mark Anderson

09-18

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: 2018 Breakout Candidates
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BP Prospect Staff

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September 25, 2017 12:21 pm

Closer Report: Week 26

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Matt Collins

The Royals are still trying to figure out who replaces Kelvin Herrera.

Welcome back to the Closer Report and welcome to the last week of the regular season. At this point in the year, obviously there isn’t a whole lot going on with the closer front and if you’re looking for saves this late in the year you’re probably in trouble. In a sample as small as the remaining number of games on the schedule it’s nearly impossible to predict who will get saves and how many they will get. Still, we persevere! Despite that, there were couple changes were indeed made on the Grid. Let’s get into the news.

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September 25, 2017 10:38 am

The Prospectus Hit List: September 25, 2017

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Ben Carsley

Technically, catchers kneel during every national anthem.

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El record general de la MLB ha sido destrozado, pero ¿que hay de los records de los equipos?

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Traducción por Carlos Pérez

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September 25, 2017 9:15 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: Our Favorite Prospects of 2017

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BP Prospect Staff

These are 10 of our favorite guys.

Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox (Double-A Portland)
It might be cheating to select the dude already hitting .300 with pop in the majors, but I get so few opportunities to victory lap in this gig, so you’ll have to bear with me on this one. This is not to suggest that Devers was a hard scout. In fact, my one regret is not being more aggressive after seeing Devers in May—still in the Eastern League then, mind you—when I considered putting down a 7/7 marker on the offensive tools and having him no. 1 at midseason.

And yes, it’s only 200 major-league plate appearances, but boy howdy it sure looks right. Just as I saw against Hartford, there is power to all fields, and a more advanced hit tool and approach than you would expect from a 20-year-old. He battles at the hot corner at times, but he should be passable there for most of his twenties. The tools have translated into meaningful major-league production from day one, and Devers sure looks like he will be a star for years to come. —Jeffrey Paternostro


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Bruce Maxwell takes a knee, three teams enter the playoffs, Paul Byrd faces The Freeze, and Alex Wilson breaks his leg.

The Weekend Takeaway

Bruce Maxwell wasn’t penciled into the Athletics’ lineup on Saturday. In fact, the 26-year-old catcher wasn’t supposed to make another start behind the dish for the remainder of the regular season, as he was going through the club’s concussion protocol after taking a foul tip to the mask on Wednesday.

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The overall MLB record has been shattered, but what about team records?

Last Wednesday evening, a new record was set. You probably saw it.

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September 25, 2017 6:00 am

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Martin Nolan

It's complicated.

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September 25, 2017 6:00 am

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Dylan Svoboda

What has gotten into Chase Anderson?

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Terapia de Beisbol.

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September 25, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Can a Team Be Too Reliant on Home Runs?

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Matthew Trueblood

Has a lack of quality contact kept the Rays, and possibly the Brewers, from reaching the postseason?

On our sortable statistics menu, one of the team-level reports that you can click on is called “Team Batting - Guillen Number.” The report contains more than one stat, but it’s built around what we call the Guillen Number: the percentage of a team’s total runs that have scored on home runs. Joe Sheehan named the metric after Ozzie Guillen, whose White Sox teams were famous for playing small ball but who actually scored a huge percentage of their runs when guys like Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee, and Jermaine Dye hit dingers. Those Chicago teams led the AL in Guillen Number, in fact, from 2006 through 2008, and were among the highest in baseball before and after that.

The tongue-in-cheek history of the stat’s name is appropriate, because that’s generally been our approach to the notion that any team is too reliant on home runs. A home run is the best possible outcome for the batting team. Teams that hit a whole bunch of them are usually very good at scoring runs. Whether they might be marginally better if their fifth hitter had more clubs in the offensive bag is an unfair question, most of the time; that guy got to be as good as he is by using the approach he has. Fewer home runs doesn’t mean more ways to score, it just means more pressure to score in those other ways.

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Baseball is both of the stars and on the ground, frequently at the same time; within lies the truth.

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Back in 2003, the highest-paid player in baseball was Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, at $22 million. This year, 24 players are making at least as much as Rodriguez did in 2003, led by Clayton Kershaw at $33 million. Back in 2003, the average MLB team payroll was $70 million, with only the Yankees above $120 million and 14 teams under $60 million. This year, the average MLB team payroll is $150 million, no team is under $80 million, and the “small-payroll” Royals out-spend the 2003 Yankees. Even the MLB minimum salary has risen from $300,000 in 2003 to $535,000 today, an increase of 78 percent.

It won’t stir up quite as much excitement (or potential for insult) as the “Guess Your Weight” game at state fairs and amusement parks, but if you step right up! we can guess the exact dollar amount you first paid for a subscription to Baseball Prospectus. The answer is $39.95. We know that because our subscription price has not changed since at least 2003 (and possibly ever). We’ve decided to raise BP’s subscription price for the first time. Just a little bit, from $39.95 to $45.95, with a similar increase to our super-premium subscription package.

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