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Bizball: Playing the MLB All-Star Game Television Ratings Game
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Maury Brown

03-16

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Extra Innings Excerpt
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Christina Kahrl

02-22

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Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

01-18

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Heartburn Hardball: The Hawk and the Dragon
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Jonathan Bernhardt

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
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Jonathan Bernhardt

12-30

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Morris on the Ballot, Smith to Close
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Jay Jaffe

12-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Resetting the Standard
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Jay Jaffe

11-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Having a Quick Hook Helps
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Mitchel Lichtman

10-31

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Yu Got the Look
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Derek Carty

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

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

10-13

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Doctoring The Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part One
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Rany Jazayerli

10-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Is the Best of Five the Worst of Series?
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Mike Carminati

10-05

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The Lineup Card: 10 Players Whose Careers Were Defined by Big Postseason Moments
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Baseball Prospectus

09-24

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Spinning Yarn: Removing the Mask Encore Presentation
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Mike Fast

09-20

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The Asian Equation: The Future of the NPB Import Market
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Michael Street

09-15

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The BP Wayback Machine: Sweet Relief
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Rany Jazayerli

09-14

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The Lineup Card: Commissioner for a Day
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Baseball Prospectus

09-12

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: The Phillies' Cy Young Candidacy
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Michael Jong

08-04

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The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB
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Michael Street

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

07-14

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Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 2
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R.J. Anderson

07-12

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

07-07

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The Asian Equation: The Decline of NPB Pitching Imports
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Michael Street

04-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Snowbound Schedule
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Nate Silver

02-21

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Scorecasting Review
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Phil Birnbaum

02-16

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Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
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Mike Fast

11-05

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Changing Speeds: The BSAT Answer Key
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Ken Funck

10-26

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World Series Prospectus: World Series Preview
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Christina Kahrl

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Phillies vs. Giants
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Christina Kahrl

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Rays vs. Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh

09-28

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Prospectus Perspective: Racing for the Cy
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Eric Seidman

08-29

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Between The Numbers: The PITCHf/x Summit Quasi-Liveblog
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Ben Lindbergh

08-25

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Checking the Numbers: The Second Tier
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Eric Seidman

08-20

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Seidnotes: What Did Brown Do for You?
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Eric Seidman

08-10

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Checking the Numbers: '90s Nine, Meet the '00s Ten
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Eric Seidman

07-29

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Changing Speeds: Forty-two Things I Think, Part 1
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Ken Funck

07-21

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Checking the Numbers: To Subtract or Divide
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Eric Seidman

07-08

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Changing Speeds: Free Agent Midterms
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Ken Funck

06-07

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Ahead in the Count: Production and the Draft
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Matt Swartz

05-07

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Ahead in the Count: Most Net Valuable Player
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Matt Swartz

04-27

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Ahead in the Count: Ryan Howard and the New MORP
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Matt Swartz

04-23

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Ahead in the Count: Methodology of The New MORP
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Matt Swartz

04-12

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Baseball Therapy: Credit Where It's Due, Part 2
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Russell A. Carleton

03-14

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Circling The Bases: Cleaning Up the (Run-Scoring) Environment with EPA
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Tim Kniker

02-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Central Competitive Ecology
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Jay Jaffe

02-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Jauss
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David Laurila

02-16

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Big Hurt
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Jay Jaffe

02-12

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Prospectus Hit and Run: AL East Competitive Ecology
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Jay Jaffe

01-26

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You Could Look It Up: The Statheads vs. Blondy Ryan
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Steven Goldman

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As three series head to Game Fives, we dig up an investigation of the five-game format's fairness.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

As we prepare for the three remaining Division Series to be decided, revisit Mike Carminati's case for switching to a longer series format, which originally ran on November 2, 2006.


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10 players who, regardless of how well or poorly they played during the regular season, experienced career-defining moments in the playoffs

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In case you missed Mike Fast's extraordinary research into quantifying the heretofore hidden contributions of catchers, we're moving it back to the top of the list for the weekend.

I Was Framed
Catchers play a central role in the game of baseball through their involvement with every pitch that their pitchers throw. One of their key tasks is receiving borderline pitches without discouraging the umpire from calling strikes.


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September 20, 2011 10:41 pm

The Asian Equation: The Future of the NPB Import Market

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Michael Street

Michael ends his look at Japanese imports with some conclusions and a look at the future of the transpacific player market.

In the Asian Equation series, I’ve traced the history of the current posting system that imports players from NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball, the Japanese major leagues) and how the success of Ichiro Suzuki has affected it, from the position players who arrived in his wake to the pricey disappointments among starting pitchers and the marginally successful relievers. In this final column, I’ll take a look back to draw conclusions from this history and see what we can expect from the NPB market in the future. As with my previous columns, Patrick Newman’s advice and ideas were very helpful, as is his website, NPB Tracker.

The simplest, broadest conclusion concerns the players themselves, where we must draw an important distinction between talent and skills. As Craig Brown wrote in the comments section of his article on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, “. . . comparing two middle infielders just because they come from Japan is like comparing two middle infielders just because they come from Delaware.” Just because they’re from Japan doesn’t mean we can draw specific conclusions about individual ballplayers, their talents, or their ability to succeed in Major League Baseball. This goes double for Ichiro, whose skills are idiosyncratic on either side of the Pacific. Throwing money at Japanese players expecting them to be slap hitters with weird batting stances and an uncanny ability to find defensive holes is as foolish as thinking every Venezuelan shortstop will field (and endure) like Omar Vizquel. We can’t expect specific players to have certain inherent talents just because they were born in Japan.

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As the Braves ride another strong bullpen to a playoff spot, rediscover the relief corps that helped them reach the playoffs in 2002.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel were still years away from the majors when Rany wrote a paean to the Braves bullpen, which originally ran as a "Doctoring the Numbers" column on June 18, 2002.

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

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September 12, 2011 5:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL East: The Phillies' Cy Young Candidacy

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Michael Jong

A look at the Phillies' two nearly identical Cy Young candidates.

The Philadelphia Phillies are rolling on their way to the National League's top seed and a first-round playoff appointment with either the Arizona Diamondbacks or the Milwaukee Brewers. The remainder of the regular season is merely a formality, and for fans of NL East teams that have been roughed up by the Phillies' pitching staff (Phillies pitchers have a 3.26 ERA and 3.35 FIP versus the NL East), it has seemed that way for much of the regular season.

Indeed, if there were one thing for the Phillies to “compete” for in terms of the regular season, it may very well be the National League Cy Young Award race—a race in which they own two of the possible three dogs.

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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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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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Concluding the two-part series by reviewing the best and worst first-half pitchers for each team.

To recap my methodology, here is what I wrote in the positional players’ piece earlier this week:

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Reviewing the best and worst first-half position players on each team.

In the numerical sense, the halfway point of the season arrived about a week ago. However, the All-Star break marks the arbitrary end point of the first half, bringing a few days of festivities and vacations to the forefront. That period of inactivity in games that matter offers a window into the frozen stats for each team, allowing us to see who is leading the charge and who is failing the team so far. 

In order to determine who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, I’ll enlist the aid of the Wins Above Replacement metric. Next time, we’ll cover the pitchers, but for today, it’s all about the position players.

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July 7, 2011 9:00 am

The Asian Equation: The Decline of NPB Pitching Imports

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Michael Street

In his fourth column in the Asian Equation series, Michael looks at the starting pitchers who have crossed the Pacific, in which many failures are punctuated with a few very notable successes.

In the flood of players coming from Japan, the majority (34 of 43) have been pitchers. Unlike the pursuit of the next Ichiro I described in my previous column, this has less to do with the success of Hideo Nomo than it does with the pitching market–pitching is a difficult commodity to find in any league. What has doomed many NPB starters in MLB, however, has been both talent and adjustment to a different pitching philosophy. To understand and explain the differences between the two, I’ve drawn not only on my own expertise, but relied on Japanese pitching expert Patrick Newman at NPB Tracker for additional insight.

Pitching differences reflect a deeper philosophical difference between Japanese and American baseball. As I discussed in my first Asian Equation column, Japanese culture appreciates baseball’s emphasis on discipline, sacrifice, and the dramatic showdown between pitcher and batter. Instead of putting a batter away quickly, NPB pitchers build tension by indiscriminately filling counts before a perfectly placed strike three resolves the battle. These aren’t seen as “wasted” pitches, instead reflecting the samurai-like virtues of endurance and dramatic battles.

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