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02-01

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Every Given Sunday: So Many Questions, So Little Time
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John Perrotto

01-25

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Every Given Sunday: Comings and Goings
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John Perrotto

01-18

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Every Given Sunday: Baby, it's Cold Outside
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John Perrotto

01-11

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Every Given Sunday: Not Actually Getting Ink Done.
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John Perrotto

01-04

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Every Given Sunday: Stoking the Hot Stove Fires
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John Perrotto

12-28

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Every Given Sunday: Rickey Definitely Yes, McGwire Unfortunately No
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John Perrotto

12-21

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Every Given Sunday: Hesitations, Retractions, and Rebuttals
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John Perrotto

12-14

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Every Given Sunday: Expanding the Market
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John Perrotto

12-07

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Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings Preview
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John Perrotto

11-16

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Every Given Sunday: Seabiscuit, Salomon, and Skippers
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John Perrotto

11-09

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Every Given Sunday: Getting Ink Done
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John Perrotto

11-02

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Every Given Sunday: Off-season Moves
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John Perrotto

10-26

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Every Given Sunday: Wish Lists and Intentions
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John Perrotto

10-19

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Every Given Sunday: Down to the Wire
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John Perrotto

10-12

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Every Given Sunday: Manny-Free, Regret-Free
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John Perrotto

10-05

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Every Given Sunday: Management Teams in the News
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John Perrotto

09-28

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Ballot
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John Perrotto

09-21

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Every Given Sunday: Winding Down
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09-14

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Every Given Sunday: Don't Look at Us Now
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John Perrotto

09-07

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Every Given Sunday: Scoops of all Sizes from Around the Major Leagues
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John Perrotto

08-31

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Every Given Sunday: Moving Forward to Rewind
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John Perrotto

08-24

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Every Given Sunday: A Red Menace
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John Perrotto

08-17

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Every Given Sunday: Big Apple Scramble
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John Perrotto

08-10

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Every Given Sunday: Waiving Good-bye?
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John Perrotto

08-03

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Every Given Sunday: Deadline Day Afters
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John Perrotto

07-27

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Every Given Sunday: All Busy-ness 'Round the Major League Table
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John Perrotto

07-20

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Every Given Sunday: Beating Expectations
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John Perrotto

07-13

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Every Given Sunday: Into the Breach
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07-06

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Teams
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06-29

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Every Given Sunday: Bronx Breakdowns and Rebounds
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John Perrotto

06-22

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Every Given Sunday: Dropping the Axe
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John Perrotto

06-15

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Every Given Sunday: One Last Comeback
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John Perrotto

06-08

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Every Given Sunday: Paint Me a Picture
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John Perrotto

06-01

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Every Given Sunday: Maple Mayhem
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John Perrotto

05-25

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Every Given Sunday: Under Review
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05-18

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Every Given Sunday: Lightning in a Bottle, Thunder in the Bronx
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05-11

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Every Given Sunday: Chasing Four-Tenths
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John Perrotto

05-04

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Every Given Sunday: Keystone Greatness in the Keystone State
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04-27

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Every Given Sunday: To New Challenges and Old Friends
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John Perrotto

04-20

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Every Given Sunday: Tribe Troubles
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John Perrotto

04-13

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Every Given Sunday: Impact Call-Ups
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John Perrotto

04-06

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Every Given Sunday: The NRIs Who Made It
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John Perrotto

03-30

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Every Given Sunday: Opening (Sun)Day
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John Perrotto

03-23

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Every Given Sunday: On the Spot
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John Perrotto

03-16

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Every Given Sunday: Competing with the Kids
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John Perrotto

03-09

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Every Given Sunday: A Different Feather
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John Perrotto

03-02

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Every Given Sunday: Newfound Philly Fanaticism
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John Perrotto

02-24

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Every Given Sunday: A New Angel in the Outfield
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John Perrotto

02-17

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Every Given Sunday: The Bronx Challenge
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John Perrotto

02-10

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Every Given Sunday: National League Questions
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May 11, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Chasing Four-Tenths

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Chipper Jones has a magical number next to his name, which hasn't been seen at the end of a full season in over sixty five years.

Sabermetric study has long ago proven that batting average is not one of the better indicators of a player's offensive prowess. On-base percentage, slugging percentage, and a host of other, more advanced metrics paint a clearer picture. A look at Chipper Jones' OBP, SLG, and EqA shows the venerable Braves third baseman is off to an outstanding start this season. Jones' 1144 OPS and .389 EqA are both second in the major leagues to the Astros' Lance Berkman (1243, .393), while his .459 OBP and .685 SLG are both third.

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There's a star in Philadelphia who may still be flying under the radar, and a bunch of teams get serious about making trades.

Joe Morgan says many things in his role as an ESPN color analyst that make viewers shake their heads. Hence, the website www.firejoemorgan.com. However, the Hall of Fame second baseman did raise a rather interesting point two weeks ago while broadcasting the Sunday night game between the Mets and Phillies in Philadelphia. The subject of Chase Utley came up, and Morgan told broadcast partner Jon Miller that the Phillies star would eventually go down as the greatest offensive second baseman in baseball history. Offense-minded second basemen should be something Morgan knows about. He was one of the best of his era, hitting .271/.392/.427 in a 22-year career from 1962-84.

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April 27, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: To New Challenges and Old Friends

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John Perrotto

With a surprise start for the Cardinals and a regime change in Cincinnati, the NL Central could be a bit more interesting than expected.

The general consensus was that John Mozeliak was stepping into the job as Cardinals' general manager just as the franchise was ready to take a downturn; the Birds went from being surprise World Series winners in 2006 to 78-84 last year. GM Walt Jocketty was fired at the end of that disappointing season because owner Bill DeWitt Jr. felt the exec had isolated himself from the rest of the front office. Mozeliak was promoted from assistant GM to Jocketty's position, and a funny thing has happened to those expectations of an ongoing decline: the Cardinals haven't become a doormat.

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April 20, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Tribe Troubles

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C.C. Sabathia and the offense are both struggling, but it's the trickle-down effect of closer Joe Borowski's shelving that has manager Eric Wedge concerned.

The Cleveland Indians came within one game of getting to the World Series last season. With the way the Indians have played during the first three weeks of this season, however, it seems hard to believe they were that close to a Fall Classic berth just six months ago.

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April 13, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Impact Call-Ups

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These ten young players didn't make big league rosters out of spring, but could still be key players later in 2008. That, plus news and notes from week two of the season.

Last week we looked at the surprise names on Opening Day rosters. This week, let's take a look at 10 players who did not make the final cut in spring training and are not currently on major league rosters who should make an impact at some point this season (listed in descending order of their projected WARP for 2008, according to PECOTA):

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April 6, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: The NRIs Who Made It

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Sometimes, spring training really does offer the chance for everyone in camp to crack the big league squad, as it did for these 14 non-roster invitees.

Every year, there are always a handful of names that appear on Opening Day rosters that raise eyebrows or cause heads to be scratched. Some of those names leave fans scurrying for their Baseball Prospectus annual to try to figure exactly who these guys are. Others elicit a bit of surprise because most fans thought they were already out of the game.

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As action starts up in the NL, some players and one new venue will be very much in the spotlight.

Last week, with the American League jumping the gun on starting the season with Boston and Oakland playing two games in Tokyo, we took a look at a player on each AL team under the microscope in 2008. With the National League set to begin play tonight with the Braves visiting Washington, DC, to help break in Nationals Park, let's take a look at a player on each of the 16 NL teams who is under the microscope this season:

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March 23, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: On the Spot

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John Perrotto

AL players under the microscope at home and abroad, Opening Day bartering, and rumors and rumbles.

Opening Day is just two days and a half a world away. Set the alarms, because the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics open the season Tuesday and Wednesday morning (American time) with a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

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March 16, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Competing with the Kids

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The Twins have to sort out their depth in young pitching, plus news from around the leagues.

Gone is Johan Santana, two-time Cy Young Award winner and considered by many to be the best pitcher in baseball. Gone is Torii Hunter, seven-time Gold Glove-winning center fielder, team leader and face of the franchise. Gone also is Carlos Silva, an unspectacular pitcher, but one who can be counted upon to pitch his share of innings.

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March 9, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: A Different Feather

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John Perrotto

The Blue Jays have an honest shot at cracking the top of baseball's toughest division, thanks to their deep and talented pitching staff.

Fifteen years ago, the hottest spring training site on the Gulf Coast of Florida was the Blue Jays' camp in Dunedin, Florida. The Blue Jays had back-to-back World Series titles in 1992-93, and four American League East crowns in five years from 1989-93. Tickets were nearly impossible to come by for Grapefruit League games at cozy Dunedin Stadium.

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March 2, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Newfound Philly Fanaticism

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A first taste of the playoffs has helped inspire a hunger for more for the Phillies and their fans.

The Philadelphia Phillies waited 14 years to get to the playoffs, and their stint in the postseason seemingly ended before it even began, as they were swept in three games by the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series. Thus, the Phillies' storybook finish--in which they overcame a seven-game deficit to the New York Mets in the final 17 days of the regular season to win the NL East--ended against a team in the midst of a hot streak for the ages. The Rockies had won 14 of their last 15 games to capture the NL wild card, then went on to sweep Arizona in the National League Championship Series after dispatching the Phillies. Ultimately, Colorado had 21 wins in 22 games before being swept by Boston in the World Series.

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February 24, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: A New Angel in the Outfield

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John Perrotto

The AL West's top contender didn't sit still this winter, while the D'backs, Mets, and Mariners are all raising the stakes.

Simply put, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim just don't have the appeal of the American League's other top teams. The Boston Red Sox are the defending World Series champions. The Cleveland Indians are the scrappy team that pushed the champs to the brink last season before losing in seven games in the American League Championship Series. The Yankees have a modern-day murderer's row in their lineup, while the Tigers have one to match after trading for Miguel Cabrera in the offseason.

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