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Short Relief: Baseball Players vs. Themselves, and Sometimes Metallica
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Patrick Dubuque, Mary Craig and Matt Ellis

08-02

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Short Relief: The Inverted Austin Jackson
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Meg Rowley, Jason Wojciechowski and Matt Ellis

07-20

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Short Relief: Tanking, Titling, and Tilting
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Trevor Strunk, Patrick Dubuque and Zack Moser

07-11

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Short Relief: Between What Is and What Might Be
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Emma Baccellieri, Nathan Bishop and Kate Preusser

04-26

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Short Relief: Two Science Fiction Short Stories
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Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

10-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Goodbye, Dan Haren
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Baseball Prospectus

10-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Peace, Barry
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Baseball Prospectus

01-10

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Visits O.co Coliseum - July 19, 2014
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Joe Hamrahi

03-27

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Cautiously Optimistic
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Matthew Kory and Paul Sporer

02-18

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Overthinking It: Why There Probably Are No Next Orioles
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Ben Lindbergh

02-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 137: 2013 Season Preview Series: Oakland Athletics
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 121: The Three-Way Trade and the Mariners' Quest for a Big Bat
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Recap: Athletics 2, Tigers 0
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Derek Carty

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Preview: Tigers at A's
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Jason Wojciechowski

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Preview: Tigers at Athletics
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Daniel Rathman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Preview: Athletics at Tigers
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Daniel Rathman

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Athletics-Tigers Division Series Preview
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Derek Carty

10-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 56: A Very Special Simulpodcast with FanGraphs Audio
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: The A's Acquire Stephen Drew *UPDATED*
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Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein

08-16

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Prospect Profile: Michael Ynoa
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Hudson Belinsky

07-30

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Pebble Hunting: The Oakland A's and Getting Past Windows
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Sam Miller

07-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 7: Duck
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-28

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

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

09-27

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Oakland Athletics
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John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-27

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On the Beat: Building Something Special
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John Perrotto

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

07-08

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Every Given Sunday: Heating Up on Demand
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John Perrotto

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-25

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Surveying the Authors
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Baseball Prospectus

03-31

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American League Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

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Reggie Jackson faces his italicized self, Billy Hamilton his antiquated self, and Matt ranks Metallica moments.

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Breaking down Austin Jackson's amazing catch, post-trade deadline depression out of Oakland, and baseball cards as bookmarks.

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Instructions on how to fail, thoughts on nicknames, and a Cubs conspiracy uncovered.

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A 36-year-old starter debuts, eight things don't happen in the Home Run Derby, and Leonys Martin is a mason jar full of old rubber bands.

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Joe Nuxhall approaches the biggest game of his year, and the Oakland Athletics dabble in the forbidden arts to win a championship.

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The 35-year-old right-hander calls it a career after over 150 wins and 2,000 strikeouts.

When the Cubs lost to in the National League Championship Series, it was not just their season that came to an end, but the career of Dan Haren as well. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 12 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he developed from centerpiece of the Mark Mulder trade to one of the most underappreciated starters in baseball.

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The enigmatic left-hander has thrown that beautiful curve for the last time.

On Monday, Barry Zito announced that he would be the last of the Big Three to go quietly into that good night. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, memorable career, let's review 15 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he transitioned from Cy Young Award winner on the east side of the bay, to an unmovable contract on the west side.

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The 2014 stadium tour returns to northern California

Baseball Prospectus and the Oakland Athletics invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Saturday, July 19 at the O.co Coliseum. Thanks to the fine folks in the A's front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

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The third installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the third-highest odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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February 18, 2013 5:00 am

Overthinking It: Why There Probably Are No Next Orioles

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Ben Lindbergh

We all missed on last year's Orioles and A's, so we're determined to see the next similar surprise team coming. But are we sure that one will?

“I know a lot of the national reporters say we’re going to finish last and lose a lot of games again. You know what? Oakland was supposed to be last [in the division] last year, Baltimore was supposed to be last, and they both ended up making the playoffs.” —Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, February 5.

Sometime between now and Opening Day—if you haven’t already—you’ll probably hear someone speculate about the surprise team(s) of 2013. Every spring, fans and analysts attempt to predict which teams will surpass the expectations of PECOTA and the pundits. Most of those predictions, of course, don’t come to pass. It’s tough to beat the stats, the oddsmakers, and the combined predictive powers of people who spend large chunks of their lives watching and reading and writing about baseball teams. Especially since some of the people who can beat the consensus consistently start publishing their predictions, the consensus becomes a bit better and harder to beat.

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Ben and Sam preview the Athletics' season with Doug Thorburn, and Pete talks to Bay Area News Group A's beat writer John Hickey (at 19:07).



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Ben and Sam discuss the three-way trade between the Mariners, A's, and Nationals and talk about whether Seattle was too fixated on adding power this offseason.



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