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04-23

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Deep Impact: Week Three
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Ben Carsley

01-23

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Skewed Left: Bobby Abreu, the Phillies, and Other Reunions That Might Make Sense
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Zachary Levine

01-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 369: Clearing the Listener Email Backlog
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-22

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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 21
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Jeff Moore

01-15

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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 14
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Jeff Moore

01-13

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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 10-12
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Jeff Moore

01-10

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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 9
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Jeff Moore

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: Abreu, Baker, and the Astros' First Base Battle
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Daniel Rathman

01-08

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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 7
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Jeff Moore

01-06

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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 3-5
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Jeff Moore

01-03

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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 2
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Jeff Moore

03-05

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Painting the Black: The Flawed Free Agents Who Are Left
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R.J. Anderson

02-14

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In A Pickle: Not All Stars Are All-Stars
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Jason Wojciechowski

09-29

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for Sept. 28: Bobby Abreu, All Alone
by
Larry Granillo

05-18

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 18
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Matthew Kory

05-02

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Transaction Analysis: Rhymes With Longoria
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R.J. Anderson

04-30

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Out of Left Field: The Walking Dead
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Matthew Kory

03-30

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Pebble Hunting: Your Job Sucks, and So Does Bobby Abreu's
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Sam Miller

02-29

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Painting the Black: Of Abreu and Ichiro
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R.J. Anderson

03-17

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Doctoring The Numbers: A Star No One Sees
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Rany Jazayerli

07-14

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

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February 14, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Not All Stars Are All-Stars

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Jason Wojciechowski

The most underappreciated players ever, by one worthwhile measure.

It's February, so perhaps it's not timely to write about the All-Star Game, but blame Sam Miller, who raised on Effectively Wild a few weeks ago the Sandy Alomar Conundrum: specifically, how did such a mediocre player manage to appear in six All-Star Games?

You know well that the selection of All-Star rosters is weird and fouled up in all sorts of ways. The popularity-contest aspect has been around as long as fan voting has, and even before that was the method du jour, you might still expect that fame played an important role because the Game had to sell tickets. Managers leaning toward their own players for reserve roles is an entirely understandable decision ("Coach, why'd you take Smith over me?") and yet one that doesn't necessarily result in the best possible roster. Starting pitchers are now routinely passed over if their spot in their real team's rotation interferes with their ability to pitch in the Game itself. Relief pitchers not named Mariano Rivera populate the rosters in a weird homage to the idea of relievers as uniquely special and valuable players rather than simply failed starters. Good measures of total player value tend to be ignored come All-Star time in favor of raw offensive stats and good players sometimes get shafted because some random hamster had a great first half that he'll never ever repeat in his life.

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The trot times for Sept. 28, when Bobby Abreu has the slowest non-injury related trot recorded.

Apologies for the missing Tater Trot Tracker the last few days. The real world got pretty busy there for a few days. Luckily, it's a great day to return to the tracker because...

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May 18, 2012 3:19 pm

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 18

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Matthew Kory

The Nationals' worst pitcher might be your team's best pitcher.

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May 2, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Rhymes With Longoria

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R.J. Anderson

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper arrive as Evan Longoria falls away.

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April 30, 2012 3:00 am

Out of Left Field: The Walking Dead

5

Matthew Kory

These orthopedic boots are made for walking.

I’m in the tank for Nick Johnson. Two days after the call-ups of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout have captured baseball’s collective attention, I submit that we need to focus more on Nick Johnson. There are many good reasons to root for Trout and Harper, but they’re both very young. There will be plenty of time for each. Johnson is 33 this year and, at any point, his head could fall off. Something could happen and you would be deprived of the enjoyment of watching Nick Johnson play baseball. I don’t want that to happen.

You may remember Nick Johnson as Baseball Prospectus’ No. 1 prospect back in 2000. Baseball America had him ranked fifth. Between then and now he has bounced around, and he spent 2011 slugging .332 in Triple-A, but this year he is back. It’s true. He’s got a uniform and everything. He’s even been mentioned here in these virtual pages from time to time, proof that his career isn’t over. Yet.

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We don't like to hear baseball players complain about their lots in life, but can we blame them for not counting their blessings?

Back in December, Ken Rosenthal tucked this into a column about Bobby Abreu: “Abreu, who turns 38 on March 11, is not the type to demand a trade, but he would welcome one, according to sources with knowledge of his thinking.” The news in that sentence was that Abreu would welcome a trade, but the most telling part was that Abreu “is not the type to demand a trade.” To oversimplify things: we don’t like guys who demand trades, and we like guys who don’t. Rosenthal was protecting Abreu and stressing that Abreu is a good guy in a tough situation. Rosenthal knows Bobby Abreu well—I’m pretty sure; Rosenthal knows everybody well—and Rosenthal vouches for Abreu. Abreu is not the type to demand a trade. Remember that.

Two months later, of course, Abreu demanded a trade, or at least said it would be “the best thing... The right thing to do.” He also said he has “learned not to have much trust in these people,” which is just a staggeringly dumb thing to say about one’s boss. He suggested that the lack of clarity on his role has affected his preparation, sort of making an excuse for his sub-.100 batting average this spring. It’s gotten ugly, and Bobby Abreu looks like a jerk. But he’s not a jerk, is he? Ken Rosenthal vouched for him. So what’s going on?

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February 29, 2012 3:00 am

Painting the Black: Of Abreu and Ichiro

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R.J. Anderson

Two AL West veterans are feeling the effects of age, but only one seems resigned to his fate.

Spring training is about both bright-eyed and bushy-tailed youngsters and veterans reaching the end of the road. None of us wants to know how much time remains on the clock, whether it be in baseball or in life, but every spring, a class of veterans finds out that the buzzer is about to sound. Teams ease the lucky ones into reduced roles in camp, with the players having two choices: accept it and move on or fight and lose—Father Time is and will forever be undefeated. The American League West offers an example of both options right now. While one veteran is taking his fate into his own hands, another is embracing the change. This is an examination of those two players, their situations, and what lies ahead.

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March 17, 2005 12:00 am

Doctoring The Numbers: A Star No One Sees

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Rany Jazayerli

He's more than just underrated; Bobby Abreu is on his way to the Hall of Fame.

This might be one of the reasons (admittedly down the list) for why Barry Bonds is so disliked by the media. He has rendered one of the greatest of all barstool arguments--"who is the best player in baseball?"--utterly irrelevant for the past half-decade.

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Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards. The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings. Hitters: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (Avg/OBP/SLG/RARP/VORP) Pitchers: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (ERA, IP, SNWAR or ARP, VORP)

Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards.

The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings.

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