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01-08

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

09-04

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Minor League Update: Games of September 3
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Bradley Ankrom

08-22

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

03-07

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

02-07

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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
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Jay Jaffe

02-01

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Heartburn Hardball: All That Heaven Will Allow
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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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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Keltner All-Stars, Part II
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Jay Jaffe

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

01-13

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14

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

12-30

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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
by
Jay Jaffe

11-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Golden Era Ballot for the Hall of Fame
by
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
by
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
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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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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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The Asian Equation: The Decline of NPB Pitching Imports
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Michael Street

06-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Un-Stars
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James Click

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: Replacing Pujols
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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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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
by
Jay Jaffe

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December 19, 2011 1:45 am

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

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Jay Jaffe

Only one middle infielder passes the revamped JAWS' standards for Hall of Fame induction.

The past year has been a great one for JAWS, the Hall of Fame evaluation system whose creation marked my first contribution to Baseball Prospectus back in 2004 (I didn't name it until the next go-round). In 2011, two overly qualified candidates for whom I've advocated for the better part of a decade were finally elected. In January, Bert Blyleven received 79.7 percen tof the Baseball Writers of America vote, becoming the first player ever to gain entry on his 14th ballot. In December, the late Ron Santo received 93.8 percent of the vote from the Golden Era committee, a bittersweet result given his passing just a year ago but a vindication of what we've known here for years, that he too was worthy of a bronze plaque.

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How well do the players on the Golden Era ballot stack up to Hall of Fame standards?

The Hall of Fame's Golden Era ballot has been out since November 3, offering 10 familiar names from the 1947-1972 era for Cooperstown consideration. This isn't the Veterans Committee anymore; when last year's reforms were announced, the words "Veterans Committee" were conspicuously omitted from all press releases. Rather, it's the second of three Era Committees to get its turn at bat, following last year's Expansion Era Committee, which voted on players from the 1973-1989 period and managers, umpires, and executives from 1973 to the present. Theoretically, next year’s panel will consider candidates from the Pre-Integration period (1871-1946), but the Hall has changed the rules so often lately that all bets are off.

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Not all players leave the game or this world via the traditional retirement path

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November 9, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Enviable pitching talent helps make up for a lack of position prospects in Seattle's system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 1, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Trades have bolstered Houston's system, but it still leaves a lot to be desired.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Despite being terrible at baseball, these players are (or were) enjoyable to watch

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October 25, 2011 5:15 am

World Series Prospectus: Mixed-Up Confusion

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Jay Jaffe

A series of questionable moves, bloopers, and blown calls to the bullpen were pertinent in the outcome of Game Five.

Given not only his history but the clinic in bullpen management that Tony La Russa put on in the NLCS, it’s difficult to believe that he could wind up botching a situation as badly as he did in the eighth inning of Monday's Game Five of the World Series. But thanks to a miscommunication between the Cardinals' dugout and their bullpen, a manager who has spent his career chasing the platoon advantage ad nauseam was left with lefty Marc Rzepczynski facing righty Mike Napoli with the bases loaded and one out. Meanwhile, the pitcher he wanted to face the Rangers' best hitter at the game’s pivotal moment wasn't even warmed up. Napoli, whose three-run homer had broken the game open the night before, pounded a double off the right-center field wall, breaking a 2-2 tie and helping the Rangers take a 3-2 lead in the Series.

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10 players who, regardless of how well or poorly they played during the regular season, experienced career-defining moments in the playoffs

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The BP Crew recalls their favorite baseball freakouts.

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August 4, 2011 9:00 am

Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense

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Mike Fast

Dissecting Craig Counsell's 45-at-bat hitless streak

Craig Counsell has been in a bit of a slump lately. Okay, maybe that undersells it a little. Counsell is 0 for his last 45 at-bats. His last hit came a couple months back, on June 10. Another hitless at-bat will tie him with Bill Bergen of the 1909 Brooklyn Superbas for the longest known streak of hitless at-bats by a position player.

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August 4, 2011 12:17 am

The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB

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Michael Street

In his fifth Asian Equation column, Michael looks at the relievers who have enjoyed modest success--and failure--making the move from Japan to America.

The last group in my analysis of the player’s who have migrated to MLB from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) are the relievers, the least appreciated members of a successful baseball team. Yet, of all NPB imports, they have been the most numerous (explaining the length of this article, for which I apologize in advance) and the cheapest. Diminished quality is the most obvious reason for these extremes, since starters who don’t meet MLB standards get shifted to the bullpen, and lesser talents also keep salaries down. Additionally, the typical NPB pitcher’s arsenal matches well with an MLB reliever’s skillset.

As I discussed in my last Asian Equation article, NPB is a breaking ball league, which translates better to relief than starting. A good breaking ball might fool major league hitters the first or second time they see it in a game, but it probably won’t the third or fourth time. As an illustration, here’s how batter OPS rises against two of the biggest NPB starting-pitcher busts as compared with three current MLB pitchers: the best, the most mediocre, and an old junkballer. While MLB batters’ performance improves against each pitcher the more times they see him in a game, the change is far more dramatic with Matsuzaka and Kawakami.

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July 29, 2011 12:49 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beltran and Damon

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Jay Jaffe

One Hall of Fame-caliber outfielder is taking his act to the Bay area, while a questionable Hall case may be looking at his release papers.

The Carlos Beltran era of Mets history came to an unceremonious end on Thursday, when the Mets and Giants agreed on a trade that that sent the resurgent slugger to the Bay Area in exchange for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. On his way out of town, Beltran has been cast as a symbol of the Omar Minaya regime's failures; as news of the trade broke, more than one national writer returned to his 2006 National League Championship Series-ending strikeout as a frozen moment that defines not only his legacy in Queens, but also some weakness of character. Hardly a farewell befitting a Hall of Fame-caliber player.

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