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01-18

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Cold Takes: Why Do Hall of Fame Voters Love Relievers?
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Patrick Dubuque

01-18

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Rumor Roundup: Must-See TV
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Emma Baccellieri

01-18

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Outta Left Field: Cooperstown Changes
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Dustin Palmateer

01-18

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2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-18

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Rubbing Mud: Dozier and the Doyers
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Matthew Trueblood

01-18

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Base
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-18

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The Adjuster: First Base
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Eric Roseberry

01-18

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Tale of the Tape: Tommy Joseph vs. Eric Thames
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Bryan Joiner

01-18

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Get to Know: First Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-17

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Player Profile: Hanley Ramirez
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Wilson Karaman

01-17

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Cold Takes: Stan Javier Saves a No-Hitter
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Patrick Dubuque

01-17

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Rubbing Mud: Flashback Friars
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Matthew Trueblood

01-17

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-17

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Welcome to Splitsville: First Base
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Tim Finnegan

01-17

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Baseball Therapy: What Does Batter/Pitcher Matchup Data Tell Us?
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Russell A. Carleton

01-17

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Tale of the Tape: Victor Martinez vs. Carlos Santana
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Alex Chamberlain

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Ain't Settling for Anything Less Than Everything
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Ashley Varela

01-16

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2017 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-16

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State of the Position: First Base
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George Bissell

01-16

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Hitters' Plate Discipline
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Rob Mains

01-16

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Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-16

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Early ADP Analysis: First Base
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Matt Collins

01-16

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The Quinton: First Basemen, Roto Categories, and Total vs. Complementary Production
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Jeff Quinton

01-16

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Transaction Analysis: Dented Cans and Safety Nets
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Bryan Grosnick and Jared Wyllys

01-13

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
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Scooter Hotz

01-13

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Longest and Shortest Games
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Meg Rowley

01-13

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-13

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Tools of Ignorance: Cornered
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Francisco Mejia vs. Chance Sisco
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: Going Back To Cali
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Aaron Gleeman

01-13

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Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Trumbo Tumbles
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Demetrius Bell

01-12

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Yan Gomes vs. Devin Mesoraco
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Mark Barry

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-12

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year’s Resolutions: Ground-ball Pitchers
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Rob Mains

01-12

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Catchers
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Mike Gianella

01-12

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2017 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers
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Bret Sayre

01-11

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Tale of the Tape: Welington Castillo vs. Brian McCann
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Alex Chamberlain

01-11

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The Adjuster: Catchers
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Eric Roseberry

01-11

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Baseball Therapy: Grinding On Grounders
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Russell A. Carleton

01-11

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Transaction Analysis: Mariners Move Deck Chairs
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Bryan Grosnick

01-11

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Rumor Roundup: Dozier Dead, Bruce Bets, and Atlanta Aces
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Emma Baccellieri

01-11

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Get to Know: Catcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-11

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-10

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
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Mike Gianella

01-10

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Tale of the Tape: Russell Martin vs. Matt Wieters
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Bryan Joiner

01-10

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Cold Takes: A Season Before Dying
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Patrick Dubuque

01-10

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2017 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

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And it's not just about save totals.

As the public ballots have run past our vision like newspapers off the press in the montage of an 80s movie, there’s one trend that catches the eye: the Lee Smith/Trevor Hoffman combination. Seventy-two voters as of this writing have publicly given a final show of support for Lee Smith, former saves record-holder. And 68 of those spent a second vote on the man who surpassed him, Trevor Hoffman.

This equals the amount who also voted for Tim Raines, who has better than 15 percent more support overall and exceeds the 63 votes for Jeff Bagwell, the other clear winner from this year’s class. Forget that in terms of specialization, they put designated hitters to shame: People who like closers really, really want there to be more closers in the Hall of Fame.

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Alex Rodriguez gets a TV show, the Tigers look for a center fielder, and the Rays add a former closer.

Tigers looking to fill center field hole

The Tigers were rumored to be a potential suitor for Gregor Blanco in the hours before he signed a minor league-deal with the Diamondbacks yesterday afternoon. But even with him now off the market, they’ve apparently still got a free agent outfielder to focus on—Peter Bourjos, who would presumably help fill the team’s void in center field. Though one of the Tigers’ first moves this winter was trading away center fielder Cameron Maybin, they haven’t done anything since to fill the space he left behind.

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Limitless ballots could make for Hall of Fame overkill, but maybe there's a simple solution.

Former New York Times writer and current blogger Murray Chass recently wrote about why he turned in a blank Hall of Fame ballot. In the piece, he shares an e-mail he sent to ballot-tracker Ryan Thibodaux:

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Brian Dozier is still in Minnesota, but maybe the Dodgers and the Twins were right to balk at a deal.

Last week I attended SportCon, a day-long convention on analytics in sports put on by an organization called MinneAnalytics. There were six seminar sessions throughout the day at the enclosed downtown campus of St. Thomas University in Minneapolis. I was sitting in an auditorium/lecture hall early in the afternoon, waiting for new Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey to walk in for a panel on how teams use analytical information in coaching and advance scouting, when Ken Rosenthal’s Twitter feed told me what business Falvey had concluded prior to making the short trip from Target Field to the conference: The Dodgers and Twins had reached a semi-official impasse, and Brian Dozier was (however flimsily) assured of remaining in Minnesota for a while.

That "news" is sorry succor for the news-starved fans of the baseball offseason and it rippled through the room like word that the keg has run dry at a wedding reception. If the convention were at Loyola Marymount instead of St. Thomas, it’s fair to guess that the tone would have been the same. Twins fans have wanted this deal for most of the winter. Dodgers fans have approached it cautiously, hugging their prospects tightly but with a measure of anticipation, too. Neither front office will endear themselves to large swaths of their fan base by walking away from the bargaining table. The Twins are still likely to be a losing team in 2017 and the aggressive rebuild Falvey and general manager Thad Levine have hinted at seems on hold until Dozier is dealt.

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January 18, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Base

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Greg Wellemeyer

Stacking up players at this position based on their projected fantasy values through the end of the 2019 season.

Last week, we ranked catchers for the next three years and this week we’re on to first base. If you read last week or you’re familiar with this exercise from years past, you know that these rankings function best as something like a cross between keeper preferences and dynasty rankings for those whose window of contention is open in the immediate future. It’s important to state that these rankings are mine alone. They no doubt vary from the opinions of other writers on this site and that’s okay. Good, even. This wouldn’t be much fun if we all thought the same thing about every player and couldn’t learn from each other in the cases where we diverge.

And with that out of the way, let’s get on with it:

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January 18, 2017 6:00 am

The Adjuster: First Base

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Eric Roseberry

Identifying players who see their values rise or fall in OBP and points formats.

After spending last week looking at fantasy catchers, a deep sadness came over me. The perfect antidote to that sadness was a week assessing first basemen. There’s no shortage of solid options at this position. However, as both Jeff and George mentioned earlier this week, there is a significant drop once you move past the elite level performers. Who you draft at first is an important decision for fantasy success, and if you find yourself in an OBP or points league, there are a few players worth giving extra attention.

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January 18, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Tommy Joseph vs. Eric Thames

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Bryan Joiner

Is the second-year Phillie or the new, KBO-destroying Brewer a better fantasy bet in 2017?

The Tale of the Tape series doesn’t get less orthodox than this. In one corner, you have Philly’s Tommy Joseph, a conventional young masher with loads of potential ready for his first full season. In the other, you have a guy who hasn’t played in the majors since 2012 and couldn’t do squat when he did... but Eric Thames went to South Korea in 2014 and played for three years like he was bitten by Babe Ruth reincarnated as a (fat) radioactive spider. Thames returns to America a changed man, but can it win him this totally arbitrary matchup? Let’s find out!

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January 18, 2017 6:00 am

Get to Know: First Base Prospects

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Ben Carsley

A window into the fantasy future at the cold corner.

Previous entries in this series

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January 17, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Hanley Ramirez

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Wilson Karaman

A midyear mechanical change produced outstanding results for the Red Sox first-sacker in 2016, but can you expect more of the same to come?

Player Background

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What does college poetry have to do with Stan Javier? Everything.

It’s late. Outside my window, across the valley, porch lights twinkle; behind me, my wife watches a documentary about German expatriates in the Galapagos. There is, yet again, no baseball. I have spent half an hour reading poetry I wrote in college. I should be writing about the Hall of Fame. I do not want to write about the Hall of Fame. I want to write about Stan Javier.

Sometimes we are deep and sometimes we are not deep, and sometimes we just want to feel deep, that warm comfortable blanket of wisdom in seeing something and understanding it, having words for it. This is one of those times and I am sorry. I am sorry that I have chosen this, if in fact I have.

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January 17, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Victor Martinez vs. Carlos Santana

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Alex Chamberlain

Which of these two ex-catchers is a better investment in redraft leagues this spring?

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