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0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 625: 2015 Season Preview Series: New York Yankees by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 624: 2015 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 623: 2015 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 622: 2015 Season Preview Series: Milwaukee Brewers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 43: I'm Just A Real Big Meepits Fan by Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio
2 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 44: Crash And Burn by Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 621: The Moncada Contract, Win Expectancy, and the High-Five Hypothetical by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Unfiltered: Does This Record Mean Anything? by Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 620: 2015 Season Preview Series: Chicago White Sox by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
2 Pitching Backward: Which Hitters Have it Toughest? by Jeff Long
5 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 619: 2015 Season Preview Series: Baltimore Orioles (And an Announcement) by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 618: 2015 Season Preview Series: Houston Astros by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
4 State of the Position: Starting Pitchers by Ben Carsley
0 BP Unfiltered: test by R.J. Anderson
4 BP Unfiltered: How Many Teams Does It Take to Beat the Dodgers? by Sam Miller
0 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 43: LABR Party by Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 616: 2015 Season Preview Series: Arizona Diamondbacks by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Announcements: Deadline Extended for Greg Spira Award Nominations by Baseball Prospectus
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 615: 2015 Season Preview Series: Atlanta Braves by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 Prospectus Feature: h by Sam Miller
0 BP Announcements: 10th Annual Sutton's Strokes for Little Folks Golf Tournament by Baseball Prospectus
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 614: 2015 Season Preview Series: Kansas City Royals by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
2 Prospectus Feature: The Golden Age of Immaculate Innings by Ian Frazer
6 Pitching Backward: How to Outperform Your Prospect Status by Jeff Long
2 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 42: The Good Face, The Good Head by Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 613: 2015 Season Preview Series: Colorado Rockies by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 New Post by Ben Lindbergh
0 2015 Prospects: test by Rodger A. Payne
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 612: What Life After Rules Changes Would Look Like by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 611: 2015 Season Preview Series: Minnesota Twins by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
3 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 42: Are You Betting On Ryan Braun's Thumb? by Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio
5 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 610: 2015 Season Preview Series: Philadelphia Phillies by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 609: Kiley McDaniel on Yoan Moncada, Cuba, and Prospect Bias by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 41: I Am Absolutely Salty by Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio
0 BP Unfiltered: On Baseball's New Marketing Agency And Appealing to the Masses by Jeff Quinton
0 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 41: The One About Javy Baez by Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 608: Unsolved Mysteries of the Mailbag by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
8 Pitching Backward: PECOTA's No. 1 Breakout Candidate, And the Case Against Him by Jeff Long
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 607: The 2015 Minor League Free Agent Draft by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 40: Crossing The Line by Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio
0 Pebble Hunting: Junk this by Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 606: The Baseball-to-Cricket Conversion by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 New Post by Rob McQuown
1 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 40: Weathermen by Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio
0 Rumor Roundup: The Dodgers + Yoan Moncada Is So Obvious by Daniel Rathman
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 604: PECOTA's Surprising Pitcher Projections by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 603: Dirk Hayhurst on Pace and the Batter-Pitcher Balance of Power by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 39: Gimme by Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio
2 BP Unfiltered: The 32 Predictions Contest Results by Sky Kalkman
0 BP Unfiltered: ! by Ben Lindbergh
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February 18, 2015 10:21 am
The eternally confounding class of ballplayers.
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February 18, 2015 9:04 am
Jeff Luhnow knows the value in picking first. Since usurping Ed Wade in December 2011 as the Astros general manager, Luhnow has batted leadoff in each of the three drafts he's supervised—a streak assured to end in June, when Houston selects second (compensation for failing to sign ) and fifth. By then, Luhnow ought to be accustomed to choosing later than normal. That's because, for the first time in his tenure, the Astros will enter the season without the top waiver priority. Brady Aiken The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
February 17, 2015 10:39 am
The Dodgers are better than the Phillies in almost every way.
told me this, and I told PECOTA "everybody knows that," and suddenly PECOTA and I were in a Geico commercial. When we returned, PECOTA I asked PECOTA something a bit less obvious: How many teams would need to combine to be better than the Dodgers? Read the full article...
February 17, 2015 7:34 am
Bret and Mike take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.
February 17, 2015 6:01 am
Ben and Sam preview the Diamondbacks' season with David Raposa, and Sahadev talks to AZCentral Sports Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro (at 23:26).
February 16, 2015 4:09 pm
Nominations for the most innovative analysis by a writer under 30 are due Feb. 22.
The Greg Spira Baseball Research Award Committee has announced the rules and procedures for nominations for the third annual Greg Spira Baseball Research Award. The winner of the 2015 Greg Spira Award will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The committee will also recognize two additional writers with awards of $200 for second place and $100 for third place. Winning entries must display innovative analysis or reasoning by an author who was 30 years old or younger at the time of the entry’s publication.
Last year’s Spira Award went to Ben Lindbergh, a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America who now writes for Grantland. College students James Santelli (University of Southern California) and Noah Woodward (Davidson College) took second and third place, respectively. The inaugural Spira Award in 2013 was presented to Trent McCotter of Washington, D.C. Dan Farnsworth received second place and Caleb Hardwick third that year. Read the full article...
February 16, 2015 12:46 am
Ben and Sam preview the Braves' season with Alex Remington, and Sahadev talks to MLB.com Braves beat writer Mark Bowman (at 32:00).
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February 15, 2015 11:28 pm
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February 13, 2015 1:37 pm
Golf Tournament benefits Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center.
February 13, 2015 6:01 am
Ben and Sam preview the Royals' season with Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough, and Sahadev talks to KC Star columnist Sam Mellinger (at 25:53).
February 13, 2015 6:00 am
Is there anything we can learn from the most random, most fleeting of exceptional baseball performances?
Baseball is no stranger to misnomers. A splitter stays in one piece; a drag bunt contacts the bat no longer than any other hit; a knuckleball is usually thrown with the fingernails. This point is even true concerning some of the game’s most notable events. A perfect game is never quite so: Spots are missed, mistakes are made, pitches are often hit extremely hard. But they result in outs all the same.
A truly perfect game, theoretically, would be composed entirely of strikeouts, with no balls thrown. Nobody has done this outside the world of video games (and probably within that world, as well). But if we shrink the scope down to a single inning, baseball history offers us a number of examples of perhaps the closest thing to true perfection that baseball offers.
Per baseball-almanac.com, the game has seen 79 instances of these “immaculate innings.” They are more than three times as rare as no-hitters and about as much so as a cycle. But they lack the narrative momentum of those events, the build-up and climax. With a perfect game, we have 26 batters to see it coming. With a cycle, we have three (or more) at-bats. But with an immaculate inning, it’s a single inning, its significance clouded by that of the game as a whole.
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February 13, 2015 6:00 am
I have a somewhat embarrassing admission to make. I hate coffee. I have a general distaste for bitter things in general, but coffee is the worst. This is a significant admission since I recently learned that
our editor-in-chief was a barista (presumably a barista; I’m not sure if there are other jobs one can have in a Starbucks. Also, are male baristas called baristas? Or baristos? I don’t know Italian, and I spend precious little time in Starbucks, as you might imagine) once upon a time. Some people throw all sorts of cream and sugar and foam and whatever else in there and say it tastes good, but it’s just generally not for me. I just don’t have an appreciation for it. The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.