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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: Draft Day
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Joe Sheehan

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The Daily Prospectus: The Colon Trade
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Jonah Keri

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The Daily Prospectus: Depreciation Madness
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Derek Zumsteg

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The Daily Prospectus: The Yankees are Out of Control
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Derek Zumsteg

12-04

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The Daily Prospectus: Knowing What's Important
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Ryan Wilkins

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The Daily Prospectus: Thome and Foulke
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Derek Zumsteg

11-22

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The Daily Prospectus: Balanced Lineups Redux
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Keith Woolner

11-18

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The Daily Prospectus: The Big Trade
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Dave Pease

11-15

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The Daily Prospectus: Strange Days
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Dave Pease

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The Daily Prospectus: Things To Do in the Off-Season When You're Bored
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Derek Zumsteg

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The Daily Prospectus: It's a Dry Heat
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Jonah Keri

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The Daily Prospectus: Where Have You Gone, Enn Raudsepp?
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10-28

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The Daily Prospectus: Prospectus Potpourri
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The Daily Prospectus: A Fan's Guide to the Series
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10-07

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The Daily Prospectus: Defending the Bandwagon
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Jonah Keri

10-04

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The Daily Prospectus: Ripoff Tickets + Bad Channels = MLB Playoffs
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Derek Zumsteg

10-03

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: The Shea Hillenbrand Quandary
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Jonah Keri

09-27

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The Daily Prospectus: Don't Fear the Strikeout
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Dave Pease

09-20

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The Daily Prospectus: Wait For It
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Gary Huckabay

09-18

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The Daily Prospectus: Bud and Carl: Visionaries?
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Gary Huckabay

09-11

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The Daily Prospectus: The Focus
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Gary Huckabay

09-11

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The Daily Prospectus: The Focus
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Gary Huckabay

09-09

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The Daily Prospectus: A Look at the Pitching Numbers
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Michael Wolverton

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The Daily Prospectus: Back From a Long Weekend
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Gary Huckabay

08-28

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The Daily Prospectus: I've Never Seen So Much Rain
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Gary Huckabay

08-27

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The Daily Prospectus: Administrivia
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Gary Huckabay

08-26

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The Daily Prospectus: Two Hours of Rambling
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The Daily Prospectus: Two Hours of Rambling
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The Daily Prospectus: Notes from Around the Majors
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Gary Huckabay

08-20

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The Daily Prospectus: Slag You Very Much
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Gary Huckabay

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The Daily Prospectus: The Day in Labor Quotes
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Gary Huckabay

08-13

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The Daily Prospectus: Dateless and Thrilled About It
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The Daily Prospectus: Breaking the Keyboard
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Joe Sheehan

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The Daily Prospectus: Random Thoughts
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The Daily Prospectus: Optimism
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Joe Sheehan

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The Daily Prospectus: Optimism
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Joe Sheehan

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The Daily Prospectus: Eight Teams, Two Spots, One Column
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Joe Sheehan

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The Daily Prospectus: Eight Teams, Two Spots, One Column
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08-05

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The Daily Prospectus: Flushing $32 Million
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Joe Sheehan

08-02

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The Daily Prospectus: Angels, Umpires and Legends
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Joe Sheehan

08-01

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The Daily Prospectus: Bullet the White Screen
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Joe Sheehan

07-31

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The Daily Prospectus: Fraud
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Joe Sheehan

07-29

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The Daily Prospectus: A Late Pick-Me-Up
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Joe Sheehan

07-26

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The Daily Prospectus: Time to Go, Kenny
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Joe Sheehan

07-24

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The Daily Prospectus: Splorg
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Joe Sheehan

07-23

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The Daily Prospectus: Your Attention, Please...
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Joe Sheehan

07-19

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The Daily Prospectus: The Other Side?
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Dave Pease

07-18

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The Daily Prospectus: Leverage
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Joe Sheehan

07-17

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The Daily Prospectus: Back Into the Gap
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The Daily Prospectus: Ten Days, One Column
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Joe Sheehan

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We're working on getting player cards up again. We realize they've been down a while, and we're kind of rolling that project up into a few other things that we're changing on the back end.

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August 26, 2002 10:01 am

The Daily Prospectus: Two Hours of Rambling

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Gary Huckabay

I recently sat down for lunch with a very old friend of mine with an affinity for baseball, finance, and philosophy. Lunch took about half an hour, and the ensuing conversation took about two hours. Since I've mentioned him before in this space, and he's fond of his privacy, we'll call him "Dave" for purposes of this column.

I recently sat down for lunch with a very old friend of mine with an affinity for baseball, finance, and philosophy. Lunch took about half an hour, and the ensuing conversation took about two hours. Since I've mentioned him before in this space, and he's fond of his privacy, we'll call him "Dave" for purposes of this column. (Approximately 70% of the guys I speak with on a regular basis are named Keith, Chris, Michael, or Dave. A much lower percentage is named Rany.)

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Obviously, this is paraphrased, but has been run by Dave to make sure everything's on the up and up as far as he's concerned. I hope you enjoy this edited transcript as much I as enjoyed the conversation. It's long, and it's rambling, so perhaps you should check it out in small bites.

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Channeling the spirits of Joe Sheehan, Jackie Harvey, and Peter Gammons... Barry Bonds has a 290 point advantage in OPS over the #2 guy in MLB, Jim Thome. Dropping down another 290 points from Thome gets you to Tony Tarasco. Yeesh.

Channeling the spirits of Joe Sheehan, Jackie Harvey, and Peter Gammons...

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"Good management isn't surprised when expected outcomes become actual outcomes."

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No matter how cynical one might be, this has to be taken as a positive development. A new CBA isn't going to magically create a trusting, blood-brother relationship between players and owners, but at least it's a step in the right direction. Since the 1995 labor accord came into being, it's been considered a fait accompli that when that agreement expired, we'd face another labor stoppage. It'd be nice to move forward with a new agreement with an atmosphere of hope rather than fear. (Hope, for you Royals fans, is when you have kind of a good, warm feeling, and you believe something positive is likely to happen.)

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My first exposure to Bill James was in 1988, via his last Baseball Abstract. My friend Eddie Kneafsey lent it to me that summer. It remains my favorite Abstract, my favorite James book, really. It wasn't just the ideas, but the writing style, the humor, and the love for baseball evident throughout the work. I read it and re-read it, finally giving it back to Eddie only because he was headed to Providence College that fall.

My first exposure to Bill James was in 1988, via his last Baseball Abstract. My friend Eddie Kneafsey lent it to me that summer. It remains my favorite Abstract, my favorite James book, really. It wasn't just the ideas, but the writing style, the humor, and the love for baseball evident throughout the work. I read it and re-read it, finally giving it back to Eddie only because he was headed to Providence College that fall.

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For the third straight year, the two best players in the American League--and the two best candidates for AL MVP--are the same guys: Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi. They lead the league in RARP and VORP, and it's not all that close. Off the top of my head, I can't remember a three-year period in which the MVP argument--the real one, not the media-looking-for-the-best-story one--came down to the same two players each time. I'm leaning toward Rodriguez, the best player in the league, right now, but I don't think it's a lock just yet. The respective positions of the Yankees and Rangers are not a factor in my decision-making.

Looks like Thursday is becoming notes day...

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In 1994, I never did believe there was going to be a strike. I was wrong, of course, and in the process of being wrong learned a lot about labor relations, economics, and how those things apply to baseball.

In 1994, I never did believe there was going to be a strike. It was inconceivable to me that such an amazing season could be interrupted, or that the World Series could go unplayed. That was the kind of thing that happened in the formative days of baseball, certainly not something to worry about in the latter part of the 20th century.

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I was wrong, of course, and in the process of being wrong learned a lot about labor relations, economics, and how those things apply to baseball.

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