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01-20

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Breaking Balls: There Is No Divide
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Derek Zumsteg

09-30

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Breaking Balls: Have Faith
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Derek Zumsteg

09-27

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Breaking Balls: A Game of Numbers
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Derek Zumsteg

09-15

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Breaking Balls: More on Greatness
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Derek Zumsteg

09-14

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Breaking Balls: Barry, Barry Good
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Derek Zumsteg

09-13

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Breaking Balls: Oswalt vs. Schmidt
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Derek Zumsteg

09-09

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Breaking Balls: Mariners vs. Indians, 9/8/2004
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Derek Zumsteg

09-08

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Breaking Balls: Another Unenforced Rule
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Derek Zumsteg

09-07

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Breaking Balls: Pitch to Him!
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Derek Zumsteg

09-06

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Breaking Balls: Buying an Import
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Derek Zumsteg

09-02

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Breaking Balls: OGTWB 'Bag
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Derek Zumsteg

09-01

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Breaking Balls: Out of Center Field
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Derek Zumsteg

08-30

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Breaking Balls: The Great Ichiro
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Derek Zumsteg

08-26

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Breaking Balls: Feedback on the Rules
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Derek Zumsteg

08-25

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Breaking Balls: Derek's Guide to Winning Baseball, an Occasional Series: Part 3
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Derek Zumsteg

08-24

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Breaking Balls: Derek's Guide to Becoming a Fan Favorite
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Derek Zumsteg

08-23

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Breaking Balls: The Best Commissioner of All-Time
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Derek Zumsteg

08-20

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Breaking Balls: Derek's Guide to Winning Baseball, an Occasional Series: Part 2
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Derek Zumsteg

08-19

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Breaking Balls: Stop the Moose Goose!
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Derek Zumsteg

08-18

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Breaking Balls: The Bizarro Dusty Baker
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Derek Zumsteg

08-17

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Breaking Balls: Taking a Risk
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Derek Zumsteg

08-09

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Breaking Balls: So Long, Edgar
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Derek Zumsteg

08-03

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Breaking Balls: More on Rules
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Derek Zumsteg

07-29

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Breaking Balls: Rules Were Made to be Broken
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Derek Zumsteg

07-27

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Breaking Balls: I'm a Straight Shooter
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Derek Zumsteg

07-20

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Breaking Balls: Holding Back
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Derek Zumsteg

07-15

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Breaking Balls: The Five Stages of General Manager Grief
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Derek Zumsteg

07-13

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Breaking Balls: Wanting What's Best
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Derek Zumsteg

07-08

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Breaking Balls: Trading Places
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Derek Zumsteg

07-06

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Breaking Balls: Put Me In, Uh...Me
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Derek Zumsteg

07-01

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Breaking Balls: All-Albatross Team
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Derek Zumsteg

06-29

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Breaking Balls: Pride
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Derek Zumsteg

06-24

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Breaking Balls: Framing the Debate
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Derek Zumsteg

06-22

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Breaking Balls: Derek's Guide to Winning Baseball, an Occasional Series
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Derek Zumsteg

06-17

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Breaking Balls: The Umpty Dance
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Derek Zumsteg

06-15

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Breaking Balls: A New Low
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Derek Zumsteg

06-08

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Breaking Balls: The Tino Martinez All-Stars
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Derek Zumsteg

06-03

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Breaking Balls: [Team Name Here]
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Derek Zumsteg

06-02

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Breaking Balls: The Modestly Productive Column
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Derek Zumsteg

05-27

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Breaking Balls: The High Cost of Low Expectations
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Derek Zumsteg

05-25

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Breaking Balls: The Program Challenge
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Derek Zumsteg

05-19

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Breaking Balls: Perfection
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Derek Zumsteg

05-18

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Breaking Balls: Rookie Progress Report
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Derek Zumsteg

05-13

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Breaking Balls: Keeping Score
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Derek Zumsteg

05-10

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Breaking Balls: More MLB Promotions
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Derek Zumsteg

05-06

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Breaking Balls: Sixteen Innings of Bliss
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Derek Zumsteg

04-29

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Breaking Balls: Marooned in Montreal
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Derek Zumsteg

04-27

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Breaking Balls: Pooh-Poohing Pythag
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Derek Zumsteg

04-22

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Breaking Balls: Strength Up The Middle
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Derek Zumsteg

04-15

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Breaking Balls: Quick and Dirty Numbers, Pitchers
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Derek Zumsteg

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January 20, 2005 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: There Is No Divide

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Derek Zumsteg

Real-world examples show us that we use scouting and performance analysis together all the time.

This is all so silly. We all use both schools even if we don't know or acknowledge it. All that remains is to realize it and learn the other side. Even if we don't speak the language, we know the meaning.

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September 30, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Have Faith

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Peter Angelos might have swung the greatest business deal in the world's history. Derek Zumsteg explains it all.

There are two conditions reportedly guaranteed to Peter Angelos and the Baltimore Orioles as part of the suddenly-hasty move of the Expos to Washington, D.C. Boy, for all the years of foot-dragging, it's amazing to see how fast they could have moved if they had really wanted to. But that's not as interesting as the unprecedented promises made to Peter Angelos.

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Baseball, like every other field of athletics, is better today than it was in the past. Derek Zumsteg explains why.

In 1936, Babe Ruth was out of baseball. Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics. He ran the 100-meter dash in 10.3 seconds to tie the world record. He set Olympic record in the long jump at 26'5" and a quarter, and in the 200-meter dash at 20.7 seconds. Owens' leg of the 400m relay set records as well.

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Yesterday, it was Barry Bonds. Today, Derek looks at the performance of another 40-year-old who just keeps getting better.

Author/recluse Rany Jazayerli noted that Johnson's having a ridiculous season. Check this out: Johnson has 257 strikeouts in his 31 starts so far, and has allowed just 41 walks. Fully 30% of the batters who step up to the plate against him whiff. One in 20 gets a free pass to first base. One in 50 hits a home run, and they better put their head down and run the bases, because while he's allowed 16 home runs, he's also hit ten batters.

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September 14, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Barry, Barry Good

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Derek Zumsteg

Derek Zumsteg tosses out some numbers and some insight on Barry Bonds, as the greatest hitter of all-time nears the 700-homer milestone.

After Davis, Bonds faces Jorge de la Rosa. My "pitching probables" page doesn't even want to speculate on who might be the unlucky kid who draws the short strand of spaghetti out of Ned Yost's hand Thursday when the Brewers report to the park.

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September 13, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Oswalt vs. Schmidt

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Derek Zumsteg

With apologies to Roger Clemens, the younger aces of the Houston and San Francisco staffs could decide the NL wild-card race. Derek Zumsteg looks at who has the edge.

Oswalt's only 27, but because he's been in the league a few years we tend to forget that while he's an established veteran, he may very well still be on the upswing.

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September 9, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Mariners vs. Indians, 9/8/2004

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Derek Zumsteg

Wednesday night at Safeco Field, two teams playing out the string moved one day closer to the offseason. Derek summarizes the evening.

1. Ken Griffey Jr., 398
2. Jay Buhner, 307
3. Edgar Martinez, 306
4. Alex Rodriguez, 189


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September 8, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Another Unenforced Rule

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Derek Zumsteg

Despite not showing up for their scheduled start on Monday against the Yankees, the Devil Rays won't have to forfeit the game. Derek Zumsteg disagrees with that decision.

The Devil Rays, who took their time getting out of Florida, didn't reach New York for the game because they were delayed by the aftermath of Hurricane Frances. It's not surprising that a flight would be delayed, what with the hurricane and all.

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September 7, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Pitch to Him!

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Derek Zumsteg

It's one thing if a manager believes that intentionally walking Bonds is the best strategy to winning a game. And the game is close. I think the intentional walk is a bad strategy anyway, but I can respect that we have different opinions (me and the manager). But if a team is out of contention, or it's a blowout, they should pitch to Bonds. If baseball is a sport, and it is, it's only sporting to let him hit if the outcome of the game isn't in question.

It's one thing if a manager believes that intentionally walking Bonds is the best strategy to winning a game. And the game is close. I think the intentional walk is a bad strategy anyway, but I can respect that we have different opinions (me and the manager).

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September 6, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Buying an Import

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There's a new Cuban defector on the market, and he's going to cost a pretty penny to sign. Derek Zumsteg examines the history of Cuban free agents, and concludes that your favorite team might be better off passing.

Morales is described as "a 21-year-old switch-hitting outfielder and first-baseman." He hit well for the Havana Industrialists (.324, 21 home runs). (Why does Cuba, one the few countries claiming to be a worker's paradise, have a team named after capitalists directly opposed to the interests of wage-laborers?) He then briefly played for the national team before being thrown out of baseball entirely. The Cubans suspected him of thinking of defecting, and wishing to leave for another country is a dream of the oppressed proletariat that demands punishment in Cuba.

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September 2, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: OGTWB 'Bag

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Derek Zumsteg

Derek Zumsteg answers reader mail on his Occasional Guide to Winning Baseball series. Poker and thinking like an idiot featured prominently.

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September 1, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Out of Center Field

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Derek Zumsteg

The Mariners' move to scrap the center-field landing at Safeco Field may have some nasty unintended consequences. Derek Zumsteg takes a closer look.

It seems like it's an absurd question. It's not. In Seattle, the cluelessness of the front office is far outweighed by the often short-sighted revenue-at-all-costs desires of the club's business minds. This time, the Mariners were only too happy to make a short-term money grab, even if the move has longer-term consequences.

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