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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 120: Quantifying PED Effects/Best Farm Systems in Baseball/Roleplaying Trade Talks
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-10

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Manufactured Runs: What Hall of Fame Voters are Doing to the Hall of Fame
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Colin Wyers

01-07

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BP Unfiltered: Time to Push the Reset Button
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Dave Studeman

01-03

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In A Pickle: That Blank Expression
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-21

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On the Beat: Who Wants to be the Next Skipper?
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John Perrotto

04-18

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The Platoon Advantage: All Done With All-Time Teams
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Michael Bates

03-05

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The BP First Take: Monday, March 5
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Shoes to Fill
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Jay Jaffe

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-24

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Prospectus Today: Sign Barry Bonds
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Joe Sheehan

09-23

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Prospectus Today: End of an Era
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Joe Sheehan

09-21

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Best Player in Baseball, Part Two
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Nate Silver

08-30

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Schrodinger's Bat: Tilting the Playing Field
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Dan Fox

08-09

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Bonds Responses
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Baseball Prospectus

08-07

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Barry Bonds' Brace
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Will Carroll

07-18

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Prospectus Today: Point of Separation
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Joe Sheehan

08-15

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Prospectus Game of the Week: San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 8/13/06
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Derek Jacques

08-04

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Prospectus Notebook: Athletics, Giants
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Baseball Prospectus

04-06

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Schrodinger's Bat: Wins and the Quantum
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Dan Fox

09-14

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Breaking Balls: Barry, Barry Good
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Derek Zumsteg

07-14

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

05-01

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Prospectus Today: Best. Start. Ever.
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Joe Sheehan

03-12

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Team Health Reports: San Francisco Giants
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Will Carroll

09-05

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They Wuz Robbed
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Mark Armour

01-23

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Breaking Balls: The Thrill is Gone
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Derek Zumsteg

01-16

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Prospectus Q&A: Dr. Chris Yeager
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Will Carroll

01-03

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The 2003 Free Agent Market
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Nate Silver

12-05

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Breaking Balls: Another Look at Walking Bonds
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Derek Zumsteg

11-15

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From The Mailbag: Barry Bonds, the AFL, and Bob Klapisch Responds
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Baseball Prospectus

10-30

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The Daily Prospectus: Where Have You Gone, Enn Raudsepp?
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Jonah Keri

10-28

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The Week In Quotes: October 14-27
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Derek Zumsteg

10-26

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Internet Baseball Awards: NL Player of the Year
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Greg Spira

10-04

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The Daily Prospectus: Ripoff Tickets + Bad Channels = MLB Playoffs
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Derek Zumsteg

09-30

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The Week In Quotes: September 23-29
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Derek Zumsteg

08-21

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The Daily Prospectus: Notes from Around the Majors
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Gary Huckabay

07-22

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Genetic Disparity
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Derek Jacques

07-01

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The Week In Quotes: June 24-30, 2002
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Derek Zumsteg

06-13

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Breaking Balls: Barry's World
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Derek Zumsteg

06-13

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Breaking Balls: Barry's World
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Derek Zumsteg

11-07

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Staff Ballots
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Baseball Prospectus

09-18

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Bonds Edition
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Rany Jazayerli

07-12

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Prospectus Awards Balloting
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Baseball Prospectus

10-23

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The Sun Glinted Off His Jewelry as He Homered to Win the Game...
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Gregg Pearlman

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how much steroids help, the best farm systems in baseball, and how they'd try to negotiate a hypothetical trade.



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Writers didn't want to induct anybody into the Hall of Fame this year, a decision with no small consequences.

The writers struck out looking. They were lobbed a fat pitch over the heart of the plate and they failed to even take a swing at it. Defenders will note, correctly, that it isn’t the ninth inning. But it was the last at-bat of the eighth, and they face an exceedingly difficult challenge in coming back to win this thing.

The biggest takeaway is that there is a sizable contingent of voters who will refuse to vote for any player, no matter how qualified, if there’s the barest taint of steroids on him, up to and including “playing the majority of his career after 1993.” Many will cast this as a referendum on Bonds and Clemens, two of the sports’ greatest stars who ended up in legal hot water over the use of performance-enhancing drugs. But a litany of deserving players, including Biggio, Bagwell, Piazza, and others, have been punished too, with little more than hearsay to incriminate them. This was a well stocked ballot, filled with newcomers with impressive resumes and a handful of players (like Raines and Trammell) who have been sadly overlooked. It’s easy for even a seasoned analyst to find himself having to trim his list to meet the 10-player limit established by the voting process.

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AChange.org petition to ask the Hall of Fame Board of Directors to change their voting process

I know the results from the latest Hall of Fame voting aren’t in yet, but it’s already clear that the process is deeply flawed. It was always imperfect, but its flaws are now deep, possibly mortal. The voting process is not equipped to handle the messy challenges of our day, and the Hall of Fame is suffering as a result.

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Jason goes looking for Hall of Famers and finds none.

The first thing I'd like to do is thank the BBWAA for admitting me to its ranks even though I'm merely a part-time blogger and weekly contributor to a website that has, in the past, had as an implicit mission statement the Association's destruction.

The second thing I'd like to do is thank the BBWAA for waiving its usual 10-year rule whereby one does not acquire a Hall of Fame vote until one has been a member of the Association for a decade. Really, you're too kind.

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June 21, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Who Wants to be the Next Skipper?

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John Perrotto

A look at 10 new managerial candidates, and a conversation with Mets manager Terry Collins.

The All-Star break is coming into view, yet no managers have been fired this season. In fact, there have been only a few reports of any of the 30 major-league skippers even possibly being in trouble. But it will eventually happen. Some owner will finally get fed up, drop the axe, and his club will begin a managerial search.

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April 18, 2012 3:00 am

The Platoon Advantage: All Done With All-Time Teams

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Michael Bates

There's not much to be gained by ranking across generations.

I have a confession.  I suppose it’s not a very juicy confession.  But all the same, I feel like I need to confess that I love All-Time teams.  Or, at least, I used to love them.  I used to make them when I was bored in school in the backs of my notebooks.  All-Time Twins.  All-Time Yankees.  All-Time Guys Named Mike.  And I was a sucker for other people’s All-Time teams too.  Babe Ruth made a team of what he thought were the greatest players in baseball history back in the 1930s and named Hal Chase and Ray Schalk to it.  Walter Johnson, and Rogers Hornsby and Ty Cobb published their dream teams too.  Cobb put Buck Weaver at third base, while The Big Train honored both Chase and Johnny Kling.  One of my first baseball books I owned as a kid was an old library book from 1963 that listed Pie Traynor as the greatest 3B in history.  I’d read any of that stuff.

Which is why I was excited to hear about Graham Womack’s All-Time Dream Project, which asked fans to vote on the greatest players in baseball history and got heavy-hitting writers like Craig Calcaterra, Josh Wilker, and Dan Szymborski to write about them.  Graham’s project, which is also raising money to run journalism workshops for kids, is great.  And I don’t want to take anything away from it.  But in the afterglow, Craig wrote about how the results illustrated that we may be overvaluing the past, saying “We get locked into older things first, and it’s that much harder for us to appreciate more recent greatness….  I think [voters] pick Rogers Hornsby over Joe Morgan because their father said he was the best and because the pictures of him are in black and white and, boy, if that ain’t history, I don’t know what is.”  

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The Andrew McCutchen extension might help heal those still smarting over the post-Bonds era in Pittsburgh.

From 1986 through 1992, the Pirates enjoyed the services of a five-tool outfielder on his way to becoming one of the game’s all-time greats. But with two All-Star Game appearances and two MVP awards already in hand, the then-28-year-old Barry Bonds left Pittsburgh to sign a record contract worth $43.75 million over six years with the Giants.

Jonah Keri wrote last June about the parallels between the early years of Bonds’ career and those of Andrew McCutchen. Since Bonds chased the money in San Francisco in the midst of his athletic prime—one that ultimately lasted longer than anyone might have expected back in 1992—the Pirates have struggled to find a player with the potential to impact a game in as many ways as the young Bonds could. McCutchen brings a combination of power and speed, coupled with discipline and instincts, which parallel Bonds’ talents better than anyone who donned the black and gold in the 17 seasons between them.

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February 24, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Shoes to Fill

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Jay Jaffe

What kind of production do teams receive from players tabbed to replace superstars?

Earlier this week, Mariano Rivera arrived at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa, Florida, and caused a stir by strongly hinting that the 2012 season would be his final one. The 42-year-old, who has served as the Yankees’ closer since 1997, has shown no signs of slippage, with four straight seasons of ERAs under 2.00 backed by stellar peripherals—strikeout and walk rates better than his career numbers, even—and high save totals. Late last season, he surpassed Trevor Hoffman as the all-time saves leader, and with five World Series rings in hand, the only real challenge that remains is for him to convince manager Joe Girardi to allow him a cameo in center field.

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As in the AL, the Central division is as tight as can be, while in the East two Mets are predicted to take home some hardware along with their division flag.

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 National League, along with the staff picks in some fun miscellaneous categories.

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, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting.

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February 24, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Sign Barry Bonds

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Joe Sheehan

The reasons not to bring in the all-time home run leader are little more than tissue-thin fictions.

A few days ago, in a piece on the free agents still looking for homes, I mentioned Barry Bonds' name in passing. About that time, it became a story in the mainstream that Bonds is in shape and looking for work. The glee with which some members of the media pounced on this story was embarrassing, even shameful. Stories with a similar theme, that the Giants are a happier bunch with Bonds no longer in the room, also abounded.

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September 23, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: End of an Era

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Joe Sheehan

Barry Bonds won't be a San Francisco Giant next season, and that makes some people far too happy.

On Friday, the Giants held a press conference to announce that their sub-.500 team, with its mediocre offense, was going to play the 2008 season without its best hitter. From the press reaction, you would think that they'd announced that the AT&T Park press box was going to be redesigned, with every spot getting a Barcalounger and a personal flat-screen TV.

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September 21, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: The Best Player in Baseball, Part Two

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Nate Silver

The conclusion to Nate's overview on the game's best player, season by season.

This is the resumption of the discussion of the best player in baseball, season by season throughout history, that began with yesterday's article. If you missed Nate's handy field guide and spreadsheet from yesterday's piece, you can download it here.

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