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08-29

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Pebble Hunting: h
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Sam Miller

08-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 524: Deep Thoughts About Beating the Shift
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-28

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

08-28

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 28, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

08-28

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Skewed Left: A Three-Hour Tour
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Zachary Levine

08-28

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pain Don't Hurt
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Jason Parks

08-27

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BP Unfiltered: Playing Favorites
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Russell A. Carleton

08-27

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Fringe Average Podcast: Episode 30
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Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

08-27

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 27
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Matt Sussman

08-27

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The Lineup Card: Seven September Call-ups We're Excited to See
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Baseball Prospectus

08-27

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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 522: The Season's Best Unsung Transactions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-26

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Baseball Therapy: How Billy Beane Built the Royals
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Russell A. Carleton

08-26

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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 521: The Rusney Castillo Contract
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, August 25
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Matthew Kory

08-25

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The Week in Quotes: August 18-24
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Nick Wheatley-Schaller and Nick Bacarella

08-25

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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-25

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 25, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

08-23

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 28: Enya Outtakes
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

08-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 22
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Matt Sussman

08-22

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What You Need to Know: August 22, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 520: Garrett Richards and the Most Pivotal Pain of 2014
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-22

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The View from the Loge Level: You Gotta Have Raw
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Daron Sutton

08-22

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Raising Aces: Police and Thieves
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Doug Thorburn

08-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 31: J.P.! You Made It
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella, J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

08-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 519: The Crack of the Bat and Other Research
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-21

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 21, 2014
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Tucker Blair

08-21

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Skewed Left: Saber Seminar One Year From Now
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Zachary Levine

08-21

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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-21

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Pebble Hunting: You Lie!
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Sam Miller

08-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 20
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Matthew Kory

08-20

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Moonshot: The Analytic Value of the Crack of the Bat
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Robert Arthur

08-20

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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-19

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Moonshot: h
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Sam Miller

08-19

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Daily League Strategy: The Melky Way
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Paul Sporer

08-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 517: The MVP Conversation Conversation
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-19

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Baseball Therapy: Becoming An Adult f/x
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Russell A. Carleton

08-19

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Going Yard: Four Impressive High School Hitters
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Ryan Parker

08-19

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What You Need to Know: August 19, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-18

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Pebble Hunting: h
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Sam Miller

08-18

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, August 18
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Matt Sussman

08-18

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 18, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

08-18

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What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-16

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 27: Health Injuries
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

08-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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Wilson Karaman

08-15

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 15
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Matthew Kory

08-15

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Daily League Strategy: Rollin' on Ross
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Paul Sporer

08-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 515: Jeff Passan on How the Commissioner Got Made
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-15

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What Scouts Are Saying: August 15, 2014
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Baseball Prospectus

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August 29, 2014 9:30 pm

Pebble Hunting: h

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Sam Miller

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Last year, the best/my favorite transaction of the season came in late August: “Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent CF Freddy Guzman to a minor league contract.” Guzman was 32, had most appeared in the majors in 2009, had a career OPS+ of 42, and was at the time playing in Mexico, where his teammates included Esteban Loaiza (41 years old), Ruben Rivera (39) and Ruben Mateo (35). I liked this move so much that Ben Lindbergh and I devoted an entire podcast episode to it.

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Ben and Sam banter about the latest in Andrelton Simmons defense, then discuss why hitters don't often go the other way against the defensive shift.

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August 28, 2014 9:54 am

What You Need to Know: August 28, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Price debacle and the Smyly success.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Eyes on Lucas Sims, Tyrell Jenkins, Luis Heredia, Chance Sisco, Gabriel Guerrero.

Lucas Sims

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August 28, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: A Three-Hour Tour

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Zachary Levine

Is there an ideal length for a baseball game?

At the heart of the biggest conversation going on in baseball right now, there is one conversation we’re not having.

We hear all about the games being too long. It’s item 1 or 2 on every listicle in the wake of Rob Manfred’s ascent to commissioner-in-waitingness. It's the subject of countless hot takes (3 balls! 7 innings! No mound visits!). It’s the subject of countless lukewarm takes that don’t deserve exclamation points (just enforce the rules on pitchers). And it often gets spliced with the discussion on pace of game, which would be a worthy one were not all the evidence presented in the form of game length.

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It's time for the next big thing in scouting.

As is often the case, internet-specific farewell addresses come off like award show acceptance speeches, complete with the sandpaper tongue stroking of all intimate associations of note, a solipsistic sandwich of fake meat, imitation cheese, and vinegar-based spread, delivered to you as consumable and delicious food despite the fact it was never intended for you to [actually] eat. I want you to eat this farewell. This farewell is for you. From the heart, I want to thank the readers of Baseball Prospectus for their curious eyes and minds, for embracing my peculiar brand of communication and pushing me beyond the assumed limitations of the medium. This will be my final article for Baseball Prospectus.

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What does it take to be more than 50 percent likely to win the World Series?

I do love me some Wednesday e-mail show Effectively Wild. Today, someone asked a fantastic question about the playoffs. How good would a team have to be in the regular season to, before the first pitch of the playoffs is thrown, be considered the mathematical favorite to win the World Series versus the field. There will be ten teams that make the playoffs this year (OK, fine, lest we defile the sanctity of the Wild Card, there will be eight). One of them will have the best chances of the eight/ten, and would theoretically be the favorite, but its chances might be somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 percent to be taking a champagne championship shower in late October. That means that the best team has an 80 percent chance of winning a participant trophy instead.

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart

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August 27, 2014 11:28 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 27

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Matt Sussman

It's the remix to Hit Listin', none of 30 teams missin', there's a joke about Aybar, and about surname fixin'.

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The staff is eager to watch these players in the majors next month.

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August 27, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Madison Bumgarner comes close to a perfect game, Alex Gordon does something nobody has done against Glen Perkins, and more from around the league.

The Tuesday Takeaway
If you’ve pitched at any level, from Little League to high school to college to the pros, you’ve had a coach tell you to get ahead and stay ahead. Madison Bumgarner took that sage advice to heart on Tuesday night.

Facing a depleted Rockies lineup—sans Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, and Michael Cuddyer—Bumgarner threw 24 first-pitch strikes in 28 tries. Fifteen of the 23 plate appearances that lasted at least three pitches featured an 0-2 count. And eighty of Bumgarner’s 103 offerings either satisfied plate umpire Cory Blaser’s strike zone or elicited a swing.


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Ben and Sam banter about balls and strikes and then discuss 2014's top transactions relative to the amount of attention they received at the time.

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