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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

02-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: Beating Eric Gagne
by
Gary Huckabay

02-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: 2003 PECOTA Preview: The American League
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Nate Silver

01-31

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The BP Wayback Machine: Redecorating Your Glass House
by
Gary Huckabay

01-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: Projecting the Top of the Crop
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Nate Silver

01-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bagging on Bagwell
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Christina Kahrl

01-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: How to Write a Letter of Complaint
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Derek Jacques

12-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: Firing Up the Wayback Machine
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Kevin Goldstein

12-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: When Good GMs Go Bad
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Jonah Keri

12-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Grand Ole Opry
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John Perrotto

11-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Take Me Out of the Hall Game
by
Jay Jaffe

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What does history say about the best point in the season to secure a spot in the playoffs?

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.

Is it better for a team's playoff hopes to seal a playoff spot early in September, or to have a race come down to the wire? Mike surveyed baseball history in search of an answer in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published on October 1, 2006.


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A contemporary look at how John Mozeliak and Jeff Luhnow turned around the Cardinals' system.

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.

The Cardinals weren't always a model organization, but Bryan describes how they began to become one in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Wait 'Til Next Year" column on December 18, 2007.

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A look back at how far the Cubs organization has come.

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.

After a year of aggressively adding young talent, the Cubs of today have one of baseball's best farm systems. But the story was very different four years ago, as Kevin described in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on July 21, 2009.

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Will the new CBA's draft system kill the AL's edge?

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.

Matt identified a draft-related edge for the AL that the current CBA could endanger in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as an "Ahead in the Count" column on April 29, 2010.

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An early argument for robot umpires.

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.

Gary penned an early, pre-PITCHf/x plea for robot umpires in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "6-4-3" column on March 15, 2002.
 


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How the last exciting Indians team was assembled.

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.

The Indians have returned to contention in 2013, six years after the 2007 edition of the team won 96 games and appeared to be starting an extended run of success. In 2007, Kevin Goldstein took a look at how that last winning Indians team was assembled in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on October 16, 2007.
 


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When do hot starts become significant?

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.

The Royals are off to a fast start this season. How much does that mean? Their early success a decade ago prompted Rany to assess the predictiveness of hot starts in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Doctoring the Numbers" column on May 6, 2003.
 


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Real-world examples show us that we use scouting and performance analysis in tandem all the time.

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.

Derek drew a parallel between job interviews and baseball teams' talent evaluations in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Breaking Balls" column on January 20, 2005.
 


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How Jay found out about Jackie.

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Jay reminisced about his introduction to Jackie Robinson in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "One-Hoppers" post on April 15, 2011.
 


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It's as much a rite of spring as the game itself: overreacting to the events of the first week of play.

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Joe Sheehan offered a reminder about overreacting to small April samples in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Today" column on April 10, 2006.
 


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When Opening Day is an ending, not a beginning.

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.

Jim Baker dug up all the players who appeared in an Opening Day game and were never seen again in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Matchups" column on March 28th, 2008.
 


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Flash back to the first time Porcello competed for a spot in a crowded Tiger rotation.

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The Tigers have to decide what to do with Rick Porcello, who's competing for the fifth-starter slot with Drew Smyly this spring and could end up on the trade block. They were facing a similar situation when David Laurila caught up with a younger Porcello in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Q&A" column on April 1, 2009.

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