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July 11, 2011

BP Unfiltered

Surprise, Surprise

by Ben Lindbergh

If you spent your weekend staring at the bottom of Baseball Prospectus web pages and periodically refreshing—and if you did, you probably had a better weekend than Ramon Castro or Francisco Cordero—you may have noticed something new show up in the wee hours of Saturday morning:  
 


 

As exciting as perusing our Privacy Policy can be—particularly the bit about cookies, if you're feeling famished—the most exciting option here is, appropriately, the only one with an exclamation point: 
 

 

First, we brought you The BP Wayback Machine. Next, we made our old articles free. Now, we're giving you another way to dive into our archives and while away your workday. If you click on the "Surprise Me!" button—which can be found in the same location regardless of what BP page you're viewing—you'll be taken to a randomly selected article from our back pages. Naturally, you never know what you're gonna get, making Baseball Prospectus more like a box of chocolates than ever before. Ironically, the first old article I got was a link to an even older article. How about you?

Ben Lindbergh is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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R.A.Wagman

Very cool - I got a Transaction Analysis from 1999!

Jul 11, 2011 09:54 AM
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CRP13

My first thought was, "What a useless addition." Then I clicked, and got sucked into an article from back when I was still trying to get the nerve to talk to a girl my age. Then I got sucked into another.

There goes my free time.

Jul 11, 2011 10:00 AM
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CRP13

P.S. Still trying to get the nerve.

Jul 11, 2011 10:01 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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If you're lucky, you might be surprised with an article about that.

Jul 11, 2011 10:14 AM
 
CRP13

Hah! Well played.

Here is another.

Jul 11, 2011 10:31 AM
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ScottyB

Cool feature. This can tide me over on the looooong weekends with no new BP content (BTW- I got a Sheehan article about the 2008 Marlins wild-card chances)

Jul 11, 2011 10:01 AM
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jhardman

I got a rock.

Jul 11, 2011 11:09 AM
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Jason Wojciechowski

I got an article where all the apostrophes displayed as little question marks. (Chrome, Windows, FWIW.)

Jul 11, 2011 14:54 PM
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mrdannyg

I got this too, but assumed it was because I'm using my work's version of IE, which is from the stone ages.

Jul 12, 2011 06:17 AM
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BurrRutledge

2006 Prospectus Today by Joe Sheehan documenting the struggles of Bobby Crosby (who torpedoed my fantasy team that year).

Jul 11, 2011 17:30 PM
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McNulty

I got this:

"I'll have better self-discipline. Sometimes, a position of power can affect how you treat people. And not in a good way."
--Jim Bowden, former Reds general manager and new GM of the Unnamed Washington Baseball Franchise (Cincinnati Inquirer)

Whoa.

Jul 11, 2011 21:26 PM
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Brian Kopec

For roto players, links to articles that will appear in the FUTURE would be more helpful. It would be nice to know if Heath Bell is going to be traded out of my NL Only league. Can you make that happen next weekend?

Jul 12, 2011 09:03 AM
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ObviouslyRob

Too rich! This turned out to be a great article!

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=7446

Jul 12, 2011 09:54 AM
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pobothecat

Got an article reminding me not to get too caught up in 1997 Cactus League results. Good advice then, good advice now.

Jul 12, 2011 13:59 PM
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