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11-20

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Skewed Left: Saving on Stanton?
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Zachary Levine

11-13

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Skewed Left: Fixing Awards Season
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Zachary Levine

11-10

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Skewed Left: Rarefied Rookie Relief
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Zachary Levine

10-31

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Skewed Left: Those Lucky Red Sox
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Zachary Levine

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: Royals Spit Hot Fire: World Series Game 2
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Zachary Levine

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Preview
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Zachary Levine

10-16

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Skewed Left: The Molina Mind-bender
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Zachary Levine

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: The Irony Of Ryu's Strong Start
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Zachary Levine

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals
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Zachary Levine

09-29

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Skewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For These
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Zachary Levine

09-17

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Skewed Left: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
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Zachary Levine

09-11

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Skewed Left: It's Not a No-Hitter 'til _____
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Zachary Levine

09-05

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Skewed Left: The Billy Beane Famous-Old-DH Gambit
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Zachary Levine

08-28

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Skewed Left: A Three-Hour Tour
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Zachary Levine

08-21

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Skewed Left: Saber Seminar One Year From Now
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Zachary Levine

08-14

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Skewed Left: Where Have All The Suspensions Gone?
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Zachary Levine

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Astros, Marlins, Swap Sell-Low Guys
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Zachary Levine, Jeff Moore, J.P. Breen and Jason Parks

07-31

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Skewed Left: The Nomar Garciaparra Trade Turns Ten
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Zachary Levine

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

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April 10, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: The Surprising Sameness of Justin Upton

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Zachary Levine

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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Zachary Levine

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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Zachary Levine

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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March 6, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: The Art of Explaining Baseball

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Zachary Levine

How quickly can you describe baseball to someone who's never seen the sport?

When you attend a graduate school program that’s 45 percent international, there are some things you expect to come with the territory. You may be asked to edit some classmates’ papers for things that seem pretty simple to us, like subject-verb agreement. You may have to relent and call that all-kicking sport “football” for a couple of years just to avoid an argument. But there will be payoffs. You expect to be introduced to all different cultures, and more importantly all different kinds of food, and that’s more than met my expectations so far.

But one thing I didn’t expect, even in a program that’s so diverse, was to show up at class one day and have this projected onto the pull-down screen.

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February 27, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: What it Means to Move Off Catcher

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Zachary Levine

How have players who've changed positions from catcher (like Joe Mauer and Carlos Santana) historically tended to do?

One of the favorite storylines this time of year is the positional change, whether it’s putting on an entirely different kind of glove or just moving over a few dozen feet to the left or right. Predicting performance changes is hard, but a positional change is something we can see, so it’s something we can write.

One of the least-favorite storylines—or at least most confusing—is when a positional change comes with a promise that the player will be able to improve on offense because he can spend more time working on it.

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A Q&A with Professor Andy Andres, who announced the formation of an online course in Sabermetrics Tuesday.

It was year much better known for a different baseball breakthrough a few miles away, but 2004 was also the first year that Andy Andres first offered his class in sabermetrics at Tufts University just outside of Boston. Ten years later, the Tufts and Boston University-affiliated professor is bringing his course into a more populist place as a MOOC - a massive open online course - through Boston University and the online platform EdX.

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February 13, 2014 7:55 am

Point/Counterpoint

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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

A First Take-type debate.

On Wednesday, Derek Jeter announced that 2014 will be his final season in professional baseball, leaving us with only eight months to contemplate his career and wonder what we'll do without him. For now, though, we can only ask: Was that just the best retirement announcement we've ever seen, or what? BP's Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine weigh in.

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February 13, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Fun with 2014 PECOTA Comparables

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Zachary Levine

A look at the players who are just meant to be together.

As a non-fantasy player going on eight years clean, and also as a non-baseball team employee, I might not be the precise target audience for our PECOTA projection system.

Still, PECOTA Day continues to be one of my favorite days of the year, and I think the player comps are a huge part of the reason why. Comparisons are a dangerous thing in baseball. They can be too binding and too racial. They can set too high an expectation—the draft day comps on television are particularly laughable. They can cloud judgment.

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