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0 An Agent's Take: Three 2016 Draft Stories by Joshua Kusnick
0 Prospectus Feature: Bloom's Taxonomy and the Domains of Baseball Learning by Bryan Grosnick
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 915: State of the Standings: NL Central by Ben Lindbergh
0 Prospectus Feature: One Entire Season Of Baseball From the 1970s by Rob Mains
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 914: State of the Standings: NL East by Ben Lindbergh
0 Baseball Therapy: Dollhouses and Sandboxes by Russell A. Carleton
1 Transaction Analysis: Reunions and Fliers by Steve Givarz and Bryan Grosnick
0 BP South Side by Frank Firke
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 913: State of the Standings: NL West and AL Central by Ben Lindbergh
0 The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 27 by Matt Sussman
1 BP Unfiltered: How To Celebrate A Walkoff Strikeout by Sam Miller
0 The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 24 by Matthew Kory
0 BP Kansas City by Craig Brown
1 Prospectus Feature: Baseball and the Chinese Room by Trevor Strunk
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 912: Three Teams on the Buy-or-Sell Bubble by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 911: Good Knuckleballs, Bad Ballpark Deals by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 96: I Want To Say Schrimpf by George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre
2 BP Unfiltered: How to Read a Canadian Leaderboard by Sam Miller
0 BP Mets by Jarrett Seidler
7 The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System by Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 910: Mike Trout's Identical Twin by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System by Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 909: Vin Scully Meets Mount Rushmore by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System by Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 908: Remember the Rays? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Boston by Nick Canelas
0 The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 20 by Matt Sussman
5 The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System by Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton
0 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 72: MLB Draft Fantasy Draft by George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre
0 BP Wrigleyville by Cat Garcia
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 907: Root for the Home Team (To Lose By 5 or More Runs) by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 17 by Matthew Kory
3 Players Prefer Presentation: How To 'Beat' The Shift by Meg Rowley
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 906: Beware the Diamondbacks' Bench by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Mets by Jarrett Seidler
0 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 95: Rudy Gamble's Expert Secrets by George Bissell and Mike Gianella
0 Pebble Hunting: Change The Minimum-Innings Threshold, Dangit by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 905: The Pitch-Clock Countdown Edition by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Toronto by Greg Wisniewski
0 BP Wrigleyville by Leigh Coridan
1 BP Unfiltered: Leading From Behind by Rob Mains
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 904: The Big Baseball Grab Bag by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 903: The Not-So-Surprising Standings by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 13 by Matt Sussman
0 Prospectus Feature: Leading From Behind by Rob Mains
0 BP South Side by James Fegan
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 902: The Names to Know from Draft Day One by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 10 by Matthew Kory
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 901: The Best Candidates for Weird Defense by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Kansas City by Craig Brown
The agent who hates the draft ends up, almost by accident, with three draftees.
As many of my wonderful readers know, I absolutely loathe the draft process from the agent’s perspective. I hate recruiting. I hate the
. I hate the lies between the teams and players, the intentional ones and the more subtle avoidances of truth. I hate watching kids fall in the draft. The only good things about the draft are when the player is selected and when the draft is over. BS Read the full article... A world of research and development has been put into the very problems and questions that baseball clubs face. Applying instructional design to player development.
With draft day in the rear view, perhaps this is as good a time as any to talk about player development and how those newly-drafted players might refine those myriad skills that make up professional baseball performance. After all, the biggest mystery in the sport is how some players find success while others don’t, despite having similar body types, backgrounds, and amateur performance numbers.
find success after years of toiling away in the minors? How does Matt Shoemaker start hitting for power all of a sudden? How does a first-overall draft pick like Zack Cozart never figure out how to have an approach that matches his physical tools? Why does Delmon Young succeed where Matt Carpenter fails? And most of all: Zack Cox Why is it these particular guys?
It’s a big question that requires more time and intelligence than I have. But it all boils down to baseball’s last great black box: player development. The goal of player development—ultra-simplified—is to turn raw human resources into valuable big-league production. PD departments do that by augmenting or creating knowledge, skills, and attitudes in their body of assigned players.
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As the regular season's midpoint approaches, Ben talks to Joe Sheehan about the state of the NL Central. If baseball was different, how different was it?
had more intentional than unintentional walks in 1970, 1971 and 1972. In '71, he drew 13 IBBs against just six UIBBs. If I could retain all of the technological advantages of 2016, I would dearly like to experience one entire season of baseball from the mid-1970s. It was almost an entirely different game. Manny Sanguillen
--Joe Sheehan Newsletter,
June 15, 2016
If baseball were different, how different would it be? Would it be slightly different or very different?
---Effectively Wild podcast, February 28, 2014
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As the regular season's midpoint approaches, Ben talks to Joe Sheehan and Rany Jazayerli about the state of the NL East. What can Starting Lineup figurines and Abraham Lincoln teach us about baseball research?
Somewhere at my parents’ house, there’s a Starting Lineup figurine of
, depicting him during his Bash Brothers days with the Oakland A’s. I got it for Christmas one year back in the days when Jose Canseco was my favorite player. I would have been nine or ten at the time and he was ... let’s just say the words “Jose Canseco” evoked a different image back in the late 80s/early 90s than they do now. Canseco had won the 1986 Rookie of the Year award at 21 and the 1988 MVP at 23, hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases in the same year. At the time, Canseco seemed like the guy we would all look back on some day and tell our kids that we saw Jose Canseco him play. Read the full article...
New York ships out Michael Conforto and brings back Jose Reyes, the Rays take a look at Oswaldo Arcia, and the Royals finally say goodbye to Omar Infante.
There's a lot to be skeptical about regarding the White Sox's performance and front office decision-making.
As the regular season's midpoint approaches, Ben talks to Joe Sheehan and Rany Jazayerli about the state of the NL West and AL Central.
A recap of the weekend's impact through wit and random name dropping. What to do when the batter fails and the team succeeds?
Two years ago, I wrote one of my very favorite submissions to this website:
How To Celebrate A Walkoff Error, in which I closely examined where the teammates on the bench chose to mob up after a batter in a huge spot did something bad (hit a routine out) only to end up accomplishing something great (runner scores walkoff run on botched defensive play). The tendency to congratulate the hitter, instead of the runner, baffled me, but ultimately I concluded that this was akin to the principle of felony murder. Read the full article...
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