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07-15

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8

Pebble Hunting: The Spectator Attention Test
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Sam Miller

04-24

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2

Wezen-Ball: When Brewers and Beer Clash
by
Larry Granillo

12-04

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2

BP Unfiltered: From the Winter Meetings: An interview with Dodgers President Stan Kasten
by
Maury Brown

10-31

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3

Wezen-Ball: World Series Riots
by
Larry Granillo

10-24

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16

Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of AT&T Park
by
Sam Miller

06-25

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3

BP Unfiltered: Not Everyone is Excited to Be on TV
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-02

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7

Bizball: Inside MLB’s Social Media Policy for Players
by
Maury Brown

02-29

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12

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

10-31

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22

Playoff Prospectus: Shuffling Through the World Series
by
Jason Parks

09-19

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10

Wezen-Ball: Adopting the NFL's Weekly Schedule
by
Larry Granillo

08-22

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41

Changing Speeds: Ethical Bandwagon Jumping
by
Ken Funck

08-08

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18

Wezen-Ball: The Biggest Dangers in Baseball
by
Larry Granillo

07-22

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18

Baseball ProGUESTus: Should the Bucs Be Buyers?
by
Rob Neyer

07-15

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13

Baseball ProGUESTus: Astros Appreciation
by
Allen Barra

06-06

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winners' Weekend
by
Larry Granillo

05-27

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5

Baseball ProGUESTus: Curing the Frank McCourt Blues
by
Eric Nusbaum

05-06

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13

Contractual Matters: Screen Test
by
Jeff Euston

04-29

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11

Prospectus Q&A: Alex Anthopoulos
by
David Laurila

04-25

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1

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: At Your Service
by
Larry Granillo

04-22

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48

Expanded Horizons: Eight, Ten, Here We Go Again
by
Tommy Bennett

04-19

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26

The Payoff Pitch: Plenty of Good Seats Still Available
by
Neil deMause

04-05

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1

The BP Wayback Machine: Snowbound Schedule
by
Nate Silver

03-14

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36

Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway
by
Matt Swartz

03-11

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5

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Unwinding the Misery Clock
by
Larry Granillo

03-01

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8

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

01-19

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1

Expanded Horizons: A Dominican Adventure
by
Tommy Bennett

12-03

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11

BP Unfiltered: Remembering Santo
by
Colin Wyers

11-17

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Prospectus Q&A: J.C. Bradbury, Part II
by
David Laurila

11-03

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4

Prospectus Q&A: Jerry Howarth, Part II
by
David Laurila

09-10

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4

Prospectus Q&A: Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs
by
David Laurila

09-03

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5

Manufactured Runs: Hero Worship
by
Colin Wyers

08-04

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5

On the Beat: A Nice Change of Pace
by
John Perrotto

07-28

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2

California League Tour, Part 2
by
Charles Dahan

07-21

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9

California League Tour, Part 1
by
Charles Dahan

07-15

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25

Changing Speeds: Business Casual
by
Ken Funck

07-14

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10

Ahead in the Count: Three Eras of All-Star Voting
by
Matt Swartz

07-04

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1

BP Unfiltered: Five Minutes with Jason Berken
by
David Laurila

07-02

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56

Top 10 Week: MLB Radio Broadcasters
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Scott McCauley

06-30

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13

Manufactured Runs: Who's an All-Star?
by
Colin Wyers

06-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Chris Perez
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David Laurila

03-19

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7

Player Profile: Nomar Garciaparra
by
Marc Normandin

03-14

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11

On the Beat: Weekend Update
by
John Perrotto

06-28

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29

Prospectus Idol Entry: The First World Series Turncoat
by
Matt Swartz

04-08

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On the Beat: Changes in Slow Motion
by
John Perrotto

10-28

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5

Doctoring The Numbers: When the Rains Come
by
Rany Jazayerli

09-29

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8

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Strange but Memorable Brew
by
Jay Jaffe

09-22

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29

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Decline and Fall of Yankee Stadium
by
Jay Jaffe

07-24

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Lies, Damned Lies: Shrinking the Ballpark
by
Nate Silver

07-11

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Lies, Damned Lies: Running Up the White Flag
by
Nate Silver

04-29

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Blazing the O'Malley Trail
by
Gary Gillette

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What's the maximum attention span of a baseball fan?

I feel like we've been dancing around this for a while. The Tweeters at AT&T Park. The probably dead A's fan. All of these people. It's pretty clear that loads of people attend baseball games but nobody actually watches baseball games.

This was something I never noticed until I did, and now I notice constantly, just like how I can no longer not notice that pitchers have absolutely no idea where they're throwing the ball. The other day I suggested that nobody in a park (except the scouts and, in some cases, the manager) actually watches 10 pitches in a row. Well, then.

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A 1980 controversy reminds us how touchy the relationship between baseball and beer could be, even in the home of the Brewers.

The Milwaukee Brewers media guide gives only the briefest of mentions for how the club got its name:

1970: The team is renamed the 'Milwaukee Brewers' as a tribute to the city's long association with the brewing industry.

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The public face of the Dodgers now rests with Stan Kasten as their president and co-owner. On Monday we caught up with him at the Winter Meetings and asked him about his new position in LA; how the ownership group was assembled; what Magic Johnson brings to the table, and; how that massive TV deal factors into what the Dodgers do, not only now, but years to come.

Few recent club sales have altered the landscape in Major League Baseball as quickly as that of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whether it was the unprecedented purchase price of $2.15 billion, the flurry of trades that including taking on over $163 million in contract dollars as part of the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox that included Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford, or the media rights deal that the club is on the cusp of completing that is reported to be between $6-$7 billion, the Dodgers have become a juggernaut. The public face of the Dodgers now rests with Stan Kasten as their president and co-owner. On Monday we caught up with him at the Winter Meetings and asked him about his new position in LA; how the ownership group was assembled; what Magic Johnson brings to the table, and; how that massive TV deal factors into what the Dodgers do, not only now, but years to come.

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A quick look at some post-Series celebrations that turned ugly.

The San Francisco Giants four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday—their second world championship in three years—was marred by news out of the bay Sunday night and Monday morning of isolated riots around the city.

From USA Today:

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October 24, 2012 9:57 am

Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of AT&T Park

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Sam Miller

Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands for the first two games of the World Series.

You will be spending the next two days with the AT&T crowd, so you might as well get to know who they are. While a stadium of 43,000 can hold countless types, the culture of the park can be pretty well summed up by just a few of them. 

The young friends with varying degrees of interest in the outcome of the game.
Jason didn’t normally talk to himself, but he was too anxious to sit still or stay quiet. He just wanted to leave his apartment, to get to the park on time, to erupt at the first pitch. That would settle him. Until then, he was too anxious.


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A stark contrast in crowd reaction shots from Sunday's Yankees-Mets game.

The typical fan reaction to getting on TV:

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April 2, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Inside MLB’s Social Media Policy for Players

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Maury Brown

A look at MLB's new policy for how clubs and players can interact with fans in social media

If you haven’t gotten on the social media train, it’s left the station and then some. Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets for social media have become key communication platforms not only for fans, but for players, clubs, and leagues alike.

With that, you get a “good thing/bad thing” proposition. The good thing: players can now reach fans directly. The bad thing, well… players can now reach fans directly.

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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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October 31, 2011 9:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Shuffling Through the World Series

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Jason Parks

A humor-tinged recap of one of the most exciting World Series of our generation

Track #1: Iron Maiden: “The Duelist”
“Ready to start the duel begins the best man wins in the end.
A lunge and a feint, a parry too late
A cut to the chest and you're down
Seeing the stain then feeling the pain
Feeling the sweat on your brow.”






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The NFL has a big advantage over MLB in its schedule. What would happen if MLB adopted this advantage for itself?

If there's anything I learned from my Twitter feed this weekend, it's that the football season is now underway. Apparently, we're actually in the second week of the NFL season, with the season having begun ten days ago with a Saints/Packers matchup in Green Bay. Who knew?

I'm being facetious, of course, but it is true that the start of the NFL season barely registers on my radar each year. Instead, I tend to be more focused on the various playoff races going on in Major League Baseball at the time. This year, for example, it's Boston's potential collapse under the pressure of a late-season surge by Tampa Bay and the Milwaukee/Arizona battle for the second-best record in the NL that has me ignoring the games on the gridiron. Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, Justin Verlander, Curtis Granderson, Jose Bautista, Dan Uggla and a thousand other players/teams/storylines also help.

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How to start rooting for a contender in mid-season without compromising your principles.

It’s late August, and if the team you root for is already out of contention, you’re not alone. According to our Playoff Odds Report, only 12 teams currently have even a 5 percent chance of making the postseason, meaning that fully 60 percent of teams are realistically playing out the string with more than a month to go. If you follow one of those teams and are the sort of fan who finds that having a heart-felt rooting interest greatly adds to your baseball enjoyment, what are you to do with the rest of the season? My recommendation is to become a bandwagon jumper, or more specifically, an Ethical Bandwagon Jumper (EBJ).

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In the wake of some devastating injuries this year, some thoughts on the biggest dangers in the game of baseball today.

Friday night in Colorado, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond. It's unclear to me from reading reports where exactly on his face the ball struck - either on his cheek, near his ear, or at his temple - but the real injury came from his fall. Watching the video it is clear that, once the ball hit his face, Nicasio fell to the ground and landed on the top of his head (imagine someone doing a headstand). After lying on the mound for more than five minutes, Nicasio was placed on a stretcher with a brace around his neck and carted off the field. It was announced Sunday morning that Nicasio had broken the C1 vertebrae in his neck and had had surgery performed overnight.

This is a scary, scary thing. Neck injuries are about as serious as it gets, with paralysis or worse always a possibility. What's more, the line drive that caused everything hit within a baseball's breadth of Nicasio's temple. If either circumstance was even slightly more severe, we could be talking about Major League Baseball's first on-field death in ninety years. And though that may sound like a bit of a stretch - a gloomy, pessimistic, overly cautious stretch - because we know how it turned out, it's very real.

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