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06-24

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Transaction Analysis: Youkilis Changes Sox
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R.J. Anderson

04-10

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29

Baseball ProGUESTus: Between Death and Glory
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Ian Miller

11-10

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Beltran's Next Stop
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Jay Jaffe

07-19

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30

The BP Broadside: Joe Girardi's Comfort Thing
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Steven Goldman

04-28

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25

Span and Sain and Pray for Rain: Spy vs. Spy
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Emma Span

03-14

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15

The BP Broadside: Mitchell Page's Unfinished Sentence
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Steven Goldman

10-29

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25

World Series Prospectus: Game Two Analysis
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Christina Kahrl

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five
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Tommy Bennett

10-22

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On the Beat: Creating a Mindset
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John Perrotto

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Phillies vs. Giants
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Christina Kahrl

10-05

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

09-13

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35

Joe's Blog: Yankees/Rays
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Joe Sheehan

08-17

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Prospectus Perspective: A Rose is a Rose is a... Rozelle?
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Christina Kahrl

08-05

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Prospectus Perspective: The Magical Magic of Yankees-Red Sox
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Steven Goldman

08-03

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You Could Look It Up: The Showalter Gambit
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Steven Goldman

05-17

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32

Ahead in the Count: The Cost of OPP
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Matt Swartz

03-01

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10

Camp Battles: NL West
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Christina Kahrl

02-17

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On the Beat: Mid-Week Update
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John Perrotto

11-23

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25

Checking the Numbers: Fielding Distrust
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Eric Seidman

08-07

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17

Clash of the Other AL Titans?
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Christina Kahrl

07-03

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24

Prospectus Hit List: Beating the Holiday Traffic
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Jay Jaffe

05-28

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23

Wait 'Til Next Year: Regionals Preview
by
Bryan Smith

03-27

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10

Transaction Analysis: Big-League Cuts and NRI Mutts
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Christina Kahrl

02-13

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14

Prospectus Hit and Run: Outside Help, NL Central
by
Jay Jaffe

09-23

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-16

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You Could Look It Up: Yosted by His Own Petard
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Steven Goldman

08-28

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Prospectus Preview: Thursday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-25

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Marc Normandin

08-08

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Prospectus Preview: Friday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-22

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A3P Redux
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Eric Seidman

07-07

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

05-19

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The Week in Quotes: May 12-18
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Alex Carnevale

05-15

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Wait 'Til Next Year: College Weekend Preview
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Bryan Smith

04-07

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Sorting It Out
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Bryan Smith

03-13

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Wait 'Til Next Year: College Weekend Preview
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Bryan Smith

10-15

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You Could Look It Up: The Tribe's Troubles
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Steven Goldman

09-28

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Prospectus Today: September's Gift
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Joe Sheehan

03-07

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March Mirages
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John Perrotto

12-13

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The Class of 2007
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Jay Jaffe

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Twins versus Athletics
by
Joe Sheehan

09-24

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Under The Knife: I Got It
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Will Carroll

08-16

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Fantasy Focus: RotoWire Barometer, 8/16/06
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Gus Papadopoulos

08-10

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A Night at Shea
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Alex Belth

08-09

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 6th
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Jay Jaffe

06-21

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Prospectus Notebook: Brewers, Athletics, Pirates
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Baseball Prospectus

12-14

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Transaction Analysis: December 7-13
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Christina Kahrl

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals
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Christina Kahrl

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: July 20-25
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Christina Kahrl

07-21

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Under The Knife: Brokedown Pitchers
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Will Carroll

03-31

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2005--Setting the Stage
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Jay Jaffe

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June 24, 2012 6:09 pm

Transaction Analysis: Youkilis Changes Sox

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R.J. Anderson

Kevin Youkilis is dealt to Chicago, plus a look at other assorted transactions



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You never know what you'll see next in the minor leagues, the punk rock version of baseball.

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.

Ian Miller plays bass guitar in loud bands, including Kowloon Walled City, and is one of the two idiots behind @ProductiveOuts. He is also a recovering Mets fan.
 


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November 10, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beltran's Next Stop

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Jay Jaffe

After a brief stop near the Golden Gate, Carlos Beltran finds himself looking for a new baseball home.

The doozy of a headscratcher that was Monday's Melky Cabrera/Jonathan Sanchez swap between the Royals and the Giants raised more questions than it answered. One of them—beyond "You woke me for this?"—is, "What does this mean for Carlos Beltran?" In recent weeks, it was thought that the Giants would work to retain the 34-year-old (35 on April 24) right fielder, whom they acquired from the Mets back on July 28, but the Melkman's delivery casts doubt upon that.

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Managers often find themselves seduced by the lure of high save totals and set roles, but it's to their own detriment.

Today’s sermon was inspired by a discussion about politics, but it is not about politics but managers. In this blog post, noted scholar-of-virtually-everything Garry Wills relates the current ideological inflexibility of one of our political parties to a practice in Britain known as “instruction,” in which candidates for office ran for office having sworn to maintain certain positions. As Wills points out, this was problematic:

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Last Friday's faceoff between Tony LaRussa and Dusty Baker could lead to a good old-fashioned managerial feud.

Compared to football, or even basketball, “manager-vs.-manager” is rarely part of the hype surrounding a baseball game. There’s not really a personality-clash equivalent of, say, Bill Belichick’s team going up against Rex Ryan's, at least not these days. There are plenty of baseball managers who are still characters—hi, Ozzie!—but relatively few who really impose their personality or style on a team in a dramatic, Billy Martin sort of way. Some run more than others, some leave pitchers in longer than others—but ultimately, over the course of a season, a manager is usually not a huge factor in a team’s success or failure.

I started thinking about this last week, when two very different dugout fixtures went up against each other more directly than is typical these days. Last Friday night, the Reds were paying the Cardinals, and with rain predicted, La Russa decided to sit scheduled starter Kyle McClellan and start the game with reliever Miguel Batista. Dusty Baker, meanwhile, had Edinson Volquez warmed up and ready to go before a two-hour pregame rain delay hit, after which he instead stuck Matt Maloney in the game. The Cardinals went on to win, 4-2.

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March 14, 2011 9:00 am

The BP Broadside: Mitchell Page's Unfinished Sentence

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Steven Goldman

His baseball card was more memorable than his career, but that was only part of the mystery.

Mitchell Page died on Saturday. He leaves this world at the youthful age of 59, a departure that seems almost as mysterious as his arrival. For 33 years, Page has been a figure of fascination to me, an unlikely link to my childhood. It was all because of this baseball card:

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October 29, 2010 8:00 am

World Series Prospectus: Game Two Analysis

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Christina Kahrl

Ron Washington marched out multiple relievers in a beautiful nightmare of an inning, leading to another Rangers loss.

Mama said there'll be days like this
There'll be days like this, my Mama said
Mama said, Mama said
—The Shirelles




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October 22, 2010 11:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five

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Tommy Bennett

The Phillies live to see another day by beating the Giants.

It’s funny how much weight we give recent performance. Going into Game One of the NLCS in Philadelphia, the excitement and hype surrounding the titanic clash of Tim Lincecum (twice over the reigning Cy Young winner!) and Roy Halladay (perfect game and playoff no-hitter!) was fevered. Each had pitched brilliantly in his respective NLDS, and it was largely on that basis that expectations were ramped up last Saturday. Matching up again just five days later, Lincecum and Halladay faced considerably lower expectations on Thursday evening. Neither was as sensational in Game One as he was in his first post-season start, but I’d like to think we’re better than basing our entire set of expectations on one game’s performance. If anything, Game Five on Thursday night featured one of this generation’s most dominant pitchers with his back against the wall in the postseason for the first time and Halladay helped the Phillies beat the Giants 4-2 to stay alive as they now trail the series 3-2.

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October 22, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Creating a Mindset

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John Perrotto

Manager Ron Washington has gotten the Rangers to buy into his style of play, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

Ron Washington has the chance to make history in the next two nights. The Rangers lead the Yankees 3-2 in the American League Championship Series and need only one win in the next two games to qualify for the first World Series appearance in the franchise' 50-year history.

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October 15, 2010 8:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Phillies vs. Giants

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Christina Kahrl

A series that will feature spectacular pitching may come down to the tiniest advantages to decide the winner.

So, let's see, for an initial checklist for maximum LCS entertainment potential, is there anything missing? Record-wise, the two best teams in National League? Check, even if we allow for the fact that the Giants weren't one of the top two teams in Clay Davenport's adjusted standings. The two best rotations in baseball? Check. Heck, it even features two of the three best defensive units in the league (via PADE), with only the already-vanquished Reds separating the Giants and Phillies. And the offenses are... well, OK, this whole clash of the titans thing only goes so far, because they're not both among the best in the league. The Phillies are, tying for third in the league in team-level True Average, but the Giants finished back in ninth place, even with Brian Sabean's ticky-tack trades to accrue incremental improvements.

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October 5, 2010 11:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees

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Jay Jaffe

The Twins and Yankees meet yet again in the first round of the postseason but Minnesota has home field advantage this time.

As they did last year as well as 2003 and 2004, the Twins run squarely into the Yankee juggernaut in the first round. Unlike those other three meetings, they have home field advantage this time around, as they won the AL Central going away thanks to a league-best 48-26 second-half record. The defending world champion Yankees, who held the majors' best record for most of the season, were forced to settle for the wild card due to a sluggish 13-17 showing against a very tough schedule in September and October. Despite the relative temperatures of the two clubs, it's important to remember that late-season records aren't predictive of October success—or failure.

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September 13, 2010 5:32 pm

Joe's Blog: Yankees/Rays

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Joe Sheehan

Sabathia! Price! Almost meaningless!

I want to be excited about tonight's Yankees/Rays game. I want to be pumped about the clash of the two best teams in baseball, separated by a half-game in the standings, with two of the best pitchers in the AL squaring off in the opener. I want to be invested in the outcome, either as a Yankee fan since childhood or a professional writer for about half that time. I want to believe.

I can't do it. The game just doesn't mean very much. I have no doubt that the players on both teams will go all out to win, and I am sure that Joe Maddon and Joe Girardi would rather win than lose, but I know the history. We have 16 years of evidence that suggests that teams that have locked up postseason berths treat winning the division rather than being the wild card as something nice to have, rather than something necessary.

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