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10-02

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Moonshot: Fastballs and the Collapsing A's
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Robert Arthur

09-25

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Pitching Backward: Buxton or Beane?
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Jeff Long

09-05

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Skewed Left: The Billy Beane Famous-Old-DH Gambit
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Zachary Levine

07-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 489: Statcast's Impact on Player Evaluation
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

05-27

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Painting the Black: Rebuilding a Right Way
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R.J. Anderson

12-18

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More Moneyball
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Andrew Koo

08-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 276: How Would Wladimir Balentien Hit in the Majors?/Oakland's Second-Half Success Narrative
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-12

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Punk Hits: What Billy Beane is Doing Again
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Ian Miller

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

02-29

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

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: More on Yoenis Cespedes and the A's
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Ben Lindbergh

02-14

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Painting the Black: Examining the Beane Stock
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R.J. Anderson

02-09

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On the Beat: The Best of the Rest of the Free Agent Market
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John Perrotto

02-08

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The BP First Take: Wednesday, February 8
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Daniel Rathman

10-07

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Moneyball and Money Men
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Kevin Baker

09-23

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Future Shock: The Moneyball Way
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Kevin Goldstein

09-22

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On the Beat: Moneyball at the Movies
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John Perrotto

08-05

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Moping About Moneyball
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David Brown

06-09

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BP Unfiltered: The Fallout in Oakland
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John Perrotto

04-12

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Painting the Black: Why Billy Beane's Sh*t Might Work with Trevor Cahill
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R.J. Anderson

03-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement
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Jay Jaffe

01-21

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Squawking Baseball: The Best and Worst GMs of the Aughties
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Shawn Hoffman

07-27

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Future Shock: Beaneball
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Kevin Goldstein

08-25

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The Week in Quotes: August 18-24
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Alex Carnevale

07-09

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Transaction of the Day: Harden-ed
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Christina Kahrl

05-28

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On the Beat
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John Perrotto

03-11

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Prospectus Toolbox: Moneybag Mailball
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Derek Jacques

03-02

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Every Given Sunday: Newfound Philly Fanaticism
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John Perrotto

01-07

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The Week in Quotes: January 1-6
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Alex Carnevale

12-10

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The Week in Quotes: December 2-9
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Alex Carnevale

08-30

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Transaction of the Day: Contenders' Moves
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Christina Kahrl

08-12

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Every Given Sunday: The Future Stock of Bonds
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John Perrotto

06-18

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The Week in Quotes: June 11-17
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Alex Carnevale

06-17

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Every Given Sunday: Burrowing to the Basement in Bridgeport
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John Perrotto

03-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Jeremy Bonderman
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David Laurila

10-23

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The Week in Quotes: October 16-23
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Alex Carnevale

10-09

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The Ledger Domain: Breaking Down the 2006 Season by Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins
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Maury Brown

10-09

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The Week in Quotes: October 1-8
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Alex Carnevale

04-05

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You Could Look It Up: Backlash
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Steven Goldman

02-23

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Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics
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Baseball Prospectus

06-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

02-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Rick Peterson
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Jonah Keri

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The Wests
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Christina Kahrl

12-16

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The Week in Quotes: December 2-December 15
by
Ryan Wilkins

11-11

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The Week in Quotes: November 4-10
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Ryan Wilkins

05-24

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Prospectus Feature: 6-4-3: Rounding the Bases
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Gary Huckabay

05-24

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6-4-3: Rounding the Bases
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Gary Huckabay

02-28

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Prospectus Feature: The Success Cycle
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Jonah Keri

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October 2, 2014 5:33 am

Moonshot: Fastballs and the Collapsing A's

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Robert Arthur

What does it mean that the league suddenly shifted its pitch selection just as the A's suddenly shifted into a full-scale meltdown?

The Oakland Athletics completed their second-half collapse in true Oakland fashion by failing somehow to advance in the postseason against the Royals. For a season in which Beane went all-in by trading future potential for current performance, in which the A’s began the year an unstoppable, historic juggernaut, the inglorious ending has to smart.

The A’s of this year embodied one of the most beloved playoff myths, that the second half of a team’s performance predicts how that team will do in the playoffs. I say “myth” because, at least in the aggregate, there is little or no evidence in support of this idea, and so it has been debunked on numerous occasions. And yet, there may not be a better example of that phenomenon in action than this team, which roared out to an incredible start to the season, on pace to challenge run-differential records, only to buckle in the second half, barely making the playoffs.

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September 25, 2014 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Buxton or Beane?

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Jeff Long

Would you rather have the best GM or the best prospect for the future of your franchise? And more importantly, how would you determine the answer?

There’s this captivating scene in the movie Moneyball: Over archival footage of Dan Duquette presenting a Red Sox jersey to Johnny Damon at a press-filled event in Fenway Park, a Brad Pitt voiceover explains how the A’s will chart a new direction in player valuation and roster construction. The scene is supposed to poke fun at the Red Sox, Jonah Hill having just delivered a soliloquy about Damon’s true value and how he’ll never be worth $7.5 million. But meanwhile in Boston, a team of analysts, economists, front office folks, and consultants had determined that Damon’s value on and off the field would far exceed his salary.

The dramatized scene lays down the “new way” vs. “old way” narrative playing out over the course of the film. What it really does, though, is underscore the fact that teams value players differently.

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September 5, 2014 1:20 pm

Skewed Left: The Billy Beane Famous-Old-DH Gambit

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Zachary Levine

The acquisition of Adam Dunn continues one of Billy Beane's most repeated tactics. Does it work?

Kevin Mitchell was 36 years old and coming off 84 games played in three years when he signed with the Oakland A’s in the middle of spring training 1998. A former National League MVP and home run and RBI champion from across the Bay Bridge, Mitchell was clearly on the way down from his 1989-90 mini-peak and mini-resurgence with the 1993 and 1994 Reds, but first-year general manager Billy Beane made the call for Mitchell as part-time DH.

It was Beane’s first platoon as general manager. He would switch off the right-handed-hitting Mitchell with the young(er) lefty hitter Matt Stairs.

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Ben and and Sam discuss Billy Beane's Wall Street Journal op-ed and how Statcast will affect scouting and player evaluation.

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The A's go all in, and the Cubs add to their prospect stockpile.



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The Athletics' latest zig has been as unexpected in the current baseball landscape as it has been impressive.

To think Billy Beane entered the 2012 season in an unenviable position. His Athletics had won 70-something games for the third time in four years, spurring the ever-active general manager to retool his roster for the umpteenth time. Beane removed the veterans; he traded Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Andrew Bailey for prospects, and wished David DeJesus and Josh Willingham all the best as they departed through free agency. Beane would later balance the subtractions by adding Coco Crisp and Bartolo Colon—moves that (seemingly) doubled as peace offerings to the union—but the net result was a payroll trimmed of about $15 million.

All the departures caused the A's to abandon their short-term aspirations in pursuit of the future. Beane, who has worked with a bottom-six payroll since 2011, was left to improve his roster using one of the game's best farm systems. Built mostly through trades—the A's have picked in the top-10 just once since selecting Barry Zito in 1999—Oakland's farm system entered that pivotal 2012 season ranked fourth in the league; however harmful those aforementioned trades were to fan morale, the returns had nourished a once-weak prospect stable. It's been said that in baseball you're either selling hope or selling wins.

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December 18, 2013 6:40 am

More Moneyball

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Andrew Koo

In addition to exploiting lefty-righty matchups, the A's also have a significant edge in the air.

The Oakland Athletics finished 2013 with baseball's fourth-lowest payroll, fourth-best offense, and best clubhouse chemistry. Debate has centered on whether the latter two are related. There’s nothing objectionable about “good guy” genes—it’s a solid organizational goal to have. But chemistry alone doesn’t put runs on the board, and if a team is missing the talent, they better find the runs elsewhere. The 2002 Athletics discovered them in walk deities and college arms; once those methods pervaded front offices, the A’s slipped back into losing. Was chemistry the only undervalued commodity of their recent resurgence?

As the baseball community obtains more knowledge, roster construction strategies evolve. Previously undervalued talents like walks and defense are now accepted constructs. The A’s are Hollywood-infamous for adopting them before their competitors while prices were low. After a 74-win 2011, they cheaply signed Brandon Inge and Jonny Gomes, who Brandon McCarthy claimed bolstered the clubhouse DNA to the tune of 20 wins. But Inge and Gomes were two of several players who also bolstered a less-visible statistic: fly ball-to-ground ball ratio.

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Ben and Sam discuss how Wladimir Balentien's explosive season in Japan would translate to the majors, then examine the notion that Billy Beane's teams play better in the second half.

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September 12, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: What Billy Beane is Doing Again

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Ian Miller

OAK is A-OK!

Everyone loves an underdog, and we’ve had some great stories this year. The Pirates were great while they lasted, and the Orioles... well, we project Baltimore to go 9-13 the rest of the way and miss the Wild Card entirely. But it was fun, wasn’t it?

And then there’s the Athletics. The lowly A’s, the least-valuable of the 30 MLB franchises at “only” $321 million. They of the skinflint ownership, endless stadium struggles, and ridiculously low ticket revenues. None of this is news, of course. We all saw that movie based on the book that Brad Pitt wrote about the guy from Parks & Recreation. That crafty Billy Beane always finds a way to do more with less! It’s the feelgood story of the year.

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July 30, 2012 5:00 am

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

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Sam Miller

Should teams that aren't expected to contend really always be sellers?

In a three-week period last December, the A’s traded the only two starting pitchers who had thrown 200 innings for them in the previous year, and the team’s closer. The moves left the A's with a starting rotation of Brandon McCarthy, one empty spot, and three pitchers who had a) combined for 17 starts in their careers and b) had never appeared on a Baseball America top 100.

The state of the team’s rotation, though, didn’t seem to matter. The A’s were not playing for this year, and with three trades in three weeks they made that very clear. Rather than criticize the A’s for failing to put a competitive team on the field, it was safe to applaud Billy Beane for putting Oakland in a position to someday put a competitive team on the field, someday in the future, someday after 2012. They punted. A prudent move.

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Ben and Sam examine how the Nationals have gone about implementing and publicizing Stephen Strasburg's innings limit and revisit Billy Beane's trades from last winter in light of Oakland's success.

Effectively Wild Episode 7: "Duck"

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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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