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05-29

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10

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Nine
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Josh Shepardson

05-07

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Six
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Josh Shepardson

04-08

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10

Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7
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Zach Mortimer

02-27

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12

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 50 Fantasy Outfielders, Part One: 1-25
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Josh Shepardson and Paul Singman

02-15

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18

Fantasy Freestyle: Mike Trout and Regression Obsession
by
Mike Gianella

01-07

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Curt Schilling
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Larry Granillo

10-08

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10

Bizball: Inside 2012 MLB Attendance, Plus Postseason TV Ratings Update
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Maury Brown

07-05

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6

BP Unfiltered: Visual Year-to-Date Stats
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Rob McQuown

05-29

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21

Bizball: Inside the 2012-16 CBA: The Luxury Tax Meets the Draft
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Maury Brown

04-23

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18

Bizball: 12 Detailed Looks At Early MLB Attendance
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Maury Brown

03-27

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5

Western Front: No Country for Old Pitchers
by
Geoff Young

02-20

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19

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

02-01

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Heartburn Hardball: All That Heaven Will Allow
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

01-18

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3

The BP Wayback Machine: The Arbitration Process
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Thomas Gorman

01-04

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11

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

12-30

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41

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

11-22

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27

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Golden Era Ballot for the Hall of Fame
by
Jay Jaffe

10-26

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40

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

10-25

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15

Divide and Conquer, NL West: What are the Padres Getting in Josh Byrnes?
by
Geoff Young

10-14

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39

Doctoring The Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part Two
by
Rany Jazayerli

10-13

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57

Doctoring The Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part One
by
Rany Jazayerli

09-15

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10

Baseball ProGUESTus: Ghosts of MVPs Past
by
Adam Sobsey

08-24

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57

The Lineup Card: 11 Disastrous Acquisitions
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Baseball Prospectus

08-01

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The BP Broadside: Trade Deadline Winners
by
Steven Goldman

07-20

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22

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

07-13

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The Lineup Card: Cult Favorites: 18 Non-Star Ballplayers Who Should be Better Remembered
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Baseball Prospectus

06-08

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5

The Asian Equation: The Futile Quest for the Next Ichiro
by
Michael Street

06-08

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17

Prospectus Hit and Run: Anatomy of a Collapse
by
Jay Jaffe

05-26

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20

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

05-18

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4

Transaction Analysis: Heroes Take a Fall
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-11

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5

Prospectus Hit and Run: Hot Starts Revisited (Call the Doctor)
by
Jay Jaffe

05-10

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9

Transaction Analysis: Something Lost, Something Gained
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-26

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14

Transaction Analysis: Return of the Busted Prospects
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-19

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26

The Payoff Pitch: Plenty of Good Seats Still Available
by
Neil deMause

03-01

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Changing Speeds: Setting the Line, Part 2
by
Ken Funck

02-22

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14

Transaction Analysis: Branyan, Weeks, and Detritus
by
Christina Kahrl

02-21

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21

Fantasy Focus: Closer Rankings
by
Mike Petriello

02-09

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Contractual Matters: NL West Payroll Projections
by
Jeff Euston

02-07

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21

Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-03

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14

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Bullpen
by
Mike Petriello

01-03

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12

Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Don't Stop The Rock
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Jay Jaffe

12-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Best of Q&A 2010
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David Laurila

11-16

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7

Prospectus Hit and Run: Marvin Miller and Pat Gillick
by
Jay Jaffe

10-05

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19

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

09-02

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38

Overthinking It: A Captain's Ransom
by
Ben Lindbergh

07-16

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8

Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Gains Afield
by
Jay Jaffe

06-16

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13

Checking the Numbers: Where in the World is McLouth's TAv?
by
Eric Seidman

06-09

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8

Transaction Action: Youthful Orient-ation
by
Christina Kahrl

05-11

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Night of The Living Dodgers
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Jay Jaffe

04-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Down But Hardly Out
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Jay Jaffe

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May 29, 2013 5:49 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Nine

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Josh Shepardson

Josh offers seven players worthy of your waiver-wire attention, plus a wild card in the Brewers' fluid bullpen landscape.

Logan Morrison, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins
Ownership: ESPN: 0.6% Yahoo!: 5% CBS: 22%
2013 Stats: 0 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .174 AVG (High-A)

Morrison played in his first minor-league rehab game this season with High-A Jupiter on May 20. He has played in six games for Jupiter, and he served as a designated hitter in three of those games and played first base in the other three. He took the next step in his rehab assignment by moving up to Double-A Jacksonville on Tuesday. Morrison is recovering from surgery on the patellar tendon in his right knee, the second time he has undergone that type of procedure on it. In the spring, I wrote about him being worthy of a disabled-list spot. At the time, I was optimistic he'd be playing for the Marlins at this point, but alas, he is not. Morrison doesn't have an exact target date for his return, but Joe Frisaro reports that it could be around June 10.



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May 7, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Six

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Josh Shepardson

Dodgers speedster Dee Gordon races to the top of this week's list of possible reinforcements for your fantasy roster.

Dee Gordon, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ownership: ESPN: 17.7% Yahoo!: 24% CBS: 38%
2013 Stats: 2 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 SB, .429 AVG

The Dodgers, and their fan base, are likely crying uncle at this point. They are hurting. Less than one week after being activated from the disabled list, Hanley Ramirez suffered another injury that required a return to the DL. His injury prompted the team to promote Gordon from Triple-A, where he hit .314 with 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts through 25 games.



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April 8, 2013 1:46 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7

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Zach Mortimer

Last year's top pick Carlos Correa delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday.

Games of Friday, April 5

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Ryan Braun and Mike Trout top a list that is teeming with high-upside talent.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player's specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 25 outfielders. Comments on the outfielders ranked 26-50 will follow on Friday.

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February 15, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Mike Trout and Regression Obsession

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Mike Gianella

No matter how hard you try to discredit Trout, he stacks up as an elite fantasy option in 2013.

Like many fantasy players, I spend little if any time during the season worrying about what a player will earn the following year. Even in keeper formats, I don’t invest a significant amount of time trying to figure out future earnings.

While I didn’t have an exact dollar value assigned to Mike Trout for 2013 back in October, I assumed that I’d have him ranked first or second in AL-only formats and first, second, or third in mixed formats. Besides Ryan Braun and Miguel Cabrera, there were few players who seemed capable of putting up big enough fantasy numbers to come close to Trout.

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A peak back at contemporary accounts of Curt Schilling's rise to stardom.

With the Hall of Fame announcement scheduled for this week, now is a good time to look back at the early careers of some of this year's most talked-about nominees. (And with the early exit polls looking as they do, it might be nice to remember just how great some of these players were.) This post was originally written (mostly) in 2009.

If this year's Hall of Fame ballot weren't explicitly designed by the baseball gods to ruffle a serious amount of feathers, one of the most intriguing new names would almost certainly be Curt Schilling. He's been in the news recently for many non-baseball reasons, but, as a player pitching for the World Champion Diamondbacks and Red Sox who struck out more than 300 batters three separate times, he was a great regular season pitcher whose postseason success may legitimately boost him into Cooperstown. With the hoopla at the top of the ballot, however, it might be a while before voters give him his fair due.

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Maury looks at 2012's attendance winners and losers as well as some early postseason ratings.

With the 2012 regular season in the books, it’s time to look at how clubs did at selling tickets. Yes, they call it “attendance,” but it’s really “paid attendance,” a showing of tickets sold and rarely reflective of actual butts in the seats. The league’s 30 clubs drew 74,859,268 over 2,423 games this year: an increase of 2 percent. While this wasn’t as good as I projected before the season started, it was the league’s largest year-to-year growth since the 2007 season total rose 4.6 percent over 2006. Nine clubs drew more than three million in paid attendance this season, while 13 clubs eclipsed the 2.5 million mark. In addition, this is the second consecutive season that total attendance increased over the previous year and marks the highest attendance since 2008. When things are all said and done, 2012 will rank as the fifth-best single-season in MLB history in terms of attendance.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that attendance between 2010 and 2011, while technically up, was basically the same. The league sold 397,715 more tickets last year than 2010, or an increase of less than one percent. Let’s call that what it is: flat. In fact, over the last four years, the league has seen attendance pretty much remain flat. When you factor in new ballparks for the Mets, Yankees, Twins, and Marlins over the period, this tells us that either the sour economy still holds its grip on America’s discretionary income or MLB’s true “golden era”, as Selig likes to call it, was really 2004-2008 when attendance soared. Still, the league has to be happy; last year, the Dodgers’ attendance cratered during Frank McCourt’s tenure, and there were a considerable number of rainouts. This season, rainouts weren’t as high, and with the two additional Wild Card teams added in, the races for a postseason berth were more compelling.

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July 5, 2012 8:10 am

BP Unfiltered: Visual Year-to-Date Stats

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Rob McQuown

See at a glance how teams have stacked up in terms of WARP, TAv, FRAA, and BRR by position so far this season with the new Visual Year-to-Date Stats.

We've added a link on the Depth Charts for Visual Year-to-Date stats, which goes to:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/fantasy/dc/teams_by_positions_ytd.php

 

This has the same mouseover capability as the Depth Charts, so that if you mouse over WARP for Baltimore catchers, you see the breakout for Wieters, Paulino, and Exposito, for example.  Note that there are 4 stats available: WARP, TAv, FRAA, BRR

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Our first look inside the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series on the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement

On November 22 of last year, Major League Baseball and the MLBPA did something that the NFL and the NBA could not: reached a new labor agreement without a work stoppage. For those that follow baseball’s labor history, it has become a miraculous run. By the time the current five-year Basic Agreement (read here) expires on December 1, 2016, it will have been 21 years of uninterrupted labor peace.

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April 23, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: 12 Detailed Looks At Early MLB Attendance

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Maury Brown

Examining attendance trends throughout Major League Baseball in the early going of 2012

You’re reading Baseball Prospectus, and I write for them. So, maybe not everyone will understand when I say that numbers are flat. They don’t tell the whole story. They can only get you close. What you have to have with numbers is “context.” I don’t care what the application of numbers is; if you don’t explain them, you’re only telling part of a story and, possibly, the wrong one.

Major League Baseball attendance is no different. The variables underneath what drives attendance figures are often overlooked. Each year I look at the numbers, and each year there seems to be something else to throw in to try and determine the underlying facets of them.

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March 27, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: No Country for Old Pitchers

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Geoff Young

Why do teams sign older pitchers when they have younger hurlers in the minors?

Kevin Millwood is 37. Bartolo Colon is 39. Jamie Moyer is 49 and coming off Tommy John surgery. Each signed this winter with a team that should be looking to rebuild with young players. What do these teams hope for—or expect to gain—by adding these old pitchers? What should they expect?

With the common and easy argument being that such pitchers block youngsters from getting a chance, why are the old guys here? Will they mentor the kids, soak up innings, or help make fans feel younger? All of the above and more?

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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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