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02-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Arbitration Negotiations
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Tommy Bennett

11-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: What Makes a Good World Series?
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Tommy Bennett

04-26

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Expanded Horizons: An Hour with Marvin Miller
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Tommy Bennett

08-10

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Expanded Horizons: Anonymastros
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Tommy Bennett

07-27

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Expanded Horizons: The Mystery of Jered Weaver
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Tommy Bennett

07-19

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Expanded Horizons: What's it Thome?
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Tommy Bennett

07-15

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Expanded Horizons: No Walk in the Park
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Tommy Bennett

06-28

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Prospectus Hit List: NL: Rising to the Top in Cream City
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Tommy Bennett

06-20

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Prospectus Hit List: AL: Sox Hanging On
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Tommy Bennett

06-14

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Prospectus Hit List: NL: Stellar Pitching
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Tommy Bennett

06-06

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Prospectus Hit List: AL: The Colon Train Chugs Along
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Tommy Bennett

05-30

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Prospectus Hit List: AL: The Cream Rises
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Tommy Bennett

05-24

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Prospectus Hit List: St. Louis Supreme
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Tommy Bennett

05-16

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Prospectus Hit List: Indian Spring
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Tommy Bennett

05-10

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Prospectus Hit List: Beasts of the East
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Tommy Bennett

05-06

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Expanded Horizons: Get it While it's Hot
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Tommy Bennett

05-02

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Prospectus Hit List: It's 1998 All Over Again
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Tommy Bennett

04-26

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Prospectus Hit List: Of Phils and Fish
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Tommy Bennett

04-22

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Expanded Horizons: Eight, Ten, Here We Go Again
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Tommy Bennett

04-18

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Prospectus Hit List: Cleveland Rocks
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Tommy Bennett

04-15

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Expanded Horizons: Relying on Relievers
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Tommy Bennett

04-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Get Your Phils
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Tommy Bennett

03-28

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Prospectus Hit List: AL Pre-Season Hit List
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Tommy Bennett

03-28

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Expanded Horizons: Diversifying Doug Melvin
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Tommy Bennett

03-07

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Expanded Horizons: Jay Another Day
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Tommy Bennett

02-28

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Expanded Horizons: Quantifying Hope
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Tommy Bennett

02-18

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Expanded Horizons: Journey to the Center of the Worth
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Tommy Bennett

02-15

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Prospectus Hit List: Winning the Winter, NL Edition
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Tommy Bennett

02-11

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Expanded Horizons: Pujols Plays His Cards
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Tommy Bennett

02-05

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No Pepper: Other Outliers
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Tommy Bennett

02-04

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Expanded Horizons: The Night Before PECOTA Christmas
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Tommy Bennett

01-26

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Expanded Horizons: No One Man Should have All that Glower
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Tommy Bennett

01-19

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Expanded Horizons: A Dominican Adventure
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Tommy Bennett

01-12

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Expanded Horizons: White Elephants
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Tommy Bennett

12-23

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Expanded Horizons: Just Stick to the Plan
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Tommy Bennett

11-22

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GM for a Day: Texas Rangers
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Tommy Bennett

11-03

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GM for a Day: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Tommy Bennett

11-02

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World Series Prospectus: What Makes a Good World Series?
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Tommy Bennett

10-26

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Expanded Horizons: Lessons from the Flags
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Tommy Bennett

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five
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Tommy Bennett

10-21

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GM for a Day: Cleveland Indians
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Tommy Bennett

10-12

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Expanded Horizons: Brooks Conrad
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Tommy Bennett

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Giants vs. Braves
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Tommy Bennett

09-28

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Los Angeles Angels
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Tommy Bennett, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-22

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Detroit Tigers
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Tommy Bennett, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-21

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Expanded Horizons: The Great NL West race
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Tommy Bennett

09-16

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals
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Tommy Bennett, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-14

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Expanded Horizons: Don't Call It a Comeback
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Tommy Bennett

09-07

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Expanded Horizons: Flooded with Choices
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Tommy Bennett

08-31

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Expanded Horizons: Understanding Post-season Odds
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Tommy Bennett

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How the percentages show that it behooves management and players to settle their cases.

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Tommy Bennett tried to determine how teams and players come up with the arbitration figures they exchange in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as an "Expanded Horizons" column on February 2, 2010.

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Was this year's World Series a classic according to Tommy's criteria?

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.

Tommy Bennett examined the elements that lead to an enjoyable World Series in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "World Series Prospectus" column on November 2, 2010.

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Tommy attends a panel marking the 40th anniversary of the 1972 strike and returns with tales of the Players Association's past.

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August 10, 2011 9:00 am

Expanded Horizons: Anonymastros

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A look at the new-look Astros and the many unknowns currently inhabiting Minute Maid Park.

Since July 1, the Astros are 9-23 and have been outscored 109-163. At the trade deadline, they traded away their two most recognizable offensive stars, Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn. Even before the deadline, Jeff Keppinger was sent packing. The Astros were probably the worst team in baseball before the deadline and were certainly that after it. The obscurity of the Houston lineup caused Larry Granillo to ask how the team would stack up against the Peanuts gang. That may be a stretch, but it seems fair enough to ask how they would stack up against a middling Triple-A team. Given how long Baseball Prospectus authors and our fellow travelers have been calling for rebuilding in the Bayou City, however, it seems unfair to criticize their current futility. Instead, let us provide this introduction to the new-look(-away) Astros.

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July 27, 2011 9:54 am

Expanded Horizons: The Mystery of Jered Weaver

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A look at Jered Weaver's outstanding 2011 season, his perpetually great ERA, and his propensity for pop-ups.

On July 21, Jered Weaver recorded his 13th win of the season. His box score recorded his seven innings, two walks, and six strikeouts to go with his zero runs and seven hits. His box score even recorded his 122 pitches—the sixth time this year he has thrown 120 pitches or more. Next to his box score, Weaver sits atop the leaderboard for ERA. But Weaver’s box scores do not tell the whole story.

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July 19, 2011 9:00 am

Expanded Horizons: What's it Thome?

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While some home-run hitters can make it look easy, nothing about Jim Thome has ever looked effortless.

Jim Thome hit his 596th career home run on Sunday. The 490-foot blast was as pure a demonstration of Thome’s classic swing as any in his 20-year career. Delmon Young, who looked on from the on-deck circle, put it best when he simply gaped at the homer’s majesty. (The .gif linked above is almost certainly the finest of this baseball season so far. The way Young’s face slowly edges into the frame really sells it.) Others have written at length about the noteworthiness of Thome’s home run, but it’s worth reiterating the finer points of Thome’s style and swing.  

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July 15, 2011 10:17 am

Expanded Horizons: No Walk in the Park

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Tommy looks at the difficulty in improving one's control but three pitchers who have managed to do so thus far in 2011.

Just throw a strike, for the love of all that is good and holy. Surely you’ve thought this after you team’s pitcher walks the third guy in an inning. Just throwing strikes seems like the easiest way in the world to win. If only these bums would challenge hitters in the zone they might be able to limit the damage, pitch deeper into games, and eat more innings. But dumping walks by increasing control is one of those “good work if you can get it” type of situations. For every Brad Radke there are three Daniel Cabreras waiting in the wings.

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June 28, 2011 9:56 am

Prospectus Hit List: NL: Rising to the Top in Cream City

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The Braves gain ground on the back of great pitching, the Brewers surge, and the Astros can't do anything right.

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June 20, 2011 11:00 am

Prospectus Hit List: AL: Sox Hanging On

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Red Sox lose three to injury, Verlander and Shields add to their Cy Young resumes, and the A's witness the return of Cahill and the emergence of Jemile Weeks.

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June 14, 2011 11:09 am

Prospectus Hit List: NL: Stellar Pitching

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The Phillies and Braves stellar pitching, all tied up in the Central, and [sarcasm] maybe the Astros would be more competitive in the AL.

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The Yankees reclaim the top spot on the heels of two Bartolo Colon starts and the Indians lose ground to the Tigers in the Central.

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The Red Sox ride strong pitching to complete their climb to the top of the AL Hit List, with the Yankees close behind despite the struggles of Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.

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