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08-24

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Pebble Hunting: The Rockies and Real Home Run Hitters
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Sam Miller

04-22

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Wezen-Ball: The Cubs, the A's, and a Music Video
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Larry Granillo

12-28

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The First Basemen
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Jay Jaffe

12-08

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

12-23

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

12-08

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Inside The Park: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
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Bradford Doolittle

09-08

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Cooperstown Bound
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Jay Jaffe

11-18

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
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John Perrotto

10-28

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On the Beat: World Series News
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John Perrotto

01-11

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Infielders
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Jay Jaffe

12-28

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Every Given Sunday: Rickey Definitely Yes, McGwire Unfortunately No
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John Perrotto

05-29

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Transaction Analysis: AL-brand Catsup
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Christina Kahrl

01-05

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Prospectus Today: My Hall of Fame Ballot
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Joe Sheehan

12-13

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The Class of 2007
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Jay Jaffe

12-08

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Prospectus Matchups: Is Mark McGwire a Hall of Famer?
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Jim Baker

06-03

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Doctoring The Numbers: Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel
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Rany Jazayerli

09-18

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Bonds Edition
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Rany Jazayerli

05-23

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Aim For The Head: Barry Bonds and the Three True Outcomes
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Keith Woolner

10-13

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The Daily Prospectus: Decisions, Decisions
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Joe Sheehan

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: July 27-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

09-23

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Home Run Race
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Steven Rubio

09-01

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Homers and Hormones
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Rany Jazayerli

04-01

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Projected 1998 National League Standings
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August 24, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Rockies and Real Home Run Hitters

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Sam Miller

Giancarlo Stanton's recent rampage against the Rockies inspires two questions: Have the Rockies ever had a "real" power hitter? And if not, why the heck haven't they?

We'll start as soon as Giancarlo Stanton's home run in Coors Field from last Friday night lands.

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An amazing music video featuring a World Series game between the Cubs and the A's was unearthed recently.

It was 1992. The Oakland A's, behind Tony La Russa, Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley, and the Bash Brothers, were only a year removed from a three-year run in the World Series. The Cubs, meanwhile, had been to the playoffs once in eight years, and Greg Maddux was only just beginning his stretch as the greatest pitcher alive. Away from sports, Garth Brooks had friends in low places, Pearl Jam was destroying the charts, and Uncle Jesse was breaking little girls' hearts all over the world. Not to be forgotten, Chicago Cubs fan Richard Marx was dreaming of a World Series win for the North Siders.

From this early-'90s potpurri, a music video was born. No, it wasn't "Jeremy" or even that silly Beach Boys video that had Uncle Jesse up on stage drumming. Not even close.

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December 28, 2011 3:30 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The First Basemen

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Jay Jaffe

The new JAWS runs up against players from the Steroid Era to determine their Hall worthiness.

As with comedy, timing is everything in baseball. "Hitting is timing," Hall of Famer Warren Spahn said famously, finishing the thought with the complementary observation, "Pitching is upsetting timing." A good chunk of both the game's traditional and advanced statistics, the ones that we spurn and those that we celebrate, owe plenty to being the right man in the right place at the right time—wins, saves, and RBI from the former camp, leverage, run expectancy, and win expectancy from the latter. ERA owes everything to the sequence of events. For better or worse, MVP votes are won and lost on the timing of a player's productivity, or at least the perception of it that comes with being labeled "clutch." Timing is a major part of how we measure the game, so it should matter when we look over the course of a player's career in evaluating his fitness for the Hall of Fame.

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With Tony La Russa retired and Albert Pujols weighing other offers, we look back at a historic manager-player partnership.

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 (and mostly free) 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.

In a piece that originally ran as an "Inside the Park" column on December 8, 2010 and which will also be appearing in the soon-to-be-released Best of Baseball Prospectus, Bradford Doolittle wrote about the special La Russa-Pujols era in St. Louis.
 


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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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The Tony La Russa-Albert Pujols era in St. Louis is nearly unprecedented.

It’s the last day of the season at Wrigley Field and I’m determined to wait out Albert Pujols.

I’ve been assigned to cover the Cardinals for the weekend series, the last three games at the antique ballpark in the 2010 season. Before each game, I spend about three hours hanging around the Cardinals in the visiting team clubhouse at Wrigley—a dank, cramped space that isn’t as big as the locker room at the high school I attended in small-town Iowa. It’s an awkward setup, leaving you hovering around 30-35 big-league personnel with no place to stand. On the flip side, there really is no place for them to hide. If you need to interview someone, this is the place to do it. Only the most resolute can avoid the press in there.

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September 8, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Cooperstown Bound

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Jay Jaffe

Jim Thome has never been considered among the game's elite players but his home run and walk totals make him worthy of the Hall of Fame.

One year ago, Jim Thome was almost a forgotten man. Traded by the White Sox to the Dodgers just prior to the August 31 waiver deadline, he was a fish out of water in the National League, instantly reduced to a pinch-hitting role by his inability to play the field and even further limited by a bout of plantar fasciitis. Including the postseason, Thome went just 5-for-20—all singles—with a walk and three RBI for the Dodgers. Since the team fell short of the World Series, he didn't get to serve as designated hitter in the Fall Classic, the primary job for which he was acquired. At 39 years old, he looked like he might be done.

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November 18, 2009 11:54 am

On the Beat: Midweek Update

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John Perrotto

Talking about awards season, Matt Holliday learns that the swing's the thing, and free-agent rumors and rumblings.

Zack Greinke knew he was the best pitcher in the major leagues. The Royals' right-hander's belief in his performance, though, went beyond having the confidence one needs to be an elite player at the highest level of baseball. He knew the advanced metrics said so, too.

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October 28, 2009 11:39 am

On the Beat: World Series News

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John Perrotto

Trophy-laden Tribesmen toe the rubber tonight as foes, the new meaning of staying up late for the postseason, and more.

Six years have passed since the Yankees last played in the World Series, and nine years have gone by since they last won one. However, that does not mean that expectations have changed in the Bronx. When the Yankees host the Phillies tonight in Game One of the World Series at Yankee Stadium, they will do so with the expectation of winning their 27th title.

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January 11, 2009 2:00 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Infielders

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Jay Jaffe

Alan Trammell and Mark McGwire are both deserving of plaques in the halls of Cooperstown.

With the announcement of the BBWAA vote bearing down upon us, we continue taking the express route through the rest of the hitters on the ballot. Four new infielders join three holdovers, and while there are a pair of players whom the JAWS system flags as Hall-worthy here, we shouldn't expect either to get the call from Cooperstown on Monday.

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The view of Cooperstown from La Russa-ville, the Nationals go to Plan C or D or..., Randy wants another ring, and rumors and rumblings from around the major leagues.

The Hall of Fame voting deadline is fast approaching, as ten-year members of the Baseball Writers Association of America must submit their ballots by midnight on Wednesday. Candidates must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to gain induction into Cooperstown, with the voting results to be announced on January 12.

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May 29, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL-brand Catsup

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Christina Kahrl

Swinging over to the junior circuit, Christina tries to make some sense of some roster disasters and damage control.

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