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01-18

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Outta Left Field: Cooperstown Changes
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Dustin Palmateer

12-27

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Best of BP 2016: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees
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Dustin Palmateer

12-14

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Outta Left Field: International Consequences and the New CBA
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Dustin Palmateer

12-13

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Transaction Analysis: Replacing Ortiz
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Dustin Palmateer and Matthew Trueblood

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Three Catchers and a Bullpen
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Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

11-21

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Transaction Analysis: Qualifying Offers For Everyone!
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Bret Sayre, Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

11-16

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Transaction Analysis: Seattle Swag
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Dustin Palmateer, Meg Rowley, Jared Wyllys and Kenny Ducey

10-19

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Outta Left Field: What Happens When a Hitter Has a Tell?
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Dustin Palmateer

09-21

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Outta Left Field: Two Months In Hel
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Dustin Palmateer

09-07

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Outta Left Field: Run On, For A Long Time
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Dustin Palmateer

08-24

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Outta Left Field: 1 Percent Playoff Odds, 110 Percent Effort
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Dustin Palmateer

08-10

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Outta Left Field: Butterfly Effect-ing the Lefties
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Dustin Palmateer

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: In Charm City, Is Third Time a...
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Dustin Palmateer, Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Indians Get Their Guy(er)
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Christopher Crawford and Dustin Palmateer

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Life of Miley
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Dustin Palmateer, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Royals, A's Outfield Challenge Trade
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Dustin Palmateer

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Marlins Gonna Marlins
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Adam McInturff, Dustin Palmateer, Steve Givarz, Jeff Quinton and Jeffrey Paternostro

07-27

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Outta Left Field: Stealing Home Has Never Been Easier...
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Dustin Palmateer

07-13

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Outta Left Field: Ichiro's Plan To Do It All
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Dustin Palmateer

07-09

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BP Boston
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Dustin Palmateer

06-29

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Outta Left Field: Have the Dodgers Solved Injuries Or Are They Just Chatty?
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Dustin Palmateer

06-15

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Outta Left Field: Do Cueto's Shimmies Work?
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Dustin Palmateer

06-01

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Outta Left Field: The Only Rule Is It Has To Quirk
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Dustin Palmateer

05-18

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Outta Left Field: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees
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Dustin Palmateer

04-28

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Transaction Analysis: Rochester's Lovely This Time of Year
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Dustin Palmateer, Nicolas Stellini and Christopher Crawford

04-26

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Outta Left Field: Craig Kimbrel Is Increasing His Lead
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Dustin Palmateer

04-20

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BP Boston
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Dustin Palmateer

04-15

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Outta Left Field: Finding the Next Superstar On My HACKING MASS Roster
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Dustin Palmateer

04-13

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Outta Left Field: Three Ways of Thinking About Ken Giles, Non-Closer
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Dustin Palmateer

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: From Atlanta to Atlanta
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Rian Watt and Dustin Palmateer

03-29

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Winter Is Leaving
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Dustin Palmateer

03-18

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Transaction Analysis: A Byrd In Hand
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Matthew Trueblood and Dustin Palmateer

03-09

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Winter Is Leaving
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Dustin Palmateer

03-02

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Outta Left Field: The Remarkable Buxton Projection
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Dustin Palmateer

02-17

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Outta Left Field: The PECOTA Comp Romp
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Dustin Palmateer

02-04

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Outta Left Field: The Case for Ripping Up Sal Perez's Contract
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Dustin Palmateer

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Arrows Pointing West
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

01-20

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Outta Left Field: This Is the Padre Way
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Dustin Palmateer

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Yay or Nay-Berry
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Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

01-12

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Outta Left Field: In Search of a New Ryan Doumit
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Dustin Palmateer

01-08

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Transaction Analysis: Too Many Cooks
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Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

12-31

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Best of BP 2015: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split
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Dustin Palmateer

12-28

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Best of BP 2015: The Actual Facts of the GM Demographic Shift
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Dustin Palmateer

12-23

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Outta Left Field: Evan Scribner's Four Walks
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Dustin Palmateer

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: Order in the Bethancourt
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

12-09

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Outta Left Field: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split
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Dustin Palmateer

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: A Motte in the Dark
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: Not All Who Yonder Are Lost
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Rian Watt, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: O Brothers, Where Art Thou?
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R.J. Anderson, Rian Watt, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

11-24

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Outta Left Field: The Strangest Thing About the Braves' Sell-Off
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Dustin Palmateer

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Limitless ballots could make for Hall of Fame overkill, but maybe there's a simple solution.

Former 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:

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Derek Norris brings back the Santiago, with a surprising effect.

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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

Transaction Analysis: Replacing Ortiz

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Dustin Palmateer and Matthew Trueblood

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

Transaction Analysis: Three Catchers and a Bullpen

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Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

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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Neil Walker and Jeremy Hellickson accept qualifying offers, Brett Cecil gets paid, and Lourdes Gurriel lands in Toronto.

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Danny Valencia stays in the AL West, Will Middlebrooks gets his latest chance, and the Braves go bargain shopping.

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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?

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Wil Myers' severely cold second half has us wondering, once again, whether he'll ever be a superstar.

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The longest infield sprints of the year, and the theoretical limits of same.

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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?

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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 Drew Pomeranz 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.

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?

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