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6 BP Unfiltered: Every Yu/You Headline On MLB.com Game Stories by Sam Miller
6 BP Unfiltered: The Battered Bastards of Baseball is Not Good by Sam Miller
6 BP Unfiltered: The Baseball Fan's Guide to the Summer of New Yorker by Sam Miller
10 BP Unfiltered: Your Team MVP Bingo Ballot by Sam Miller
1 BP Unfiltered: Very Important Player We Missed: Odrisamer Despaigne by Sam Miller
3 BP Unfiltered: BP at Fox Sports: Anthony Rizzo and the Making of An All-Star by Robert Arthur
1 BP Unfiltered: The Long-Forgotten Mets Way by Sam Miller
0 BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier by Chris Mosch
0 BP Unfiltered: Scouting Chris Gimenez as a Pitcher by Dan Rozenson
4 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/27 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
4 BP Unfiltered: On Seeing Two No-Hitters in Person in One Week by Sam Miller
0 BP Unfiltered: Ross Detwiler and the All-Fastball All-Stars by Ben Lindbergh
2 BP Unfiltered: BP at Fox Sports: How Do These Players Still Have Roster Spots? by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Unfiltered: Bartolo on the Bases by Ben Lindbergh
2 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/20 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
2 BP Unfiltered: The Ballpark View of Kershaw's Final Out by Sam Miller
3 BP Unfiltered: Glen Perkins Dislikes Losing Strikes by Ben Lindbergh
5 BP Unfiltered: When Tony Gwynn Had a Below-Average Hit Tool by Ben Lindbergh
4 BP Unfiltered: Goodbye, No. 19 by Geoff Young
0 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/13 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
0 BP Unfiltered: BP at Fox Sports: Verlander by Sam Miller
0 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/16 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
1 BP Unfiltered: 2014 Draft Index by Nick J. Faleris
1 BP Unfiltered: 2014 MLB Draft Video Library by Nick J. Faleris
2 BP Unfiltered: BP at Fox Sports: Which Teams Drafted the Most (and Best) Current Major Leaguers? by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Unfiltered: This Week's New Pitching Lines, 5/30 by Sam Miller
1 BP Unfiltered: Erick Aybar is a Fox by R.J. Anderson
1 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/23 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
2 BP Unfiltered: This Week's New Pitching Lines, 5/23 by Sam Miller
3 BP Unfiltered: Explaining the Position Player Pitcher Parade by Ben Lindbergh
2 BP Unfiltered: Scouting Danny Worth as a Pitcher by Dan Rozenson
3 BP Unfiltered: Very Important Player We Missed: James Jones by Sam Miller
2 BP Unfiltered: Overbay on the Mound by Dan Rozenson
0 BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus at Fox Sports: Safety in Pitching Prospects? by Sam Miller
3 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/16 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
0 BP Unfiltered: This Week's New Pitching Lines, 5/16 by Sam Miller
0 BP Unfiltered: Ranking the Retirement Gifts: New York Mets by Ben Lindbergh
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0 BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus at Fox Sports: Billy Hamilton's Effect on the Batter by Ben Lindbergh
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Yu (You) probably see where this is going. The Netflix documentary will tempt you to watch it, but the story it tells is unconvincing and the story it missed would have been better.
There’s a movie called
Slap Shot. You’ve heard of it, you’ve seen it, you love it. It’s about a small-town minor-league hockey team that, faced with its recession-related shuttering, reinvents itself as a bunch of thugs on ice. The team’s new rebelliousness draws fans, and it leads to victories. It works as two movies: the scrappy underdog story, and the men behaving badly story. Read the full article... For the summer, the world's best magazine has removed its archives (since 2007) from behind the paywall. Here's the best New Yorker baseball writing.
The New Yorker has opened up a portion of its online archives to non-subscribers. This is great news for non-subscribers (though not subscribing is itself bad news for non-subscribers), as some of the best baseball feature writing of the past seven years is now available in a non-$6.99/issue format. How will you spend your summer with The New Yorker online archives? May I advise. Read the full article...
Over at Fox Sports' Just A Bit Outside, I wrote
a piece today on Team MVPs—not just those semi-official things that BBWAA chapters hand out, but the wholly unofficial "So'n So is Our MVP" claims that managers, players and beat writers will sometimes make. It is, I argue in the piece, the most chaotic and desperate circle of baseball debate, but it also has a long history and a certain consistency to it. I broke down the six and a half categories of Team MVP rebellion. Read the full article...
Looking at a player who wasn't in the BP Annual but is contributing this year. How Anthony Rizzo Became an All-Star
’s ignominious strikeout in the All-Star game, a look at BP’s Anthony Rizzo leaderboards reveals he’s having a monster year—good for the 11 th highest in MLB. So while Rizzo’s performance this year has been nothing short of exceptional, his breakout came a year too late, as I write in this week’s BWARP BP on Fox article. Read the full article... The Mets wanted to have a Way, but might never have found it.
we reviewed every team's Way a couple weeks ago, we found a reference to a Way by every team but one: The Mets. No Mets Way. No Met Way. Just no Way. Read the full article... How have the Rays outfielder's opponents shifted against him with the bunt in mind?
At the end of May, I introduced the idea that some teams were going from playing nearly straightaway to using a full overshift once the count went to two strikes against certain pull-heavy lefties whom they deemed threats to bunt. The idea was that teams would probably prefer to implement a full overshift earlier in the count, but were hindered by the hitter’s ability to bunt for a base hit. This was inspired by the Orioles using a two-strike overshift numerous times against , and the Pirates doing it a couple of times against both Michael Bourn and Denard Span . Danny Espinosa Read the full article... The Rangers turned to a backup catcher to pitch in a blowout.
“ allowed a Rangers club record 13 runs, though only 11 of the runs were earned.” – Colby Lewis WFAA write-up Read the full article...
This week's bunts (including the first attempt by a right-hander), plus a look at aggressive counter-adjustments by opposing defenses. How rare is Anthony Rinaldi's experience, you figure?
One of our Effectively Wild listeners, Anthony Rinaldi, lives in Pennsylvania. He decided to go to California for the first time in his life, by himself, and while he was here he managed to stumble into both ’s no-hitter and Clayton Kershaw ’s no-hitter, 400 miles away from each other. Tim Lincecum Here are the pictures to prove it, y'all skeptics. Just to reiterate, Anthony writes, Read the full article... Ross Detwiler threw 42 straight four-seamers or sinkers on Tuesday. Where does that put him on the consecutive fastball pantheon?
On Tuesday night, the Nationals and Brewers played baseball for well over five hours, calling it quits only after
hit a two-run homer in the 16th inning to put Milwaukee away. Zimmerman, who had two other hits and Ryan Zimmerman this diving catch, claimed the headlines, but the game had another hero, albeit one slightly less sung: deposed starter , who Ross Detwiler held the Brewers scoreless from the 10th through the 14th. Read the full article...