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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

03-22

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Baseball Therapy: The Secret Powers of the Foul Ball
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Russell A. Carleton

03-22

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Baltimore Orioles
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Craig Goldstein

03-22

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Colorado Rockies
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Wilson Karaman

03-22

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Player Profile: Lorenzo Cain
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Eric Roseberry

03-22

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Five to Watch: American League Post-Hype Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-22

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 22
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Steve Givarz

03-22

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Short Relief: L'Essene du Danks / The Last Show
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Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My First Draft of 2017
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Scooter Hotz

03-21

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Five to Watch: National League Prospects
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-21

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Rubbing Mud: Lift Yourself Up By Your Launch Angle
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Matthew Trueblood

03-21

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Player Profile: Alex Bregman
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Tim Finnegan

03-21

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

03-21

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Chicago White Sox
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Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer

03-21

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Short Relief: Fielding as Metaphor, Teams as Monsters, and Sumo Suits as Disguises
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Patrick Dubuque, Bryan Grosnick and Emma Baccellieri

03-20

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Tampa Bay Rays
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Matthew Trueblood

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: The Waiting Game
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Ashley Varela

03-20

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

03-20

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Short Relief: Spring Gimmickry, Intranational Exceptionalism, and Baseball's Hockey Player
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Trevor Strunk, Matthew Provenzano and Holly Wendt

03-20

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Five to Watch: American League Prospects
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George Bissell

03-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Smaller Leagues
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Mike Gianella

03-18

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BP Bronx
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Stacey Gotsulias

03-18

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BP Mets
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Scott Simon

03-18

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BP Mets
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Jarrett Seidler

03-18

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BP Milwaukee
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Jack Moore

03-18

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BP South Side
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Collin Whitchurch

03-18

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BP Toronto
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Kyle Matte

03-18

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BP Toronto
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Elie Waitzer

03-17

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The Quinton: Selecting Relievers and Anticipated Discounts vs. Realized Discounts
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Jeff Quinton

03-17

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Toronto Blue Jays
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Joshua Howsam and Matt Gwin

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March 23, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Prep: Auction Podcast Takeaways

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Jeff Quinton

After discussion his strategies on the Flags Fly Forever podcast this week, Jeff recaps what he learned to help you prepare for your league's auction.

Earlier this week, George and Mike from the Flags Fly Forever podcast were kind enough to have me on to discuss auction strategy and the decision-making process. When I write my articles from my typing cove (really, my apartment’s kitchenette), I do not get to bounce ideas off of people in real time or get to listen to the in-depth thoughts of others on auction strategy like I did when on the podcast. Consequently, the podcast (which you can listen to here) helped clarify and even bring to light some new beliefs and ideas that I believe will help us in our quest to improve our auction strategies, strategic process, and decision-making as we endeavor to chase flags that will fly forever. Again, I would highly recommend listening to the podcast, but additionally, I have recapped and expanded on some of the ideas and recommendations discussed—advice that I am going to be trying to heed come my final auction preparation this week and come my two auctions this weekend

1. Always prepare and analyze with opportunity cost in mind

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The cavalry is coming.

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Tire-spinning, one inning at a time.

Note: This article, and the one that preceded it this week, is based on a presentation I made at the Society for American Baseball Research Analytics Conference in Phoenix this month. You can hear the audio here, and follow along with the slides here, should you desire. Fortunately, there is no video.

Part Two: The Legacy of the Modern Bullpen

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March 23, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Marcell Ozuna

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Mark Barry

Casting the spotlight on the Marlins outfielder.

Player Background

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March 23, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Reviewing the 2016 Model Portfolios

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Greg Wellemeyer

Looking back on how our staff members fared with their ideal fantasy rosters last season.

Our positional coverage is all wrapped up and draft season is drawing to a close as Opening Day nears. One series we’ll be rolling out starting next week is My Model Portfolio, wherein our staff members will each pick a roster using Mike Gianella’s final bid limits, which will be published tomorrow.

Before we get there, though, how about a little accountability on last year’s picks? I’m judging these purely based on how much difference there was between Mike’s preseason bid limits and his postseason retrospective valuations. There is no consideration for roster balance or categorical strength, this is purely an evaluation of whose draft day roster created the most raw profit over the course of the season.

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March 23, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Three Types of Extension

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Bryan Grosnick

Carlos Martinez, Tim Anderson, and Kevin Kiermaier sign long-term deals, for different reasons.

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March 23, 2017 6:00 am

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

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Jarrett Seidler

Javier Baez is as good as we thought he might be, just...completely differently.

Great players comes in all shapes, with all kinds of skills, and so do great prospects. Yet there’s some great players or even good players that were great prospects that projected to hold totally different skills than the ones they ultimately ended up with. What happens when you successfully project how good a prospect will become as a major-league player, but totally miss on what kind of player he will become?

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David's article may be recorded for quality assurance, Mo asks ballplayers to gather ye TOOTBLANs while ye may, and Zack celebrates the model mid-90s Rockies starter.

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Didi Gregorius is hurt, the Nationals are trying to find a closer, and Matt Harvey is trying to find his velocity.

Gregorius to begin season on DL

After straining his shoulder earlier this spring in an exhibition game for the Netherlands’ World Baseball Classic team, Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has officially been shut down from all baseball activities for two weeks and will be put on the 10-day disabled list to start the season. Initial estimates from general manager Brian Cashman were that the shortstop could be out for up to six weeks, which isn’t great news for the Yankees.

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March 22, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Secret Powers of the Foul Ball

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Russell A. Carleton

Some are good, some are bad, and some are just Souvenirs.

I’ve never caught a foul ball. I’ve been to a couple of games where I was in the right section and came close to snaring one, but I never got a chance to make a play on a batted ball off the bat of a major leaguer, even if it was one that went the wrong way.

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Come for the pitching analysis, stay for the emoji chart.

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It's all about the gloves, man.

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