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09-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 25, 2017
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Ben Carsley

09-25

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What You Need to Know: The Necessity of Not Sticking to Sports
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Ashley Varela

09-25

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BP Bronx
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Martin Nolan

09-25

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BP Milwaukee
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Dylan Svoboda

09-25

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Baseball Prospectus News: Subscription Price Change
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BP Staff

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Few of My Favorite Dynasty League Targets
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Wilson Karaman

09-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Russell Dorsey

09-22

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BP Toronto
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Rachael McDaniel

09-22

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What You Need to Know: Best of the Best
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Demetrius Bell

09-22

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Stolen Signs Podcast: Pitcher Similarity Scores
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Kendall Guillemette and Harry Pavlidis

09-21

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 21, 2017
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Ben Carsley

09-21

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Vanishing ERA Qualifier
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Rob Mains

09-21

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BP South Side
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Ryan Schultz

09-21

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BP Wrigleyville
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Zack Moser

09-21

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What You Need to Know: Judge Rules Against Twins
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Ben Diamond

09-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 150: Hot Take Machine
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-20

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

09-20

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

09-20

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What You Need to Know: Dingers For Everyone
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Nicolas Stellini

09-19

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BP Job Postings: Detroit Tigers Hiring Sr. Software Engineer (full-time) and Three Paid Interns
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Baseball Prospectus

09-19

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BP Bronx
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Martin Nolan

09-19

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What You Need to Know: A Tale of Two Teams in One City
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Stacey Gotsulias

09-18

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 93: The Offseason Is The Enemy
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Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein, Bret Sayre and George Bissell

09-18

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose (Sometimes You Win Again)
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Ashley Varela

09-17

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Stolen Signs Podcast: The Rise of the Two-Way Player
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Kendall Guillemette and Harry Pavlidis

09-15

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What You Need to Know: All Of This Winning, I've Been Losing My Mind
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Demetrius Bell

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of September 14
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Steve Givarz

09-14

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 14, 2017
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Ben Carsley

09-14

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What You Need to Know: Streak of all Streaks
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Ben Diamond

09-14

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 4)
by
Rob Mains

09-13

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What You Need to Know: Twenty!
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Nicolas Stellini

09-13

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 3)
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Rob Mains

09-13

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Short Relief: Ourselves, in Cheap Resin
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Nathan Bishop, Matt Ellis and Jason Wojciechowski

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Hey Nineteen
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Stacey Gotsulias

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of September 11
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Wilson Karaman

09-12

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 2)
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Rob Mains

09-11

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Prospectus Roundtable: Wild Card X-Factors
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BP Staff

09-11

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 11, 2017
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Ben Carsley

09-11

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BP Job Postings: Houston Astros Amateur Scouting Analyst
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BP Staff

09-11

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What You Need to Know: How the East Was Won
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Ashley Varela

09-11

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 1)
by
Rob Mains

09-09

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

09-09

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BP Bronx
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Martin Nolan

09-09

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BP Toronto
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Rachael McDaniel

09-09

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BP Wrigleyville
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Mary Craig

09-08

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Stolen Signs Podcast: Baseball and Psychology with Dan Brooks and Russell Carleton
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Kendall Guillemette and Harry Pavlidis

09-08

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 149: Victor Robles vs. Ronald Acuna
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George Bissell and Mark Barry

09-08

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What You Need to Know: Fifteen!
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Demetrius Bell

09-08

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Minor League Update: Games of September 7
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Wilson Karaman

09-08

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The Call-Up: September Call Ups
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BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff

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September 25, 2017 10:38 am

The Prospectus Hit List: September 25, 2017

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Ben Carsley

Technically, catchers kneel during every national anthem.

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Bruce Maxwell takes a knee, three teams enter the playoffs, Paul Byrd faces The Freeze, and Alex Wilson breaks his leg.

The Weekend Takeaway

Bruce Maxwell wasn’t penciled into the Athletics’ lineup on Saturday. In fact, the 26-year-old catcher wasn’t supposed to make another start behind the dish for the remainder of the regular season, as he was going through the club’s concussion protocol after taking a foul tip to the mask on Wednesday.

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September 25, 2017 6:00 am

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Martin Nolan

It's complicated.

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September 25, 2017 6:00 am

BP Milwaukee

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Dylan Svoboda

What has gotten into Chase Anderson?

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From now until the end of the regular season, you can subscribe or extend your existing subscription at the old price.

Back in 2003, the highest-paid player in baseball was Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, at $22 million. This year, 24 players are making at least as much as Rodriguez did in 2003, led by Clayton Kershaw at $33 million. Back in 2003, the average MLB team payroll was $70 million, with only the Yankees above $120 million and 14 teams under $60 million. This year, the average MLB team payroll is $150 million, no team is under $80 million, and the “small-payroll” Royals out-spend the 2003 Yankees. Even the MLB minimum salary has risen from $300,000 in 2003 to $535,000 today, an increase of 78 percent.

It won’t stir up quite as much excitement (or potential for insult) as the “Guess Your Weight” game at state fairs and amusement parks, but if you step right up! we can guess the exact dollar amount you first paid for a subscription to Baseball Prospectus. The answer is $39.95. We know that because our subscription price has not changed since at least 2003 (and possibly ever). We’ve decided to raise BP’s subscription price for the first time. Just a little bit, from $39.95 to $45.95, with a similar increase to our super-premium subscription package.

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September 22, 2017 11:17 am

Fantasy Freestyle: A Few of My Favorite Dynasty League Targets

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Wilson Karaman

Looking to Single-A for long-term help.

Outside of the BP staff league here, I pretty much only play in dynasty formats. Some of those leagues are shallower types – a 12-teamer with 7-man minor league rosters, a 14-teamer with 5 apiece – and others with no player universe restrictions and not-infrequent trades involving 15-year-old Dominicans and college freshmen who won’t be MLB Draft-eligible for two more seasons. Those of you knuckleheads who play in leagues more akin to the latter will have our Ocean’s Floor series to look forward to as usual this winter. For the rest of y’all normals, though, this column is designed more for your speed.

Every year around this time I like to take stock of the lower minors and pin down my helium guys to target before the balloons inflate too full. So without further ado, here are eight of my favorite A-ball targets for this winter in shallower and medium-depth dynasty leagues.

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September 22, 2017 8:39 am

BP Wrigleyville

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Russell Dorsey

Joe Maddon is going to have to trust one of his young players this postseason.

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September 22, 2017 6:00 am

BP Toronto

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Rachael McDaniel

Do you remember when you were excited for the baseball season to start?

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Los Angeles tries to hold off Cleveland, Chicago gets one in Milwaukee, and Texas sneaks back into the race.

The Thursday Takeaway

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This week Harry and Kendall discuss pitcher similarity scores. Where did they come from? What are they? What can they be used for? And what might they evolve into. This week Kendall learned a little about Ted Williams, and Harry learned something from Neil deGrasse Tyson.

This week Harry and Kendall discuss pitcher similarity scores. Where did they come from? What are they? What can they be used for? And what might they evolve into.

This week Kendall learned a little about Ted Williams, and Harry learned something from Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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September 21, 2017 11:48 am

The Prospectus Hit List: September 21, 2017

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Ben Carsley

And down the stretch they come ...

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A standard that's becoming harder to reach.

Last year, Sam Miller wrote about the minimum-innings threshold. He noted that the number of pitchers who qualify for the ERA title had dropped precipitously as innings per start have declined. He explained the causes and proposed a solution.

In order to qualify for the ERA title, a pitcher must pitch one inning per game his team played. That means that pitchers must usually compile 162 innings per season since 1961 (American League) or 1962 (National League). Before then, when schedules were shorter, the standard was 154. A minimum standard for ERA qualification is similar to the minimum standard for batting title qualification, which is 3.1 plate appearances per team game played. (There is one difference: In one of baseball’s more obscure rules, hitters who fall short of qualifying for the batting title can still qualify by having hitless plate appearances added to their total in order to reach the minimum standard. No such fudge factor exists for ERA qualification.)

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