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03-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Q&A: Rick Porcello
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David Laurila

09-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Adam Greenberg
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David Laurila

03-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 2
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David Laurila

03-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 1
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David Laurila

01-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Roger Abrams
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David Laurila

05-13

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Prospectus Q&A: Kevin Youkilis
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David Laurila

05-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Ben Revere
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David Laurila

05-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Trumbo
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David Laurila

05-06

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BP Unfiltered: Game Report: Red Sox-Twins and a Francona Ejection
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David Laurila

05-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Matt Capps
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David Laurila

05-03

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BP Unfiltered: Tiger vs Tiger: If Andy Oliver Faced Scott Sizemore
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David Laurila

04-30

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Minor Issues: Adversity Management, with Wally Backman
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David Laurila

04-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Alex Anthopoulos
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David Laurila

04-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Suzyn Waldman
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David Laurila

04-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Teevan
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David Laurila

04-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild
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David Laurila

04-18

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part V
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David Laurila

04-17

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BP Unfiltered: Season by Season, with Kyle Drabek
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David Laurila

04-15

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BP Unfiltered: Brett Gardner: Seeing Pitches, Stealing Bases
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David Laurila

04-15

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part IV
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David Laurila

04-14

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part III
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David Laurila

04-13

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BP Unfiltered: Pitching ABCs with Wade Davis
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David Laurila

04-13

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part II
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David Laurila

04-12

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part I
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David Laurila

04-08

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Prospectus Profile: Parnell Adds a Weapon
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David Laurila

04-07

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Minor Issues: Taiwanese Cyberspace, with Che-Hsuan Lin
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David Laurila

04-04

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BP Unfiltered: Aaron Hicks Aggression
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David Laurila

04-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Bobby Jenks
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David Laurila

03-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Andrew Miller
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David Laurila

03-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Don Kelly
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David Laurila

03-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Quotes from Cardinals Camp
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David Laurila

03-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Brian Duensing
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David Laurila

03-15

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Prospect Profile: Yasmani Grandal
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David Laurila

03-11

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Prospect Profile: Grant Green
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David Laurila

03-08

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BP Unfiltered: More From Sloan: Paired Pitching, with Greg Rubin
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David Laurila

03-07

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Prospectus Q&A: The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
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David Laurila

03-04

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BP Unfiltered: From MIT Sloan: Mark Verstegen of AP
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David Laurila

03-04

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Prospect Profile: Brett Jackson
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David Laurila

03-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Adam Greenberg
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David Laurila

02-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Coco Crisp
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David Laurila

02-17

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BP Unfiltered: Four Suggestions: Cincinnati Reds
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David Laurila

02-14

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Prospect Profile: Anthony Gose
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David Laurila

02-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Prospect Edition
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David Laurila

02-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Monbouquette, Part Two
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David Laurila

01-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Monbouquette, Part One
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David Laurila

01-27

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Prospectus Q&A: John Axford
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David Laurila

01-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Drew Pomeranz
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David Laurila

01-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part II
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David Laurila

01-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part I
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David Laurila

01-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Paul Hoynes
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Flash back to the first time Porcello competed for a spot in a crowded Tiger rotation.

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.

The Tigers have to decide what to do with Rick Porcello, who's competing for the fifth-starter slot with Drew Smyly this spring and could end up on the trade block. They were facing a similar situation when David Laurila caught up with a younger Porcello in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Q&A" column on April 1, 2009.

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Recalling the sad story of a player who's still waiting for his second major-league plate appearance.

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.

Despite a fan campaign, Adam Greenberg won't be getting a call-up to the Cubs this September, but we remind you of his story by reprinting the interview below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Q&A" column on March 11th, 2011.
 


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Remembering the late Don Mincher with a look back at the second part of his BP interview from last year.

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.

First baseman Don Mincher died on Sunday at age 73. In his memory, we're re-running David Laurila's two-part interview with him, which originally ran as a two-part "Prospectus Q&A" column on January and 11th and 12th, 2011.



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Remembering the late Don Mincher with a look back at the first part of his BP interview from last year.

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.

First baseman Don Mincher died on Sunday at age 73. In his memory, we'll be re-running David Laurila's two-part interview with him, which originally ran as a two-part "Prospectus Q&A" column on January and 11th and 12th, 2011.
 


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Talking arbitration with long-time baseball arbitrator, professor, and author Roger Abrams.

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.

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The Red Sox' third baseman discusses hitting, Moneyball, and pitch recognition in the final installment of Prospectus Q&A.

Famously dubbed “The Greek God of Walks” in Moneyball, Kevin Youkilis is now eight years into a big-league career that has been every bit as successful as Michael Lewis’ 2003 classic. Youkilis has helped lead the Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles, earning an equal number of All-Star berths while hitting .292/.394/.496. Popular with the Boston fan base and sabermetric set alike, “Youk” is a bearded on-base machine with home-run power and an approach that deftly blends dirt dog and stat nerd.

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Visiting a historic ballpark, playing the Monster, and facing a knuckler is a difficult task, but the Twins' young outfielder helped his team on the ride to victory.

Ben Revere had never been to Fenway Park before Friday night, and he was still cherishing the moment the following day. The rookie outfielder started in left field for the Twins, and with Tim Wakefield on the mound he singled in his first at-bat and went on to score on a balk. It was a memorable game for the youngster, but simply playing in the historic venue was enough to have him smiling ear-to-ear when he recounted the experience the following morning.

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The Angels' first baseman shares his thoughts on quotes about the game, hitting, and his own abilities.

Mark Trumbo is a thinking-man’s power hitter. The Angels’ first baseman went deep 36 times in Triple-A last season, and this week he homered in consecutive games—his fifth and sixth of the 2011 campaign—at Fenway Park. He also sat down to share some wisdom, offering his interpretations of a dozen quotes, primarily on the subject of hitting.

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Francona ejected as the Red Sox fall.

It started out as the Wake and Bake show at Fenway Park on Friday night, and in the end it was the Red Sox and Terry Francona quaking in the throes of a blowout loss to the Twins. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and his manager were sent to the showers by the fifth, Scott Baker was strong through eight, and Minnesota prevailed 9-2. It was Boston’s third-straight defeat, while the visitors won their third in a row.

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The Twins' closer discusses the use of video, making mechanical corrections, and what plays into success.

Matt Capps is closing in Minnesota, and he’s doing so with a more advanced approach than he brought to the mound when he first broke into the big leagues with the Pirates in 2005. The 27-year-old right-hander has always been a hard thrower, but more recently he has become a better student of the game, utilizing video to gain a better understanding of his mechanics. Capps, who logged 42 saves last season between stints with the Nationals and Twins, sat down with Baseball Prospectus in spring training.

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Tiger teammates talk about how they'd attack each other.

Scott Sizemore is being called up by the Tigers today, which should come as no surprise given that the second baseman is hitting .408/.495/.605 in 92 plate appearances for Triple-A Toledo. Andy Oliver may not be far behind, as the highly-touted southpaw is 3-1, 3.64 in five starts for the Mud Hens, his last outing a 7-inning, 3-hit, shutout performance. The two youngsters sat down prior to last night’s game to discuss what would happen in an Andy-versus-Scott match-up.

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The Mets AA skipper on keeping things real when they're wrong.

Wally Backman knows all about dealing with adversity, and as the first-year manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets, part of his job is helping others do the same. The colorful, and sometimes controversial, former infielder talked about his role in keeping everything on an even keel prior to a recent game.

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