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04-24

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Short Relief: Of Sad Lexicons and Sad Hardware
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Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

04-20

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Short Relief: The End of Cy Young and the Statcast TV Guide
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Patrick Dubuque and Zack Moser

04-19

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Cold Takes: How to Attack Baseball's Weakest Hitters
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Patrick Dubuque

04-14

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Transaction Analysis: Franklin and Stash
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Bryan Grosnick and Patrick Dubuque

04-10

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Cold Takes: Do You Know This Man?
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Patrick Dubuque

04-10

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Short Relief: High Noon, Phantom Pain, and Failure Versus Success
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Holly Wendt, Patrick Dubuque and Trevor Strunk

04-07

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Short Relief: Love of Elevation, The Sultan of Statcast, and An 8-Bit Scouting Report
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Patrick Dubuque

04-03

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Cold Takes: Everything is Unlikely
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Patrick Dubuque

03-30

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Short Relief: Machado's Sublimity, A Past-Life Scorecard, And A Dark Tale
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Zack Moser, Martin Alonso and Patrick Dubuque

03-29

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Short Relief: Spring Dismissals, Veteran Expletives, and JaCobies Jones
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James Fegan, Nathan Bishop and Patrick Dubuque

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

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A collection of poems of celebration, and an online auction one would rather never see.

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Exploring the last stop for Denton True Young, and looking at the advanced statistics of some of your syndicated television viewing options.

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Should pitchers be going up the ladder on low-power hitters or is that a danger zone?

The game of baseball moves like ivy, spreading upwards and outwards toward opportunity, consistent and chaotic. There are times in this growth where it tangles with itself, spins into contradictions. For years it drove managers to madness when their pitchers walked batters, and yet the batters themselves were encouraged by the same coaches to put the ball in play, show enough courage to take the bat off the shoulder. That seeming inequality grew as a consequence of a different priority, the valor of the productive out, available to the hitter and not his opponent.

As the culture of the game slowly grew to accept the walk and its benefits, another bias lingered: the idea that ground balls were beneficial to pitchers, while opposing hitters were often taught to swing downward on the ball and achieve that exact same result. The same cultural preference, of the ball in play (especially that vaunted achievement, the grounder to the right side with the runner on second), also promoted this strangely inconsistent set of philosophies. But batted-ball data and research has proven the benefits of not only swinging for line drives, but even putting the ball in the air compared to the grounder so long thought superior.

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April 14, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Franklin and Stash

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Bryan Grosnick and Patrick Dubuque

Nick Franklin keeps trying to live up to the hype, Desmond Jennings gives the Mets more outfield depth, and Edwin Jackson joins yet another organization.

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It's important to think about John Burkett at least once every 15 years.

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Bryce Harper is up to no good, Russ Stephans is up to neither bad nor good, and the Mariners and Angels are up to both at the same time.

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What would Coors be like at other altitudes? What does the Bambino have on Statcast, and Taylor Motter in 2-D.

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Nietzsche could learn something about baseball.

It’s here. The time has come for baseball, for the poets to hunt for beauty in the chloroplasts of blades of outfield grass, for the drunken bravado of the common fan to look at the empty standings and cash in future dreams. Opening Day is that perfect moment between the too-long spring and the too-long summer, the breath right before the orchestra plays. Every moment can be like this if we want to be, but Opening Day is the one when it is.

It’s also the final moment when every team is tied for first place, chances still equal, even though they really aren’t. Everyone knows who the favorites are, to some degree, thanks to the projection systems, talent evaluation tools, and previous experience. These notions are hardly new; power rankings are as old as experts, then fortified by the leanings of Vegas, then the analysis of early fantasy scribes.

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Zack discuss a shortstop's majsty, Martin finds a scorecard link to his past, and Patrick gets depressing.

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James breaks out the crack analysis to break down your manager ejection fantasy draft, Nathan smirks along with Chase Utley, and Patrick creates an an identity crisis.

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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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