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February 1, 2013 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Pronk's Tale

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R.J. Anderson

The Yankees sign Hafner, the Mets add LaTroy Hawkins, Lyle Overbay goes to Boston and Martin Prado gets an extension.

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May 25, 2012 12:00 am

Overthinking It: A Tribe's Hard Quest

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Ben Lindbergh

Last year's Indians surprised everyone with a first-place start, then collapsed. This year's Indians have also surprised everyone with a first-place start. What's next?

​Note: this article was originally published on Thursday afternoon, so stats are as of Thursday morning. Last night, the Indians defeated Detroit and Justin Verlander (in their 10th one-run victory of the season), further solidifying their hold on the AL Central.

“I felt last year at this point we had played our best baseball. You couldn’t play any better than the way we played the first 45 games. Unfortunately, we had some guys go down. But I still don’t think we have played our best baseball [this year].”—Manny Acta

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May 15, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/15/12

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Michael Street

The majority of Michael’s VP list turns over this week, but he’s got plenty of replacements lined up, including three who picked up their first home run of the year last week.

Statistically speaking, a single home run (like a single hit) is fairly meaningless. It’s the ultimate small sample, showing how one batter did against one pitcher (and one pitch) under one specific set of conditions. But psychologically speaking, when it’s the first home run of the season, it can mean so much more. The hitter feels confident in his swing or relieved at having gotten his first longball of the season out of the way, and it could mean a turnaround is coming. Look at Albert Pujols: in 27 plate appearances since his first jack of the season, he’s picked up 5 RBI—as many as he picked up in the 114 plate appearances before he finally went yard.

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April 17, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/16/12

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Michael Street

Michael graduates his first VP of the season, but he still points out plenty of undervalued corner infielders to be found on your league’s waiver wires.

For our nation’s scholars, graduation is just around the corner, but we start things early here at Value Picks, bidding adieu to our first departee. He leaves the list after quickly exceeding ownership thresholds, but I’ve got lots of other players ready to prove themselves to VP readers, including several bubble candidates in Playing Pepper.

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June 13, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: BABIPs, Young and Old

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Jason Collette

Jason looks at the difference between a high BABIP for a young player versus one for an old player.

Editors Note: This article was originally slated to run on Friday, so stats are as of last Thursday.  It doesn't change any conclusions for practical purposes.

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Bio: My name is Byron Lescroart and I am a 26-year old living in New York City. Sparing you too many specifics, I was born and raised a Mets fan in Princeton, New Jersey as the oldest of five children. My four younger siblings are all girls. Yes, I have four sisters. I attended Georgetown University where I graduated as an English major in 2006, and have pretty much been in the NY area ever since. I think I should win the inaugural BP Idol competition because I represent an excellent combination of statistical acumen and literary voice. I believe what separates BP from some of its (dare I say lesser?) rival sites such as THT or even FanGraphs is the quality of its writers. There are numerous sites and publications today with brilliant statistical minds making interesting inroads into the "science of baseball," but as far as I know only BP has been able to combine forward-thinking, sabermetric genius with talented writers who not only make content accessible, but also completely enjoyable to read. Suffice to say, it is no coincidence that we are seeing mainstream sites like ESPN.com pick up BP's work as opposed to other leading statistical sources due to the fact that only BP's writers can stand up to the rigors of mainstream journalistic appeal. I believe I possess the skills necessary to not only understand and explore the incredible amounts of data now available for review in baseball, extricating pertinent information, but also - and perhaps more importantly - impart that knowledge to others in an entertaining and intelligent way.

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Before all the IBA ballots are counted, staff picks give a hint as to what hands the awards may find themselves in.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Travis Hafner posted the highest OBP in the AL while nobody noticed, while Neifi Perez ended up getting playoff PT. The young guns had their day and then some. Jermaine Dye gave a lengthy spanking to his 90th percentile PECOTA projection (PECOTA's .288/.359/.516 versus an actual .315/.385/.622). The crop of AL rookies included a guy with a 0.92 ERA finishing third, and rooks like Jered Weaver (105:33 K:BB) and Francisco Liriano (144:32) threatening to be Johan Santana's biggest challengers in 2007. The National League featured tighter races, including a four-way brawl for the Pitcher of the Year and another impressive crop of newbies.

Eight staff members weighed in on the season that was, casting their ballots for the Internet Baseball Awards. We summarized their findings below, and then let them have their individual say.

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BP staffers work their magic and offer their predictions for the American League this season.

When BP welcomes new contributors, we like to test them right away--usually by demanding that they take out their crystal ball. Yes, it's time to wrap up the off-season by predicting what things will look like at the conclusion of the 2006 season.

In part one of this two-part series, we focus on the American League, concentrating on the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year). Tomorrow we'll conclude with the National League predictions, along with the staff picks for the World Series representatives.

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Jonah witnesses the Randy Johnson of old turning into the Randy Johnson who's just old.

Time and again during Sunday's tilt between the Indians and Yankees, Johnson got into trouble. The Indians started each of the first five innings with a runner on base. Johnson's fastball kept catching the middle of the plate, leading to several booming hits into the gaps. But just when the Tribe looked ready to blow the game open, they'd blow it by hacking at fastballs up and out of the zone, the only kind Johnson could throw by anyone. That impatience, along with Johnson's still-lethal slider, some Indians base-running blunders and some Yankee luck, combined to keep the Bombers in a game they should have lost early on. Here's what transpired:

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November 16, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Designating Some Offense

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Jim Baker

The DH was supposed to be a haven for aging stars. So why are the best in the game under 30?

Player Team AVG VORP --------------------------------- Travis Hafner CLE .337 74.1 David Ortiz BOS .320 73.1 Erubiel Durazo OAK .315 62.3 Frank Thomas CHA .333 36.5 David Newhan BAL .288 27.1

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May 28, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 22-27, 2003

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Christina Kahrl

The Diamondbacks staff is getting healthy, leaving them with too many arms on deck. Pedro Martinez continues to show the Red Sox they goofed by signing his 2004 contract so early. Ben Broussard gets his shot at Cleveland's first base job. Neifi Perez's hot streak has him poised to join the MVP race. News, notes, and Kahrlisms on 19 major league teams.

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The Texas Rangers selected Travis Hafner of Cowley County Community College (Arkansas City, Kansas) as a draft-and-follow in the 31st round of the June 1996 draft, and got his signature on a contract just before the 1997 deadline. Now 25 years old, the 6'3", 240-pound Hafner has developed into one of the most feared hitters in the minor leagues. As of this writing, he is hitting .339/.460/.541 with the Oklahoma RedHawks and leads the Pacific Coast League in on-base percentage and major-league EqA (.302). He took time to speak with us before a recent game against the Tacoma Rainiers.

The Texas Rangers selected Travis Hafner of Cowley County Community College (Arkansas City, Kansas) as a draft-and-follow in the 31st round of the June 1996 draft, and got his signature on a contract just before the 1997 deadline. Now 25 years old, the 6'3", 240-pound Hafner has developed into one of the most feared hitters in the minor leagues. As of this writing, he is hitting .339/.460/.541 with the Oklahoma RedHawks and leads the Pacific Coast League in on-base percentage and major-league EqA (.302). He took time to speak with us before a recent game against the Tacoma Rainiers.

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