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0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 960: Theo Sets a New High Score by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 The Prospectus Hit List: September 30, 2016 by Matthew Kory
0 BP Wrigleyville by Tom Hitchner
0 BP Bronx by Austin Yamada
1 What You Need to Know: Theoretical Replay and Sister Kissing by Nicolas Stellini
0 Transaction Analysis: Good Infielders, Past and Present by Bryan Grosnick
1 An Agent's Take: Watching a Client Debut by Joshua Kusnick
1 What You Need to Know: Cycles and Walk-Offs by Demetrius Bell
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 959: Mike Trout's Highest Hurdle by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 What You Need to Know: The Dozens by Emma Baccellieri
0 Team Chemistry: Fast Pitch Follow-Up by John Choiniere
0 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 105: Alex Chamberlain by George Bissell
0 What You Need to Know: Dee Gordon and the Marlins Honor Jose Fernandez by Daniel Rathman
6 Liner Notes: Self-Sabotage Stars by Bryan Grosnick
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 958: Jose Fernandez and the Hall of Fame by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 The Prospectus Hit List: September 26, 2016 by Matt Sussman
0 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 77: The Spirit of Enya by George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre
1 What You Need to Know: How the West (and the East) Was Won by Ashley Varela
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 957: The Man Who Makes Pitch (Almost!) Perfect by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 23 by Matthew Kory
0 What You Need to Know: All Mets'd Up by Nicolas Stellini
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 956: Gary and Gore by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 104: The Trea Turner Zone by George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre
0 BP Boston by Matt Collins
0 What You Need to Know: The Wild Card Wilters by Demetrius Bell
6 Flu-Like Symptoms: A Matter of Luck, Pt. 2 by Rob Mains
2 Players Prefer Presentation: Short-Season Baseball With A Third Deck by Meg Rowley
18 An Agent's Take: On Tebow by Joshua Kusnick
2 Outta Left Field: Two Months In Hel by Dustin Palmateer
0 Soft Toss: A Very Human Defense of the September Call-Ups by Brendan Gawlowski
0 What You Need to Know: To Sin By Silence, When They Should Protest, Makes Cowards of Men by Emma Baccellieri
4 Prospectus Feature: The Six Archetypes of Famous Baseball Men LinkedIn Profiles by Emma Baccellieri
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 955: Pass/Fail Grades for Every Out-of-it Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 Cold Takes: Rickey, Unwritten Rules, and the 130 by Patrick Dubuque
6 Baseball Therapy: Is The American League Just Better? by Russell A. Carleton
0 The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 19 by Matt Sussman
7 Flu-Like Symptoms: All a Matter of Luck by Rob Mains
0 Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild by Tim Britton
1 What You Need to Know: Bruised, Not Beaten by Ashley Varela
0 BP Job Postings: Kansas City Royals Job Openings by Rob McQuown
0 Prospectus Feature: Baseball's Peek-A-Boo by Trevor Strunk
0 Prospectus Feature: Baseball's Someday Scandal by Trevor Strunk
0 What You Need to Know: September Is The Gassed Month by Nicolas Stellini
0 Rubbing Mud: Pennant-Race Factor Ubaldo Jimenez by Matthew Trueblood
3 The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 16 by Matthew Kory
1 Deep, But Playable: Plus Ca Change, Plus C'est La Meme Throws by Craig Goldstein
0 Transaction Analysis: Win Butler? by Bryan Grosnick
10 Prospectus Feature: A Brief, Modern History of Reliever Name Foreshadowing by Ben Carsley
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 954: Two Inside Looks at Minor League Life by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
18 Prospectus Feature: The Active Player Hall of Fame Draft by Brendan Gawlowski and Meg Rowley
September 30, 2016 1:34 pm
Ben and Sam banter about a wild night in baseball, the morality of forfeits, and the triples record, then discuss Theo Epstein's record-setting extension.
September 30, 2016 12:14 pm
It's Hit List time! Yes, it's Hit. List. Tiiiiiiime.
September 30, 2016 10:20 am
Suddenly the Cubs' diehard fans have plenty of company.
September 30, 2016 10:13 am
Could relying very heavily on his changeup help resurrect CC Sabathia's career?
September 30, 2016 8:50 am
Things are getting weird, in almost every division.
The Thursday Takeaway
We’re down to the very last few games of the season, somehow. Every season is 162 games long, but somehow it feels like 2016 has moved especially quickly. It seems like just yesterday we were talking about
, and now, most of the playoff field is set. Trevor Story Read the full article...
September 30, 2016 6:00 am
Miami locks up Martin Prado for three more seasons and Atlanta finds a taker for Gordon Beckham.
September 29, 2016 6:00 am
After a breakout Triple-A season Padres infielder/outfielder Carlos Asuaje made his big-league debut.
Last week my client, Padres infielder/outfielder
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. Carlos Asuaje Read the full article...
September 29, 2016 6:00 am
John Jaso's career day, Hyun Soo Kim and Mark Teixeira played hero, and the Wild Card races tightened up.
September 28, 2016 9:12 pm
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.
September 28, 2016 9:03 am
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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September 28, 2016 6:00 am
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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September 27, 2016 12:15 pm
George Bissell of Baseball Prospectus and special guest Alex Chamberlain of RotoGraphs take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.