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Dude, I'm in Baseball Prospectus!


Late last night I was reading through Baseball Prospectus 2010. After I'd finished the last chapter that I'd allowed myself before bed, I was flipping around in the back, delaying sleep the best I...

State of BP


Sheehan is leaving for... (doesn't say) Cot's contracts is coming to BP, more CK (I think). Thoughts?


Good News, Everyone! The "Mystery" of Kyle Farnsworth's "Improvement" Revealed!

Before last night's game, there had been some talk here and perhaps elsewhere that, despite a horrible first week with the Royals, perhaps Kyle Farnsworth was working out. A bunch of scoreless...

Kevin Goldstein Hates the Royals and Is Stupid


Baseball Prospectus (subscription may be required) ranks the Royals minor league system No. 16, only one ahead of the no-talent Seattle Mariners.

Spring Training Stats are Meaningless, version 2.0


A discussion of the meaninglessness of spring training stats.


Murray Chass Was Right, or, How VORP Got the 2008 Royals Wrong, with an Open Letter to Rany

I'll admit it: the title (the first half, anyway) is meant as an attention grabber. But there is a fundamental truth contained therein: VORP, Baseball Prospectus' most well-known stat for valuing...

Goldman: Even Small Markets Should Be Buying


(BP Premium content) Discussing the glut of high-quality unsigned free agents and the potential impact on ticket revenues they can create, Goldman says: "Whatever his limitations, Dunn trumps a Mike Jacobs at first base or any corner outfielder or designated hitter the Twins might deploy, for example. He beats using a Nyjer Morgan or Austin Kearns or Cody Ross or Nelson Cruz. As the season goes on, as the economy continues to struggle, and as these players continue to make outs, the dedicated fan will ask, 'Why are we watching these guys when we could have been watching those guys?' The casual fan will simply stay home."

From the Anti-"Mother's Basement" Royals Blog, now less than 24 hours old...


From the Anti-"Mother's Basement" Royals Blog, now less than 24 hours old ~RN http://haplessroyals.blogspot.com/ -------------- But there is a dark side. The side of the internet I want to systematically destroy. The holier than thou, I know everything about baseball, Baseball Prospectus followers (otherwise known as "Mom's Basement"). Now, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the website. Why is that you ask? Because they fucking charge for it! And I'm not about to pay for some shit that their mindless lemmings will post REPEATEDLY on every blog, forum and whatnot on the internet. You know who you are. The guy that goes into the forum and posts EVERY made up stat known to nerdly mankind. WARP, VORP, WHIP, BABIP, and every other weirdo stat that website has brainwashed into your daily lexicon. I don't even know what half of that shit means. But here's what I do know. YOU, yes YOU, Mom's Basement, are NOT Royals fans. You're not even baseball fans. You're STAT fans. You don't care if Jose Guillen hit 20 hrs and 90 rbis last year, something that no other Royals had done in longer that most people care to admit. All you care about is that his FRUP isn't up to VORP standards. You don't care that Mark Teahen gives more to the community of Kansas City than anyone else not named Frank White. All you care about is that he isn't the moneyball fanboy you all pegged him to be after reading that ridiculous book a few years ago. And so on and so on. My point is, give it up. Stop pushing your stupid fucking opinions on everyone else. Just because you're a moderator or administrator of a fucking Royals website does not mean you're not a scrawny little man in real life. Everyone hates you, both on the interwebs and in real life, although you hardly notice in real life because for that to happen, you know, you'd have to put on some clothes and leave your fucking desk. But make sure you ask Mom for permission to leave the house. She still worries about you even though you're 30 and still living at home. Oops, I'm sorry I forgot, you moved into your own apartment. But, uh, guy, your Mom's basement, even if it has its own entrance is still Mom's house.

BBWAA enters the 1990s


Will Carroll, Christina Kahrl, Rob Neyer, and Keith Law all admitted. What a ...dubious honor Meh, whatever. Good for all of them. Just in time, too, as Carroll and Kahrl sound more like defenders of the baseball establishment and their super-secret team management techniques with every post. Still like'em, though. Good ol' Keith Law has one of the quotes of the year... Commence Neyer-bashing in 3, 2...

First baseman Kila Ka'aihue went from organizational soldier to one of the top sluggers in the...


First baseman Kila Ka'aihue went from organizational soldier to one of the top sluggers in the minors with a .314/.439/.640 season split between Double-A and Triple-A that included 37 home runs and a minor league-leading 104 walks. With just 67 strikeouts, he has that rare combination of power and contact skills that often leads to big-league success. Runner-up: Joe Dickerson lacks the power or patience to project as a big-league regular, but his .297/.376/.442 line at High-A Wilmington with 24 stolen bases showed enough to earn some projections as a fourth outfielder type from scouts.

From Kevin Goldstein's article "AL Great Leaps Forward" at BP on the prospect from each AL team who has improved the most this season.
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