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05-29

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20

Sporer Report: Trading Tips
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Paul Sporer

04-29

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9

Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of Trading
by
Mike Gianella

03-02

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2

BP Unfiltered: Sloan Q&A: Harry Pavlidis On f/x Tracking Data
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Zachary Levine and Harry Pavlidis

12-04

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BP Unfiltered: From the Winter Meetings: An interview with Dodgers President Stan Kasten
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Maury Brown

04-09

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34

Baseball Prospectus News: Introducing BP's Daily Content for 2012
by
Ben Lindbergh

03-07

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3

The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 2
by
David Laurila

02-29

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13

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

02-29

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12

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

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
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

02-15

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24

The Lineup Card: 12 Opinions on Whether a Significant Other Must Like Baseball
by
Baseball Prospectus

01-31

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25

Overthinking It: Managing Expectations: Baseball's Next Big Inefficiency
by
Ben Lindbergh

01-26

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12

Transaction Analysis: AL on the Rise, and Extensions All Around
by
Ben Lindbergh

01-25

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6

Changing Speeds: The Hall of Famously Weak Arguments, Part 2
by
Ken Funck

01-24

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11

Overthinking It: The Player Popularity Test
by
Ben Lindbergh

01-16

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27

Prospectus Roundtable: Can Anyone Close?
by
Baseball Prospectus

01-12

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13

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One-on-One with Professor Parks, Part II
by
Jason Parks

01-10

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16

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One-on-One with Professor Parks, Part I
by
Jason Parks

01-06

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28

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Wisdom of Uncertainty
by
Jason Wojciechowski

12-30

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8

Baseball ProGUESTus: To Live and Die in Three Rivers Stadium, Or: The Face of Michael Cimino
by
David Raposa and David Roth

12-29

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10

Overthinking It: GMs Say the Darndest Things
by
Ben Lindbergh

12-19

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9

Wezen-Ball: The Greatest Comic Ever
by
Larry Granillo

12-13

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13

Overthinking It: Baseball, Sex, and Sheet Music
by
Ben Lindbergh

11-07

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Q&A with Brian Kenny
by
Derek Carty

11-07

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54

Future Shock: Yoenis Cespedes: The Showcase
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-06

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

09-30

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2

Fantasy Beat: Interview with Tout Wars NL Champ Steve Gardner
by
Jason Collette

09-26

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Fantasy Beat: Preparing for Next Season
by
Jason Collette

08-10

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48

The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Basebrawls and Individual Performances in Basebrawls
by
Baseball Prospectus

07-25

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Manufactured Runs: Lost in the SIERA Madre
by
Colin Wyers

07-19

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29

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Caught Up in the Complex League
by
Jason Parks

07-14

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Mixed-League Mayhem
by
Derek Carty

06-20

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

06-13

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2

The Week in Quotes: June 6-12
by
Alex Carnevale

06-02

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28

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Speed, Makeup, and the Power of Words
by
Jason Parks

05-26

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20

Baseball ProGUESTus: Answers from a Sabermetrician, Part 2
by
Tom Tango

05-24

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

05-19

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11

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Fielders, Part I
by
Jason Parks

05-12

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15

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Hitters, Part I
by
Jason Parks

05-05

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21

Baseball ProGUESTus: A Statistician Rereads Bill James
by
Andrew Gelman

05-04

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1

Prospectus Q&A: Matt Capps
by
David Laurila

04-29

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11

Prospectus Q&A: Alex Anthopoulos
by
David Laurila

04-25

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The Week in Quotes: April 18-24
by
Alex Carnevale

04-25

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11

Spitballing: Cracking the Scouting Code
by
Jeremy Greenhouse

04-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild
by
David Laurila

04-18

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The Week in Quotes: April 11-17
by
Alex Carnevale

03-30

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5

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

03-29

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3

Prospectus Q&A: Andrew Miller
by
David Laurila

03-22

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2

Prospectus Q&A: Quotes from Cardinals Camp
by
David Laurila

03-21

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36

The BP Broadside: Babe Ruth's Fat Dead Cat(s)
by
Steven Goldman

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May 29, 2013 5:00 am

Sporer Report: Trading Tips

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Paul Sporer

Paul gives you some advice on how to get trade negotiations going and cautions against actions that could stop them dead in their tracks.

As we approach June 1, trading is no doubt becoming a bigger part of league activity for the season. Two months have passed, allowing you to start assessing your team’s strengths and flaws, but injuries and, more than anything else, impatience often fuels trade talks. With that in mind, I wanted to offer up some tips to hopefully improve your trading experience when you start firing up talks.

Don’t tell the league to make you offers on your guys: If you are serious about improving your team via the trade, then sending a mass email with guys you’re willing to part with followed by a call to action for other owners to engage you for those players isn’t the way to go. Rarely do emails that announce the availability of a team’s best players make such an impact that other owners are compelled to do the legwork on a hypothetical deal.

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April 29, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of Trading

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Mike Gianella

After a confession, Mike offers some tips to help you hone and improve your trading skills.

I have a confession to make: In fantasy baseball, trading doesn’t come easily to me.

When I started playing fantasy baseball, I took to auctioning relatively quickly. While I enjoyed trading, I frequently wound up on the shorter side of the deal. In some cases, this was simply due to bad luck after the trade, but more often than not, it was because I did a poor job and negotiated myself into an inferior deal.

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Our own director of data analysis discusses the past and present of the PITCHf/x, HITf/x and FIELDf/x technology and how it can lead to future breakthroughs.

Our own Harry Pavlidis, Baseball Prospectus’ director of data analysis, has been among the most groundbreaking voices when it comes to using the PITCHf/x, HITf/x and FIELDf/x data that Sportvision tracks in major-league and minor-league parks.

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The public face of the Dodgers now rests with Stan Kasten as their president and co-owner. On Monday we caught up with him at the Winter Meetings and asked him about his new position in LA; how the ownership group was assembled; what Magic Johnson brings to the table, and; how that massive TV deal factors into what the Dodgers do, not only now, but years to come.

Few recent club sales have altered the landscape in Major League Baseball as quickly as that of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whether it was the unprecedented purchase price of $2.15 billion, the flurry of trades that including taking on over $163 million in contract dollars as part of the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox that included Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford, or the media rights deal that the club is on the cusp of completing that is reported to be between $6-$7 billion, the Dodgers have become a juggernaut. The public face of the Dodgers now rests with Stan Kasten as their president and co-owner. On Monday we caught up with him at the Winter Meetings and asked him about his new position in LA; how the ownership group was assembled; what Magic Johnson brings to the table, and; how that massive TV deal factors into what the Dodgers do, not only now, but years to come.

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New, daily editions of the Hit List, Collateral Damage, and What You Need to Know will combine vital information in one convenient package throughout the season.

Things at BP have never been busier. We hope you’re enjoying the increased content on the site these days and that your workplace productivity has suffered accordingly. We also hope you enjoy setting aside some time to dig into our in-depth opinions and analysis. However, we know not all of you have hours to read about baseball every morning, and we still want to give you a way to digest the day’s most important developments quickly.

That’s where our new daily content comes in. We initiated this change last Friday; we’ll now be running three new or reworked columns every morning from Monday through Friday: the “Daily Hit List,” “What You Need to Know,” and “Collateral Damage Daily.” Below, you’ll find descriptions of what you can expect from each one.

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Remembering the late Don Mincher with a look back at the second part of his BP interview from last year.

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.

First baseman Don Mincher died on Sunday at age 73. In his memory, we're re-running David Laurila's two-part interview with him, which originally ran as a two-part "Prospectus Q&A" column on January and 11th and 12th, 2011.



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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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February 29, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview

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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

The two Jasons dissect the pressing questions facing the Rangers, Angels, A's, and Mariners this season.

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 89-73
Team WARP: 45.7
Runs Scored: 719
Runs Allowed: 648​
Team FRAA: 37.6






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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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Just how important is it for the Baseball Prospectus staff to have a significant other who loves baseball?

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Why the next big step for baseball teams might not be learning something new, but making better use of the information they already have.

“The management and analysis of data, whether it be scouting reports, statistics, medical information or video, is a critical component of our operation. We look forward to developing a customized program that utilizes the most advanced and efficient technology available in the marketplace today to facilitate quicker, easier and more accurate access to all the sources of information we use to make baseball decisions.”—Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, January 2012

“[Statistical analysis] helps but doesn’t tell the whole story of the game. There is a lot of gut feeling you got to make. If you have a stat and see a flashing number and you see that this guy is doing very good against this other guy, you can use that in a game during a key situation. Yes. But we cannot just depend on stats alone. You got to depend on many other things… I don’t like to become a fantasy manager. The goal for a good manager is to have players who are able to manage themselves on the field.”—Unsuccessful Cubs managerial candidate Sandy Alomar Jr., November 2011

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