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03-03

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Overthinking It: Takeaways From Our First Look at the Future
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Ben Lindbergh

10-18

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BP Announcements: MLB.com Seeking Stats Stringers for 2014
by
Joe Hamrahi

05-09

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5

Baseball Therapy: Should I Worry About My Favorite Pitcher?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-01

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3

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Five
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Josh Shepardson

04-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: There is No Divide
by
Derek Zumsteg

04-23

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4

Fantasy Beat: Hisashi Iwakuma and Better Stats
by
Paul Sporer

04-16

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6

Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Three
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Paul Singman

04-08

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16

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Two
by
Josh Shepardson

03-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 157: SABR Analytics Conference Recap
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 78: Quantifying Coaches/Why Some Fielders Look Better Than They Are/How Do We Know What Pitchers Should Weigh?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-25

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37

Overthinking It: The 2012 All-Fringe-Prospect Team
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-24

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17

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

08-21

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6

Baseball ProGUESTus: Baseball and Base 3
by
Zachary Levine

07-24

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6

Baseball Therapy: It Happens Every May
by
Russell A. Carleton

07-24

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13

Baseball ProGUESTus: Fear And Loathing (And Acceptance) in Nerdery
by
Tim Baffoe

07-16

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3

Resident Fantasy Genius: To Platoon or Not to Platoon?
by
Derek Carty

07-09

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67

Baseball Therapy: Hire Joe Morgan
by
Russell A. Carleton

07-05

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6

BP Unfiltered: Visual Year-to-Date Stats
by
Rob McQuown

04-16

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30

BP Unfiltered: Tracking 2012's Top Prospects
by
Bradley Ankrom

03-09

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20

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-06

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24

Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-28

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13

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-24

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11

Future Shock: Detroit Tigers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-23

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Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-20

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Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-14

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24

Future Shock: Boston Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-07

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12

Future Shock: Atlanta Braves Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-02

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33

Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-30

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27

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-26

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45

Future Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-24

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38

Future Shock: Washington Nationals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-19

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55

Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-17

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Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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23

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-13

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61

Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

01-10

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33

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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75

Future Shock: Athletics Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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19

Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-03

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27

Future Shock: Miami Marlins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-16

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29

Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-13

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47

Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-24

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42

Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-21

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36

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-15

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BP Unfiltered: Managing New Stats
by
Rob McQuown

11-15

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41

Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-09

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35

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-03

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37

Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-01

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40

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

09-19

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17

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

05-12

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Wezen-Ball: The Back of Your Baseball Cards
by
Larry Granillo

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What we know and what we're still wondering about MLB's new ball- and player-tracking technology.

If you were at the Sloan MIT Sports Analytics Conference or on Baseball Twitter this weekend, you’ve already seen this video, but you probably won’t mind watching it once more.

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Join the MLBAM team for 2014!

It's that time of the year again, and our partners at MLBAM are looking for stats stringers for the 2014 season. Information and application information are below. Good luck!

MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers to cover these clubs in 2014 and beyond:

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When pitching stats stabilize.

Of course. He's a pitcher.

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May 1, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Five

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Josh Shepardson

Owners in need of pitching help might want to look at Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano, who is one of eight names on this week's list.

Gaby Sanchez, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Ownership: ESPN: 0.7% Yahoo!: 2% CBS: 5%
2013 Stats: 4 R, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB, .244 AVG

Sanchez might not be the first name that comes to mind when thinking about lefty-mashers, but he has hit southpaws quite well in his career. He has 465 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, and in them, he has a triple -slash line of .295/.388/.505. His ability to hit lefties fits well on the Pirates roster, as manager Clint Hurdle routinely wisely sits Garrett Jones against left-handed pitching. Sanchez is making the most of his playing time against southpaws this year, and has already smacked two doubles and three homers in 25 plate appearances against them.



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Real-world examples show us that we use scouting and performance analysis in tandem all the time.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Derek drew a parallel between job interviews and baseball teams' talent evaluations in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Breaking Balls" column on January 20, 2005.
 


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What can Hisashi Iwakuma's early season work teach us about using the most effective stats available?

Hisashi Iwakuma had the odd occurrence in his 2012 season where he was actually better as a starter. Most pitchers are not only better in short bursts out of the bullpen, but markedly so. Iwakuma spent 30 1/3 in the bullpen pitching to a 4.75 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with an 18 percent strikeout rate and 12 percent walk rate. He took off once he become a starter, posting a 2.65 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 95 innings with a 20 percent strikeout rate and seven percent walk rate.

His 2013 season is off to an even better start as he has managed a 1.69 ERA and 0.53 WHIP in 26 2/3 innings through his first four starts. The only impediment to his success so far has been a blister issue, though something tells me his 100 percent left on base rate and .119 BABIP are set to rise. I have noticed that his batted ball mix is different from 2012 as his flyball rate climbed dramatically from 27 percent to 42 percent, including a 13 percent infield flyball rate.

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April 16, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Three

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Paul Singman

Two Athletics pitchers, one already in the majors and one knocking on the door, are among this list of 10 players worthy of your attention.

Maicer Izturis, IF, Toronto Blue Jays
Ownership:  ESPN: 3.6% Yahoo!: 5%  CBS: 8%
2013 Stats: 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, .194 AVG

Jose Reyes’ ankle injury is causing all sorts of shuffling in the Toronto lineup. One positive side effect is Jose Bautista potentially gaining third-base eligibility, with two starts at the hot corner over the weekend. The speedy Rajai Davis also figures to receive more starts in the outfield as a result. At first glance, you might think the injury also opens significant playing time for Izturis, but that might not be the case.



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April 8, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Two

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Josh Shepardson

Owners hunting for saves should have a couple of NL Central flamethrowers on their radars.

Each week, two members of the BP fantasy team will provide a rundown of potentially valuable players that are available as free agents in most fantasy formats across the major platforms. We will run one column on the National League and one on the American League each week, with Josh Shepardson tackling the senior circuit on Mondays and Paul Singman focusing on the junior circuit on Tuesdays.

Evan Gattis, C, Atlanta Braves
Ownership: ESPN: 2.4% Yahoo!: 2% CBS: 18%
2013 Stats: 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, .364 AVG



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Ben and Sam discuss Ben's trip to Phoenix for the SABR Analytics Conference, covering the sabermetrics of marketing, clubhouse chemistry, knuckleballers, bullpen usage, the WBC, Kyle Lohse, and other topics along the way.



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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the importance of coaches, defensive stats, and how we know whether pitchers should gain or lose weight, with guest appearances by Colin Wyers and Doug Thorburn.

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the importance of coaches, defensive stats, and how we know whether pitchers should gain or lose weight, with guest appearances by Colin Wyers and Doug Thorburn.

Episode 78: "Quantifying Coaches/Why Some Fielders Look Better Than They Are/How Do We Know What Pitchers Should Weigh?"

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September 25, 2012 9:30 am

Overthinking It: The 2012 All-Fringe-Prospect Team

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Ben Lindbergh

Which minor-league full-season statistical leaders were mostly mirage?

It used to be that BP based its prospect lists largely on statistical performance. Sometimes this approach served us well, when the numbers picked up on something scouts overlooked. Other times—probably most times—we were the ones missing out. Never were the advantages and disadvantages of the stathead approach to prospect rankings made more clear than on our 2005 Top-50 list, when we placed Dustin Pedroia and Mitch Einertson in a 49th-place tie. Baseball America didn’t put Pedroia in its top 100 that year, and he went on to win an MVP award, so score one for us. Baseball America never put Einertson in its top 100, and he followed up the small-sample .303/.406/.688 2004 season that got us all excited by not making the majors, so score one for the scouts. So far, anyway. Einertson is only 26 and still playing in the American Association, so there’s still hope.

These days, of course, we take both stats and scouting into account. While we still make mistakes, we have a better process in place. However, that process can be disappointing. Sometimes, our inner numbers nerds start dreaming on a stat line, only to have our hopes crushed when we find out our new favorite prospect is a poseur who won’t be able to miss bats at the major-league level or hit a big-league breaking ball. This article is a position-by-position tribute to the fringy prospects who wouldn’t be able to back up the eye-catching stats on the back of their baseball cards, if they were good enough to have baseball cards.

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Do pitchers get worse at the plate the more time they spend in the minor leagues?

One of the most-used arguments in favor of extending the DH rule to the National League is that the sight of a pitcher flailing about with a bat in his hands every two or three innings isn’t anyone’s idea of competition at the highest levels. This argument can be countered in several ways.

One could be the following: pitchers aren’t much worse at hitting than some oversized sluggers are at circling the bases (notice how I avoided using the word “running”). So why not make baseball a bit more like football? You could have a defensive unit and an offensive one, plus the special teams (the runners). That way, we would always see the best performers in each aspect of the game.

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