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01-07

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Curt Schilling
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Larry Granillo

09-28

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Value Picks: Outfielders Review
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Paul Singman

07-05

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BP Unfiltered: Offensive Fireworks
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Sam Miller

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

02-29

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

02-06

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Beware of Falling Payrolls
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Jay Jaffe

02-01

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

01-27

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight Infield
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Jay Jaffe

01-23

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Western Front: Perpetually Rebuilding the Padres
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Geoff Young

01-17

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Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-12

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Inside The Park: Remembering Minnie
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Bradford Doolittle

01-10

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28

Prospectus Hit and Run: Barry, Black Jack, and the Big Ballot Surges
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Jay Jaffe

01-04

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

12-22

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Transaction Analysis: Cutting Costs, Padding Payrolls
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Ben Lindbergh

12-09

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Sunset in Flushing
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Jonathan Bernhardt and Jarrett Seidler

11-21

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Internet Baseball Awards: National League
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Greg Spira

11-06

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

11-01

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Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

09-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Ghosts of MVPs Past
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Adam Sobsey

09-09

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Prospectus Perspective: The New Jack Zoo Review
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Bradley Ankrom

08-12

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Prospectus Hit and Run: WWWMW (What's Wrong With Mariano Week)
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Jay Jaffe

08-10

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The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Basebrawls and Individual Performances in Basebrawls
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Baseball Prospectus

08-10

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Prospectus Hit and Run: What the Halo?
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Jay Jaffe

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 Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB
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Michael Street

08-01

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 31
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Kevin Goldstein

07-27

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The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason Trades
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Baseball Prospectus

07-27

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Centers of Attention UPDATED
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Jay Jaffe

07-20

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Future Shock: Prospecting for Trade Chips
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Kevin Goldstein

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

07-18

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Excitement Central
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Larry Granillo

07-14

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Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 2
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R.J. Anderson

07-13

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The BP Wayback Machine: Trades that Made a Difference
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Steven Goldman

07-12

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

07-06

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Value Picks: Outfield for 7/6/11
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Rob McQuown

05-26

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Prospectus Hit and Run: A Shuffled Deck
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Jay Jaffe

04-27

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Spinning Yarn: A Soria Subject
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Mike Fast

03-25

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Future Shock: Prospect Preview: AL East
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Kevin Goldstein

03-17

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Overthinking It: Small Samplings of Spring, NL Edition
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Ben Lindbergh

03-16

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Contractual Matters: AL Central Payroll Projections
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Jeff Euston

03-04

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54

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

02-18

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Future Shock: New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-14

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Future Shock: San Francisco Giants Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-08

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Prospectus Hit and Run: I Saw 'em When, Part 2
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Jay Jaffe

01-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Replacement-level Killers
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Jay Jaffe

01-06

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Blyleven in '11 and Other Tales from the Ballot
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Jay Jaffe

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A peak back at contemporary accounts of Curt Schilling's rise to stardom.

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.) This post was originally written (mostly) in 2009.

If this year's Hall of Fame ballot weren't explicitly designed by the baseball gods to ruffle a serious amount of feathers, one of the most intriguing new names would almost certainly be Curt Schilling. He's been in the news recently for many non-baseball reasons, but, as a player pitching for the World Champion Diamondbacks and Red Sox who struck out more than 300 batters three separate times, he was a great regular season pitcher whose postseason success may legitimately boost him into Cooperstown. With the hoopla at the top of the ballot, however, it might be a while before voters give him his fair due.

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Paul recaps his best and worst VP picks for the 2012 fantasy season.

After five years of sharing my fantasy baseball thoughts elsewhere on the internet, I was fortunate enough to move my virtual office to BPro in late July. For our purposes today, that leaves us with exactly 10 VP: Outfielder articles to work with. Hopefully in those articles you’ve gotten to know me a little bit, and hopefully I was able to help your rosters. In accordance with fellow mid-season acquisition Josh Shepardson’s format, I’ll categorize my picks into “Duds,” “Contributors,” and “Studs.”

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Hey, can anybody think of a good pun for my headline?

"Happy holidays from all of us who absolutely do not care anymore!"

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Wrapping up our tour of the AL Central by discussing how good the Tigers can be, how close the Royals are to being competitive, and the sorry state of the Twins.

1) Will their defensive experiment work out?

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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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February 6, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beware of Falling Payrolls

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Jay Jaffe

Does history give any clues as to how the Mets will perform with a lower payroll?

Late last month, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reported that the Mets are facing the largest one-year payroll cut in major-league history, at least in terms of total dollars. With owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz deprived of the profits they derived from decades of investing with Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, and struggling to find minority partners willing to provide a quick infusion of capital, the team is hemorrhaging money and facing a growing mountain of debt. According to general manager Sandy Alderson, the Mets lost $70 million last year, and made no real attempt to retain pending free agents Carlos Beltran (who was traded in midseason) or Jose Reyes (who departed for the Marlins in December). Barring even one additional midlevel signing, they could become the first team to drop $50 million in salary from one Opening Day to the next.

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February 1, 2012 3:00 am

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

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Jay Jaffe

Taking a look at whose season of ineptitude may have cost his team a spot in the playoffs.

Picking up where I left off on Monday, the Replacement-Level Killers is our semi-annual all-star team of ignominy, highlighting the positions at which poor production helped sink contending teams, with an eye toward the steps they've made to correct those problems as spring training approaches. For the purposes of this exercise, I've loosely defined contenders as non-playoff teams who finished no more than 10 games out of the running in 2011, which limits this particular turkey shoot to members of the Red Sox, Angels, Blue Jays, Braves, Giants, Dodgers, and Nationals, not all of whom are represented this time around. If a particularly sizable hole in your favorite team’s production isn’t represented here, fear not, as all 30 teams are eligible for the forthcoming Vortices of Suck squad, the absolute bottom of the barrel.

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Armed with a plan to play Prince Fielder at first base and Miguel Cabrera at third, the Tigers might field one of the worst defensive infields in recent memory.

It's no hyperbole to say Prince Fielder's nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers shocked the baseball world. The Tigers certainly weren’t on the list of likely suitors given their sizable commitment to the sizable player occupying his position: Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was the AL's most valuable first baseman in 2010 and 2011 according to WARP, and is under contract for another $86 million through 2015. Even with the designated hitter slot open due to Victor Martinez's season-ending torn ACL—the catastrophe that triggered Fielder’s signing—the team plans to play the new guy at first base and shift the incumbent to third base. It’s a position Cabrera hasn't played regularly since 2007, but one that he nonetheless calls "his natural position." Paired with Ryan Raburn at second base and Jhonny Peralta at shortstop—two players moved to less demanding defensive positions years ago, only to shift back to harder ones—the Tigers are threatening to field one of the more terrifying infields in recent memory.

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January 23, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: Perpetually Rebuilding the Padres

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Geoff Young

Padres fans have constant reminders of past failures and rebuilds as their team attempts to field a winner.

When Padres Vice Chairman & CEO Jeff Moorad recently tried to accelerate full transfer of ownership from John Moores to Moorad's group, the other MLB owners balked; Commissioner Bud Selig cited a need for “more clarity and technical information.” Moorad and his partners, who previously owned the Arizona Diamondbacks, purchased the Padres in February 2009. They were given “as long as five years to buy out the controlling interest” from Moores, who had owned the Padres since December 1994.

The two chief causes of this setback appear to be that:

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January 17, 2012 12:27 am

Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Reds depleted their farm a bit for Mat Latos, but he contributes to one of the top under-25 lists in baseball

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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How one man came to support a borderline statistical candidate for the Hall of Fame whose other contributions strengthen his case.

My first memory about Minnie Minoso stems from 1977, on one of those bright afternoons when I had talked my grandfather into stopping at the dime store on the town square in Red Oak, Iowa. It's just as Sinclair Lewis as it sounds. The store sold baseball cards, and I was working on my Topps collection that summer by picking up four or five 10-cent packs at a time. Not everything at the dime store actually cost a dime, but fifteen baseball cards and one rock-hard piece of bubble gum did, and they came bundled in colorful wax wrappers that I liked so much that I refused to throw them away. My parents didn't give a rip about sports, but my grandfather had played second base in Class-B ball in southwest Iowa in the 1920s and understood what baseball could mean to a young boy. He was glad to fork over change for the cards.

Red Oak had, and still has, the type of rustic town square that was once the primary business district of small midwestern towns. Some communities have courthouses stuck in the middle of their square, but Red Oak has trees, a fountain, and a park. That day, I sat in the grass opening my cards, stuffing the gum in my mouth one piece at a time, while my grandfather lounged on a bench under a tree talking to a fellow retired farmer, who wore a green John Deere hat. The names on the cards didn't mean much to me at the time—it hadn't been that long since I had learned to read—but I loved the team names, the pictures, and of course, the numbers on the back. Suddenly I came across card No. 232 from the 1977 Topps set:

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January 10, 2012 12:54 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Barry, Black Jack, and the Big Ballot Surges

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Jay Jaffe

Barry Larkin earns his Hall call, but the major gains for multiple players shed new light on their Cooperstown prospects.

That Barry Larkin is headed to Cooperstown is not the big surprise of the 2012 Hall of Fame voting, the results of which were announced on Monday afternoon. As the top holdover (he received 62.1 percent of the vote last year) on a ballot with no overwhelming first-time candidates, and a deserving candidate on both the traditional and sabermetric fronts, he was well-positioned to close the deal. With 86.4 percent of the vote, he cleared the 75 percent bar easily, and will join the family of Ron Santo at the induction ceremony on July 22, 2012.

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