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2 Short Relief: Yank Utilitarianism, A Baseball Board Game Review, and a Song for Ackley by Jason Wojciechowski, Matt Ellis and Nathan Bishop
0 Short Relief: Unboxing the Braves, Planning Your Ballots, and the Three-Hour Itch by James Fegan, Jason Wojciechowski and Mary Craig
3 Short Relief: On Fighting, Friendship, and Negotiation by Patrick Dubuque, Jason Wojciechowski and Nathan Bishop
5 Short Relief: Votto's Insult Comedy, Weaver's Embarrassment Comedy, and Nancy's Achievement by Jason Wojciechowski, Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop
4 Short Relief: Onomastics, A LeBlanc Slate, and One Hero's Trial by Nathan Bishop, Jeffrey Paternostro and Jason Wojciechowski
3 Short Relief: Business Decisions, Minor League Affinities, and Unforgettable Oral Histories by Mo Bjonski, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski
3 Short Relief: False Cats, The Losing Way, Scarlet Dreams, and Hacking Baseball by Jason Wojciechowski, James Fegan, Eric Roseberry and Nathan Bishop
6 Short Relief: Sunday Night Vespers, Parking, and Greinke Thinking by Nathan Bishop, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski
2 Short Relief: L'Essene du Danks / The Last Show by Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque
4 Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps by Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque
3 Short Relief: Opening One's Heart, Calculating Existence Odds, and a Correction by Emma Baccellieri, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque
8 In A Pickle: Rookie of the Year Fun Facts by Jason Wojciechowski
7 Every Team's Moneyball: Oakland Athletics: There is No Moneyball by Jason Wojciechowski
26 BP Unfiltered: People Are Currently Reading The 2015 BP Annual And You Could Be Next by Jason Wojciechowski
1 In A Pickle: How To Lose Lots of One-Run Games by Jason Wojciechowski
10 In A Pickle: The Players We Missed (2014) by Jason Wojciechowski
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 428: Jesse Katz on Yasiel Puig's Origin Story by Ben Lindbergh and Jason Wojciechowski
19 Prospectus Preview: AL West 2014 Preseason Preview by R.J. Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski
6 Baseball Prospectus Book News: Introducing Baseball Prospectus 2014 by Sam Miller and Jason Wojciechowski
0 BP Unfiltered: "Southern League" by Larry Colton by Jason Wojciechowski
6 In A Pickle: The Unlikeliest MVP candidates by Jason Wojciechowski
16 In A Pickle: The Sexy, Sultry San Jose vs. MLB Complaint by Jason Wojciechowski
11 In A Pickle: What the Arbitrators Will Hear by Jason Wojciechowski
0 BP Unfiltered: Stuart Banner's "The Baseball Trust" by Jason Wojciechowski
7 In A Pickle: The Best Way to Watch the Cal League by Jason Wojciechowski
4 In A Pickle: The Bunts That Lead to Big Things by Jason Wojciechowski
5 In A Pickle: Walk Don't Walk by Jason Wojciechowski
2 In A Pickle: How Great Thou Bart by Jason Wojciechowski
2 In A Pickle: The Turn of the Two by Jason Wojciechowski
0 In A Pickle: Partial Victory by Jason Wojciechowski
3 In A Pickle: Who'll Stop the Run? by Jason Wojciechowski
3 In A Pickle: Torii of Relativity by Jason Wojciechowski
9 In A Pickle: Seattle's Past by Jason Wojciechowski
9 In A Pickle: Can You Buy What You Can't See? by Jason Wojciechowski
5 BP Unfiltered: Cats! Predicting! Baseball! by Jason Wojciechowski
4 In A Pickle: More Unknown Facts About More Unknown Players by Jason Wojciechowski
14 In A Pickle: Becoming an Empowered and Informed Member of Society by Jason Wojciechowski
6 In A Pickle: To Communicate a Failure by Jason Wojciechowski
10 In A Pickle: The Worst All-Around Teams in History by Jason Wojciechowski
7 In A Pickle: Enamorin' Hank by Jason Wojciechowski
20 In A Pickle: All-Stars Are Not All Stars by Jason Wojciechowski
23 In A Pickle: Not All Stars Are All-Stars by Jason Wojciechowski
3 Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Martin Prado by Sam Miller, Jason Wojciechowski and Ben Lindbergh
15 Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Chase Headley by Sam Miller, Jason Wojciechowski and Ben Lindbergh
6 In A Pickle: Four Sentences About Strikeouts by Jason Wojciechowski
4 In A Pickle: Average Love by Jason Wojciechowski
12 In A Pickle: The Disunited States of America by Jason Wojciechowski
10 In A Pickle: Jay Walking is no Felony by Jason Wojciechowski
6 In A Pickle: That Blank Expression by Jason Wojciechowski
9 In A Pickle: Slugger Off by Jason Wojciechowski
So stop looking for the next A's Moneyball.
Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: unsolvable-yet-succeeding and the Oakland Athletics solvable-yet-losing . Colorado Rockies
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The first line of
' comment in LaTroy Hawkins says, "Hawkins is the only pitcher in every Baseball Prospectus 2015 Baseball Prospectus Annual ever." You can take this as a testament to the Annual or as a testament to Hawkins. Let's look at the tale of the tape over the last 20 years: Read the full article...
September 15, 2014 6:00 am
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
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.
: 0.7 Roenis Elias , 312th in baseball WARP
Ben and Jason talk to Jesse Katz about his reporting on Yasiel Puig's harrowing escape from Cuba.
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March 28, 2014 7:15 am
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. 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
Grand Central Publishing, May 2013
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June 27, 2013 5:00 am
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 in each league WARP 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 , who was, after all, a no. 3 overall pick—that's the spot of Manny Machado and Paul Molitor and Robin Yount and Matt Williams . 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.) Lonnie Smith
Alternating by league, then, from "bottom" to top:
The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. 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.
Read the full article... 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, , and Mike Fish, and others is built on. Pedro Gomez
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.) Read the full article... A review of a new book about antitrust and baseball.
The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption
Oxford University Press, April 1, 2013
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