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12-03

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 9: Scratched
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: placeholder
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Jared Wyllys

12-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 984: Advice for Teams With Too Much Money
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-02

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Rumor Roundup: Pittsburgh Shops McCutchen
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Demetrius Bell

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Chicago's Miami Connection
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Jared Wyllys, Jeffrey Paternostro and Brendan Gawlowski

12-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 983: The Non-Endless-Lockout Edition
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 110: Feeling Frosty
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: Coming (Back) to America
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Bryan Grosnick and Patrick Dubuque

12-01

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Two-Strike Approach: Eovaldi Evolution
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Cat Garcia

11-30

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Stolen Base Over/Underachievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 982: Scouting the Yankees and Signing the Cespedes
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-30

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Baseball Therapy: The 26th Man
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Russell A. Carleton

11-30

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Rumor Roundup: Cespedes Fallout
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Emma Baccellieri

11-29

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Cold Takes: The Rise and Fall of the Power Rankings
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Patrick Dubuque

11-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 981: The New-GM Job Check
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-29

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The World Series of Coin Flipping
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Rob Mains

11-28

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: ERA: A Deeper Dive
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Greg Wellemeyer

11-28

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Rumor Roundup: You’re The One That I Want
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Ashley Varela

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Marcell Projections
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Demetrius Bell

11-25

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Pitching Backward: Reviewing Rapsodo
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Jeff Long

11-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 980: The Baseball-Book Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-23

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Rumor Roundup: Lockout Looming?
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Emma Baccellieri

11-22

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Prospectus Feature: MLB's Ongoing Search for Front Office Diversity
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Russell A. Carleton and Kate Morrison

11-21

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Rumor Roundup: Show Me the Money
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Ashley Varela

11-21

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Transaction Analysis: Qualifying Offers For Everyone!
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Bret Sayre, Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

11-19

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PITCHf/ox: Unstoppable Forces & Immovable Objects
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

11-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 979: Mike Trout and the Post-MVP Era
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-18

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Minor League Update: Games of November 17th
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Mauricio Rubio

11-18

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Players Prefer Presentation: Weird Play Index: Pitcher Edition
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Meg Rowley

11-18

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Notes from the Field: Arizona Fall League
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Matt Pullman

11-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 109: He's Still Mike Trout
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

11-17

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Home Runs: A Deeper Dive
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Greg Wellemeyer

11-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 978: Broken Bones and Broken Records
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-17

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Minor League Update: Games of November 16th
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Mauricio Rubio

11-17

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Baseball Therapy: Can a Closer be Worth $100 Million?
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Russell A. Carleton

11-17

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Singles Scene Turns Bleak
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Rob Mains

11-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 977: Indy Outliers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Everyone Wants Someone
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Emma Baccellieri

11-16

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

11-16

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Minor League Update: Games of November 15th
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Mauricio Rubio

11-15

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Minor League Update: Games of November 14th
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Wilson Karaman

11-15

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Cold Takes: The Aesthetics of the Unassisted Triple Play
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Patrick Dubuque

11-15

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Where Did All The Running Go?
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Rob Mains

11-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 976: Which Way Will the World Series Odds Go?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-14

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Rumor Roundup: A Pirate's Life for Me
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Ashley Varela

11-14

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Minor League Update: Games of November 11th-13th
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Mark Anderson

11-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 975: And Here's the Pitch from Trout
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-11

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Liner Notes: The 2017 Free Agent 50 (Part 2)
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Bryan Grosnick

11-11

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 7: San Francisco
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

11-11

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BP Job Postings: Analytics Internship Opportunities With Pittsburgh Pirates
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Rob McQuown

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Cespedes could force out another outfielder in New York, Seattle wants veteran pitching, and Cincinnati would listen on Hamilton.

Mariners take interest in Fister

Doug Fister is "a name of interest" to the Mariners, and presumably not because they’re interested in his name’s pun potential. As reported by Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News-Tribune, the team is logically looking to add some rotation depth after dealing Taijuan Walker to Arizona last week. General manager Jerry Dipoto said he’s “still in the market for more veteran-type starting pitching—major-league-established starting pitching—to add to what we have,” which makes perfect sense for a rotation whose backend is presently composed of Ariel Miranda and Nate Karns.

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With great power (ranking) comes ... well, almost no responsibility, actually.

If you have a moment, join me as we hop onto the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Set your watch to that exciting, lawless day of our generation’s lone frontier: the late nineties. The place: a humble website, spelled out awkwardly by many a suave sports anchor in the twilight moments of a late-night SportsCenter: espnet dot sportszone dot com.

Gawk at the unkempt wilds of Internet 1.0, an unconquered continent where bylines were rare, jpegs were a bandwidth luxury, and statistics were still halfway from GWRBI to GB%. It’s an interesting glimpse into the culture of sports internet. (One link ahead of its time: ESPN’s hosted video game review site.) Familiar names dot the page: There’s Neyer! There’s Caple! There’s Sickels! There’s Kurkjian!

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Ben and Sam banter about a baseball TV trope and a Roger Angell passage, then discuss how they would have asked and answered interview questions for the Twins and Diamondbacks GM jobs and what they thought of the Mariners' and Diamondbacks' Jean Segura-Taijuan Walker trade and the Twins' Jason Castro signing.

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November 29, 2016 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: The World Series of Coin Flipping

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Rob Mains

How the expanded postseason may be imperiling seven-game series.

Let’s have our own World Series, you and I. A World Series of coin flipping. First to four wins. Your call, heads or tails. Ready? Let’s go.

There are four ways you can win. First, you can win four flips in a row. Since the odds of winning any one flip are 50/50, your chance of a sweep are ½ x ½ x ½ x ½, or ½4, which equals .0625. You have a 6.25 percent chance of winning four straight flips.

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November 28, 2016 9:09 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: ERA: A Deeper Dive

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Greg Wellemeyer

How to view Michael Fulmer and Aaron Sanchez for 2017, and why Coors Field ruins everything.

No time for wasted words as we collectively crawl out of our Thanksgiving stupor. George Bissell wrote about the ERA landscape, Wilson Karaman wrote about some over- and under-achievers, and here’s the ERA deep dive:

The Risers

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Everyone wants Aroldis Chapman and, to a (much) lesser extent, Victor Martinez, plus the White Sox just want a hefty return for Chris Sale.

Martinez drawing interest from multiple teams

Teams are beginning “sniff around” Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, per a report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. At age 37, Martinez doesn’t look anything like the 4.7 WARP slugger that peaked with the club in 2014, but his .275 TAv and 27 home runs in 2016 made his sizable contract look a little less ridiculous. He still has $36 million on the books for 2017 and 2018, and despite a somewhat-viable bat, offers nothing in the way of defense despite Cafardo’s belief that he could handle a few games behind the plate or at first base in a pinch.

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Cespedes and the Yankees? Ozuna and the Cardinals? No lockout for the players and owners?

Yankees probably won’t be in on Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes may keep playing baseball in New York, but it probably won't be in the Bronx. Christian Red of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Yankees have decided not to pursue the player who’s widely considered to be the crown jewel of this year’s free agent class. This is despite the fact that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recently told reporters he would be speaking with Cespedes’ camp in the future.

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Can a $3,000 investment revolutionize amateur baseball and maybe interest MLB teams as well?

On a warm Saturday morning I pulled into the parking lot of a big industrial warehouse in Knoxville, TN. Driving past row after row of cars for an “inflatable party zone” I made my way to the side of the building, parking between a set of stairs and a long set of rusty railroad tracks. Tucked back in the corner of this industrial complex, just a short drive from the University of Tennessee and the vibrant downtown of Knoxville, was a hidden jewel for baseball nerds like myself.

I'd arrived at RBI Baseball, a premier facility where amateur athletes pursue improvement in the hopes of perfection. It’s here, and places like it across the country, where forward-thinking coaches pursue the future of amateur player development. More on that in a bit, though.

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Ben, Sam, and Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times draft a few of their favorite baseball books.

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Yoenis Cespedes has his eye on five years, Edwin Encarnacion may return to Toronto, and owners are threatening a lockout.

“Growing sense” Cespedes will get five-year deal

Though the Mets are still “optimistic” about their ability to re-sign outfielder Yoenis Cespedes with a four-year deal, there’s a “growing sense” that Cespedes will be able to command a five-year contract elsewhere, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Per anonymous industry sourcing, the Mets are interested in four years for $100 -110 million. But if it’s possible that Cespedes could grab a five-year deal for $130 million or thereabouts—which, according to Puma, it is—then staying in Queens is less likely.

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MLB parted ways with the Korn Ferry search firm as it continues to struggle filling front office roles with minority candidates.

It’s Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to travel several hundred miles to have an awkward dinner with your family. It’s a season of eating too much, rehashing old family arguments that were silly to begin with and even sillier 20 years later, and dealing with Uncle Larry. You know Uncle Larry. The one who voted for that candidate whom you can’t stand and who would now like to take a few moments to describe why he did so.

We here at Baseball Prospectus know that you’ve probably come to the site to get away from it all and to think about topics that aren’t so emotionally loaded. So, as a public service, we figured we’d write about race. It’s OK, both our Uncles Larry voted for Rick Porcello too.

Last week, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that Major League Baseball is no longer working with executive search firm Korn Ferry, whom the league had retained a little more than a year ago to help teams identify racial and ethnic minorities to fill front office vacancies. When Korn Ferry was hired, there was a growing concern internally that nearly all of the top executives in the game were white, and MLB wanted to do something about it.

To bolster their efforts, MLB created an internal Diversity Pipeline Initiative, headed by former Pirates director of baseball personnel Tyrone Brooks. In the past year, though, several general managers have been politely excused from their duties and have been replaced, mostly by 30-something, statistically-savvy Caucasian guys who used to work for the Cleveland Indians[1].

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The Padres want a big return for Wil Myers, the Blue Jays are still in on Jose Bautista, and Mike Napoli is fielding offers from multiple teams.

Padres need to be “blown away” by trade offers for Myers

Wil Myers is to the Padres what Anthony Rizzo is to the Cubs, or so says FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. In other words, the Padres view the 25-year-old first baseman as a cornerstone of their 2017 roster and only intend to entertain offers that approach the value they’ve placed on him. For teams lacking a prospect-rich farm system, that may be a difficult task.

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