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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

07-23

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BP Wrigleyville
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Kazuto Yamazaki

07-23

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

07-23

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BP Toronto
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Nick Dika

07-23

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Prospectus Feature: Nine Things We Would Change About Major-League Baseball
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Brendan Gawlowski

07-22

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BP Bronx
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Ben Diamond

07-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 22nd
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Wilson Karaman

07-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop
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Wilson Karaman

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure
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Nicolas Stellini

07-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 22
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Matthew Kory

07-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-22

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The GM Trade Game!
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Sam Miller and BP Staff

07-22

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Weekly Wrap: July 22, 2016
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Will Haines

07-22

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Prospectus Feature: DRA 2016: Challenging the Citadel of DIPS
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Jonathan Judge

07-22

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The View From Behind The Backstop: This Is All Arbitrary, Isn't It?
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Jeffrey Paternostro

07-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-22

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Prospectus Feature: Good Deal?
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Trevor Strunk

07-21

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 89
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-21

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The Stash List: 16th Edition, 2016
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J.J. Jansons

07-21

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Legend of Vogelbach, Now In Seattle
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Christopher Crawford, Rian Watt and Brendan Gawlowski

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Seattle's Got A Neat Trick
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Demetrius Bell

07-21

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Prospectus Feature: The Players Who Are Just Dying To Be Traded
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Aaron Gleeman

07-21

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Potential Impact Call-Ups: Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

07-21

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 21, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

07-21

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Some Projection Left: Prospect-For-Prospect Trades, Or Baseball's Fourth Wall
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Christopher Crawford

07-21

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Rubbing Mud: Why the Yankees Should Sell Hard
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Matthew Trueblood

07-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 20th
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Christopher Crawford

07-20

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

07-20

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What You Need to Know: Fret No More
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Daniel Rathman

07-20

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TDGX Transactions: Let's Talk About Yulieski Gurriel
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George Bissell

07-20

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Team Chemistry: Fringe Effects on Called Strikes
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John Choiniere

07-20

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Notes from the Field: Eastern League ASG, Eastern Division
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Grant Jones and Adam McInturff

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: Where Does Yuliesky Gurriel Fit?
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Bryan Grosnick

07-20

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The Quinton: Is There a Best Day (of the Week) to Trade?
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Jeff Quinton

07-20

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Two-Strike Approach: How Good Is Cleveland?
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Cat Garcia

07-20

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Life at the Margins: Seager See, Seager Do
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Rian Watt

07-20

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 19th
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Mark Anderson

07-19

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What You Need to Know: J-Fer Effort
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Emma Baccellieri

07-19

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BP Bronx
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Kenny Ducey

07-19

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Cold Takes: Catches Up With You?
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Patrick Dubuque

07-19

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Prospectus Feature: Twin Killing
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Aaron Gleeman

07-19

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Notes from the Field: Eastern League ASG, Western Division
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Grant Jones and Adam McInturff

07-19

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Notes from the Field: July 19, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

07-19

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Closer Report: Week 16
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Matt Collins

07-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 16
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Mike Gianella

07-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 18th
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Christopher Crawford

07-19

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Baseball Therapy: The Pink Elephant Effect
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Russell A. Carleton

07-18

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 18
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Matt Sussman

07-18

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The Call-Up: Reynaldo Lopez
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Christopher Crawford, Adam McInturff and Scooter Hotz

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Notable pitching performances this week from Chris Archer, Chris Tillman and Mike Leake.

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July 23, 2016 6:00 am

BP Wrigleyville

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Kazuto Yamazaki

No, the record isn't 'most wins.' Still, a record pace!

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July 23, 2016 6:00 am

BP South Side

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James Fegan

Better now than on August 1st, though.

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July 23, 2016 6:00 am

BP Toronto

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Nick Dika

Digging into the wrong ways to think about the Blue Jays.

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It's a great game that could be better.

Yesterday, ESPN’s Buster Olney listed nine improvements he would like to implement in major-league baseball. Olney touched on a number of hot topics, including the length of games and the ever-present debate surrounding home field advantage in the World Series. His list incited various levels of support and opposition, but I’m assuming that Olney endeavored less to craft an op-ed than to start a conversation. To that end, it was extremely successful. Many pundits and fans crafted their own list in response, and you can count me among those so inspired. Below, you’ll find the nine things I would change about the game if I had Rob Manfred’s power and enough time to bring my vision to baseball.*

*As a baseball fan, my interests and loyalties lie more with creating a watchable product than maximizing profits. I fully recognize that the preceding caveat turns this exercise into theoretical and unrealistic wishcasting, but why stop now?

1. Remove convenience fees on ticket purchases: We’ll start with something fan-friendly and self-explanatory. Currently, any time you want to buy tickets in advance, you have to order them from a team’s website, or a third-party service like StubHub. The third parties have their own set of baggage, but the team sites are a headache too. The biggest issue is that they charge a “convenience” fee for processing, regardless of whether you print your tickets at home, pick them up at will call, or download them onto your phone. As any fan knows, there’s no convenience associated with paying an extra $3 per ticket, particularly since the surcharge is unavoidable; it’s just a tax on buying tickets. If I was the commissioner, I would ensure that any fan buying a ticket online would only be paying the advertised price.

2. Eliminate barriers to ticket exchanging/re-selling: This isn’t an issue for much of the league, but anyone following the Yankees-Ticketmaster snafu can probably feel which way the winds are blowing. To summarize a long story, the Yankees have made it very difficult for fans to get into the stadium without buying their tickets on Ticketmaster; purchasers are no longer allowed to print their own tickets, which limits everyone’s ability to buy seats from friends, scalpers, or on a website like Craigslist or StubHub. While important looking people in suits will dress these decisions in fancy rhetoric laden with ridiculous phrases like “safer ticketing experience,” the reality is that these policies make it more difficult for fans to attend games affordably. It’s always unseemly when a multi-billion dollar industry squeezes every last cent out of its paying customers, and as commish I would put the kibosh on the practice before it spreads throughout the league. You should be allowed to download your tickets, sell them to friends or fellow Craigslisters, and pay less than face value for tickets to a game with thousands of available seats. Criminy.

3. Remove metal detectors from stadiums: There’s no evidence that metal detectors make attending a baseball game any safer. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence, however, that the long lines outside of metal detectors can make you late for first pitch. There’s also no history of people bringing weapons to ballgames with the intent to cause mayhem, and even if an enterprising terrorist saw fit to do so, the metal detector wouldn’t necessarily impede his plan; instead of bringing a weapon into the stadium, he could instead wreak havoc outside the gates, where he'd find scores of immobile fans helplessly stuck in line while they waited to march through a metal detector. Ultimately, metal detectors are security theater, and if we’re going to trade freedoms for enhanced security, the security should actually be enhanced, damn it.

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July 22, 2016 11:54 am

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Ben Diamond

How bad can things get for Alex Rodriguez before the Yankees say enough is enough?

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July 22, 2016 11:08 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 22nd

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Chih-Wei Hu, Jordan Patterson, Jeff Brigham, and Hoy Jun Park.

Prospect of the Day: Chih-Wei Hu, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 7 IP, 2 H, B, 6 K.
Hu was one of the most impressive arms I saw climb the hill at the Futures Game, sitting mid-90s (touching 97) and complimenting it with a devastating palm ball that moved like a splitter with fade at 89-90. There’s some deception to his release, which helps the fastball play up despite a fairly straight path, and it makes the slide-piece tougher to pick up as well. He’s still learning how to sequence and miss bats consistently, but the stuff is there for a quality no. 4 starter, and he’s got a frame you can hang all of the innings on.

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July 22, 2016 10:56 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop

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Wilson Karaman

Pitchers have zoned in on the weaknesses in the Dodgers outfielder's swing, but can he adjust back?

On the heels of an injury-ridden 2015 that saw his numbers regress across the board, Yasiel Puig slipped from a borderline-top 20 guy on Mike Gianella’s Top 300 list a year ago to 77th on this year’s pre-season version. And after an awfully pedestrian first couple months of the season, in which he hit just .239 with nearly five whiffs for every walk, his value cratered all the way to 201st in Mike and Bret Sayre’s late-May update. Similarly, he slid from 46th on Bret’s pre-season Dynasty Top 500 into triple digits at 104 in the July update. It’s a freefall! Puig’s value is in freefall, I say!

So what are we supposed to do with him now? The good news is that he remains a physical specimen with an absurd arm, and if FRAA is to be believed, he’s been one of the best defensive right fielders in baseball this year in spite of a trip to the disabled list and periods of sporadic starting. All of those things are well and good, and the defensive value in particular is helpful fantasy-wise insofar as it keeps him in the regular lineup even when he’s struggling offensively. But offensive struggle has been the norm for Puig pretty much all season long. His below-average .255 TAv ranks 24th among right fielders with at least 250 plate appearances, just behind Pete Bourjos. Yes, the Peter Bourjos who was drafted 528th overall in leagues deep enough that people drafted Peter Bourjos. Puig’s return on investment has been… well, not good for fantasy players who drafted him in the fifth round this past spring. And it’s been an even worse development for those who are pot-committed in dynasty leagues. So let’s take a look at why his bat has been so lethargic this year, and whether there’s still hope for a sequel to his first impression.

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Stephen Strasburg's perfect season gets befouled. Meanwhile, a baseball traveled 484 feet and Francisco Liriano righted himself.

The Thursday Takeaway

We’re not supposed to talk about pitcher wins anymore. There’s no real need to count the ways that the statistic is misleading and poorly constructed; Brian Kenny can take care of that for you. If you read this site, you should know why it’s not the greatest barometer of pitching success in a world filled with poor pitching barometers. In a world of blind men, the one-eyed man is king. The pitcher win is a blind man without a nose or nerve endings in his fingers.

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[Slow warbling from a bat-smashed record player, left to die in a scorched desert] ...gotta get down on Friday...

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July 22, 2016 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 17

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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

If these players are available in your league, they might be worth adding to your squad.

12-Team Mixed Leagues

Randal Grichuk, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (Ownership: 62 percent CBS, 49 percent ESPN, 46 percent Yahoo!)

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July 22, 2016 6:00 am

The GM Trade Game!

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Sam Miller and BP Staff

Let's go, internet General Managers. Do your worst.

Welcome to our first BP Trade Game of 2016, in which a BP staffer is granted one major-league baseballer and fields offers from plausibly interested GMs. Our cast today:

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