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07-28

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Short Relief: Tales of Three Cities and One Abandoned Fantasy Team
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Mary Craig, Matt Sussman and Trevor Strunk

07-24

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Short Relief: Friends, Fantasy, and Going Mainstream
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James Fegan, Holly Wendt and Meg Rowley

04-13

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Short Relief: Scouting Reports by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Anthony Bourdain, and Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Kate Preusser, Meg Rowley and Zack Moser

03-14

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BP Southside
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James Fegan

12-03

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BP Announcements: Sahadev Sharma on TV this Friday
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Baseball Prospectus

10-02

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Prospect Profile: A Song of Ice and Dirt
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David Lee

08-03

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BP Announcements: Baseball Gloves Needed for Kenyan Clinic
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Joe Hamrahi

07-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Not Dunn Yet
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Jason Collette

06-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 216: Whither the White Sox?/Dissecting Yasiel Puig's Debut
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Maybe-Next-Years
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Bradford Doolittle and Harry Pavlidis

02-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 133: 2013 Season Preview Series: Chicago White Sox
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

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

01-02

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Wezen-Ball: Breaking Down the White Sox Magazine Crossword
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Larry Granillo

11-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 74: The Ervin Santana Trade, the Royals' Rotation, and the Pitching Market/Rick Hahn and the Future of Front Offices
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-31

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Inside The Park: What Rick Hahn's Ascension Means for the White Sox
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Bradford Doolittle

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, September 12
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Daniel Rathman

08-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 25: The Secretly Successful White Sox System?/Starlin Castro's Makeup Concerns
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 23: Benching Bryce Harper/Why We Were Wrong About the White Sox
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-20

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Inside The Park: Ozzie Guillen and His Big Mouth
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Bradford Doolittle

07-16

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Painting the Black: The Rewritable Alex Rios
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R.J. Anderson

07-06

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Pebble Hunting: The Blind BABIP Test
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Sam Miller

06-04

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BP Unfiltered: Pictures of Chris Sale That Make Me Uncomfortable
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Ben Lindbergh

04-23

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Fantasy Beat: Humber's Change in Process
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Jason Collette

03-28

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The Platoon Advantage: Chicago's Bear
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Cee Angi

02-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: Neighborly Baseball
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Nate Silver

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-04

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Chicago White Sox
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Christina Kahrl, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-13

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On the Beat: Breaking It Open
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John Perrotto

09-01

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On the Beat: Manny Being Manny with a SAP Button
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John Perrotto

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: White Sox versus Rays
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Nate Silver

05-22

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Prospectus Today: Central Surprise
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Joe Sheehan

04-03

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-21

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When Four Aces Don't Matter
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Brandon Isleib

06-14

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Lies, Damned Lies: The 2008 Chicago White Sox
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Nate Silver

04-01

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

06-27

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, June 23, 2006
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Derek Jacques

03-30

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

01-11

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Battle of Champions
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Dave Haller

10-31

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The Week in Quotes: October 24-30
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John Erhardt

10-21

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World Series Prospectus: Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox
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James Click

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox, 10/04/05
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Jonah Keri

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox
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Nate Silver

07-26

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox, 7/24/05
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Jonah Keri

07-19

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Prospectus Today: Why Sox?
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Joe Sheehan

03-31

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how much steroids help, the best farm systems in baseball, and how they'd try to negotiate a hypothetical trade.



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What is the life of a back-of-the-magazine crossword puzzle editor really like?

Did you ever wonder what goes through the mind of an editor of one of those back-of-the-magazine crossword puzzles? You know, those puzzles filled with, like, 15 clues all based around the name of, say, your favorite television show? Where the words intersect on one letter at most and the most complicated clue is "the dominant color of Superman's uniform"?

Well, I can't promise to know exactly what one of these editors might be thinking, but I bet I can give you the next best thing. In the back of the 2008 "Official Chicago White Sox Magazine" is a baseball-themed puzzle of that caliber. By taking a look at each clue, we should be able to get a good sense of what this mind-numbing job might be like. Let's see what we find!

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Ben and Sam discuss what the Ervin Santana trade says about the Royals' rotation and the pitching market, then talk about what Rick Hahn's ascension to the GM role in Chicago means for the future of front offices.

Ben and Sam discuss what the Ervin Santana trade says about the Royals' rotation and the pitching market, then talk about what Rick Hahn's ascension to the GM role in Chicago means for the future of front offices.

Episode 74: "The Ervin Santana Trade, The Royals' Rotation, and the Pitching Market/Rick Hahn and the Future of Front Offices"

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The White Sox have a new GM, but the old one isn't going away.

In the midst of the World Series, the Chicago White Sox stole a sliver of spotlight for one fall afternoon with a front office shakeup that apparently actually happened a couple of weeks ago. The press release from the team announced the "promotions" of Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn, though in the former case the use of the term is questionable.

After the news hit, the White Sox held a press conference in the small auditorium where they have most of their notable events. Sports talkers in Chicago discussed the move on the radio. Bloggers weighed in en masse. The front page of the local sports sections had articles and pictures. On the national stage, the move was but a whisper relative to the Cubs' hiring of Theo Epstein last year, and by Saturday even in Chicago the whisper had faded and the spotlight had returned to the next Bears game. That's the reality of the White Sox in the local sports pecking order.

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The Angels and Dodgers lose close games they badly wanted to win.

The Tuesday Takeaway
If the Angels and Dodgers narrowly miss the postseason, they will look back on Tuesday’s defeats with the utmost regret. Each of the Southern California contenders lost by a run in a game that it badly needed to win.

The Dodgers went first behind Clayton Kershaw—who was scratched from Sunday’s series finale against the Giants with a sore hip—but they might as well have put 76-year-old Sandy Koufax on the mound. After all, you can’t win if you don’t score.


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Ben and Sam discuss Kenny Williams' contention that the poorly rated White Sox farm system is just misunderstood, then consider whether the Cubs should be concerned about Starlin Castro's makeup.

Ben and Sam discuss Kenny Williams' contention that the poorly rated White Sox farm system is just misunderstood, then consider whether the Cubs should be concerned about Starlin Castro's makeup.

Effectively Wild Episode 25: "The Secretly Successful White Sox System?/Starlin Castro's Makeup Concerns"

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Ben and Sam discuss the possibility that the Nationals might enter the playoffs without either Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg, then talk about how the White Sox have defied injuries yet again and proved the pre-season predictions wrong.

Ben and Sam discuss the possibility that the Nationals might enter the playoffs without either Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg, then talk about how the White Sox have defied injuries yet again and proved the pre-season predictions wrong.

Effectively Wild Episode 23: "Benching Bryce Harper/Why We Were Wrong About the White Sox"

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Wherever he goes, Ozzie Guillen attempts to be the center of attention. And we give him exactly what he wants.

Pure as th' expanse of Heav'n; I thither went
With unexperienc't thought, and laid me downe
On the green bank, to look into the cleer
Smooth Lake, that to me seemd another Skie.
As I bent down to look, just opposite,
A Shape within the watry gleam appeard
Bending to look on me, I started back,
It started back, but pleas'd I soon returnd,
Pleas'd it returnd as soon with answering looks
Of sympathie and love; there I had fixt
Mine eyes till now, and pin'd with vain desire.
- Milton, "Paradise Lost"

No one knew it at the time, but the feeling had been circulating among us for weeks: The Ozzie Show was drawing to a close, and this September night, an innocuous Monday pregame before a meaningless late-season clash between the White Sox and Blue Jays, was to be the final performance.












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July 16, 2012 5:00 am

Painting the Black: The Rewritable Alex Rios

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R.J. Anderson

The White Sox center fielder is good, again, surprisingly (for now).

Every year, Baseball Prospectus releases a PECOTA projection for Alex Rios, and every year Rios makes us wonder why we bother by missing the mark on the forecast one way or the other. Rios’ volatility is as dizzying as it is bewildering. 

The trend dates back to 2008. Rios had made back-to-back All-Star Game appearances, and the Jays had no reason to believe those would be the last. Toronto wanted to secure Rios and his intriguing blend of power and speed, and so they nailed down a contract extension— the damage: seven years and more than $69 million. Rios played well enough through the season’s end to bring his three-year line to .296/.347/.489. Over the time, his seasonal averages included 19 home runs, 41 doubles, and 21 stolen bases.

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Can you tell which pitches will leads to hits and which will lead to outs without seeing the results?

If we want to evaluate a pitch, there are few things we can focus on. We can look at the qualities of the pitch itself as it moves toward home plate, including movement, pitch type, and location. We can look at the catcher's glove, to see how much it moves from its target. We can look at the batter, to see how balanced he is as he swings at it. And we can look at the result: hit, out, stung, dribbled. I have a theory, which is that we (non-scouts) are mostly unable to make much of the first, second and third ways. That, mostly, we only remember the fourth.

So what follows is an experiment. I don't know what the point of this experiment is or what it will show. I don't know the best way to conduct this experiment. This might be an experiment I revisit in a better form someday in the future. But the experiment is simple, and I think it will be interesting, and I can't wait.

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Chris Sale pitches well once again, and once again looks disgusting doing it.

In four games from last Tuesday through last Saturday, the Mariners scored 45 runs, which was roughly the same number of runs that they'd scored in the previous two seasons combined. Yesterday, the universe acted to restore order, using Chris Sale as its agent. Sale pitched a complete game against the M's in Chicago, limiting them to two runs on two walks and five hits and pulling the string on Hawk Harrelson's back that makes him say "He gone!" on eight separate occasions.

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April 23, 2012 12:08 pm

Fantasy Beat: Humber's Change in Process

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Jason Collette

A look at how Phil Humber has changed the way he is attacking batters

In our preseason fantasy baseball awards piece a few weeks ago, I was the lucky guy who told everyone that Philip Humber would be the best $1 pitcher you could pick up in a mixed league. While I am patting myself on the back, please try to ignore the fact I also told you that Homer Bailey would be the Comeback Player of the Year this season instead of the player you wish you could just throw back into the free agent pool already.

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