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05-29

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7

Skewed Left: What We've Learned About Replay
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Zachary Levine

05-23

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15

Overthinking It: The 12-Second Rule and the Boring-ization of Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh

05-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 452: The Exaggerated Demise of Managerial Ejections
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-19

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6

Pebble Hunting: How to Still Get Ejected
by
Sam Miller

05-13

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6

Working the Count: Don't Take Two Close Ones, Part One
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Noah Woodward

03-20

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Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2013
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Evan Brunell

03-13

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Skewed Left: The Good and the Bad News About Instant Replay's Spring Trial
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Zachary Levine

01-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 373: Why the Manager Challenge System Might Be Broken
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-22

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The Lineup Card: 11 Plays for Which We Wish We'd Had Instant Replay Review
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Baseball Prospectus

08-22

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Skewed Left: Miking Up Umpires
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Zachary Levine

08-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 267: Why We're Happy About Expanded Replay Review
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-07

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The Stats Go Marching In: Is it Time to Lift the Ban on Left-Handed Catchers?
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Max Marchi

05-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: In the Slot
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Gary Huckabay

05-24

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BP Unfiltered: Justin Grimm Steals an Out
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Jason Cole

05-21

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BP Unfiltered: Former MLB Umpire Jim McKean on Catcher Framing
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-13

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16

Pebble Hunting: The Strike Zone Solution
by
Sam Miller

04-09

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30

Overthinking It: What We Know About the Blown Call
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Ben Lindbergh

04-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 176: Jose Fernandez and Service Time/Jose Bautista and Umpire Payback
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-06

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BP Unfiltered: Jose Bautista's One-Way War with Umpires
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Ben Lindbergh

03-15

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BP Unfiltered: A Bad Framer, a Bad Call, and an Encouraging Stat About Umpires
by
Ben Lindbergh

01-25

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Overthinking It: Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2012
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Ben Lindbergh and Evan Brunell

01-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 125: The Umpire-Manager Relationship
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-22

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Manufactured Runs: Is the Answer to Imperfect Umpiring Really Robot Umps?
by
Colin Wyers

06-26

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BP Unfiltered: Today in Entirely Speculative Out Calls
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Ben Lindbergh

06-26

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BP Unfiltered: Google and Anti-Umpire Search Suggestions
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-21

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In A Pickle: The War For the Ballfields
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-13

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14

Overthinking It: Who Is the Best Umpire?
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-06

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BP Unfiltered: The Left Fielder with Nothing to Lose
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Ben Lindbergh

12-02

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Should We Welcome Our New Robot Overlords?
by
Alex S. Cook

09-07

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Spinning Yarn: Home Plate Umpire Positioning
by
Mike Fast

06-01

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Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone, Part 2
by
Mike Fast

05-11

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16

Wezen-Ball: Conflicting Feelings About Instant Replay
by
Larry Granillo

04-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Teevan
by
David Laurila

02-16

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Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
by
Mike Fast

10-22

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Prospectus Perspective: Four Hours of TV, 10 Minutes of Action
by
Steven Goldman

10-27

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World Series Prospectus: The Umpires
by
Eric Seidman

08-31

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Every Given Sunday: Moving Forward to Rewind
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John Perrotto

07-29

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The Big Picture: Gambling on Umpires
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David Pinto

07-26

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Schrodinger's Bat: Calling the Balls and Strikes
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Dan Fox

07-02

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Watching the Detectives
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Mike Carminati

06-28

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Schrodinger's Bat: Playing Favorites
by
Dan Fox

06-18

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Watching the Detectives
by
Mike Carminati

06-04

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Watching the Detectives
by
Mike Carminati

05-01

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You Could Look It Up: Why Baseball Is Obligated to Throw the Book at Delmon Young
by
Steven Goldman

08-10

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Confessions of a Questec Operator
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Jason Karegeannes

12-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Ivan Santucci
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Nathan Fox

10-07

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From The Mailbag: Controversy at Fenway
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Jason Grady

07-22

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Breaking Balls: Making the Most of QuesTec
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Derek Zumsteg

05-07

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Behind the Mask Q&A
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Jason Grady

05-03

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Behind the Mask Q&A
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Jason Grady

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May 29, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: What We've Learned About Replay

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Zachary Levine

A look at challenge rates, success rates, and delays so far.

When a totally new system like Major League Baseball’s expanded instant replay—complete with brand-new job descriptions and job openings and technology—is assembled on the eve of the season, you’d imagine its implementation would look more like an evolution than the arrival of a fully formed process.

And by most accounts it has been. Whether it’s the change in the transfer rule that tangentially went along with it, or managers getting used to the silly choreography of how to argue with an umpire while simultaneously looking back at the dugout for a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down, everybody involved in the process seems to be getting better at it.

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Is the solution to baseball's pace problem a rule that's already on the books?

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Ben and Sam banter about the Dodgers and run differential and then discuss a surprising trend in managerial ejections thus far.

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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: How to Still Get Ejected

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Sam Miller

Despite replay, ejections aren't down (or aren't down by much) this year.

I remember last summer, the day after Bob Melvin had been ejected in what would turn out to be an extra-innings loss to the Astros, Melvin talking to the media in the dugout. He was abashed to have been ejected from such a game. I wasn’t trying to get run, he stressed. As opposed to all the other ejections we see.

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Searching for evidence of the existence of the make-up call.

On June 5th, 2013, Mike Aviles came up to bat in the top of the ninth with his Indians trailing the Yankees by two runs. With Joe Girardi watching anxiously and Mariano Rivera warming in the bullpen, CC Sabathia was working hard to go the distance. Sabathia had been roughed up a bit, but he was commanding his fastball well. He had managed to keep the complete game in reach by allowing only one walk and striking out eight hitters through as many innings.

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What were all of those manager-ump arguments ABOUT? (Warning: strong language.)

Evan Brunell is a baseball writer and the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. You can read more about his lip-reading methods, follow him on Twitter @EvanBrunell, send him lipreading requests @sportslipreader, and find his other baseball writing at Fire Brand of the American League.

Last January, Ben Lindbergh asked Evan Brunell for his assistance in deciphering the previously almost unintelligible arguments conducted during baseball games by people who don’t even play. The result was this article on the best manager-umpire arguments of 2012. Evan followed up on that piece with a sequel at Deadspin on the best manager-ump arguments of the first half of last season, and now he ties a bow on 2013 with a roundup of the best verbal battles that took place after last All-Star break. With the advent of expanded instant replay, the future of manager-umpire arguments has never been less clear. But the manager-ump arguments of the past have never been clearer.

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What do expanded replay's early returns tell us about how well the expanded replay system will work this season?

I give it one year until there’s a fundamental change to Major League Baseball’s new replay system.

I’d give it even less time if we weren’t less than three weeks from baseball season. While MLB certainly isn’t opposed to going seat-of-the-pants on this, the league probably won’t want to make another major change so soon.

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Ben and Sam talk to Dan Brooks about why the expanded replay review system should motivate managers to challenge early and often.

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The staff recounts some poor umpire calls that could have been corrected with the benefit of instant replay.

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August 22, 2013 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Miking Up Umpires

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Zachary Levine

Why the expansion of replay review makes it more vital that MLB give umpires a voice.

Picture this. You’re at a ballgame. Yeah, you. At a baseball game. You’re sitting behind the third base dugout when this play happened.

Max Scherzer, who was not pitching that day, was ejected from the game. But you didn’t know that. You bought expensive Yankee Stadium seats with prices well into the triple digits for your family and had no idea who was ejected—whether it was Torii Hunter, someone due up later in the inning, a bench coach, a bat boy, it could have been anybody.

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Ben and Sam (mostly) celebrate the impending arrival of a new replay review system.

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A new argument in favor of reviving a long-extinct species.

On July 9, 2013, Sir James Paul McCartney performed at Boston's Fenway Park on one leg of his Out There Tour, which has seen him rocking in an amphitheatre from 30 A.D. and coming under attack by thousands of grasshoppers. While he was at the oldest big league park, footage of him holding a baseball bat was taken, as you can see at the 0:44 mark of this video. Two things immediately appear to the attentive baseball fan: 1) the former Beatle features a Ty Cobb-like split hand grip and 2) he swings from the right side despite being a southpaw.

McCartney is not alone in the latter trait, Rickey Henderson and the elder George Bush being notable precedents. However, throwing from the portside while swinging from starboard is not advantageous, as you forfeit the frequent platoon advantage at the plate, plus the possibility of playing three infield positions.

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