Andrew Ball

  • joined Feb 11, 2013
  • last login Jul 21, 2014
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Assistant managing editor at Beyond the Box Score, the sabermetrics blog for SBNation, where I write about baseball through a saber lens. I also co-host The Shift, the site's official podcast.

Contributing writer at Fake Teams, the fantasy sports blog for SBNation. I write about fantasy baseball, mostly about prospects and co-host the Fake Teams podcast with Zack Smith.

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  • MLB Boston Red Sox
  • General York Revolution
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How has sabermetrics changed baseball?


Sabermetrics and objective analysis have given many a better understanding of the game of baseball. Does a deeper understanding make the game more enjoyable?

Fake Teams Podcast Episode 45: It's not goodbye


A brand new and very special edition of the official Fake Teams podcast featuring a bunch of reader questions.

The Fake Teams Pod needs your questions!


Got a question or topic for the pod? Here's you chance to have it answered!

Should teams use BA's rankings to draft?


Baseball America provides some of the best and most thorough draft coverage year-in and year-out by surveying sources from various organizations. Would clubs benefit from simply drafting based on...

Fake Teams Pod Episode 44: We really can't count


If you asked Santa for an extra long Fake Teams Podcast, well then Christmas has come early this afternoon.

What does it mean to be average?


A ton of analysis is done based on league average players. Well, what was a league average player in 2013?

Rule 5 Draft Preview: Digging for diamonds


With little else to dissect at the Winter Meetings, let's preview Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

When should we evaluate transactions?


The age old question: can we truly gauge trades and signings in the moment?

Jacoby Ellsbury gets his money


Last night the New York Yankees followed up their Brian McCann signing with the offseason's largest contract thus far. What did they buy this time?

Doug Fister Trades: 2011 vs. 2013


Doug Fister has now been traded twice during his career. How do the return packages in those deals compare?

Dayton Moore signs on for two more years in KC


Kansas City has extended general manager Dayton Moore through the 2016 season. Royals fans don't seem to be too thrilled about the move, but should they be?

Fake Teams Podcast Ep 42: Knowing how to pitch


A new episode of the Fake Teams fantasy baseball podcast, tackling all of the recent free agent signings and prospects in the A's and M's systems.

The Shift Episode 3: A little too surly


A brand new episode of the Beyond the Box Score's official podcast, talking Hall of Fame and statistics to measure relievers.

Holiday gifts: Top 15 baseball books


Heading out to shop on Black Friday? Be sure to check our list of the best baseball books before you do.

Surveying the market: Outfield


Rounding out our free agent preview with a look at the available outfielders.

The Shift Episode 2: Pitching for keeps


The latest edition of The Shift, the official podcast of Beyond the Box Score.

Fake Teams Podcast Episode 41: What is going on?


A new episode of the official Fake Teams podcast covering all the craziness of the MLB offseason.

The shift in coaching staffs


Don't look now, but more and more teams are adding unconventional positions to their coaching staffs. Can we expect further innovation in the future?

Surveying the market: Shortstops


As the offseason signings really start to heat up, we continue a preview of the market by looking at the available shortstops.

The Shift Episode 1: Wheeling and dealing


A new episode of Beyond the Box Score's podcast, The Shift, talking about trade rumors and fielding independent pitching.

Fake Teams Podcast Episode 40: Deja Vu


Just before the weekend hits, we bring you a brand new, jam-packed edition of the Fake Teams podcast!

The Shift Podcast Pilot: New is always better


Presenting the pilot episode of The Shift, Beyond the Box Score's new podcast.

Surveying the market: Third Base


If your team is in the market for a new third baseman this offseason, who are the players they should be targeting?

The Cy Young case for Koji Uehara


Given that the American League Cy Young award finalists have been announced, we can say with certainty that Koji Uehara won't be bringing home the hardware this year. More importantly though,...

Surveying the market: Second Base


While we know that there is one standout second baseman available this offseason, the rest of the free agent and trade market offers plenty of excitement as well. Which players will be the best...

Fake Teams Podcast Episode 39: Don't sugarcoat it


Looking for fantasy analysis of the latest managerial hires, silver slugger awards, and prospects in the Tigers and Indians systems? We cover all of that and more on the latest episode of the Fake...

Surveying the market: Catchers


Finding quality catching is a struggle for any organization, but several teams will attempt to do just that this offseason. Should they spend the big bucks on the high priced top talents, or are...

Fake Teams Podcast Ep 38: Snap back to reality


Still married and returned from his honeymoon, Zack is back on the latest edition of the Fake Teams podcast!

Three (Possibly) True Outcomes: Jose Abreu


The Chicago White Sox spent $68 million on a new first baseman. What exactly did they get?

Fake Teams Podcast Ep 37: How did it get so bad?


The latest edition of the official Fake Teams fantasy baseball podcast.

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