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06-12

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Physics of a Truly Amazing Throw
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Alan M. Nathan

03-26

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My Model Portfolio: A Loaded Outfield
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Paul Sporer

03-19

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The Darkhorses: Runs Batted In
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-18

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4

The Darkhorses: Home Runs
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-20

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Tale of the Tape: Yoenis Cespedes vs. Wil Myers
by
Wilson Karaman

12-18

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35

More Moneyball
by
Andrew Koo

11-14

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4

Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics
by
Ben Carsley

10-16

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BP Unfiltered: Advance Scouting Series Compilation (UPDATED)
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Baseball Prospectus

06-14

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Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Yoenis Cespedes
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Sam Miller

11-28

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Pebble Hunting: The Year in Hustle
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Sam Miller

10-22

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BP Unfiltered: The Four Who Voted Against Trout for ROY
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Sam Miller

10-10

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Punk Hits: A Cespedes for the Rest of Us
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Ian Miller

10-03

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8

BP Unfiltered: Nothing Can Be Uncontroversial (A Collection of Tweets)
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Sam Miller

10-01

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9

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, October 1
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Matthew Kory

10-01

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1

What You Need to Know: Monday, October 1
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Daniel Rathman

09-27

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, September 27
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Matthew Kory

09-27

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Revisiting the Foreign Imports
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Derek Carty

09-11

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6

Western Front: Céspedes Won't Be Leaving to Join Devo
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Geoff Young

08-16

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BP Unfiltered: Forever Young
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Sam Miller

08-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 13: TIE Fighter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-24

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7

The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, July 24
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Matthew Kory

06-06

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23

The Platoon Advantage: Oakland is Just Terrible (No Offense)
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Jason Wojciechowski

05-17

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Catching Up With International Imports
by
Derek Carty

05-14

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Transaction Analysis: Vlad to Be There
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R.J. Anderson

04-26

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, April 26
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Matthew Kory

04-17

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Western Front: They Came from Across the Sea
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Geoff Young

04-12

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The Prospectus Hit List: April 12, 2012
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Matthew Kory

04-10

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Overthinking It: Seven Things You Didn't See Last Season
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Ben Lindbergh

04-06

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Resident Fantasy Genius: 10 Bold Fantasy Predictions
by
Derek Carty

03-28

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Pebble Hunting: The Burden of Batting Fourth
by
Sam Miller

02-14

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The BP First Take: Tuesday, February 14
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Daniel Rathman

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: More on Yoenis Cespedes and the A's
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Ben Lindbergh

12-19

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Future Shock: Exclusive First Look: Yoenis Cespedes Encore
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Kevin Goldstein

11-07

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Future Shock: Yoenis Cespedes: The Showcase
by
Kevin Goldstein

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April 26, 2012 8:43 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, April 26

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Matthew Kory

Royals win! Royals win! Royals still terrible!

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The AL West added a couple of the premier international players over the offseason, and both are already contributing to their new teams.

Two high-profile international free agents came to the American League West this year. The two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers won negotiating rights (with a $51.7 million bid) to Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish in December 2011 and signed him to a six-year, $56 million deal the following month. Meanwhile, the small-market Oakland A's surprised everyone in February by landing Cuban center fielder/Internet sensation Yoenis Cespedes at four years, $36 million.

Darvish was the better-known quantity, having generated buzz well in advance of his U.S. debut, and was expected to contribute right away. Cespedes came with more questions attached, and it wasn't certain that he would break camp with the big club. But he did, and he made an immediate impact, launching a home run in his big-league debut (amusingly enough, played in Japan).

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April 12, 2012 12:08 pm

The Prospectus Hit List: April 12, 2012

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Matthew Kory

The final two undefeateds have been defeated.

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Events that have happened already this season after not happening for all of 2011 help explain why we're still hooked on baseball.

There were 2429 major-league games played last season.* Most of the things that can happen in a baseball game happened in one of those. With a few exceptions, teams and players will do all of the same things in 2012 that they did in 2011—they’ll just do them in a difference sequence and more, or less, frequently than they did before. When and how often they do those nearly identical things will determine which teams win divisions and which players win awards. We’re suckers for those things, so another season of the same, reshuffled, is enough to suck us in. But we're not completely content with repetition. We also watch in hopes of seeing something we didn’t see the season before.

*There would have been 2430, but no one felt like seeing another Dodgers-Nationals game in September. That missed game may have deprived us of history: Matt Kemp finished the season one home run away from 40 home runs, and Dee Gordon finished the season one home run away from one home run. For the alternate-history buffs: the man who would have started that game against the Dodgers, had it been played, was Tom Milone. Milone had the fifth-lowest home run rate among Triple-A starters last season, so that extra game might not have made Matt Kemp baseball’s fifth 40-40 man. Then again, that home run rate might not have meant much, since there weren’t many Matt Kemps in the International League. More on Milone a little later.

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April 6, 2012 3:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: 10 Bold Fantasy Predictions

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Derek Carty

Derek may not bet the house on these coming true, but he's sure not betting against them.

Taking a page out of the book of industry friends Pat DiCaprio and Mike Podhorzer, who used to engage in this exercise at the start of the season as far back as their Fantasy Baseball Generals days, today I’m going to make 10 bold predictions for the coming season.  These aren’t meant to be most-likely scenarios by any means.  These aren’t average expected performances.  We’ll define “bold” as Pat and Mike did, which is to say that I believe these things have at least a 20 percent chance of occurring.  Feel free to let me know what you think of these predictions and what bold predictions you’re making yourself for the 2012 season!

Clayton Kershaw maintains a BB/9 below 2.75
PECOTA has Kershaw pegged for a 3.4 BB/9 after he posted rates of 4.8, 3.6, and 2.1 from 2009-2011, but PECOTA fails to take into consideration the breaking-ball change Kershaw made last year that contributed heavily to his improvement.  In 2011, Kershaw shifted away from a tougher-to-control, big breaking curve and toward a tighter pitch that he can spot more easily in the zone.  A 2.1 BB/9 might be nearly impossible to repeat, but expect him to keep most of the gains.


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March 28, 2012 3:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Burden of Batting Fourth

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Sam Miller

Few players have made their major-league debuts in the cleanup spot, and the A's Yoenis Cespedes wasn't one of them.

Yoenis Cespedes has often batted third or fourth in the Oakland A’s lineup this spring, which isn’t surprising, because the A’s don’t otherwise have anything like a cleanup hitter. Of the other eight players in their starting lineup for Wednesday morning’s opener against the Mariners, only three players have ever started a game batting fourth: Kurt Suzuki (60 times), Seth Smith (nine), and Brandon Allen (once). If Cespedes doesn’t lead the Oakland A’s in home runs this year, something will have gone very wrong or very right. But it was Smith, not Cespedes, who batted fourth against Felix Hernandez in the opener, and this also isn’t surprising, because players making their major-league debuts in the cleanup spot are all but extinct. Since 1980, just nine players have made their debuts in the cleanup spot, and over the past half-dozen years only one player—29-year-old Barbaro Canizares—has. San Jose Mercury News:

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If Oakland could develop its own hitters, it wouldn't need to invest in players like Yoenis Cespedes.

Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes was expected to get around $40 million in guaranteed money, most likely from the Marlins, Tigers, Yankees, or Cubs. But the mystery team—this time the A’s—struck again. Yesterday, our own Kevin Goldstein and Yahoo’s Jeff Passan tried to make sense of it all.

Both explained why a small-market team that has spent the bulk of the offseason rebuilding and whittling down its payroll, that already has a glut of outfielders on its roster, and that faces an uncertain future in Oakland with no (public) assurance of a move to San Jose, might choose to dish out $36 million over four years to the 26-year-old Cespedes.

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How can we reconcile Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes signing with the team's latest rebuilding efforts and its surplus of Stepford outfielders?



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The Cuban sensation is back with his next soon-to-be viral video.

Last month, the Yoenis Cespedes video took the world by storm, so imagine my excitement when Edgar Mercedes, the producer of the video and president of the Born To Play Academy in the Dominican Republic, e-mailed me this week to let me know that the sequel was finished and would be available soon. To be fair, Mercedes and his group have had a wonderful sense of humor about the video and the fallout, and he relayed some basic information to me in a phone call. The new video is 28 minutes, is more baseball-related, includes video from Cespedes' heavily-attended showcase, as well as some private workouts and “a surprise at the end.”

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Blow-by-blow recap of the incredible scouting video of top international prospect Yoenis Cespedes

I knew I was in for something special once I saw the email.

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