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08-31

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7

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

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

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Be careful what you wish for.

Sam asked if I wanted to write a recap of Game One of the World Series and said I could edit and post it myself, too. As I sit here at work, having not seen the game and having only marginally followed along via Twitter, I agreed. Here is what happened in and around and vaguely at the same time as this game of baseball that was played between the Giants and one of the American League teams that isn't the A's:

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Jason reviews his production.

Last week, our resident San Diegan Geoff Young reviewed the things he'd written throughout the year as a matter of his own accountability. I think accountability is bunk, but I also think, as a weekly columnist, that it's worth looking back on the words we write when the season ends. I'm more about description than prescription, but plenty of times, even if that's your game, the thing you're describing ends up behaving much differently than it did before you started describing it. I'm fairly certain that there's no observer effect going on, but who's to say? Maybe it really was me who caused the A's to start hitting.

January 6, 2012, The Wisdom of Uncertainty
This was a ProGUESTus piece in which I proclaimed that I don't know nothin' 'bout no baseball. Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh didn't get the message and allowed me to come aboard as a regular contributor. I've got nothing to add. Have some Operation Ivy.


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October 11, 2012 8:42 am

In A Pickle: The Raul Ibanez Special

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Jason Wojciechowski

Raul Ibanez is the first player in postseason history to do what he did. Many of the stories of the 11 men who did it in the regular season are nearly as nearly as fascinating.

Today is one of those days when everybody is alike. One-day-old babies and 103-year-old grandfathers can sit down and converse (well, sorta) about how neither of them has seen anything like what happened yesterday. By which I mean: no manager has ever pinch-hit for a 100-WARP future Hall-of-Famer making $31 million with a 40-year-old late-blooming pretty-good-but-not-really-memorable player and had that pinch-hitter go on to hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth and a walk-off homer in extra innings of a playoff game. This has never happened, and we should all be rejoicing. (Except Orioles fans. You're exempt.)

Is that perhaps an overly specific way of defining what happened in yesterday's Orioles-Yankees contest as regards Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez? You could say that. If you're the nitpicking type. But fine, I'll broaden the question.

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October 10, 2012 5:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Preview: Tigers at A's

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Jason Wojciechowski

Max Scherzer attempts to close out the A's in Game Four of the ALDS.

Game Three was, in its most visible respects, diametrically opposed to the way Game Two went: Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle, and Grant Balfour held a close game late rather than blowing it, and Coco Crisp made a miraculous catch, committing grand larceny on a Prince Fielder homer rather than dropping a pop-up. The result was a 2-0 win, another day of life for the A's, and a second home playoff game for the fans.

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This is a lot of interesting information about Adam Dunn. That's what this is.

I would like to alert you to the presence in the American League of a player you might not have heard of. He's a little bit under the radar, this guy. Baseball hipsters love him, though after this piece takes him wide, they'll probably abandon his cause because of overexposure.

You: Yo I was just reading abou--
Hipster: Yeah, yeah, Adam Dunn, blah blah. What effing ever.1


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September 27, 2012 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Free to Be We

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Jason Wojciechowski

A forgettable book raises a timeless question.

The "we" debate is a weirdly durable one among those of us who enjoy meta-baseball arguments, those fights that aren't so much about the game as they are about how we interact with it. You'll see the topic spring up on Twitter every so often, as surely as you will discussion of the serial comma, The Wave, and whether Budweiser is an acceptable alternative to water for adult humans. By "the 'we' debate," I mean the question of whether it is "OK" for fans to refer to a team as "we." "We won last night, but it was awfully close;" "We need some power in the heart of the order if we're going to make any noise in the playoffs;" "We stink."

My experience of the two sides of the debate is that many people feel strongly that the "we" is illegitimate, a putting on airs, a usurpation of the rightful ownership of the victories of the men who actually play the game. Those who say "we," by contrast, seem often to not be wedded to the word so much as they are following long-formed mental pathways. They know they're not on the team, and I imagine most of them will admit that no matter how loud they cheer, they don't really have any effect on the field. But they say "we" and they see their use of the word as harmless. The players know full well who drove in the game-winning run, after all, and the first general manager who will be fooled into giving a fan a seven-figure deal to yell real loud hasn't been born yet.


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September 20, 2012 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Introducing the Bloop Factor

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Jason Wojciechowski

Who are the weakest humans in Major League Baseball? If we can't figure that out, we don't deserve to be here.

For lots of obvious and good reasons, we don't spend a lot of time talking about weak hitters. I don't mean bad hitters, because we actually do spend a lot of time talking about them ("Who's the worst everyday player in baseball?" is a common question, for instance). I mean weak hitters—guys who have an ability to put the bat on the ball but are completely incapable (or unwilling?) of doing so with any force, of causing the ball to travel at extreme velocities, of making a crowd, even a very inexperienced crowd, rise to its feet as it perceives the possibility of a home run.

Before we get deep into it, I want to give full credit to my sources, so I'll tell you about the genesis of this topic: this weekend, I listened to Sam Miller and Riley Breckenridge discuss how well they thought Sam would hit in adult-league baseball against low-80s heat and guys with no breaking stuff, which led to the question of how well reasonably athletic but really not terribly talented adults would do in the major leagues (one hit in 20? 30? 100?), which itself led to the question of which players in baseball have the least upper-body strength. I was along for the ride, as my brain tends to operate on a glacial scale, making me something less than a scintillating conversationalist, but then I got to thinking about weakness.

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September 13, 2012 9:35 am

In A Pickle: Defense in the 2012 Pennant Races

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Jason Wojciechowski

Look at the A's record. Now look at the Tigers record. Now read this.

I'd like to tell you an introductory anecdote or post a GIF (soft-g) or something to ease you in to what we're about to engage in, but I don't think my chops are up to snuff, so why don't we just dive in?

There's a neat thing we provide in our stat reports on this website. It's called Team Defensive Efficiency and it has two key stats: defensive efficiency (DE), a very basic measure attributable to Bill James that simply says what percentage of balls in play a defense converts into outs, and Park Adjusted Defensive Efficiency (PADE), a metric designed almost a decade ago (gosh I'm old) by James Click, who these days graces the Rays' front office roster, serving as their Director of Baseball Research and Development. PADE, as the name implies, adjusts for each team's park's effect on their defensive performance and spits out a number that represents a percentage above or below average at turning balls in play into outs.1

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September 6, 2012 5:00 am

In A Pickle: How the Grinch Stole Strasmas

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Jason Wojciechowski

Is the Nationals' decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg acceptable from a humanistic approach as opposed to a business approach?

"Are you seriously writing about the Stephen Strasburg 'to shut down or not to shut down' decision? Really?"

Yeah, really. But let's get some things straight. Here's what I don't care about for the purposes of this here article: whether the Nationals win the World Series this year, whether the Nationals win the World Series next year, whether the Nationals win any World Series ever. I am not, in other words, acting as your typical blogger/analyst/whatever, even though that is quite often the way I act. Sometimes even on these very pages.

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It's an all-AL East episode, as Ben and substitute co-host Jason Wojciechowski discuss a counterproductive proposal to fix what ails the Yankees, then talk about the latest Bobby Valentine controversy.

It's an all-AL East episode, as Ben and substitute co-host Jason Wojciechowski discuss a counterproductive proposal to fix what ails the Yankees, then talk about the latest Bobby Valentine controversy.

Episode 36: "How Not to Solve the Yankees' Problems/Bobby Valentine Says Some More Strange Things"

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August 31, 2012 3:58 pm

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 31

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Jason Wojciechowski

So, so, so, so, so, so, so much baseball.

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August 30, 2012 10:09 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, August 30

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Jason Wojciechowski

Celebrating the achievements of Brett Wallace, Matt Harvey, Bryce Harper and the non-achievements of the Seattle Mariners.

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