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05-24

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: The Myths of Minor-League Strikeouts
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Bret Sayre

05-06

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18

Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5
by
Zach Mortimer

04-06

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2

Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 6, 2013
by
Clint Chisam and Joe Hamrahi

11-13

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37

Bizball: Ranking 10 MLB Relocation and Expansion Markets Shows Why Either is Difficult
by
Maury Brown

09-05

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43

Baseball Therapy: Is There Really Racism in the Broadcast Booth?
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-04

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38

Minor League Update: Games of September 3
by
Bradley Ankrom

05-25

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8

Wezen-Ball: The Yankees' Fictional Sale
by
Larry Granillo

04-27

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5

Wezen-Ball: Google Wars
by
Larry Granillo

01-04

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11

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All
by
Jay Jaffe

01-02

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21

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Outfielders, Part I
by
Jay Jaffe

12-28

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14

Future Shock: Prospect Resolutions
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-19

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18

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Middle Infielders
by
Jay Jaffe

12-09

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9

Transaction Analysis: Wrapping Up the Winter Meetings UPDATED TWICE
by
R.J. Anderson, Kevin Goldstein and Ben Lindbergh

10-07

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18

Baseball ProGUESTus: Moneyball and Money Men
by
Kevin Baker

09-07

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9

Future Shock: Minor-League MVPs
by
Kevin Goldstein

09-06

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24

Future Shock: Top 10 Favorite Prospects of 2011
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-29

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20

Future Shock: Monday-Morning Ten-Pack for 8/29/11
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-24

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Value Picks: Outfield for 8/24/11
by
Rob McQuown

08-22

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4

BP Unfiltered: Jerome Williams Is Back
by
Mike Fast

07-26

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13

Transaction Analysis: Angel in the Infield
by
Ben Lindbergh

07-15

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13

Baseball ProGUESTus: Astros Appreciation
by
Allen Barra

06-27

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12

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-26

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27

Future Shock: Breaking Down Superman
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: Return of the Prodigal Sluggers
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-24

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6

Transaction Analysis: Quad-A Saves the Day?
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-18

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6

Fantasy Beat: The Quad-A Label
by
Jason Collette

05-16

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5

The Week in Quotes: May 9-15
by
Alex Carnevale

05-02

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19

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-07

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13

Future Shock: An Ideal Road Trip
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-10

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4

The BP Wayback Machine: The Doctor is...Gone
by
Rany Jazayerli

03-01

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4

Prospectus Q&A: Adam Greenberg
by
David Laurila

02-16

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6

Purpose Pitches: AL NRIs to Watch
by
Christina Kahrl

02-15

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12

Future Shock: Five Potential All-Star Batteries
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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7

Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: The Right Fielders
by
Jay Jaffe

12-28

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14

Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Alomar's Second Chance
by
Jay Jaffe

12-23

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12

Prospectus Perspective: What's Left on the Shelves?
by
Christina Kahrl

12-13

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12

The Week in Quotes: December 6-12
by
Alex Carnevale

10-25

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31

Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

09-13

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10

Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-24

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Minor Issues: Broadcasting the Minors, with Josh Whetzel
by
David Laurila

07-21

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6

Future Shock: The Three R's of Systems Deep in Pitching
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-07

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19

Future Shock: Making a Match for Cliff Lee
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-07

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10

Transaction Action: Western Horizons
by
Christina Kahrl

06-29

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35

Expanded Horizons: Is It Next Year Yet?
by
Tommy Bennett

06-16

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13

Checking the Numbers: Where in the World is McLouth's TAv?
by
Eric Seidman

06-11

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3

Campus Notes: Super Regionals Preview, Part 2
by
Charles Dahan

06-10

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Campus Notes: Super Regionals Preview, Part 1
by
Charles Dahan

06-02

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Campus Notes: NCAA Regionals Preview, Part 2
by
Charles Dahan

06-01

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Campus Notes: NCAA Regionals Preview, Part 1
by
Charles Dahan

05-31

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You Could Look It Up: Memorial Day Meditations
by
Steven Goldman

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May 24, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Myths of Minor-League Strikeouts

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Bret Sayre

Bret explains why high minor-league strikeout rates don't always portend low batting averages when a player reaches the majors.

It gets talked about a lot; we are living through a golden age of strikeouts in baseball. And there are plenty of potential reasons for this, which are thrown out during the discussion. Some say that it’s just a talent surge on the pitching side of the equation that will correct itself during the next cycle. Some say it’s an overall lack of a two-strike mentality among hitters in the game today. Some say the sabermetric movement has reduced the fear and shame associated with striking out. Some say it’s sunscreen.

Regardless of what the true reasoning is (though it’s likely a combination of all of the above and more), we are where we are at the major-league level. But what does that mean for minor-league strikeout rates? Are contact rates in the minors decreasing at the same level that we see across the highest level of the game? The answer is that it depends how advanced the league is.

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May 6, 2013 1:48 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5

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Zach Mortimer

Indians righty Danny Salazar owns an electric fastball and should garner more attention than he has received.

Games of Thursday, May 2

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News and notes from around the league for April 6, 2013

As we begin the 2013 season, we introduce another new feature here at Baseball Prospectus. Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! (For the first full week of the new campaign, this feature will be completely free to all readers!)

And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription (http://www.mlbdepthcharts.com/2013/02/mlbdepthcharts-insider.html), which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past 7 games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 
 


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A look at the ten most likely places for a new MLB club

It seems that nearly every week, articles surrounding the potential relocation of the A’s and Rays surface. A panel looking into a potential San Jose relocation for the A’s has been gridlocked since 2009 (and remember, the A’s have been looking to move to San Jose for a heck of a lot longer than that). The Rays haven’t been far behind in their efforts to get out of Tropicana Field. Whether it’s the commute for fans to get to the domed stadium, the aesthetics, or the need to be closer to an urban core, it seems that Tampa Bay has been seeking a new ballpark for just as long. Relocation for these two clubs is crucial.

Another thing that comes up less frequently but has extra meaning going into 2013 is expansion. With the Astros moving into the AL West, the American League and National League will now be balanced at 15 clubs a piece. The problem is that 15 is an odd number, and as a result, interleague will become a daily affair. It’s unlikely that’s something that the league wanted, so getting to 32 clubs would take care of that matter. That would mean revenues spread thinner with two extra mouths to feed. Additionally, it’s no given that one or both wouldn’t be revenue-sharing takers, and trying to get ballparks built is no easy feat in this economy. So, 30 is a number that seems to suit the “Big Four” sports leagues in North America. The NBA has it. Ditto for the NHL. Currently, only the NFL—which has the advantage of being highly centralized (revenues are shared more evenly across the franchises) and exceptionally popular—is the exception at 32 clubs.

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Russell puts the conclusions of last week's attention-getting article in The Atlantic to the test.

Last week, in Atlantic magazine, two researchers published the results of a study with a very unsettling conclusion: there is subtle racism at work in the broadcast booth in Major League Baseball. The idea that Caucasian players are more often praised for being "gritty" and "scrappy," while African-American, Hispanic, and Asian players aren't similarly lauded, isn’t a new one. For the first time, someone decided to put the hypothesis to an empirical test.

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September 4, 2012 1:30 pm

Minor League Update: Games of September 3

38

Bradley Ankrom

Notes from the day in the minors, and a few major leaguers

Notes on top prospects in the minors and majors. 

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Hal Steinbrenner tells us that the rumors about his family selling the team are a "complete fiction". Here, then, are 15 fictional characters who might be able to buy the club.

The New York Daily News made waves on Thursday, when they cited unnamed sources in publishing a story stating that the Steinbrenners were "exploring the possibility of selling the Yankees." With the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers recently, the Daily News reported that "experts estimate [the club] could be worth up to a stunning $3 billion." If you ask Hal Steinbrenner, however, he'd say that the newspaper was trying their hand at speculative fiction:

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How does a Google search for, say, "Dodgers" differ between the US and the non-baseball world?

Our view of the world is a bit skewed, especially as Baseball Prospectus readers. For us, it's baseball here, baseball there—we probably even see baseballs in scoops of ice cream or in sunrises. A close encounter of the third kind would likely bring us face to face with Babe Ruth or Harmon Killebrew as we carve Yankee Stadium out of a pile of mashed potatoes. A day without baseball is a day wasted.

But ours is a limited view of the real world. There are whole countries and whole continents who couldn't care less about the infield-fly rule or if Mariano Rivera has gone back to wearing high socks. It's a sad world, yes, but it's a world that exists nonetheless.

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January 4, 2012 12:18 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All

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Jay Jaffe

Tim Raines has his case re-examined, and the remainder of the Hall ballot gets a look.

We all have our pet projects. With the graduations of Bert Blyleven and Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame, mine is now Tim Raines. During his 23-year major-league career, Raines combined the virtues of a keen batting eye, dazzling speed, and all-around athleticism with a cerebral approach that made him an electrifying performer and a dangerous offensive weapon. Yet in four years on the ballot, he's reached just 37.5 percent of the vote, exactly half of what he needs to reach Cooperstown.

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Bernie Williams burned it up with the Yankees during his career, but did the Puerto Rican do enough to blaze a trail to the Hall?

Before Derek Jeter, there was Bernie Williams. As the Yankees emerged from a barren stretch of 13 seasons without a trip to the playoffs from 1982-1994, and a particularly abysmal stretch of four straight losing seasons from 1989-1992, their young switch-hitting center fielder stood as a symbol for the franchise's resurgence. For too long, the Yankees had drafted poorly, traded away what homegrown talent they produced for veterans, and signed pricey free agents to fill the gaps as part of George Steinbrenner's eternal win-now directive. But with Steinbrenner banned by commissioner Fay Vincent and the Yankees' day-to-day baseball operations in the hands of Gene Michael, promising youngsters were allowed to develop unimpeded.

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December 28, 2011 5:50 am

Future Shock: Prospect Resolutions

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Kevin Goldstein

While some prospects had breakout campaigns in 2011, others are hoping to re-emerge in 2012.

It was a very good year; it was a very bad year. That's how any farm system follower can feel when reviewing a prospect’s status. Here are 10 players who might like to forget what happened in 2011, and hope that a change of the calendar can help them turn it around in 2012.

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December 19, 2011 1:45 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Middle Infielders

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Jay Jaffe

Only one middle infielder passes the revamped JAWS' standards for Hall of Fame induction.

The past year has been a great one for JAWS, the Hall of Fame evaluation system whose creation marked my first contribution to Baseball Prospectus back in 2004 (I didn't name it until the next go-round). In 2011, two overly qualified candidates for whom I've advocated for the better part of a decade were finally elected. In January, Bert Blyleven received 79.7 percen tof the Baseball Writers of America vote, becoming the first player ever to gain entry on his 14th ballot. In December, the late Ron Santo received 93.8 percent of the vote from the Golden Era committee, a bittersweet result given his passing just a year ago but a vindication of what we've known here for years, that he too was worthy of a bronze plaque.

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