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08-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Moral Hazards of the Hit Batsman
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08-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: Beautiful Theories and Ugly Facts
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04-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Myth of the Golden Age
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04-17

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Schrodinger's Bat: Opus 100
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04-10

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Schrodinger's Bat: Defense and Pitch Classification
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04-03

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Schrodinger's Bat: Reminiscing with SFR, the Sequel
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03-27

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Schrodinger's Bat: Reminiscing with SFR
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03-20

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Schrodinger's Bat: Clearing the Decks
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03-13

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Schrodinger's Bat: Spring Fling
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03-06

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Schrodinger's Bat: Hitters v. Clemens
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02-25

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Schrodinger's Bat: What Would Bacon Do?
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02-21

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Schrodinger's Bat: Flashing Leather Down on the Farm
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02-14

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Schrodinger's Bat: Wrapping it Up
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02-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Toughest of Them All?
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01-31

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Schrodinger's Bat: Back to the Drawing Board
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01-30

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Player Profile: James Shields
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01-24

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Schrodinger's Bat: Simple Fielding Runs Version 1.0
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01-17

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Schrodinger's Bat: For the Sake of Completeness
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01-10

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Schrodinger's Bat: Getting Shifty
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12-20

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Issue of the Day, and Ranging into the Outfield
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12-13

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Schrodinger's Bat: Inching Along
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12-06

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Schrodinger's Bat: Defense and Alphabet Soup
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11-29

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Schrodinger's Bat: Always Increasing
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11-15

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Schrodinger's Bat: Minor League Baserunning Awards
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11-08

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Biggest Booms and Busts?
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11-01

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Schrodinger's Bat: My First Full Season
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10-25

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Schrodinger's Bat: Free Stuff and the Men in Blue
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10-18

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Baserunning Edition
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10-11

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Schrodinger's Bat: On Atmosphere, Probability, and Prediction
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10-04

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Schrodinger's Bat: A Rocky Mountain Retrospective
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09-27

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Schrodinger's Bat: A Mailbag Double Play
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09-20

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Schrodinger's Bat: Taking Advantage
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09-13

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Return of the Fish Eye
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09-06

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Schrodinger's Bat: Wily Mo Redux
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08-30

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Schrodinger's Bat: Tilting the Playing Field
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08-23

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Schrodinger's Bat: Visualizing Pitches
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08-16

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Schrodinger's Bat: Putting the Pedal to the Metal
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08-02

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Schrodinger's Bat: Interview With a Physicist
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07-26

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Schrodinger's Bat: Calling the Balls and Strikes
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07-19

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Schrodinger's Bat: Dropping One Down, Part Two
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07-12

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Schrodinger's Bat: Dropping One Down
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07-05

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Schrodinger's Bat: Searching for the Gyroball
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06-28

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Schrodinger's Bat: Playing Favorites
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06-21

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Schrodinger's Bat: Gameday Meets the Knuckleball
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06-14

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Science and Art of Building a Better Pitcher Profile
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06-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: Gameday Triple Play
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05-31

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Schrodinger's Bat: Physics on Display
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05-24

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Schrodinger's Bat: Batter Versus Pitcher, Gameday Style
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05-17

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Schrodinger's Bat: Organized Common Sense
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05-10

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Schrodinger's Bat: Phil Hughes, Pitch by Pitch
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November 8, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: The Biggest Booms and Busts?

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Dan invests a bit of time to come up with something pretty authoritative on the subject.

"The present is never our goal: the past and present are our means: the future alone is our goal. Thus, we never live but we hope to live; and always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so."
--Blaise Pascal


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November 1, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: My First Full Season

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Memories of this fan's rite of passage engender a look back at 1977 on the bases.

"This team, it all flows from me. I'm the straw that stirs the drink. Maybe I should say me and [Thurman] Munson, but he can only stir it bad."
-Attributed to Reggie Jackson in the May 1977 issue of Sport magazine.


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Postseason umpiring and an early holiday present for our readers.

"When you get right down to it, no corner of American culture is more precisely counted, more passionately quantified, than the performance of baseball players."
--Alan Schwarz, from the introduction to The Numbers Game

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October 18, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: The Baserunning Edition

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Dan runs down the 2007 leaderboards in baserunning metrics, and crowns a player who helped his team the most on the basepaths.

"Never trust a baserunner who's limping. Comes a base hit, and you'll think he just got back from Lourdes."
--Joe Garagiola


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Ranging across a couple of old and new themes, explaining that there's something about the weather, and Pythagoras can rock steady.

"All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism."
--Unknown


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October 4, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: A Rocky Mountain Retrospective

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A look back out our look forward, and an analysis of how well things played out on this particular Rockie road.

"My words aren't going to do justice to the players' actions, this team's actions, this year. They've given so much of themselves. They've bonded so well. They've competed so fiercely."
--Rockies manager Clint Hurdle in the wake of the Rockies' 9-8 victory in Monday's tie-breaker


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September 27, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: A Mailbag Double Play

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Dan addresses two common reader questions concerning his baserunning metrics and the Fish data.

"The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions."
--Claude Levi-Strauss


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September 20, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Taking Advantage

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Revisiting baserunning metrics to see how much credit, if any, should go to runners when a pitcher makes a mistake.

"We don't have a 40 home run guy anymore... We have to reduce mistakes, take advantage of every opportunity we get... We need to improve on moving runners over from second to third and our base running. There can be an eight- to 10-game swing in a season just from base running."
--Syd Thrift, in 2001, when he served as the Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations


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September 13, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: The Return of the Fish Eye

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Building off of his look at Wily Mo Pena, Dan revisits his work in visualizing and quantifying plate discipline.

"They both [statistics & bikinis] show a lot, but not everything."
--Infielder Toby Harrah


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September 6, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Wily Mo Redux

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With the Wily Mo era in Boston now over, Dan revisits his first Baseball Prospectus column to see how things may have changed for the young slugger.

"His power is unbelievable. He's like a 'Little Papi,' and I know that when his time comes, he will be a good player. Nobody hits the ball like Mo--nobody."
--David Ortiz on his now former teammate


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August 30, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Tilting the Playing Field

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Returning to a subject from this past winter, Dan digs in to discuss the all-time greats.

"It is the best game because the players look like us. They are not seven feet tall, they don’t weigh 350 pounds, and they don’t bench-press 650. We can relate to them. We can see them—they’re not obscured by some hideous face mask, and they don’t play behind a wall of Plexiglas—we can touch them and we can feel them. I see Greg Maddux with his shirt off, with his concave chest and no discernible muscles, and I marvel: This is one of the six greatest pitchers in the history of the game? I see Tony Gwynn with his shirt off and I see a short, fat guy with the smallest hands I've ever seen on an athlete, and I wonder: 'This is the best hitter since Ted Williams?'...They are regular guys, at least most of them, who just happen to be really, really good at something that everyone else is not."
--Tim Kurkjian, from chapter one of Is This a Great Game, or What?: From A-Rod's Heart to Zim's Head--My 25 Years in Baseball


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After digging through this data, you'll no longer wonder why they say hitting is the hardest thing to do in sports.

"In the last few feet before the plate, the ball reaches an angular velocity that exceeds the ability of the eye to track the ball. The best hitters can track the ball to within five or six feet of the plate."
--Ken Fuld, visual psychophysicist, quoted on Live Science.com


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