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05-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping Targets, a Look Back
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Mike Gianella

06-06

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 6/6/12
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Michael Street

01-31

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Overthinking It: Managing Expectations: Baseball's Next Big Inefficiency
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Ben Lindbergh

01-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Knuckleball Mystique: Using PITCHf/x to Distinguish Perception from Reality
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Alan M. Nathan

01-26

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Future Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: Beautiful Theories and Ugly Facts
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Dan Fox

05-17

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Hitters, Part II
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Jason Parks

05-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Trumbo
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David Laurila

03-30

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

11-30

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Future Shock: Cleveland Indians Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-04

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Prospectus Perspective: Closure
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Christina Kahrl

09-08

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Cooperstown Bound
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Jay Jaffe

08-29

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

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
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David Laurila

06-10

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Transaction Action: Central Preoccupations
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Christina Kahrl

06-04

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Transaction Action: Remembering The Kid
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Christina Kahrl

06-01

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Transaction Action: A Knack for Getting Knackered
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Christina Kahrl

04-28

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Prospectus Q&A: Chris Davis
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David Laurila

02-17

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On the Beat: Mid-Week Update
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John Perrotto

02-02

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Transaction Action: Thome, Taveras, and 10,000
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Christina Kahrl

01-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack Zduriencik
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David Laurila

11-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Sam Fuld
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David Laurila

09-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Paul Konerko
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David Laurila

07-11

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Transaction of the Day: Double Deals
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Christina Kahrl

07-04

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Transaction Analysis: AL Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

06-28

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Prospectus Q&A: Rudy Jaramillo
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David Laurila

05-21

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You Could Look It Up: The Relaunched
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Steven Goldman

05-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Toby Harrah, Part 2
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David Laurila

01-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Brendan Harris
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David Laurila

01-02

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Prospectus Q&A: All the Lettuce
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David Laurila

09-23

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Player Profile: Ryan Howard
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

07-11

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UTK Wrap: Progress and Anticipation
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Will Carroll

04-20

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Every Given Sunday: Tribe Troubles
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John Perrotto

04-17

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Schrodinger's Bat: Opus 100
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Dan Fox

04-06

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The Silly Season
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Matt Taibbi

03-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Tom Bourque
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David Laurila

02-24

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Prospectus Q&A: Doug Thorburn
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David Laurila

01-27

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Pagliarulo
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David Laurila

11-29

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Future Shock: Yankees Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

09-16

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Prospectus Q&A: John Gibbons
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David Laurila

09-15

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Prospectus Hit List: Stretch Mayhem
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Marc Normandin

06-01

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Prospectus Hit List: Down From Olympos
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Jay Jaffe

05-17

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Schrodinger's Bat: Organized Common Sense
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Dan Fox

03-06

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Fantasy Focus: Deciphering BABIP
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Alex Carnevale

11-16

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Numb3rs Game
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Dan Fox

07-22

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Transaction Analysis: July 17-21, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

05-29

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Schrodinger's Bat: Quantifying High Impact Performances
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Dan Fox

05-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-14
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Christina Kahrl

05-04

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Schrodinger's Bat: Beautiful Theories and Ugly Facts
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Dan Fox

04-11

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Prospectus Hit List
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Jay Jaffe

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July 4, 2009 5:35 pm

Transaction Analysis: AL Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

A rundown on what's moving and shaking in the junior circuit.

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June 28, 2009 11:36 am

Prospectus Q&A: Rudy Jaramillo

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David Laurila

A conversation with one of the game's great masters on the art and practice of hitting.

When it comes to teaching hitting, few do it as well as Rudy Jaramillo. Currently in his 15th season with the Rangers-the longest tenure of all big-league hitting coaches-the 58-year-old native of Beeville, Texas is arguably the best in the business. Called "a Hall of Fame hitting coach" by Alex Rodriguez, and "the best there is" by Michael Young, Jaramillo is a member of both the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame. Jaramillo recently sat down to talk about his favorite subject: the art and science of hitting a baseball

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May 21, 2009 1:03 pm

You Could Look It Up: The Relaunched

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Steven Goldman

Prospects may not fire on all cylinders from the start, but some reignite after that first stumble.

While many prospects, especially hitters, can be accurately projected via their draft standing (being taken high in the draft corresponds to a scouts' estimation of their physical tools) and minor league performances (which, with adjustments for league, level, and park, accurately mirror major league performance, giving the statistical proof of the scouting estimate), every now and again the dreaded human element rears its ugly head and makes what could almost be a science frustratingly inexact.

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May 20, 2009 1:02 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Toby Harrah, Part 2

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David Laurila

Finishing up a wide-ranging conversation with observations on who makes a good hitting coach, and what.

This is part two of a two-part interview with Tigers hitting coordinator and former big-league infielder Toby Harrah. The first part ran yesterday.

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January 20, 2009 1:40 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Brendan Harris

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David Laurila

A political-minded conversation with the well-traveled utility infielder.

Having shuttled between multiple infield positions while playing for five organizations over five seasons, Brendan Harris understands the politics of baseball. With a political science degree from the College of William and Mary, the 28-year-old Harris also understands the American political system. Now with the Minnesota Twins, Harris shared his thoughts on both political spectrums as the country prepared to inaugurate a new president.

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A year-end best-of from the interview columns of 2008.

The Prospectus Q&A series was once again a regular Sunday feature in 2008, and as the primary author I hope that you found the interviews to be both informative and entertaining. A wide range of personalities from within the game of baseball shared their thoughts and opinions with BP readers from January to December, and here are some of their best quotes:

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September 23, 2008 12:03 pm

Player Profile: Ryan Howard

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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

The sandwich salesman sizzles down the stretch, but it has been a down year for the Phillies slugger. What's amiss?

Ryan Howard has had himself quite the September, helping to boost a season line that had been a lot lower than what we're used to seeing from the Philadelphia slugger. In spite of the recent hot streak, his age-28 season has been the least productive of his career thus far, which brings up the question: What happened to Howard in 2008, and what can we expect from him going forward?

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For some players, the upcoming break looks like the dawn of a new day, but for others, the sun may be setting fast.

The halfway point in the season has come and gone, but the All-Star Game is still a week away. The season seems to be dominated by injury news, but it's really not. Looking back, we've had some big names go down, but not so many that it would be outside the normal variance. Injuries, in some ways, are actually down from recent levels. We're seeing players come back much more quickly than in the past, and some returning from conditions that would have been career-ending five years ago. Medical science changes faster than I can type, but we're seeing those changes work to the field's advantage in most cases. Players don't just blow out their arm and head back to Spavinaw or whatever small town they came from anymore. No, the team is on the hook for a couple million and spends a year working him back. That's tough, but in the end it makes the game better. Where would the Cubs be without Kerry Wood or Ryan Dempster, two guys that are back on the field because of Tim Kremchek and Jim Andrews? Would the Rays be in the position they're in if they'd had arm injuries, or if Ron Porterfield (and before him, Ken Crenshaw) didn't do such an outstanding job of keeping players on the field? The Red Sox, the White Sox, and the Diamondbacks are all winning teams with winning medical staffs. The two go together, so when you see the athletic trainers take the field at the All-Star Game, cheer for them. They deserve it as much as the players. Powered by the iPhone 3G, on to the injuries:

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April 20, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Tribe Troubles

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John Perrotto

C.C. Sabathia and the offense are both struggling, but it's the trickle-down effect of closer Joe Borowski's shelving that has manager Eric Wedge concerned.

The Cleveland Indians came within one game of getting to the World Series last season. With the way the Indians have played during the first three weeks of this season, however, it seems hard to believe they were that close to a Fall Classic berth just six months ago.

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April 17, 2008 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Opus 100

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Dan Fox

Reaching a statistical landmark, and changing gears in the pursuit of applied research.

"Scientists don't immerse themselves in particulars only for the grandiose (or self-serving) reason that such studies may lead to important generalities. We do it for fun."
--Stephen Jay Gould, "Opus 100", reprinted in The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould


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April 6, 2008 12:00 am

The Silly Season

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Matt Taibbi

Some rules to live by when you're trying to forecast the future and look smarter than the other kids on the block.

Opening week is a great time to watch baseball, but also one to read inane baseball predictions. I'm as much of a sucker for idle stat-based pre-season speculations as the next guy, but there are limits. Really, there are. Like last week, when I read Sporting News blogger and BP alum David Pinto arguing that Tampa Bay might have a better starting rotation than Boston or New York this year. Using PECOTA to argue that the D-Rays (or whatever the hell that team is called this year) "show strength in eqERA at every level," Pinto argues that Tampa has "a good chance of becoming the class of the AL East."

In writing this, Pinto ignores one of the eight basic rules of writing the Annual Baseball Preview piece--rule number seven, actually--which reads:

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March 2, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Tom Bourque

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David Laurila

A discussion about the art and challenge of scouting and player evaluation with long-time scout Tom Bourque.

With over 25 years in the scouting business, Tom Bourque knows how to evaluate talent on a baseball field. Currently a professional scout for the Cubs, Bourque has also worked for the Brewers, the Expos, and the Major League Scouting Bureau. Based in the Northeast, he has been in the Cubs organization since 1995. David talked to Bourque about learning to grade tools, why batting practice is important, and the value of makeup and pretty swings.

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