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05-29

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20

Sporer Report: Trading Tips
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Paul Sporer

05-24

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: The Myths of Minor-League Strikeouts
by
Bret Sayre

05-07

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14

Overthinking It: Evaluating Early-Season Experiments
by
Ben Lindbergh

01-30

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5

Wezen-Ball: The 1948 World Series, Game1: A Radio Diary
by
Larry Granillo

08-14

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Wezen-Ball: The Giants' Shark Killer
by
Larry Granillo

08-10

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1

BP Podcast: Episode 101: Let's Just Not Even Try
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-23

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2

Wezen-Ball: Review: "Bottom of the Ninth: An Animated Graphic Novel"
by
Larry Granillo

07-10

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26

Wezen-Ball: A Really, Really Fast Ball
by
Larry Granillo

04-13

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Wezen-Ball: Fenway Illustrated, circa 1946
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Larry Granillo

02-27

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4

BP Unfiltered: The Artist is Moneymovie
by
Max Marchi

02-23

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9

Preseason Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 2/23/12
by
Mike Petriello

02-22

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28

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Derek Carty and Michael Jong

02-10

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14

The Stats Go Marching In: What Are the Rays Expecting from Jose Molina?
by
Max Marchi

01-30

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20

The BP Broadside: Jorge Posada and the Third-String Yankees
by
Steven Goldman

01-10

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4

Baseball ProGUESTus: 27 Outs, 140 Characters: Fandom in the Time of Twitter
by
Maiya Gessling

12-22

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 12/22/11
by
Mike Petriello

12-15

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11

The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 12/15/11
by
Mike Petriello

12-15

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15

Transaction Analysis: In with the New
by
Ben Lindbergh

12-05

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26

BP Unfiltered: Overdue Justice: Cooperstown Finds Room for Santo
by
Jay Jaffe

09-08

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39

Resident Fantasy Genius: The Infield Fly Rules
by
Derek Carty

09-06

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Prospect Impact
by
Derek Carty

09-01

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4

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 9/1/11
by
Mike Petriello

08-18

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7

Value Picks: Relievers for 8-18-11
by
Mike Petriello

08-04

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11

Wezen-Ball: Analyzing "Six-Man Baseball"
by
Larry Granillo

08-03

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36

The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Baseball Songs that are NOT by The Baseball Project
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Baseball Prospectus

07-08

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Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 7/8/11
by
Bill Baer

06-24

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Value Picks: Starting Pitchers
by
Bill Baer

06-02

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16

Fantasy Beat: Too Early to Count Out
by
Derek Carty

05-26

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3

Transaction Analysis: Return of the Prodigal Sluggers
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-28

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2

Spitballing: Undefeated Angel
by
Jeremy Greenhouse

04-27

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9

Spinning Yarn: A Soria Subject
by
Mike Fast

03-25

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19

Future Shock: Prospect Preview: AL East
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-28

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14

Prospectus Hit and Run: Duke Snider, 1926-2011
by
Jay Jaffe

02-16

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6

Purpose Pitches: AL NRIs to Watch
by
Christina Kahrl

02-15

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35

Prospectus Hit List: Winning the Winter, NL Edition
by
Tommy Bennett

01-17

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Ahead in the Count: Situational Pitching
by
Matt Swartz

12-01

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8

Prospectus Perspective: Short Shrift?
by
Christina Kahrl

11-17

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34

Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-23

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7

BP Unfiltered: The ALCS Outcome
by
Christina Kahrl

10-04

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The Week in Quotes: September 27-October 3
by
Alex Carnevale

08-11

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6

On the Beat: Recapturing The Magic
by
John Perrotto

08-05

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Overthinking It: Anatomy of a Trade Deadline
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-04

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5

On the Beat: A Nice Change of Pace
by
John Perrotto

07-22

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6

Overthinking It: Ringing Them Up at Wrigley
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-25

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6

Changing Speeds: Bounceback Pitchers
by
Ken Funck

05-07

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7

Prospectus Q&A: Dave Baldwin
by
David Laurila

04-28

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5

Prospectus Q&A: Chris Davis
by
David Laurila

03-25

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4

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
by
Lee Panas

03-22

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11

Transaction Action: Weekend Mayhem Edition
by
Christina Kahrl

03-04

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Transaction Analysis: F-Lop'ping Around
by
Christina Kahrl

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May 29, 2013 5:00 am

Sporer Report: Trading Tips

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Paul Sporer

Paul gives you some advice on how to get trade negotiations going and cautions against actions that could stop them dead in their tracks.

As we approach June 1, trading is no doubt becoming a bigger part of league activity for the season. Two months have passed, allowing you to start assessing your team’s strengths and flaws, but injuries and, more than anything else, impatience often fuels trade talks. With that in mind, I wanted to offer up some tips to hopefully improve your trading experience when you start firing up talks.

Don’t tell the league to make you offers on your guys: If you are serious about improving your team via the trade, then sending a mass email with guys you’re willing to part with followed by a call to action for other owners to engage you for those players isn’t the way to go. Rarely do emails that announce the availability of a team’s best players make such an impact that other owners are compelled to do the legwork on a hypothetical deal.

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May 24, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Myths of Minor-League Strikeouts

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Bret Sayre

Bret explains why high minor-league strikeout rates don't always portend low batting averages when a player reaches the majors.

It gets talked about a lot; we are living through a golden age of strikeouts in baseball. And there are plenty of potential reasons for this, which are thrown out during the discussion. Some say that it’s just a talent surge on the pitching side of the equation that will correct itself during the next cycle. Some say it’s an overall lack of a two-strike mentality among hitters in the game today. Some say the sabermetric movement has reduced the fear and shame associated with striking out. Some say it’s sunscreen.

Regardless of what the true reasoning is (though it’s likely a combination of all of the above and more), we are where we are at the major-league level. But what does that mean for minor-league strikeout rates? Are contact rates in the minors decreasing at the same level that we see across the highest level of the game? The answer is that it depends how advanced the league is.

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May 7, 2013 11:27 am

Overthinking It: Evaluating Early-Season Experiments

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Ben Lindbergh

On five players attempting to do new things this season, and whether those things have worked.

Four teams asked five players to do things this season that they’d never done prior to 2013. This article is about how well those things have worked for the first six weeks, and whether they can continue.

1. Shin-Soo Choo: start in center field
It’s not that Choo has turned into a superb center fielder. That was never the plan. Starting Choo in center, a position he hadn’t played at all since 2009 and hadn’t played regularly since 2002 (as a 19-year-old in A-ball), was always going to be an exercise in extreme double-entry bookkeeping: Would the runs his bat added outnumber the runs his glove gave up? So far, the answer is an easy “yes.” Choo’s .347 TAv ranks 10th among players with at least 100 plate appearances, and he’s second only to Miguel Cabrera in VORP.


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A running diary of the two-hour radio broadcast of game 1 of the 1948 World Series, featuring Bob Feller and Johnny Sain.

Last week, Ben Lindbergh let us all in on the secret treasure trove of 50- and 60-year old radio broadcasts that Craig Robinson at Flip Flop Fly Ballin' recently uncovered. It's a pretty fantastic find, with games ranging from the 1948 World Series to a late summer game between the White Sox and Red Sox in the Impossible Dream season.

While Ben had a few things to say about Game 5 of the 1948 World Series, I recently listened to the full two-hour broadcast of Game 1 of the same series, a tight pitcher's duel between Bob Feller and Johnny Sain. Even for a game played when Jackie Robinson was the reigning Rookie of the Year, the game, at one-hour and forty-two minutes long, was a speedy affair. By contrast, Game 1 of the 2012 World Series between Justin Verlander and Barry Zito lasted three-hours and 26-minutes.

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A 1958 profile of the San Francisco Giants brings about an interesting bit of trivia for those who love Shark Week.

The 1958 San Francisco Giants, in their first year on the west coast, finished in third place, twelve games behind the defending World Champions (and eventual World Series losers) Milwaukee Braves. Their 80-74 record was the best the club had managed in four years. The race for the pennant wasn't always so one-sided, however.

In mid-July, the National League was wide-open. For three days in the middle of the month, the Giants and Braves were actually tied for the crown. On July 29, the Bay Area squad found themselves a half-game in front of Hank Aaron and his crew. For a team that had finished the previous season 16 games below .500 and 26 games behind the World Champs, their mid-season success was an exciting surprise.

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After our big celebration for Episode 100, we're back to normality, or at least as normal as the show gets. We talk about the Manny Machado call-up, some prospects that we are higher or lower than most on, and also just what to make of Austin Wood. Then we try to gauge Mike Trout's value (good luck) and talk about scouting little league games. Our special guest is a good friend of the show in Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger who talks about the future of the Mets, and then our listener of the week is the amazing Craig Robinson, better known to many of you as the Flip Flop Flyin' guy. From there it's the goofy stuff with a tribute to the late, great Juan Deli, and some talk about weird neighbors . . . and mattresses. As always, we hope you enjoy.

After our big celebration for Episode 100, we're back to normality, or at least as normal as the show gets. We talk about the Manny Machado call-up, some prospects that we are higher or lower than most on, and also just what to make of Austin Wood. Then we try to gauge Mike Trout's value (good luck) and talk about scouting little league games. Our special guest is a good friend of the show in Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger who talks about the future of the Mets, and then our listener of the week is the amazing Craig Robinson, better known to many of you as the Flip Flop Flyin' guy. From there it's the goofy stuff with a tribute to the late, great Juan Deli, and some talk about weird neighbors . . . and mattresses. As always, we hope you enjoy.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language and subject matter. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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"Ryan Woodward's Bottom of the Ninth", the "first animated graphic novel", is an absolute must-have for baseball-loving tablet owners.

"Ryan Woodward's Bottom of the Ninth: An Animated Graphic Novel" is a work of art that all baseball-loving tablet owners should download immediately. At its most basic level, the iPad app (available in the app store) is simple and straightforward: an "animated graphic novel" is just as it sounds, a graphic novel that uses the power of the iPad to give life to its images. Imagine Batman standing vigil over Gotham City, looking down from high up amongst the gargoyles, his cape literally flapping in the wind, the bat-signal shining brightly on a wavering cloud. Or imagine seeing the lightning actually crackle over Thor's head as he lifts his hammer high into the sky. These images are memorable enough on a static comic page; in animated form, they are unforgettable.

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Randall Munroe of xkcd shows us what might happen if baseball were played at the edge of physics.

Contrary to some's (i.e., mine) beliefs, the baseball world did not pause these last two weeks while I went on vacation and navigated a move. It's a shocking thing to learn that one is not the center of the universe. That said, you can expect a few quick looks at some interesting goings-on from the last two weeks over the next couple of days. The first is a piece of brilliance making its way around the internet this morning from the genius minds of xkcd (who you might remember from "The Problem with Sabermetricians")...

Randall Munroe, the artist behind xkcd, applied his mathematical mind to the one question we've all wondered: What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?

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A Sporting News illustration of Fenway Park in 1946 gives us a taste of history we may have forgotten.

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A short sabermetric take on last year's best picture, according to the Academy.

Thomas Langmann, producer of the movie The Artist, was heard speaking the following words before Academy Awards night.

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February 23, 2012 3:00 am

Preseason Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 2/23/12

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Mike Petriello

A look at why Scott Baker, Brandon Beachy, Anibal Sanchez, and, yes, A.J. Burnett can be value picks in 2012 drafts

It’s a fun time of year, isn’t it? Pitchers and catchers have reported to camps across Arizona and Florida, Frank McCourt is set to be exiled on a rocket into the sun—from what I understand—and fantasy drafts are really starting to get moving. Remember, it’s fun to look for the big trade as the deadline approaches over the summer, but the overwhelming majority of leagues are won and lost now, when keepers are decided upon and draft strategies are solidified. Here’s a look at four starting pitchers who may not be first round picks but should be on your mind when draft day arrives. As always, feel free to suggest others in the comments.

Scott Baker | SP | Minnesota Twins
Mixed: $3 | AL-only: $8 | PECOTA Rank: 55 | ADP: 212
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February 22, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

Roundtable discussion of the pressing questions facing the NL East teams as we approach the start of the season

1) After a disappointing sophomore campaign, what can we expect of Jason Heyward going forward?
MJ:
Jason Heyward had an injury-riddled sophomore season in Atlanta, but there is a lot to like about his chances at a rebound campaign in 2012. His offensive line was deflated by a .260 BABIP, but his peripherals were once again stellar. His 11.6 percent walk rate represented a regression from 2010 but cannot be considered poor, and his .162 ISO likewise dropped from the previous year but did not experience a precipitous fall.


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