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05-28

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Punk Hits: Marco Scutaro Plays All the Hits
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Ian Miller

05-21

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7

Punk Hits: Eyes on the Prize
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Ian Miller

05-14

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Punk Hits: Javier Lopez Learns BABIP
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Ian Miller

05-07

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Punk Hits: The Record the Houston Astros Won't Break
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Ian Miller

04-16

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7

Punk Hits: Road Games
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Ian Miller

04-02

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Punk Hits: Accidentally Making a Case for Astros Fandom
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Ian Miller

03-19

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Punk Hits: Not Just Another Night at the Yard
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Ian Miller

03-05

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Punk Hits: Why I'm Rooting for the Dutch in the WBC
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Ian Miller

02-27

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20

Punk Hits: A Love (Hate) Letter From Arizona
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Ian Miller

02-20

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Punk Hits: Baseball Players Are Too Damned Good For Their Own Good
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Ian Miller

02-05

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Punk Hits: Top Team Cookbooks, Part 2
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Ian Miller

01-29

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Punk Hits: Top Team Cookbooks, Part 1
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Ian Miller

01-22

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9

Punk Hits: She Got the Beat
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Ian Miller

01-08

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8

Punk Hits: So You've Decided to Join the American League
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Ian Miller

12-19

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Punk Hits: A Modest Proposal for the MLB Network
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Ian Miller

12-11

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26

Punk Hits: Why Do We Fear The Beard?
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Ian Miller

11-27

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Punk Hits: Why Stadium Giveaways Are So Unbelievably Awful
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Ian Miller

11-21

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Punk Hits: Why Tyson Ross Went South
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Ian Miller

11-13

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Punk Hits: Scouting the Arizona Fall League: Off-the-Field Edition
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Ian Miller

11-06

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7

Punk Hits: The Year Punk Broke (Into the Majors)
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Ian Miller

10-31

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16

Punk Hits: Brian Science
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Ian Miller

10-22

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Punk Hits: Three Nights In October, part 3
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Ian Miller

10-18

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Punk Hits: Three Nights in October, Part Two
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Ian Miller

10-17

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Punk Hits: Three Nights In October
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Ian Miller

10-10

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Punk Hits: A Cespedes for the Rest of Us
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Ian Miller

10-03

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Punk Hits: The Bay Area Body-Swap
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Ian Miller

09-26

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Punk Hits: A Not Altogether Helpful Primer to the World Baseball Classic
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Ian Miller

09-19

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Punk Hits: What the Hell Has Gotten Into the Astros?
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Ian Miller

09-12

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Punk Hits: What Billy Beane is Doing Again
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Ian Miller

09-06

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Punk Hits: The Fall and Rise of Joaquin Arias
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Ian Miller

08-29

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Punk Hits: Will the Yankees West Match The Yankees' Success?
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Ian Miller

08-22

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Punk Hits: The Other Side of Scoreboard Watching
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Ian Miller

08-15

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Punk Hits: The Fabulous Major-League Baseball Rock n’ Roll Revue
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Ian Miller

08-08

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Punk Hits: The Worst of the Best
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Ian Miller

08-01

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Punk Hits: Bauer Pop
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Ian Miller

07-26

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Punk Hits: The Goblins & Gauntlets Monster Manual, MLB Expansion Pack: Position Players, Vol. 1
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Ian Miller

07-18

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Punk Hits: Baseball in the Old Country
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Ian Miller

06-27

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Punk Hits: The Goblins & Gauntlets Monster Manual, MLB Expansion Pack: Pitchers, Vol. 1
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Ian Miller

06-20

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Punk Hits: League Average, the Long Way 'Round
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Ian Miller

06-13

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Punk Hits: Pitching In the Age of Comebacks
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Ian Miller

06-06

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Punk Hits: The Most Interesting Man in the Minors
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Ian Miller

05-30

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Punk Hits: 2012 National League Upfronts
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Ian Miller

05-23

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Punk Hits: 2012 Baseball Upfronts
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Ian Miller

05-16

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Punk Hits: Running Hot and Cold
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Ian Miller

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July 18, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: Baseball in the Old Country

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Ian Miller

Ian goes to Italy and finds a baseball game.

On Aug. 4, 1962, the New York Yankees already had a 5 ½ game lead over the Minnesota Twins, and the Bronx Bombers would go on to win the AL pennant handily. In the National League, meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers were enjoying a five-game lead over the rival San Francisco Giants, and no one could have imagined how the rest of the season would play out. We know now, of course, that the Giants and Dodgers would finish the season with identical 101-61 records, and San Francisco would defeat Los Angeles in a three-game playoff and go on to lose to the Yankees in a long and hard-fought championship series.

On Aug. 4, 1962, in Fairfield, Connecticut, about 45 miles northeast of the Bronx, my parents were married. In a couple of weeks they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion, they rented a house in Tuscany and invited their family and friends to join them. As I type this, I’m looking over an olive grove, surrounded by the people I love most in the world. The only thing that could possibly make this better would be some baseball.

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It is the culmination of decades of baseball culture and nerd culture racing toward each other at high speed.

Welcome to the Monster Manual MLB Expansion Pack! This book contains more than 100 new monsters from the Major League Baseball Multiverse. We’re confident these new creations will make your campaigns more realistic and more exciting than ever.

Stephen Strasburg

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June 20, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: League Average, the Long Way 'Round

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Ian Miller

We may have seen the last of Livan Hernandez, who wasn't fancy but had a lot of value.

On Friday, June 15, the Braves released Livan Hernandez. Although Hernandez picked up a save in May—the first of his 17-year career—the Braves thought his roster spot could be better used by Kris Medlen. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was quoted as saying, “There may be some other teams looking for a veteran guy, and I hope so. He still wants to pitch.”

While not impossible, it seems unlikely that a team will take a flyer on Livan at this stage. In the event that we’ve seen the last of Livan pitching in MLB, what follows is my eulogy for his big-league career. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was always entertaining.

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June 13, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: Pitching In the Age of Comebacks

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Ian Miller

On Saturday, June 9, both Ryan Vogelsong and Jeff Francis started games for the teams that drafted them. Their journeys and their destinations couldn’t have been more different.

Jeff Francis was the ninth-overall pick for the Rockies in 2002, sped through the low minors, and was a mainstay of the Colorado rotation by 2005. In 2007 he led his team to the World Series, starting all three Game Ones. A torn labrum sidelined him for all of 2009, and although he was moderately effective in 2010, the Rockies decided not to pick up his option. After a stint with the Royals in 2011, he began 2012 in the Reds minor league system.

Ryan Vogelsong was the fifth-round (158th overall) pick for the Giants in 1998. Prior to 2011, if you remembered Vogelsong at all, it was as one of the guys shipped to the Pirates for Jason Schmidt. Vogelsong sat out the whole 2002 season (the year Francis was drafted—symmetry!) recovering from Tommy John surgery, and pitched unremarkably for the Pirates after that, finally heading over to Japan to ply his trade in the Far East for three seasons. He pitched in the minors for the Phillies and the Angels in 2010, and made the Giants in April 2011 only because Barry Zito went down. All he’s done since then is pitch 250 innings with an ERA+ of 136, and make an All-Star Game appearance. No big deal.

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June 6, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: The Most Interesting Man in the Minors

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Ian Miller

Billy Hamilton doesn't always attempt to steal... Oh, wait. Actually, he does.

Billy Hamilton is a pretty lousy base-stealer. He doesn’t read pitchers particularly well, he gets bad jumps, and his slides go from smooth to awkward to downright disastrous. So it’s pretty amazing that he has 63 stolen bases through the first 57 games of the California League season.

He’s doing it on pure speed. There’s not much technique there. The man is just fast. Ridiculously, historically, ludicrously fast.

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May 30, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: 2012 National League Upfronts

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Ian Miller

Baseball's Cousin Oliver, baseball's do-gooder cartoons, baseball's sadistic game show, and the most soap-opera name ever.

If you follow the entertainment industry, you’ve no doubt heard of upfronts—the annual meeting at which broadcasters preview their fall slate for advertisers. Upfronts are a lavish affair, held at grand venues in New York City. TV networks delivered their upfront pitches two weeks ago.

What you may not know is that Major League Baseball also holds upfronts for their prospective sponsors. This year’s event was on Friday, May 18 at the Office Suites of Bayonne in the Gateway Region of New Jersey. Baseball Prospectus’ entertainment correspondent, Ian Miller, attended this year’s event, and has these highlights of fall baseball programming. Part 1, the American League, appeared last week.

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May 23, 2012 3:00 am

Punk Hits: 2012 Baseball Upfronts

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Ian Miller

Baseball is televised entertainment, and the 2012 season follows many of television's most well-worn tropes.

If you follow the entertainment industry, then you’ve heard of upfronts—the annual meeting at which broadcasters preview their fall slate for advertisers. Upfronts are a lavish affair, held at grand venues in New York City. TV networks delivered their upfront pitches this past week.

What you may not know is that Major League Baseball also holds upfronts for their prospective sponsors. This year’s event was last Friday night at the Office Suites of Bayonne in the Gateway Region of New Jersey. Baseball Prospectus’ entertainment correspondent, Ian Miller, attended this year’s event, and has these highlights of fall baseball programming. Part 2, the National League, will appear next week.

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Will the real Dodgers and Twins please stand up?

Today, Ian Miller joins our team. Ian previously wrote a ProGUESTus piece about minor-league baseball, and he blogs and podcasts as one half of Productive Outs. A Punk Hit, according to the Dickson Baseball Dictionary, refers to a base hit that is softly struck but placed well.  

We’re roughly 20 percent of the way through the 2012 baseball season, and I have to file a column for Wednesday. That means that it’s the perfect time to take a look at this year’s leading out-of-the-gate over- and underachievers!

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