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01-08

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4

Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Jeff Bagwell
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Larry Granillo

09-04

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38

Minor League Update: Games of September 3
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Bradley Ankrom

08-22

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7

Pebble Hunting: The Shame of Your First Big-League Hit
by
Sam Miller

07-17

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/17/12
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Michael Street

07-03

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12

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/3/12
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Michael Street

05-29

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/29/12
by
Michael Street

05-22

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/22/12
by
Michael Street

03-20

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4

Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/20/12
by
Michael Street

03-07

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3

The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 2
by
David Laurila

03-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 1
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David Laurila

02-29

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12

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

02-07

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17

The Lineup Card: 11 Times Small Sample Sizes Steered Us Wrong
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Baseball Prospectus

02-01

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14

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Replacement-Level Killers, Part II
by
Jay Jaffe

02-01

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Heartburn Hardball: All That Heaven Will Allow
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

01-17

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12

Western Front: A Haphazard History of Halos at the Hot Corner
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Geoff Young

01-16

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22

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Keltner All-Stars, Part II
by
Jay Jaffe

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

01-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Keltner All Stars, Part I
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Jay Jaffe

01-09

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9

Pebble Hunting: The Battered Batter
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Sam Miller

01-04

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11

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All
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Jay Jaffe

01-02

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21

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Outfielders, Part I
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Jay Jaffe

12-30

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41

Prospectus Hit and Run: Morris on the Ballot, Smith to Close
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Jay Jaffe

12-28

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42

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The First Basemen
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Jay Jaffe

12-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Can We Just Stick Edgar in the Corner?
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Jay Jaffe

12-19

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Middle Infielders
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Jay Jaffe

11-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Golden Era Ballot for the Hall of Fame
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Jay Jaffe

11-17

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48

The Lineup Card: 11 Ballplayers Who Suffered Unusual Demises
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Baseball Prospectus

11-09

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35

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-01

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40

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-26

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The Lineup Card: 13 Bad Players Who Are (or Were) Still Fun to Watch and Root For
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Baseball Prospectus

10-25

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World Series Prospectus: Mixed-Up Confusion
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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The Lineup Card: 10 Players Whose Careers Were Defined by Big Postseason Moments
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Baseball Prospectus

08-18

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The Lineup Card: 11 Memorable Breakdowns, Antics, and Tirades
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Baseball Prospectus

08-04

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Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
by
Mike Fast

08-04

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The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB
by
Michael Street

07-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Beltran and Damon
by
Jay Jaffe

07-28

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BP Unfiltered: The Best First Hits
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Chris St. John

07-27

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The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason Trades
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Baseball Prospectus

07-20

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The Lineup Card: The Top 13 Veterans Committee Selections That Weren't THAT Bad
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Baseball Prospectus

07-13

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48

The Lineup Card: Cult Favorites: 18 Non-Star Ballplayers Who Should be Better Remembered
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Baseball Prospectus

07-12

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Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 1
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R.J. Anderson

07-09

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One-Hoppers: DJ3K: "I Don't Think You Can Script It Any Better"
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Jay Jaffe

07-08

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Chasing the Chase
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Jay Jaffe

07-07

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14

The Asian Equation: The Decline of NPB Pitching Imports
by
Michael Street

06-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Un-Stars
by
James Click

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: Replacing Pujols
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-08

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The Asian Equation: The Futile Quest for the Next Ichiro
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Michael Street

05-23

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4

Prospectus Hit List: The Tighten Up
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Jay Jaffe

05-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Bautista's Enduring Young Charms
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Jay Jaffe

04-01

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Off to the Races
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Jay Jaffe

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Contemporary accounts of the Houston first baseman's early career.

With the Hall of Fame announcement scheduled for this week, now is a good time to look back at the early careers of some of this year's most talked-about nominees. (And with the early exit polls looking as they do, it might be nice to remember just how great some of these players were.)

The way you hear people talk about it today, it'd seem as if Houston's superstar first baseman Jeff Bagwell came from as deep a pit of obscurity as Mike Piazza, the Los Angeles catcher drafted in a round so low that it doesn't even exist today. Bagwell, after all, came to the Astros in a trade for the less-than-thrilling Larry Andersen. But Bagwell was the Red Sox fourth-round draft pick in 1989 and the Boston Globe had this to say the day after the trade:

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September 4, 2012 1:30 pm

Minor League Update: Games of September 3

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Bradley Ankrom

Notes from the day in the minors, and a few major leaguers

Notes on top prospects in the minors and majors. 

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August 22, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Shame of Your First Big-League Hit

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Sam Miller

Every player's first hit is special, but some players' first hits are dumb and stupid.

There are certain things in baseball that are just always the same. Player gets his first big-league hit. Somebody tosses the ball to the first- or third-base coach, who rolls it into the dugout. If a teammate picks it up before the bat boy does, he’ll pretend to flip the ball into the crowd. The teammates will scuff up a ball and pretend that it is the one going on the player’s mantle. Predictable stuff that makes you realize how much of your life you’ve spent watching baseball, and perhaps how much you hate it.

There are details that vary, though. Like when Irving Falu got his first hit, as he was running to third base, there was a shot of his family. There was a shot of his mother, joyful, sitting near a man who is, I have concluded, not at all: 

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July 17, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/17/12

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Michael Street

Michael doesn’t add anyone to this week’s VP list but makes up for it with a heaping helping o’ Playing Pepper and an in-depth look at BP’s PITCHf/x card for Luke Scott.

One of the reasons players linger longer on the waiver wire at this point in the season can be traced to their season line. A weak start can sandbag a player’s stats, and less-than-careful owners can overlook improvements by only looking at the bottom line. That’s the best explanation for the lower ownership rates for some of my VPs this week, who are all performing well of late despite weak overall lines.

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July 3, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/3/12

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Michael Street

Jim Thome’s return to the American League leads the new VPs this week as the All-Star break looms ahead.

We’re almost to the traditional midway point of the season, and Value Picks has already alerted you to early-season bargains like Adam LaRoche, Chris Davis, Will Middlebrooks, Matt Carpenter, and Todd Frazier. As the teams meet their own midway points and decide on their near- and long-term futures, we could see more high-profile call-ups like the departing Anthony Rizzo or trades like the one that brought Jim Thome back to the American League. Stay tuned to Value Picks for all the latest developments to keep your fantasy team ahead of the pack!

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May 29, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/29/12

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Michael Street

As the fires from countless Memorial Day barbecues cool off, Michael looks at who’s hot this week among corner infielders.

Memorial Day is a good time to reflect on the relative unimportance of fantasy sports, where injuries are rarely life-threatening, the battles are (mostly) metaphorical, and hitting a bomb is considered a good thing. My deepest thanks to the uniformed men and women who allow (among many other freedoms) these players in a different sort of uniform to play a kids’ game while we fans to watch, before spending inordinate amounts of time dissecting their exploits for the sole purpose of bragging rights in our fantasy leagues. Play ball!

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May 22, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/22/12

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Michael Street

This season’s most significant corner infield call-up makes this week’s Value Picks list, along with an old, dependable, and much-maligned first baseman.

Though fantasy owners always try to anticipate the next big call-up, those decisions often have more to do with immediate roster needs than long-term concerns. As a wise man once said about life, promotion decisions are what happens when a team’s busy making other plans.

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March 20, 2012 3:00 am

Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/20/12

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Michael Street

Michael looks at Value Picks to be found in the first-base battles in Cleveland and Pittsburgh

Part of the excitement of Spring Training is watching Opening Day rosters take shape—usually, this involves whether a top prospect will start the year in the minors or which utility man grabs the final bench spot. Less often, we get to watch two players compete for the right to start, an especially important choice at the power position of first base. While both Cleveland and Pittsburgh seems to have made their choices at the cold corner, there are still some other options that could rise to the challenge and bring value to their fantasy owners.

Casey Kotchman | 1B | Cleveland Indians
Mixed: -$6 | AL-only: $7 | PECOTA 1B Rank: 19 | 1B ADP: 31


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Remembering the late Don Mincher with a look back at the second part of his BP interview from last year.

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 (and mostly free) 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 audiencesend us your suggestion.

First baseman Don Mincher died on Sunday at age 73. In his memory, we're re-running David Laurila's two-part interview with him, which originally ran as a two-part "Prospectus Q&A" column on January and 11th and 12th, 2011.



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Remembering the late Don Mincher with a look back at the first part of his BP interview from last year.

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 (and mostly free) 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 audiencesend us your suggestion.

First baseman Don Mincher died on Sunday at age 73. In his memory, we'll be re-running David Laurila's two-part interview with him, which originally ran as a two-part "Prospectus Q&A" column on January and 11th and 12th, 2011.
 


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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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In advance of PECOTA's arrival, we'll be looking at the pitfalls of relying upon sample sizes that are too small

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