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04-24

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Overthinking It: The No-Hitters That Almost Weren't
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Ben Lindbergh

04-23

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Bizball: 12 Detailed Looks At Early MLB Attendance
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Maury Brown

02-02

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33

Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-21

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36

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: Blowing It
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Nate Silver

02-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Randomness in Team Standings Predictions
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Keith Woolner

02-03

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39

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-28

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Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-11

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Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-08

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Future Shock: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

06-08

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One-Hoppers: Observing Perfection
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Jay Jaffe

06-08

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Expanded Horizons: Perfection
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Tommy Bennett

01-26

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Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

06-06

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Future Shock: Draft Class '09 Top 50
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Kevin Goldstein

02-27

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Future Shock: Mariners Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-03

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Future Shock: Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

06-03

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Future Shock: The Top 50 Talents
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Kevin Goldstein

12-23

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Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-27

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Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

09-27

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Lies, Damned Lies: Blowing It
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Nate Silver

10-16

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-13

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Three
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Joe Sheehan

10-09

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Completely Random Statistical Trivia
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Keith Woolner

10-07

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-06

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Three
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Joe Sheehan

10-05

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Two
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Joe Sheehan

03-24

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2005--Setting the Stage
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Keith Woolner

05-26

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Aim For The Head: Hidden Perfect Games Mailbag
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Keith Woolner

05-19

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Breaking Balls: Perfection
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Derek Zumsteg

04-27

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Aim For The Head: Hidden Perfect Games
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Keith Woolner

01-26

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A Study in (Near) Perfection
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Blake Kirkman

04-28

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Doctoring The Numbers: Hot Starts, Part II
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Rany Jazayerli

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April 24, 2012 8:00 am

Overthinking It: The No-Hitters That Almost Weren't

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Ben Lindbergh

Philip Humber's perfect game ended with a controversial call, but close plays to preserve no-hitters are the norm, not the exception.

Since the start of the 2009 season, 12 nine-inning no-hitters have been pitched. Over the same span, 24 nine-inning one-hitters have been pitched. The former will be remembered. The latter will not, except by Anibal Sanchez, who threw three of them. (Don’t feel too bad for Anibal Sanchez, since he already had a no-hitter. Anibal Sanchez: pretty good at pitching.)

The difference between a no-hitter and a one-hitter is—wait for it—one hit. But it’s too simple to say that, really. A hit can be a long home run or a hard line drive that lands somewhere on the field. It can also be an infield dribbler, a well-placed pop-up, or a routine fly that would have been caught by literally anyone but Raul Ibanez. This is a hit:

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April 23, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: 12 Detailed Looks At Early MLB Attendance

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Maury Brown

Examining attendance trends throughout Major League Baseball in the early going of 2012

You’re reading Baseball Prospectus, and I write for them. So, maybe not everyone will understand when I say that numbers are flat. They don’t tell the whole story. They can only get you close. What you have to have with numbers is “context.” I don’t care what the application of numbers is; if you don’t explain them, you’re only telling part of a story and, possibly, the wrong one.

Major League Baseball attendance is no different. The variables underneath what drives attendance figures are often overlooked. Each year I look at the numbers, and each year there seems to be something else to throw in to try and determine the underlying facets of them.

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February 2, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

When the Angels make room in the outfield, there will be a new Kingfish in town.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 21, 2011 2:54 am

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Even after a ton of graduations to the majors, the Royals can still top the prospect charts.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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As we head for the season's home stretch, Nate reminds us that even comfortable leads late in the season aren't sure things.

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.

There's no such thing as a lock, as Nate discovered in his research on late-season collapses, which originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on September 27, 2007.


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The calendar has advanced, but baseball's probabilistic nature ensures that calling team win totals hasn't gotten much easier.

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 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.

With our depth charts and team projections up and running, now seems like a fitting time to repeat Keith's caveats about the inherent limitations of such worthwhile exercises, nearly six years after his words originally ran on March 24, 2005.


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February 3, 2011 10:22 am

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

One of the best systems in the game has dropped due to a combination of graduations, trades, and disappointments, but there's still plenty of young talent to dream on.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 28, 2011 12:00 pm

Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Adrian Gonzalez trade depleted the best of the Red Sox' already emptying farm system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 11, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The big names aren't the only players in the system with high ceilings to reach.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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A trio of high-ceiling teenage arms highlight our first Top 11 of the offseason.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Another look at the frequency of no-hitters and perfect games.

Today Tommy Bennett takes a stab at some mathematical modeling regarding the possibility of a pitcher throwing a perfect game, a feat to which we baseball fans are almost in danger of becoming jaded, given the fact that we've seen two official ones plus another with a big ol' asterisk attached in roughly one-third of a season. Last week, I crunched some numbers on behalf of San Jose Mercury News writer Dan Brown (no, not that guy), who once upon a time gave my Futility Infielder site its first mainstream media mention, not to mention its long-enduring slogan, "the scrappiest place on earth." At the risk of exposing the limitations of my mathematical skillz — I hail from the Liberal Arts wing of BP, which means I can only wade so far out into the sea of spreadsheets before I'm over my head — the least I could do was return the favor by adding some back-of-the-envelope figgerin' to his assignment to investigate the sudden spate of perfectos.

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June 8, 2010 7:00 am

Expanded Horizons: Perfection

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Tommy Bennett

The randomness of a perfect game is a big part of what makes one so special.

What moment defines a perfect game? Is it the clinching pitch, the fist-pump, and the dogpile? Is it the camera shot of the players in the dugout avoiding the starter like he’s got bad news? What about the sensational defensive play that typifies the way perfect games are not simply individual performances? No. The defining moment of any would-be perfect game is the moment it dawns on you. Say, you think to yourself as you glance down at your scorecard, how many hits has he given up? No walks, either, huh?

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