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The guys deep-dive their top 25 SP prospect lists and discuss the differences, similarities, and guys that they love the most this year and beyond.

The guys delve into their top 25 pitching prospect lists, discuss some killer new technology headed to baseball, and read user emails! (Send your questions to pitchingpod@gmail.com)

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What new questions might MLBAM's forthcoming player-tracking technology inspire us to ask?

At the recent Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Santa Claus (dressed cleverly as Bob Bowman, CEO of MLB Advanced Media) delivered a new toy for us all to share—or at least the promise of a new toy, in 2015 or so. Santa Bowman announced that MLBAM has begun a project to put revolutionary—dare I say Orwellian?—tracking technology in every major league ballpark. For now, I’ll name it the HINZO System (High Information Nerdy Zootropic Online System) after former Indians second baseman Tommy Hinzo. It needs a name, and I grew up in Cleveland in the 1980s. Take that, Bill Pecota!

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What we know and what we're still wondering about MLB's new ball- and player-tracking technology.

If you were at the Sloan MIT Sports Analytics Conference or on Baseball Twitter this weekend, you’ve already seen this video, but you probably won’t mind watching it once more.

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Announcing a multi-year partnership to share data and analysis for new and exciting features coming to MLB.com and BaseballProspectus.com.

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One small step for MLBAM, one giant leap for fankind.

A little over four years ago, Shawn Hoffman wrote a piece at BP called "Opening Up MLB.com: How MLBAM Can Take Its Next Big Step." A couple key paragraphs:

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Ben and Sam discuss two baseball mysteries: the Orioles' success in 2012, and MLB's blackout policy.

Ben and Sam discuss two baseball mysteries: the Orioles' success in 2012, and MLB's blackout policy.

Episode 34: "Making Sense of the Orioles and MLB's Blackout Policy"

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In a return look at Russell Carleton's original study, Derek tries to find at what point stats stabilize and can be trusted.

Four years ago, former BPer Russell Carleton (then monikered “Pizza Cutter”) ran a study at the now-defunct MVN’s StatSpeak blog that examined how long it takes for different stats to “stabilize.” Since then, it has become perhaps the most-referenced study in our little corner of the internet.

It has been a while since the initial study was run, and since there are a few little pieces of the methodology that I believe could be improved, I decided to run a similar study myself.

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Data collection biases taint batted-ball metrics.

As regular readers may have gathered by now, I spend a lot of time thinking about the validity of the data that’s collected about baseball. The bee in my bonnet these days is really batted-ball data.

We can refer to one of two things when we talk about batted-ball data—trajectory data and location data. Trajectory data describes how the ball travels—typically subdivided into grounders, fly balls, line drives, and popups (also called infield fly balls). Location data typically describes where the ball went—distance and vector, basically.

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October 24, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: The Impact of the Fantasy Stats Ruling

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Maury Brown

The legal setback for MLBAM over the use of player names in fantasy sports could lead to a Supreme Court showdown.

In baseball parlance, MLB Advanced Media is in the bottom of the ninth with two outs in their legal case with CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc., the fantasy sports company that has been fighting for the rights to use player names in conjunction with their statistics without paying a fee to MLBAM for licensing. On Tuesday, October 16th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis ruled 2-1 upheld a lower court decision in favor of CBC, based on First Amendment rights, delivering yet another blow to MLBAM's legal case. "The decision is a big win for us. It is a big win for the fantasy sports industry, as well as entrepreneurs of the World," said CDM Fantasy Sports' Vice President Charlie Wiegert. "It's a win for all the underdogs. All the Davids who have a war with a Goliaths."

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September 11, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Place Shifting and the MLBAM

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Maury Brown

Following up on his blackout article, Maury introduces a new technology that empowers users, but could cause problems down the road for MLB.

We are drawn to our television sets each April the way we are drawn to the scene of an accident.
--Vincent Canby

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Maury has a guide to the recent court ruling in the CBC case concerning the rights to MLB player names and statistics.

In St. Louis on Tuesday--4 weeks before trial was set to begin on Sept. 5th--United States District Court Judge Mary Ann Medler upheld the argument by CBC Marketing, Inc. that MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) could not force businesses to pay for statistics used in the online sports fantasy industry. Judge Melder ordered that CBC's Motion for Summary Judgment be granted and that the MLBPA and the MLBAM not interfere with CBC's fantasy games.

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The newest Baseball Prospectus author has a look at a technological advancement in the way baseball is delivered to your computer.

Not in Larry McPhail's wildest dreams.

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