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07-27

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Outta Left Field: Stealing Home Has Never Been Easier...
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Dustin Palmateer

07-16

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

07-07

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Prospectus Feature: The Nightmare of Becoming a Fun Fact Machine
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Aaron Gleeman

07-03

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BP Wrigleyville
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Matthew Trueblood

06-27

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Prospectus Feature: How To Fight Crime
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Henry Druschel

06-23

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Players Prefer Presentation: I Care About All-Star Voting
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Meg Rowley

06-22

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What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-20

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The Call-Up: Cody Reed
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Kourage Kundahl and George Bissell

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough
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Nicolas Stellini

06-06

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Rubbing Mud: What'll It Take to Make the Royals Sellers?
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Matthew Trueblood

06-01

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Rubbing Mud: Sal Perez, Everyday Success Story
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Matthew Trueblood

05-29

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

05-28

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

05-15

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Prospectus Feature: Failing To Find A Better Way
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Trevor Strunk

05-15

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

05-11

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What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals
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Nicolas Stellini

04-27

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

04-26

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

04-22

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Pebble Hunting: Which Bunts Are Missing?
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Sam Miller

04-21

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

04-20

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

04-19

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

04-12

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Pebble Hunting: How You Tried To Beat PECOTA
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Sam Miller

04-04

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What You Need to Know: The Race is Long, And in the End It's Only With Yourself
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Ashley Varela

03-29

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

03-29

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Rumor Roundup: The Two Most Exciting Fifth Starters Named
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Daniel Rathman

03-25

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

03-23

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

03-22

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

03-21

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

03-11

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Life at the Margins: Catching Down
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Rian Watt

03-08

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Baseball Therapy: Should Someone Save Salvy?
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Russell A. Carleton

03-07

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Fifth Column: Ranking the Year's Inside-The-Park Home Runs
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Michael Baumann

03-04

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Winter Is Leaving
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Craig Brown

02-18

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Painting the Black: The Cincinnati Reds Are the Anti-Royals
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R.J. Anderson

02-16

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Baseball Therapy: Do Bad PECOTA Projections Make Teams Mad?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-16

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Pebble Hunting: PECOTA Hates the Royals, Part II
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Sam Miller

02-04

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Outta Left Field: The Case for Ripping Up Sal Perez's Contract
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Dustin Palmateer

02-02

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Fifth Column: What Would an MVP Reliever Look Like?
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Michael Baumann

02-01

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BP Unfiltered: Rooting Against Chaos, Rooting Against Ian Kennedy
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Patrick Dubuque

01-25

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Rubbing Mud: The Strength-Based Way to Look at Cespedes (and Conforto)
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Matthew Trueblood

01-18

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Transaction Analysis: Innings, Innings, Innings
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J.P. Breen and Wilson Karaman

01-14

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Fifth Column: The Moment Before the Moment
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Michael Baumann

01-07

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Transaction Analysis: KC Accidental
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Rian Watt

12-29

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Best of BP 2015: Forty Minutes In Houston: ALDS Game 4
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Sam Miller

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: You Can Never Have Enough Pitching Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Baseball Therapy: The Neuropsychology of Bad Managing
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Russell A. Carleton

11-17

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Pitching Backward: So, Hey, What if the Mets Had Intentionally Walked Wade Davis
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Jeff Long

11-11

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Rubbing Mud: The Great Big Exasperated AL Central Shrug
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Matthew Trueblood

11-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Dayton Moore's First Week
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Rany Jazayerli

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May 28, 2016 8:00 am

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James Fegan

Even division rivals hope the Royals' run doesn't end on a grim injury.

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On Josh Donaldson, Wade Davis, the Chicago Cubs, and the beautiful regenerative power of mistakes.

I’ve been living in Chicago since 2010, so when people ask me about the Cubs’ current run of success, it’s less because I’m a baseball fan and more because I’m the closest they have to an on-the-ground correspondent. It’s as if Anderson Cooper is breathlessly questioning me about The Baseball Spring: “After all this time, can it be true? Is the old regime truly gone? Can you comment on the peoples’ reactions to this new dawn?”

And while the Cardinals and Pirates wait in the wings to potentially shock this triumphant narrative back into the dreary everyday, they're a healthy 8 1/2 and nine games back, and there is a level of palpable optimism and confidence that I’ll admit I didn’t see for five years living, say, a block and a half from Wrigley. So when people ask, I tell them, yeah—people are really, really excited. It’s been a long time coming.

The long time coming, not the Cubs, is what I want to interrogate a bit today. Because throughout the long rebuilding process in Chicago, Cubs fans often loathed that long time and questioned it, Moses in the Desert style. It’s no fun to wander for 40 days and 40 nights, especially if that involves watching blowouts in the 42 degree Chicago spring. People on the radio questioned Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer—“I thought this was supposed to be a three-year process!” “Theo’s plan makes it a 10-year process, we’re never gonna see a pennant!”—and around, say, 2013, there was widespread pessimism. How long, the average fan asked, can I handle a 65-win team?

The answer to that question is a bit murky, if only because it’s beyond my pay grade to psychoanalyze the thousands of Cubs fans I waded through to get to my apartment or the El. But a related question we might more fruitfully pose is how many 65-win seasons can a team, or a player handle? In the era of the pre-planned tank in baseball, this is a fairly crucial question boiling down to, if you are an owner, the calculus of balancing your diminishing on-field returns with your financial bottom line. How bad, in other words, is too bad? When does failure start to cost more than it’s worth?

It seems to me there are two ways to look at this: practically and theoretically. The practical side of things is a little difficult. We all know that the “player who doesn’t have the fire of the postseason” cliché about young players on losing teams is silly. Starlin Castro has played just fine in New York; Felix Hernandez, despite being on a perpetually snakebitten M’s team remains sublime; I’m sure if Sam Miller put his prodigious play indexing abilities to work, he could find a number of tremendous, high WARP players who never had a shot on a winning team. Good players play well regardless of locale.

It also is true, at least anecdotally, that losing streaks rarely prompt the dissolution or relocation of an entire team. The Montreal Expos were, yes, abysmal through much of their later pre-Nationals tenure, but two of the three seasons prior to the move (2002 and 2003), they were above 500 and would’ve probably been in the hunt in the two-wild-card era. And many teams have suffered through monstrous losing streaks, from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays first 10 years to the 20 years of losing baseball that are finally in the Pirates’ rearview mirror, and while they have led to firings, they have rarely prompted total organizational failure. Without being able to see the actual books of MLB teams, we may never know if losing streaks really truly do put teams in jeopardy of going belly up, but my guess is that, no, simply losing for a while cannot destroy a franchise.

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May 15, 2016 6:00 am

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Hunter Samuels

Danny Duffy has been a promising prospect, a tantalizing but frustrating starter and an effective reliever. With injuries to the Royals' rotation, he aspires to remove "but frustrating" from that resume.

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Kansas City's slow start, plus: Yes to Trayce Thompson, yay J.A. Happ, and way to be Dae-Ho Lee

The Tuesday Takeaway
Close your eyes and think of the Royals. There has perhaps been no more unique team over the past two years. They’ve won in a way that was at first foreign, and—seemingly, at times—illogical. The long ball isn’t the weapon of choice here; rather, they wield defense, a never-ending procession of elite relievers, and Ned Yost’s gut. Close your eyes and think of the Royals. You see Wade Davis. You see Alcides Escobar and his sub-.300 OBP leading off. You see Salvador Perez poking the ball under Josh Donaldson’s glove down the left field line. You see Omar Infante running rampant in the All-Star voting. It feels unconventional, but it feels right. There’s something magical about what they have done and what they have been. Something that makes the corners of your mouth curl up and forces a chuckle out of your throat.


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April 27, 2016 1:17 pm

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Craig Brown

Mike Moustakas' evolution as a hitter means the Royals single season home run record could (finally) be in jeopardy.

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April 26, 2016 10:21 am

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Hunter Samuels

Will this new slider/cutter/whatever save Kris Medlen from his early-season struggles?

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A sketch of the missing bunts for us to put on our Missing Bunts fliers.

Here’s a very brief history of the sacrifice bunt: From around 1960 through around 1981, teams bunted around .45 times per game. There was such a powerful instinct guiding managers to this number that even the introduction of the DH didn’t budge it. In 1982, sacrifices dropped under .4/game for the first time, but hung in around .38 or so until the end of the century. Since then, bunts have been steadily dropping, at the rate of just under one-hundredth of a bunt per game per year. Put another way, a decline of around 3 percent per game per year. Last year, there were .25 bunts per game.

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April 21, 2016 9:24 am

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David Lesky

Chris Young opened the season as the Royals no. 2 starter, but if he wants to stay there he'll need rediscover the ability to locate his fastball.

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April 20, 2016 11:36 am

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Craig Brown

Is it bad luck? Could it be poor location? Or maybe a little bit of both? After a couple shaky outings, questions surround Royals reliever Joakim Soria.

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April 19, 2016 6:00 am

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Hunter Samuels

Lorenzo Cain has been more selective at the plate over first two weeks of the season. The patience hasn't paid off as the result has been an early spike in his strikeout rate.

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The players we were collectively most confident about.

Everything is gone. Just gone. There were no survivors. Here. There. Nobody knew who started it.

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The season begins! The Mets still can't defeat the defending World Series champs, Andrew McCutchen is batting second, and Marcus Stroman has pitching down to a science.

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