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05-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 460: Nelson Cruz, Ryan Braun, and the Post-PED Good Life
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-02

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BP Unfiltered: Do the Rays Have a Drug Problem?
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Ben Lindbergh

01-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 363: Yankees Beat Writer Andy McCullough on Alex Rodriguez, Again
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 283: An Upper-Minors Inefficiency/The Slippery Definition of Performance Enhancement
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-20

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Giving Up the PED Guessing Game
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Gabe Kapler

08-05

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Manufactured Runs: Biogenesis and Baseball's Post-Human Present
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Colin Wyers

07-23

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Overthinking It: Ryan Braun, Biogenesis, and Betrayal
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Ben Lindbergh

07-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 248: Bartolo Colon and the PED Question/Ruben Amaro and Prospect Rankings
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-13

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In A Pickle: What the Arbitrators Will Hear
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 218: Paralysis by Biogenesis
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-05

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Bizball: Suspensions May Loom for Players Connected to Biogenesis Clinic
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Maury Brown

05-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 195: Bad Body Language/Upgrading Bullpens/Steroids and the Children/BABIP and Bad Luck
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-26

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Surviving Professional Baseball in the Steroid Era
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Eric Knott

01-31

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The BP Wayback Machine: Redecorating Your Glass House
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Gary Huckabay

01-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 129: Why the Latest Steroids Scandal Isn't That Scandalous/2013 Season Preview Series: Tampa Bay Rays
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 120: Quantifying PED Effects/Best Farm Systems in Baseball/Roleplaying Trade Talks
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bagging on Bagwell
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Christina Kahrl

01-10

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Baseball Therapy: Lessons from the Hall of Fame Vote
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Russell A. Carleton

12-11

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Baseball ProGUESTus: That Holden Caulfield Kind of Crap: The Historicity of the Hall of Fame Debate
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David Roher

09-21

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Manufactured Runs: The Very Long Night of Melky Cabrera
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Colin Wyers

08-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Steroids Game
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Nate Silver

08-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: Setting the Stage for 2005: Steroids
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Nate Silver

03-27

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Raiders of the Lost MVP Blood Sample
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Jim Gardner

05-07

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Steroids Game
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Nate Silver

01-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: PEDs and Discontent
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Jay Jaffe

08-09

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Bonds Responses
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Baseball Prospectus

02-16

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Prospectus Q&A: Andy Andres
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David Laurila

08-01

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UTK Special
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Will Carroll

05-16

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Prospectus Q&A: Pete Rose
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Graham Bensinger

05-12

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Crooked Numbers: Are 'Roids the Reason
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James Click

03-30

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2005--Setting the Stage
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Nate Silver

12-09

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The CBA on Steroids
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Doug Pappas

12-08

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Steroids in Baseball
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Will Carroll

12-06

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Prospectus Today: Into the Mailbag
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Joe Sheehan

12-02

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Prospectus Today: Jason Giambi
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Joe Sheehan

03-01

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The Week in Quotes: February 23-29, 2004
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Ryan Wilkins

10-31

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UTK Special
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Will Carroll

05-29

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The Daily Prospectus: Juice
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Joe Sheehan

05-04

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6-4-3: Steroids in Baseball
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Gary Huckabay

09-01

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Homers and Hormones
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Rany Jazayerli

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Ben and Sam banter about the Royals, then catch up with the boys of Biogenesis.

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Have the Rays really had a higher number of drug-related suspensions? And if so, should that be a cause for concern?

Last week, when I posted a link to our Tampa Bay Rays preview podcast in the Effectively Wild Facebook group, listener Allen Sarvinas left a comment with a couple questions:

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Ben and Sam talk to Andy McCullough about the latest legal developments in the Alex Rodriguez saga, the A-Rod episode of 60 Minutes, and more.

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Ben and Sam talk about whether teams should step up advance scouting in the upper minors, then discuss the difference (or lack thereof) between the PEDs MLB bans and the procedures it allows.

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A plea to stop the speculation from a player who's heard more than his fair share.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Gabe Kapler spent parts of 12 years in the major leagues from 1998-2010, playing for the Tigers (1998-99), Rangers (2000-02), Rockies (2002-03), Red Sox (2003-06 – with a brief interlude in Japan), Brewers (2008) and Rays (2009-10). He also spent a year managing the Red Sox’ Single-A affiliate in Greenville. Follow him on Twitter @gabekapler. You can read his first article for BP here and listen to his recent discussion of advanced stats on Effectively Wild with Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller here.

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The real danger Biogenesis revealed and the false threat that we shouldn't make this about.

The announcement was mostly anticlimax. Twelve players accepted 50-game suspensions for their involvement with the Biogenesis clinic, and Alex Rodriguez is looking at a longer suspension pending appeal. Some of the names are a surprise, but not the name that everyone is talking about.

The Biogenesis story has, admittedly at the urging of MLB, become primarily about Alex Rodriguez and his massive contract, and Ryan Braun and his improperly handled sample. It is understandable, in that they’re both big stars and the storylines around them are indeed compelling. But there’s a larger story here that’s mostly being missed.

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Why Ryan Braun's suspension isn't bad news, and other reflections on the latest in the Biogenesis saga.

Baseball Prospectus has no house style on performance-enhancing drugs, the way we do about, say, punctuation (unspaced em-dash only, please). We haven’t taken an internal poll and decided to condone or condemn PEDs, and we don’t issue an official stance on steroids as part of the author orientation process. But a site devoted to the pursuit of objective knowledge about baseball tends to attract a group of authors who’ve independently developed similar feelings about certain subjects—from batting order to the sacrifice bunt—and so much of our coverage of baseball’s PED problem over the years has held true to a few first principles:

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Ben and Sam talk about whether it's ever fair to suspect that a player is taking PEDs, then discuss Ruben Amaro's comments about public prospect rankings.

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Jason, a labor lawyer, trains his eyes on the Biogenesis disputes.

When news broke on June 4th that MLB would be seeking to suspend a slew of players connected to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, I was on an airplane back from Pittsburgh, where I was attending a labor lawyers conference. So, a week later than you might have hoped to have it, what I'd like to do, building on the ESPN report linked above as well as Maury Brown's very good piece discussing some of the financial and personal issues raised by the case, is lay out the key contractual provisions and some of the quasi-legal doctrines surrounding this case to provide some idea of the groundwork that the massive structure of strategy and politics covered by Maury, the ESPN team of T.J. Quinn, Pedro Gomez, and Mike Fish, and others is built on.

I'm not a reporter. I don't have inside knowledge about the union, individual player, or management strategies and tactics. What I have are the two basic documents, the collective bargaining agreement (technically called the Basic Agreement, but I'll call it the "CBA") and the joint drug agreement ("Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program"—that's a mouthful, so let's just say "JDA"), read with a labor lawyer's eye. (To inform you of my biases: I am, specifically, a union-side labor lawyer, and not by accident.)

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Ben and Sam discuss the latest developments in the Biogenesis saga.

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Some 20 players could be suspended for ties to Biogenesis, as the league seeks testimony from Tony Bosch in a case that could have far-reaching financial implications.

Major League Baseball may seek to suspend as many as 20 players, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, as part of the investigation into the Miami-area Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, according to a report by ESPN. The league has been pursuing legal avenues, including a lawsuit against Biogenesis, Biokem, Tony Bosch of Biogenesis, and others, seeking damages. That and other pressure may have finally taken a toll on Bosch as, according to the ESPN report, he is ready to cooperate with MLB investigators in exchange for their dropping the case. With Bosch testifying against players, the league could begin the suspension process “within the next few weeks.”

Should all the players be suspended, it would mark the largest number of suspensions for performance-enhancing substances in the history of professional sports. In 2005, the first year of mandatory drug testing, MLB suspended 12 players between April and November of the year, the largest amount of suspensions at the major-league level to date. At the time, first-time suspensions against the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players’ union were only for 10 games. Since then, the number of games a player can be suspended for has increased dramatically to 50 for a first violation, 100 for a second, and a potential permanent suspension from both MLB and minor-league baseball for a third.

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Ben and Sam discuss whether a pitcher's body language can cost him strikes, whether it's worth trading for relievers early in the season, a study about perceptions of steroid use, and whether a low BABIP is always unlucky.



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