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Transaction Analysis: The League of Extraordinary Salary Commitment
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R.J. Anderson

04-24

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Overthinking It: The No-Hitters That Almost Weren't
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Ben Lindbergh

04-04

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Collateral Damage: How Much Pain Could the Doctor (Up)Chuck?
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Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

07-01

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Glory Days
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Ken Arneson

05-13

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Collateral Damage: Stemming the Tide
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

05-13

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Divide and Conquer, AL West: The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
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Joey Matschulat

04-20

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Collateral Damage: Fools Rush In
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-31

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Team Injury Projection: Oakland Athletics
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

10-25

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Contractual Matters: AL West Arbitration Forecast
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Jeff Euston

09-03

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Prospectus Hit List: AL: A Slight Opening
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Ben Lindbergh

08-27

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On the Beat: Building Something Special
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John Perrotto

08-13

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Prospectus Hit List: Big Hits and Near Misses
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Jay Jaffe

07-09

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Prospectus Hit List: Nearing the Cliff
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Jay Jaffe

07-07

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Transaction Action: Western Horizons
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Christina Kahrl

07-06

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Under The Knife: The All-Star Effect
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Will Carroll

06-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Andrew Bailey
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David Laurila

06-23

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Under The Knife: Beltran's Clock Ready to Tick
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Will Carroll

06-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Dallas Braden
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David Laurila

05-26

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Under The Knife: Wednesday Update
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Will Carroll

05-11

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Under The Knife: The Beltran Saga
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Will Carroll

05-10

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The Week in Quotes: Week of May 3-9
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Alex Carnevale

05-10

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Fantasy Beat: Mr. Perfect: Dallas Braden
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Craig Brown

04-26

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The Week in Quotes: April 19-25
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Alex Carnevale

04-19

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Fantasy Beat: The Peavy Problem
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Craig Brown

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
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John Perrotto

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Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

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Transaction of the Day: Six Reshuffled Decks
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Christina Kahrl

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Transaction of the Day: AL West Special
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Christina Kahrl

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The Dodgers now have a high-priced reliever. But do they have an elite reliever?

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April 24, 2012 8:00 am

Overthinking It: The No-Hitters That Almost Weren't

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Ben Lindbergh

Philip Humber's perfect game ended with a controversial call, but close plays to preserve no-hitters are the norm, not the exception.

Since the start of the 2009 season, 12 nine-inning no-hitters have been pitched. Over the same span, 24 nine-inning one-hitters have been pitched. The former will be remembered. The latter will not, except by Anibal Sanchez, who threw three of them. (Don’t feel too bad for Anibal Sanchez, since he already had a no-hitter. Anibal Sanchez: pretty good at pitching.)

The difference between a no-hitter and a one-hitter is—wait for it—one hit. But it’s too simple to say that, really. A hit can be a long home run or a hard line drive that lands somewhere on the field. It can also be an infield dribbler, a well-placed pop-up, or a routine fly that would have been caught by literally anyone but Raul Ibanez. This is a hit:

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Andrew Bailey will be hitting the surgical table soon, a pitcher finds extra discomfort while vomiting, and the AL East bullpens suddenly look much thinner.

Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox (Right Thumb Surgery)
The Red Sox were not giving many details about Bailey’s thumb injury largely because they could not pinpoint when Bailey was injured. The pitcher’s visit with Dr. Graham confirmed he’ll need surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb and will be out for several months at least.

Major acute ligament injuries in the thumb can almost always be attributed to a specific incident. The player may not remember the exact play, but in the following days there will be bruising, swelling, and/or pain. True acute injuries do not just hide and then pop back up 10 days later without something new to aggravate the injury. Bailey was apparently able to pitch a few more times before he felt pain while showering.


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Its players are a long way away from the majors, but that hasn't stopped an upstart league on the fringes of organized baseball from recruiting a new generation of boys of summer.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Ken Arneson operated the now-defunct Baseball Toaster blog network. Ken wrote for two Toaster blogs, Catfish Stew and the Humbug Journal. Since retiring from blogging two years ago, Ken now spews most of his baseball opinions on Twitter.

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May 13, 2011 9:00 am

Collateral Damage: Stemming the Tide

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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

Bartolo Colon enlists the aid of modern medicine in an unorthodox recovery, Kendrys Morales still has ankle issues, and a pair of pitchers get their capsules repaired.

Bartolo Colon, NYA (Stem cell therapy)
Despite the potentially life-altering benefits of stem cell research and its potential real-life applications, negative attention and fierce debate have surrounded its ethics, cost, and effectiveness. The majority of the controversy arises from the use of fetal or embryonic stem cells for research and/or transplantation into another human.

This story on Bartolo Colon and the use of stem cells raised as many eyebrows throughout baseball as it did questions about the effectiveness of Colon's procedure and the obligation of a player to accept that his career has come to an end. Because Dr. Joseph Purita—the orthopedic surgeon who treated Colon—admitted to using HGH in procedures on the general public, MLB was forced to launch an investigation into both him and his practices. He claims not to have used HGH on professional baseball players—since it's illegal, and all—and for now we'll just have to take him at his word.


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There is only one way to describe Wednesday's events in the AL West: awful.

In the not-so-grand pantheon of the absolute biggest gut-punch days for the AL West in recent memory, Wednesday—and all of the demoralizing events and announcements that were contained within its 24-hour window—no doubt deserves a very prominent spot. I suspect I may never get another opportunity to wind the entirety of my narrative around the happenings of a single day, but only because this day was so completely and utterly outlandish from a baseball standpoint. Behold the chronology of one miserable day in the life of the AL West:

11:49 a.m. PDT: After receiving second and third opinions on his barking left shoulder from famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrew and Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, the word finally came down via John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle: "Dallas Braden to have shoulder surgery Monday to repair torn capsule in left shoulder." Like so many felled pitchers before him, Braden's own injury-marred odyssey included shoulder stiffness, the obligatory and quite immediate trip to the 15-day disabled list, and a subsequent visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum and an MRI exam that revealed no structural damage and culminated in a prescribed course of rest and rehab. Sports medicine has never been in a better place than it is right now, but cases like this one—where further examination reveals a far more serious underlying problem than what was first diagnosed—are so commonplace that I really can't begrudge anyone a healthy dose of skepticism about baseball injuries.

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April 20, 2011 9:00 am

Collateral Damage: Fools Rush In

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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

Moylan's back is bulging, Martinez comes back too quickly, Braden proves they do suffer from shoulder stiffness in the 209, and the Cardinals take one step forward and two steps back.

We discussed yesterday why it is important not to rush back from concussions—a viewpoint that Major League Baseball agrees with, given its new disabled list policy for concussion victims—but let's not forget that patience is a virtue when it comes to even the most basic injuries. A certain off-season acquisition of the Tigers would have done well to remember that this weekend.

Peter Moylan, ATL (Low back strain/bulging disc)
Moylan recently underwent MRI testing, and a bulging disc was found in his lower back. Bulging discs, by themselves, are not that worrisome: most active people over the age of 30 have at least some degree of bulging in the discs of their lower backs and do not even know it. If the disc does not bulge to the point of compressing the spinal cord, then treatment is more focused on physical therapy and some activity modification.


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March 31, 2011 9:00 am

Team Injury Projection: Oakland Athletics

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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

Does Billy Beane's sh*t work in the trainer's room?

Team Injury Projections

The Team Injury Projections are here, driven by our brand new injury forecasting system, the Comprehensive Health Index [of] Pitchers [and] Players [with] Evaluative Results—or, more succinctly, CHIPPER. Thanks to work by Colin Wyers and Dan Turkenkopf and a database loaded with injuries dating back to the 2002 season—that's nearly 4,600 players and well over 400,000 days lost to injury—we now have a system that produces injury-risk assessments to three different degrees. CHIPPER projects ratings for players based on their injury history—these ratings measure the probability of a player missing one or more games, 15 or more games, or 30 or more games. CHIPPER will have additional features added to it throughout the spring and early season that will enhance the accuracy of our injury coverage.

These ratings are also available in the Player Forecast Manager (pfm.baseballprospectus.com), where they'll be sortable by league or position—you won’t have to wait for us to finish writing this series in order to see the health ratings for all of the players.

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A glance at the arbitration-eligibles on the left coast, identifying player comparables and non-tender candidates.

About 220 players will be eligible for salary arbitration this off-season. Some will not receive a contract offer and become free agents December 2. Others will agree to terms before the new year. Many will file for arbitration in early January, with the vast majority of that group settling on 2011 contracts before arguing their cases at hearings in February.

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September 3, 2010 11:00 am

Prospectus Hit List: AL: A Slight Opening

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Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees get a tiny bit of breathing room in their tight race with the Rays in the East, though both teams are near-locks for the postseason.

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August 27, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Building Something Special

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John Perrotto

The Athletics' young rotation is showing flashes of greatness along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

Considering the Athletics were among the very first major-league teams to embrace sabermetrics, it is only fitting that manager Bob Geren believes he has found the formula for success. While Geren's formula is not mathematical in nature, the numbers of the byproduct are quite impressive.

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August 13, 2010 11:20 am

Prospectus Hit List: Big Hits and Near Misses

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Jay Jaffe

Mark Teixeira goes on a home run binge and Brandon Morrow comes up one out short of a no-hitter as we rank the American League teams.

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