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09-27

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What You Need to Know: Dee Gordon and the Marlins Honor Jose Fernandez
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Daniel Rathman

09-27

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Baseball Therapy: Bullpen Contagion
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Russell A. Carleton

09-27

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Pitching Backward: What We Know About Spin Rate
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Jeff Long

09-27

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Closer Report: Week 26
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Matt Collins

09-27

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 26
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Mike Gianella

09-27

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Prospectus Feature: The Joy of Adrian Beltre
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Kate Morrison

09-27

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Giant Collapse
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Rob Mains

09-27

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Liner Notes: Self-Sabotage Stars
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Bryan Grosnick

09-27

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Notes from the Field: Cal League Wrap: The Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

09-26

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 26, 2016
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Matt Sussman

09-26

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Deep League Report: Week 26
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Scooter Hotz

09-26

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Cold Takes: Steve Clevenger and the Media In Your Hand
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Patrick Dubuque

09-26

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Prospectus Feature: The Comp-less Mike Trout
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Henry Druschel

09-26

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Raising Aces: Gray Matter
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Doug Thorburn

09-26

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What You Need to Know: How the West (and the East) Was Won
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Ashley Varela

09-26

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Positive Impressions
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BP Prospect Staff

09-26

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Prospectus Feature: The Song of Jose Fernandez
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Mauricio Rubio

09-23

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 23
by
Matthew Kory

09-23

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What You Need to Know: All Mets'd Up
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Nicolas Stellini

09-23

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-23

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-23

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-23

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
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Greg Wellemeyer

09-23

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Retrospectus
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Ben Lindbergh

09-23

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Songs From The Chorus
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Craig Goldstein, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

09-23

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Pebble Hunting: That's The Way I Like It And I'll Never Get Bored
by
Sam Miller

09-23

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 1: Pilot
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

09-22

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

09-22

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What You Need to Know: The Wild Card Wilters
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Demetrius Bell

09-22

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Flu-Like Symptoms: A Matter of Luck, Pt. 2
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Rob Mains

09-22

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Two-Strike Approach: Jonathan Lucroy, Willing Cog
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Cat Garcia

09-22

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Pebble Hunting: The Great Big 'Beat PECOTA' Wrap
by
Sam Miller

09-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: Short-Season Baseball With A Third Deck
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Meg Rowley

09-22

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The Call-Up: A Triplet of Padres
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Christopher Crawford, Mauricio Rubio and Greg Wellemeyer

09-22

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 22, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

09-22

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-22

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-22

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-21

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An Agent's Take: On Tebow
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Joshua Kusnick

09-21

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Prospect House: High Ceilings, Low Floors, Big Rooms
by
Mauricio Rubio

09-21

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Outta Left Field: Two Months In Hel
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Dustin Palmateer

09-21

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-21

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-21

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-21

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Deep League Report: Week 25
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Scooter Hotz

09-21

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Soft Toss: A Very Human Defense of the September Call-Ups
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Brendan Gawlowski

09-21

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What You Need to Know: To Sin By Silence, When They Should Protest, Makes Cowards of Men
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Emma Baccellieri

09-21

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Prospectus Feature: The Six Archetypes of Famous Baseball Men LinkedIn Profiles
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Emma Baccellieri

09-20

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Cold Takes: Rickey, Unwritten Rules, and the 130
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Patrick Dubuque

09-20

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Closer Report: Week 25
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Matt Collins

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What happens when a player is so good so young that there are no better versions against which to compare him?

Mike Trout is unique. The meaning of that word has expanded somewhat, so that it can mean either a) generically special or b) truly one-of-a-kind, without peer or comparison. Mike Trout is the latter definition.

Trout is closing out his age-24 season--his sixth year as a major leaguer and his fifth as a full-timer--and in doing so, is closing out the best stretch of baseball by a young player, ever. Not in the modern era, or with any other qualifiers attached, by but any player. During his time in the majors, he’s accumulated 48.3 WAR by Baseball Reference’s version of the metric, more than a win greater than Ty Cobb’s 46.7 in second place and nearly a full season above Mickey Mantle’s 40.9 in third.

WARP only extends back to 1950, but Trout’s 46.6 WARP is in first place among players in that period, leading Mantle by nearly four wins. And, just for completeness, Trout also leads using FanGraphs’ fWAR, with 47.4 to Cobb’s 47.2. Nor is it only a matter of playing time; to find a player with a higher WARP per plate appearance, you need to drop the minimum PA threshold to about half a season’s worth. By basically every measure we have, Mike Trout is the best player through age 24 baseball has ever seen.

If you Google “Mike Trout Mickey Mantle” you can see a real progression over time.

From 2014: "Trout Not Quite in Mantle’s League"; "Mike Trout: The Next Mickey Mantle… or Vada Pinson?"

From 2015: "Mike Trout looking like modern Mickey Mantle"; "Mike Trout vs. Mickey Mantle"

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September 26, 2016 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Gray Matter

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Doug Thorburn

The Rockies may have finally found what they've been looking for.

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Three teams clinch division titles, Clayton Kershaw throws his fastest pitch of 2016, and the rest of the weekend action.

The Weekend Takeaway

There are a few narratives worth delving into this weekend. Divisions were won; walk-offs were celebrated, champagne bottles were popped. Bryce Harper wore Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky’s swim cap. Vin Scully spent his last few hours quipping in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth, his last weekend announcing a Dodgers home series, ever.

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September 26, 2016 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: Positive Impressions

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BP Prospect Staff

Notes on Mike Soroka, Alec Hansen, Magneuris Sierra, and more.

Mike Soroka, RHP, Atlanta Braves (Low-A Rome)
Perhaps calling Soroka a “positive surprise” is slightly misleading. After all, he was drafted 28th overall last year. First-round picks often succeed. It’s why they’re first-round picks.

But Soroka wasn’t exactly lighting up public draft boards in early June 2015. He was seen by many as a potential high-round pick, but 28th overall seemed like a bit of a surprise, at least to me. Leave it to the Braves to find the pitching talent.


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No one will forget Jose Fernandez, on or off the field.

There is a traditional Mexican folk song whose roots and history are woven deep into the Mexican culture and consciousness. It is a macabre song describing the wishes one person is leaving to another regarding how they want to be remembered in death. La Martiniana’s famous line is the following:

“No me llores, no, no me llores, no,
Porque si lloras yo peno,
En cambio si tú me cantas
Yo siempre vivo, yo nunca muero.”

Which roughly translates to:

“Don't cry for me, no, don't cry for me, no
Because if you cry, I will suffer
Instead, if you sing songs of my life
I will live forever and never die.”

Let me sing you the song of Jose Fernandez.

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Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.

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The Mets win a game and move ahead in the wild card race, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
For selfish reasons, I am happy that the Mets won last night. I am not a Mets fan, at least not consciously, although I do follow them somewhat closely due to having many friends in the writer community who can often be found wearing blue and orange hats.


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September 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Best of Sam Miller

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Sam Miller

Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands at the World Series this weekend.

With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on October 30, 2015.

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September 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Best of Sam Miller

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Sam Miller

Throwing paper airplanes is big at ballparks. Where did the planes come from, and what do they signify?

With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on July 22, 2013.

Game story template: Clever juxtaposition, personal detail, pun, or fun fact; summary of what happened in the game (winner, key performance); nut graf putting larger significance of win/loss into context; quote from manager; transition into chronological description, over course of a few paragraphs, of game’s action, perhaps interspersed with quotes from relevant players; quote from pitcher/offensive hero/Torii Hunter; description of the paper airplanes in the stadium; conclusion.

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September 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Best of Sam Miller

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Sam Miller

Someday, somebody will suggest fixing baseball by putting a pit on the field, and we will be prepared.

With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on July 27, 2012.

It’s not a question of if Major League Baseball is going to add a pit to the field, but a question of where they should add a pit to the field. For maximum LOLs and so on. That’s what this is about. It’s about where the funniest place to put a pit would be, were you to decide to put a pit on the baseball field.

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September 23, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25

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Greg Wellemeyer

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Welcome to the starting pitcher planner, where every Friday I’ll be taking a look at the pitchers slated for two turns in the upcoming week. The hope is that the planner can help guide lineup and FAAB decisions that need to be made over the weekend. Of course, my information isn’t perfect and I don’t have a crystal ball. Rain, injuries, and teams reshuffling between when I write and Monday’s first pitch will definitely happen. If new information comes to light after we publish, I’ll try to tackle it in the comments. Feel free to beat me to it if you have any info, and I’ll be glad to offer my opinion there if you want it.

Let’s get some ground rules out the way before getting started. The pitchers will be split by league and then by category. Here are some general thoughts about the categories:

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September 23, 2016 6:00 am

Retrospectus

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Ben Lindbergh

A story about Sam Miller and Ervin Santana.

Ben Lindbergh is a staff writer for The Ringer, a former editor in chief of Baseball Prospectus, and a frequent collaborator of Sam Miller’s. Hiring Sam was the best move he made at BP.

Sam Miller is amazing because he’s produced classic pieces in so many styles. Longform features; funny GIFs and screencaps; sabermetric stat dives; soulful observations about human nature, life, and death, masquerading as articles about baseball; actual sketches based on bad puns. Very few writers are as good at one of those things. Sam is as good as anyone at all of them. Reading his work makes other writers feel like hitters who just struck out looking because Rich Hill decided to drop down sidearm. He’s talented enough not to need another look, but because he can, he’ll break it out anyway. (Sam, if you haven’t heard, really likes Rich Hill.)

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