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08-29

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, Aug. 29
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Matt Sussman

08-29

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What You Need to Know: Everything Is Gary Sanchez
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Ashley Varela

08-29

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Prospectus Feature: Coleman/Hamilton, Part 2: Why We’re Missing Out On It
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Rob Mains

08-28

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

08-27

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BP Toronto
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Joshua Howsam

08-27

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BP Mets
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Jarrett Seidler

08-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 945: Why Did the Dodgers Make Clayton Kershaw Cry?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-26

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 26
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Matthew Kory

08-26

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What You Need to Know: Nope, Hit
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Nicolas Stellini

08-26

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Pebble Hunting: A Sense Of Where You Are
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Sam Miller

08-25

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What You Need to Know: Beltway Goes Balt's Way
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Demetrius Bell

08-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 944: How Many Barry Bondses?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-24

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Rubbing Mud: Alex Reyes, Game-Changer
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Matthew Trueblood

08-24

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What You Need to Know: Gsellman Is Just In Time
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Emma Baccellieri

08-24

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Two-Strike Approach: Verlander's Third Act
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Cat Garcia

08-24

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Outta Left Field: 1 Percent Playoff Odds, 110 Percent Effort
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Dustin Palmateer

08-23

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What You Need to Know: Homer Story
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Daniel Rathman

08-23

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Baseball Therapy: If I Had A Million Dollars
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Russell A. Carleton

08-22

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

08-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, Aug. 22
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Matt Sussman

08-22

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 75: Municipal Bonds
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

08-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 943: Debating the Diamondbacks and Dylan Bundy
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-22

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Prospectus Feature: Something Not Worth Forfeiting
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Henry Druschel

08-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: We Still Have Time
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Meg Rowley

08-22

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What You Need to Know: Flaherty, Floperty
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Ashley Varela

08-21

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BP Toronto
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Jenn Smith

08-21

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

08-20

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

08-19

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What You Need to Know: DeGrim
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Nicolas Stellini

08-19

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 19
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Matthew Kory

08-19

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Prospectus Feature: Baseball's Predictable 2,430
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Trevor Strunk

08-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 942: Should Baseball Teams Buy Insurance?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-18

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What You Need to Know: Never Fight A Day Game In Colorado
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Demetrius Bell

08-18

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Tools of Ignorance: The Trades Remain the Same
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Jeff Quinton

08-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 941: Pitcher Value and the Zach Britton Debate
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-17

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BP Unfiltered: Baseball Fans of the World Unite
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Rob Mains

08-17

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BP Bronx
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Ben Diamond

08-17

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Soaked
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Nicolas Stellini

08-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 101: You Know It When You See It
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-17

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Team Chemistry: What's Average For Pitchers?
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John Choiniere

08-17

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Prospectus Feature: Pujols, Verlander, and Modern Baseball
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Trevor Strunk

08-16

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BP Unfiltered: Match the MLB Legend With His Hobby In 1992
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Sam Miller

08-16

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BP Wrigleyville
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Henry Druschel

08-16

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What You Need to Know: Green Light, Now Begin
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Daniel Rathman

08-16

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Cold Takes: Win At Baseball By Losing Every Trade
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Patrick Dubuque

08-16

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Baseball Therapy: Rage Over Roids
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Russell A. Carleton

08-16

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Banjo Hitter: The Seagers' Pursuit Of Best-Brothers Status
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Aaron Gleeman

08-15

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BP Toronto
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Kyle Matte

08-15

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, August 15
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Matt Sussman

08-15

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What You Need to Know: Every Time We Say Goodbye (I Cry a Little)
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Ashley Varela

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Th Cardinals' deep pitching staff has freed them to use Alex Reyes in an interesting way; fun facts result.

Alex Reyes is up to 9 ⅔ innings pitched in the big leagues, and he still hasn’t allowed a run. He made his fifth career appearance Tuesday night, getting seven outs (including four strikeouts) in what ended up being a 7-4 Cardinals loss. In that game, he took over in the fifth inning, after Jaime Garcia struggled through four and put the Cardinals in a 6-4 hole. He threw 33 pitches and faced 10 batters, on three days’ rest. That’s been roughly typical so far. In his first four outings, he faced three, nine, eight, and five batters, threw 11, 51, 37, and 22 pitches, and had two, three, two, and two days’ rest, respectively.

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The rookie makes his debut and bails out Jon Niese, plus more from Tuesday's action.

The Tuesday Takeaway
It’s now been three weeks since Jon Niese was traded back to the Mets, and while his return has been lacking on several fronts (namely that of good pitching), it’s at least been interesting. First there were the seven runs allowed in six innings of relief, curious in the ugly way that struggle can often be. Then there was the fact that such a bullpen performance resulted in a promotion to the rotation, even as he was said to be grappling with a sore knee. And Tuesday, there was more frustration to add to the trend.


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Justin Verlander is the rare power pitcher who has reversed a downward trajectory late after 30.

As a die-hard White Sox fan in an era when American League Central baseball was known as nearly royalty, it was frowned upon for me to be as awestruck by the Detroit Tigers as I was. Not even that, it wasn’t okay.

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We're at a point in the season where a lot of the baseball is meaningless. What force of gravity is it that keeps pulling players toward effort?

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The Dodgers hit a bunch of homers off a guy named Bailey, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway
If Homer Bailey never has to see Adrian Gonzalez again, the Reds right-hander would be just fine with that. Gonzalez entered Monday’s series-closing matinee 10-for-23 lifetime with five homers and two doubles against Bailey. Among opponents with at least 20 head-to-head plate appearances, Gonzalez’s 1.632 OPS was tops by more than 250 points. And that was before this:


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What's the best way to spend money, given what we know right this minute?

A few years ago, I had a conversation with my brother. We were talking about (surprise!) baseball, but then his finance degree started talking. He pointed out to me that baseball is actually a really bad business model to be trapped in. The majority of your costs are fixed. You will be paying them, no matter what. Unlike the NFL, MLB contracts are largely guaranteed, so once a team signs a big expensive free agent, they are on the hook for paying him, sometimes on the hook several years into the future. On the other side, a lot of the revenue sources that teams have traditionally counted on (attendance, concessions, merchandise)—items that even in the age of huge TV contracts and regional sports networks being big feeders of the bottom line are still important—are variable. Fans usually come out to support a winner and a lot of times it’s hard to know how good you’ll be in three years. Will there be enough revenue to cover the cost of that fancy new second baseman? Teams aren’t completely operating in the dark when it comes to budgeting, but unlike a lot of other industries where if demand slows down, you can simply slow down production (and save money that way), baseball doesn’t let you do that.

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August 22, 2016 12:13 pm

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Hey look, the Royals are back from the dead and making another late-season run.

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The Angels comment, my friend.

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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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Ben and Sam banter about Mike Trout's draft-round dominance, then discuss whether the Diamondbacks need a regime change and whether the Orioles are making the right decisions about Dylan Bundy.

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What might get lost in pace-of-play changes.

In The Summer Game, Roger Angell described the relationship between baseball time and the out by saying, "Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young." Baseball time is largely unregulated and free from a clock, and even with recent interventions to put a bit of countdown heft behind existing rules, what dictates the pace of play is mostly those playing. What we see of it is determined by our interest. Outfield walls may be bedecked with corporate logos, and grand slams might now bear an odd connection to pizza, but the thing that has long distinguished baseball from other sports, its pacing, is still largely unruffled, for better or worse. We still have time.

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Ryan Flaherty masquerades as a major league pitcher, Felix Hernandez stages a comeback, and more from the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway
The first time Ryan Flaherty stood on the pitcher’s mound, he played for the Deering High School Rams in Portland, Maine. The second time, he played for the Baltimore Orioles in Saturday’s 12-2 loss to the Astros.


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