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Saturday, January 26

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 30: Bigger Than Honey Boo Boo's Mom

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

Jason and Paul review the latest news, talk a lot about ADP as well as both auction and draft strategies while reading your emails.

Friday, January 25

Purpose Pitches: Remembering Earl

by Christina Kahrl

How Earl Weaver indirectly helped shape Baseball Prospectus and (more directly) gave one of its founders her best day in baseball.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Wildest Outings of 2012

by Sam Miller

The times when pitchers threw way too many balls and not nearly enough strikes.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, January 25

by Daniel Rathman

The Diamondbacks probably won't pursue Rick Porcello, and Michael Bourn might have a pair of suitors.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Revisiting the Good Old Days

by Doug Thorburn

What conclusions can we draw from studying the incremental mechanical refinements of great pitchers past?

Tell it to Your Analyst: The Raging Genius of Earl Weaver

by Tom Scocca

How Earl Weaver won with common sense at a time before people knew it was common sense.

Premium Article Prospect Profile: Jersey Boys

by Hudson Belinsky

A look at three high school arms from the Garden State who could be high draft picks this spring.

Transaction Analysis: Justin Upton Trade-Rumor Era Ends With Justin Upton Trade

by R.J. Anderson and Jason Parks

The Braves get Justin Upton. What did the Diamondbacks get for all their efforts?

Transaction Analysis: Marcum Off the List

by Ben Lindbergh

The Mets sign Shaun Marcum, the Cubs add Scott Hairston, and the Rays bolster their bullpen.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Ruben Amaro and the Rabbis

by Zachary Levine

Ruben Amaro said he consulted some rabbis before signing Delmon Young. Here's one way that conversation might have unfolded.

Premium Article In A Pickle: Average Love

by Jason Wojciechowski

What did average look like in 2012?

Overthinking It: Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2012

by Ben Lindbergh and Evan Brunell

What the managers who were ejected last season said to seal their fates. (Warning: strong language.)

BP Unfiltered: Why Wahoo's Gotta Go

by Ben Lindbergh

What a decades-old Mel Allen call says about the Indians' long-lived mascot.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/25/13

by Paul Singman

Paul examines how the speed of Angel Pagan and the power of Michael Morse and Chris Davis stack up to the keeper competition.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 126: Justin Upton is Actually Traded

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam analyze the Justin Upton trade and Arizona's offseason.

Thursday, January 24

Premium Article On the Beat: Phunky Strategy for Philly

by John Perrotto

Some of the Phillies' moves this offseason are highly questionable, and some notes on the Giants, Cardinals, and Marlins.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Thursday, January 24

by Daniel Rathman

The Diamondbacks might finally resolve their outfield situation.

BP Unfiltered: A Definitive Ranking of the Diamondbacks' Grittiest Players

by Zachary Levine

Who's the fairest of them all in Kevin Towers' new world order of grit?

Wezen-Ball: Black and Blue

by Larry Granillo

An imaginative pair of cards from the early 1980s.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitching for 1/24/13

by Paul Sporer

Paul looks at the chances of Jordan Zimmermann and Mat Latos taking the next step in 2013.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 125: The Umpire-Manager Relationship

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the ins and outs of umpire-manager arguments.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Outfield and Rotation Rumbles

by Derek Carty

How have recent moves impacted players' fantasy values?

Wednesday, January 23

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Young and Running Out Of Time

by Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

The Phillies sign Delmon Young, the Astros add Erik Bedard, and the Indians, Blue Jays, and Mets add bench bats or bullpen arms.

The Lineup Card: Nine Regression Candidates for 2013

Baseball Prospectus

Which players do the BP team see taking a step back in 2013?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, January 23

by Daniel Rathman

Kyle Farnsworth might choose a new home, and the Mariners might extend Felix Hernandez.

Premium Article Collateral Damage: A Pain in the Hip

by Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

Checking in on injuries to Alex Rodriguez, Mike Napoli, Corey Hart, Jesse Litsch, and more.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Reds Sign Jacob Constante

by Nick J. Faleris

A look at the Reds' recent splash in the international free agent market.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/23/13

by Michael Street

Michael looks at a breakout player past his prime, another before his prime, and a third who's ready for prime time right now.

Wezen-Ball: The Milwaukee Walk of Shame?

by Larry Granillo

Media members in Wisconsin take their voting rights very seriously.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 124: A World Without Easily Injured Pitchers/Hitter BABIP, and Whether Mike Trout Was Lucky/What We Think About Booing

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about pitcher injuries and pitching prospects, hitter BABIPs (specifically Mike Trout's), and whether they boo baseball players.

Tuesday, January 22

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The White Sox might have future role players on the farm, but they have little star potential.

Premium Article Perfect Game's Preseason College All-Americans: Preseason Picks for NCAA's Best

by Kendall Rogers

The PG College Baseball Preseason All-America teams.

Skewed Left: The Best of FDR's Baseball Correspondence

by Zachary Levine

A visual tour of the letters about baseball that sitting presidents send and receive.

Punk Hits: She Got the Beat

by Ian Miller

Susan Slusser, longtime A's reporter and the first female president of the BBWAA, answers questions.

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Future of Baseball Broadcasting

by Dave Raymond

Will video (and the internet) kill baseball's radio star, or will technology simply bring fans closer to the booth?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, January 22

by Daniel Rathman

The Nationals might be looking to sign extensions with a pair of franchise players, and the Rockies want every single sinkerball pitcher.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Doing the Lindy Hop

by R.J. Anderson

Yet another team gets to dance with Matt Lindstrom's big right arm.

Premium Article Out of Left Field: Why You Should Quit Caring About Salaries

by Matthew Kory

At some point, owners complaining about high salaries may start to lose credibility. Matt says that point is now.

Premium Article Western Front: Pacific Surfliner

by Geoff Young

A trip along the coast brings to mind many ballplayers who have called SoCal home, and serves as a reminder that Anaheim is not in Los Angeles.

BP Unfiltered: Arguably the Worst Bunt Call Ever Called

by Sam Miller

In 1999, Terry Francona ordered Doug Glanville to bunt. Here's why it made little sense.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 123: How Far Away Are the Astros?/The MLBPA is Mad at the Marlins/Is A-Rod's Surgery Suspicious?/The Future of Baseball on the Radio

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss an assortment of topics, including the Astros' outlook for 2013 and beyond, Alex Rodriguez's long-awaited surgery, the Marlins and the MLBPA, and whether baseball broadcasts on the radio will survive.

Premium Article BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Eric Jagielo

by Nick J. Faleris

Daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Potential Impact Rookies (NL EAST)

by Jason Martinez

Potential Impact Rookies in 2013 (NL EAST)

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/22/13

by Dan Mennella

Dan looks at the Nationals' bullpen situation following the surprising signing of Rafael Soriano.

Monday, January 21

Inside The Park: The Man of Missouri

by Bradford Doolittle

Remembering Stan Musial, among the best in baseball history as both a player and a person.

108 Stitches: A Chat with Earl Weaver

by Dan Evans

Dan shares his recollections of a memorable conversation with the late Hall of Fame manager early in his own career.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Pitchouts and My Underage Gambling Problem

by Russell A. Carleton

If it doesn't make sense to call for pitchouts, why do major-league managers keep doing it?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Year in Pitchers Not Getting Focal Dystonia

by Sam Miller

What happened when pitchers temporarily forgot how to throw strikes last season?

Premium Article Painting the Black: Buy Low, Porcello

by R.J. Anderson

The Tigers possess a veteran starter who just turned 24. But is there still reason to hope for more from Rick Porcello?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Monday, January 21

by Will Woods

Checking in on Michael Bourn and the Braves' search for outfielders, as well as various other whispers from the weekend.

The Week in Quotes: January 14-20

by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Premium Article BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Edwin Diaz

by Nick J. Faleris

Daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.

Premium Article BP Unfiltered: MLBDepthCharts Mailbag

by Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez answers questions on the Rays' lineup and Brewers' rotation in the latest 'MLBDepthCharts Mailbag'.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Why AL-/NL-only Leagues are Superior to Mixed Leagues

by Derek Carty

A look into why mixed leagues lag behind AL- and NL-only leagues.

Sunday, January 20

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Jungmann vs Roache vs Coulter)

by Nick J. Faleris

Daily Draft Video Weekend Flashback takes a look at today's top prospects before they were pros.

BP Unfiltered: Nine Frank Robinsons

by Sam Miller

Fielding a lineup with nine Frank Robinsons.

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