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08-15

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Sims
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Tim Britton

07-18

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Prospectus Q&A: John Schiffner
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Tim Britton

07-05

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Prospectus Q&A: Dan Shaughnessy
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Tim Britton

06-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
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Tim Britton

06-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting
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Tim Britton

05-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Rich Hill, Ace Pitcher
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Tim Britton

04-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Gabe Kapler, Dodgers Player Development Director
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Wilson Karaman

04-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Astros Pitching Coach Brent Strom
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Evan Drellich

02-21

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Prospectus Q&A: John Hart on Atlanta's Extension Spree and the Future of Club-Friendly Contracts
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Ben Lindbergh

08-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Donald Pries
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Lee Lowenfish

06-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Russell Martin and Ryan Hanigan
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Ben Lindbergh

05-20

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Prospectus Q&A: The College of Coaches on Catcher Framing
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Ben Lindbergh

06-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Pitcher Workloads and Innings Limits: Two Industry Perspectives
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Ben Lindbergh

05-13

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Prospectus Q&A: Kevin Youkilis
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David Laurila

05-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Ben Revere
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David Laurila

05-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Trumbo
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David Laurila

05-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Matt Capps
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David Laurila

04-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Alex Anthopoulos
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David Laurila

04-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Suzyn Waldman
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David Laurila

04-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Teevan
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David Laurila

04-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild
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David Laurila

04-18

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part V
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David Laurila

04-15

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part IV
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David Laurila

04-14

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part III
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David Laurila

04-13

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part II
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David Laurila

04-12

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part I
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David Laurila

04-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Bobby Jenks
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David Laurila

03-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Andrew Miller
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David Laurila

03-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Don Kelly
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David Laurila

03-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Quotes from Cardinals Camp
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David Laurila

03-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Brian Duensing
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David Laurila

03-07

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Prospectus Q&A: The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
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David Laurila

03-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Adam Greenberg
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David Laurila

02-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Coco Crisp
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David Laurila

02-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Prospect Edition
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David Laurila

02-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Monbouquette, Part Two
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David Laurila

01-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Monbouquette, Part One
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David Laurila

01-27

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Prospectus Q&A: John Axford
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David Laurila

01-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Drew Pomeranz
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David Laurila

01-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part II
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David Laurila

01-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part I
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David Laurila

01-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Paul Hoynes
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David Laurila

01-14

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Prospectus Q&A: J.T. Snow
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David Laurila

01-12

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Prospectus Q&A: Don Mincher, Part II
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David Laurila

01-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Don Mincher, Part I
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David Laurila

01-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Billy Martin Jr.
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David Laurila

01-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Bob Kipper
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David Laurila

12-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Best of Q&A 2010
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David Laurila

12-24

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Prospectus Q&A: Will Rhymes
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David Laurila

12-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Six on Scouting
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David Laurila

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An expert on biomechanics and a team source talk about their approaches to evaluating and managing pitcher workloads.

For today's article on impervious and not-so-impervious pitchers, I got my David Laurila on, speaking to Glenn Fleisig of the American Sports Medicine Institute—whose name is almost always followed by the phrase, "the world's foremost authority on biomechanics"—and to a scouting executive from a major-league club (affectionately and frequently referred to in the article as "the executive"). Both had a lot to say, and not everything they said fit into the article. One of the things I failed to fit in was their extended perspectives on pitcher workloads and the efficacy of innings limits, so I'm rectifying that by posting both takes here. Dr. Fleisig comes first, followed by the team official.

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The Red Sox' third baseman discusses hitting, Moneyball, and pitch recognition in the final installment of Prospectus Q&A.

Famously dubbed “The Greek God of Walks” in Moneyball, Kevin Youkilis is now eight years into a big-league career that has been every bit as successful as Michael Lewis’ 2003 classic. Youkilis has helped lead the Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles, earning an equal number of All-Star berths while hitting .292/.394/.496. Popular with the Boston fan base and sabermetric set alike, “Youk” is a bearded on-base machine with home-run power and an approach that deftly blends dirt dog and stat nerd.

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Visiting a historic ballpark, playing the Monster, and facing a knuckler is a difficult task, but the Twins' young outfielder helped his team on the ride to victory.

Ben Revere had never been to Fenway Park before Friday night, and he was still cherishing the moment the following day. The rookie outfielder started in left field for the Twins, and with Tim Wakefield on the mound he singled in his first at-bat and went on to score on a balk. It was a memorable game for the youngster, but simply playing in the historic venue was enough to have him smiling ear-to-ear when he recounted the experience the following morning.

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The Angels' first baseman shares his thoughts on quotes about the game, hitting, and his own abilities.

Mark Trumbo is a thinking-man’s power hitter. The Angels’ first baseman went deep 36 times in Triple-A last season, and this week he homered in consecutive games—his fifth and sixth of the 2011 campaign—at Fenway Park. He also sat down to share some wisdom, offering his interpretations of a dozen quotes, primarily on the subject of hitting.

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The Twins' closer discusses the use of video, making mechanical corrections, and what plays into success.

Matt Capps is closing in Minnesota, and he’s doing so with a more advanced approach than he brought to the mound when he first broke into the big leagues with the Pirates in 2005. The 27-year-old right-hander has always been a hard thrower, but more recently he has become a better student of the game, utilizing video to gain a better understanding of his mechanics. Capps, who logged 42 saves last season between stints with the Nationals and Twins, sat down with Baseball Prospectus in spring training.

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April 29, 2011 5:51 am

Prospectus Q&A: Alex Anthopoulos

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David Laurila

The Blue Jays' GM discusses his organizational philosophy, his love of scouting and how it plays a role in his work, and competing in the AL East.

He’s too humble to admit it, but Alex Anthopoulos has done an outstanding job since replacing J.P. Ricciardi as the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in October 2009. He has orchestrated high-impact trades, most notably deals involving Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells, as well as prudent, if not as newsworthy, free-agent signings. Just as importantly, he has been placing a huge emphasis on scouting and player development, which should come as no surprise given his background as a scouting coordinator. A 33-year-old native of Montreal, Anthopoulos has an economics degree from McMaster University.

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April 25, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Suzyn Waldman

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David Laurila

Waldman, one of the Yankees' radio voices and a pioneer for female sportscasters, discusses her career, breaking into baseball, and her broadcast style.

Suzyn Waldman is more than John Sterling’s radio play-by-play partner on Yankees broadcasts. The 64-year-old Waldman is a baseball-broadcasting icon in New York, having busted stereotypes for more than two decades, in a variety of roles, in the game‘s largest market. She is also more than just a sports personality. A native of Boston, Waldman has a degree from Simmons College and enjoyed a 15-year career on Broadway before becoming a familiar, and often controversial, voice of the Yankees.

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April 22, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Mike Teevan

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David Laurila

Now that we have a more thorough understanding of the rulebook, we learn more about umpire evaluation, schedules, and post-season umpire selection.

Umpires are a big part of baseball, but outside of someone to shout expletives at, most fans have little idea of who they are and just what goes into their jobs. Mike Teevan, of the MLB Public Relations Department, clarified some of those mysteries, answering 13 questions about the often maligned—but essential—men in blue.

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April 20, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild

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David Laurila

The Yankees' pitching coach delves into his use of statistical analysis, the importance of consistency, and his work with A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes.

When the Yankees hired Larry Rothschild this past offseason, they brought one of the game’s most highly-respected pitching coaches aboard. The 57-year-old Rothschild had spent the last nine years as the pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs, part of a professional career that began over three decades ago. A big-league pitcher for parts of the 1981 and 1982 seasons, he later became the first manager in Tampa Bay history, holding that position from 1998-2001.

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Wrapping up a tour through the baseball rulebook with a look at discretionary calls, interference, neighborhood plays, the strike zone, rule changes, and instant replay.

Most baseball fans feel they know the rules, but many of them are actually misunderstood, at least their nuances and technical definitions. Even you are fairly well-versed in the rulebook, a primer never hurts, so BP asked the MLB Umpiring Department about 10 of them. Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Charlie Reliford, a 19-year major-league umpire, and Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Larry Young, a 23-year major-league umpire, provided the definitions and clarifications.

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April 15, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part IV

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David Laurila

Next up, checking in on the number of outs in an inning, the ground rules, and what can be appealed.

Most baseball fans feel they know the rules, but many of them are actually misunderstood, at least their nuances and technical definitions. Even you are fairly well-versed in the rulebook, a primer never hurts, so BP asked the MLB Umpiring Department about 10 of them. Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Charlie Reliford, a 19-year major-league umpire, and Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Larry Young, a 23-year major-league umpire, provided the definitions and clarifications.

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April 14, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part III

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David Laurila

Looking at boundary calls, hit-by-pitches, and how to safely reach first base.

Most baseball fans feel they know the rules, but many of them are actually misunderstood, at least their nuances and technical definitions. Even you are fairly well-versed in the rulebook, a primer never hurts, so BP asked the MLB Umpiring Department about 10 of them. Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Charlie Reliford, a 19-year major-league umpire, and Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Larry Young, a 23-year major-league umpire, provided the definitions and clarifications.

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