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07-26

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Can Of Corn: Acronym Acrimony
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Dayn Perry

07-19

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Can Of Corn: Chicago vs. Chicago
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Dayn Perry

07-12

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Can Of Corn: Double Standards
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Dayn Perry

06-28

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Can Of Corn: Diversity
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Dayn Perry

06-21

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Can Of Corn: Grading A's
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Dayn Perry

06-14

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Can Of Corn: Mock Blockbuster, Part III
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Dayn Perry

06-07

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Can Of Corn: Disappointment
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Dayn Perry

05-31

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Can Of Corn: Fishy Success
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Dayn Perry

05-24

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Can Of Corn: Mock Blockbuster, Part II
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Dayn Perry

05-10

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Can Of Corn: The 2008 Cardinals
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Dayn Perry

05-01

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Can Of Corn: The Envelope, Please
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Dayn Perry

04-24

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Can Of Corn: Pitching Milestones in Reach
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Dayn Perry

04-19

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Can Of Corn: Offensive Milestones in Reach
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Dayn Perry

04-11

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Can Of Corn: The Surging Snakes
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Dayn Perry

04-04

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Can Of Corn: Mock Blockbuster
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Dayn Perry

02-23

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Can Of Corn: Winners
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Dayn Perry

02-07

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Can Of Corn: Six-Man Rotation
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Dayn Perry

12-19

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Can Of Corn: Getting Defensive
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Dayn Perry

11-16

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Can Of Corn: The Case for Pettitte
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Dayn Perry

11-02

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Can Of Corn: Approximate Psychic
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Dayn Perry

09-27

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Can Of Corn: Reasons to Believe
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Dayn Perry

09-20

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Can Of Corn: Counterargument
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Dayn Perry

09-13

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Can Of Corn: Best of the West
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Dayn Perry

09-06

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Can Of Corn: Power Outage
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Dayn Perry

08-31

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Can Of Corn: The No-Fun League
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Dayn Perry

08-17

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Can Of Corn: The Even Newer and More Improved Triple Crown
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Dayn Perry

08-09

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Can Of Corn: New and Improved Triple Crown
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Dayn Perry

08-03

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Can Of Corn: Tops Among Top Three
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Dayn Perry

07-26

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Can Of Corn: Putting the Park Back in Park Factors
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Dayn Perry

07-20

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Can Of Corn: Writing the Dodgers' Blues
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Dayn Perry

07-13

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Can Of Corn: Notes for the Void
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Dayn Perry

07-05

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Can Of Corn: Pythag and the Nats
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Dayn Perry

06-29

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Can Of Corn: Anti-Triple Crown Contenders
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Dayn Perry

06-21

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Can Of Corn: Running to Stand Still
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Dayn Perry

06-15

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Can Of Corn: Ohka-Dokey?
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Dayn Perry

06-07

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Can Of Corn: The Great Debate, Redux
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Dayn Perry

06-01

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Can Of Corn: No Walks for You
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Dayn Perry

05-24

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Can Of Corn: Back, and Packing Bullets
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Dayn Perry

12-30

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Can Of Corn: Wishes for 2005
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Dayn Perry

12-23

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Can Of Corn: The Changes in Oakland
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Dayn Perry

12-01

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Can Of Corn: Firing Off Some Bullets
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Dayn Perry

11-24

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Can Of Corn: More Free Agents
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Dayn Perry

11-17

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Can Of Corn: On the Markets
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Dayn Perry

10-20

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Can Of Corn: What You'd Expect?
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Dayn Perry

10-13

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Can Of Corn: Avoiding the Dodger Blues
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Dayn Perry

10-04

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Can Of Corn: Starting Pitching in the Postseason
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Dayn Perry

09-24

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Can Of Corn: Fear the Radtana
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Dayn Perry

09-22

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Can Of Corn: Rethinking the Defensive Spectrum
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Dayn Perry

09-17

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Can Of Corn: The Switch
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Dayn Perry

09-15

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Can Of Corn: What if...?
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April 19, 2008 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Offensive Milestones in Reach

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Dayn Perry

A number of hitters come into '08 with significant round numbers in their sights.

Each new season brings us a new batch of individual milestones, and the 2008 campaign will be no exception. With that in mind, let's take a look at which offensive milestones have realistic chances of being met during 2008, and see what sort of entertainment that promises within the season. (Next time out, I'll take a look at the pitching benchmarks that might be reached this year.)

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April 11, 2008 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: The Surging Snakes

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Dayn Perry

A closer look at what might be the best team in baseball.

Here's I question I think can be asked with a surprising degree of legitimacy: Will the Arizona Diamondbacks be the best team in baseball this season?

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April 4, 2008 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Mock Blockbuster

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Dayn Perry

Today's suggested swap? Making Joe Nathan a Tiger, and what it might take to make it so.

What follows is a little something I like to call the "Mock Stove League." Allow me to explain--I'm proposing a trade of the blockbuster variety, one that, from my remove makes sense for all teams involved. In terms of tenability, it depends; these are deals that may or may not have a chance of happening in the demonstrably more complicated world of reality. From the remove from which I make this suggestion, though, the deals I'm suggesting strike me as helpful and inspiring for all. So, serious prescriptive or idle daydreaming? A little helping of both, please.

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February 23, 2006 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Winners

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Dayn Perry

Dayn's book is out, and today we get a sample, as he shares a chapter about Doc Gooden's early--and brief--dominance.

Here we have the story of Dwight Gooden's early and astounding rise to prominence taken from Chapter Eight: The Veteran and the Youngster (or, What Teams Can Learn from a Bottle of Wine).

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February 7, 2006 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Six-Man Rotation

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Dayn Perry

Dayn takes a closer look at what some notional contenders have in common.

Winners is both narrative and numbers, and it examines the stuff of winning baseball over the last 25 years. What do winning teams have in common? What do they do well, and what do they not do well? How are they assembled? Young or old? Cheap or expensive? Pitching and defense or hitting? Power or small ball? All these questions are answered in a lively manner. Winners also tells stories: the stories of the great teams, great players and even great trades of the modern era. Numbers are crunched, yarns are spun and jokes are made. So, in the words of the inestimable Video Professor, "try my product."

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December 19, 2005 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Getting Defensive

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Dayn Perry

The Blue Jays' recent acquisitions position them for a serious run at the 2006 AL East title.

The payroll is ramped up; the fan base is mobilized. However, the general sense of things is that these additions won't meaningfully alter the AL East pecking order. I disagree--in strong terms. If pressed, right now I'd likely predict the Red Sox to win the division, but it's a particularly close call for me, with the Yankees and, yes, the Blue Bays both meriting serious deliberation. I like Ryan's chances to be an elite, shutdown closer for the life of his contract, but mostly my enthusiasm for Toronto's immediate future comes down to how the pitching staff's tendencies dovetail with the strengths of the defense. That means the additions of Burnett and Overbay are critical and, ultimately, wise.

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November 16, 2005 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: The Case for Pettitte

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Dayn Perry

A look at detailed park factors turns the NL Cy Young race on its head.

However, my prevailing gripe is that Andy Pettitte received short shrift in the chase for the NL Cy Young from credentialed voters and statheads alike. There's a reason for this, and it touches on a larger issue that's of much import. That issue is this: the way we employ park factors in the analytical community is wrongheaded, and it needs to change posthaste.

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November 2, 2005 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Approximate Psychic

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Dayn Perry

With the 2005 season behind us, Dayn looks back at how he thought it would play out, in an attempt to learn from his mistakes.

The 2005 season was no different: I learned some things. After going back over our AL and NL staff picks, I was chagrined but not surprised to learn that I'd make some fairly galling predictions. So in the name of accountability and self-flagellation, let's revisit the dumbest of these sooths and figure out what we can learn from them …

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September 27, 2005 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Reasons to Believe

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Dayn Perry

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are headed for their seventh last-place finish in eight seasons. It may be their last one for a while.

The D-Rays have in their midst a rare and astounding mélange of young talent that's without peer in the game today. The haplessness in the upper reaches of the organization is well known, but when you pick no lower than eighth in the annual June draft for seven straight years you're almost bound to stumble into a nice farm system. Whatever the reasons, the Rays, if they're able to cobble together the necessary supporting parts (not to be assumed in Chuck LaMar's case), they could be at the beginning of a nice run in the AL East, thanks to a deep well of under-25 talent. Consider …

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September 20, 2005 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Counterargument

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Dayn Perry

Dayn counters accusations of groupthink and explains why he hopes Barry Bonds fails in his quest for 755.

This calls to mind the eloquent and cogently argued piece that our own Christina Kahrl wrote on Barry Bonds' return to the Giants lineup. While Christina (and others at BP) and I (and others at BP) aren't diametric opposites on L'Affaire Bonds, we do, ultimately, see things a bit differently. There are two thrusts to the issue, both raised in Christina's piece: what role the media's filtering of Bonds the man plays in all of this, and the legitimacy of his accomplishments.

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September 13, 2005 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Best of the West

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Dayn takes a closer look at the NL West, wondering how a divisional All-Star team would fare.

Anyhow, that this year's NL West is among the worst divisions since divisional play began in 1969 is beyond dispute, and I'm hardly the first one to point this out. So let's delve a little more deeply into the "rolling brownout" that is the NL West.

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September 6, 2005 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Power Outage

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Dayn Perry

Scott Podsednik is set to make history in Chicago, and there's something special about Daniel Cabrera. Dayn has the lowdown.

Player Year OBP Steals Bert Campaneris 1972 .278 52 Vince Coleman 1994 .285 50 Omar Moreno 1982 .292 60 Miguel Dilone 1978 .294 50 Omar Moreno 1977 .295 53 Bert Campaneris 1967 .297 55 Mookie Wilson 1983 .300 54 Jose Reyes 2005 .304 58* (* - Projected total based on 2005 season to date) Reyes has loads of potential long-term, and his efficiency on the base paths is nice, but he needs to learn the strike zone. That means drawing a walk more often than once every 28 plate appearances and ranking higher than 103rd among major league qualifiers in pitches seen per plate appearance.

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