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04-10

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 9
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Larry Granillo

08-28

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for August 27
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Larry Granillo

08-22

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Wezen-Ball: Paul O'Neill Promises Two Home Runs
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Larry Granillo

04-15

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Inside The Park Blog: Wrigley vs. the Cell
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Bradford Doolittle

04-13

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Inside The Park Blog: Robin Ventura, Ace Manager
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Bradford Doolittle

04-12

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 11
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Larry Granillo

02-24

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The Stats Go Marching In: The Art of Handling the Pitching Staff
by
Max Marchi

12-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
by
Bradford Doolittle

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

09-24

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for September 23
by
Larry Granillo

09-07

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Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Post-Season Rotation Ramble
by
Jay Jaffe

08-18

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The Lineup Card: 11 Memorable Breakdowns, Antics, and Tirades
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Baseball Prospectus

07-26

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Tater Trot Tracker: The Rare Inside-the-Park Grand Slam
by
Larry Granillo

06-27

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for June 26
by
Larry Granillo

06-27

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On the Beat: Adrian as Advertised
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John Perrotto

06-22

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Fantasy Beat: Opposite Field Power
by
Craig Brown

05-24

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Answers from a Sabermetrician, Part 1
by
Tom Tango

05-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball in 1864
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Clay Davenport

04-22

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Baseball, Boyhood, and Bullpen Carts
by
Josh Wilker

03-02

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Spinning Yarn: How Accurate is PitchTrax?
by
Mike Fast

02-08

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The BP Broadside: Michael Young Feels the Junk Drawer's Pull
by
Steven Goldman

02-03

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Fantasy Focus: Shooting Blanks
by
Marc Normandin

12-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Best of Q&A 2010
by
David Laurila

12-24

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Future Shock: Florida Marlins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-27

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World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic Memories
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Baseball Prospectus

10-14

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Manufactured Runs: Just a Bit Outside
by
Colin Wyers

07-27

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Cracking the Pitch Sequence Code
by
Will Woods

07-14

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Prospectus Q&A: Chris Wertz
by
David Laurila

06-15

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Prospectus Q&A: Brian Fuentes
by
David Laurila

06-11

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Future Shock: Draft Wrap: AL East
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Kevin Goldstein

06-01

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Expanded Horizons: Two Dogmas of Sabermetrics
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Tommy Bennett

04-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Down But Hardly Out
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Jay Jaffe

03-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Tom Goodwin
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David Laurila

03-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Chaz Scoggins
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David Laurila

03-02

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Fantasy Focus: Left Fielder Rankings
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Marc Normandin

02-11

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

01-17

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

11-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Digging the Long Ball
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Jay Jaffe

11-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Kerry Wood
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David Laurila

11-04

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Player Profile: Pedro Martinez
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Marc Normandin

11-01

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Prospectus Today: Game Three Recap
by
Joe Sheehan

10-30

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Prospectus Hit and Run: A Night to Remember
by
Jay Jaffe

10-23

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Player Profile: Robinson Cano
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Marc Normandin

10-18

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Winter League Preview
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Carlos J. Lugo

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cardinals LDS
by
Jay Jaffe

07-01

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Prospectus Roundtable: Fluke or No Fluke?
by
Baseball Prospectus

06-22

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Prospectus Today: Bethpage Black
by
Joe Sheehan

05-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Palmer
by
David Laurila

05-06

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Zumaya's Zooming
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Ben Lindbergh

05-01

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Game Story
by
Christina Kahrl

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A rare event occurred on Sunday in a AAA game.

Monday was the 55th anniversary of one of the most unique feats in Major League Baseball history: a walkoff, inside-the-park grand slam off the bat of Roberto Clemente. It happened in Forbes Field on July 25, 1956, when the Pirates beat the Cubs 9-8. It was the first time in history it had happened, and it has yet to be matched.

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The tater trots for June 25 and 26: Yuni's inside-the-parker, Adam Rosales, and a couple of slow trots from Ramon Hernandez and Juan Rivera.

A busy day yesterday kept me from posting Saturday's trots here at the Tater Trot Tracker. Apologies for that. I'll include notes on them below. With beautiful weather across the country, the weekend was prime for home run hitting. There were few memorable home runs, but it wasn't for lack of trying. On Saturday, for example, there were 35 home runs hit.

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June 27, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: Adrian as Advertised

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John Perrotto

A recent offensive skid only serves to remind Red Sox fans of how well their team has hit after acquiring Adrian Gonzalez over the offseason.

Even though the Red Sox snapped their four-game losing Sunday with a 4-2 win over the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, they managed just six hits in the game and have scored just 14 runs in their last five games. While fans of most teams wouldn't worry about a small cold spell, the Fenway faithful are alarmed, which is understandable given that the Bosox had just completed a stretch of 16 games in which they won 14 and averaged an amazing 8.0 runs a game.

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June 22, 2011 10:33 pm

Fantasy Beat: Opposite Field Power

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Craig Brown

Craig Brown looks at why the opposite field power of Drew Stubbs, Andrew McCutchen, and Alex Avila bodes well for their future home run totals.

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Tom Tango returns to answer your first batch of questions from last week.

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.

You asked, he answered. Below are the first batch of responses to the questions BP readers submitted for sabermetrician Tom Tango. All questions are presented in their original form.

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Clay takes the field to get acquainted with the rules and regulations of your great-great-grandaddy's baseball.

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 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.

Revisit Clay's account of a trip back in time to baseball's formative years, which originally ran on October 26, 2006.

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A slow September game at Wrigley suspends time, but can't rewind it.

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.

Josh Wilker is the author of the memoir Cardboard Gods (now out in paperback from Algonquin Books) and of a forthcoming book for Soft Skull Press on the 1977 film The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training. He continues to explore and hide from his life through his baseball cards at cardboardgods.net.

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Before you yell at the umpire, consider making a few adjustments to your dataset.

After the last two postseasons, most baseball fans are familiar with the strike zone location graphic known as PitchTrax. Here’s an example from Game One of the 2010 American League Championship Series:

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February 8, 2011 9:50 am

The BP Broadside: Michael Young Feels the Junk Drawer's Pull

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Steven Goldman

When is an aging third baseman like a an old comb, some rubber bands, and a paperclip, but doesn't realize it?

Deposed Rangers third baseman Michael Young has demanded a trade, and no wonder; he’s trying desperately to stay out of the junk drawer. It’s hard to imagine that there is a single home anywhere in the world, no matter how obsessively organized and regardless of if its owner is wealthy or impoverished, that doesn’t have a junk drawer. Where else are you going to put those odds and ends which aren’t handy now, but might conceivably be useful again someday, like that hex wrench that came with that build-it-yourself bookcase you bought at Wal-Mart? Sure, it’s done now, but what if, someday, you buy another bookcase and somehow the hex wrench is somehow not included or goes missing? Then you’ll be happy for that mess of a drawer.

And if one day, while digging around for one of the homeless screws that also inhabit that drawer, you notice that there is not one hex wrench in there but five, that’s okay—when you buy that next book case, you can invite your friends over and you can all put it together at once. It will be like an old-fashioned barn-raising. But until such time as you do, it’s going to be a cold and lonely existence for those five wrenches, four pennies, three screws, two take-out menus from defunct Chinese restaurants, and Michael Young.

Young has long been a good player, but an odd one. Drafted by the Blue Jays in 1997, the Rangers committed a near theft in acquiring him in trade for Esteban Loaiza in 2000. His batting averages and home run totals have jumped all over the map during his career. In the last four seasons, he’s hit 9, 12, 22, and 21 home runs and averaged .315, .284, .322, and .284 again. He’s not big on walking, so his offense is driven by average, doubles, and those occasional home runs. Since he has never rated as a strong defender at any of the three positions he’s played (second and short in addition to third) his value has been dictated largely by those swings in performance, as well as whatever benefit he can reap from the Ballpark at Arlington—he’s a career .322/.372/.487 hitter at home, versus .279/.322/.411 on the road.

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February 3, 2011 10:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Shooting Blanks

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Marc Normandin

Kyle Blanks may harbor prodigious power in his frame, but it was nowhere to be found in 2010. Was his elbow to blame?

Kyle Blanks had a horrible 2010 season. There isn't any other way of describing the result of his year with the Padres, as he hit .157/.283/.324 and struck out in 38 percent of his plate appearances. There are, however, reasons for why that was the result he ended up with, and those may turn out to be far more important than the campaign itself.

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A look back at some of the top quotes from the 2010 season.

It was a busy year for the Prospectus Q&A series in 2010. Over 100 full-length interviews graced these pages from January through December, and I hope that most were entertaining and/or informative. As always, it was a pleasure to bring them to the BP community. Here is a selection of the best quotes from the interviews:

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December 24, 2010 9:00 am

Future Shock: Florida Marlins Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The well has started to dry in one of baseball's most consistently good systems.

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