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Monday, April 30

Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run: The Hate List, Part II

by Jay Jaffe

What's Jay's beef with your team?

Changing Speeds: Pelotero, or, There's Sano Business Like Show Business

by Ken Funck

Reviewing a new documentary about the often agonizing July 2nd signing process for international amateur prospects.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Jordan Walden and Small Samples

by Sam Miller

What numbers do we look at when no number is large enough?

Premium Article Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack

by Kevin Goldstein

OMG, you've never heard of Hanser Alberto? You totally should.

Premium Article Out of Left Field: The Walking Dead

by Matthew Kory

These orthopedic boots are made for walking.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Make That Trade

by Derek Carty

Some say April is a bad time to trade. They're wrong.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Monday, April 30

by Corey Dawkins

Ryan Zimmerman's injury leads to Bryce Harper getting the call.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, April 30

by Matthew Kory

Your only place to find out if Albert Pujols is hitting well.

BP Unfiltered: Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball

by Dan Brooks

Saber Seminar August 4-5

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 29

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 29: Helton's pinch hit salami, Figgins' second leadoff homer, and Stanton finally clears the fences.

BP Unfiltered: Billy Hamilton is Very Fast

by Sam Miller

Reds shortstop prospect Billy Hamilton runs fast.

BP Unfiltered: Prospect Tracker Adds Leaderboards

by Bradley Ankrom

The Prospect Tracker adds leaderboards and classification, league filtering.

Wezen-Ball: How to Give the Game Back to Its Fans

by Larry Granillo

A 1957 list of not very good ideas for how to give the "game back to its fans."

What You Need to Know: Monday, April 30

by Daniel Rathman

Bryce Harper's presence and early contributions gives the Nationals a happy glimpse into the future.

BP Unfiltered: Brooks Baseball Joins Forces with Baseball Prospectus

by Joe Hamrahi

Brooks Baseball Joins Baseball Prospectus

Sunday, April 29

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 28

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 28: Matt Kemp spoils Bryce Harper's debut, does a crazy dance.

BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus & The Newberg Report Night at Rangers Ballpark- June 24, 2012

by Joe Hamrahi

Stadium Tour continues with The Newberg Report in Texas

Saturday, April 28

BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus Debuts as 2012 Silver Sponsor of WALK MS Cleveland

by Kathy Woolner

2012 WALK MS Cleveland

Premium Article The Call-Up: Mike Trout and Welington Castillo

by Kevin Goldstein

What to expect from Mike Trout and Welington Castillo in the big leagues.

BP Podcast: Episode 91: That's A Surreal Thing, Man

by Kevin Goldstein

And we're finally back. I apologize for the one day delay, and for the sound quality. This is kind of podcast in the raw with all the coughs and mouse clicks and paper shuffling left in. It was either going up like that or it just wasn't going to ever go up. Nonetheless it's a great show as we talk about why much of the Dallas metroplex area is mad a me, Yu Darvish's arsenal and what makes a No. 1 or No. 3 starter before delving into prospects as Jason wrote about Orioles farmhands and I went and saw Francisco Lindor play baseball. Then it's special guest time with Alex Speier of WEEI on the soap opera that has already been the Red Sox 2012 season. From there it's the goofy stuff, and you can relive the moment of #want on ESPN as it happens. As always, we do hope you enjoy.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 27

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 27: Encarnacion's massive shot, Hairston's cycle, Papi's stroll.

Future Shock Blog: Bryce Harper Is Up. Is This A Good Thing?

by Kevin Goldstein

A look at why Bryce Harper's call to the majors could be a good thing, or a mistake.

BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus Visits the Oakland Coliseum - May 12, 2012

by Joe Hamrahi

Baseball Prospectus Day at the Oakland Coliseum

BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus at PETCO Park - May 19, 2012

by Joe Hamrahi

Baseball Prospectus Visits PETCO Park

BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus Day at Tropicana Field - May 5, 2012

by Joe Hamrahi

Baseball Prospectus Visits Tropicana Field

Friday, April 27

Prospectus Hit and Run: Labrum But it Didn't Kill Him

by Jay Jaffe

Michael Pineda's labrum tear doesn't bode well for his future, but it's not the death sentence it used to be.

Premium Article Overthinking It: The April Anomalies That Matter

by Ben Lindbergh

Some of this year's great starts are tied to dramatically changed approaches.

Premium Article The Stats Go Marching In: Scoring Runs, Revisited

by Max Marchi

If you want to estimate run-scoring accurately, what are all the factors you need to take into account?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This Week

by Sam Miller

The best pitches of the past two weeks, narrated by a guy who's trying to impress his date.

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Outfielders for 4/27/12

by Rob McQuown

Span, Parra, and Pierre join VP this week

Fantasy Article Weekly Planner: Week Five

by Paul Sporer

The return of the Weekly Planner helps you decide which two-start pitchers to start and sit

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, April 27

by Corey Dawkins

There's more bad news in Boston, and Dustin McGowan has yet another setback.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 27

by Matthew Kory

In which the Cardinals are flying away with the Central.

BP Unfiltered: When to Give Away a Baseball

by Sam Miller

When to give a baseball to a nearby kid.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 26

by Larry Granillo

The trot times for April 26: two heroic home runs and Jay Bruce almost hits a sleeping kid.

BP Unfiltered: Albert Pujols Looks Uncomfortable

by Sam Miller

Albert Pujols looks uncomfortable.

Wezen-Ball: Google Wars

by Larry Granillo

How does a Google search for, say, "Dodgers" differ between the US and the non-baseball world?

What You Need to Know: Friday, April 27

by Daniel Rathman

The Marlins might do well to give Heath Bell a break from closing duties.

The BP Wayback Machine: Royal Flush

by James Click

In the wake of another long losing streak for the Royals, we revisit an even longer one from last decade.

BP Unfiltered: Greg Spira Baseball Research Award Announced

by Joe Hamrahi

New Honor To Recognize Up-and-Coming Talent

Thursday, April 26

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Baltimore Orioles

by Jason Parks

People don't think much can go wrong with Dylan Bundy, but how about the rest of the top Orioles prospects?

Premium Article Raising Aces: A Tale of Two Timmys

by Doug Thorburn

Is something physically or mechanically wrong with Tim Lincecum, or are his struggles to start the season something we've seen before?

On the Beat: Amazin' Moyer

by John Perrotto

The Rockies use one word to describe Jamie Moyer's return to the major leagues, and a conversation with Mike Matheny.

Expanded Horizons: An Hour with Marvin Miller

by Tommy Bennett

Tommy attends a panel marking the 40th anniversary of the 1972 strike and returns with tales of the Players Association's past.

Premium Article Future Shock: Midwest League Notebook

by Kevin Goldstein

While the Midwest League missed out on some top-tier prospects in 2011, that's not the case in 2012.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Can't Spell Depth Without DH

by R.J. Anderson

Braves demote Jair Jurrjens, Rays add Matsui

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 4/26/12

by Paul Sporer

Starting Pitching VP returns with Niemann, Burnett, Doubront, and Parker

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Going to the Bullpen for Wins

by Derek Carty

When there are no good starters in your league, the bullpen can offer you the wins you need.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Thursday, April 26

by Corey Dawkins

Michael Pineda will be out for the year with a labrum tear.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, April 26

by Matthew Kory

Royals win! Royals win! Royals still terrible!

BP Fantasy Podcast: The Towers of Power Fantasy Hour (or 2) Launches!

by Jason Collette

Jason Collette and Paul Sporer launch the new Baseball Prospectus Fantasy Podcast and discuss the studs and duds of April, roster management in the first few weeks of the season, make prop bets, and talk about their favorite read of the week.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 25

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 25: Cespedes bests Konerko and Rolen keeps pace with Hudson.

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 25

by Kevin Goldstein

A Jekyll and Hyde righty in the Yankees system and notes from around the day in the minors.

Wezen-Ball: Baiting an Umpire - with Glue!

by Larry Granillo

A quick story from the 1930s or 1940s, when a player was thrown out for gluing a newspaper photo to home plate.

What You Need to Know: Thursday, April 26

by Daniel Rathman

Have the Angels dug themselves too deep of a hole in the AL West?

Wednesday, April 25

Premium Article Future Shock: Five Slow Starts

by Kevin Goldstein

A number of high-profile prospects are off to disappointing starts. But how worried should we be?

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: What Valentine Brings to Boston

by Cee Angi

If you're looking for a scapegoat for Boston's struggles, skip the manager's office.

The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Batting Stances

Baseball Prospectus

Which players have had the best batting stances in baseball?

Premium Article Heartburn Hardball: Centerpiece in Center Field?

by Jonathan Bernhardt

Is Adam Jones becoming the type of player the Orioles should build around?

Fantasy Article Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/25/12

by Michael Street

Despite rising ownership rates, Michael's VP list stays afloat with some great early-season values.

Brew Crew's Good Cause: Ben Rouse and the Brewers Go to Bat Against Leukemia

by Larry Granillo

Leukemia survivor Ben Rouse is raising awareness about the disease that threatened to kill him by attending every Brewers game this season.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Wednesday, April 25

by Corey Dawkins

The injury bug hits the Mets.

BP Unfiltered: A Great Leap Forward in Baseball Analysis

by Sam Miller

I know we're gonna make it tonight.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 24

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 24: Chipper's birthday blast, Wieters' accidental home run, and Gomez's confused (and speedy) trot.

Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 24

by Kevin Goldstein

Dylan Bundy isn't the only 2011 first-rounder blowing away Sally League hitters as Kevin cruises through yesterday in the minors.

BP Unfiltered: The Incredible Underused Sergio Romo

by Sam Miller

Sergio Romo should never not be pitching.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, April 25.

by Matthew Kory

Good teams, bad teams, Texas beats 'em all.

What You Need to Know: Wednesday, April 25

by Daniel Rathman

Johan Santana and Josh Johnson turned back the clock in a vintage pitcher's duel on Tuesday.

BP Unfiltered: Does Darvish Throw a Shuuto?

by Jason Parks

Yu Darvish unveiled a previously unseen pitch in his masterful starts against the Yankees on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, April 24

Pebble Hunting: Albert Pujols Never Walks

by Sam Miller

Did the Angels sign the player they thought they were signing?

Premium Article Overthinking It: The No-Hitters That Almost Weren't

by Ben Lindbergh

Philip Humber's perfect game ended with a controversial call, but close plays to preserve no-hitters are the norm, not the exception.

Premium Article Western Front: Five Giant Themes

by Geoff Young

What do Bruce Bochy, Xavier Nady, Brandon Belt, Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Mike Krukow, and Mark Grant have in common?

Premium Article Prospectus Game of the Week: The Accounts and Descriptions of this Game

by R.J. Anderson

An evening with two of the best broadcast crews in the sport.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: A Week in Wilmington

by Jason Parks

To help him through a week in Wilmington, Jason finds inspiration all around him.

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Manager Narrative

by Dash Treyhorn

Is there anything more to a manager's reputation than the abilities of the players who play for him?

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Tuesday, April 24

by Corey Dawkins

The Mets have maintained a relatively clean bill of health so far this season.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, April 24

by Matthew Kory

In which the White Sox are higher than the Tigers.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 23

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 23: Justin Upton hits his first one out; Hector Sanchez does as well.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Jarrod Parker

by Kevin Goldstein

What to expect from Jarrod Parker, who makes his A's debut on Wednesday.

BP Unfiltered: The 15 Greatest Baseball Names of No Time

by Sam Miller

Best Fake Baseball Names.

Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 23

by Kevin Goldstein

A sleeper in the Rangers system and notes from all of yesterday's action in the minors.

What You Need to Know: Tuesday, April 24

by Daniel Rathman

Jake Peavy continued his hot start in his most recent outing against the A's.

BP Unfiltered: Collateral Damage Daily Details

by Corey Dawkins

An explanation of some of the new features of Collateral Damage Daily.

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