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04-23

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BP Unfiltered: Should Players Get Preventative Appendectomies?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-02

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Bizball: How Much Salary Can You Allocate to One Player and Be Competitive?
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Maury Brown

05-29

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Bizball: Inside the 2012-16 CBA: The Luxury Tax Meets the Draft
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Maury Brown

05-07

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Bizball: Who Will Be MLB’s First $300 Million Player?
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Maury Brown

04-03

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10

Western Front: Is Will Venable Underrated or Overrated? Probably.
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Geoff Young

02-22

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28

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

01-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Roger Abrams
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David Laurila

01-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Arbitration Process
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Thomas Gorman

01-04

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

11-28

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

11-28

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25

Transaction Analysis: The Storm Before the Storm
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R.J. Anderson

11-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: We Need More Awards
by
Derek Zumsteg

11-22

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27

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

11-16

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One of These Days, Baseball Will Come Back to Save Me
by
Jason Parks

10-14

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Doctoring The Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part Two
by
Rany Jazayerli

10-13

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Doctoring The Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part One
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Rany Jazayerli

10-03

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10

Resident Fantasy Genius: BP Fantasy End of Season Awards
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Derek Carty

08-30

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The BP Broadside: Judge a Player by His Performance, Not the Company He Keeps
by
Steven Goldman

08-24

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The BP Trading Post: Top Catchers and Resurgent Shortstops
by
Michael Jong

08-11

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The BP Trading Post: Middle-Infield Mayhem
by
Derek Carty

06-28

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Shortstops
by
Jason Parks

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: Replacing Pujols
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Ben Lindbergh

06-02

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Speed, Makeup, and the Power of Words
by
Jason Parks

05-11

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The Asian Equation
by
Michael Street

03-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball's Hilbert Problems
by
Keith Woolner

02-22

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Checking the Numbers: Paying the Premium
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Eric Seidman

02-22

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Changing Speeds: Setting the Line
by
Ken Funck

02-04

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Transaction Analysis: Weekly Roundup, January 28-February 3
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Christina Kahrl

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
by
Jay Jaffe

08-29

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Between The Numbers: The PITCHf/x Summit Quasi-Liveblog
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
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David Laurila

07-23

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Ahead in the Count: Buyers and Sellers
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Matt Swartz

07-01

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Contractual Matters: Optional Waivers
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Jeff Euston and Eric Seidman

05-17

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Ahead in the Count: The Cost of OPP
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Matt Swartz

05-04

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An Agent's Take: The Road Isn't Always Easy
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Joshua Kusnick

04-23

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Ahead in the Count: Methodology of The New MORP
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Matt Swartz

04-19

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Baseball Therapy: Good Night, John Boy
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Russell A. Carleton

04-13

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An Agent's Take: Media Relations
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Joshua Kusnick

04-11

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Transaction Action: Going to Dozens
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Christina Kahrl

02-23

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36

Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

01-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: 10 Men Out
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Jay Jaffe

01-11

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125

How Do Baseball Players Age?
by
J.C. Bradbury

12-21

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

12-21

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36

Ahead in the Count: When Bad Teams Land Good Free Agents
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Matt Swartz

11-17

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Ahead in the Count: How To Make Up a Good Trade Rumor
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Matt Swartz

08-26

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28

Changing Speeds: The Slash Stat Triple Crown
by
Ken Funck

06-21

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Prospectus Idol Entry: The Little Big Man Awards
by
Ken Funck

05-31

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Fantasy Baseball DIY: Position Player Valuation
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Tim Kniker

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Jason Heyward had an appendectomy on Monday night and will miss some time. Could the Braves have prevented this? Should they have?

On Today's episode of Effectively Wild, Ben Lindbergh reported on the unfortunate case of Jason Heyward, who underwent an appendectomy on Monday night in Denver.  Certainly, all of us here at Baseball Prospectus wish the J-Hey Kid a quick recovery, but maybe more could have been done to prevent Heyward from his DL trip.  Ben noted that appendix is a non-essential organ and people get along just fine without their appendix.  Why wouldn't a player just have it out during the off-season before anything happened?  Perhaps in November, teams should send each of their players to have an outpatient appendectomy?  Let's do a little cost-benefit analysis.

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A look at how teams structure their payroll and the merits of the different strategies.

The general manager and owner’s dilemma been around since Ban Johnson decided that it was better to pay players rather than having them play as amateurs, the dilemma of trying to balance a budget with creating the most competitive team possible. We armchair GMs like to talk about whether this deal or that deal is good or bad, often within the framework of how much a player is being paid and whether they are “worth it.” Indeed, Baseball Prospectus strives daily to provide data that works to define that conversation.

The general manager’s dilemma, however, is tougher than, say, the budget that you or I set for our household. With some exceptions, most of us have a general sense of what our income and expenses will be. We may get a modest raise and the cost of living may increase at a rate that we can see coming, so for the most part, our monthly budgets can be set and we can adjust accordingly.

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Our first look inside the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series on the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement

On November 22 of last year, Major League Baseball and the MLBPA did something that the NFL and the NBA could not: reached a new labor agreement without a work stoppage. For those that follow baseball’s labor history, it has become a miraculous run. By the time the current five-year Basic Agreement (read here) expires on December 1, 2016, it will have been 21 years of uninterrupted labor peace.

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May 7, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Who Will Be MLB’s First $300 Million Player?

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Maury Brown

A look at ever-increasing player salaries and the player best-positioned to eclipse the $300 million mark

"Professional baseball is on the wane. Salaries must come down or the interest of the public must be increased in some way. If one or the other does not happen, bankruptcy stares every team in the face." – Albert Spalding, 1881

How long have we been hearing that baseball players are paid too much? By my count, it’s been since it was decided that they should be paid. Babe Ruth was the first to hit the $50,000 mark in 1922, and Hank Greenburg hit the $100,000 mark 25 years later.

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Will Venable is entering his prime years, but his career numbers leave people guessing as to whether he is extremely overrated or underrated.

There is some sentiment in the analyst community that Padres outfielder Will Venable ranks among the most underrated players in baseball. The theory is that Petco Park stifles his offensive game, while Cameron Maybin's presence in center field pushes Venable to right field, depressing his value further.

Is this a fair assessment of Venable? Is he a miscast corner outfielder whose abilities aren't being maximized due to external factors? Or is he a gifted athlete whose baseball skills never developed as well as they might have if he'd committed to the sport earlier in life?

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February 22, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

Roundtable discussion of the pressing questions facing the NL East teams as we approach the start of the season

1) After a disappointing sophomore campaign, what can we expect of Jason Heyward going forward?
MJ:
Jason Heyward had an injury-riddled sophomore season in Atlanta, but there is a lot to like about his chances at a rebound campaign in 2012. His offensive line was deflated by a .260 BABIP, but his peripherals were once again stellar. His 11.6 percent walk rate represented a regression from 2010 but cannot be considered poor, and his .162 ISO likewise dropped from the previous year but did not experience a precipitous fall.


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Talking arbitration with long-time baseball arbitrator, professor, and author Roger Abrams.

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.

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As teams and players settle in arbitration or avoid it entirely, refresh your memory on how the process works.

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.

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January 4, 2012 12:18 am

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

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Jay Jaffe

Tim Raines has his case re-examined, and the remainder of the Hall ballot gets a look.

We all have our pet projects. With the graduations of Bert Blyleven and Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame, mine is now Tim Raines. During his 23-year major-league career, Raines combined the virtues of a keen batting eye, dazzling speed, and all-around athleticism with a cerebral approach that made him an electrifying performer and a dangerous offensive weapon. Yet in four years on the ballot, he's reached just 37.5 percent of the vote, exactly half of what he needs to reach Cooperstown.

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December 19, 2011 1:45 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Middle Infielders

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Jay Jaffe

Only one middle infielder passes the revamped JAWS' standards for Hall of Fame induction.

The past year has been a great one for JAWS, the Hall of Fame evaluation system whose creation marked my first contribution to Baseball Prospectus back in 2004 (I didn't name it until the next go-round). In 2011, two overly qualified candidates for whom I've advocated for the better part of a decade were finally elected. In January, Bert Blyleven received 79.7 percen tof the Baseball Writers of America vote, becoming the first player ever to gain entry on his 14th ballot. In December, the late Ron Santo received 93.8 percent of the vote from the Golden Era committee, a bittersweet result given his passing just a year ago but a vindication of what we've known here for years, that he too was worthy of a bronze plaque.

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In honor of Justin Verlander's MVP win, the BP team examines other pitcher MVPs and whether there was a better choice among position players

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November 28, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Storm Before the Storm

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R.J. Anderson

As the Winter Meetings approach, Joe Nathan goes to Texas, Ty Wigginton joins the Phillies, the Marlins acquire another pitcher from Petco, the Indians re-sign Sizemore, the Royals keep Bruce Chen, the Rays and Mariners make a trade, and Freddy Garcia stays a Yankee.

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