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Thank goodness.

When you imagine the awful accident that will someday result from a broken bat, you probably think about the pitcher first, then maybe the baserunner coming down the third base line, then a corner infielder, and then maybe a fan. But, of course, the catcher is closer to that bat than all of them, and it actually only takes a little bit of imagination to see how a broken bat could theoretically endanger a catcher. Or, if you have no imagination, a GIF.

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Ben and Sam discuss the trade value of two of the players whose names were most often bandied about in rumors on the first day of the Winter Meetings.

Ben and Sam discuss the trade value of two of the players whose names were most often bandied about in rumors on the first day of the Winter Meetings.

Episode 94: "The Perplexing Trade Value of R.A. Dickey and Billy Butler"

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Which players will be staying at home this year who should be playing in Kansas City?

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The tater trots for May 26: three walkoffs and a season-best quick trot from Bryce Harper. Quite the day.

Saturday was a busy day. There were three walkoff home runs, a pair of super-quick trots, a first career home run and more. Chances are, no matter what game you were watching, you saw something pretty great.

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The tater trots for April 25: Cespedes bests Konerko and Rolen keeps pace with Hudson.

After watching so many home runs over the last 2+ years, I've come to have a number of favorite players to watch on their tater trots: Scott Rolen, Billy Butler, Adrian Beltre, David Ortiz, and plenty more. It's always nice, then, when a number of them all hit home runs on the same night, like many did on Wednesday. Top that off with some of the big flies that we saw last night, it was a good day for home runs.

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The tater trots for September 5: Big days from rookies Jesus Montero and Brett Lawrie, a nice slow trot from Victor Martinez.

Apologies for the long weekend. It didn't get any shorter with the 37 home runs hit across the league on Monday. Among those homers were five players who went deep twice for the holiday.

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July 29, 2011 10:46 am

Fantasy Beat: Royalty Running Wild

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Jason Collette

Jason looks at the baserunning philosophy of Royals manager Ned Yost and how it has benefited fantasy players.

Do you remember this quote from Spring Training?

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The tater trots for July 26: Chase Utley's inside-the-park home run and Albert Pujols shows the fallibility of instant replay.

It's been a busy day, what with the 19th-inning blown call, the Colby Rasmus trade, the almost-Carlos Beltran trade, and Ervin Santana no-hitter. I'm certainly not complaining. But it has kept us all from what's really important - the Tater Trot Tracker.

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March 11, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Billy Butler, Speed Demon

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Jason Collette

Ned Yost says he wants his first baseman to steal 10 bases in 2011--is that realistic, or insanity?

Spring Training is always good for a few canned stories. I don’t know about you, but I have lost count of how many guys are in the best shape of their lives as well as how many guys are just working on things to get ready for the season. It may take the players a few weeks to get game ready, but their clichés are in mid-season form right out of the gate. So, when a manager comes out and says that his hefty first baseman has a chance of stealing ten bases in 2011, you take notice.

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January 25, 2011 11:12 am

Fantasy Beat: Grounding Out With Billy Butler

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Craig Brown

If Billy Butler is to ever realize his power potential, he will need to change his approach at the plate.

Among qualified first basemen last summer, Billy Butler’s .318 batting average ranked him third, just behind Joey Votto’s .324 BA and Miguel Cabrera’s average of .328.  That’s a good foundation for fantasy, but Butler lagged in the power categories.  His 15 home runs ranked him 20th out of 24 players and his 78 RBI were good for 18th place.  While he was the best hitter on the Royals, his results were a mixed bag for fantasy owners who undoubtedly enjoyed the batting average, but wished he would realize his power potential.  Still, it was quite a productive year as his career-best .309 TAv ranked him eighth among qualified first basemen.  

Entering the 2010 season, Butler’s goal was to cut down on his strikeout totals.  Given he whiffed a career worst once every 5.9 at bats the previous year, it was an admirable goal.  Under the tutelage of new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, Butler worked on improving his contact.  The emphasis wasn’t on type of contact. (i.e. Hitting with more power or driving the ball to the pull field.) Rather it was just on making contact.  Period.

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April 5, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter

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Michael Street

In the last of his preseason "Hot Spots," Michael Street looks at the underappreciated 1B Billy Butler, the increasing flexibility of DH Hideki Matsui, and how Scott Rolen and Juan Francisco fit in to Cincinnati's 3B picture.

For this final preseason Hot Spots column, I’m focusing on underdrafted players, anticipating our shift to targeting undervalued players during the regular season. There’s no better place to start than Kansas City, whose offense is projected by BP to score 741 runs, fourth-worst in the AL, making fantasy owners overlook Royals players.

One who doesn’t deserve such a snub is Billy Butler, whose 32.3 VORP in 2009 was second-best on the team. He’ll need to reach his 80th PECOTA percentile to beat that VORP in 2010, but even his 50th percentile has fantasy value. Though he isn’t a slugger, Butler’s 14% strikeout rate and 8% walk rate from 2007-9 show his strong BA contributions. If he can recapture the patience he exhibited in 2008, when he had a career-best 12.9% K rate, Butler could hit .300 again in 2010; his 60th percentile would get him there, while also cresting .500 SLG.

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March 28, 2008 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on First Base Prospects

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Nate Silver

It's not a position where a lot of youngsters make it, but there are at least two excellent prospects at first.

This article is the second in our (deliberately-paced) annual series of PECOTA-based prospect rankings. For the first article in the series, and a discussion of methodology, head back here.

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