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06-23

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Players Prefer Presentation: I Care About All-Star Voting
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Meg Rowley

06-22

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What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-20

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The Call-Up: Cody Reed
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Kourage Kundahl and George Bissell

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough
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Nicolas Stellini

06-06

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Rubbing Mud: What'll It Take to Make the Royals Sellers?
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Matthew Trueblood

06-01

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Rubbing Mud: Sal Perez, Everyday Success Story
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Matthew Trueblood

05-29

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

05-28

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

05-15

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Prospectus Feature: Failing To Find A Better Way
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Trevor Strunk

05-15

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

05-11

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What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals
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Nicolas Stellini

04-27

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

04-26

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

04-22

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Pebble Hunting: Which Bunts Are Missing?
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Sam Miller

04-21

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

04-20

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

04-19

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

04-12

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Pebble Hunting: How You Tried To Beat PECOTA
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Sam Miller

04-04

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What You Need to Know: The Race is Long, And in the End It's Only With Yourself
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Ashley Varela

03-29

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

03-29

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Rumor Roundup: The Two Most Exciting Fifth Starters Named
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Daniel Rathman

03-25

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

03-23

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

03-22

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

03-21

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

03-11

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Life at the Margins: Catching Down
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Rian Watt

03-08

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Baseball Therapy: Should Someone Save Salvy?
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Russell A. Carleton

03-07

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Fifth Column: Ranking the Year's Inside-The-Park Home Runs
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Michael Baumann

03-04

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Winter Is Leaving
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Craig Brown

02-18

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Painting the Black: The Cincinnati Reds Are the Anti-Royals
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R.J. Anderson

02-16

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Baseball Therapy: Do Bad PECOTA Projections Make Teams Mad?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-16

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Pebble Hunting: PECOTA Hates the Royals, Part II
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Sam Miller

02-04

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Outta Left Field: The Case for Ripping Up Sal Perez's Contract
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Dustin Palmateer

02-02

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Fifth Column: What Would an MVP Reliever Look Like?
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Michael Baumann

02-01

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BP Unfiltered: Rooting Against Chaos, Rooting Against Ian Kennedy
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Patrick Dubuque

01-25

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Rubbing Mud: The Strength-Based Way to Look at Cespedes (and Conforto)
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Matthew Trueblood

01-18

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Transaction Analysis: Innings, Innings, Innings
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J.P. Breen and Wilson Karaman

01-14

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Fifth Column: The Moment Before the Moment
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Michael Baumann

01-07

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Transaction Analysis: KC Accidental
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Rian Watt

12-29

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Best of BP 2015: Forty Minutes In Houston: ALDS Game 4
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Sam Miller

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: You Can Never Have Enough Pitching Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Baseball Therapy: The Neuropsychology of Bad Managing
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Russell A. Carleton

11-17

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Pitching Backward: So, Hey, What if the Mets Had Intentionally Walked Wade Davis
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Jeff Long

11-11

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Rubbing Mud: The Great Big Exasperated AL Central Shrug
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Matthew Trueblood

11-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Dayton Moore's First Week
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Rany Jazayerli

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: One Inning, Two Decisions, One Champion
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Sam Miller

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Live by the Clutch, Die by the Clutch
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Kate Morrison

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Ned Wins: Assessing The Managers In Game 4
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Matthew Trueblood

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview
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R.J. Anderson

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Curtis Granderson Gets To Name That Garbage
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Andrew Felper

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January 18, 2016 8:49 am

Transaction Analysis: Innings, Innings, Innings

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J.P. Breen and Wilson Karaman

The Royals look to continue their streak of questionable pitching contracts that look good in retrospect.

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Baseball as the steady extinction of possabilities.

On May 20, 2015, Nick Day hit a home run off Trace Dempsey in front of a few dozen fans, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.

Last year, Ohio State started the season strong. After never having made an NCAA tournament under fifth-year head coach Greg Beals, the Buckeyes looked like they’d end up not only making the tournament but hosting a regional if they didn’t collapse.

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January 7, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: KC Accidental

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Rian Watt

The Royals bring back one of their own, and Alex Gordon stays home.



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How an entire series changed, and how it didn't entirely have to.

With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published on October 13, 2015.

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As we head into the winter meetings, rumors are finding matches for Kazmir, Leake, and a pair of Boston arms.

Starting pitchers were flying off the shelves before the Winter Meetings could even start, so here’s the latest from that segment of the free-agent landscape…

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Bunting and broccoli and the brain.

I believe you are all familiar with the hashtags. #Mathenaging. #Yosted. #BuntToWin. And that’s just the state of Missouri. It’s now common knowledge that there are certain strategic plays that were once popular, but upon further review, it’s clear that they are questionable tactics at best. Everyone knows it, and yet, bunting is still a thing. Even the “smart” managers do it. Why?

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The issue on everybody's mind.

During Game Four of the World Series, the Royals used their patented late-inning devil magic to come back and take a lead against the New York Mets. This turn of plot was old hat to the Royals, who outscored opponents 18-0 in the ninth inning (or later) of postseason games in 2015, though by their standards the twist came surprisingly early—during the eighth inning. That meant that the Royals’ closer Wade Davis was forced to approach the plate as a hitter for the first time since 2013.

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November 11, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Great Big Exasperated AL Central Shrug

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Matthew Trueblood

The most unpredictable division in baseball is particularly unpredictable this offseason. Breaking down how each team might (?) see itself.

If you set out to list the five most surprising and the five most disappointing teams of 2015, there’s a good chance you would name at least four of the five American League Central clubs along the way. The Royals, you know about, but don’t forget the Twins, whom Sports Illustrated foresaw losing 100 games, but who were eliminated from the playoffs only on the final Saturday of the season. The same publication also picked the Indians to win the World Series, but Cleveland went 81-80. Personally, I picked the White Sox to win the division on the heels of their aggressive winter—but Chicago won 76 games. And PECOTA’s pick to cruise into October was Detroit, but the Tigers’ competitive window closed a year early, and they went 74-87.

I mention this because, if confounding expectations was the theme of the 2015 season in the AL Central, utter inscrutability might just be the theme of the winter there. I wouldn’t know where to begin forecasting next season’s standings in that division, and the major reason for that is that it’s virtually impossible to tell what any of the five teams are going to do with their offseasons. In most of the other divisions, there are clear favorites or co-favorites, and the objectives of at least three or four teams are very clear. Not in the AL Central. Let’s examine these teams one at a time.

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Flashing back to Rany Jazayerli's assessment of the Kansas City squad that Moore inherited.

After yet another come-from-behind victory on Sunday night, the Kansas City Royals are again World Series champions. Today, we flash back to June 2006, when the Royals hired Dayton Moore to be their new general manager and Rany Jazayerli wondered whether Moore and the Royals could conceivably follow the turnaround modeled by... the Detroit Tigers and their talented GM, Dave Dombrowski.

At some point, an extreme performance can't simply be chalked up to simple sample size issue. Any team can play .250 ball for a week, or two weeks, or even a month. But it is now the middle of June, and as I write this the Royals have won barely one-quarter of their games--only a narrow victory over the Angels on Wednesday kept them from falling back to exactly .250--over a span of 64 games, or 40% of the season. "On pace" is an overused term in sports, but when we say the Royals are on pace to finish 43-119, equaling the 2003 Detroit Tigers' AL record for losses in a season, that is a pace not to be taken lightly. This team doesn't just suck; it sucks at a truly historical level.

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How the Mets blew it and the Royals took it (even though it could have been the opposite), and the Royals became world champs.

“The choices you make are half chance. So are everybody else’s.” –Cheesy song.

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Daniel Murphy's incredible postseason turns into an incredibly complicated postseason.

Failure sucks.

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How Yost kept his oath.

When we talk about the decisions managers make in big games, we probably spend too much time on the mistakes. It’s true that the first tenet of good managing tends to coincide with the first line of the Hippocratic oath: “First, do no harm.” Still, sometimes a team needs good guidance, or the right button pressed at the right time, in order to get the result it deserves on a given night. So before we talk about the things Terry Collins and the Mets should have done differently in Saturday’s Game Four loss to the Royals, let’s talk about the things Ned Yost did right.

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