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0 DFA Podcast: Ep. 31: We're On Fire by Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody
0 Prospectus Feature: Tunnels and Sequencing: Applications on the Field by Kate Morrison and Jeff Long
2 Transaction Analysis: Post-Post-Deadline by Bryan Grosnick
0 Transaction Analysis: Justin Time (Part 2) by Bryan Grosnick, Victor Filoromo, Emmett Rosenbaum and Jeffrey Paternostro
0 DFA Podcast: Ep. 27: Justin Time! by Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody
0 Actual Relief: Houston by David Temple, Matt Sussman, Rob Mains, Bret Sayre, Patrick Dubuque and Mary Craig
0 Transaction Analysis: Clips and Hatch by Bryan Grosnick
1 Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Alex Bregman by Aaron Gleeman
0 DFA Podcast: Ep. 23: That's Clippie! by Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody
0 Circle Change: How Many Rings are the Astros Trying to Win? by Zach Crizer
0 DFA Podcast: Ep. 21: The Deadline Was Just A Suggestion by Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody
2 Transaction Analysis: Two Years in Four Acts by Wilson Karaman, Bryan Grosnick, Jeffrey Paternostro and Greg Goldstein
0 Transaction Analysis: Liriano Learning on the Fly by Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Gideon Turk
2 Short Relief: Thoughts on Folic Acid, Carbohydrates, and Humanity by Matt Sussman, Craig Goldstein and Mary Craig
1 The Call-Up: Derek Fisher by Scott Delp and Mark Barry
6 Answer Man: A.J. Hinch by David Brown
2 Rubbing Mud: Brad Peacock Spreads His Feathers by Matthew Trueblood
0 The Call-Up: Francis Martes by Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry
3 Let It Eat: The June 2017 Panic Index by Ben Carsley
0 DFA Podcast: Ep. 9: Mullin' Moves by Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody
5 Banjo Hitter: Jon Singleton, Suited Connector by Aaron Gleeman
2 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Houston Astros by Rob Mains
6 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Pitchers by Aaron Gleeman
2 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters by Aaron Gleeman
0 Transaction Analysis: This Is 40 by Bryan Grosnick
4 Two-Strike Approach: The Gary Sanchez Era by Cat Garcia
3 Transaction Analysis: Twins Pay For Stolen Strikes by Aaron Gleeman
5 Transaction Analysis: Astros Building, Yankees Rebuilding by Matthew Trueblood, George Bissell and Mauricio Rubio
1 Transaction Analysis: Houston Slings Neshek to Philly by Matthew Trueblood
3 Transaction Analysis: The Aoki Gambit by Matthew Trueblood
9 Prospectus Feature: Tal's Hill, the Performative Quirk by Emma Baccellieri
1 Transaction Analysis: Go-Go Goes to Texas by Bryan Grosnick
0 Transaction Analysis: Tigers Add Iglesias Insurance by Bryan Grosnick and Christopher Crawford
7 Pebble Hunting: Somebody Is About To Strike Out 25 Batters In Nine Innings by Sam Miller
3 Pebble Hunting: We're Boring About Ace Relief Performances by Sam Miller
2 Outta Left Field: Stealing Home Has Never Been Easier... by Dustin Palmateer
0 The Call-Up: Alex Bregman by Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre
2 Transaction Analysis: Where Does Yuliesky Gurriel Fit? by Bryan Grosnick
0 Raising Aces: Passing of the Cy by Doug Thorburn
0 Rubbing Mud: Houston's Delayed Launch by Matthew Trueblood
0 What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises by Demetrius Bell
3 Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution by Aaron Gleeman
4 Prospectus Feature: What the #StroPoll Results Got Wrong by Rob Mains
6 Pebble Hunting: The State of the Closer by Sam Miller
0 What You Need to Know: Baseball Easy by Demetrius Bell
5 What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey! by Daniel Rathman
6 What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record by Daniel Rathman
8 Transaction Analysis: Fredi, Blame, Fired by Aaron Gleeman, Wilson Karaman and Matthew Trueblood
1 Rubbing Mud: The Non-Pitcher Guide To Improving Your Pitching This Winter by Matthew Trueblood
6 What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher by Demetrius Bell
Houston adds another big bat, reuniting with 40-year-old Carlos Beltran.
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November 25, 2016 6:00 am
In clearing the catcher job for Gary Sanchez the Yankees got good value in return for Brian McCann.
. They’re 27-time champions, they’re home to some of the greatest names in baseball history, and they’ve been out of the heat of contention for an uncharacteristically long time now. New York Yankees
The Yankees have been lining up pieces for what they hope is a new era of Bronx dominance since they sold off the big parts of their bullpen,
and Aroldis Chapman , in July, leading baseball folks to wonder “what are they up to?” Well, now general manager Brian Cashman is making it clear. Andrew Miller
November 23, 2016 6:00 am
Minnesota landed its top free agent target, pitch-framing master Jason Castro.
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November 18, 2016 8:51 am
Houston got to work in a hurry, trading for Brian McCann and signing Josh Reddick and Charlie Morton.
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Death to Righties is on the move as the Phillies beef up their bullpen for a reasonable pricetag.
Houston takes advantage of a unique contract situation, but will it even pay off? Houston finally did away with the weird hill in center field, but not all ballpark quirks are worth mourning.
Tal’s Hill was never supposed to last this long. Its death via forthcoming stadium renovation was discussed in the abstract for years before being announced in the definitive last summer and scheduled for last fall. But then came an unexpected Astros playoff run, prolonging the inevitable and giving us one more season with the weird little slope in Minute Maid Park’s center field.
That season is over now and, as of this week, so too is Tal’s Hill. It’s easy to mourn this as a great loss for ballpark quirks. So easy! The imagery is almost obnoxious in its obviousness— bulldozing something that made a stadium unique, literally flattening out its character. But to mourn the death of Tal’s Hill simply as a delightful park oddity is to overlook why Tal’s Hill existed at all.
It’s true that Tal’s Hill was killed because it was too different (“unsafe” and “distracting” are, at their core, variations on “too different). But being different was the reason that Tal’s Hill was built in the first place. It was not a ballpark quirk born from a strange setting or a demand of its time or a weirdly individualistic architect. It was a ballpark quirk born out of a team’s desire for a ballpark quirk.
Tal’s Hill was designed to be different, and it was—but only so much as we can accept manufactured difference for difference’s own sake as being different.
The design alone, stripped of context, is weird. It’s a hill and a flag pole in the middle of a ballpark! It’s very weird! There’s nothing wrong with this, in and of itself, and maybe even something very much right with this. Weird can be good, weird can be inspired, weird can be fun. It is the foundation of
where we might put a pit on the field. Weird gives a place its sense of self, and it allows us to build something human into a structure that would otherwise be anything but. It’s what makes ballparks individual, which is what lets us make ballparks personal. Read the full article...
Carlos Gomez's swift decline got him dropped by the Astros, but the Rangers think there's still value to be had.
Erick Aybar isn't what he once was, but he'll work for what the Tigers need and the price was right. The progression of the hidden-21K-game record.
“To the extent reliever performances get unequivocally awesome, it occurs only over time; but, excepting full-season or full-career stat lines, we don’t really have the infrastructure to easily put performances like Giles’ in context. … I don’t know how rare 23 Ks over nine innings is. If I had to guess, I’d say… it’s a record? If it is, it’s such a buried record that nobody has bothered to ask him about it.” — Me
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The world stops and stares when a starter goes seven perfect innings, but largely yawns at the most dominant performances in the modern game.
...and yet, nobody is taking advantage of this rare opportunity. What gives?