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06-20

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In A Pickle: The Sexy, Sultry San Jose vs. MLB Complaint
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Jason Wojciechowski

04-11

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 11, 2013
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Clint Chisam

04-10

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 10, 2013
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Clint Chisam

04-09

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 9, 2013
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Clint Chisam

04-08

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 8, 2013
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Clint Chisam

01-07

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Mike Piazza
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Larry Granillo

10-04

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Ask the Industry
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Jason Parks

09-04

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Baseball Prospectus News: Changing of the Guard
by
Jason Parks

08-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 22: Why BP Didn't Break the Melky Cabrera Suspension
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-27

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Wezen-Ball: Google Wars
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Larry Granillo

03-14

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The Week In Quotes: March 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

01-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Paul Hoynes
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David Laurila

01-10

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The Week In Quotes: January 3-9
by
Alex Carnevale

07-21

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38

Transaction Action: ALtruisms
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Christina Kahrl

07-19

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33

Under The Knife: Double Rainbow All the Way
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Will Carroll

05-30

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BP Unfiltered: The Paper Trail of May 30
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John Perrotto

05-29

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BP Unfiltered: The Paper Trail of May 29
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John Perrotto

04-15

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15

Under The Knife: Takeaways
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Will Carroll

04-10

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11

Transaction Analysis: AL Roster Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

03-05

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10

Remodeling the Media
by
Shawn Hoffman

11-23

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Prospectus Q&A: John Blake
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David Laurila

07-29

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Under The Knife: Broken
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Will Carroll

06-23

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The Week In Quotes: June 16-22
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Alex Carnevale

08-17

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Prospectus Hit List: Flyover Flops Edition
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Jay Jaffe

05-17

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Under The Knife: Blisters, Breakdowns, and Bounce-backs
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Will Carroll

05-16

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL West
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Kevin Goldstein

05-11

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Prospectus Hit List: McNasty as They Wanna Be
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Jay Jaffe

05-02

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL East
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Kevin Goldstein

04-15

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Transaction Analysis: Opening Day to April 14, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

04-13

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Prospectus Hit List: Friday the 13th Edition
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Jay Jaffe

06-20

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of June 18th
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Jay Jaffe

06-20

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Future Shock: Division Roundup, NL East, 6/20/06
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Kevin Goldstein

06-09

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Prospectus Notebook: Indians, Rangers
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Baseball Prospectus

05-31

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Future Shock: Division Roundup, NL Central, 5/31/06
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Kevin Goldstein

05-30

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of 5/28
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Marc Normandin

04-14

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Under The Knife: Memes
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Will Carroll

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: April 5-10
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Christina Kahrl

01-26

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Prospectus Notebook: Orioles, Twins, Padres
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Baseball Prospectus

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: April 5-14, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

02-16

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Fantasy Firefight
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Neil deMause

08-10

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Transaction Analysis: August 3-8
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Christina Kahrl

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: July 15-19
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Christina Kahrl

06-28

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Under The Knife: Cascading Along
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Will Carroll

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: June 8-13, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

06-10

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Transaction Analysis: June 2-8, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

06-04

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 2, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

10-14

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Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners
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Baseball Prospectus

09-25

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Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21
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Christina Kahrl

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

07-09

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Transaction Analysis: July 3-8, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

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Jason dives into San Jose's case against MLB in the city's ongoing pursuit of the Oakland Athletics.

You've heard about it at this point: The City of San Jose sued Major League Baseball for not letting the A's move to their fair municipality. You can find the complaint, which was filed in federal court in San Jose, here (pdf). It's long, though I've seen longer. The PDF is 188 pages, but that's with exhibits. The text of the complaint itself is 46 pages. It's 203 paragraphs.1

One reason it's so long is that the first six pages (23 paragraphs) are essentially a narrative background of the case. The point of a complaint in the federal courts (warning: I'm about to vastly oversimplify a contentious area of law) is to notify the other party of the claims against it. That's what it boils down to. That does not mean that a complaint saying, "I'm suing you for breach of contract" would be sufficient. Which contract? How was it breached? When was it breached? In order to inform the other party of the claims, then, the complaint has to actually allege facts.

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April 11, 2013 7:05 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 11, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 11, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for April 11, 2013

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April 10, 2013 6:43 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 10, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 10, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for April 10, 2013

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April 9, 2013 9:35 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 9, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 9, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for April 9, 2013

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April 8, 2013 8:00 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 8, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 8, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 
 

Probable Pitchers for April 8, 2013


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A look at contemporary accounts from Mike Piazza's early career.

With the Hall of Fame announcement scheduled for this week, now is a good time to look back at the early careers of some of this year's most talked-about nominees. (And with the early exit polls looking as they do, it might be nice to remember just how great some of these players were.) Let's take a look back at some contemporary accounts of Mike Piazza's at-one-time obvious Hall of Fame career.

It's a famous story now that Piazza was drafted in the 62nd round and only as a favor to Los Angeles manager (and Piazza's godfather) Tommy Lasorda. It's a catchy story, after all. A man drafted that low isn't expected to amount to much of anything, let alone become a twelve-time All-Star or the career leader in home runs for a catcher. Today, for example, the draft doesn't even go to 62 rounds.

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October 4, 2012 8:49 am

Ask the Industry

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Jason Parks

What do MLB front office types think of the Trout-or-Cabrera MVP debate?

Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera? It’s the bacon-or-cheese argument of the 2012 major league season, a decision that is weighted in preference rather than a universally recognized consensus. Both players have historic cases to make, just as the fatty pig meat and the pressed curds of milk are each historic in their deliciousness. On one hand, you have a rookie sensation whose electricity could power Paris, a player with an unprecedented debut campaign that draws comparisons to a young Mickey Mantle, only better, which isn’t exactly normal. This generational performance just happens to share a space with another generational performance, a statistical feat of such lore and reverence that the mere hunt and proximity to such an accomplishment is worthy of high praise and metallic hardware. Miguel Cabrera is the most feared hitter in the game, and when the dust settled on the 2012 season, his out-of-fashion slash line made him the winner of the Triple Crown, the first of its kind in the American League since 1967, which isn’t exactly normal either.

My head swims when I read about the absolutes of the game, my thoughts beaten down by the weight of the value argument, the binary answer to a question without a clear path to certainty. We all approach the game with different eyes, forming conclusions based on explosive mixtures of subjectivity and concrete data. Without a perfect recipe for value, we each make our own cocktails that are heavily rooted in our own experiences, be they on the field or on the computer screen. I’m not here to present one side of the argument over the other, or to paint one side of the fence a color that will instigate condemnation from a disapproving majority; the baseball industry doesn’t wear one suit, and when I polled ten contacts to get their take on the Trout/Cabrera debate, the answers were as diverse as the job titles next to their name. From the top of the industry food chain to the bottom, I asked a simple question of value, which yielded a surprisingly close vote.

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BP's prospect coverage is about to take on a new look for 2013, and Jason is excited to be a big part of it.

We welcome change when it brings about good fortune, or new hope, or bad Scorpions songs, but the fear associated with the unknown aspects of change can paralyze your progress and limit your desire to accept a new reality. At Baseball Prospectus, we are walking into a new tomorrow without our most prominent and respected figure, a baseball mind of such merit that the major leagues finally purchased his contract and called him up to the active roster. In uncertain times, the drug of choice is certitude, and I’ve been bird-dogging the streets for dealers and distributors. How do you replace a seasoned veteran of national prominence over a weekend?

I haven’t been in the prospect game as long as Kevin, and I can’t stand next to his resume at this stage of my career and pretend we are equals. I was casually writing for a team-specific blog when Kevin and I became friends, and this is after I spent years reading his work and impersonating his pomp on various platforms. We were friends before we were co-workers, and we were co-workers only because we were friends and he thought I’d make a good podcast partner. Can you imagine the brain trust at Baseball Prospectus after that request was made? I didn’t have a footprint on Twitter. The “industry” didn’t know my name. I had developed solid contacts, but mostly on the [Texas] Rangers side of the coin, and even though I felt some degree of confidence in my scouting knowledge, my world was so small that any standing was significant. Kevin fished me out of a small pond and relocated me into the national waters of Baseball Prospectus. He’s my Robert Shaw.

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Ben and Sam discuss how they came to know that Melky Cabrera was about to be suspended for a positive PED test before the news broke, and how they decided what to do about it.

Ben and Sam discuss how they came to know that Melky Cabrera was about to be suspended for a positive PED test before the news broke, and how they decided what to do about it.

Effectively Wild Episode 22: "Why BP Didn't Break the Melky Cabrera Suspension"

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How does a Google search for, say, "Dodgers" differ between the US and the non-baseball world?

Our view of the world is a bit skewed, especially as Baseball Prospectus readers. For us, it's baseball here, baseball there—we probably even see baseballs in scoops of ice cream or in sunrises. A close encounter of the third kind would likely bring us face to face with Babe Ruth or Harmon Killebrew as we carve Yankee Stadium out of a pile of mashed potatoes. A day without baseball is a day wasted.

But ours is a limited view of the real world. There are whole countries and whole continents who couldn't care less about the infield-fly rule or if Mariano Rivera has gone back to wearing high socks. It's a sad world, yes, but it's a world that exists nonetheless.

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The notable quotables from the week that was.

ONE FEWER OUTLAW ON THE PRAIRIE

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The Indians beat writer recalls some moments from a career spanning almost 30 years.

The job of a baseball beat writer is evolving, and it is a lot more demanding than most people realize. Few do it better the Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Hoynsie” has been on the Indians beat for nearly 30 years, so from Andre Thornton to Manny Acta, and Albert Belle to the internet age, he has pretty much seen and done it all—in his own inimitable style. Hoynes talked about what goes into the job, how it has changed, and some of the most interesting players he has covered, one of whom attacked him in the clubhouse.

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