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09-21

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

07-25

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The Call-Up: Braden Shipley
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

06-28

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Rubbing Mud: The State of the Diamondbacks
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Matthew Trueblood

02-01

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Transaction Analysis: Segura-phobia
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Rian Watt, Ryan Romano, Christopher Crawford, Adam McInturff and Bret Sayre

10-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Goodbye, Dan Haren
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Baseball Prospectus

06-12

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Overthinking It: The Ever-Underappreciated Gerardo Parra
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Ben Lindbergh

05-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 207: Reevaluating Patrick Corbin/Baseball and Redheads
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 191: The Significance of the Blue Jays' Slow Start/Justin Upton and Internet Gloating
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-09

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BP Unfiltered: Hot Prospect Video: Archie Bradley
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Jason Cole

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: NL West Extension Action
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

03-26

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit Contenders
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Sam Miller and Adam Sobsey

03-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 154: 2013 Season Preview Series: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

02-21

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Skewed Left: Arizona's Extreme Strikeout Makeover
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Zachary Levine

01-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 126: Justin Upton is Actually Traded
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 120: Quantifying PED Effects/Best Farm Systems in Baseball/Roleplaying Trade Talks
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 117: Justin Upton Update: Still Not Traded
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-20

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Overthinking It: Why Justin Upton is Always About to Be Traded
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Ben Lindbergh

09-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Agony of Rational Rooting
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Nick Piecoro

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: The A's Acquire Stephen Drew *UPDATED*
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Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein

07-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 9: Homer and Marge
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-27

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What the Contenders Need
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Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

09-06

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Beating the Weak and Powerless
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Geoff Young

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

09-20

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On the Beat: Being Part of the Solution
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John Perrotto

07-30

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Ahead in the Count: The Poor Return on Dan Haren
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Matt Swartz

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Diamondbacks versus Rockies
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Joe Sheehan

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Cubs versus Diamondbacks
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Nate Silver

08-16

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Prospectus Today: The Snakes' Progress
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Joe Sheehan

09-23

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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals
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Baseball Prospectus

08-26

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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals
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Baseball Prospectus

07-28

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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals
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Baseball Prospectus

03-30

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National League Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-16

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Projected 1999 National League Standings
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Baseball Prospectus

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September 21, 2016 6:00 am

The Best of Sam Miller

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Sam Miller

What's the maximum attention span of a baseball fan?

With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on July 15, 2013.

I feel like we've been dancing around this for a while. The Tweeters at AT&T Park. The probably dead A's fan. All of these people. It's pretty clear that loads of people attend baseball games but nobody actually watches baseball games.

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July 25, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Braden Shipley

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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

Don't worry, Zack. I got this.

The Situation: Arizona made a smorgasbord of moves this winter to position themselves as contenders in the NL West. They currently sit two-plus touchdowns out of first place. With the team all but eliminated from playoff contention and Zack Greinke ailing, the Diamondbacks will call on the best prospect in the system, right-hander Braden Shipley.

Background: Shipley came to Nevada as a true two-way prospect, and was actually better with the bat early on, earning second-team All-WAC honors as a shortstop. That quickly changed, as Shipley transformed himself to one of the best right-handed starters west of the Mississippi, and earned top-10 consideration during his junior year. However, Shipley’s stock slid on draft day causing him to fall to the Diamondbacks with the 15th overall pick. Since then, he’s put up solid—if not spectacular—numbers, posting a career 3.79 ERA in just under 442 innings with a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.70. As is so often the case, those numbers don’t truly tell the story of how talented Shipley is, and the DBacks have seen enough to believe he’s ready to get big-league hitters out.

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Can and should the Diamondbacks push forward with their three-year plan, or look to blow it up early?

The Diamondbacks lost 8-0 on Monday night. The game was in Arizona. The opponents were the lowly Phillies. From the ninth spot in their batting order, Philadelphia got two extra-base hits (doubles by pitcher Vince Velasquez and substitute left fielder Cody Asche). The Diamondbacks didn’t manage any extra-base hits, from any place in the batting order. With the loss, they fell to 36-43. They’re 13.5 games back of the Giants, and after hard-fought wins over good teams for both the Dodgers and Rockies, Arizona trails those teams by 6.5 and 2.5 games, respectively. The Dodgers, seven losses clear of the Diamondbacks, hold the second Wild Card spot in the NL, and four teams (including three who are demonstrably better than Arizona, in St. Louis, New York, and Pittsburgh) stand between the two clubs. We credit Arizona with Playoff Odds of roughly 2.5 percent. Things are bleak, for a team that had high hopes (however unfounded those hopes might have been).

Lately, it seems like we talk an awful lot about the dangers of getting caught in between. We want to see teams follow the Cardinals’ model of excruciatingly patient investment in long-term success. We want to see teams follow the Rangers’ model, blending a strong preference for high ceilings in amateur talent acquisition with an open checkbook and a taste for mammal blood. We want them to follow the Cubs’ model, maybe most of all, forsaking slow slogs through seasons of 75 and 76 and 79 wins for ones much more miserable, with the end goal of building a truly special something, instead of just trying to get back into the mix.

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The Brewers and Diamondbacks complete a middle infield-centric deal that leaves both teams closer to



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The 35-year-old right-hander calls it a career after over 150 wins and 2,000 strikeouts.

When the Cubs lost to in the National League Championship Series, it was not just their season that came to an end, but the career of Dan Haren as well. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 12 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he developed from centerpiece of the Mark Mulder trade to one of the most underappreciated starters in baseball.

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June 12, 2013 9:14 am

Overthinking It: The Ever-Underappreciated Gerardo Parra

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Ben Lindbergh

Why one of baseball's best young players doesn't get his due.

After nine games, Yasiel Puig’s video archive at MLB.com comes close to filling four pages, at 12 clips per page. Marcell Ozuna, another exciting 22-year-old right fielder who’s hit .324/.364/.462 since his arrival in April, is still stuck on page three. Almost every play Puig touches turns into a highlight. If he isn’t hitting homers, he’s recording outfield assists; if he’s not in the game, it’s because he’s just been ejected from a bench-clearing brawl. Whatever he does, it happens at the center of the spotlight. It took him one week to be named National League Player of the Week, and it took him four words to appear in this article, which isn’t even about him. More than the amateur draft, more than Biogenesis (fortunately), baseball in June has been about Yasiel Puig.

So when Puig was thrown out attempting to advance to third on a Jerry Hairston single on Monday, it wasn’t immediately clear who the star of the story was: Puig, or Gerardo Parra, the player who made the throw. It took another viewing to determine that Puig’s presence in yet another highlight was just a coincidence, that it was Parra who’d earned Puig some extra airtime on SportsCenter, not the other way around. The throw was perfect, an on-the-fly strike to Martin Prado that nailed the speedy Puig in plenty of time,

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Ben and Sam discuss whether they've underrated Patrick Corbin, then talk about whether there's a bias against redheads in baseball.



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Ben and Sam discuss how deep a hole the Blue Jays have dug, then talk about whether it's fair for people to gloat about the Diamondbacks' decision to trade Justin Upton based on what's happened so far this season.



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Jason Cole catches up with the Diamondbacks' top right-handed pitching prospect and shows him flashing his skills.

Armed with two potential knockout offerings—including a curveball that earned him an honorable mention on our list of best prospect pitches—Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley is one of the minors’ most electrifying pitchers. The 20-year-old righty was ranked the no. 2 prospect in the Arizona system and no. 31 in baseball by Baseball Prospectus over the winter, and he’s a strong candidate to make a Jose Fernandez-like jump to the majors in 2014.

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The Giants lock up Buster Posey for almost a decade, and the Diamondbacks give Paul Goldschmidt five more years.



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The second installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the highest odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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Ben and Sam preview the Diamondbacks' season with Doug Thorburn, and Pete talks to AZCentral Sports Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro (at 19:39).



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