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Player Profile: Colby Lewis
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Marc Normandin

10-28

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Player Profile: C.J. Wilson
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Marc Normandin

09-01

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Player Profile: Jose Bautista
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Marc Normandin

03-21

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Player Profile: Brian Giles
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Marc Normandin

03-19

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Player Profile: Nomar Garciaparra
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Marc Normandin

02-18

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Player Profile: Frank Thomas
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Marc Normandin

02-16

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Player Profile: Tom Glavine
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Marc Normandin

11-04

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Player Profile: Pedro Martinez
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Marc Normandin

10-29

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Player Profile: Ryan Madson
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Marc Normandin

10-28

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Player Profile: Nick Swisher
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Marc Normandin

10-23

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Player Profile: Robinson Cano
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Marc Normandin

10-16

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Player Profile: Kendry Morales
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Marc Normandin

10-15

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Player Profile: Matt Kemp
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Marc Normandin

10-09

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Player Profile: Scott Kazmir
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Marc Normandin

10-02

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Player Profile: Dexter Fowler
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Marc Normandin

09-25

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Player Profile: Eugenio Velez
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Marc Normandin

09-18

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Player Profile: Nelson Cruz
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Marc Normandin

09-04

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Player Profile: Jason Hammel
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Marc Normandin

06-16

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Player Profile: Raul Ibanez
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06-12

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Player Profile: Mariano Rivera
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Baseball Prospectus

06-01

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Player Profile: Jimmy Rollins
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Marc Normandin and John Perrotto

05-18

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Player Profile: Barry Zito
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Marc Normandin and Will Carroll

05-11

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Player Profile: David Ortiz
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Marc Normandin, Will Carroll and Kevin Goldstein

05-04

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Player Profile: David Wright
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Marc Normandin and Kevin Goldstein

12-22

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Player Profile: Jeff Francoeur
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

12-12

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Player Profile: Ervin Santana
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

11-21

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Player Profile: Aubrey Huff
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

11-14

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Player Profile: Carlos Quentin
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-26

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Player Profile: Andy Sonnanstine
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-24

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Player Profile: Dioner Navarro
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-22

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Player Profile: Brad Lidge
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-13

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Player Profile: Jon Lester
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-13

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Player Profile: Matt Garza
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-09

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Player Profile: Andre Ethier
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-08

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Player Profile: Jayson Werth
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Kevin Goldstein

10-02

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Player Profile: Alexei Ramirez
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-01

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Player Profile: Francisco Rodriguez
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Will Carroll

10-01

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Player Profile: Shane Victorino
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-01

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Player Profile: Ryan Dempster
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Will Carroll

09-27

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Player Profile: Ricky Nolasco
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Will Carroll

09-23

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Player Profile: Ryan Howard
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

09-11

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Player Profile: Cliff Lee
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Kevin Goldstein

09-04

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Player Profile: Ryan Ludwick
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman, Will Carroll and Kevin Goldstein

06-28

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Player Profile: Mike Gonzalez
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Marc Normandin, Will Carroll and Eric Seidman

01-30

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Player Profile: James Shields
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Marc Normandin and Dan Fox

01-09

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Player Profile: Corey Patterson
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Marc Normandin

12-12

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Player Profile: Mark Teahen
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Marc Normandin

11-26

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Player Profile: Carlos Silva
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Marc Normandin

11-19

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Player Profile: Kyle Lohse
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Marc Normandin

11-12

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Player Profile: Brad Wilkerson
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Marc Normandin

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After taking a sabbatical in Japan, Lewis has returned to the majors and flourished in the postseason.

Whereas C.J. Wilson pitched his way back into a starting gig while in the Texas bullpen, Colby Lewis had to work out the kinks in a different country after failing to stick in the major leagues. Lewis nearly doubled his career major-league innings total as the Rangers’ third-best starter this year and brought that success with him into the postseason, where he has thrown 18 2/3 innings with an ERA of just 1.45. With the Rangers down two games to none in the World Series against the Giants, Lewis will need to throw another quality start tonight to keep Texas afloat.

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October 28, 2010 8:00 am

Player Profile: C.J. Wilson

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The saber-savvy pitcher has made a successful transition from the pen to starting, and now he'll be pitching in his first World Series tonight.

It seems improbable that C.J. Wilson is starting Game Two of the 2010 World Series for the Rangers tonight against the Giants. That is not a slight against Wilson, who is a talented pitcher, but the number of relievers who became successful starters is not a high one. Wilson used to be a starting pitching prospect before a shift to the bullpen, and he kept the deep repertoire from his days as a starter—that is one reason why we should not have been surprised that, even early on, Wilson was able to make an impact in Texas' rotation.

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Bautista's year has been extraordinary, though there were hints that he could be a slugger prior to 2010.

Saying Jose Bautista's 2010 season came from out of nowhere is an assertion worthy of understatement of the year. Bautista has 43 homers and is slugging .620 for the Blue Jays with an Isolated Power almost as lofty as the batting average of league-leader Josh Hamilton. Prior to 2010, Bautista had a career line of .238/.329/.400 over 2,038 plate appearances, with 59 homers. That's a homer every 30 at-bats, whereas this year he's going deep once every 11 at-bats.

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March 21, 2010 12:12 pm

Player Profile: Brian Giles

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Marc Normandin

A look back at the career of the late-blooming and underrated slugger.

It's been a rough month for childhood favorites of mine, as not only Nomar Garciaparra retired, but Brian Giles, easily the player I was most irrationally obsessed with during the early part of the decade, also called it a career. How many of you have a cat named Brian Giles at your parents' house? Didn't think so. Giles had a very underrated career, one that fell from the spotlight it almost reached upon being traded to San Diego and the park that crushes hitters' dreams. He won't have the counting stats for a Hall of Fame career, but Giles had quite the career.

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March 19, 2010 11:45 am

Player Profile: Nomar Garciaparra

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Marc Normandin

Looking back at the career of the former Fenway favorite and All-Star shortstop.

As sports fans, there are moments you have where time freezes: you remember where you were, who you were with and what happened with clarity like that it happened yesterday. It's a concept that may seem silly to those who have never invested themselves fully into a team or sport, but given where you are reading this, chances are good you are aware of this phenomenon. If any of you are Red Sox fans--especially younger ones—then July 31, 2004 could house one of those moments.

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February 18, 2010 12:00 pm

Player Profile: Frank Thomas

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Marc Normandin

A retrospective look at the career of Frank Thomas, "The Big Hurt."

Tom Glavine was not the only player to announce his retirement last week, as Frank Thomas, the Big Hurt, also said his goodbyes to playing. Like Glavine, Thomas missed out on the 2009 season, so his announcement was not a surprise either, but it's still sad to see him part from the game.

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February 16, 2010 10:21 am

Player Profile: Tom Glavine

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Marc Normandin

A retrospective look at the career of the recently retired 305-game winner.

It's easy to forget just how great Tom Glavine was. He spent much of his career as the No. 2 starter on his team, and numerous younger fans have more memories of Glavine's time with the New York Mets than his incredible run with the Atlanta Braves during the '90s. The fact that he has been gone from the game for a year, never making it onto a major-league mound during the 2009 season (and making only 13 starts in 2008) has not helped matters, either, as his retirement seemed more like a foregone conclusion than an impactful and surprising announcement. Regardless, Glavine's contributions on the field are worth celebrating, as he is one of the most successful pitchers of his generation, as well as one of the top left-handers in the game's history.

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November 4, 2009 11:38 am

Player Profile: Pedro Martinez

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Marc Normandin

A review of the mound magician's storied career and what he brings to the table tonight.

It is a credit to the quality of the respective careers of Pedro Martinez and Andy Pettitte that tonight's World Series matchup, in a time well past each pitcher's prime, still elicits such excitement and potential. Pettitte has been a great pitcher through much of his career, but his numbers look like those of an amateur next to Pedro, who has been one of the best pitchers to take the mound in baseball's modern era. Much of Pedro's dominance is in the past though, and the two hurlers stand on more equal footing these days-though as Pedro's Game Two start showed us, he's still got a trick or two up his sleeve, even against one of the most talented offenses in the league.

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October 29, 2009 12:14 pm

Player Profile: Ryan Madson

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Marc Normandin

A look at the career of an integral element of the Phillies' bullpen.

The Phillies' bullpen, which was so important to their championship run in 2008, has been a source of woe for much of 2009. It was expected that, as a unit, the pen would regress, given their tremendous collective performance in 2008. Even with that in mind, things got a bit out of hand this year. They dropped from 15.251 WXRL and the second spot in the majors to 18th and just 6.804; rather than a bullpen full of options that seemed to do everything right, Charlie Manuel was reduced to picking from a few pitchers that still seemed to be able to rack up outs with regularity. Ryan Madson was one of those pitchers, as he led the team in appearances and WXRL while pitching in more high leverage situations than Brad Lidge, who was the team's closer for much of the year. The Phillies need Madson to be in top form for this series with the Yankees, where the differences in the pen could spell disaster-after all, you can't throw Cliff Lee out there every game.

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The right fielder has slumped through the second half and the first two rounds of the playoffs, but can he bounce back?

Nick Swisher was a valuable member of the division-winning Yankees during the regular season. He has not been a valuable member of the now World Series-bound Bombers though, thanks to a line of .083/.083/.167 against the lowly Twins in the Division Series and a .152/.292/.150 showing against the Angels in the Championship round. Anyone is capable of two bad weeks, though (or a whole month, given the way playoff scheduling works these days), and with the Phillies and Yankees evenly matched in many ways, having Swisher at his best would be a big boost to the boys from the Bronx.

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October 23, 2009 1:43 pm

Player Profile: Robinson Cano

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Marc Normandin

The Yankees' second sacker seems to keep coming and going from great to less so, but is he finally about to settle in as an offensive star?

This is not the first time there has been a Robinson Cano Player Profile at Baseball Prospectus. Given the team we are talking about, consider this the Empire Strikes Back edition of Player Profile; we'll continue the story started a few years back, and take a look at Cano during his peak when the tale was at its most interesting point. I won't be discussing the time he had to cut open his Tauntaun on the ice planet Hoth in order to warm up his bat, though, because some things are better left to the imagination.

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October 16, 2009 12:43 pm

Player Profile: Kendry Morales

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Marc Normandin

The big Cuban came up big in 2009 for the Halos, but were his improvements at the plate a sign of things to come?

Everyone knew the Angels planned on using Kendry Morales at first base to replace Mark Teixeira this year, but the number of people who thought it would be a good move was much, much lower. Morales had put up great numbers in the minors, and was highly regarded when he first came to the United States from Cuba, but his talent had not translated into major league production. But finally given his opportunity to play every day this year, he came around, turning in one of the Angels' most productive seasons. How did Morales get to that point, and what does his future hold for him?

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