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07-08

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BP San Diego
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Geoff Young

03-19

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Baseball Prospectus Book News: Futures Guide 2015 Is Here!
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Geoff Young

06-16

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BP Unfiltered: Goodbye, No. 19
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Geoff Young

03-21

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Baseball Prospectus News: Futures Guide 2014 is Coming Soon
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Geoff Young

04-30

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Western Front: Walked By an Angel
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04-23

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Western Front: The Rockies and Dodgers Have Swapped Scripts
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04-16

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Western Front: The Continuing Development of Dexter Fowler
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04-09

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Western Front: Xavier Cedeno's Not-So-Excellent Adventure
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04-02

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Western Front: Lines in a Larger Song
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03-27

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Western Front: The Reluctant Optimism of Spring
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03-19

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Western Front: Pieces of Peoria
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03-12

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Western Front: Rime of the '83 Mariners
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03-05

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Western Front: Different Ballparks, Same Problem
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02-26

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Western Front: Even Writers Need Spring Training
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02-19

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Western Front: San Diego High School Baseball at the Turn of the Millennium
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02-12

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Western Front: Three Former Astros
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02-04

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Western Front: They Took Their Turn
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01-29

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Western Front: Pass the Bonds, Please
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01-22

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Western Front: Pacific Surfliner
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01-15

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Western Front: Zeroes and Ones
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01-08

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Western Front: What Will Become of Neftali Feliz?
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12-18

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Western Front: An Almost Defense of Kevin Towers
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12-11

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Western Front: Padres Break Bank, Won't Pay to Have it Fixed
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12-04

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Western Front: Thou Shalt Not Run on Johnny Cueto
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11-27

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Western Front: Jeff Francis' Historic Season
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11-20

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Western Front: Surprise, You Won 90 Games
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11-13

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Western Front: Three Days in the Desert, Part 2
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11-06

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Western Front: Three Days in the Desert, Part 1
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10-30

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Western Front: Three Giant Draft Picks
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Geoff Young

10-23

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Western Front: Better Than Setting Cash on Fire
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10-16

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Western Front: The Year Baseball Went Missing in San Diego
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Geoff Young

10-03

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Western Front: If It Wasn't for Accountability, I Wouldn't Have Any Ability
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Geoff Young

09-27

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BP Unfiltered: Jeff Ballard Award
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Geoff Young

09-25

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Western Front: Portrait of a Hacker
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Geoff Young

09-20

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BP Unfiltered: Steve Garvey's Return to Wrigley Field, May 1985
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09-18

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Western Front: Chase Headley is Awesome
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09-13

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BP Unfiltered: Home Runs at Home, Redux
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Geoff Young

09-11

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Western Front: Céspedes Won't Be Leaving to Join Devo
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Geoff Young

09-06

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BP Unfiltered: Home Runs at Home
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09-04

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Western Front: They Move Like Living Things
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08-30

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BP Unfiltered: Casey Kelly's Debut
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08-28

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Western Front: When Loney was Better than Gonzalez, and Kotchman was Better than Both
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08-23

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BP Unfiltered: Double Double, Arms in Trouble
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08-21

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Western Front: Before Felix was King
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Geoff Young

08-16

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BP Unfiltered: Because No One Else Would Drive Them In
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Geoff Young

08-14

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Western Front: Pick the Collie, or Maybe the Weimaraner
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08-09

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BP Unfiltered: Saved by the Rule
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08-07

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Western Front: When the Time is Right
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08-02

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BP Unfiltered: Bobby Jones Relieves Himself on Mound
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07-31

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Western Front: Where Has Upton's Power Gone?
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March 5, 2013 5:00 am

Western Front: Different Ballparks, Same Problem

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Don't expect the Rockies and Padres to compete in the NL West with their current rotation options.

Two of the most extreme ballparks in baseball are home to National League West teams. Coors Field inflates offense, while Petco Park destroys it. Neither the Rockies nor the Padres are expected to contend in 2013, and a lack of quality starting pitching is a large part of the reason in both cases. Despite their different environments, these two teams face the same problem.

Who are the candidates for each rotation? What do they have to offer?

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Players are supposed to arrive at spring training in the best shape of their lives, but writers sometimes need a bit longer to awake from their winter slumber.

Spring training is finally here again. Games are on television. It is exciting, but in truth, these early games are rough to watch. The first pitch I saw in 2013 was from Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg to Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. The ball landed over the left-center-field fence. As a friend remarked on Facebook, “Now, Strasburg knows which part of the strike zone Tejada hits for power.”

Sure, but does anyone want to see Strasburg serve up homers to a hitter like Tejada? Actually, the answer to that is an emphatic yes. Among those who might want to see such a thing are:

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San Diego has a rich baseball tradition, and many big-league stars have roots in Southern California.

The local SABR chapter held a garage sale on Saturday, and I couldn't resist. I bought an old-school Padres cap and an Oklahoma City RedHawks cap for myself. (I'd stopped to see a RedHawks game while driving from San Diego to Cooperstown for Tony Gwynn's Hall of Fame induction in 2007.) I bought a Fresno Grizzlies cap for my wife. She likes bears.

I reminded her that the Grizzlies are a Giants affiliate. She still likes bears.

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February 12, 2013 5:00 am

Western Front: Three Former Astros

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The Astros aren't great now, but once upon a time, Jimmy Wynn, Jose Cruz, and Cesar Cedeno made them look respectable. Also, a look at what would have been written in BP Annuals of the '60s and '70s.

While researching a recent article about players who received zero or one career Hall of Fame vote, I stumbled across a personal favorite: Jimmy Wynn. Despite being small enough to earn the nickname “Toy Cannon,” he posted ridiculous numbers for the Astros in a venue that depressed offense.

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February 4, 2013 5:00 am

Western Front: They Took Their Turn

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Is a starting rotation in which all five pitchers make at least 30 starts the hallmark of a championship-caliber team?

Nine teams in MLB history have had five pitchers make 30 or more starts in a season. Two of them faced each other in the 2012 NLDS. How have previous teams that accomplished this feat fared the previous and following seasons?

Good question. Let's look.

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Barry Bonds' career walk totals are mind-boggling, but they're even more so when you look between the numbers.

You may know Barry Bonds by the number 762. Something to do with home runs.

While the people who decide such things try to make sense of his legacy, here's another number: 688. That's how many intentional walks Bonds drew in his career.

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January 22, 2013 5:00 am

Western Front: Pacific Surfliner

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A trip along the coast brings to mind many ballplayers who have called SoCal home, and serves as a reminder that Anaheim is not in Los Angeles.

Everyone starts somewhere and ends up somewhere else. This is what my wife tells me when I ask her for an angle. “Place matters,” she says.

It is Saturday in January, my wife's birthday. Like Barry Zito going from high school to college, we start in San Diego and end up in Santa Barbara. We will not continue north to the Bay Area because our train does not go that far.

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January 15, 2013 5:00 am

Western Front: Zeroes and Ones

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Those men who have received zero or one vote on Hall of Fame ballots get one more chance to crack an All-Star team.

Hall of Fame. Made you look!

One of the many things that makes baseball great is that it isn't politics. Well, usually. But voting always brings out the best in people. It's when they're at their most logical, exercising reason while avoiding rhetoric and personal attacks.

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January 8, 2013 5:00 am

Western Front: What Will Become of Neftali Feliz?

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What can history tell us about Neftali Feliz's potential career trajectory?

Neftali Feliz enjoyed early big-league success as a reliever, then was moved into the rotation and got hurt. In a recent chat, reader AJ wondered what might become of Feliz, who had Tommy John surgery last August and is on-target for a return in the second half of 2013. My answer waffled, but I mentioned the risk of making such a conversion.

In the chat, I cited Byung-Hyun Kim as a cautionary tale. Have there been others?

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December 18, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: An Almost Defense of Kevin Towers

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Right now, it looks like Kevin Towers got robbed when he traded Trevor Bauer, but what does history say?

When the Diamondbacks traded right-hander Trevor Bauer and change in a three-way trade with the Reds and Indians for Didi Gregorius and other change last week, it raised an interesting question: Dude, seriously?

Bauer, taken with the third pick overall in 2011, was being swapped for an athletic shortstop who, according to BP's Mark Anderson, “may be able to hit only at the bottom of the order, leaving some scouts to project him as a second-division starter and possibly only a utility player.” Acknowledging that Gregorius made a favorable impression in the Arizona Fall League, it's easy to see why some folks are scratching their heads and/or grabbing their pitchforks.

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December 11, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: Padres Break Bank, Won't Pay to Have it Fixed

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The San Diego Padres have been major players this offseason, and teams in the NL West have been put on notice.

The Padres have been huge players so far this offseason, acquiring Brandon Kloess, A.J. Kirby-Jones, Tyson Ross, and Wilfredo Boscan in trades, and signing free agents Travis Buck and Jason Marquis. This has the potential to upset the balance of power in the National League West.

Such are the problems when a new ownership group comes in and starts flinging money like there's an endless supply of the green stuff. Drop enough Lincolns and other teams reflexively recoil in fear. It is impossible to deny the intimidation factor that accompanies such brash spending. Opponents feel deflated and stop trying to compete. This is great for the Padres, but think of the poor Dodgers and Giants to the north. What will become of them?

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December 4, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: Thou Shalt Not Run on Johnny Cueto

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If Johnny Cueto is on the mound and a runner breaks for second, he is facing an almost-certain outcome.

On September 7, 2010, in the second inning of a game between the Reds and the Rockies, Eric Young Jr. stole second base. The pitcher was Johnny Cueto, who hasn't allowed a steal of second in 61 starts since then.

Cueto possesses one of baseball's best pickoff moves (he caught Young off second base in the fourth inning of the same game), and runners are 2-for-15 against him over the past two years: On June 14, 2011, Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon swiped third base against Cueto. On July 3, 2012, Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz stole home.

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