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04-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Another Opening Day
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Kevin Goldstein

04-01

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Overthinking It: Takeaways from Opening Day
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Ben Lindbergh

04-01

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What You Need to Know: Aces of the NL Central
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Daniel Rathman

03-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 417: Baseball Banter for Opening Day
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-24

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Painting the Black: Men at Work
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R.J. Anderson

04-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 172: The Confirmation Biases of Opening Day
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: Opening Day Goodbyes
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Jim Baker

04-06

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Inside The Park Blog: Expectations High in Tampa Bay
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Jason Collette

04-06

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Pebble Hunting: The Pacers
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Sam Miller

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Friday, April 6
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Daniel Rathman

04-05

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Baseball Prospectus News: Opening Day Roundtable
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Ben Lindbergh

04-05

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Research Mailbag: Worst. Lineup. Ever.
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Bradley Ankrom

04-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Another Opening Day
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Kevin Goldstein

04-04

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Pebble Hunting: The War on Opening Day
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Sam Miller

03-31

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Overthinking It: Assessing First Impressions
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Ben Lindbergh

03-31

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Spitballing: Repeat Business
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Jeremy Greenhouse

03-25

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: The Starting Block
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Larry Granillo

03-03

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Overthinking It: Opening Acts
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Ben Lindbergh

04-08

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

04-07

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

05-17

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Tim Kniker's Initial Entry
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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

04-01

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Prospectus Matchups: First Matchup
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Jim Baker

01-25

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Prospectus Matchups: Jumping the Gun
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Jim Baker

03-25

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Aim For The Head: Opening Day Starters
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Keith Woolner

04-12

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Prospectus Feature: Not-in-Book Players: Some Guys We Missed
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On the first day of minor league games in full-season leagues, relive MiLB Opening Day from eight years ago.

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.

As you prepare for the first day of full-season minor league games, revisit Kevin's notes from a previous Opening Day in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a Future Shock column on April 7, 2006.

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April 1, 2014 11:31 am

Overthinking It: Takeaways from Opening Day

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Ben Lindbergh

A number of notes from the first full day of the 2014 regular season.

There are only two possible stories to tell about Opening Day. There’s the boilerplate, “Boy, isn’t it swell to have baseball back” story, which is accurate (It is swell!) but nothing you haven’t heard after every other opener. And then there’s the small sample, confirmation-bias-based conclusion: Team X’s bullpen blew the game, so they’re bound to struggle to hold leads all season; Player Y had a three-hit day, so just as we suspected, he’s bound for a breakout. The fact is that there’s only so much about this season that we weren’t aware of before the first of Monday’s 13 contests kicked off, and we shouldn’t make too much of any occurrence (save for, say, a serious injury) just because five months of baseball withdrawal makes each pitch and swing seem momentous. It’s okay to let it all wash over us for a while, making the occasional mental note about things that could become significant, someday.

This article, then has no narrative. Behold, a bunch of bullet points from opening Day:

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April 1, 2014 6:30 am

What You Need to Know: Aces of the NL Central

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Daniel Rathman

NL Central pitching shuts down NL Central hitting on a busy Opening Day, plus what to watch on Tuesday.

The Monday Takeaway
Forty-six innings, 25 hits, two runs, 16 walks, 45 strikeouts.

No, that’s not the line of a good reliever with a bloated strand rate. It’s the line the National League Central’s pitchers combined to post over the course of their games yesterday. Unfortunately for two of the clubs, they happened to be playing divisional foes.


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Ben and Sam cover a range of topics, including Mike Trout, Hanley Ramirez, and who's hitting cleanup for the Marlins.

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March 24, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Men at Work

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R.J. Anderson

In case you weren't awake for baseball's opening series (or even if you were), R.J. has you covered: Kershaw, Trumbo, Goldschmidt, and all the action that mattered.

While the east coast slept early Saturday morning and late Saturday evening, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened the season with a two-game series in Sydney, Australia. The time-zone difference is 15 hours, meaning normal start times in Australia (1 and 7 p.m.) became abnormal stateside (4 a.m. and 10 p.m. EST). Because not everyone disrupted their sleep patterns to watch two baseball games, here are some insights on what happened during those two games down under.

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Ben and Sam discuss the events of Opening Day that reinforced preseason expectations.



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When Opening Day is an ending, not a beginning.

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.

Jim Baker dug up all the players who appeared in an Opening Day game and were never seen again in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Matchups" column on March 28th, 2008.
 


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The Tampa Bay Rays enter the 2012 season in a very unfamiliar role - a one where they are a favorite in the eyes of many instead of the perennial underdog.

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On Opening Day, the action is new, but the jokes are old.

There’s a Robert Frost poem called “Icewater Puddles” that you’ve probably read. It’s about a young husband who walks slowly along a snowy path to his factory job each day but then races back home in the evening, because he’s so excited to see his wife. The closing couplet is, of course, this:

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Johan Santana returned to the mound last night, and a preview of today's events.

The Thursday Takeaway
The Mets have $35 million committed to Jason Bay and $55 million owed to Johan Santana over the next two seasons. If the team is to salvage any value from those ill-fated contracts—either internally or via trade—Bay and Santana must regain their prowess soon. And while Bay’s quiet, 0-for-3 start was nothing to write home about, Santana’s 2012 debut opened some eyes.

Now 33 and coming off a lost season, Santana no longer throws in the mid-90s. His first pitch on Thursday was an 87 mph fastball, and he sat in the upper-80s throughout the afternoon, occasionally reaching back for 90-91. But Santana also proved that he could be effective without premium velocity, tossing five scoreless innings, fanning five and walking two to pave the way for the Mets’ 1-0 win.


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Join the BP staff for an Opening Day roundtable beginning at 1:00 PM ET on Thursday afternoon.

Fourteen teams will be in action on Thursday, April 5th, and the BP staff will be chatting live at this address from first pitch to last. Please join us here at 1:00 PM EDT to follow along and send in your questions and comments.
 


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April 5, 2012 3:00 am

Research Mailbag: Worst. Lineup. Ever.

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Bradley Ankrom

This week's mailbag discusses pitchers gobbling up vulture wins, organizational depth as an indicator of spring training performance, and the worst Opening Day lineups ever.

Last week’s discussion of the worst pitchers started by defending World Series champions on Opening Day inspired me to look into the worst Opening Day starters period, regardless of where his team had finished the previous season. Claude Osteen, whom the Dodgers trotted out in Game One of their World Series title defense on April 12, 1966, doesn’t even sniff the title of “worst Opening Day starter ever”:

Worst Opening Day Starters Since 1951

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