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04-22

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46

The Stash List: First Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-16

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32

Out of Left Field: Not Fixing the All-Star Game
by
Matthew Kory

02-29

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13

Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
by
Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

02-23

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12

Inside The Park: Ode to a Terrible Stat
by
Bradford Doolittle

02-22

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28

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Derek Carty and Michael Jong

02-20

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19

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
by
R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

01-13

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61

Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

12-21

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36

Spinning Yarn: Hit-and-Run Success is No Accident
by
Mike Fast

11-18

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15

Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Having a Quick Hook Helps
by
Mitchel Lichtman

11-17

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48

The Lineup Card: 11 Ballplayers Who Suffered Unusual Demises
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Baseball Prospectus

10-31

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11

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

10-19

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23

World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
by
Baseball Prospectus

09-30

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21

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

06-20

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The Week in Quotes: June 13-19
by
Alex Carnevale

05-24

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5

Baseball ProGUESTus: Answers from a Sabermetrician, Part 1
by
Tom Tango

03-30

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5

The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball's Hilbert Problems
by
Keith Woolner

02-16

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59

Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
by
Mike Fast

01-21

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6

Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part II
by
David Laurila

10-26

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8

Spinning Yarn: Interpreting Pitch Classifications
by
Mike Fast

10-05

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6

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview : Phillies vs. Reds
by
Christina Kahrl

09-06

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3

The Week in Quotes: August 30-September 5
by
Alex Carnevale

08-13

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8

Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
by
David Laurila

08-12

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4

Transaction Action: NL Central Roundup
by
Christina Kahrl

08-01

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9

Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
by
Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-29

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36

Changing Speeds: Forty-two Things I Think, Part 1
by
Ken Funck

07-28

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21

Manufactured Runs: Looking Farther Afield
by
Colin Wyers

07-05

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Transaction Action: Drama Division Drama
by
Christina Kahrl

07-05

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17

Under The Knife: Reactivation
by
Will Carroll

07-02

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7

Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating
by
Christina Kahrl

06-28

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5

Transaction Action: Blast, or Blasted?
by
Christina Kahrl

06-28

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25

Under The Knife: The Red Sox Report
by
Will Carroll

06-18

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5

Transaction Action: Waterloo's 195th Anniversary Edition
by
Christina Kahrl

06-10

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14

Transaction Action: Central Preoccupations
by
Christina Kahrl

06-09

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16

Under The Knife: Wednesday Update
by
Will Carroll

05-31

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29

Under The Knife: Monday Update
by
Will Carroll

05-19

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20

Under The Knife: Wednesday Update
by
Will Carroll

05-10

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36

Under The Knife: Beltran's Moment of Truth
by
Will Carroll

05-04

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10

Transaction Action: Not Least, the AL East
by
Christina Kahrl

04-19

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20

Under The Knife: Abusing The Closer
by
Will Carroll

03-02

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51

Fantasy Focus: Left Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

01-21

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8

Prospectus Q&A: Jack Zduriencik
by
David Laurila

11-08

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8

Prospectus Q&A: Kerry Wood
by
David Laurila

11-01

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2

Prospectus Q&A: Sam Fuld
by
David Laurila

10-21

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30

Ahead in the Count: What Happened to Cole Hamels?
by
Matt Swartz

10-09

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Player Profile: Scott Kazmir
by
Marc Normandin

09-30

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16

On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

09-16

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17

On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

08-27

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21

Transaction Action: Junior Circuit Jumble
by
Christina Kahrl

08-27

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26

Under The Knife: History or Hyperbole?
by
Will Carroll

08-19

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Transaction Action: Redemption?
by
Christina Kahrl

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April 22, 2013 5:00 am

The Stash List: First Edition

46

Bret Sayre

Jurickson Profar leads off the inaugural edition of Bret's look at little-owned players worthy of a spot on your bench.

If you’re a long-time rotisserie baseball player, you surely remember the days of just having an active lineup and nothing else. In fact, I’m sure some readers still play in leagues like that—my biggest home league is like that, and has been since it was formed back in 1984. However, as the game has expanded and developed, it has changed. It is now the norm to have multiple reserve/bench spots, and I play in leagues where that number ranges anywhere from three to eight. Those bench spots are valuable commodities and can be used in any number of ways.

Essentially, the choice of how you use your each of your bench spots comes down to the following question: Do I want to extract small pieces of value throughout the entire season or do I want to stash a high-upside player who may have potentially significant value down the line? More often than not, these bench spots are used on pitchers who can be plugged in as need be to boost your performance in pitching categories. But there are other options. In fact, I wrote back in February about the potential benefit to using the opportunity cost of a bench spot as part of a position player platoon. However, the ends of benches are best left for the potential fantasy gold mines—and that’s why this column exists.

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July 16, 2012 5:00 am

Out of Left Field: Not Fixing the All-Star Game

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Matthew Kory

The All-Star Game will never be taken seriously because of a flaw in its design, but it's time to stop trying to fix it.

Every year around this time, we get deluged with people arguing that 1) The All-Star Game has all sorts of problems and needs to be fixed and, hoo boy, I happen to have the prescription to fix everything right here, or 2) The All-Star Game is awful/past its prime/straight up smelly and should be junked. 

I’m not here to argue any of that. Instead I’m here to say this: It’s time to stop trying to fix the All-Star Game. Not because a better All-Star Game isn’t desirable, but because it isn’t achievable.

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Wrapping up our tour of the AL Central by discussing how good the Tigers can be, how close the Royals are to being competitive, and the sorry state of the Twins.

1) Will their defensive experiment work out?

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We all know wins aren't a good way to judge pitchers, but we'd miss them if they went away.

"My choice for the front-runner is Welch, but I know a lot of people say Clemens. I know what Clemens has done for Boston, but now is not the time to change the rules. The guys who won it the last three years won the most games and had good stats. If Bob Welch continues to win at this pace, and he doesn't get it, something is terribly wrong with the judging."
| A's pitcher Dave Stewart, in a 1990 Sports Illustrated story on that season's Cy Young voting

Bob Welch had just won his 20th game when his Oakland teammate was asked about the voting, and it was just Aug. 17. It was his 13th season and the first and last time that the 33-year-old Welch would win 20 games.


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February 22, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

Roundtable discussion of the pressing questions facing the NL East teams as we approach the start of the season

1) After a disappointing sophomore campaign, what can we expect of Jason Heyward going forward?
MJ:
Jason Heyward had an injury-riddled sophomore season in Atlanta, but there is a lot to like about his chances at a rebound campaign in 2012. His offensive line was deflated by a .260 BABIP, but his peripherals were once again stellar. His 11.6 percent walk rate represented a regression from 2010 but cannot be considered poor, and his .162 ISO likewise dropped from the previous year but did not experience a precipitous fall.


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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

Roundtable discussion of the most pressing issues facing each AL East team entering Spring Training

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 72-90
Team WARP: 21.0
Team TAv: .264
Runs Scored: 701
Runs Allowed: 798
Team FRAA: -11.4







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A writer who never saw Jack Morris pitch watches him in action for the first time and comes away even less convinced that the traditionalist case for his candidacy should earn him a call to Cooperstown.

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The hit-and-run is much maligned as a small-ball tactic, but it's a surprisingly successful strategy.

In this game you never know enough.”—Dale Mitchell

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You might not know it from watching the World Series, but it often makes sense for a manager to pinch hit for his starter before the late innings.

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.

Mitchel Lichtman, or MGL, has been doing sabermetric research and writing for over 20 years. He is one of the authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, and co-hosts The Book blog, www.insidethebook.com. He consulted for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2004 to 2006, as well as other major-league teams. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Nevada Boyd School of Law. Most of the time these days you can find him on the golf course.


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Not all players leave the game or this world via the traditional retirement path

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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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Sizing up every facet of each contender in this season's Fall Classic.

The Breakdown

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