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03-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: Opening Day Goodbyes
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Jim Baker

02-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Your Guide to Spring Training
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07-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Dos and Don'ts of Trade Rumor Mongering
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06-02

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The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball's Exciting Plays
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08-01

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Prospectus Matchups: The Knee-Jerk All-Stars Revisited
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07-25

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Prospectus Matchups: I'll Get 'Em Next Time
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07-18

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Prospectus Matchups: Braking and Breaking at the Break
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07-11

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Prospectus Matchups: Exiting Stage Left
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06-27

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Prospectus Matchups: Learning to Cheer Correctly
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06-20

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Prospectus Matchups: Late Standing Starts
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06-13

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Prospectus Matchups: The American League Rumsfeld Numbers
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06-10

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Prospectus Matchups: Four In a Row
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06-06

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Prospectus Matchups: Hall Jones
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05-30

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Prospectus Matchups: Sacrificial Lions
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05-16

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Prospectus Matchups: The 2008 Baseball Psychological Workout
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05-09

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Prospectus Matchups: Outlier Outpost
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05-02

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Prospectus Matchups: Fun with Playoff Odds
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04-25

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Prospectus Matchups: Here's What I Think
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04-18

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Prospectus Matchups: The Multi-Stretch
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04-11

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Prospectus Matchups: The Second Annual Knee-Jerk All Stars
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04-04

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Prospectus Matchups: Early-Season Miscellany
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03-28

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Prospectus Matchups: Opening Day Goodbyes
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03-21

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Prospectus Matchups: The One-Man Affair
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03-14

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Prospectus Matchups: The 2008 Prospectus Matchups Contest
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03-07

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Prospectus Matchups: Stocks, Cactus, Grapefruit & Jones
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02-29

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Prospectus Matchups: The 2008 Transient All-Star Team
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02-22

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Prospectus Matchups: The Best of the Newest, 2008 edition
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02-15

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Prospectus Matchups: The Dawn of the Rays
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02-08

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Prospectus Matchups: The All-Time Matchup Record Book
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02-01

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Prospectus Matchups: Putting Cys in Motion
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01-25

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Prospectus Matchups: Baseball on the Bookshelf
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01-18

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Prospectus Matchups: The Random Baedeker
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01-11

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Prospectus Matchups: Here's a Thought: Stop Thinking
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01-04

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Prospectus Matchups: Dead Horses and Fifth Starters
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12-28

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Prospectus Matchups: The Worst Seasons On Record
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12-21

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Prospectus Matchups: The Mismatches
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12-14

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Prospectus Matchups: Inside the Mitchell Report
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12-07

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Prospectus Matchups: Topic Hopping
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11-30

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Prospectus Matchups: The Freshmen
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11-16

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Prospectus Matchups: Rookie Spoilers
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11-09

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Prospectus Matchups: A First for the Ages
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11-02

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Prospectus Matchups: Offseason's Bidding
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10-30

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Prospectus Matchups: Fighting the Impossible Battle
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10-26

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Prospectus Matchups: Fight the Powers That Be!
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10-23

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Prospectus Matchups: Series Firsts
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10-19

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Prospectus Matchups: The (Elimination) Gamers
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10-16

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Prospectus Matchups: Starting Well is Two-Thirds of Half the Battle
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10-12

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Prospectus Matchups: Lets Get Loaded and See What Happens
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10-09

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Prospectus Matchups: Me So Worthy, or Unworthy
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10-05

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Prospectus Matchups: Getting Right Back on the Horse
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December 14, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Inside the Mitchell Report

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Don't have time to parse through 409 pages? Here are the highlights of the infamous document.

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December 7, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Topic Hopping

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An assortment of miscellaneous baseball musings to chase away the post-Meetings blues.

I know what let's do! Let's go topic hopping!

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November 30, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: The Freshmen

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Will any of the 11 newly-eligible Cooperstown candidates make it into that exclusive fraternity?

What if the Hall of Fame selection process worked like this: Joe Morgan and Mike Schmidt drop by Tim Raines' dorm room to invite him over for a kegger to see how he gets along with the rest of the fellas. Things go fine. Next thing he knows, he's been kidnapped in the middle of the night with a pillow case thrown over his head. When it's removed, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Tom Seaver, and Sandy Koufax are standing over him, asking him to pledge. Several months of humiliation and team-building exercises follow until, one night, he finds himself in the candlelit basement of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, dressed in a black, hooded robe

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November 16, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Rookie Spoilers

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The answers to last week's Rookie of the Year voting trivia challenge are revealed, along with a breakdown of how the stubborn votes look in hindsight.

That collective groan you heard yesterday emanated from all the sportswriters in the land as they contemplated an early end to the bubbling hot stove spring that the Alex Rodriguez free agency represented. Seeing him get his situation situated by Thanksgiving is not what baseball wordsmiths had in mind when he parted ways with the Yankees prior to Game Four of the World Series. That he returned from whence he came makes it that much more anticlimactic. Now we'll all have to find something else to talk about.

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November 9, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: A First for the Ages

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Troy Tulowitzki's spectacular defensive showing bumped his rookie season into elite company.

The Rookie of the Year Awards will be announced on Monday, and whether he wins or merely places, Troy Tulowitzki's 2007 campaign deserves to be looked at in historical context. Overshadowed for most of the season by the hitting of Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, it really wasn't until Colorado went on its wild ride that people began to notice that Double-T was putting together one of the better rookie years in modern memory. Taking into account his outstanding defense (46/24 FRAR/FRAA), the quality of his rookie season goes way beyond mere modern comparisons. In fact, his WARP3 of 10.8 is the 15th-best rookie showing since 1876. Today we'll look at the 14 men who preceded Tulowitzki, with better inaugural campaigns to discover the sort of company he's now keeping.

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November 2, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Offseason's Bidding

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With the winter doldrums about to set in, it's time to search Ebay for that baseball item that will keep you happy until next Spring.

How does one beat the offseason blues? By throwing money at the problem, of course! Spending your way to happiness is a surefire method of making yourself forget that it will be ages before pitchers and catchers report for the 2008 season.

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October 30, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Fighting the Impossible Battle

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The Rockies fought in vain to prevent two historical World Series trends from recurring.

The Death Sentence

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October 26, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Fight the Powers That Be!

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Willy Taveras gives offense by taking a base, giving Manny his due, and where do the DHs go in October?

The Pitcher's Domain

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October 23, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Series Firsts

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The Rockies will make their inaugural appearance in the Fall Classic on Wednesday, leaving just four teams yet to experience baseball's ultimate stage.

The Red Sox as Heavies

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Josh Beckett's gem inspires research into the best back-against-the-wall pitching performances of all time.

While contemplating whatever happened to the concept of teams not making personnel moves during the playoffs so as not to siphon attention away from the action on the field (I'm looking at you, Yankees, Braves, and Reds), I thought we'd take a look at the best elimination games of all time in light of Josh Beckett's performance last night with the gun to his team's head. I used the following parameters:

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October 16, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Starting Well is Two-Thirds of Half the Battle

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A look at the best and worst starts in the playoff histories of Boston and Cleveland.

During the National League Championship Series last season, we took a look at the best all-time postseason starts of the two participants, the Cardinals and Mets. With the outstanding outings of Josh Beckett and Fausto Carmona in the American League Division Series, I thought it would be a good opportunity to do the same for the Red Sox and Indians and see how those two starts stack up against their teams' historical record. While bemoaning the fact that the two are not scheduled to meet head-to-head, let's glance backwards.

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October 12, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Lets Get Loaded and See What Happens

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Since the turn of this century, what have been the best and worst performances with the bases juiced?

Who are your three best friends in the world? I'll tell you who they are-the three guys on your favorite team who find themselves on base simultaneously. When the bags are juiced and the camera pans around the infield showing the three baserunners and the announcer says their names, don't you say to yourself, "Man, I love those guys!"

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