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05-07

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14

Overthinking It: Evaluating Early-Season Experiments
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Ben Lindbergh

08-22

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20

Sobsequy: The Hidden Complexities of Baseball's Unwritten Rules
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Adam Sobsey

03-06

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24

Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-28

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13

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-23

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19

Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-22

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28

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

02-20

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40

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-13

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61

Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
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Jonathan Bernhardt

01-10

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33

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-18

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15

Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Having a Quick Hook Helps
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Mitchel Lichtman

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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23

World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

09-30

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21

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

08-17

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11

Spinning Yarn: Why are Batters Hit by Pitches?
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Mike Fast

08-04

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8

The BP Wayback Machine: Beautiful Theories and Ugly Facts
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Dan Fox

08-04

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1

The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB
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Michael Street

07-20

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14

Spinning Yarn: A Zone of Their Own
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Mike Fast

03-29

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Fantasy Beat: Closer By Committee?
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Jason Collette

03-18

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23

Baseball ProGUESTus: Looking at Pitches Through the Batter's Eyes
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Matt Lentzner

02-22

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38

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

02-18

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68

Future Shock: New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-16

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59

Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
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Mike Fast

02-08

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44

Future Shock: Atlanta Braves Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-03

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39

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-27

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Prospectus Q&A: John Axford
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David Laurila

01-18

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9

Fantasy Beat: Tampa Bay's Closer Options
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Jason Collette

01-11

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41

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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38

Future Shock: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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43

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-21

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33

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-19

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62

Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-08

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71

Future Shock: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-27

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16

World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic Memories
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Baseball Prospectus

10-06

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8

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Giants vs. Braves
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Tommy Bennett

08-29

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2

Between The Numbers: The PITCHf/x Summit Quasi-Liveblog
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Ben Lindbergh

07-26

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34

Transaction Action: Send Me Some Angels
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-02

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7

Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating
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Christina Kahrl

06-28

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Transaction Action: Blast, or Blasted?
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Christina Kahrl

06-09

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Changing Speeds: No Contact Allowed Redux
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Ken Funck

05-25

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6

Changing Speeds: Bounceback Pitchers
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Ken Funck

05-07

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7

Prospectus Q&A: Dave Baldwin
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David Laurila

01-24

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23

Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-21

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53

Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-08

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68

Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-04

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16

Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-24

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22

Future Shock: Tigers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-17

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23

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-13

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46

Prospectus Idol Entry: Balls and Strikes, Walks and Strikeouts
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Brian Cartwright

05-06

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11

Zumaya's Zooming
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Ben Lindbergh

03-01

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Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

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Is the traditional strike-ball dichotomy too simplistic?

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.

Matt Lentzner has carved out a (very) small niche in the baseball analysis world by examining the intersection of physics and biomechanics. He has presented at the PITCHf/x conference in each of the last two years and has written articles for The Hardball Times, as well as a previous article for Baseball Prospectus. When he’s not writing, Matt works on his physics-based baseball simulator, which is so awesome and all-encompassing that it will likely never actually be finished, though it does provide the inspiration for most of his articles and presentations. In real life, he’s an IT Director at a small financial consulting company in the Silicon Valley and also runs a physical training gym in his backyard on the weekends.

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What factors determine how often hitters take one for the team?

Every season major league pitchers throw tens of thousands of pitches inside off the plate, yet they hit batters “only” about 1500-1800 times in a season. Why do some inside pitches hit the batter, while others do not?

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Revisiting historical HBP rates in the wake of Alex Avila's plunking by Jered Weaver's hand.

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 audiencesend us your suggestion.

As Jered Weaver prepares to serve his six-game suspension, take in some trends in HBP rates over time, which originally ran as a "Schrodinger's Bat" column on May 4, 2006.

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August 4, 2011 12:17 am

The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB

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Michael Street

In his fifth Asian Equation column, Michael looks at the relievers who have enjoyed modest success--and failure--making the move from Japan to America.

The last group in my analysis of the player’s who have migrated to MLB from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) are the relievers, the least appreciated members of a successful baseball team. Yet, of all NPB imports, they have been the most numerous (explaining the length of this article, for which I apologize in advance) and the cheapest. Diminished quality is the most obvious reason for these extremes, since starters who don’t meet MLB standards get shifted to the bullpen, and lesser talents also keep salaries down. Additionally, the typical NPB pitcher’s arsenal matches well with an MLB reliever’s skillset.

As I discussed in my last Asian Equation article, NPB is a breaking ball league, which translates better to relief than starting. A good breaking ball might fool major league hitters the first or second time they see it in a game, but it probably won’t the third or fourth time. As an illustration, here’s how batter OPS rises against two of the biggest NPB starting-pitcher busts as compared with three current MLB pitchers: the best, the most mediocre, and an old junkballer. While MLB batters’ performance improves against each pitcher the more times they see him in a game, the change is far more dramatic with Matsuzaka and Kawakami.

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As Jose Bautista can attest, the percentage of pitches a batter sees in the strike zone tells us a good deal about his capabilities.

The pitcher begins each confrontation with a batter with the initiative. He alone controls when the baseball is thrown, how it moves, and where it is located. Thus, the batter is by nature placed in a reactive position. However, the batter, too, has a measure of control over how the plate appearance proceeds. He stands at the plate with a club, and it is within his discretion to swing his weapon or not.

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Three pitchers enter the Tropicanadome, but that doesn't mean that only one will leave with the closer job.

The one question I have been repeatedly asked this month is ,“Who is going to be the closer for the Rays?” Honestly, not much has changed since I first covered the situation back in January.

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Our latest guest contributor makes the case for changing the frame of reference in PITCHf/x analysis to reflect the way pitches actually appear to the batter.

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.

Matt Lentzner has carved out a (very) small niche in the baseball analysis world by examining the intersection of physics and biomechanics. He has presented at the PITCHf/x conference in each of the last two years and has written articles for The Hardball Times. When he’s not writing, Matt works on his physics-based baseball simulator, which is so awesome and all-encompassing that it will likely never actually be finished, though it does provide the inspiration for most of his articles and presentations. In real life, he’s an IT Director at a small financial consulting company in the Silicon Valley and also runs a physical training gym in his backyard on the weekends.

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February 22, 2011 9:29 am

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The pipeline of talent keeps flowing with the always-impressive Rays system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 18, 2011 9:30 am

Future Shock: New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

With a quartet of five-star prospects and a wealth of pitching overall, no system in baseball took a bigger step forward last year.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Examining umpire calling and catcher framing leads to thought-provoking questions about the amorphous nature of the strike zone.

Ever since the PITCHf/x system debuted in the 2006 playoffs, people have been interested in what it says about the strike zone that the umpires call.

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The Braves are consistently among the best systems, and are again thanks to the game's most impressive collection of Latin American pitching talent.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 3, 2011 10:22 am

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

One of the best systems in the game has dropped due to a combination of graduations, trades, and disappointments, but there's still plenty of young talent to dream on.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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