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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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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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Sooner or later God'll cut you down.

The thing about driving a long distance alone is that you have a lot of time to think meanderingly. When you're driving a long distance alone on your way to a baseball event, your thinking tends to bend toward baseball.

During the particular trip I took last weekend to FanFest in Oakland, I saw a sign, I think somewhere near Coalinga, California, a perfectly usual sign, reading "high winds" or something else to that effect that got me joking

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January 25, 2013 12:00 am

In A Pickle: Average Love

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Jason Wojciechowski

What did average look like in 2012?

My pet peeve as a consumer of writing on and analysis of baseball is a failure to properly employ a sensible baseline. This frequently occurs via the writer not applying any baseline at all, instead presenting statistics or other performance indicators denuded of context. In Hall of Fame arguments, what does it mean that Bert Blyleven won 287 games? Is that a lot, given the era he played in, the teams he was a part of, the number of games he started? What about Fred McGriff's 493 home runs? What do these numbers mean?

Or think about the ways MVP arguments sometimes proceed, where one candidate has a .390 on-base percentage and another has a .580 slugging and a third stole 42 bases at an 82 percent clip and a fourth had a 2.30 ERA in 210 innings. Do you know who to vote for in this scenario? It depends on what year it is, right?

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Four hypothetical WBC teams, Jack Cust's favorite snack, and other stuff.

It's 2013, which, as you well know, means it's time for the World Baseball Classic, which in turn means that it's time to speculate about rosters and project results and ask just how much Italian blood you need to be eligible and complain about Team Canada's weird caps and be jealous of Team Mexico's sweet sweet sweet unis. More than all that, though, here's what I'm really interested in:

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January 10, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Jay Walking is no Felony

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Jason Wojciechowski

Why Darren Oliver's contract doesn't entitle us (or the Blue Jays) to a thing.

Darren Oliver is, depending on your perspective, in something of a pickle or a greedy bastard who should just shut up and throw the ball like he agreed to. The gist of his situation is:

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Jason goes looking for Hall of Famers and finds none.

The first thing I'd like to do is thank the BBWAA for admitting me to its ranks even though I'm merely a part-time blogger and weekly contributor to a website that has, in the past, had as an implicit mission statement the Association's destruction.

The second thing I'd like to do is thank the BBWAA for waiving its usual 10-year rule whereby one does not acquire a Hall of Fame vote until one has been a member of the Association for a decade. Really, you're too kind.

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December 28, 2012 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Slugger Off

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Jason Wojciechowski

Silver Slugger awards shouldn't be controversial, but Jason finds a gap remains between advanced metrics and voters.

When you do an article search on this site for the phrase "Silver Slugger," you get 57 results, the first of which, by Gregg Pearlman, is apparently the 18th article ever written for Baseball Prospectus and the most recent of which is Geoff Young's piece about the Padres throwing their heft around the N.L. West this offseason. (That's #19056.) Young's Silver Slugger mention came because Jason Marquis won one. Pearlman was writing about Barry Bonds. (Or really about sportswriters' relationship with Bonds. This was October 1997. We were innocent once, and young.)

By contrast, when you search "Gold Glove," you see just a smidge over nine times the results. (The first of which, hilariously, is another Gregg Pearlman article -- this one includes a lamentation of the J.T. Snow trade—which is numbered "1" in our content system.)

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