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05-22

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6

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight
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Josh Shepardson

05-10

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BP Announcements: TrackMan Seeks Web Developer of Baseball Applications
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Joe Hamrahi

04-22

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9

Minor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21
by
Zach Mortimer

04-15

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11

Minor League Update: Games of April 12-14
by
Zach Mortimer

12-14

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13

Fantasy Beat: Jeremy Hellickson and Defying Regression
by
Jason Collette

12-12

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BP Announcements: Kansas City Royals Job Posting - Analyst, Baseball Analytics Department
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Joe Hamrahi

09-20

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Value Picks: Starting Pitching for 9/20/12
by
Paul Sporer

05-14

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19

BP Announcements: A New Platform
by
Jay Jaffe

03-30

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22

Pebble Hunting: Your Job Sucks, and So Does Bobby Abreu's
by
Sam Miller

01-24

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9

Prospectus Hit and Run: Winter of Discontent?
by
Jay Jaffe

01-03

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27

Future Shock: Miami Marlins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-21

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36

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-16

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20

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One of These Days, Baseball Will Come Back to Save Me
by
Jason Parks

11-06

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

10-31

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11

Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out Save
by
Kevin Baker

10-24

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8

Fantasy Beat: The Nuisance of Nolasco
by
Jason Collette

10-19

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23

World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
by
Baseball Prospectus

08-19

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12

Fantasy Beat: Deceptive Stat Lines
by
Jason Collette

07-19

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8

Fantasy Beat: Kimbrel and Venters: Ticking Time Bombs?
by
Jason Collette

03-30

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5

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

03-24

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12

The BP Wayback Machine: Derek's Guide to Becoming a Fan Favorite
by
Derek Zumsteg

03-02

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12

Spinning Yarn: How Accurate is PitchTrax?
by
Mike Fast

02-25

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38

Future Shock: Philadelphia Phillies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-27

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Prospectus Q&A: John Axford
by
David Laurila

01-14

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3

Prospectus Q&A: J.T. Snow
by
David Laurila

11-10

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60

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-08

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Future Shock: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-22

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On the Beat: Creating a Mindset
by
John Perrotto

09-29

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88

Under The Knife: Fade To Black Album
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Will Carroll

09-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Anthony Ranaudo
by
David Laurila

08-29

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2

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

08-18

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Minor Issues: Discoveries and Perspectives, with Kyle Waldrop
by
David Laurila

08-03

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28

Under The Knife: On Will's Mind
by
Will Carroll

07-19

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24

Transaction Action: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

07-02

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7

Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating
by
Christina Kahrl

06-30

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5

Top 10 Week: The Super Surgeons
by
Will Carroll

06-30

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6

Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct
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Christina Kahrl

06-28

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5

Transaction Action: Blast, or Blasted?
by
Christina Kahrl

05-27

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30

Under The Knife: Thursday Update
by
Will Carroll

05-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Denard Span
by
David Laurila

04-16

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22

Under The Knife: Stacking On The Sox
by
Will Carroll

04-12

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4

One-Hoppers: Where the Buffalo Burgers Roam
by
Bradford Doolittle

03-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Dwyer
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David Laurila

03-28

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7

Prospectus Q&A: Logan White, Part 1
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David Laurila

03-23

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11

Joe's Blog: Decisions, Decisions...
by
Joe Sheehan

03-09

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4

Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Central Competitive Ecology
by
Jay Jaffe

02-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Central Competitive Ecology
by
Jay Jaffe

01-21

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8

Prospectus Q&A: Jack Zduriencik
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David Laurila

01-18

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52

You Could Look It Up: Enhanced?
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Steven Goldman

01-04

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State of the Prospectus
by
Kevin Goldstein

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A fictionalized take on one scout's day of despair and grasp at redemption.

This cup of coffee was brewed in the early 1970s. It’s my third cup and I can taste the era of its inception on my tongue; it’s vocal and disillusioned, with a bitter aftertaste from the marijuana, cigarettes, and traces of powder in its finish. Since cup number two, I’ve been staring at the peeling soft peach wallpaper that casually blankets my surroundings, pondering the psychological meanings in the selection of the color. The paper itself looks like it smells, like potpourri and human age, not the calming and delicious peaches that the hue suggests. This room is trying to manipulate me. I’d lick the walls (again) to prove my point, but the rogue counter girl is already suspicious of my presence and I doubt I have a long leash at this hour. I’m somewhat over-caffeinated and teetering on a manic episode thanks to the complimentary swill available in the lobby after the standard activities of the lobby have longed ceased. I’ve been up since 8AM for the seventh day in a row. I have to finish this report. The date is June 2005, just days before the 2005 Rule Four Amateur baseball draft. I am more of a number than a name. I work in the scouting department for a major league team. I’ve been tasked with revisionist busy work.  I’ve been tasked with my own evaluation, my own execution.

(Notes) Draft Recommendations from 2001-2004 by XxXxXxX
2001: Draft Notes: Crosschecked talent; highest possible tier; must haves; five players with assorted thoughts. Please let me back in.


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November 6, 2011 8:56 pm

Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002

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Christina Kahrl

Losing Manny Ramirez for a quarter of the season isn't automatically a death knell. Pedro Martinez has just one good start against a good opponent this year, but that's the scheduler's fault. I'm hardly off the hook for advancing the claim that he won't make it to ten starts, and if losing Martinez was one of my major theories about what would lay hope low in Beantown, losing Ramirez for a month and a half might make you think I'd peg this as the beginning of the end.

Placed OF-R Manny Ramirez on the 15-day DL (fractured finger); purchased the contract of UT-B Bry Nelson from Pawtucket. [5/14]

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Is Goose Gossage right to say that Mariano Rivera has it "easy?"

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.

Kevin Baker is a novelist and historian who is currently at work on a social history of New York City baseball, to be published by Pantheon.


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October 24, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: The Nuisance of Nolasco

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Jason Collette

A look at Ricky Nolasco's curious career

That loosely translated scene from Brokeback Mountain accurately describes my relationship with Ricky Nolasco since the start of the 2008 season. My relationship with Nolasco began in the 2008 NL Tout Wars season when I acquired him in an afterthought of a trade early in the season. I had FAAB’d Manny Acosta the first week of the season on a speculative $1 bid, and he ended up picking up two quick saves by mid-April. Another owner in the league put out a note asking for saves, and at the time, I did not need Acosta as I already had two other closers. I was, however, in need of starting pitching. He had Nolasco on his bench as he had made just two starts that season. When I offered Acosta for Nolasco, the reply was, “Why the hell not. It’s just Ricky Nolasco.” Needless to say, Nolasco won 14 games for me, helped in every category, and was a big part of my 2nd place finish that season while Acosta went on to collect just one more save the entire rest of the year.

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Sizing up every facet of each contender in this season's Fall Classic.

The Breakdown

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August 19, 2011 10:31 am

Fantasy Beat: Deceptive Stat Lines

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Jason Collette

A look at some players whose overall lines look okay but who have had roller coaster seasons.

Yesterday, Dayton Moore gave Jeff Francouer a two-year extension and R.J. Anderson did a good job of breaking that down on the Transaction Analysis Blog. The afternoon on Twitter was fun as different pundits threw out numbers for Francoeur at different points this season, comparing them to what Frenchy has done at other points in his 2011 season and in his career to show how the dollar figures in the deal probably were not the best idea around.

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July 19, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Kimbrel and Venters: Ticking Time Bombs?

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Jason Collette

Jason looks at how how relief pitchers perform in the season following a heavy workload.

One of the surprise stories in the National League this season has been the success of the Atlanta Braves. They have the third best record in all of baseball and the second best record in the National League despite the struggles of Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward and the injuries to key players such as Martin Prado.

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How many of the last millenium's burning baseball questions remain unanswered over a decade down the road?

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 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 audience, send us your suggestion.

Over 11 years after their publication in Baseball Prospectus 2000, how many of Keith's questions for a new millenium have we already set to rest?


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Our latest look back at the archives reveals that baseball's popularity contest is still conducted by the same rules.

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 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 audience, send us your suggestion.

Derek's advice to players hoping for a little more love from the fan base is as applicable today as it was when it first ran as a "Breaking Balls" column on August 24, 2004.

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Before you yell at the umpire, consider making a few adjustments to your dataset.

After the last two postseasons, most baseball fans are familiar with the strike zone location graphic known as PitchTrax. Here’s an example from Game One of the 2010 American League Championship Series:

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February 25, 2011 6:06 pm

Future Shock: Philadelphia Phillies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

You want ceiling? We got your ceilings right here.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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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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