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06-16

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BP Unfiltered: Goodbye, No. 19
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03-21

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Baseball Prospectus News: Futures Guide 2014 is Coming Soon
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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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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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10-03

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Western Front: If It Wasn't for Accountability, I Wouldn't Have Any Ability
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09-27

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BP Unfiltered: Jeff Ballard Award
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09-25

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Western Front: Portrait of a Hacker
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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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09-11

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Western Front: Céspedes Won't Be Leaving to Join Devo
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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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08-16

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BP Unfiltered: Because No One Else Would Drive Them In
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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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07-26

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BP Unfiltered: Mario Guerrero’s Scoring Problem
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07-24

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Western Front: Walk-off Wins are the New Market Inefficiency
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Miguel Cabrera has hit a lot of home runs at home in 2012. The San Francisco Giants? Not so much.

Most home runs at home in 2012, through games of September 5:

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September 4, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: They Move Like Living Things

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A small-scale study on watching a baseball broadcast from the home team and away team's perspective.

Synchronized and graceful, they move like living things.
—Neil Peart

Being among the estimated 40-plus percent of San Diegans who cannot watch Padres games on television in 2012, I find myself watching many games involving two teams in which I have no rooting interest. Watching baseball without regard for outcome is weird but also liberating. It allows me to focus on aspects of the game I might not otherwise consider.


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After missing much of the season due to elbow issues, Casey Kelly gave Padres fans cause for hope in his big-league debut at Petco Park.

Padres right-hander Casey Kelly, the key piece in a trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox in December 2010, made his big-league debut at Petco Park a few days after Boston shipped Gonzalez back to the West Coast. Kelly, the 30th player taken overall in the 2008 draft, had worked just 37 2/3 innings in 2012 due to elbow issues before arriving in San Diego to face the Braves on Monday.

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There was a time when both Casey Kotchman and James Loney ranked ahead of Adrian Gonzalez on prospect charts.

I've wanted to write about this for years, and now that Adrian Gonzalez and James Loney have been traded for each other, I have an excuse. Casey Kotchman wasn't traded for either but in my mind fits in the same group of “Promising Young Southern California First Basemen of the Mid-Oughts” that is as meaningless to the rest of the world as it is cumbersome to say.

But this is my habit. Association by guilt. Say Jake Peavy, I immediately think of Dennis Tankersley. Going back further, mention Ron Oester, and I think of Tom Herr, Glenn Hubbard, Johnny Ray, and Steve Sax. It's a reflex reaction. I can't not think of the other members of a set when I think of one.

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How often has a pitcher issued 10 or more walks and 10 or more strikeouts in the same game? Not often at all.

When we examined Sandy Koufax's workload a while back, reader LynchMob asked whether anyone had thrown more than 193 pitches in a game since Koufax did it on May 28, 1960. I found two documented cases, both by members of the following year's Dodgers:

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August 21, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: Before Felix was King

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Despite Felix Hernandez's recent 99 Game Score in his perfecto, Seattle has a history of losing well-pitched contests.

When Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez spun a perfect game against the Rays last Wednesday night, he became the third pitcher in Mariners history to notch a no-hitter. Randy Johnson was the first, in June 1990, against the Tigers. Chris Bosio followed that nearly three years later against the Red Sox.

One of my favorite Bill James toys is his Game Score, which attempts to measure a starting pitcher's effectiveness in a single game on a scale (roughly) of 0 to 100. Like any other tool, it isn't perfect, but it provides a useful gauge. When you get past 90, you're in elite territory. Both Johnson's and Bosio's no-hitters scored 89, the former because Johnson walked too many (six) and the latter because Bosio struck out too few (four). Still, a no-no is a no-no, and there is no-no denying the greatness of their performances.

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If these guys didn't hit the ball out of the park, they probably weren't scoring.

In our earlier look at players who were immune to scoring runs, reader blocher asked about guys who hit a lot of home runs but otherwise didn't score much. He mentioned Andre Dawson's 1987 campaign, in which Dawson hit 49 homers but scored only 90 runs.

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What would happen if dogs played baseball? If there were a real Draft Derby? Join the world of the whimsy and find out!

What if dogs played baseball?

Years ago, when I was writing for a long-forgotten blog, I asked myself this question and made the mistake of doing so out loud. My theory in life is that you ask anything in the hope of finding something, but this crossed a line. In our house, “What if dogs played baseball?” has become code for, “There are no stupid questions, but that is a stupid question.”

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If you thought Jerome Williams' save was ugly, you should have seen Dave Goltz's back in 1973.

On July 30, Jerome Williams became the first person in more than a quarter of a century to get credit for a save while allowing at least five runs. When he recorded the final 12 outs of the Angels' 15-8 victory over Texas in the opener of a four-game showdown between the two teams, Williams joined a short list of men so credited since the save was introduced as an official statistic in 1969:

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August 7, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: When the Time is Right

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It's the same song but a different verse when it comes to Josh Hamilton's and Albert Pujols' seasons.

Once upon a time, Josh Hamilton was going to hit .400 and Albert Pujols was washed up. Then magic (well, regression) happened and it no longer was so.

When last we checked, Hamilton and Pujols were headed in opposite directions. After beginning the season at .404/.458/.838 through 35 games, Hamilton slumped. Pujols hit .213/.248/.307 during that same stretch (May 16, to be precise) and then caught fire. Not literally, of course—that would be painful.

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Once upon a time, two men named Bobby Jones pitched in the same game, for the same team. Actually, it was four times and two teams...

A while back, Ben Lindbergh wrote about players who share a name with Hall of Famers. In the comments there was a discussion of similarly named contemporary players such as the slick-fielding, lousy hitting shortstops known as Alex Gonzalez and the mediocre pitchers called Bobby Jones.

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July 31, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: Where Has Upton's Power Gone?

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Justin Upton has suffered a major power outage this year, but is there a root cause for his season-long blackout?

Where has Upton's power gone?
Long time passing
–Not Pete Seeger, or even Kyle Seager and his 11 home runs

In 2011, Justin Upton hit 31 home runs. Fifteen major leaguers hit more. As of July 29, 2012, Upton has hit eight home runs. Nineteen men have hit more... in a single month. Josh Hamilton and Jose Bautista have done it twice. Trevor Plouffe has done it.



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