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06-24

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BP Unfiltered: Bartolo on the Bases
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Ben Lindbergh

08-24

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The Stats Go Marching In: Do Pitchers Forget How to Hit in the Minors?
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Max Marchi

12-15

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The BP Wayback Machine: PECOTA Takes on Pitching Prospects and Left-Handed Pitchers
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Nate Silver

11-22

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Spinning Yarn: How Does Quality of Contact Relate to BABIP?
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Mike Fast

11-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Having a Quick Hook Helps
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Mitchel Lichtman

09-30

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Baseball ProGUESTus: A New Take on Plate Discipline--Redefining the Zone
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Matt Lentzner

08-17

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Spinning Yarn: Why are Batters Hit by Pitches?
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Mike Fast

08-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: Beautiful Theories and Ugly Facts
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Dan Fox

06-23

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Spitballing: Checks and Balances
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Jeremy Greenhouse

06-22

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Clubhouse Confidential: Helping Their Own Cause
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Marc Carig

06-15

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Fantasy Beat: The New Approach to Pitching
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Jason Collette

04-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Myth of the Golden Age
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Dan Fox

03-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: How Much Control Do Hurlers Have?
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Voros McCracken

04-02

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Checking the Numbers: SHINO-myte!
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Eric Seidman

08-28

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Checking the Numbers: Whiffing the Pitcher, Part One
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Eric Seidman

06-28

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Prospectus Q&A: Rudy Jaramillo
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David Laurila

02-19

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Attack of the Finesse Pitchers
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Eric Seidman

05-29

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Lies, Damned Lies: Evaluating Pitcher Hitting
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Nate Silver

05-15

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Lost Generation?
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Nate Silver

05-13

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Furcal En Fuego
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Eric Seidman

02-24

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Prospectus Q&A: Doug Thorburn
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David Laurila

08-30

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Schrodinger's Bat: Tilting the Playing Field
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Dan Fox

08-21

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Prospectus Matchups: Micah Owings
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Jim Baker

08-16

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Schrodinger's Bat: Putting the Pedal to the Metal
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Dan Fox

07-06

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Prospectus Hit List: Pinch-Hitter's Edition
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Marc Normandin

04-12

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Pitching Prospects and Left-Handed Pitchers
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Nate Silver

02-14

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Future Shock: Organizational Rankings
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Kevin Goldstein

01-18

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Myth of the Golden Age
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Dan Fox

11-30

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Schrodinger's Bat: A Second Look at First Contact
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Dan Fox

10-16

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten-Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

10-16

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Future Shock: Where Did the Tigers and the Athletics Come From?
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Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Best and Worst of Mets and Cardinals Postseason Pitching
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Jim Baker

10-13

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Three
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Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Prospectus Today: The Games Go On
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Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Player Profile
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Marc Normandin

10-11

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Remembering Buck O'Neil
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Alex Belth

10-11

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day One
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Joe Sheehan

10-09

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Completely Random Statistical Trivia
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Keith Woolner

10-09

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-07

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Four
by
Joe Sheehan

10-06

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Three
by
Joe Sheehan

10-06

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Prospectus Matchups: October Musings
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Jim Baker

10-05

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Two
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Joe Sheehan

09-19

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 19th
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Jay Jaffe

08-29

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 28
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Marc Normandin

08-22

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 20
by
Jay Jaffe

05-18

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Moral Hazards of the Hit Batsmen
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Dan Fox

05-04

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Schrodinger's Bat: Beautiful Theories and Ugly Facts
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Dan Fox

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Does Bartolo Colon's pitching performance suffer immediately after he's been on base?

This afternoon in Oakland, the A’s face off against the Mets in a storyline-rich matchup of Scott Kazmir (whom the A’s signed over the offseason) and Bartolo Colon (whom the A’s allowed to leave because they’d signed Kazmir instead). Colon hasn’t been bad—he leads the American League in walk rate—but Kazmir leads the AL in ERA, so thus far, advantage A’s. Perhaps with that in mind, manager Bob Melvin was in a good enough mood to get a little lighthearted when discussing his team's approach against Colon:

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Do pitchers get worse at the plate the more time they spend in the minor leagues?

One of the most-used arguments in favor of extending the DH rule to the National League is that the sight of a pitcher flailing about with a bat in his hands every two or three innings isn’t anyone’s idea of competition at the highest levels. This argument can be countered in several ways.

One could be the following: pitchers aren’t much worse at hitting than some oversized sluggers are at circling the bases (notice how I avoided using the word “running”). So why not make baseball a bit more like football? You could have a defensive unit and an offensive one, plus the special teams (the runners). That way, we would always see the best performers in each aspect of the game.

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In the wake of the Matt Moore extension, revisit Nate's discussion of the perils of counting on pitching prospects and his remarks on the most promising southpaws.

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.

Last week, the Rays signed young lefty Matt Moore to an extension that should prove to be team-friendly if he stays healthy, but as Nate discussed in an article which originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on April 12, 2007, it's never safe to assume that a young pitcher's arm will remain intact.


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Mike continues his investigation of HITf/x data to glean more insights into whether pitchers can prevent hits on balls in play.

In the first part of this study, I used detailed batted ball speed information from HITf/x to examine the degree of skill that batters and pitchers had in quality of contact made or allowed. Here, I will look deeper into the question of why some batted balls fall for hits and others do not.

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You might not know it from watching the World Series, but it often makes sense for a manager to pinch hit for his starter before the late innings.

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.

Mitchel Lichtman, or MGL, has been doing sabermetric research and writing for over 20 years. He is one of the authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, and co-hosts The Book blog, www.insidethebook.com. He consulted for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2004 to 2006, as well as other major-league teams. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Nevada Boyd School of Law. Most of the time these days you can find him on the golf course.


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Is the traditional strike-ball dichotomy too simplistic?

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.

Matt Lentzner has carved out a (very) small niche in the baseball analysis world by examining the intersection of physics and biomechanics. He has presented at the PITCHf/x conference in each of the last two years and has written articles for The Hardball Times, as well as a previous article for Baseball Prospectus. When he’s not writing, Matt works on his physics-based baseball simulator, which is so awesome and all-encompassing that it will likely never actually be finished, though it does provide the inspiration for most of his articles and presentations. In real life, he’s an IT Director at a small financial consulting company in the Silicon Valley and also runs a physical training gym in his backyard on the weekends.

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What factors determine how often hitters take one for the team?

Every season major league pitchers throw tens of thousands of pitches inside off the plate, yet they hit batters “only” about 1500-1800 times in a season. Why do some inside pitches hit the batter, while others do not?

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Revisiting historical HBP rates in the wake of Alex Avila's plunking by Jered Weaver's hand.

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.

As Jered Weaver prepares to serve his six-game suspension, take in some trends in HBP rates over time, which originally ran as a "Schrodinger's Bat" column on May 4, 2006.

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Enlisting a new type of analysis to reveal who's winning the eternal battle between batters and pitchers, and why.

Background: You’ve got to admit they’re getting better

“When the 100-meter freestyle is held today in high school girls’ regional swimming meets, it is generally won by a girl who swims the distance in just under 60 seconds. That time would have won the men’s Olympic competition in 1920, or any year before it.”—Baseball Between The Numbers

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As AL pitchers step up to the plate for interleague play, which pitchers of the past and present should they attempt to emulate?

CINCINNATI—These were the days when interleague play was reserved only for spring training and the World Series and nothing in between. These were the days when not every game was on television, and regional sports networks had yet to take root.

But if you grew up a baseball fan in the Bay Area back in the 1980s, it was easy to feel spoiled. It was one of the few places where you could easily watch both the American League and National League, thanks to the proximity of the A's and Giants.

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June 15, 2011 1:05 pm

Fantasy Beat: The New Approach to Pitching

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Jason Collette

Jason looks at potential causes for the changing run environment.

Wouldn't we expect BABIP rates to go down, as HR rates go down? As baseball evolved to where everyone hit homeruns, pitchers evolved towards going for more strikeouts, and BABIPs went up a bit. Now with the reverse happening, we are seeing lower K rates and lower BABIPs. I guess it wouldn't be too hard to come up with what might be some just-so stories as to why, but it seems pitching is evolving back toward what it was in my youth, with a lot of pitchers throwing four or five pitches, mixing things up, changing speeds and location as opposed to blowing it by people. I expect we'll see more guys who don't, or barely, break 90 in the future. 

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Is the quality of play in baseball better than it's ever been?

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.

Baseball may seem best when you're 10 years old, but before you start building a time machine, take another look at Dan Fox's investigation of baseball's changing talent level over time, which originally ran as a "Schrodinger's Bat" column on January 18, 2007.

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