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03-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: Now There Are Zero LaRoches in the Clubhouse
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Baseball Prospectus

03-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: A Penny, Now, Lost
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Baseball Prospectus

03-16

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The BP Wayback Machine: Free Willie
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Baseball Prospectus

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

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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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Putting a big chill on the hot-hand theory of player performance at the plate.

As teams get ready for the postseason, everybody will hope for those three magic words: Hot in October. But what exactly do the hot streaks of today mean for the postseason lineups of tomorrow? Back in the spring of 2010, Russell Carleton took his shot at the Hot Hand theory. The following originally ran on March 8, 2010.

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Looking back at Matt Moore's progression from three-star prospect to the best pitching prospect in the game.

On Thursday night, after a largely disastrous first season back from Tommy John surgery, Matt Moore had perhaps his finest start as a major leaguer, going seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks, and striking out nine. Moore's future is still very much up in the air, so now seems like an appropriate time to remember the prospect who some rated higher than Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. The following are what Kevin Goldstein wrote about Moore in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Rays Top Tens.

2009:

6. Matt Moore, LHP
DOB: 6/18/89
Height/Weight: 6-2/205
Bats/Throws: L/L
Drafted/Signed: 8th round, 2007, Moriarty HS (NM)
2008 Stats: 1.66 ERA at Rookie-level (54.1-30-19-77)
Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked







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Blow-by-blow recap of the incredible scouting video of top international prospect Yoenis Cespedes.

In about two months, Yoenis Cespedes is going to get paid. The last time he was going to get paid, this happened. We can only hope for a sequel. This article originally ran on November 7, 2011.

I knew I was in for something special once I saw the email.

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Ruben Amaro said he consulted some rabbis before signing Delmon Young. Here's one way that conversation might have unfolded.

Three years ago, Ruben Amaro signed Delmon Young after consulting with some rabbis, and as we reflect on Amaro's tenure, reliving this conversation seemed like an appropriate way to do so. This article originally ran on January 25, 2013.

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No prior major-league managerial jobs, no coaching experience, no problem.

Much of the current managerial talk may linger around Matt Williams today and his interesting performance last night against the Mets, but has the managerial youth movement (along with requisite inexperience) gone well thus far? This article discusses the changing of the landscape just two years ago, and originally ran on November 5, 2013.

Early in the World Series, my girlfriend wondered aloud why FOX was showing so many reaction shots of the same St. Louis player. “Which player?”, I asked. “That one,” she answered, the next time the broadcast cut to the dugout camera. She meant Mike Matheny.

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The three teams in the West Division have the same disparity between offense and pitching as those in the East.

With the excitement of the 2015 AFL rosters being announced yesterday, we take a look back at a league preview from eight years ago and see which names are of the household variety now (along with which names we have long forgotten). This article originally ran on October 4, 2007 and was part two of a two-part series.

After an overview of the three East squads in Part 1, the Arizona Fall League preview wraps up with a look at the teams in the West.

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The three squads in the East division are stacked with big bats, but where is the quality pitching?

With the excitement of the 2015 AFL rosters being announced yesterday, we take a look back at a league preview from eight years ago and see which names are of the household variety now (along with which names we have long forgotten). This article originally ran on October 3, 2007 and was part one of a two-part series.

The Arizona Fall League kicks off its 16th season next week, and while the league has had its struggles on a financial level, the talent continues to shine through--though like most years there is far more good hitting than quality pitching. In this year's All-Star game, nearly half the players on the National League squad (16) had AFL experience on their resume, and that number should continue to grow in the years to come. We'll start today's preview with the East division, looking at five story lines to follow on each team.

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Ranking closers based on how bad they've looked at the plate.

Roster expansion begins today, so last night's Giants/Dodgers game may be the the last of the season where a reliever batted for both teams. To celebrate the Chris Hatchers and George Kontoses (Konti?) of the world, here's a GIF-laden look at the ones who bat least and why it's often well-deserved. This article originally ran on August 22, 2013.

On Wednesday night, Aroldis Chapman entered an 8-6 game in relief of an injured Jonathan Broxton, who faced two batters in the top of the eighth before his elbow cut his outing short. It was the first time Chapman had been asked to get more than three outs all season. And because a “distraught” Dusty Baker screwed up the double switch, Chapman also made his first major-league plate appearance in the bottom of the inning.

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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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