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11-19

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BP Unfiltered: Kansas City Royals Need Systems Architect/Developer
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Baseball Prospectus

11-13

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BP Unfiltered: The First Thing I Will Look For When MVP Results Are Announced Today
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Sam Miller

11-11

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BP Unfiltered: Grading the 'MLB Executive' Predictions, 2012 and 2013
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Sam Miller

10-29

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BP Unfiltered: The Reason Bumgarner Should Start (Even Though He Won't)
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Sam Miller

10-29

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BP Unfiltered: Why NOT to Start Madison Bumgarner
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Russell A. Carleton

10-22

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BP Unfiltered: There Will Be A Game Two
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Russell A. Carleton

10-16

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 16
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Craig Goldstein

10-16

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BP Unfiltered: If I Had $200 Million
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Russell A. Carleton

10-10

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 10
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Craig Goldstein

10-09

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 9
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Craig Goldstein

10-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Cardinals' Flickering Magic Lantern
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Russell A. Carleton

10-08

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 8
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Craig Goldstein

10-07

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 7
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Craig Goldstein

10-05

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 6
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Craig Goldstein

10-03

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 3
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Craig Goldstein

10-02

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 2
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Craig Goldstein

10-01

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 1
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Craig Goldstein

09-30

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BP Unfiltered: IBA Voting Is Now
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Baseball Prospectus

09-17

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BP Unfiltered: Buy Premium, get Dollar Sign Free
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Dave Pease

09-12

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BP Unfiltered: Michael Jordan, September 1994 (Week 2)
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Sam Miller

09-09

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BP Unfiltered: BP At Fox Sports: The Impact of the Evolving Strike Zone
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Robert Arthur

09-05

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BP Unfiltered: Michael Jordan, September 1994 (Part 1)
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Sam Miller

08-27

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BP Unfiltered: Playing Favorites
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Russell A. Carleton

08-12

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BP Unfiltered: Sveum's Unheard Guide to Fixing Royals' Offense
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Robert Arthur

08-01

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BP Unfiltered: Professional Courtesy, and How August Works
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Sam Miller

08-01

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BP Unfiltered: From the Road: Up Close, Batting Practice at 2014 MLB Futures Game
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Nick J. Faleris

07-31

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BP Unfiltered: The 2014 Trade Deadline Transaction Analysis Thread
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BP Staff

07-30

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BP Unfiltered: The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Rarities
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Russell A. Carleton

07-25

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BP Unfiltered: Every Yu/You Headline On MLB.com Game Stories
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Sam Miller

07-25

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BP Unfiltered: The Battered Bastards of Baseball is Not Good
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Sam Miller

07-23

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BP Unfiltered: The Baseball Fan's Guide to the Summer of New Yorker
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Sam Miller

07-22

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BP Unfiltered: Your Team MVP Bingo Ballot
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Sam Miller

07-21

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BP Unfiltered: Very Important Player We Missed: Odrisamer Despaigne
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Sam Miller

07-18

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BP Unfiltered: BP at Fox Sports: Anthony Rizzo and the Making of An All-Star
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Robert Arthur

07-17

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BP Unfiltered: The Long-Forgotten Mets Way
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Sam Miller

07-11

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BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier
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Chris Mosch

07-11

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BP Unfiltered: Scouting Chris Gimenez as a Pitcher
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Dan Rozenson

06-27

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/27
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-26

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BP Unfiltered: On Seeing Two No-Hitters in Person in One Week
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Sam Miller

06-25

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BP Unfiltered: Ross Detwiler and the All-Fastball All-Stars
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Ben Lindbergh

06-24

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BP Unfiltered: BP at Fox Sports: How Do These Players Still Have Roster Spots?
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Ben Lindbergh

06-24

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BP Unfiltered: Bartolo on the Bases
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Ben Lindbergh

06-20

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/20
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Ballpark View of Kershaw's Final Out
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Sam Miller

06-17

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BP Unfiltered: Glen Perkins Dislikes Losing Strikes
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Ben Lindbergh

06-17

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BP Unfiltered: When Tony Gwynn Had a Below-Average Hit Tool
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Ben Lindbergh

06-16

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BP Unfiltered: Goodbye, No. 19
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Geoff Young

06-13

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/13
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-10

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BP Unfiltered: BP at Fox Sports: Verlander
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Sam Miller

06-06

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/16
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

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A rant on Clayton Kershaw's postseasons statistics, and an update on the NL Pitcher of the Year race.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Last year it was the NLCS that had the Cardinals pushing the Dodgers to the brink of elimination, pushing Clayton Kershaw to win a do-or-die game in St. Louis. The same situation has come a round earlier in 2014, but once again the Dodgers turn to Kershaw in an elimination game in St. Louis.

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A look back at Sunday's playoff action and a breakdown of the AL Pitcher of the Year race.

While it’s often said mockingly, James Shields stepped up on Sunday night and delivered a performance worthy of his nickname. The Royals No. 1 starter fired six innings of six-hit, two-run baseball, as the Royals closed out the Angels. Shields had predicted as much in the aftermath of the Royals improbable comeback victory in the Wildcard game.


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Discussing the previous day's playoff action with a focus on the AL Manager of the Year award.

We’re in the midst of a two-day stretch that will grant us six playoff games. Times are good. Except if you’re Brad Ausmus, in which case times are handsome, if not great. The Orioles managed to win despite home runs from the Tigers 3-4-5 hitters and 7+ innings from Scherzer, which has to be concerning for the Tigers. Not only that but Baltimore piled on Detroit’s beleaguered bullpen, meaning Justin Verlander really has to go deep in tomorrow’s game, something that’s a lot less assured than it used to be.

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A breakdown of the NL Player of the Year voting thus far, plus a cute kid.

Well, last night’s game wasn’t quite as arousing as the first play-in Wild Card game, but it certainly ended sooner. While Madison Bumgarner certainly pitched well, it’s hard to imagine that anyone could edge out the Player of the Game: That kid behind home who was absurdly adorable.

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The adoring masses are finally updated as to the product of their democratic process. Focus on AL ROY.

Welcome to the first Internet Baseball Awards update. We’ll be refreshing you on the voting daily, with updated leaderboards as well as some commentary on each of the separate races, and if at all possible, the calling out of people who have made terrible life decisions based on their voting habits. There’s little chance that this matches the excitement of last night’s playoff game, but at the same time, there’s at least a 50% chance Cal Ripken offers more commentary.

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Let your voice be heard.

Look, you get two choices in this life. You can complain about other people's mistakes, or you can take action.

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Throughout the 2014 playoffs, you'll get a free copy of the Dollar Sign on the Muscle e-book when you buy a yearly Premium subscription.

It's coming up on a year since the Baseball Prospectus edition of Kevin Kerrane's classic book on scouting, Dollar Sign on the Muscle, was released. We predicted around that time that Dollar Sign would become our best-selling self-published book.

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Using PECOTA to explore what Michael Jordan would have done as a September call-up.

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The bigger strike zone has caused more than just increased strikeouts.

Recent analysis from Jon Roegele and Brian Mills (among others) has shown that the strike zone is changing. Specifically, the lower edge of the zone has dropped several inches in the last few years, opening up a new area for pitchers to attack. Responding to the deeper zone, pitchers have peppered this region with strikes and sinkers.

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Part 1: Michael Jordan gets to play.

When the strike halted the 1994 season, it cancelled any possibility that Michael Jordan would be a September call-up for the White Sox that year. We'll never know whether he would have been called up, and we'll never know how he would have done if he had been. PECOTA, on the other hand, knows everything. We ran PECOTA to find out what Jordan might have done in September that year. We will play out that month, using PECOTA as a guide. Here's part 1, covering Sept. 1 through Sept. 6.

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What does it take to be more than 50 percent likely to win the World Series?

I do love me some Wednesday e-mail show Effectively Wild. Today, someone asked a fantastic question about the playoffs. How good would a team have to be in the regular season to, before the first pitch of the playoffs is thrown, be considered the mathematical favorite to win the World Series versus the field. There will be ten teams that make the playoffs this year (OK, fine, lest we defile the sanctity of the Wild Card, there will be eight). One of them will have the best chances of the eight/ten, and would theoretically be the favorite, but its chances might be somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 percent to be taking a champagne championship shower in late October. That means that the best team has an 80 percent chance of winning a participant trophy instead.

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Examining whether Sveum fixed the swing height problem with the Royals' offense.

In late June, I wrote about the Royals’ hiring of Dale Sveum as their new hitting coach. I noted at the time that Sveum gave an unusually specific critique of the Royals’ hitters:

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