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11-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Gift of Kuhn
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Steven Goldman

07-31

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/31/12
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Michael Street

07-13

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Overthinking It: The Rapid Aging of A-Rod
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Ben Lindbergh

07-02

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Bizball: How Much Salary Can You Allocate to One Player and Be Competitive?
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Maury Brown

05-07

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Bizball: Who Will Be MLB’s First $300 Million Player?
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Maury Brown

03-09

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Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-21

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 2/21/12
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Michael Street

02-20

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Collateral Damage: The DL Kings: Nick Johnson
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

02-20

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
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Jonathan Bernhardt

12-30

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Baseball ProGUESTus: To Live and Die in Three Rivers Stadium, Or: The Face of Michael Cimino
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David Raposa and David Roth

12-29

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Overthinking It: GMs Say the Darndest Things
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Ben Lindbergh

12-20

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Overthinking It: Keeping Up with the Friedmans
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Ben Lindbergh

12-16

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Men Behind the Men Behind the Plate
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Jonathan Bernhardt

11-28

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The Lineup Card: 10 Pitcher MVPs and Their Worthiness
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Baseball Prospectus

10-26

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The Lineup Card: 13 Bad Players Who Are (or Were) Still Fun to Watch and Root For
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Baseball Prospectus

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Five: Brew Cruisin'
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Derek Carty

10-07

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 9/7/11
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Michael Street

09-14

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The Lineup Card: Commissioner for a Day
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Baseball Prospectus

09-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Delirium in the Desert
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Jay Jaffe

08-04

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The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB
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Michael Street

08-01

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Ned Zone
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Jay Jaffe

07-20

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Future Shock: Prospecting for Trade Chips
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Kevin Goldstein

07-20

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The Lineup Card: The Top 13 Veterans Committee Selections That Weren't THAT Bad
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Baseball Prospectus

07-20

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Spinning Yarn: A Zone of Their Own
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Mike Fast

07-11

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Heroes and Villains
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Jay Jaffe

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: Replacing Pujols
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Ben Lindbergh

05-25

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The BP Broadside: The Annotated WARP Leaders II: Did Ernie Banks Write the Book of Love?
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Steven Goldman

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: Something Lost, Something Gained
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Ben Lindbergh

05-03

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Transaction Analysis: Opportunity Knocks
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Ben Lindbergh

02-18

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Fantasy Beat: Scoresheet - A-Rod or Stephen Drew?
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Rob McQuown

02-02

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First Base, Third Base, DH, and Outfield
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Rob McQuown

01-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part II
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David Laurila

01-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Bob Kipper
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David Laurila

12-30

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Transaction Analysis: NL West Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

12-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2011: Bagwell and Baggage
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Jay Jaffe

12-06

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The Week in Quotes: November 29-December 5
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Alex Carnevale

11-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Billy and George
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Jay Jaffe

10-25

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GM for a Day: New York Mets
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Christina Kahrl

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Rangers vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Stop Me If You've Heard This One
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Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Lefty-on-Lefty Violence
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview : Phillies vs. Reds
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Christina Kahrl

09-27

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Transaction Action: Dodgers, Padres, Giants
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Christina Kahrl

09-24

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Transaction Action: Reds and 'Stros, Brewers and Bucs
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Christina Kahrl

09-21

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Transaction Action: Braves, Marlins, Mets
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Christina Kahrl

09-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Darold Knowles
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David Laurila

08-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Closer Persona: Chris Perez and Brian Wilson
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David Laurila

08-23

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Contractual Matters: An Airing of Grievances
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Jeff Euston

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If EVERYONE has a brilliant GM, does ANYONE have a brilliant GM? Or are standout GMs going the way of .400 hitters?

There is an industrywide understanding now—a lot of teams spend a lot of time on this. There is a constant understanding that you need to find the next area of opportunity.—Mark Shapiro

The ideas that at one time were innovative are now mainstream.—Sandy Alderson

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What can Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli tell us about the dangers of valuing backup catchers inappropriately?

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Jonathan Bernhardt is a freelance writer born in Baltimore who lives and works in New York City. He is an occasional contributor to the Et tu, Mr. Destructo? blog.

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In honor of Justin Verlander's MVP win, the BP team examines other pitcher MVPs and whether there was a better choice among position players

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Despite being terrible at baseball, these players are (or were) enjoyable to watch

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October 8, 2011 10:31 pm

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Five: Brew Cruisin'

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Derek Carty

The Brewers advance to the NLCS with an extra-inning game to remember

If you didn’t catch tonight’s NLDS finale between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, you missed quite the game.  Framed as a potential pitchers’ duel between Ian Kennedy and Yovanni Gallardo, the two starters didn’t disappoint.  Each went six innings, pitching well enough to maintain the pitchers’ duel pretense but allowing enough action to keep the fans excited—a perfect blend.  The announcers commented during the game that every base hit is a rally in the playoffs, and while that might be a bit of an exaggeration, it definitely felt like it in a back-and-forth game like this.

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October 7, 2011 9:54 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 9/7/11

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Michael Street

Michael looks at possible keepers among the corner infielders on this year's playoff teams

So if a team makes the playoffs, all of its players are keeper studs, right? Wrong. Among the corner infielders, Brandon Inge and Wilson Betemit of the Tigers are barely fungible redraft fantasy options, let alone keepers, and Casey Kotchman’s Bizarro World 2011 season isn’t enough to make him a keeper, either. In between these definite non-keepers and no-brainers like Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, or Mark Teixeira, quite a few keeper enigmas took the field in the four 2011 Divisional Series.

As Rob McQuown did, I’m taking my dollar values from lastplayerpicked.com, and we’ll all be adding the extra “Super Deep” category (20 teams with 10 keepers) for BP readers in the deepest of leagues. Think of it as an even deeper Keeper Reaper.  If you missed it earlier this week, read the beginning of Rob's column for an introduction to what Keeper Reaper is all about.  Remember, here are how league depths are determined:

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What would the BP team do if they were appointed commissioner for a day?

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How the Diamondbacks have managed to exceed expectations and set themselves up for a playoff run.

When I last checked in on the NL West race two weeks ago, the Giants had fallen three-and-a-half games behind the Diamondbacks, though they still held a 62.8 percent chance of reaching the playoffs according to BP’s odds. As if on cue, the Snakes immediately fell into a six-game losing streak that trimmed the division lead to a single game, but they soon turned around and peeled off a nine-game winning streak, rebuilding their lead to six games. Going into a three-game weekend series against the Giants, Playoff Odds report now puts Arizona's chances of winning the division at 82.9 percent with the defending world champions knocked down to 17 percent. In a year with vanishingly few races, this too is on the verge of fading from sight.

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August 4, 2011 12:17 am

The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB

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Michael Street

In his fifth Asian Equation column, Michael looks at the relievers who have enjoyed modest success--and failure--making the move from Japan to America.

The last group in my analysis of the player’s who have migrated to MLB from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) are the relievers, the least appreciated members of a successful baseball team. Yet, of all NPB imports, they have been the most numerous (explaining the length of this article, for which I apologize in advance) and the cheapest. Diminished quality is the most obvious reason for these extremes, since starters who don’t meet MLB standards get shifted to the bullpen, and lesser talents also keep salaries down. Additionally, the typical NPB pitcher’s arsenal matches well with an MLB reliever’s skillset.

As I discussed in my last Asian Equation article, NPB is a breaking ball league, which translates better to relief than starting. A good breaking ball might fool major league hitters the first or second time they see it in a game, but it probably won’t the third or fourth time. As an illustration, here’s how batter OPS rises against two of the biggest NPB starting-pitcher busts as compared with three current MLB pitchers: the best, the most mediocre, and an old junkballer. While MLB batters’ performance improves against each pitcher the more times they see him in a game, the change is far more dramatic with Matsuzaka and Kawakami.

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August 1, 2011 11:08 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Ned Zone

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Jay Jaffe

Jay looks at the Dodgers' deadline deals and wonders what they were thinking when they traded Travyon Robinson.

It's fair to say the Dodgers aren't accustomed to selling at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline. The last time they were lousy enough to go into the deadline far enough removed from a playoff spot to be sellers was 19 years ago when they were en route to 99 losses: their worst season in 83 years. Not that they hadn't failed to recognize the need to do so last summer when they were seven games back in the NL West and 5 1/2 games back in the Wild Card; a more honest assessment of their chances would have had general manager Ned Colletti selling off parts in exchange for prospects. This week, the Dodgers finally got a chance to see Colletti doing just that, and the sum of his moves and non-moves was enough to make a fan pine for the days of Octavio Dotel.

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July 20, 2011 1:09 pm

Future Shock: Prospecting for Trade Chips

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin looks at what each contender is looking for and the prospects they could deal to meet their needs.

I'm going to be straight with you. I am not a big fan of the trade speculation game. Don't get me wrong, I like the rumors and hearing inside scoop of what really is (or isn't) going on between teams, but the sitting around the fire (or bar, or TV) game of “What would Team X have to give up for Player Y?” just doesn't appeal to me. We can all figure out what would make both sides of the ledger even out on a talent level, but what we don't know is how big of a role the one player that shows up in nearly every deal, Mr. Cash Considerations, will play. As we've already seen with the K-Rod to Milwaukee deal, sometimes money (or relief from money) is all that matters in a deal. So let's think about real teams, real contenders, and what kind of prospects they might be dangling out there in an attempt to get that extra piece (or maybe even one of the big prizes) while reviewing what they are looking for based on recent discussions with several team executives.

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In honor of Hall of Fame induction week, the Lineup Card visits the deservedly derided Veterans Committee to see what they did RIGHT.

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