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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
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-28

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13

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-23

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19

Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

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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40

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

01-13

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61

Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

01-10

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33

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
by
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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11

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?
by
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
by
Mike Fast

03-29

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2

Fantasy Beat: Closer By Committee?
by
Jason Collette

03-18

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23

Baseball ProGUESTus: Looking at Pitches Through the Batter's Eyes
by
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
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-16

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59

Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
by
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
by
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
by
Jason Collette

01-11

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41

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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38

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

01-04

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43

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
by
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
by
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
by
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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5

Transaction Action: Blast, or Blasted?
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Christina Kahrl

06-09

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1

Changing Speeds: No Contact Allowed Redux
by
Ken Funck

05-25

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6

Changing Speeds: Bounceback Pitchers
by
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
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-21

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53

Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-08

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68

Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
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
by
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
by
Brian Cartwright

05-06

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11

Zumaya's Zooming
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Ben Lindbergh

03-01

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26

Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

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The Brewers' closer discusses his path to the majors, film, and social networking.

When most baseball fans think of John Axford, they think of a hard-throwing right-hander who came out of nowhere to replace Trevor Hoffman as the Brewers’ closer last season. Many also look at him as the guy with the cool mustache, but there is far more to Axford than the 24 saves and the facial hair that is approaching cult status. A 27-year-old native and resident of Ontario, Canada, Axford teetered on the brink of baseball oblivion before making his mark in Milwaukee. He underwent Tommy John surgery while earning a film degree at Notre Dame, and subsequently found himself going from indie ball in western Canada to a minor-league stint with the Yankees, who released him after just one season. Signed off the scrapheap by the Brewers in 2008, he is now a bona fide big-leaguer and burgeoning online sensation.


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January 18, 2011 10:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Tampa Bay's Closer Options

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Jason Collette

The Rays have a new-look bullpen, but who is going to head it in the ninth?

It is no secret that I wear my Rays fandom on my sleeve. In Tout Wars, myself and David Gonos are the only Rays fans while the rest of the room is dominated by Yankees or Mets lovers. I am often chided for having too many Tampa Bay players on my roster when the draft day is all said and done. That said, I had the last laugh this past season when I rostered David Price at just $9.

The Rays have had an off-season exodus that resembles the time a buddy of mine dropped a liquid fart capsule in the high school cafeteria so he could clear out the line for pizza day. Gone are Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, and Jason Bartlett as well as nearly every member of the 2010 bullpen. Only Andy Sonnanstine, Mike Ekstrom, and Jake McGee are returning—General Manager Andrew Friedman has been quite busy rebuilding that group. The new names include Adam Russell, Joel Peralta, Kyle Farnsworth, Cesar Cabral, Cesar Ramos, Brandon Gomes, and J.P. Howell, who is returning from shoulder surgery and a lost 2010.  The obvious fantasy question here: which of these guys is going to get the closer’s role in 2011?

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January 11, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The big names aren't the only players in the system with high ceilings to reach.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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While Mike Trout gets all the attention (and understandably so), the Angels have a deep, talented system with power arms and plenty of position prospects.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 4, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Despite some prospects falling short in 2010, a surprise draft signing helps give the system a boost.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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December 21, 2010 9:00 am

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A look at what is left in the Brewers system after they traded for Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 19, 2010 9:00 am

Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The best system in baseball is close to turning the franchise's fortunes around.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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A trio of high-ceiling teenage arms highlight our first Top 11 of the offseason.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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With the Fall Classic now upon us, the staff at Baseball Prospectus shares their most memorable World Series moments.

Every baseball fan has a special World Series memory, whether it's Willie Mays' catch, Bill Mazeroski's home run, Brooks Robinson's defense, Kirk Gibson's limp around the bases, or Derek Jeter becoming the first-ever Mr. November. With the World Series opening tonight at AT&T Park in San Francisco with the Giants facing the Texas Rangers, many of our writers, editors, and interns share their favorite memories of the Fall Classic.

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October 6, 2010 8:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Giants vs. Braves

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Tommy Bennett

Two teams that took interesting rides to the postseason meet in the first round.

Those of you who root for chaos and the eventual heat death of the universe were no doubt disappointed that the season did not end with a series of one-game playoffs. To the Braves and the Giants, however, the outcomes of Sunday’s games were more than welcome. Their starters will receive an additional day of rest each, and they won’t entirely foreclose the possibility of pitching their Game One starters on short rest in Game Four. The condensed schedule of this series (potentially five games in seven days, rather than the eight allotted to the other NLDS) means Bobby Cox and Bruce Bochy will have tough decisions to make should the series go to four or five games.

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A comprehensive recap of a big day for FIELDf/x.

I have seen the future, and its name is FIELDf/x. OK, so we kind of knew that. But today, FIELDf/x started to seem a lot more real, and even more exciting than I’d imagined. You may have noticed that BP had a man on the scene at Sportvision’s PITCHf/x summit whose liveblog was actually live. So why am I doing this, when Colin already did? Well, for one thing, Colin arrived fashionably late, and I was all over those first 14 minutes that he missed. For another, his computer died before a lot of the fun started. And for still another (this is a third reason, now), I thought it might be fun to do a Simmons-style quasi-liveblog (written live, published later) that would free me from worries about frequent updates, and allow me to write at length. Most likely that length turned out to be a good deal longer than anyone has any interest in reading, but if you’re determined to catch up on the day’s intriguing events without sitting through eight hours of archived video, you’re welcome to peruse what lies below. If you’d like to follow along, here’s an agenda, and here’s where you should be able to find downloadable presentations in the near future.

Here we are in sunny California, home of the cutest girls in the world, if the Beach Boys are to be believed (I gather there’s also a more recent chart-topper that expresses a similar view). Okay, so by “we,” I mean the attendees at the 3rd (annual?) Sportvision PITCHf/x summit, held at the Westin San Francisco in—you guessed it—San Francisco. I, on the other hand, am watching from the other end of the continent, via a webcast that dubiously claims to be “hi-res,” despite being blurry enough to make deciphering text an adventure (I guess “hi-res” is relative, in the sense that there are even lower resolutions at which it could’ve been streamed). And sure, maybe the Beach Boys weren’t thinking of this particular gathering when they extolled the virtues of California’s beach bunnies. But never mind that—it’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon here in New York, and how better to spend it than to watch a video of some fellow nerds talk about baseball in a dark room some 3,000 miles away? Well, to describe the experience at the same time, of course. Let’s get this quasi-liveblog started.

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July 26, 2010 2:51 am

Transaction Action: Send Me Some Angels

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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

Sending Dan Haren back to the AL West has a big impact beyond 2010, while leaving the Snakes dirtbound and dead.

ANAHEIM ANGELS
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Acquired UT-S Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for RHP Sean O'Sullivan and LHP Will Smith. [7/22]
Acquired RHP Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks for LHPs Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez, and a PTBNL. [7/25]
Activated RHP Matt Palmer from the 15-day DL, and optioned him to Salt Lake (Triple-A); optioned RHP Trevor Bell to Salt Lake; purchased the contract of RHP Michael Kohn from Salt Lake. [7/26]

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