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01-25

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Purpose Pitches: Remembering Earl
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Christina Kahrl

01-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bagging on Bagwell
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Christina Kahrl

09-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: Oops, They Did it Again?
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Christina Kahrl

05-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Making Waves in the West
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Christina Kahrl

03-16

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Extra Innings Excerpt
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Christina Kahrl

11-06

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

06-24

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Prospectus Perspective: Minnesota Miscasts
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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Purpose Pitches: A New Delivery
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Christina Kahrl

03-29

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Transaction Analysis: Trading Up from Dickerson to Morgan
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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BP Unfiltered: Opening Night in Chicago
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Christina Kahrl

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: AL Moves
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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BP Unfiltered: Andrew Cashner's Non-Day
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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Purpose Pitches: Hitting the High and Low Notes
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Christina Kahrl

03-18

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BP Unfiltered: Life After Luis Castillo
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Christina Kahrl

03-18

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Transaction Analysis: Junior Circuit Jumble
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Christina Kahrl

03-17

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BP Unfiltered: Cactus Action, Ranger Danger
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Christina Kahrl

03-17

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Transaction Analysis: Senior Circuit Shuffling
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Christina Kahrl

03-16

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Purpose Pitches: Day Seven in Cactus Country
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Christina Kahrl

03-15

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Purpose Pitches: Day 6 in Cactus Country
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Christina Kahrl

03-13

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BP Unfiltered: Days 4 & 5 in Cactus Country
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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BP Unfiltered: Day Three in AZ, Cubs vs. Sox
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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Purpose Pitches: Day Two at HoHoKam
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Christina Kahrl

03-10

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Purpose Pitches: Day One at HoHoKam
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Christina Kahrl

03-09

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BP Unfiltered: Heading Back to HoHoKam
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Christina Kahrl

03-08

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Transaction Analysis: Thornton's Payday and a Future Full of Zaun Time
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Christina Kahrl

03-08

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Purpose Pitches: Who's Got Catching?
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Christina Kahrl

03-04

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Purpose Pitches: Mourning for Morneau?
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Christina Kahrl

03-03

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BP Unfiltered: The Undecider
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Christina Kahrl

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: Nick Johnson, Chad Durbin, and Dregs
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Christina Kahrl

03-02

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Purpose Pitches: Waiting for Relief
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Christina Kahrl

02-28

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Purpose Pitches: Oscar Gambles
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Christina Kahrl

02-25

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Purpose Pitches: Adaptation and Reaction
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Christina Kahrl

02-24

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Purpose Pitches: NL NRIs of Note
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Christina Kahrl

02-23

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Purpose Pitches: Wainwright Go Bye?
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Christina Kahrl, Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

02-22

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Transaction Analysis: Branyan, Weeks, and Detritus
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Christina Kahrl

02-21

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Prospectus Preview: NL West 2011 Preseason Preview
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Christina Kahrl

02-17

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Transaction of the Day: Jose Bautista's Serious Bank
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Christina Kahrl

02-16

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BP Unfiltered: Albert Pujols and the Big Nothing
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Christina Kahrl

02-16

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Purpose Pitches: AL NRIs to Watch
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Christina Kahrl

02-14

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Purpose Pitches: Pitchers and Catchers Day
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Christina Kahrl

02-11

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Transaction Analysis: Weekly Roundup, February 4-10
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Christina Kahrl

02-10

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Purpose Pitches: Farrell, Mattingly, and Roenicke
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Christina Kahrl

02-09

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Purpose Pitches: A Dozen New Skippers
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Christina Kahrl

02-08

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Transaction of the Day: Vladimir Guerrero
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Christina Kahrl

02-04

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Transaction Analysis: Weekly Roundup, January 28-February 3
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Christina Kahrl

02-03

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Purpose Pitches: The Sorry State of Platooning
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Christina Kahrl

02-02

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Purpose Pitches: The Problems Mark Cuban Won't Fix
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Christina Kahrl

01-31

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Purpose Pitches: Anaheim's Winter of Discontent
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Christina Kahrl

01-27

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Transaction Analysis: I Want Wandy
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Christina Kahrl

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Napoli, oh Napoli
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Christina Kahrl

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The Jays' one-year wonder receives a five-year bet he won't be Davey Johnson.

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An artificial deadline expires, costing no one anything.

High noon came and went, and there was no news, no actual historical act, no splendiferous cashgasm that would leave Cardinals fans basking in the safe, fuzzy, warm knowledge that nothing was going to change, ever.

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February 16, 2011 6:33 am

Purpose Pitches: AL NRIs to Watch

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An assemblage of prospects, vagabonds, and tough-luck stories, but some are sure to stick.

Come the opening of every camp, there's always going to be some wiggle room for a non-roster player or two to make the club. But who has the best shot as we just get started, and/or who's worth noting for his own sake? Starting with the AL, let's look at the names you might want to note in the inevitable spring training boxscores and the equally inevitable camp rumors to come.

Baltimore Orioles
Pitcher(s): Opportunities already existed in the bullpen, but there may be more than one job to be won, especially with Alfredo Simon on the wrong side of the law and still locked up in the Dominican on an involuntary manslaughter charge. The pen could also use a second lefty better than Pedro Viola, while the rotation might need a long-relief helpmate until questions about Justin Duchscherer and Jake Arrieta are resolved (not to mention a slimmed-down Jason Berken). From among the NRIs, for situational duties Rangers castoff Clay Rapada could wind up getting taken seriously, while swing sponge Mark Hendrickson was born to absorb middle innings in lost causes or after quick hooks.


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How can we miss baseball when it never really goes away?

Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.” —Dorothy Parker

It's pitchers and catchers Monday, and by happy calendrical coincidence it's also Valentine's Day as well. Naturally, the gutters are choked with slush, at least here in Chicago, lending something physical to suggest the inevitable tortured metaphors about thawing and renewal, eternity and change, commitment and professions of love. Love in its splendor, love of baseball, love of someone special. Love of being able to feel all of your toes. You know, the basics.

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This week's spin involves Josh Hamilton and Orlando Cabrera, but also Dorothy Parker, the Ace of Aceves, and the $14 ham sandwich.

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February 10, 2011 1:53 am

Purpose Pitches: Farrell, Mattingly, and Roenicke

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Christina Kahrl

Baseball's trio of dugout noobs have followed very different paths to their skippering slots, but what does the future hold?

Yesterday's column and my comments about the increasing importance of staff management are my cue to touch on what we do know about the three genuinely new skippers. The first of them is an ex-pitcher with no managerial experience, but someone who will be coming to the job with plenty of management experience.

Blue Jays: John Farrell

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February 9, 2011 7:42 am

Purpose Pitches: A Dozen New Skippers

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They're anything but 12 angry men, but is their arrival significant or just proof of MLB's commitment to recycling?

When you're a manager all the worries of the team become your worries." Al Lopez
“You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.” —Alvin Toffler

December's Viking funeral–by–press conference at the Winter Meetings gave Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, and Lou Piniella the opportunity to collectively say sayonara, with Bud Selig himself acting as the officiant. Maybe Cox had heard about the torches getting lit, but he missed out on its symbolic passing to a purportedly new generation of managers.*


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Will the Orioles be impaled on the spike of their own pressing ambitions?

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February 4, 2011 1:30 pm

Transaction Analysis: Weekly Roundup, January 28-February 3

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Christina Kahrl

Moves to laud and lament, given your bent.

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Catching tandems and managerial tactics run up against limited rosters and slim pickings.

I've been arguing for a few years now that a kind of tactical stasis has become the rule of the day on offense, in part because of the foreshortened rosters teams stick themselves with as a result of the 12-man pitching staff. One consequence has been the decline or increasing rarity of stable platoons. It's fairly hard to build all that many platoons in the first place, with rosters limited to three non-catcher reserves on most American League teams, and four in the National.

That's not to say there isn't plenty of pursuit of platoon advantages among contemporary major-league skippers. You can still have the floating platoon guy, the player who might be the adaptable righty-batting tweener or just an outright thumper. The Rockies' Ryan Spilborghs didn't platoon in right or left — instead he platooned in both, splitting time with Brad Hawpe and Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez, and making two-thirds of his 78 starts against lefties. Marcus Thames platooned for the Yankees, making 44 of 57 starts against lefties, but he wasn't paired up with any one player, as his lineup assignments drifted between DH and the corners.

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Owners are in the news for all the wrong reasons, and just when the CBA re-enters the picture.

What time of year is it? Wait, is it CBA season already? Maybe so, because when pitchers and catchers report to camps in Arizona and Florida, we're already coming down to short time for the current agreement between 30 mega-wealthy operators and the MLBPA.

Yet, how can we tell that 'tis the season, when the snows are still piling up, yet we have no war of words to heat things up? In today's day and age, we're not getting the brinksmanship to which we had become accustomed as a run-up to full-fledged labor wars. Instead, we get polite quips about ongoing process.

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January 31, 2011 11:37 am

Purpose Pitches: Anaheim's Winter of Discontent

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Christina Kahrl

The Angels didn't get what they wanted, but does that mean they're going away?

Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang's feeble imagination. --Henry Miller

Usually, criticisms of the state of affairs in Southern California hone in on well-worn complaints, like superficiality in achievement or personality, or a strangling inability to get anywhere despite all sorts of expense, or its lack of a coherent, organizing center. Or diseased bats that menace all who come in contact with them. And that's just the Angels.

Consider general manager Tony Reagins' lot as we head towards pitchers and catchers and the opening of camps in just a few short weeks. After all sorts of speculation, and after so many busy winters in past seasons, the Halos wound up with no Carl Crawford, and no Adrian Beltre. There was no late, spoiling cameo as the mystery third contestant in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes. There were -- initially -- no major trades for major stars who were on the move, not for Dan Uggla or Zack Greinke or Adrian Gonzalez. Up until a very short time ago, even the Dodgers, purportedly prostrated by McCourt squabbling, managed a more dynamic winter by re-inking Ted Lilly and adding Juan Uribe to their infield. In contrast, the Angels settled for letting people leave, while inking a pair of veteran lefty relievers to not-inconsiderable contracts. Between that and the anticipation that Kendry Morales would come back and bop, it made for fairly thin fare to make it through the winter with.



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