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05-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Ask the Experts
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Mike Gianella

04-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Home-Style Auctioning
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Mike Gianella

04-05

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5

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

03-29

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14

Fantasy Freestyle: NL Tout Wars Auction Review
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Mike Gianella

03-25

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6

BP Unfiltered: My Tout Wars Team
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Jason Collette

11-13

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37

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

09-25

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH Review
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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
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David Laurila

03-06

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

02-29

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13

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

02-29

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12

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

02-23

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12

Inside The Park: Ode to a Terrible Stat
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Bradford Doolittle

02-22

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28

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

02-22

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5

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

02-20

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19

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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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
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Baseball Prospectus

02-14

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7

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

02-07

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17

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

02-01

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42

The Lineup Card: 10 Undeservedly Obscure Baseball Films
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Baseball Prospectus

01-26

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12

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

01-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Roger Abrams
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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
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Bradford Doolittle

01-12

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13

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

01-04

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

12-30

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Baseball ProGUESTus: To Live and Die in Three Rivers Stadium, Or: The Face of Michael Cimino
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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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The BP Wayback Machine: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
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Bradford Doolittle

11-22

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27

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

11-16

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

11-06

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

10-31

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22

Playoff Prospectus: Shuffling Through the World Series
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Jason Parks

10-31

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11

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

10-26

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

09-30

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

09-30

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

09-28

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

09-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Ghosts of MVPs Past
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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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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
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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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The Professor is questioned about scouting, his favourite prospects, and his identity.

Part One of this exclusive interview with Professor Parks can be found here.

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January 4, 2012 12:18 am

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

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Jay Jaffe

Tim Raines has his case re-examined, and the remainder of the Hall ballot gets a look.

We all have our pet projects. With the graduations of Bert Blyleven and Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame, mine is now Tim Raines. During his 23-year major-league career, Raines combined the virtues of a keen batting eye, dazzling speed, and all-around athleticism with a cerebral approach that made him an electrifying performer and a dangerous offensive weapon. Yet in four years on the ballot, he's reached just 37.5 percent of the vote, exactly half of what he needs to reach Cooperstown.

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The two Davids conduct a humorous dialogue on all the hot stove happenings.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

David Raposa writes about music for Pitchfork and other places. He used to write about baseball for the blog formerly known as Yard Work. He occasionally blogs for himself, and he also tweets way too much.


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Memories of Frank Viola, brother of BP's new Finance Director

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With Tony La Russa retired and Albert Pujols weighing other offers, we look back at a historic manager-player partnership.

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.

In a piece that originally ran as an "Inside the Park" column on December 8, 2010 and which will also be appearing in the soon-to-be-released Best of Baseball Prospectus, Bradford Doolittle wrote about the special La Russa-Pujols era in St. Louis.
 


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How well do the players on the Golden Era ballot stack up to Hall of Fame standards?

The Hall of Fame's Golden Era ballot has been out since November 3, offering 10 familiar names from the 1947-1972 era for Cooperstown consideration. This isn't the Veterans Committee anymore; when last year's reforms were announced, the words "Veterans Committee" were conspicuously omitted from all press releases. Rather, it's the second of three Era Committees to get its turn at bat, following last year's Expansion Era Committee, which voted on players from the 1973-1989 period and managers, umpires, and executives from 1973 to the present. Theoretically, next year’s panel will consider candidates from the Pre-Integration period (1871-1946), but the Hall has changed the rules so often lately that all bets are off.

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A fictionalized take on one scout's day of despair and grasp at redemption.

This cup of coffee was brewed in the early 1970s. It’s my third cup and I can taste the era of its inception on my tongue; it’s vocal and disillusioned, with a bitter aftertaste from the marijuana, cigarettes, and traces of powder in its finish. Since cup number two, I’ve been staring at the peeling soft peach wallpaper that casually blankets my surroundings, pondering the psychological meanings in the selection of the color. The paper itself looks like it smells, like potpourri and human age, not the calming and delicious peaches that the hue suggests. This room is trying to manipulate me. I’d lick the walls (again) to prove my point, but the rogue counter girl is already suspicious of my presence and I doubt I have a long leash at this hour. I’m somewhat over-caffeinated and teetering on a manic episode thanks to the complimentary swill available in the lobby after the standard activities of the lobby have longed ceased. I’ve been up since 8AM for the seventh day in a row. I have to finish this report. The date is June 2005, just days before the 2005 Rule Four Amateur baseball draft. I am more of a number than a name. I work in the scouting department for a major league team. I’ve been tasked with revisionist busy work.  I’ve been tasked with my own evaluation, my own execution.

(Notes) Draft Recommendations from 2001-2004 by XxXxXxX
2001: Draft Notes: Crosschecked talent; highest possible tier; must haves; five players with assorted thoughts. Please let me back in.


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While these foods aren't mainstays at the ballpark, they certainly should be

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A season of thoughts and observations are recorded within scouting notebooks, though sometimes those observations are misinterpreted.

The baseball season is long and girthy, filled with raw stumbles, elegant strides, and euphoric climaxes. Fall baseball sputters on, at least for a few more weeks, and winter ball spans into the winter months, but the meat of the games that “count” have already been counted. Now we are left waiting with semi-idle hands for news of pitchers and catchers reporting to camp.

During the 2011 season, I spent an aggregate of nine full weeks on the road watching baseball, mostly at assorted team complexes in Arizona (spring training, extended spring training, Arizona rookie league, fall instructional league), but also taking short hops to the less-than-capacity stadiums strewn about the East Coast landscape. In those nine weeks, I filled 21 notebooks (80 sheets per pad) mostly with legitimate [read: usable] notes, but some of the pages contain spray charts, casual doodles, and the occasional sunstroke-induced rant. We live in the modern age, where modern devices allow for easy and organized access to information, yet my notebooks exist on their own, free from artificial reproduction or systemic organization. To an outside eye, my ramblings on the Ampad’s fine-quality weight paper, which are micro perforated for neat sheet removal, medium-ruled, flop-top, gold fiber, finest selection notebooks, read like the scribbles from the unbalanced antagonist from the movie Se7en, every line on every page tasked with holding my ink. I use a silver- and black-bodied Zebra Lunar pen, with a medium roll and a smear factor that plays nicely with my writing pad. The pen allows for a meticulous approach, with a fine enough point to easily maneuver within the ruled lines, yet thick enough to pack a punch when spray charts and pitch location boxes are needed.

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November 6, 2011 8:56 pm

Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002

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Christina Kahrl

Losing Manny Ramirez for a quarter of the season isn't automatically a death knell. Pedro Martinez has just one good start against a good opponent this year, but that's the scheduler's fault. I'm hardly off the hook for advancing the claim that he won't make it to ten starts, and if losing Martinez was one of my major theories about what would lay hope low in Beantown, losing Ramirez for a month and a half might make you think I'd peg this as the beginning of the end.

Placed OF-R Manny Ramirez on the 15-day DL (fractured finger); purchased the contract of UT-B Bry Nelson from Pawtucket. [5/14]

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October 31, 2011 9:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Shuffling Through the World Series

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Jason Parks

A humor-tinged recap of one of the most exciting World Series of our generation

Track #1: Iron Maiden: “The Duelist”
“Ready to start the duel begins the best man wins in the end.
A lunge and a feint, a parry too late
A cut to the chest and you're down
Seeing the stain then feeling the pain
Feeling the sweat on your brow.”






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Is Goose Gossage right to say that Mariano Rivera has it "easy?"

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Kevin Baker is a novelist and historian who is currently at work on a social history of New York City baseball, to be published by Pantheon.


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