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01-25

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Purpose Pitches: Remembering Earl
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Christina Kahrl

01-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bagging on Bagwell
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Christina Kahrl

09-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: Oops, They Did it Again?
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Christina Kahrl

05-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Making Waves in the West
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Christina Kahrl

03-16

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Extra Innings Excerpt
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Christina Kahrl

11-06

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

06-24

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Prospectus Perspective: Minnesota Miscasts
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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Purpose Pitches: A New Delivery
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Christina Kahrl

03-29

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Transaction Analysis: Trading Up from Dickerson to Morgan
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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BP Unfiltered: Opening Night in Chicago
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Christina Kahrl

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: AL Moves
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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BP Unfiltered: Andrew Cashner's Non-Day
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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Purpose Pitches: Hitting the High and Low Notes
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Christina Kahrl

03-18

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BP Unfiltered: Life After Luis Castillo
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Christina Kahrl

03-18

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Transaction Analysis: Junior Circuit Jumble
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Christina Kahrl

03-17

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BP Unfiltered: Cactus Action, Ranger Danger
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Christina Kahrl

03-17

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Transaction Analysis: Senior Circuit Shuffling
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Christina Kahrl

03-16

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Purpose Pitches: Day Seven in Cactus Country
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Christina Kahrl

03-15

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Purpose Pitches: Day 6 in Cactus Country
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Christina Kahrl

03-13

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BP Unfiltered: Days 4 & 5 in Cactus Country
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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BP Unfiltered: Day Three in AZ, Cubs vs. Sox
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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Purpose Pitches: Day Two at HoHoKam
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Christina Kahrl

03-10

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Purpose Pitches: Day One at HoHoKam
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Christina Kahrl

03-09

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BP Unfiltered: Heading Back to HoHoKam
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Christina Kahrl

03-08

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Transaction Analysis: Thornton's Payday and a Future Full of Zaun Time
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Christina Kahrl

03-08

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Purpose Pitches: Who's Got Catching?
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Christina Kahrl

03-04

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Purpose Pitches: Mourning for Morneau?
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Christina Kahrl

03-03

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BP Unfiltered: The Undecider
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Christina Kahrl

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: Nick Johnson, Chad Durbin, and Dregs
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Christina Kahrl

03-02

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Purpose Pitches: Waiting for Relief
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Christina Kahrl

02-28

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Purpose Pitches: Oscar Gambles
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Christina Kahrl

02-25

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Purpose Pitches: Adaptation and Reaction
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Christina Kahrl

02-24

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Purpose Pitches: NL NRIs of Note
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Christina Kahrl

02-23

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Purpose Pitches: Wainwright Go Bye?
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Christina Kahrl, Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

02-22

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Transaction Analysis: Branyan, Weeks, and Detritus
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Christina Kahrl

02-21

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Prospectus Preview: NL West 2011 Preseason Preview
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Christina Kahrl

02-17

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Transaction of the Day: Jose Bautista's Serious Bank
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Christina Kahrl

02-16

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BP Unfiltered: Albert Pujols and the Big Nothing
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Christina Kahrl

02-16

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Purpose Pitches: AL NRIs to Watch
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Christina Kahrl

02-14

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Purpose Pitches: Pitchers and Catchers Day
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Christina Kahrl

02-11

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Transaction Analysis: Weekly Roundup, February 4-10
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Christina Kahrl

02-10

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Purpose Pitches: Farrell, Mattingly, and Roenicke
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Christina Kahrl

02-09

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Purpose Pitches: A Dozen New Skippers
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Christina Kahrl

02-08

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Transaction of the Day: Vladimir Guerrero
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Christina Kahrl

02-04

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Transaction Analysis: Weekly Roundup, January 28-February 3
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Christina Kahrl

02-03

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Purpose Pitches: The Sorry State of Platooning
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Christina Kahrl

02-02

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Purpose Pitches: The Problems Mark Cuban Won't Fix
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Christina Kahrl

01-31

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Purpose Pitches: Anaheim's Winter of Discontent
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Christina Kahrl

01-27

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Transaction Analysis: I Want Wandy
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Christina Kahrl

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Napoli, oh Napoli
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Christina Kahrl

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How Earl Weaver indirectly helped shape Baseball Prospectus and (more directly) gave one of its founders her best day in baseball.

As of last weekend, Earl Weaver is gone, passing away at the age of 83.

You do not need me to tell you that we will not see his like again. The job in the dugout has changed, the responsibilities of a skipper have changed, and perhaps most fundamentally, the game itself has changed. But however mechanically I might mound up that kind of obviousness risks missing something equally obvious: In his work, Earl was a teacher, and the lessons he offered to all, big and small, inside the game and out, remain as valuable today as they were 30 or 40 years ago.

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Character assassination, speculation, a commitment to process... ah, it has to be Hall of Fame season.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Before Jeff Bagwell's first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Christina summed up her attitude toward steroids in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Perspective" column on December 31st, 2010.
 


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A closer look at some of the most improbable pennant race comebacks and collapses in baseball history.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

While we wait to see whether any teams complete an improbable late-season comeback in 2012, revisit some of the unlikeliest playoff teams ever in the piece reprinted below, which was originally written for the paperback edition of It Ain't Over but instead was published at BP on October 4th, 2009.
 


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The Rangers face a difficult decision about extending Josh Hamilton, but the decision to acquire him wasn't easy, either.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

With hindsight, it's easy to see that the Rangers won the Hamilton-Volquez trade. At the time the trade happened, though, that wasn't obvious, as indicated by the contemporary review reproduced below, which originally ran as part of a "Transaction of the Day" column on December 27, 2007.

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An examination of how baseball's increasing strikeout rate has impacted the game, torn from the pages of BP's next book.

Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers, edited by Steven Goldman, is the sequel to Baseball Prospectus’s 2006 landmark Baseball Between the Numbers, a book that gave many their first taste of state of the art sabermetric thinking in the years after Bill James and Moneyball. BP now returns with a sequel that delves into new areas of the game, such as how to evaluate managers and general managers, the true effects of performance-enhancing drugs, how prospects are recruited and developed in Latin America, and more. The book is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and should ship ahead of its official release date of April 3, 2012. Today, we present the first of two excerpts from the book.

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November 6, 2011 8:56 pm

Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002

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Losing Manny Ramirez for a quarter of the season isn't automatically a death knell. Pedro Martinez has just one good start against a good opponent this year, but that's the scheduler's fault. I'm hardly off the hook for advancing the claim that he won't make it to ten starts, and if losing Martinez was one of my major theories about what would lay hope low in Beantown, losing Ramirez for a month and a half might make you think I'd peg this as the beginning of the end.

Placed OF-R Manny Ramirez on the 15-day DL (fractured finger); purchased the contract of UT-B Bry Nelson from Pawtucket. [5/14]

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The Twins have been bitten by ineffectiveness and the injury bug this year, but it didn't take a magic 8 ball to foresee some of their season's troubles.

I touched on the Twins a bit over on the SweetSpot on Thursday morning, but they're a fun topic, and I can expand on it here. My hope is that you're willing to indulge me, even as the Twins retreat from San Francisco after a pair of losses to the world champs. They're 15-5 this month, so they still rate as one of baseball's hottest teams, and in a division where nobody's a good bet to win 90, they're worth listing among the living.

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Something old, something new, but in the end, it's always been about me and you.

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The last couple of weeks have had me on my seat's edge. The season has arrived, and for all sorts of reasons I've been stoked with anticipation. Admittedly, I already got to enjoy a long trip to the Cactus League, which left me even more interested in the Cubs and Sox in a year that already figures to provide exciting races in every division.

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March 29, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Trading Up from Dickerson to Morgan

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In a remembrance of things past, the daily transaction churn winds down with the end of spring training.

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Stop by and say hi!

The book tour may be done with, but there are still going to be events at which you'll have plenty of opportunities to mingle with some of your favorite BP contributors. This coming Thursday night, March 31, is one such occasion. Through my volunteer work as a director on the board of Equality Illinois, we've partnered up with Sluggers in Chicago on 3540 N. Clark Street to create a casual evening's fun to celebrate the first night of the season, from 6-9 pm on March 31.

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March 23, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL Moves

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Christina Kahrl

It's anything but Kafkaesque that Brent Morel and Brandon McCarthy rank among the winners in camp battles.

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The leading fifth man's bid to stick gets zeroed out.

TEMPE—While Randy Wells has been pitching quietly and consistently to put himself at the front of the pack racing to be first  past to pole to provide answers at the fourth and fifth slot, there's still the question of whether or not Andrew Cashner's going to wind up as the fifth man.

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