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January 16, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Bill James

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David Laurila

David Laurila sits down with Bill James, who you may have heard of, to discuss Hall of Fame voting, defense, and Jose Canseco.

David Laurila: What are your thoughts on this year's Hall of Fame voting?

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July 28, 2006 12:00 am

Future Shock: Firing Up the Wayback Machine

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Kevin Goldstein

The prospect maven knows many pleasures, one of which is browsing through old Baseball Digests and wondering aloud, "Where did the term 'makeup' come from?"

Just north of Chicago, there's this little store front in a crappy strip mall in some crappy suburb that sells memorabilia. It's a great place. Messy, dusty and unorganized, the place primarily deals in old magazines, and they sit on racks, in piles on the floor and even unopened boxes. You can get lost in this place for a very, very long time.

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April 24, 2006 12:00 am

You Could Look It Up: The Gift of Kuhn

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Steven Goldman

Steven uses Sean Casey's recent injury as a reason to look at the Pirate's history of trouble at first base.

When Sean Casey's back broke, it highlighted the difficulties the Pirates franchise has had getting even mediocre production from the first base position, which is theoretically the easiest position to fill. Help Wanted, the ad would read, Big guy with bat. Need not be too mobile. Experience preferred. This is, after all, the franchise that brought baseball Dick Stuart, the original "Dr. Strangeglove," and even won a World Series with him as the regular first baseman, so if the club has any idea of its own history, they should know that you can win with the worst defensive first baseman ever as long as he hits enough home runs.

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May 14, 2003 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Randomness: Catch the Fever!

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Nate Silver

Your favorite player hit .360 last season. If you know nothing else, what can you expect him to hit this season? This isn't meant to be a trick question; let's assume the guy had at least 500 at bats in the previous season. Gates Brown and Shane Spencer need not apply. What's your best guess? .350? .340? Not likely. The evidence is overwhelming. Let's look at all hitters since WWII who hit .350 or better in at least 500 at bats; the only other requirement is that they had at least 250 at bats in the year following.

This isn't meant to be a trick question; let's assume the guy had at least 500 at bats in the previous season. Gates Brown and Shane Spencer need not apply. What's your best guess? .350? .340? Not likely.

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