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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
by
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
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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
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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
by
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
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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11

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
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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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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
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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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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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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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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
by
Jason Collette

09-28

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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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Despite being terrible at baseball, these players are (or were) enjoyable to watch

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Sizing up every facet of each contender in this season's Fall Classic.

The Breakdown

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10 players who, regardless of how well or poorly they played during the regular season, experienced career-defining moments in the playoffs

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After cooking in the Arizona sun, the Professor was able to digest the fact that Ronald Guzman is the best hitting prospect he has seen.

Every year around the end of September, I spend eight to 10 days in Arizona toasting my skin until it achieves a bright red hue. I feed at mass-consumption chain restaurants, food with a fat content specifically designed to induce depression and lethargy. I listen to kids scream in a hotel lobby until my reproductive equipment schedules its own vasectomy. I fall asleep while seated in an upright position, like an 80-year-old overweight narcoleptic. And I watch instructional league baseball.

The Fall Instructional League, or FIL, is a developmental league that starts soon after the minor-league season ends, mostly for players with immature skill sets who are in need of specific instruction, refinement, and education. It’s a place where young players set to continue (or begin) their stateside experience can learn the ways of the force, a place where their road to the majors often begins. It’s Professional Baseball 101 for most participants, a starting point.

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September 30, 2011 11:22 pm

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH Review

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Michael Street

Michael looks back at the best and the worst of his 2011 Value Picks at corner infield and designated hitter.

As the Value Picks writers have done all week, I’m showing off my hits and misses from this season. Hits and misses, like value itself, are subjective terms. For example, it was a bad call to add Steven Pearce the same day he hit the disabled list or Nolan Reimold just days before Vladimir Guerrero returned from the DL, but as single-league picks on the list for a week, they didn’t hurt much. And preseason choice David Freese ended up with a .297 batting average, fourth among third basemen, but his value was diluted by two months lost to a broken hand.

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September 30, 2011 1:23 pm

Fantasy Beat: Interview with Tout Wars NL Champ Steve Gardner

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Jason Collette

A look into the mind of the champion of Tout Wars NL, Steve Gardner

At the end of every season, something I have always found helpful is to talk to the people who won their leagues to see how it all came together for them. Over the next couple of weeks, I will interview each of the three winners from Tout Wars to see what their secrets for success were in hopes that you can apply some of that wisdom to your own pursuit of 2012 fantasy success. The first interview was with USA Today’s Steve Gardner, who won the NL-only league by 8.5 points.

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September 28, 2011 5:00 am

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

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Jay Jaffe

The playoff races have been de-zombified, and Team Entropy was on the prowl, looking for meaningful baseball going into the final game.

Welcome to Team Entropy! Grab a seat on the couch, and here, have a beer. You've been invited to this party because after almost exactly six months and 160 games of regular-season baseball, you've suspended the need to root for a specific team and are working for the greater good, more interested in maximizing the amount of end-of-season chaos the remaining schedule can produce. The amount of season, even, if it comes to a 163rd game—or two.

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An MVP award suggests that the Rays' Russ Canzler was the class of the International League, but as one Durham Bulls beat writer explains, Triple-A threats aren't always destined for major-league greatness.

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.

Adam Sobsey has been the Durham Bulls beat writer for the Independent Weekly since 2009. He has also won numerous awards as a playwright, and his work has been staged in New York, California, Austin and North Carolina. His most recent play, WESTERN MEN, or OPPOSITE TO HUMANITY, was a comparative intertextual weaving of Shakespeare's TIMON OF ATHENS with the lifelong friendship between the poet Ezra Pound and the painter/author Wyndham Lewis, commissioned and premiered by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at the Nasher Museum of Art in October 2010. As a journalist, he has won the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award for Arts Criticism, and two North Carolina Press Association Awards. In 2012, Adam will collaborate with writer Sam Stephenson, creator of the Jazz Loft Project, on a season-long documentary project about the Durham Bulls.

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What would the BP team do if they were appointed commissioner for a day?

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In honor of Adam Dunn, the BP Crew lists player acquisitions that backfired.

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While Bryce Harper is the cream of the crop in right field, as it turns out, there are other legit corner outfielders in the minors.

Well, friends, this is it, the final installment in the series (although I am planning on doing a recap article, so I guess that’s not entirely true). It’s been an exercise within an exercise, and by this point in the minor-league season, the initial lists in the series are obsolete. I’d hang myself with the arbitrary noose of the process, but I thought it was fun to compile, and the constant [read: pestering] correspondence with my sources strengthened my willingness to correspond with my sources. Let’s call it professional growth.

Throughout the 11-part series, I’ve tried to put a spin on traditional rankings by mixing up the formula, either by manipulating the display or profiling players based on characteristics other than their present skill level. At times the waters were murky, but I’m a lake man, so I prefer the dangerous swill of that liquid to the pellucid waters of the norm. I wanted to create conversation and consternation, rather than consensus and contentment. One of my biggest pet peeves is the need to make everything black and white, right or wrong, good or bad. Baseballs might come in a box, but the end result should never fit comfortably back into one, so I try to encourage the debate that stems from dissatisfaction, even when the debate is firmly rooted in general ignorance and internet chest inflation.

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In the wake of the Phillies/Giants brawl this past weekend, BP's staff of writers recall their most memorable basebrawls of all time.

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