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07-23

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The Lineup Card: Famous Unsigned Draft Picks
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07-22

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BP Unfiltered: Your Team MVP Bingo Ballot
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Sam Miller

07-22

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 23: Prosecco McGee
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-22

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Moonshot: Accounting for Count
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Robert Arthur

07-21

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Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 21
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Matt Sussman

07-21

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The Week in Quotes: July 14-20, 2014
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Chris Mosch, Nick Wheatley-Schaller and Nick Bacarella

07-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 496: The Q&A Episode
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Sunday Morning Defending
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Daniel Rathman

07-21

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The Week in Quotes: July 14-20, 2014
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Nick Wheatley-Schaller and Nick Bacarella

07-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 26: Second Half Preview
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

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

07-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 495: What We Would Put in Our Player Manuals
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-18

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What You Need to Know: Our Long National All-Star Break Is Over
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Daniel Rathman

07-18

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Raising Aces: Outta Nowhere
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Doug Thorburn

07-17

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BP Unfiltered: The Long-Forgotten Mets Way
by
Sam Miller

07-17

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The Lineup Card: Nine Second-Half Improvement Candidates
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Baseball Prospectus

07-16

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Moonshot: The Matter of the Heart
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Robert Arthur

07-15

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The State of Prospectus
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Sam Miller

07-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 492: Revisiting April Aberrations
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-15

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5

Transaction Analysis: The Man Who Would Replace Yadier
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R.J. Anderson

07-15

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Skewed Left: What Is An All-Star Pitcher?
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Zachary Levine

07-15

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are We Playing Hunger Games with Minor Leaguers?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-14

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Notes About Baseball, 7/14
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Rocco DeMaro

07-14

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 14
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Matthew Kory

07-14

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What You Need to Know: Round Up The Usual Weekend Suspects
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-13

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Dave Pease

07-11

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 11
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Matt Sussman

07-10

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 25: TINO-esque
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Mike Gianella, Nick J. Faleris and Mauricio Rubio

07-10

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Crossover Season Begins
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-09

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 9
by
Matthew Kory

07-09

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The Lineup Card: Eight Second-Half Decline Candidates
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Baseball Prospectus

07-08

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): EP 22: Baseball Prospectus' Jesus Aguilar
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-08

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What You Need to Know: Matt Adams Powers Up
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Daniel Rathman

07-07

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 7
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Matt Sussman

07-07

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 7/7
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Daniel Rathman

07-03

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 24: No Pun Intended
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-03

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What You Need to Know: Edwin Ends One
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-03

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 3, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-02

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 2
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Matthew Kory

07-02

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What You Need to Know: The A's Get Rick-Rolled
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Chris Mosch

06-30

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 30
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Matt Sussman

06-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking at Values, Part 2: Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

06-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 21: AI Simulation
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

06-27

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, Jue 27
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Matt Sussman

06-26

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

06-26

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BP Beta Blog: Rob test
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Rob McQuown

06-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, June 25
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Matthew Kory

06-25

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Painting the Black: Red Sox Playing Badly, Playing Bradley
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R.J. Anderson

06-25

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What You Need to Know: Five Hours and Counting
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Chris Mosch

06-24

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BP Unfiltered: test
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R.J. Anderson

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These players didn't put pen to paper, leaving many of their potential employers to wonder what might have been.

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Over at Fox Sports' Just A Bit Outside, I wrote a piece today on Team MVPs—not just those semi-official things that BBWAA chapters hand out, but the wholly unofficial "So'n So is Our MVP" claims that managers, players and beat writers will sometimes make. It is, I argue in the piece, the most chaotic and desperate circle of baseball debate, but it also has a long history and a certain consistency to it. I broke down the six and a half categories of Team MVP rebellion.

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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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July 22, 2014 6:00 am

Moonshot: Accounting for Count

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Robert Arthur

Looking at behavior by ball-strike situation reveals one of the ways hitters change most drastically from year to year.

The count controls all aspects of the batter-pitcher battle. From pitch type to location to swing tendencies all the way to the batted-ball outcome of a thrown pitch, nothing escapes the influence of the count. Like many statistics in baseball, credit for the count itself is difficult to parse. If a pitcher falls behind in a count, it could be because he is having trouble locating his pitches, or it could be because he is afraid to challenge the hitter in the zone. Conversely, a hitter’s ability to drive into favorable counts could be because of a good eye or a good approach or the ability to inspire a fear of the zone in the opposing pitcher.

I came to the conclusion recently that, because of the pervasive influence of the count, certain plate discipline statistics must be taken with a grain of salt (or an extra grain, if you were already taking them with the pre-recommended grain). I came to this realization because I was examining a certain hitter’s swing rate, and noticed that while his overall swing rate differed little between years, his swing rate on particular counts had changed quite substantially—that is to say, his approach, as a function of the count, had changed. However, when the positive and negative changes in swing rates were averaged, the overall difference in swing rate became muted, concealing the difference in approach.

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July 21, 2014 10:14 am

Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 21

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Matt Sussman

After the long All-Star break, Sussman's got a full bladder of jokes he's been holding!

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Pipe Balls, the Home Run Derby Anti-Curse, and the craziest unwritten rule we've ever heard.

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Ben and Sam banter about unwritten rules, then discuss the Angels-Padres trade, Oakland's ingeniousness, and a few other subjects.

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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Sunday Morning Defending

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Daniel Rathman

Bad defense, good defense, ties at the tops of divisions, and the rest of the weekend's action.

The Weekend Takeaway

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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

The Week in Quotes: July 14-20, 2014

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Quotes about Alex Rodriguez's legal fees, Dan Uggla, golf, and more.

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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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How Anthony Rizzo Became an All-Star

Despite Anthony Rizzo’s ignominious strikeout in the All-Star game, a look at BP’s leaderboards reveals he’s having a monster year—good for the 11th highest BWARP in MLB. So while Rizzo’s performance this year has been nothing short of exceptional, his breakout came a year too late, as I write in this week’s BP on Fox article.

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On the podcast's second anniversary, Ben and Sam banter about several subjects, then talk about what they would include in a team's instructional manual.

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