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03-07

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Inspecting the Spectrum, Part IV: The Designated Hitter Question
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Jay Jaffe

02-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Inspecting the Spectrum, Part III: Out of Left Field, Again
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Jay Jaffe

02-20

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Inspecting the Spectrum, Part II: The Podz People
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Jay Jaffe

02-15

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Inspecting the Spectrum, Part I: The Cold Corner, Again
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Jay Jaffe

06-28

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Shortstops
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Jason Parks

05-10

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Clubhouse Confidential: Pitchers Union Goes On Strike Against Miguel Cabrera
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Marc Carig

04-27

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Return of the Up-the-Middlemen
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Jay Jaffe

03-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball's Hilbert Problems
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Keith Woolner

03-24

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Future Shock: The Disappearing Defensive Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

06-17

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Overthinking It: The Carlos Guillen Club
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Ben Lindbergh

02-09

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Expanded Horizons: Catching conundrum
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Tommy Bennett

04-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Catching the Next Wave
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Jay Jaffe

03-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Step to the left... or to the right?
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Jay Jaffe

03-13

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Prospectus Q&A: John Dewan
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David Laurila

04-23

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

04-16

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Overstating Those Rays of Hope
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Jay Jaffe

06-28

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Future Shock: The Draft Spectrum, Part Two
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Kevin Goldstein

06-17

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Future Shock: The Draft Spectrum
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Kevin Goldstein

04-19

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Schrodinger's Bat: Caught Stealing to Lose the Game
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Dan Fox

03-15

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Future Shock: Taking A Step Back, Part Two
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Kevin Goldstein

09-22

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Lies, Damned Lies: A New Look at Aging
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Nate Silver

06-23

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You Could Look It Up: Infinity Edition #4
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Steven Goldman

09-17

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Can Of Corn: The Switch
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Dayn Perry

02-10

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Baseball's Hilbert Problems
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Keith Woolner

03-27

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Top 40 Prospects In Review: Part Four
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Rany Jazayerli

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March 13, 2009 12:49 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: Step to the left... or to the right?

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Jay Jaffe

Position changes might be only a matter for some players, but some players are moving against the grain.

Last week I noted that Nate Silver expanded upon Bill James' initial work on aging patterns to show that hitters tend to peak between ages 25 and 29, cresting at 26 and 27, with some understandable variations by position. Speed-based players like middle infielders and center fielders peak toward the earlier side of that range, while catchers develop more slowly, and third basemen, who tend to be slower and thicker, peak later and retain a larger share of their value over a longer period of time.

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March 13, 2009 12:45 pm

Prospectus Q&A: John Dewan

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David Laurila

A post-conference conversation with the man behind the indispensable pair of volumes of The Fielding Bible.

It might be a stretch to say that "defense" is John Dewan's middle name, but then again it easily could be. The author of the highly acclaimed The Fielding Bible has delivered an even more impressive second volume, making Dewan the industry's most influential voice when it comes to defensive metrics. A co-owner of Baseball Info Solutions, Dewan moderated the Baseball Analytics panel at last weekend's MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference. Afterwards, he sat down with Baseball Prospectus to talk about why Carlos Gomez is a better defensive outfielder than Nate McLouth, why shortstops love Justin Morneau, and what it means to be a Molina.

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Bad ways to break in a new home, young Cubs on the rise, and an infield revolution in the Motor City.

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Dissecting how much difference an improved defense can make for Tampa Bay makes for some reservations over the Rays' chances.

The Tampa Bay Rays took a bold new step into their future this past weekend, promoting two highly-touted former first-round picks and watching both of them succeed in their debuts. On Saturday, they installed third baseman Evan Longoria into the lineup. The third overall pick of the 2006 draft as well as the #3 prospect on our Top 100 Prospect List, Longoria went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his first game, and delivered hits in his next two games as well, including a double and a homer against the Yankees on Monday. On Sunday, the Rays sent Jeff Niemann to the hill. The fourth overall pick of the 2004 draft has seen his star fall a bit due to shoulder troubles and unspectacular minor league performances, which combined to knock him out of our top 100 after a #25 showing in 2007, but he held the Orioles to one run in six innings while striking out five.

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June 28, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: The Draft Spectrum, Part Two

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Kevin Goldstein

In the second part of his series, Kevin investigates where players come from across the defensive spectrum.

Last week, I began to delve into the concept of the draft spectrum. To recap: I decided to try going through today's players to see if we could identify any trends when it comes to where a player plays and how he entered the pro game (the term I'm using is "source"). The player pool I'm using here consists of 254 players, defined in this exercise as starters, chosen by selecting the player on each team with the most playing time at each defensive position. So 30 x 8 = 240 + 14 designated hitters = 254. Then I identified their source of entry into the pro game. Admittedly, this is a quick-and-dirty system. There are players who are normally starters but are not counted due to injury, and there have already been job changes that will lead to the pool having a turnover somewhere in the 10-20 percent range at the end of the season.

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June 17, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: The Draft Spectrum

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin fires up some research on where major league starters come from, preliminary to sorting out what positions they started at.

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April 19, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Caught Stealing to Lose the Game

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Dan Fox

Erick Aybar ended two Angels' losses by getting caught on the basepaths. Was there any method behind this madness?

"It was a good time to run and it happened to be a good pitch for the catcher to throw onIt's just part of the game. You want to get a guy in scoring position. Sometimes you're aggressive and it comes out against you. We're an aggressive team, and we like to play our game, within ourselves. It's not always going to work in your favor."
-- Howie Kendrick, after teammate Erick Aybar was thrown out stealing to end the April 10th game against Cleveland


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March 15, 2006 12:00 am

Future Shock: Taking A Step Back, Part Two

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin's scouting primer continues with a look at the defensive tools.

After taking a look at how scouts evaluate players when they have a bat in their hands, today I'll look at the "non-bat" tools, and how those tools are weighed once you have a complete feeling for a player's abilities.

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September 22, 2005 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: A New Look at Aging

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Nate Silver

Nate uses Joe Crede and poker as points of departure to investigate when position players peak.

This week’s column was originally supposed to be a break from the usual LDL routine, inspired by Tuesday night’s fantastic white Sox/Indians game, which I got to take in with New York Sun buddy Tim Marchman. Tim and I have some mysterious, voodoo-like power when we go to Sox games together. Earlier this year,

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June 23, 2005 12:00 am

You Could Look It Up: Infinity Edition #4

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Steven Goldman

Two days after Christmas, Don Padgett got a present that changed his life. Steven Goldman has the story as the Infinity Edition returns.

The previous installment featured players from the K through O section of the alphabet. This week, we're departing from the format slightly to take an extended look at one player from the land of P. In the next chapter, which you should see before the next Harry Potter book, we'll resume with shorter observations of players from Q through U.

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September 17, 2004 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: The Switch

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Dayn Perry

The Devil Rays appear ready to move B.J. Upton off of shortstop for good, most likely to third base. It won't hurt his value as much as you might think.

Here's how Upton has spent his time since being called up in early August:

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February 10, 2004 12:00 am

Baseball's Hilbert Problems

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Keith Woolner

"Who of us would not be glad to lift the veil behind which the future lies hidden, to cast a glance at the next advances of our science and at the secrets of its development during future years? What particular goals will there be toward which the leading sabermetric spirits of coming generations will strive? What new methods and new facts in the wide and rich field of sabermetric thought will the new years disclose?" Here at Baseball Prospectus, we're not completely immune to the general fascination with the recent turn of the world's odometer. So, with this edition marking the final year of the second millennium, let's take a look forward at what the third holds for us seamheads. Our inspiration comes from a similar effort nearly 100 years ago. In 1900, a mathematician named David Hilbert addressed the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris and delivered what was to become history's most influential speech about mathematics. Hilbert outlined 23 major problems to be studied in the coming century. In doing so he expressed optimism about the field, sharing his feeling that unsolved problems were a sign of vitality, encouraging more people to do more research. The above quote is, in fact, a bastardization of the opening statements of Hilbert's speech. Hilbert referred to mathematics instead of sabermetrics and spoke in terms of "centuries" instead of "years." Given the relative youth of sabermetrics and baseball analysis compared to math, it's appropriate to use a period of smaller scope than Hilbert. The quotes that appear periodically throughout this essay are similarly taken from Hilbert's speech and altered to refer to baseball analysis.

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