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01-16

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Keltner All-Stars, Part II
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Jay Jaffe

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
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Jonathan Bernhardt

01-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Keltner All Stars, Part I
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Jay Jaffe

01-12

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Inside The Park: Remembering Minnie
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Bradford Doolittle

01-10

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28

Prospectus Hit and Run: Barry, Black Jack, and the Big Ballot Surges
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Jay Jaffe

01-04

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

01-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Outfielders, Part I
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Jay Jaffe

12-30

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41

Prospectus Hit and Run: Morris on the Ballot, Smith to Close
by
Jay Jaffe

12-28

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42

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

12-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Can We Just Stick Edgar in the Corner?
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Jay Jaffe

12-19

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Middle Infielders
by
Jay Jaffe

12-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Resetting the Standard
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Jay Jaffe

11-28

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19

The Lineup Card: 10 Pitcher MVPs and Their Worthiness
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Baseball Prospectus

11-22

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27

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

01-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part II
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David Laurila

01-06

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28

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

01-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: The Right Fielders
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Jay Jaffe

01-03

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Don't Stop The Rock
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Jay Jaffe

12-30

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Edgar Martinez
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Jay Jaffe

12-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: No Shortage of Quality Shortstops
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Jay Jaffe

12-28

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Alomar's Second Chance
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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

12-20

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Starting Pitchers
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Jay Jaffe

11-10

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Examining The Expansion Era Hall of Fame Ballot
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Jay Jaffe

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
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David Laurila

01-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: 10 Men Out
by
Jay Jaffe

01-07

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Voting Outcomes
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Tim Kniker

01-07

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57

Prospectus Hit and Run: Hawk, Rock, and a Couple of Shocks
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Jay Jaffe

01-06

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41

Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for Pitchers
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Jay Jaffe

12-30

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Prospectus Today: Virtual Hall-Worthy Selections
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Joe Sheehan

12-27

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

12-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases at Third and Short
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Jay Jaffe

12-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Alomar, the Crime Dog, the Big Cat and Big Mac
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Jay Jaffe

11-16

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Prospectus Today: Awards Season
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Joe Sheehan

10-04

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On the Beat: Final Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

08-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: How is the Air Up There?
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Jay Jaffe

07-12

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On the Beat: Mid-Season Snapshot
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John Perrotto

01-27

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Jeff Kent
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Jay Jaffe

01-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Protracting the Process
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Jay Jaffe

01-13

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57

Prospectus Q&A: Chaz Scoggins
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David Laurila

01-11

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Infielders
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Jay Jaffe

01-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Tony Blengino
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David Laurila

12-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Throwing Rice
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Jay Jaffe

12-16

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Prospectus Hit and Run: A Rock-y Road
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Jay Jaffe

12-15

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Oh Rickey, You're So Fine
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Jay Jaffe

12-09

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Bleeding Edge of a Whole New Hall Game
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Jay Jaffe

12-03

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On the Beat: One Man's Hall of Fame Vote
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John Perrotto

11-19

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Prospectus Today: The Tool of Ignorance
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Joe Sheehan

05-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Take Me Out of the Hall Game
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Jay Jaffe

01-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: PEDs and Discontent
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Jay Jaffe

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Various people throughout baseball talk about the importance of the Tigers' long-running double play duo.

“Tram” and “Sweet Lou." The longest-running double-play combination in baseball history, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker played 1,918 games together from 1977-95, the most ever for American League teammates.  During that time they combined for 11 All-Star berths, seven Gold Gloves, seven Silver Slugger awards, 4,734 hits, and 429 home runs.  They were, quite simply, the heart and soul of the Detroit Tigers for nearly two full decades.

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January 13, 2010 12:17 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: 10 Men Out

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Jay Jaffe

A review of the best candidates at every position among the eligibles for the BBWAA and the Veterans Committee ballots.

One of the great things about having an intelligent and inquisitive readership here at Baseball Prospectus is that interacting with our readers often yields strong ideas for articles. Case in point: during last week's chat in which I discussed JAWS and the Hall of Fame voting results, loyal reader and long-suffering Orioles fan TGisriel lobbed an article idea right into my wheelhouse:

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January 7, 2010 3:15 pm

Voting Outcomes

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Tim Kniker

Robbie Alomar isnt a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, but should we be surprised, or outraged?

After listening to a whole afternoon of baseball talk radio-specifically to the outrage of some of the on-air personalities like Casey Stern, Kevin Kennedy, and Rob Dibble-I'm wondering why they're so surprised by Roberto Alomar not getting into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Their typical first argument is the comparison argument that says Player B is in the Hall of Fame, but Player A has better numbers and, therefore, Player A should be in the Hall of Fame. The common comparison for Alomar is Ryne Sandberg since, by all accounts, Alomar's numbers are better than his. The point that they miss is that Sandberg wasn't elected on the first ballot; he was elected on his third ballot, and that waiting is significant to the voters.

This brings us to their second argument, which is why should anyone's vote change from one year to the next since the stats don't change? I find this a nave view of human nature. We are obsessed with rankings, from VH1's Top 100 One-Hit Wonders (a wonderful series, although why couldn't they expand it a few hours and play each song fully? But I digress) to the Top 10 reasons why my wife should go get an account on eHarmony. Obviously, the baseball media is not immune to rankings, from Kevin Goldstein's Top 11 prospect rankings here, or his Top 101 Prospects in Baseball Prospectus 2010, or innumerable articles at Baseball America, ESPN, and other outlets.

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Beyond the lone victor, yesterday's voting outcome included a heaping helping of disappointments large and small.

At the end of my final Hall of Fame ballot breakdown of the season, published mere hours before the voting results were announced, I noted that I wouldn't be at all surprised if the JAWS-approved slate of seven candidates-Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Mark McGwire, Tim Raines, and Alan Trammell-were shut out, while Andre Dawson gained election. Well, that's exactly what happened. Dawson had received more than 65 percent of the vote on each of the previous two ballots, and surged to the forefront with 77.9 percent of the vote, enough to gain admission.

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Is this the year for Bert Blyleven or Jack Morris? And what of Lee Smith?

In a tradition as old as my Hall of Fame ballot analysis series itself predating even the JAWS acronym, we come to the pitchers on the BBWAA ballot for the Hall of Fame mere hours ahead of the announcement of the voting results. As with last year, it's a short list, featuring three holdovers and four newcomers. Among this group, Bert Blyleven remains the standout. Now in his 13th year on the ballot, he's polled above 60 percent in each of the past two years. While the work done by statheads here and elsewhere to boost his candidacy has gotten through to the voters, he's running out of time.

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December 30, 2009 2:20 pm

Prospectus Today: Virtual Hall-Worthy Selections

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Joe Sheehan

Sorting through who belongs in Cooperstown on the new ballot, plus the Mets' splash.

I hadn't realized it until I went looking, but I've been pretty good about doing a Hall of Fame ballot each year. Mock, of course-I'm at least 11 years from having one, probably more, barring eligibility changes-but a fun exercise nonetheless. It can be a challenge to keep it fresh, as there are only so many ways to point out that Bert Blyleven is one of the 50 best starting pitchers in history, would raise the Hall standards for the position, and should therefore be elected.

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December 27, 2009 12:50 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

A Hall of Fame ballot considered, the absence of joy in the City of Angels, plus rumors from around the game.

It is always one of the most interesting and nerve-wracking moments of the year. No, I'm not talking about sitting down to Christmas dinner with the in-laws then having my great nephew, likely the loudest 10-year-old in captivity, belt out carols. No, few things are more difficult than filling out a Hall of Fame ballot. I just finished my 12th this past week, a true honor and privilege for those with at least 10 consecutive seasons as a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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Reviewing the qualifications of Tram and Larkin, Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile, and Edgar Martinez.

Having kicked off this year's JAWS series and addressed the Hall of Fame candidates on the right side of the infield on Monday, we can now turn our attention to the left side today. It's a pretty fair crop, to say the least.

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The cases to make for the best on the ballot at first and second base.

The BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot has been out for a few weeks, and by now just about everybody who's got an opinion on the subject of which candidates are worthy of election has beaten the Christmas rush by weighing in on Rock, Hawk, Rik Aalbert, and friends. While the cabal which sent Jim Rice to Cooperstown last year might like to believe that I've told my spreadsheet to shut up, the reality-deadlines for this year's annual impeding my progress-is much more mundane. There's still time to beat the Christmas rush, however, so away we go.

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November 16, 2009 11:11 am

Prospectus Today: Awards Season

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Joe Sheehan

One man's virtual ballot for the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year awards.

In the excitement of the Twins/Tigers finish to the season and the quick run-up to the playoffs, I never published my Internet Baseball Awards ballots. Despite the late date-the BBWAA awards will be announced between now and Thanksgiving-these ballots do reflect only regular-season performance.

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October 4, 2009 12:11 pm

On the Beat: Final Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

It's the end of the regular season, and while enough axes are flying to chop down a forest, one division's outcome is in doubt.

All the stretch-run races for post-season slots but one are settled on the regular season's final day today, as the Tigers will try to avoid an epic collapse after blowing a three-game lead to the Twins in the last three days to fall into a tie for the American League Central lead. Besides watching the Tigers host the White Sox and the Twins host the Royals in what could be the last game in the Metrodome, the only thing left to ponder is the race for the individual awards:

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A deeper look at the Hall of Fame candidacies of Todd Helton and other first basemen (active or less so) on the outside looking in.

Tuesday's piece on Todd Helton's Hall of Fame chances was greeted with enough enthusiasm to spur an installment of the Cooperstown Casebook. For a starting point, I want to revisit a line from Tuesday's piece:

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