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Monday, July 9

Baseball Prospectus News: Introducing the BP Hitter Profiles

by Dan Brooks and Harry Pavlidis

We roll out a new feature designed to help you dig deeper into how pitchers approach hitters and how hitters respond.

Baseball Therapy: Hire Joe Morgan

by Russell A. Carleton

A former BP author returns from his adventures in baseball consulting with a slightly different perspective on sabermetrics.

Premium Article Bizball: How Much Could MLB's Next National Television Contracts Be Worth?

by Maury Brown

A look at the changing landscape of media rights deals in sports and how MLB will be affected.

Premium Article Out of Left Field: Ending the Empire

by Matthew Kory

More replay in baseball is evitable. As evidence, we have Bud Selig's latest unconvincing argument.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Blind BABIP Test: Results and Revelations

by Sam Miller

The results of the blind BABIP test are in. How did you do? And what can we learn from your answers?

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/9/12

by Josh Shepardson

In the spirit of the Future's Game, Wil Myers and Grant Green join VP this week.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Making the Most of Midseason Free Agents

by Derek Carty

If you're in the middle of the pack when it comes to free agent acquisition budget, you're in a great position to improve your team this month.

The Week in Quotes: July 2-July 8

by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

What You Need to Know: Monday, July 9

by Daniel Rathman

Brian McCann's hot streak has the Braves on a roll heading into the break

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Monday, July 9

by Corey Dawkins

One of the majors' biggest boppers goes under the knife.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 9

by Matthew Kory

Rangers at the top, Astros finally at the bottom (where you mentally had them all along)

BP Unfiltered: Billycocks and Derbies

by Jason Wojciechowski

Is "Derby" really the best name we've got?

BP Unfiltered: Scott Kazmir's Theoretically Possible Comeback Began Sunday

by Sam Miller

Scott Kazmir pitched for the Sugar Land Skeeters Sunday.

BP Unfiltered: Almost Every Oriole Lost Track of How Many Outs There Were

by Sam Miller

The Orioles recorded the third out in the second inning on Sunday, then refused to leave the field.

BP Unfiltered: Erick Aybar Takes an Extra Base

by R.J. Anderson

The Angels shortstop serves as a good segue.

Sunday, July 8

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 11: Better Late Than Never

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

Hitters, pitchers, mid-season MVPs, and the Futures Game

Friday, July 6

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Bring Me the Head of Donavan Tate

by Jason Parks

Donavan Tate's not tearing up the high minors yet?

Overthinking It: A Prospect Named Shaq, a Streak of 16 Strikeouts, and the Pain of Playing Baseball

by Ben Lindbergh

A 2012 draftee has struck out in his first 16 at-bats as a professional. What does that say about him? And more importantly, what does it say about baseball?

Pebble Hunting: The Blind BABIP Test

by Sam Miller

Can you tell which pitches will leads to hits and which will lead to outs without seeing the results?

Premium Article Painting the Black: Tiptoeing Around Landmines

by R.J. Anderson

How do we judge a GM who seems to make so many wrong moves -- and wins anyway?

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Starting Pitching for 7/6/12

by Paul Sporer

Paul examines out-of-nowhere surprises Franklin Morales and Jose Quintana in this week's VP.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, July 6

by Corey Dawkins

The Dodgers lose their shortstop for six weeks, meaning that all teams in the NL West have lost their shortstop at some point this season.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 6

by Matthew Kory

Rangers at the top, Cubs at the bottom, awesome Pablo Sandoval factoid in the middle.

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 5

by Kevin Goldstein

A sleeper find for the Braves and notes from around the day in the minor leagues.

What You Need to Know: Friday, July 6

by Daniel Rathman

The Nationals and Mets are still in the thick of the pennant race, and they are finding ways to punish other teams.

The BP Wayback Machine: Ten Days, One Column

by Joe Sheehan

Ten years later, we look back at the tied 2002 All-Star Game.

Thursday, July 5

Premium Article What the Contenders Need: AL East

by R.J. Anderson, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

What do the Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees, and Rays need heading into the deadline, and where might they find it?

Premium Article Overthinking It: Second-Half Risers and Fallers

by Ben Lindbergh

With 81 games in the books, Ben looks at which players are most likely to outperform, or underperform, their first-half results.

Inside The Park: Jim Eisenreich: No Place to Hide

by Bradford Doolittle

If you're fed up with overpaid and overprivileged athletes, the story of Jim Eisenreich might remind you why major leaguers matter.

Premium Article On the Beat: Raising the Jolly Roger

by John Perrotto

The Pirates have gained sole possession of first place in the NL Central, mirroring their brief run from 2011, and a conversation with Ron Gardenhire.

The Lineup Card: Nine All-Star Snubs

Baseball Prospectus

Which players will be staying at home this year who should be playing in Kansas City?

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: El Caballo Rides Out East

by R.J. Anderson

The Marlins trade for Carlos Lee, Ben Sheets has returned, and Brian Fuentes closes out his A's career.

Premium Article Future Shock: Don't You Forget About Me

by Kevin Goldstein

Some draftees don't hit the short-season leagues until the year after they're drafted, making them easy to forget about. Don't.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Is Elliot Johnson for Real?

by Jason Collette

A look at the surprising season of a player who was considered organizational filler coming into the year.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Thome Trade Tests AL-Only Managers

by Derek Carty

How much you bid on Jim Thome this week says a lot about the league you're in.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Thursday, July 5

by Corey Dawkins

The Marlins hope that Carlos Lee will be able to help the offense out, since a couple stars are ailing.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, July 5

by Matthew Kory

A Rockie Mountain ... LOW??? (The Rockies have taken over the bottom spot is what we mean to say.)

Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 4

by Kevin Goldstein

A quick trip through the day in the minors.

BP Unfiltered: Offensive Fireworks

by Sam Miller

Hey, can anybody think of a good pun for my headline?

BP Unfiltered: Aaron Cook and .8 Per Nine

by Ben Lindbergh

Celebrating the striking symmetry of Red Sox right-hander Aaron Cook's peripherals.

Premium Article BP Unfiltered: Visual Year-to-Date Stats

by Rob McQuown

See at a glance how teams have stacked up in terms of WARP, TAv, FRAA, and BRR by position so far this season with the new Visual Year-to-Date Stats.

What You Need to Know: Thursday, July 5

by Daniel Rathman

After changing his Sox, things are looking better for Kevin Youkilis.

Wednesday, July 4

Future Shock Blog: A Quick Look at Dominguez/Rasmussen

by Kevin Goldstein

A quick, and free take on the prospects the Astros received from the Marlins in return for Carlos Lee.

BP Podcast: Episode 98: I Think It Would Make It Move

by Kevin Goldstein

Kevin and Jason are back, and somehow they convinced Astros GM Jeff Luhnow to come on the show.

Tater Trot Tracker: Hanley Ramirez Breaks the 30-second Barrier

by Larry Granillo

On Sunday, Hanley Ramirez became only the second (non-injured) player to take more than a half-minute to complete his tater trot.

Tuesday, July 3

Premium Article What the Contenders Need: NL East

by Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

What do the Nationals, Braves, and Mets need heading into the deadline, and where might they find it?

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Bring Me the Head of Julio Teheran

by Jason Parks

Much-hyped Julio Teheran has had some MLB failure. So what?

Premium Article Overthinking It: Does Arbitration Drive Players Away?

by Ben Lindbergh

Is a team that takes a player to arbitration really running the risk of driving him toward another team down the road?

Premium Article Western Front: Ready, Set, No!

by Geoff Young

Geoff compares members of the Tacoma Rainiers to Twilight characters using the 20-80 scale. Or maybe he would have, if he'd been able to see the team play.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Starlin Castro the Key to the Cubs' Rebuilding?

by Sahadev Sharma

Anthony Rizzo may be making headlines, but the Cubs' much-maligned shortstop might their best hope for future success.

Fantasy Article Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/3/12

by Michael Street

Jim Thome's return to the American League leads the new VPs this week as the All-Star break looms ahead.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Tuesday, July 3

by Corey Dawkins

Mike Trout's finger looks okay, but it's another reminder to not slide head-first into bases.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, July 3

by Matthew Kory

Filled to the brim with jokes and factoids!

BP Unfiltered: Cussin' in the Boys Room

by Jason Wojciechowski

Have you ever wondered what Ozzie Guillen's favorite bad words are?

BP Unfiltered: Just Sayin': Oliver Perez Might Be Back

by Ben Lindbergh

Everything old is new again, including Oliver Perez' stuff.

BP Unfiltered: $12M Goes A Long Way These Days

by Jason Collette

Even with inflation is factored in, the $12M Boston spent on Bobby Jenks is not the worst $12M deal in baseball history.

Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 2

by Kevin Goldstein

Bubba Starling has his first big pro game and notes from around the day in the minors.

BP Unfiltered: Brandon Phillips and Context

by R.J. Anderson

The Reds second baseman has gotten better, or at least, not worse.

What You Need to Know: Tuesday, July 3

by Daniel Rathman

The Yankees lost in stunning fashion yesterday.

BP Unfiltered: The 2012 All-Backwards-Name Team

by Sam Miller

Baseball players whose names are backward.

BP Unfiltered: Livan of Many Skills

by Bradley Ankrom

Where else could Livan wind up this year?

BP Unfiltered: Check Your Facts, or Twitter Will Check Them for You

by Ben Lindbergh

A Detroit Tigers pitcher corrects a Detroit Tigers writer on Twitter, because this is the world we live in.

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