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05-23

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Overthinking It: How to Prevent Future Prince Fielders
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Ben Lindbergh

05-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 455: Stan Conte on What We Need to Know About Pitcher Injuries
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-25

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5

Moonshot: Attrition Over Time
by
Robert Arthur

02-18

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23

Baseball Therapy: What Really Predicts Pitcher Injuries?
by
Russell A. Carleton

12-26

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Prospectus Perspective: Could Jose Bautista Be Damaged Goods?
by
Jonah Birenbaum

11-14

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BP Unfiltered: Baseball's Best Active Streak
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 23: Benching Bryce Harper/Why We Were Wrong About the White Sox
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-10

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Overthinking It: What Happens When Starters Get Sick
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Ben Lindbergh

06-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: Draft Pickin', Grinnin', and Tradin'
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Gary Huckabay

03-29

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Team Injury Projection: Texas Rangers
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-29

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Team Injury Projection: San Diego Padres
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-28

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Team Injury Projection: Seattle Mariners
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-25

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Team Injury Projection: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-24

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Team Injury Projection: Houston Astros
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-22

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Team Injury Projection: Kansas City Royals
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-22

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Team Injury Projection: Cincinnati Reds
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-21

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Team Injury Projection: St. Louis Cardinals
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-21

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Team Injury Projection: Detroit Tigers
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-18

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Team Injury Projection: Chicago White Sox
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-17

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Team Injury Projection: Milwaukee Brewers
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-15

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Team Injury Projection: Philadelphia Phillies
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-14

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Team Injury Projection: Atlanta Braves
by
Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-11

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Team Injury Projection: Tampa Bay Rays
by
Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-10

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Team Injury Projection: New York Yankees
by
Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

06-30

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One-Hoppers: The In-Jury is Out
by
Ben Lindbergh

03-02

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Team Health Reports: Texas Rangers
by
Brad Wochomurka

01-09

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Team Health Reports: Under The Hood
by
Will Carroll

02-19

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Team Health Reports: Milwaukee Brewers
by
Jay Jaffe

07-16

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Under The Knife: Mid-Season Health Reports
by
Will Carroll

11-04

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Free Agent Health Report
by
Will Carroll

07-21

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Under The Knife: NL Mid-Season Health Report
by
Will Carroll

07-17

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Under The Knife: AL Mid-Season Health Report
by
Will Carroll

03-14

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6-4-3: Draft Pickin', Grinnin', and Tradin'
by
Gary Huckabay

02-27

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Team Health Reports: Montreal Expos
by
Will Carroll

02-27

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Team Health Reports
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Will Carroll

09-01

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Homers and Hormones
by
Rany Jazayerli

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May 23, 2014 9:31 am

Overthinking It: How to Prevent Future Prince Fielders

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Ben Lindbergh

Prince Fielder's injury may have ended the Rangers' hopes of contending. Could it have been avoided?

As Daniel Rathman noted in today’s edition of What You Need to Know, Thursday was a rough one for the Rangers, despite their 9-2 victory over Detroit. Heading into the day, Texas had already established a sizeable lead on the next-closest team in terms of games missed due to injury, which had limited a club that the Baseball Prospectus staff (though not PECOTA) had picked to win the AL West to a fourth-place, sub-.500 start.

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Ben and Sam talk to Dodgers VP of Medical Services and Head Athletic Trainer Stan Conte about the pitcher injury epidemic.

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March 25, 2014 6:00 am

Moonshot: Attrition Over Time

5

Robert Arthur

Do player careers last longer than they used to?

Of the four major sports that permeate American culture (football, basketball, hockey, and the best, baseball), none has existed in its current form for as long. Yet despite its relative stasis, baseball has evolved. Although the basic rules of the game have remained the same, it is not isolated from the broader currents of time and technology. One of those currents has been medicine’s ceaseless march toward the curing of disease and the extension of healthy life.

We’ve seen this current manifest in baseball via the introduction of new treatments and surgeries. Only 30 years ago, the notion of Bartolo Colon going abroad to get stem cell injections to heal his arm would have been science fiction. One year ago, this treatment was likely behind the success of a 40-year-old pitcher with a 92 mph fastball and a 2.65 ERA.

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Russell searches for a fact-based alternative to the Verducci Effect.

A couple of weeks ago, I took on the "Verducci Effect". Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated has hypothesized that a pitcher who is under 25 years old and who had an increase in his workload of 30 innings or more in the previous season is at greater risk for injury or for a steep decline in performance. This is a great hypothesis, but for the fact that it is not actually true.

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The Blue Jays have turned over much of their team this winter, but they're still depending on a bounceback season by Jose Bautista. Will they get it?

Over the past few weeks, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has orchestrated an organizational overhaul of Pygmalion proportions. Essentially, he’s turned a perennial non-threat in the American League East into the division’s foremost...uh, well the baseball equivalent of Audrey Hepburn. You know, she played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

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The Blue Jays acquire the owner of baseball's most impressive active streak.

It makes some sense that after a season in which they were burned by an injury stack to their starters, the Blue Jays would trade for a pitcher whose most serious injury through 12-plus seasons is a minor flesh wound inflicted by a mayonnaise jar. Meet Mark Buehrle's injury history (click to expand):

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Ben and Sam discuss the possibility that the Nationals might enter the playoffs without either Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg, then talk about how the White Sox have defied injuries yet again and proved the pre-season predictions wrong.

Ben and Sam discuss the possibility that the Nationals might enter the playoffs without either Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg, then talk about how the White Sox have defied injuries yet again and proved the pre-season predictions wrong.

Effectively Wild Episode 23: "Benching Bryce Harper/Why We Were Wrong About the White Sox"

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Sometimes starters get sick, and they start a game anyway. After that, things often get ugly. We should celebrate their sacrifice.

Earlier this year, 28-year-old pitcher Paul Phillips of the Atlantic League Somerset Patriots was scheduled to start a game against the Camden Riversharks. Phillips, who was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2005 and bounced around Toronto’s and Tampa Bay’s systems until last season, entered that game with a league-leading 1.76 ERA. Phillips was Somerset’s ace, if the Atlantic League has aces. But Phillips wasn’t feeling well.

He pitched anyway. And predictably, he pitched poorly. He lasted three innings and threw 93 pitches, allowing four walks and five runs. When asked to comment on his subpar start, Phillips said:

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What are the implications of allowing teams to trade draft picks?

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.

Giving teams the ability to trade draft picks remains a much-discussed measure, so let's revisit Gary's take, which originally ran as a "6-4-3" column on March 14, 2003.


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March 29, 2011 9:00 am

Team Injury Projection: Texas Rangers

2

Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the Rangers' total days lost and days missed per injury.

Team Injury Projections

The Team Injury Projections are here, driven by our brand new injury forecasting system, the Comprehensive Health Index [of] Pitchers [and] Players [with] Evaluative Results—or, more succinctly, CHIPPER. Thanks to work by Colin Wyers and Dan Turkenkopf and a database loaded with injuries dating back to the 2002 season—that's nearly 4,600 players and well over 400,000 days lost to injury—we now have a system that produces injury-risk assessments to three different degrees. CHIPPER projects ratings for players based on their injury history—these ratings measure the probability of a player missing one or more games, 15 or more games, or 30 or more games. CHIPPER will have additional features added to it throughout the spring and early season that will enhance the accuracy of our injury coverage.

These ratings are also available in the Player Forecast Manager (pfm.baseballprospectus.com), where they'll be sortable by league or position—you won’t have to wait for us to finish writing this series in order to see the health ratings for all of the players.

TEXAS RANGERS
Team Audit | Depth Chart
 

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2010 Recap
 
2010
 
2009
 
2008
 
2007
1st in AL West
54 entries
24 DL trips
               
1376
TDL
25
DMPI
 
1376
TDL
28th
 
25
DMPI
23rd
 
1244
TDL
22nd
 
23
DMPI
20th
 
1692
TDL
28th
 
20
DMPI
13th
 
1084
TDL
15th
 
28
DMPI
19th

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March 29, 2011 9:00 am

Team Injury Projection: San Diego Padres

5

Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

Staying healthier helped the Padres achieve their surprising success in 2010, but will they fall back into old habits this season?

Team Injury Projections

The Team Injury Projections are here, driven by our brand new injury forecasting system, the Comprehensive Health Index [of] Pitchers [and] Players [with] Evaluative Results—or, more succinctly, CHIPPER. Thanks to work by Colin Wyers and Dan Turkenkopf and a database loaded with injuries dating back to the 2002 season—that's nearly 4,600 players and well over 400,000 days lost to injury—we now have a system that produces injury-risk assessments to three different degrees. CHIPPER projects ratings for players based on their injury history—these ratings measure the probability of a player missing one or more games, 15 or more games, or 30 or more games. CHIPPER will have additional features added to it throughout the spring and early season that will enhance the accuracy of our injury coverage.

These ratings are also available in the Player Forecast Manager (pfm.baseballprospectus.com), where they'll be sortable by league or position—you won’t have to wait for us to finish writing this series in order to see the health ratings for all of the players.

SAN DIEGO PADRES
Team Audit | Depth Chart
 

Dashboard

2010 Recap
 
2010
 
2009
 
2008
 
2007
2nd in NL West
33 entries
14 DL trips
               
717
TDL
22
DMPI
 
717
TDL
7th
 
22
DMPI
20th
 
1657
TDL
29th
 
34
DMPI
29th
 
1420
TDL
21st
 
35
DMPI
26th
 
542
TDL
2nd
 
18
DMPI
3rd

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March 28, 2011 9:00 am

Team Injury Projection: Seattle Mariners

6

Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

The Mariners' past failures can be blamed on their bats, but their quest to recover respectability depends heavily on their health.

Team Injury Projections

The Team Injury Projections are here, driven by our brand new injury forecasting system, the Comprehensive Health Index [of] Pitchers [and] Players [with] Evaluative Results—or, more succinctly, CHIPPER. Thanks to work by Colin Wyers and Dan Turkenkopf and a database loaded with injuries dating back to the 2002 season—that's nearly 4,600 players and well over 400,000 days lost to injury—we now have a system that produces injury-risk assessments to three different degrees. CHIPPER projects ratings for players based on their injury history—these ratings measure the probability of a player missing one or more games, 15 or more games, or 30 or more games. CHIPPER will have additional features added to it throughout the spring and early season that will enhance the accuracy of our injury coverage.

These ratings are also available in the Player Forecast Manager (pfm.baseballprospectus.com), where they'll be sortable by league or position—you won’t have to wait for us to finish writing this series in order to see the health ratings for all of the players.

SEATTLE MARINERS
Team Audit | Depth Chart
 

Dashboard

2010 Recap
 
2010
 
2009
 
2008
 
2007
4th in AL West
48 entries
14 DL trips
               
1009
TDL
21
DMPI
 
1009
TDL
20th
 
21
DMPI
17th
 
1503
TDL
28th
 
21
DMPI
16th
 
660
TDL
6th
 
17
DMPI
8th
 
958
TDL
12th
 
27
DMPI
15th

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