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12-31

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155

Prospectus Today: Retrospective on Runs and Records
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Joe Sheehan

12-30

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19

Prospectus Today: Virtual Hall-Worthy Selections
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Joe Sheehan

12-27

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45

Prospectus Today: Metropolitan Inactivity
by
Joe Sheehan

12-22

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84

Prospectus Today: The Braves' New World
by
Joe Sheehan

12-17

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128

Prospectus Today: Of Unselfish Decisions and Restocked Systems
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Joe Sheehan

12-16

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66

Prospectus Today: You Say You Want a Revolution?
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Joe Sheehan

12-15

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41

Prospectus Today: No Lack of Lackey
by
Joe Sheehan

12-14

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28

Prospectus Today: Getting Talent For Less Than It's Worth
by
Joe Sheehan

12-10

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23

Prospectus Today: Wheeling and Dealing in Indy
by
Joe Sheehan

12-09

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29

Prospectus Today: Strange Dealings in the Desert
by
Joe Sheehan

12-08

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20

Prospectus Today: Arbitration Ambush
by
Joe Sheehan

12-07

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38

Prospectus Today: AL Shopping Lists
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Joe Sheehan

12-06

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25

Prospectus Today: NL Shopping Lists
by
Joe Sheehan

12-03

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57

Prospectus Today: The Unbearable Lightness of Being the Red Sox
by
Joe Sheehan

12-02

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35

Prospectus Today: The Risks of Arbitration
by
Joe Sheehan

11-25

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14

Prospectus Today: Pen Men Free Agents Review
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Joe Sheehan

11-24

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10

Prospectus Today: Starting Pitcher Free Agents Review
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Joe Sheehan

11-23

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24

Prospectus Today: Outfield and Catcher Free Agents Review
by
Joe Sheehan

11-22

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23

Prospectus Today: Infield Free Agents Review
by
Joe Sheehan

11-19

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22

Prospectus Today: The Opening Bell
by
Joe Sheehan

11-18

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12

Prospectus Today: Minor League Free Agents
by
Joe Sheehan

11-16

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27

Prospectus Today: Awards Season
by
Joe Sheehan

11-13

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15

Prospectus Today: Let's Make a Deal!
by
Joe Sheehan

11-12

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16

Prospectus Today: Melting Down the Gold Gloves
by
Joe Sheehan

11-06

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74

Prospectus Today: Looking Both Forwards and Back
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Joe Sheehan

11-05

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96

Prospectus Today: The Crown Rests Lightly
by
Joe Sheehan

11-03

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36

Prospectus Today: A Player's Game
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Joe Sheehan

11-02

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28

Prospectus Today: A-Rodemption?
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Joe Sheehan

11-01

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11

Prospectus Today: Game Three Recap
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Joe Sheehan

10-30

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35

Prospectus Today: A Classic Confrontation
by
Joe Sheehan

10-29

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59

Prospectus Today: Complete Mastery
by
Joe Sheehan

10-28

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29

Prospectus Today: Back from the Future
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Joe Sheehan

10-26

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49

Prospectus Today: Turning the Trick in Six
by
Joe Sheehan

10-23

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44

Prospectus Today: Speed Up for a Showdown
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Joe Sheehan

10-22

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54

Prospectus Today: Outskipper'd
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Joe Sheehan

10-21

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87

Prospectus Today: The Horror
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Joe Sheehan

10-20

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67

Prospectus Today: Putting the Drama in Drama Season
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Joe Sheehan

10-19

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21

Prospectus Today: Palate Cleansing
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Joe Sheehan

10-18

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71

Prospectus Today: Absent Without Leave
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Joe Sheehan

10-17

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9

Prospectus Today: Keeping You Guessing
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Joe Sheehan

10-16

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16

Prospectus Today: The Reminder
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Joe Sheehan

10-15

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11

Prospectus Today: The NLCS
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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42

Prospectus Today: A Triple Play of Division Series Post Mortems
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Joe Sheehan

10-13

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67

Prospectus Today: Completion
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Joe Sheehan

10-09

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42

Prospectus Today: Second Day Roundup
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Joe Sheehan

10-08

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13

Prospectus Today: Tri-Series Roundup
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Joe Sheehan

10-07

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46

Prospectus Today: Who Can Say No to Twins?
by
Joe Sheehan

10-06

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40

Prospectus Today: Series Previews
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Joe Sheehan

10-05

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32

Prospectus Today: Madness
by
Joe Sheehan

10-04

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48

Prospectus Today: Do or Die
by
Joe Sheehan

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Evaluating predictions for the season past, and closing the book on it.

Every year I try to project every team's record and runs scored and allowed, using as much information as is available to me in the waning days of March. I do it because it's fun, and because the process of making those predictions is very educational for me in the ramp-up to the season. The process, rather than the end results, is what is important, because the chance of getting many teams' overall records or run differentials correct is fairly slim. The value of the pieces I write at that time is in the analysis, the words; the numbers are for information purposes only.

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December 30, 2009 2:20 pm

Prospectus Today: Virtual Hall-Worthy Selections

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Joe Sheehan

Sorting through who belongs in Cooperstown on the new ballot, plus the Mets' splash.

I hadn't realized it until I went looking, but I've been pretty good about doing a Hall of Fame ballot each year. Mock, of course-I'm at least 11 years from having one, probably more, barring eligibility changes-but a fun exercise nonetheless. It can be a challenge to keep it fresh, as there are only so many ways to point out that Bert Blyleven is one of the 50 best starting pitchers in history, would raise the Hall standards for the position, and should therefore be elected.

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December 27, 2009 12:55 pm

Prospectus Today: Metropolitan Inactivity

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Joe Sheehan

After a season of injuries and disappointment, the Mets have been uncharacteristically quiet on trades and signings.

A few weeks back, near the end of the Winter Meetings, I got a panicked text message from a friend of mine: "Are the Mets going to do ANYTHING?" It was a fair question, as even now the Mets have been almost completely silent this offseason, but as I pointed out then, doing nothing is better than signing Bengie Molina.

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December 22, 2009 1:39 pm

Prospectus Today: The Braves' New World

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Joe Sheehan

Corporate management making corporate decisions handicaps one franchise in particular and the industry as a whole

I miss Ted Turner. Turner was controversial, brash, difficult, prone to mistakes of commission, prone to getting himself suspended, prone to making people really, really dislike him. Turner, however, had one trait that you had to respect: he wanted to win. Perhaps I value that too highly-I'm hypercompetitive myself, perhaps my worst trait-but I can forgive a lot of things if they're done in a sincere effort to succeed.

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It's possible that for all the coverage of the Phillies' wheeling and dealing, the biggest story has been lost.

Roy Halladay signed a contract extension today that will guarantee him $60 million over three years, with a vesting option that would pay him another $20 million if he pitches enough innings in the first three years of the deal.

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December 16, 2009 2:58 pm

Prospectus Today: You Say You Want a Revolution?

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Joe Sheehan

Bud Selig's latest blue ribbon committee is doomed to fail, but maybe that is its objective.

As I write this, it's becoming just a little bit suspicious that nearly two days after they presumably "happened," neither of the two huge trades the Phillies made have actually come to fruition. The Phillies have apparently negotiated an extension with Roy Halladay, and physicals are being taken, but there have been no actual announcements, and as I write this on Wednesday afternoon, with a piece on the trade burning a hole in my hard drive, it's just starting to feel a little weird. The deal has been "imminent" for about 48 hours now, but there's been no movement since yesterday afternoon, when word that Halladay and the Phillies had agreed on a contract leaked out.

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December 15, 2009 12:40 pm

Prospectus Today: No Lack of Lackey

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Joe Sheehan

Boston's pickup gives them an embarrassment of riches in the rotation, which might lead to the deal they really want to make.

John Lackey appears to have signed with the Red Sox for five years at a price in the range of $16 million per season, a total of more than $80 million. (The deal is reported by ESPN's Jayson Stark to be slightly more than what A.J. Burnett signed for a year ago.)

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December 14, 2009 6:20 pm

Prospectus Today: Getting Talent For Less Than It's Worth

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Joe Sheehan

While teams are getting smarter in terms of who they chose to tender contracts to, there are still bargains to be had.

Baseball's off-season calendar is something of a mess now, with the deadline to offer arbitration to your free agents coming before the Winter Meetings, the deadline for the free agents to accept coming during them, and the deadline for tendering contracts to players on your 40-man roster coming after everyone leaves town. (In this year, that deadline was a Saturday, which is something that should really be avoided if possible.) There should be some top-down effort to align these dates in a way that dovetails better with the meetings-even if they are something of an anachronism given modern telecommunications. If you're going to bother bringing everyone together, you should do so when teams have the best set of information for making trades and signings. Having a major deadline two days after the meetings is at best counterproductive, and at worst, silly.

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December 10, 2009 11:01 am

Prospectus Today: Wheeling and Dealing in Indy

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Joe Sheehan

Examining some recent moves, including the Kevin Millwood trade and the signing of Brandon Lyon.

The Texas Rangers made as much news yesterday as they have in any offseason since they signed Alex Rodriguez back in 2000. Just one of their moves is official, but it looks as if they've made at least one substantial upgrade as they keep pace with the Mariners in chasing the Angels.

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December 9, 2009 12:40 pm

Prospectus Today: Strange Dealings in the Desert

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Joe Sheehan

A three-way deal in Indy produces in a win-win-what-the-heck-were-they-thinking outcome.

To answer the question up front: No, I don't understand it, either. Let's see what we can figure out:

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December 8, 2009 11:08 am

Prospectus Today: Arbitration Ambush

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Joe Sheehan

The Braves find themselves with an abundance of relief pitchers to cope with as the Hot Stove League heats up.

On a day with a news gatherer-to-news ratio approaching infinity, the most interesting stuff happened late and didn't involve anyone signing anything. Three of the 23 free agents offered arbitration by their clubs accepted by the midnight deadline, scurrying safely off the market and taking the risk that a one-year deal will look better than whatever might be available.

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December 7, 2009 1:12 pm

Prospectus Today: AL Shopping Lists

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Joe Sheehan

Previewing what should be at the top of American League team's shopping lists as the winter meetings begin.

As we wait to discover if Ichiro Suzuki might finally, finally become the second-slot hitter he's been, by his skills, since the day he arrived in Seattle…

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