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08-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 505: Dissecting Trade Deadline Day
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-01

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Raising Aces: The Rabbit Hole
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Doug Thorburn

08-01

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What You Need to Know: August 1, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-01

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Barbecue State of Mind
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 504: Lester, Lackey, and the Red Sox as Sellers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-31

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Skewed Left: The Nomar Garciaparra Trade Turns Ten
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Zachary Levine

07-31

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What You Need to Know: July 31, 2014
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Chris Mosch

07-30

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BP Unfiltered: The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Rarities
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Russell A. Carleton

07-30

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 30
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Matt Sussman

07-30

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 28
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Jeff Moore

07-30

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What You Need to Know: July 30, 2014
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Chris Mosch

07-29

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 28: Trade Deadline Preview
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-29

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BBQ State of Mind
by
Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 502: Andrelton, Astros, and Independent Leagues
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-29

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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

07-29

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Baseball Therapy: Trading Ryan Howard For Nothing and Winning
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Russell A. Carleton

07-28

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 28
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Matthew Kory

07-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: FAAB in Review: Asking the Non-Experts
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

07-28

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 28, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back Together
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R.J. Anderson, Jason Parks and Mike Gianella

07-26

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep: 24: Enya Is Our Safe Word
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-25

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BP Unfiltered: Every Yu/You Headline On MLB.com Game Stories
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Sam Miller

07-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 25
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Matt Sussman

07-25

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 27: Closers On The 60 Day DL
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 500: The Somewhat Special 500th Episode
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-25

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Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel
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Chris Rodriguez

07-25

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What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014
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Chris Mosch

07-25

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Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
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Doug Thorburn

07-25

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BP Unfiltered: The Battered Bastards of Baseball is Not Good
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Sam Miller

07-24

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The Lineup Card: Seven Unsigned Top Draft Picks
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Baseball Prospectus

07-24

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What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry
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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

07-24

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Going Yard: J.D. Martinez Gets A Degree In Hitting
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Ryan Parker

07-23

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BP Unfiltered: The Baseball Fan's Guide to the Summer of New Yorker
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Sam Miller

07-23

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 23
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Matthew Kory

07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-23

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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

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Ben and Sam discuss the major moves made (and not made) before Thurday's trade deadline.

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August 1, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: The Rabbit Hole

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Doug Thorburn

Doug trains his lens on deliveries weird, unwieldy, and wackadoodle.

The typical focus here at Raising Aces is mechanical efficiency, analyzing how a pitcher makes the most of his athleticism to promote pitch command, velocity, and movement. Every once in a while, though, I like to delve into the realm of the weird. Today is one of those times.

Even at the highest level, there are a number of pitchers who exhibit bizarre quirks to their mechanics. Some of these oddities are merely an entertaining sidebar to an otherwise efficient delivery, serving as an amusing anecdote without deterring from the pitcher's task at hand, while other quirks throw a monkey wrench into the delivery and interfere with the basic task of throwing a baseball to a glove-sized target. That said, some of the best pitchers in the game have idiosyncrasies that appear to fly in the face of mechanical efficiency, yet they have overcome the physical obstacles to get the most out of their stuff.

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August 1, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 1, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The trade deadline has passed so we can all focus on the field again.

The Thursday Takeaway
There’s nothing like a replay controversy to stir up a day that needed no further stirring.

Setting the stage: The Marlins were up by one—on a first-inning bomb by Giancarlo Stanton—when the Reds loaded the bases with one away in the top of the eighth. Todd Frazier hit a fly ball to right. Stanton caught it and threw home. He appeared to have the runner, Zack Cozart, dead to rights at the plate for an inning-ending double play.


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The boys see a futbol game on a baseball field, and a baseball game on a baseball field, and a baseball game on a futb--no, just the first two.

Return to Yankee Stadium by Jordan Shusterman
This ridiculous week in New York began at Yankee Stadium. It was a Yankees/Blue Jays game in which Shane Greene was the starting pitcher for the Yankees and Dan Johnson was the designated hitter for the Blue Jays. On Wednesday night, we returned to Yankee Stadium to see a non-baseball game in which neither Shane Greene nor Dan Johnson was participating (as far as we know). Two English Premier League powerhouses, Manchester City and Liverpool, played a friendly in front of nearly 50,000 people. After 90 minutes of stomping around Jeter’s hallowed ground, the two footballing squads were in a 2-2 tie, at which point the majority of us were ready to not be there anymore. Soccer friendlies are meant to be just that—friendly! A tie means everybody wins! Everybody can be friends! Apparently, these two teams had no intention of being friendly. Thus, they went straight to penalty kicks. No extra innings or anything. Penalty kicks are amazing because they don’t score every time. The first two attempts from both teams sailed over the goal and into the left field seats, just beyond Brett Gardner’s reach. Liverpool eventually scored enough goals to be declared the winner, although they did not seem to celebrate accordingly. It was eerily reminiscent the celebration after a spring training walk-off hit, where the winning team casually jogs over to the hero and pats him on the back. Meanwhile, the predominantly-Liverpool crowd was going absolutely crazy. It was strange. If there’s one thing I learned from the frantic futbol frenzy at Yankee Stadium, it’s that Derek Jeter was the greatest baseball player who ever lived. #RE2PECT


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Ben and Sam discuss Boston's incentives to consider trading two of their top starters on trade deadline day.

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How does the shocking trade of Nomar Garciaparra look 10 years in the rear-view?

Ten years later, the trade that allegedly won the Red Sox the 2004 World Series has been drowned in so much narrative that it’s almost impossible to separate it from the breaking of the 86-year drought that happened three months later.

When 4 p.m. Eastern rolls around today and the fates of Jon Lester and the like are decided, it will mark exactly 10 years to the hour since Nomar Garciaparra was unceremoniously dumped on the Cubs. He was a year removed from a second straight 7-WARP season and a sixth 6-WARP season in seven years. He was already the best shortstop in Red Sox history and he didn't have to play a single game in his 30s to get there.

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July 31, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 31, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The last full day before the trade deadline featured walk-off drama, pitchers dueling, and more

The Wednesday Takeaway
Fans who bought tickets to last night’s scheduled battle between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber were greeted by a Progressive Field setting that should have been considered a pitching aficionado’s paradise. King Felix entered the night on a stretch so dominant that he was on the verge of setting a modern MLB record. Armed with an arsenal of nasty secondary pitches, Kluber has broken through this season as a bona fide ace and was a start removed from the most impressive outing of his career.

The stage for pitching mastery was perfect and the duel proved to live up to expectations.


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What's more likely, a five-homer game or a five-strikeout inning? Gory math!

On Wednesday's episode of Effectively Wild, sponsored by the Baseball Reference Play Index and featuring BP's own Editor-in-Chief Sam Miller and some other guy who now works for Disney and is therefore dead to us, a listener asked one of those questions that means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but... can't... resist... answering.

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July 30, 2014 9:58 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 30

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Matt Sussman

It's the remix to Hit Listin', Hot and fresh out the kitchen, Mama rollin that body, Got every pun in here listed.

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July 30, 2014 9:52 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 28

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Roman Quinn, Justin Nicolino, Jed Bradley, and Kyle Schwarber.

Hitter of the Night
Danny Diekroeger, 3B, Cardinals (State College, SS): 2-5, 4 R, HR, BB. You may not know this about the update but there is a legacy at stake here. That's why when #Mort texts me at night to tell me about a player, he's (the player, not Mort) almost certain to make the update and is someone you should watch.


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July 30, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 30, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Extra innings and good secondary offerings highlight this look at the day that was and what will be.

The Tuesday Takeaway
On Monday, the Rays took the series opener from the Brewers behind seven strong innings from Jake Odorizzi, who complemented his fastball with both his slider and split-changeup, the latter of which he learned from teammate Alex Cobb this spring. The splitter was Odorizzi’s secondary offering of choice against Milwaukee and he threw 21 of 27 for strikes, including five of the swing-and-miss variety.


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

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