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1 The Call-Up: Yandy Diaz by Craig Goldstein and Mark Barry
0 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Cleveland Indians by Emma Baccellieri
3 Short Relief: A Friendly Warning, A Friendly Pitcher, and Some Friendly Advice by Matt Ellis, Emma Baccellieri and Kate Preusser
5 Short Relief: Fielding as Metaphor, Teams as Monsters, and Sumo Suits as Disguises by Patrick Dubuque, Bryan Grosnick and Emma Baccellieri
0 Banjo Hitter: The Lost Outfielders by Aaron Gleeman
3 Transaction Analysis: Bargain Bin Bullpens by Bryan Grosnick, Eric Roseberry and Jared Wyllys
1 Deep, But Playable: Ventura and Marte by Craig Goldstein
0 Best of BP 2016: Watching Andrew Miller by Meg Rowley
15 Release Points: How Francona Outmaneuvered Maddon and the Cubs ... Almost by Dan Rozenson
15 Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 7 by Matthew Trueblood
6 Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 7 by Ashley Varela
14 Playoff Prospectus: After 108 Years, Cubs Win the Marathon and the Sprint by Aaron Gleeman
1 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 7 Preview by Bryan Grosnick
0 Playoff Prospectus: Who Wore It Best? by Trevor Strunk
8 Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 6 by Jarrett Seidler
0 Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 6 by Mauricio Rubio
1 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 6 Preview by Aaron Gleeman
0 Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 5 by Demetrius Bell
5 Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 5 by Matthew Trueblood
5 Playoff Prospectus: Spider-Man Heyward by Meg Rowley
0 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview by Aaron Gleeman
0 Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 4 by Ashley Varela
0 Playoff Prospectus: Of Errors, Common and Uncommon by Rian Watt
1 Playoff Prospectus: Wrigley Goes Silent as Indians See the Finish Line by Aaron Gleeman
0 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 Preview by Scooter Hotz
0 Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 3 by Rian Watt
0 Playoff Prospectus: Who Says You Can't Go Home? by Jarrett Seidler
0 Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 3 by Mauricio Rubio
3 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview by Aaron Gleeman
2 Playoff Prospectus: Cleveland Clunker by Meg Rowley
6 Players Prefer Presentation: Watching Andrew Miller by Meg Rowley
0 Playoff Prospectus: The Kluber Clinic by Trevor Strunk
0 Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 1 by Ashley Varela
4 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 2 Preview by Mike Gianella
3 Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 1 by Matthew Trueblood
2 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 1 Preview by Bryan Grosnick
9 Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Cubs vs. Indians by Aaron Gleeman
8 Rubbing Mud: What We Really Know About Lester's Yips by Matthew Trueblood
9 Flu-Like Symptoms: Andrew Miller Is Not Goose Gossage by Rob Mains
2 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews by Aaron Gleeman
0 Playoff Prospectus: Take a Loss, Save a Bullpen by Kate Morrison
2 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews by Bryan Grosnick
3 Playoff Prospectus: Postseason (Or At Least Indians) Magic by Trevor Strunk
0 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 3 Preview by Jeff Quinton
1 Playoff Prospectus: Terry Francona and The Funky Bunch by Ashley Varela
1 Playoff Prospectus: Turning Down the Volume by Rob Mains
3 Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Indians by Matthew Trueblood
3 Playoff Prospectus: Going Out With a Walk by Brett Cowett
2 Playoff Prospectus: Proof, Gargoyles, and David Price by Matt Collins
1 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 2 Previews by Aaron Gleeman
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April 3, 2017 4:02 pm
Dandy Yiaz, in my opinion.
The Situation: ’ injury means Jason Kipnis will head to second base, opening up a spot for Diaz at the hot corner. Jose Ramirez
Background: A Cuban defector, Diaz signed for a modest $300,000 back in 2013. Diaz logged full seasons at High-A in 2014, then Double-A, with a brief, four-game cameo at Triple-A in 2015. Though he he hit well, he was assigned back to Akron to open the 2016 season, but earned a promotion to Columbus after 26 games. He’s done nothing but hit his entire pro career, though he’s also been a touch old for his level the entire time.
The defending American League champs look every bit as strong, thanks largely to Francona, Miller, and Allen.
Matt transcribes a sample inning of Jose Canseco's broadcast debut, Emma finds the ideal athlete social media presence, and Kate encourages some GMs to engage in shower thoughts.
Patrick stumbles upon a random baseball quote that summarizes how to write, Bryan breaks out his Monster Manual to preview the 2017 season, and Emma sees a fear of quietness in every half-inning break. There's a lot riding on comebacks by Michael Brantley, Kyle Schwarber, and A.J. Pollock.
was one of baseball’s best all-around outfielders in 2014 and 2015, hitting a combined .319/.382/.494 with 35 homers, an MLB-high 90 doubles, 38 steals, and more walks (112) than strikeouts (107) in 293 games. He easily led Indians position players in Michael Brantley during that two-year span and placed third in the AL MVP voting in 2014. And then he missed nearly the entire 2016 season following offseason shoulder surgery, appearing in just 11 games and seeing zero action after mid-May. WARP
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Greg Holland chooses Colorado for his comeback, Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas stay in New York, Scott Feldman looks to eat innings in Cincinnati, and Boone Logan needs context. Remembering the baseball players and the men.
Major League Baseball lost two family members this weekend, as both
and Andy Marte died in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic. They were about as far away from each other as players as two individuals can get while remaining in the public consciousness. Yordano Ventura Read the full article...
December 28, 2016 6:00 am
The people you meet while watching Andrew Miller.
With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published on October 27, 2016.
I like people watching, and I suspect I’m not alone. People watching is the only reason anyone likes going to IKEA, and the reason you want to leave IKEA as quickly as possible. It turns out folks can be terrible in small but significant ways when parenting while picking out furniture. People, when they don’t know they are being observed, do all sorts of funny, kind, and awful things. Often they just do human things, like take soda refills they didn’t pay for, or pick up things for a stranger who has dropped them without being asked, or suddenly smirk when they’ve remembered something funny but private. Other people are just like us.
Read the full article... Field Marshal Terry Francona vs. Generalissimo Joe Maddon.
Imagine you are Field Marshal
, lined up for battle with your 50 divisions behind you. You and your troops have fought well, having just defeated skilled armies from Boston and Toronto. But your nemesis now is Generalissimo Joe Maddon, who has 70 divisions to throw at you. Picture these two armies fighting over seven separate battlefields—first to seize four fields wins. What’s an underdog to do? Terry Francona
Suppose Maddon puts 10 divisions into position for each battle. Francona could mirror his opponent and evenly spread his forces, but he would be outnumbered all along his front. Or, he could do what outnumbered commanders have done for a long time: concentrate his forces selectively.
Read the full article... Ten innings of high-stakes lever-pulling from Joe Maddon and Terry Francoa.
There’s real freedom in a Game 7. A manager has just one imperative: win this game. Even in a Game 6, a skipper will draw criticism (and perhaps do genuine damage) if he makes a poor decision with regard to some future contest. Just ask Joe Maddon. He entered Wednesday night’s winner-take-all contest with the strange usage of
in Game 6 hanging around his neck, and the daunting task of getting 27 outs with a bullpen he largely didn’t trust. Since it was Game 7, though, he had a path to that destination. Aroldis Chapman Read the full article... One of the best, wildest games in World Series history.
One hundred and eight years after the Cubs last held the title of World Champions, 212 days after the first pitch of the 2016 season, and 26 days after the Cubs took the postseason by storm, Game 7 of the World Series unfolded exactly as predicted: with a rain-delayed, three-homer, 10-inning, heart-pounding win.
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Baseball’s regular season is often described as a marathon. Six months of nearly uninterrupted, daily competition during which a single win or loss--or even a few of them consecutively--barely registers as noteworthy within the context of a 162-game schedule. It’s part of the sport’s charm, as games feel more like daily rituals than special events. And then the postseason arrives and that entire perspective shifts. Each game suddenly takes on huge importance and each win or loss is analyzed within an inch of its life. That, too, is part of the sport’s charm--to spend so long leisurely cruising down a road only to realize it was a runway and you’re airborne.
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