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March 13, 2013

BP Unfiltered

I worry what you just heard was give me a lot of Tim Wallachs. What I said was give me all the Tim Wallachs you have.

Give me all the Tim Wallachs you have.

When I was a kid I loved money, and one of my first money-making schemes was to corner a market. I had heard about those brothers who (disastrously) tried to corner the silver market in 1980 and thought it sounded like a great plan that had probably just been executed poorly, so I wanted to execute a similar plan better. What I intended to corner was Kevin Mitchell 1989 Topps cards, chosen because a) I liked Kevin Mitchell, b) he was a good enough player that the cards naturally had some value and c) it wasn't valuable enough to be prohibitively expensive for a 10-year-old boy to acquire. YET.

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March 8, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of March 7, 2013

Notable prospect performances from March 7, 2013

Notable prospect performances from March 7, 2013

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March 7, 2013

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 155: 2013 Season Preview Series: San Diego Padres

Ben and Sam preview the Padres' season with Geoff Young, and Pete talks to San Diego Union-Tribune writer Tom Krasovic (at 18:00).



Ben and Sam preview the Padres' season with Geoff Young, and Pete talks to San Diego Union-Tribune writer Tom Krasovic (at 18:00).

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Minor League Update

Games of March 6, 2013

Notable prospect performances from Spring Training.

Notable prospect performances from March 6, 2013.

NL EAST

Miami Marlins

  • Alex Sanabia, SP: IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, K. Off to a strong start this spring (4.1 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 4 K), Sanabia could push for a bullpen job or possibly even a rotation spot if they can start stretching him out.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Tommy Joseph, C: 3-for-4, 2B. Gearing up for this first Triple-A season with a 6-for-13 start to the spring, including a pair of singles against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday.

Washington Nationals

  • Anthony Rendon, SS: 1-for-3, HR (3). Now 8-for-20 in the spring with three homers and three doubles, Rendon also made a start at shortstop, which could indicate that the Nats want to see if he handle a possible utility role later in the season.
  • Erik Davis, RP: IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, 3 K. The 26 year-old has a tough task in trying to crack the Nationals’ 25-man roster, but he’s making quite an impression so far with 4.2 scoreless innings, seven strikeouts, and only a hit and two walks allowed.

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March 6, 2013

BP Unfiltered

The World's Fastest Typist and A Half-Century of Baseball

Ron Mingo typed fast and played baseball.

There are a few highlights in this video about the world's fastest typist (on a manual typewriter), 

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BP Unfiltered

Names of Baseball Men as Recorded In Dollar Sign On The Muscle

Mostly real names of mostly real people.

Among the names of baseball men, as recorded by the author Kevin Kerrane, in the book Dollar Sign On The Muscle, a work of non-fiction: 

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 154: 2013 Season Preview Series: Arizona Diamondbacks

Ben and Sam preview the Diamondbacks' season with Doug Thorburn, and Pete talks to AZCentral Sports Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro (at 19:39).



Ben and Sam preview the Diamondbacks' season with Doug Thorburn, and Pete talks to AZCentral Sports Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro (at 19:39).

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March 5, 2013

Wezen-Ball

When Cuba Stomped the Orioles

The 1999 meeting between Cuba and the Baltimore Orioles did not go well for the major league squad.

The Baltimore Orioles, led by their owner Peter Angelos, made a bid at international diplomacy in 1999. After a large push by Angelos, Major League Baseball and the Cuban government (along with a little help from the State Department, I'm sure) agreed to play a home-and-home series between the Cuban national team and Angelos' Orioles at the start of the season.

The first game was played in Havana in March before a roaring crowd of 50,000-plus. Angelos was joined in the front row behind home plate at Estadio Latinoamericano with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. After the home team tied it up in the bottom of the 8th, the crowd was treated to a 3-2 Baltimore victory when an 11th-inning single from Harold Baines scored Will Clark from second. It was a thrilling but, ultimately, predictable game.

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