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08-12

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The BP Wayback Machine: What Happens When Starters Get Sick
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Ben Lindbergh

08-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Rebuilding the Best in Motor City, Part One
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Rany Jazayerli

08-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Rebuilding the Best in Motor City, Part Two
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Rany Jazayerli

07-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Futures Game Viewing Guide, 2009 Edition
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Kevin Goldstein

06-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: Scouting Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer
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Jason Parks

06-02

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The BP Wayback Machine: What It Means to Have the Best Farm System in Baseball
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Sam Miller

05-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Rafael Furcal's Retirement Retrospective
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BP Staff

05-13

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The BP Wayback Machine: Sign Barry Bonds
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Joe Sheehan

05-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Concussion Discussion
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

04-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: Angels in America
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Neil deMause

04-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: Retaliation, and Pitchers Hitting Pitchers
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Sam Miller

04-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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Jason Parks

04-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Derek's Guide to Becoming a Fan Favorite
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Derek Zumsteg

03-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: Throwdown: Clayton Kershaw vs. Madison Bumgarner
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Doug Thorburn

03-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: The 2007 Interview
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David Laurila

03-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Who Will Be MLB’s First $300 Million Player?
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Maury Brown

03-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: Can Spring Training Slugging Really Predict Breakouts?
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Jon Shepherd and Ben Lindbergh

02-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: Remembering Jason Giambi's Career
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Baseball Prospectus

01-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Science of Forecasting
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Nate Silver

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

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August 12, 2015 7:24 am

The BP Wayback Machine: What Happens When Starters Get Sick

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Ben Lindbergh

Sometimes starters get sick, and they start a game anyway. After that, things often get ugly. We should celebrate their sacrifice.

Sometimes we run Wayback articles because they are relevant to the news cycle. Sometimes we run them because they are wonderful and have great GIFs. This article originally ran on August 10, 2012.

Earlier this year, 28-year-old pitcher Paul Phillips of the Atlantic League Somerset Patriots was scheduled to start a game against the Camden Riversharks. Phillips, who was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2005 and bounced around Toronto’s and Tampa Bay’s systems until last season, entered that game with a league-leading 1.76 ERA. Phillips was Somerset’s ace, if the Atlantic League has aces. But Phillips wasn’t feeling well.

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The great Detroit rebuild of the 2000s may have been Dave Dombrowski's greatest achievement.

Nine years ago, the Tigers had the best record in baseball, just three years removed from being historically terrible. This is Part One of how this team came together under the guidance of now-departed GM Dave Dombrowski. This article originally ran on August 7, 2006.

There are so many ways to enjoy the game of baseball. If you're like most baseball fans--and certainly if you're like most fans who would frequent a site devoted to baseball analysis like this--there are few things about the game you enjoy more than the intellectual challenge of figuring out how to win. If baseball is a sport designed to appeal to barstool arguments like no other, it is because those arguments, from whether Mickey Mantle was better than Willie Mays to why Billy Beane's, ahhhh... stuff doesn't work in the playoffs, are exercises that really leave us arguing about what really makes a winning team.

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The continuing story of how Dave Dombrowski began nearly a decade of winning in Detroit.

Nine years ago, the Tigers had the best record in baseball, just three years removed from being historically terrible. This is Part Two (read Part One first) of how this team came together under the guidance of now-departed GM Dave Dombrowski. This article originally ran on August 8, 2006.

A month after nabbing their franchise shortstop, the Tigers signed a franchise catcher, Ivan Rodriguez. On the surface, this made all kinds of sense; it's not often you get the opportunity to sign a surefire Hall of Famer who just turned 32. On the other hand, catchers age quickly, and Rodriguez caught more games (1564) before his 32nd birthday than anyone other than Johnny Bench, who was finished as a catcher by the time he turned 33 and was finished as a ballplayer when he was 35. While Rodriguez's 4-year, $40 million deal was eminently reasonable, it still represented a gamble in that it was likely the Tigers would never be competitive enough during the life of the contract to make the addition of Rodriguez meaningful.

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How many of these guys do you remember?

There's no shortage of excitement about next Sunday's Futures Game in Cincinnati. In the meantime, here's a journey back to the game in 2009. See how many of these names you're very familiar with now. This article originally ran on July 12, 2009.

Having once been involved in the selection process for the Futures Game, I can tell you first-hand that it's not a simple process. Just like the All-Star Game, there are limitations imposed to ensure that each team is represented, and the US vs. World set-up creates additional challenges certain positions. Still, when the game kicks off (ESPN2 on Sunday at 2 pm ET), there will be plenty of top prospects in action, and for so many fans, it also represents the first time to get an actual look at players you've been reading about, at times for years, so here are some things to look out for.

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Two of this year's breakout arms were college teammates at UCLA. Here's what their amateur scouting report said.

It's been over four years since Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer pitched out of the same rotation at UCLA. During their junior season, Jason Parks wrote up this report on both of them. This piece originally ran on Mar. 14, 2011.

After catching a few tracking sessions on the back fields of Surprise, I made the trek to Los Angeles to scout UCLA’s Friday and Saturday starters: Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. Scouting elite talent is always fun, and despite being easier than scouting talent that elicits a wide-range of opinion, it never gets old watching professional scouts, cross-checkers, scouting directors, and writers all look giddy after witnessing something special.

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The worst team in baseball used to have the best farm system in baseball. Here's how it played out.

The Brewers have the worst record in baseball and appear to be at the bitter end of their contention cycle. Eleven years ago, it started with the best farm system in baseball. This piece originally ran on Feb. 8, 2013.

In three weeks or so, Jason Parks is going to publish his organizational rankings. Rankings like these, prospect writers will remind you, are a snapshot. They capture reality at a particular moment, the publication upon which that reality immediately shifts into something slightly different or significantly different. There’s no permanent truth for prospects.

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Sixteen years of BP Annual comments.

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The reasons not to bring in the all-time home run leader [were] little more than tissue-thin fictions.

If Barry Bonds does pursue a collusion case against MLB teams, as was reported Tuesday, he might want to include the following Joe Sheehan column in evidence. This piece originally ran on Feb. 24, 2008.

A few days ago, in a piece on the free agents still looking for homes, I mentioned Barry Bonds' name in passing. About that time, it became a story in the mainstream that Bonds is in shape and looking for work. The glee with which some members of the media pounced on this story was embarrassing, even shameful. Stories with a similar theme, that the Giants are a happier bunch with Bonds no longer in the room, also abounded.

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Exploring the effects of concussions and the implications of the seven-day disabled list.

On Wednesday, after making an exceptional play on Tuesday, George Springer joined Alcides Escobar on the 7-Day concussion DL. Four years ago, Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin wrote about the implications of the 7-Day DL. This article originally ran on April 19, 2011.

Hitting a baseball isn't the most difficult activity in sports—changing a long-standing culture is. For many years, a player was not officially diagnosed with a concussion unless there was a loss of consciousness. That started to change a few decades ago, but the physiological causes and long-term effects of concussions still were not fully understood. Thus, practices among players and non-medical personnel remained static.

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Ten years before Arte Moreno's latest P.R. disaster came Arte Moreno's first P.R. disaster. Or was it?

In 2005, when Arte Moreno was still the fresh-faced owner best known for cutting beer prices, Neil deMause wrote about the clunky move to rename the team. The following ran originally on January 5, 2005.

And so it's official. To the legendarily doofy sports names of yore--the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis, the NFL's wartime Phil-Pitt Steagles--we can now add a new contender: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Would Yordano Ventura act this way if he pitched in the NL?

As many a pundit has pointed out this week, Yordano Ventura might not have so much fightin' spirit if he pitched in the NL and knew he had to bat. But does retaliation against pitchers really exist? Two years ago we looked at that question. This piece originally ran on March 15, 2013.

An accepted piece of baseball wisdom that I understood growing up is that a pitcher is less likely to go headhunting if he has to step into the box himself. As J.C. Bradbury and Douglas J. Drinen wrote in the 2007 article “Crime and punishment in Major League Baseball: the case of the designated hitter and hit batters,”

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Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell or Javier Baez? We polled front office types and our prospect staff.

A year ago, when Addison Russell was still in High-A in the Oakland A's system, Jason Parks polled front office sources and the BP prospect staff about a simple question: Which elite shortstop prospect would they build their team around? With the call-up of Russell today, it's worth revisiting the responses.

The rise of the superstar shortstop prospect prompts preferential inquiries, as my email inbox, Twitter feed, and chat queues are continually maxed out with questions about Bogaerts, Baez, Correa, Lindor, and Russell, and if forced to choose, which one would I choose? The five chiseled heads on the modern Mount Rushmore of shortstop prospects (six if you go high on Mondesi) present a daily challenge of preference, a subjective exercise of forced selection tied to the realities of the present and the fantasies of the future, a tug-of-war we play with ropes made of tangible data, scouting memories of on-the-field motions, and the conceptual ideas of value and who will be most likely to achieve it.

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