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07-17

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The Baseball Decathlon
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Bret Sayre

02-21

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20

In A Pickle: All-Stars Are Not All Stars
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Jason Wojciechowski

07-12

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11

Antidote to an Off-Day
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Paul Sporer

03-06

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24

Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-29

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13

Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
by
Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

02-01

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42

The Lineup Card: 10 Undeservedly Obscure Baseball Films
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Baseball Prospectus

01-26

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45

Future Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-24

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38

Future Shock: Washington Nationals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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22

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Keltner All-Stars, Part II
by
Jay Jaffe

01-04

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11

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All
by
Jay Jaffe

12-19

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18

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Middle Infielders
by
Jay Jaffe

08-23

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Back from the All-Star Break
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Geoff Young

08-15

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Fast Breakers
by
Jay Jaffe

07-13

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On the Beat: Straight from the Commissioner
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John Perrotto

07-12

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Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 1
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R.J. Anderson

07-06

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Clubhouse Confidential: Don't Fear the Derby
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Marc Carig

06-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Un-Stars
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James Click

06-08

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18

Clubhouse Confidential: Speaking from Experience
by
Marc Carig

02-22

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38

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-18

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Future Shock: New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-08

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44

Future Shock: Atlanta Braves Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-19

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38

Future Shock: Toronto Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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43

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-23

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16

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

11-19

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Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-12

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Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-26

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Playoff Odds Update: Padres and Rockies Reverse Roles
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John Perrotto

07-14

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Ahead in the Count: Three Eras of All-Star Voting
by
Matt Swartz

07-13

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On the Beat: In Need of Heavenly Hitting
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John Perrotto

07-12

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Transaction Action: Shuffling Seniors
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Christina Kahrl

07-09

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All-Star Discontents
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Christina Kahrl

07-06

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16

Under The Knife: The All-Star Effect
by
Will Carroll

07-05

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Under The Knife: Reactivation
by
Will Carroll

06-30

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Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct
by
Christina Kahrl

06-21

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Contractual Matters: Goin' to Kansas City
by
Jeff Euston

02-24

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14

Future Shock: Cardinals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-29

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24

Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-26

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Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-24

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Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-21

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Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-08

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Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases at Third and Short
by
Jay Jaffe

11-09

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Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-19

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Vlad and the Right Fielders
by
Jay Jaffe

08-14

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23

Prospectus Hit List: Getting Their Money's Worth... Or Not
by
Jay Jaffe

08-07

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15

Prospectus Hit List: The Post-Shuffle Shuffle
by
Jay Jaffe

07-16

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18

On the Beat: Buyers Rush Nearly Empty Shelves?
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John Perrotto

07-12

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On the Beat: Mid-Season Snapshot
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John Perrotto

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July 17, 2013 5:00 am

The Baseball Decathlon

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Bret Sayre

In an effort to spice up the All-Star break, Bret comes up with a new event—and puts two of the game's brightest young stars to the test.

There is a certain reverence that people who grew up watching the All-Star Games of yore hold, and somewhere between interleague play and the "This Time It Counts" campaign, it's begun to drift away. But instead of trying to fix the game, which is still both very popular and important to growing the brand of baseball both at home and abroad, itself, a different approach may be to surround the game with a more entertaining product. After all, how often do you get such a large representation of the game's collective star power together in one spot?

As it stands now, All-Star Weekend has essentially morphed into a representation of Justin Smoak's career (minus the recent resurgence, if you choose to even call it that). Everything is great on the minor-league side, as the Futures Game is one of the best additions that baseball has made in the last half-century. However, on the major-league side, it's more about lost opportunity. The Home Run Derby, while it is still fun in moderation, has almost become a caricature of itself and lasts nearly an hour too long. Beyond that, there’s not a single event that uses the crop of current All-Stars.

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February 21, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: All-Stars Are Not All Stars

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Jason Wojciechowski

Jason looks at the worst players, by career WARP, to make multiple trips to the All-Star Game.

Last week, we looked at players who racked up large career WARP figures but for one reason or another (underappreciation, the league being incredibly stocked at their position, steady goodness rather than flashes of greatness) didn't make very many All-Star teams. This week, having sufficiently buried the lede, it's time to look at the players who inspired this investigation in the first place: the very worst players to make multiple All-Star Games. Caveats and notes:

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July 12, 2012 5:00 am

Antidote to an Off-Day

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Paul Sporer

A recap of the first half's best, worst, and most exciting games.

Today is the stupidest day of the year (and you’re not far behind, tomorrow, so stop looking so smug). The Wednesday after the All-Star Game is the one day on the calendar without any major sports, which makes it extremely stupid. I’m more concerned with the utter lack of baseball games (save your Triple-A All-Star Game, people), and this year is even worse as the break has been extended through Thursday.

I am torn on this change. Usually there are six or seven games on Thursday, which is entirely unfair to the teams who have to play while others get another day of rest. Selfishly, I was always glad to see baseball return, but how was that not an all-or-nothing day? They landed on the side of nothing, so we’re stuck with two baseball-free days. This is like giving Jesse Pinkman a wheelbarrow full of meth for nearly three months and then none for two days. This isn’t going down from wheelbarrow to radio flyer red wagon to a bucket full to a handful; it’s going from wheelbarrow to zero.

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March 6, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Despite recently graduating or trading many of their top prizes, the Texas system still has plenty of intriguing names left.

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Wrapping up our tour of the AL Central by discussing how good the Tigers can be, how close the Royals are to being competitive, and the sorry state of the Twins.

1) Will their defensive experiment work out?

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February 29, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview

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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

The two Jasons dissect the pressing questions facing the Rangers, Angels, A's, and Mariners this season.

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 89-73
Team WARP: 45.7
Runs Scored: 719
Runs Allowed: 648​
Team FRAA: 37.6






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A look at some of the most underrated baseball films in cinematic history.

1) Bad Lieutenant
Bad Lieutenant is Harvey Keitel at his most intense. He's a drunk, a drug addict, a degenerate gambler, an unfaithful man, a sadist, and in every way among the worst human beings ever portrayed on film. He has countless enemies, from drug dealers to rapists to bookies he owes money to, but there is one that bothers him most of all. That person is Daryl Strawberry. Among the biggest of many weights dragging down on Keitel is his gambling debt, which he tries to eliminate by constantly going double-or-nothing on a fictional playoff series between the Mets and the Dodgers. After the Dodgers win the first three games of the series, Keitel continuously bets on the Dodgers to put the series away, and time and time again it's Strawberry, who in real life joined the Dodgers in 1991, who ruins his game and ultimately his bet. I've always wondered if Strawberry has seen the movie, as Keitel (his character's name is never revealed) rampages against him in ways that seem far more personal than any crowd simply chanting DAAAAA-RYL. It would disturb me. Hell, it would disturb anyone. —Kevin Goldstein

2) The Fan
The Fan is a delightfully creepy movie which features Wesley Snipes as a baseball player (how original!) and Robert DeNiro as a really angry, creepy guy (also very original!) named Gil. Snipes plays an outfielder named Bobby Rayburn who signs a big contract to join the San Francisco Giants and soon becomes DeNiro’s obsession. DeNiro quickly becomes the Pedro Gomez to Snipes’s Barry Bonds in San Francisco, tracking his every move on and off the field from a distance. I’m somewhat surprised that this movie isn’t listed among the pantheon of baseball cinematic classics, considering it has some of the best scenes in cinematic history. These include, but are not limited to: Gil killing another player on the Giants because he wouldn’t give Rayburn his lucky number, Gil kidnapping Rayburn’s son and then killing a man with an aluminum bat for helping the child escape, and at one point someone yells “HE’S CALLING FROM INSIDE THE STADIUM!” which is just wonderful.



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January 24, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Washington Nationals Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Nats lost farmhands in the Gio Gonzalez deal but still have a solid system

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January 16, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Keltner All-Stars, Part II

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Jay Jaffe

Who makes the Hall of Fame cut when faced against the Keltner Test and JAWS?

On Friday, I unveiled the catcher and infielders on what I'm calling the Keltner All-Stars, the best eligible player at each position outside the Hall of Fame. The name comes from former Indians third baseman Ken Keltner, who inspired Bill James' Keltner Test, a set of 15 questions that can be used to frame a player’s Hall of Fame case. The basis of my choices isn't that test. Instead, I'm using JAWS.

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January 4, 2012 12:18 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All

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Jay Jaffe

Tim Raines has his case re-examined, and the remainder of the Hall ballot gets a look.

We all have our pet projects. With the graduations of Bert Blyleven and Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame, mine is now Tim Raines. During his 23-year major-league career, Raines combined the virtues of a keen batting eye, dazzling speed, and all-around athleticism with a cerebral approach that made him an electrifying performer and a dangerous offensive weapon. Yet in four years on the ballot, he's reached just 37.5 percent of the vote, exactly half of what he needs to reach Cooperstown.

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December 19, 2011 1:45 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Middle Infielders

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Jay Jaffe

Only one middle infielder passes the revamped JAWS' standards for Hall of Fame induction.

The past year has been a great one for JAWS, the Hall of Fame evaluation system whose creation marked my first contribution to Baseball Prospectus back in 2004 (I didn't name it until the next go-round). In 2011, two overly qualified candidates for whom I've advocated for the better part of a decade were finally elected. In January, Bert Blyleven received 79.7 percen tof the Baseball Writers of America vote, becoming the first player ever to gain entry on his 14th ballot. In December, the late Ron Santo received 93.8 percent of the vote from the Golden Era committee, a bittersweet result given his passing just a year ago but a vindication of what we've known here for years, that he too was worthy of a bronze plaque.

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