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Job Posting: Miami Marlins Baseball Analytics Internship

Position: Miami Marlins Baseball Analytics Internship Location: Miami Description: The Baseball Analytics Intern will assist Baseball Operations decision-making through the analysis and research of baseball information. The specific day-to-day responsibilities of this position will vary depending on the baseball calendar, but will revolve around using data analysis to answer baseball...
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Job Posting: Washington Nationals Baseball Operations Analyst

Position: Washington Nationals Baseball Operations Analyst Location: Washington D.C. Description: The Washington Nationals are seeking a full-time Baseball Operations Analyst. The role’s responsibilities include designing and developing analytical tools to aid baseball operations, salary arbitration research and preparation, and ad-hoc research projects to support baseball operations...
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Effectively Wild Episode 1113: Welcome to the Machine

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about another odd end to an American Association game, a recent javelin-baseball crossover, Nick Sinay, the first Tibetan-born player signed by an MLB team, and MLB’s new record single-season home-run total, then answer listener emails about Mike Trout’s defense, multiple aspects of BABIP, the most Alexa’d MLB players, the worst scoreless...
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An Update on the Jason Kipnis Center-Field Experiment

Even the Cleveland Indians, the best team in baseball by run differential and authors of an AL-record winning streak, aren’t without question marks. Currently, they’ve got a significant one — namely, in center field. Just over a week ago, Chris Davis stepped on Bradley Zimmer‘s left hand as the latter attempted a head-first slide into first base. The result: a broken fourth...
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The Most Confident Bunt of the Year

Sure, this might be a weird time to talk about something from June 4. It’s not like there’s any real urgency to this. And I will grant the unfamiliar phraseology. I’ll explain how I got here. As I write this, the Twins are getting pasted by the Yankees. The Yankees are winning 11-3, but at one point, in the third, they were losing 3-0. In that inning, Byron Buxton came up with...
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Players’ View: Role-Model Advice for Angels Prospect Jo Adell

As this year’s June amateur draft was about to get underway, The Sporting News published an article called Jo Adell Embraces Opportunity to Be Role Model for African-American Youth. The title was soon amended to include the word “Angels”: Anaheim selected the 18-year-old outfielder from Louisville, Kentucky, with the 10th-overall pick. Adell’s intentions are admirable. Good...
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Planning for the Future in Today’s Record Home-Run Environment

I was driving recently in Pittsburgh, in my decade-old Honda Accord, when an NPR radio interview captured my attention. I can’t recall the names of the particular guests on this program (perhaps a reader can assist me in this effort), but they were discussing the expenses associated with building nuclear submarines, the expected life of a sub’s operation, and the concern that...
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Dave Cameron FanGraphs Chat – 9/20/17

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Luis Severino Is the AL’s Best Other Pitcher

For a while, it seemed like Chris Sale was going to be an American League Cy Young Award shoo-in. Now, while Sale hasn’t exactly gotten much worse, the favorite might be Corey Kluber, who basically hasn’t allowed a run since coming off the disabled list three and a half months ago. If the winner isn’t Kluber, it’ll be Sale. If the winner isn’t Sale, it’ll be Kluber. I...
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How Big Is Too Big for Shortstop?

When examining the 2018 draft’s collection of top high-school shortstops, one is confronted with three vastly different physical entities in Santiago HS (CA) SS Brice Turang, Montverde Academy (FL) SS Nader De Sedas, and North Broward Prep (FL) infielder Xavier Edwards. Edwards is explosive. A plus-plus runner with good hands and enough arm for the left side of the infield, he...
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FanGraphs After Dark Chat – 9/19/17

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Let’s Not Forget About Alex Cobb

With just under two weeks to play in the regular season, much of the focus in media has turned to those teams participating in the postseason chase. We speculate on who’s going to get in, who’s best situated to advance in the postseason, etc., etc. By late September, though, the vast majority of actual major-league teams and players are already planning for next season. And while...
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Andrelton Simmons Has Gone Back to His Roots

There’s dizzying loop hidden within the effort to build better baseball players. Because ever player possesses a different body, it makes sense not to be prescriptive with mechanics. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions in baseball. But there are still some underlying truths. All things being equal, power is good. Velocity is good. And so on. If coaching is tailored too closely...
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Baseball’s Improbable Contact Hitter

George Springer is hitting for contact. Much has been written about how, this year, the Astros have easily the lowest strikeout rate in baseball. One of the most strikeout-heavy lineups around has opted to put the bat on the ball, and now the Astros have a giant lead in wRC+. Part of that improvement in contact comes from adding players like Josh Reddick and Brian McCann. Part of...
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Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat

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No One Will Want to Face These Yankees

You’re probably aware that the torrid Cleveland Indians have taken over the top run-differential spot in baseball and the No. 1 playoff seed in the AL. You’re probably also aware that the Dodgers still hold the best record in baseball despite looking beyond terrible in September. But did you know the Dodgers no longer hold the No. 2 run-differential spot in the sport? It’s...
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Clayton Kershaw Allowed a Grand Slam

Give it enough chances and baseball will make you look bad, because at the end of the day, baseball’s a fair game, sufficiently fair that everyone is bound to think it isn’t every once in a while. Baseball can be mean to players at the bottom of the roster, sure, but baseball can also be mean to, say, Miguel Cabrera. It can be mean to Mike Trout! And it can be mean to Clayton...
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Job Postings: Detroit Tigers Sr. Software Engineer, Video Operations Interns

To be clear, there are three positions listed here. Position: Detroit Tigers Baseball Operations Sr. Software Engineer Location: Detroit Description: The Detroit Tigers are currently seeking a Senior Software Engineer. This role will be responsible for development and maintenance of software projects within Baseball Operations. This position will report to the Sr. Director, Baseball...
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Analysis Might Have Saved Tony Cingrani

Every team that ever trades is rolling the dice. Nothing in baseball has ever been certain, and so to make a trade is to gamble. But the gamble, typically, is that the player being traded for will continue to perform as he has. At least, this is how it is with veterans. The Astros gambled that Justin Verlander would keep on pitching like Justin Verlander. The Angels gambled that...
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Looking Ahead to Interesting AL Postseason Roster Decisions

Collin McHugh is one of multiple Astros starters whose role will likely change in the postseason.(Photo: Keith Allison) With still roughly two weeks left in the regular season, the divisional races across the major leagues have sputtered and nearly died. Three divisions have already been clinched. The Los Angeles Dodgers have already guaranteed themselves a playoff berth and should...
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The Most Unusual Minor-League Prospect

No respectable prospect list has ever read as a leaderboard of minor-league on-base percentages. There are a million other important considerations, details that help to fill out a profile. That being said, the best hitting prospects tend to avoid making too many outs, and when you don’t make outs, you get a high OBP. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.‘s OBP this year was .425. Bo Bichette‘s...
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The Twins Are Slugging Their Way to October

On August 1st, our Playoff Odds gave the Twins a 3.6% chance of winning one of the two AL Wild Card spots. The team had briefly flirted with contending, acquiring Jaime Garcia from the Braves, but then they flipped him to the Yankees a week later when the team began to struggle. They also traded away closer Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals, acknowledging that the team’s strong...
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Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat

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The New Elite Reliever in Kansas City

Even though they’re only five games removed from a playoff spot in the American League, you could be forgiven for not having dedicated much thought recently to the Kansas City Royals. Prior to the trade deadline, they were playing a little over their heads, exiting July in possession of a 55-49 record and the second Wild Card spot — this, despite having recorded roughly equal...
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Technology Threatens Scouts, Could Also Set Them Free

After the Houston Astros elected to part ways with eight scouts last month, I wrote a piece on whether scouts and Statcast could coexist following the move by Jeffrey Luhnow. (Luhnow said the vacancies would ultimately be filled.) Carson Cistulli was also interested in this idea of redundancy, asking both Dave Cameron and Eric Longenhagen about it on different episodes of FanGraphs...
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