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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

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

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April 11, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Seattle's Past

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Jason Wojciechowski

A new book looks at the many obstacles along the route to becoming a major-league city.

The history of the business of baseball is filled with at least as many scoundrels and thieves as the history of the game on the field. Google something like "worst owners baseball history" and you'll find reams of blog posts and articles with stories of racism, and rich men laying waste to cities, and incompetents, and all manner of other hoodlums. Of course, team owners never act alone. Cities and counties and states are run by the same power elite that produces the lead dogs of sports franchises, and leagues frequently have help from local politicians in their schemes to build boondoggle stadiums, place expansion franchises, and shift teams from city to city.

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April 4, 2013 5:00 am

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

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Jason Wojciechowski

Just because teams can't necessarily measure clutchness and chemistry doesn't mean they don't have to think about how to buy it.

Baseball knowledge expands rapidly, inside the organized professional realm and out. We know things about outfield defense and batted balls and catcher pitch-receiving and pitcher skill and the best way to score a run that we did not know 10, 20, 50 years ago. There is also plenty we do not know, sometimes particular to baseball and sometimes dealing with general human knowledge as applied to baseball. (Think about questions of psychology, for instance.) The question, or one of the questions, if you're in a front office, is how these areas of knowledge intersect with your willingness to pay D dollars for player P.

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What if you let cats predict the season?

BP Alumnus Marc Normandin and I are cat-lovers. No, no, we're not cats who make out with each other. We have cats, and we love them. We're also, duh, baseball-lovers. What better way to combine our interests than to have our cats make their best guesses at who the winners of the 2013 season will be?

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We continue our tour of the nation's 40-man rosters.

The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived: today I finish what I started last week and discuss three facts, two true and one less so, about the most anonymous member of each National League team's 40-man roster. Each of these players is in a way of thinking one of the top 1200 baseball players in the world.

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Jason learns about some guys that, we swear, exist on 40-man rosters.

In Major League Baseball, the teams are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the players on the 25-man roster, who win games, and the others, who toil in the minors. These are their stories.

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March 15, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: To Communicate a Failure

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Jason Wojciechowski

Is there an appropriate way to talk about failure?

You've heard this one, even if it's past its sell-by date by now: "Epic fail, bro."

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Which teams were the baddest at everything?

In December, I created a toy for figuring out which teams had the best all-around performances along the lines that we talk about multi-tool players, i.e. not by looking at final standings or even Pythagorean record but by examining the team's rank in four Baseball Prospectus metrics that cover the four ways baseball teams win or lose games:

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February 28, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Enamorin' Hank

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Jason Wojciechowski

Jason digs into a new Hank Greenberg biography.

Scroll through Amazon's top-selling books of 2012 and you'll see the expected assortment: The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Grey, scads and scads of "practical" books (SAT prep guides, cookbooks, The Power of Habit), John Grisham. What you don't see are biographies. I count only two: Walter Isaacson's profile of the very recently deceased Steve Jobs and a new Thomas Jefferson book by Jon Meacham, the former editor-in-chief of Newsweek and a current editor at Random House.

 

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February 21, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: All-Stars Are Not All Stars

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Jason Wojciechowski

Jason looks at the worst players, by career WARP, to make multiple trips to the All-Star Game.

Last week, we looked at players who racked up large career WARP figures but for one reason or another (underappreciation, the league being incredibly stocked at their position, steady goodness rather than flashes of greatness) didn't make very many All-Star teams. This week, having sufficiently buried the lede, it's time to look at the players who inspired this investigation in the first place: the very worst players to make multiple All-Star Games. Caveats and notes:

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February 14, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Not All Stars Are All-Stars

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Jason Wojciechowski

The most underappreciated players ever, by one worthwhile measure.

It's February, so perhaps it's not timely to write about the All-Star Game, but blame Sam Miller, who raised on Effectively Wild a few weeks ago the Sandy Alomar Conundrum: specifically, how did such a mediocre player manage to appear in six All-Star Games?

You know well that the selection of All-Star rosters is weird and fouled up in all sorts of ways. The popularity-contest aspect has been around as long as fan voting has, and even before that was the method du jour, you might still expect that fame played an important role because the Game had to sell tickets. Managers leaning toward their own players for reserve roles is an entirely understandable decision ("Coach, why'd you take Smith over me?") and yet one that doesn't necessarily result in the best possible roster. Starting pitchers are now routinely passed over if their spot in their real team's rotation interferes with their ability to pitch in the Game itself. Relief pitchers not named Mariano Rivera populate the rosters in a weird homage to the idea of relievers as uniquely special and valuable players rather than simply failed starters. Good measures of total player value tend to be ignored come All-Star time in favor of raw offensive stats and good players sometimes get shafted because some random hamster had a great first half that he'll never ever repeat in his life.

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Will the BP arbitration panel reward Martin Prado's positional versatility with a sizeable raise?

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The Padres' third baseman had a breakout 2012. If he hadn't settled with San Diego, how might his arbitration hearing have gone?

It's salary arbitration season in Major League Baseball, and here at Baseball Prospectus we're holding mock hearings, arguing for or against the actual team/player filing figures before a three-person panel of certified arbitrators. We've selected 10 of this winter's most intriguing, highest-dollar cases to cover in depth over the first two weeks of February (regardless of whether the players' real-life cases remain unsettled). After each side's opening argument and rebuttal/summation below, we'll give you a chance to vote on what you think the result should be before seeing the panel's decision. For more on the arbitration process, read the series intro by Atlanta Braves Assistant GM John Coppolella, listen to his appearance on Episode 35 of Up and In, or check out the BP Basics introduction to arbitration.

In Part One of this 10-part series, we'll tackle San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley, who (unbeknownst to our arbitrators) settled with San Diego for $8.575 million last week.

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