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February 19, 2013

BP Fantasy Podcast

Episode 33: Get Well Soon, Jason

Shortstops, get your shortstops here!

Paul takes over the show as Jason is on the DL. He welcomes back Mike Gianella to co-host the show as they review shortstops and interview new colleague Bret Sayre about dynasty leagues.

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Century City

The 2004 series "Century City" once tackled the legal issues of a mechanically-enhanced ballplayer.

The 2004 CBS drama "Century City" was a lot like every other courtroom drama on television: A charming and unbelievably altruistic character in the lead, an obnoxious prig in one office, a beautiful young lawyer in another, and a diverse cast of ambitious and energetic lawyers and paralegals rounding out the rest of the firm. In "Century City," however, this came with a twist: The show took place in Los Angeles circa 2030. In this setting, the show could tackle genetic profiling, cloning and other pushing-the-envelope topics all in front of holographic judges. In "Love and Games," the series' third episode, the topic was the bionic enhancement of professional baseball players.


The episode is currently available on Hulu.

A college shortstop (played by Brad, the oldest son from "Home Improvement") who was promised he would be chosen with the number-one overall pick in the draft plummets to the final pick of the draft. He is chosen by the expansion San Fernando Valley Coyotes, who make the choice after some serious cajoling from Brad's lawyer. The reason for the drop? Brad has a bionic eye, the result of an accident at age 18. The league has a rule against players with mechanical enhancements and tries to keep Brad out, leading to a lawsuit by Brad and his lawyers. Meanwhile, Brad faces prejudice on the outside. After getting spiked in the arm by a teammate at practice, the teammate spits out, "Why don't you just get a new arm?" A Jackie Robinson reference also finds its way into the episode.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 143: 2013 Season Preview Series: Atlanta Braves

Ben and Sam preview the Braves' season with Zachary Levine, and Pete talks to Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist Mark Bradley (at 16:42).



Ben and Sam preview the Braves' season with Zachary Levine, and Pete talks to Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist Mark Bradley (at 16:42).

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February 18, 2013

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 142: 2013 Season Preview Series: Washington Nationals

Ben and Sam preview the Nationals' season with Paul Sporer and Daniel Rathman, and Pete talks to Adam Kilgore, who covers the Nationals for the Washington Post (at 19:51).



Ben previews the Nationals' season with Paul Sporer and Daniel Rathman, and Pete talks to Adam Kilgore, who covers the Nationals for the Washington Post (at 19:51).

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February 17, 2013

Tater Trot Tracker

A Birthday Treat: Michael Jordan's Tater Trot

In honor of his 50th birthday, enjoy the first ever tater trot of baseball legend Michael Jordan.

Today is Michael Jordan's 50th birthday. In honor of such a major milestone in the life of one of the 20th century's most fascinating athletes, here is a reprint of a Tater Trot Tracker post originally published in 2010.

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February 15, 2013

BP Fantasy Podcast

Updated NFBC ADP data

The latest report is out

The online worksheet has been updated with the latest ADP report from NFBC. The sheet shows the 1st report from 2/7, the latest one from 2/14, the delta between the two numbers, where the player went in the LABR mixed draft this past Tuesday night, and the difference between the player's ADP and his LABR draft position.

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BP Announcements

Scoresheet Draft Aid 2013

Baseball Prospectus brings back the popular Scoresheet Baseball Draft Aid, remaining Scoresheet-friendly in 2013. In time for public league drafts!

Last year, Baseball Prospectus introduced the Scoresheet Draft Aid to help Scoresheet Baseball players with their drafts. And many got to see a free trial last March. Since its inception, the most common piece of feedback by Scoresheet players who have used it is that it's "too good" and that it levels the playing field, erasing the edge that can be gained by an opponent through hours, days, or even months of research. This year, BP has welcomed Tim Collins, a new member of the tech team who is helping make it even better than the inaugural edition! So, look for upcoming improvements, including incorporation of the new prospect rankings by Jason Parks.

First, a recap of the basic functionality: Scoresheet Draft Aid is a tool to help with Scoresheet Baseball drafts, powered by PECOTA. (And remember that any "/fantasy" URL on the site can be accessed using "/f" instead, which can be useful for avoiding filters). To find the Scoresheet Draft Aid in the future, simply click on "Fantasy" on the main menu, which takes you to a page with this sub-menu:

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 141: 2013 Season Preview Series: Houston Astros

Ben and Sam preview the Astros' season with Jason Collette, and Pete talks to MLB.com correspondent Richard Justice (at 16:54).



Ben and Sam preview the Astros' season with Jason Collette, and Pete talks to MLB.com correspondent Richard Justice (at 16:54).

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