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03-05

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Wezen-Ball: When Cuba Stomped the Orioles
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Larry Granillo

07-16

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The Week in Quotes: July 9-July 15
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

06-18

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The Week in Quotes: June 11-17
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

03-20

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Baseball Prospectus News: Welcoming BP's New Bylines
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Ben Lindbergh

01-25

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16

Pebble Hunting: Scott Boras' First Time
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Sam Miller

01-19

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14

The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/19/12
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Mike Petriello

12-20

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15

Overthinking It: Keeping Up with the Friedmans
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Ben Lindbergh

12-16

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Men Behind the Men Behind the Plate
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Jonathan Bernhardt

11-11

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Language of the Hot Stove League
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Ted Berg

11-07

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Future Shock: Yoenis Cespedes: The Showcase
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Kevin Goldstein

11-02

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Wezen-Ball: Player Rankings for Type A/B Calculations, 1982-1984
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Larry Granillo

10-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out Save
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Kevin Baker

10-19

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The Lineup Card: 13 Iconic Instances of Facial Hair
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Baseball Prospectus

09-30

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Baseball ProGUESTus: A New Take on Plate Discipline--Redefining the Zone
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Matt Lentzner

09-09

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Florida Marlins
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Kevin Goldstein, Jay Jaffe and ESPN Insider

08-10

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The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Basebrawls and Individual Performances in Basebrawls
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Baseball Prospectus

05-26

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Bullpen
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Mike Petriello

05-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Trumbo
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David Laurila

04-25

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: At Your Service
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Larry Granillo

03-24

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Divide and Conquer, AL West: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
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Joey Matschulat

03-10

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Overthinking It: A Review of Jonah Keri's The Extra 2%
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Ben Lindbergh

03-01

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20

Span and Sain and Pray for Rain
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Emma Span

02-22

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Checking the Numbers: Paying the Premium
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Eric Seidman

09-15

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Under The Knife: About Those Pitch Counts
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Will Carroll

07-14

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Outfield
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Rob McQuown

06-08

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One-Hoppers: Observing Perfection
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Jay Jaffe

06-03

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Under The Knife: Thursday Update
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Will Carroll

05-26

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Under The Knife: Wednesday Update
by
Will Carroll

05-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Meet the Mets
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Jay Jaffe

05-22

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You Can Blog It Up: DPOTD: Worst Hitting with John Gochnaur vs. Julio Borbon, plus Minors Players as Majors Managers
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Steven Goldman

05-03

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Under The Knife: A Case of the Mondays
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Will Carroll

04-28

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Prospectus Q&A: Chris Davis
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David Laurila

04-23

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Under The Knife: Checking Out Aroldis Chapman
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Will Carroll

03-31

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Under The Knife: Late Spring Training Hurts
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Will Carroll

03-19

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Prospectus Q&A: Terry Francona
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David Laurila

03-14

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

02-02

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Transaction Action: Thome, Taveras, and 10,000
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Christina Kahrl

09-21

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Prospectus Today: Bradleygate?
by
Joe Sheehan

09-15

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Under The Knife: September Shutdowns
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Will Carroll

07-20

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Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

07-05

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Funck Interview Transcript
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Ken Funck

06-26

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16

Under The Knife: Triage Report
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Will Carroll

06-22

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Under The Knife: Trauma Unit
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Will Carroll

06-05

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Fantasy Beat: Rookie Hurlers
by
Marc Normandin

01-19

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The Week in Quotes: January 12-18
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Alex Carnevale

10-15

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Playoff Diary
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David Laurila

10-13

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On the Beat: Joe Maddon, Wisdomist
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John Perrotto

10-03

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Prospectus Today: Are You Experienced?
by
Joe Sheehan

08-04

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The Week in Quotes: Week of July 28-August 3
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Alex Carnevale

07-21

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Under The Knife: Desperate Measures
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Will Carroll

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The 1999 meeting between Cuba and the Baltimore Orioles did not go well for the major league squad.

The Baltimore Orioles, led by their owner Peter Angelos, made a bid at international diplomacy in 1999. After a large push by Angelos, Major League Baseball and the Cuban government (along with a little help from the State Department, I'm sure) agreed to play a home-and-home series between the Cuban national team and Angelos' Orioles at the start of the season.

The first game was played in Havana in March before a roaring crowd of 50,000-plus. Angelos was joined in the front row behind home plate at Estadio Latinoamericano with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. After the home team tied it up in the bottom of the 8th, the crowd was treated to a 3-2 Baltimore victory when an 11th-inning single from Harold Baines scored Will Clark from second. It was a thrilling but, ultimately, predictable game.

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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

OZZIE SPARS WITH HARPER, NATIONALS OVER PINE TAR
“First time, it’s going to stay between us/ I could have said a lot of [stuff] about this kid. I’ve been praising this kid like everyday. The last three times they asked me about him, the only thing I said was he’s a great player. What he did [today] was unprofessional. I’m not going to tell you guys what he did because I’m not going to be talking about it on ESPN, “Baseball Tonight,” what happened again. I’ll just leave it like that. I’ll talk to his manager in a little while.”
—Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen accused Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper of using too much pine tar on his bat, calling the rookie’s actions “unprofessional.” Guillen yelled profanities in Harper’s direction during his at-bat in the fourth inning. (Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post)



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The notable quotables from the week that was.

A-ROD TIES GEHRIG WITH SLAM
“It means a lot. It’s very special. This game is very, very difficult, and if you’re not going to enjoy these great moments, then it’s not any fun. Lou Gehrig was not only one of the all-time greats, but he was one of ours, a Yankee.”
—Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who hit his 23rd career grand slam on Tuesday night, tying Lou Gehrig for first on the all-time list. (David Waldstein, New York Times)



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We've been busy since our last State of the Prospectus, so it's time to bring you up to date on all of the exciting additions to our roster.

Steven Goldman wrote something in his preface to Baseball Prospectus 2011 that has stuck with me since. I quoted it in my own preface to the Best Of Baseball Prospectus books, and I’m about to quote it again. Someday, I’ll feel inspired and find another line to use in my introductions. For now, though, Steven’s sentiments will suffice, since they explain how we’ve managed to remain true to our roots even as many of our founding members and longtime contributors have moved on to other challenges.

True institutions do not survive due to the efforts of any one or two people, but because a collective of believers holds true to their animating principle, thus forming an unbroken chain from founders to inheritors. In our case, we continue to focus on cutting through baseball’s homilies—stomping the dead, whenever possible, along the way—in favor of realism and hard truths.

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January 25, 2012 3:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Scott Boras' First Time

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Sam Miller

Long before there was Prince Fielder, there was Bill Caudill, one of the first beneficiaries of the super-agent's skills.

In 1981, the Seattle Mariners had no closer. Seven Mariners saved at least one game, and nobody saved more than eight. Shane Rawley, he of the eight, walked more batters than he struck out, with an ERA worse than the league average. In March of 1982, he gave up 12 runs in 11 spring training innings. Days before the season began, Rawley was traded to the Yankees for Bill Caudill and Gene Nelson, both young pitchers, and cash. Saves weren’t quite such a big deal yet—just one pitcher in the American League had saved more than 20 in the strike-shortened 1981 season, and only five reached even a dozen—so the Mariners entered the 1982 season without a closer.

But Caudill pitched well, surprisingly well, and in Seattle’s 15th game, Caudill earned his first save. The trade to Seattle "was the biggest break of my life,” he said after the game. “I just love being here. I'm finally getting a chance to play. I was a mop-up man.” He would get 26 saves that year and 26 the next. In 1984, he was traded to the A’s, where he saved 36 games and made his first All-Star team. After that season, he was traded once again, to the Blue Jays, and that’s where the fun begins.

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January 19, 2012 3:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/19/12

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Mike Petriello

Reader requests Harrison and Santana mingle with Kuroda and Dan Hudson in this week's Keeper Reaper

I was looking at the list of available free agent starters today, and man, is it barren out there if you're still hunting for starters. Other than Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson, your best bet is… Zach Duke? Jeff Francis? Kevin Millwood? It's like the Island of Misfit Toys out there. Let's get started on this week's Reaper with two user requests, and as always, I'm happy to take other suggestions in the comments.

Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers
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If EVERYONE has a brilliant GM, does ANYONE have a brilliant GM? Or are standout GMs going the way of .400 hitters?

There is an industrywide understanding now—a lot of teams spend a lot of time on this. There is a constant understanding that you need to find the next area of opportunity.—Mark Shapiro

The ideas that at one time were innovative are now mainstream.—Sandy Alderson

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What can Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli tell us about the dangers of valuing backup catchers inappropriately?

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.

Jonathan Bernhardt is a freelance writer born in Baltimore who lives and works in New York City. He is an occasional contributor to the Et tu, Mr. Destructo? blog.

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We familiarize ourselves with the media's offseason thinking thanks to a source with knowledge of the terminology.

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.

Ted Berg is an editor at SNY.tv, where he writes a blog, hosts videos, and co-hosts a podcast. He lives in New York and tweets about Taco Bell at @OGTedBerg.

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Blow-by-blow recap of the incredible scouting video of top international prospect Yoenis Cespedes

I knew I was in for something special once I saw the email.

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How players were ranked in the free agent compensation procedure in its first years, from 1982-1984.

The free agency season is among us. Major League Baseball released the list of the 100+ free agents over the weekend and we've already seen some action, with C.C. Sabathia opting out of his contract with the Yankees only to re-sign with the Bombers less than twelve hours later. It's a crazy season.

It's also the season when everyone gets to discuss and argue about the less-than-useful Type A and Type B free agent rankings Major League Baseabll gives out each year. For those who follow MLB Trade Rumors, this week's release of free agent rankings wasn't all that surprising, as they have been running their own version of the calculations for years now. For the rest of the baseball-watching public, though, the free agent ranking process is about as clear as Bryce Harper's eye-black. It doesn't help that MLB makes it difficult - if not impossible - to find the formula anymore.

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Is Goose Gossage right to say that Mariano Rivera has it "easy?"

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.

Kevin Baker is a novelist and historian who is currently at work on a social history of New York City baseball, to be published by Pantheon.


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