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Who are best pitchers ever, according to UERA? Are the Devil Rays just an easy target? And what are the rules surrounding Rule 5 players anyway? All this and many more questions in your Monday edition of From The Mailbag.

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Why is an account required to vote in the Internet Baseball Awards? Where did the write-ins go? And why isn't Rafael Soriano on the AL Rookie of the Year Ballot? Your IBA questions answered in this edition of From The Mailbag.

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October 7, 2003 12:00 am

From The Mailbag: Controversy at Fenway

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You contend that rundowns should never require more than one throw. A properly executed rundown requires two throws. One to place the ball ahead of the runner and then another to finish the runner off. You want to run the runner back towards the base he came from rather than forward. This is so that in case of a dropped throw the runner will not obtain the next base but only get back to the previous base he had before the rundown. -- JT Say a pitcher fields a ball and has a runner caught between third and home. He should close the gap, sprinting directly at the runner. Actually, he should run a little towards the home plate side to encourage him back toward third, as you point out. Pitcher sprints, makes runner sprint, third baseman steps up, receives ball, tag is made, one throw. Things get complicated when other runners are involved such as a rundown between first and second and then another runner takes off from third. But, in a single rundown, it should take one throw. Also, say a runner gets caught up due to a throw from the outfield. That is not the first throw of the rundown. Once the runner is between two players, one with the ball, he is in a rundown and it should take one throw. What you mean, though, is that it was Chavez's imperative to get the ball in the hands of the catcher so that they could then run Varitek from home towards third in case of an errant throw. This can be defended, but I contend that a proper rundown requires two fielders and a single throw. Getting the ball ahead of the runner simply for the sake of it adds an extra fielder, an extra throw and more time. Why complicate things and increase the chance of an error?

Things get complicated when other runners are involved such as a rundown between first and second and then another runner takes off from third. But, in a single rundown, it should take one throw. Also, say a runner gets caught up due to a throw from the outfield. That is not the first throw of the rundown. Once the runner is between two players, one with the ball, he is in a rundown and it should take one throw.

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Why isn't Eric Gagne the top-ranked reliever in baseball according to Baseball Prospectus measures? Does Ichiro deserve to be included in discussion for AL MVP? What the heck is a GWHBPRBI? These questions and more discussed in a brand new edition of From The Mailbag.

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The BP Mailbag returns with questions for Will Carroll, Chris Kahrl, Nate Silver, and more. How did the Mets avoid losing a first-round draft pick this year after signing free agents? Are the Padres unlucky or could their injuries have been prevented? What were the Tigers thinking when they traded for Alex Sanchez? Dig in and find out.

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Michael Wolverton looks at caught stealing rates, Clay Davenport clears up a debate, and Will Carroll wants more meaningful discussion of drug abuse in baseball. Plus other bits and bites.

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Readers critique BP's Tout Wars team, go below the belt for an injury question, and challenge the notion of set rotation roles.

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The Baseball Prospectus staff responds to reader mail about Rick Peterson, Todd Zeile and more.

RICK PETERSON

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If the Bartolo Colon trade was some big Selig conspiracy, how come Minaya offered Colon a $50-million, four-year extension? Bud had to approve that contract. Only after Colon rejected it, did Minaya trade him. Why wasn't that mentioned? Oh, I get it - if it's A FACT but it doesn't fit the conspiracy template/make Bud look bad in EVERY situation template - just ignore it. The end always justifies the means when it is Bud we are attacking. I don't mind opinionated journalists, but when you ignore important facts to make your argument look better, it destroys your credibility. Is BP's urge to bash Bud that strong that you must always embellish your pro-MLBPA side and ignore facts that might weaken your argument? --KS

THE APPEARANCE OF MISCONDUCT

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This edition of From the Mailbag includes comments on the AL Cy Young and Barry Bonds.

BONDS AND THE MEDIA 

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From your Transaction Analysis page: Anaheim Angels - purchased the contract of RHP Francisco Rodriguez from Salt Lake. [9/15] I thought a player had to be on the active roster (or disabled list) as of August 31 to be eligible for post-season play. Does this mean that the Angels have to forfeit his 5 wins? --PG The Angels pulled the oldest roster trick in the book to make this work: They placed someone from their 60-day DL (Steve Green) on their postseason roster, effectively leaving a roster spot open for somebody else, or in this case, Francisco Rodriguez.

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