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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
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Rocco DeMaro

04-25

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Book Excerpt: Dry Land
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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
by
Andrew Mearns

01-28

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Rethinking Hall of Fame Standards in Expansion Eras
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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?
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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
by
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
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Dustin Palmateer

08-27

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Baseball's Biggest Coaching Bias
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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
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Stuart Wallace

08-06

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Foundation of the Front Office
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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
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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
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Andrew Pentis

05-21

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

05-17

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Baseball ProGUESTus: On the Origin of the Switch-Hitting Species
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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
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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
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Matthew Callan

04-02

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Which Pitch Types Work Best at Coors Field?
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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
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Tim Britton

03-12

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Tyranny of Acronyms
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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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The Minnesota Twins were once a model of successful small-market baseball, but they have lost 90 games three years in a row. How they did get to the bottom?

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.

Elliot Mann is a Minnesota native and freelancer writer who has worked for several daily newspapers and contributes to The Daily Gopher, SB Nation's Minnesota Golden Gophers site. You can follow him on Twitter @elliotmann.

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How much does a hitter's performance depend on the quality of pitches he sees?

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.

Evan Petty is a 22-year-old lifelong student of the game who’s studying Magazine Journalism and Applied Statistics at Syracuse University. Raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Evan remains an ardent J.D. Drew defender.


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Which teams can count on controlling their productive 2013 players for years to come?

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 got a degree in piano performance, but then thought better of it and became a trial lawyer instead. His hobbies include the Brewers, proper roster construction, and thinking about BABIP (which are not all necessarily related). Follow him on Twitter at @bachlaw.

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A weekly lineup move primer.

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.

Larry Schechter is a six-time winner of the renowned Tout Wars experts league and a winner of the USA Today-sponsored League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR). He is also a two-time winner of the CDM Sports national salary-cap challenge. In his new book, Winning Fantasy Baseball, Larry discloses the methods behind his success. The following is an excerpt from the In-Season Management chapter, and applies to all formats of fantasy baseball.

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How does a starter's repetoire affect his performance after the first trip through the lineup?

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.

Mitchel Lichtman, or MGL, has been doing sabermetric research and writing for almost 25 years. He is one of the authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. He has consulted for several major-league teams over the years and has occasionally made a fool of himself on radio and TV. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Nevada. You can check him out on Twitter at @MitchelLichtman or on his blog at www.mglbaseball.org.

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An investigation into how much less effective starting pitchers get with each trip through the order.

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.

Mitchel Lichtman, or MGL, has been doing sabermetric research and writing for almost 25 years. He is one of the authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. He has consulted for several major-league teams over the years and has occasionally made a fool of himself on radio and TV. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Nevada. You can check him out on Twitter at @MitchelLichtman or on his blog at www.mglbaseball.org.

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Is there a sweet spot for velocity?

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 Hale has been using PITCHf/x to answer baseball questions all over the 'net since 2008. He once missed a Duane Ward curveball by three feet. You can read his writing about the Blue Jays or tell him what he should be analyzing next at The Mockingbird.

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A closer look at the Yankee Clipper's 56-game feat.

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.

Jim Albert is a Statistics professor in Ohio. Since he grew up in Philadelphia, he's faithfully followed the Phillies (even this season). He wrote a book, Curve Ball, with Jay Bennett explaining statistical thinking in baseball and has written an introductory statistics text based on baseball. Currently, he is the editor of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis of Sports, which publishes papers describing statistical studies addressing questions in a wide variety of sports.



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From denim jerseys to Wily Mo Pena Beards, the very best products from NPB’s online shops.

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 on Twitter @clairbearattack.



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Do starters who are worked hard in college get injured more often in the minors and majors?

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.

Dustin Palmateer once played division III junior college baseball, finishing with a career batting average below the Mendoza Line. He now writes about the game. You can reach him via email.

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Teams are making a big mistake by passing over skilled instructors in favor of more famous former 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.

Gabe Kapler spent parts of 12 years in the major leagues from 1998-2010, playing for the Tigers (1998-99), Rangers (2000-02), Rockies (2002-03), Red Sox (2003-06 – with a brief interlude in Japan), Brewers (2008) and Rays (2009-10). He also spent a year managing the Red Sox’ Single-A affiliate in Greenville. Follow him on Twitter @gabekapler. You can read his earlier articles for BP here and here and listen to his discussion of advanced stats on Effectively Wild with Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller here.



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A plea to stop the speculation from a player who's heard more than his fair share.

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.

Gabe Kapler spent parts of 12 years in the major leagues from 1998-2010, playing for the Tigers (1998-99), Rangers (2000-02), Rockies (2002-03), Red Sox (2003-06 – with a brief interlude in Japan), Brewers (2008) and Rays (2009-10). He also spent a year managing the Red Sox’ Single-A affiliate in Greenville. Follow him on Twitter @gabekapler. You can read his first article for BP here and listen to his recent discussion of advanced stats on Effectively Wild with Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller here.

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