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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

09-20

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Baseball Prospectus News: Subscription Price Change
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BP Staff

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
by
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
by
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

09-15

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Players Prefer Presentation: An Informed State of Joy
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Meg Rowley

09-15

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BP En Espanol: Una Oportunidad
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Jarrett Seidler

09-15

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What You Need to Know: All Of This Winning, I've Been Losing My Mind
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Demetrius Bell

09-15

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Rubbing Mud: The Arrival of Kyle Gibson
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Matthew Trueblood

09-15

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Circle Change: Bringing Mookie Betts Back to Earth
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Zach Crizer

09-15

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Guarding The Lines: One Shot
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Jarrett Seidler

09-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
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Mark Barry

09-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week 24
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George Bissell and Mark Barry

09-15

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Short Relief: Introducing Dodgers X
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Matt Sussman, Kate Morrison and Mary Craig

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Out-of-Nowhere Power-Hitting Rookie
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Matt Collins

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of September 14
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Steve Givarz

09-14

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 14, 2017
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Ben Carsley

09-14

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BP En Espanol: El camino dificil a los 100
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Aaron Gleeman

09-14

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What You Need to Know: Streak of all Streaks
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Ben Diamond

09-14

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 4)
by
Rob Mains

09-14

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Transaction Analysis: The Slow Death of Hope
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Bryan Grosnick

09-14

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 14, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

09-14

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Minor League Update: Games of September 13th
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Mark Anderson

09-14

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Short Relief: The Man Who Shouldn't Have Been There
by
Rachael McDaniel and Zack Moser

09-14

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Banjo Hitter: 100 The Hard Way
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Aaron Gleeman

09-13

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BP En Espanol: La ultima noche de la dinastia de los Tigers que nunca fue
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Ben Carsley

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Homers used to be good; now they're the bread in a failure sandwich.

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A standard that's becoming harder to reach.

Last year, Sam Miller wrote about the minimum-innings threshold. He noted that the number of pitchers who qualify for the ERA title had dropped precipitously as innings per start have declined. He explained the causes and proposed a solution.

In order to qualify for the ERA title, a pitcher must pitch one inning per game his team played. That means that pitchers must usually compile 162 innings per season since 1961 (American League) or 1962 (National League). Before then, when schedules were shorter, the standard was 154. A minimum standard for ERA qualification is similar to the minimum standard for batting title qualification, which is 3.1 plate appearances per team game played. (There is one difference: In one of baseball’s more obscure rules, hitters who fall short of qualifying for the batting title can still qualify by having hitless plate appearances added to their total in order to reach the minimum standard. No such fudge factor exists for ERA qualification.)

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September 21, 2017 6:00 am

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Ryan Schultz

The White Sox are going to give Giolito every chance to succeed as a starter, and so far he's done exactly that.

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September 21, 2017 6:00 am

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Zack Moser

Role players who fill the Cubs' six lineup spots around Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have come up big in the second half.

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September 21, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: May

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Russell A. Carleton

Follow along as SaberManager™ leads the 2005 Chicago Cubs through the second month of their season.

Previously in this series:
Confessions of a Fake Manager: The Set Up
Confessions of a Fake Manager: April



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New York beats Minnesota again, Giancarlo Stanton hits his 56th, Adam Frazier hurt the Brewers, and Chris Sale gets to 300.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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September 20, 2017 8:57 am

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Seth Victor

Shaw's improvement this season has a few obvious causes.

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September 20, 2017 8:54 am

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David Lesky

With just 12 games to go in the Lorenzo Cain era, it's time to start thinking ahead.

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Bartolo Colon, Bill Clinton y la naturaleza arbitraria del universo.

(More information on BP En Espanol.)

Traducción por José M. Hernández Lagunes

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MLB sets the single-season home run record, Chase Headley gets hit by a pitch, Max Scherzer shoves, and Johnny Cueto takes his time.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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What kind of teams improve by 25-plus games and what happens to those teams the next season?

PECOTA projected the Twins for 78 wins this season, which seemed so optimistic and caused so many “huh?!” responses coming off a disastrous 59-103 season that I felt the need to write an entire article explaining the number. (The projection was even higher initially, but dropped from 80 to 78 following Trevor May’s second-ending elbow injury.) I expressed skepticism, going step-by-step through the individual projections and pegging the Twins more in the range of 75 wins, but then concluded my “PECOTA and the Twins, Sitting in a Tree” article from mid-February by writing:

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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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