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09-06

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On the Beat: Seeing the Forst for the Trees
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John Perrotto

09-21

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16

Clubhouse Confidential: An MVP By Any Other Name
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Marc Carig

08-30

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The BP Broadside: Judge a Player by His Performance, Not the Company He Keeps
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Steven Goldman

03-14

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36

Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway
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Matt Swartz

03-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: Wild Card: A Fairy Tale
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Nate Silver

01-24

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12

Free Agent Bargain Bin: Outfielders
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Dan Wade

08-31

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18

Prospectus Perspective: A Wrigley Rebuild?
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Christina Kahrl

07-21

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38

Transaction Action: ALtruisms
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Christina Kahrl

07-15

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Mid-season Prescriptions: AL Central
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John Perrotto

07-10

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73

Transaction Analysis: Surrendering Lee
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-02

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7

Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating
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Christina Kahrl

06-28

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9

On the Beat: Monday Update
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John Perrotto

02-03

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On the Beat: Indian Spring
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John Perrotto

01-26

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45

Transaction Action: Sheets, Miggy, and Chooch
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Christina Kahrl

08-28

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Scheduling Impact in the NL
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Jay Jaffe

07-27

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37

Ahead in the Count: Aces and Attendance
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Matt Swartz

07-16

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On the Beat: Buyers Rush Nearly Empty Shelves?
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John Perrotto

05-17

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Tim Kniker's Initial Entry
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Tim Kniker

07-18

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Prospectus Today: Bubble Boys
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Joe Sheehan

02-19

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Other Programs to Follow
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Bryan Smith

11-21

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When Four Aces Don't Matter
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Brandon Isleib

09-11

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Taking on Water
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Jay Jaffe

08-19

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

08-09

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Rebuilding on the River
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John Perrotto

08-08

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A Little Less Glamour
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John Perrotto

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: June 13-15, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: American League, December 15, 2005-February 13, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: July 14-19, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

04-27

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Transaction Analysis: April 19-25, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: March 31-April 5, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: March 22-25, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

09-17

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Lies, Damned Lies: Wild Card: A Fairy Tale
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Nate Silver

03-30

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National League Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-01

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: Angelic
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Joe Sheehan

02-18

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Rotisserie Turns: Spring Training Decisions, Part 1
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Keith Law

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A's assistant GM David Forst has seen the team go from post-season pretender to legitimate contender, and a conversation with Mike Matheny.

David Forst certainly knows how to describe the Athletics' amazing 2012 season as well as anybody. After all, he has lived it as the club's assistant general manager and right-hand man to veteran GM Billy Beane. Forst was there at the start of spring training when seemingly no one outside the organization gave the Athletics any chance of contending. And he is here now, as the Athletics have become one of the biggest surprises in baseball by putting themselves in post-season contention for the first time in six years, even after being swept at home by the Angels in a three-game series this week.

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September 21, 2011 9:00 am

Clubhouse Confidential: An MVP By Any Other Name

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Marc Carig

If voters took the MVP voting instructions literally, Jose Bautista would likely be bringing home some hardware this season.

TORONTO—The following—courtesy of a living, breathing, American League voter who hopes to be compensated with an alcoholic beverage to be named later—is a copy of the instructions given to those within the Baseball Writers' Association of America who have been tapped to elect this season's Most Valuable Player.

I present them here because of Jose Bautista.

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Despite what Jon Heyman says, a player is what he is, regardless of what his team does.

The estimable Craig Calcaterra took John Heyman to task yesterday for conditioning his Most Valuable Player vote on whether a player’s team was in contention. Quoth Heyman:

I am not strictly opposed to a player on a non-contender winning the award, which has happened on occasion (think Alex Rodriguez of the last-place Rangers in 2003) although I admit that's a tougher one for me since the word valuable suggests that the players' achievements did not go for naught and actually helped a team play into October…

…[S]ince the award is for most valuable player, and not most outstanding, the effect a player had on the pennant race should be vital. If someone else wants to interpret most valuable as synonymous to best, they can. And if someone else wants to interpret it as being valuable to a particular team, they can, too. But there is plenty of precedent to suggest it means valuable in the league.

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March 14, 2011 9:00 am

Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway

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Matt Swartz

In the Nationals' and Orioles' battle for the local fan base, the team that blinks first may stand to gain the most.

This past month, I moved back up I-95 from Washington to Philadelphia, where I’d spent all but the previous eighteen months of my life. There has been only one major-league franchise in the City of Brotherly Love since the Athletics forsook Philly in 1955, but as I discovered during my sojourn in the District, many baseball fans in the DC area have been torn between the Baltimore Orioles, for whom many of them grew up cheering, and the Washington Nationals, who emigrated from Montreal in 2005. Neither team has been good during their years of geographic coexistence, and the metropolitan area has not seen a playoff game since 1997, but both teams have slowly begun to develop the young talent necessary to compete. Although animosity stemming from Orioles owner Peter Angelos’ opposition to a Washington franchise has cost the O’s some fans, many in the DC area have yet to determine their allegiance.

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What does a voice from BP's past have to say about the prospect of a second wild card?

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 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.

We've offered a number of more contemporary takes on the matter, but with the prospect of a second wild card looming, let's flash back to what Nate had to say on the subject in an article that originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on September 17, 2003.

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January 24, 2011 12:06 pm

Free Agent Bargain Bin: Outfielders

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Dan Wade

Taking a peek at the bare cupboard that is the remaining free-agent outfielders.

Outfield went from a position of reasonable depth to a veritable wasteland in under a week. Andruw Jones, Johnny Damon, and Manny Ramirez—outfielder emeritus—all came off the board. There are a few players left who look primed to provide solid value, but if the outfield is a perceived spot of weakness for a team, acting soon would be virtuous. Outside of the five players listed here, the options turn rancid quickly.

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August 31, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Perspective: A Wrigley Rebuild?

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Christina Kahrl

Skip feeling snuggly about the Cubs, there's work to be done.

So, it's another disappointment-soaked season in sudsy Wrigley. Adding to the Carteresque malaise and general blanditude as the string gets played out, the Cubs don't even have the benefit of their ever-entertaining skipper, Lou Piniella. That grand old man, recognizing that the end was not merely nigh, but comfortably unpacked, settled in, and asking what's in the fridge, decided to abbreviate this last spin with ambition.*

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Lima Time as a standard for evaluation, reinforcing the Red Sox, the Tigers slip by an Inge, and more.

Using a pitcher's rate of SNLVAR, Kazmir's season has been a disaster of massive proportions, one that rates about 4.8 on the Keough scale, something that for the moment suits my purposes for describing starting pitcher inadequacy, using Matt Keough's appalling 1982 season as a baseline for starting pitcher-related terrors visited upon a team's unhappy fans over a full season. This isn't really especially fair of me, in that Keough doesn't hold the single-season low for a starter with 30 starts in a campaign, but 1982 was a horrifying disappointment, and the man was beaten with a regularity that made me think that he was the drum, and the entire American League was Keith Moon.

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July 15, 2010 8:00 am

Mid-season Prescriptions: AL Central

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John Perrotto

The White Sox are on a major roll but could use a power hitter and a starter, along with fixes for the rest of the division.

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The White Sox have ridden a great wave of momentum into first place by winning 25 of their last 30 games to go from 9 ½ games out on June 9 to a half-game ahead. Nevertheless, they could use another big bat, particularly from the left side, as they are averaging 4.52 runs a game. A left-handed power hitter would fit nicely and the White Sox have been linked to the Nationals' Adam Dunn and Astros' Lance Berkman for weeks. However, with right-hander Jake Peavy out for the season because of a torn late muscle, the White Sox could add another starter and instead and try to ride a strong rotation to the division title. The Astros' Roy Oswalt would fit nicely (and maybe the always-surprising Kenny Williams could get both him and Berkman in a blockbuster) and Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly or Diamondbacks right-hander Dan Haren would also fill the void nicely.

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July 10, 2010 8:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Surrendering Lee

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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

The Rangers make their bid to play with the East's beasts in October, but was it Appomattox all over again for the Mariners?

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July 2, 2010 7:27 am

Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating

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Christina Kahrl

A management purge in Phoenix, landing a young gun while accepting risk in San Francisco, plus other NL activity.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned RHP Carlos Rosa to Reno (Triple-A); recalled RHP Barry Enright from Mobile (Double-A). [6/30]

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June 28, 2010 9:00 am

On the Beat: Monday Update

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John Perrotto

A look at five starting pitchers who could be on the move at the trading deadline, along with other MLB notes.

The non-waiver trading deadline is still one month and three days away. However, contenders are already jockeying for position to acquire a starting pitcher that could possibly put them over the top in the regular season and make them a force, if not a favorite, in the postseason.

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