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May 16, 2012 3:30 am

Pebble Hunting: Kill This Nickname

15

Sam Miller

Bryce Harper is just the latest player to earn the most overused nickname in sports.

Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday night's game against the Reds. Besides stitches, Harper also got a new nickname out the the deal: "Bam Bam."The Nats Enquirer

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February 6, 2012 3:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: The Age-27 Breakout Fallacy

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Derek Carty

Counting on a player to transition from teeny bopper to Bash Brother at age 27 isn't a good fantasy strategy.

Twenty-seven. Oh, the age of 27. As you might be aware, age 27 gets a lot of attention in fantasy baseball circles, often cited as a “magic” number when a hitter reaches his physical peak and is most likely to break out. It doesn’t take much effort to stumble upon a fantasy writer who discusses this theory, heralding the upcoming season’s crop of age-27ers.

The theory goes that because a player is reaching his physical peak, he is most likely to have a career year during his age-27 season. Unfortunately, most of the support offered for this theory comes in the form of conjecture or anecdotal evidence. I wrote an article last offseason at THT that examined whether age 27 actually is the prime age for breakouts. Unsurprisingly, I found that it wasn’t. Of course, this won’t stop people from continuing to write about it, as they see a player like Rickie Weeks post a 29-home run season in 2010 at the age of 27 and assume that the age is somehow magical. But these people ignore the age-27 players who stumble, such as Adam Lind in 2010, and the players who break out at other ages, such as Jose Bautista at age 29. Anecdotal evidence is never sufficient and can often lead to season-sinking assumptions.

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The tater trots for September 19: a big day for home runs, highlighted by a tremendous moonshot from Mike Stanton.

There was no shortage of interesting home runs hit over the last couple of days as we enter the last days of summer and the final homestands of half the league.

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June 9, 2010 7:00 am

Transaction Action: Youthful Orient-ation

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Christina Kahrl

Talent arrives on Eastern division rosters in both circuits, but it's the Fish and Nats who are feeling good about it.

BOSTON RED SOX
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned RHP Scott Atchison to Pawtucket (Triple-A); recalled OF-L Josh Reddick from Pawtucket. [6/5]
Placed RHP Jonathan Papelbon on the Family Medical Leave List; activated RHP Boof Bonser from the 15-day DL. [6/7]

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June 4, 2010 9:00 am

Checking the Numbers: A Developmental Dilemma

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Eric Seidman

Who moves out of the Marlins' starting outfield when top prospect Mike Stanton gets the inevitable call to the major leagues?

Two months into the season it has now become clear that this is a truly special year with regards to rookies. Phenom Jason Heyward broke camp with the Braves. Mike Leake bypassed the minors completely to join the Reds. Jaime Garcia has been driving batters batty. Garcia’s teammate with the Cardinals, David Freese, has been an offensive stalwart, and division-mate Starlin Castro is already making a big impact on the Cubs. In Detroit, both Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch are keeping the Tigers in the thick of things, and John Jaso and Reid Brignac are helping the Rays make up for putrid performances elsewhere. This isn’t even to mention the recent call-up of Buster Posey by the Giants or even the much anticipated debut of Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals next Tuesday.

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January 31, 2010 12:17 pm

Future Shock: Marlins Top 11 Prospects

15

Kevin Goldstein

Two very different hitters top the list for the very farm-dependent Fish.

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November 20, 2008 12:20 pm

Future Shock: Marlins Top 11 Prospects

24

Kevin Goldstein

The Fish system is burgeoning with young talent moving up to exploit the organization's budget-conscious revolving doors.

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July 29, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: July 27-28, 2006

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Christina Kahrl

The big deal we've been waiting for finally happens, and brings some smaller ones in its wake. Christina covers it all.

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March 21, 2003 12:00 am

PECOTA Does Fantasy

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Nate Silver

Fresh off PECOTA's maiden voyage into rotoland, Nate Silver publishes the PECOTA-generated roto values used by the BP team at the recent Tout Wars National League draft. Hint: pay the premium for studs.

You can import these values into a spreadsheet by selecting them in your browser and copying them, pasting them into a text file (i.e. Notepad), and opening the new text file with your spreadsheet (i.e. Excel).

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Howdy gang, nothing like spending five hours typing up the index for this year's edition of Baseball Prospectus to make me desperately hungry to dive right into playing catch-up on real-time baseball news. Yes, Transaction Analysis is long overdue, and for that I apologize, having spent the intervening time working with our writing team and the incomparably enthusiastic Jonah Keri to get this year's book out the door. If you can forgive me that, you'll also have to forgive me this temporary break from format, as I run down the most-notable moves made over the last couple of months, going by divisional pairs (Easts, Centrals, and Wests) to get caught up and resume your regularly scheduled TA mayhem by next week.

Howdy gang, nothing like spending five hours typing up the index for this year's edition of Baseball Prospectus to make me desperately hungry to dive right into playing catch-up on real-time baseball news. Yes, Transaction Analysis is long overdue, and for that I apologize, having spent the intervening time working with our writing team and the incomparably enthusiastic Jonah Keri to get this year's book out the door. If you can forgive me that, you'll also have to forgive me this temporary break from format, as I run down the most-notable moves made over the last couple of months, going by divisional pairs (Easts, Centrals, and Wests) to get caught up and resume your regularly scheduled TA mayhem by next week.

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