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08-12

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Banjo Hitter: Winter of Their Discontent
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Aaron Gleeman

08-10

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Outta Left Field: Butterfly Effect-ing the Lefties
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Dustin Palmateer

08-03

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What You Need to Know: Hey Switch, Turn It Over and Hit It
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Emma Baccellieri

08-02

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Cold Takes: Get Hyped for the August Trade Period!
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Patrick Dubuque

08-02

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The Call-Up: Andrew Benintendi
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Not Abad Trade
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Aaron Gleeman and Will Haines

07-30

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BP Fenway
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Matthew Kory

07-28

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What You Need to Know: Sweep Takes
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Demetrius Bell

07-27

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Two-Strike Approach: The 21-Start Check-in on David Price
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Cat Garcia

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-24

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

07-17

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Rubbing Mud: Another Look At Doyle, Smoltz, Andersen, Bagwell
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Matthew Trueblood

07-16

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Swing Big For Pomeranz
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Ben Carsley and Christopher Crawford

07-11

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Transaction Analysis: Dave Dombrowski is a Hustler, Baby
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Bryan Grosnick

07-05

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Prospectus Q&A: Dan Shaughnessy
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Tim Britton

07-02

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

06-25

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

06-19

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BP Boston
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Nick Canelas

06-15

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BP Boston
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Brett Cowett

06-14

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Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution
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Aaron Gleeman

06-10

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Prospectus Feature: It's June 10th, and July 2 Deals Are Happening
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Trevor Strunk

06-07

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Life at the Margins: Stuff Your Scouting Report
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Rian Watt

06-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting
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Tim Britton

06-05

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BP Boston
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Bryan Joiner

06-03

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Life at the Margins: Marvelous Mookie Fails Twice
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Rian Watt

06-01

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What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout
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Emma Baccellieri

05-28

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

05-27

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 27
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Matthew Kory

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record
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Daniel Rathman

05-26

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Tools of Ignorance: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out
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Jeff Quinton

05-26

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Prospectus Feature: On David Ortiz and Perhaps the Best Final Season Ever
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Aaron Gleeman

05-25

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Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak
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Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford

05-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Rich Hill, Ace Pitcher
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Tim Britton

05-21

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Papi Endings
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Ashley Varela

05-14

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BP Boston
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Ben Carsley

05-13

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What You Need to Know: 77 Strikeouts, 4 Walks
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Emma Baccellieri

05-13

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 13
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Matthew Kory

05-12

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Prospectus Feature: RISPy Business
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Rob Mains

05-10

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Raising Aces: David Price Is Disconnected
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Doug Thorburn

05-09

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What You Need to Know: The One With All the Home Runs
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Ashley Varela

04-27

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What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

04-27

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Baseball Therapy: Can Teams Come Back From a Comeback?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-26

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Outta Left Field: Craig Kimbrel Is Increasing His Lead
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Dustin Palmateer

04-20

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BP Boston
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Dustin Palmateer

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up
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Daniel Rathman

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings
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Ashley Varela

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice
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Emma Baccellieri

04-12

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What You Need to Know: The Year Of The Botched Infield Fly
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Daniel Rathman

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June 5, 2016 6:00 am

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Bryan Joiner

The ace with the great FIP and bad ERA is seeing his velo go up; it's still down.

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Within Mookie Betts' otherworldliness, baseball happened.

An improbable event is amazing not because it happened but because of all the times before when it didn’t. When a penny falls from your wallet and lands in such a way that it’s balanced precisely on its rim, you’re amazed not only at the fact that you had a penny in your wallet in the first place (which is a pretty rare thing, these days) but also because your brain has been jarred from its stupor: Every other time you dropped a penny, from an infinite past eternity on forward to that auspicious present, it fell flat onto one of its sides or another, or, more drearily, bounced away into some grimy crack or crevasse. In any event, it falling onto its rim was entirely unexpected.

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Bethancourt livens up a lousy day, the Cubs lose behind Arrieta, and Mookie gets... three homers.

The Tuesday Takeaway
James Shields added another chapter to a sadly long story of soul-crushing outings Tuesday—his fifth career game with 10 or more runs allowed, tying him for the most of any pitcher since 1940, as BP author Aaron Gleeman pointed out on Twitter. The first and second innings began by following the same pattern, with Shields getting two quick outs to start each one before falling apart as he let walks and singles pile up. At the end of the second, though, the pattern broke, as Kyle Seager introduced the first piece of power to the game with a three-run homer, and things only went downhill from there.


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May 28, 2016 8:00 am

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Matthew Kory

The Red Sox offense is something else. It's been largely BABIP-driven, but also something else.

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This one's got a little salt in its language.

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The Astros strike out a slew to set one record, Fernandez whiffs a bunch to tie a franchise mark, and Jackie Bradley is back to being a regular guy.

The Thursday Takeaway
With the power-packed but whiff-happy Astros and Orioles squaring off this week, strikeouts were sure to be a-plenty at Minute Maid. Suffice it to say that the Astros’ arms held up their end of the bargain.

After Houston struck out 19 Baltimore batters in the opener and 18 more in the middle match, Lance McCullers took it upon himself to bring his team into record territory. The right-hander was effectively wild Thursday,


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Within an unusual and thought-provoking trend, there is an extremely unusual and extremely thought-provoking subtrend.

We, as an internet, have thoroughly discussed the player opt-out, but oversaturation and (a lack of) timeliness have never stopped us before here at Tools of Ignorance and they will not stop us now. In December, at the beginning of the height of player opt-out-mania, I wrote about why this contract structure might have increased in popularity. I hypothesized, among other things, that players might be valuing the opt-out and flexibility it brings more than teams valued it, or that players were just flat out overvaluing the opt-out, or both. It felt right; it felt like it made sense.

Then word came out that David Price did not want a player option, but rather that Dave Dombrowski insisted on including one. The future, it turns out, can be a real know-it-all.

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Somewhere, a recreational Sunday softball league is about to get really, really good.

Seemingly every year or two for the past decade when David Ortiz has gone through a rough stretch—a bad April, a slow start coming back from the disabled list, or even just a hitless key series—it has become a story in Boston, with attention-grabbing headlines asking if he’s washed up. The answer has always been a resounding no. In fact, few players in baseball history have as thoroughly and convincingly avoided being washed up for as long as Ortiz.

At age 26 he was released by the Twins—as a Minnesotan, the state ban prevents me from discussing this matter any further—and from the moment Ortiz started putting up big numbers in Boston many people have been waiting for him to come crashing back down to earth. He never has, topping an .850 OPS in 13 of the past 14 seasons, with a low-water mark of .794 in 2009 that really pressed the “he’s washed up!” alarm.

Just last season Ortiz was hitting .219 in early June when a local television reporter asked him about being washed up, which led to this memorable rant a few days later:

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Tim Lincecum finds a home for his comeback, Blake Swihart rejoins the Red Sox as an outfielder, and the Braves buy a draft pick.

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On the most interesting success story in baseball.

Rich Hill's latest major-league opportunity relied upon a batting practice flyball striking Steven Wright in the head along the warning track at Marlins Park last August. Two days later, the Red Sox signed Hill off the roster of the Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks, and a day after that, he made his first (non-rehab) start in affiliated ball in six years.

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May 21, 2016 6:07 am

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Matthew Kory

For the second time in the past 12 months, Jackie Bradley Jr. has been on an incredible run of offense, but it's been interspersed with long periods of futility in the majors. Is this finally it?

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Jake Arrieta surprises no one with his seventh win, David Ortiz gets a flour shower, and Danny Duffy puts on a one-man show.

The Weekend Takeaway
If you’ve been holding your breath for Jake Arrieta to miss a step this season, well, I have bad news for you.


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