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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

07-24

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Notes from the Field: Appel
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Chris Rodriguez

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
by
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

07-18

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Raising Aces: Outta Nowhere
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Doug Thorburn

07-17

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BP Unfiltered: The Long-Forgotten Mets Way
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Sam Miller

07-17

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The Lineup Card: Nine Second-Half Improvement Candidates
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Baseball Prospectus

07-16

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Moonshot: The Matter of the Heart
by
Robert Arthur

07-15

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The State of Prospectus
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Sam Miller

07-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 492: Revisiting April Aberrations
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Man Who Would Replace Yadier
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R.J. Anderson

07-15

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Skewed Left: What Is An All-Star Pitcher?
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Zachary Levine

07-15

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are We Playing Hunger Games with Minor Leaguers?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-14

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Notes About Baseball, 7/14
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Rocco DeMaro

07-14

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 14
by
Matthew Kory

07-14

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What You Need to Know: Round Up The Usual Weekend Suspects
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-13

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Dave Pease

07-11

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 11
by
Matt Sussman

07-10

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 25: TINO-esque
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Mike Gianella, Nick J. Faleris and Mauricio Rubio

07-10

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Crossover Season Begins
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-09

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 9
by
Matthew Kory

07-09

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The Lineup Card: Eight Second-Half Decline Candidates
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Baseball Prospectus

07-08

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): EP 22: Baseball Prospectus' Jesus Aguilar
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-08

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What You Need to Know: Matt Adams Powers Up
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Daniel Rathman

07-07

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 7
by
Matt Sussman

07-07

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 7/7
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Daniel Rathman

07-03

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 24: No Pun Intended
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-03

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What You Need to Know: Edwin Ends One
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-03

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 3, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-02

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 2
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Matthew Kory

07-02

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What You Need to Know: The A's Get Rick-Rolled
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Chris Mosch

06-30

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 30
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Matt Sussman

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Ben, Sam, Grant Brisbee, and Jeff Sullivan draft their favorite things about baseball.

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July 24, 2014 6:29 pm

Notes from the Field: Appel

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Chris Rodriguez

Will the Astros salvage the first-overall pick they did sign?

Take a moment to forget about the Brady Aiken mess and think about last year’s first overall selection. Mark Appel was supposed to be on the fast track. You aren’t supposed to struggle if you’re the first overall selection, and the 6-foot-5 right-handed starter with a prototype body had the look of a player who would move quickly, stopping only briefly in Lancaster and Corpus Christi to humble inferior hitters with his mid-to-upper-90s fastball. If you’ve been paying attention to his season, this hasn’t exactly gone as planned.

What has happened
First, appendicitis in January sidelined him for most of the spring. Regardless, the Astros aggressively sent him to Lancaster to begin the season. I was able to catch an early start of his, on April 10th, and was impressed with the raw stuff he brought to the table. Then 22, Appel showed a fastball that touched 98 mph, and paired it with a sharp, bat-missing slider (scouting report). Immediately after this start, on April 14th, Appel’s velocity dipped and only touched 91 mph. As has been well documented, the Astros installed a tandem or “piggyback” pitching rotation, where two “starters” would pitch back to back in the same game. Also, some pitchers would be subjected to only three days of rest, which happened to Appel in these two starts. This obviously took a toll on Appel, and there were rumors of shoulder soreness after the second start. He was sent to extended spring training to get some rest and have proper time to build stamina for the season. After returning, he had the worst start of his season on May 31st, surrendering 10 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Five days later, he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right thumb and scratched from his next start. After getting the standard four days of rest (and sometimes more), he continued to struggle. Recently, the Astros made it public that Appel had a right wrist issue and received a cortisone shot. It’s unclear whether the thumb tendinitis is connected. I took in his start on July 10th with intentions of pin-pointing his problems.


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These players didn't put pen to paper, leaving many of their potential employers to wonder what might have been.

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

Bartolo Colon, Aaron Sanchez, and Yoenis Cespedes, among others, had eventful nights.

The Wednesday Takeaway
When Bartolo Colon made his major league debut for the Indians in 1997, Taijuan Walker was a few months away from turning five years old and had probably not yet been enrolled in kindergarten. Fast-forward 17 years and Colon is now pitching for his seventh organization and Walker is looking to tap into his massive potential in his first full season with the Mariners. Walker is expected to make his mark on the league in the not-so-distant future, but Wednesday’s rubber match between the Mets and Mariners was Colon’s time to shine.

The Mets spotted Colon an early 1–0 lead and he quickly went to work against Seattle, pounding the strike zone with his low-90s fastball and getting the Mariners to chase an occasional slider. Not a single Seattle batter was able to reach base during the first two times through the order, with Kyle Seager, Corey Hart, Jesus Sucre, and Logan Morrison all falling victim via strikeout.


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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry

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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

Detroit and Texas make a pitcher swap to help the Tigers shore up their relief corps.



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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

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

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Ryan Parker

How did J.D. Martinez go from Astros waiver bait to Tigers slugger?

Here are some reasons why people will say J.D. Martinez’s season is a fluke:

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For the summer, the world's best magazine has removed its archives (since 2007) from behind the paywall. Here's the best New Yorker baseball writing.

This summer, The New Yorker has opened up a portion of its online archives to non-subscribers. This is great news for non-subscribers (though not subscribing is itself bad news for non-subscribers), as some of the best baseball feature writing of the past seven years is now available in a non-$6.99/issue format. How will you spend your summer with The New Yorker online archives? May I advise.

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July 23, 2014 12:51 pm

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 23

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Matthew Kory

It's never too late to say you're sorry (that you posted the Hit List late).

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez

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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

The Blue Jays stud has arrived. What does it mean?

The Situation: As the Blue Jays strive to hang around the playoff race, their bullpen needed support and the club opted to look for that in the form of their top prospect. Sanchez will arrive in Toronto to fill a relief role in the middle innings.

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Extra [innings], extra [innings], read all about it!

The Tuesday Takeaway
On Tuesday afternoon, one National League MVP candidate, Troy Tulowitzki, was placed on the disabled list with a left hip flexor strain. Hours later, one of his rivals in the running made his loudest case to date.

The Brewers led the National League Central by 6 1/2 games when the calendar flipped to July. A dozen days into the month, they shared first place with the Cardinals. And not once since the 12th had Milwaukee been able to rebuild its lead to more than a game.


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Over at Fox Sports' Just A Bit Outside, I wrote a piece today on Team MVPs—not just those semi-official things that BBWAA chapters hand out, but the wholly unofficial "So'n So is Our MVP" claims that managers, players and beat writers will sometimes make. It is, I argue in the piece, the most chaotic and desperate circle of baseball debate, but it also has a long history and a certain consistency to it. I broke down the six and a half categories of Team MVP rebellion.

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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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