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03-06

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Sobsequy: A Review of Dirk Hayhurst's "Bigger Than The Game"
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Adam Sobsey

05-01

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Sobsequy: International Feel, Vol. 2
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Adam Sobsey

04-24

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Sobsequy: International Feel, Vol. 1
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Adam Sobsey

04-10

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Sobsequy: Austin Jackson's Most Valuable Future
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Adam Sobsey

03-26

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit Contenders
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Sam Miller and Adam Sobsey

03-13

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Sobsequy: Notable AL Minor-League Free Agent Signees
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Adam Sobsey

02-27

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Sobsequy: Notable NL Minor-League Free Agent Signees
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Adam Sobsey

02-06

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Sobsequy: Why Some Fringy Minor Leaguers Make It
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Adam Sobsey

01-16

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Sobsequy: How to Hit, According to Kevin Long
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Adam Sobsey

01-09

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Sobsequy: Baseball, Power Pop, and Playing Against the Limits
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Adam Sobsey

12-26

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Sobsequy: Why the Best Talent is Boring
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Adam Sobsey

12-19

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Sobsequy: The Strange Sights of the Winter Meetings Trade Show
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Adam Sobsey

12-12

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Sobsequy: Ferguson Jenkins, Tommy John, and How Some Players End Up Outside the Hall
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Adam Sobsey

12-05

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Sobsequy: Minor League Baseball's Promotion Problem
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Adam Sobsey

11-28

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Sobsequy: How to Think Like a Major-League Manager
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Adam Sobsey

11-21

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Sobsequy: Why We Need Sabermetrics
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Adam Sobsey

11-07

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Sobsequy: Let Me Qualify That
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Adam Sobsey

10-31

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Sobsequy: The Freaks and Geeks Go All the Way
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Adam Sobsey

10-24

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Sobsequy: The Pleasure and Perfection of Postseason Sweeps
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Adam Sobsey

10-17

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Sobsequy: Joe Girardi Has Faith
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Adam Sobsey

10-10

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Sobsequy: The Shot Before the Shot
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Adam Sobsey

10-03

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Sobsequy: The Unbearable Blandness of Joe Girardi
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Adam Sobsey

09-26

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Sobsequy: The Orthodoxy of Winning
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Adam Sobsey

09-19

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Sobsequy: Reading Lolita in Durham
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Adam Sobsey

09-05

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Sobsequy: The Postmodern Orioles
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Adam Sobsey

08-29

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Sobsequy: Compensation: A Dialogue Between Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington
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Adam Sobsey

08-22

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Sobsequy: The Hidden Complexities of Baseball's Unwritten Rules
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Adam Sobsey

08-15

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Sobsequy: What Your Team's Choice of Radio Broadcaster Says About You
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Adam Sobsey

08-08

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Sobsequy: Mr. Mike Ekstrom, Baseball Scofflaw
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Adam Sobsey

08-01

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Sobsequy: What We Learned About the Deadline
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Adam Sobsey

05-10

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What Scouts Are Saying: Mixed Reviews
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Adam Sobsey, Bradley Ankrom and Kevin Goldstein

05-09

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Sobsequy: The Art of Losing
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Adam Sobsey

05-02

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Sobsequy: The Media Meets the Press
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Adam Sobsey

04-17

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox, April 14
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Adam Sobsey

04-11

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Sobsequy: Finding the Zone
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Adam Sobsey

04-04

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Sobsequy: Flipping Quad-A Players
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Adam Sobsey

03-21

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Sobsequy: The Best of the Triple-A Retreads
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Adam Sobsey

03-07

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Sobsequy: Do We Care About Characters?
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Adam Sobsey

02-22

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Sobsequy: A Review of Dirk Hayhurst's Out of My League
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Adam Sobsey

02-08

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Sobsequy: When You Leave Durham, You Don't Come Back
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Adam Sobsey

01-25

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Sobsequy: Ramirez and Rameau
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Adam Sobsey

01-11

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Sobsequy: The Love Song of T.S. Elliot Johnson (A Utilityman Ballad)
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Adam Sobsey

10-20

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Baseball ProGUESTus: A League of Their Own?
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Adam Sobsey

09-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Ghosts of MVPs Past
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Adam Sobsey

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March 21, 2012 3:00 am

Sobsequy: The Best of the Triple-A Retreads

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What veteran players biding their time in Triple-A might help a big-league club in 2012?

Imagine that you are Tom Hanks in Cast Away, and that among the little-known details of your character (aside from an obsession with time and a badly rotting tooth) is your quiet but intense lifelong love of the Chicago White Sox.

Well, first, welcome back to civilization, Chuck Noland. Enjoy all the crab legs, and sorry you missed out on Helen Hunt—it’s a game of inches, my friend. Second, you’re probably planning to make a beeline for your favorite baseball publication. Presumably, that is Baseball Prospectus, but then again, you’ve been marooned for a couple of years and may have sustained severe damage to your judgment, which now makes decisions based on survivalist instinct rather than careful consumer reasoning. Some help, in case you haven’t picked up your annual: an admittedly informal and incomplete survey of BP writers suggests that the White Sox are destined to finish somewhere around fourth place in the American League Central, with one of my colleagues asking if he could slot them sixth. Chuck, there are only five teams in the American League Central.

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March 7, 2012 3:00 am

Sobsequy: Do We Care About Characters?

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The players of the 1970s couldn't compete with today's players on the field, but they may have had more compelling personae. Which do we prefer?

It’s spring training. The eyes of baseball open again. It’s a good time to take stock of the game.

Are we happy with it? Happy with the whole game—its character, its color, its quiddity? Is there anything missing? Is there anything overmuch? What is right, and what is wrong with baseball? Has it acquired qualities it used to lack? And has it lost anything it once had?

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The pitcher-turned-author struggles in his sophomore season but salvages his sophomore authorial effort with a gripping finish.

It was screenwriting guru Syd Field who introduced, to the best of my knowledge, the notion of the cinematic “plot point.” Hollywood movies have two of these, the first coming roughly a third of the way in, the second two thirds through. Watch any mainstream cinema product, and you can practically set your watch by them.

Dirk Hayhurst’s second memoir, Out of My League (Citadel Press, 406 pp.), the follow-up to his best-selling debut, The Bullpen Gospels, is expertly constructed just like a movie. The plot points are easy to spot. We arrive at the first on page 126, when Hayhurst finds out, after much suspense in 2008 spring training, that he has made the San Diego Padres’ Triple-A club in Portland, Ore.

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February 8, 2012 3:00 am

Sobsequy: When You Leave Durham, You Don't Come Back

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Adam Sobsey

Reassessing the minor-league (and movie) myth.

“There are more people out there touring the nation in conversion vans chasing the purity offered by minor-league baseball than you think. And Durham was their Mecca.”

So observes James Bailey in his new, self-published novel, The Greatest Show on Dirt. Bailey should know: he worked for the Durham Bulls for three seasons, 1990-92. You haven’t done the minor leagues until you’ve done Durham.

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January 25, 2012 3:00 am

Sobsequy: Ramirez and Rameau

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Adam Sobsey

Exploring the origins of baseball's unique moral burden, with an assist from Diderot and Jacques Barzun.

Poor baseball. These two words keep running through my mind lately, the way a line from a song gets stuck in your head. Poor baseball. Poor baseball. Oh, pity poor baseball.

It is our beast of burden. We ask the sport to do so much work for us, and when it fails, we beat it mercilessly, often until we are beating ourselves. That is because the work we ask baseball to do is moral, and the punishment for doing it poorly or not at all is severe.

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Recounting a momentous at-bat for last season's Rays, with apologies to Prufrock.

(After Prufrock)

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Interleague play and expanded playoffs have done away with many of the differences in AL and NL play and personality, but some traces remain.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Adam Sobsey has been the Durham Bulls beat writer for the Independent Weekly since 2009. He has also won numerous awards as a playwright, and his work has been staged in New York, California, Austin and North Carolina. His most recent play, WESTERN MEN, or OPPOSITE TO HUMANITY, was a comparative intertextual weaving of Shakespeare's TIMON OF ATHENS with the lifelong friendship between the poet Ezra Pound and the painter/author Wyndham Lewis, commissioned and premiered by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at the Nasher Museum of Art in October 2010. As a journalist, he has won the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award for Arts Criticism, and two North Carolina Press Association Awards. In 2012, Adam will collaborate with writer Sam Stephenson, creator of the Jazz Loft Project, on a season-long documentary project about the Durham Bulls.
 


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An MVP award suggests that the Rays' Russ Canzler was the class of the International League, but as one Durham Bulls beat writer explains, Triple-A threats aren't always destined for major-league greatness.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Adam Sobsey has been the Durham Bulls beat writer for the Independent Weekly since 2009. He has also won numerous awards as a playwright, and his work has been staged in New York, California, Austin and North Carolina. His most recent play, WESTERN MEN, or OPPOSITE TO HUMANITY, was a comparative intertextual weaving of Shakespeare's TIMON OF ATHENS with the lifelong friendship between the poet Ezra Pound and the painter/author Wyndham Lewis, commissioned and premiered by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at the Nasher Museum of Art in October 2010. As a journalist, he has won the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award for Arts Criticism, and two North Carolina Press Association Awards. In 2012, Adam will collaborate with writer Sam Stephenson, creator of the Jazz Loft Project, on a season-long documentary project about the Durham Bulls.

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