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February 17, 2010 1:09 pm

Hot Stove U.: Why All Third-Base Coaches Should Be Fired

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Russell A. Carleton

Stop signs are fine at intersections, but they're not worth much at the hot corner.

The Setup

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February 3, 2010 12:05 pm

Hot Stove U.: Maximizing Stolen Base Profits

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Tommy Bennett

Why Chase Utley's high stolen base success rate doesn't mean he should steal more bases.

The Setup

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January 27, 2010 12:30 pm

Hot Stove U.: Red Sox are the Best Farmers

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Kevin Goldstein

How the Red Sox do those things they do.

The Setup

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January 20, 2010 12:04 pm

Hot Stove U.: The Pena vs. Reynolds Slugfest

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John Perrotto

When it comes to pure all-or-nothing power, who's number one?

The Setup

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January 19, 2010 12:28 pm

Hot Stove U.: Jack Z's Old School and New School

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Kevin Goldstein

How the Mariners' general manager can be in both camps at once.

The Setup

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January 12, 2010 12:22 pm

Hot Stove U.: The Cubs' Contractual Cul-de-Sac

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Kevin Goldstein

Is the Cubs' balance-sheet situation the worst in major-league history?

When Tom Ricketts purchased the Cubs at the end of the 2009 season, he spoke openly about how important it was for him to bring a title to the North Side of Chicago. That's certainly possible, but previous moves by general manager Jim Hendry have handcuffed the team on a nearly unprecedented level. The contract situation Ricketts inherits is among the worst in baseball history, akin to him assuming somebody else's poker hand and he's all in, needing some help on the river.

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