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07-25

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Skewed Left: The Mismatched Incentives of Draftees and Their Agents
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Zachary Levine

07-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 494: Evan Drellich on the Astros' Aiken Pains
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

07-15

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Skewed Left: What Is An All-Star Pitcher?
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Zachary Levine

07-09

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Skewed Left: What the CBA Says About the All-Star Game
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Zachary Levine

07-03

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Skewed Left: The Ingrained, Misguided, 162-Game Schedule
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Zachary Levine

06-26

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Skewed Left: Which Position Players Make the Best Pitchers?
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Zachary Levine

06-19

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Skewed Left: The Missing Mound Charge
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Zachary Levine

06-12

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Skewed Left: The Wisdom of Pinch-Hitting with Pitchers
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Zachary Levine

06-05

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Skewed Left: The Economics of the Singleton Extension
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Zachary Levine

05-29

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Skewed Left: What We've Learned About Replay
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Zachary Levine

05-22

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Skewed Left: Dallas Keuchel Defies his Destiny
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Zachary Levine

05-13

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Skewed Left: How Much Losing Jose Fernandez Hurts
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Zachary Levine

05-08

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Skewed Left: The Five Teams That Don't Have to Play by (All of) the Rules
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Zachary Levine

05-01

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Skewed Left: Staying Alive in the Independent Leagues, 2014 Edition
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Zachary Levine

04-24

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Skewed Left: The Squandered Promise of the Diamondbacks Rotation
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Zachary Levine

04-18

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Skewed Left: How Service Time Dictates Top Prospect Promotions
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Zachary Levine

04-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 429: The Dodgers, DirecTV, and Baseball's Broadcast Bubble/Your Finest Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

04-10

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Skewed Left: The Surprising Sameness of Justin Upton
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Zachary Levine

04-03

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Skewed Left: The Revolving Door Rankings
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Zachary Levine

03-27

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Skewed Left: PECOTA vs. Vegas
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Zachary Levine

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2014 Preseason Preview
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Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine

03-20

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Skewed Left: Where Are All the Australian Position Players?
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Zachary Levine

03-13

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Skewed Left: The Good and the Bad News About Instant Replay's Spring Trial
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Zachary Levine

03-07

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BP Unfiltered: Your Attempts To Explain Baseball
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Zachary Levine

03-06

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Skewed Left: The Art of Explaining Baseball
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Zachary Levine

02-27

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Skewed Left: What it Means to Move Off Catcher
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Zachary Levine

02-26

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BP Unfiltered: Sabermetrics Goes MOOC
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Zachary Levine

02-13

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Point/Counterpoint
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

02-13

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Skewed Left: Fun with 2014 PECOTA Comparables
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Zachary Levine

02-06

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Skewed Left: The Truth About One-Day Contracts
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Zachary Levine

01-30

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Skewed Left: Saying Goodbye to Lance Berkman
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Zachary Levine

01-23

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Skewed Left: Bobby Abreu, the Phillies, and Other Reunions That Might Make Sense
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Zachary Levine

01-16

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Skewed Left: The Historical Precedent for an A-Rod Comeback
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Zachary Levine

01-07

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Skewed Left: What the 1936 Hall of Fame Ballot Tells Us About Today's
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Zachary Levine

01-02

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Skewed Left: Better Versions of Bad Hall of Fame Arguments
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Zachary Levine

12-26

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Skewed Left: The Quiet Offseason in Odds
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Zachary Levine

12-19

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Skewed Left: The Company They Tweet, The Sequel
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Zachary Levine

12-12

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Skewed Left: A Cooperstown Party Like it's 1999
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Zachary Levine

12-05

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Ask the Industry
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Zachary Levine

11-21

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Skewed Left: My Column: The Jokes the Internet Killed in 2013
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Zachary Levine

11-14

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Skewed Left: Why Deserving MVPs Don't Win
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Zachary Levine

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston's Fast Track to Success
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Zachary Levine

10-25

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Skewed Left: Shane Victorino and the Hunt for the Elusive 9-3 Putout
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Zachary Levine

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: What the Media Asked the Managers (and What it Means)
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Zachary Levine

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Six Recap: Red Sox 5, Tigers 2
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Zachary Levine

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Recap: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5
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Zachary Levine

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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Zachary Levine

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Recap: Red Sox 3, Rays 1
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Zachary Levine

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Recap: Rays 5, Red Sox 4
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Zachary Levine

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two: Red Sox 7, Rays 4
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Zachary Levine

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Searching for exceptions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Baseball’s two publically accessible governing constitutions send us scrambling to their pages for very different reasons, and usually with very different results.

If you find yourself heading for the rule book, you’re probably doing so in a state of confusion and probably some anger. When you dive into the much weightier collective bargaining agreement, well, first of all, you’re probably also confused. Let’s face it; readers of this site probably don’t have to look up much of what happens in the flow of the game (in the case of the rule book) or the baseball calendar and off-field choreography (in the case of the CBA). But you might be intrigued by what’s in there anyway.

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Ten players you might not realize are still active in organized baseball.

The Atlantic League is back, and with it, the comers-back, the hangers-on, and the other bizarre stories that make the premier independent league so much fun have returned.

Last year, I went through the rosters and found my 15 favorite names and stories—mostly recognizable names to major-league fans. They were spread out across the Northeast and one Texas outpost, either trying to restart something or keep the passion for the game alive years after the Show got away from them.

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Remembering when Arizona's rotation looked like the next best thing.

The best rotation in baseball so far this season was an accident. Years of scouting and strong drafting left the Braves with an almost unparalleled trove of young talent as the decade turned to the 2010s, along with a plan to surge through their cost-controlled near-peak years. Aaron Harang (0.85 ERA) wasn't part of the plan four years ago. Ervin Santana (slacking a little bit with a 0.86 ERA) wasn't part of the plan two months ago.

But the best rotation in baseball was the story of a little luck and a fast response to a sudden crumble.

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And why the Astros would have been silly to promote George Springer sooner.

If you stretch, maybe you could come up with a good baseball reason for the Astros not to have called up outfield prospect George Springer until earlier this week. And yes, GM Jeff Luhnow probably did need to stick with baseball reasons in his public explanations of the delayed promotion: Springer needed some more at-bats to work on cutting down his strikeouts, or the team wanted to see whether Robbie Grossman could start this season as strong as he finished the last one, etc.

You understand why Luhnow can’t say the real reason, but at some point, you wish that we could let a smart guy be a smart guy and tell you that by waiting two weeks, he was able to exchange a minimal amount of Springer in a bad season for a full year of Springer in what could be a good season. That would be the 2020 season, which is now part of the Astros’ control period on Springer as he won’t have a full six served after 2019. (Read more of the details in this Evan Drellich piece at the Houston Chronicle.)

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Ben and Zachary talk to David Lazarus about the Dodgers and baseball's broadcast bubble, then answer emails about Scott Boras, Brian Cashman, the AL East, and more.

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April 10, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: The Surprising Sameness of Justin Upton

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Remember what we were thinking about Justin Upton a year ago?

“Ideally you’re judging a trade by what you know at the time, and if you want to be really strict about that, you stop judging the trade after it happens.” – Ben Lindbergh, Effectively Wild Episode 191

“I think probably it’s best that nobody who talks or writes about baseball for a living ever pats themselves on the back.” – Sam Miller, same episode

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April 3, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: The Revolving Door Rankings

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Which teams have gone the longest without a consistent starter at a particular position?

When Derek Jeter took the field for the season opener at Minute Maid Park, it was the first time since 1996 that he’d done so coming off a year in which he was not the Yankees’ primary shortstop. In 17 consecutive seasons before Eduardo Nunez took the title from him in 2013, Jeter had played the most games at the cornerstone position on the infield.

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March 27, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: PECOTA vs. Vegas

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Don't bet on baseball. But if you must...

One year later, I couldn’t bring myself to take PECOTA back to Las Vegas with me. It wasn’t that we did badly last year. We did OK. We nailed a couple of the big unders, betting on the White Sox and Phillies not reaching their above-.500 Over/Under figures in what would turn out to be terrible seasons. We lost on some others, as PECOTA was too high on the beat-up Yankees, too low on the Orioles (like the rest of us) and missed the Braves party completely. We also collected on the Dodgers winning the NL West, which they did easily after a slow start.

So we’re still solvent; it’s just that I can’t take PECOTA back to Las Vegas with me. I can’t really explain why, but it was something in between the Riviera and the Rhino, and while the details are sort of fuzzy, when we got the request to revive PECOTA’s best gambling bets, I thought it was best to do it from the comforts of home through the magic of offshore wagering.

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March 25, 2014 6:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2014 Preseason Preview

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Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine

The second installment in a division-by-division dialogue leading up to Opening Day.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus is conducting a division-by-division dialogue, asking and answering five questions about each team. Below, Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine discuss the American League East.

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March 20, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Where Are All the Australian Position Players?

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Zachary Levine

Australia has produced plenty of baseball talent. But why has most of it been on the mound?

As the Dodgers and Diamondbacks embark on their mission to go Fightin’ Around the World and bring baseball to a new frontier in Australia, the challenge they face isn’t as enormous as the setting of their showdown—a cricket ground—would lead you to believe.

No, baseball doesn’t rank highly in the hierarchy of sports on the smallest continent. Cricket laps it in popularity among bat sports. There’s also soccer, which they have generally called “soccer,” and their own kind of football.

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What do expanded replay's early returns tell us about how well the expanded replay system will work this season?

I give it one year until there’s a fundamental change to Major League Baseball’s new replay system.

I’d give it even less time if we weren’t less than three weeks from baseball season. While MLB certainly isn’t opposed to going seat-of-the-pants on this, the league probably won’t want to make another major change so soon.

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Responses to how one explains baseball to somebody who's never seen it before.

This was probably the most fun comments section I've had the pleasure to peruse. Thursday's "Skewed Left" piece on how to explain baseball to somebody who's never seen it before inspired some great stories of your experiences, mostly with visitors from other countries, it inspired a bit of push-back on some of my ideas, and it brought out some of your attempts to put an explanation together.

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