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03-27

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

03-27

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Short Relief: Talking (And Not Talking) Baseball
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Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

03-24

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Cold Takes: Always Tell Me the Odds
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Patrick Dubuque

03-22

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Short Relief: L'Essene du Danks / The Last Show
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Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-21

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Short Relief: Fielding as Metaphor, Teams as Monsters, and Sumo Suits as Disguises
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Patrick Dubuque, Bryan Grosnick and Emma Baccellieri

03-16

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Oakland Athletics
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Patrick Dubuque

03-15

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Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-13

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Short Relief: Fallen Heroes, Anonymous Foot Soldiers, and Dale Sveum
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Holly Wendt, Mo Bjonski and Patrick Dubuque

03-07

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Cold Takes: How Computers Killed a Sport
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Patrick Dubuque

03-07

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Short Relief: Opening One's Heart, Calculating Existence Odds, and a Correction
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Emma Baccellieri, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-06

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Short Relief: Perfect Numbers, Lying Numbers, and Fraudulent Pitchers
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Patrick Dubuque, Trevor Strunk and Holly Wendt

03-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bourn on a Hill
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Matthew Trueblood and Patrick Dubuque

02-27

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Cold Takes: How to Kill the Strikeout
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Patrick Dubuque

02-23

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Cold Takes: A Single Ray of Hope
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Patrick Dubuque

02-21

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Cold Takes: Smoak on the Roster
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Patrick Dubuque

02-14

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Cold Takes: Pace of Play Isn't Going Away
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Patrick Dubuque

02-07

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Cold Takes: Cole Hamels Is Not Being Honest
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Patrick Dubuque

02-03

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Transaction Analysis: We Are (Still) Tuffy Gosewisch
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Patrick Dubuque

01-31

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Cold Takes: Unofficially Unretired
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Patrick Dubuque

01-30

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Prospectus Feature: Choose Your Own Adventure: Padres Rotation
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Patrick Dubuque, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

01-27

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Cold Takes: Command, Control, and Tommy John Surgery
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Patrick Dubuque

01-18

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Cold Takes: Why Do Hall of Fame Voters Love Relievers?
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Patrick Dubuque

01-17

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Cold Takes: Stan Javier Saves a No-Hitter
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Patrick Dubuque

01-10

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Cold Takes: A Season Before Dying
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Patrick Dubuque

01-09

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Cold Takes: Murray Chass' Hall of Fame Ballot
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Patrick Dubuque

01-03

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Cold Takes: Unfair Ball
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Patrick Dubuque

12-29

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Best of BP 2016: We Are Tuffy Gosewisch
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Patrick Dubuque

12-20

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Prospectus Review: On Days Like These
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Patrick Dubuque

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Colorado Chronometer
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Kenny Ducey, Aaron Gleeman, Patrick Dubuque and Jared Wyllys

12-15

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Cold Takes: Wanna Bet?
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Patrick Dubuque

12-07

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Cold Takes: The Men Who Couldn't Catch a Break
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Patrick Dubuque

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: Coming (Back) to America
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Bryan Grosnick and Patrick Dubuque

11-29

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Cold Takes: The Rise and Fall of the Power Rankings
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Patrick Dubuque

11-22

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Transaction Analysis: We Are Tuffy Gosewisch
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Patrick Dubuque

11-15

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Cold Takes: The Aesthetics of the Unassisted Triple Play
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Patrick Dubuque

11-08

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Cold Takes: The Fun Facts of 1984
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Patrick Dubuque

11-01

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Cold Takes: The Gray Area
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Patrick Dubuque

10-24

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Cold Takes: In Defense of the Playoffs
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Patrick Dubuque

10-17

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Cold Takes: The October Heroes
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Patrick Dubuque

10-03

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Cold Takes: Mine! Pitchers, Pop Ups, and Pride
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Patrick Dubuque

09-26

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Cold Takes: Steve Clevenger and the Media In Your Hand
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Patrick Dubuque

09-20

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Cold Takes: Rickey, Unwritten Rules, and the 130
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Patrick Dubuque

09-13

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Cold Takes: Burning the Ship of Theseus
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Patrick Dubuque

09-06

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Cold Takes: A 2016 Look at The Team 2000 of 1992
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Patrick Dubuque

08-30

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Cold Takes: How The Marlins
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Patrick Dubuque

08-23

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Cold Takes: Introducing The Dubuque Plan
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Patrick Dubuque

08-16

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Cold Takes: Win At Baseball By Losing Every Trade
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Patrick Dubuque

08-09

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Cold Takes: Is There A Trade Tax?
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Patrick Dubuque

08-02

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Cold Takes: Get Hyped for the August Trade Period!
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Patrick Dubuque

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Giants Make a Bet on Moore
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Patrick Dubuque, David Lee and J.P. Breen

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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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A discussion of a forgotten set of 1989 baseball cards that contained audio recordings, and the their secrets.

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March 24, 2017 6:00 am

Cold Takes: Always Tell Me the Odds

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Patrick Dubuque

Maybe televised baseball can learn something from televised poker.

It seems like forever ago—it arrived, in fact, the year of Brandon Webb’s rookie season—that America fell in love with the game of poker. The 2003 World Series of Poker, broadcast on ESPN, was a ratings hit, and every evening somewhere along the dial you were liable to stumble upon a screen like this:

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Jason travels to a Benedictine monastery in search of an old pitcher, while Patrick visits a nearby elementary school cafeteria.

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Patrick stumbles upon a random baseball quote that summarizes how to write, Bryan breaks out his Monster Manual to preview the 2017 season, and Emma sees a fear of quietness in every half-inning break.

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Are the A's just spinning their wheels?

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Nathan explores the psyche of a young Cubs fan-to-be, Jason drafts Trevor May and discovers alienation, and the gang votes on their favorite Topps cards of the 80s.

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A narrative poem about a diminuitive hero of the past, a polemic against the laziness of polemics, and a piece that reveals too much about one author's financial status.

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The evolution of chess can tell us a lot about the evolution of baseball.

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We know Ty Kelly wants you to know his heart. We don't know if Josh Phegley exists. And Kurt Suzuki we know all too well.

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Glances at the beauty of baseball numerology, the evils of said numerology, and an epitath for a pointless baseball exercise.

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Chris Coghlan lands in Philadelphia, Michael Bourn returns to Baltimore, Aaron Hill gives San Francisco some depth, and Jorge De La Rosa tries to hang on in Arizona.

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