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02-26

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Surviving Professional Baseball in the Steroid Era
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Eric Knott

01-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 129: Why the Latest Steroids Scandal Isn't That Scandalous/2013 Season Preview Series: Tampa Bay Rays
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-10

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Baseball Therapy: Lessons from the Hall of Fame Vote
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Russell A. Carleton

11-12

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Pebble Hunting: How Many MVP Votes Will Ryan Braun Lose?
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Sam Miller

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Why We Won't See Melky Cabrera in the NLCS
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Mike Ferrin

08-29

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The Lineup Card: 7 Memorable Suspensions, Bans, and Blackball Cases
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Baseball Prospectus

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

08-15

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BP Unfiltered: Melky Cabrera, PEDs, and the Giants' Playoff Odds
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Ben Lindbergh

01-25

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Sobsequy: Ramirez and Rameau
by
Adam Sobsey

12-28

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The First Basemen
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Jay Jaffe

12-12

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Braun Banned for PEDs [Version 9]
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Jay Jaffe

02-18

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Never a Dull Moment with Gary Sheffield
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Jay Jaffe

01-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Trevor Hoffman and the Coming Wave
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Jay Jaffe

01-06

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Blyleven in '11 and Other Tales from the Ballot
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Jay Jaffe

12-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2011: Bagwell and Baggage
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Jay Jaffe

02-09

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Prospectus Today: Stupid Media Tricks
by
Joe Sheehan

05-13

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Prospectus Today: Chillin' in the American League
by
William Burke and Joe Sheehan

01-29

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Stupid Lawyer Tricks
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Derek Jacques

01-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: PEDs and Discontent
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Jay Jaffe

12-14

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Prospectus Today: The Morning After
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Joe Sheehan

05-22

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Prospectus Today: Break with the Past
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Joe Sheehan

09-28

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Three Strikes and You're...Given a Fourth Strike
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Thomas Gorman

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Former fringe major leaguer Eric Knott dishes on his difficult decisions about PED use during his time as a professional player.

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.

Eric Knott is a former big-league pitcher who threw a combined 24 innings in the majors for the 2001 Diamondbacks and the 2003 Expos. While he was there, he struck out Chipper and Andruw Jones, Luis Gonzalez, Scott Rolen, Jim Thome, Chase Utley, and Miguel Cabrera (twice). He had an 11-year minor-league career from 1997-2007, pitching for four MLB organizations, as well as the Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican League. You can follow him on Twitter @eknott11.
 


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Ben and Sam discuss whether the latest PED revelations really revealed anything worrisome before previewing the Rays' season with Adam Sobsey. Then Pete talks to Tampa Bay Tribune Rays reporter Roger Mooney (at 25:30).



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January 10, 2013 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Lessons from the Hall of Fame Vote

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Russell A. Carleton

What the voting results tell us about the 10-player limit, the electorate's feelings about PED use, and the public/private-ballot split.

So... the Hall of Fame vote happened. And no one got in.

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November 12, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: How Many MVP Votes Will Ryan Braun Lose?

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Sam Miller

If the BBWAA doesn't select Ryan Braun as NL MVP, should we blame PED payback?

A few years back, Jay Jaffe introduced an MVP Predictor formula called JUMP on Baseball Prospectus. It was, if his descriptions of his spreadsheets are any indication, a spectacularly messy equation, befitting the complex and irregular methods voters use to choose their MVPs. As Jay wrote at the time,

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Was the Giants' decision not to bring back Melky for the NLCS justified on a pure performance level?

“It’s not like he can play anywhere, or face some good competition on a rehab. That’s what you have to look at. When you bring somebody that’s been on the DL for an extended period of time, it takes time to be ready. It’s not that easy a game. That’s what we have to look at. What’s gonna be valuable to us? Someone who hasn’t been playing or the guys who have been here?”—Bruce Bochy on Melky Cabrera
 


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In light of Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon earning suspensions for PEDs, which suspensions and cases of blackballing do the BP staff best remember?

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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 much did Melky Cabrera's suspension affect San Francisco's odds of appearing in October?

When news of Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension for taking testosterone broke this afternoon, the Giants had 45 games remaining, were tied with the Dodgers atop the NL West, and were half a game worse than the Braves and Pirates, the two teams tentatively holding the two NL Wild Cards. Shortly after that, they lost to the Nationals, 6-4, but let’s pretend that never happened. (Who knows, maybe with Melky they would have won.) This morning, with Melky, the Giants had a 60.5 percent chance of making the playoffs: 53.2 percent from winning the division, and 7.3 percent from winning a Wild Card. How much did losing Melky for the rest of the regular season affect their odds?

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January 25, 2012 3:00 am

Sobsequy: Ramirez and Rameau

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Adam Sobsey

Exploring the origins of baseball's unique moral burden, with an assist from Diderot and Jacques Barzun.

Poor baseball. These two words keep running through my mind lately, the way a line from a song gets stuck in your head. Poor baseball. Poor baseball. Oh, pity poor baseball.

It is our beast of burden. We ask the sport to do so much work for us, and when it fails, we beat it mercilessly, often until we are beating ourselves. That is because the work we ask baseball to do is moral, and the punishment for doing it poorly or not at all is severe.

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December 28, 2011 3:30 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The First Basemen

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Jay Jaffe

The new JAWS runs up against players from the Steroid Era to determine their Hall worthiness.

As with comedy, timing is everything in baseball. "Hitting is timing," Hall of Famer Warren Spahn said famously, finishing the thought with the complementary observation, "Pitching is upsetting timing." A good chunk of both the game's traditional and advanced statistics, the ones that we spurn and those that we celebrate, owe plenty to being the right man in the right place at the right time—wins, saves, and RBI from the former camp, leverage, run expectancy, and win expectancy from the latter. ERA owes everything to the sequence of events. For better or worse, MVP votes are won and lost on the timing of a player's productivity, or at least the perception of it that comes with being labeled "clutch." Timing is a major part of how we measure the game, so it should matter when we look over the course of a player's career in evaluating his fitness for the Hall of Fame.

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National League MVP has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and faces a 50-game suspension barring an unprecedented overturning of the result.

This story was initially published around 8:30 PM ET on Saturday night and has since been revised several times as new information has emerged. Please scroll down to see updates.


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One of the greatest hitters of a generation belatedly hangs up his spikes.

Gary Sheffield officially announced his retirement on Thursday, not that it was a huge surprise. The 42-year-old slugger did not play in 2010, though he probably still had something to offer, coming off a .276/.372/.451 season in a part-time role with the Mets in 2009. In the same breath with which he made the announcement, Sheffield made his case for Cooperstown. "I am sure it will be mentioned and debated, but from my standpoint I know who is in the Hall of Fame," he said. "A lot of them don't belong in the Hall of Fame. If someone wants to debate me, check the stats."

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