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June 29, 2013

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Baseball Prospectus Day at Busch Stadium - July 21, 2013

Ballpark tour rolls into St. Louis

Baseball Prospectus and the St. Louis Cardinals invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Sunday, July 21 at Busch Stadium. Thanks to the fine folks in the Cardinals front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

  • Admittance to a private meet and greet with special guests and Baseball Prospectus personalities (including Jason Parks and Joe Hamrahi) in the Busch Stadium Conference Center 2 hours prior to game time
  • A question and answer session with members of the St. Louis Cardinals front office
  • Third Base Loge ticket to watch the Cardinals take on the San Diego Padres with Baseball Prospectus fans and staff
  • Stan Musial Replica Bronze Statue giveaway as part of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame weekend
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February 7, 2013

BP Unfiltered

BP on TV

Two recent TV spots by Ben.

Often you read what we write, and sometimes you listen to what we say, but only relatively rarely do you get to (or have to) see what we look like. But some days we smile for the camera and show up on a screen of some sort, and then you can watch us form words in unforgiving high definition. I did that a couple times on TV last week, and both appearances are online for the benefit of anyone who wants to watch them.

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February 1, 2013

Wezen-Ball

Bolton's Bombers

The superstar traveling softball team you never heard of.

In the mid-1990s, an unlikely hero stepped onto the softball field. His goal was an admirable one, to raise money for charities across the country. Traveling around the country, the long-haired crooner would lead his squad against a collection of local athletes. So who was this silver-voiced Clark Kent? None other than Michael Bolton, who led his team the "Bolton Bombers" to charity softball games around the country.

This Columbia recording artist and songwriter has been going around the country playing softball for charity since 1993. In the last three years, Bolton has played 53 games for various charities. The result is over a half a million dollars raised for these great causes.

And this is what it looked like when Bolton and his Bombers played softball.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 131: 2013 Season Preview Series: Boston Red Sox

Ben and Sam preview the Red Sox' season with Matthew Kory, and Pete talks to Boston Globe and Boston.com columnist Chad Finn (at 22:13).



Ben and Sam preview the Red Sox' season with Matthew Kory, and Pete talks to Boston Globe and Boston.com columnist Chad Finn (at 22:13).

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January 31, 2013

Minor League Update

Potential Impact Rookies in 2013 (NL CENTRAL)

Potential Impact Rookies in 2013 (NL CENTRAL)

When we talk about "impact​" rookies, it's important to note that several rookies will be getting the call to the majors and failing to help their team in any way, shape, or form. Coming up with a few big hits or making a couple of quality starts, however, could make a big difference at the end of a 162-game season. Here are some NL Central rookies who I think can make an impact on their team's success in 2013. Click HERE for my NL East picks and HERE for the AL East..
 

Chicago Cubs

Junior Lake, IF/OF: It wouldn't be a surprise if Lake never puts it all together and never earns a regular starting job in the majors, but his set of tools is too intriguing to at least not find out. The 22 year-old, who has played primarily shortstop in the minors along with some time at second and third base, even played some left field in the Dominican Winter League. His ultimate role could be as a super-utilityman who offers some right-handed power and speed off the bench.

Brett Jackson, OF: Two of the top trade chips on the Cubs, should they fall out of contention, are outfielders Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus. If either go, Jackson figures to get a long look in center field where the team will try to find out if his overall skill set of speed, power, and defense is worth the massive amount of strikeouts that come with it.

Arodys Vizcaino, RHP: The former Braves and Yankees prospect will start the season in the Triple-A rotation, where he'll be eased back from Tommy John surgery. If the Cubs can surprise and stay in contention for a playoff spot in the second half, however, the 22 year-old could be put to use as a late-inning reliever, where he might be best-suited anyway.

Anthony Zych, RHP: Unlike Vizcaino, there's no question that Zych's future is in the Cubs' bullpen. He'll likely start the season in Double-A, where he had a 4.38 ERA with 12 walks and 28 strikeouts in 24.2 innings last season. If the Cubs fall out of contention and can trade closer Carlos Marmol, there's a chance the 22 year-old Zych could audition in a late-inning setup role in August and September.
 

Cincinnati Reds

Billy Hamilton, CF: The Reds aren't counting on Hamilton in 2013. He'll be playing center field for Triple-A Louisville and if things are going well in Cincinnati, he'll remain there until at least September. Even during a short September stint, though, Hamilton could make an impact as a late-inning pinch runner, especially if there's a tight pennant race going on. In order to see Hamilton in the majors earlier, the 22 year-old would have to show that he can handle center field while continuing to get on base. Combine that with an injury to one of the Reds' starting outfielders and the "Billy Hamilton era" can begin in Cincinnati. 

Tony Cingrani, LHP: He proved in 2013 that he was on the fast track as he dominated the hitter-friendly California League (Hi-A) and then didn't have much trouble with Double-A hitters before a late-season promotion to Cincinnati (5 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K). The 23 year-old could be the team's '6th starter', waiting in the wings down in Triple-A if Aroldis Chapman is pitching out of the bullpen, but he could also be valuable as the second lefty out of the 'pen if Chapman is in the rotation.


Milwaukee Brewers

Logan Schafer, OF: Center fielder Carlos Gomez appeared to have finally figured things out when he had an .809 OPS with 14 homers and 26 stolen bases after the All-Star break last season. Just in case that was a fluke and he really hasn't, Schafer would be the safe pick to make some starts in his place against some tough right-handed starters. The 26 year-old should settle into a role as a fourth outfielder and occasional starter in the majors.

Hiram Burgos, RHP: The Brewers don't have many sure things in their 2013 rotation but they do have plenty of young arms that could possibly succeed. Burgos is one of those after a stellar minor league season in 2012. The 25 year-old allowed only 128 hits in 171 innings with 49 walks, 153 strikeouts, and a 1.95 ERA between Triple-A, Double-A, and Hi-A. He could be a long shot for the Opening Day roster but he should get a shot at some point if he continues putting up numbers like that.

Wily Peralta, RHP: Based on stuff alone, Peralta should be the favorite for the #3 spot in the Brewers' rotation to start the season. He also has the "top prospect in the organization" status to back it up, four strong September starts in the majors, and not really much competition standing in his way. 

Tyler Thornburg, RHP: Thornburg is yet another case of a pitcher who could ultimately end up in the bullpen, although the Brewers will give him every chance to prove he can be a capable starter before that happens. It's a strong bet that he starts the season in the Triple-A Nashville rotation before heading to Milwaukee around mid-season in a role that highly depends on the state of the rotation.


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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 130: 2013 Season Preview Series: Toronto Blue Jays

Ben and Sam preview the Blue Jays' season with Matthew Kory, and Pete talks to Toronto Star Blue Jays reporter Brendan Kennedy (at 17:32).



Ben and Sam preview the Blue Jays' season with Matthew Kory, and Pete talks to Toronto Star Blue Jays reporter Brendan Kennedy (at 17:32).

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January 30, 2013

Wezen-Ball

The 1948 World Series, Game1: A Radio Diary

A running diary of the two-hour radio broadcast of game 1 of the 1948 World Series, featuring Bob Feller and Johnny Sain.

Last week, Ben Lindbergh let us all in on the secret treasure trove of 50- and 60-year old radio broadcasts that Craig Robinson at Flip Flop Fly Ballin' recently uncovered. It's a pretty fantastic find, with games ranging from the 1948 World Series to a late summer game between the White Sox and Red Sox in the Impossible Dream season.

While Ben had a few things to say about Game 5 of the 1948 World Series, I recently listened to the full two-hour broadcast of Game 1 of the same series, a tight pitcher's duel between Bob Feller and Johnny Sain. Even for a game played when Jackie Robinson was the reigning Rookie of the Year, the game, at one-hour and forty-two minutes long, was a speedy affair. By contrast, Game 1 of the 2012 World Series between Justin Verlander and Barry Zito lasted three-hours and 26-minutes.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 129: Why the Latest Steroids Scandal Isn't That Scandalous/2013 Season Preview Series: Tampa Bay Rays

Ben and Sam discuss whether the latest PED revelations really revealed anything worrisome before previewing the Rays' season with Adam Sobsey. Then Pete talks to Tampa Bay Tribune Rays reporter Roger Mooney (at 25:30).



Ben and Sam discuss whether the latest PED revelations really revealed anything worrisome before previewing the Rays' season with Adam Sobsey. Then Pete talks to Tampa Bay Tribune Rays reporter Roger Mooney (at 25:30).

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