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1 Prospectus Feature: Christian Bethancourt and Fun by Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque
2 Short Relief: Talking (And Not Talking) Baseball by Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque
7 Cold Takes: Always Tell Me the Odds by Patrick Dubuque
2 Short Relief: L'Essene du Danks / The Last Show by Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque
5 Short Relief: Fielding as Metaphor, Teams as Monsters, and Sumo Suits as Disguises by Patrick Dubuque, Bryan Grosnick and Emma Baccellieri
0 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Oakland Athletics by Patrick Dubuque
4 Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps by Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque
2 Short Relief: Fallen Heroes, Anonymous Foot Soldiers, and Dale Sveum by Holly Wendt, Mo Bjonski and Patrick Dubuque
11 Cold Takes: How Computers Killed a Sport by Patrick Dubuque
3 Short Relief: Opening One's Heart, Calculating Existence Odds, and a Correction by Emma Baccellieri, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque
1 Short Relief: Perfect Numbers, Lying Numbers, and Fraudulent Pitchers by Patrick Dubuque, Trevor Strunk and Holly Wendt
1 Transaction Analysis: Bourn on a Hill by Matthew Trueblood and Patrick Dubuque
7 Cold Takes: How to Kill the Strikeout by Patrick Dubuque
6 Cold Takes: A Single Ray of Hope by Patrick Dubuque
2 Cold Takes: Smoak on the Roster by Patrick Dubuque
11 Cold Takes: Pace of Play Isn't Going Away by Patrick Dubuque
1 Cold Takes: Cole Hamels Is Not Being Honest by Patrick Dubuque
0 Transaction Analysis: We Are (Still) Tuffy Gosewisch by Patrick Dubuque
5 Cold Takes: Unofficially Unretired by Patrick Dubuque
17 Prospectus Feature: Choose Your Own Adventure: Padres Rotation by Patrick Dubuque, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre
0 Cold Takes: Command, Control, and Tommy John Surgery by Patrick Dubuque
0 Cold Takes: Why Do Hall of Fame Voters Love Relievers? by Patrick Dubuque
1 Cold Takes: Stan Javier Saves a No-Hitter by Patrick Dubuque
0 Cold Takes: A Season Before Dying by Patrick Dubuque
14 Cold Takes: Murray Chass' Hall of Fame Ballot by Patrick Dubuque
6 Cold Takes: Unfair Ball by Patrick Dubuque
0 Best of BP 2016: We Are Tuffy Gosewisch by Patrick Dubuque
2 Prospectus Review: On Days Like These by Patrick Dubuque
10 Transaction Analysis: Colorado Chronometer by Kenny Ducey, Aaron Gleeman, Patrick Dubuque and Jared Wyllys
2 Cold Takes: Wanna Bet? by Patrick Dubuque
5 Cold Takes: The Men Who Couldn't Catch a Break by Patrick Dubuque
9 Transaction Analysis: Coming (Back) to America by Bryan Grosnick and Patrick Dubuque
2 Cold Takes: The Rise and Fall of the Power Rankings by Patrick Dubuque
5 Transaction Analysis: We Are Tuffy Gosewisch by Patrick Dubuque
0 Cold Takes: The Aesthetics of the Unassisted Triple Play by Patrick Dubuque
9 Cold Takes: The Fun Facts of 1984 by Patrick Dubuque
4 Cold Takes: The Gray Area by Patrick Dubuque
2 Cold Takes: In Defense of the Playoffs by Patrick Dubuque
2 Cold Takes: The October Heroes by Patrick Dubuque
2 Cold Takes: Mine! Pitchers, Pop Ups, and Pride by Patrick Dubuque
8 Cold Takes: Steve Clevenger and the Media In Your Hand by Patrick Dubuque
5 Cold Takes: Rickey, Unwritten Rules, and the 130 by Patrick Dubuque
9 Cold Takes: Burning the Ship of Theseus by Patrick Dubuque
9 Cold Takes: A 2016 Look at The Team 2000 of 1992 by Patrick Dubuque
3 Cold Takes: How The Marlins by Patrick Dubuque
6 Cold Takes: Introducing The Dubuque Plan by Patrick Dubuque
5 Cold Takes: Win At Baseball By Losing Every Trade by Patrick Dubuque
3 Cold Takes: Is There A Trade Tax? by Patrick Dubuque
0 Cold Takes: Get Hyped for the August Trade Period! by Patrick Dubuque
0 Transaction Analysis: Giants Make a Bet on Moore by Patrick Dubuque, David Lee and J.P. Breen
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 and fun. Christian Bethancourt
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
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. Erik Kratz Read the full article...
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
Maybe televised baseball can learn something from televised poker.
It seems like forever ago—it arrived, in fact, the year of
’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: Brandon Webb
Jason travels to a Benedictine monastery in search of an old pitcher, while Patrick visits a nearby elementary school cafeteria.
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.
Are the A's just spinning their wheels?
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.
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.
The evolution of chess can tell us a lot about the evolution of baseball.
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.
Glances at the beauty of baseball numerology, the evils of said numerology, and an epitath for a pointless baseball exercise.
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.