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09-26

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 77: The Spirit of Enya
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

09-23

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Songs From The Chorus
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Craig Goldstein, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

09-16

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Deep, But Playable: Plus Ca Change, Plus C'est La Meme Throws
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Craig Goldstein

09-13

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Deep, But Playable: 2 Gassed 2 Urias
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Craig Goldstein

09-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 103: Craig Goldstein
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George Bissell and Craig Goldstein

09-12

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 76: The Reverse Tebow
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

09-02

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The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez
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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

08-22

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 75: Municipal Bonds
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

08-21

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Deep, But Playable: The Pirates Played for 2017
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Craig Goldstein

08-13

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 74: I Love Andrew Benintendi
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George Bissell, Craig Goldstein, J.P. Breen and Matt Collins

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Richer Get Rich
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Sam Miller, Christopher Crawford, Patrick Dubuque, Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: The Penny-Pinching Pirates Pitching Parade
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Jeff Quinton, Ben Carsley, Joshua Howsam, Gideon Turk, Craig Goldstein, Adam McInturff, Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

07-15

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T.V.R.:
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Craig Goldstein

07-08

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The Call-Up: Josh Bell
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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

07-07

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BP Top 50
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Craig Goldstein and BP Prospect Staff

07-07

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BP Top 50
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Craig Goldstein and BP Prospect Staff

07-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 918: One Word: Plastics
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Craig Goldstein and Sam Miller

07-04

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 73: Future Austin Meadows References
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

06-18

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 72: MLB Draft Fantasy Draft
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

06-09

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Mocking the Draft
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

06-03

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 71: Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

05-21

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 70: Pillsbury Throwboy
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

05-10

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Deep, But Playable: How Do You Rank A Prospect Like Urias
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Craig Goldstein

04-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 69: Nice
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

04-19

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BP Unfiltered: A "Holiday" For Everyone
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Craig Goldstein, Ben Carsley and Bret Sayre

04-15

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 68: Craigcation
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

04-11

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The Call-Up: Nomar Mazara
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

04-02

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 67: Avocados
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Jeff Quinton

03-31

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Winter Is Leaving
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Craig Goldstein

03-23

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Notes from the Field: Milwaukee Brewers Arms
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Adam McInturff and Craig Goldstein

03-11

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 66: No Springer Chicken
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

03-07

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BP Prospect Team Coverage
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Craig Goldstein

03-07

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BP Job Postings: The BP Prospect Team Wants You
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Craig Goldstein, Chris Mellen and Bret Sayre

03-04

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 65: Daddy Long Legs
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

02-26

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Prospectus Feature: The Status QO
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Craig Goldstein

02-23

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 64: The BP Annual Drinking Game
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein, Bret Sayre, Meg Rowley, Matt Sussman and Jeff Quinton

02-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 819: 2016 Season Preview Series: Baltimore Orioles
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Ben Lindbergh, Craig Goldstein and George Bissell

02-11

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BP Unfiltered: 10 Things People Learned From the BP Annual (Updated)
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Craig Goldstein

02-07

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BP Announcements: BP Prospect Team Roster
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Craig Goldstein

02-05

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 63: Flu-Like Symptoms
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

01-22

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 62: Enya's Kitchen
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre and Craig Goldstein

12-31

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 61: Eating Crow
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

12-31

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Transaction Analysis: Natsy Drew and the Missing Batting Average
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Craig Goldstein, R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

12-28

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Best of BP 2015: The Name Game
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

12-10

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 60: Take Your Brain Off Mute
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre and Craig Goldstein

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: LA-Kuma Matata
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Craig Goldstein and George Bissell

11-12

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Dynasty Dynamics: AFL Progress Reports, Part II
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

10-30

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 59: Well That Didn't Work Out
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

10-29

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Dynasty Dynamics: AFL Progress Reports, Part I
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

10-27

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The Call-Up: Raul A. Mondesi
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Craig Goldstein and Ben Carsley

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Why should Massachusetts be the only state with a weird holiday no one has heard of?

Yesterday was Patriot’s Day. Most people outside of Massachusetts don’t know what it is beyond the day the Boston Marathon is run, if they even know that. The best part about Patriot’s Day, if you don’t get the day off like everyone in the state? Early morning baseball. Because 11 am baseball is such a treat, we decided every fanbase deserves a heretofore unknown holiday to take the day off and watch baseball while drinking their mid-morning coffee. —Craig Goldstein

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There Is No Offseason (TINO) is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty league formats. Somehow, they've forcibly made America listen to this.

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Nomar comin'.

The Situation: Shin-Soo Choo’s hamstring injury has opened the door for Nomar Mazara, the Rangers top prospect, to get his first taste of big-league action. The Rangers have opted for the sweet-swinging lefty, over previous call up Joey Gallo, who they’ve left in Triple-A to get more time at third base.

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There Is No Offseason (TINO) is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty league formats.

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March 31, 2016 6:00 am

Winter Is Leaving

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Craig Goldstein

No, really: Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner are the Mike Trout, the Steph Curry, the Tesla battery of... batteries.

There are a lot of easy storylines when considering the coming season for San Francisco. It’s 2016, which is, by my calculation, an even year, so we could talk about their forthcoming championship season in that light. There’s the departure from previous norms in regards to spending as they’ve rebuilt their rotation from scratch. There’s the incredible amount of homegrown talent they feature, including their new-found ability to channel #CardinalsDevilMagic by churning out above-average bats from seemingly middling (offensive) talent (Crawford, Panik, Duffy). But there are a couple obvious reasons why the Giants are poised to challenge for a fourth championship in seven years, too. In the words of our dearly departed R.J. Anderson “we’ll spend a thousand words on Austin Hedges but can’t do the same for Buster Posey because he’s old.” Let's rectify.

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March 23, 2016 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Milwaukee Brewers Arms

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Adam McInturff and Craig Goldstein

Notes on Cody Ponce, Zach Davies, Jorge Lopez and more.

Cody Ponce, Brewers, RHP
The hulking Ponce—all 6-foot-6, 245 pounds of him—was Milwaukee’s second-round pick in the 2015 Draft. He was a somewhat-late bloomer, growing into more strength and velocity later in his college career at Cal Poly Pomona. He put himself on the map with a strong Cape Cod League showing the summer prior to his draft year, displaying velocity from a physical frame and mixing in a quality cutter. Size, velocity, and the ability to get good action on his cutter are still Ponce’s calling cards—overall, though, Ponce’s control and usage of secondary pitches had improved since my looks at him as an amateur.

Ponce’s delivery seemed stronger through its balance point, leading to a more linear drive down the mound and increased ability to fill the strike zone. In his three innings of work against Team Germany, the fastball worked between 91-94 (sitting 93-94) with natural, heavy burst when angled to the lower third. His primary non-fastball remained a potentially above-average cutter in the high 80s, but it was encouraging to see Ponce trust a more complete arsenal of pitches the second time through the lineup. He showed more feel for a circle-change at 82-85 than in previous viewings; showing turnover action down and to his arm-side. Ponce leaned on his change more to left-handed bats, as you might expenct, consistently avoiding the heart of the plate with it. His breaking ball is a curveball between 77-79 mph. Readers shouldn’t expect the pitch to ever play legitimately above-average, but he showed between 45-grade and average shape on the pitch.


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There Is No Offseason (TINO) is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats.

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An update on the BP Prospect Team and our vision going forward.

I’m excited. I’m excited to officially introduce myself to you as Minor League Editor (I’m Craig, by the way, the pleasure is all mine). I’m excited to (re)introduce you to the BP Prospect Team as a whole. And I’m excited to tell you about our plans for covering prospects going forward.

It’s not a secret but a point of pride that there has been a loss of institutional knowledge on our team over the past few seasons. Still, this presents us with challenges, as our coverage has had to adjust to our personnel. We cannot ignore when we lose a staff member, be it Kevin Goldstein or Jason Parks and Cole or Al Skorupa or Ezra Wise and on down the line. Rather, it is our responsibility to reevaluate our strengths and weaknesses, and subsequently develop an approach that works best with our current staff.

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We are looking to bulk up our prospect coverage for the 2016 and are looking for reinforcements. Could you be who we are looking for?

Join Baseball Prospectus, be a part of the BP Prospect Team, and work with other members in support of 2016’s minor league coverage. The BP Prospect Team is looking for motivated individuals across the country who are capable of getting to ballparks in support of video and scouting projects. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to work within a team structure while also tackling independent assignments and, most importantly, being eager to learn. The successful candidates will also be ready to spend the season in the field, with an eye toward contributing to overarching reports and prospect vehicles.

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There Is No Offseason (TINO) is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats.

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In the wake of the Fowler spinaround, a look at the deleterious effects and simplest solutions to our collective qualifying offer problem.

Let’s start with the notion that it’d probably be for the best if free agent compensation, and for that matter, the draft itself, were eliminated entirely. Let’s then accept the notion that the latter might not ever happen, and the former is at minimum a major bargaining chip in any CBA talks.

What seems likely to happen, if anything, is some modification to the existing system of compensation for signing and/or losing free agents, because the current system isn’t tenable. On the one hand, it’s working in ownership’s favor on the whole: Suppressing salaries is the name of the game when it comes to free agent compensation, and we’ve seen Howie Kendrick and Dexter Fowler settle for below-market deals to return to the team that wouldn’t lose a draft pick by signing them. While someone gets left out in the cold every year, we’ve seen Diamondbacks’ GM Dave Stewart admit that the Diamondbacks were reluctant to give up their second pick (37th overall at the time), even if they were getting a major-league upgrade in the process. This process seemed to repeat itself in Baltimore with Fowler.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, it appears that clubs are less likely to punt on a given draft by signing multiple QO’d players and absorbing the losses of several rounds of picks than to space out those losses over several years, deciding when and where to lose a first-round pick. It appears, based on their actions and words, that clubs are intensely valuing not just the picks that they speak of but, more accurately, the slot money associated with those picks.

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There Is No Offseason (TINO) is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats.

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