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06-12

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Physics of a Truly Amazing Throw
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Alan M. Nathan

06-05

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Riding Top Prospects' Coattails in the MLB Draft
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Kevin Whitaker

05-23

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Fantasy Gets Impersonal
by
Tony Horwitz

05-22

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Baseball ProGUESTus: An Ode to the Double Play Pivot
by
Rocco DeMaro

04-25

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Book Excerpt: Dry Land
by
Charlie Wilmoth

04-11

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Updating the Encyclopedias, One Baseball Card at a Time
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Tom Shieber

04-10

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Projected Roster Core Strengths for 2014
by
Jonathan Judge

02-06

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Entropy and the Eephus
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Robert Arthur

01-09

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Baseball ProGUESTus: What Percentage of Scouts Played Pro Ball?
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Conor Glassey

01-07

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The 2013 All-Out-of-Position Team
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Andrew Mearns

01-28

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Rethinking Hall of Fame Standards in Expansion Eras
by
Kevin Whitaker

12-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The (Ad) Age of Heroes: Judging the 2014 Hall of Fame Candidates by Their Commercials
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Michael Clair

12-10

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Baseball ProGUESTus: What Happened to the Twins?
by
Elliot Mann

12-06

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Explaining Mistake Splits
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Evan Petty

11-26

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Strongest (and Weakest) Roster Cores of 2013
by
Jonathan Judge

11-22

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Being Smart about Sits and Starts
by
Larry Schechter

11-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Pitch Types and the Times Through the Order Penalty
by
Mitchel Lichtman

11-05

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Times Through the Order Penalty
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Mitchel Lichtman

10-30

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Speed Enough?: A PITCHf/x Look at the Effect of Fastball Velocity and Movement
by
Jonathan Hale

09-24

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Was Joe DiMaggio Streaky?
by
Jim Albert

09-17

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Made in Japan
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Michael Clair

09-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: A Closer Look at College Pitch Counts and Injuries
by
Dustin Palmateer

08-27

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Baseball's Biggest Coaching Bias
by
Gabe Kapler

08-20

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Giving Up the PED Guessing Game
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Gabe Kapler

08-13

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Neuroanatomy of Hitting
by
Stuart Wallace

08-06

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Foundation of the Front Office
by
Gabe Kapler

07-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Trade WARP: Evaluating MLB General Managers
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Tim Malone

07-24

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Living Strike Zone
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Jon Roegele

07-16

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Secret History of Sabermetrics
by
Jack Moore

07-09

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Baseball ProGUESTus: How the Twins Can Fulfill Their Potential
by
Parker Hageman

07-02

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Baseball Writer's Biggest Sin
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Peter Abraham

06-25

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Defensive Brilliance of Brendan Ryan
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Ryan Divish

06-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Yankees' Post-Rivera Relief Corps
by
Josh Norris

06-11

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Does Declining to Sign Pay Off for Draftees?
by
Dustin Palmateer

06-04

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Chasing After the Wind: Win Probability Added, Art Shamsky, and the Oppressive Weirdness of Baseball
by
Michael Baumann

05-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Astros' Killer S's
by
Andrew Pentis

05-21

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Dollar Sign on the Glistening Muscle: Scouting Ballplayers in 1980s Playgirl
by
Michael Clair

05-17

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Baseball ProGUESTus: On the Origin of the Switch-Hitting Species
by
Alex Speier

05-09

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Baseball ProGUESTus: A Beat Writer Goes to the Ballpark
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Andy McCullough

04-23

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Story Behind Baseball's Most Successful Slogan
by
Matthew Callan

04-17

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Baseball ProGUESTus: When Good Things Come in Three Years
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Chad Finn

04-09

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Where the Crazy Closer Comes From
by
Matthew Callan

04-02

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Which Pitch Types Work Best at Coors Field?
by
Dan Rozenson

03-26

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Turning 30 is So Much Better if You Don't Play Baseball
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Brian MacPherson

03-19

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Roger Angell and The Benefits of Writing About Baseball
by
Tim Britton

03-12

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Tyranny of Acronyms
by
David Murphy

03-05

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Secret Life of the American Ballplayer
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Michael Clair

02-26

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Surviving Professional Baseball in the Steroid Era
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Eric Knott

02-19

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Paul Richards, Maker of Major-League Managers
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Jonathan Bernstein

02-12

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is This Man the Next R.A. Dickey?
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Jonathan Zeller

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Quantifying the degree of difficulty of Yoenis Cespedes' incredible outfield assist.

Alan Nathan is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a long career doing things like measuring the electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the proton and studying the quark structure of nucleons, he now devotes his time and effort to the physics of baseball. He maintains an oft-visited website devoted to that subject: go.illinois.edu/physicsofbaseball.

When I woke up on Wednesday morning and checked my overnight Twitter timeline, I found considerable buzz about an incredible throw made by Oakland A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday night.


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Want to get drafted, but lack loud tools? Try playing alongside a top prospect.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Kevin Whitaker never met a school assignment he couldn’t turn into something baseball-related. His research on the MLB Draft was published at the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and adapted into the article below, and he writes about college basketball at Beanpot Hoops. Follow him on Twitter at @whitakk.

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What the fantasy baseball experience has gained and lost in the digital age.

Tony Horwitz is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the author of six books. His most recent work is BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever. You can follow him on Twitter @TonyHorwitz and find the rest of his work at TonyHorwitz.com. Tony belongs to the Billy Almon League, whose commissioner is BP writer Mike Gianella.

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The semi-quantifiable art of the transfer.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

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Charlie Wilmoth's book, Dry Land, traces the Pirates fan experience over two decades of losing and one year of winning.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Charlie Wilmoth is the founder of Bucs Dugout, a writer at MLB Trade Rumors, and the author of the new book Dry Land: Winning After 20 Years at Sea With the Pittsburgh Pirates. What follows is an excerpt from that book, which can be purchased here. You can learn more about the book here, or follow Charlie at @WilmothC.

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Solving baseball mysteries with the aid of an unlikely source.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Tom Shieber is Senior Curator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where he has worked since 1998. Shieber founded SABR's Pictorial History Committee in 1994, serving as chair of the committee until 2000, and served on the Board of Directors of SABR from 1997 to 2000. He blogs about baseball history and research at Baseball Researcher.

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Which teams figure to get the most out of their core contributors in 2014?

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Jonathan Judge has a degree in piano performance but is now a product liability lawyer. He also blogs about the Brewers, and sometimes other teams, at Disciples of Uecker. Follow him on Twitter @bachlaw.


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Pitching and the value of variation.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Robert Arthur writes at No Little Plans about things sabermetric, cinematic, and scientific. You can follow him @No_Little_Plans.

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Are most scouts former professional players?

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Conor Glassey spent the past five years covering the MLB Draft for Baseball America magazine. Now he writes for his personal website, ConorGlassey.com. You can follow him on Twitter @conorglassey.

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The best of the defensive spectacles you might've missed last season.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Andrew Mearns is an editor and writer at SB Nation's Yankees blog, Pinstripe Alley, where he also co-hosts a podcast. A 2012 graduate of Gettysburg College, he works in higher education and aspires to keep his value as a baseball writer higher than Andy Stankiewicz's value as a player. You can follow him on Twitter @MearnsPSA and @pinstripealley.

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Were the stats of 1990s stars inflated by expansion?

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Kevin Whitaker never met a school assignment he couldn’t turn into something baseball-related. His research on the MLB Draft was published at the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and he writes about college basketball at Beanpot Hoops. Follow him on Twitter at @whitakk.

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A foolproof way to decide which players to put in Cooperstown.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Michael Clair writes Old Time Family Baseball and contributes to The Platoon Advantage. Follow him @clairbearattack.

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