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09-13

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Short Relief: Ourselves, in Cheap Resin
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Nathan Bishop, Matt Ellis and Jason Wojciechowski

09-06

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Short Relief: The Man Who Refused to Lose
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Nathan Bishop, Jesse Spector, Jason Wojciechowski and Scott Delp

08-30

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Short Relief: Watching It Play Out
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Matt Ellis, Jason Wojciechowski and Nathan Bishop

08-23

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Short Relief: A Broadcaster Out of Step with His Time
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Matt Ellis, Jason Wojciechowski and Nathan Bishop

08-16

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Short Relief: Underappreciated Player Week: Greer, Grieve, and Ryan
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Matt Ellis

08-09

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Short Relief: The Button Masher of Baseball
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Jason Wojciechowski and Nathan Bishop

08-02

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Short Relief: The Inverted Austin Jackson
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Meg Rowley, Jason Wojciechowski and Matt Ellis

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

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May 23, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Walk Don't Walk

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Jason Wojciechowski

Adam Dunn walks away. Alex Gordon walks away. Other players' walks, also, have gone away.

Not all samples are small, but all samples are samples. Still, some samples are better samples than other samples. Russell Carleton showed us which are which last year, by which I mean that he showed, for a variety of stats, how big a sample we need for the signal to outweigh the noise. One happy outcome from that study is that walk rate for hitters is a stat that "stabilizes" faster than almost any other.

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Bartolo Colon, the most extreme pitcher in baseball.

Let me put this right up front, because it's the eye-catching number: Bartolo Colon's percentage of batters walked through eight starts this season (i.e. through 47 1/3 innings pitched, i.e. through 189 batters faced, i.e. almost 30 percent of the way to the number of hitters he faced last year) is 1.1 percent.

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May 9, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: The Turn of the Two

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Jason Wojciechowski

The best and worst of the double players.

Baseball is, it has been said repeatedly, the quasi–team game, the sport that is more than one-on-one and yet, in the conflict that lies at its essence, not. You don't need me to pontificate on that general subject. What you do need me to do is guide you on a stroll through one of the team-oriented aspects of the game, with a promise of some historical greatness at the end. (Don't skip there, though—it's more rewarding this way.)

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May 3, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Partial Victory

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A review of Robert Weintraub's The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age

On Tuesday, I read a good essay by Michael Bourne1 at The Millions, a book blog, arguing that the current state of information distribution requires that book reviewers abandon their news-oriented approach to reviewing and move toward an analytic mode. That is, reviewers should assume that potential consumers of a book can find out all the basic details about a book's author, its plot, its writing style, and whether people like it by going to Amazon and Goodreads and any number of other sites. So assuming, reviewers should, if they wish to retain relevance, not bother with these basic details in their reviews and should instead:

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April 25, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Who'll Stop the Run?

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Jason Wojciechowski

Not the Twins.

Sometimes you think big. You have hypotheses or theories about how the game of baseball works in some fundamental way or you have a deep analysis of a player or a team or transaction that shines a light nobody has yet shined.

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April 18, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Torii of Relativity

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Jason Wojciechowski

About Torii Hunter and aggression and strike zones and adjusting.

Here's Joey Votto, whose power travails you've probably heard about and whose weird stat line has been the subject of some head-scratching, through Monday's action: 63 plate appearances, 21 walks, one homer, one triple, one double. That's the highest walk rate in baseball (it's not close) and an isolated power of .146. This article isn't about Joey Votto. That makes this maybe a weird "lede" but bear with me.

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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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