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03-21

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

07-12

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BP Unfiltered: MVPs Who Weren't All-Stars
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Ben Lindbergh

03-27

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23

Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-09

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Everyone's Perfect: The Relativity of Value
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Eriq Gardner

11-28

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The Lineup Card: 10 Pitcher MVPs and Their Worthiness
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Baseball Prospectus

11-22

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2

The BP Wayback Machine: We Need More Awards
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Derek Zumsteg

10-13

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57

Doctoring The Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part One
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Rany Jazayerli

10-03

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10

Resident Fantasy Genius: BP Fantasy End of Season Awards
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Derek Carty

09-21

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16

Clubhouse Confidential: An MVP By Any Other Name
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Marc Carig

08-30

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The BP Broadside: Judge a Player by His Performance, Not the Company He Keeps
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Steven Goldman

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
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David Laurila

05-07

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18

Ahead in the Count: Most Net Valuable Player
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Matt Swartz

01-25

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63

Prospectus Roundtable: Analyzing RoboPitcher
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Baseball Prospectus

11-19

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70

Prospectus Today: The Tool of Ignorance
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Joe Sheehan

02-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Joe Bohringer
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David Laurila

11-22

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Prospectus Today: Free Agents and Costly Voting
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Joe Sheehan

10-16

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten-Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

10-16

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Future Shock: Where Did the Tigers and the Athletics Come From?
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Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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

10-13

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Three
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Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Prospectus Today: The Games Go On
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Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Player Profile
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Marc Normandin

10-11

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Remembering Buck O'Neil
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Alex Belth

10-11

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day One
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Joe Sheehan

10-09

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Completely Random Statistical Trivia
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Keith Woolner

10-09

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-07

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-06

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Three
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Joe Sheehan

10-06

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Prospectus Matchups: October Musings
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Jim Baker

10-05

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Two
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Joe Sheehan

02-22

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes On Prospects, Part Three
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Nate Silver

02-08

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes On Prospects, Part One
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Nate Silver

06-09

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part Five
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Rany Jazayerli

10-28

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

10-12

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Call It In The Air!
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Dave Pease

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Our picks for the playoff races and major awards this season.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting.

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.).

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Which players have won MVP awards without making the Midsummer Classic?

If you watched the All-Star game on Tuesday—and judging by the ratings, that’s a pretty big “if”—you probably thought you were watching the best players Major League Baseball had to offer (except for some injured ones). After all, bringing the best in baseball together for our viewing pleasure is what the All-Star game is for, or ​was for when it was still relevant. And since nothing can be better than the best, you're probably thinking, why even bother to see the second half of the season?

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, both in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. 

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.).

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March 9, 2012 3:00 am

Everyone's Perfect: The Relativity of Value

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Eriq Gardner

A look at why there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to valuing a player

In the game of baseball, environment often plays a role in determining a player’s worth. For example, a pitcher who is skilled at inducing groundballs may be more valuable than his flyball-prone counterpart in a home-run-happy ballpark like Coors Field. This same pitcher will be less valuable, though, if he plays on a team like the Detroit Tigers that has a porous infield defense. Or consider a position player who is gifted with the bat but has a poor glove. This player isn’t much of a problem in the American League because of the DH rule, but in the National League, a player with fielding deficiencies often has nowhere to play (just look at Jim Thome this year).

In other words, value is often about context. The same holds true in fantasy baseball, although it’s a factor that’s considered less frequently. Often, we pretend we’re all playing the same game. We’re not.

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In honor of Justin Verlander's MVP win, the BP team examines other pitcher MVPs and whether there was a better choice among position players

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In the midst of awards week, we remind you what awards we're missing.

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.

Think awards week is already long enough? Think again as you consider Derek's suggestions for even more awards, which originally ran as a "Breaking Balls" column on September 19, 2002.

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One of BP's co-founders returns to reveal an important amateur draft inefficiency.

Everyone missed on Mike Trout. Don’t get me wrong: Trout was a well-regarded player headed into the 2009 draft, a certain first-round talent. But he wasn’t—yet—a phenom. Everyone liked Trout; it’s just that no one loved him. Baseball America ranked him as the 22nd-best player in the draft. No one doubted his athleticism or his work ethic; a lot of people doubted the level of competition he faced as a high school player from rural New Jersey. The Angels drafted him with the 25th pick overall, and they’ll tell you today that they knew he was destined to be a special player. What they won’t tell you is that they had back-to-back picks at #24 and #25, and they announced Randal Grichuk’s name first.

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October 3, 2011 9:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: BP Fantasy End of Season Awards

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Derek Carty

With the regular season complete, we take a look at the BP fantasy crew's votes for a variety of awards.

With the fantasy season coming to a close this past week, each member of the BP Fantasy team cast their votes for a variety of categories. Today, I'm here to hand out the theoretical hardware. After seeing who we thought had the best, worst, and most interesting 2011 seasons, be sure to tell us who you think deserved some recognition in the comments section.

Derek Carty

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September 21, 2011 9:00 am

Clubhouse Confidential: An MVP By Any Other Name

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Marc Carig

If voters took the MVP voting instructions literally, Jose Bautista would likely be bringing home some hardware this season.

TORONTO—The following—courtesy of a living, breathing, American League voter who hopes to be compensated with an alcoholic beverage to be named later—is a copy of the instructions given to those within the Baseball Writers' Association of America who have been tapped to elect this season's Most Valuable Player.

I present them here because of Jose Bautista.

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Despite what Jon Heyman says, a player is what he is, regardless of what his team does.

The estimable Craig Calcaterra took John Heyman to task yesterday for conditioning his Most Valuable Player vote on whether a player’s team was in contention. Quoth Heyman:

I am not strictly opposed to a player on a non-contender winning the award, which has happened on occasion (think Alex Rodriguez of the last-place Rangers in 2003) although I admit that's a tougher one for me since the word valuable suggests that the players' achievements did not go for naught and actually helped a team play into October…

…[S]ince the award is for most valuable player, and not most outstanding, the effect a player had on the pennant race should be vital. If someone else wants to interpret most valuable as synonymous to best, they can. And if someone else wants to interpret it as being valuable to a particular team, they can, too. But there is plenty of precedent to suggest it means valuable in the league.

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Various people throughout baseball talk about the importance of the Tigers' long-running double play duo.

“Tram” and “Sweet Lou." The longest-running double-play combination in baseball history, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker played 1,918 games together from 1977-95, the most ever for American League teammates.  During that time they combined for 11 All-Star berths, seven Gold Gloves, seven Silver Slugger awards, 4,734 hits, and 429 home runs.  They were, quite simply, the heart and soul of the Detroit Tigers for nearly two full decades.

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May 7, 2010 7:25 am

Ahead in the Count: Most Net Valuable Player

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Matt Swartz

Albert Pujols comes out on top of the list of major-leaguers who provide the most bang for the buck.

Two weeks ago, I introduced the new version of our Market Value Over Replacement Player (MORP) statistic. In today’s article, I will discuss the “Most Net Valuable Players” of 2009 according to this metric. These are the players who provided far more than their salary and draft-pick compensation costs in 2009. Unsurprisingly, the majority of players atop this list will not be players with six or more years of service time necessary to become a free agent. Evan Longoria, for example, was one of the most net valuable players in the league last year because the Rays were not required to compete with other teams for his 2009 services. Albert Pujols, on the other hand, has enough service time that he could have been a free agent before 2009 had he elected, so the Cardinals were required to pay more for his services. Therefore, the first table below will only list the most valuable players who would have been free agents before 2009 if they were not already under contract.

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