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March 13, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Hochevar Heads to the Bullpen

Can the former No. 1 pick right the ship in shorter stints? Maybe.

Luke Hochevar is going to the bullpen. It's an unsurprising development, given Kansas City's offseason activity and Hochevar's history of failure. The former first-overall pick nearly seven years ago, Hochevar has compiled a 5.39 ERA and 132 starts over his career to date. He did manage a career-best strikeout-to-walk ratio last season (2.36), however, his run average worsened from poor to intolerable—even for a Royals team previously light on starters.

There's no need to sweeten this tea: Hochevar has been a mess for a few years now. Google Hochevar's name in conjunction with Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland and you'll be hit with a half-dozen articles, all of which explain a different flaw or outline a new plan to get him back on track. To wit, here's a brief look at the various explanations given for Hochevar's poor performance over the past nine or so months:

June 28, 2012:

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Wezen-Ball

Globicide, or Murdering a Baseball

The definition of one of the best moments in any baseball game.

glo·bi·cide        

\ˈglō-bə-ˌsīd\ - noun

  1. the deliberate and awesome killing of a baseball by way of a long home run; baseball murder
  2. a home run ball that was the victim of globicide; any home run that causes the exclamation "Oh my god! He killed a baseball!"

This is far from an exhaustive list. Any further examples of globicide are encouraged in the comments!

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 158: Combining Bad Teams/Blocking the Plate/The 26-Man Roster

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how many games a team formed from the three worst teams in baseball would win, whether catchers (and non-catchers) should be allowed to block the plate, and expanding active rosters.



Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how many games a team formed from the three worst teams in baseball would win, whether catchers (and non-catchers) should be allowed to block the plate, and expanding active rosters.

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March 12, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Two Unrelated Baseball Highlights

Joe Ferguson, Roy Halladay, and baseball highlights.

1. Highlight no. 1

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 157: SABR Analytics Conference Recap

Ben and Sam discuss Ben's trip to Phoenix for the SABR Analytics Conference, covering the sabermetrics of marketing, clubhouse chemistry, knuckleballers, bullpen usage, the WBC, Kyle Lohse, and other topics along the way.



Ben and Sam discuss Ben's trip to Phoenix for the SABR Analytics Conference, covering the sabermetrics of marketing, clubhouse chemistry, knuckleballers, bullpen usage, the WBC, Kyle Lohse, and other topics along the way.

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BP Daily Podcast

Every 2013 Team Preview Podcast in One Place

A listing of all our 2013 podcast team previews.

The Effectively Wild 2013 podcast team preview series is complete. We enjoyed putting the podcasts together; more of you are listening now than were when we started, so we'll assume the series was a success. We've already moved on to new topics, but we wanted to put all the previews in one place so you could access them more easily if you haven't listened yet, or find them again in the future when you feel like reliving our least accurate predictions. All of the episodes, guests, and running times are listed below.

AL East
New York Yankees [Link] (31:59; With Wallace Matthews)
Baltimore Orioles [Link] (24:56; With Derek Carty and Brittany Ghiroli)
Tampa Bay Rays [Link] (44:35; With Adam Sobsey and Roger Mooney)
Toronto Blue Jays [Link] (30:22; With Matthew Kory and Brendan Kennedy)
Boston Red Sox [Link] (33:28; With Matthew Kory and Chad Finn)

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March 11, 2013

BP Fantasy Podcast

Episode 35: Part One of Two

Jason and Paul are joined by Doug Thorburn to break down the 1st half of their starting pitchers list.

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March 8, 2013

Tater Trot Tracker

Hanley & the World Baseball Classic

Hanley Ramirez got into mid-season form with his tater trot against Venezuela in the first round of the World Baseball Classic.

If you weren't watching any of the World Baseball Classic over the last 24 hours, you missed some intense and exciting games. Italy beating Mexico on a ninth-inning comeback and Japan beating Chinese Taipei in extra-innings after tying it up on their last strike are great examples of how this tournament can be so fun (especially if you love sacrifice bunts!), but the other two games were just as eventful. The battle between Venezuela and the Dominican Republic was especially rowdy, with the crowd in Puerto Rico's Hiram Bithorn Stadium cheering loudly all night, even through a 50-minute rain delay in the first inning.

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