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05-13

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Minor League Update: Games of May 10-12
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Zach Mortimer

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
by
Michael Street

03-07

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

02-14

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24

Future Shock: Boston Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-07

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

01-04

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

01-04

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Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-02

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

12-28

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

12-21

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Spinning Yarn: Hit-and-Run Success is No Accident
by
Mike Fast

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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Spinning Yarn: How Does Quality of Contact Relate to BABIP?
by
Mike Fast

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

10-23

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World Series Prospectus: Once, Twice, Three Times a Long Ball
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Jay Jaffe

08-17

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Spinning Yarn: Why are Batters Hit by Pitches?
by
Mike Fast

08-04

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Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
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Mike Fast

08-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: Beautiful Theories and Ugly Facts
by
Dan Fox

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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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Third Basemen
by
Jason Parks

06-28

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

06-21

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: First Base
by
Jason Parks

05-31

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Prospectus Hit List: NL: The Valdez Non-Disaster
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Jay Jaffe

05-02

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

04-01

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Off to the Races
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Jay Jaffe

03-04

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The BP Broadside: The Most Disappointing Prospects of All Time, Part 3
by
Steven Goldman

03-01

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The BP Broadside: The Most Disappointing Prospects of All Time, Part 2
by
Steven Goldman

02-16

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Future Shock: Minnesota Twins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-07

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Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-01

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Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Vortices of Suck
by
Jay Jaffe

01-12

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Prospectus Q&A: Don Mincher, Part II
by
David Laurila

01-11

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Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: The Right Fielders
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Jay Jaffe

12-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2011: Bagwell and Baggage
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Jay Jaffe

11-03

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World Series Prospectus: Series Notebook
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Jay Jaffe

10-28

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Prospectus Perspective: The Young-Huff All-Stars, Part I
by
Steven Goldman

10-27

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World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic Memories
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Baseball Prospectus

10-06

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Prospectus Hit List: The Finale
by
Jay Jaffe

09-16

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Prospectus Hit List: NL: Do The Tighten Up
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Jay Jaffe

08-29

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Between The Numbers: The PITCHf/x Summit Quasi-Liveblog
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Ben Lindbergh

08-27

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Prospectus Q&A: Peter Bourjos
by
David Laurila

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
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David Laurila

06-04

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You Can Blog It Up: DPOTD: The Worst Exchange of First Basemen Ever
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Steven Goldman

04-13

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You Can Blog It Up: Dead Player of the Day #12
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Steven Goldman

04-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
by
David Laurila

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May 13, 2013 1:44 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 10-12

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Zach Mortimer

Yankees righty Rafael De Paula added 12 strikeouts on Friday to his season total of 58 in 33 1/3 innings.

Games of Friday, May 10

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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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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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February 14, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Boston Red Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

With lots of player movement over the past year, the Sox no longer boast many star-level prospects but have plenty of depth

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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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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January 4, 2012 12:18 am

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

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Jay Jaffe

Tim Raines has his case re-examined, and the remainder of the Hall ballot gets a look.

We all have our pet projects. With the graduations of Bert Blyleven and Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame, mine is now Tim Raines. During his 23-year major-league career, Raines combined the virtues of a keen batting eye, dazzling speed, and all-around athleticism with a cerebral approach that made him an electrifying performer and a dangerous offensive weapon. Yet in four years on the ballot, he's reached just 37.5 percent of the vote, exactly half of what he needs to reach Cooperstown.

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January 4, 2012 12:17 am

Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Rockies' farm system could soon help the team to get back into contention in the NL West.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Bernie Williams burned it up with the Yankees during his career, but did the Puerto Rican do enough to blaze a trail to the Hall?

Before Derek Jeter, there was Bernie Williams. As the Yankees emerged from a barren stretch of 13 seasons without a trip to the playoffs from 1982-1994, and a particularly abysmal stretch of four straight losing seasons from 1989-1992, their young switch-hitting center fielder stood as a symbol for the franchise's resurgence. For too long, the Yankees had drafted poorly, traded away what homegrown talent they produced for veterans, and signed pricey free agents to fill the gaps as part of George Steinbrenner's eternal win-now directive. But with Steinbrenner banned by commissioner Fay Vincent and the Yankees' day-to-day baseball operations in the hands of Gene Michael, promising youngsters were allowed to develop unimpeded.

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December 28, 2011 3:30 am

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

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Jay Jaffe

The new JAWS runs up against players from the Steroid Era to determine their Hall worthiness.

As with comedy, timing is everything in baseball. "Hitting is timing," Hall of Famer Warren Spahn said famously, finishing the thought with the complementary observation, "Pitching is upsetting timing." A good chunk of both the game's traditional and advanced statistics, the ones that we spurn and those that we celebrate, owe plenty to being the right man in the right place at the right time—wins, saves, and RBI from the former camp, leverage, run expectancy, and win expectancy from the latter. ERA owes everything to the sequence of events. For better or worse, MVP votes are won and lost on the timing of a player's productivity, or at least the perception of it that comes with being labeled "clutch." Timing is a major part of how we measure the game, so it should matter when we look over the course of a player's career in evaluating his fitness for the Hall of Fame.

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The hit-and-run is much maligned as a small-ball tactic, but it's a surprisingly successful strategy.

In this game you never know enough.”—Dale Mitchell

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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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