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04-06

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Future Shock: Opening Day Notebook
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Kevin Goldstein

03-31

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Overthinking It: Assessing First Impressions
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Ben Lindbergh

04-11

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Inside The Park: The Disparate Paths of Andy Marte and Michael Brantley
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Bradford Doolittle

04-08

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11

Future Shock: The Top 101 Prospects Update, Part 2
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-07

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Future Shock: The Top 101 Prospects Update, Part 1
by
Kevin Goldstein

06-07

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Prospectus Idol Entry: A Tale of Two Teams: The Attendance Game
by
Tim Kniker

04-12

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On the Beat: Week One Wrap
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John Perrotto

03-28

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Prospectus Matchups: Opening Day Goodbyes
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Jim Baker

04-12

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Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the Easts
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Christina Kahrl

04-05

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Transaction of the Day: Roster Review of the Centrals
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the Wests
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 19-26, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

03-19

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Transaction Analysis: March 13-18, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

03-13

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Transaction Analysis: March 1-12, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Best and Worst of Mets and Cardinals Postseason Pitching
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Jim Baker

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: American League, March 30-April 4
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Christina Kahrl

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-30
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Christina Kahrl

03-29

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Transaction Analysis: March 27-28
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-26
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Christina Kahrl

03-14

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Transaction Analysis: March 10-13
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Christina Kahrl

02-15

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Transaction Analysis: National League, December 15, 2005-February 11, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

07-08

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Transaction Analysis: July 1-8
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Christina Kahrl

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: April 5-14, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: March 16-28, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

03-25

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Transaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.
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Christina Kahrl

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Easts
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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

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-31, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: March 16-21, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

03-17

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Transaction Analysis: March 10-15, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

02-11

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Transaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

06-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 20-24, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-22

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-19, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-18

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Transaction Analysis: March 11-16, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-12

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Transaction Analysis: March 9-10, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 19-25, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-18, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 23-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

03-24

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-22, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

03-15

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Transaction Analysis: March 7-13
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Christina Kahrl

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: January 25-February 4, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: April 2-15
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 22-April 1
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Christina Kahrl

03-22

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Transaction Analysis: March 8-21
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Christina Kahrl

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: April 6-14
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Christina Kahrl

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: March 27-31
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 24-26
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Christina Kahrl

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April 6, 2012 7:17 am

Future Shock: Opening Day Notebook

51

Kevin Goldstein

What caught Kevin's eye on opening day in the minor leagues.

Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 2-for-4, 2B, SB, K

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Rewinding the tape to the results of last year's Opening Day reveals equal parts prophecy and unintentional humor.

Nothing says Opening Day quite like a forecast for 40-degree drizzle, but that's what most of us who aren't smart enough to be Padres fans can look forward to as we head to the park (or the office*) today. (The same goes for a few other scattered souls—like Massachusetts native Marc Normandin—who are smart enough to root for the Padres but not smart enough to live within 3000 miles of San Diego.) Even though Opening Day bunting doesn't inspire the same emotions when viewed through a curtain of freezing rain, a new season's arrival is something to celebrate no matter what the weather (which could always be worse).

We know that today's events have little bearing on the rest of the season. Still, after been deprived of meaningful baseball for so long, it's only natural to be tempted to ascribe undue importance to every early outcome, treating each first game as a microcosm of the upcoming season for the teams and players involved. To help us resist that forward-looking impulse, let's look back at last year's Opening Day activities with an eye toward whether they could have told us anything about what lay in store. In hindsight, Opening Day results can appear either strangely prophetic or unintentionally humorous. Let's look back at the events of April 5th, 2010—the first day on the 2010 schedule with something approaching a full slate of games—and retroactively assess some observations that could have been made at the time, alternating between the spot-on and the off-base.

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Marte is a former top prospect trying to hang on; Brantley has a much brighter future.

Andy Marte is a forgotten man at 26. Just a few years ago, Marte was a darling of the prospect hounds, including Baseball Prospectus. He was compared favorably to players like Adrian Beltre (at his best) and Miguel Cabrera. He posted mouth-watering power numbers at precocious ages in his respective leagues. He even displayed improving strike-zone command, with gradually rising walk rates and gradually decreasing strikeout totals. There was nothing not to like.

In 2005, BP declared Marte the top prospect in the game, after ranking him third in 2004. The praise wasn't the lone voice in the prospect-rating wilderness. Baseball America rated him as the Braves' top prospect in 2004 and as Boston's great minor-league hope in 2006. (The rankings were put together before Marte was flipped to Cleveland.) He was BA's ninth-ranked overall prospect in 2005. Even after Marte was traded twice in a 45-day span in late 2005 and early 2006, he seemed like as sure of a bet to become a big-league fixture as a young player possibly can be.

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April 8, 2010 11:38 am

Future Shock: The Top 101 Prospects Update, Part 2

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Kevin Goldstein

A season-opening look at prospects 51-101 on BP's top 101.

51. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves

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April 7, 2010 9:57 am

Future Shock: The Top 101 Prospects Update, Part 1

13

Kevin Goldstein

A look at the current status of BP's Top 50 prospects.

1. Stephen Strasburg, RHP, Nationals

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As the scoreboard programmer for the Trenton Thunder in their inaugural season (1994), one of my daily tasks was to enter in player averages from the compiled statistics faxed to us from the Howe News Bureau. Before I did this, there was one statistic that my fellow press-box compatriots and I craved above all us: the attendance standings. Every day, we wanted to see if we were beating the other two Eastern League franchises with new stadiums: the Portland Sea Dogs and the Bowie Baysox. The memory of these daily quests for the attendance standings recently got me thinking about the drivers of baseball attendance.

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April 12, 2009 11:26 am

On the Beat: Week One Wrap

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John Perrotto

Better than a 7-Eleven, the Twins' outfield runneth over, Kastens sings "Come On Over to My House Baby," plus news and views from around the game.

Every season without fail, there are names on Opening Day rosters that only the most avid of baseball fans would recognize, guys who have never been in the major leagues, who aren't considered prospects, and who have maybe had a lineout in BP's annual. Some, like Chris Jakubauskas, may have even taken an off-season job as a sales clerk.

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Whether it's the lineup cards or even a few individual players, don't be surprised if you witness a few disappearing acts.

Don't Get Too Used to Your Opening Day Lineup

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Christina finally catches up and reviews the rosters in the two divisions that always seem to get the most attention.

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April 5, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction of the Day: Roster Review of the Centrals

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Christina Kahrl

Christina continues her analysis of the Opening Day 25-man rosters, and the decisions that led to their composition, by running down the Central Division teams.

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April 3, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the Wests

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Christina Kahrl

Christina analyzes the construction of the Opening Day 25-man rosters for the nine squads playing out west.

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March 27, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 19-26, 2007

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Christina Kahrl

A week on the road's generated a big backlog, but Christina hits the high- and lowlights.

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