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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

10-05

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BP Unfiltered: Joe Maddon on Why Delmon Young
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Zachary Levine

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December 12, 2013 6:00 am

Skewed Left: A Cooperstown Party Like it's 1999

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Zachary Levine

Despite the big backlog of qualified candidates, 2014 could bring the best crop of Cooperstown inductees in well over a decade.

It was probably my favorite story idea that I’ve come up with in the 13 months I’ve been working at Baseball Prospectus, in part because it was so original. In the wake of the election of zero living Hall-of-Famers for the 2013 induction class, when everyone was writing about what a travesty this was for the Hall, I told Ben Lindbergh I was going to write about the tragedy for the village of Cooperstown.

It was an original idea until it was already written even before the vote. Until the story of one of my favorite places in the world, just 70 miles from my own hometown, was so well told months later that there was nothing left to say. Until business honchos in the village were apparently changing their answering machine messages to preempt the questions about the death of a yearly tradition of late July.

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December 5, 2013 6:00 am

Ask the Industry

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Zachary Levine

What the people making moves said when we asked them why they're making moves.

Why now? Why so early? Why so many at once?

The questions were obvious after the Hot Stovepocalypse, as Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller titled their podcast running down the Tuesday transactions that had various levels of impact on 14 different teams. (I voted for Beane-anza.)

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November 21, 2013 6:00 am

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

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Zachary Levine

The year in baseball memes that were funny, before we destroyed them.

I made a dumb Shelby Miller joke in the comments to my last article about MVP voting biases. It wasn't my first. It was probably my last, but either way, I feel worse about it because it piggybacked off another dumb tired joke.

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An analysis of several factors that have historically led to snubs.

When Mike Trout—okay, fine, if Mike Trout—gets robbed of the American League MVP award tonight for the second straight year, the explanation won’t be so easy. Last year, the excuse for excusing one of the best seasons of all time, not just by a 20-year-old but by anybody, was readymade. He was going up against the Triple Crown—an achievement that, while not all that indicative of overall value, is still so steeped in historical value that it can be blinding.

This year it’s not so simple. The voters won’t have one obvious reason for dismissing the best super-young position player in the history of the game again.

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October 31, 2013 3:54 am

Playoff Prospectus: Boston's Fast Track to Success

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Zachary Levine

How much of the Red Sox' surprising championship run was of their own making?

The Boston Red Sox were nobody’s offseason champion, which is understandable for a team that was coming off a 69-93, last-place season. Sure, they did stuff. They did a lot of stuff compared to most bad teams, because most bad teams didn’t have the expectations, the window, and the recency of success that the Red Sox had.

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What has to happen for a right fielder to throw out a runner at first?

According to his SABR bio, “Wild Bill” Johnson, the Tigers’ ace at the dawn of the last century, was described by sportswriters at the time as both a “slant ball pitcher” and “a giant (who) pitches, hits and fields equally well.” In his six postseason starts in 1907, 1908, and 1909, he had a 2.88 ERA but never did live up to that second portion.

The career .193 hitter went 0-for-16 in the postseason. He almost had a hit in Game 4 of the 1907 World Series, going up against Orval Overall—who was also in the news when Anibal Sanchez tied his previously unmatched record of four strikeouts in a postseason inning.

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What the questions posed to each manager before Game One reveal about the storylines surrounding each team.

Conceptually, if not always in actuality, the baseball manager’s pregame press conference is an incredible opportunity.

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October 21, 2013 12:00 am

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

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Zachary Levine

A mid-season makeover couldn't fix the Tigers' flaws.

In the end, they all became true Tigers.

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October 14, 2013 2:42 am

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

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Zachary Levine

The AL's two surviving teams give us a glimpse at the future.

It’s 2033, and baseball has seen better days. What’s good for a team has been harnessed so effectively that it’s become bad for the game.

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October 13, 2013 3:00 am

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

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Zachary Levine

The Tigers win Game One the way they've won so many games this season.

In so many ways, what the Tigers did to the powerful Red Sox offense in holding them hitless for 8 1/3 innings of a 1-0 victory in Game One of the ALCS was exactly what the Tigers did all season.

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October 9, 2013 12:00 am

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

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Zachary Levine

Boston gets ready to host its first ALCS in five years while Tampa Bay prepares to possibly wave good-bye to David Price.

A fascinating series filled with late drama, unexpected defensive meltdowns, an unlikely walkoff, and a season’s worth of managerial decisions ended in the worst possible way Tuesday night—with Mike Napoli dancing shirtless.

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October 8, 2013 1:28 am

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

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Zachary Levine

The latest example of unpredictable baseball.

My parents aren’t those stereotypical Jewish parents who were going to be disappointed if their kid didn’t turn out to be a doctor or a lawyer. They were pretty low pressure about the whole career thing. In fact, I think they were secretly (or not so secretly) pleased when I decided to go into baseball writing, because let’s face it; they can read my writing and feel like they’re watching their son perform. They couldn’t exactly go watch me perform a tracheotomy, anything you might have seen in the Junior Mint episode be damned.

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