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09-29

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An Agent's Take: Watching a Client Debut
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Joshua Kusnick

09-29

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What You Need to Know: Cycles and Walk-Offs
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Demetrius Bell

09-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 959: Mike Trout's Highest Hurdle
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-28

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What You Need to Know: The Dozens
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Emma Baccellieri

09-28

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Team Chemistry: Fast Pitch Follow-Up
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John Choiniere

09-27

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 105: Alex Chamberlain
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George Bissell

09-27

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What You Need to Know: Dee Gordon and the Marlins Honor Jose Fernandez
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Daniel Rathman

09-27

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Liner Notes: Self-Sabotage Stars
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Bryan Grosnick

09-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 958: Jose Fernandez and the Hall of Fame
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-26

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 26, 2016
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Matt Sussman

09-26

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 77: The Spirit of Enya
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

09-26

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What You Need to Know: How the West (and the East) Was Won
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Ashley Varela

09-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 957: The Man Who Makes Pitch (Almost!) Perfect
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-23

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 23
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Matthew Kory

09-23

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What You Need to Know: All Mets'd Up
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Nicolas Stellini

09-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 956: Gary and Gore
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-22

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 104: The Trea Turner Zone
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-22

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

09-22

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What You Need to Know: The Wild Card Wilters
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Demetrius Bell

09-22

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Flu-Like Symptoms: A Matter of Luck, Pt. 2
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Rob Mains

09-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: Short-Season Baseball With A Third Deck
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Meg Rowley

09-21

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An Agent's Take: On Tebow
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Joshua Kusnick

09-21

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Outta Left Field: Two Months In Hel
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Dustin Palmateer

09-21

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Soft Toss: A Very Human Defense of the September Call-Ups
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Brendan Gawlowski

09-21

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What You Need to Know: To Sin By Silence, When They Should Protest, Makes Cowards of Men
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Emma Baccellieri

09-21

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Prospectus Feature: The Six Archetypes of Famous Baseball Men LinkedIn Profiles
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Emma Baccellieri

09-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 955: Pass/Fail Grades for Every Out-of-it Team
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-20

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Cold Takes: Rickey, Unwritten Rules, and the 130
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Patrick Dubuque

09-20

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Baseball Therapy: Is The American League Just Better?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-19

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 19
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Matt Sussman

09-19

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Flu-Like Symptoms: All a Matter of Luck
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Rob Mains

09-19

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Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild
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Tim Britton

09-19

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What You Need to Know: Bruised, Not Beaten
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Ashley Varela

09-18

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BP Job Postings: Kansas City Royals Job Openings
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Rob McQuown

09-18

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Prospectus Feature: Baseball's Peek-A-Boo
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Trevor Strunk

09-17

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Prospectus Feature: Baseball's Someday Scandal
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Trevor Strunk

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September Is The Gassed Month
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Nicolas Stellini

09-16

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Rubbing Mud: Pennant-Race Factor Ubaldo Jimenez
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Matthew Trueblood

09-16

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 16
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Matthew Kory

09-16

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Deep, But Playable: Plus Ca Change, Plus C'est La Meme Throws
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Craig Goldstein

09-16

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Transaction Analysis: Win Butler?
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Bryan Grosnick

09-16

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Prospectus Feature: A Brief, Modern History of Reliever Name Foreshadowing
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Ben Carsley

09-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 954: Two Inside Looks at Minor League Life
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-15

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Prospectus Feature: The Active Player Hall of Fame Draft
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Brendan Gawlowski and Meg Rowley

09-15

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Prospectus Feature: The Best Pitcher Nobody Cares About
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Bryan Grosnick

09-15

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What You Need to Know: Kershaw (Back) Back
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Demetrius Bell

09-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 953: Banter Goeth Before a Mailbag
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-14

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

09-14

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What You Need to Know: The Ownage That Won The West
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Daniel Rathman

09-14

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Pitching Backward: What's In A Name
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Jeff Long

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After a breakout Triple-A season Padres infielder/outfielder Carlos Asuaje made his big-league debut.

Last week my client, Padres infielder/outfielder Carlos Asuaje made his major-league debut. Here's what happens when your client finally gets called up to the major leagues for the first time: A very late phone call, followed by pure elation, followed by the dread of finding a flight that will let you make the game in time.

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John Jaso's career day, Hyun Soo Kim and Mark Teixeira played hero, and the Wild Card races tightened up.

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Ben and Sam banter about Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw, and Shohei Otani, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout, playoff formats, inflated homer totals, their introductions to baseball, and more.

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Wild Card spots are up for grabs in both leagues and the Red Sox's clincher has to wait a bit.

The Tuesday Takeaway

Three weeks ago, it seemed more or less a foregone conclusion that the Mariners were done playing meaningful baseball for the year—they had lost eight of their last ten and their playoff odds sat at less than 2 percent, the lowest they’d been all season. But next came a win streak that ignited hope for a Wild Card spot, an absurd flicker burst aflame as one victory followed another and Seattle’s playoff odds shot toward 30 percent.

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Can hitters learn to handle fast pitching the more they see 97 mph heat?

Today, I'll be doing a little follow-up to my last piece, which looked at hitter performance against fast pitching (spoiler alert if you haven't read it yet: it hasn't improved). I stand by my methodology, and will in fact use it again here today, but in discussions I've had both on- and off-line various people have suggested improvements. So here we are.

As a reminder, I'm using four different measures to assess hitter performance against 97 mph pitches since 2008. They were chosen to reflect the various parts of what goes into being able to hit an incredibly fast pitch. The first is swing rate, which I intended to measure comfort level with seeing fast pitching at all. The second is contact rate, intended to be a proxy for how well hitters see the ball. The third is fair-ball rate on contact, intended to stand in for hitter ability to time the pitch. The last is linear weights runs per plate appearance, to measure quality of contact.

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George Bissell of Baseball Prospectus and special guest Alex Chamberlain of RotoGraphs take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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A fitting tribue was paid to Jose Fernandez in Miami, Jean Segura keeps socking homers, St. Louis struggles, and Jonathan Schoop wears down.

The Monday Takeaway

Playoff races, award chases, and all other September baseball storylines took a backseat over the weekend, as news broke early Sunday morning of Jose Fernandez’s tragic death in a boating accident. Our own Mauricio Rubio wrote about what Fernandez meant to the game, on and off the field, on Monday, before the Marlins returned to the field, all wearing no. 16 in honor of their late ace, to host the Mets.

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J.D. Martinez and Michael Saunders lead a group of players who're their own worst enemies this season.

I learned when shopping for engagement rings that no diamond (that I could afford, at least) is without flaw. It’s just a matter of digging in and seeing how deep the damage goes. I don’t think it’s too tough to draw a metaphor between that experience and how we should look at other people, and ballplayers are just a subset of that larger group.

Like everyone else, baseball players aren’t perfect–except Mike Trout, I think–and each of them is capable of sabotaging their own value. Some of these flaws crop up in small ways: a hole in the swing, a predilection to hang a slider in hitters’ counts, a lack of simple fielding range. On occasion, we can also find a player whose on-field mistakes or inadequacies border on hamartia, the great flaws of Greek tragedy.

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Ben and Sam talk about whether adding the late Jose Fernandez to the Hall of Fame ballot would be a fitting way to honor his superlative but tragically brief career.

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With one week left, the Hit List marches on.

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There Is No Offseason (TINO) is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty league formats.

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Three teams clinch division titles, Clayton Kershaw throws his fastest pitch of 2016, and the rest of the weekend action.

The Weekend Takeaway

There are a few narratives worth delving into this weekend. Divisions were won; walk-offs were celebrated, champagne bottles were popped. Bryce Harper wore Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky’s swim cap. Vin Scully spent his last few hours quipping in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth, his last weekend announcing a Dodgers home series, ever.

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