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01-29

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Second Basemen
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Mauricio Rubio

01-29

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10

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Basemen
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Ben Carsley

01-28

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28

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen
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Craig Goldstein

01-27

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13

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
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Baseball Prospectus

09-11

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5

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Second Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

05-22

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6

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight
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Josh Shepardson

03-08

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9

Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen
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Derek Carty

01-27

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25

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight Infield
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Jay Jaffe

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
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Jonathan Bernhardt

12-21

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36

Spinning Yarn: Hit-and-Run Success is No Accident
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Mike Fast

12-19

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9

Wezen-Ball: The Greatest Comic Ever
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Larry Granillo

11-03

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Wezen-Ball: Take Me Out to the Holosuite: A Star Trek DS9 Breakdown
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Larry Granillo

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
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Jay Jaffe

08-18

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26

The Lineup Card: 11 Memorable Breakdowns, Antics, and Tirades
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Baseball Prospectus

08-04

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6

Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
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Mike Fast

05-19

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4

The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball in 1864
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Clay Davenport

05-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Bautista's Enduring Young Charms
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Jay Jaffe

04-14

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part III
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David Laurila

04-13

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part II
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David Laurila

02-17

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11

Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings
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Marc Normandin

01-11

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41

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-22

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Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-19

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Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-10

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Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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17

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Rangers vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

08-27

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Ahead in the Count: The Clutch and The Shifted
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Matt Swartz

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
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David Laurila

08-01

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9

Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-16

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8

Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Gains Afield
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Jay Jaffe

07-02

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7

Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating
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Christina Kahrl

06-30

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Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct
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Christina Kahrl

06-10

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Transaction Action: Central Preoccupations
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Christina Kahrl

06-03

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Transaction Action: The Old West
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Christina Kahrl

04-13

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BP Unfiltered: A Conversation with Skip Schumaker
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David Laurila

03-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Jacoby Ellsbury and Ben Revere
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David Laurila

03-14

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Prospectus Q&A: De Jon Watson
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David Laurila

02-23

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36

Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings
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Marc Normandin

01-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Pedro Grifol
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David Laurila

12-08

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19

Ahead in the Count: Shifting in the Third-Base Market
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Matt Swartz

12-04

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23

Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings Review
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Marc Normandin

11-22

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23

Prospectus Today: Infield Free Agents Review
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Joe Sheehan

10-15

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33

Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers vs. Phillies LCS
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Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cardinals LDS
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Jay Jaffe

02-02

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27

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-07

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5

Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings Preview
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John Perrotto

11-12

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Hot Stove Preview
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Caleb Peiffer

11-04

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26

The 2008 Internet Baseball Awards
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Greg Spira

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Phillies
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Jay Jaffe

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Brewers
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Jay Jaffe

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January 29, 2014 6:07 am

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Second Basemen

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Mauricio Rubio

A visual breakdown of the tiers at the keystone and the areas in which each player could help or hurt your team.

For a primer on this series, click here.

My colleague Paul Sporer put it best in the opening paragraph of his “State of the Position” column regarding the depth at 2B. No, this is not a sexy position full of robust offensive options and guys who can hit 30 bombs. What the keystone has become in my mind is a position that keeps your team going. The average top-30 2B will hit around .262 with around 10 bombs, 10 SB, 54 R, and 47 RBI. There’s nothing spectacular about that 5x5 line, but what it showcases is a type of positional depth that’s difficult to appreciate.

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January 29, 2014 12:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Basemen

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Ben Carsley

Ranking the position based on how players are expected to perform between now and 2016.

For the previous installments in this series, click the links below:

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January 28, 2014 8:38 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen

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Craig Goldstein

First-year Mariner Robinson Cano sits alone at the top in this year's breakdown of the top 25 at the position.

To read the previous editions of this series, follow the links below:

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Catchers
Fantasy Tier Rankings: First Base


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January 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen

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Baseball Prospectus

A look at the value picks at the keystone for your drafts and auctions this spring.

Once viewed as one of fantasy’s most shallow positions, second base has enjoyed a multi-year run as a fantasy-friendlier position thanks to a mix of established stars and new young talent creeping into the game. That’s reflected in the staff choices below, as a nice mix of players young and old comprise this collection of second baseman we think you should target in 2014.

Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
Matt Carptenter is an interesting case in that he's likely to regress some next year but I doubt that his numbers will fall off drastically enough to drop him below guys like Ben Zobrist and Ian Kinsler in 2B rankings. I doubt he scores 126 runs again but Carpenter holds a very solid 10 percent walk rate and he did put up 73 extra-base hits in 2013. The lineup behind him is very solid as well, and he has the opportunity to tease 100 runs scored again. He's not above Cano, Pedroia, or Kipnis, but he should be a very valuable 2B again this year. —Mauricio Rubio


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September 11, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Second Base Prospects

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Ben Carsley

A look at several future keystoners and what they might offer from a fantasy perspective.

Our first two editions of Fantasy Fool’s Gold made much ado about power. Covering the catcher, first base and third base positions, a common critique of the players profiled in our first two installments revolved around a lack of pop.

Thankfully, such expectations are not foisted upon men who occupy the keystone. That’s good, because with the players listed below, power is once again in short supply.

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May 22, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight

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Josh Shepardson

As his 50-game suspension comes to an end, Yasmani Grandal finds himself among this week's list of senior-circuit players worthy of your waiver-wire attention.

Erik Kratz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Ownership: ESPN: 0% Yahoo!: 1% CBS: 2%
2013 Stats: 11 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB, .209 AVG

Carlos Ruiz was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, and he's expected to be out three to four weeks. While he is on the DL, Kratz will handle the starting catcher duties with Humberto Quintero serving as his backup. The 33-year-old backstop didn't do much with Ruiz serving a 25-game suspension to open the season, but he did hit three homers in just 92 plate appearances. He hits the ball in the air regularly (34.8 percent outfield fly-ball rate), and that will help his home-run power play up. He's not a catcher that should be rostered in most mixed leagues, even those in which teams start two catchers, but his steady playing time for the next month or so coupled with enough power to reach the seats a few times is reason enough to own him in larger NL-only formats.



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March 8, 2012 3:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen

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Derek Carty

Who should be manning the keystone in your fantasy league?

These are the second base fantasy rankings for 2012. Check out our previous closer, catcher, and first base installments.

I know a lot of you are worried about these being released later than usual this year, but we should have them all done within a week’s time. Today: second basemen.

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Armed with a plan to play Prince Fielder at first base and Miguel Cabrera at third, the Tigers might field one of the worst defensive infields in recent memory.

It's no hyperbole to say Prince Fielder's nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers shocked the baseball world. The Tigers certainly weren’t on the list of likely suitors given their sizable commitment to the sizable player occupying his position: Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was the AL's most valuable first baseman in 2010 and 2011 according to WARP, and is under contract for another $86 million through 2015. Even with the designated hitter slot open due to Victor Martinez's season-ending torn ACL—the catastrophe that triggered Fielder’s signing—the team plans to play the new guy at first base and shift the incumbent to third base. It’s a position Cabrera hasn't played regularly since 2007, but one that he nonetheless calls "his natural position." Paired with Ryan Raburn at second base and Jhonny Peralta at shortstop—two players moved to less demanding defensive positions years ago, only to shift back to harder ones—the Tigers are threatening to field one of the more terrifying infields in recent memory.

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A writer who never saw Jack Morris pitch watches him in action for the first time and comes away even less convinced that the traditionalist case for his candidacy should earn him a call to Cooperstown.

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The hit-and-run is much maligned as a small-ball tactic, but it's a surprisingly successful strategy.

In this game you never know enough.”—Dale Mitchell

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A look at a 1976 comic book featuring a baseball game between superheroes and supervillians.

Allow me to introduce you to the single greatest comic book issue ever printed, courtesy of The Comic Treadmill:

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A position-by-position analysis of Benjamin Sisko's baseball team from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite".

As the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees took the field at Qualcomm Stadium for Game 4 of the 1998 World Series, there was another baseball game of some importance being played. That night, the seventh season episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" called "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" aired for the first time. In it, the space station's senior staff (dubbed the "Niners") was challenged to a game by a crew of baseball-playing Vulcans (known as the Logicians) in what one might call a "Worlds' Series".

This premise may seem a bit off-base for the usual "Star Trek" fare, but it was established very early in the series' run (the first episode, in fact) that station captain Benjamin Sisko was a devoted fan of the sport. In the episode, Sisko is tasked with taking his crew and turning them into a fully-functioning ballclub in only two weeks time. The team ends up with 11 players on the roster - only three of whom have ever played the game before (Sisko, his son Jake, and his future-wife Kasidy). The remaining eight players must take those two weeks to learn how to throw a ball, catch a ball, hit a ball, and field a position. They must also learn the rules of the game from scratch, including such complicated concepts as the infield-fly rule and obscure terminology like "bunts" and "Fancy Dan". Everything is made worse when you realize that their opponents are a team of Vulcans, an alien race that is physically stronger and faster than the majority of the Niners. Kasidy tells us, in fact, that "a Vulcan has three-times the strength of a human." It's not exactly a fair match-up.

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