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08-24

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The Stash List: 21st Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

08-23

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Rubbing Mud: The Mental Side of Shifting
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Matthew Trueblood

08-23

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What You Need to Know: The Business
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Nicolas Stellini

08-23

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Baseball Therapy: Positional Anarchy!
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Russell A. Carleton

08-23

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Short Relief: A Broadcaster Out of Step with His Time
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Matt Ellis, Jason Wojciechowski and Nathan Bishop

08-23

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BP Kansas City
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Darin Watson

08-23

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BP Mets
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Kate Feldman

08-23

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BP Wrigleyville
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Zack Moser

08-23

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Minor League Update: Games of August 22
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Steve Givarz

08-22

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What You Need to Know: 88-35
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Stacey Gotsulias

08-22

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Rubbing Mud: They Might Be Rebuilding
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Matthew Trueblood

08-22

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Liner Notes: Kenny, Boomer, Bobo, and the Hobo Heroes
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Bryan Grosnick

08-22

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Notes from the Field: August 22, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of August 21
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Steve Givarz

08-22

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BP South Side
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Collin Whitchurch

08-22

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Short Relief: The Wonderful Vulgarity of Miami's Home Run Machine
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Emma Baccellieri and Kate Preusser

08-22

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Closer Report: Week 21
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Matt Collins

08-22

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 21
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Mike Gianella

08-21

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The Prospectus Hit List: August 21, 2017
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Ben Carsley

08-21

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 21, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

08-21

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Minor League Update: Games of August 18-20
by
Mark Anderson

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: Grand Exit
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Matthew Trueblood, Bryan Grosnick and Scott Orgera

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: Clips and Hatch
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Bryan Grosnick

08-21

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Vin Mazzaro's Second-Worst Day
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Rob Mains

08-21

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What You Need to Know: Return of the Baby-Faced Assassin
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Ashley Varela

08-21

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Short Relief: Boys To Men To Marriage To Exploitation
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Meg Rowley, James Fegan and Patrick Dubuque

08-18

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What You Need to Know: Engel in the Outfield
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Demetrius Bell

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of August 17
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Wilson Karaman

08-18

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
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Mark Barry

08-18

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Guarding The Lines: Here The Fastball Are Now Going To The South Side
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Jarrett Seidler

08-18

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Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Alex Bregman
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Aaron Gleeman

08-18

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Weekly Wrap: August 18, 2017
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Javier Barragan

08-18

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Circle Change: The Best Failure in Baseball
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Zach Crizer

08-18

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Cold Takes: Doomed and Determined
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Patrick Dubuque

08-18

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Short Relief: Underappreciated Player Week: Guillen, Kahnle, and Langston
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Matt Sussman, Cat Garcia and Meg Rowley

08-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: August 17, 2017
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Ben Carsley

08-17

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What You Need to Know: The Thin Line Between Diaz and Rzepczynski
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Ben Diamond

08-17

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 17, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

08-17

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Short Relief: Underappreciated Player Week: Jackson, Sizemore, and Zambrano
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David Temple, Emma Baccellieri and Zack Moser

08-17

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Pitching Panacea?
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Rob Mains

08-17

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Rubbing Mud: Lineups Are Just a Social Construct
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Matthew Trueblood

08-17

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Minor League Update: Games of August 16
by
Steve Givarz

08-17

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The Stash List: 20th Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

08-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Quietly Valuable Lorenzo Cain
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Matt Collins

08-16

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What You Need to Know: The Slugger Who Was Promised
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Nicolas Stellini

08-16

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Banjo Hitter: Eddie Rosario, Reformed Hacker
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Aaron Gleeman

08-16

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Notes from the Field: Amateur Notes: August 16, 2017
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Skyler Kanfer

08-16

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BP Milwaukee
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Sean Roberts

08-16

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Deep League Report: Week 20
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Scooter Hotz

08-16

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Rubbing Mud: How the Pendulum Swings
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Matthew Trueblood

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August 24, 2017 6:00 am

The Stash List: 21st Edition

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Greg Wellemeyer

Will the Braves bring up top prospect Ronald Acuña?

The Stash List: 21st Edition

by Greg Wellemeyer

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August 23, 2017 9:25 am

Rubbing Mud: The Mental Side of Shifting

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Matthew Trueblood

From Ted Williams and Lou Boudreau to Anthony Rizzo and Brandon Moss, there's more to the shift than meets the eye.

Last week, Anthony Rizzo was the National League Player of the Week, batting .429 and driving in 13 runs. He hit two homers and had a fistful of clutch singles, many of them shot hard through the left side, even as teams persisted—and they will persist a while longer, until Rizzo really proves this is his permanent approach—in shifting or shading him toward the right side on the infield. It’s not why he won, but it’s dazzling to consider that he had that hot streak while handling the defensive responsibility of playing his 10th game at second base.

Obviously, that’s misleading. If you’ve paid much attention to the Cubs this year (or if you did so late last year, or if you just happen to play fantasy baseball), you know that the reason Rizzo has racked up brief appearances at second base is that he and the real second baseman switch spots in certain obvious sacrifice bunt situations. It involves Rizzo trading in his first baseman’s mitt (because the rules require as much), but it’s not a true position change. It’s just a defensive shift, with a little bit of extra pizzazz (or positional anarchy, if you will).

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Doug Fister shuts down the Indians, Gary Sanchez goes very deep, and Ichiro Suzuki out-slugs Giancarlo Stanton.

Doug Fister, who entered Tuesday with 43 2/3 innings under his belt for the season, and had a 4.64 ERA last year, allowed a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor.

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The Shift. Four-man outfields. Five-man infields. Joe Maddon madness. What does a 'position' even mean now?

We’ve reached the end times. Last week the Cubs, facing Joey Votto, decided that the best way to defense him would be to have Kris Bryant play a little closer to the left-center field gap. The problem was that Bryant was listed as the third baseman at the time, and so he became the fourth outfielder. Votto smashed a grounder down the first base line for a double, but for a moment, it was possible that I was going to have to explain to my kids how it was that Votto had both popped out to third base and hit one into the gap in left-center field in the same plate appearance.

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Orson Welles returns to the microphone, baseball players as iconography, and a review of a pleasant little board game.

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August 23, 2017 6:00 am

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Darin Watson

The record has gone from oddity to embarrassment to a somewhat perverse point of pride.

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August 23, 2017 6:00 am

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Kate Feldman

Why must the Mets always be like this?

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August 23, 2017 6:00 am

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Zack Moser

Arrieta is looking more dominant than he has all season.

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August 23, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 22

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Steve Givarz

Notes on Teoscar Hernandez, Antonio Santillan, Jake Burger, Jake Bauers, Freddy Tarnok, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Triple-A, Buffalo): 4-5, 3 R, 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI
The Astros were full of quality OF prospects, making him expendable when he was shipped to Toronto for Francisco Liriano.


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It might be scoreboard-watching time for the 2001 Mariners.

The Monday Takeaway

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August 22, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: They Might Be Rebuilding

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Matthew Trueblood

The Statue Got Me High, but Don't Let's Start the Spiraling Shape.

On Thursday afternoon, I hosted a chat on this site, and one of the questions asked was about the immediate future of the Giants. Obviously, this season has been a catastrophe, but they still have a number of guys to whom they’re committed not only financially and emotionally, but on a baseball level. The core of the next good Giants team was supposed to be this core, when the season began, and it’s not clear that the team has significantly altered that general mindset, even as they hurtle toward 100 losses.

When I was asked about them, I found I had relatively little to say. They’re as uninspiring, in that way, as they are bad right now. I mentioned, I think, that it will be very interesting to see if Johnny Cueto can even pitch well enough down the stretch to make what seemed to be an almost automatic opt-out clause in his contract come to fruition. I also said that, if I were to start taking on the task of rebuilding this franchise, I might begin with a front office shakeup. A few days later, I find myself certain that the Giants need to rebuild—urgently, and drastically.

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Appreciating the best of baseball's nomads.

Toil away on BP’s Transaction Analysis beat long enough and you start to get a feel for the tides. There’s a certain ebb and flow in the way styles of players drift from team to team—which guys tend to find their way through waivers, which bench bats are most likely to bop from harbor to harbor. Certain franchises keep churning to find the right mix of guys on the come-up or past-their-prime vets in need of one more shot. And for the most part, players who tend to end up on more than a fistful of teams are of a certain stripe: just-a-hair-above-replacement utility bats and relief pitchers.

That is, at least in part, why Octavio Dotel is the worldwide leader in MLB teams played for (with 13) and Matt Stairs is his position-player counterpart (with 12). These are players who fit a niche that nearly every team tries to fill: you can never have enough competent relief pitchers, and you can never have enough power off the bench. But while Dotel and Stairs were good, they rarely really fell under the umbrella of “great.” So let’s try a different view, shall we? Let’s examine the players who suited up for many, many teams and pluck out the best of them. Can we find any patterns in their movements, any styles that seem en vogue, or any ties that bind together the greats who never found a regular home?

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