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January 2, 2013

BP Unfiltered

The Year in Clint Hurdle's Face

The faces Clint Hurdle made shortly before or after getting ejected in 2012.

According to Body Language University, which sounds like a completely legitimate and accredited academic institution, facial expressions are among the most important elements of human nonverbal communication. That explains how Clint Hurdle has earned a reputation as an especially good communicator: he has the most expressive face of any major-league manager. Most of the time he uses his facial expressions for good, but sometimes he gets angry at umpires. And when Hurdle gets angry at umpires, his face contorts into shapes that some viewers may find disturbing.

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BP Unfiltered

The Twins and Sabermetrics

We know the Twins use PITCHf/x data. That's about it.

The Twins use sabermetrics. That is the takeaway from Parker Hageman’s interesting Twins Daily piece on Minnesota’s quantitative analysis. Hageman quotes Jack Goin, Minnesota’s Manager of Major League Administration and Baseball Research (and ostensibly the club’s lead quant), throughout the article. Here are some highlights:

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 110: Players with Criminal Pasts/How Much Do Pitcher Hitting, Fielding, and Baserunning Matter?

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how players with criminal pasts should be treated and how much pitchers' non-pitching skills matter.



 

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how players with criminal pasts should be treated and how much pitchers' non-pitching skills matter.

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Wezen-Ball

Breaking Down the White Sox Magazine Crossword

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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December 28, 2012

BP Unfiltered

The Second-Hardest Ball Hit Off of Craig Kimbrel

Stephen Vogt doesn't have a hit, but he has hit.

During the last game of the season, Stephen Vogt hit this ball

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 109: Eight Questions (and Answers) for the End of the Year

Ben and Sam ask and answer eight mostly unrelated questions about baseball and themselves.



 

Ben and Sam ask and answer eight mostly unrelated questions about baseball and themselves.

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Wezen-Ball

"White Christmas" at the Ballpark

The stars of the holiday staple were famous baseball fans.

It's Christmas week. The time of fruitcakes, Rickey Henderson, Ralphie shooting his eye out, and, of course, White Christmas. The classic holiday movie has been a staple of family Christmases for nearly sixty years, bringing Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye into living rooms since 1954. For a movie dealing with the return of World War II veterans, vaudeville music, and snow-covered celebrations, the baseball ties are bigger than you might expect.

The world was reminded recently that Bing Crosby, the man who most famously sang the film's title song, was a partial owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates at one time. In fact, it was a long-forgotten recording stored in Crosby's wine cellar that gave us the only known full-length recording of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series—the famous Bill Mazeroski series-clinching home run.

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Minor League Update

25-Man Roster of Prospects Traded This Offseason

A 25-man roster of prospects traded this winter.

For my last Minor League Update of 2012, I put together a 25-man roster of prospects who have been traded so far this offseason. There was a lot of starting pitching depth with four or five pretty good pitchers that didn't make the cut. There weren't any good first base prospects and only two very good outfield prospects. Besides that, it's a pretty solid squad.

In parentheses is their 'original team to their current team'. Also listed is their projected level at the start of 2013. Click on the player's name to access the player card with stats and other info.

Have a Happy New Year!

25-MAN ROSTER OF PROSPECTS TRADED THIS OFFSEASON
(*indicates left-handed batter **indicates switch-hitter)
Starting Lineup
1 SS Didi Gregorius* (CIN to CLE to ARI): Triple-A Reno
2 CF Jake Marisnick (TOR to MIA): Double-A Jacksonville
3 RF Wil Myers (KC to TB): Triple-A Durham
4 C Travis d'Arnaud (TOR to NYM): Triple-A Las Vegas
5 2B Derek Dietrich* (TB to MIA): Triple-A New Orleans
6 3B Patrick Leonard (KC to TB): Lo-A Bowling Green
7 1B Jefry Marte (NYM to OAK): Double-A Midland
8 LF Wuilmer Becerra (TOR to NYM) Short-Season Brooklyn

Bench
C Ramon Cabrera** (PIT to DET): Triple-A Toledo
1B/2B Vincent Belnome* (SD to TB): Triple-A Durham
IF Brock Holt* (PIT to BOS): Triple-A Pawtucket
IF Jake Lemmerman (LAD to STL): Triple-A Memphis
OF Raul Mondesi, Jr. (MIL to TB): Rookie Level Princeton

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