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R.J. Anderson 

R.J. Anderson

R.J. Anderson lives in Florida and joined Prospectus in 2011. In the past, Anderson's work has appeared on ESPN, SLAM, and Wired, as well as in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. His nightmares include an endless loop of Hank Blalock playing third base.

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07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back Together
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R.J. Anderson, Jason Parks and Mike Gianella

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Kendrys Redux
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-24

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Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth
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R.J. Anderson

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry
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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: Angels are in for a Street
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R.J. Anderson, Chris Rodriguez and Mauricio Rubio

07-18

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Transaction Analysis: Cahilling Time
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R.J. Anderson

07-17

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Painting the Black: The Stealth Steals
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R.J. Anderson

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Man Who Would Replace Yadier
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R.J. Anderson

07-11

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Transaction Analysis: A Pierz to be Missing
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R.J. Anderson

07-10

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Painting the Black: Book Review: The Art of Scouting
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R.J. Anderson

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Good Old New York
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R.J. Anderson and Ron Shah

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

07-02

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Transaction Analysis: A Closer Swap with Thee
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R.J. Anderson

06-30

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Painting the Black: The Trade Deadline Preview
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R.J. Anderson

06-27

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Transaction Analysis: Chris Crossed
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R.J. Anderson

06-25

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Painting the Black: Red Sox Playing Badly, Playing Bradley
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R.J. Anderson

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Exception to the Raul
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R.J. Anderson

06-17

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Transaction Analysis: Vance Like There's Nobody Watching
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R.J. Anderson

06-16

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Painting the Black: Lessons of a Bad Basestealer
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R.J. Anderson

06-11

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Transaction Analysis: Going Down 'hill
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R.J. Anderson

06-09

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Transaction Analysis: Minnesota Signs Kendrys Morales
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Dietrich Without the D
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R.J. Anderson

06-04

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Painting the Black: How to Slow Down Dee Gordon
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R.J. Anderson

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Single's Going Steady
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R.J. Anderson

05-30

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BP Unfiltered: Erick Aybar is a Fox
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R.J. Anderson

05-29

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Transaction Analysis: No Way, Jose
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R.J. Anderson

05-27

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Painting the Black: Rebuilding a Right Way
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R.J. Anderson

05-20

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Painting the Black: The Werth-Case Outcome
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R.J. Anderson

05-19

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Transaction Analysis: Billy's Blanks
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R.J. Anderson

05-16

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Painting the Black: Bullish on Dozier
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R.J. Anderson

05-14

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Transaction Analysis: Marmol Misses, Down and Away
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R.J. Anderson

05-12

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Transaction Analysis: Call Milone
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R.J. Anderson

05-09

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Painting the Black: Go Fix Yourself, San Diego
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R.J. Anderson

05-08

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BP Unfiltered: Brad Boxberger Makes History
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R.J. Anderson

05-07

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Painting the Black: Rites of Springer
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R.J. Anderson

05-05

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Transaction Analysis: For Whom the Bell Tolls
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R.J. Anderson

05-02

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Painting the Black: A Trip Through the NL West
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R.J. Anderson

04-29

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Painting the Black: Singles Falling Steady
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R.J. Anderson

04-25

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Transaction Analysis: Ranklin' Franklin
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R.J. Anderson

04-23

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Painting the Black: Some Things Brewing
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R.J. Anderson

04-21

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Transaction Analysis: Escape From New York, Starring Ike Davis
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-18

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Painting the Black: Super Twoing
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R.J. Anderson

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: A Moran and a Wolf Walk Into a Bar
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-14

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Painting the Black: Portents for the Imports of Importance
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R.J. Anderson

04-10

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Painting the Black: (B.J.) Upton No Good
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R.J. Anderson

04-07

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Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel
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R.J. Anderson

04-04

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Painting the Black: Nathan Eovaldi and the Jarrod Saltalamacchia Effect
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R.J. Anderson

04-02

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Transaction Analysis: Archer de Triomphe
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Painting the Black: The Mystery Men of Opening Day
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: Darling Starling Stands By Pittsburgh
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R.J. Anderson

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Mystery Men of Opening Day

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Not one of Tyler Collins' or Roenis Ellis' PECOTA comparables was a major leaguer. But Collins, Ellis, and the rest of these unknowns are on MLB rosters today.

Opening Day is here, and that means it's time to introduce the unknowns who made rosters. This year's edition includes some new quirks. In addition to an expanded roster, each capsule now includes the player's major league service time (MLS) and the percentage of their PECOTA comparables who played in the bigs during the comparable season (MLB%), as a crude way to determine the unexpectedness of their Opening Day assignment.

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Darling Starling Stands By Pittsburgh

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Marte and Yan Gomes sign extensions while other clubs tinker on the eve of Opening Day.

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The sixth and final part in a division-by-division dialogue leading up to Opening Day.

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March 26, 2014 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski Gone Wild

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A flurry of moves as teams pack their buses: Ortiz gets an extension, the Braves get a new sixth starter, the Tigers extend the Doug Fister trade tree, and more.

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March 24, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Men at Work

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In case you weren't awake for baseball's opening series (or even if you were), R.J. has you covered: Kershaw, Trumbo, Goldschmidt, and all the action that mattered.

While the east coast slept early Saturday morning and late Saturday evening, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened the season with a two-game series in Sydney, Australia. The time-zone difference is 15 hours, meaning normal start times in Australia (1 and 7 p.m.) became abnormal stateside (4 a.m. and 10 p.m. EST). Because not everyone disrupted their sleep patterns to watch two baseball games, here are some insights on what happened during those two games down under.

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Getting hit by a pitch is a skill, but how repeatable is it, and what should we look for?

The hit by pitch—or at minimum the threat of one—is supposed to be a tool for pitchers to use against hitters. Not just in the Bob Gibson sense, but in a nuanced understanding that goes something like this: humans can only be so accurate when throwing a projectile over long distances. Accidents happen, regardless of intent, and both sides know it—but only one side faces the projectile on each pitch. As Roger Angell writes in Five Seasons, "Most pitchers seem hesitant to say so, but if you press them a little they will admit that the prime ingredient in their intense personal struggle with the batter is probably fear."

If fear buys the pitcher another inch on his fastball, or causes the batter to bail on his breaking ball, then he becomes more likely to realize success than he would otherwise. Instilling fear is an unhealthy aspiration, but nonetheless passes as legitimate strategy. Most hitters react like normal beings; after all, getting drilled by a firmly thrown ball hurts no matter the location. Yet there are some batters who have turned the hit by pitch into their own weapon against pitchers. These batters fear not getting hit; instead, they embrace it—some even hunt for pitches to throw their limbs toward. These batters are the stupidest smart guys in the game.

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March 19, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Up and Adams

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Will Matt Adams be the next Cardinals part-timer to turn into a star?

You know how Earl Weaver used to break his starters in as relievers? Lately the Cardinals have employed a similar approach with their position players. St. Louis has initiated its youth in bench roles, then pushed them into everyday duty after they're acclimated to the majors. This practice has played to perfection in each of the past three seasons.

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March 17, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Benefits and Perkins

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The Twins extend Glen Perkins, Brett Tomko keeps going, and Lou Marson is freed.

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March 13, 2014 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Santana Settles, Atlanta Settles

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The final famous free agent pitcher is off the board as Atlanta tries to fill a depleted rotation.

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St. Louis extends Matt Carpenter and signs Aledmys Diaz, and Arizona inks Oliver Perez.



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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Spring Flings

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Some teams are spending the spring trying out potential positional mates. Who should win these battles?

With the first week of the exhibition season in the books, teams now have less than a month before their Opening Day rosters are due. Most clubs have an open spot or two up for grabs, typically in the bullpen or off the bench, but a few are staging auditions of greater importance this spring. Here are 10 intriguing positional battles along with a prediction of who we believe ought to win the jobs.

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March 5, 2014 6:05 am

Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan

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Three teams sign utility infielders, the Rangers pick up Joe Saunders, Johan Santana finds a lifeline and other moves.

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