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January 17, 2013

BP Announcements

Announcing the Greg Spira Baseball Research Award

Announcing the rules and procedures for nominations for the inaugural Greg Spira Baseball Research Award.

Rules and Procedures for Nominations for the 2013 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award

The Greg Spira Baseball Research Award Committee (www.SpiraAward.org) has announced the rules and procedures for nominations for the inaugural Greg Spira Baseball Research Award. The winner of the Greg Spira Award will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The committee will also recognize two additional writers with awards of $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

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Wezen-Ball

Casey at Bat in the Twilight Zone

A review of a first season episode of "Twilight Zone".

The original run of Twilight Zone is filled with classic episodes dealing with substantial or clever topics. The truth of beauty. The loneliness of time. William Shatner's sanity. "The Mighty Casey", Rod Serling's only foray into the world of baseball, is not one of those episodes. In fact, some even call it one of the worst episodes in the show's history.

The story deals with Mouth McGarry, the manager of the Hoboken Zephyrs, the worst team in the major leagues ("If we win one game, we have to call it a streak!"). One day, a strapping, young pitcher with a record-setting fastball, a cartoonish curve, and a Bugs Bunny slowball named Casey joins his team. The catch? Casey is a robot. He's an odd man, never smiling, but on the mound he's the greatest there ever was. Suddenly, the Zephyrs are the best team in the league. That is, until the day Casey gets beaned and sent to the hospital.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 121: The Three-Way Trade and the Mariners' Quest for a Big Bat

Ben and Sam discuss the three-way trade between the Mariners, A's, and Nationals and talk about whether Seattle was too fixated on adding power this offseason.



Ben and Sam discuss the three-way trade between the Mariners, A's, and Nationals and talk about whether Seattle was too fixated on adding power this offseason.

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January 16, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Daily Draft Video: Nick Longhi

Daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.

Nick Longhi (1B/OF/LHP), out of Venice High School (Venice, FL), is a pure hitter with early-round upside. Longhi’s compact and impactful stroke is geared to spraying linedrives from gap to gap, with enough emerging power for him to project to a corner without issue. Defensively, Longhi likely fits best at first base due to his well below-average footspeed. He could get the opportunity to play both ways if he forgoes the start of his pro career and tackles college ball, as a workable arm on the mound that has reached 91 in the past. Today’s video is from the 2013 Perfect Game World Showcase, held at Terry Park in Ft. Myers, Florida. Longhi is an LSU commit and plays for the FTB Mizuno travel squad.

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An Ultimate Road Trip

An early attempt at everyone's dream.

Chuck Laterza had a dream. In 1980, the Ohio man envisioned the ultimate baseball road trip. What could be better than a group of self-proclaimed baseball junkies road-tripping across the Ohio River Valley together and seeing ten games in ten different cities in ten days?

Laterza loved the idea so much that, with a small ad in the Sporting News that spring, he arranged for it to happen. For $849, participants would travel over 3,000 miles together in a bus, seeing games in cities from Chicago to Boston, and Detroit to Baltimore, and everything in-between. They would spend nights in motels along the way, except for two all-night bus rides, and even stop off at historic attractions such as the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Babe Ruth Shrine in Baltimore. There was even some early talk on visiting retired players in their homes.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 120: Quantifying PED Effects/Best Farm Systems in Baseball/Roleplaying Trade Talks

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.



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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January 15, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Daily Draft Video: Malik Collymore

Daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.

Malik Collymore (SS/2B), out of Port Credit Secondary School (Mississauga, ON), is a potential early round candidate that could grow into an offensive force at the collegiate level. The six-foot, 190 pound infielder creates good leverage in his swing and already boasts solid pull-side power while showing an ability to drive the oppo gap. Collymore should get every chance to stick in the infield, but possesses enough athleticism and foot speed to shift to an outfield corner down the line, if needed. Today’s video is from the 2013 Perfect Game World Showcase, held at Terry Park in Ft. Myers, Florida. Collymore is an NC State commit and plays for the Ontario Blue Jays travel squad.

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Effectively Wild Episode 119: Chris Sale's Scary Mechanics/The Tigers and Justin Upton/AL Breakout Players/Trading Ryan Braun/Edwin Encarnacion's Future

Ben and Sam answer several questions submitted but not answered during Ben's Monday chat.


Ben and Sam answer several questions submitted but not answered during Ben's Monday chat.

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