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08-10

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Short Relief: Baseball Players vs. Themselves, and Sometimes Metallica
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Patrick Dubuque, Mary Craig and Matt Ellis

07-26

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Short Relief: Of Errors and Epics
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Jason Wojciechowski, Nathan Bishop and Matt Ellis

06-16

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Short Relief: The Zone Not Taken and Other Works
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Patrick Dubuque

05-24

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Short Relief: Votto's Insult Comedy, Weaver's Embarrassment Comedy, and Nancy's Achievement
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Jason Wojciechowski, Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

05-02

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Short Relief: Cats Review a Reds-Pirates Game, Eric Thames's Beginning's End, and Sixty Year Old All-Star Snubs
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Kate Preusser, Matt Ellis and Emma Baccellieri

04-26

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Short Relief: Two Science Fiction Short Stories
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Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

04-12

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Short Relief: False Cats, The Losing Way, Scarlet Dreams, and Hacking Baseball
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Jason Wojciechowski, James Fegan, Eric Roseberry and Nathan Bishop

05-24

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BP Unfiltered: Votto v. Phillips, The People's Case
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Colin Wyers

04-25

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Skewed Left: The New, Just-as-Good Joey Votto
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Zachary Levine

03-27

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Rumor Roundup: Second Chances
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Daniel Rathman

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Favorites
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R.J. Anderson and Nick J. Faleris

03-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 162: Aroldis Chapman and Player Preferences
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: How Good is Aroldis Chapman?
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Clay Davenport

02-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 147: 2013 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-18

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Overthinking It: The Craziest Half-Inning in History
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Ben Lindbergh

12-23

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Overthinking It: Remembering Ryan Freel
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Ben Lindbergh

11-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 90: The Cheapskate Approach to Aroldis Chapman/The Phillies and Framing/Ranking Baseball Figures By Historical Importance
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 81: The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: Sofa Scouting: Reds vs. Giants, Game Five
by
Jason Parks

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Preview: Giants at Reds
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Daniel Rathman

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Reds 9, Giants 0
by
Sam Miller

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Reds at Giants
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Daniel Rathman

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Giants-Reds Division Series Preview
by
Sam Miller

09-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 43: The Under-the-Radar Reds/Was Anthony Rizzo's Scouting Report Wrong?
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-11

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Baseball ProGUESTus: What the Insiders Say Makes a Good Manager
by
C. Trent Rosecrans

08-06

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Baseball Questions on Yahoo! Answers
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Sam Miller

07-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Two Teams Without Any Rookies
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Ben Lindbergh

06-19

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Overthinking It: The Cincinnati Reds and the Benefits of Being Homegrown
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-17

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Fantasy Beat: The Transformation of Aroldis Chapman
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Jason Collette

11-01

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Transaction Analysis Blog: Option Day Craziness Part Three
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R.J. Anderson

09-20

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds
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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

07-20

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On the Beat: Red Hot or Dead Red?
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John Perrotto

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-18

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GM for a Day: Cincinnati Reds
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Steven Goldman

10-13

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds
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John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview : Phillies vs. Reds
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Christina Kahrl

08-12

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Transaction Action: NL Central Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

08-09

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Prospectus Perspective: Reds Prepare for Final Exams
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John Perrotto

08-04

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On the Beat: A Nice Change of Pace
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John Perrotto

06-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Seeing Red
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Jay Jaffe

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

01-13

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
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John Perrotto

10-04

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds
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Baseball Prospectus

09-30

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-13

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Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-22

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You Could Look It Up: The Unintended Consequences of Defunct Catchers
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Steven Goldman

05-28

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Transaction of the Day: Jay Bruce
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Christina Kahrl

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

01-18

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Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

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A look back at what the stats said was in store for Aroldis Chapman when he emigrated from Cuba.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

We're still trying to figure out whether Aroldis Chapman can handle a rotation spot or is better suited for the bullpen, but at least we know more about him than we did when we wrote the piece reprinted below, which was originally published on August 13, 2009.
 


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Ben and Sam preview the Reds' season with Jay Jaffe and Geoff Young, and Pete talks to Cincinnati CBS affiliate sports anchor/reporter Zach Wells (at 18:35).



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And how that half-inning happened.

In all the many media entities based on the Sherlock Holmes character created by Arthur Conan Doyle, there had never before 2012 (to my knowledge) been one in which Holmes applied his deductive skills to baseball. Nor would one expect there to be, since 19th-century London—traditionally Holmes’ home—was not a hotbed of baseball analysis. But since his character was created, Holmes has become an accomplished traveler in both space and time, making it possible to conduct two TV shows and a movie franchise based on his character concurrently. And, thanks to the newest of those shows, also making it possible to expose the world’s most famous fictional detective to baseball.

The CBS procedural Elementary, now approaching the end of its first season, reimagines Holmes as a tattooed modern-day detective, freshly released from rehab and relocated from London, who offers his consulting services to the NYPD. And it takes Elementary all of one episode to bring up baseball, as if to remind the viewer that this is Sherlock Holmes in New York, like you’ve never seen him before. The scene, which I’ve embedded below, comes at the end of the pilot and shows Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) winding down after a long day of deducing by watching the Mets.

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Former Reds supersub Ryan Freel committed suicide on Saturday. Why does his death hurt more than most?

Back when I played fantasy baseball, I used to get attached to particular players, whom I’d try (within reason) to acquire year after year. This was probably the worst possible way to play fantasy baseball. A good fantasy player (or major-league general manager, for that matter) thinks only about value and doesn’t care where it comes from. It doesn’t make sense to be sentimental: players who are valuable (or at least undervalued) one year can be worthless or (overvalued) the next, and paying for past performance instead of projection is a reliable way to make mistakes. Getting too attached to particular players was an especially lousy strategy in a league like mine, which was filled with friends who knew whom I’d taken a shine to. There was a period of a year or two when it was well known that I would have traded my own grandmother (or worse, someone much better at baseball) to get Dave Bush. (Yes, Dave Bush. Also Conor Jackson. The time commitment wasn’t the only reason I gave up the game.)

Not only did I have a tendency to get attached to particular players, but I was also a sucker for players who could do more than one thing: relievers who could slide into a rotation slot on a day when someone else wasn’t starting, bench players who could fill in at several positions when others had offdays. And I was biased toward players who walked a lot. Not because walks helped my fantasy team—until I convinced the other owners to add on-base percentage as a category, it hardly helped at all—but because I’d recently read Moneyball. And lastly, I liked injured players. I could always convince myself that someone who’d been hurt before was a bargain and a bounceback waiting to happen instead of a chronic injury case. Basically, any success I had in fantasy I had because I was obsessive about setting my lineup and because I was looking at some stats other owners weren’t aware of. Otherwise, I was the worst.

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how the Reds might save some money on Aroldis Chapman, whether certain teams might benefit more from framing than others, and where we would rank Marvin Miller in the pantheon of important historical baseball figures.

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how the Reds might save some money on Aroldis Chapman, whether certain teams might benefit more from framing than others, and where we would rank Marvin Miller in the pantheon of important historical baseball figures.

Episode 90: "The Cheapskate Approach to Aroldis Chapman/The Phillies and Framing/Ranking Baseball Figures By Historical Importance"

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Ben and Sam discuss the Reds' and Angels' approaches to bullpen-building, how Cincinnati's philosophy affects Aroldis Chapman's future, and which way the wind is blowing where the closer role is concerned.

Ben and Sam discuss the Reds' and Angels' approaches to bullpen-building, how Cincinnati's philosophy affects Aroldis Chapman's future, and which way the wind is blowing where the closer role is concerned.

Episode 81: "The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies"

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October 12, 2012 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Sofa Scouting: Reds vs. Giants, Game Five

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Jason Parks

Jason keeps a running commentary as he scouts the decisive game between the Reds and Giants from home.

Top of the 1st:
The buildup to this game reaches a crescendo with an on-camera Verducci spot, which takes me to another world, a world where anything is possible. His strong features and classical build create a confidence where even blatant lies and mis-directions would be welcomed with an earnest ear and open heart. He has me hooked with his first vocal salvo.


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October 10, 2012 5:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Preview: Giants at Reds

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Daniel Rathman

Can the Giants survive a second elimination game against Cincinnati?

The Giants had just one hit in seven innings off of Reds starter Homer Bailey but hung around thanks to an admirable outing from Ryan Vogelsong and stellar work from their bullpen. Then, a spate of defensive miscues in the top of the 10th handed San Francisco a decisive 2-1 lead, enabling Bruce Bochy’s team to stave off elimination for at least one more day. Will the Giants survive Game Four? Here are the PECOTA odds and projected starting lineups for this afternoon’s contest:

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October 8, 2012 5:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Reds 9, Giants 0

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Sam Miller

A brilliant start by Bronson Arroyo pushes the Giants to the brink of elimination.

We tend to focus on the starting rotations in these series, to look at the guy who’ll be starting twice, the ace, and then to look at the guys who’ll be starting once, and draw a lot of conclusions from those names. That’s not necessarily the best way to do these things, and there’s no reason to think strength of rotation is more convincing than strength of lineup or strength of defense or strength of anything else that can be strong. But there are very few things that go as predicted in baseball, and rotations are, at the very least, fairly predictable.

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October 7, 2012 3:34 pm

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Reds at Giants

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Daniel Rathman

Can the Giants strike back at home behind Madison Bumgarner in the second game of their series?

A wild series opener, in which the Reds used two middle-inning homers and some eighth-inning insurance to overcome the loss of starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, portends more excitement in Game Two. Here are the PECOTA odds and projected starting lineups for tonight’s contest:

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October 6, 2012 2:00 pm

Playoff Prospectus: Giants-Reds Division Series Preview

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Sam Miller

Two lopsided teams face off in a series with no clear favorite.

It can be hard to see change, sometimes. If these two teams had met two years ago, it would have been a battle between the best offense in the National League and the best pitching-and-defense in the National League. Now, though, the teams have almost completely flipped: the Reds have the league’s best pitching, the Giants have the league’s second-best offense, and each team is pretty lopsided that way. Nonetheless, don’t be surprised if the mainstream narrative focuses on the Giants’ homegrown aces and the Reds’ powerful middle of the order. A better narrative would focus on the showdown between perhaps the two best hitters in the National League; or the ticking clock that the Giants face each game as the Reds’ bullpen anticipates the final three or four innings; or the unexpected second-act brilliance of Brian Sabean’s career.

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Ben and Sam talk about why they haven't talked about the Reds more often, then discuss whether Anthony Rizzo has proved his critics wrong.

Ben and Sam talk about why they haven't talked about the Reds more often, then discuss whether Anthony Rizzo has proved his critics wrong.

Episode 43: "The Under-the-Radar Reds/Was Anthony Rizzo's Scouting Report Wrong?"

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