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January 4, 2012 12:18 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All

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Jay Jaffe

Tim Raines has his case re-examined, and the remainder of the Hall ballot gets a look.

We all have our pet projects. With the graduations of Bert Blyleven and Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame, mine is now Tim Raines. During his 23-year major-league career, Raines combined the virtues of a keen batting eye, dazzling speed, and all-around athleticism with a cerebral approach that made him an electrifying performer and a dangerous offensive weapon. Yet in four years on the ballot, he's reached just 37.5 percent of the vote, exactly half of what he needs to reach Cooperstown.

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Albert Pujols is very different from anything the Halos have had before.

I caught myself about to write this sentence: “Albert Pujols will be the best first baseman in Angels history.” This is a tautological statement, completely unnecessary: with rare exceptions, Pujols is the best first baseman in anybody’s history. In terms of career warp, he is already 31st on the all-time list, with only a couple of first-sackers leading him:
 


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Dan examines where research on clutch hitting is now, and ranks the best in 2006.

Clutch hitting is one of those issues that just won't go away. Ever since Dick Cramer's famous study titled "Do Clutch Hitters Exist?" was published in the 1977 Baseball Research Journal there has been no end to the discussion of just what is and what isn't clutch hitting, and how it can or can't be measured.

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April 6, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: American League, March 30-April 4

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Christina Kahrl

Christina runs down all of the American League moves from the past week, as teams are already needing to tweak their rosters after some unfortunate injuries and some unfortunate decisions.

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April 1, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 16-28, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

Roster cuts throughout Florida and Arizona provide fodder for Chris.

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Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards. The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings. Hitters: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (Avg/OBP/SLG/RARP/VORP) Pitchers: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (ERA, IP, SNWAR or ARP, VORP)

Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards.

The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings.

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January 12, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Back in the Saddle

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Joe Sheehan

With my contributions to Baseball Prospectus 2004 safely behind me, it's time to get back to filling this space with observations and analysis. Or attempts at same. I've missed writing my column, and while there's no way I'll get completely caught up on the events of the last two months, I can have fun trying. I'm not a resolutions guy, but I am making two commitments for 2004: to emphasize a more quantitative viewpoint in my analysis, and to spend more time answering reader mail. The former I'll just have to work on every time I write, but the latter has now been dedicated a "Task" in Outlook. Nothing in my life is real until Outlook starts nagging me about it, so hopefully that will help me be better about a weak spot in my game the last few years. I can't answer all my e-mail, but I can get to more of it than I have been. The big news over the weekend was that Vladimir Guerrero surprised everyone by signing with the Angels. No one saw this coming; the Angels had been rumored to be interested earlier this winter, but had faded into the background after signing Jose Guillen in December. Over the last week, the Mets and Orioles had been engaged in a low-scale bidding war for Guerrero, a weird situation in which the goal seemed to be to guarantee the fewest years and the lowest amount of money while showing the least interest. Throw in raging insecurity and a lousy sense of fashion and you'd have the way women "pursued" me in college. It was this atmosphere that allowed Moreno and the Angels to come in and pick up a Hall of Fame talent at a price that almost seems like a typo.

Is this thing on?

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July 2, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: June 26-30, 2003

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Christina Kahrl

Brad Fullmer's down in Anaheim, setting back the defending champs just that much more; the Indians are beginning their youth-movement; Mike Sweeney is taking some time off in Kansas City just when the Royals need him most; Brandon Claussen finally makes it back after the long road through surgery; and BP favorite Kevin Young gets shown the door in Pittsburgh. All this and much more news from around the league in your Wednesday edition of Transaction Analysis.

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May 2, 2002 9:42 pm

The Cliff

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Chris Dankberg

Then, all of a sudden, it happens: the player just collapses.

You never see it coming. Player X is having a solid career, peaking in the .300/.380/.540 range for a run-of-the-mill franchise. He has a minimal history of injuries--the average aches and pains, an occasional stint on the DL, but nothing worse than that. He hits the other side of 30 as an accomplished player and is generally considered one of the better, more consistent players in the game.

Then, all of a sudden, it happens: the player just collapses. At first, it just looks like a slow start, but as July rolls around, the slow start has turned into an off year and the fans and media are more unforgiving.

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May 2, 2002 12:00 am

The Cliff

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Chris Dankberg

Then, all of a sudden, it happens: the player just collapses. At first, it just looks like a slow start, but as July rolls around, the slow start has turned into an off year and the fans and media are more unforgiving.

Come the off-season, optimism abounds. "Anyone can have an off year," says the player. Then, for the second straight year, there's a slow start, and the player beings to drop in the batting order. He can't explain his lack of production: he's healthy, he's seeing the ball fine, and he's still drawing walks. He's not striking out any more often. He just can't hit.

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Some thoughts on Ichiro Suzuki and baseball's "inevitable" return to Washington, D.C.

I'd like to get to a couple of topics today, so let's jump in...

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