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03-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Q&A: Rick Porcello
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09-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Adam Greenberg
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03-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 2
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03-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 1
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01-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Roger Abrams
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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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05-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Trumbo
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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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05-03

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BP Unfiltered: Tiger vs Tiger: If Andy Oliver Faced Scott Sizemore
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04-30

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Minor Issues: Adversity Management, with Wally Backman
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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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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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04-18

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part V
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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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04-04

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BP Unfiltered: Aaron Hicks Aggression
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04-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Bobby Jenks
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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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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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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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01-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Paul Hoynes
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A look at Athletic Performance from MIT's Sports Analytics Conference.

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is going on in Boston today and tomorrow, and if you’ve never attended -- or if you have, but couldn’t make it this year -- you should start planning for next spring. This is the fifth annual, and they just keep getting better.

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The Cubs' top prospect is on the way, bringing a broad base of skills and up-the-middle defense.

Brett Jackson doesn’t project as an elite player, but most signs point to him patrolling center field in Wrigley Field in the not-too-distant future. The athletic 22-year-old is rated as the top prospect in the Cubs system by both Kevin Goldstein and Baseball America, while ESPN’s Keith Law places him at number two.

Drafted 31st overall in 2009 out of the University of California, the left-handed-hitting Jackson split the 2010 season between High-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee, hitting a combined .297/.395/.493. Indicative of his multi-faceted skill set, he rapped out 32 doubles,14 triples, and 12 home runs, and swiped 30 bases. The lone negative was a high strikeout total—136 Ks in 491 at-bats—which has been a concern since his days as a Golden Bear.

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Questions for today's Mets tryout revolve around trying to come back from getting hit by a life-threatening pitch.

Adam Greenberg doesn’t see himself as a victim, but you couldn’t blame him if he did. On July 9, 2005, Greenberg walked up to the plate in what is thus far his only big-league at-bat, and what happened next is nothing short of tragic. He saw just one pitch from Marlins left-hander Valerio de los Santos, and the next thing he knew he was sprawled in the batters’ box fearing for his life.

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February 25, 2011 8:16 am

Prospectus Q&A: Coco Crisp

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The former Red Sox outfielder explains his side of the brawl he was in against Tampa Bay in 2008.

Benches-clearing brawls are fairly uncommon in baseball, but they do happen from time to time, and a doozy took place in Fenway Park on June 4, 2008. Coco Crisp was the focal point, as he charged the mound after getting drilled by a pitch from Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields. Crisp, who has a background in the sweet science, told his side of the story prior to reporting for spring training with his current team, the Oakland A’s.

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Four suggestions for improving Dusty Baker's lineup.

The Cincinnati Reds should feature a productive offense and a strong defense in 2011, but will Dusty Baker’s lineup construction optimize either asset? Looking at recent history, which includes poor OBP at the top of the order and his best defensive shortstop on the bench, that may not happen without a few helpful suggestions. So Dusty, If you’re reading this,here are four moves to help improve your run production and run prevention alike.

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February 14, 2011 9:57 am

Prospect Profile: Anthony Gose

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A toolsy, twice-traded talent tries to put things together in Toronto.

Anthony Gose wants to be a star, and that‘s exactly what Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays are hoping he becomes. For now, he'll have to be content with being rated as the ninth-best prospect in the Toronto system by Kevin Goldstein; ESPN’s Keith Law has him at number eight, while Baseball America confidently deemed him number four.

 

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February 3, 2011 9:22 am

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When can Stolmy weather be expected to hit Boston?

Stolmy Pimentel is as hard to predict as the New England weather. A right-handed pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization, Pimentel has shown an ability to dominate—twice last year he carried no-hitters through six innings—while at other times he has been frustratingly hittable. His Jekyll-and-Hyde performances are reflected in the rankings, as despite his high ceiling, Kevin Goldstein rates him as just the 10th-best prospect in the Boston system. Baseball America and Keith Law are somewhat more bullish, each placing him at number six.

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More baseball remembrances from the erstwhile Boston Red Sox ace.

Bill Monbouquette is as old-school as they get. The 74-year-old “Monbo” spent 50 years in the game — 11 as a big-league right-hander and many more as a pitching coach — and few have been more hard-nosed. Three years after being diagnosed with leukemia, he remains every bit as feisty.

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The former Red Sox ace and longtime pitching coach reflects on a lifetime in the game.

Bill Monbouquette is as old-school as they get. The 74-year-old “Monbo” spent 50 years in the game -- 11 as a big-league right-hander and many more as a pitching coach -- and few have been more hard-nosed. Three years after being diagnosed with leukemia, he remains every bit as feisty.

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The Brewers' closer discusses his path to the majors, film, and social networking.

When most baseball fans think of John Axford, they think of a hard-throwing right-hander who came out of nowhere to replace Trevor Hoffman as the Brewers’ closer last season. Many also look at him as the guy with the cool mustache, but there is far more to Axford than the 24 saves and the facial hair that is approaching cult status. A 27-year-old native and resident of Ontario, Canada, Axford teetered on the brink of baseball oblivion before making his mark in Milwaukee. He underwent Tommy John surgery while earning a film degree at Notre Dame, and subsequently found himself going from indie ball in western Canada to a minor-league stint with the Yankees, who released him after just one season. Signed off the scrapheap by the Brewers in 2008, he is now a bona fide big-leaguer and burgeoning online sensation.


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The Indians' 2011 first-rounder talks about mechanics, signing late, and his quirky curveball.

Drew Pomeranz has a unique curveball to go with his high ceiling. The tall left-hander was drafted fifth overall by the Indians last June—he was the first college pitcher selected—and a big reason is a breaking ball that is both nasty and, in his own words, “hard to explain.” A 6-foot-5 product of the University of Mississippi, Pomeranz inked a contract at the August signing deadline and will begin his professional career this spring.

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The BBWAA's secretary-treasurer discusses voting and what it's like to notify players who have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

In Part II, Jack O'Connell, the secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers Association of America, discusses annual awards and the Hall of Fame, including who votes for the MVP and Cy Young, who gets a Hall of Fame ballot, and why Rick Ferrell is enshrined in Cooperstown. You can read Part I here.

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