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01-23

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Player Profile: Arismendy Alcantara
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Nick Shlain

01-22

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Player Profile: Aaron Hill
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J.P. Breen

01-16

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Player Profile: Ike Davis
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Wilson Karaman

01-14

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Player Profile: Mike Napoli
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Jeff Quinton

01-09

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Player Profile: Devin Mesoraco
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Nick Shlain

01-08

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Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy
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J.P. Breen

10-30

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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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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

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January 23, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Arismendy Alcantara

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Nick Shlain

Is there reason to be patient with the Cubs utility man after a shaky debut in 2014?

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January 22, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Aaron Hill

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J.P. Breen

Is there reason to hope that the Snakes' keystoner could bounce back?

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January 16, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Ike Davis

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Wilson Karaman

After bouncing around and landing with the A's, can the first baseman bounce back in 2015?

Ummm… what now? An entire fantasy player profile about Ike Davis? The guy that returned a whopping $8 of NL-only value last year? The guy who’s currently going as the thirty-eighth first baseman off the board in early NFBC drafts, behind the Yonder Alonsos and Mitch Morelands of the world? Yeah, that’s the guy. He doesn’t deserve that kind of a draft day fate. Walk with me. Let’s talk about Ike Davis, and why he shouldn’t be that irrelevant to your 2015 plans.

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January 14, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Mike Napoli

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Jeff Quinton

Can the Red Sox first baseman rebound from an injury-hindered 2014 campaign?

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You all know Mike; you know him well enough to be completely unsurprised and even pleased to find out that his middle name is Anthony. You also know that ever since he broke into the league as a catcher with the Angels—playing Off-Broadway Roy Hobbs to Mike Scoscia’s Pop and Jeff Mathis’s Bump—Napoli has been leaving jersey buttons unbuttoned and three true outcome-ing a high percentage of his at bats. While his average and counting stats have had significant year-to-year variance due to his injury proneness and large BABIP variance, the power, patience, and strikeouts have always remained constant. That is until 2014.


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January 9, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Devin Mesoraco

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Nick Shlain

A breakout 2014 campaign put the Reds catcher on the doorstep of fantasy stardom.

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A first-round draft pick by the Reds out of high school back in 2007, Mesoraco struggled with both his production and conditioning in the low minors in his first few seasons. He showed up to spring training 2010 in the “best shape of his life” and restored his promise by hitting 26 home runs with a .302/.377/.587 line across three levels.


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January 8, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy

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J.P. Breen

The Brewer is on the verge of being a bona fide stud at the catcher position.

In early August 2014, Jonathan Lucroy was the top-producing fantasy catcher, and it wasn’t exactly close. He was so far clear of second place that it took an otherworldly performance from Buster Posey over the final two months to surpass the 28-year-old backstop. Still, Lucroy established himself as an elite fantasy option at the catcher position. Owners who drafted him, on average, did so outside the top-five catchers– and those owners were collecting massive surplus value throughout the entire year.

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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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Marc Normandin

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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