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01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Hunting Starters
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Demetrius Bell

01-20

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Players Prefer Presentation: placeholder
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Meg Rowley

01-19

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Pitchers' Plate Discipline
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Rob Mains

01-18

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 115: Animal Crackers
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-18

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Rumor Roundup: Must-See TV
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Emma Baccellieri

01-17

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Baseball Therapy: What Does Batter/Pitcher Matchup Data Tell Us?
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Russell A. Carleton

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Ain't Settling for Anything Less Than Everything
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Ashley Varela

01-16

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Hitters' Plate Discipline
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Rob Mains

01-13

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Longest and Shortest Games
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Meg Rowley

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Trumbo Tumbles
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Demetrius Bell

01-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1006: Sullivan's Travels
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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan

01-12

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 79: I'm Dying
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

01-12

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year’s Resolutions: Ground-ball Pitchers
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Rob Mains

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers
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Bret Sayre

01-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1005: Dan Haren's New Job and Old Fear of Hall of Famers
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Ben Lindbergh

01-11

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 114: There’s No Desperation In Susac
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-11

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Baseball Therapy: Grinding On Grounders
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Russell A. Carleton

01-11

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Rumor Roundup: Dozier Dead, Bruce Bets, and Atlanta Aces
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Emma Baccellieri

01-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1004: The Joe and Rany Re-Reunion
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Ben Lindbergh

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: No, Atlanta
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Ashley Varela

01-09

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Prospectus Feature: Passed Balls and Wild Pitches (Again)
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Jonathan Judge

01-09

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year’s Resolutions: Ground-ball Hitters
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Rob Mains

01-09

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Cold Takes: Murray Chass' Hall of Fame Ballot
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Patrick Dubuque

01-09

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Cold Takes: Murray Chass' Hall of Fame Ballot
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Patrick Dubuque

01-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1003: Happiness, the Human Condition, and Cracker Jack
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Ben Lindbergh

01-06

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Players Prefer Presentation: Who We Are When We're At Our Worst
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Meg Rowley

01-06

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Rumor Roundup: Dinged Up and Dingers
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Demetrius Bell

01-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 113: Statcast and Prospects
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George Bissell, Tim Finnegan and Jeffrey Paternostro

01-05

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Dynasty Prospect Rankings
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Bret Sayre

01-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1002: Mike Trout Turns Around
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Ben Lindbergh

01-04

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Rumor Roundup: Dozier, Baker, and the Ballpark Maker
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Emma Baccellieri

01-04

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Baseball Therapy: The Bullpen of My Dreams
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Russell A. Carleton

01-04

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Liner Notes: The McEwing Score
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Bryan Grosnick

01-03

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Cold Takes: Unfair Ball
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Patrick Dubuque

01-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1001: The One After 1000
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Ben Lindbergh

12-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 1000: The Old and the New
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 999: The One Before 1000
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 78: There Was An Offseason
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

12-29

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Best of BP 2016: The Swing Zone's Connected to the Strike Zone
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John Choiniere

12-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 998: The Podcast's (and Baseball's) Future
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 997: The Game Show Show
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-27

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Best of BP 2016: The Six Archetypes of Famous Baseball Men LinkedIn Profiles
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Emma Baccellieri

12-26

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Baseball Prospectus Book News: Player Names from Baseball Prospectus 2017
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Dave Pease and Rob McQuown

12-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 996: The Second Draft of Things About Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Party at Encarnacion's
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Emma Baccellieri

12-23

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Rumor Roundup: Three Little Players Went to Market
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Demetrius Bell

12-23

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Prospectus Feature: The 2016 All Out-of-Position Team
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Andrew Mearns

12-23

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Baseball Therapy: Worrying About the Money
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Russell A. Carleton

12-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 995: Manny Machado's Midriff
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-22

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

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Ben and Slate's Mike Pesca banter about incentive clauses, happiness, analogies, injuries, and the Mets, then discuss sabermetric thinking about non-baseball subjects, optimism, podcasting, and preparation.

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The worst, Jerry. The worst.

Over the holiday break, Jeff Sullivan and Grant Brisbee appeared on Effectively Wild and joined Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh to reprise their draft of baseball things.

With his second pick, Jeff drafted Fernando Rodney; his person, persona, his tipped cap. Rodney appears to be an engaging, interesting person. I’m sure he’s an excellent brunch companion. Jeff called him delightful. Except that—and this is what made him draft-worthy—his job is sufficiently high leverage and his results so inconsistent that watching him pitch when you have any sort of vested interest in the outcome is unpleasant.

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Tyson Ross has suitors, Oakland likes Mark Trumbo, and the White Sox are asking a lot for Jose Quintana.

Teams are showing interest in Ross

Tyson Ross missed nearly the entire 2016 season due to injury and was released by the Padres last month, but that hasn’t kept teams from pursuing him as a free agent. There are reports that the Nationals, Mariners, Pirates, Twins, and Giants have shown varying degrees of interest in the 30-year-old right-hander, and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted out that the Cubs and Rangers are currently the favorites to sign him.

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George Bissell, Tim Finnegan and Jeffrey Paternostro of Baseball Prospectus take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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A list of names you should be familiar with for your first-year dynasty drafts this winter.

As we peel out from the holiday season and into draft season, it’s a good time to reflect on what we got. Maybe you got that PS4 you really wanted. Maybe you got a really nice bottle of wine. Maybe you got clothes. There’s nothing inherently wrong with getting clothes as a present. You need clothes. They literally prevent you from being arrested when you leave your house. Yet they are also extremely fickle. Sure, that sweater is looks really nice but it gets a little bunchy in the shoulders and it just doesn’t look right. Or worse yet, it does look great but then it shrinks in the dryer after the second time you wear it. It could always be worse; you could have gotten socks. You know you’d never actually spend $15 on a pair of socks, but the level of comfort over the 5/$20 pairs you already own is still noticeable—even if you can’t really figure out what makes socks comfortable.

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Ben, Carson Cistulli, and Eric Longenhagen scrutinize an unearthed video of Mike Trout taking batting practice in high school from both sides of the plate. Then Ben and Carson discuss podcasting, umpiring, Jeff Sullivan and more.

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Minnesota asked for "final offers" on Brian Dozier, Washington wants to keep Dusty Baker around, and Arizona is fighting about a ballpark.

All quiet on the Dozier front

The past three weeks have been filled with “will they or won’t they?” trade gossip on Brian Dozier and the Dodgers, but the past few days have been fairly silent on the rumor mill (which is perhaps its own form of a rumor). Last Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins were telling teams to submit their final offers for Dozier over the coming days. Since then, there’s been precious little in terms of rumors and nothing at all in terms of concrete action, which hints that those final offers might not have been what the Twins wanted.

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January 4, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Bullpen of My Dreams

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Russell A. Carleton

Are modern managers misusing their bullpens or is there actually a good reason why leverage doesn't determine reliever usage?

“Doc, I had that dream again.”

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Putting the "super" in super-utility man since 2010.

Every baseball fan has some pet thing they enjoy more than seems sane–a player, a play, a stadium, an event–and every baseball writer worth their salt has several idiosyncratic “beats” that they cover. On a recent episode of Effectively Wild, Sam Miller mentioned one of his: players who make their big-league debut with unadjusted stats that are better than any of their previous minor-league seasons. (The player in question was A’s third baseman Ryon Healy, but I see you, Robert Gsellman.) For Jonah Keri, that beat might be Tim Raines’ Hall of Fame candidacy or the Expos, and hey, sometimes you create a book out of your beat.

One of my beats–and one I share with plenty of other writers–results from my love of players playing “out of position.” I’m fascinated with utility players, those guys often marginalized to the back of the bench or the fringes of the 40-man roster. As part of my exploration of sabermetrics, I’ve tinkered on and off with how best to quantify the value brought to the table by a player capable of playing multiple positions ... and playing them well. And as part of that process, an intermediate step was my quest to turn positional flexibility into a number that represents a player’s use at multiple positions. Thus, the McEwing Score.

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The 1982 All-Star game, fairness in ground balls, and the death of the Baltimore chop.

Please enjoy, perhaps not in its entirety, video footage of the 1982 All-Star game.

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Ben and SB Nation's Grant Brisbee banter about baseball ads, then talk about last season's forgettable baseball stories, Grant's favorite writing of 2016, covering the playoffs in person, and Barry Bonds and the BBWAA.

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In Sam's last show as co-host, he and Ben talk to Astros pro scouting director Kevin Goldstein. Then, Ben talks to incoming co-host Jeff Sullivan before Jeff leaves on a fantastically timed vacation.

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