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03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

11-08

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Mike Gianella

09-19

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What You Need to Know: Weirdest Baseball
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Daniel Rathman

08-23

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Pebble Hunting: Free Agent Alternate History
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Sam Miller

07-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 238: Picking the Worst-All Stars Possible/Josh Hamilton's Tobacco Turnaround
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-08

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Pebble Hunting: Every Thing That's Been Wrong with the Angels
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Sam Miller

05-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 196: The New Scott Kazmir/The Future of the Angels
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-04

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Painting the Black: The 2013 Free Agents and Hidden Rationality
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R.J. Anderson

12-28

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In A Pickle: Slugger Off
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Jason Wojciechowski

12-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 106: How Good is the Angels' Offense?/What We Think About the Yips/Does Pitcher Pace Matter?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 102: Josh Hamilton and Whether a Potentially Bad Contract is Worse Than No Contract at All
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-14

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Transaction Analysis: Josh Hamilton and the End of Analysis
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Sam Miller

12-07

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Overthinking It: Teams That Still Have Holes to Fill
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Ben Lindbergh

12-04

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Out of Left Field: Josh Hamilton and Talking
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Matthew Kory

11-29

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Overthinking It: How Will Josh Hamilton Age?
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Ben Lindbergh

11-13

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Out of Left Field: What $205 Million Buys on the Free Agent Market
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Matthew Kory

11-12

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Baseball Therapy: Assessing the Risk: Hamilton, Greinke, and Mental Health
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Russell A. Carleton

11-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 80: Could Josh Hamilton Be a Bargain?/Are the Financially Responsible Yankees for Real?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-05

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Bizball: Sizing Up a Seven-Year, $175 Million Deal for Josh Hamilton
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Maury Brown

11-05

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42

Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents
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R.J. Anderson

10-26

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Overthinking It: Predicting the First Offseason of Qualifying Offers
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Ben Lindbergh

08-02

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, August 2
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Matthew Kory

07-09

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

06-28

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BP Unfiltered: The Unusual Things That Happen During An Adrian Beltre At-Bat
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Sam Miller

06-19

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Western Front: Angels Rush in Where Rangers Fear to Tread
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Geoff Young

06-13

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BP Unfiltered: This Post is Not Kosher
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Ben Lindbergh

05-17

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On the Beat: The Winning Formula
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John Perrotto

05-14

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BP Unfiltered: Baseball on the Internet
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Sam Miller

05-14

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Out of Left Field: On Hitting .400
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Matthew Kory

05-11

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Prospectus Game of the Week: A Strange Start in Baltimore
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Jonathan Bernhardt

05-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Making Waves in the West
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Christina Kahrl

05-10

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On the Beat: Harping on Harper
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John Perrotto

05-09

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 8 (or, The Josh Hamilton Show)
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Larry Granillo

05-09

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BP Unfiltered: In Bunches
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Sam Miller

05-09

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, May 9
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Daniel Rathman

05-09

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 9
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Matthew Kory

05-02

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 2
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Matthew Kory

04-24

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 23
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Larry Granillo

04-18

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 17
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Larry Granillo

04-02

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Collateral Damage: Spring Tune-Ups
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Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

03-20

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Spring Training Diary, Day 22
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Jason Parks

03-16

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Collateral Damage: Mets Misery
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Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

02-03

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 2/3/12
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Rob McQuown

02-03

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The BP Broadside: Josh Hamilton and His Persecutors
by
Steven Goldman

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-06

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On the Beat: Coming Full Circle
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John Perrotto

07-22

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Changing Speeds: Cold Fusion
by
Ken Funck

06-25

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Transaction Analysis: AL West Moves
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Christina Kahrl

08-05

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You Could Look It Up: Josh and Shufflin' Phil
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Steven Goldman

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Two Aces

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Doug Thorburn

Doug's attachment to arms shines through as he nabs David Price and Felix Hernandez to anchor his dream Roto staff.

Process:
I tend to go with something resembling the stars-and-scrubs approach, mostly because I think that it's possible to identify “scrubs” who will be productive. It's no secret that I have an attachment to arms, and I always make a point to secure a pair of aces in my fantasy leagues, whether draft or auction.

The knock against pitchers is that they always get hurt, which tends to depress their value, and the injury-risk makes it all the more important to have two top-end guys at the top of my fantasy rotation—if one gets hurt then my season is not necessarily down the drain, because ace no. 2 can carry the weight. So my staff is top-heavy, after which it's time to go dumpster-diving, and I take great joy each fantasy season in identifying the cheap pitchers who will ascend to the next level. Oh, and sucks to closers—they are way too volatile to trust in a league where rosters are locked on Opening Day, so I'll just go ahead and aim for victories in the counting stats of Ks and Ws while sacrificing saves. My calculator says that two 15s and a 1 supersede the worth of a sixth-place finish in three categories, and the draft-and-lock setup changes the game in this case.


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November 8, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Mike Gianella

There's no doubt that Mike Trout is the cream of the fantasy crop, but which other Halos could bolster your squad?

For the second year in a row, aggressive free agent spending led to high expectations that the Angels didn’t deliver on—both on the field and for their fantasy squads. The club’s 78-84 finish in 2013 led to the team’s worst record in 10 years. While there were some solid performances by a few key performers, the Angels were a victim of injuries to aging veterans and a lack of depth in the starting lineup. This wasn’t a fantasy black hole (no team with Mike Trout in the fold can be considered bereft of fantasy usefulness), but if you invested big in the Angels in 2013, there is a good chance you were disappointed.

Will 2014 be a transitional year for LA or will the Angels climb back into contention? Here is an early sneak peak at what we anticipate for the Angels next season.

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September 19, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Weirdest Baseball

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Daniel Rathman

The Astros and Reds make many mistakes, Josh Hamilton is hitting, and Chris Davis delivers a big blow.

The Wednesday Takeaway
For all the grief we give big-league managers and players, most MLB games, even those with a couple of fielding errors or a small army stranded on base, can teach valuable lessons to Little Leaguers and young baseball minds. Every once in a while, though, a game sets the sport back so far that the only saving graces are sheer athletic prowess and a finish so late that the most impressionable fans are long in bed.

Last night’s meeting between the Reds and Astros was precisely that sort of debacle, but it wasn't until the ninth inning that the game truly began to devolve. Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar misplayed a popup that led to a Reds run in the top of the sixth, but those things happen—they’re a part of the game.


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August 23, 2013 6:42 am

Pebble Hunting: Free Agent Alternate History

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Sam Miller

Why timing is everything when it comes to buying big free agents.

You know what they say: The key to comedy is timing. Consider the following three jokes:

Joke 1. In December 2011, three men were wandering through the countryside in search of a place to sleep for the night. They came upon a large farm. The farmer said they were welcome to spend the night, so long as they didn’t touch his beautiful daughter. To make a long story short, one of them—the Angels—snuck out and signed Josh Hamilton for five years and $125 million, Hamilton went on to hit 43 home runs (including four in one game!) and drive in 128 for his new team, and he received multiple MVP votes after the season. The last four years didn’t work out as well after that, but that’s how these things go. The Angels, thanks to Hamilton’s contributions, made the postseason in 2012 for the first time in three years. The farmer's wife made pancakes for them all the next morning and the three men went on their way.

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Ben and Sam pick the worst players eligible for the All-Star Game, then discuss Josh Hamilton's smokeless tobacco use.

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It's Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but it's not just Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.

There’s no Grand Theory here. I just keep getting asked—by people at church, family members, Ben—why the Angels have been so bad, and I just stutter a bunch of stuff about Albert Pujols’ legs, and Josh Hamilton’s slump, and Jered Weaver’s injury, and small samples. But it’s not just Albert Pujols’ legs, or Josh Hamilton’s slump, or Jered Weaver’s injury. Or even small samples. Of the 14 players who had starting jobs with the Angels on Opening Day—the nine regulars, and the five members of the starting rotation—11 are underperforming their PECOTA projections. Of the three who aren’t, Mike Trout is perceived as underperforming, and Peter Bourjos might soon be underperforming, as he sits on the DL and waits as games pass him by. And this doesn’t even include the bullpen, which has the American League’s 13th-best ERA, despite a pitcher’s park and a good group of defenders behind it.

So if somebody says it’s because of Hamilton, push back. If they say it’s because of Pujols, argue! It’s nearly the whole team, and this is simply an accounting of how it’s the whole team:

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Ben and Sam discuss Scott Kazmir's win over the weekend, then talk about the Angels' outlook for the rest of this season and beyond.



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R.J. goes back over his free agent rankings to see what teams knew that he didn't.

Before the winter Ben Lindbergh asked me to create a list of the top-50 free agents. Today let's revisit that list with an eye toward improvement.

In dissecting the list we have to begin with the two unemployed players that were ranked: Kyle Lohse (ninth) and Jose Valverde (43rd). Two missteps on the list's part, or unfortunate victims of the marketplace? How about one apiece. Lohse has not signed because of the draft-pick compensation requirement rather than his talent (he's fine as a middle-of-the-rotation starter). Were I redoing the list, Lohse would remain at nine. The same is not true of Valverde. He would lose his spot to a more-deserving player. Perhaps Lance Berkman, who went unranked because of the trepidation surrounding his future. 

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December 28, 2012 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Slugger Off

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Jason Wojciechowski

Silver Slugger awards shouldn't be controversial, but Jason finds a gap remains between advanced metrics and voters.

When you do an article search on this site for the phrase "Silver Slugger," you get 57 results, the first of which, by Gregg Pearlman, is apparently the 18th article ever written for Baseball Prospectus and the most recent of which is Geoff Young's piece about the Padres throwing their heft around the N.L. West this offseason. (That's #19056.) Young's Silver Slugger mention came because Jason Marquis won one. Pearlman was writing about Barry Bonds. (Or really about sportswriters' relationship with Bonds. This was October 1997. We were innocent once, and young.)

By contrast, when you search "Gold Glove," you see just a smidge over nine times the results. (The first of which, hilariously, is another Gregg Pearlman article -- this one includes a lamentation of the J.T. Snow trade—which is numbered "1" in our content system.)

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the Angels' offense, the dreaded mental block known as the yips, and the impact of the time pitchers take between pitches.



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Ben and Sam are joined by Ian Miller and Riley Breckenridge, the heroes behind Productive Outs, to talk about the Angels, Josh Hamilton, and whether fans should worry about bad contracts anymore.



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December 14, 2012 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Josh Hamilton and the End of Analysis

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Sam Miller

The bigger the split between big-market and small-market budgets, the harder it is to evaluate a seeming overpay on the free agent market.

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