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04-16

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Out of Left Field: The Worst Baseball Discussions We Have
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Matthew Kory

02-20

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Inspecting the Spectrum, Part II: The Podz People
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Jay Jaffe

05-31

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Transaction Analysis: Calling for the Cavalry
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Ben Lindbergh

09-17

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Under The Knife: Is Ryan's Way Working?
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Will Carroll

07-29

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Transaction Action: Podzilla Washes Up in Malibu?
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED AL Projected Opening Day Rosters
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John Perrotto

01-10

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Transaction Action: Oddments
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Christina Kahrl

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: American League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

04-19

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Transaction Analysis: April 15-18
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Christina Kahrl

02-01

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central Catchup
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Christina Kahrl

12-04

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The Week in Quotes: November 28-December 4
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Alex Carnevale

11-01

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Hacking Mass
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Ben Murphy

09-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Running Man
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Dan Fox

06-27

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, June 23, 2006
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Derek Jacques

11-22

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Prospectus Matchups: The Thankless
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Jim Baker

11-14

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2005 HACKING MASS Results
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Ben Murphy

10-24

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World Series Prospectus: Game Two
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Will Carroll

10-24

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Prospectus Today: An Unlikely Hero
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Joe Sheehan

09-01

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Transaction Analysis: August 26-31
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Christina Kahrl

08-18

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Lies, Damned Lies: Running down SOB
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Nate Silver

08-17

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Transaction Analysis: August 9-15
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Christina Kahrl

07-26

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox, 7/24/05
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Jonah Keri

06-28

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Chicago Cubs @ Chicago White Sox, 6/26/05
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Jonah Keri

06-17

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Prospectus Matchups: Return of Return of the Transients
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Jim Baker

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Centrals
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Christina Kahrl

09-17

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Transaction Analysis: August 30-September 15
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Christina Kahrl

05-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 3-5, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

10-28

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

08-04

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Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics
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Baseball Prospectus

06-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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PECOTA Does Fantasy
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Nate Silver

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September 7, 2006 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: The Running Man

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Dan Fox

Dan starts to bring it all home in his look at baserunning, as he tallies up each of his metrics and shows us the best and worst runners from 2000-2005.

So we've finally reached a turning point in our series on quantifying baserunning. Since mid-July we've developed a methodology and framework for crediting baserunners for advancing on ground outs (Equivalent Ground Advancement Runs, or EqGAR), advancing on outs in the air (Equivalent Air Advancement Runs, or EqAAR), and attempted stolen bases as well as pick offs (Equivalent Stolen Base Runs, or EqSBR). This week we'll look at total picture and evaluate which players got the most and least from their legs over the past six years.

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A rematch of the World Champs and the NL pennant winners is what Derek's clicker dials up this time around.

It's been a busy week for both ballclubs. The Astros had the season debut of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens on Thursday, making the decision to have Clemens go against the Minnesota Twins at home, rather than pitch against the White Sox in Chicago. Clemens was hardly dominant in a game where young phenom Francisco Liriano emerged victorious.

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November 22, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: The Thankless

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Jim Baker

Nodding to those with less to celebrate this week, Jim asks the hard questions.

For most, anyway. See, there is one group it excludes, and for them, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to step up the kvetching to a new level. This column then is dedicated to them, the people disenfranchised by this national holiday: the Thankless.

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November 14, 2005 12:00 am

2005 HACKING MASS Results

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Ben Murphy

Cristian Guzman and Tony Womack may have been worthless to their real life teams, but they were all-stars in the land of HACKING MASS.

All-Star Team

We have a few perennially valuable hacksters this year, as Darin Erstad, Tony Womack, Cristian Guzman, and Eric Milton form the first group of four players to make the All-Star team and be listed on 300 or more entries. There were four shockers this year, fewer than usual, as Jason Kendall, Mike Lowell, Eric Byrnes and Corey Patterson were listed on a total of 6 entries and accumulated the highest ESPN at catcher, third base, left field and center field. After you sort through the four proven hackers and the four surprises, we have World Series rookie and small ball aficionado Willy Taveras, followed by this year's MVP, Jose Lima. Props go out to the 89 entrants who pegged Lima's campaign at the beginning of the year.

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October 24, 2005 12:00 am

World Series Prospectus: Game Two

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Will Carroll

Sunday was a wet, cold night filled with unlikely heroes.

The game was played in a steady downpour, though the field remained in good condition as the hard-working grounds crew quickly dried any sign of puddles. The weather didn't appear to be a factor in the game. Well, at least for the players. At times, home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson appeared to have a strike zone based on the dropping temperature. Both halves of the first inning ended with the batters as nothing more than observers.

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October 24, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: An Unlikely Hero

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Joe Sheehan

Working backwards through a game that had more twists and turns than an "Alias" plot.

One of the reasons the Brewers were happy to deal Scott Podsednik to the White Sox was their perception of the player's infatuation with his power stroke in 2004. Not that they weren't getting the better end of the deal for Carlos Lee, but they saw his 70-point drop in batting average as tied to Podsednik's desire to hit home runs. In fact, Podsednik's strikeout rate, isolated power and groundball-to-flyball ratio were all roughly the same in '04 as they'd been in his .314/.379/.443 2003. The difference between the two seasons was all in his batting average, which can fluctuate, even for hitters.

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September 1, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 26-31

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Christina Kahrl

With an eye toward October or 2006, teams fill out their rosters with veteran-y goodness or young prospects. Chris breaks it all down.

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August 18, 2005 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Running down SOB

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Nate Silver

Is there some way to account for base running in a player's on-base percentage, creating a speed-adjusted OBP? Of course there is.

Reader Mike Mitchell writes:

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August 17, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 9-15

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Christina Kahrl

The Braves get some veteran starters back, the Dodgers are almost completely healthy themselves, but there's bad news in Queens and San Diego.

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Jonah catches a game in Chicago with some fellow BP writers, and wonders about the value of Scott Podsednik's season.

Sure, Podsednik was merely responding to a softball question from Cleveland Plain-Dealer reporter Dennis Manoloff when he threw down the gauntlet. No doubt facing deadline on a slow news day, Manoloff served up the speedy left fielder's player comment from BP 2005, knowing it would elicit a reaction. We'll save you the trouble of flipping to the page: "If utilized properly, he could be a nice bench player, but as the White Sox starting left fielder, he's going to do quite well in helping Minnesota win another AL Central crown." With the Sox sporting the best record in the game, it's fair to say we whiffed, big time.

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Jonah Keri catches a pitchers' duel between the two Second City teams in this week's Game of the Week.

Sunday's game was different. Even right off the DL Prior is a constant threat to completely dominate a game. His opponent, Jon Garland, entered Sunday's game tied with Dontrelle Willis for the best record in baseball at 12-2. You can attribute some of Garland's win barrage to luck, no question--his .253 BABIP, for one, is well below league average, and when more balls in play start to fall in for hits, that'll hurt him. His strikeout rate of less than one every other inning also portends regression, as virtually no pitchers sustain success over the long haul at that level. Still, there's a lot to be said for terrific control, which is just what Garland has shown this year. At just over a walk and a half a game, Garland's been among the stingiest in baseball with the free pass. Even with a good but not great HR rate (11 in 108 IP), that's enough to achieve success. Broadcaster turned World Series-winning manager turned broadcaster Bob Brenly notes that "Garland has been the best pitcher in baseball up to this point," a point contradicted by several Baseball Prospectus metrics--Roy Halladay and a good dozen others can make a better claim. But Garland's still ranked a respectable 15th in the majors in Expected Wins according to BP's brand spankin' new Sortable Stats, 8th if you count only pitchers with 15 starts or fewer.

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June 17, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Return of Return of the Transients

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Jim Baker

Last time out, Jim looked at his National League Transient All-Stars. Today, it's the American League's turn.

In Tuesday's effort, I reviewed the National League Transient All-Star team that I had compiled in February--that is, the players with new teams via free agency or trade. Today, we'll take a bash at the American Leaguers.

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