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09-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: A Fan's Quandary/A New Low
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Derek Zumsteg

07-16

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The BP Wayback Machine: Being There
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Derek Zumsteg

04-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: There is No Divide
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Derek Zumsteg

04-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Ode to Jamie Moyer
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Derek Zumsteg

02-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: Trading Places
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Derek Zumsteg

01-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Best Commissioner of All-Time
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Derek Zumsteg

11-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: We Need More Awards
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Derek Zumsteg

04-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Marooning Montreal
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Derek Zumsteg

03-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Derek's Guide to Becoming a Fan Favorite
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Derek Zumsteg

03-19

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Hope and Faith: How the Seattle Mariners Can Win the World Series
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Derek Zumsteg

04-29

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Handling the Steroids Issue
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Derek Zumsteg

01-20

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Breaking Balls: There Is No Divide
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Derek Zumsteg

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
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Derek Zumsteg

09-30

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Breaking Balls: Have Faith
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Derek Zumsteg

09-27

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Breaking Balls: A Game of Numbers
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Derek Zumsteg

09-15

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Breaking Balls: More on Greatness
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Derek Zumsteg

09-14

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Breaking Balls: Barry, Barry Good
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Derek Zumsteg

09-13

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Breaking Balls: Oswalt vs. Schmidt
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Derek Zumsteg

09-09

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Breaking Balls: Mariners vs. Indians, 9/8/2004
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Derek Zumsteg

09-08

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Breaking Balls: Another Unenforced Rule
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Derek Zumsteg

09-07

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Breaking Balls: Pitch to Him!
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Derek Zumsteg

09-06

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Breaking Balls: Buying an Import
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Derek Zumsteg

09-02

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Breaking Balls: OGTWB 'Bag
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Derek Zumsteg

09-01

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Breaking Balls: Out of Center Field
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Derek Zumsteg

08-30

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Breaking Balls: The Great Ichiro
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Derek Zumsteg

08-26

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Breaking Balls: Feedback on the Rules
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Derek Zumsteg

08-25

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Breaking Balls: Derek's Guide to Winning Baseball, an Occasional Series: Part 3
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Derek Zumsteg

08-24

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Breaking Balls: Derek's Guide to Becoming a Fan Favorite
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Derek Zumsteg

08-23

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Breaking Balls: The Best Commissioner of All-Time
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Derek Zumsteg

08-20

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Breaking Balls: Derek's Guide to Winning Baseball, an Occasional Series: Part 2
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Derek Zumsteg

08-19

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Breaking Balls: Stop the Moose Goose!
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Derek Zumsteg

08-18

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Breaking Balls: The Bizarro Dusty Baker
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Derek Zumsteg

08-17

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Breaking Balls: Taking a Risk
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Derek Zumsteg

08-09

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Breaking Balls: So Long, Edgar
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Derek Zumsteg

08-03

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Breaking Balls: More on Rules
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Derek Zumsteg

07-29

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Breaking Balls: Rules Were Made to be Broken
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Derek Zumsteg

07-27

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Breaking Balls: I'm a Straight Shooter
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Derek Zumsteg

07-20

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Breaking Balls: Holding Back
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Derek Zumsteg

07-15

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Breaking Balls: The Five Stages of General Manager Grief
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Derek Zumsteg

07-13

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Breaking Balls: Wanting What's Best
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Derek Zumsteg

07-08

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Breaking Balls: Trading Places
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Derek Zumsteg

07-06

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Breaking Balls: Put Me In, Uh...Me
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Derek Zumsteg

07-01

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Breaking Balls: All-Albatross Team
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Derek Zumsteg

06-29

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Breaking Balls: Pride
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Derek Zumsteg

06-24

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Breaking Balls: Framing the Debate
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Derek Zumsteg

06-22

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Breaking Balls: Derek's Guide to Winning Baseball, an Occasional Series
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Derek Zumsteg

06-17

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Breaking Balls: The Umpty Dance
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Derek Zumsteg

06-15

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Breaking Balls: A New Low
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Derek Zumsteg

06-08

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Breaking Balls: The Tino Martinez All-Stars
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Derek Zumsteg

06-03

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Breaking Balls: [Team Name Here]
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What do we do when our sport makes terrible people rich?

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.

In separate pieces in 2000 and 2004, Derek Zumsteg wrote the following features on the difficulty of rooting for players we might despise. In the first piece, he writes about the Mariners signing an accused wife beater. In the second, he revisits that move after the Mariners signed another player with a violent past. Both pieces, and the conclusions he ultimately draws, are still relevant in the wake of this week's NFL news.

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The eternal spectacle of a farewell All-Star appearance.

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On July 15, 2001, Baseball Prospectus published the following feature on the 2001 All-Star game. Derek Zumsteg wrote from the stands, where he saw another legendary, Hall of Fame-bound shortstop take a bow, doff his cap, and get a big hit against a suspiciously poorly located fastball from the opposing pitcher. Here's his account of Cal Ripken Jr.'s final All-Star game.

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Real-world examples show us that we use scouting and performance analysis in tandem all the time.

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.

Derek drew a parallel between job interviews and baseball teams' talent evaluations in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Breaking Balls" column on January 20, 2005.
 


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Celebrating Jamie Moyer at the end of a week in which he became the oldest pitcher ever to win a major-league game.

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The 49-year-old Jamie Moyer won his first game since 2010 this week, becoming the oldest major-league pitcher ever to do so. We've been paying tribute to the ancient southpaw for years in articles like the one reproduced below, which originally ran as a "Breaking Balls" column on July 8, 2003, when Moyer was a mere 40 years old.
 


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Do players like A.J. Burnett owe it to their teams to waive their no-trade clauses when a suitable swap presents itself?

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As the Yankees try to find a taker for disappointing starter A.J. Burnett while persuading him to waive his no-trade clause, revisit Derek's examination of the ethical issues facing a player whose team is trying to trade him, which originally ran as a "Breaking Balls" column on July 8, 2004.
 


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Is the news that we won't have a new commissioner at the end of the year unwelcome, or are we better off with Bud?

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In the midst of awards week, we remind you what awards we're missing.

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Think awards week is already long enough? Think again as you consider Derek's suggestions for even more awards, which originally ran as a "Breaking Balls" column on September 19, 2002.

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As MLB takes over the operations of another franchise, hop in the Wayback Machine to recall what this meant for the Expos.

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As Bud Selig seizes control of the Dodgers, revisit Derek's reaction to the news of an earlier MLB takeover, which originally ran as a "Daily Prospectus" column on December 27, 2001.


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Our latest look back at the archives reveals that baseball's popularity contest is still conducted by the same rules.

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Derek's advice to players hoping for a little more love from the fan base is as applicable today as it was when it first ran as a "Breaking Balls" column on August 24, 2004.

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The Mariners need a whole lot of luck--PECOTA 90th-percentile luck--and a reformation of managerial style to win it all in 2007.

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April 29, 2005 12:00 am

Handling the Steroids Issue

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What can MLB learn from the NFL and NBA's history of handling drug offenses? Derek Zumsteg takes a look.

There are no easy answers to these questions. But we can learn a good deal from the precedents set by other sports, specifically the NFL and NBA.

The NFL's steroid policy as we recognize it was instituted in 1989 after a series of legal fights, as the league attempted to impose a policy. It had, in a much weaker form, started in 1982, allowing the league to test all players once, as part of their pre-season physical. The league tried and failed to impose testing again in 1986 after the cocaine-related death of Browns safety Don Rogers. An arbitrator ruled they could not impose random drug testing for all league players. This led to a strange limbo for several years.

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January 20, 2005 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: There Is No Divide

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Real-world examples show us that we use scouting and performance analysis together all the time.

This is all so silly. We all use both schools even if we don't know or acknowledge it. All that remains is to realize it and learn the other side. Even if we don't speak the language, we know the meaning.

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