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05-22

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Short Relief: Witnessing Assault, Keeping a Journal, and Mixing Baseball and Board Games
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Meg Rowley, Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

05-17

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Short Relief: How to Keep Score and Analyze Outfielders
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Patrick Dubuque and Meg Rowley

05-02

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PITCHf/ox: RIP
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Meg Rowley

04-24

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Players Prefer Presentation: Manny Machado's Almost Beanball
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Meg Rowley

04-13

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Short Relief: Scouting Reports by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Anthony Bourdain, and Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Kate Preusser, Meg Rowley and Zack Moser

04-07

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Players Prefer Presentation: Face(s) of Baseball
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Meg Rowley

03-31

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Washington Nationals
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Meg Rowley

03-30

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: San Diego Padres
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Meg Rowley

03-27

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Prospectus Feature: Christian Bethancourt and Fun
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Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque

03-13

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Best of BP 2016: Let Ballparks Get Old
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Meg Rowley

03-10

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Short Relief: Naming Names, Punctuating Homers, and Scouting Scouts
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Meg Rowley

03-08

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Players Prefer Presentation: Mike Trout Hypotheticals
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Meg Rowley

02-24

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Players Prefer Presentation: Do Robot Umps Dream of Automated Yelling?
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Meg Rowley

02-17

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Players Prefer Presentation: Breaking Lind
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Meg Rowley

02-14

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Players Prefer Presentation: The Game I Didn't Have to Watch (But Did)
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Meg Rowley

02-03

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Players Prefer Presentation: Here We Are Again
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Meg Rowley

01-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: Would You Like to Play a Game of Telephone?
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Meg Rowley

01-13

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Longest and Shortest Games
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Meg Rowley

01-06

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Players Prefer Presentation: Who We Are When We're At Our Worst
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Meg Rowley

12-28

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Best of BP 2016: Watching Andrew Miller
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Meg Rowley

12-24

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Players Prefer Presentation: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
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Meg Rowley

12-09

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 10: Don't Say it
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

12-03

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 9: Scratched
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

11-19

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PITCHf/ox: Unstoppable Forces & Immovable Objects
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

11-18

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Players Prefer Presentation: Weird Play Index: Pitcher Edition
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Meg Rowley

11-16

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

11-11

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 7: San Francisco
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

11-04

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 6: Wear It
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Spider-Man Heyward
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Meg Rowley

10-28

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PITCHf/ox: Alfonso Guzman-Chavez
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Cleveland Clunker
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Meg Rowley

10-27

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Players Prefer Presentation: Watching Andrew Miller
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Meg Rowley

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: Of Ghosts and Pinch-Hit Grand Slams
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Meg Rowley

10-14

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 4: The Break
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

10-07

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 3: Beanball
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

10-06

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Something Borrowed
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Meg Rowley, Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-30

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PITCHf/ox: The Interim
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

09-29

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Players Prefer Presentation: Jose Fernandez and Our Year of Magical Thinking
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Meg Rowley

09-23

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 1: Pilot
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

09-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: Short-Season Baseball With A Third Deck
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Meg Rowley

09-15

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Prospectus Feature: The Active Player Hall of Fame Draft
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Brendan Gawlowski and Meg Rowley

09-08

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Players Prefer Presentation: Weird Play Index
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Meg Rowley

08-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: We Still Have Time
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Meg Rowley

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Twins, Angels Make Seller-To-Seller Swap
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Aaron Gleeman, Meg Rowley, Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

07-30

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Players Prefer Presentation: 12 Minutes Of The Slowest Baseball
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Meg Rowley

07-25

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Players Prefer Presentation: Year 1 Of The Scott Servais Experiment
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Meg Rowley

07-15

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Players Prefer Presentation: Minor Leaguers' Inherent Empathy Problem
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Meg Rowley

07-10

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Players Prefer Presentation: A Typology of Losing
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Meg Rowley

07-03

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Prospectus Feature: But What If It Did Count?
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Sam Miller, Rian Watt and Meg Rowley

06-23

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Players Prefer Presentation: I Care About All-Star Voting
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Meg Rowley

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Meg analyzes the thoughts of eleven witnesses to an HBP, Holly wonders on the objectivity of journal-keeping, and Patrick creates a new form of fantasy baseball.

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A short guide for how to keep score at a ballgame, and a breakdown of five seconds Jarrod Dyson spent catching a baseball.

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May 2, 2017 8:33 am

PITCHf/ox: RIP

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Reflecting on the one-season run of a show that meant much more than FOX's ratings.

On Pitch, after Ginny Baker’s first successful start for the Padres, Joe Buck, moonlighting in the world of fiction, says, “Welcome to the big leagues, Ginny. We’ve been waiting for you.” And we have been. Only, we’ll have to wait a little longer for more. Fox has cancelled Pitch after one season. I will miss it dearly. Not just because it was a show that dramatized a world that I find to be a rich text, but because it took that rich text and decided to tell the story of a woman.

It was a show that took its protagonist and its audience seriously, without being self-serious. It allowed a woman to have workplace rivals and friends, to navigate the politics of her environment while also shaping them, to make mistakes and jokes, and to throw a baseball. She had and interacted with power. Kylie Bunbury inhabited Ginny with force and humanity. Mostly, she made Ginny Baker wonderfully real. She had anxieties and imperfections; we watched her work through moments of great self-doubt. But she also had ambition, and a voice, and the show was strongly committed to both. She was aware of her place and her responsibilities as the first woman to pitch in the majors, even if she wore that mantle uncomfortably at times. She was human, capable of triumph and of being crushed.

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A semi-complete list of people who are (and aren't) at fault for Manny Machado's almost beanball.

On Sunday, Matt Barnes threw a 90 mph fastball at Manny Machado’s head.

It was on purpose. Barnes denies it was on purpose, and you’re free to believe him if you want, but come on. Come on. We’re adults here. We know when other adults do stuff we’d tell kids not to do. This is that stuff. Barnes threw the pitch because Machado injured Dustin Pedroia on Friday on a bad slide. It wasn’t on purpose. Machado said it wasn’t on purpose. Pedroia said it wasn’t on purpose. Barnes said, Let’s be stupid anyway.

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Baseball, in terms of mustaches, grasshoppers, and astronomical insignificance.

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To focus on one face is to misunderstand the whole thing.

You have to believe that baseball says something more. It has to bring you joy; it has to seem a part of you. We still have to resist dwelling overlong in nostalgia; it’s important to be clear-headed. Baseball’s sins have been against people; it’s guilty of smaller vices like sentimentality, too. It was never so pure and it’s often addled. But we have to agree that we’re getting a little something more than setting the conditions for selling caps or shoes. That’s what makes all of this work.

Earlier this week, Jayson Stark of ESPN published a piece exploring the dearth of active baseball players whose fame transcends the sport. Since Derek Jeter’s retirement, we have been without a Face of Baseball.

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Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, and Dusty Baker will try to get the Nationals past the NLDS.

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What will we remember about a team built specifically not to be remembered?

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There are two sides to every two-way player.

In one of the more pressing baseball debates of today, Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque present a point-counterpoint on Christian Bethancourt and fun.

Meg:

I hold what I imagine to be a minority opinion: I suspect that Christian Bethancourt being a so-so two-way player will be less fun than him being a mediocre position player who occasionally pitches. Not that it won’t be cool that he’s trying; just less fun.

Position players pitching is perfect. It’s the rare baseball moment when every possible outcome is good. We’ve removed stakes, and absent the potential to alter how the game ends, it can only change how the game feels. It’s like staring at one of those Magic Eye 3D posters: amid what was chaos, an image of healing comes into focus, sketched out in pitcher form.

Imagine our guy fails; that’s easy, we assumed he would. We’re granted permission to enjoy his failure, to find notes of humor and self-awareness because what he’s really doing is performing a service. This is an act of care disguised as embarrassment. There is no winning in these moments, which also means there is no losing. The losing has already been done. Position players pitched 22.1 innings in 2016; they allowed 14 earned runs. Some of those were probably the result of indifferent defense, but I couldn’t be bothered to investigate which ones. Who cares?

Two different teams threw Erik Kratz out there. We’re working with different standards of success. We look on these performances and revel in the fact that they contain all the components of throwing a baseball. Our guy got the ball to the catcher’s mitt (when he doesn’t it’s funnier), and got his outs (exect when they don’t and smile knowingly), and if he gave up a few runs along the way (he often will), well, that’s part of pitching, too. Only his job isn’t to pitch, so we don’t have to be mad about it.

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Winner of the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for "Contemporary Baseball Commentary."

Over the weekend BP's own Meg Rowley received the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for "Contemporary Baseball Commentary." The winning article, originally published on May 26, 2016, is re-printed below.

The Texas Rangers are getting a new ballpark. We’re used to thinking about the stadium question in terms of tax dollars, and it is an obviously smart way to approach it because of all the things tax dollars turn into that aren’t baseball. Tax dollars are schools and roads and recycling bins, and their allocation is a collective expression of what is important to us, or ought to be. It’s an exceptionally boring way of declaring that most of us like this thing more than this other thing, not merely as sports fans or consumers, but as citizens and parents and people. So when the Arlington City Council voted to approve a master plan for a new stadium for the Texas Rangers, they kicked off a process by which voters will decide if they like air conditioned baseball more than whatever else you can buy with $500 million. Like recycling bins or public transit or a comical number of two-foot-long hot dogs. We’re used to thinking of this question in that way, and it is a good way to think about it.

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A pre-emptive strike against the renaming of things, thoughts on semicolon baseball, and a scouting report on people scouting.

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If Mike Trout wasn't the Mike Trout we know, which Mike Trout would he be? (And also spiders.)

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