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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
by
Jason Collette

09-10

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

09-06

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4

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

08-27

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27

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

05-24

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5

Inside The Park: About Big Threes in Baseball
by
Bradford Doolittle

05-03

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7

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

01-24

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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
by
Ted Berg

11-02

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12

Future Shock: Wednesday Ten-Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-01

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2

Fantasy Beat: Stretch Strategies
by
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
by
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
by
John Perrotto

05-18

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4

Transaction Analysis: Heroes Take a Fall
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-07

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6

Overthinking It: Rule 5 Roulette
by
Ben Lindbergh

03-29

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1

BP Unfiltered: Unfamiliar Names in Familiar Places
by
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
by
Ben Lindbergh

02-09

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5

Purpose Pitches: A Dozen New Skippers
by
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
by
Jeff Euston

10-26

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19

World Series Prospectus: World Series Preview
by
Christina Kahrl

10-05

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9

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Rays vs. Rangers
by
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
by
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
by
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
by
John Perrotto

06-30

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13

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

06-25

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

06-24

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12

Overthinking It: Present-ing The Future
by
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
by
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
by
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
by
Steven Goldman

04-12

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On the Beat: Week One Wrap
by
John Perrotto

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July 27, 2011 10:08 am

Fantasy Beat: Expectations and Disappointments

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Jason Collette

A look at some of 2011's biggest disappointments and where fantasy owners went wrong.

The structure of fantasy baseball often leads to irrational instances of player loyalty. You spend your off-season researching players for your draft in March, and then you spend the season watching these players regardless of whether they are on your favorite team or just one of the guys you follow on your fantasy roster. It only makes sense that you can grow some sense of attachment to these players once you have drafted them because some amount of research—whether it be your own work or information you read here at Baseball Prospectus—indicated that the player would succeed, making tough to give up on the projections you had for one of your players. The truth is, though, stuff happens, and things rarely work out as planned.

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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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July 14, 2011 1:00 pm

Resident Fantasy Genius: Mixed-League Mayhem

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Derek Carty

Derek examines the differences between mixed leagues and AL/NL-only leagues through the lens of expert leagues Tout Wars, LABR, and CardRunners.

Over the past week, Jason Collette has been taking turns examining each of the three Tout Wars leagues: AL-only, NL-only, and mixed. Yesterday, he examined the mixed league, which I participate in. Unfortunately, I’m not having the best year, currently in 12th out of 15. Interestingly, though, I am third in two other high-profile expert leagues—LABR (the League of Alternate Baseball Reality) and CardRunners—priming myself for a run at the championship.

What I find particularly interesting is that LABR is an NL-only league and CardRunners is an AL-only league. Despite doing well in leagues that draw from either league pool, in the league that combines them, I’m flailing. I also struggled in Tout Mixed last year, finishing middle-of-the-pack, but I won a LABR NL championship the year before. What gives?

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With All-Star selection around the corner, the BP staff fills out their ballots for who deserves to start in the Midsummer Classic.

It’s July, and that means another All-Star Game, one which—we might as well get this out of the way now—won’t be as exciting as those wonderful old All-Star Games  when important things happened, like Ted Williams breaking his elbow and Dizzy Dean breaking a toe (Williams said he was never the same hitter; Dean destroyed his arm with altered mechanics) and Ray Fosse getting run over because damn it, Pete Rose just had to win an exhibition game.

(It is at times like these that I like to recall Mickey Mantle’s immortal words on the subject of Rose: “If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete, I’d wear a dress.”)

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June 29, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: Perrotto's Picks

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John Perrotto

In advance of the official announcement this Sunday, John selects his 2011 All-Stars.

Major League Baseball will announce the rosters for the All-Star Game on Sunday afternoon. Seconds later, fans and media members will begin debating the makeup of the American League and National League squads.

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Injuries to David Wright and Ike Davis start a Mets infield shuffle, the Red Sox rotation gets rejiggered, the curse of the Rangers outfield continues, Aroldis Chapman exeunt, and familiar faces resurface in the Cubs rotation and Braves bullpen.

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April 7, 2011 8:15 am

Overthinking It: Rule 5 Roulette

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Ben Lindbergh

Introducing the $50,000 men who made early-season rosters, and deducing which of them might stick.

There are very few diamonds in the Rule 5 rough. Most teams would settle for the athletic equivalent of cubic zirconia when combing through other clubs’ unwanted players, but after examining the results of prior Rule 5 drafts, it becomes clear that even synthetic stars are in short supply. There are plenty of rejects, though, and it’s not hard to see why.

Time for a quick refresher: in order to be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, which is conducted each December at the Winter Meetings, a player has to have been left off his organization’s 40-man roster. He also has to have toiled in the organization for at least four years if he was signed at age 19 or older, or at least five years if he was signed at 18 or younger. Not many future stars—or even future utility men—fulfill those criteria. (It’s never been easy to unearth hidden talent in the Rule 5 Draft, but the current CBA extended the exemption periods by a year starting in 2006, making it even less likely that any useful players would slip through the cracks.)

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With camps breaking, there are some new names filling out old rosters.

As teams settle on their Opening Day rosters, some unknown names will sneak onto 25-man rosters –particularly in the bullpens. Consider this some dirt on a few of these mystery men.

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March 8, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: The Art of Auction

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Jason Collette

Auction keeper advice from Jason, with a little help from an ancient Chinese strategist.

Ever since I started playing fantasy baseball I have been involved in keeper leagues. My first league began in 1987 when I was a sophomore in high school: my friends and I started simulated leagues using Earl Weaver Baseball to play out our games. I maintain that Earl Weaver Baseball was light years ahead of its time, as you could input your own stats and customize your own ballparks. Rather than pick from the standard player pools as we all do these days, we picked our players from the Topps baseball cards that we had purchased that year. The only flaw in the game was its inability to handle extremely small sample sizes. For example, Carlos Garcia went 2-for-4 as a member of the 1990 Pittsburgh Pirates but I turned him into a pinch hitter extraordinaire as he safely got a hit fifty percent of the time I used him. The league flourished in my Computer Programming class during my sophomore year in 1988—despite the 5.25” floppy disk's confiscation one January following a Kent Hrbek homer around the Pesky Pole, an event that set off celebratory music  celebratory music in the lab.  

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February 21, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Catcher Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Catcher turns out to be the most depressing of all positions.

These are the catcher fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and closer installments.

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February 17, 2011 8:28 am

Overthinking It: Agents of Fortune

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Ben Lindbergh

Taking a spin through the top-earning agencies as we prepare to put agents and contracts on the player cards.

Most baseball fans can name at least a few Scott Boras clients, thanks to having suffered through each step of their contentious free agencies in the local papers. Even those few fans whose teams have been light on the sort of special talents that the 58-year-old super-agent delights in representing have likely been exposed to his grandstanding style at some point, thanks to their immersion in the never-ending baseball news cycle. As a result of that notoriety, a handy reference guide to Boras clients is only a click away, something that can’t be said for most other agents, no matter how high-powered. But while Boras has garnered a disproportionate number of headlines in the player-representation department by virtue of being a superb self-promoter who’s also extremely adept at his job, he’s hardly the only agent option out there.

As has been hinted at elsewhere, we’re currently in the process of revamping our player cards to offer a wealth of new information in a more easily digestible manner. Thanks to Jeff Euston, BP author and proprietor of Cot’s Contracts, that content will include salary and agency data, both of which should— despite some unavoidable limitations—offer new reasons to while away the hours without pointing your browsers away from BP. To whet your appetites for the approaching rollout, I thought I’d offer a quick look at the powerhouses of the agent biz. Consider this the most cursory of introductions to the power players involved (for a more in-depth perspective on the nuts and bolts of the agent landscape, check out Josh Kusnick’s series at BP or Jerry Crasnick’s License to Deal, or simply wait until you’re free to explore the data on the new player cards for yourself).

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February 9, 2011 7:42 am

Purpose Pitches: A Dozen New Skippers

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Christina Kahrl

They're anything but 12 angry men, but is their arrival significant or just proof of MLB's commitment to recycling?

When you're a manager all the worries of the team become your worries." Al Lopez
“You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.” —Alvin Toffler

December's Viking funeral–by–press conference at the Winter Meetings gave Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, and Lou Piniella the opportunity to collectively say sayonara, with Bud Selig himself acting as the officiant. Maybe Cox had heard about the torches getting lit, but he missed out on its symbolic passing to a purportedly new generation of managers.*


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