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01-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Case for Tim Raines
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Rany Jazayerli

11-03

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

10-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: So Long, Spider-Man
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Baseball Prospectus

10-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium
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Sam Miller

10-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Goodbye, Dan Haren
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Baseball Prospectus

10-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Peace, Barry
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Baseball Prospectus

10-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Sandy's the Man
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Jay Jaffe

10-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: A Tip of the Cap to Aramis
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Baseball Prospectus

10-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Ups and Downs of A.J. Burnett
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Baseball Prospectus

10-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: So Long, Bulldog
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Baseball Prospectus

10-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: Prospect Debate: Sanchez vs Stroman
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

09-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Young Birds Taking Wing
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Kevin Goldstein

09-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Going Streaking
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Russell A. Carleton

09-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Matt Moore Prospect Days
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Kevin Goldstein

09-15

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The BP Wayback Machine: Yoenis Cespedes: The Showcase
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Kevin Goldstein

09-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: Ruben Amaro and the Rabbis
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Zachary Levine

09-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: Brad Ausmus and Cementing the New Model for Managers
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Ben Lindbergh

09-02

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The BP Wayback Machine: The 2007 Arizona Fall League Preview, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

09-02

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The BP Wayback Machine: The 2007 Arizona Fall League Preview, Part 1
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Kevin Goldstein

09-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: Scouting Closers in the Batter's Box
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Ben Lindbergh and Jason Parks

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

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How has the argument changed in the last 15 years? Let's go back to the time of his retirement and find out.

Later today we'll find out just how close Tim Raines came to the Hall of Fame in his second-to-last year on the ballot. Until then, we take a look back at what the case for him looked like at the time of his retirement. This article originally ran on March 31, 2000.

Last Friday, The Daily Prospectus contained a short sermon on the Hall of Fame worthiness of just-retired Tim Raines. Judging by the results of an ESPN.com poll that same day, not everybody was paying attention.

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

After yet another come-from-behind victory on Sunday night, the Kansas City Royals are again World Series champions. 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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After 19 seasons in the majors, Torii Hunter calls it a career.

With a career that ended in the same place it began, Torii Hunter would certainly wear a Twins cap into the Hall of Fame, if he would have just been a little better during his major league tenure. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's relive the 19 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from toolsy prospect who might put it together to that guy who made that catch in the All-Star Game that one time (among other things).

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Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands for the first two games of the World Series.

With the Royals advancing again to the Fall Classic, we revisit what you can expect to see on your television when you're not seeing baseball players doing baseball things. This article originally ran on October 21, 2014.

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The 35-year-old right-hander calls it a career after over 150 wins and 2,000 strikeouts.

When the Cubs lost to in the National League Championship Series, it was not just their season that came to an end, but the career of Dan Haren as well. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 12 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he developed from centerpiece of the Mark Mulder trade to one of the most underappreciated starters in baseball.

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The enigmatic left-hander has thrown that beautiful curve for the last time.

On Monday, Barry Zito announced that he would be the last of the Big Three to go quietly into that good night. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, memorable career, let's review 15 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he transitioned from Cy Young Award winner on the east side of the bay, to an unmovable contract on the west side.

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It's nearly five years since the Mets brought in Sandy Alderson. Here's a look back

Nearly five years ago, the Mets hired Sandy Alderson to replace the increasingly unpopular Omar Minaya. With the Mets now two wins away from making their first World Series in 15 years, let's take a look back at the move when it was made. This article originally ran on November 4, 2010.

Last week, the Mets took a bold step away from four years of ever-increasing disappointment and organizational chaos by hiring Sandy Alderson to succeed Omar Minaya as their general manager. The soon-to-be-63-year-old Alderson, who spent 15 years as the GM of the Oakland Athletics, was by far the most experienced candidate in a field which also included former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, former Royals GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, and Blue Jays special assistant Dana Brown. Perhaps just as importantly, Alderson is the first Mets GM to ascend to the post from outside the organization since Frank Cashen in 1980. He is a fresh start for an organization in desperate need of one.

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The career of Aramis Ramirez, as told through BP writers past and present.

As the season comes to an end, so too does Aramis Ramirez's career. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 19 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew into one of the most consistent hitters of this generation.

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The career of A.J. Burnett, as told through the writers of BP past and present.

With the Pirates heading home at the hands of the Cubs, one of the most enigmatic pitchers we've seen over the last two decades will go out into that good night. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 17 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from the pitcher who couldn't quite live up to his immense potential into a veteran leader on one of the league's best pitching staffs.

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The career of Tim Hudson, as told through the writers of BP past and present.

With a career that outlasted (in quality, if not quantity) the other members of Oakland's Big Three, Tim Hudson has finally called it a career after 17 seasons, over 3100 innings, and 222 career wins (if you're into that sort of thing). In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's relive the 16 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from surprising Rookie of the Year candidate to a consistently above-average and underrated pitcher in his 30's.

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The prospect team debates the no. 1 young pitcher in the Blue Jays system.

Nearly two years ago, the hot topic in Toronto was who their top pitching prospect was, Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez. Yesterday, one of those two pitchers dominated the Orioles for seven innings to clinch Toronto's first division title in over two decades. This article originally ran on December 9, 2013.

The subjective nature of prospect prognostication is equal parts fascination and frustration, as the prejudices and partialities of the evaluation process can limit what we see and how we go about compartmentalizing that information. I’m a registered bullpen box offender; a recidivist when it comes to placing radically short arms, radically tall arms, slim and slender arms, and most arms of Dominican provenance into a future bullpen role before the developmental process has played out. I recognize that this particular bias is often incongruent to the nature of the process itself, and it paints me as a hypocrite when I preach against binary logic and then participate in such black and white developmental tropes. I’m working on it.

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Revisiting the Arrieta class of pitching prospects in Baltimore.

Yesterday, Jeff Long wrote about the Orioles' disappointing performance with pitching prospects. Today, we flash back to 2009, when the Orioles' stable of young pitching talent seemed to have the club prepped for a long run of success. The following article by Kevin Goldstein originally ran on July 7, 2009.

While the Orioles' offense ranks 10th in the American League in runs scored, it's still loaded with young talent that's only going to get better from here. Beyond the quality of the competition, the real reason that Baltimore is languishing in the American League East is a pitching staff that is allowing nearly five-and-a-half runs per game. But will they get better in the same way that the offense is expected to? Looking at the current staff, the answer is clearly 'no,' but the magic prospect 8-ball sees one of the more talented collections of mound talent around down in their farm system. It's a group that could be the second part of a rebuilding process that brings respectability, if not much more, back to Charm City.

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