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04-26

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Expanded Horizons: An Hour with Marvin Miller
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Tommy Bennett

08-10

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Expanded Horizons: Anonymastros
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Tommy Bennett

07-27

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Expanded Horizons: The Mystery of Jered Weaver
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Tommy Bennett

07-19

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Expanded Horizons: What's it Thome?
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Tommy Bennett

07-15

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Expanded Horizons: No Walk in the Park
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Tommy Bennett

05-06

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Expanded Horizons: Get it While it's Hot
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Tommy Bennett

04-22

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Expanded Horizons: Eight, Ten, Here We Go Again
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Tommy Bennett

04-15

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Expanded Horizons: Relying on Relievers
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Tommy Bennett

03-28

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Expanded Horizons: Diversifying Doug Melvin
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Tommy Bennett

03-07

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Expanded Horizons: Jay Another Day
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Tommy Bennett

02-28

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Expanded Horizons: Quantifying Hope
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Tommy Bennett

02-18

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Expanded Horizons: Journey to the Center of the Worth
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Tommy Bennett

02-11

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Expanded Horizons: Pujols Plays His Cards
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Tommy Bennett

02-04

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Expanded Horizons: The Night Before PECOTA Christmas
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Tommy Bennett

01-26

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Expanded Horizons: No One Man Should have All that Glower
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Tommy Bennett

01-19

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Expanded Horizons: A Dominican Adventure
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Tommy Bennett

01-12

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18

Expanded Horizons: White Elephants
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Tommy Bennett

12-23

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Expanded Horizons: Just Stick to the Plan
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Tommy Bennett

10-26

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Expanded Horizons: Lessons from the Flags
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Tommy Bennett

10-12

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Expanded Horizons: Brooks Conrad
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Tommy Bennett

09-21

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12

Expanded Horizons: The Great NL West race
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Tommy Bennett

09-14

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Expanded Horizons: Don't Call It a Comeback
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Tommy Bennett

09-07

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Expanded Horizons: Flooded with Choices
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Tommy Bennett

08-31

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Expanded Horizons: Understanding Post-season Odds
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Tommy Bennett

08-17

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Expanded Horizons: Mariano Rivera, Outlier
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Tommy Bennett

08-10

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Expanded Horizons: The Benefits of Roy Oswalt
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Tommy Bennett

08-03

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Expanded Horizons: Rockpiling On
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Tommy Bennett

07-27

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Expanded Horizons: If July Were April
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Tommy Bennett

07-20

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Expanded Horizons: Ulnar Landing
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Tommy Bennett

07-13

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Expanded Horizons: The Difficulty of Being a Rookie
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Tommy Bennett

07-06

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Expanded Horizons: AL Central Pitching
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Tommy Bennett

06-29

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Expanded Horizons: Is It Next Year Yet?
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Tommy Bennett

06-22

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Expanded Horizons: Popups Get Me Through The Night
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Tommy Bennett

06-15

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Expanded Horizons: In the Red
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Tommy Bennett

06-08

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Expanded Horizons: Perfection
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Tommy Bennett

06-01

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Expanded Horizons: Two Dogmas of Sabermetrics
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Tommy Bennett

05-25

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Expanded Horizons: Running Down The Standings
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Tommy Bennett

05-18

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Expanded Horizons: The Unlikely First-Place Teams
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Tommy Bennett

05-11

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Expanded Horizons: The No-Hit Teams
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Tommy Bennett

05-04

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Expanded Horizons: Game Stories
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Tommy Bennett

04-27

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Expanded Horizons: A Change in Style
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Tommy Bennett

04-20

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Expanded Horizons: Lincecum's Velocity and Movement
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Tommy Bennett

04-13

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Expanded Horizons: Trading Evan Longoria
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Tommy Bennett

04-06

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Expanded Horizons: Closers To The Edge
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Tommy Bennett

03-30

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Expanded Horizons: AL Central Battle Royale
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Tommy Bennett

03-23

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Expanded Horizons: Mauer Present Value
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Tommy Bennett

03-16

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Expanded Horizons: Don't Count Out The Diamondbacks
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Tommy Bennett

03-09

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Expanded Horizons: Braves Optimism
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Tommy Bennett

03-02

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Expanded Horizons: Best Non-Closers
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Tommy Bennett

02-23

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Expanded Horizons: Overrating Fifth Starters
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How much stock should we place in Prince Albert's ultimatum?

With less than a week to go until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, an annual ritual nears its final stages. Players with one year remaining on their contracts and the teams that employ them have been playing out the largely predetermined roles of Blue-footed Boobies in their mating dance. Teams hope to lock up their players beyond the upcoming season at a discounted rate. Players hope to guarantee a certain minimum level of income for the future without giving away too much of the money they could stand to earn on the free-agent market.

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Taking a look back at some of last year's statistical standouts while waiting for 2011 projections to be unwrapped.

This is a story about the blips on the right-hand side of a kernel density plot. Well, no, that isn’t true, really. It’s a story about Christmas Eve. It’s about the ecstasy of unbridled expectation. Or maybe it’s about Carlos Marmol and Rafael Betancourt.

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January 26, 2011 2:21 am

Expanded Horizons: No One Man Should have All that Glower

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Tommy Bennett

Do teams tend to overvalue the man charged with nailing down saves?

Did you hear the one about the relief pitcher at the bar the night before the game? (One?) The guy is putting back his fair share of adult beverages when someone at the bar recognizes him.

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The differences between a major-league game and the Dominican winter league games aren't that large.

The Cradle of Torpedo Boats

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January 12, 2011 9:00 am

Expanded Horizons: White Elephants

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Tommy Bennett

The Athletics' narrative is no longer tied to Moneyball.

‘I said we could have everything.’
‘We can have everything.’
‘No, we can’t.’
‘We can have the whole world.’
‘No, we can’t.’
‘We can go everywhere.’
‘No, we can’t. It isn’t ours any more.’
‘It’s ours.’
‘No, it isn’t. And once they take it away, you never get it back.’
‘But they haven’t taken it away.’
‘We’ll wait and see.’
—Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants












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December 23, 2010 1:45 pm

Expanded Horizons: Just Stick to the Plan

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Tommy Bennett

Staying the course remains the Braves' best option, even after the Phillies' signing of Cliff Lee.

This offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies have grabbed most of the NL East headlines. Their signing of Cliff Lee was undoubtedly the biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason. But the attention paid to the newest member of Philadelphia's rotation has obscured the potential that the Atlanta Braves will improve on their strong 2010 season. Winners of 91 games last season, the Braves sport a young offensive core, increased roster flexibility and at least six viable starting pitchers. Between the lure of the wild card and the uncertainty of the 162-game season, the Braves have at least two good reasons to resist the temptation to overreact and instead focus on adhering to the plan that got them to the postseason last year.

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October 26, 2010 8:00 am

Expanded Horizons: Lessons from the Flags

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Tommy Bennett

Figuring out whether lessons in team building from the Giants and Rangers are necessary for future pennant winners.

Now that our pennant winners are set, let’s congratulate the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. After all, flags do fly forever. There is no taking away the joy a pennant brings to a fan base (not to mention the concomitant increase in revenues to the team). For the rest of us, though, there’s an unfortunate side to pennant winners being set: we’re stuck with them until next spring.

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October 12, 2010 8:00 am

Expanded Horizons: Brooks Conrad

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Tommy Bennett

After an abysmal performance in Game Three of the NLDS, the second baseman's defense brought his low expectations to light.

“The flood had made, the wind nearly calm, and being bound down the river, the only thing for it was to come to and wait for the turn of the tide.” —Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

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September 21, 2010 8:00 am

Expanded Horizons: The Great NL West race

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Tommy Bennett

The wild card hasn't sullied a three-team battle for the division crown.

The wild card has ruined the thrill of the pennant race, they say. The Yankees and Rays, the two teams who almost by consensus are considered the best in baseball, should be in the middle of a good, old-fashioned dogfight right now. Instead, they are locked in the embrace of the biggest September sister-kiss in recent memory. Both teams were, as of Monday morning, better than 1-in-75 favorites to make the playoffs. This is a bum deal, traditionalists scream. Where’s our September swoon—our choke job for the ages? “I’m not greedy,” you say, “I don’t need Bobby Thomson in a one-game playoff. I just want to watch one go down to the wire.”

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September 14, 2010 8:00 am

Expanded Horizons: Don't Call It a Comeback

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Tommy Bennett

A look at how the Rockies have never been as far away from contention as it once seemed.

Rockin’ It Like Camp Lo

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September 7, 2010 8:00 am

Expanded Horizons: Flooded with Choices

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Tommy Bennett

Arky Vaughan didn't get a very fair trial in Justice Harry Blackmun's court of baseball history.

“These are names only from earlier years. By mentioning some, one risks unintended omission of others equally celebrated.” —Justice Harry Blackmun

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Explaining one of Baseball Prospectus' favorite features in such detail that even Mom can understand it.

As the calendar changes over to September, baseball fans focus on the eight playoff spots and the race to secure them. For a certain type of shoot-from-the-hip, never-tell-me-the-odds kind of fan, this is a freewheeling season of derring-do and thrills. For a different type of fan—a type of fan I daresay is more likely to visit this website—the uncertainty of September practically cries out for odds making and handicapping.

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