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4 Rubbing Mud: Ryan Schimpf and Ernesto Frieri Walk Into a Coal Mine by Matthew Trueblood
0 Circle Change: Wil Myers' Life in the Fast Lane by Zach Crizer
9 Deep, But Playable: Blind to the Present by Craig Goldstein
7 Looking Back on Tomorrow: San Diego Padres by Meg Rowley
1 Prospectus Feature: Christian Bethancourt and Fun by Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque
0 Short Relief: Naming Names, Punctuating Homers, and Scouting Scouts by Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Meg Rowley
1 Transaction Analysis: Slow Motion in San Diego by Bryan Grosnick
19 Liner Notes: The Padres and an Opening Gambit by Bryan Grosnick
17 Prospectus Feature: Choose Your Own Adventure: Padres Rotation by Patrick Dubuque, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre
2 Transaction Analysis: Reliever Roundup by Bryan Grosnick and Nicholas Zettel
5 Transaction Analysis: Extension Party by Bryan Grosnick, Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood
9 Rubbing Mud: Flashback Friars by Matthew Trueblood
0 Best of BP 2016: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees by Dustin Palmateer
17 Outta Left Field: What Happens When a Hitter Has a Tell? by Dustin Palmateer
5 Retro Transaction Analysis: Latos, Later by Bryan Grosnick
6 In The Air Every Night by Daniel Rathman
1 Transaction Analysis: Take My Contract, Please by Bryan Grosnick and Ben Carsley
0 Transaction Analysis: Marlins Gonna Marlins by Adam McInturff, Dustin Palmateer, Steve Givarz, Jeff Quinton and Jeffrey Paternostro
0 What You Need to Know: That Summertime Sadness by Nicolas Stellini
0 Transaction Analysis: Blue Jays Add Rejuvenated Upton by Joshua Howsam, Adam McInturff and George Bissell
10 Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Swing Big For Pomeranz by Ben Carsley and Christopher Crawford
1 Raising Aces: Fastballs Are Secondary by Doug Thorburn
1 Transaction Analysis: Rodney Takes His Quiver To Miami by Bryan Grosnick, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford
0 BP South Side by James Fegan
1 What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak by Demetrius Bell
5 Cold Takes: The Stolen Bases Stolen From Us by Patrick Dubuque
2 Prospectus Feature: Do Pathetic, Embarrassing, Miserable Failures Breed Success? by Rob Mains
0 Transaction Analysis: Small Trade James by James Fegan, Jeff Quinton, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick
1 What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is by Nicolas Stellini
9 Prospectus Feature: The Matt Bush Challenge by Trevor Strunk
1 What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout by Emma Baccellieri
2 Outta Left Field: The Only Rule Is It Has To Quirk by Dustin Palmateer
1 Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again by Bryan Grosnick
4 Outta Left Field: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees by Dustin Palmateer
1 What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose by Emma Baccellieri
2 Prospectus Feature: Goodbye, April: You Are Not Special by Rob Mains
17 Pebble Hunting: So I Guess This Is Vince Velasquez Now by Sam Miller
0 What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story by Ashley Varela
2 Transaction Analysis: Deep Cuts For The SuperFans by Bryan Grosnick
4 Winter Is Leaving by Dustin Palmateer
1 Rubbing Mud: Three Evolving Hitters by Matthew Trueblood
4 Outta Left Field: This Is the Padre Way by Dustin Palmateer
0 Transaction Analysis: San Diego's Short-Term Shortstop Solution by Matthew Trueblood
6 Rumor Roundup: The Slow Burn Of Ian Desmond's Free Agency by Daniel Rathman
3 Best of BP 2015: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split by Dustin Palmateer
0 Transaction Analysis: The Ex-Prospects Challenge Trade by R.J. Anderson
14 Outta Left Field: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split by Dustin Palmateer
2 Outta Left Field: Preller's Problems by Dustin Palmateer
6 West Coast By Us: Day 1: In The Land Where Everybody Is Immediately Put On TV by Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman
1 The Call-Up: Austin Hedges by Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen
December 27, 2016 6:00 am
Derek Norris brings back the Santiago, with a surprising effect. 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
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September 8, 2016 6:00 am
The wonderfully difficult-to-litigate Mat Latos trade, still wonderfully difficult to litigate five years later.
September 2, 2016 9:43 am
A look at the extreme batted-ball distribution driving the league's most intriguing 28-year-old rookie.
There’s a growing trend in hitting circles, from the pros on down to Twitter, encouraging batters to do what they can to avoid hitting the ball on the ground. If one of the pitcher’s goals is to kill worms, the theory goes, then all hitters—save, perhaps, for the very fastest—should seek PETA’s approval by not doing so every chance they can. Jeff Albert, the minor-league hitting coordinator for the Astros, is among those who share such insights in 140 characters or less:
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Matt Kemp is getting used to being a salary dump and this time the Padres didn't even keep the player he was traded for.
Seven players change hands in a deal that might seem confusing for any team but the Marlins. A poor reliever's poor heart broken; Lindor's a hero; Sabathia makes it easier AND harder to trade him; and Arenado does defense.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Vinko Bogataj was forever immortalized as the face of “the agony of defeat” on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. His incredible crash on a ski jump slope in 1970 became forever associated with agony and defeat. It was his misfortune that an entire generation learned to cringe and giggle at.
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Toronto needs outfield depth in the short and long term, so the Blue Jays took Melvin Upton off the Padres' hands at a discount.
Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski was brought in to make moves like this one, sending an elite pitching prospect to the Padres for rotation help.
Notable pitching performances this week from Drew Pomeranz, Jake Arrieta and MIchael Fulmer.
Miami invests in Fernando Rodney avoiding pumpkin status and Los Angeles picks up a Clayton Kershaw fill-in.
It's only two starts, but James Shields looks awful.