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04-19

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Research Mailbag: James McDonald, Professional Hitter
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Bradley Ankrom

05-25

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The BP Broadside: The Annotated WARP Leaders II: Did Ernie Banks Write the Book of Love?
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Steven Goldman

05-23

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The BP Broadside: The Annotated WARP Leaders
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Steven Goldman

10-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Ron Roenicke
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David Laurila

09-25

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Success at Altitude
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Bryan Smith

09-21

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Best Player in Baseball, Part Two
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Nate Silver

07-16

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

02-12

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The Week in Quotes: February 5-12
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Alex Carnevale

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: NL West and NL Catchup
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Christina Kahrl

08-15

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Prospectus Game of the Week: San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 8/13/06
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Derek Jacques

07-28

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Lies, Damned Lies: Evaluating the Trade Bait
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Nate Silver

06-16

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

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: May 10-24, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

07-14

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

04-20

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Transaction Analysis: April 13-18, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

04-06

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

10-28

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: San Francisco Giants vs. Florida Marlins
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Jonah Keri

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

07-15

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Greg Spira

05-03

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Transaction Analysis: April 24-30, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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PECOTA Does Fantasy
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Nate Silver

07-01

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The Week in Quotes: June 24-30, 2002
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Derek Zumsteg

07-12

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Prospectus Awards Balloting
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Baseball Prospectus

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: July 27-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 21-23, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

07-05

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Transaction Analysis: June 22 - July 3, 2000
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Keith Law and Joe Sheehan

06-13

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Pitcher Abuse Points
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Rany Jazayerli and Keith Woolner

05-05

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Transaction Analysis: May 1-3, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-21

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Transaction Analysis: April 18-19, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

12-13

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The Greatest Home Run Hitters of All Time
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James Kushner

03-25

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NL Central Notebook
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Christina Kahrl

08-31

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Transaction Analysis: August 25-30
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Christina Kahrl

07-24

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PAP Scores Revisited
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Rany Jazayerli

03-18

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Transaction Analysis: March 6-16
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Christina Kahrl

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April 19, 2012 3:00 am

Research Mailbag: James McDonald, Professional Hitter

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Bradley Ankrom

This week's mailbag takes a look at Hall of Famers who were picked in later rounds of the draft, home team winning percentage in extra innings, and Matt Cain's one-hitter.

Welcome to the latest installment of the Baseball Prospectus Research Mailbag. This week, we’ll tackle Hall of Famers being selected in later rounds of the draft, the home team’s winning percentage in extra-inning contests, and the quirks of Matt Cain’s one-hitter against the Pirates last Friday. As always, if there’s a question you would like to see answered in a future mailbag, please feel free to send it in via email or through the “Contact Author” form (please remember to include your full name and hometown with your question).

George Brett and Mike Schmidt went back-to-back with the 29th and 30th picks of the 1971 draft. Have there been any other cases of two Hall of Famers being picked back-to-back in the draft? Also, what’s the latest a Hall of Fame player has gone in the draft?

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Due to reader response, the annotated list continues with 21st through 31st best seasons of all time, featuring Mike Piazza, Ernie Banks, and more third basemen of the 1970s.

Our collection of BP-flavored single-season WARP scores currently goes back to 1950. Now that we’ve added fielding runs to the sortable choices, you can easily see the combination of offense and defense that made the top players during this period so valuable, and in some cases dragged them down from even higher perches.

On Monday, I used the newly revised list to take a look at the top 20 seasons of the last 60 years. Due to reader enthusiasm and the fact that I find this kind of thing to be tremendous fun, I’ve expanded the scope to include the top 50, continuing today with the player-seasons that rank 21 through 31.

21. Frank Robinson, OF, 1966: 11.0
Robinson, newly arrived with the Baltimore Orioles after the Reds called him “an old 30,” won the triple crown, joining Mickey Mantle ’56 and Carl Yastrzemski ’67 in the top 50. He picked up a unanimous MVP award, Given how much grief the voters have deservedly taken over the years, it’s reassuring to see how many of these great seasons have won. Of the top 11, the voters rewarded all but three, and one of those was Sammy Sosa's ’01, who the voters passed over in favor of Barry Bonds' ’01, which was even better. Here are the other occasions to this point in the rankings where the voters failed to reward one of the 20 best seasons in history:


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A trip through our new 1950-and-up leaderboard, including a close look at our new-formula fielding runs.

Our collection of BP-flavored single-season WARP scores currently goes back to 1950. Now that we’ve added fielding runs to the sortable choices, you can easily see the combination of offense and defense that made the top players during this period so valuable, and in some cases dragged them down from even higher perches. Herein we traipse quickly through the 20 best players of the Truman-Eisenhower years and onward.

The fielding runs featured here are the product of our new revised formula developed by Colin Wyers. As Colin says, “The difficult part of any defensive metric is estimating the batted-ball distribution among fielders. Old FRAA used season-level data about things like pitcher handedness to figure out the distribution on a seasonal level, and prorated it out to individual fielders. Now, FRAA uses play-by-play data, which allows us to use more variables (like whether or not a fielder has to hold on a runner) and to assign responsibility to each fielder based on the games he actually played in.”

This version of FRAA avoids the pitfall of subjectivity inherent in zone-based ratings. “In contrast to other popular metrics,  FRAA does not use any stringer-recorded observational data,” Colin explains. “Serious discrepancies have been noted between data providers, and research has shown that in larger samples use of that sort of batted-ball data introduces severe distortions in the metrics that impede accuracy. Without evidence that the batted-ball data has redeeming value in the short term, it seems imprudent to use that sort of data in our evaluation of player defense.”

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A conversation with the Angels' bench coach about in-game tactics, baserunning as an Anaheim brand of baseball, and more.

An often overlooked role in baseball is that of the bench coach, and few do the job better than Ron Roenicke. Mike Scioscia's right-hand man for each of the past four seasons, the 53-year-old Roenicke assumed his current duties after having served as the Angels' third-base coach for six years, stepping in when Joe Maddon left to become the manager in Tampa Bay. Roenicke himself is a candidate for a managerial position, as the former minor league skipper is reportedly among those being considered to fill the vacancy in Cleveland. Roenicke talked about his responsibilities as a bench coach and shared some of his philosophies on the game when the Angels visited Fenway Park in mid-September.

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September 25, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Success at Altitude

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Bryan Smith

Running down some of the long-term decisions that have helped create Colorado's recent success.

Colorado's eight-game win streak has propelled the team into contention and created one of the most positive seasons in the organization's existence. One of the accompanying narratives is that they are learning how to win in Coors Field. Another is the declining park factor in Colorado has allowed for a more stable pitching staff. While there is some truth to these, for me the Rockies are more than the product of an evolving ballpark-related dynamic. Rather, they are a perfect case study in proper player development.

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September 21, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: The Best Player in Baseball, Part Two

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Nate Silver

The conclusion to Nate's overview on the game's best player, season by season.

This is the resumption of the discussion of the best player in baseball, season by season throughout history, that began with yesterday's article. If you missed Nate's handy field guide and spreadsheet from yesterday's piece, you can download it here.

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July 16, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

Checking up on the moves and mayhem of all 16 clubs.

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Retired players get their say, even when it makes little to no sense. Plus, everything you wanted to know about Scott Boras but were afraid to ask.

"I heard somewhere that they had invited me to spring training, I guess."
--former Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams (Peter Botte, New York Daily News)

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February 10, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: NL West and NL Catchup

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Christina Kahrl

Christina recaps a winter's worth of moves in the NL West, and catches up on the rest of the recent happenings in the senior circuit.

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Greg Maddux throws a gem as Derek watches the Giants and Dodgers duel.

Taking the Dodgers first, they've hit the top of the division after residing in the cellar just a little over two weeks ago, going on an 11 game streak which was broken on Wednesday in Colorado, followed by a three game winning streak coming into today's matchup. Let's take a look at how a few Dodgers have performed during this stretch (courtesy of Dave Pinto's Day by Day Database):

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July 28, 2005 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Evaluating the Trade Bait

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Nate Silver

As we approach the trading deadline, the names are flying fast and furious. But it's not clear what teams could expect to get from some of the players who are rumored to be on the market. Leave it to Nate to break it down.

One of the funny things about the trade deadline is that there is so much buzz about who is going to wind up with the empty chair that there is relatively little discussion about whether the players on the trade block are even worth acquiring. Why on earth would someone want Sidney Ponson? Is Eric Byrnes supposed to get people excited?

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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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