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01-18

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 115: Animal Crackers
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-18

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Rumor Roundup: Must-See TV
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Emma Baccellieri

01-17

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Baseball Therapy: What Does Batter/Pitcher Matchup Data Tell Us?
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Russell A. Carleton

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Ain't Settling for Anything Less Than Everything
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Ashley Varela

01-16

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Hitters' Plate Discipline
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Rob Mains

01-13

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Longest and Shortest Games
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Meg Rowley

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Trumbo Tumbles
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Demetrius Bell

01-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1006: Sullivan's Travels
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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan

01-12

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 79: I'm Dying
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

01-12

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year’s Resolutions: Ground-ball Pitchers
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Rob Mains

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers
by
Bret Sayre

01-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1005: Dan Haren's New Job and Old Fear of Hall of Famers
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Ben Lindbergh

01-11

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 114: There’s No Desperation In Susac
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-11

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Baseball Therapy: Grinding On Grounders
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Russell A. Carleton

01-11

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Rumor Roundup: Dozier Dead, Bruce Bets, and Atlanta Aces
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Emma Baccellieri

01-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1004: The Joe and Rany Re-Reunion
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Ben Lindbergh

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: No, Atlanta
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Ashley Varela

01-09

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Prospectus Feature: Passed Balls and Wild Pitches (Again)
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Jonathan Judge

01-09

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year’s Resolutions: Ground-ball Hitters
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Rob Mains

01-09

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Cold Takes: Murray Chass' Hall of Fame Ballot
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Patrick Dubuque

01-09

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Cold Takes: Murray Chass' Hall of Fame Ballot
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Patrick Dubuque

01-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1003: Happiness, the Human Condition, and Cracker Jack
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Ben Lindbergh

01-06

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Players Prefer Presentation: Who We Are When We're At Our Worst
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Meg Rowley

01-06

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Rumor Roundup: Dinged Up and Dingers
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Demetrius Bell

01-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 113: Statcast and Prospects
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George Bissell, Tim Finnegan and Jeffrey Paternostro

01-05

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Dynasty Prospect Rankings
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Bret Sayre

01-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1002: Mike Trout Turns Around
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Ben Lindbergh

01-04

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Rumor Roundup: Dozier, Baker, and the Ballpark Maker
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Emma Baccellieri

01-04

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Baseball Therapy: The Bullpen of My Dreams
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Russell A. Carleton

01-04

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Liner Notes: The McEwing Score
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Bryan Grosnick

01-03

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Cold Takes: Unfair Ball
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Patrick Dubuque

01-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1001: The One After 1000
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Ben Lindbergh

12-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1000: The Old and the New
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 999: The One Before 1000
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 78: There Was An Offseason
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

12-29

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Best of BP 2016: The Swing Zone's Connected to the Strike Zone
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John Choiniere

12-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 998: The Podcast's (and Baseball's) Future
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 997: The Game Show Show
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-27

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Best of BP 2016: The Six Archetypes of Famous Baseball Men LinkedIn Profiles
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Emma Baccellieri

12-26

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Baseball Prospectus Book News: Player Names from Baseball Prospectus 2017
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Dave Pease and Rob McQuown

12-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 996: The Second Draft of Things About Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Party at Encarnacion's
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Emma Baccellieri

12-23

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Rumor Roundup: Three Little Players Went to Market
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Demetrius Bell

12-23

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Prospectus Feature: The 2016 All Out-of-Position Team
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Andrew Mearns

12-23

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Baseball Therapy: Worrying About the Money
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Russell A. Carleton

12-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 995: Manny Machado's Midriff
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-22

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

12-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 994: The 2017 Minor League Free Agent Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-21

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BP Mets
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Rich MacLeod

12-21

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Rumor Roundup: Messy Mets
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Emma Baccellieri

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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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Alex Rodriguez gets a TV show, the Tigers look for a center fielder, and the Rays add a former closer.

Tigers looking to fill center field hole

The Tigers were rumored to be a potential suitor for Gregor Blanco in the hours before he signed a minor league-deal with the Diamondbacks yesterday afternoon. But even with him now off the market, they’ve apparently still got a free agent outfielder to focus on—Peter Bourjos, who would presumably help fill the team’s void in center field. Though one of the Tigers’ first moves this winter was trading away center fielder Cameron Maybin, they haven’t done anything since to fill the space he left behind.

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Have we been too quick to dismiss the value of batter vs. pitcher histories?

Because it’s Hall of Fame week, there have been plenty of Edgar Martinez partisans out there making the case for the former Mariners third baseman/designated hitter. Martinez’s case is dulled somewhat by the fact that he spent so much of his career designated to hit, and perhaps more damning that he didn’t reach 3,000 hits nor 500 home runs (nor 50 stolen bases) for his career.

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The Cardinals gear up for their first arbitration hearing in years, Craig Breslow schedules a pitching showcase, and Carl Crawford contemplates retirement (maybe).

Cardinals anticipate first arbitration hearing since 1999

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak is test-driving a new strategy with his arbitration-eligible players. According to his comments made at the annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up event over the weekend, those who did not settle with the team prior to the Friday deadline will go to an arbitration hearing. It’s a relatively common tact that the front office has considered for a few years now, and Mozeliak claimed that the hard-nosed approach was intended to encourage players to work through salary negotiations by Friday’s deadline.

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Does better plate discipline for hitters yield better results?

In this series, we’re investigating the outcomes when baseball players made what appear to have been New Year’s resolutions to do something differently in 2016. But unlike the rest of us, who try to waste less time watching TV or learn another language, we’re looking here at specific baseball outcomes. The first article considered batters who hit markedly more (or less) to the opposite field in 2016 than in 2015. The next two looked at batters who hit more or fewer balls on the ground and pitchers who induced more or fewer grounders.

And I’ll admit, framing these as New Year’s resolutions is a bit of a stretch. There probably aren’t a lot of baseball players who said last January 1 that what they really wanted to do in 2016 was to hit more balls in the air. Today, though, I’m going to tackle one that seems plausible: Better plate discipline.

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Rain delays, mascot races, Rickie Weeks, civil wars, and dopes.

January is a particularly low month for baseball fans. Pitchers and catchers won’t stretch for a month. It’s the time of year when we mewl for some baseball, any baseball, heck bad baseball, just so long as it is recognizable as such. It is a privilege of distance to forget a thing’s flaws. After all, sometimes baseball is slow and plodding. Sometimes it features a bunch of pitching changes. Sometimes it features the Padres.

The average time of game in 2014 was three hours and eight minutes; it dropped to two hours and 56 minutes in 2015 with the league’s pace-of-play rules. Using the Play Index’s time-of-game data, we know that for the 2,428 games in 2016[1] (185 of which went to extra innings), the average time of game crept back up, not matching its 2014 levels, but generally slowing:

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New York may keep Curtis Granderson, Baltimore is unlikely to keep Mark Trumbo, and Matt Wieters is looking for a deal.

Mets may hold onto Granderson

Earlier this week there were rumors that the Mets were trying to find a solution to their outfield situation, which is awfully crowded. One of the players mentioned in that piece who could’ve potentially been traded was Curtis Granderson. However, if Sandy Alderson’s comments to ESPN’s Adam Rubin are any indication, it appears as if the Mets are feeling a bit hesitant to trade Granderson away.

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Ben and Jeff talk about the Mariners' moves while Jeff was away, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout, Barry Bonds, the home run spike, taking pitches, fans on the field, and more.

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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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What happens when pitchers yield more or fewer grounders?

In this series, we’re investigating the outcomes when baseball players made what appear to have been New Year’s resolutions to do something differently. But unlike the rest of us, who try to be nicer to our siblings or drink less on weekends, we’re looking here at specific baseball outcomes.

In the first article I considered batters who hit markedly more (or less) to the opposite field in 2016 than in 2015. (Spoiler: It didn’t seem to help much.) In the second one I looked at batters who hit more or fewer balls on the ground. (Second spoiler: While in general batters who hit more in the air and less on the ground improved themselves, the evidence for the players who changed the most—who stuck to their resolutions—shows very limited offensive improvement.)

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January 12, 2017 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers

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Bret Sayre

A weak position gets weaker, and a bleak outlook gets bleaker.

We, at Baseball Prospectus, have been talking about catchers for a while now (three days and change to be exact, depending on when you are reading this) and the party continues to rage on. Yet before we rage, we shall calibrate—since rankings aren’t useful without knowing what you’re reading. The list you are about to read here presupposes a 16-team standard (read: 5x5 roto) dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2016 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or -only formats. And if this list doesn't go deep enough for you (god bless your soul), Wilson Karaman has you covered with his Ocean's Floor column as well. We leave no stone unturned here.

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Ben talks to former major league pitcher (and newly hired Diamondbacks Pitching Strategist) Dan Haren about his new job, how players handle the media, his struggles and success against Hall of Fame-caliber hitters, his own hitting skills, PEDs, trades and free agency, baseball's salary structure, and more.

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