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04-18

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Baseball Prospectus News: New Stat Reports and Site Upgrades
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Rob McQuown

12-19

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Baseball Prospectus News: A New Direction for Stats at BP
by
Harry Pavlidis

08-06

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Foundation of the Front Office
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Gabe Kapler

06-11

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Painting the Black: Swinging With Starlin
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R.J. Anderson

04-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: There is No Divide
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Derek Zumsteg

08-24

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The Stats Go Marching In: Do Pitchers Forget How to Hit in the Minors?
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Max Marchi

08-21

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Baseball and Base 3
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Zachary Levine

08-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: Setting the Stage for 2005: Steroids
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Nate Silver

07-17

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Overthinking It: PECOTA's First-Half Hits and Misses
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Ben Lindbergh

03-30

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Pebble Hunting: Moneyball: The Prequel
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Sam Miller

01-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: Money Poorly Spent, Now and Then
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John Perrotto

09-22

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Resident Fantasy Genius: What Sabermetrics Means to Me
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Derek Carty

09-19

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BP Feature: Reviewing "Behind the Seams: The Stat Story"
by
Derek Carty

05-05

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Baseball ProGUESTus: A Statistician Rereads Bill James
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Andrew Gelman

11-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Sam Fuld
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David Laurila

08-17

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Changing Speeds: Behind the Screen at Fox
by
Ken Funck

04-17

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Wait 'Til Next Year: The SEC Ascendant
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Bryan Smith

02-22

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Transaction Analysis: Odds and Ends
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Christina Kahrl

02-17

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Transaction Analysis: Camp-Opening Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

02-04

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Transaction Analysis: Philly Non-Fixes and the Seattle Predicate
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Christina Kahrl

01-25

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Transaction Analysis: Scanning Shields, and Nailing Down Rocks
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Christina Kahrl

01-21

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Transaction Analysis: Dodging the Arbitrator
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Christina Kahrl

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: Moves from the Week that Was
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Christina Kahrl

01-08

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Transaction Analysis: Breaking in the New Year
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Christina Kahrl

12-31

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Transaction Analysis: December Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Big Moves in the NL
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Christina Kahrl

11-13

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Transaction Analysis: NL Pickups and Discards
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Christina Kahrl

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: AL Pick-me-ups and Discards
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Christina Kahrl

10-24

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The Ledger Domain: The Impact of the Fantasy Stats Ruling
by
Maury Brown

08-26

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Transaction Analysis: All-Around Catch-Up Edition
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Christina Kahrl

08-19

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

08-08

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Transaction Analysis: AL Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day
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Christina Kahrl

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Weekend Wheeling and Dealing
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Christina Kahrl

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Swaps and Moves
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Christina Kahrl

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: American League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

07-16

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

06-12

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Transaction Analysis: National League Moves
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Christina Kahrl

06-06

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Transaction of the Day: American League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

05-31

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Transaction of the Day: Senior Circuit Switches
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Christina Kahrl

05-29

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Transaction Analysis: AL-brand Catsup
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Christina Kahrl

05-24

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Transaction Analysis: NL-Brand Ketchup
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Christina Kahrl

05-15

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Transaction Analysis: May 10-14, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: May 6-9, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

05-07

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Transaction Analysis: April 29-May 6, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

04-30

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Transaction Analysis: April 21-28, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

04-22

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Transaction Analysis: April 19-21, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

04-19

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Transaction Analysis: April 15-18
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Christina Kahrl

04-15

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Transaction Analysis: Opening Day to April 14, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the Easts
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Christina Kahrl

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How fair is MLB Network's upcoming special on statistics and their utilization in the game?

When I volunteered to review “Behind the Seams: The Stat Story”—an MLB Network special on statistics and their place in the game that airs tonight at 10 p.m. EST—I wasn’t sure what to expect. When a big-name mainstream entity tries to talk about stats, it’s often overly simplistic, incorrect, or simply misses the point; ESPN’s stat segments on “Baseball Tonight” are often an example of this. And when I heard Bob Costas was hosting—remember, this is the same guy who, along with Buzz Bissinger, essentially ambushed Deadspin’s Will Leitch just a few years back on Costas Now—I really wasn’t sure what to expect.

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Bill James may claim to study baseball questions, not statistical ones, but what happens when a statistician studies Bill James?

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.

Andrew Gelman is a professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University. He occasionally blogs on baseball, including here, here, here, and here.


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November 1, 2009 12:03 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Sam Fuld

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David Laurila

The Cubs outfielder discusses using advanced statistics as a hitter, baseball's economic state, steroids, and the playoffs.

To quote a well-know Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Sam Fuld is smarter than the average bear. The Cubs' outfielder not only holds an economics degree from Stanford, he also thinks about the game of baseball analytically. A 10th-round pick in the 2004 draft, the 27-year-old Fuld certainly made the grade this season after earning a mid-season call-up, displaying excellent plate discipline while hitting .299/.409/.412 in 115 plate appearances over 65 big league games. Prior to joining Cub's outfield mix, the left-handed swinger hit .284/.358/.415 with 10 triples and 23 stolen bases at Triple-A Iowa. Fuld recently got together with BP to share his views on advanced stats, baseball's salary structure, the PED scandal, and the 2009 postseason.

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Sitting down to talk to Pete Macheska, lead producer of Fox Sports' MLB coverage.

For many baseball fans, especially those like me who don't reside in a major league city, broadcast television is the most common way to enjoy a game. Don't weep for us-watching a game at home in high definition, with player close-ups and Super Slo-Mo shots of Tim Wakefield's knuckleball to enrapture us, is in many ways better than attending the game in person. But as I've written before in this space, the statistics displayed and discussed during a baseball broadcast haven't evolved along with the technology used to display them-even straightforward measures like OBP and SLG have not yet found their way into standard use. To me, this seems like a waste of an immense opportunity to improve the casual baseball fan's understanding of the game, which in turn would create more devoted fans and better ratings.

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April 17, 2009 11:58 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: The SEC Ascendant

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Bryan Smith

Why the conference may be sending so many participants to the NCAA tourney this year.

College coaches spend a great deal of time defending their conference. Talk to any coach for any length of time, and concerns about the number of bids his conference will receive in the NCAA Tournament inevitably comes up. Every coach, subconsciously, also elevates the strength of his conference in his own mind. In the end, there's one conference that gets it done, year in and year out, in terms of championships, talent, and depth: the Southeastern Conference.

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February 22, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Odds and Ends

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Christina Kahrl

The way the International League was won, and learning to play somebody else's kids the hard way.

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February 17, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Camp-Opening Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

Sorting through the last-minute contracts and non-roster invitations handed out at the beginning of spring training.

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Catching up on the moves and roster mayhem as we count down to pitchers and catchers.

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January 25, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Scanning Shields, and Nailing Down Rocks

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Christina Kahrl

Big extensions, NRIs for those down on their luck, and one-year deals for the odd veteran.

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January 21, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Dodging the Arbitrator

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Christina Kahrl

The Rays and Braves make a minor swap, the Rangers shore up their rotation, and everyone else is in the business of being agreeable.

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January 13, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Moves from the Week that Was

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Christina Kahrl

Eddie Guardado and Emil Brown headline a slow week's worth of moves.

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January 8, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Breaking in the New Year

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Christina Kahrl

The Swisher deal, Cardinal risks, and say Nomo forever.

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