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09-25

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BP En Espanol: Los menores records de jonrones
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09-25

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Lesser Home Run Records
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Rob Mains

09-21

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BP En Espanol: Los lanzadores calificados para el titulo de ERA estan en extincion
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Rob Mains

09-21

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Vanishing ERA Qualifier
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Rob Mains

09-18

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Walk-Off Winners
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Rob Mains

09-14

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 4)
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Rob Mains

09-13

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 3)
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Rob Mains

09-12

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 2)
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Rob Mains

09-11

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 1)
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Rob Mains

09-07

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BP En Espanol: El numero magico de la Liga Americana es el cinco
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Rob Mains

09-07

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The American League's Magic Number is Five
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Rob Mains

09-05

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Vogelsong Awards: August
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Rob Mains

08-31

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Flu-Like Symptoms: How Designated Hitters Lost Their Groove (Part 2)
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Rob Mains

08-31

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Actual Relief: Houston
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David Temple, Matt Sussman, Rob Mains, Bret Sayre, Patrick Dubuque and Mary Craig

08-28

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Flu-Like Symptoms: How Designated Hitters Lost Their Groove
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Rob Mains

08-24

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Rise and Fall of Rule 9.16(i)
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Rob Mains

08-23

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 25: The One About The DL (Part 25)
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Bryan Grosnick, Rob Mains and Shawn Brody

08-21

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Vin Mazzaro's Second-Worst Day
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Rob Mains

08-17

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Pitching Panacea?
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Rob Mains

08-14

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Double-Switches and the Goldilocks Convergence
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Rob Mains

08-10

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Finding New Ways to Stink
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Rob Mains

08-07

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Reverse Splits
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Rob Mains

08-03

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Vogelsong Awards: July
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Rob Mains

07-28

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Prospectus Roundtable: Tampa Bay Rays: Cheap Thrills?
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Rob Mains, Meg Rowley, Matthew Trueblood, Bryan Grosnick and Craig Goldstein

07-27

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Double Dip Dissection
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Rob Mains

07-24

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Coming Popup Plague
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Rob Mains

07-21

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Prospectus Roundtable: Should the Royals Buy or Sell?
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Rob Mains, Ben Diamond, Craig Goldstein, Wilson Karaman, Matthew Trueblood and Zach Crizer

07-17

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Boring Index
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Rob Mains

07-10

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Flu-Like Symptoms: What to Expect After the Break
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Rob Mains

07-07

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Flirting With Disaster?
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Rob Mains

07-03

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Vogelsong Awards: June
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Rob Mains

06-29

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Running Relievers Ragged
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Rob Mains

06-26

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Defying the Odds
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Rob Mains

06-22

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Giving 'Em LIP
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Rob Mains

06-19

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Singles Aren't Scoring Like They Used To
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Rob Mains

06-15

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Meanwhile, Down on the Farm
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Rob Mains

06-12

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Jon Lester, Elite Running Game Suppressor
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Rob Mains

06-08

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Speed Aristocracy
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Rob Mains

06-05

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Golden Age of TOOTBLAN
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Rob Mains

06-02

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Vogelsong Awards: May
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Rob Mains

05-31

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Wishful Thinking of Andrew McCutchen
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Rob Mains

05-25

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Flu-Like Symptoms: You Gotta Love a Slugfest
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Rob Mains

05-22

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Detroit's Earthworm Preservation Society
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Rob Mains

05-18

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Flu-Like Symptoms: A Taxing Problem
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Rob Mains

05-15

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Worst Bullpen in Baseball
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Rob Mains

05-11

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Democratization of Dingers
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Rob Mains

05-08

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Marlins' Rotation So Far
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Rob Mains

05-03

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Vogelsong Awards Return
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Rob Mains

05-01

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Judge-Ment
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Rob Mains

04-27

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Blowin’ in the Wins (Part 2)
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Rob Mains

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El record general de la MLB ha sido destrozado, pero ¿que hay de los records de los equipos?

(More information on BP En Espanol.)

Traducción por Carlos Pérez

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The overall MLB record has been shattered, but what about team records?

Last Wednesday evening, a new record was set. You probably saw it.

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Una cifra que se esta volviendo mas dificil de alcanzar.

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Traducción por Marco Gamez

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A standard that's becoming harder to reach.

Last year, Sam Miller wrote about the minimum-innings threshold. He noted that the number of pitchers who qualify for the ERA title had dropped precipitously as innings per start have declined. He explained the causes and proposed a solution.

In order to qualify for the ERA title, a pitcher must pitch one inning per game his team played. That means that pitchers must usually compile 162 innings per season since 1961 (American League) or 1962 (National League). Before then, when schedules were shorter, the standard was 154. A minimum standard for ERA qualification is similar to the minimum standard for batting title qualification, which is 3.1 plate appearances per team game played. (There is one difference: In one of baseball’s more obscure rules, hitters who fall short of qualifying for the batting title can still qualify by having hitless plate appearances added to their total in order to reach the minimum standard. No such fudge factor exists for ERA qualification.)

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Breaking down the 4,242 walk-offs since 1998.

A few weeks ago, two games ended unusually. On Thursday, August 31, the Twins’ Max Kepler faced the White Sox’s Juan Minaya in the last of the ninth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs in a 4-4 game. Minaya hit Kepler with his first pitch, forcing in the winning run. It was a walk-off hit by pitch.

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The 1965 American League first division.

(Note: Last year, I wrote "One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1970s," reviewing the 1971 season. My goal is to repeat the exercise every summer, selecting a different decade. We'll present the 1960s version Monday through Thursday this week, five teams at a time, introducing each team with salient figures from their season. Monday's entry is here, Tuesday's entry is here, and Wednesday's entry is here.)

The American League First Division

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The 1965 American League second division.

(Note: Last year, I wrote "One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1970s," reviewing the 1971 season. My goal is to repeat the exercise every summer, selecting a different decade. We'll present the 1960s version Monday through Thursday this week, five teams at a time, introducing each team with salient figures from their season. Monday's entry is here and Tuesday's entry is here.)

The 1965 Awards and Postseason: The 1965 MVPs were San Francisco’s Willie Mays, who topped Sandy Koufax in the National League, and Minnesota’s Zoilo Versalles, who finished ahead of teammate Tony Oliva in the American League. There was just one Cy Young award until 1967, and Koufax won it unanimously. The Dodgers’ Jim Lefebvre and Baltimore’s Curt Blefary were Rookies of the Year, easily. Mickey Mantle won the Hutch Award, Pittsburgh’s Vern Law the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, and Koufax the Babe Ruth Award, to name three awards you probably didn’t know about that exist to this day. There have been years in which the voters pretty clearly screwed up the voting for the major awards; 1965 was not one of them.

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The 1965 National League first division.

(Note: Last year, I wrote "One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1970s," reviewing the 1971 season. My goal is to repeat the exercise every summer, selecting a different decade. We'll present the 1960s version Monday through Thursday this week, five teams at a time, introducing each team with salient figures from their season. Monday's entry is here.)

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The 1965 National League second division.

(Note: Last year, I wrote "One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1970s," reviewing the 1971 season. My goal is to repeat the exercise every summer, selecting a different decade. We'll present the 1960s version Monday through Thursday this week, five teams at a time, introducing each team with salient figures from their season.)

1965: The Backdrop

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Actualizando la serie de interliga.

(More information on BP En Espanol.)

Traducido por José Hernández Lagunes

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September 7, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: The American League's Magic Number is Five

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The same league wins interleague play again and the whole setup still isn't quite fair.

Entering play last night, the American League was 148-133 in interleague games this season. (Those figures don’t reflect last night’s Rangers-Braves game.) Since each team plays 20 games against teams in the other league, that means with just three more wins the American League will clinch the interleague series for the 14th straight year. Here’s the record:

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Honoring the best of the overlooked.

This monthly award is named in honor of Ryan Vogelsong who, in 2011:

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