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05-29

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26

BP Unfiltered: What If Eric Wedge Was Right?
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Ian Miller

05-28

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3

Punk Hits: Marco Scutaro Plays All the Hits
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Ian Miller

05-21

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7

Punk Hits: Eyes on the Prize
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Ian Miller

05-14

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7

Punk Hits: Javier Lopez Learns BABIP
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Ian Miller

05-07

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20

Punk Hits: The Record the Houston Astros Won't Break
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Ian Miller

04-16

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7

Punk Hits: Road Games
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Ian Miller

04-02

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25

Punk Hits: Accidentally Making a Case for Astros Fandom
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Ian Miller

03-29

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21

Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Bottom of the Barrel
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Russell A. Carleton and Ian Miller

03-19

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Punk Hits: Not Just Another Night at the Yard
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Ian Miller

03-05

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Punk Hits: Why I'm Rooting for the Dutch in the WBC
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Ian Miller

02-27

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Punk Hits: A Love (Hate) Letter From Arizona
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Ian Miller

02-20

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12

Punk Hits: Baseball Players Are Too Damned Good For Their Own Good
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Ian Miller

02-12

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7

Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Homer Bailey
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Ian Miller, Doug Thorburn and Ben Lindbergh

02-05

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14

Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Jason Hammel
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Ian Miller, Doug Thorburn and Ben Lindbergh

02-05

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3

Punk Hits: Top Team Cookbooks, Part 2
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Ian Miller

01-29

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Punk Hits: Top Team Cookbooks, Part 1
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Ian Miller

01-22

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9

Punk Hits: She Got the Beat
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Ian Miller

01-08

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8

Punk Hits: So You've Decided to Join the American League
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Ian Miller

12-19

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Punk Hits: A Modest Proposal for the MLB Network
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Ian Miller

12-11

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26

Punk Hits: Why Do We Fear The Beard?
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Ian Miller

11-27

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16

Punk Hits: Why Stadium Giveaways Are So Unbelievably Awful
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Ian Miller

11-21

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11

Punk Hits: Why Tyson Ross Went South
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Ian Miller

11-13

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8

Punk Hits: Scouting the Arizona Fall League: Off-the-Field Edition
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Ian Miller

11-06

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7

Punk Hits: The Year Punk Broke (Into the Majors)
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Ian Miller

10-31

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16

Punk Hits: Brian Science
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Ian Miller

10-22

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Punk Hits: Three Nights In October, part 3
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Ian Miller

10-18

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Punk Hits: Three Nights in October, Part Two
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Ian Miller

10-17

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5

Punk Hits: Three Nights In October
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Ian Miller

10-10

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4

Punk Hits: A Cespedes for the Rest of Us
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Ian Miller

10-03

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Punk Hits: The Bay Area Body-Swap
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Ian Miller

09-26

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10

Punk Hits: A Not Altogether Helpful Primer to the World Baseball Classic
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Ian Miller

09-19

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Punk Hits: What the Hell Has Gotten Into the Astros?
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Ian Miller

09-12

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19

Punk Hits: What Billy Beane is Doing Again
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Ian Miller

09-06

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4

Punk Hits: The Fall and Rise of Joaquin Arias
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Ian Miller

08-29

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Punk Hits: Will the Yankees West Match The Yankees' Success?
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Ian Miller

08-22

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6

Punk Hits: The Other Side of Scoreboard Watching
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Ian Miller

08-15

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Punk Hits: The Fabulous Major-League Baseball Rock n’ Roll Revue
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Ian Miller

08-08

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Punk Hits: The Worst of the Best
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Ian Miller

08-01

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Punk Hits: Bauer Pop
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Ian Miller

07-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 8: Screen Door
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Sam Miller and Ian Miller

07-26

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24

Punk Hits: The Goblins & Gauntlets Monster Manual, MLB Expansion Pack: Position Players, Vol. 1
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Ian Miller

07-18

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Punk Hits: Baseball in the Old Country
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Ian Miller

07-02

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BP Unfiltered: Nyjer Morgan Doing Tony Plush Things
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Ian Miller

06-27

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Punk Hits: The Goblins & Gauntlets Monster Manual, MLB Expansion Pack: Pitchers, Vol. 1
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Ian Miller

06-20

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Punk Hits: League Average, the Long Way 'Round
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Ian Miller

06-17

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BP Unfiltered: The REAL Reason the Braves Released Livan Hernandez
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Ian Miller

06-13

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Punk Hits: Pitching In the Age of Comebacks
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Ian Miller

06-06

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Punk Hits: The Most Interesting Man in the Minors
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Ian Miller

05-30

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Punk Hits: 2012 National League Upfronts
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Ian Miller

05-23

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Punk Hits: 2012 Baseball Upfronts
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Ian Miller

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Ian loves two things. These are those two things, as one thing.

Everyone who has seen Brian Wilson pitch has had two different, concurrent reactions. The first is to recoil in horror at the black alien life-form consuming his face; the second is to make a Beach Boys joke.

What most people don’t do, however, is take the next step: wonder if they could field a baseball team composed entirely of rock-star namesakes. But I am not most people; I am a weird baseball-slash-music obsessive. I took the names of rock and roll legends and scoured Baseball Reference to find players by the same (or nearly the same) name. This was both more stupid and more fun than you might have imagined.

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August 8, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: The Worst of the Best

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Some very good baseball players are doing some very bad things this year.

Baseball Prospectus’ True Average report is endlessly fascinating. Matt Kemp’s .376 TAv is absurd, and Mike Trout, the just-turned-21-year-old rookie superstar, is right behind him with a gaudy .370. And how about David Ortiz in fifth place with a .342! Who saw that coming? The top of the list is an amazing mixture of quotidian greatness (Votto) and fantastic surprises (Jaso??).

But I’m equally fascinated by the bottom of the list. Change the pulldown to the right of TAv from DESC to ASC, set the min. PA to “200,” and hit View Data. (Alternately, you can just click here. At the top of that list are the very worst hitters in Major League Baseball. Just like with baseball’s best hitters, the bottom-dwellers run the gamut from “duh” (Yuniesky Betancourt at 25th-worst) to “huh?” (Ryan Raburn, worst in the majors).

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August 1, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: Bauer Pop

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Ian Miller

A Modest Proposal for Preventing Trevor Bauer’s Poor Taste in Music from Being a Burden on His Pitching Performance

Coming into the 2012 season, Trevor Bauer was one of the most talked-about pitching prospects in baseball. He decimated records and hitters throughout his college career at UCLA, and won just about every conceivable award, including the Golden Spikes in 2011. After being selected third overall by the Diamondbacks, he signed a major-league deal and was in Double-A before the year was out. In the 2012 BP annual, we called him “a viable 21-year-old candidate for Arizona’s Opening Day rotation.”

Bauer was called up to the big club in June of this year and, instead of continuing to dominate hitters the way he has his entire life (I’m assuming), he, well, kinda sucked. Over four starts, his line looks like this:

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Sam and Ian talk about the major-league debut of the Mets' Matt Harvey.

Effectively Wild Episode 8: "Screen Door"

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Part two of Ian's epic adventure game.

Thank you for purchasing this Monster Manual MLB Expansion Pack. This edition features dozens of position players guaranteed to breathe new life into your G&G adventures.

(Your purchase also gives you access to the MLB Expansion Pack: Pitchers, Vol. 1 -- absolutely free!) 

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July 18, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: Baseball in the Old Country

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Ian Miller

Ian goes to Italy and finds a baseball game.

On Aug. 4, 1962, the New York Yankees already had a 5 ½ game lead over the Minnesota Twins, and the Bronx Bombers would go on to win the AL pennant handily. In the National League, meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers were enjoying a five-game lead over the rival San Francisco Giants, and no one could have imagined how the rest of the season would play out. We know now, of course, that the Giants and Dodgers would finish the season with identical 101-61 records, and San Francisco would defeat Los Angeles in a three-game playoff and go on to lose to the Yankees in a long and hard-fought championship series.

On Aug. 4, 1962, in Fairfield, Connecticut, about 45 miles northeast of the Bronx, my parents were married. In a couple of weeks they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion, they rented a house in Tuscany and invited their family and friends to join them. As I type this, I’m looking over an olive grove, surrounded by the people I love most in the world. The only thing that could possibly make this better would be some baseball.

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One benefit of having two distinct personalities is the ability to wish yourself happy birthday on twitter.

One of the benefits about having two distinct personalities is that you get to wish yourself a happy birthday on Twitter. Which is what Nyjer Morgan -- or is it Tony Plush? -- did this morning. 

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Welcome to the Monster Manual MLB Expansion Pack! This book contains more than 100 new monsters from the Major League Baseball Multiverse. We’re confident these new creations will make your campaigns more realistic and more exciting than ever.

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June 20, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: League Average, the Long Way 'Round

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Ian Miller

We may have seen the last of Livan Hernandez, who wasn't fancy but had a lot of value.

On Friday, June 15, the Braves released Livan Hernandez. Although Hernandez picked up a save in May—the first of his 17-year career—the Braves thought his roster spot could be better used by Kris Medlen. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was quoted as saying, “There may be some other teams looking for a veteran guy, and I hope so. He still wants to pitch.”

While not impossible, it seems unlikely that a team will take a flyer on Livan at this stage. In the event that we’ve seen the last of Livan pitching in MLB, what follows is my eulogy for his big-league career. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was always entertaining.

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Hard-hitting reporting reveals the ugly truth behind Liven Hernandez' release.

I was doing my usual hard-hitting style of investigative journalism (i.e., using Google) for a forthcoming piece on Livan Hernandez when I came across this piece of information on Wikipedia. This explains everything. 

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June 13, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: Pitching In the Age of Comebacks

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Ian Miller

On Saturday, June 9, both Ryan Vogelsong and Jeff Francis started games for the teams that drafted them. Their journeys and their destinations couldn’t have been more different.

Jeff Francis was the ninth-overall pick for the Rockies in 2002, sped through the low minors, and was a mainstay of the Colorado rotation by 2005. In 2007 he led his team to the World Series, starting all three Game Ones. A torn labrum sidelined him for all of 2009, and although he was moderately effective in 2010, the Rockies decided not to pick up his option. After a stint with the Royals in 2011, he began 2012 in the Reds minor league system.

Ryan Vogelsong was the fifth-round (158th overall) pick for the Giants in 1998. Prior to 2011, if you remembered Vogelsong at all, it was as one of the guys shipped to the Pirates for Jason Schmidt. Vogelsong sat out the whole 2002 season (the year Francis was drafted—symmetry!) recovering from Tommy John surgery, and pitched unremarkably for the Pirates after that, finally heading over to Japan to ply his trade in the Far East for three seasons. He pitched in the minors for the Phillies and the Angels in 2010, and made the Giants in April 2011 only because Barry Zito went down. All he’s done since then is pitch 250 innings with an ERA+ of 136, and make an All-Star Game appearance. No big deal.

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June 6, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: The Most Interesting Man in the Minors

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Ian Miller

Billy Hamilton doesn't always attempt to steal... Oh, wait. Actually, he does.

Billy Hamilton is a pretty lousy base-stealer. He doesn’t read pitchers particularly well, he gets bad jumps, and his slides go from smooth to awkward to downright disastrous. So it’s pretty amazing that he has 63 stolen bases through the first 57 games of the California League season.

He’s doing it on pure speed. There’s not much technique there. The man is just fast. Ridiculously, historically, ludicrously fast.

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