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04-15

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Going Yard: How Carlos Gomez Got His Groove
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Ryan Parker

02-10

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Pebble Hunting: Yasiel Puig and the Prototypical Young Hitter
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Sam Miller

12-06

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Explaining Mistake Splits
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Evan Petty

08-13

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Neuroanatomy of Hitting
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Stuart Wallace

05-29

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23

Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Eric Hosmer
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Sam Miller

04-18

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Overthinking It: Brett Gardner Gets Aggressive
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Ben Lindbergh

01-29

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Out of Left Field: Teaching Myself to Hit
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Matthew Kory

01-16

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Sobsequy: How to Hit, According to Kevin Long
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Adam Sobsey

01-02

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Pebble Hunting: The Non-Pitching Value of Pitchers
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Sam Miller

12-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 109: Eight Questions (and Answers) for the End of the Year
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-21

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Head Games: Making the Pitcher Transparent
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Will Woods

07-09

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11

Pebble Hunting: The Blind BABIP Test: Results and Revelations
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Sam Miller

07-09

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22

Baseball Prospectus News: Introducing the BP Hitter Profiles
by
Dan Brooks and Harry Pavlidis

05-18

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11

Overthinking It: How Big Papi Got His Bat Back
by
Ben Lindbergh

11-18

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15

Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Having a Quick Hook Helps
by
Mitchel Lichtman

05-03

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7

Prospectus Hit List: Where Were You
by
Jay Jaffe

02-11

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14

You Could Look It Up: Three Joes and Some Other Guys Named Overbay
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Steven Goldman

08-21

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Prospectus Hit List: Patchwork
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Jay Jaffe

08-07

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15

Prospectus Hit List: The Post-Shuffle Shuffle
by
Jay Jaffe

06-28

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Prospectus Q&A: Rudy Jaramillo
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David Laurila

06-26

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20

Prospectus Hit List: Closing In
by
Jay Jaffe

06-19

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23

Prospectus Hit List: Rising and Falling
by
Jay Jaffe

06-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Shuffling the Deck
by
Jay Jaffe

06-05

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15

Prospectus Hit List: The Rising
by
Jay Jaffe

05-20

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

05-08

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Prospectus Hit List: The Banny Man and the Manny Ban
by
Jay Jaffe

05-01

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Prospectus Hit List: Back to Earth
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Jay Jaffe

10-26

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Prospectus Q&A: Gene Tenace
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David Laurila

09-14

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Transaction Analysis: West by Central
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Christina Kahrl

05-29

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Lies, Damned Lies: Evaluating Pitcher Hitting
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Nate Silver

12-20

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The Class of 2008
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Jay Jaffe

09-07

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Future Shock: Great Leaps Forward, National League
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Kevin Goldstein

08-29

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Future Shock: Positional Rankings--Center Field
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Kevin Goldstein

08-24

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Prospectus Hit List: Passing the Buchholz
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Jay Jaffe

08-22

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Future Shock: Positional Rankings - Corner Outfield
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Kevin Goldstein

08-19

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Prospectus Q&A: Tim Raines
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David Laurila

08-10

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Future Shock: Positional Rankings - Shortstop
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Kevin Goldstein

08-01

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Future Shock: Positional Rankings - Third Base
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Kevin Goldstein

07-26

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Future Shock: Positional Rankings - Second Base
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Kevin Goldstein

07-22

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Future Shock: Positional Rankings - First Base
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Kevin Goldstein

07-20

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Prospectus Hit List: Getting Down to Fighting Weight
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Jay Jaffe

07-18

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Future Shock: Positional Rankings - Catcher
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Kevin Goldstein

07-13

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Future Shock: Top 100 Stock Check
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Kevin Goldstein

06-08

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Prospectus Hit List: Padres Riding High
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Jay Jaffe

05-24

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL West
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Kevin Goldstein

05-11

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Prospectus Hit List: McNasty as They Wanna Be
by
Jay Jaffe

11-03

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

09-19

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 19th
by
Jay Jaffe

08-29

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 28
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Marc Normandin

08-23

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Transaction Analysis: August 18-22
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Christina Kahrl

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We roll out a new feature designed to help you dig deeper into how pitchers approach hitters and how hitters respond.

While reading message boards, sabermetric websites, or newspapers, you’ll often come across contentions like, “So and so is a good low-ball hitter.” While listening to the radio, you’ll be told that a player swings and misses a lot at pitches down and in. Or you might wonder: What’s the cause of a hitter’s dramatic change in performance from season to season? Is it something different about his approach? Is he less effective at getting to pitches in certain parts of the strike zone?

We’re here to help you answer those questions. Today, we’re rolling out a “beta” version of our PITCHf/x-driven Hitter Profiles. Essentially, they create sortable hot/cold zones for every hitter in “the PITCHf/x era” (2007-12). You can sort by AVG, SLG, the BP all-in-one offensive statistic TAv, Swings, Whiffs, and various types of balls in play. You can investigate where and how pitchers have attacked a hitter to see if that’s changed. You can sort by month or by year. You can do platoon splits. And you can switch between any of the pitches identified in the custom-classified Pitch Info LLC database that is also featured in our Pitcher Cards.

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May 18, 2012 3:00 am

Overthinking It: How Big Papi Got His Bat Back

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Ben Lindbergh

After looking like he was on his last legs in 2009 and again in 2010, David Ortiz has returned to near-peak form. How did he do it?

In the June 2009 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Bill Simmons wrote an obituary for the bat of David Ortiz. “Look, I’ve seen slumps,” Simmons wrote in reference to Ortiz’s awful April. “This was different. This was the collapse of a career.”

The Sports Guy can be excused for giving up on Ortiz too early. Ortiz was coming off a 2008 season in which he’d managed only a .293 True Average (TAv)—still a strong figure, but by far his worst with the Red Sox. His start to 2009 was far worse: Ortiz hit .185/.284/.287 with one home run through May. (That line translates to a .205 TAv, a near match for Albert Pujols’ .209 mark in 2012.) He was also 33 years old and stuck in the steepest part of the aging curve, which made his decline seem especially ominous. As Simmons wrote, “That’s what happens to beefy sluggers on their way out: Their knees go, they stiffen up, bat speed slows and, in the blink of an eye, they’re done.” Great hitters don’t often fade quite that quickly, but Simmons was hardly the only observer who thought Ortiz was over the hill. Nearly everyone who saw Ortiz early that season came away convinced that his bat had slowed significantly, and possibly permanently.

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You might not know it from watching the World Series, but it often makes sense for a manager to pinch hit for his starter before the late innings.

Believe it or not, 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.

Mitchel Lichtman, or MGL, has been doing sabermetric research and writing for over 20 years. He is one of the authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, and co-hosts The Book blog, www.insidethebook.com. He consulted for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2004 to 2006, as well as other major-league teams. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Nevada Boyd School of Law. Most of the time these days you can find him on the golf course.


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May 3, 2011 9:51 am

Prospectus Hit List: Where Were You

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Jay Jaffe

The Phillies top the Hit List while their fans give us a 2011 memory worth remembering on Sunday night.

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The Washington Senators' history of first basemen makes one wonder if Lyle Overbay might have been an original Nat in a previous incarnation.

Lyle Overbay has never had an at-bat in the postseason. Some would say that this is not a coincidence, that a team operating with a de-powered first baseman is working under a handicap compared to those teams that carry hulking sluggers at the gateway. Yet, you can win a championship with Overbay. The Washington Senators did it three times.

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The Dodgers keep on rolling, however much the cast of characters seems to be revolving and evolving.

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California's teams pick up ground, producing a top five made up of the AL East's beasts plus both flavors of LA baseball.

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June 28, 2009 11:36 am

Prospectus Q&A: Rudy Jaramillo

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David Laurila

A conversation with one of the game's great masters on the art and practice of hitting.

When it comes to teaching hitting, few do it as well as Rudy Jaramillo. Currently in his 15th season with the Rangers-the longest tenure of all big-league hitting coaches-the 58-year-old native of Beeville, Texas is arguably the best in the business. Called "a Hall of Fame hitting coach" by Alex Rodriguez, and "the best there is" by Michael Young, Jaramillo is a member of both the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame. Jaramillo recently sat down to talk about his favorite subject: the art and science of hitting a baseball

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The Cardinals bust a move in the NL Central, but the Dodgers continue their reign atop the Hit List.

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June 19, 2009 12:18 pm

Prospectus Hit List: Rising and Falling

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Jay Jaffe

The AL East gets even tighter, holding four of the top five slots, but the Rangers and Angels start their own tango in the standings.

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June 12, 2009 12:37 pm

Prospectus Hit List: Shuffling the Deck

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Jay Jaffe

But only so much, because while the Dodgers rule the roost, the next six teams all hail from the Easts.

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Will the season's first trade push two teams in opposite directions on the Hit List?

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