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08-18

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Some Projection Left: Finding The Next Edwin Diaz
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Christopher Crawford

08-15

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Sims
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Tim Britton

08-10

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Transaction Analysis: Switch-Pitchers and Triple-Digit Heat
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Steve Givarz, Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

08-10

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Pebble Hunting: Somebody Is About To Strike Out 25 Batters In Nine Innings
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Sam Miller

08-05

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BP Unfiltered: Let's Always Know The Longest Baseball Play [Updated!]
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Sam Miller

08-05

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What You Need to Know: This Is How You Use Andrew Miller
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Nicolas Stellini

08-04

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Banjo Hitter: Edwin Diaz Demands Your Attention
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Aaron Gleeman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Life of Miley
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Dustin Palmateer, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Reliever Swap, Starring Storen and Benoit
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Made For Joaquin
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Bryan Grosnick

07-25

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Players Prefer Presentation: Year 1 Of The Scott Servais Experiment
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Meg Rowley

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Legend of Vogelbach, Now In Seattle
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Christopher Crawford, Rian Watt and Brendan Gawlowski

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Seattle's Got A Neat Trick
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Demetrius Bell

07-20

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Life at the Margins: Seager See, Seager Do
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Rian Watt

07-12

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Cold Takes: Wade LeBlanc's Surprises
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Patrick Dubuque

07-10

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Players Prefer Presentation: A Typology of Losing
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Meg Rowley

06-21

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Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle
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Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-16

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What You Need to Know: 4,257*
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Demetrius Bell

06-16

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Prospectus Feature: Ichiro!'s Exclamation Point
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Aaron Gleeman

06-07

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What You Need to Know: James Paxton's 101s
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Daniel Rathman

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A.
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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

06-05

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Players Prefer Presentation: The Hoping is the Hardest Part
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Meg Rowley

06-01

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Transaction Analysis: Only The Loney
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

05-26

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Players Prefer Presentation: Let Ballparks Get Old
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Meg Rowley

05-12

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

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher
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Demetrius Bell

05-11

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BP Unfiltered: How Many Runs Could the Cubs Spot Their Opponents?
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Sam Miller

05-10

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Raising Aces: David Price Is Disconnected
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Doug Thorburn

04-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 22
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Matthew Kory

04-21

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Players Prefer Presentation: Let's Go Crazy
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Meg Rowley

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart
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Emma Baccellieri

04-15

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BP Unfiltered: Our Generation’s Hall of Famers, Ranked By Subjective Trade Valuation of Mid-Career Baseball Cards In A Semi-Premium Early-1990s Set
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Sam Miller

04-08

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Players Prefer Presentation: Cole Hamels, and The Win's Long Con
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Meg Rowley

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Need Cano Basehits!
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Demetrius Bell

04-05

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Players Prefer Presentation: The Best Game In A Bummer Run
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Meg Rowley

03-29

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Transaction Analysis: Dipoto Keeps One of Dipoto's Guys
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Meg Rowley

03-08

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Winter Is Leaving
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Rian Watt

02-10

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Fifth Column: Worst Runner Up
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Michael Baumann

02-05

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

01-29

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Worst Rivalries
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Meg Rowley

01-06

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Players Prefer Presentation: The Seattle Fan's Guide To HOF Happiness and Heartbreak
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Meg Rowley

12-29

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Best of BP 2015: Post-Moneyball's Clubability
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Meg Rowley

12-28

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An Agent's Take: The Biggest Year in a Player's (and Agent's) Career
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Joshua Kusnick

12-23

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Outta Left Field: Evan Scribner's Four Walks
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Dustin Palmateer

12-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Return of the Bear
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Meg Rowley

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: A Motte in the Dark
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

12-07

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An Agent's Take: The Good Part of Being Traded
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Joshua Kusnick

12-03

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Players Prefer Presentation: Longing for FanFests
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Meg Rowley

11-25

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

11-11

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Players Prefer Presentation: You're the Topps!
by
Meg Rowley

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All Seattle does is hit walk-off dingers. Plus: Felix returns, Hanley takes a swing at four bombs in a game, and the Cubs are good again.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Walk-off victories are clearly the most exciting victories there are in baseball, but there are within the category clearly the most exciting walkoffs in baseball. There have been some especially intriguing contenders of late: Josh Harrison hit a Little League home run to send the Pirates to victory last night, and the Padres won a game via walk-off balk this past Saturday. However, nothing beats a walk-off home run for symphonic release, and one team that’s been taking particular joy in ending games via walk-off dongers has been the Seattle Mariners.


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The world's been terrible, but the Seagers have been joy.

This is a curiosity, really, more than anything else. There’s no deeper meaning to it, and you probably won’t leave this piece with a better sense of why the sky is blue, the sea deep, or the winter cold. But it’s a fun curiosity, I think, and moreover it’s possible you’ll find the 10 minutes you invest in reading the words I’m about to write a worthwhile diversion from your ongoing journey toward nonexistence. Here’s Corey Seager’s 2016 line, through games played on Monday night:

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Surprising: That Wade LeBlanc still exists in the majors, that we're writing this much about him today, and what he throws.

You never root for injuries. Unless you root for Wade LeBlanc. Then you pretty much don’t have a choice.

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All losses count the same, but all losses feel different.

No one enjoys losing, but in baseball’s long play to the end, even fans of the best teams experience it with predictable regularity. At season’s end, those losses all look the same, and count the same way, but the true character of the “L,” its emotional tone and tenor, can vary wildly. At the season’s halfway point, I wanted to think about how these different sorts of losses might weigh on us, and sort them into their different categories and subcategories, to see what weird, sad families they form. And so here, for your reading pleasure (?), is a Typology of Losing.

The tight game

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Randal Grichuk plays himself back to Triple-A, Mat Latos wears out another welcome, and the Dodgers and Mariners make an intriguing minor swap.

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Ichiro argues for being the new Hit King, Clayton Kershaw and Noah Syndergaard dominate again, and Johnny Cueto in San Francisco has been a good deal.

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As Ichiro steps on Pete Rose's record, we deep-dive into his Japanese years to consider what he would have been like as an American prospect and young major leaguer.

As he’s done so many times before, Ichiro Suzuki led off Wednesday’s game with an infield single. This particular hit—a dribbler up the first-base line that didn’t make it more than 50 feet from home plate—was his 2,978th in America, which combined with 1,278 hits in Japan gave him a total of 4,256 to tie Pete Rose’s all-time record. He then broke Rose’s record a couple hours later by lining an off-speed pitch into the right-field corner for a ninth-inning double and his 4,257th hit.

Of course, that’s not how the major-league record books work. By this point no one should question the high quality of baseball played in Japan—or the many hitters, pitchers, stars, and role players who’ve thrived in America—but that doesn’t change the fact that different leagues have different record books. To consider Suzuki’s hits in Japan part of his MLB total would open all kinds of doors. Do we then similarly count, say, Jackie Robinson’s hits in the Negro Leagues or Minnie Minoso’s hits in Cuba or Julio Franco’s hits in Mexico? And how do we treat Sadaharu Oh and his 868 home runs or Satchel Paige and his (literally) countless wins? You get the idea.

I’m not clutching my pearls arguing that doing so would ruin the sanctity of MLB’s record books as much as saying it would just be really, really hard to thoroughly account for. And in this specific case, counting hits outside of the major leagues would increase Rose’s total. Rose debuted with the Reds at age 22, but before that he played three seasons in the minor leagues and batted .317 with 427 hits in 354 games. You can argue all day about how Japanese baseball in the 1990s compared to the American minor leagues in the 1960s, but to view Suzuki as having 4,257 “professional” hits likely also means viewing Rose as having 4,683 of the same.

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Paxton and Bauer duel, Tyler Chatwood keeps getting outs, and Jose Altuve is everything.

The Monday Takeaway
Before Monday, there had been two instances of starting pitchers recording double-digit strikeouts while dueling each other this season. The first, Max Scherzer and Noah Syndergaard on May 17th in Queens, we might’ve seen coming. The second, Scott Kazmir and Dan Straily on May 26th in Cincinnati, not so much. On the surface, the third such battle of the year, featuring Trevor Bauer and James Paxton in Seattle last night, would’ve fallen into the latter category. But upon closer review, perhaps it wasn’t as unlikely as it seemed.

Paxton, who was recalled from the minors on June 1st when Felix Hernandez went on the disabled list, returned to Seattle with a new arm slot and newfound giddyup on his fastball:


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Carl Crawford's tumultuous time in Tinsel Town comes to an end and Trea Turner gets the call.

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If hope is how we deal with despair, then the presence of hope indicates the presence of despair.

Here we are, in the hoping part. On Wednesday, the Mariners placed Felix Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list. It’s just a 15-day DL stint, in much the same way that it is just his calf and it’s just the beginning of June. Darker, more ominous moments have occurred in pitchers’ seasons. The club has assured fans nervously shifting in their seats that their King will only miss a couple of starts. This isn’t an end. But it is the start of the hoping part.

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James Loney fills in for Lucas Duda, Brian Duensing bounces to another home, and Woj gets a new job.

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Can baseball thrive in cities where nostalgia is suffocated?

The Texas Rangers are getting a new ballpark. We’re used to thinking about the stadium question in terms of tax dollars, and it is an obviously smart way to approach it because of all the things tax dollars turn into that aren’t baseball. Tax dollars are schools and roads and recycling bins, and their allocation is a collective expression of what is important to us, or ought to be. It’s an exceptionally boring way of declaring that most of us like this thing more than this other thing, not merely as sports fans or consumers, but as citizens and parents and people. So when the Arlington City Council voted to approve a master plan for a new stadium for the Texas Rangers, they kicked off a process by which voters will decide if they like air conditioned baseball more than whatever else you can buy with $500 million. Like recycling bins or public transit or a comical number of two-foot-long hot dogs. We’re used to thinking of this question in that way, and it is a good way to think about it.

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