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07-07

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An Agent's Take: Three 2016 Draft Stories
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Joshua Kusnick

06-30

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Prospectus Feature: Bloom's Taxonomy and the Domains of Baseball Learning
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Bryan Grosnick

06-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 915: State of the Standings: NL Central
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Ben Lindbergh

06-29

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Prospectus Feature: One Entire Season Of Baseball From the 1970s
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Rob Mains

06-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 914: State of the Standings: NL East
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Ben Lindbergh

06-28

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Baseball Therapy: Dollhouses and Sandboxes
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Russell A. Carleton

06-28

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Transaction Analysis: Reunions and Fliers
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Steve Givarz and Bryan Grosnick

06-27

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BP South Side
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Frank Firke

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 913: State of the Standings: NL West and AL Central
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Ben Lindbergh

06-27

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 27
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Matt Sussman

06-26

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BP Unfiltered: How To Celebrate A Walkoff Strikeout
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Sam Miller

06-24

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 24
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Matthew Kory

06-24

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

06-24

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Prospectus Feature: Baseball and the Chinese Room
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Trevor Strunk

06-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 912: Three Teams on the Buy-or-Sell Bubble
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 911: Good Knuckleballs, Bad Ballpark Deals
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-23

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 96: I Want To Say Schrimpf
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-23

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BP Unfiltered: How to Read a Canadian Leaderboard
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Sam Miller

06-23

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BP Mets
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Jarrett Seidler

06-23

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The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System
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Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

06-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 910: Mike Trout's Identical Twin
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-22

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The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System
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Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

06-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 909: Vin Scully Meets Mount Rushmore
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-21

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The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System
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Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

06-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 908: Remember the Rays?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-20

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BP Boston
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Nick Canelas

06-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 20
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Matt Sussman

06-20

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The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System
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Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

06-18

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 72: MLB Draft Fantasy Draft
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

06-17

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BP Wrigleyville
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Cat Garcia

06-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 907: Root for the Home Team (To Lose By 5 or More Runs)
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 17
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Matthew Kory

06-17

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Players Prefer Presentation: How To 'Beat' The Shift
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Meg Rowley

06-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 906: Beware the Diamondbacks' Bench
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-16

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BP Mets
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Jarrett Seidler

06-16

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 95: Rudy Gamble's Expert Secrets
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

06-16

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Pebble Hunting: Change The Minimum-Innings Threshold, Dangit
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Sam Miller

06-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 905: The Pitch-Clock Countdown Edition
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-15

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BP Toronto
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Greg Wisniewski

06-15

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BP Wrigleyville
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Leigh Coridan

06-15

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BP Unfiltered: Leading From Behind
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Rob Mains

06-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 904: The Big Baseball Grab Bag
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 903: The Not-So-Surprising Standings
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-13

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 13
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Matt Sussman

06-13

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Prospectus Feature: Leading From Behind
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Rob Mains

06-13

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

06-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 902: The Names to Know from Draft Day One
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-10

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 10
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Matthew Kory

06-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 901: The Best Candidates for Weird Defense
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-09

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

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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 BS. 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.

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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.

How does Matt Shoemaker find success after years of toiling away in the minors? How does Zack Cozart start hitting for power all of a sudden? How does a first-overall draft pick like Delmon Young never figure out how to have an approach that matches his physical tools? Why does Matt Carpenter succeed where Zack Cox fails? And most of all: 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.

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If baseball was different, how different was it?

Manny Sanguillen 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.

--Joe Sheehan Newsletter, June 15, 2016

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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.

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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 Jose Canseco, 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 him play.

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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.



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June 27, 2016 12:39 pm

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Frank Firke

There's a lot to be skeptical about regarding the White Sox's performance and front office decision-making.

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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 West and AL Central.

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A recap of the weekend's impact through wit and random name dropping.

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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.

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Gotta get down on Friday.

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