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04-29

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23

Bizball: Baseball's Marketing Problem Isn't Easy to Fix
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Maury Brown

02-06

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2

Fantasy Beat: Comparing Mock-Draft Data
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Jason Collette

09-10

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 9/10/12
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Josh Shepardson

09-06

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4

Painting the Black: September Roster Rules Changes Needed?
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R.J. Anderson

08-27

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27

Baseball Therapy: One-Run Winners: Good or Lucky?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-24

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5

Inside The Park: About Big Threes in Baseball
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Bradford Doolittle

05-03

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7

Value Picks: Starting Pitching for 5/3/12
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Paul Sporer

01-24

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5

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/24/12
by
Michael Street

12-30

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/30/12
by
Michael Street

11-11

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10

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Language of the Hot Stove League
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Ted Berg

11-02

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12

Future Shock: Wednesday Ten-Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

08-01

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2

Fantasy Beat: Stretch Strategies
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Jason Collette

07-27

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12

Fantasy Beat: Expectations and Disappointments
by
Jason Collette

07-15

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14

On the Beat: Invasion of the Young Arms
by
John Perrotto

07-14

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1

Resident Fantasy Genius: Mixed-League Mayhem
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Derek Carty

07-01

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50

All-Star Selections
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Baseball Prospectus

06-29

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28

On the Beat: Perrotto's Picks
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John Perrotto

05-18

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4

Transaction Analysis: Heroes Take a Fall
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Ben Lindbergh

04-07

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6

Overthinking It: Rule 5 Roulette
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Ben Lindbergh

03-29

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1

BP Unfiltered: Unfamiliar Names in Familiar Places
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R.J. Anderson

03-08

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27

Fantasy Beat: The Art of Auction
by
Jason Collette

02-21

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11

Fantasy Focus: Catcher Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-17

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8

Overthinking It: Agents of Fortune
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Ben Lindbergh

02-09

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5

Purpose Pitches: A Dozen New Skippers
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Christina Kahrl

02-03

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13

Purpose Pitches: The Sorry State of Platooning
by
Christina Kahrl

01-17

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9

Future Shock: 10 International Prospects to Watch
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-22

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Contractual Matters: NL East Arbitration Forecast
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Jeff Euston

10-26

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19

World Series Prospectus: World Series Preview
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Christina Kahrl

10-05

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9

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Rays vs. Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh

09-22

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11

Checking the Numbers: The Cards Come Crumbling Down
by
Eric Seidman

09-13

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Contractual Matters: Opening Act
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Jeff Euston

08-30

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
by
Michael Street

07-14

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23

All-Star Game: Observations from Anaheim
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Christina Kahrl

07-09

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All-Star Discontents
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Christina Kahrl

07-06

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One-Hoppers: The Replacement-Level All-Stars
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Ben Lindbergh

07-02

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50

On the Beat: Friday Update
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John Perrotto

06-30

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13

Manufactured Runs: Who's an All-Star?
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Colin Wyers

06-25

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BP Podcast: BP Podcast Episode 6: Bogeymen and Fairies
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Kevin Goldstein

06-24

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12

Overthinking It: Present-ing The Future
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Ben Lindbergh

05-13

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8

Contractual Matters: The Restricted List
by
Jeff Euston

04-21

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17

Checking the Numbers: Churn and Burn
by
Eric Seidman

04-01

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37

BP Unfiltered: UPDATED NL Projected Opening Day Rosters
by
John Perrotto

03-12

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22

MLB 10
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Marc Normandin

02-09

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10

Prospectus Hit and Run: NL East Competitive Ecology
by
Jay Jaffe

02-05

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14

Transaction Action: AL Moves
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Christina Kahrl

08-25

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13

Under The Knife: Don't Panic
by
Will Carroll

08-20

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24

Under The Knife: Seeing Red
by
Will Carroll

07-07

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60

Prospectus Today: A Modest All-Star Proposal
by
Joe Sheehan

05-14

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16

You Could Look It Up: Roster Crunches
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Steven Goldman

04-12

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On the Beat: Week One Wrap
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John Perrotto

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April 29, 2013 5:00 am

Bizball: Baseball's Marketing Problem Isn't Easy to Fix

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Maury Brown

Maury explains the challenges that MLB faces in attracting young and minority fans.

Whether it was the release of the movie“42,” the anniversary of Hank Aaron surpassing Babe Ruth as the all-time home run leader, or one of many articles each year telling baseball it has an “issue,” Major League Baseball decided recently it was time to create a task force to deal with the decline of African-Americans at the highest levels of the game. Baseball, like other professional sports leagues, likes to create this type of task force. It shows that the league cares, and well meaning be damned, is often stocked with people that likely aren’t difference-makers. Recommendations will be made, but they will be around things that don’t get at the heart of the matter, because those things are difficult—if not impossible—to fix.

The “problem” isn’t really a problem in the way that MLB’s task force is likely to look at it. It’s about the change in society, the growth of other sports, the power of television, the internet, how fast players can transition, the growth of other minority groups now playing the game, and, yes, marketing.

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February 6, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Comparing Mock-Draft Data

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Jason Collette

NFBC mock drafts appear to paint a more realistic picture than those at Mock Draft Central.

On the most recent episode of the Towers of Power Fantasy Hour (or 2), Paul Sporer and I had the opportunity to interview Greg Ambrosius of STATS LLC. Ambrosius runs their National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) events, which feature the all-stars of high-stakes fantasy baseball. While the industry may not be as lucrative as the World Series of Poker, NFBC’s top players have made a rather nice living though the competition. The most famous of the players may be Lindy Hinkleman, a pig farmer from rural Idaho who was featured in a USA Today article last season. A few years ago, he pulled off an improbable sweep of both the live and online events, and earned a check for $241,500 from NFBC.

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September 10, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 9/10/12

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Josh Shepardson

Kurt Suzuki and Manny Machado join the VP crew for the stretch run in this week's edition.

Departures
Since the last Second, Short, and Catcher Value Picks article (on break last week for Labor Day), Zack Cozart (Yahoo! 23%, ESPN 22%, CBS 59%) has slumped, and more importantly, he has been bit by the injury bug. A strained oblique has Cozart riding the pine, and it's unclear when he'll return. A player can't accumulate stats if he isn’t on the diamond, so cut bait with Cozart.


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September 6, 2012 5:00 am

Painting the Black: September Roster Rules Changes Needed?

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R.J. Anderson

R.J. examines the movement to alter September roster rules.

Every September 1, teams across the league call up a myriad of players: some top prospects, some fringe specialists, and the occasional organizational soldier. They all have different purposes leading to one main goal: improving the big league team over the season’s final five weeks. This year looked to be no different approaching September, then began a wave of arguments against the practices of September roster expansion. Historians will identify Joel Sherman of the New York Post as the first writer to shoot. Sherman’s article offered strong language, supporting quotes from those within the industry, and, in a clear act of aggression, a Three Stooges reference. Sherman concludes like so:

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August 27, 2012 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: One-Run Winners: Good or Lucky?

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Russell A. Carleton

Do teams like the Orioles that excel in one-run games do so out of skill, or have they just gotten lucky?

A few weeks ago, the topic for the BP Lineup Card was "Unanswered questions for the second half." I noted that at the time, the Cardinals were several games behind both the Pirates and the Reds in the NL Central standings, despite the fact that they had a better Pythagorean record than either. In theory, the Cardinals should have been atop the NL Central.

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May 24, 2012 3:00 am

Inside The Park: About Big Threes in Baseball

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Bradford Doolittle

Inspired by the top-heavy Tigers and Dodgers, Brad investigates how well NBA-style roster construction works in MLB.

Since the NBA playoffs are currently going full throttle, this seems as apt a time as any to explore a basic concept of roster construction from that league to big-league baseball. Of course, many of you will disagree with this necessity of this because you don't like the NBA. Some of you will deny the very existence of professional basketball. That's okay. Trust me, this is a baseball article.

The Inside the Park series is about stories, but sometimes there in no particular story angle to what otherwise seems like a fun idea for an article. That's the case here. During the offseason, and after the Prince Fielder signing, I read a number of analyses of the Detroit Tigers that described their roster as top-heavy. Insofar in that there is criticism in that observation, the issue is that such a team is going to be more vulnerable to an injury to a key player. When Victor Martinez was injured, Detroit was able to throw the GDP of a good-sized nation Fielder's way, but such an option doesn't exist once the season begins. If Fielder or Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander were to go down, the Tigers would be perhaps be sunk even give their tepid competition in the AL Central. They would likewise be more exposed in the event of less-than-elite performances by any of the aforementioned trio. In fact, that may be happening already.

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May 3, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitching for 5/3/12

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Paul Sporer

Capuano, Bass, McDonald, and Wei-Yin Chen join the VP ranks this week

Another week has gone by, and we have flipped the calendar over to May. We’re reaching the point where even the fantasy managers who try to practice patience with their rosters begin to feel comfortable making a decision on a guy who is off to a slow start.  If your league is populated by these types of managers, you will start to see more activity on your waiver, forcing you to act more swiftly when you see someone who strikes your fancy.  Without further ado, let’s dive into the week’s value picks.

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January 24, 2012 3:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/24/12

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Michael Street

Michael looks at the Yankees' designated-hitter situation, plus Carlos Pena, Eric Hosmer, and marginal contributors Jack Cust and Ty Wigginton.

Shifting from Fridays to Tuesdays doesn’t mean my fantasy perspective has changed, and the ten days since my last column brought a few noteworthy fantasy moves—some more beneficial than others.

Jorge Vazquez | New York Yankees (ADP Undrafted)
Shallow: NO
Medium: NO
Deep: NO
AL-only: NO
Super Deep: NO






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December 30, 2011 8:32 pm

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/30/12

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Michael Street

Michael looks at several keepers to be handled with kid gloves, or not at all, including Casey Blake, Jesus Montero, Edwin Encarnacion, and Mark Reynolds

Keeper debates are some of the best discussions in fantasy, livening up the offseason and revealing the strategies—and possibly the personalities—of owners and analysts and the leagues we play in. For example, I tend to stick with more established players rather than hot young rookies, but my keeper leagues have shallow keeper rosters to improve year-to-year parity.

But I know other owners who love to take long shots and deep cuts, just so they can brag about the depth of their baseball knowledge. Other owners use keepers to anchor in-season strategy, locking up certain categories before Draft Day even begins. This week I’ll look at a few players that appeal to various keeper strategies, starting with the one signing of note since my last column. If you’ve got a keeper you’d like to hear about, leave your suggestion in the comments section.

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We familiarize ourselves with the media's offseason thinking thanks to a source with knowledge of the terminology.

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.

Ted Berg is an editor at SNY.tv, where he writes a blog, hosts videos, and co-hosts a podcast. He lives in New York and tweets about Taco Bell at @OGTedBerg.

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November 2, 2011 12:27 pm

Future Shock: Wednesday Ten-Pack

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Kevin Goldstein

Prospect action in the Dominican, Mexican, and Venezuelan winter leagues.

With the offseason upon us, prospect hounds shift their attention to the winter leagues and primarily the Arizona Fall League. That's for good reason, as it is the best collection of prospects in an environment that major league clubs prefer, as they control the rosters and playing time. That said, leagues are playing throughout Latin America as well, with the Dominican, Mexican and Venezuelan leagues being the most prominent. While mostly seen as a chance to keep young players in shape to go with the opportunity for them to earn some extra money, the leagues can be challenging to use for developmental purposes. With no official affiliation to the majors and gigantic, fluid rosters (one Domincan team used 24 pitchers in their first 13 games), playing time has to be earned, and winning is priority one for some rabid fan bases. Still, that environment can be of value. “We have some players, who because of where they are from or their developmental path, are better suited for those leagues,” said one American League front-office official. “Plus, I love the environment, as they get big, loud crowds while Arizona has more of an instructional feel.” In addition, the style of play can be of developmental value. “We've sent player to Mexico in the past because they struggle against breaking balls,” said a National League counterpart. “With the altitude and they style of play there from the Mexican League veterans, that's all they will see there.” Here are ten players in those lesser-watched leagues that are worth paying attention to.

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August 1, 2011 10:27 am

Fantasy Beat: Stretch Strategies

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Jason Collette

Whether you're competing for a championship or out of contention, Jason has a few strategies for you.

I am going to go out on a limb and say that if you are taking the time to read this article, you are either in a keeper league of some sorts or that you despise the completely luck-driven fantasy football game and ride your fantasy baseball teams out until the end of the 26th scoring period no matter how well or how poorly they are doing. If so, kudos to you for sticking with your team and not putting it into auto-pilot as others often do this time of year.

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