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06-21

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Short Relief: Yank Utilitarianism, A Baseball Board Game Review, and a Song for Ackley
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Jason Wojciechowski, Matt Ellis and Nathan Bishop

06-19

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Rubbing Mud: Arbitrage Artists on Each Coast
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Matthew Trueblood

06-07

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Banjo Hitter: Albert Pujols, From 0 to 600
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Aaron Gleeman

06-02

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Rubbing Mud: One At-Bat, Turned Inside Out
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Matthew Trueblood

05-31

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 10: West Coast Bias
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

05-25

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Transaction Analysis: Putting the Fun in Fungible
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Bryan Grosnick

05-24

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Banjo Hitter: Mike Trout's First 50 WARP
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Aaron Gleeman

05-22

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Rubbing Mud: The Muscle Memory of Bunting
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Matthew Trueblood

05-12

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Circle Change: Reframing the Conversation on Framing
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Zach Crizer

04-06

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Deep, But Playable: Blind to the Present
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Craig Goldstein

03-15

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Los Angeles Angels
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Matthew Trueblood

03-08

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Players Prefer Presentation: Mike Trout Hypotheticals
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Meg Rowley

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: Major Minors
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Jared Wyllys and Aaron Gleeman

02-24

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Pitchers
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Aaron Gleeman

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Need You To Need Me
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Bryan Grosnick

01-19

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Transaction Analysis: Extension Party
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Bryan Grosnick, Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood

01-06

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Transaction Analysis: Post-Christmas Shopping
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Matthew Trueblood, Jared Wyllys and Brendan Gawlowski

12-14

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Transaction Analysis: Catcher Swap
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Nicholas Zettel

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Load Up On Infield D
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Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison and David Lee

11-18

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Rumor Roundup: Oh Good, a Mike Trout Rumor
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Demetrius Bell

11-15

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Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men
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Bryan Grosnick and Matthew Trueblood

11-14

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Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men
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Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

09-26

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Prospectus Feature: The Comp-less Mike Trout
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Henry Druschel

08-06

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Raising Aces: All Aboard the Skaggswagon
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Doug Thorburn

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Twins, Angels Make Seller-To-Seller Swap
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Aaron Gleeman, Meg Rowley, Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

07-30

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Players Prefer Presentation: 12 Minutes Of The Slowest Baseball
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Meg Rowley

07-05

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The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, July 5
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Matt Sussman

07-04

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What You Need to Know: Rams 21, Patriots 2
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Ashley Varela

06-21

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Prospectus Feature: Goin' Down Slow
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Aaron Gleeman

06-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time
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Ashley Varela

05-18

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Rubbing Mud: Babies, Bathwater, and the Pace Of Play Conundrum
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Matthew Trueblood

05-12

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Players Prefer Presentation: The Jerk's Guide to Being a Jerk
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Meg Rowley

05-09

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, May 9
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Matt Sussman

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Not Tonight, Sweet Papelbon, Not Tonight
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Nicolas Stellini

04-08

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What You Need to Know: The One Unambiguous Evil In This World Is Kyle Schwarber Going Down In A Heap
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Nicolas Stellini

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Angels Out Of Their Depth
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Demetrius Bell

03-21

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Life at the Margins: Greatness, Nearby
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Rian Watt

03-14

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Pebble Hunting: Should Have Taken Trout
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Sam Miller

03-09

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Winter Is Leaving
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Dustin Palmateer

03-01

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Life at the Margins: Things Are Looking Upside
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Rian Watt

02-18

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Players Prefer Presentation: Finding and Fixing Baseball's Worst Positions
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Meg Rowley

02-17

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Prospectus Feature: The Way-Too-Early Baseball Awards Breakdown
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Bryan Grosnick

02-05

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Players Prefer Presentation: The Year's Most Literary Hit By Pitch
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Meg Rowley

01-22

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Internet Baseball Awards: The Jokester-Free AL Player of the Year
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Tom Tango

11-30

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Rubbing Mud: Mike Trout and the Two-Out Offense
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Matthew Trueblood

11-30

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Pebble Hunting: Everything Is Now Super, 2015
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Sam Miller

11-25

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Transaction Analysis: Chris Iannetta As Upgrade
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R.J. Anderson

10-05

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Rubbing Mud: How the Angels Failed Mike Trout
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Matthew Trueblood

07-23

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

05-15

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Transaction Analysis: Easy Street
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R.J. Anderson

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Jason shares the wealth, Matt shares the fate of an old friend, and Nathan reviews Baseball Highlights 2045.

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The lion, the fox, the jackal, and the wolf, with the Yankees starring as the lion.

We talk a lot about the fundamental challenges faced by low-payroll or small-market teams trying to compete with the big boys. This goes back to the times of Branch Rickey and Ed Barrow, but it became a fashionable conversation once Moneyball turned baseball inside-out. The A’s might have been the first team to realize that speed was overvalued and that on-base percentage was undervalued, but the Red Sox and Yankees were among the first five, and that closed Oakland’s margin for error fast.

Ever since, MLB has been reenacting the fable of the lion, the fox, the jackal, and the wolf. See, all four animals went hunting together, and they killed a stag. The lion took his place, and he told the others to quarter the kill. They did, cut it up nice and evenly, and then the lion said, “I get one quarter because I’m king, and another because I’m the arbiter, and another because I took part in the chase. Now, who wants to lay a paw on the last quarter?”

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Albert Pujols is one of the greatest players of all time, but the Cardinals version and the Angels version have been much different.

As a teenager, I took an annual trip to Arizona with my uncle to watch baseball. It started with going to spring training in March, but later we opted for the Arizona Fall League in November and I came to enjoy those trips even more. There were rarely more than a few hundred people in the stands, and the game results themselves mattered little; it was all about prospects furthering their development. As a young baseball fan who had begun down the path to baseball obsessive, I spent weeks before every trip reading up on prospects so that I’d know who to look for, and could impress my uncle with tidbits about players.

Our last trip to Arizona was in 2000. I was 17 years old and had started reading Baseball Prospectus, Rob Neyer, Baseball America, and old-school Bill James, so I was fully prepared for serious prospect spotting. Three times during our week-long stay we saw Albert Pujols' team. We sat a couple of rows behind the first-base dugout, which gave us an excellent view of the 20-year-old third baseman. I remember my uncle immediately making note of how huge Pujols was for the position. I dumped my prospect notebook, telling him that Pujols was a former 13th-round pick who crushed Single-A to get on the prospect map.

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Keynan Middleton vs. Byron Buxton, and the camera angles that showed it.

The Angels and Twins were tied 1-1 after six innings on Thursday night. Jorge Polanco led off the top of the seventh inning with a single, knocking Angels starter (and former Twins prospect) Alex Meyer out of the game. Eddie Rosario greeted rookie reliever Keynan Middleton with a well-struck fly ball to center field, but Shane Robinson made a good read and a rolling catch, sending Polanco back to first base.

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On the 10th episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. reflect on the downgrade in Anaheim from Mike Trout to Eric Young Jr. Across Los Angeles, Brandon Morrow returns to the Dodgers' bullpen, and the guys marvel over the players they didn't know were still in the league. Plus much, much more!

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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May 25, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Putting the Fun in Fungible

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Bryan Grosnick

Doug Fister joins the rotation-starved Angels and the Mets pick up more depth than they expected to need.

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When the best gets better, no one is safe.

Consistent greatness in sports is incredibly difficult to achieve. There are off years and injuries and aging and all sorts of other factors conspiring to keep athletes from remaining at the very top of their sport for long stretches. And yet in the rare instances when someone comes along and actually does it, they’re often taken for granted eventually. Michael Jordan won “only” five MVP awards despite most media, fans, and players agreeing that he was the best player for perhaps twice that many seasons, because on some level a fatigue set in. The best player in the world being the best player in the world became monotonous.

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May 22, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Muscle Memory of Bunting

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Matthew Trueblood

Teams have smartened up about sacrifice bunts, but every once in a while managers just can't help themselves.

We don’t really do this kind of thing very much anymore. Saber-slanted baseball writing used to consist largely of criticizing poor strategic choices made by teams, either within games or over the course of a season. We won that war, though. Teams are so much smarter these days that kvetching about a bad sacrifice bunt or intentional walk here or there feels a bit like hosting a Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race for the Cure.

Here’s the thing: it is good to be reminded, now and then, that rabies is still out there. If you pretend the disease has been permanently eliminated, or that it doesn’t pose a real public danger, you end up with anti-vaxxer movements among people who call themselves “dog parents." With that in mind, I want to talk about two bunts laid down last Tuesday night, why they were misguided, and why it matters.

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The framing advantage is shrinking, but Martin Maldonado is a perfect fit with the Angels and that isn't an accident.

The en vogue way to play Marco Polo among baseball nerds is to yell “pitch framing!” and listen for “no longer offers a significant edge!”

There isn’t anything wrong with that statement. As a denizen of this generally useful, insightful echo chamber, I’m not disputing the overarching point: The worst (employed) pitch framers are substantially closer to the best pitch framers than they were even three years ago, and the gap might continue to shrink. Gaining a thousand-strike leg up on outwitted competition simply isn’t happening now. It was and is a smart observation, thoroughly borne out by the numbers on a league-wide basis and reinforced by the transparent actions taken when the final bastions of stat-averse talent evaluation fell this offseason.

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April 6, 2017 6:00 am

Deep, But Playable: Blind to the Present

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Craig Goldstein

Is the middle season in a three-year span a baseball sandwich or a baseball hotdog?

For several years now, I have attended a screening of the Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts. This year, the offerings were quite good on the whole―headlined by Pixar’s award-winning Piper―but there was one particularly disappointing nominee, Blind Vaysha. The premise is this: the main character is a girl who sees the past out one eye and the future out the other, but is blind to the present. The film is not subtle, and the ending narration smacks you over the head with the theme while drawing all the conclusions for you.

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Mike Trout, but what else?

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If Mike Trout wasn't the Mike Trout we know, which Mike Trout would he be? (And also spiders.)

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