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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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Why Multi-Position Players Matter

A new research paper attempts to quantify the value of team flexibility.

In my commentary on our Martin Prado mock arbitration case a few weeks ago, I wrote about why we might be undervaluing multi-position players:

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 153: 2013 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Dodgers

Ben and Sam preview the Dodgers' season with Jay Jaffe, and Pete talks to MLB.com Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick (at 15:21).



Ben and Sam preview the Dodgers' season with Jay Jaffe, and Pete talks to MLB.com Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick (at 15:21).

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March 4, 2013

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 152: 2013 Season Preview Series: San Francisco Giants

Ben and Sam preview the Giants' season with Ian Miller and Josh Shepardson, and Pete talks to San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group Giants reporter Alex Pavlovic (at 22:26).



Ben and Sam preview the Giants' season with Ian Miller and Josh Shepardson, and Pete talks to San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group Giants reporter Alex Pavlovic (at 22:26).

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BP Unfiltered

Daddy, What's Replacement Level?

Having the hard talk about where replacement level comes from.

In the pages of yesterday’s Boston Globe, veteran sports reporter Bob Ryan declared war on WAR. We get that one a lot. But the unusual part of this particular declaration was that it was based on the belief that the “RP” in WARP—for “replacement player”—was a "judgment call" rather than the product of a mathematical formula. Ryan argued that the "replacement level" comparison, as currently constituted, is just a matter of opinion, and therefore arbitrary and unreliable. It's not often that we’re told that we’re not using enough math.

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