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09-08

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Rubbing Mud: Third Base and The People Who Play There (Part 2)
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Matthew Trueblood

09-07

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Rubbing Mud: Third Base and The People Who Play There (Part 1)
by
Matthew Trueblood

06-05

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4

Rubbing Mud: The Rise of the Rover and the Fall of Dozier
by
Matthew Trueblood

06-01

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Rubbing Mud: The Year of the Long Single
by
Matthew Trueblood

05-02

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7

Baseball Therapy: Is the Whole the Sum Of Its Parts?
by
Russell A. Carleton

04-24

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2

Flu-Like Symptoms: Marte, McCutchen, and Foolish Consistencies
by
Rob Mains

04-17

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The Buyer's Guide: Jason Vargas
by
Eric Roseberry

03-22

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Colorado Rockies
by
Wilson Karaman

03-07

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2

Baseball Therapy: Is Defense Slump-Proof?
by
Russell A. Carleton

01-13

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6

Tools of Ignorance: Cornered
by
Jeff Quinton

05-11

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Baseball Therapy: The Even Slightly More Convincing Argument Against the Shift
by
Russell A. Carleton

05-03

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10

Baseball Therapy: The Pretty Good Case That the Shift Doesn't Work
by
Russell A. Carleton

05-03

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Rubbing Mud: Stop What You're Doing And Consider The Cubs' Incredible Defense
by
Matthew Trueblood

04-29

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20

Fifth Column: The Shift: I Am Girardicus
by
Michael Baumann

02-09

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13

Baseball Therapy: The Crack in the Defensive Spectrum
by
Russell A. Carleton

08-04

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5

Ducks on the Pond: The Kiermaier Can
by
Chris Mosch

09-23

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21

Baseball Therapy: Will Statcast Cure Our Defensive Metric Blues?
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

08-28

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12

Moonshot: On Regressing Defense
by
Robert Arthur

07-21

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The Weekend Shift
by
Chris Mosch

07-11

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of June
by
Sam Miller

07-11

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BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier
by
Chris Mosch

07-08

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9

Notes About Baseball, 7/8
by
Rocco DeMaro

07-02

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Overthinking It: June in Catcher Framing
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-04

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2

Overthinking It: May in Catcher Framing
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-02

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of May
by
Sam Miller

05-23

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/23
by
Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-19

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Overthinking It: The Way in Which the A's Are Still Old-School
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-16

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/16
by
Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-07

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13

Overthinking It: Catcher Framing: The Season So Far
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-02

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of April
by
Sam Miller

03-31

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Framing the Future
by
Harry Pavlidis

03-03

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Framing and Blocking Pitches: A Regressed, Probabilistic Model
by
Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks

11-26

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37

Pebble Hunting: Extrapolating the Breakdown of Traditional Defense
by
Sam Miller

11-25

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38

Baseball Therapy: The Corner-Outfield Inefficiency
by
Russell A. Carleton

11-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 335: Your Questions, Our Answers
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-25

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Skewed Left: Shane Victorino and the Hunt for the Elusive 9-3 Putout
by
Zachary Levine

09-16

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BP Unfiltered: Carlos Gomez Hates Homers, and Other 2013 Exploits in Individual Defense
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-21

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14

Pebble Hunting: Appreciating Andrelton Simmons
by
Sam Miller

08-07

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21

The Stats Go Marching In: Is it Time to Lift the Ban on Left-Handed Catchers?
by
Max Marchi

07-15

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Baseball Therapy: I Thought He Was Gonna Get It
by
Russell A. Carleton

07-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 237: Stats That Won't Last/No-Hitters and No-Walkers/The Worst Shortstop Ever/A Pitcher Who Can Hit/The All-Bunting Team/Trading Top Prospects for Trout/Pint-Sized Power Hitters
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 233: Munenori Kawasaki and Clubhouse Chemistry/The Tigers, Strikeouts, and Defense
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-25

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5

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Defensive Brilliance of Brendan Ryan
by
Ryan Divish

06-18

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Baseball Therapy: Is There a Pinch-Fielding Penalty?
by
Russell A. Carleton

06-13

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The Stats Go Marching In: Measuring Catcher Framing in the Minor Leagues
by
Max Marchi

06-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 217: Umpires, Catchers, and Home Field Advantage/Forming a Wall/The Anti-DH Movement/Lengthening Games
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Russell Martin and Ryan Hanigan
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-24

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BP Unfiltered: Chris Stewart and Miguel Montero on Catcher Receiving Skills
by
Ben Lindbergh

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Ranking every starting third baseman defensively, from worse to best.

I’ve spent most of this season watching third basemen. I’m not entirely sure why. I’ve just found my eye drawn to the position. When I’m at a game, I watch the way they set up, the way they move before and during their pitcher’s windup, the way they communicate with their fellow infielders, and the way they address batted balls of all kinds that come near them. It’s been an informative experience.

To share it in a way that’s not overwhelmingly wonky, I’m going to distill it into a subjective ranking of all 30 starting third basemen defensively (repeat: only defensively). Please don’t take this as a capitulation to convention; I just want to talk about the vastly variable styles and body types and skill sets that can make up a big-league hot cornerman, without losing us all in 2,000 words of unworthy Angell mimicry. This is a fun, perhaps conversation-starting access point to a subject I think can be really complex and fascinating.

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Ranking every starting third baseman defensively, from worse to best.

I’ve spent most of this season watching third basemen. I’m not entirely sure why. I’ve just found my eye drawn to the position. When I’m at a game, I watch the way they set up, the way they move before and during their pitcher’s windup, the way they communicate with their fellow infielders, and the way they address batted balls of all kinds that come near them. It’s been an informative experience.

To share it in a way that’s not overwhelmingly wonky, I’m going to distill it into a subjective ranking of all 30 starting third basemen defensively (repeat: only defensively). Please don’t take this as a capitulation to convention; I just want to talk about the vastly variable styles and body types and skill sets that can make up a big-league hot cornerman, without losing us all in 2,000 words of unworthy Angell mimicry. This is a fun, perhaps conversation-starting access point to a subject I think can be really complex and fascinating.

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Defensive positions need not be as they have always been.

The Angels and Twins played a four-game series over the weekend. It was a matchup of two teams with plenty in common—low preseason expectations, a good positional corps somewhat wasted by too-thin pitching, and yet surprising (if modest) early-season success. In one small and strange way, however, it was also a meeting of two teams at opposite ends of a philosophical spectrum.

With left-handed batters at the plate, the Angels’ second basemen play deeper (on average) than those of all but one other team (the Mariners). The Twins’ second basemen (we’re talking mostly about Brian Dozier here) play the shallowest against lefties.

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June 1, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Year of the Long Single

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Matthew Trueblood

Until next year, that is.

On May 24, Michael Conforto had a very good game. It wasn’t quite as good as the game he had the night before, when he launched two home runs and had three total hits, but he did have two singles and two walks. (Facing the Padres is going to make a lot of very good hitters look superhuman, before the year is out.)

There’s even better news, if you’re a Conforto fan: one of those singles really had no business being just a single.

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Can the whole be greater than the sum of its parts? Can it ever be less? Is a baseball team just the total of the 25 people who comprise its roster?

We live in a statistical ecosystem that is dominated by WAR, a statistic that for all its perks does contain some weaknesses. WAR–in an attempt to compare all players to a common baseline–specifically assigns a value to players with the intention of stripping away all of the context of his teammates. There’s no secret here. This is celebrated as the great triumph of WAR. Where RBI or runs scored were decent indicators of a hitter’s abilities, they were also dependent on the abilities of his teammates. As an individual measure, WAR makes sense as a way to compare everyone to the same baseline.

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April 24, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Marte, McCutchen, and Foolish Consistencies

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Rob Mains

Even smart teams can get stubborn.

Well, that was stupid.

Those four words seem sadly lacking in many aspects of contemporary life. You’ve said them, right? You try out something new, it fails, you realize your error, go back to what you were doing before, and move on. A new diet. A new workout. A new morning routine. Once I tried to remove a spot on my jeans with bleach[1]. Once I tried washing my hair with dishwashing liquid[2]. Once I crawled under my car, armed with a socket wrench and the intent to change the oil myself[3]. They all ended with the recitation of those four words.

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April 17, 2017 7:50 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jason Vargas

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Eric Roseberry

Vargas is off to a hot start for the Royals and has become a wanted man in fantasy league. How much value might he sustain for fantasy owners?

By Eric Roseberry

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest during a given week. This column will focus on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

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It's all about the gloves, man.

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March 7, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Is Defense Slump-Proof?

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Russell A. Carleton

Is the old cliche right or is there something in the data to suggest otherwise?

Some days, we all wake up on the wrong side the bed. It starts to be a problem when your bed is against the wall. Slumps are a part of baseball (and life), because humans are creatures of cycles. Sometimes you’re caught in a bad one.

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January 13, 2017 6:00 am

Tools of Ignorance: Cornered

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Jeff Quinton

Is there an inefficiency to be exploited by taking so-so center fielders and playing them in a corner?

The Mariners have added Jarrod Dyson and Mitch Haniger to their outfield this offseason and they already had Leonys Martin. The Rays traded Drew Smyly for a group of prospects, which they insisted (to at least some extent) include Mallex Smith, and they already had Kevin Kiermaier. I think the Mariners and Rays made these trades because they thought high-end corner outfield defense was undervalued.

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The super-cool, super-modern, super-fun strategy that might not be doing anything.

Last week, we looked into The Shift and whether it was actually doing what we said it was supposed to do, which is to be a better way of getting hitters, especially pull-happy hitters (and double especially groundball-heavy, pull-happy, left-handed hitters) to make more outs. The traditional story of The Shift is that because those hitters are going to be sending most of their ground balls to one side of the field, why not put more fielders over that way?

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Reevaluating the shiny new toy.

Here’s a cheeky question that I ask in complete sincerity: How many home runs were hit against The Shift last year? I’m sure someone out there knows the answer to the question, but there are probably more people wondering why I even bothered to ask it. If the ball was hit over the wall, what does it matter whether The Shift was on or not? Either way, the fielders weren’t going to be able to get to it.

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