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03-29

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Minnesota Twins
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Aaron Gleeman

03-29

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: San Francisco Giants
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Ashley Varela

03-29

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Ben Carsley

03-29

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Circle Change: Daniel Murphy Raises the Ghost of an Idea
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Zach Crizer

03-29

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Guarding The Lines: The Pompey Zone
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Jarrett Seidler

03-29

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Rumor Roundup: Suspensions, Extensions, and Depth
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Emma Baccellieri

03-29

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My Model Portfolio: Man vs. Self
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Ben Carsley

03-29

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My Model Portfolio: Give Me Your Tired
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Eric Roseberry

03-29

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Short Relief: Spring Dismissals, Veteran Expletives, and JaCobies Jones
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James Fegan, Nathan Bishop and Patrick Dubuque

03-28

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Expert League Auction Recap: 2017 Tout Wars Mixed
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Bret Sayre

03-28

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Philadelphia Phillies
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Jarrett Seidler

03-28

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: St. Louis Cardinals
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Jeff Quinton

03-28

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: New York Mets
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Bryan Grosnick

03-28

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Fix the Pace-of-Play Problem
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Russell A. Carleton

03-28

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars National League
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Mike Gianella

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: New York State of Mind
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Tim Finnegan

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: The Ricky Bobby Experiment
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George Bissell

03-28

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Short Relief: A Friendly Warning, A Friendly Pitcher, and Some Friendly Advice
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Matt Ellis, Emma Baccellieri and Kate Preusser

03-27

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My Model Portfolio: Trying to Find a Balance
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Matt Collins

03-27

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Texas Rangers
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Kate Morrison

03-27

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Extreme Makeover: National League Edition
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Rob Mains

03-27

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My Model Portfolio: Not Cutting Corners
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-27

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Prospectus Feature: Christian Bethancourt and Fun
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Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: My First Auction of 2017
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Scooter Hotz

03-27

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Rumor Roundup: Blindsided, Bothered, and Bewildered
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Ashley Varela

03-27

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Short Relief: Talking (And Not Talking) Baseball
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Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

03-25

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

03-25

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BP Mets
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Adam Kaufman

03-25

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BP Milwaukee
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Nicholas Zettel

03-24

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Hype Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

03-24

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Cold Takes: Always Tell Me the Odds
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Patrick Dubuque

03-24

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-24

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Seattle Mariners
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Nathan Bishop

03-24

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Cincinnati Reds
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Eric Roseberry

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Drag Race
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Demetrius Bell

03-24

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Banjo Hitter: Sticking at Shortstop
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Aaron Gleeman

03-24

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Player Profile: Carlos Santana
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Scooter Hotz

03-24

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Short Relief: Puttin' On The Reds / Historical Unwritten Rules
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Matt Sussman and Mary Craig

03-24

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Rubbing Mud: Freddie Freeman Takes the Zone for Himself
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Matthew Trueblood

03-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 97
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

03-23

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: New York Yankees
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Jarrett Seidler

03-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Prep: Auction Podcast Takeaways
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Jeff Quinton

03-23

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Atlanta Braves
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Mike Gianella

03-23

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Has the Modern Bullpen Killed Late-Inning Comebacks? (Part Two)
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Rob Mains

03-23

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Player Profile: Marcell Ozuna
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Mark Barry

03-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Reviewing the 2016 Model Portfolios
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Three Types of Extension
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Bryan Grosnick

03-23

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Guarding The Lines: When It's Different But Still Great
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Jarrett Seidler

03-23

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Short Relief: Playing the Right Way, Baserunning the Wrong Way, and Pitching the Rockies Way
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David Temple, Mo Bjonski and Zack Moser

03-22

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Rumor Roundup: My Toothpick for a Closer
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Emma Baccellieri

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It's never enough.

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March 28, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Let's Fix the Pace-of-Play Problem

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Russell A. Carleton

What year is it, anyway?

Let’s fix the pace-of-play problem. It shouldn’t be that hard. But first, let’s diagnose the patient.

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Mike looks back on his buys and general thoughts on the recently completed experts league auction.

This past weekend, the fantasy baseball experts gathered in New York City for yet another year of (drumroll) Tout Wars. This competition pits some of the best and brightest people in the industry against one another in four separate auctions. The head-to-head league auctions Friday night, the AL-only and mixed league auctions are Saturday, and the NL-only league auction is Sunday. This recap focuses on my team and strategy in the NL-only league. Later this week, I will take a broader look at some of the trends in the AL and NL-only leagues.

2017 is the eighth year I have competed in Tout Wars, and I have been in the NL-only pool for the duration. I won once, in 2015. If one win out of seven sounds unimpressive, consider that only Tristan Cockcroft has more than one title in the NL since I joined. These people are sharks.

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March 28, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: New York State of Mind

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Tim Finnegan

Tim anchors his pitching staff with a pair of Mets, and aims to find bang for the buck at every spot on his roster.

In the “My Model Portfolio” series, the fantasy staff will create their own team within a $260 auction budget using Mike Gianella’s latest mixed league Bid Limits for 2017. The scoring is 5x5 standard roto. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, 2 UTIL, and 9 P.

The Process

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March 28, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: The Ricky Bobby Experiment

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George Bissell

The result of George's bottom-up style of roster building, identifying bargains first before diving into the pool of higher-priced players.

Here are the rules for the annual BP fantasy staff Model Portfolio challenge established by our fantasy overlord, Bret Sayre:

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Matt transcribes a sample inning of Jose Canseco's broadcast debut, Emma finds the ideal athlete social media presence, and Kate encourages some GMs to engage in shower thoughts.

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March 27, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Trying to Find a Balance

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Matt Collins

Matt builds his ideal fantasy squad for 2017, subject to the $260 constraint.

The Process

Every year, I think this project is going to be so much easier than it actually is. You would think I’d have learned by now, but I have not because I’m an idiot. That happened again this year, although it was a little easier because I didn’t pin myself to such specific dollar splits between hitting and pitching. Ideally, I wanted a 180/80 split, but if I went over in either direction I wasn’t too concerned.

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Flip that coin again.

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March 27, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Extreme Makeover: National League Edition

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Rob Mains

You can't tell the players without a scorecard.

Every season necessarily brings with it change. Players become old and ineffective and are replaced by promising rookies. The injured get healthy and the healthy get injured. Some players exit via trade, waiver, and release, and some arrive by the same routes. Turnover is inevitable.

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March 27, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Not Cutting Corners

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Greg Wellemeyer

After saving at some other positions, Greg anchors his ideal squad with Joey Votto and Josh Donaldson at the infield corners.

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There are two sides to every two-way player.

In one of the more pressing baseball debates of today, Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque present a point-counterpoint on Christian Bethancourt and fun.

Meg:

I hold what I imagine to be a minority opinion: I suspect that Christian Bethancourt being a so-so two-way player will be less fun than him being a mediocre position player who occasionally pitches. Not that it won’t be cool that he’s trying; just less fun.

Position players pitching is perfect. It’s the rare baseball moment when every possible outcome is good. We’ve removed stakes, and absent the potential to alter how the game ends, it can only change how the game feels. It’s like staring at one of those Magic Eye 3D posters: amid what was chaos, an image of healing comes into focus, sketched out in pitcher form.

Imagine our guy fails; that’s easy, we assumed he would. We’re granted permission to enjoy his failure, to find notes of humor and self-awareness because what he’s really doing is performing a service. This is an act of care disguised as embarrassment. There is no winning in these moments, which also means there is no losing. The losing has already been done. Position players pitched 22.1 innings in 2016; they allowed 14 earned runs. Some of those were probably the result of indifferent defense, but I couldn’t be bothered to investigate which ones. Who cares?

Two different teams threw Erik Kratz out there. We’re working with different standards of success. We look on these performances and revel in the fact that they contain all the components of throwing a baseball. Our guy got the ball to the catcher’s mitt (when he doesn’t it’s funnier), and got his outs (exect when they don’t and smile knowingly), and if he gave up a few runs along the way (he often will), well, that’s part of pitching, too. Only his job isn’t to pitch, so we don’t have to be mad about it.

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March 27, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: My First Auction of 2017

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Scooter Hotz

Scooter recaps the results of his recent keeper-league auction.

Last night I had my first auction of the season. It’s my second season in the league, which is a more serious league than the one I wrote about last week. Like that league, though, a lot of the owners are more inclined towards fantasy football than fantasy baseball, which is why it’s a head-to-head league. Here are some other league settings for background:

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