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07-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 501: News from the Hall of Fame Front
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-28

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The HOF Rule Change
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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The Week in Quotes: July 21-27, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

07-25

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The View from the Loge Level: Ode to Joe
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Daron Sutton

01-24

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Black and White
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Doug Thorburn

01-17

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees 1980-89
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Doug Thorburn

01-16

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 17: Offseason Chatter
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

01-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Old You're In, You're Out
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Joe Sheehan

01-10

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees of 1990-94
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Doug Thorburn

01-09

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Baseball Therapy: The Hall of Fame Ballots By the Numbers
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Russell A. Carleton

01-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 361: Jay Jaffe on the Top Takeaways from the Hall of Fame Election Season
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-09

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A Vote for Transparency
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Lewie Pollis

01-08

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Overthinking It: What Scouts Said About 2014's Top Cooperstown Candidates
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Ben Lindbergh

01-08

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The Lineup Card: Seven Pioneers Worthy of Hall of Fame Induction
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Baseball Prospectus

01-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 360: Scouting 2013 Hall of Fame Candidates
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-08

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BP Hall of Fame Voting
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Baseball Prospectus

01-07

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Skewed Left: What the 1936 Hall of Fame Ballot Tells Us About Today's
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Zachary Levine

01-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 358: Is Hall of Fame Balloting Really Broken?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-28

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Rethinking Hall of Fame Standards in Expansion Eras
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Kevin Whitaker

01-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Nose Knows
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Steven Goldman

01-02

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Skewed Left: Better Versions of Bad Hall of Fame Arguments
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Zachary Levine

12-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The (Ad) Age of Heroes: Judging the 2014 Hall of Fame Candidates by Their Commercials
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Michael Clair

12-12

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Skewed Left: A Cooperstown Party Like it's 1999
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Zachary Levine

11-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 338: Giving Thanks for Your Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-19

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Pebble Hunting: The Hall of Fame 50 Percent Probability Test
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Sam Miller

11-15

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BP Unfiltered: Things the Hall of Fame is Not the Hall of, According to a Quick Search
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Ben Lindbergh

11-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 329: The Debate About Buying a Hall of Fame Vote
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 292: Scott Boras' World Series Plan/A-Rod, Manny, Pettitte and the Hall
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 287: Preparing for Postseason Narrative-Building/Guerrero, Helton, and the Hall of Fame
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 268: Clayton Kershaw and Cooperstown/Xander Bogaerts and Historic Years for Young Talent
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 261: Mike Trout and Becoming the Best Ever/Chase Utley's Aging Outlook
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 236: Analysts as General Managers/Hall of Fame Probabilities
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-23

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BP Announcements: Cooperstown, SABR Team Up to Create New Scouts Interactive Database
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Joe Hamrahi

03-06

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Freddie Lindstrom
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Jay Jaffe

01-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bagging on Bagwell
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Christina Kahrl

01-10

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Overthinking It: Has the Sabermetric Movement Been Bad for Jack Morris?
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Ben Lindbergh

01-10

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Pebble Hunting: When the Teams That Don't Have Hall of Famers Yet Will Have Hall of Famers
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Sam Miller

01-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 116: Has the Sabermetric Movement Helped or Hurt Jack Morris?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-10

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Skewed Left: Murphy, Morris, and Using the Full 15 Ballots
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Zachary Levine

01-10

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Baseball Therapy: Lessons from the Hall of Fame Vote
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Russell A. Carleton

01-10

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Manufactured Runs: What Hall of Fame Voters are Doing to the Hall of Fame
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Colin Wyers

01-08

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BP Unfiltered: Is Jack Morris the Best Pitcher of an Era?
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Colin Wyers

01-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 114: The One Where We Talk About the Hall of Fame
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-07

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BP Unfiltered: Time to Push the Reset Button
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Dave Studeman

01-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: How to Write a Letter of Complaint
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Derek Jacques

01-03

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In A Pickle: That Blank Expression
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Jason Wojciechowski

12-12

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Sobsequy: Ferguson Jenkins, Tommy John, and How Some Players End Up Outside the Hall
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Adam Sobsey

12-11

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Baseball ProGUESTus: That Holden Caulfield Kind of Crap: The Historicity of the Hall of Fame Debate
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David Roher

12-04

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Skewed Left: Could We See a Blank Hall of Fame Ballot in 2013?
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Zachary Levine

12-03

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Pebble Hunting: A Hall of Fame Brochure for Ryan Klesko
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Sam Miller

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The hits and misses scouts made on future Hall of Fame-caliber players.

“Scouting is hard,” exhibit no. 887: even Hall-of-Fame talent is tough to identify. The median draft position of the 14 players on my make-believe Hall of Fame ballot—excluding Edgar Martinez and Larry Walker, who were signed as amateur free agents—was 28.5. This is a cohort that includes some of the most talented players of the past few decades, including a few with strong cases in the “best ever” argument. But even though almost all of them turned out to be the best in their draft class—unless, like Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, multiple members were selected in the same year—collectively, they lasted until the tail end of the first round. None of them was picked higher than sixth overall (Barry Bonds). Mike Piazza was pick no. 1,390. Some scout, somewhere, might have seen a future Cooperstown candidate in each of these players, but that wasn’t the industry consensus.

We don’t know what every scout said about every player, but we do know what some scouts said about some players, thanks to Diamond Mines, the Hall of Fame’s archive of declassified scouting reports. For each of the 14 players I mock-voted for, I looked up the earliest Diamond Mines scouting report available to see whether there was any hint of a Hall-of-Famer-to-be. “You Won’t Believe What These 14 Scouting Reports Said,” is what I would have titled this article if I were better at being click bait.

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The staff makes Cooperstown cases for people who left their marks on the game.

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Ben and Sam discuss BP's Hall of Fame ballot, then review early scouting reports on the players BP would have voted in.

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Forty-one staff members cast their ballots.

As the BBWAA announces its newest class of Hall of Fame inductees, we asked our staff to fill out their own ballots using the list of players eligible for enshrinement in Cooperstown. Forty-one ballots were submitted, so players needed to garner at least 31 votes to earn a Baseball Prospectus nod to the Hall, and to notch at least two votes to remain in consideration next year.

Under BBWAA rules—namely, the 10-player voting limit—our 2014 Hall of Fame class features seven players. (The number of ballots on which each player appeared and the percentage that number represents are in parentheses.)

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Player limits, backlogs, character clause controversies...none of it is new.

Hall of Fame voting is decidedly broken. Or maybe it’s only a mess depending on the alarmism factor of the columnist who says so. Or maybe the Hall itself is broken and beyond repair.

The problems are deep-rooted and comprehensive, covering everything from interpretation of the ballot to the moralizing of the voting base.

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Ben and Sam discuss what the early results of the Hall of Fame voting say about the induction process.

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Were the stats of 1990s stars inflated by expansion?

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Kevin Whitaker never met a school assignment he couldn’t turn into something baseball-related. His research on the MLB Draft was published at the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and he writes about college basketball at Beanpot Hoops. Follow him on Twitter at @whitakk.

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On the Hall of Fame and the insensitivity of the sniff test.

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 audience, send us your suggestion.

Steven Goldman took Hall of Fame voters who go with their gut (or their nose) to task in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "You Could Look it Up" column on January 27, 2009.

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January 2, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Better Versions of Bad Hall of Fame Arguments

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Zachary Levine

How to go against the saberballot and without making the internet mad.

You probably don’t have to do much guesswork to figure out what my Hall of Fame ballot will look like when the staff puts out its hypotheticals. You’d probably think that as a Baseball Prospectus writer and general citizen of the baseball internet, my ballot would be predictable down to that last spot or two, and for the most part, you’d be right. I’m not far off from the consensus saberballot.

As such, I get a little annoyed when I see an outlandish outlier ballot. But I really don’t want to. I want to banter in a space where contrary opinions are well thought out and lead to good, respectful debate, not dismissal and name-calling. To be frank and overgeneralizing, I hold the opinions for the undeserving candidates and against the deserving candidates to be bad opinions. And that could be as much on me as it is on the opinions themselves.

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A foolproof way to decide which players to put in Cooperstown.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Michael Clair writes Old Time Family Baseball and contributes to The Platoon Advantage. Follow him @clairbearattack.

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December 12, 2013 6:00 am

Skewed Left: A Cooperstown Party Like it's 1999

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Zachary Levine

Despite the big backlog of qualified candidates, 2014 could bring the best crop of Cooperstown inductees in well over a decade.

It was probably my favorite story idea that I’ve come up with in the 13 months I’ve been working at Baseball Prospectus, in part because it was so original. In the wake of the election of zero living Hall-of-Famers for the 2013 induction class, when everyone was writing about what a travesty this was for the Hall, I told Ben Lindbergh I was going to write about the tragedy for the village of Cooperstown.

It was an original idea until it was already written even before the vote. Until the story of one of my favorite places in the world, just 70 miles from my own hometown, was so well told months later that there was nothing left to say. Until business honchos in the village were apparently changing their answering machine messages to preempt the questions about the death of a yearly tradition of late July.

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Ben and Sam discuss the Hall of Fame and answer listener emails about brawls with Brian McCann, catcher framing, park effects, and more.

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