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Friday, March 8

Raising Aces: Under the Gun

by Doug Thorburn

Which pitchers have lost velocity over the past few seasons, and why?

Premium Article Overthinking It: Ready For Their Close-Ups?

by Ben Lindbergh

Looking at some first-time starters in 2013 to see which ones will stick.

Pebble Hunting: Baseball, the Internet, and the Ease of Accuracy

by Sam Miller

Why the internet is the greatest threat to baseball stories that stretch the truth.

Rumor Roundup: Cold at the Corners

by Will Woods

The Yankees lack options at first and third base, and the Cardinals are now down a shortstop, but the Dodgers could soon be wheeling and dealing.

Painting the Black: Where America's Imports Play

by R.J. Anderson

The United States produces the most major-league starters, but there are exceptions.

Pitcher Profile: Four Growing Giants

by Harry Pavlidis

The 2012 World Champions stopped by the Royals' facility in Surprise last week, providing our first PITCHf/x view of four prospects' stuff.

Fantasy Freestyle: What Your Auction Dollar Gets You

by Mike Gianella

Mike breaks down the returns on recent LABR auction investments and puts a popular auction theory to the test.

Tater Trot Tracker: Hanley & the World Baseball Classic

by Larry Granillo

Hanley Ramirez got into mid-season form with his tater trot against Venezuela in the first round of the World Baseball Classic.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 156: 2013 Season Preview Series: Colorado Rockies

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Rockies' season with Geoff Young, and Pete talks to MLB.com Rockies beat writer Thomas Harding (at 16:42).

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 80 Fantasy Starting Pitchers, Part Two: 41-80

by Paul Sporer and Jason Collette

Paul and Jason take you from Homer Bailey to A.J. Griffin, with 38 other pitchers in between.

Minor League Update: Games of March 7, 2013

by Jason Martinez

Notable prospect performances from March 7, 2013

The BP Wayback Machine: Passion

by Joe Sheehan

A day of games at the inaugural World Baseball Classic was enough to convert one skeptic.

Thursday, March 7

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

Despite some holes in the system, the Braves have an exciting group of arms.

Overthinking It: The All-Rookie Roster

by Ben Lindbergh

How many game could a team of all rookies win? Think about it for a minute, pick a number, and then read on.

On the Beat: Fighting for BĂ©isbol Prominence

by John Perrotto

Team Spain faces an uphill battle in raising baseball awareness in Europe, and keeping up with Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Roberts, the Cardinals' shortstop situation, and more.

Skewed Left: PECOTA vs. Vegas

by Zachary Levine

Seven bets where PECOTA could beat the oddsmakers.

Rumor Roundup: Cardinals' Rotation Prepping for Takeoff

by Daniel Rathman

The Cardinals will soon name their fifth starter, and Kyle Lohse will not be a Ranger.

In A Pickle: The Worst All-Around Teams in History

by Jason Wojciechowski

Which teams were the baddest at everything?

Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects: Part One: 1-50

by Bret Sayre and Josh Shepardson

Jurickson Profar and Oscar Taveras lead off the first half of Bret's and Josh's rankings.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 155: 2013 Season Preview Series: San Diego Padres

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Padres' season with Geoff Young, and Pete talks to San Diego Union-Tribune writer Tom Krasovic (at 18:00).

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of March 6, 2013

by Jason Martinez

Notable prospect performances from Spring Training.

Wednesday, March 6

Premium Article Contractual Matters: The Sinking and the Sunk

by Jeff Euston

Which players are contributing the least for the money they're making?

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: Baseball Prospectus At the Coca Cola Classic

by Nick J. Faleris, Jason Parks and Jason Cole

We got an early look at some Day 1 names.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: How Baseball Returns Our Investment

by Sam Miller

A review of a book about betting on baseball.

The Lineup Card: 6 Ways We'd Change the WBC

Baseball Prospectus

The WBC tournament is in progress, but the BP staff has some suggestions to make it better.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Setting Sail with Sale

by Daniel Rathman

The White Sox might be discussing an extension with Chris Sale, and the Cubs might have a suitor for Carlos Marmol.

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Freddie Lindstrom

by Jay Jaffe

How did one of the Hall of Fame's least-qualified members end up enshrined?

BP Unfiltered: The World's Fastest Typist and A Half-Century of Baseball

by Sam Miller

Ron Mingo typed fast and played baseball.

BP Unfiltered: Names of Baseball Men as Recorded In Dollar Sign On The Muscle

by Sam Miller

Mostly real names of mostly real people.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 154: 2013 Season Preview Series: Arizona Diamondbacks

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Diamondbacks' season with Doug Thorburn, and Pete talks to AZCentral Sports Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro (at 19:39).

Fantasy Freestyle: Expert-League Auction Values Breakdown

by Jason Collette and Paul Singman

Jason and Paul examine the data from the CBS and LABR auctions for AL- and NL-only formats.

Tuesday, March 5

Premium Article Skewed Left: Life on the Inside

by Zachary Levine

How do team employees and consultants handle keeping their work quiet?

Premium Article Out of Left Field: Cabrera, Trout, and the Baserunning Portion of WARP

by Matthew Kory

Breaking down the components of a component.

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Secret Life of the American Ballplayer

by Michael Clair

What the backs of old baseball cards reveal about some players' off-season hobbies.

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Flawed Free Agents Who Are Left

by R.J. Anderson

Nobody else is talking about these free agents, but we will.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Not Run Down on Rondon

by Daniel Rathman

The Tigers aren't prepared to bring in outside options for closer, and the Rangers are interested in Rick Porcello.

Premium Article Western Front: Different Ballparks, Same Problem

by Geoff Young

Don't expect the Rockies and Padres to compete in the NL West with their current rotation options.

Premium Article Punk Hits: Why I'm Rooting for the Dutch in the WBC

by Ian Miller

Is it possible that honkbal is even better than baseball?

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Texas Rangers

by Jason Martinez

Texas Rangers

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Seattle Mariners

by Jason Martinez

Seattle Mariners

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Oakland Athletics

by Jason Martinez

Oakland Athletics

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Los Angeles Angels

by Jason Martinez

Los Angeles Angels

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Houston Astros

by Jason Martinez

Houston Astros

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Minnesota Twins

by Jason Martinez

Minnesota Twins

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Kansas City Royals

by Jason Martinez

Kansas City Royals

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Detroit Tigers

by Jason Martinez

Detroit Tigers

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Cleveland Indians

by Jason Martinez

Cleveland Indians

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Chicago White Sox

by Jason Martinez

Chicago White Sox

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Toronto Blue Jays

by Jason Martinez

Toronto Blue Jays

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Tampa Bay Rays

by Jason Martinez

Tampa Bay Rays

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: New York Yankees

by Jason Martinez

New York Yankees

Wezen-Ball: When Cuba Stomped the Orioles

by Larry Granillo

The 1999 meeting between Cuba and the Baltimore Orioles did not go well for the major league squad.

BP Unfiltered: Why Multi-Position Players Matter

by Ben Lindbergh

A new research paper attempts to quantify the value of team flexibility.

Fantasy Article Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 80 Fantasy Starting Pitchers, Part One: 1-40

by Paul Sporer

A fantastic foursome stands above the rest, but there are plenty of upside plays in the middle rounds.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 153: 2013 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Dodgers

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Dodgers' season with Jay Jaffe, and Pete talks to MLB.com Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick (at 15:21).

Monday, March 4

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Of Dogs, Men, and Stolen Bases

by Russell A. Carleton

Can managers be conditioned to change their in-game tactics?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Team Previews Based on Cactus League Stadium Advertisements

by Sam Miller

What the outfield signs in spring training say about each team.

Premium Article Bizball: 2013 American League Attendance Projections

by Maury Brown

A look at which way each AL team's attendance will move during the coming season.

Premium Article Skewed Left: It's No Good to Get Old (Except for These Guys)

by Zachary Levine

Old players are contributing less to teams than they have in years, but a few veterans are bucking the trend.

Painting the Black: The 2013 Free Agents and Hidden Rationality

by R.J. Anderson

R.J. goes back over his free agent rankings to see what teams knew that he didn't.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Patching Pitching Staffs

by Daniel Rathman

A pair of starters might soon have new homes.

The Week in Quotes: February 25-March 3

by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Boston Red Sox

by Jason Martinez

Boston Red Sox

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Baltimore Orioles

by Jason Martinez

Baltimore Orioles

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: San Francisco Giants

by Jason Martinez

San Francisco Giants

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: San Diego Padres

by Jason Martinez

San Diego Padres

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Los Angeles Dodgers

by Jason Martinez

Los Angeles Dodgers

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Colorado Rockies

by Jason Martinez

Colorado Rockies

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Arizona Diamondbacks

by Jason Martinez

Arizona Diamondbacks

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: St. Louis Cardinals

by Jason Martinez

St. Louis Cardinals

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Pittsburgh Pirates

by Jason Martinez

Pittsburgh Pirates

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Milwaukee Brewers

by Jason Martinez

Milwaukee Brewers

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Cincinnati Reds

by Jason Martinez

Cincinnati Reds

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Chicago Cubs

by Jason Martinez

Chicago Cubs

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Washington Nationals

by Jason Martinez

Washington Nationals

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Philadelphia Phillies

by Jason Martinez

Philadelphia Phillies

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: New York Mets

by Jason Martinez

New York Mets

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Miami Marlins

by Jason Martinez

Miami Marlins

BP Unfiltered: Daddy, What's Replacement Level?

by Russell A. Carleton

Having the hard talk about where replacement level comes from.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 152: 2013 Season Preview Series: San Francisco Giants

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Giants' season with Ian Miller and Josh Shepardson, and Pete talks to San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group Giants reporter Alex Pavlovic (at 22:26).

Fantasy Article Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, March 4

by Mike Gianella

Mike adjusts his bid limits based on two expert auctions and the latest news from around the league.

Sunday, March 3

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 34: Amazeballs

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

Finally, Jason is off the DL and ready to talk

Saturday, March 2

BP Unfiltered: Sloan Q&A: Harry Pavlidis On f/x Tracking Data

by Zachary Levine and Harry Pavlidis

Our own director of data analysis discusses the past and present of the PITCHf/x, HITf/x and FIELDf/x technology and how it can lead to future breakthroughs.

BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Toronto Blue Jays

by Mike Ferrin

How have other teams that have added as much WARP in one offseason as the Blue Jays fared?

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