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11-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Internet Commenters Try to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton
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Ben Lindbergh

11-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Farewell, Alfonso Soriano
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BP Staff

10-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Fourteen Years of Brian Roberts
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BP Prospect Staff

10-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: So Long, Josh Beckett
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BP Staff

09-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: So long Abreu; Farewell, Willingham
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Baseball Prospectus

09-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Dayton Moore's First Week
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Rany Jazayerli

09-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Many Moments of Paul Konerko
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BP Staff

09-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: A Fan's Quandary/A New Low
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Derek Zumsteg

08-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: King Felix Arrives
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Jonah Keri

08-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Moral Hazards of the Hit Batsman
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Dan Fox

07-16

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The BP Wayback Machine: Being There
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Derek Zumsteg

04-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Another Opening Day
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Kevin Goldstein

03-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Rick Ankiel and Guillermo Mota: Two Careers in Player Comments
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Baseball Prospectus

03-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Inside Tommy John Surgery
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Will Carroll and Thomas Gorman

02-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: Carl Pavano: A Career in Player Comments
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Baseball Prospectus

02-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Agents, the Draft, and the NCAA
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Kevin Goldstein

02-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: Ryan Dempster and Jake Westbrook: Two Careers in Player Comments
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Baseball Prospectus

02-13

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The BP Wayback Machine: Derek Jeter's Career in Player Comments
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Baseball Prospectus

02-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Arbitration Negotiations
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Tommy Bennett

01-31

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The BP Wayback Machine: Which Players and Teams Look Best Over the Next Half-Decade?
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Nate Silver

01-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Who Yu Gonna Call?
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Kevin Goldstein

01-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Old You're In, You're Out
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Joe Sheehan

01-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Nose Knows
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Steven Goldman

12-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Money of Matsuzaka
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Joe Sheehan

12-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Managing Expectations
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Kevin Goldstein

12-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: Winter Meetings Review
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Joe Sheehan

11-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Guessing Game
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Joe Sheehan

11-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: How to Make Up a Good Trade Rumor
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Matt Swartz

11-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Today's Oxymoron is Free Agents
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James Click

11-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: What Makes a Good World Series?
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Tommy Bennett

10-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Game Last
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: New Ways to Spell Relief
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Joe Sheehan

09-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: Tuesday Morning Ten Pack, 9/05/06
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Kevin Goldstein

09-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Tiger Plan
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Nate Silver

09-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Locking it Up: Does Clinching Early Help?
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Mike Carminati

08-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Hatching Cardinals
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Bryan Smith

07-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: Development Disasters
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Kevin Goldstein

06-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Source of the AL's Superiority
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Matt Swartz

05-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: In the Slot
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Gary Huckabay

05-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: How the Indians Were Built
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Kevin Goldstein

05-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Hot Starts, Part III
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Rany Jazayerli

04-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: There is No Divide
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Derek Zumsteg

04-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Remembering Jackie Robinson, and the Man Who Taught Me About Him
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Jay Jaffe

04-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Simmer. Down. Now.
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Joe Sheehan

03-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: Opening Day Goodbyes
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Jim Baker

03-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Q&A: Rick Porcello
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David Laurila

03-15

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The BP Wayback Machine: Do Spring Speeds Matter?
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Mike Fast

03-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Passion
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Joe Sheehan

02-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: How Good is Aroldis Chapman?
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Clay Davenport

02-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Your Guide to Spring Training
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Jim Baker

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What the partisan parts of the internet think Miami's young All-Star outfielder is worth.

Before Giancarlo Stanton was a Marlin for life, he was your favorite team's next big trade target—or so everybody with an internet connection assumed. In January 2013, Ben Lindbergh looked at one of the seediest neighborhoods of the internet: The fake-Giancarlo-Stanton-trade block. Enjoy.

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Being a baseball rumormonger is a difficult job to do well. First, you spend years building a network of sources who can and will tell you interesting things about baseball teams. Even after you’ve collected your contacts, be prepared to put in long hours and work weekends to stay ahead of the story or be the first to break it. Don’t expect to sleep or be seen without a cell phone.

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The seven-time All-Star is calling it a career.

Few players have combined the speed, power and positional scarcity that the young Alfonso Soriano did; if nothing else, you'll remember him forever for that league you won (or lost) because of how incredible his fantasy production was. Soriano announced Tuesday that he will retire, so to honor the career of the only man ever traded for Brad Wilkerson, here are 15 years of Soriano's comments in the Baseball Prospectus Annual.

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Charting Brian Roberts' rise and fall with a trip through the BP archives.

You might never cheer for a team with a second baseman better than Brian Roberts was in 2005. His career ends on a sadder note, a half-decade ruined by injuries. In honor of his career, we're reprinting all 14 comments written about him for the BP Annual, from the first in 2001 ("after having surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow") through last winter's ("myriad injuries have limited..."). Enjoy.

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October 8, 2014 6:00 am

The BP Wayback Machine: So Long, Josh Beckett

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A decade and a half of player comments on a Texas-bred ace.

On Tuesday, Josh Beckett announced his retirement. Even by the standards of the typical #ycpb career, Beckett's career was full of twists. To honor the veteran's exit, we're rerunning 14 of his BP Annual player comments, written as he aged from elite prospect to injured old supermillionaire.

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A look at two long careers, through the words of BP authors.

To recognize the careers of two retiring veterans, we're publishing all the BP Annual comments for Bobby Abreu and Josh Willingham. They chart nearly two decades of Abreu's life, as he went from expansion draft pick to near Hall of Famer, as well as the decade that saw Josh Willingham bloom late but end up with a better career True Average than Paul Molitor.

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Flashing back to Rany Jazayerli's assessment of the Kansas City squad that Moore inherited.

Over the next five days, the Royals and Tigers will continue to battle for the AL Central crown. Today we flash back to June 2006, when the Royals hired Dayton Moore to be their new general manager and Rany Jazayerli wondered whether Moore and the Royals could conceivably follow the turnaround modeled by... the Detroit Tigers and their talented GM, Dave Dombrowski.

At some point, an extreme performance can't simply be chalked up to simple sample size issue. Any team can play .250 ball for a week, or two weeks, or even a month. But it is now the middle of June, and as I write this the Royals have won barely one-quarter of their games--only a narrow victory over the Angels on Wednesday kept them from falling back to exactly .250--over a span of 64 games, or 40% of the season. "On pace" is an overused term in sports, but when we say the Royals are on pace to finish 43-119, equaling the 2003 Detroit Tigers' AL record for losses in a season, that is a pace not to be taken lightly. This team doesn't just suck; it sucks at a truly historical level.

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Taking a tour through BP's two decades of writing about Paul Konerko.

As the season comes to an end, so too does Paul Konerko's career. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 18 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from disappointing prospect into one of the sport's most respected elders.

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What do we do when our sport makes terrible people rich?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

In separate pieces in 2000 and 2004, Derek Zumsteg wrote the following features on the difficulty of rooting for players we might despise. In the first piece, he writes about the Mariners signing an accused wife beater. In the second, he revisits that move after the Mariners signed another player with a violent past. Both pieces, and the conclusions he ultimately draws, are still relevant in the wake of this week's NFL news.

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A classic BP piece on "what could one day be looked back upon as a slice of history."

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

On August 5, 2005, Baseball Prospectus published the following feature on some random Mariners game, chosen that week for Jonah Keri's Prospectus Game of the Week feature. Okay, not quite some random game. Felix Hernandez was making his first ever start in Seattle that day.

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Is it conceivable that the Diamondbacks' philosophy of retaliation through violence could actually decrease HBPs?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

On May 18, 2006, Baseball Prospectus published the following feature on the previous four decades' HBP trends.

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The eternal spectacle of a farewell All-Star appearance.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

On July 15, 2001, Baseball Prospectus published the following feature on the 2001 All-Star game. Derek Zumsteg wrote from the stands, where he saw another legendary, Hall of Fame-bound shortstop take a bow, doff his cap, and get a big hit against a suspiciously poorly located fastball from the opposing pitcher. Here's his account of Cal Ripken Jr.'s final All-Star game.

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On the first day of minor league games in full-season leagues, relive MiLB Opening Day from eight years ago.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

As you prepare for the first day of full-season minor league games, revisit Kevin's notes from a previous Opening Day in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a Future Shock column on April 7, 2006.

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