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05-08

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8

Fantasy Freestyle: Ask the Experts
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Mike Gianella

04-09

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23

Fantasy Freestyle: Home-Style Auctioning
by
Mike Gianella

04-05

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5

Fantasy Mailbag: A Trout/Cabrera Tandem?
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-29

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14

Fantasy Freestyle: NL Tout Wars Auction Review
by
Mike Gianella

03-25

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6

BP Unfiltered: My Tout Wars Team
by
Jason Collette

11-13

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37

Bizball: Ranking 10 MLB Relocation and Expansion Markets Shows Why Either is Difficult
by
Maury Brown

09-25

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH Review
by
Michael Street

03-28

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6

The Lineup Card: 10 Headlines for 2012
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Baseball Prospectus

03-07

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3

The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 2
by
David Laurila

03-06

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4

The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 1
by
David Laurila

02-29

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13

Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
by
Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

02-29

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12

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

02-23

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12

Inside The Park: Ode to a Terrible Stat
by
Bradford Doolittle

02-22

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28

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Derek Carty and Michael Jong

02-22

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5

Sobsequy: A Review of Dirk Hayhurst's Out of My League
by
Adam Sobsey

02-20

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19

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
by
R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

02-15

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24

The Lineup Card: 12 Opinions on Whether a Significant Other Must Like Baseball
by
Baseball Prospectus

02-14

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7

Western Front: Dirk Hayhurst's Search for Sustainable Happiness
by
Geoff Young

02-07

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17

The Lineup Card: 11 Times Small Sample Sizes Steered Us Wrong
by
Baseball Prospectus

02-01

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42

The Lineup Card: 10 Undeservedly Obscure Baseball Films
by
Baseball Prospectus

01-26

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12

Transaction Analysis: AL on the Rise, and Extensions All Around
by
Ben Lindbergh

01-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Roger Abrams
by
David Laurila

01-17

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The Lineup Card: 10 Favorite Baseball Movies of All-Time
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Baseball Prospectus

01-12

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19

Inside The Park: Remembering Minnie
by
Bradford Doolittle

01-12

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13

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One-on-One with Professor Parks, Part II
by
Jason Parks

01-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All
by
Jay Jaffe

12-30

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Baseball ProGUESTus: To Live and Die in Three Rivers Stadium, Or: The Face of Michael Cimino
by
David Raposa and David Roth

12-14

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11

The Lineup Card: 9 Memories of Frank Viola
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Baseball Prospectus

12-08

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2

The BP Wayback Machine: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
by
Bradford Doolittle

11-22

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27

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Golden Era Ballot for the Hall of Fame
by
Jay Jaffe

11-16

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20

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One of These Days, Baseball Will Come Back to Save Me
by
Jason Parks

11-10

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The Lineup Card: Buy Me Some Wontons and Crackerjack: 11 Foods That Should Be Available As Ballpark Concessions But Aren't
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Baseball Prospectus

11-09

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17

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Notebook and the Lessons Learned
by
Jason Parks

11-06

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002
by
Christina Kahrl

10-31

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22

Playoff Prospectus: Shuffling Through the World Series
by
Jason Parks

10-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out Save
by
Kevin Baker

10-26

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40

The Lineup Card: 13 Bad Players Who Are (or Were) Still Fun to Watch and Root For
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Baseball Prospectus

10-19

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23

World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

10-05

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24

The Lineup Card: 10 Players Whose Careers Were Defined by Big Postseason Moments
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Baseball Prospectus

10-04

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19

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Instructional League Report: The Best 16-year-old Hitter I've Ever Seen
by
Jason Parks

09-30

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2

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH Review
by
Michael Street

09-30

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2

Fantasy Beat: Interview with Tout Wars NL Champ Steve Gardner
by
Jason Collette

09-28

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11

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Night in the Life of Team Entropy
by
Jay Jaffe

09-15

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10

Baseball ProGUESTus: Ghosts of MVPs Past
by
Adam Sobsey

09-14

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47

The Lineup Card: Commissioner for a Day
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Baseball Prospectus

08-24

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57

The Lineup Card: 11 Disastrous Acquisitions
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Baseball Prospectus

08-16

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27

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Right Field
by
Jason Parks

08-10

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48

The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Basebrawls and Individual Performances in Basebrawls
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Baseball Prospectus

07-27

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The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason Trades
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Baseball Prospectus

07-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Caught Up in the Complex League
by
Jason Parks

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May 8, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Ask the Experts

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains how to utilize experts' advice to become the best fantasy player you can be.

In Kurt Vonnegut’s Hocus Pocus, Eugene Debs Hartke spends the latter half of the novel teaching inmates in a prison in upstate New York. While he was able to teach some of his students successfully, some were merely interested in using Hartke as a walking encyclopedia.

(some of the inmates) used me as an ambulatory Guinness Book of World Records, asking me who the oldest person in the world was, the richest one, the woman who had had the most babies, and so on.

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April 9, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Home-Style Auctioning

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Mike Gianella

Mike reviews the results of two of his auctions, one for each league.

Like most of my readers, I devour every scrap of expert-league auction data I can get my hands on before the season starts. However, while useful, expert auctions are almost always start-over. While this gives a decent baseline for raw values, it isn’t very instructive as to what might happen when you start dealing with keepers, reserve lists, and other twists on the rules that cater more to carryover leagues.

Below is a brief recap of what I did in my two longstanding keeper auctions this past weekend. While nearly all of us are done drafting or auctioning, looking back at what we did right as well as what we did wrong can be very instructive.

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The fantasy crew tackles a variety of questions, including one from an owner with a chance to secure two of the highest-ranked players in the game.

Every Friday, we are going to publish questions from our unofficial mailbag. We find that some of you email multiple members of the staff with the same question, while others hit us up at fantasyhour@baseballprospectus.com. We have decided to share the knowledge, anonymously, with the populous, and allow you to ask additional questions in the comments for the fantasy staff to address.

In my league, we use the normal $260 budget during the auction, but once the season begins we can buy anyone with FAAB money regardless of the price at which we get them. For example, i need to replace a guy who isn’t cutting it, his salary at the auction is $1, and I didn’t leave any money on the table at the auction. However, say I get a guy for $10 with FAAB bid; he can replace the $1 guy.

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Mike looks back on the team he bought in last week's Tout Wars auction, and explains how he will gauge his success.

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of participating in my fourth Tout Wars NL-only expert league auction, which was my first Tout Wars auction representing Baseball Prospectus. As always, it was an honor simply to be included among so many great fantasy players and baseball minds, and to rub elbows with experts whose work I’ve been reading for the last 15-20 years. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over sitting in a room with Ron Shandler, Lawr Michaels, and Peter Kreutzer and talking baseball with them.

For those of you that followed over me here from my old blog Roto Think Tank, the words I’m about to write already ring like a familiar mantra in your ears. For my new readers that only know me from Baseball Prospectus, my strategy in Rotisserie-style auctions is always the same:

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I did not get everyone I wanted, but am still pleased with my results.

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A look at the ten most likely places for a new MLB club

It seems that nearly every week, articles surrounding the potential relocation of the A’s and Rays surface. A panel looking into a potential San Jose relocation for the A’s has been gridlocked since 2009 (and remember, the A’s have been looking to move to San Jose for a heck of a lot longer than that). The Rays haven’t been far behind in their efforts to get out of Tropicana Field. Whether it’s the commute for fans to get to the domed stadium, the aesthetics, or the need to be closer to an urban core, it seems that Tampa Bay has been seeking a new ballpark for just as long. Relocation for these two clubs is crucial.

Another thing that comes up less frequently but has extra meaning going into 2013 is expansion. With the Astros moving into the AL West, the American League and National League will now be balanced at 15 clubs a piece. The problem is that 15 is an odd number, and as a result, interleague will become a daily affair. It’s unlikely that’s something that the league wanted, so getting to 32 clubs would take care of that matter. That would mean revenues spread thinner with two extra mouths to feed. Additionally, it’s no given that one or both wouldn’t be revenue-sharing takers, and trying to get ballparks built is no easy feat in this economy. So, 30 is a number that seems to suit the “Big Four” sports leagues in North America. The NBA has it. Ditto for the NHL. Currently, only the NFL—which has the advantage of being highly centralized (revenues are shared more evenly across the franchises) and exceptionally popular—is the exception at 32 clubs.

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September 25, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH Review

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Michael Street

Michael looks at his best and worst Value Picks for the 2012 season.

As the season winds down, Value Picks takes a fond look back at our picks from the season, looking at the hits and misses we collected in our efforts to find value among the overlooked players on your league’s waiver wire. As with assessing fantasy players, the notion of “value” can be slippery to pin down, especially when looking at players who are largely castoffs from other fantasy squads.

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In the spirit of predicting in the future, the BP staff takes a gander at what the major headlines of 2012 will be.



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Remembering the late Don Mincher with a look back at the second part of his BP interview from last year.

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 audiencesend us your suggestion.

First baseman Don Mincher died on Sunday at age 73. In his memory, we're re-running David Laurila's two-part interview with him, which originally ran as a two-part "Prospectus Q&A" column on January and 11th and 12th, 2011.



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Remembering the late Don Mincher with a look back at the first part of his BP interview from last year.

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 audiencesend us your suggestion.

First baseman Don Mincher died on Sunday at age 73. In his memory, we'll be re-running David Laurila's two-part interview with him, which originally ran as a two-part "Prospectus Q&A" column on January and 11th and 12th, 2011.
 


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Wrapping up our tour of the AL Central by discussing how good the Tigers can be, how close the Royals are to being competitive, and the sorry state of the Twins.

1) Will their defensive experiment work out?

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February 29, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview

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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

The two Jasons dissect the pressing questions facing the Rangers, Angels, A's, and Mariners this season.

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 89-73
Team WARP: 45.7
Runs Scored: 719
Runs Allowed: 648​
Team FRAA: 37.6






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