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07-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 489: Statcast's Impact on Player Evaluation
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

05-27

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Painting the Black: Rebuilding a Right Way
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R.J. Anderson

12-18

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More Moneyball
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Andrew Koo

08-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 276: How Would Wladimir Balentien Hit in the Majors?/Oakland's Second-Half Success Narrative
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-12

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Punk Hits: What Billy Beane is Doing Again
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Ian Miller

07-30

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Pebble Hunting: The Oakland A's and Getting Past Windows
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Sam Miller

07-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 7: Duck
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: More on Yoenis Cespedes and the A's
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Ben Lindbergh

02-14

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Painting the Black: Examining the Beane Stock
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R.J. Anderson

02-09

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On the Beat: The Best of the Rest of the Free Agent Market
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John Perrotto

02-08

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The BP First Take: Wednesday, February 8
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Daniel Rathman

10-07

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Moneyball and Money Men
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Kevin Baker

09-23

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Future Shock: The Moneyball Way
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Kevin Goldstein

09-22

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On the Beat: Moneyball at the Movies
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John Perrotto

08-05

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Moping About Moneyball
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David Brown

06-09

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BP Unfiltered: The Fallout in Oakland
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John Perrotto

04-12

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Painting the Black: Why Billy Beane's Sh*t Might Work with Trevor Cahill
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R.J. Anderson

03-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement
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Jay Jaffe

01-21

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Squawking Baseball: The Best and Worst GMs of the Aughties
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Shawn Hoffman

07-27

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Future Shock: Beaneball
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Kevin Goldstein

08-25

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The Week in Quotes: August 18-24
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Alex Carnevale

07-09

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Transaction of the Day: Harden-ed
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Christina Kahrl

05-28

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On the Beat
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John Perrotto

03-11

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Prospectus Toolbox: Moneybag Mailball
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Derek Jacques

03-02

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Every Given Sunday: Newfound Philly Fanaticism
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John Perrotto

01-07

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The Week in Quotes: January 1-6
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Alex Carnevale

12-10

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The Week in Quotes: December 2-9
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Alex Carnevale

08-30

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Transaction of the Day: Contenders' Moves
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Christina Kahrl

08-12

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Every Given Sunday: The Future Stock of Bonds
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John Perrotto

06-18

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The Week in Quotes: June 11-17
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Alex Carnevale

06-17

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Every Given Sunday: Burrowing to the Basement in Bridgeport
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John Perrotto

03-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Jeremy Bonderman
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David Laurila

10-23

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The Week in Quotes: October 16-23
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Alex Carnevale

10-09

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The Ledger Domain: Breaking Down the 2006 Season by Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins
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Maury Brown

10-09

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The Week in Quotes: October 1-8
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Alex Carnevale

04-05

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You Could Look It Up: Backlash
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Steven Goldman

02-23

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Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics
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Baseball Prospectus

06-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

02-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Rick Peterson
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Jonah Keri

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The Wests
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Christina Kahrl

12-16

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The Week in Quotes: December 2-December 15
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Ryan Wilkins

11-11

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The Week in Quotes: November 4-10
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Ryan Wilkins

05-24

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Prospectus Feature: 6-4-3: Rounding the Bases
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Gary Huckabay

05-24

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6-4-3: Rounding the Bases
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Gary Huckabay

02-28

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Prospectus Feature: The Success Cycle
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Jonah Keri

02-28

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The Success Cycle
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Jonah Keri

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Ben and and Sam discuss Billy Beane's Wall Street Journal op-ed and how Statcast will affect scouting and player evaluation.

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The A's go all in, and the Cubs add to their prospect stockpile.



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The Athletics' latest zig has been as unexpected in the current baseball landscape as it has been impressive.

To think Billy Beane entered the 2012 season in an unenviable position. His Athletics had won 70-something games for the third time in four years, spurring the ever-active general manager to retool his roster for the umpteenth time. Beane removed the veterans; he traded Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Andrew Bailey for prospects, and wished David DeJesus and Josh Willingham all the best as they departed through free agency. Beane would later balance the subtractions by adding Coco Crisp and Bartolo Colon—moves that (seemingly) doubled as peace offerings to the union—but the net result was a payroll trimmed of about $15 million.

All the departures caused the A's to abandon their short-term aspirations in pursuit of the future. Beane, who has worked with a bottom-six payroll since 2011, was left to improve his roster using one of the game's best farm systems. Built mostly through trades—the A's have picked in the top-10 just once since selecting Barry Zito in 1999—Oakland's farm system entered that pivotal 2012 season ranked fourth in the league; however harmful those aforementioned trades were to fan morale, the returns had nourished a once-weak prospect stable. It's been said that in baseball you're either selling hope or selling wins.

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December 18, 2013 6:40 am

More Moneyball

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Andrew Koo

In addition to exploiting lefty-righty matchups, the A's also have a significant edge in the air.

The Oakland Athletics finished 2013 with baseball's fourth-lowest payroll, fourth-best offense, and best clubhouse chemistry. Debate has centered on whether the latter two are related. There’s nothing objectionable about “good guy” genes—it’s a solid organizational goal to have. But chemistry alone doesn’t put runs on the board, and if a team is missing the talent, they better find the runs elsewhere. The 2002 Athletics discovered them in walk deities and college arms; once those methods pervaded front offices, the A’s slipped back into losing. Was chemistry the only undervalued commodity of their recent resurgence?

As the baseball community obtains more knowledge, roster construction strategies evolve. Previously undervalued talents like walks and defense are now accepted constructs. The A’s are Hollywood-infamous for adopting them before their competitors while prices were low. After a 74-win 2011, they cheaply signed Brandon Inge and Jonny Gomes, who Brandon McCarthy claimed bolstered the clubhouse DNA to the tune of 20 wins. But Inge and Gomes were two of several players who also bolstered a less-visible statistic: fly ball-to-ground ball ratio.

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Ben and Sam discuss how Wladimir Balentien's explosive season in Japan would translate to the majors, then examine the notion that Billy Beane's teams play better in the second half.

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September 12, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: What Billy Beane is Doing Again

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Ian Miller

OAK is A-OK!

Everyone loves an underdog, and we’ve had some great stories this year. The Pirates were great while they lasted, and the Orioles... well, we project Baltimore to go 9-13 the rest of the way and miss the Wild Card entirely. But it was fun, wasn’t it?

And then there’s the Athletics. The lowly A’s, the least-valuable of the 30 MLB franchises at “only” $321 million. They of the skinflint ownership, endless stadium struggles, and ridiculously low ticket revenues. None of this is news, of course. We all saw that movie based on the book that Brad Pitt wrote about the guy from Parks & Recreation. That crafty Billy Beane always finds a way to do more with less! It’s the feelgood story of the year.

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July 30, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Oakland A's and Getting Past Windows

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Sam Miller

Should teams that aren't expected to contend really always be sellers?

In a three-week period last December, the A’s traded the only two starting pitchers who had thrown 200 innings for them in the previous year, and the team’s closer. The moves left the A's with a starting rotation of Brandon McCarthy, one empty spot, and three pitchers who had a) combined for 17 starts in their careers and b) had never appeared on a Baseball America top 100.

The state of the team’s rotation, though, didn’t seem to matter. The A’s were not playing for this year, and with three trades in three weeks they made that very clear. Rather than criticize the A’s for failing to put a competitive team on the field, it was safe to applaud Billy Beane for putting Oakland in a position to someday put a competitive team on the field, someday in the future, someday after 2012. They punted. A prudent move.

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Ben and Sam examine how the Nationals have gone about implementing and publicizing Stephen Strasburg's innings limit and revisit Billy Beane's trades from last winter in light of Oakland's success.

Effectively Wild Episode 7: "Duck"

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February 29, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview

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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

The two Jasons dissect the pressing questions facing the Rangers, Angels, A's, and Mariners this season.

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 89-73
Team WARP: 45.7
Runs Scored: 719
Runs Allowed: 648​
Team FRAA: 37.6






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How can we reconcile Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes signing with the team's latest rebuilding efforts and its surplus of Stepford outfielders?



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February 14, 2012 3:00 am

Painting the Black: Examining the Beane Stock

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R.J. Anderson

Does the recently-extended Billy Beane's reputation deserved to be tarnished after five seasons without playoff baseball in Oakland?

Baseball lends itself to retrospection. Its rules tend to remain constant, and the limited number of ways in which one can throw or hit a baseball leaves room for today’s players to resemble yesterday’s players in one respect or another. Even baseball contracts beget retrospectives. When a player signs a new deal, we look to his past for hints about his future. The same goes for general managers, and you can bet that Athletics fans are feeling hopeful in the wake of Billy Beane’s reported upcoming pact with Oakland, which is set to run through the 2019 season.

Beane remains one of the league’s most recognizable executives—thanks in no small part to Moneyballs silver screen adaptation—despite the A’s last postseason berth coming in 2006. All of Oakland’s losing since has given Beane’s critics—those who question whether he’s more interested in soccer than baseball—a louder voice. Those who support Beane point to the A’s socioeconomic status while crediting his resourcefulness in avoiding the 100-loss mark; meanwhile, the Beane critics finger his regime’s inability to draft and develop players and insinuate that his inefficiency act no longer works. Consider the quotes John Perrotto gathered in his latest column if you believe those statements to be exaggerations.

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February 9, 2012 3:00 am

On the Beat: The Best of the Rest of the Free Agent Market

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John Perrotto

Soliciting scouts' takes on the four remaining free agents who made significant contributions to their teams last season.

Spring training is barely more than a week away, and the free agent market has all but been picked over.

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