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Friday, November 2

Scouting the Draft: Baseball Prospectus Travels to Jupiter

by Dan Evans, Nick J. Faleris, Joe Hamrahi and Jason Parks

There was so much talent at the World Wood Bat Association World Championships that BP needed four scouts to take it all in.

Premium Article Head Games: David Wright, R.A. Dickey, and What Smart Fans Really Want

by Will Woods

Should Sandy Alderson trade or extend two of the Mets' most valuable assets?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Why Darren Oliver Might Really Retire This Time

by Sam Miller

Just when Darren Oliver is out, he pulls himself back in. And he keeps getting better.

Premium Article Raising Aces: The Good Old Days: Randy Johnson

by Doug Thorburn

Randy Johnson was one of the most dominant pitchers of his or any era, but his peak wouldn't have been possible without continual mechanical tinkering.

Premium Article Prospect Push: Notes from the Arizona Fall League

by Jason Churchill

Halfway through the Arizona Fall League, it's time to check in on some of the most talked-about players.

BP Unfiltered: Selectively Sampled Players Say: Beware of Weights This Winter

by Ben Lindbergh

Are some players about to overdo it in the weight room over the winter?

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 1

by Jason Martinez

Notes on 12 prospects playing in either the Arizona Fall League or the Venezuelan Winter League.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 75: The David Ortiz Decision and the Offseason Outlook for the Red Sox

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam welcome Matthew Kory to the podcast to discuss the David Ortiz contract negotiations and the outlook for the Red Sox this winter.

Overthinking It: What Chipper Jones' Retirement Gifts Were For: A Short Story (Updated)

by Ben Lindbergh

In 2012, Chipper Jones received an assortment of strange gifts from each opponent he played on his last trip around the league. In 2031, he will finally figure out what to do with them.

The BP Wayback Machine: Changing the Game?

by Joe Sheehan

Adapting the rules governing free agency might seem like sound policy, but it comes with considerable risk.

Thursday, November 1

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Baseball Prospectus Prospect Rankings Primer

by Jason Parks

Jason and his team embark on a massive offseason prospect. Here's what to expect and how to get the most out of it.

Premium Article On the Beat: Hot Stove Stories

by John Perrotto

With the World Series over, here are five big stories for Hot Stove season, and an interview with Brian Sabean.

Premium Article In A Pickle: Forever Changes

by Jason Wojciechowski

Fewer incumbents have won Gold Gloves the past two years. Is this a sign of a more engaged voting base?

Collateral Damage: NL West Year-End Injury Summary

by Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

Now that the season is over, here's a recap of the injuries sustained by NL West clubs and how great an impact each injury had.

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: High School Left-Handed Pitchers

by Nick J. Faleris

Our 2013 draft preview continues with a look at some eligible high school lefties.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The League of Extraordinary Salary Commitment

by R.J. Anderson

The Dodgers now have a high-priced reliever. But do they have an elite reliever?

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 31

by Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez of MLBDepthCharts makes his Minor League Update debut ...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 74: The Ervin Santana Trade, the Royals' Rotation, and the Pitching Market/Rick Hahn and the Future of Front Offices

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss what the Ervin Santana trade says about the Royals' rotation and the pitching market, then talk about what Rick Hahn's ascension to the GM role in Chicago means for the future of front offices.

Wednesday, October 31

Premium Article Inside The Park: What Rick Hahn's Ascension Means for the White Sox

by Bradford Doolittle

The White Sox have a new GM, but the old one isn't going away.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Tying Up October Loose Ends

by Sam Miller

Postseason stats, things commentators wanted to tell you, the best postseason party, the unpredictability of October, and the best MLB.com headlines.

Punk Hits: Brian Science

by Ian Miller

The Giants' GM is not an idiot, but now Ian understands why some people think he is.

The Lineup Card: 9 Predictions of Free Agent Bargains and Busts

Baseball Prospectus

Which players do the BP staff think will be great (or awful) free-agent additions?

Premium Article Sobsequy: The Freaks and Geeks Go All the Way

by Adam Sobsey

The Giants were a club fit for Halloween, but their colorful costumes couldn't obscure their competent play.

Wezen-Ball: World Series Riots

by Larry Granillo

A quick look at some post-Series celebrations that turned ugly.

Minor League Update: Games of October 30

by Bradley Ankrom

A decidedly non-spooky look at prospects playing in Arizona and the Caribbean.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 73: Did the Dodgers Overpay for Brandon League?/Are Gold Glove Voters and Defensive Stats Learning to get Along?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the three-year deal the Dodgers gave Brandon League and reliever salaries in general, then talk about whether Gold Glove voters and advanced defensive stats agree more often than they used to.

Tuesday, October 30

Premium Article Western Front: Three Giant Draft Picks

by Geoff Young

With the benefit of hindsight, how different might the NL West look if given the opportunity to repick in several drafts?

Premium Article Bizball: 2012 Sees Lowest World Series Ratings, MLB Loses Millions, and Post-Season Shares

by Maury Brown

The 2012 World Series is the lowest-rated ever, but what does that actually mean?

Baseball ProGUESTus: A Brief, Incomplete History of Replacement Level

by Brandon Heipp

The concept of replacement level goes back well beyond VORP.

Painting the Black: Evaluating the Non-Tender Class of '11

by R.J. Anderson

It's the time for non-tenders. R.J. looks back at last year's giveaways to see which fared the best.

BP Unfiltered: Do the Giants Signal the End of Moneyball?

by Colin Wyers

In a word, "no."

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 29

by Bradley Ankrom

Taking a tour around Arizona (and, surprise!, the Dominican Republic)

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 72: How Many Members of the Angels' Rotation Will Be Back?/Predicting the First- and Last-Place Teams of 2013

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the decisions the Angels are about to make concerning Dan Haren and Ervin Santana and talk about what their 2013 rotation will look like, then predict 2013's division/World Series winners and last-place teams.

Monday, October 29

Playoff Prospectus: World Series (and Postseason) Recap

by Sam Miller

A review of all 37 games we just watched.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: The Proper Care and Feeding of Minor Leaguers

by Russell A. Carleton

Are teams losing out in the long run by letting their prospects feed on fast food?

Premium Article Out of Left Field: Postseason Celebrations: A Celebration

by Matthew Kory

Chronicling this October's post-series rejoicing.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: The Ones We Got Wrong

by Derek Carty

Derek goes over his preseason predictions looking for mistakes.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Wire

by R.J. Anderson

Chris Volstad heads a list of waiver claims this week.

The Week in Quotes: October 22-28

by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Tater Trot Tracker: World Series, Game 4

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for the final game of the 2012 World Series.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 28

by Bradley Ankrom

Taking a look around the Caribbean and Arizona offseason leagues.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 71: The Giants Win the World Series/Assessing Brian Sabean

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the start of the offseason and what the Giants' second World Series win in three seasons says about GM Brian Sabean.

Sunday, October 28

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Preview: Giants at Tigers

by Daniel Rathman

The Giants try to clinch their second championship in three years, while the Tigers hope to live to play another day.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap: Giants 2, Tigers 0

by Ben Lindbergh

For one night, the Giants' pitching wasn't dominant, but it didn't change a thing, and Detroit dropped its third in a row.

Saturday, October 27

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Preview: Giants at Tigers

by Daniel Rathman

Down 2-0 but back at home, the Tigers need a win to avoid an elimination game.

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