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10-18

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On the Beat: Making the Tigers Roar
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John Perrotto

06-26

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Jeff Clement, Mike Morse, and the Value of Making Mistakes
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Graham MacAree

02-22

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28

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

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
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Jonathan Bernhardt

11-10

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Beltran's Next Stop
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Jay Jaffe

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

08-22

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8

Collateral Damage: One Wrong Move
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

08-17

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18

Collateral Damage: Giant Problems
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

08-04

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On the Beat: A Pence for His Thoughts
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John Perrotto

08-04

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6

Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
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Mike Fast

07-18

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8

Collateral Damage: The Hidden Pain
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

07-15

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14

On the Beat: Invasion of the Young Arms
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John Perrotto

05-23

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Collateral Damage: Of the Byrds and the Beaned
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

04-13

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8

On the Beat: Under Pressure
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John Perrotto

04-11

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7

Collateral Damage: More on the Core
by
Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

10-11

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7

GM for a Day: Pittsburgh Pirates
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John Perrotto

09-01

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8

On the Beat: Manny Being Manny with a SAP Button
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John Perrotto

08-27

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Ahead in the Count: The Clutch and The Shifted
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Matt Swartz

08-27

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16

On the Beat: Building Something Special
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John Perrotto

08-25

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On the Beat: Playing from Behind
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John Perrotto

08-02

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On the Beat: An ex-reliever's toughest save
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John Perrotto

07-30

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5

On the Beat: Seeking Perfection
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John Perrotto

07-26

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On the Beat: Padres are Riding The Wave
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John Perrotto

07-23

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On the Beat: Why is it The Year of The Pitcher?
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John Perrotto

07-13

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All-Star Home Run Derby: Big Papi Takes The Crown
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Jesse Behr

07-12

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On the Beat: The Dodgers Hang In There
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John Perrotto

07-07

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On the Beat: Wednesday Update: The A's Uphill Climb
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John Perrotto

05-28

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Minor League History: May 24 - May 30
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Geoff Young

05-27

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Prospectus Q&A: Scott Kazmir
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David Laurila

05-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Baldwin
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David Laurila

04-12

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14

Baseball Therapy: Credit Where It's Due, Part 2
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Russell A. Carleton

04-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
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David Laurila

03-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Chaz Scoggins
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David Laurila

12-10

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9

On the Beat: Day Three of the Winter Meetings
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John Perrotto

12-06

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On the Beat: Pre-Winter Meetings Shopping Lists
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John Perrotto

10-06

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6

Playoff Prospectus: Post-Season Ballparks
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Clay Davenport

09-16

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17

On the Beat: Midweek Update
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John Perrotto

08-30

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On the Beat: Weekend Roundup
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John Perrotto

08-26

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13

You Could Look It Up: Don't Fence Me In
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Steven Goldman

08-02

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On the Beat: Rust Belt Teams Rusted Out?
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John Perrotto

05-31

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On the Beat: Weekend Roundup
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John Perrotto

04-12

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On the Beat: Week One Wrap
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John Perrotto

12-07

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Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings Preview
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John Perrotto

11-09

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11

Every Given Sunday: Getting Ink Done
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John Perrotto

11-05

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7

On the Beat: Honeymoons and Divorces
by
John Perrotto

11-02

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Every Given Sunday: Off-season Moves
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John Perrotto

10-08

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3

Player Profile: Jayson Werth
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Kevin Goldstein

10-05

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3

Every Given Sunday: Management Teams in the News
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John Perrotto

09-21

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Every Given Sunday: Winding Down
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John Perrotto

08-31

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Every Given Sunday: Moving Forward to Rewind
by
John Perrotto

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October 18, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Making the Tigers Roar

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John Perrotto

Dave Dombrowski has pulled off a pair of stellar moves to upgrade Detroit's pitching staff, which has helped the team to two consecutive ALCS series.

Most general managers say that starting pitching remains the most difficult commodity to acquire. That would be hard to tell, though, by what Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has done the past two seasons.

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In order to become more right, we have to be wrong. But we also have to acknowledge that we're wrong and attempt to figure out why.

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.

​Graham MacAree is the Lead Soccer Editor at SB Nation. He co-founded Statcorner and invented tRA. He also owns multiple Jeff Clement jerseys.
 


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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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A writer who never saw Jack Morris pitch watches him in action for the first time and comes away even less convinced that the traditionalist case for his candidacy should earn him a call to Cooperstown.

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November 10, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beltran's Next Stop

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Jay Jaffe

After a brief stop near the Golden Gate, Carlos Beltran finds himself looking for a new baseball home.

The doozy of a headscratcher that was Monday's Melky Cabrera/Jonathan Sanchez swap between the Royals and the Giants raised more questions than it answered. One of them—beyond "You woke me for this?"—is, "What does this mean for Carlos Beltran?" In recent weeks, it was thought that the Giants would work to retain the 34-year-old (35 on April 24) right fielder, whom they acquired from the Mets back on July 28, but the Melkman's delivery casts doubt upon that.

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Sizing up every facet of each contender in this season's Fall Classic.

The Breakdown

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August 22, 2011 9:00 am

Collateral Damage: One Wrong Move

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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

Carlos Quentin sprains a shoulder doing something he's done many times before, Brian Wilson suffers a cascade injury, Jimmy Rollins strains a groin, Jason Berken fears the worst for his elbow, Pablo Sandoval and Paul Maholm nurse their shoulders, and Freddy Garcia and Rafael Furcal deal with faulty fingers.

Brian Wilson, SFN (Right Elbow Inflammation) [AGL: 36, ATD: -.037] (Explanation)
Wilson's beard may be a natural wonder of the world, but unfortunately, his elbow might not be. Back soreness last week may have altered his mechanics just enough to cause elbow inflammation and a trip to the disabled list this weekend. The move, retroactive to August 16th, came early enough that even if Wilson does not return in the minimum, he can still see a few weeks of action before the playoffs start.

Wilson hasn't suffered any major arm injuries since undergoing Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. Andrews while at LSU in 2003 although there were a few blips along the way. In 2007, he strained his triceps, and an infection in his finger during 2009 spring training sidelined him for a little less than two weeks. Wilson's mild flexor strain and resulting inflammation should clear up in within a month, although San Francisco feels that it may be a matter of about three weeks. In the interim, the Giants are going to have their hands full trying to keep the antsy Wilson from going crazy on the bench sitting alongside the MASH unit in San Francisco uniforms.


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August 17, 2011 9:00 am

Collateral Damage: Giant Problems

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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

San Francisco faces an injury stack as Carlos Beltran is disabled, Chipper has more soreness, Chris Davis' season is over, A.J. Pierzynski pops his DL cherry, Garrett Richards goes down, Jon Rauch loses his appendix, and more.

Carlos Beltran, SFN (Right wrist strain) [AGL: 25, ATD: +.036] (Explanation)
After pulling out all the stops to try to get Beltran back in action, the Giants were forced to place him on the disabled list yesterday, along with Sergio Romo. Beltran's injury was described as a strain with resulting inflammation, not uncommon for acute injuries. On the outside of the wrist where his inflammation is—anatomically speaking, it's the inside aspect closer to the little finger—there are several structures that could be injured.

The most likely structures involved are the extensor tendons for the wrist itself. The tendons themselves can become strained, or a sheath of connective tissue covering the area and keeping the tendons in place can also be injured. This straining of the tendon is similar to Mark DeRosa's wrist, which obviously isn’t something most fans want to hear. It doesn't appear at this time to be as serious as the injury that DeRosa suffered and has continued to battle. The tearing of the sheath is similar to the injury that David Ortiz suffered back in 2008. Neither of these automatically requires surgery, but either could down the line.


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August 4, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: A Pence for His Thoughts

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John Perrotto

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro explains how he's engineered a blockbuster at three straight deadlines.

Ruben Amaro has become the king of the non-waiver trading deadline.

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August 4, 2011 9:00 am

Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense

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Mike Fast

Dissecting Craig Counsell's 45-at-bat hitless streak

Craig Counsell has been in a bit of a slump lately. Okay, maybe that undersells it a little. Counsell is 0 for his last 45 at-bats. His last hit came a couple months back, on June 10. Another hitless at-bat will tie him with Bill Bergen of the 1909 Brooklyn Superbas for the longest known streak of hitless at-bats by a position player.

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July 18, 2011 9:00 am

Collateral Damage: The Hidden Pain

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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

Punto feels more pain, Braun's calf is still a concern, Burrell is spurred into inaction, Grady Sizemore could have another knee problem, two Nats pitchers sprain their ankles, Vlad has a fracture, and Peavy is fatigued.

Nick Punto, STL (Right elbow pain) [AGL: 2 (26DL), ATD: +.017(-.019DL)] (Explanation)
Punto’s painful elbow will likely send him to the disabled list, with a real possibility of season-ending surgery, accordingto Joe Strauss. Back in May, Punto was on the disabled list because of a strained forearm, but during the recuperative process, ligament damage was also found in his elbow, and it was a source of discomfort during his rehabilitation assignment. Punto has been battling intermittent pain since being activated on June 27th, but the pain has been significantly worsening over the last 10 days to two weeks.

The extent to which the pain is affecting him became apparent when he short-armed a throw on Friday, causing Albert Pujols to lament his lack of go-go gadget arms. Further tests are going to be performed over the next few days, and a determination will be made regarding surgery. There’s a good chance that this will end up as a lost season for Punto.


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A wave of talented 27-and-under arms has crested in the majors, suppressing run-scoring and prompting questions about where and how it originated.

The cry around the major leagues at the turn of the millennium and well into the beginning of the 2000s was that there was not enough quality pitching to fill 30 rosters. The lack of pitching, some people inside the game claimed, was as much the reason that scoring had risen to record levels as was the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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