1. 2012 MLB Offseason: Grading the Top 15 Third Basemen According to TPR

    Luckily, these TPR reports are picking up steam. If they were TPS reports, we'd have to remember to include the cover sheet. For those just catching on, TPR stands for total player rating...

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  2. 2012 MLB Offseason: Grading the Top 15 Second Basemen According to TPR

    Welcome to the third edition of the total player ratings. This time we will be taking a look at the second basemen. While we won’t see any designated hitters at second base, we will see some players that can play multiple positions...

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  3. Baltimore Orioles: Is Dan Duquette the Right Man for the Job?

    I start off this piece with the following disclaimer: I am not a Baltimore Orioles fan. However, I seem to be hanging around these parts lately, so I thought I would weigh in on the new addition...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 483 reads 1 comments

  4. 2012 MLB Offseason: Rating the Top 15 First Basemen According to TPR

    Welcome to the second edition of the total player ratings (TPR). This time we will look at the best and worst first basemen in the game...

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  5. Houston Astros: Why a Proposed Move to the AL Will Be a Positive Thing

    The first lesson you learn when you join the high school debate team is that you have to put your personal opinions aside. At some point, you are going to have to argue both sides of the issue...

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  6. 2012 MLB Offseason: Rating the Top 15 Catchers According to TPR

    Welcome to a new offseason feature here at Bleacher Report. We are looking at something I call total player ratings. The system works similarly to what we have done with the fielding...

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  7. MLB Free Agents 2012: Who Should the Houston Astros Target in Free Agency?

    I might get more excited about the winter meetings than any other time of year. My frequent lobbies for press credentials so far haven't been answered, but I can hold out hope...

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  8. Fantasy Baseball 2012: Grading the Top 15 Right Fielders

    We finally get to the last spot for the position players. As we continue along we need to go through the numbers we are using and how these spots are determined. The primary metric used is one called real offensive value (ROV)...

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  9. Fantasy Baseball 2012: Grading the Top 15 Center Fielders

    We continue the fantasy baseball series with center field. The series has been well received in terms of comments. Many have raised good questions and questioned my sanity along the way...

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  10. Fantasy Baseball 2012: Grading the Top 15 Left Fielders

    Different fantasy baseball sites treat outfielders differently. Most include specific positions as a part of their basic packages. In other words, you will need someone that qualifies in left field, right field, and center field...

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  11. Fantasy Baseball 2012: Grading the Top 15 Shortstops

    Today we continue with our fantasy baseball series by taking a look at shortstops. As usual, we will look at the top 15 guys using real offensive value (ROV), runs created (RC) and batting average on balls in play (BABIP)...

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  12. 2012 MLB Offseason: Top 10 Free Agent Bargains

    Those of us in the analysis game love to focus on the negative. Who is going to be a bust? Which team is going to make the big mistake this winter? Sometimes, it feels like there is just too much negative energy out there...

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  13. 2012 MLB Offseason: Most Egregious Gold Glove Winners

    The Gold Gloves always get a ton of analysis and it is no different this year at Bleacher Report. All of us are going to put our own spin on it. Many of you may have read some of my team fielding analyses...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 1,501 reads 28 comments

  14. Houston Astros: The Top 20 Pitchers in Franchise History

    The Astros had their worst season in franchise history this past season. Bad pitching certainly had a lot to do with that...

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  15. Fantasy Baseball 2012: Grading the Top 15 Third Basemen

    We continue our look at the top 15 fantasy players at each position with third base. In the case of third base, we are including a couple of designated hitters that are also eligible at the position...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 1,560 reads 9 comments

  16. Fantasy Baseball: Grading the Top 15 Second Basemen

    It is time to look at the top second basemen for next season. There are some changes to the format that you will immediately notice. First, we are cutting the list down to 15...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 1,003 reads 6 comments

  17. MLB Offseason 2012: Top 10 Free Agent First Basemen

    The major difference between catchers and first base can be seen immediately. Sometimes you have a strong group of free agents and sometimes it’s weak. The catchers list is pretty weak this year, with maybe two starters available...

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  18. 2012 MLB Free Agency: A Sneak Peek at the Top 10 Free Agent Catchers

    One of the things I love is when all of the sites develop their top 50 free agency lists. It's what makes the offseason fun. You can celebrate when your team signs the number 17 guy on the ESPN list...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 372 reads 0 comments

  19. Houston Astros: A Look at the Depth Chart at Each Position

    Now that the offseason is under way, we turn the page and look towards 2012. It is way too early to project the 25 man roster, but we can take a look at the depth chart and see where the Astros might go this winter...

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  20. 2011 MLB Playoffs: Postseason All-Star Team

    Yes, the Cardinals just beat the Rangers in Game 7 to win the 2011 World Series . But I'm asking you to think back to the days of Little League...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 5,109 reads 27 comments

  21. Fantasy Baseball: Grading the Top 20 First Basemen for 2012

    It's been awhile since I produced my top 20 catchers list. I have been busy covering the postseason and offseason market, but I have returned. Your comments on the catchers came in loud and clear...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 1,046 reads 6 comments

  22. MLB Offseason 2012: Washington Nationals Fielding Breakdown

    As we come to the close of the team fielding series, I am thankful for all of the comments I have gotten along the way. All of them show me where I have been and where I need to go...

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  23. MLB Offseason 2012: Toronto Blue Jays Fielding Breakdown

    When Theo Epstein took over the Boston Red Sox at age 28, everyone wondered what in the heck they were thinking. A scant 10 years later, young GMs are all the rage. Jon Daniels is commanding the ship of baseball's two time AL pennant winners...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 1,359 reads 1 comments

  24. MLB Offseason 2012: Texas Rangers' Fielding Breakdown

    As I write this, the Texas Rangers are on the verge of winning their first World Series title. Most fans and analysts focus on their potent offensive attack and rightfully so. In terms of depth, we haven't seen an offense this good in quite some time...

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  25. MLB Offseason 2012: Tampa Bay Rays Fielding Breakdown

    There is a reason why the Rays make it further than just about anyone thinks they will. When analysts look at the teams, they often look at offense and pitching. Defense rarely gets considered, and it should...

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