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2 Outta Left Field: Stealing Home Has Never Been Easier... by Dustin Palmateer
0 Outta Left Field: Ichiro's Plan To Do It All by Dustin Palmateer
0 BP Boston by Dustin Palmateer
0 Outta Left Field: Have the Dodgers Solved Injuries Or Are They Just Chatty? by Dustin Palmateer
0 Outta Left Field: Do Cueto's Shimmies Work? by Dustin Palmateer
2 Outta Left Field: The Only Rule Is It Has To Quirk by Dustin Palmateer
4 Outta Left Field: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees by Dustin Palmateer
1 Transaction Analysis: Rochester's Lovely This Time of Year by Dustin Palmateer, Nicolas Stellini and Christopher Crawford
1 Outta Left Field: Craig Kimbrel Is Increasing His Lead by Dustin Palmateer
0 BP Boston by Dustin Palmateer
4 Outta Left Field: Finding the Next Superstar On My HACKING MASS Roster by Dustin Palmateer
6 Outta Left Field: Three Ways of Thinking About Ken Giles, Non-Closer by Dustin Palmateer
0 Transaction Analysis: From Atlanta to Atlanta by Rian Watt and Dustin Palmateer
4 Winter Is Leaving by Dustin Palmateer
1 Transaction Analysis: A Byrd In Hand by Matthew Trueblood and Dustin Palmateer
5 Winter Is Leaving by Dustin Palmateer
13 Outta Left Field: The Remarkable Buxton Projection by Dustin Palmateer
4 Outta Left Field: The PECOTA Comp Romp by Dustin Palmateer
6 Outta Left Field: The Case for Ripping Up Sal Perez's Contract by Dustin Palmateer
1 Transaction Analysis: Arrows Pointing West by R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer
4 Outta Left Field: This Is the Padre Way by Dustin Palmateer
1 Transaction Analysis: Yay or Nay-Berry by Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer
0 Outta Left Field: In Search of a New Ryan Doumit by Dustin Palmateer
2 Transaction Analysis: Too Many Cooks by Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer
3 Best of BP 2015: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split by Dustin Palmateer
0 Best of BP 2015: The Actual Facts of the GM Demographic Shift by Dustin Palmateer
0 Outta Left Field: Evan Scribner's Four Walks by Dustin Palmateer
6 Transaction Analysis: Order in the Bethancourt by R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick
14 Outta Left Field: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split by Dustin Palmateer
1 Transaction Analysis: A Motte in the Dark by R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford
3 Transaction Analysis: Not All Who Yonder Are Lost by Rian Watt, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford
1 Transaction Analysis: O Brothers, Where Art Thou? by R.J. Anderson, Rian Watt, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford
15 Outta Left Field: The Strangest Thing About the Braves' Sell-Off by Dustin Palmateer
3 Transaction Analysis: The Liam Hendriks Experience by R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer, Bret Sayre and Brendan Gawlowski
8 Transaction Analysis: Straight Kimbrelin' by Dustin Palmateer, Ben Carsley, Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre
9 Outta Left Field: The Actual Facts of the GM Demographic Shift by Dustin Palmateer
2 Outta Left Field: Preller's Problems by Dustin Palmateer
1 BP Unfiltered: Why Didn't The Royals Steal Home? by Dustin Palmateer
0 Transaction Analysis: Relievers, Left and Right by R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Matthew Trueblood, Jeff Long, Dustin Palmateer and Kate Morrison
2 Transaction Analysis: To Victorino Go the Spoils by Dustin Palmateer
6 BP Boston by Dustin Palmateer
11 Prospectus Feature: The Yankees and the Toothless International Spending Limits by Dustin Palmateer
32 Prospectus Feature: The Decision that Decided a World Series by Dustin Palmateer
4 Baseball ProGUESTus: A Closer Look at College Pitch Counts and Injuries by Dustin Palmateer
9 Baseball ProGUESTus: Does Declining to Sign Pay Off for Draftees? by Dustin Palmateer
30 Baseball ProGUESTus: Sizing Up the CBA Again by Dustin Palmateer
...and yet, nobody is taking advantage of this rare opportunity. What gives?
Last year, he pitched. This year, he walks (and once again hits). How, and what's next?
Major League Baseball made an example out of the Red Sox, taking five Venezuelan players signed last year out of the organization while also suspending Boston from signing any players in the 2016-2017 international amateur signing period. Has all the Dodgers spending and talk about solving the injury riddle led to any real progress?
have a $250 million payroll, at least six former or current general managers stashed away in their front office, and one of the deepest staffs of numbers crunchers in the game. When they decided to tackle one of baseball’s most perplexing mysteries—The Injury—under Andrew Friedman’s watch, it wasn’t particularly surprising. In fact, the Dodgers might possess the perfect combination of dollars and smarts to best pursue an injury elixir; their Los Angeles Dodgers front office depth chart includes a whopping 12 different baseball operations analysts—behind only Friedman’s old team in Tampa Bay—and a 12-person medical staff. The A’s, by comparison, have just a handful of full-time analysts on staff, and when prodded about the injury issue—in a seven-year-old New York Times article, coincidentally about Stan Conte and the Dodgers— responded, “I just don’t have the money to let someone spend all year looking into this.” Billy Beane
Teams only have so many resources to devote to analytics, and every minute spent on injury research is one that could be spent on the draft or on aging curves or on figuring out what to do with terabytes of Statcast data. While some teams—like the A’s, perhaps—have struggled divvying up limited resources, the Dodgers have enough money to hire multiple people to study injuries while hiring more people to study the people studying injuries. That’s what they’ve done, apparently, beefing up their front office with the partial goal of getting a better handle on player health. The resulting strategy has featured the Dodgers acquiring extreme injury risks, guys like
and Brandon McCarthy , stacking bargain-bin depth pieces next to established stars like Brett Anderson and Clayton Kershaw . Adrian Gonzalez Read the full article...
Do 37 different deliveries make for a better pitcher?
There is no pitcher like Johnny Cueto, and he's danged good to boot.
Derek Norris brings back the Santiago, with a surprising effect.
The Twins jettison their top two position prospects, while the Yankees bring an old face back into the fold. The league throws harder now, but Craig Kimbrel throws even harder.
I was listening to the Red Sox home opener earlier this season, and after one of
’s fastballs reached its destination the voice of Joe Castiglione cracked through my radio: Craig Kimbrel fastball in there for a strike . . . at 97. That’s fast. Sort of.
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Behind the plate in Boston, early-season stats/early-season GIFs worth noticing. The accidental prophet who discovered the greatness of Dallas Keuchel and Dee Gordon tries to anticipate baseball's next breakout.
You have until noon Pacific today to sign up for HACKING MASS 2016. Do it now, or that Chuckie Carr Starting Lineup figure will end up in somebody else’s wall safe. In the meantime, Dustin Palmateer tries to use his HACKING MASS woes for good.
HACKING MASS, as you surely know, is fantasy baseball flipped on its head. The goal, unlike conventional fantasy, is to pick the worst players in the league and the catch is that the players can’t just be bad—they have to be both bad and in the major leagues, accumulating playing time. The rules make assembling a winning roster a balancing act between finding glove-first guys, aging veterans with big contracts, and long-leashed youngsters on bad teams. Read the full article... There's the obvious, the non-obvious, and the ominous.
When the Astros acquired
back in December, it felt like a logical next step for a team on the rise. Houston’s built a powerhouse around good drafting and developing—young stars Ken Giles , Carlos Correa , and George Springer might even be better than advertised—and getting Giles from Philadelphia represented a win-now approach for an organization shedding the habits of its slow-burn rebuild. Dallas Keuchel
The expectation was that Giles would take over the closer role from the soon-to-be 32-year-old
, demoting the former ‘Stros closer back to a familiar setup role while making the bullpen that much stronger. That expectation was curiously not met when the Astros announced earlier this month that Gregerson would remain the closer, with Giles being used in “ Luke Gregerson a more versatile role that can help [the Astros] win the most games.” What are the Astros thinking? Read the full article...