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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
by
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
by
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
by
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
by
Tommy Bennett

04-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Down But Hardly Out
by
Jay Jaffe

03-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Tom Goodwin
by
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
by
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
by
Jay Jaffe

11-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Kerry Wood
by
David Laurila

11-04

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12

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
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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
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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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January 17, 2010 12:07 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

Did Adam LaRoche pick production over a bigger payday, plus getting defensive in Boston, a Big Mac attack in St. Louis, and rumors and rumblings from around the game.

At first glance, Adam LaRoche gives the impression that he is a little slow on the uptake. He does not immediately respond to questions, instead pondering them before giving answers. He also talks rather deliberately. However, you do not have to spend much time with the Diamondbacks' new first baseman to realize that he is a very bright guy. The reason he deliberates before answering is because he prefers to give sincere and thoughtful answers rather than the usual pablum that comes out of the mouths of so many professional athletes and coaches.

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November 13, 2009 12:30 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: Digging the Long Ball

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Jay Jaffe

Homer rates increased around the league in 2009, but was this because of new ballparks, or other factors?

One of the six or seven factoids about the World Series which somehow escaped my notice when writing this site's epic preview was that the matchup between the Yankees and Phillies marked the first time since 1926 (Yankees vs. Cardinals) that the two teams who led their respective leagues in home runs faced off in the Fall Classic. The Phillies hit 224 homers and featured a quartet of hitters-Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, and Raul Ibaez-who each hit at least 30, the 12th such combo in history. The Yankees swatted 244 homers and had seven players with at least 20 homers, the fourth team with such a widespread distribution of dingers.

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A conversation with the Indians closer about his career and his transition from starting to the bullpen.

In the eyes of many, Kerry Wood has never lived up to expectations. The 32-year-old right-hander doesn't agree with that assessment, but there is no denying that the sky seemed to be the limit when Wood struck out 20 Houston Astros in just his fifth big-league start on May 6, 1998. His historic performance elicited comparisons to Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan, but despite ranking second all-time in K/9 with a mark of 10.382, Wood hasn't achieved the Hall of Fame-level brilliance that so many envisioned. Plagued far too often by injuries, the native of Irving, Texas has nonetheless had a successful career since being taken as the fourth overall pick in the 1995 draft. Now the closer in Cleveland, after 10 seasons with the Cubs, Wood has a career record of 80-64 with a 3.67 ERA, and 54 saves in 334 appearances. Wood sat down with BP when the Indians visited Fenway Park on the last weekend of the season.

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November 4, 2009 11:38 am

Player Profile: Pedro Martinez

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Marc Normandin

A review of the mound magician's storied career and what he brings to the table tonight.

It is a credit to the quality of the respective careers of Pedro Martinez and Andy Pettitte that tonight's World Series matchup, in a time well past each pitcher's prime, still elicits such excitement and potential. Pettitte has been a great pitcher through much of his career, but his numbers look like those of an amateur next to Pedro, who has been one of the best pitchers to take the mound in baseball's modern era. Much of Pedro's dominance is in the past though, and the two hurlers stand on more equal footing these days-though as Pedro's Game Two start showed us, he's still got a trick or two up his sleeve, even against one of the most talented offenses in the league.

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November 1, 2009 1:30 pm

Prospectus Today: Game Three Recap

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Joe Sheehan

The fallacy of game-to-game momentum reared its head last night.

"Momentum is tomorrow's starting pitcher." That's one you've heard, the great Earl Weaver's spot-on dismissal of the idea that yesterday's game matters to the next one's outcome. I'm not sure it goes far enough, though. How about, "Momentum is the next inning's starting pitcher" or "Momentum is the next pitch," or perhaps, "Momentum is nonexistent in baseball"?

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October 30, 2009 6:05 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Night to Remember

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Jay Jaffe

A rundown of the highs and lows of Game Two of the World Series, told by a man sitting in the bleacher seats.

My season came full circle on Thursday night. Back on April 3, I got my first look at the new Yankee Stadium via the park's unofficial opener, a Friday night exhibition against the Cubs for which I was in the right field bleachers. Having spent last fall detailing my mixed emotions regarding the old ballpark's passing, and the winter kvetching about the way me and my crew were being treated, it was with more ambivalence than excitement that I watched that game and beheld the billion-dollar boondoggle. "It feels as though the team put some idealized hybrid of Yankee Stadiums I and II on a steroid regimen, then stuck it in the middle of Times Square," I wrote, "Pure sensory overload-bright flashing lights with sound surrounding you from every angle, and a ginormous scoreboard video dominating the action on the field."

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October 23, 2009 1:43 pm

Player Profile: Robinson Cano

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Marc Normandin

The Yankees' second sacker seems to keep coming and going from great to less so, but is he finally about to settle in as an offensive star?

This is not the first time there has been a Robinson Cano Player Profile at Baseball Prospectus. Given the team we are talking about, consider this the Empire Strikes Back edition of Player Profile; we'll continue the story started a few years back, and take a look at Cano during his peak when the tale was at its most interesting point. I won't be discussing the time he had to cut open his Tauntaun on the ice planet Hoth in order to warm up his bat, though, because some things are better left to the imagination.

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October 18, 2009 2:38 am

Winter League Preview

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Carlos J. Lugo

A preview of the Dominican Winter League, taking a look at the teams, stadiums, managers, and players to watch for.

The "National Religion" came back on October 16th, as the Dominican League launched its 56th edition. Reliably praised as having the highest level of talent among the winter leagues, one should expect to watch another mix of highly ranked prospects, mid-level major leaguers, a few recognizable American players, veterans looking for another shot, and some major league stars between now and the end of the Caribbean Series in February. The league format has six teams playing a 50-game regular-season schedule, with the four best records advancing to a long 18-game round-robin playoff, and the two remaining best clubs play a best-of-nine final series to decide the league's champion. Without further ado, here's what this season will bring us:

Tigres del Licey (Licey Tigers)
Home: Santo Domingo
2008-09 record: 26-24, fourth place (tied) regular season; 12-6, first place round-robin; beat the Gigantes in the final series 5-0.
Ballpark: Estadio Quisqueya; strong pitcher's park, with a Park Factor of 92.




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October 7, 2009 1:30 pm

Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cardinals LDS

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Jay Jaffe

Two of the all-time greats in the dugout square off with the benefit of some of two of the most famous sluggers on the field.

Were it not for a 2-8 swoon over the Cardinals' final 10 games, the NL Division Series matchup between the Dodgers and the Cards could lay claim to pitting the team with the hottest first-half record (the blue team) against the one with the hottest second-half record (the red team). As it is, St. Louis still won the Central by the largest margin of any NL division champion (7 games), turning what was once a crowded four-team race into a laugher thanks to some timely in-season upgrades, most notably the July 24 trade which brought Matt Holliday from Oakland-a point after which the Cards did have the league's best record (39-25).

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July 1, 2009 1:12 pm

Prospectus Roundtable: Fluke or No Fluke?

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Baseball Prospectus

A trio of BP columnists join ESPN's Buster Olney to resolve whose surprising performances so far are real, and which aren't.

Matt Meyers, ESPN Insider: Welcome to the latest ESPN Insider Roundtable, and thanks in advance for participating. This week's topic: "Is he for real?" Or, as I like to call it, "how I learned to stop worrying and love Fernando Nieve."

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June 22, 2009 4:57 pm

Prospectus Today: Bethpage Black

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Joe Sheehan

Wondering about course factor... er, park factors, as applied to another sport.

"So when do you start Golf Prospectus?"

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May 17, 2009 10:11 am

Prospectus Q&A: Jim Palmer

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David Laurila

The Orioles Hall of Famer discusses his contemporaries, solo home runs, commanding the strike zone, and... solo home runs,

A lot of great pitchers have worn an Orioles uniform over the years, but none have been better than Jim Palmer. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990, Palmer won 268 games over 19 seasons, winning 20 games or more eight times and twice leading the American League in ERA. Signed by Baltimore as an amateur free agent in 1963, Palmer made his big-league debut in 1965 and went on to play his entire career with the Orioles, pitching 3,948 innings and earning three World Series rings. In Game Two of the 1966 Fall Classic, Palmer became the youngest pitcher to throw a World Series shutout when he defeated Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers 2-0 at the age of 20. The winningest pitcher in team history, Palmer is currently an analyst for Orioles TV.

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