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09-15

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In A Pickle: How To Lose Lots of One-Run Games
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Jason Wojciechowski

08-07

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In A Pickle: The Players We Missed (2014)
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Jason Wojciechowski

04-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 428: Jesse Katz on Yasiel Puig's Origin Story
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Ben Lindbergh and Jason Wojciechowski

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2014 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski

10-24

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Baseball Prospectus Book News: Introducing Baseball Prospectus 2014
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Sam Miller and Jason Wojciechowski

07-01

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BP Unfiltered: "Southern League" by Larry Colton
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-27

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In A Pickle: The Unlikeliest MVP candidates
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-20

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In A Pickle: The Sexy, Sultry San Jose vs. MLB Complaint
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-13

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In A Pickle: What the Arbitrators Will Hear
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-10

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BP Unfiltered: Stuart Banner's "The Baseball Trust"
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-07

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In A Pickle: The Best Way to Watch the Cal League
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Jason Wojciechowski

05-31

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In A Pickle: The Bunts That Lead to Big Things
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Jason Wojciechowski

05-23

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In A Pickle: Walk Don't Walk
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Jason Wojciechowski

05-17

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In A Pickle: How Great Thou Bart
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Jason Wojciechowski

05-09

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In A Pickle: The Turn of the Two
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Jason Wojciechowski

05-03

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In A Pickle: Partial Victory
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Jason Wojciechowski

04-25

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In A Pickle: Who'll Stop the Run?
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Jason Wojciechowski

04-18

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In A Pickle: Torii of Relativity
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Jason Wojciechowski

04-11

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In A Pickle: Seattle's Past
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Jason Wojciechowski

04-04

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In A Pickle: Can You Buy What You Can't See?
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-29

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BP Unfiltered: Cats! Predicting! Baseball!
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-28

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In A Pickle: More Unknown Facts About More Unknown Players
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-21

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In A Pickle: Becoming an Empowered and Informed Member of Society
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-15

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In A Pickle: To Communicate a Failure
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-07

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In A Pickle: The Worst All-Around Teams in History
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Jason Wojciechowski

02-28

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In A Pickle: Enamorin' Hank
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Jason Wojciechowski

02-21

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In A Pickle: All-Stars Are Not All Stars
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Jason Wojciechowski

02-14

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In A Pickle: Not All Stars Are All-Stars
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Jason Wojciechowski

02-11

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Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Martin Prado
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Sam Miller, Jason Wojciechowski and Ben Lindbergh

02-04

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Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Chase Headley
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Sam Miller, Jason Wojciechowski and Ben Lindbergh

01-31

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In A Pickle: Four Sentences About Strikeouts
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Jason Wojciechowski

01-25

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In A Pickle: Average Love
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Jason Wojciechowski

01-17

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In A Pickle: The Disunited States of America
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Jason Wojciechowski

01-10

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In A Pickle: Jay Walking is no Felony
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Jason Wojciechowski

01-03

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In A Pickle: That Blank Expression
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Jason Wojciechowski

12-28

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In A Pickle: Slugger Off
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Jason Wojciechowski

12-20

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In A Pickle: The Four-Tool Teams
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Jason Wojciechowski

12-13

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In A Pickle: Winners and Losers of Winning and Losing
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Jason Wojciechowski

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: Revere Rides Into Philly
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski

12-06

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In A Pickle: Trout Au Vin, and Other Delicious Dishes
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Jason Wojciechowski

11-29

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In A Pickle: The Men Who Stare at Relievers
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Jason Wojciechowski

11-15

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In A Pickle: Managing Expectations
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Jason Wojciechowski

11-08

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In A Pickle: The Two Towers
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Jason Wojciechowski

11-01

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In A Pickle: Forever Changes
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Jason Wojciechowski

10-25

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In A Pickle: Sweep Out The Ashes in the Morning
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Jason Wojciechowski

10-25

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BP Unfiltered: Game One Not Really Recap
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Jason Wojciechowski

10-18

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In A Pickle: Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
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Jason Wojciechowski

10-11

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In A Pickle: The Raul Ibanez Special
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Jason Wojciechowski

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Preview: Tigers at A's
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Jason Wojciechowski

10-04

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In A Pickle: Stop What You're Doing and Read About Adam Dunn
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Jason Wojciechowski

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A historical look at weird one-run-game streaks.

[Hello. Once upon a time, I tried to avoid writing about the A's because they are "my team" and I have a blog about them, and I'd been a reader here long enough to have seen some ugly, ugly wars over writers being accused of favoring particular teams when they chose topics. So "just don't write about Oakland at all" was my policy. But now you don't see me every week, so [expletive] that policy.]

In their last nine games, the A's have done this:

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August 7, 2014 4:32 am

In A Pickle: The Players We Missed (2014)

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Jason Wojciechowski

A rundown of why we left Roenis Elias, Ender Inciarte, and Andy Marte out of the 2014 Annual.

Look, this is Sam's thing. He finds three guys who should have made the Annual and tells you about them. Or five guys sometimes. But Sam has a new job. Congrats on your new job, Sam! So I have been tasked with trying to be as interesting and funny as him in telling you about three players who did not make the Annual in 2014.

Roenis Elias: 0.7 WARP, 312th in baseball

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Ben and Jason talk to Jesse Katz about his reporting on Yasiel Puig's harrowing escape from Cuba.

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The sixth and final part in a division-by-division dialogue leading up to Opening Day.

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Unveiling a new editorial team and a new format for the 19th edition of BP's best-selling Annual.

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A review of a new book about the 1964 Birmingham Barons.

Southern League: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South's Most Compelling Pennant Race
Larry Colton
Grand Central Publishing, May 2013
336 pages
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June 27, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: The Unlikeliest MVP candidates

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Jason Wojciechowski

Looking at the players who should be in the MVP conversation who have never been in the MVP conversation.

A thing I do is steal from my betters. Two of my betters, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, spent some time a few months ago on Effectively Wild discussing the idea of unlikely MVPs. Now that we're halfway through the season, let's pick that up and bring in a quasi-formal definition that will get us a pool of interesting players to look at. What follows are the top five players by WARP in each league who have never received an MVP vote and (here's where some squish comes in) who are not very recently megaprospects. (The latter may be displeasing to some, especially Orioles fans, but if the point is "genuine surprise," then it would be weird to include Manny Machado, who was, after all, a no. 3 overall pick—that's the spot of Paul Molitor and Robin Yount and Matt Williams and Lonnie Smith. There's no pick from which you are "supposed" to get an MVP, but there are picks from which you are less surprised when you wind up with one.)

Alternating by league, then, from "bottom" to top:

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Jason dives into San Jose's case against MLB in the city's ongoing pursuit of the Oakland Athletics.

You've heard about it at this point: The City of San Jose sued Major League Baseball for not letting the A's move to their fair municipality. You can find the complaint, which was filed in federal court in San Jose, here (pdf). It's long, though I've seen longer. The PDF is 188 pages, but that's with exhibits. The text of the complaint itself is 46 pages. It's 203 paragraphs.1

One reason it's so long is that the first six pages (23 paragraphs) are essentially a narrative background of the case. The point of a complaint in the federal courts (warning: I'm about to vastly oversimplify a contentious area of law) is to notify the other party of the claims against it. That's what it boils down to. That does not mean that a complaint saying, "I'm suing you for breach of contract" would be sufficient. Which contract? How was it breached? When was it breached? In order to inform the other party of the claims, then, the complaint has to actually allege facts.

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Jason, a labor lawyer, trains his eyes on the Biogenesis disputes.

When news broke on June 4th that MLB would be seeking to suspend a slew of players connected to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, I was on an airplane back from Pittsburgh, where I was attending a labor lawyers conference. So, a week later than you might have hoped to have it, what I'd like to do, building on the ESPN report linked above as well as Maury Brown's very good piece discussing some of the financial and personal issues raised by the case, is lay out the key contractual provisions and some of the quasi-legal doctrines surrounding this case to provide some idea of the groundwork that the massive structure of strategy and politics covered by Maury, the ESPN team of T.J. Quinn, Pedro Gomez, and Mike Fish, and others is built on.

I'm not a reporter. I don't have inside knowledge about the union, individual player, or management strategies and tactics. What I have are the two basic documents, the collective bargaining agreement (technically called the Basic Agreement, but I'll call it the "CBA") and the joint drug agreement ("Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program"—that's a mouthful, so let's just say "JDA"), read with a labor lawyer's eye. (To inform you of my biases: I am, specifically, a union-side labor lawyer, and not by accident.)

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A review of a new book about antitrust and baseball.

The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption
Stuart Banner
Oxford University Press, April 1, 2013
304 pages
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June 7, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: The Best Way to Watch the Cal League

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Jason Wojciechowski

Scouting Lancaster, a relative gem in an aesthetically challenging league.

I don't usually go in for a shocking lede to grab your attention, but: I left the house three times recently. (Where "recently" means "in the last month.") Here are the things I like to do when I leave the house: watch baseball; drink beer; ... yeah.

Lancaster,1 California is in Los Angeles County, which is also the county in which I reside, but it takes something like 75 minutes to get to Lancaster from my house. There's only one highway, unless you count the Angeles Forest Highway, which runs smack through (ready?) the Angeles National Forest, so I don't. Count it, I mean. In an entire country full of boring drives, the cruise up state highway 14 past Palmdale and into Lancaster is a standout of nothingness. There's this church on the west side of the road not long before you hit Palmdale that I really like. There's also a point where you lose the L.A. radio stations and start picking up a whole lot more music extolling the virtuous life and its heavenly rewards.

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May 31, 2013 11:13 am

In A Pickle: The Bunts That Lead to Big Things

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Jason Wojciechowski

Some bunts are followed by big innings, believe it or not.

When nerds (your humble narrator included!) argue about bunting, they often rely on a metaphor that's barely a metaphor but is really a way of comparing baseball to other sports. In basketball and football and hockey and rugby and lacrosse and sometimes ultimate frisbee, there is a clock, an explicit timekeeping device used to mark the end of the match (or segment of the match) and how near it draws. If the score on the pitch is 13 to 2 and the hard time cap of 40 minutes is just 90 seconds away, well, it's physically impossible to score that many points in that little time, even for Reggie Miller. Baseball, by contrast, has no clock, only outs. If you have fewer runs than the other team once you use up your 27 outs, you lose. Outs are thus analogized to time, with the idea being that intentionally taking precious units off the clock is not a winning gambit.

The metaphor alludes to the infinitude of baseball, the idea that there's nothing in the rules preventing a game from happening to the end of time in a different way than in timed sports. In basketball, a game could have infinite overtimes, but there's something about the clock starting over every five minutes that feels distinct from the infinite baseball game—I think it's the visual image of an endlessly tied basketball game, where the clock loops back to five minutes again at the completion of each overtime, that makes it feel finite, just a circle that we can hold in our hands and our minds, not a line (score) extending out past our contemplation the way a baseball game does.

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