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January 28, 2013

BP Announcements

The Annual, PECOTA, and Fantasy Subscriptions UPDATED

We answer your questions about the approaching arrival and rollout of our offerings for early 2013.

In recent days, we’ve started to receive a steady stream of questions about Baseball Prospectus 2013, the upcoming PECOTA release, and the start of this season’s fantasy subscriptions. This post is an attempt to address all of those questions in one place. Let’s take them one by one:

Baseball Prospectus 2013
Baseball Prospectus 2013, the 18th edition of our bestselling annual, is available for preorder through amazon.com and bn.com for $14.38, a 42 percent discount off the list price. Once again edited by King Kaufman and Cecilia M. Tan, the book features comments for close to 2200 players (over 150 more than the measly 2000-something that appeared in last year’s edition), essays for all 30 teams, and a meaty list of baseball’s Top 101 prospects provided by Jason Parks and other members of the BP prospect team. BP2013 also includes additional essays by Colin Wyers and Russell Carleton, as well as a foreword by Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow, who (as you may have heard) is not unaware of our work.

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January 24, 2013

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 125: The Umpire-Manager Relationship

Ben and Sam discuss the ins and outs of umpire-manager arguments.



Ben and Sam discuss the ins and outs of umpire-manager arguments.

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Wezen-Ball

Black and Blue

An imaginative pair of cards from the early 1980s.

The 1980s baseball card market was a time of competition and experimentation as the industry built itself up into the unsustainable bubble it would become. Early in the decade, the Fleer company tried to stand out with an exciting series of subsets: pairing the aging Pete Rose and Willie Stargell together and calling it "Fountain of Youth"; taking a quick snapshot of Gary Carter and Fernando Valenzuela meeting for the first time and labeling it "West Meets East" (which makes little sense, seeing as how Carter was from Los Angeles); celebrating the Pine Tar Incident with a photo of George Brett and Gaylord Perry enjoying a good tar together. You know, that kind of thing.

The best example of Fleer's flair for the imaginative came in the 1983 set with their "Black and Blue" cards. Notice the lack of a border between the two cards.

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January 23, 2013

Wezen-Ball

The Milwaukee Walk of Shame?

Media members in Wisconsin take their voting rights very seriously.

If you think the museum in Cooperstown is making things tough on itself this year, you may want to check out the Milwaukee Brewers Walk of Fame.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 124: A World Without Easily Injured Pitchers/Hitter BABIP, and Whether Mike Trout Was Lucky/What We Think About Booing

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about pitcher injuries and pitching prospects, hitter BABIPs (specifically Mike Trout's), and whether they boo baseball players.


Ben and Sam answer listener emails about pitcher injuries and pitching prospects, hitter BABIPs (specifically Mike Trout's), and whether they boo baseball players.

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January 22, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Arguably the Worst Bunt Call Ever Called

In 1999, Terry Francona ordered Doug Glanville to bunt. Here's why it made little sense.

The background.
In 1998, Mark Wohlers lost the ability to throw strikes. He walked nearly a batter per inning in April, then he walked a batter and a half per inning in May, and then things really got bad. In a couple of minor league assignments, he walked 37 batters in 13 innings. Then in August, he walked14 batters and struck out none in less than four innings. Steve Blass sent him a letter of encouragement, which might not have seemed encouraging. 

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 123: How Far Away Are the Astros?/The MLBPA is Mad at the Marlins/Is A-Rod's Surgery Suspicious?/The Future of Baseball on the Radio

Ben and Sam discuss an assortment of topics, including the Astros' outlook for 2013 and beyond, Alex Rodriguez's long-awaited surgery, the Marlins and the MLBPA, and whether baseball broadcasts on the radio will survive.



Ben and Sam discuss an assortment of topics, including the Astros' outlook for 2013 and beyond, Alex Rodriguez's long-awaited surgery, the Marlins and the MLBPA, and whether baseball broadcasts on the radio will survive.

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BP Unfiltered

Daily Draft Video: Eric Jagielo

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

Eric Jagielo (3B/OF), out of the University of Notre Dame, is one of the top bats in a thin collegiate class. Jagielo’s profile should play to a corner without issue, and could ultimately grade out at a 5/6 (hit/power) with further adjustments in approach. A stocky build and below-average lower-half agility could push him to the outfield, though evaluators should give him a chance to prove that sentiment wrong this spring. Today’s video is from the 2012 Cape Cod All-Star Game, held in Harwich, Massachusetts.

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