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Winner of the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for "Contemporary Baseball Commentary."
Over the weekend BP's own Meg Rowley received the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for "Contemporary Baseball Commentary." The winning article, originally published on May 26, 2016, is re-printed below.
The are getting a new ballpark. We’re used to thinking about the stadium question in terms of tax dollars, and it is an obviously smart way to approach it because of all the things tax dollars turn into that aren’t baseball. Tax dollars are schools and roads and recycling bins, and their allocation is a collective expression of what is important to us, or ought to be. It’s an exceptionally boring way of declaring that most of us like this thing more than this other thing, not merely as sports fans or consumers, but as citizens and parents and people. So when the Texas Rangers Arlington City Council voted to approve a master plan for a new stadium for the Texas Rangers, they kicked off a process by which voters will decide if they like air conditioned baseball more than whatever else you can buy with $500 million. Like recycling bins or public transit or a comical number of two-foot-long hot dogs. We’re used to thinking of this question in that way, and it is a good way to think about it. Read the full article...
On the verge of a breakout, 29-year-old Ryan Church's career crashed to an abrupt halt after suffering a severe concussion on the basepaths.
Why not spend some time evaluating owners?
The White Sox have an opportunity to flip the script for how they're viewed regarding player development.
Toronto's catcher shares his tips and tricks to the art of communication.
There Is No Offseason (TINO) is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty league formats. Kris Bryant gets a big raise from the Cubs, and the Tigers and Braves go in search of outfield help.
Bryant breaks Trout's record
Last week, the Red Sox gave
a 2017 contract worth $950,000. While the runner-up in the AL MVP voting came just short of Mookie Betts ’s record $1 million pre-arbitration contract renewal back in 2014, the NL MVP winner ended up breaking Trout’s record this week. Jon Heyman is Mike Trout reporting that will be paid $1.05 million by the Cubs for the 2017 season, which is now the new record for pre-arbitration salary. Kris Bryant Read the full article...
George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus discuss injuries to David Price and David Dahl and recap Mike’s AL LABR auction from Arizona last weekend. San Francisco's rotation battle, injured stars returning, and Scott Kazmir is hurting again.
Giants' fifth starter battle is clash of opposites
The battle for the Giants’ last rotation spot is shaping up to be a classic of the genre: the veteran versus the rookie.
and Matt Cain are the two pitchers vying to be the team’s fifth starter, and Monday saw both of them in action—with Blach taking over for Cain in the fourth inning and allowing an inherited runner to score. After the outing, manager Ty Blach Bruce Bochy noted that the rotation spot belongs to Cain if he’s healthy. But the past few years have shown that the if there is a rather important qualifier for the 32-year-old, who has spent much of the last three seasons on the disabled list and hasn’t passed the 90-inning mark in that time. Read the full article...
We know Ty Kelly wants you to know his heart. We don't know if Josh Phegley exists. And Kurt Suzuki we know all too well.
Glances at the beauty of baseball numerology, the evils of said numerology, and an epitath for a pointless baseball exercise. Fernando Abad jeopardizes his spot in the Red Sox's bullpen, Brett Lawrie enters free agency, and the Royals decline to open extension talks with core players.
Abad foregoes camp competition for World Baseball Classic
Red Sox relief candidate
will participate in his first World Baseball Classic for Team Dominican. Playing in the WBC is generally regarded as an honor, but in this case it might compromise his chances of making the Opening Day roster. Fernando Abad Read the full article...