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01-24

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Transaction Analysis: Reliever Roundup
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Bryan Grosnick and Nicholas Zettel

01-24

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
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Mike Gianella

01-24

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Tale of the Tape: Ian Kinsler vs. Jason Kipnis
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Alex Chamberlain

01-24

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Banjo Hitter: Best of the Rest
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Aaron Gleeman

01-24

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Prospectus Feature: Introducing Pitch Tunnels
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Jeff Long, Jonathan Judge and Harry Pavlidis

01-24

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Welcome to Splitsville: Second Base
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Tim Finnegan

01-24

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Dig Into These Tunnels
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Russell A. Carleton

01-24

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Deep, But Playable: Ventura and Marte
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Craig Goldstein

01-24

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Player Profile: Matt Carpenter
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Scooter Hotz

01-23

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Rumor Roundup: Don’t Call Him the Comeback Kid
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Ashley Varela

01-23

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The Quinton: Second Base and Changes in Landscape
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Jeff Quinton

01-23

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Fantasy Players to Target: Second Base
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-23

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Early ADP Analysis: Second Base
by
Matt Collins

01-23

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Transaction Analysis: Trumbo Stays in Baltimore
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Matthew Trueblood

01-23

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Prospectus Feature: Command and Control
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Jeff Long, Jonathan Judge and Harry Pavlidis

01-23

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State of the Position: Second Base
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George Bissell

01-23

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Control
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Rob Mains

01-23

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2017 Prospects: San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-22

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

01-22

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BP Milwaukee
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Nathan Desutter

01-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: Would You Like to Play a Game of Telephone?
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Meg Rowley

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Reds Cash In Straily
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Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz

01-20

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-20

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The -Only League Landscape: American League First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-20

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Player Profile: Miguel Cabrera
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Matt Collins

01-20

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2017 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-20

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: A.J. Reed vs. Dan Vogelbach
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George Bissell

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: One More Go-Round in Toronto
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Bryan Grosnick

01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Hunting Starters
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Demetrius Bell

01-19

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The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen
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Scooter Hotz

01-19

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: First Basemen on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-19

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Tale of the Tape: Brandon Belt vs. C.J. Cron
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Mark Barry

01-19

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Pitchers' Plate Discipline
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Rob Mains

01-19

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Transaction Analysis: Extension Party
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Bryan Grosnick, Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood

01-19

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 First Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-18

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Cold Takes: Why Do Hall of Fame Voters Love Relievers?
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Patrick Dubuque

01-18

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Rumor Roundup: Must-See TV
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Emma Baccellieri

01-18

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Outta Left Field: Cooperstown Changes
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Dustin Palmateer

01-18

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2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-18

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Rubbing Mud: Dozier and the Doyers
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Matthew Trueblood

01-18

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4

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Base
by
Greg Wellemeyer

01-18

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The Adjuster: First Base
by
Eric Roseberry

01-18

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Tale of the Tape: Tommy Joseph vs. Eric Thames
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Bryan Joiner

01-18

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9

Get to Know: First Base Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

01-17

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Player Profile: Hanley Ramirez
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Wilson Karaman

01-17

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Cold Takes: Stan Javier Saves a No-Hitter
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Patrick Dubuque

01-17

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Rubbing Mud: Flashback Friars
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Matthew Trueblood

01-17

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15

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

01-17

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Welcome to Splitsville: First Base
by
Tim Finnegan

01-17

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Tale of the Tape: Victor Martinez vs. Carlos Santana
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Alex Chamberlain

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January 24, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Reliever Roundup

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Bryan Grosnick and Nicholas Zettel

Veteran relievers Neftali Feliz, Santiago Casilla, Trevor Cahill, and Dustin McGowan find 2017 homes.

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January 24, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down the second sackers into fantasy-value-based bins.

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers

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January 24, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Ian Kinsler vs. Jason Kipnis

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Alex Chamberlain

These second basemen are close alphabetically, but are they all that close when it comes to 2017 fantasy production?

Ah, our two favorite alphabetical second basemen: Ian Kinsler and Jason Kipnis. In 2016 both matched and exceeded, respectively, their home run totals from the previous two years en route to each of their second-most valuable seasons in their careers. Both are five-category hitters, albeit modestly, and they project to put up similar batting lines in 2017. They're a comparison worth picking through with a fine-toothed comb.

Health/Volume

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Free agency is winding down, but plenty of recognizable names haven't found homes yet.

It’s been three long months since Michael Martinez grounded out against Mike Montgomery and thankfully we're just one more long month from real, live baseball games being a thing again, but quite a few prominent free agents remain unsigned in what has been an offseason light on typically big spending. Each of the first 19 names on BP’s annual top 50 free agent rankings have found homes for 2017, but 11 of the other 31 players are still on the open market and are placing increasingly agitated calls to their agents.

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Greg Maddux was on to something, whether he knew it or not.

One day I sat a dozen feet behind Maddux’s catcher as three Braves pitchers, all in a row, did their throwing sessions side-by-side. Lefty Steve Avery made his catcher’s glove explode with noise from his 95-mph fastball. His curve looked like it broke a foot-and-a-half. He was terrifying. Yet I could barely tell the difference between Greg’s pitches. Was that a slider, a changeup, a two-seam or four-seam fastball? Maddux certainly looked better than most college pitchers, but not much. Nothing was scary.

Afterward, I asked him how it went, how he felt, everything except “Is your arm okay?” He picked up the tone. With a cocked grin, like a Mad Dog whose table scrap doesn’t taste quite right, he said, “That’s all I got.”

Then he explained that I couldn’t tell his pitches apart because his goal was late quick break, not big impressive break. The bigger the break, the sooner the ball must start to swerve and the more milliseconds the hitter has to react; the later the break, the less reaction time. Deny the batter as much information—speed or type of last-instant deviation—until it is almost too late.

- "Greg Maddux used methodical approach to get to Cooperstown" by Thomas Boswell

Greg Maddux may have known about the concept of pitch tunnels. He may not have. Regardless, he knew how to put the concept into practice, and really that’s the important part. Maddux:

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January 24, 2017 6:00 am

Welcome to Splitsville: Second Base

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Tim Finnegan

A look at which keystoners might provide extra value when the platoon advantage works in their favor and which ones suffer the most when it's not.

This is the second base edition of Welcome to Splitsville, where we discuss players at the position from both a daily and seasonal perspective. For an introduction and catcher week, click here. For first base week, click here.

Second basemen had a surge in production league wide last year, and by some metrics, to unprecedented levels. By wRC+, 2016 was the most productive season for second baseman since 1924. By ISO and slugging, it was the most productive season for second basemen in baseball history. Second basemen had a .154 ISO in 2016, up from .131 in 2015, and 16 ISO points higher than 2004's .138, which ranks second at the position all time. They slugged .425 in 2016, also the highest ever at the position, and 12 points higher than 1930's .413 slugging, which ranks second. 2016's power output from second basemen eclipses even the height of the steroid era at the position.

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January 24, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Let's Dig Into These Tunnels

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Russell A. Carleton

Getting started with the many new possibilities.

With the release of BP’s new data on pitcher tunnels, the idea is that one way a pitcher can fool the hitter is to make sure that his pitches all look the same as they fly through the air toward the batter, until they get to the point where the batter has to make his decision of whether he will swing, and if so, where he will aim his bat. If a pitcher can keep all the pitches going through the same “tunnel” and have the break (or lack thereof) be a surprise that reveals itself only after the batter has started his swing, then he’s going to get more swings and misses and weakly hit balls.

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Remembering the baseball players and the men.

Major League Baseball lost two family members this weekend, as both Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura died in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic. They were about as far away from each other as players as two individuals can get while remaining in the public consciousness.

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January 24, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Matt Carpenter

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Scooter Hotz

The Redbirds' infielder might not be second-base-eligible for long, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Player Background

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Tim Lincecum refuses to retire, Yu Darvish contemplates a contract extension, and Tyson Ross gets a revised start date.

Lincecum still hunting for opportunity

Tim Lincecum really wants to play baseball, probably more than most people want to do most things. His agent, Rick Thurman, told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that Lincecum is still preparing for the upcoming season, despite not having a) a contract or b) any publicized interest from a major-league team.

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January 23, 2017 6:00 am

The Quinton: Second Base and Changes in Landscape

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Jeff Quinton

How to adapt to the sudden abundance of fantasy riches at the keystone.

Second Base and Changes in Landscape

You all have probably heard by now, but the second base position was incredibly productive last year in fantasy baseball and thus looks to be very deep this year. Like, really deep. How deep? Let’s take a look at that table from catchers week to point us in the right direction:

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January 23, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Base

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BP Fantasy Staff

Our staff identifies some potential fantasy value plays at the keystone.

Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
Sure, Jonathan Schoop isn’t the complete package for roto owners. He only has five career steals in 390 career games and he barely walks, somewhat limiting his ability to score runs and actively hurting his value in OBP leagues. He also hit a woeful .209 as recently as 2014, something which tends to stick in the minds of fantasy players, especially ones who owned him that year. I think that in a lot of leagues, that abysmal batting average from 2014 is still baked into his price despite the fact that he hit .279 in 2015 and .267 in 2016.


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