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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
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
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...
The Orioles and Steve Pearce keep bumping into each other, often quite successfully.
The Rays ship HBP fiend Brandon Guyer to Cleveland for a pair of prospects.
Wade Miley is a below-average starter having a career-worst year, but when you're Baltimore that makes him a no. 3.
Kansas City adds a new speedy fourth outfielder to possibly replace the one they already had.
Seven players change hands in a deal that might seem confusing for any team but the Marlins.
...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?