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04-06

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9

Deep, But Playable: Blind to the Present
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Craig Goldstein

03-30

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7

Looking Back on Tomorrow: San Diego Padres
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Meg Rowley

03-27

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Prospectus Feature: Christian Bethancourt and Fun
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Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque

03-10

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Short Relief: Naming Names, Punctuating Homers, and Scouting Scouts
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Meg Rowley

03-09

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Transaction Analysis: Slow Motion in San Diego
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Bryan Grosnick

02-09

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19

Liner Notes: The Padres and an Opening Gambit
by
Bryan Grosnick

01-30

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17

Prospectus Feature: Choose Your Own Adventure: Padres Rotation
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Patrick Dubuque, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

01-24

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Transaction Analysis: Reliever Roundup
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Bryan Grosnick and Nicholas Zettel

01-19

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

01-17

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9

Rubbing Mud: Flashback Friars
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Matthew Trueblood

12-27

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Best of BP 2016: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees
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Dustin Palmateer

10-19

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17

Outta Left Field: What Happens When a Hitter Has a Tell?
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Dustin Palmateer

09-08

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Retro Transaction Analysis: Latos, Later
by
Bryan Grosnick

09-02

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6

In The Air Every Night
by
Daniel Rathman

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Take My Contract, Please
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Bryan Grosnick and Ben Carsley

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Marlins Gonna Marlins
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Adam McInturff, Dustin Palmateer, Steve Givarz, Jeff Quinton and Jeffrey Paternostro

07-27

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What You Need to Know: That Summertime Sadness
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Nicolas Stellini

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Blue Jays Add Rejuvenated Upton
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Joshua Howsam, Adam McInturff and George Bissell

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Swing Big For Pomeranz
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Ben Carsley and Christopher Crawford

07-09

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Raising Aces: Fastballs Are Secondary
by
Doug Thorburn

07-01

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Transaction Analysis: Rodney Takes His Quiver To Miami
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Bryan Grosnick, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

06-18

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak
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Demetrius Bell

06-08

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5

Cold Takes: The Stolen Bases Stolen From Us
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Patrick Dubuque

06-07

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Prospectus Feature: Do Pathetic, Embarrassing, Miserable Failures Breed Success?
by
Rob Mains

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Small Trade James
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James Fegan, Jeff Quinton, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is
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Nicolas Stellini

06-02

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9

Prospectus Feature: The Matt Bush Challenge
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Trevor Strunk

06-01

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What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout
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Emma Baccellieri

06-01

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Outta Left Field: The Only Rule Is It Has To Quirk
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Dustin Palmateer

05-20

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Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again
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Bryan Grosnick

05-18

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4

Outta Left Field: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees
by
Dustin Palmateer

05-06

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose
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Emma Baccellieri

04-29

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Prospectus Feature: Goodbye, April: You Are Not Special
by
Rob Mains

04-15

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17

Pebble Hunting: So I Guess This Is Vince Velasquez Now
by
Sam Miller

04-11

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What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story
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Ashley Varela

03-30

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Transaction Analysis: Deep Cuts For The SuperFans
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Bryan Grosnick

03-29

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4

Winter Is Leaving
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Dustin Palmateer

02-11

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Rubbing Mud: Three Evolving Hitters
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Matthew Trueblood

01-20

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Outta Left Field: This Is the Padre Way
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Dustin Palmateer

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: San Diego's Short-Term Shortstop Solution
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Matthew Trueblood

01-05

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6

Rumor Roundup: The Slow Burn Of Ian Desmond's Free Agency
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Daniel Rathman

12-31

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Best of BP 2015: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split
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Dustin Palmateer

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Ex-Prospects Challenge Trade
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R.J. Anderson

12-09

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Outta Left Field: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split
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Dustin Palmateer

10-29

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Outta Left Field: Preller's Problems
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Dustin Palmateer

05-22

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West Coast By Us: Day 1: In The Land Where Everybody Is Immediately Put On TV
by
Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-04

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The Call-Up: Austin Hedges
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

04-20

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Tools of Ignorance: The San Diego Hedgehogs?
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Jeff Quinton

04-10

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Rubbing Mud: Carlos Quentin's DFA is This Godforsaken Era in a Nutshell
by
Matthew Trueblood

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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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What will we remember about a team built specifically not to be remembered?

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There are two sides to every two-way player.

In one of the more pressing baseball debates of today, Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque present a point-counterpoint on Christian Bethancourt and fun.

Meg:

I hold what I imagine to be a minority opinion: I suspect that Christian Bethancourt being a so-so two-way player will be less fun than him being a mediocre position player who occasionally pitches. Not that it won’t be cool that he’s trying; just less fun.

Position players pitching is perfect. It’s the rare baseball moment when every possible outcome is good. We’ve removed stakes, and absent the potential to alter how the game ends, it can only change how the game feels. It’s like staring at one of those Magic Eye 3D posters: amid what was chaos, an image of healing comes into focus, sketched out in pitcher form.

Imagine our guy fails; that’s easy, we assumed he would. We’re granted permission to enjoy his failure, to find notes of humor and self-awareness because what he’s really doing is performing a service. This is an act of care disguised as embarrassment. There is no winning in these moments, which also means there is no losing. The losing has already been done. Position players pitched 22.1 innings in 2016; they allowed 14 earned runs. Some of those were probably the result of indifferent defense, but I couldn’t be bothered to investigate which ones. Who cares?

Two different teams threw Erik Kratz out there. We’re working with different standards of success. We look on these performances and revel in the fact that they contain all the components of throwing a baseball. Our guy got the ball to the catcher’s mitt (when he doesn’t it’s funnier), and got his outs (exect when they don’t and smile knowingly), and if he gave up a few runs along the way (he often will), well, that’s part of pitching, too. Only his job isn’t to pitch, so we don’t have to be mad about it.

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A pre-emptive strike against the renaming of things, thoughts on semicolon baseball, and a scouting report on people scouting.

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March 9, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Slow Motion in San Diego

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Bryan Grosnick

Jered Weaver and Clayton Richard join the Padres' rotation mix, which is living in the 80s.

Signed RHP Jered Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract. [2/19]

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San Diego could use a bold strategy to get off to a good start in 2017.

There are dozens of medium-impact moves that litter the months between the playoffs and spring training, and most of them don’t give us the opportunity to see something new. For example, without much fanfare the Padres signed right-hander Trevor Cahill away from the defending champion Cubs for a relative pittance: only one year and less than $2 million.

A former top starter who washed out and then rediscovered his talent in the bullpen, Cahill may fill either of two roles for San Diego. He could bolster the team’s bullpen by pitching well in relief, as he did in Chicago, or he could roll the dice in the rotation, hoping to recapture his glory years. But what if I told you there was an innovative way that he could sort of do both?

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The stories behind the Padres' starters of 2017.

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January 24, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Reliever Roundup

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Bryan Grosnick and Nicholas Zettel

Veteran relievers Neftali Feliz, Santiago Casilla, Trevor Cahill, and Dustin McGowan find 2017 homes.

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January 19, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Extension Party

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Bryan Grosnick, Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood

You get an extension. And you get an extension. And you get an extension.

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How the Padres are reliving MLB's bad old days.

Last month, the Padres made headlines with their Rule 5 draft maneuvers. They landed three players who will have to stick on their 25-man roster in order to be kept and none of the three have played above the lowest level of full-season ball

Miguel Diaz is an ambitious choice, a starting prospect who will probably spend the season in long relief in San Diego, but players like him have been chosen before. The Cubs tried this with Lendy Castillo several years ago and the Brewers did it with Wei-Chung Wang. Luis Torrens only spent half the season in the South Atlantic League last year, but there have been other catchers whom teams plucked out of deep obscurity and stashed on the bench (like Adrian Nieto of the White Sox and Oscar Hernandez of the Diamondbacks). Allen Cordoba, however, is a shortstop prospect from the Cardinals system and a player whose highest level of stateside professional competition to date was the Appalachian League.

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Derek Norris brings back the Santiago, with a surprising effect.

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Not unlike a pitcher tipping his pitches, Wil Myers has tipped his approach at the plate.

The ultimate equalizer in the batter vs. pitcher matchup—the one thing that can turn the hardest thing to do in sports into roughly the 37th-hardest thing to do in sports (right behind catching a Brett Favre spiral)—is a pitcher who’s tipping his pitches. Suddenly a deep and nasty repertoire starts to break down--a 95 mph fastball moves in slow motion when a hitter knows it's coming and a hard-biting slider out of the same arm slot is magically easy to spit on.

Many otherwise perfectly capable pitchers have been undone by hitters picking up on their small idiosyncrasies, and although usually ironed out in time, it can take the offender a while to even realize what he’s doing wrong. What about the reverse, though? What about a hitter tipping his ... well, tipping his thought process? Is it possible that a hitter can make some type of repeatable yet barely noticeable movement to cue in the opposition as to what he’s thinking?

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