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January 16, 2013

Wezen-Ball

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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January 14, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Daily Draft Video: Dustin Hagy

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

Dustin Hagy (C), out of Deltona Christian Academy (Deltona, FL), has seen his velocity climb over the past 12 months, with his fastball now routinely breaking 90 mph and bumping up to 92. The six-foot-six righty also shows a solid 11-to-5 curve that can come soft in the low-70s or with harder action in the 77-78 mph range. Hagy will turn over a change-up, as well, with some fade. Today’s video is from the 2013 Perfect Game World Showcase, held at Terry Park in Ft. Myers, Florida.

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Effectively Wild Episode 118: All About Pitchouts!

Ben and Sam discuss TV shows, the lack of things to talk about, and some interesting findings about pitchouts.


Ben and Sam discuss TV shows, the lack of things to talk about, and some interesting findings about pitchouts.

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January 13, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Stryker Trahan)

Daily Draft Video Weekend Flashback takes a look at today's top prospects before they were pros.

Stryker Trahanwas one of the top prospects featured in this year's Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects here at Baseball Prospectus. Today’s Draft Video Weekend Flashback features this former first round selection in pre-draft action.

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January 11, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Daily Draft Video: Jon Denney

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

Jon Denney (C), out of Yukon High School (Yukon, OK), is one of the top backstops in a loaded 2013 prep catching crop. Denney’s defensive grades have vacillated over the past nine months, with a strong start to the summer giving way to inconsistencies in his catch-and-throw game before coming full circle this past weekend. With good playable power and bat speed already, foot speed is the only blemish on an otherwise top shelf draft profile. Today’s videos are from the 2013 Perfect Game World Showcase, held at Terry Park in Ft. Myers, Florida, and features Denney behind the plate and in the box.

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