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09-05

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The Platoon Advantage: Shaving an Icon
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Michael Bates

07-13

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The Lineup Card: Cult Favorites: 18 Non-Star Ballplayers Who Should be Better Remembered
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Baseball Prospectus

12-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2011: Bagwell and Baggage
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Jay Jaffe

03-27

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Schrodinger's Bat: Reminiscing with SFR
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Dan Fox

01-30

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JAWS 2006
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Jay Jaffe

08-26

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Transaction Analysis: August 19-25
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Christina Kahrl

08-05

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Transaction Analysis: August 1-4
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Christina Kahrl

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

06-06

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The Week in Quotes: May 31-June 5
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John Erhardt

06-06

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Prospectus Notebook: Monday Edition
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Baseball Prospectus

05-09

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Transaction Analysis: April 26- May 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

08-10

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Transaction Analysis: August 3-8
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Christina Kahrl

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: July 19-25
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Christina Kahrl

05-06

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Breaking Balls: Sixteen Innings of Bliss
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Derek Zumsteg

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: March 31-April 5, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Easts
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Baseball Prospectus

03-21

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PECOTA Does Fantasy
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Nate Silver

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The Wests
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Christina Kahrl

02-26

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: A Great Race?
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Joe Sheehan

02-26

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The Daily Prospectus: A Great Race?
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Joe Sheehan

02-26

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The Daily Prospectus: A Great Race?
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Joe Sheehan

11-09

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2001 Internet Baseball Awards Results
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Greg Spira

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus
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Joe Sheehan

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus
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Joe Sheehan

07-12

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Prospectus Awards Balloting
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Baseball Prospectus

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus
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Joe Sheehan

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

09-06

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Transaction Analysis: August 31-September 4, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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National League Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: December 9-December 15, 1999
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Christina Kahrl

11-20

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1999 Internet Baseball Awards Results
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Greg Spira

05-27

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NL East Notebook
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Joe Sheehan

05-28

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Transaction Analysis: May 22-26
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Christina Kahrl

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September 5, 2012 8:42 am

The Platoon Advantage: Shaving an Icon

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Michael Bates

What's a 'stache? Maybe immortality.

I was flabbergasted when I heard the news today, relayed by Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk, that Keith Hernandez was considering shaving his mustache.  It's not that facial hair is invariably a good thing, but it does give its wearer additional texture and makes him more interesting.  Hernandez's soup-sopper has been a part of his face since the 1970s and has been an iconic representation of the man and what he stands for.  Let's be honest, without the mustache, Keith Hernandez would be no more loved and appreciated today than his baseball doppelganger, John Olerud

Both are undeniably fine ballplayers.  Smooth-swinging lefty first basemen with line drive swings, excellent patience, and slick gloves.  Heck, they played the same number of years, finished within 60 hits and 15 runs scored of one another, and are separated by one point of OPS+ (Olerud 129 vs Hernandez 128). 

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In the first in a new series of weekly lists, the BP team compiles its nominees for most under-appreciated ballplayers of their times.

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A look at the first basemen on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.

Having kicked off this year's JAWS series with the starting pitchers, today we turn our attention to the first basemen, a slate which includes the ballot's best newcomer as well as its most controversial first-timer, and a few holdovers who aren't going anywhere for entirely different reasons.

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March 27, 2008 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Reminiscing with SFR

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Dan Fox

Unleashing Simple Fielding Runs on an eleven-year span, from 1988 to 1998.

"He (Ozzie Smith) plays like he's on a mini-trampoline or wearing helium kangaroo shorts."
--Andy Van Slyke

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January 30, 2006 12:00 am

JAWS 2006

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Jay Jaffe

Jay Jaffe responds to some reader mail about Tim Raines, Pete Rose, John Olerud and more.

Rock: The Vote

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August 26, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 19-25

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Christina Kahrl

Chris has notes on teams reacquiring former players, and the last minute roster tinkerings before next week's roster expansion.

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August 5, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 1-4

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Christina Kahrl

With the trade deadline come and gone with few significant pickups, teams now start getting their emergency rosters ready.

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June 16, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

The Cubs shuffle through pitching options, the Brewers have one of the most interesting rosters in the game, and the Dodgers fight through injuries as they try to stay in the race. This and much more in Transaction Analysis.

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Some current and former major leaguers sound off on Tommy John surgery, Chicago's mayor has some advice for the White Sox, and Chuck LaMar doesn't understand the draft.

"There should be a medical wing in the Hall of Fame, and Dr. [Frank] Jobe should be the first inductee. Tommy John surgery has produced more All-Stars and Hall of Famers than the greatest scout who ever lived."
--Rangers pitching coach Orel Hershiser (Dallas Morning News)

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The Yankees look for the Next Big Thing, the Padres wonder if they've already found it, and the Red Sox take the measure of Kevin Millar.

By most reports, the Next Big Thing actually turns out to be an old Big Thing: current Houston Astro and future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens. The theory is that Clemens, fed up with the fact that his 1.67 ERA hasn't earned him more than four wins, and that his ballclub is 21-34 and dead last in the NL Central, would demand a trade or else activate a super-secret handshake agreement that requires that the Astros trade the Rocket, not just to a contender, but to one which wears pinstripes and plays in the Bronx.

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May 9, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: April 26- May 4, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

The Red Sox are revamping their rotation on the fly as the Yankees do much the same with their lineup. Also, find out which team is down to just ten pitchers on the 25-man roster!

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August 10, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 3-8

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Christina Kahrl

Bazooka Joe, McGyver, Easy-Bake Ovens and "The Perils of Pauline" all make appearances in Chris Kahrl's latest. There's some baseball, too.

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