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05-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: In the Slot
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02-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: Beating Eric Gagne
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Gary Huckabay

01-31

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The BP Wayback Machine: Redecorating Your Glass House
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Gary Huckabay

06-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: Draft Pickin', Grinnin', and Tradin'
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Gary Huckabay

05-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: The GM Starter Pack
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Gary Huckabay

02-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball's Y2K1 Bugs
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Gary Huckabay

03-16

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6-4-3: Why Youve Paid It
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Gary Huckabay

03-04

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6-4-3: I Will Sell This House!
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Gary Huckabay

07-01

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6-4-3: Adventures in Consulting, Part Three
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Gary Huckabay

04-13

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6-4-3: Adventures in Consulting, Part Two
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Gary Huckabay

03-14

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6-4-3: Adventures in Consulting
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Gary Huckabay

12-17

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6-4-3: Value Over Jack Cust
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Gary Huckabay

11-21

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6-4-3: ESPN and MLB
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Gary Huckabay

10-05

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6-4-3: Weighin' in at 19 Stone, Part Two
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Gary Huckabay

09-25

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6-4-3: Weighin' in at 19 Stone, Part One of Two
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Gary Huckabay

09-04

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Analyze This: For What You Are About to Receive
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Gary Huckabay

03-05

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Hope and Faith: How the San Francisco Giants Can Win the World Series
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Gary Huckabay

02-11

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6-4-3: Farewell
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Gary Huckabay

12-06

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6-4-3: Redecorating Your Glass House
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Gary Huckabay

07-20

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Prospectus Today: A Night at the Park, 2004
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Joe Sheehan and Gary Huckabay

05-25

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6-4-3: Leaving the Shore
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Gary Huckabay

03-29

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6-4-3: Hard to Dampen the Joy
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Gary Huckabay

02-28

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6-4-3: Beating Eric Gagne
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Gary Huckabay

01-03

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6-4-3: Bad Habits Learned from Joe Sheehan
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Gary Huckabay

12-19

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6-4-3: Hart to Hart
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Gary Huckabay

11-07

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State of the Prospectus
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Gary Huckabay

10-17

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6-4-3: Puddle of Conciousness, Redux
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Gary Huckabay

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
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Gary Huckabay and Nate Silver

10-03

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6-4-3: Fluffy Goodness
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Gary Huckabay

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics
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Gary Huckabay

09-26

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6-4-3: Take it to the Bridge
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Gary Huckabay

09-12

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6-4-3: Know Loss
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Gary Huckabay

09-05

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6-4-3: Winter Reading List
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Gary Huckabay

08-29

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6-4-3: All the Leaves in Need of Raking
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Gary Huckabay

08-08

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6-4-3: Back To Basics
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Gary Huckabay

08-01

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6-4-3: Alex In Wonderland
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Gary Huckabay

07-25

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6-4-3: Next Anonymous Friday
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Gary Huckabay

07-11

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6-4-3: State of the Prospectus, July 2003
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Gary Huckabay

06-27

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6-4-3: Road Trippin'
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Gary Huckabay

06-23

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In Memoriam
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Gary Huckabay

06-20

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6-4-3: Overhang
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Gary Huckabay

06-13

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6-4-3: The Peter Principle
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Gary Huckabay

06-06

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6-4-3: Going Batty
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Gary Huckabay

05-23

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6-4-3: Looking for Advantages on the Ground
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Gary Huckabay and Nate Silver

05-16

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6-4-3: Always Hangin' 'Round
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Gary Huckabay

05-02

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6-4-3: The American Way
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Gary Huckabay

04-11

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6-4-3: Fun with Eddie Tufte
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Gary Huckabay

03-28

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6-4-3: What Can You Spell With Four Ps?
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Gary Huckabay

03-19

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6-4-3: The Sin of the Politician
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Gary Huckabay

03-14

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6-4-3: Draft Pickin', Grinnin', and Tradin'
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Gary Huckabay

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An early argument for robot umpires.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Gary penned an early, pre-PITCHf/x plea for robot umpires in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "6-4-3" column on March 15, 2002.
 


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Performing a postmortem on a high-profile arbitration case from the past.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

We've been conducting mock arbitration cases at BP for the past two weeks, but back in Eric Gagne's heyday, Gary analyzed how his actual hearing might have gone down in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "6-4-3" column on February 28, 2004.
 


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The reaction when BALCO broke.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

In the wake of the latest revelations about baseball players and PED use, it's worth revisiting the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "6-4-3" column on December 6, 2004.

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What are the implications of allowing teams to trade draft picks?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Giving teams the ability to trade draft picks remains a much-discussed measure, so let's revisit Gary's take, which originally ran as a "6-4-3" column on March 14, 2003.


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What books would you most want to see in your general manager's library?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

At the request of reader Jim, we revisit Gary's list of books that every GM should read—in addition to all the BP books published subsequently, of course—which originally ran as a "6-4-3" column on September 5th, 2003.


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It's our new turn-back-the-clock exercise, as we bring back past articles and arguments as a way to remind you and us of what's changed, and what hasn't.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

It's only appropriate that we kick off this series with a nod to BP's founder nearly ten years after it ran as a "Daily Prospectus" column on February 21, 2001. As we enter another year clouded by an expiring CBA, it's clear that much about baseball remains the same a decade down the line.

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March 16, 2009 12:00 am

6-4-3: Why Youve Paid It

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Circumstance and necessity can create some perverse changes in value.

About ten years ago, I did some really cool and fun research for one of the large casino resorts on the Las Vegas strip. It was a rather long engagement that lasted over a year total, and involved both qualitative and quantitative research. It was good work, too, because it was interesting, and the client was serious about doing what was necessary to act on the results.

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March 4, 2009 10:44 am

6-4-3: I Will Sell This House!

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Manny Ramirez, doom and gloom in the East Bay, and what else is going on as we move into the New Depression.

In the first of several 6-4-3 conversations, BP's Gary Huckabay sat down with one of baseball's leading agents for a conversation about Manny Ramirez and his observations about the impact of the economic downturn on the industry.

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July 1, 2008 12:00 am

6-4-3: Adventures in Consulting, Part Three

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When everyone gets it, active collaboration becomes a reflection of the kind of progress that's been made.

So, it's time to check back in to see how the story ends, and my thanks to those of you who have stuck around for the full ride. In case you missed it, you can check out part one of the series here, and part two right here. In short, there's kind of a Dilbertesque house of cards that I've built as an illustrative abstraction, with a consultant, some middle management, budgetary constraints, and uneven communication, all taking place in the front office of a club that wants to find a way to be competitive and outperform reasonable expectations. I realize this is a little bit like asking new viewer to start watching Lost for the first time about 50 episodes in (and insisting that they do so while sucking down an unholy blend on Jagermeister and Oxycontin), but bear with me for a bit. If you can, please take a couple of moments to go back and read at least one of the previous two parts to the series, and hopefully, things will become a bit more understandable and interesting.

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April 13, 2008 12:00 am

6-4-3: Adventures in Consulting, Part Two

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Having set the scenario, Gary explains what happened when he presented the concept to middle management.

Time for a quick "Previously, on Adventures in Consulting" (read using your best Don LaFontaine voice)

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Talking to those on the inside about what might make sense from the outside.

I think it was Einstein who said, "Answers to questions should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." Almost every job I've ever had involved finding answers to operational questions. One of the the most interesting projects I ever worked on was for a major league organization that didn't just want an answer--they wanted the question, too. The engagement was pretty simple; I can't identify the client, nor can I use specific data, but I think this is still an interesting case study. I hope you'll find it worth your time to read; if not, you might as well skip the next 6-4-3, too, since it's going to be Part Two. So let's dive in

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December 17, 2007 12:00 am

6-4-3: Value Over Jack Cust

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Replacement Value isn't something quite so fixed and abstract as some might posit.

There's a process to writing these pieces. I can't generally do things as quickly as most of the other writers here at BP; I used to be able to, but that's not a skill I managed to retain over time. However, one of the benefits of having a longer process in place is that I get a lot more feedback before the piece is published than I did previously; it's nice to have a few people who serve as crap detectors in the loop. If I'm overinflating something--as I'm wont to do to make a point--I find that out before it gets wide exposure. Similarly, if I'm making my most common error, which is failing to explain how I got from Point A to Point B, I hear that as well. But it's kind of like asking engineering to vet marketing copy. You might ask them just to review the technical specs to make sure everything's kosher, but they inevitably comment on other stuff, like the ad creative, or the overall communication strategy. In my experience, the worlds of these two groups don't mesh well together. Most technical people aren't really certain about what marketing people actually do, and most marketing people would prefer the technical folks stick to the technical stuff, and leave the marketing to those who know how to do it.

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