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04-05

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Research Mailbag: Worst. Lineup. Ever.
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Bradley Ankrom

03-09

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Inside The Park: American League Horror Story
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Bradford Doolittle

02-20

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

01-27

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25

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight Infield
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Jay Jaffe

01-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: Money Poorly Spent, Now and Then
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John Perrotto

01-04

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

12-30

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Morris on the Ballot, Smith to Close
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Jay Jaffe

12-16

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/16/11
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Michael Street

12-09

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/09/11
by
Michael Street

10-26

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The Lineup Card: 13 Bad Players Who Are (or Were) Still Fun to Watch and Root For
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Baseball Prospectus

10-24

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Fantasy Beat: The Nuisance of Nolasco
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Jason Collette

10-03

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Resident Fantasy Genius: BP Fantasy End of Season Awards
by
Derek Carty

09-24

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Spinning Yarn: Removing the Mask Encore Presentation
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Mike Fast

07-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Stuck in the Middle with You
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Jay Jaffe

07-20

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The Lineup Card: The Top 13 Veterans Committee Selections That Weren't THAT Bad
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Baseball Prospectus

07-12

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Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 1
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R.J. Anderson

06-21

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: Just How Bad Have the Marlins Been This Month?
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Michael Jong

05-25

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The BP Broadside: The Annotated WARP Leaders II: Did Ernie Banks Write the Book of Love?
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Steven Goldman

01-25

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16

Transaction Analysis: The Punished
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Christina Kahrl

01-10

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Second Base
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Marc Normandin

01-05

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Relief at List
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Jay Jaffe

11-10

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Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

09-07

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Checking the Numbers: Freaky Concerns
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Eric Seidman

07-26

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Transaction Action: Send Me Some Angels
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

06-01

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Transaction Action: NL Central Update
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Christina Kahrl

04-14

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Problem Positions
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Christina Kahrl

01-06

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Transaction Action: The Holliday Rush
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Christina Kahrl

01-06

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41

Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for Pitchers
by
Jay Jaffe

11-23

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24

Prospectus Today: Outfield and Catcher Free Agents Review
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Joe Sheehan

11-22

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Prospectus Today: Infield Free Agents Review
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Joe Sheehan

09-03

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Checking the Numbers: Lidge and the Matter of Historic Horror
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Eric Seidman

07-14

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You Could Look It Up: Royal Pains
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Steven Goldman

05-18

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Player Profile: Barry Zito
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Marc Normandin and Will Carroll

02-19

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Free-Agency Mistakes
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Christina Kahrl

10-24

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You Could Look It Up: 1915, the Year of Nothing
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Steven Goldman

10-05

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Prospectus Hit List: Season Wrap-up
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Jay Jaffe

09-21

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Every Given Sunday: Winding Down
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John Perrotto

07-28

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

04-12

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Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

03-27

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Schrodinger's Bat: Reminiscing with SFR
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Dan Fox

01-17

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Schrodinger's Bat: For the Sake of Completeness
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Dan Fox

12-28

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Prospectus Matchups: The Worst Seasons On Record
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Jim Baker

12-05

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Prospectus Today: The Big Deal
by
Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Prospectus Matchups: Lets Get Loaded and See What Happens
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Jim Baker

10-07

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Prospectus Hit List: Season Wrap-up
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Jay Jaffe

08-23

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Lies, Damned Lies: Rookies and Cycles
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Nate Silver

04-15

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Transaction Analysis: Opening Day to April 14, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

02-20

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Bad Contracts
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John Perrotto

01-08

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The Class of 2007
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Jay Jaffe

10-16

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

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April 5, 2012 3:00 am

Research Mailbag: Worst. Lineup. Ever.

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Bradley Ankrom

This week's mailbag discusses pitchers gobbling up vulture wins, organizational depth as an indicator of spring training performance, and the worst Opening Day lineups ever.

Last week’s discussion of the worst pitchers started by defending World Series champions on Opening Day inspired me to look into the worst Opening Day starters period, regardless of where his team had finished the previous season. Claude Osteen, whom the Dodgers trotted out in Game One of their World Series title defense on April 12, 1966, doesn’t even sniff the title of “worst Opening Day starter ever”:

Worst Opening Day Starters Since 1951

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Adam Dunn's 2011 season was painful to follow first hand, but there are a few reasons for hope.

"He spent hours fretting whether to ask for help or wait it out. Some day the slump was bound to go, but when? Not that he was ashamed to ask for help but once you had come this far you felt you had learned the game and could afford to give out with the advice instead of being forced to ask for it. He was, as they say, established and it was like breaking up the establishment to go around panhandling an earful. Like making a new beginning and he was sick up to here of new beginnings. But as he continued to whiff he felt a little panicky. In the end he sought out Red Blow, drew him out to center field and asked in an embarrassed voice, 'Red, what is the matter with me that I am not hitting them?'"

| Bernard Malamud, The Natural

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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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Armed with a plan to play Prince Fielder at first base and Miguel Cabrera at third, the Tigers might field one of the worst defensive infields in recent memory.

It's no hyperbole to say Prince Fielder's nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers shocked the baseball world. The Tigers certainly weren’t on the list of likely suitors given their sizable commitment to the sizable player occupying his position: Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was the AL's most valuable first baseman in 2010 and 2011 according to WARP, and is under contract for another $86 million through 2015. Even with the designated hitter slot open due to Victor Martinez's season-ending torn ACL—the catastrophe that triggered Fielder’s signing—the team plans to play the new guy at first base and shift the incumbent to third base. It’s a position Cabrera hasn't played regularly since 2007, but one that he nonetheless calls "his natural position." Paired with Ryan Raburn at second base and Jhonny Peralta at shortstop—two players moved to less demanding defensive positions years ago, only to shift back to harder ones—the Tigers are threatening to field one of the more terrifying infields in recent memory.

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Prince Fielder's new deal has albatross potential, but the Tigers hope it doesn't turn out like one of John's picks for the worst contracts of the free-agent era.

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 audience, send us your suggestion.

As your mind reels at the size of Prince Fielder's payday, take a look at this list of 10 free-agent deals that didn't work out well for the teams that handed them out, which originally ran on February 20, 2007.

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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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December 30, 2011 3:23 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Morris on the Ballot, Smith to Close

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Jay Jaffe

Jay Jaffe and JAWS examine the starting pitchers on this year's Hall of Fame BBWAA ballot, starting with the inevitable Jack Morris.

After delivering the JAWS piece on first basemen earlier this week, I had planned to tackle the outfielders—Tim Raines, Bernie Williams et al—next. The sad news of Greg Spira's untimely passing on Wednesday presented me with a reason to change course, however. In the service of working on a chapter on Jack Morris’s Hall of Fame case for Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers in November, I had called upon the Internet Wayback Machine to unearth Greg's seminal research piece questioning whether Morris "pitched to the score." a piece that was published in Baseball Prospectus 1997, predating Morris’s arrival on the BBWAA ballot by a three years and Joe Sheehan's own outstanding Morris research by five years. I suggested to Dave Pease that we republish it on our site to run alongside yesterday’s article in tribute to our fallen colleague and friend, a fine example of his intellectual curiosity and dogged research efforts, particularly as the work dated to a time when Retrosheet was in its infancy and the relevant data not easily compiled. This piece is dedicated to his memory.

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December 16, 2011 9:46 pm

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/16/11

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Michael Street

This week's column looks at the biggest free-agent corner-infield signing not named Albert Pujols, as well as possible rebounds from once highly regarded players

As the post-Pujols dominoes begin falling—with more to come after Prince Fielder finds a home—two corner infielders found a home last week, further shifting the balance of power in the NL Central. And as the speculation-driven hot-stove season kicks into gear, I’ll also look at some standouts from the mock drafts at mockdraftcentral.com.

Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers (ADP 71)
Shallow: NO
Medium
: YES
Deep
: YES
NL-only
: YES
Super Deep
: YES






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December 9, 2011 9:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/09/11

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Michael Street

Michael looks at a trio of third basemen, traditionally a thin fantasy position, as well as a young first baseman and an aging designated hitter.

Now that the Great Wall of Pujols has finally been breached at the Winter Meetings, the barbarian hordes of remaining free agents will surely begin to come pouring through, sending fantasy owners scrambling to make keeper decisions like so many frightened peasants. Until those signings happen, this issue of Keeper Reaper will catch up on some reader requests and look at one other significant transaction that’s already occurred in the corner infield and designated hitter markets.

As always, the names for each keeper category are linked to PFM’s 2011 dollar-value rankings for players in those leagues. And suggestions for other players you’d like to see covered are always welcome in the comments section.

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Despite being terrible at baseball, these players are (or were) enjoyable to watch

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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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October 3, 2011 9:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: BP Fantasy End of Season Awards

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Derek Carty

With the regular season complete, we take a look at the BP fantasy crew's votes for a variety of awards.

With the fantasy season coming to a close this past week, each member of the BP Fantasy team cast their votes for a variety of categories. Today, I'm here to hand out the theoretical hardware. After seeing who we thought had the best, worst, and most interesting 2011 seasons, be sure to tell us who you think deserved some recognition in the comments section.

Derek Carty

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