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1 BP Unfiltered: Brandon McCarthy on Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
0 Prospectus Q&A: The College of Coaches on Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 206: When Does it Make Sense to Fire Managers?/What We Think about Hot Streaks by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
9 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/18 by Ben Lindbergh
3 BP Unfiltered: Jeff Keppinger Finally Works a Walk, and a Disar Awards Update by Ben Lindbergh
6 BP Unfiltered: The Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 5/17 by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 205: Catcher Framing Questions/A Hypothetical Pitching Problem/Post-Start MRIs by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
9 Overthinking It: The Mystique and Aura of the Other 29 Teams by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 204: The Yankees and Luck/How We Watch Baseball/Consuming Scouting Reports by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 203: Strikeouts and Defense/Shortest Pitching Careers/Novelty All-Star Games/World Series of Worst/Rooting Against No-Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 202: Bryce Harper Hits the Wall/Albert Pujols' Pain by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
12 Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Keep Rizzo by Ben Lindbergh
7 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 201: Drafting Age-25-and-Under Starters/Still No No-Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
13 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/10 by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Unfiltered: The Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 5/10 by Ben Lindbergh
14 Overthinking It: Where the Value of Robot Umpires Ends by Ben Lindbergh
11 Overthinking It: The Sub-Replacements by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 200: Will Leitch on Media, Fans, and Media and Fans by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 199: Pitchers Putting on Sunscreen/The Astros and Clubhouse Chemistry by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 198: Hitters with the Yips/Power vs. Contact/Starlin Castro's Future/Reinhart-Rogoff and Sabermetrics by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
14 Overthinking It: Evaluating Early-Season Experiments by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 197: Our Incredibly Premature All-Star Picks by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 196: The New Scott Kazmir/The Future of the Angels by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
10 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/3 by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 195: Bad Body Language/Upgrading Bullpens/Steroids and the Children/BABIP and Bad Luck by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 Overthinking It: Three Months in Marco Scutaro's BABIP by Ben Lindbergh
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 194: Outlawing Endless Games/Would Baseball Be Better Without Playoffs? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 193: AAA Teams vs. the Marlins and Astros/The Braves and Strikeouts/Pickoffs and Pitch Counts/John Farrell and the Jays/Non-Superstar HOFers by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 192: Stephen Strasburg's New Injury Scare/The Underhyped Manny Machado by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 191: The Significance of the Blue Jays' Slow Start/Justin Upton and Internet Gloating by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
57 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/26 by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 190: The Ike Davis Enigma/Trading Prospects Straight Up for Stanton by Ben Lindbergh and Will Woods
8 Overthinking It: Why Jose Valverde is Still Getting Saves for Detroit by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 189: Should Chad Billingsley Have Had Surgery Sooner?/Brendan Ryan, Robert Andino, and the Mariners by Ben Lindbergh and Paul Sporer
19 BP Unfiltered: Pitcher BABIP and Age by Ben Lindbergh
7 Overthinking It: Yadier Molina's Maybe-Amazing Powers of Defensive Positioning by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 188: The Yankees and PECOTA/Earned Run Ratio/Least Likely MVP Candidates/When to Trust 2013 Stats by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 187: More About Velocity Loss/Baseball Players and Appendectomies by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 186: Deceptive Starters/Matt Harvey's Improvement/The Blue Jays and Waiver Claims by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Unfiltered: Desmond Jennings Doesn't Need Your Assistance by Ben Lindbergh
4 BP Unfiltered: The Startlingly Selective Yuniesky Betancourt by Ben Lindbergh
15 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/19 by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 185: Trading International Bonus Pool Space/Shortening the Time Between Pitches by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 Overthinking It: Brett Gardner Gets Aggressive by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 184: Brett Gardner Makes an Adjustment by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 183: How to Set Up a Rotation/The DH of the Future/Batting Stanton Leadoff/Pitchers and Handwarmers/Quad-A Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 182: How Much Will Mark Appel Make?/Is Mike Scioscia's Job Safe? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 Profiles in Lack of Lineup Protection by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild 181: Giancarlo Stanton's Lineup Protection Problem by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 Overthinking It: The Year's New Pitches by Ben Lindbergh
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Ben and Sam draft starting pitchers age 25 and under, then discuss whether there's any significance to the fact that we haven't seen a no-hitter yet this season. The best and worst receivers of the week and the 2013 season so far.
No intro section this time; I should have a couple framing-related features on the way early next week, which I don't want to tease too much. Let's get right to the leaderboards and frames of the week.
*** Read the full article... Starting a new series with a 12-pitch battle between Mike Moustakas and Chris Sale.
I’ve always loved long plate appearances. If one of the best thing about baseball is the batter-pitcher matchup, and one of the other best things about baseball is that it has no clock or appointed time for anything to end, then it stands to reason (sort of) that double-digit-pitch batter-pitcher matchups would be the absolute best thing about baseball. So each Friday, I’m going to highlight the most extended sequence of the seven-day period from the previous Thursday-Wednesday. If there’s a tie, I’ll pick the most interesting plate appearance.
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May 10, 2013 8:45 am
Robots aren't a realistic solution for all of umpires' ills.
The building I grew up in had manually operated elevators. They were quaint prewar contraptions that required an attendant to slide a metal screen across the entrance and a pull a hand crank to start the ascent and stop at the desired destination. (They looked a little like
this.) When you got to your floor, you felt like you’d earned it. Or you would have, if not for the person paid to take you up and down.
Those elevators had been there as long as the building, so they had tradition and inertia on their side. And most of the time, they did the job as well as a more modern elevator. But they had a tendency to get stuck between floors, they broke down fairly frequently, and they were expensive to service. Eventually, it became clear that to complete another repair would only postpone the inevitable at additional cost, and the manually operated elevators were replaced by the boring kind with buttons. I don’t remember any outcry about preserving the historic human element of the elevators, probably because by that point the would-be preservationists were sick of climbing stairs.
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May 10, 2013 5:00 am
Life is hard, and so is fielding qualified players at all eight positions.
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Ben and Sam talk to Sports on Earth Senior Writer Will Leitch about the evolution of baseball coverage and the fan's relationship with sports media.
Ben and Sam discuss the sunscreen scandal and how much clubhouse chemistry matters to the Astros.
Ben and Sam answer emails about what it would look like if a hitter got the yips, what Starlin Castro could turn into, errors in sabermetric research, and more.
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May 7, 2013 11:27 am
On five players attempting to do new things this season, and whether those things have worked.
Four teams asked five players to do things this season that they’d never done prior to 2013. This article is about how well those things have worked for the first six weeks, and whether they can continue.
1. : start in center field Shin-Soo Choo
It’s not that Choo has turned into a superb center fielder. That was never the plan. Starting Choo in center, a position he hadn’t played at all since 2009 and hadn’t played regularly since 2002 (as a 19-year-old in A-ball), was always going to be an exercise in extreme double-entry bookkeeping: Would the runs his bat added outnumber the runs his glove gave up? So far, the answer is an easy “yes.” Choo’s .347 ranks 10th among players with at least 100 plate appearances, and he’s second only to TAv in Miguel Cabrera . VORP The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
With All-Star voting officially underway, Ben and Sam make their incredibly premature picks, with Jason Wojciechowski joining them to settle any disputes.
Ben and Sam discuss Scott Kazmir's win over the weekend, then talk about the Angels' outlook for the rest of this season and beyond. Blind framing test results and the best and worst receivers of the week and the season.
Let’s start with the results of
last week’s blind framing test. (If you haven't taken it, and you want to know, go back and do it before you see spoilers.) I gave you 10 pairs of pitches, with one called strike and one ball in each pair, and asked you to tell me which was which. The catch was, I cut off the umpire calls at the end of the clips (because, well, it would've been pretty easy otherwise). These were the strikes:
Left, Morrow vs. Machado
2. Right, Halladay vs. Jones
3. Right, Volquez vs. Betancourt
4. Left, Pettitte vs. Molina
5. Left, Latos vs. Navarro
6. Right, Resop vs. Gomes
7. Right, Halladay vs. McDonald
8. Left, Harrell vs. Seager
9. Left, Roth vs. Kinsler
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