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May 4, 2016

BP Unfiltered

April's Vogelsong Awards

The best players we didn't mention in this year's book.

Baseball has an affinity for awards with names, dating back to the Chalmers Award. The predecessor of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Chalmers Award was named after a car company, Chalmers Automobile, and was awarded annually from 1910 to 1914, with the inaugural award fomenting one of the biggest controversies in the game’s history. There have been a number of other awards named after prominent players. The Cy Young Award dates back to 1956 and, true to its namesake, has often been awarded to the pitcher with the most wins and the 60th best ERA. The Roberto Clemente Award, named after the Pirates outfielder and humanitarian, honors the player “that shows the most sportsmanship and kindness,” including Pete Rose (1976), Steve Garvey (1981), Sammy Sosa (1998), and Curt Schilling (2001). The Hank Aaron Award has been given to the top hitter in each league since 1999, and it’s named after the non-detestable player with the most career home runs. And, of course, the Silver Slugger award, given to the top hitters at each position in each league, is named for PECOTA developer/Baseball Prospectus writer/mover-on to bigger things Nate Silver.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 876: The Thanks for Buying Our Book Edition

Ben and Sam banter about book events and answer listener emails about baseball's Leicester City, the batting order, Rich Hill, Manny Machado and more.


Ben and Sam banter about book events and answer listener emails about baseball's Leicester City, the batting order, Rich Hill, Manny Machado and more.

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May 3, 2016

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 875: The Pedro-Kershaw Peak Comparison

Ben and Sam banter about their book release, Dylan Bundy, and juiced baseballs, then revisit the Pedro Martinez-Clayton Kershaw comparison.


Ben and Sam banter about their book release, Dylan Bundy, and juiced baseballs, then revisit the Pedro Martinez-Clayton Kershaw peak comparison.

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May 2, 2016

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 874: The One-Month Winter-Move Mulligans

Ben and Sam banter about the Marlins' failed Friday no-hitter attempt, then talk about which offseason transactions teams would already take back if they could.


Ben and Sam banter about the Marlins' failed Friday no-hitter attempt, then talk about which offseason transactions teams would already take back if they could.

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April 29, 2016

TINO (There Is No Offseason)

Ep. 69: Nice

There Is No Offseason (TINO) is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty league formats.

There Is No Offseason (TINO) is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty league formats. Somehow, they’ve forcibly made America listen to this. On this week’s episode, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre cover a vast array of current events impacting dynasty owners.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 873: The Braves Are the Best (at Bilking Taxpayers)

Ben and Sam talk to Bloomberg's Kate Smith about how the Braves have talked taxpayers and local councils into funding ballparks at every level of their organization.


Ben and Sam talk to Bloomberg's Kate Smith about how the Braves have talked taxpayers and local councils into funding ballparks at every level of their organization.

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April 28, 2016

BP Unfiltered

My Predicted Standings

Take it to the bank, assuming your bank isn't underwater due to rising ocean levels.

The main takeaway from this is probably that there are going to be some amazing pennant races in our lifetimes, knock on wood. The other takeaway is that I must be an amazing prognosticator if I'm good enough to put these out now.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 872: The April Prospect Primer

Ben and Sam talk to BP Minor League Editor Craig Goldstein about recent prospect call-ups and prospect call-ups to come.


Ben and Sam talk to BP Minor League Editor Craig Goldstein about recent prospect call-ups and prospect call-ups to come.

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