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07-26

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Short Relief: Of Errors and Epics
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Jason Wojciechowski, Nathan Bishop and Matt Ellis

07-19

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Short Relief: Baseball In Between Pitches
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Nathan Bishop, Matt Ellis and Jason Wojciechowski

06-28

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Short Relief: Curses of Confidence, Aging, and Sosa
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Zack Moser, Matt Ellis and Jason Wojciechowski

06-21

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Short Relief: Yank Utilitarianism, A Baseball Board Game Review, and a Song for Ackley
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Jason Wojciechowski, Matt Ellis and Nathan Bishop

06-07

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Short Relief: Unboxing the Braves, Planning Your Ballots, and the Three-Hour Itch
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James Fegan, Jason Wojciechowski and Mary Craig

05-31

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Short Relief: On Fighting, Friendship, and Negotiation
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Patrick Dubuque, Jason Wojciechowski and Nathan Bishop

05-24

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Short Relief: Votto's Insult Comedy, Weaver's Embarrassment Comedy, and Nancy's Achievement
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Jason Wojciechowski, Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

05-03

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Short Relief: Onomastics, A LeBlanc Slate, and One Hero's Trial
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Nathan Bishop, Jeffrey Paternostro and Jason Wojciechowski

04-19

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Short Relief: Business Decisions, Minor League Affinities, and Unforgettable Oral Histories
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Mo Bjonski, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski

04-12

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Short Relief: False Cats, The Losing Way, Scarlet Dreams, and Hacking Baseball
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Jason Wojciechowski, James Fegan, Eric Roseberry and Nathan Bishop

04-05

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Short Relief: Sunday Night Vespers, Parking, and Greinke Thinking
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Nathan Bishop, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski

03-22

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Short Relief: L'Essene du Danks / The Last Show
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Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-15

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Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-07

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Short Relief: Opening One's Heart, Calculating Existence Odds, and a Correction
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Emma Baccellieri, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

08-31

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In A Pickle: Rookie of the Year Fun Facts
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-19

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Every Team's Moneyball: Oakland Athletics: There is No Moneyball
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Jason Wojciechowski

01-28

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BP Unfiltered: People Are Currently Reading The 2015 BP Annual And You Could Be Next
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Jason Wojciechowski

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

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Nathan explores the psyche of a young Cubs fan-to-be, Jason drafts Trevor May and discovers alienation, and the gang votes on their favorite Topps cards of the 80s.

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We know Ty Kelly wants you to know his heart. We don't know if Josh Phegley exists. And Kurt Suzuki we know all too well.

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August 31, 2015 6:00 am

In A Pickle: Rookie of the Year Fun Facts

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Jason Wojciechowski

Here you will find an exploration of the best, worst, and weirdest career ROY pairs

The only facts worth knowing are fun facts. I was recently struck that 2015 Rookies of the Year Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant are both very good baseball players, the one a no. 1 overall pick (Correa, 2012), the other no. 2 (Bryant, 2013), one topping out as our no. 3 overall prospect (Correa, 2015), the other as our no. 5 (Bryant, 2015). These aren't flashes in their respective pans, like Pat Listach or Ron Kittle. You don't expect 50-WARP careers out of anybody, but if you're going to put those expectations on any rookies currently playing, it's Correa and Bryant.

So here's the question I will answer using a spreadsheet built for me by the wizard Rob McQuown:1 What are the best and worst Rookie of the Year classes in terms of career value, and how does the Correa-Bryant pair look to fit in? (To be completely clear: Everything discussed in this piece is about career WARP. The goal isn't to talk about whether Rookie of the Year votes were "bad" or "good." Sometimes the legitimate best rookie in a season just BABIP'd his way into a career year; sometimes it's a precursor to greatness. These are their stories.)

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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 Oakland Athletics and the solvable-yet-losing Colorado Rockies.

Previous team previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Astros | Padres



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The Annual is out.

The first line of LaTroy Hawkins' comment in Baseball Prospectus 2015 says, "Hawkins is the only pitcher in every 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:

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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
Amazon link





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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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