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06-25

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BP Unfiltered: The AL Wins Interleague Again
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Ben Lindbergh

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: AL on the Rise, and Extensions All Around
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Ben Lindbergh

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

01-26

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Center Field
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Marc Normandin

01-24

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Right Field
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Marc Normandin

01-20

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Left Field
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Marc Normandin

01-13

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Shortstop
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Marc Normandin

01-12

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Third Base
by
Marc Normandin

06-04

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Ahead in the Count: No Turnover Standings Breakdown
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Matt Swartz

04-04

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29

Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-03

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13

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Lay of the Land
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Jay Jaffe

10-08

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21

Relative League Quality
by
Shawn Hoffman

06-26

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Prospectus Today: The Imbalance of Power
by
Joe Sheehan

04-06

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28

Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-07

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5

Prospectus Hit and Run: Divisionology
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Jay Jaffe

07-15

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Prospectus Preview: Today's Game to Watch, the All-Star Game
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Caleb Peiffer

04-03

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Toughest of Them All?
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Dan Fox

11-08

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Biggest Booms and Busts?
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Dan Fox

10-05

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6-4-3: Weighin' in at 19 Stone, Part Two
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Gary Huckabay

10-04

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Schrodinger's Bat: A Rocky Mountain Retrospective
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Dan Fox

09-25

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6-4-3: Weighin' in at 19 Stone, Part One of Two
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Gary Huckabay

06-28

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Lies, Damned Lies: All-Star Balloting
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Nate Silver

04-01

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-22

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Schrodinger's Bat: Turning the Page
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Dan Fox

02-15

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Schrodinger's Bat: Age Before Beauty
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Dan Fox

01-11

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Schrodinger's Bat: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint
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Dan Fox

11-09

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Predictatron Recap
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Ben Murphy

10-31

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

05-18

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Moral Hazards of the Hit Batsmen
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Dan Fox

03-30

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

09-01

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Crooked Numbers: In Reverse
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James Click

08-17

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Can Of Corn: The Even Newer and More Improved Triple Crown
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Dayn Perry

03-31

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-21

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Projects the American League
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Nate Silver

11-11

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Lies, Damned Lies: Superstars, All-Stars and Busts
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Nate Silver

09-21

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Prospectus Today: The Wild Card
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Joe Sheehan

09-01

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Tougher League
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Nate Silver

08-21

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Rational Exuberance: A Better Way to Build a Baseball Team
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Jonah Keri

08-17

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From the Desk of Vex Peters
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Jim Baker

08-10

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Murderer's Row
by
Chaim Bloom and Keith Woolner

07-14

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

07-25

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6-4-3: Next Anonymous Friday
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Gary Huckabay

07-15

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
by
Greg Spira

06-18

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Prospectus Today: Pitcher Workloads
by
Joe Sheehan

04-21

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WWII Difficulty
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Clay Davenport

04-09

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The Great Slide Backwards
by
Mark Armour

04-02

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The Great Leap Forward
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Mark Armour

11-21

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Aim For The Head: Are Balanced Lineups Better?
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Keith Woolner and Rodger A. Payne

11-07

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Staff Ballots
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Baseball Prospectus

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Once again, the battle between the leagues goes to the AL in convincing fashion.

After 252 interleague games, we have a final tally for 2012: AL 142, NL 110. That's a .563 winning percentage for the AL, which translates to a 91-win pace over a 162-game season. The AL has now taken the NL's lunch money in interleague play for nine consecutive seasons.

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Assessing whether the AL got stronger this offseason, evaluating extensions for Tim Lincecum, Brandon Morrow, and Mike Morse, and tackling Toronto's moves for Francisco Cordero and Omar Vizquel.

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, both in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards  (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. 

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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January 26, 2011 11:33 am

Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Center Field

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Marc Normandin

A review of Marc's 2010 center field rankings.

This is a review of my 2010 center field rankings. This time around, not only will we use auction values for mixed leagues, but also the dollar value for AL- and NL-only leagues. These dollar values come from Graphical Player 2011, and I think these will do a good job illustrating how much I missed by on the players I missed, though, broken record style, the why is more important than the result when it comes to these rankings. All PECOTA projections, dollar values and statistics in the parentheses are from 2010.

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January 24, 2011 12:42 pm

Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Right Field

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Marc Normandin

A review of Marc's 2010 right field rankings.

This is a review of my 2010 right field rankings. This time around, not only will we use auction values for mixed leagues, but also the dollar value for AL- and NL-only leagues. These dollar values come from Graphical Player 2011, and I think these will do a good job illustrating how much I missed by on the players I missed, though, broken record style, the why is more important than the result when it comes to these rankings. All PECOTA projections, dollar values and statistics in the parentheses are from 2010.

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January 20, 2011 4:23 pm

Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Left Field

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Marc Normandin

A review of Marc's 2010 left fielder rankings.

This is a review of my 2010 left field rankings. This time around, not only will we use auction values for mixed leagues, but also the dollar value for AL- and NL-only leagues. These dollar values come from Graphical Player 2011, and I think these will do a good job illustrating how much I missed by on the players I missed, though, broken record style, the why is more important than the result when it comes to these rankings. All PECOTA projections, dollar values and statistics in the parentheses are from 2010.

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January 13, 2011 3:10 pm

Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Shortstop

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Marc Normandin

Marc reviews his 2010 shortstop rankings.

This is a review of my 2010 shortstop rankings. This time around, not only will we use auction values for mixed leagues, but also the dollar value for AL- and NL-only leagues. These dollar values come from Graphical Player 2011, and I think these will do a good job illustrating how much I missed by on the players I missed, though, broken record style, the why is more important than the result when it comes to these rankings. All PECOTA projections, dollar values and statistics in the parentheses are from 2010.

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January 12, 2011 2:03 pm

Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Third Base

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Marc Normandin

A review of Marc's 2010 third base fantasy rankings.

This is a review of my 2010 third base rankings. This time around, not only will we use auction values for mixed leagues, but also the dollar value for AL- and NL-only leagues. These dollar values come from Graphical Player 2011, and I think these will do a good job illustrating how much I missed by on the players I missed, though, broken record style, the why is more important than the result when it comes to these rankings. All PECOTA projections, dollar values and statistics in the parentheses are from 2010.

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June 4, 2010 9:00 am

Ahead in the Count: No Turnover Standings Breakdown

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Matt Swartz

Putting every major-league player back with his original team in an alternative universe can tell us a lot about team building.

In March, I introduced The No Turnover Standings which measured what teams’ records would have been if Major League Baseball did not allow any player movement and all players had provided the same production for the team that originally drafted or signed them as amateurs.  As I described in that article:

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. Picking favorites for the Wild Card for the respective leagues initially might have seemed easy, since the selections universally favored the second-place team in the AL East, while all but two voters picked their second-place teams in the NL East to earn the non-division champ playoff team, but a tie in the rankings had to be broken in favor of the team named the Wild Card winner on the most individual ballots, which is sure to upset some people.

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that's been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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February 3, 2010 11:43 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Lay of the Land

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Jay Jaffe

From several angles, the AL West could prove to be the best division in baseball.

In preparing a recent column regarding the Dodgers' payroll situation, I made reference to the competitive ecology in which the team competes. "Competitive ecology" is a phrase introduced into the Baseball Prospectus lexicon by Keith Woolner, who wrote about it several times in the context of market-size issues and better revenue-sharing plans. For my money, he summarized it best in a pre-BP post to a Red Sox mailing list that was far ahead of its time:

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October 8, 2009 12:18 pm

Relative League Quality

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Shawn Hoffman

Sure, the AL's run roughshod over the NL, but could it be that the senior circuit is the victim of a systemic crime?

The American League is kicking the National League's butt, and has been for a number of years. Check out some of the numbers from the last five seasons, courtesy of Jay Jaffe's article last month: a 714-546 record in interleague games, an even better run differential, and not a single year with an interleague winning percentage under .540. The AL is Danny Almonte to the NL's 11-year-old little leaguer.

So how did this happen? Why, all of a sudden, is the American League so dominant? Is it just a cyclical shift, or is there something deeper that will keep the AL on top for the foreseeable future?

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