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04-08

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Wezen-Ball: The 2013 Interleague Schedule
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Larry Granillo

07-17

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 16
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Kevin Goldstein

07-12

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11

Antidote to an Off-Day
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Paul Sporer

05-23

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 22
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-18

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 17
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 2
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David Laurila

02-22

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28

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

02-20

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

01-27

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15

The BP Wayback Machine: Money Poorly Spent, Now and Then
by
John Perrotto

01-18

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16

Heartburn Hardball: The Hawk and the Dragon
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

01-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Outfielders, Part I
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Jay Jaffe

12-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Pitching to the Score
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Greg Spira

12-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
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Bradford Doolittle

10-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out Save
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Kevin Baker

10-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Importance of Being 1-0
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Rany Jazayerli

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

10-06

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

09-29

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Painting the Black: Sizing Up the Playoff Rotations
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R.J. Anderson

09-19

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Backing into the Playoffs
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Jay Jaffe

08-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: Blowing It
by
Nate Silver

07-29

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26

Future Shock: Friday Fun: Minor League Update for July 29... 2006?
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-27

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The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason Trades
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Baseball Prospectus

07-26

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 25
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-21

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 20
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-19

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 18
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Astros Appreciation
by
Allen Barra

07-13

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The BP Wayback Machine: Trades that Made a Difference
by
Steven Goldman

05-31

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 30
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-18

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 17
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-28

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 27
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-07

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Manufactured Runs: The Closer Quandary
by
Colin Wyers

02-03

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39

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-28

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Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-11

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Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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

01-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: The Right Fielders
by
Jay Jaffe

12-21

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Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-14

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Future Shock: Houston Astros Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-08

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Future Shock: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-27

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World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic Memories
by
Baseball Prospectus

10-15

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30

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

06-30

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Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct
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Christina Kahrl

06-23

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Transaction Action: Shuffling Seniors
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Christina Kahrl

06-18

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15

You Could Look It Up: What's Wrong with the Red Sox?
by
Steven Goldman

04-19

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Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

01-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: 10 Men Out
by
Jay Jaffe

12-31

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for Outfielders
by
Jay Jaffe

10-14

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Prospectus Today: A Triple Play of Division Series Post Mortems
by
Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Season Finale
by
Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cardinals LDS
by
Jay Jaffe

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Breaking down the 2013 interleague schedule for all 30 teams. What teams are forced to deviate from their regular roster/lineup construction for the longest stretch of the year?

With the Astros finally moved into the American League, we have a very different interleague schedule this year. Not only does it mean that there is now at least one interleague series happening each day of the season, from April to October, it also means that the "rivalry weekends" that were the highlights of the interleague schedule fifteen years ago have been re-shaped. Additionally, the newly balanced divisions mean that, outside of the rivalry games, all teams in a given division can play the exact same teams as their divisional opponents. No longer do the schedule makers have to worry about a six-team division matching up with a four-team division.

So how did the schedule makers do? Did the schedule turn out as balanced as can be? Were they able to ensure that teams from any one division would have the same opponents as their division-mates? Were all clubs given the same number of interleague matches or did some lucky squad or two end up a series short? One thing to remember here is that, with interleague games happening all year long instead of on two or three specific weekends, clubs are now on unequal footing when it comes to setting their rosters for the change in league rules. If one team, for example, only ever has to worry about forcing their pitchers to hit one weekend a month, they are probably in a better situation than the club forced to suddenly remove their all-star DH for nine straight games. National League clubs playing in American League ballparks will have similar problems in trying to add a DH for extended periods of time.

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July 17, 2012 3:24 am

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 16

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Kevin Goldstein

The ignored goodness of Diamondbacks prospect Marc Krauss and notes from around the day in the minors.

Marc Krauss, OF/1B, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 2-for-6, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K, CS.

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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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An excellent young shortstop that deserves more attention and notes from around the day in the minors.

Jose Vinicio, SS, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI.

Vinicio was an exciting prospect when he wasn't putting up numbers, but a nine-game hitting streak (15-for-33, .455) has lifted his season averages to .288/.347/.423, and he's one of the best young shortstop prospects around. Just 18 years old,

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A giant update with Cody Buckel and notes on 44 more prospects.

Cody Buckel, RHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K

Buckel has been fantastic all year, and after his best start of the season he has a 1.14 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 47.1 innings and just 23 hits allowed. Those are some of the loudest numbers in the minors, but this is not a pitcher with a profile that screams ace. He's undersized, but extremely athletic, and his fastball, which sits at

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Remembering the late Don Mincher with a look back at the second part of his BP interview from last year.

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.

First baseman Don Mincher died on Sunday at age 73. In his memory, we're re-running David Laurila's two-part interview with him, which originally ran as a two-part "Prospectus Q&A" column on January and 11th and 12th, 2011.



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February 22, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

Roundtable discussion of the pressing questions facing the NL East teams as we approach the start of the season

1) After a disappointing sophomore campaign, what can we expect of Jason Heyward going forward?
MJ:
Jason Heyward had an injury-riddled sophomore season in Atlanta, but there is a lot to like about his chances at a rebound campaign in 2012. His offensive line was deflated by a .260 BABIP, but his peripherals were once again stellar. His 11.6 percent walk rate represented a regression from 2010 but cannot be considered poor, and his .162 ISO likewise dropped from the previous year but did not experience a precipitous fall.


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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

Roundtable discussion of the most pressing issues facing each AL East team entering Spring Training

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 72-90
Team WARP: 21.0
Team TAv: .264
Runs Scored: 701
Runs Allowed: 798
Team FRAA: -11.4







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Prince Fielder's new deal has albatross potential, but the Tigers hope it doesn't turn out like one of John's picks for the worst contracts of the free-agent era.

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 audience, send us your suggestion.

As your mind reels at the size of Prince Fielder's payday, take a look at this list of 10 free-agent deals that didn't work out well for the teams that handed them out, which originally ran on February 20, 2007.

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January 18, 2012 3:00 am

Heartburn Hardball: The Hawk and the Dragon

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Jonathan Bernhardt

After starring for opposing teams in the Japan Series, Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada will try to adjust to life in Baltimore and last place, as the Orioles react to the new CBA by plugging their pitching holes with Asian imports.

On November 12th, 2011, as Major League Baseball recovers from one of the most exciting World Series in recent memory, Nippon Professional Baseball begins its own best-of-seven championship: the Japan Series.

Much like MLB, Japanese professional baseball has two leagues—the Central and the Pacific—and much like MLB, the champions of those respective leagues play each other to determine a final champion for the entire season. As NPB has only 12 teams compared to to MLB's 30, however, the playoffs are structured a bit differently; with only six teams per league, NPB does not bother with divisions or Wild Cards—the best three teams in each league make the playoffs, with the league's top seed getting a first-round bye. The second and third seeds play a best-of-three series, and the winner faces the first seed in a best-of-five “Climax Series” that's roughly analogous to MLB's League Championship Series. The winning club from each league's Climax Series is that league's champion and advances to the best-of-seven Japan Series to determine which is the best club in NPB. The Climax Series format was implemented first by the Pacific League in 2004 and then adopted by the Central League three years later. Previously, there had been no real postseason in NPB: the team with the best season record from the Central would play the team with the best season record from the Pacific in the Japan Series, and that was that.

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Bernie Williams burned it up with the Yankees during his career, but did the Puerto Rican do enough to blaze a trail to the Hall?

Before Derek Jeter, there was Bernie Williams. As the Yankees emerged from a barren stretch of 13 seasons without a trip to the playoffs from 1982-1994, and a particularly abysmal stretch of four straight losing seasons from 1989-1992, their young switch-hitting center fielder stood as a symbol for the franchise's resurgence. For too long, the Yankees had drafted poorly, traded away what homegrown talent they produced for veterans, and signed pricey free agents to fill the gaps as part of George Steinbrenner's eternal win-now directive. But with Steinbrenner banned by commissioner Fay Vincent and the Yankees' day-to-day baseball operations in the hands of Gene Michael, promising youngsters were allowed to develop unimpeded.

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We honor the memory of the late Greg Spira by republishing one of his best pieces as Jack Morris' Hall of Fame case returns to the spotlight.

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.

The late Greg Spira tackled the notion that certain hurlers "pitch to the score" in the following piece, which was originally published in Baseball Prospectus 1997.


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