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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
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Larry Granillo

12-04

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2

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

10-31

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3

Wezen-Ball: World Series Riots
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Larry Granillo

10-24

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16

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

06-25

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3

BP Unfiltered: Not Everyone is Excited to Be on TV
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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
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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
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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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Expanded Horizons: A Dominican Adventure
by
Tommy Bennett

12-03

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11

BP Unfiltered: Remembering Santo
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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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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs
by
David Laurila

09-03

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5

Manufactured Runs: Hero Worship
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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
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Charles Dahan

07-21

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California League Tour, Part 1
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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
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Matt Swartz

07-04

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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?
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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
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John Perrotto

06-28

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29

Prospectus Idol Entry: The First World Series Turncoat
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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
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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
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Nate Silver

07-11

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

04-29

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Blazing the O'Malley Trail
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Gary Gillette

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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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The differences between a major-league game and the Dominican winter league games aren't that large.

The Cradle of Torpedo Boats

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One of the greatest Cubs - and Cubs fans - is gone from us.

Aww, geez.

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In the second part of the interview, the baseball economist discusses managers, free agents, and attendance.

In Part II, baseball economist J.C. Bradbury, the author of Hot Stove Economics: Understanding Baseball’s Second Season, talks about the economic value of managers, the free-agent value of Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, the Tampa Bay situation, and other topics. You may view Part I of the interview here.

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November 3, 2010 12:00 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Jerry Howarth, Part II

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David Laurila

The Blue Jays' broadcaster discusses baseball in Toronto since 1985 and his former broadcast partner.

In Part II, veteran Blue Jays broadcaster Jerry Howarth talks with Baseball Prospectus' David Laurila about the last quarter-century of baseball in Toronto and Tom Cheek, his late partner in the booth, among other topics. You may view Part I of the interview here

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The Mariners' radio duo discuss their time in baseball, breaking into the business, and their most memorable moments.

Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs are more than just the radio voices of the Seattle Mariners, they are baseball icons in the Pacific Northwest. Niehaus, who received the Ford C. Frick award in 2008, has been in the booth since the franchise’s inaugural season, in 1977. Rizzs’ tenure is nearly as long, as he has been Niehaus’ broadcast partner since 1983, save for three tumultuous seasons spent with the Detroit Tigers. Niehaus and Rizzs talked about their storied careers, the art of broadcasting, and Mariners baseball during an August visit to Fenway Park.


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September 3, 2010 12:00 pm

Manufactured Runs: Hero Worship

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Colin Wyers

Talking about talking about the Hall of Fame.

If you’ll indulge me for a moment, let’s take a step back and talk a bit about sabermetrics – not baseball, but sabermetrics… baseball analysis in general, I suppose. You won’t need to do any math for this, either.

This is a thought I’ve been wanting to express for a while, but the occasion was a conversation between the always insightful Patriot (of the site Walk Like A Sabermetrician) and myself on Twitter, about Dale Murphy and the Hall of Fame. Now you may be asking yourself, what does Dale Murphy have to do with the Hall of Fame? Well, one man is campaigning vigorously for his admission, and managed to get an article about it published in SABR’s “The National Pastime” journal.

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August 4, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: A Nice Change of Pace

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John Perrotto

The Reds are in contention for the first time in a decade, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

Dusty Baker couldn't resist having a little fun with the reporters gathered around him. The Reds manager was asked Tuesday night how he planned to set up his starting rotation for next week's pivotal series against the Cardinals. Baker grinned then playfully did not answer the question.

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Wrapping up a trip around the venerable High-A league.

Inland Empire 66ers

There are a number of ways to make money with a minor-league baseball team. The most advisable is receiving ample support from a major-league affiliate in the nation’s second-largest market, building a stadium with a bevy of state-of-the-art luxury boxes leased by the season to Los Angeles’ most wealthy individuals and corporations, and having a band of Indians supply the second-largest video board in minor-league sports west of the Mississippi. Having that same band of Indians sponsor a scantily-clad female dance team is also advisable.

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July 21, 2010 8:00 am

California League Tour, Part 1

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Charles Dahan

Taking a trip through the California League, looking at the stadiums, surrounding areas, teams, and hot dog ratings.

California has been home to professional baseball for over 150 years. The move of the Giants and Dodgers from New York actually dramatically diminished the vibrant baseball scene in the state, as it lessened the importance of the Pacific Coast League and the farm system that fed PCL teams. In 1941, the California League was established. The league is in the High-A classification and has 10 teams-the Modesto Nuts, Stockton Ports, and San Jose Giants in Northern California, the Visalia Rawhide and Bakersfield Blaze in the Central Valley, and the Lancaster Jethawks, High Desert (Adelanto) Mavericks, Inland Empire (San Bernardino) 66ers, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, and Lake Elsinore Storm in the Los Angeles area. 

The league's stadiums range from post-World War II projects such as San Jose Municipal Stadium to state-of-the-art facilities with major-league worthy sky boxes, roving waiters, and enclosed restaurants and bars. Moreover, although statistics are normalized to counteract the effects of different stadiums, the features of different minor-league parks are largely unknown and not quantified. In this edition, three parks--Stockton, Lake Elsinore, and High Desert-are profiled, along with the towns and front office executives that make these clubs unique. Five parks and franchises-San Jose, Inland Empire, Modesto, Rancho Cucamonga, and Visalia-will be featured next week.

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Should the mainstream media be introducing sabermetric concepts into baseball analysis?

Let’s say you’re at the water cooler at work, or some other casual environment surrounded by acquaintances, and the conversation turns to baseball. Someone states that Jimmy Sticks is the best pitcher in the league since he has the best record; others back Jamar Pickett, who has the lowest earned run average. You happen to know that Sticks has gotten the most run support of any starter in the league, while Pickett pitches in front of a great defense in the most pitcher-friendly home park in the league, and neither player is in the top 10 in Support Neutral Win Percentage. What do you say?

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July 14, 2010 8:00 am

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

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Matt Swartz

As technology changes, so do election patterns for the Midsummer Classic.

In America’s pastime, as in its politics, democracy is a wonderful but fragile thing.  Ten years after Major League Baseball first gave its fans the option to vote for the starting lineups in the All-Star Game, Commissioner Ford Frick took it away again after 1957, when Cincinnati fans stuffed the ballot boxes to elect all but one Reds' starter. This was not even a spontaneous upsurge of local pride: through the late spring, the Cincinnati Enquirer had printed ballots to distribute them easily to fans, and local bars even required customers to fill out ballots before they would be served.  Not until 1970 were the fans put back in charge of picking the starters, but it’s been in their hands ever since—even surviving another sabotage attempt when Massachusetts hacker Chris Nandor was able to create a program that voted for Nomar Garciaparra nearly 40,000 times to edge out Derek Jeter

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