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BP.com's original column launched in 1996, TA has been where Christina Kahrl ponders the implications of recent roster moves, their impact on managerial tactics or how they reflect organizational behavior. Plus a few too many references to things that have nothing to do with baseball.

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09-18

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31

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Agony of Rational Rooting
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Nick Piecoro

03-06

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24

Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-29

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

01-31

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23

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Los Angeles Angels
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Jason Parks

01-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Roger Abrams
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David Laurila

12-20

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15

Overthinking It: Keeping Up with the Friedmans
by
Ben Lindbergh

12-12

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107

Prospectus Hit and Run: Braun Banned for PEDs [Version 9]
by
Jay Jaffe

08-16

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The BP Wayback Machine: Going Over Slot
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-16

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27

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Right Field
by
Jason Parks

08-11

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45

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Center Field
by
Jason Parks

08-04

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32

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Left Field
by
Jason Parks

07-19

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29

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Caught Up in the Complex League
by
Jason Parks

06-09

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Left-Handed Pitchers
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Jason Parks

05-30

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Fielding, Part II
by
Jason Parks

05-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Fielders, Part I
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Jason Parks

04-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild
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David Laurila

03-07

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Prospectus Q&A: The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
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David Laurila

02-21

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The Week In Quotes: February 14-20
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Alex Carnevale

02-14

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The Week In Quotes: February 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

01-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Bob Kipper
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David Laurila

12-21

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33

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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14

GM for a Day: Kansas City Royals
by
John Perrotto

08-29

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

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
by
David Laurila

07-21

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38

Transaction Action: ALtruisms
by
Christina Kahrl

06-16

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22

Under The Knife: Gain a Pitcher, Lose a Pitcher
by
Will Carroll

05-27

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Prospectus Q&A: Scott Kazmir
by
David Laurila

05-13

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Shapiro
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David Laurila

04-23

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On the Beat: Friday Update
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John Perrotto

04-11

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Inside The Park: The Disparate Paths of Andy Marte and Michael Brantley
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Bradford Doolittle

03-16

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Expanded Horizons: Don't Count Out The Diamondbacks
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Tommy Bennett

01-26

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Prospectus Q&A: Terry Reynolds
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David Laurila

01-25

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Prospectus Roundtable: Analyzing RoboPitcher
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Baseball Prospectus

01-13

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Rogers
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David Laurila

01-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Pedro Grifol
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David Laurila

12-31

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The Year in Quotes
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Alex Carnevale

12-29

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Future Shock: A's Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-27

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Riggleman
by
David Laurila

12-07

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35

Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-22

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23

Prospectus Today: Infield Free Agents Review
by
Joe Sheehan

11-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Brian Butterfield
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David Laurila

11-20

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34

Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-12

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Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

09-09

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5

On the Beat: Midweek Update
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John Perrotto

08-17

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The Week In Quotes: August 10-16
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Alex Carnevale

08-09

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14

On the Beat: Weekend Roundup
by
John Perrotto

05-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Toby Harrah, Part 2
by
David Laurila

01-28

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43

Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Tony Blengino
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David Laurila

12-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Dick Scott
by
David Laurila

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Lima Time as a standard for evaluation, reinforcing the Red Sox, the Tigers slip by an Inge, and more.

Using a pitcher's rate of SNLVAR, Kazmir's season has been a disaster of massive proportions, one that rates about 4.8 on the Keough scale, something that for the moment suits my purposes for describing starting pitcher inadequacy, using Matt Keough's appalling 1982 season as a baseline for starting pitcher-related terrors visited upon a team's unhappy fans over a full season. This isn't really especially fair of me, in that Keough doesn't hold the single-season low for a starter with 30 starts in a campaign, but 1982 was a horrifying disappointment, and the man was beaten with a regularity that made me think that he was the drum, and the entire American League was Keith Moon.

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June 16, 2010 11:29 am

Under The Knife: Gain a Pitcher, Lose a Pitcher

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Will Carroll

The Dodgers get Vicente Padilla back but are forced to put Chad Billingsley on the DL, along with other injury news from around the majors.

Yesterday, I wrote a bit about Safari Reader. I got some e-mails about it and the use of ads and other things on BPro. I'm not the webmaster, the ad salesman, or a designer, but for the most part, I think we do OK here. We have a readable site, if nothing else. If you'd like to use AdBlock or view the site in Reader, well, that's your choice. I'm proud that the site has never used any of the tricks like multiple pages or other insidious techniques as discussed here (note: some NSFW language.) I agree completely that we have to earn your page views and your hard-earned dollars for subscriptions. The other thing we have to do is earn your trust. Anonymous sources are one of those really difficult things to deal with and more than anyone else here, I'm reliant on information from sources that are breaking confidences. Moneyball gave a good illustration of the game that reporters and teams play. It's an exchange of information. Sources give some to get some. Am I getting good information? I have to decide, report, and then let you decide if I did a good job. Things can change, things can be trial-ballooned, and at times, teams flat out lie. While you're deciding who to trust, I'm deciding which sources to listen to next time. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me," holds very true. I wish that there was a website out there that "kept score" on these, even though I might not like seeing my score. Guys like Craig Calcaterra might get fooled once too, but he knows that if he's fooled too many times, there are other places you can go. Craig's a smart guy and knowing him the little I do, I don't think he blue-skied anything. He does a great job explaining himself in comments and I'll continue to read his column with little doubt. It happens to the best of 'em. I'm all but done, so let's get on to the injuries...

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May 27, 2010 8:37 am

Prospectus Q&A: Scott Kazmir

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David Laurila

The Angels left-hander talks about his evolution as a pitcher and breaks down his repotraire in great detail.

Scott Kazmir is not unlike the little girl with the little curl. When he’s good, he’s very, very good. When he’s bad, he’s usually out of the game with a high pitch count by the end of the fifth inning. The Angels left-hander has unquestionably flashed brilliance since coming up with the Rays as a 20-year-old wunderkind in 2004, but just like the girl in the nursery rhyme, he has been maddeningly inconsistent. His first seven starts this year tell the same story, but the hard-throwing southpaw sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Only time will tell in which direction that train is headed.

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May 13, 2010 8:33 am

Prospectus Q&A: Mark Shapiro

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David Laurila

The Indians executive vice president and general manager explains the rationale behind hiring manager Manny Acta.

When Mark Shapiro hired Manny Acta to be the manager of the Cleveland Indians last winter, he brought on board someone who speaks the same language. Shapiro sees many attributes in the Dominican-born skipper, and an important one is their shared understanding, and appreciation, for the objective side of the game. Shapiro, the club’s executive vice president and general manager, looked back at Acta’s hiring prior to a recent game at Progressive Field.


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April 23, 2010 2:59 pm

On the Beat: Friday Update

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John Perrotto

Edmonds is reborn with the Brewers and other notes from around the major leagues.

Baseball told Jim Edmonds to go away last year, as the eight-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star did not get any offers as a free agent. That Edmonds was shunned by all 30 teams was hard to believe based on the events of Thursday afternoon. Edmonds played right field and went 4-for-6 with a home run and three RBI to help the Brewers roll to a 20-0 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. It showed why Edmonds wasn't ready to retire last year, even when he couldn't find a job. He still believed he could play in the major leagues. Now, the 39-year-old veteran of 17 seasons is being vindicated.

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Marte is a former top prospect trying to hang on; Brantley has a much brighter future.

Andy Marte is a forgotten man at 26. Just a few years ago, Marte was a darling of the prospect hounds, including Baseball Prospectus. He was compared favorably to players like Adrian Beltre (at his best) and Miguel Cabrera. He posted mouth-watering power numbers at precocious ages in his respective leagues. He even displayed improving strike-zone command, with gradually rising walk rates and gradually decreasing strikeout totals. There was nothing not to like.

In 2005, BP declared Marte the top prospect in the game, after ranking him third in 2004. The praise wasn't the lone voice in the prospect-rating wilderness. Baseball America rated him as the Braves' top prospect in 2004 and as Boston's great minor-league hope in 2006. (The rankings were put together before Marte was flipped to Cleveland.) He was BA's ninth-ranked overall prospect in 2005. Even after Marte was traded twice in a 45-day span in late 2005 and early 2006, he seemed like as sure of a bet to become a big-league fixture as a young player possibly can be.

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March 16, 2010 12:17 pm

Expanded Horizons: Don't Count Out The Diamondbacks

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Tommy Bennett

The three-way blockbuster trade with the Tigers and Yankees at the Winter Meetings could pay big dividends for Arizona this season.

Slash and Byrnes

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The Reds' farm director discusses the state of his organization's system, and the prospects on the way.

A once-moribund Reds' player development system is now bringing a stream of big-league talent to the Queen City, and the primary architect is Terry Reynolds. Cincinnati's farm director since 2004, Reynolds has overseen the development of Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, and Drew Stubbs in recent years, and a further influx is on its way. The talent pool falls short of elite status, but with players such as Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey on the doorstep, and Yonder Alonso and Mike Leake coming fast, Reynolds has every right to be proud of his accomplishments.

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An exercise in thinking theoretically about player value.

The following is an edited transcript of an in-house discussion among the Baseball Prospectus team about a hypothetical pitcher capable of delivering a guaranteed performance.

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The Brewers' flamethrowing top pick from 2004 sits down to discuss his rehab,his secondary pitches, and the coaches who helped him get back on the mound.

When a 23-year-old pitcher excels in the Florida State League in his sixth professional season, it usually isn't anything to get excited about. Mark Rogers is an exception. The Brewers right-hander was back on the mound this summer after missing two full seasons due to injury, and he did more than just prove that he was healthy enough to pitch-he once again flashed a fastball that flirted with triple digits. Selected fifth overall in the 2004 draft, out of a Topsham, Maine high school, Rogers once ranked alongside Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Yovani Gallardo as Milwaukee's top prospects, and with his surgically-repaired shoulder seemingly back to 100 percent, he now appears back on track to join them in Miller Park. Rogers talked about his long journey back, and his desire to reward the Brewers for their faith in him, at the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League season.

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Seattle's farm director discusses Dustin Ackley's move to second base and the state of the M's system.

The Mariners are trending upward, but if they hope to continue their ascent and subsequently remain a perennial contender, a strong farm system will be a prerequisite. Much of that responsibility rests on the shoulders of Pedro Grifol. The club's director of minor league operations since November of 2008, Grifol is in charge of a variable smorgasbord of intriguing talent, one that includes mega-prospect Dustin Ackley and a distinct international flavor that features the likes of Greg Halman, Alex Liddi, and Carlos Triunfel. A former catcher who played nine professional seasons, the 40-year-old Grifol has been inthe Seattle organization since 2000, having previously served as a scout, minor league manager, and field coordinator.

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December 31, 2009 8:08 am

The Year in Quotes

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Alex Carnevale

The notable quotables from the year that was.

SOMEHOW THIS PART OF THE YANKEE VICTORY PARADE HAS FADED FROM MY MEMORIES

"I knew I wasn't taking Tic Tacs. I knew it was something that could perhaps be wrong."
-Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, during his press conference in spring training to address steroid allegations.


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