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10 Outta Left Field: Cooperstown Changes by Dustin Palmateer
0 Best of BP 2016: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees by Dustin Palmateer
4 Outta Left Field: International Consequences and the New CBA by Dustin Palmateer
1 Transaction Analysis: Replacing Ortiz by Dustin Palmateer and Matthew Trueblood
1 Transaction Analysis: Three Catchers and a Bullpen by Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick
0 Transaction Analysis: Qualifying Offers For Everyone! by Bret Sayre, Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick
1 Transaction Analysis: Seattle Swag by Dustin Palmateer, Meg Rowley, Jared Wyllys and Kenny Ducey
17 Outta Left Field: What Happens When a Hitter Has a Tell? by Dustin Palmateer
2 Outta Left Field: Two Months In Hel by Dustin Palmateer
3 Outta Left Field: Run On, For A Long Time by Dustin Palmateer
0 Outta Left Field: 1 Percent Playoff Odds, 110 Percent Effort by Dustin Palmateer
5 Outta Left Field: Butterfly Effect-ing the Lefties by Dustin Palmateer
1 Transaction Analysis: In Charm City, Is Third Time a... by Dustin Palmateer, Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz
0 Transaction Analysis: Indians Get Their Guy(er) by Christopher Crawford and Dustin Palmateer
0 Transaction Analysis: Life of Miley by Dustin Palmateer, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford
0 Transaction Analysis: Royals, A's Outfield Challenge Trade by Dustin Palmateer
0 Transaction Analysis: Marlins Gonna Marlins by Adam McInturff, Dustin Palmateer, Steve Givarz, Jeff Quinton and Jeffrey Paternostro
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
Limitless ballots could make for Hall of Fame overkill, but maybe there's a simple solution.
New York Times writer and current blogger Murray Chass recently wrote about why he turned in a blank Hall of Fame ballot. In the piece, he shares an e-mail he sent to ballot-tracker Ryan Thibodaux: Read the full article...
December 27, 2016 6:00 am
Derek Norris brings back the Santiago, with a surprising effect.
December 14, 2016 6:00 am
Will the new CBA help or hurt the international baseball world?
One theme of
recent CBA post-mortems is the unintended and unforeseen consequences of rule changes. When the previous iteration of the CBA was finalized in November 2011, seemingly straightforward alterations carried wide-ranging ramifications beyond the scope of their intent.
The qualifying offer system, for instance, left some free agents without contracts through spring training. A spending cap and accompanying harsh penalties for overspending in the amateur draft prompted a handful of teams to sign college seniors for $10,000 as early as the fourth or fifth round, allowing precious bonus pool money to be shifted toward over-slot signees. Internationally, soft spending caps with less harsh penalties—at least in the view of some—led numerous teams to spend wildly in exchange for a two-year spending limit and overage taxes, which ultimately barred a third of the league from the ability to sign a foreign amateur prospect for more than $300,000 during the current J-2 period.
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December 13, 2016 9:00 am
Boston tries to replace David Ortiz with defense, Seattle adds more depth on the cheap, and Arizona gets bang for its bullpen buck.
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December 8, 2016 6:00 am
Wilson Ramos looks to rehab his value in Tampa Bay, Scrabble finds a new home in Seattle, and light-hitting backup catchers get multi-year deals.
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November 21, 2016 6:00 am
Neil Walker and Jeremy Hellickson accept qualifying offers, Brett Cecil gets paid, and Lourdes Gurriel lands in Toronto.
November 16, 2016 6:00 am
Danny Valencia stays in the AL West, Will Middlebrooks gets his latest chance, and the Braves go bargain shopping. Not unlike a pitcher tipping his pitches, Wil Myers has tipped his approach at the plate.
The ultimate equalizer in the batter vs. pitcher matchup—the one thing that can turn the
hardest thing to do in sports into roughly the 37th-hardest thing to do in sports (right behind catching a Brett Favre spiral)—is a pitcher who’s tipping his pitches. Suddenly a deep and nasty repertoire starts to break down--a 95 mph fastball moves in slow motion when a hitter knows it's coming and a hard-biting slider out of the same arm slot is magically easy to spit on.
Many otherwise perfectly capable pitchers have been undone by hitters picking up on their small idiosyncrasies, and although usually ironed out in time, it can take the offender a while to even realize what he’s doing wrong. What about the reverse, though? What about a hitter tipping his ... well, tipping his thought process? Is it possible that a hitter can make some type of repeatable yet barely noticeable movement to cue in the opposition as to what
he’s thinking? Read the full article...
September 21, 2016 6:00 am
Wil Myers' severely cold second half has us wondering, once again, whether he'll ever be a superstar.
September 7, 2016 6:00 am
The longest infield sprints of the year, and the theoretical limits of same.
We're at a point in the season where a lot of the baseball is meaningless. What force of gravity is it that keeps pulling players toward effort? Reimagining the trade deadline with just one small difference.
Consider this scenario: On July 1 a butterfly flaps its wings, which causes Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to scratch his nose two weeks later, briefly postponing a scheduled phone call with Padres general manager A.J. Preller. In the meantime, Josh Byrnes, senior vice president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, calls Preller for a casual pre-deadline chat . . . so, how are the kids? Wait, do you have kids? Is
available? Dombrowski calls Preller, but it’s too late—by the time he gets through, LA’s cavalry of current and former GMs have all talked to Preller. Pomeranz is a Dodger, and the world is changed forever. Drew Pomeranz
It’s a silly scenario, sure, but it’s fun to think about how much the trade deadline could have changed if just a single move had gone another way. The deadline—and the weeks preceding it—consists of many (
many!) discrete trades, all interesting in various ways, even in isolation. But they’re all connected, too, and it’s always more entertaining to imagine what could have been rather than what is, at least after we’ve already analyzed what is to death. How would the baseball world have turned out different if Josh Byrnes beat Dave Dombrowski to A.J. Preller’s smart phone? Read the full article...